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Nine Republican-led states ask judge to block DACA program

CNN · 7h ago · Nine Republican-led states asked a federal judge in Texas on Tuesday to block a rule providing protections to nearly 600,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, a group often described as "Dreamers."

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Brazil's Bolsonaro applies for 6-month U.S. visitor visa

· Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro has filed a request for a six-month visitor visa to stay in the U.S., indicating he may have no immediate intention to return home, where legal issues await

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Donald Trump sues Bob Woodward over The Trump Tapes for $50m

· Former president claims Washington Post reporter ‘never got his permission to release these tapes’Donald Trump has sued Bob Woodward for a fraction less than $50m, claiming he did not agree to the veteran Washington Post reporter publishing tapes

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Trump sues Woodward over audiobook recordings

· The former president said he did not agree for his voice to be used as an audiobook when he was interviewed for journalist Bob Woodward's book "Rage."

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Chief: Fatal shooting at LA home was 'targeted assault'

Bloomberg · 15h ago · LOS ANGELES (AP) — A weekend shooting in which three women were killed at a short-term rental home in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was a targeted attack, the city's police chief said Tuesday as investigators continued to search for suspects.

10 shot in Florida drive-by, police say

· NBC News · Jan 30, 2023 · Ten people were shot, including two who were left in critical condition, in a drive-by shooting on a Lakeland, Florida, street Monday, police said.

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Biden to Press McCarthy on Debt Limit in First Meeting

· Bloomberg · 22h ago · President Joe Biden aims to press House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to commit to preventing the US from defaulting on its debt in a sit-down meeting Wednesday, and to challenge the Republican to release his own detailed spending plan.

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Instagram Co-Founders Introduce Text-Based App

· Gizmodo · 14h ago · Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are returning to the app game with a new innovative startup since leaving the ‘gram in 2018. Artifact is a new social media platform that will provide a feed of articles and facts aimed to create

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‘Dr. Phil’ Talk Show to End in Spring After 21 Seasons

· Variety · 10h ago · “Dr. Phil,” one of daytime TV’s stalwart talk shows, will end its run of original episodes in the spring after 21 seasons. Dr. Phil McGraw, 72, made the decision to stop producing new episodes at the close of the current 2022-23 season.

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Two former astronauts receive Space Medal of Honor

USA Today · 10h ago · Vice President Kamala Harris presented the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to a pair of former NASA astronauts for designing a new crew capsule, the Crew Dragon, and then piloting it to the ISS in 2020. (Jan. 30)

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Special Memphis police unit disbanded after Tyre Nichols death

· The five Memphis officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols were part of the city's special “Scorpion” unit. The city has now disbanded the group, with Memphis Police Department Chief Cerelyn Davis saying the group strayed from the mission.

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Massive ice storm blasting the South with freezing rain

· NBC News · Jan 30, 2023 · A dangerous ice storm is on the move across the South, sending temperatures plunging for millions of Americans from Texas to Tennessee. NBC News’ Morgan Chesky is in the storm zone with more details.

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Texas Is Staring Down a Major Winter Storm

· An Arctic cold front is bearing down on the Great Plains and points south, all the way into Central Texas this week. Already, cold temperatures and freezing rain have begun across the state, and the dangerous winter weather is likely to persist throu

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Biden visits Baltimore to tout rail tunnel project

· President Joe Biden traveled to Baltimore Monday to visit a 150-year-old train tunnel - a major chokepoint between Washington and New York - that's slated to be replaced with help from the bipartisan infrastructure legislation he signed in 2021.

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Trump ‘False Denials’ in Fraud Suit Merit Sanctions, NY Says

· Bloomberg · 18h ago · New York’s attorney general said she will seek sanctions against former President Donald Trump, his three oldest children and their lawyers for making “demonstrably false” denials in response to the state’s $250 million fraud suit.

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The 'Father of Peeps' marshmallow candy dies at 98

· NBC News · 19h ago · Ira “Bob” Born, a candy company executive known as the “Father of Peeps” for pioneering the way the chick-shaped candies are made, has died, Just Born Quality Confections announced on Monday.

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Prosecutor: R. Kelly sex abuse charges to be dropped

· A Chicago prosecutor is dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly. The decision follows federal convictions in two different courts that ensure the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. (Jan. 31)

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Whole Foods Asks Suppliers to Lower Prices

· Wall Street Journal · 20h ago · The grocery chain told suppliers at a virtual summit that it wants to bring down retail prices in its store aisles as inflation moderates.

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PayPal will lay off 2,000 workers, or 7% of staff

CNN · 15h ago · PayPal said Tuesday it plans to lay off about 2,000 employees, or roughly 7% of its staff, making it the latest tech firm to announce significant job cuts in recent months amid broader economic uncertainty.

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Andrea Riseborough's best actress Oscar nomination under review

CBS News · 19h ago · There is some debate in Hollywood over the unexpected best actress Oscar nomination for Andrea Riseborough. Some say those advocating for the actress may have broken Academy rules during their campaign and now the Academy is reviewing her nomination.

