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The New 2020 GMC Sierra HD Is a Reskinned Silverado HD
Posted 7 hours 20 minutes ago

As usual, the GMC will come with extra chrome and an in-your-face grille.
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Google spends big on U.S. lobbying amid antitrust, bias battles
Posted 8 hours 33 minutes ago

Alphabet Inc's Google disclosed on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $21.2 million on lobbying the United States government in 2018, topping its previous high of $18.22 million in 2012, as the search engine operator fights wide-ranging scrutiny into its practices. Google said in a quarterly disclosure to Congress that it spent $4.9 million on lobbying activities during the fourth quarter, slightly above $4.4 million in the same period a year ago. The 2018 total also surpassed $18.04 million spent on lobbying in 2017, according to tracking of the filings by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
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Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legal
Posted 9 hours 55 minutes ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said on Tuesday that a government decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly unconstitutional," a development that also prompted concern from the European Union.
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New York's Gun-Transportation Rules Draw Supreme Court Scrutiny
Posted 10 hours 4 minutes ago

The court said it will hear an appeal from three city handgun owners and an advocacy group who say New York has the most extreme firearm-transportation restrictions in the country. The case may demonstrate the impact of the newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, whose appeals court record suggests he’ll be a more aggressive enforcer of gun rights than the justice he replaced, Anthony Kennedy.
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J&J, U.S. states settle hip implant claims for $120 mln
Posted 10 hours 36 minutes ago

Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit have agreed to pay $120 million to resolve deceptive marketing claims by several U.S. states.
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Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyer
Posted 10 hours 44 minutes ago

Russia's Federal Security Service detained Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28. Whelan appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday, where a judge rejected releasing him on bail. Whelan, who denies the charges, was detained after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency, the Russian online news portal Rosbalt.ru reported this month.
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Three dead from separate avalanches in Colorado and New Mexico
Posted 11 hours 21 minutes ago

Two deaths have been confirmed in the US after two separate avalanches in Colorado and New Mexico trapped skiers in crushing snow this week and last. Authorities in Aspen, Colorado confirmed the most recent death on Monday, which happened to be the same day that relatives of a New Mexico avalanche victim announced their loss. A second victim of the New Mexico avalanche had already been reported.
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NBC raises eyebrows over $400 million relationship with BuzzFeed
Posted 11 hours 24 minutes ago

NBCUniversal invested $400 million in BuzzFeed, raising eyebrows about why the Peacock Network isn't more transparent when covering the controversial website. A search of transcripts from both MSNBC and NBC News didn't turn up any mention of the investment when the news organization covered BuzzFeed's now-debunked report claiming President Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
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Miami prosecutor probing MLK traffic incident as hate crime
Posted 11 hours 26 minutes ago

MIAMI (AP) — A traffic incident in Miami involving a gun-wielding white man and a group of black bicyclists protesting housing inequality on Martin Luther King Day is being investigated as a possible hate crime, prosecutors said Tuesday.
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Norwegian Cruise Line denies claim crew member used passenger's cabin for sex
Posted 12 hours 19 minutes ago

Norwegian Cruise Line on Tuesday denied that a crew member used a British couple's cabin for sex during a recent voyage.
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North Dakota couple killed by fallen tree in San Diego
Posted 13 hours 42 minutes ago

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota couple died while vacationing in San Diego when a 75-foot-tall pine tree crashed onto their rental house as they slept, relatives and police said.
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See Niagara Falls Transform Into an Icy Wonderland Amid Bone-Chilling Cold
Posted 15 hours 10 minutes ago

Images show trees and pathways coated in thick sheets of snow and ice
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Huawei calls for swift end to case of executive arrested in Canada
Posted 15 hours 15 minutes ago

China's Huawei Technologies wants a quick resolution of the case of its former finance chief Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and has been detained in Canada, its chairman said on Tuesday. The United States has told Canada it will request Meng's extradition, but has not said when it will do so, David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., said in a Globe and Mail interview on Monday.
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Mr Porter and Off-White unveil their latest collaboration
Posted 15 hours 22 minutes ago

Mr Porter has presented the fruit of its latest collaboration with streetwear label Off-White: a 44-piece capsule which reinterprets traditional sportswear. Christened "Modern Office," the collection is exclusively available from Mr Porter (www.mrporter.com). "Securing the Mr Porter account has always been a goal for me.
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Supreme Court Allows Redacted Appeal in Possible Mueller Case
Posted 15 hours 29 minutes ago

