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USA Today
Denver teachers vote overwhelmingly to go on strike over base pay

Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to go on strike after more than a year of negotiations over base pay.         

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Zero Hedge
Prof Goes After Covington Kid And "Smiling Face Of Whiteness"

Authored by Celine Ryan via Campus Reform, An Ivy League professor bashed "the smiling face of Whiteness" in response to the recent controversy involving an interaction between a Native American man and a Catholic teenage supporter of President Donald Trump. “Whiteness endlessly forgives its own transgressions,” University of Pennsylvania associate professor Ebony Elizabeth Thomaswrote on Sunday about the confrontation between ...

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Reuters
Caracas Spring? Not so fast, Venezuela's armed forces say

Buoyed by a telegenic new congressional chief, Venezuela's opposition is daring to hope that President Nicolas Maduro's days in office could be numbered, but the unpopular leader's bedrock base - the armed forces - shows few signs of erosion.

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Voice of America
US Senate to Vote on Competing Plans to End Shutdown

The U.S. Senate is preparing for votes Thursday on separate Republican and Democratic proposals to end a partial government shutdown that is now in its second month. A bill already passed by the Democrat-led House of Representatives would provide stopgap funding through February 8, allowing the shuttered agencies to reopen while the two sides debate border security. It does not contain ...

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Reuters
Italy's Salvini hopes Macron's support dwindles at EU elections

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday he hoped the French people would not choose President Emmanuel Macron's party in European parliament elections later this year, heightening recent tensions between Rome and Paris.

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Reuters
Investors shun stocks, seek safety in bonds as economic gloom spreads

Renewed concerns about a global economic slowdown continued to sap investor appetite for assets considered risky, dragging global stocks and bond yields lower on Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar held near three-week highs.

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Zero Hedge
Fed Probing Deutsche Bank's Role In Largest-Ever Money Laundering Scandal

As rumors about a possible Deutsche Bank merger with rival troubled German lender Commerzbank continue to swirl despite the seemingly never-ending investigations into a suite of alleged misdeeds by the bank, Bloomberg has given would be merger arbs weighing whether to buy the German lender's battered shares one more reason to hold off. In a follow-up to a report late last year that the Department of Justice had expanded its probe into what could be the ...

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NBC News
Acclaimed columnist, PBS host Russell Baker dies at 93

Baker, author of The Times' "Observer" column for 36 years, won two Pulitzers and praise as one of the finest 20th-century American writers.

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Reuters
Asylum applications in Germany fall for second year in a row

Fewer people applied for asylum in Germany last year, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Wednesday, putting the second yearly slide in a row down to restrictive measures introduced by the government after a record influx in 2015.

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Reuters
Russian spy chief met Saudi counterpart and Crown Prince: Ifax

The head of Russia's SVR foreign intelligence agency Sergei Naryshkin on Monday met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the head of the kingdom's intelligence services, the Interfax news agency said on Wednesday.

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ABC News
WATCH: Chelsea Clinton is expecting her third child

The 38-year-old former first daughter tweeted Tuesday that she and her husband Marc are expecting another child in the summer.

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CBS News
Lengthy digital trail helps track down missing Boston woman

A Massachusetts woman, allegedly kidnapped and missing for days, is safe at home after a high-tech search by police. Olivia Ambrose was found Tuesday after disappearing Saturday night after leaving a bar in Boston. Suspect Victor Pena was arrested and charged with kidnapping. Nikki Battiste reports.

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Reuters
Iowa's 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban ruled unconstitutional

Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" law, the most restrictive abortion ban in the United States, was declared unconstitutional Tuesday, as it violates the Iowa state constitution, a state judge ruled.

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CNBC
Trump, others are agitated by Rudy Giuliani's performance

Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz agitated President Donald Trump and some of his allies, who have raised the possibility that the outspoken lawyer be at least temporarily sidelined.

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Russia Today
House passes bill preventing Trump from leaving NATO, tells allies to start ...

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the country from NATO, but called on European allies to pay their dues – just like Trump has demanded. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Huffington Post
The Uninsured Rate Is The Highest It's Been In 5 Years

The Affordable Care Act brought the share of Americans without health insurance to a historic low. Things have changed since Donald Trump became president.

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New York Times
Putin Quashes Japanese Hopes of End to Island Dispute

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, right, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday. Japan has been far less critical of Moscow than have Europe and America.

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Business Insider
Oracle underpaid women and minority workers by $401 million, the Labor ...

The company had an "extreme preference" for hiring Asian workers with visas that it could underpay, the Labor Department charged.

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New York Times
Supreme Court Will Review New York City Gun Law

The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear a challenge to a New York City gun ordinance.

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Reuters
Son of Brazil president faces fresh question about Rio aides

The son of Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he was the target of a "defamatory campaign" after news reports that he employed the mother and wife of a fugitive former policeman accused of running a criminal organization.

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