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‘King of the Hill’ Revival Ordered at Hulu

· Variety · 18h ago · A “King of the Hill” revival has been ordered to series at Hulu, I tell you what. The updated version of the beloved adult animated comedy hails from original series creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels as well as Saladin Patterson.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Announce Fourth ‘Bad Boys’ Movie

Variety · 18h ago · The “Bad Boys” are officially returning, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence announcing that they’ll reunite for a fourth film in the franchise. Sony Pictures confirmed that the untitled sequel is in early pre-production with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (“Ms.

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Ravens QB Huntley to Pro Bowl after 2-TD season

· ESPN · 19h ago · Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is off to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for Super Bowl-bound Patrick Mahomes. Ravens backup QB Tyler Huntley, who threw two TD passes in five regular-season games, was also added.

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Eli hopes Giants' Jones 'gets rewarded' with deal

· ESPN · 20h ago · New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones impressed Giants legend Eli Manning, who believes the soon-to-be free agent deserves a long-term deal after his 9-6-1 winning record.

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Missing radioactive capsule found in Australia

NBC News · 3h ago · A tiny but highly radioactive capsule that went missing in the Western Australian outback was found Wednesday after a frantic weeklong search covering an 870-mile stretch of highway.

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4 key suspects in Haiti presidential slaying in US custody

· U.S. officials say four key suspects in the killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse have been transferred to the United States for prosecution as the case stagnates in Haiti amid death threats that have spooked local judges

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Biden: U.S. will not send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine

· NBC News · Jan 30, 2023 · President Joe Biden told reporters Monday afternoon that the U.S. would not send F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, but that decision could be reversed said NBC News Correspondent Courtney Kube.

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Blinken condemns rise in violence between Israel and Palestinians

· Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and condemned a recent rise in violence between Israel and the Palestinians and urged a de-escalation of tensions in the region. NBC's Kelly Cobiella has details.


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Study finds how our brains turn into smarter disease fighters

Science Daily · 12h ago · Combating Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases by inserting healthy new immune cells into the brain has taken a leap toward reality. Neuroscientists have found a way to safely thwart the brain's resistance to them, vaulting a key hurdle in the quest.

Diversity of viroids and viroid-like agents

Science Daily · 15h ago · A team of researchers has developed a computational pipeline to identify and better understand viroids and viroid-like covalently closed circular RNAs (cccRNAs, also referred to as, simply, circular RNAs).

Bioengineered skin grafts that fit like a glove

Science Daily · 15h ago · Bioengineers have developed a way to grow engineered skin in three-dimensional shapes, including a seamless 'glove' of skin that could be slipped onto a severely burned hand.

Warmer climate may drive fungi to be more dangerous to our health

Science Daily · 15h ago · A new study finds that raised temperatures cause a pathogenic fungus known as Cryptococcus deneoformans to turn its adaptive responses into overdrive. Heat increases its number of genetic changes, some of which might presumably lead to higher heat re

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How to tell if your immune system is weak or strong

New Scientist · 19h ago · New blood tests can reveal whether your immune system is fighting fit by looking at the balance of different immune cells, but there may be a simpler way of gauging your immune health

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New Yorker · Jan 30, 2023 · “Pirate Enlightenment,” “The Scythian Empire,” “The Sense of Wonder,” and “The Guest Lecture.”

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Vagina Museum Closes In London

Forbes · 5h ago · “There was a penis museum in Iceland. Which is pretty cool,” the Vagina Museum website states, “But there was no vagina equivalent anywhere in the world.

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Inside The Darcy, Washington, D.C.’s Most Fun And Affordable Hotel

Forbes · 12h ago · While value has long been a consideration when booking hotels, it feels more important now than ever. Inflation has peaked, and the boom of budget lifestyle hotels has blurred the lines between that’s truly value-driven and what’s, well, cheap.

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Winnebago Introduces eRV2 To Wedge Into Electric-RV Future

Forbes · 8h ago · Winnebago has just introduced the eRV2, its first fully operational, all-electric prototype recreational vehicle, wedging the iconic brand into the developing future of electrification in an important transportation industry.

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Joe Biden's Big Oil Profits

Wall Street Journal · 12h ago · Exxon’s shareholders can thank the President for his limits on U.S. fossil-fuel production.

The UNC Echo Chamber Fights Back

Wall Street Journal · 12h ago · The University of North Carolina faculty is outraged that the school’s trustees favor open academic inquiry.

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Is Anyone Ever Well?

Longreads · 12h ago · Two new books see disability as a source of solidarity.

The Himalayan Tragedy That Forever Changed Mountaineering

Longreads · 17h ago · In 1976, Nanda Devi Unsoeld, the daughter of legendary mountaineer Willi Unsoeld, died on the mountain for which she was named. This is the story of Devi’s life and of the historic climb that killed her.

The Dirt on Pig-Pen

Longreads · 19h ago · "His character was scribbled over, shaded, covered with specks...And yet — what was that dirtiness?"

Your Next Hospital Bed Might Be at Home

Longreads · 21h ago · "In a time of strained capacity, the 'hospital at home' movement is figuring out how to create an inpatient level of care anywhere."

Pawns, Puppet Heads, and Paranoia: An Eccentrics Reading List

Longreads · Jan 31, 2023 · “They’re a little eccentric” is a phrase I suspect most of us have heard used to describe a certain kind of memorable person. For me, it evokes my childhood dentist — an elderly man who favored colorful bow ties and humming loudly as he worke