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction by President Donald Trump. The dispute apparently marks the first time the Supreme Court has been asked to intervene in the probe. The Supreme Court previously refused to block the daily fines, but the company is still pressing the court to hear an appeal.
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A century on, Basra's British-era shipyard going strong
Posted 15 hours 56 minutes ago

Thousands of ships, including former dictator Saddam Hussein's yacht, have passed through the Iraqi shipyard's three docks, where a giant steam engine hauls them out of the water and up the century-old wooden tracks. Mohammed Adnan, who has been operating the huge steam engine for six years now, says it is not easy. "They say they [the British] brought in the wood from Burma... we tried to drill a 1.5 inch nail into it once, we couldn't," said Jassim Hussain Sabour, the shipyard's longest-serving worker.
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'World will end in 12 years if we don't address climate change,' Ocasio-Cortez says
Posted 16 hours 37 minutes ago

The youngest woman ever elected to Congress said climate change is her generation's World War II.
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No public mood for compromise as Brexit gulf widens: study
Posted 16 hours 59 minutes ago

There is "no compromise" on Brexit that commands majority public support in Britain, with opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May's deal the only point of agreement, a leading pollster said Tuesday. "No procedural or substantive option appears to be both widely popular and capable of bridging the Brexit divide," said the University of Strathclyde's John Curtice. "The problem with Brexit is that the centre ground of politics is rather thinly populated," he said, presenting a report entitled "Brexit and Public Opinion 2019" in London.
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The Chevrolet Silverado Four-Cylinder Gets Worse Fuel Economy Than the V-8 in Our Test
Posted 17 hours 43 minutes ago

Here's more proof that downsizing and turbocharging have their limits.
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Weakened Freedom Caucus Hustles for Relevance in the Pelosi Era
Posted 22 hours 43 minutes ago

Freedom Caucus members remain some of President Donald Trump’s staunchest and noisiest allies in a Democratic-controlled House under Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Truth of the matter is, you’re going to see a branding of the Freedom Caucus that is taking it to the next level, in this Congress," said Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the Freedom Caucus chairman who frequently engages directly with the president, including in late-night telephone calls.
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House Democrats bringing new scrutiny to education secretary
Posted 1 day 2 hours 21 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office.
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'Welcome' refugees in Kansas celebrate their American birthdays
Posted 1 day 2 hours 22 minutes ago

Many of nearly 100 excited children running around a community center in Kansas City over the weekend had two things in common. Far from a strange coincidence, the date is usually assigned to immigrants who arrive in the United States without birth certificates, as refugees often do.
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'A Tipping Point.' Greenland's Ice Is Melting Much Faster Than Previously Thought, Scientists Say
Posted 1 day 2 hours 45 minutes ago

The island's ice is melting four times faster in 2013 than in 2003
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America's F-35 Stealth Fighter: The Ultimate Missile Killer?
Posted 1 day 3 hours 43 minutes ago

The Pentagon wants to add F-35 stealth fighters to America's missile shield. But to have any chance at shooting down ballistic missiles, the F-35 might need a new weapon.
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Kamala Harris Seeks to Make Historic 2020 Presidential Run
Posted 1 day 4 hours ago

Harris, a daughter of a Jamaican-born father and Indian immigrant mother, would be the first black woman as well as the first Indian-American in the Oval Office. The backing of African Americans, who dominate the Democratic electorate in early primaries like South Carolina, which is expected to hold its primary in late February 2020, followed by other Southern states in the first half of March, would make her formidable.
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Police searching for Round Lake man after girl, 11, drives to school
Posted 1 day 6 hours 2 minutes ago

Police in far north suburban Round Lake are searching for a man after teachers at John J. Murphy Elementary School saw an 11-year-old girl pull up to the school with the adult man in the passenger seat.
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AFP to cut 95 jobs, CEO says, scaling back initial 125 target
Posted 1 day 6 hours 3 minutes ago

Agence France-Presse will cut 95 jobs over the next five years, 30 fewer than announced in October, without affecting targeted savings, CEO Fabrice Fries said Monday. Presenting a revised version of his "transformation plan" to employee representatives, Fries said the company would still save 14 million euros ($15.9 million) on wage costs and five million euros on other expenses by 2023. To achieve this, management will convert 15 of the current 175 expatriate postings into local jobs and realise savings through replacing senior employees with younger ones.
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Mexico probes negligence in pipeline blast that killed 91
Posted 1 day 7 hours 25 minutes ago

