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Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published Tuesday shows Bloomberg with 19% support nationally…

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Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question

TOKYO (AP) — An extraordinary two-week quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo. A growing number of scientists, however, say the the ship served as an incubator for a worrying new virus…

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Hamlin and Newman contrast risk and reward at Daytona 500

Hamlin and Newman contrast risk and reward at Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a single thrilling lap around NASCAR’s most storied track, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman displayed the risks and rewards of the dangerous sport they both love.Hamlin won his second consecutive Daytona 500 and third in five years on Monday night as he surged past Newman on the final lap…

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China’s closed: Palestinian traders fear losing a good deal

China’s closed: Palestinian traders fear losing a good deal

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The West Bank city of Hebron is separated from the epicenter of China’s virus outbreak by more than 4,000 miles and a ring of Israeli checkpoints. But even here the economic symptoms of the outbreak are starting to appear.Palestinian markets have long been flooded by low-cost Chinese goods. Traders in…

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Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online.Frantic supporters shared prayers. Anti-government protesters hung photos of the black-turbaned cleric with a long white…

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Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on. The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one…

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Karen Pence adds campaigning for Trump to busy to-do list

Karen Pence adds campaigning for Trump to busy to-do list

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence has no shortage of projects.The wife of Vice President Mike Pence promotes the healing power of art therapy and help for military spouses. She’s into honeybees and supports sister cities. She’s a watercolorist who designs the family’s annual Christmas card and teaches art at a religious elementary school.Now, she’s beginning…

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“Whitey” Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction

“Whitey” Bulger juror says she regrets murder conviction

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam after he was tipped to his pending arrest.In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty…

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