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Democratic Senator Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House raceHarris, 54, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, enters the race with the potential advantage of being the Democratic candidate who looks most like the party's increasingly diverse base of young, female and minority voters. "This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are," Harris said on ABC's "Good Morning America" in announcing her candidacy. Harris, who made history in 2016 as the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate from California, timed her announcement for the U.S. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:36:12 -0500
Enbridge gas pipeline explosion causes fireball in Ohio

Enbridge gas pipeline explosion causes fireball in OhioThe explosion occurred on Enbridge's Texas Eastern pipeline system and appeared to have destroyed two homes, while firefighters were battling flames on a third as of Monday afternoon, said Chasity Schmelzenbach, emergency management director for Noble County, Ohio. "We got reports flames were shooting (up) 80 feet to 200 feet," Schmelzenbach said.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:04:53 -0500
Los Angeles teachers' strike talks continue through holiday weekend

Los Angeles teachers' strike talks continue through holiday weekendLos Angeles teachers returned to the negotiating table on Monday for the fifth day of contract negotiations with the country's second-largest school district in an effort to end a strike that has disrupted classes for some 500,000 students. More than 30,000 teachers walked off the job a week ago in their first strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District in three decades, demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff. The United Teachers Los Angeles union planned a news conference on Monday at 3:30 p.m. PT (2330 GMT) to update parents on whether students could expect schools to return to normal after Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:29:16 -0500
Deep freeze grips eastern United States, 12-year-old dies in Chicago

Deep freeze grips eastern United States, 12-year-old dies in ChicagoTemperatures fell to single-digits Fahrenheit (about -20 C) from New York City to Boston and through northern New England and froze melting snow late on Sunday and early Monday, said Marc Chenard at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. "Boston will be just 3 degrees (Fahrenheit) this morning, with wind chills of minus 12 or more," he said. "New York City and D.C. will be in that same range, maybe hitting the teens later today.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:44:55 -0500
TSA absences rise as shutdown continues

TSA absences rise as shutdown continuesThe Transportation Security Administration said Monday that unscheduled absences among the more than 50,000 U.S. airport security officers rose to 10 percent on Sunday as the government shutdown continues. The agency said that, despite the absences, nearly all 1.78 million passengers screened Sunday faced normal security waits of 30 minutes or less. The agency said many employees, who are not being paid because of the shutdown, are not reporting to work because of financial hardships.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:14:59 -0500
A T. rex and a shark as neighbors? Yes, eons ago in South Dakota

A T. rex and a shark as neighbors? Yes, eons ago in South DakotaThe huge meat-eating dinosaur did not meet its demise in a shark attack in some sort of "Jaws" meets "Jurassic Park" monster mash. The skeleton of Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever unearthed, is displayed at the Field Museum in Chicago, which kept the leftover rock for years in underground storage. If Galagadon ever interacted with Sue, it may have been when the thirsty dinosaur came to the river for a gulp of water.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 08:06:29 -0500
Student in Trump hat denies mocking Native American activist in videotaped encounter

Student in Trump hat denies mocking Native American activist in videotaped encounterNick Sandmann, a student from the private, all-male Covington Catholic High School in northern Kentucky, is seen in the video standing face to face with the Indian activist, Nathan Phillips, staring at him with a smile, while Phillips sings and plays a drum. The students, many wearing baseball caps emblazoned with President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, were in the nation's capital the same day for an anti-abortion rally. According to Sandmann, his group was waiting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for their bus back to Kentucky when four African American protesters nearby began shouting racially charged insults at them.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:48:14 -0500
Flash freeze of melting snowstorm seen icing over U.S. Northeast

Flash freeze of melting snowstorm seen icing over U.S. NortheastPlunging temperatures after a wet winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the U.S. Northeast were expected to flash freeze much of the region on Sunday and make travel dicey during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. "Any water that remains on the road will freeze into a sheet of ice and make conditions quite hazardous," said Rich Otto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS). Sub-zero temperatures tied to gusting winds prompted the NWS to issue wind chill advisories and warnings for more than 10 states, from North Dakota and other parts of the central United States to East Coast metropolitan centers including Washington, New York and Boston.

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 20:26:48 -0500
Trump says no amnesty for 'Dreamers,' signals support in broader deal

Trump says no amnesty for 'Dreamers,' signals support in broader dealIn a morning Twitter storm, Trump also said he would not seek the removal of millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States, while bashing House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for turning down an offer he made on Saturday, including for Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. "No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3-year extension of DACA.

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:59:14 -0500
Talks seeking to end Los Angeles teachers strike enter fourth day

Talks seeking to end Los Angeles teachers strike enter fourth dayBargaining teams for striking Los Angeles teachers and the second-largest U.S. school district were back behind closed doors on Sunday as negotiations to end a walkout disrupting classes for some 500,000 students stretched into a fourth day. More than 30,000 teachers walked off the job last Monday in their first strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District in three decades, demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff. District Superintendent Austin Beutner has insisted he shares many of the teachers' goals but contends the district lacks the budget to meet union demands fully without securing additional funds from the state level.

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 18:23:14 -0500
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