Mexico has opened an investigation into what caused a deadly pipeline explosion, including possible negligence by authorities, the attorney general said Monday, as the death toll rose to 91 people. It is still unclear exactly how events unfolded leading up to the Friday blast, which occurred as hundreds of people rushed to collect fuel in buckets and jerrycans from a geyser of gasoline that was spouting from an illegal pipeline tap near the town of Tlahuelilpan, in the central state of Hidalgo. Attorney General Alejandro Gertz said investigators were trying to determine who tapped the pipeline -- whether locals acting alone or one of the criminal gangs that have turned fuel theft into a booming industry in Mexico.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: At Ebenezer Baptist Church, a call to action to end 'chaos'
Posted 1 day 7 hours 50 minutes ago

A memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church proceeded Monday after almost being derailed by the federal government shutdown.
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Different angle of video of Catholic high school students and Native American shows the man approached them
Posted 1 day 8 hours 14 minutes ago

Viral video of confrontation between students and Native Americans draws outrage; Garrett Tenney reports.
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Florida police run over couple lying in the road to watch lunar eclipse
Posted 1 day 9 hours ago

A police officer in Florida ran over two people lying on a dark road to watch the lunar eclipse, leaving them requring hospital treatment. A statement given to the Palm Beach Post by police said that the two were run over after choosing to lie in the park because it was “extremely dark”.
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‘Fox & Friends’ mistakenly airs Ruth Bader Ginsburg obituary graphic
Posted 1 day 9 hours 38 minutes ago

The hosts of ‘Fox & Friends’ apologised on Monday after airing a graphic suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. “We need to apologise,” co-host Steve Doocey said later on the program. “A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of RBG with a date on it.
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Macron ex-security aide: Diplomatic passports given back
Posted 1 day 13 hours 24 minutes ago

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide, at the heart of a damaging political scandal, told a Senate commission Monday that he turned in his two diplomatic passports after being fired last summer but they were returned to him two months later.
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Video shows Florida toddler walking towards police with hands up during her father's arrest
Posted 1 day 13 hours 41 minutes ago

TPD said the toddler unexpectedly got out the pickup truck and imitated her parents, who were suspects, walking toward officers with her hands raised.
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Meet the Women Who Protested the Women’s March
Posted 1 day 14 hours 15 minutes ago

Women from various political and ideological backgrounds challenged the 2019 Women’s March by marching in protest and organizing alternative rallies near the Washington, D.C. event on Saturday. The third annual Women’s March took place in Freedom Plaza, a more confined space than in years past, suggesting that organizers anticipated smaller crowds after facing allegations of anti-Semitism and defending Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic leader Louis Farrakhan. Following the development of those controversies, conservative group Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) organized a rally across the street in the name of “all women” at the same time as the Women’s March.
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Suicide bomber rams U.S.-backed forces at Syria checkpoint
Posted 1 day 14 hours 24 minutes ago

A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with U.S. allies, locals said. The attack happened on the western edge of Shadadi town in Hasaka province near a route frequented by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, residents and sources said. In a tweet, the coalition said a convoy with allied Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was involved in an attack, but there were no American casualties.
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British pound recovers as May outlines Brexit 'Plan B'
Posted 1 day 14 hours 41 minutes ago

The pound recovered ground Monday after British Prime Minister Theresa May said she plans to return to Brussels to discuss changes to the Brexit deal she agreed with EU leaders last month despite an overwhelming rejection of the draft text by MPs last week. There was mixed news out of China, with official data showing the country's economic growth at its slowest pace in 28 years offsetting a report that the country has offered to eliminate its massive trade surplus with the United States -- easing trade war tensions between the world's two biggest economies. "Unless the British PM intends to commit political suicide, an extension request is the most likely scenario and the EU will most probably agree, which should be a positive development that will take the pound towards $1.30 again," predicted Konstantinos Anthis, Head of Research at ADSS.
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The Entry-Level 2019 Porsche Cayenne Deserves Your Attention
Posted 1 day 15 hours 33 minutes ago

Porsche’s base Cayenne will have you seeking out the roads usually reserved for sports cars.
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Fuller video casts new light on Covington Catholic students' encounter with Native American elder
Posted 1 day 15 hours 59 minutes ago

The video presents a fuller picture of what happened between students from the all-male Catholic high school and Native American Nathan Phillips.
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Taliban attack on Afghan military base kills more than 100
Posted 1 day 17 hours 49 minutes ago

Taliban attackers killed more than 100 Afghan security personnel when they detonated a car bomb in a training base and then stormed inside. The deadly attack on an intelligence training centre came amid American fears that the beleaguered Afghan forces are suffering unsustainable casualties against the Taliban. A captured, American-made armoured vehicle loaded with explosives was rammed through a checkpoint at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) training base in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Maidan Wardak province. A senior defence official told Reuters that after the vehicle detonated in the campus, two gunmen had entered and shot dead many Afghans in the wake of the huge explosion. "We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre, eight special commandoes are among the dead," said the official. Another official put the NDS death toll at more than 100. An Afghan policeman keeps watch at a checkpoint on the Ghazni highway, in Maidan Shar (file photo) Credit: REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail Last month, the Pentagon’s pick for the next commander of U.S. Central Command said the Afghan's high casualty rate was unsustainable. Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie said: “Their losses have been very high. They are fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct this problem.” Ashraf Ghani, last year said Afghanistan had lost 28,000 soldiers and police killed since 2015. Sharif Hotak, a member of the Wardak provincial council in Maidan Wardak, said he saw bodies of 35 Afghan personnel in the hospital after the attack. "Many more were killed. Several bodies were transported to Kabul city and many injured were transferred to hospitals in Kabul," said Hotak, adding that "the government was hiding the accurate casualty figures to prevent a further dip in morale of the Afghan forces." Two senior officials in the interior ministry said the exact casualty figures was not being disclosed to prevent unrest within the armed forces. Lindsey Graham, the senior US Republican senator, said during a visit to Islamabad earlier this week that the Afghan forces still needed American help. “ Those who want the Afghans to fight and be in the front of the fight, they are,” he said. “ To those who believe they should do more and America should do less, that's coming true. One thing I can tell President Trump and the American people is that we are still needed. It is in our interests to see this through.”
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Israel strikes in Syria in more open assault on Iran
Posted 1 day 18 hours 3 minutes ago

Syria's ally Russia said four Syrian soldiers had died and six were wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air raid had mostly targeted Iranian forces, but also hit Syrians helping them. The threat of direct confrontation between arch-enemies Israel and Iran has long simmered in Syria, where the Iranian military built a presence early in the nearly eight year civil war to help President Bashar al-Assad's government.
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Prince Philip crash: passenger who broke wrist claims police haven't asked her for statement four days on
Posted 1 day 20 hours 27 minutes ago

A woman who broke her wrist in a car crash with the Duke of Edinburgh has criticised police for their treatment of her, claiming she has still not been asked for a statement four days on. Emma Fairweather, 46, was a passenger in a Kia Carens which collided with the Duke's Land Rover on Thursday, and has said she is "very upset" by the treatment she has received from police and Buckingham Palace.  Claiming she has not even been asked to give a statement detailing what happened, she said she believed she was being treated differently to the Duke, who has since been photographed out driving again. Ms Fairweather has received a message of support from the Queen, delivered by a lady-in-waiting via a telephone message while she was away from home, but said of the approach of police and palace: "The support that I was offered initially hasn’t really been the reality for me. "I’ve had no opportunity to discuss this in any formal capacity. "I need somebody to understand that I still have medical concerns. I’m very worried that I haven’t been asked for a statement from the police. The scene of the crash, near Sandringham "When I contacted the Family Liaison Officer to say I have a number of questions, he hasn’t been prepared to listen to those." She added: "“There needs to be a decision as to whether Prince Philip and I are from the same walk of life or not, and we either receive the same treatment or we don’t. "I haven’t had a full medical check over yet, I just feel that his treatment or his experience hasn’t been the same as mine.” A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “In any collision investigation our priority is to ensure medical welfare is addressed in the first instance before taking any statement. "We can confirm arrangements were made on Friday (18 January) to take a statement from the passenger involved in the collision. This will take place tomorrow (22 January). “Further contact was attempted on a number of occasions over the weekend but unfortunately these were not successful. “Family liaison officers are not normally deployed for collisions of this nature. However, recognising the level of public interest in this case we felt it appropriate to provide additional support. “All family liaison officers give advice around handling media attention, and as part of this, it is made clear that it is a decision for the individual whether or not to speak to journalists.” Ms Fairweather was interviewed on ITV's This Morning, following several interviews with the Daily and Sunday Mirror newspapers.  Her friend, the 28-year-old driver of the car Ellie Townsend, has chosen not to speak publicly, understood to be shaken by the experience after fearing for her nine-month-old baby son in the back of the car. Ms Fairweather claimed she has asked for car insurance details from Mrs Townsend "a number of times" in the aftermath of the crash, telling This Morning: "Finally yesterday afternoon I received a very formal email from her husband to share those details with me." The Duke of Edinburgh driving in September 2018 Credit: Peter Jolly Asked what she hoped for from officials, she said: "I think an acknowledgement, not so much any admission of responsibility, but that somebody who would like to talk to me about how difficult this is going to be for me. "I’ve had no support. The only support I’ve had is my very immediate family. "Neither party [the Duke or the second driver] have been forthcoming with very much information." Asked about whether she had spoken to the Duke immediately after the crash, she said: "Somebody said he did try to but he was advised not to. "[But] I don’t think asking if you’re OK is accepting liability." The Duke was photographed on Saturday driving a replacement Land Rover near to the Sandringham Estate, without wearing a seatbelt.  Ms Fairweather said she had been "very upset" after seeing the pictures, adding: "Of course accidents happen, but there needs to be a period of reflection on what could be done differently to prevent the same thing happening again. "It was highly insensitive and inconsiderate to me." The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday Credit: Mark Cuthbert Mary Morrison, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, had telephoned Ms Fairweather prior to the interview, saying in a message: “Hello, I’m ringing from Sandringham House. "The Queen has asked me to telephone you to pass on her warmest good wishes following the ­accident and she is very eager to know how you are and hope that everything is going as well as can be expected.  “We’re all thinking of you very much at Sandringham and I’ll try you at a later date. Unfortunately I’ve got to go out quite shortly but I hope all is well as can be expected for you. Thank you very much indeed. Goodbye.” A senior Palace aide has also spoken directly to the driver.
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Report: China population growth continued to slow in 2018
Posted 1 day 21 hours 4 minutes ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's population growth rate continued to slow in 2018, spelling possible trouble ahead as a swelling number of retirees pushes up against a shrinking labor pool.
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China's population growth slows despite two-child policy
Posted 1 day 21 hours 37 minutes ago

China's population grew at a slower rate last year despite the abolition of the one-child policy, official data showed Monday, raising fears an ageing society will pile further pressure on an already slowing economy. China's government raised the limit to two children in 2016 to rejuvenate the world's most populous country, which has nearly 1.4 billion people, and experts say it may remove the cap next year. "Decades-long social and economic transformations have prepared an entirely new generation in China, for whom marriage and childbearing no longer have the importance as they once did for their parents generation," said Wang Feng, a sociology professor at University of California, Irving.
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He grew up in West Africa. He never heard of MS-13. Then he fled to the U.S. — and ICE accused him of being a gang member
Posted 1 day 21 hours 43 minutes ago

Youmbi Roberto Nfor flew from Africa to Ecuador, then embarked on a grueling and dangerous journey to the United States, where he planned to request asylum.
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China population growth slows despite abolition of the one-child policy
Posted 1 day 23 hours ago

China's population grew at a slower rate last year despite the abolition of the one-child policy, official data showed Monday, raising fears an ageing society will pile further pressure on an already slowing economy. There were 15.23 million live births in 2018, a drop of two million from the year before, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. With 9.93 million deaths, this led to a growth rate of 3.81 per thousand in 2018, a dip from 5.32 per thousand the previous year. NBS commissioner Ning Jize said population growth had peaked, but said the country still had huge potential. "China's labour participation rate is not considered low worldwide, more than 700 million of our 900 million people (of working age) are employed, and there is still room (for growth)," he said. Signs of China's falling population growth had emerged when data released by some local authorities indicated a significant drop in births last year. In Qingdao, a city in eastern Shandong province - one of China's most populous regions - births between January and November decreased by 21 percent to just over 81,000 compared to the previous year. Top 10
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Photos of Sunday night's lunar eclipse from all around the world
Posted 1 day 23 hours 18 minutes ago

A total lunar eclipse glowed red in the night sky on Sunday night, the last of its kind anywhere in the world until 2021.
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