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RUSSIA-US-ARMS TREATY _ Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin says. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 740 words, photos. With RUSSIA-US-ARMS TREATY-THE LATEST; CHINA-US-RUSSIA-ARMS TREATY _ China calls on Washington, Moscow to preserve nuclear treaty (sent).
GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appears to have almost no choice but to resign after losing support from virtually the entire state Democratic party and other key allies, who urged the governor to leave office because of a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 610 words, video, photos. With GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE-THE LATEST.
STATE OF UNION-HISTORY _ President Donald Trump is the latest chief executive to deliver a State of the Union address during a time of national turmoil, though others may have had it worse. Abraham Lincoln had the Civil War, Richard Nixon had Watergate and Bill Clinton was impeached. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 690 words, photos. With TRUMP-WORLD _ Trump’s State of the Union address will be dissected for clues to how he’ll deal with challenges from abroad. SENT: 1,350 words, photo, graphic; STATE OF UNION-TRUMP-PREVIEW _ Trump plans to embrace unity _ at least for one night. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-ARMS TREATY _ The Trump administration is pulling the plug on a decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia, lifting what it sees as unreasonable constraints on competing with a resurgent Russia and a more assertive China. The move sets the stage for delicate talks with U.S. allies over potential new American missile deployments. By Deb Riechmann, Robert Burns and Matthew Lee. SENT: 1,120 words, video, photos, audio.
ELECTION 2020-CORY BOOKER _ U.S. Sen. Cory Booker declared his bid for the presidency in 2020 with a sweeping call to unite a deeply polarized nation around a “common purpose.” The New Jersey Democrat, who is the second black candidate in a primary field that’s already historically diverse, delivered his message of unity amid an era marked by bitter political division. By Elana Schor. SENT: 920 words, photos, audio.
BRAZIL-DAM COLLAPSE-REGULATIONS _ Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the devastating collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say. By Anna Jean Kaiser. SENT: 860 words, video, photos.
SUPER BOWL PREVIEW _ Nothing about the biggest stage in American sports rattles the New England Patriots. If the Los Angeles Rams are as calm in the Super Bowl, it just might be a classic. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos. With SUPER BOWL-WHY THE PATRIOTS WILL WIN; SUPER BOWL-WHY THE RAMS WILL WIN (both sent).
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GROUNDHOG DAY _ As the Midwest and East Coast try recover from this week’s dangerous Arctic blast, Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog is gearing up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around. SENT: 110 words, photo.
SYRIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE _ Syria’s state news agency SANA says a building damaged during years of war in the northern city of Aleppo has collapsed killing 11 people. SENT: 120 words.
EUROPE-WEATHER _ Wintry weather brought traffic to a halt in some parts of Britain, as sleet, snow and ice trapped motorists in their cars overnight. SENT: 120 words, photos.
TRUMP-HEALTH _ Trump to receive his annual medical checkup Friday at the Walter Reed military hospital, the White House says. SENT: 130 words.
CALIFORNIA STORMS _ A powerful storm descending on California Saturday threatened flooding in the entire San Francisco Bay Area and areas stripped bare by devastating wildfires. SENT: 500 words, photos.
IRAN _Iranian media report that two attackers scaled the wall of a Basij paramilitary base and opened fire, killing one member of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard and wounding five others in the southeastern town of Nikshahr. SENT: 150 words.
MEXICO-ENDANGERED PORPOISE _ Sea Shepherd ship suffers 2nd attack in Sea of Cortez while protecting endangered vaquita porpoise. SENT: 440 words, photo.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE _ A federal judge cautions longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone not to treat the charges against him like a public relations campaign or book tour, and says she may issue a gag order. SENT: 630 words, photos. With TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS _ Senate investigators have evidence revealing the identities behind mysterious phone calls that Donald Trump Jr. had with blocked numbers during the 2016 presidential campaign. SENT: 660 words, photo.
KENTUCKY-CONTESTED ELECTION _ Election officials in Kentucky are reviewing ballots cast in a Kentucky House race where a Democrat was elected by just one vote. Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican state Rep. DJ Johnson by one vote in November. But the Republican-controlled state legislature ordered a recount in the race after Johnson asked for it. The Daviess County Board of Elections will oversee the recount. SENT: 540 words, photo.
ELECTION 2020-GILLIBRAND-NEW HAMPSHIRE _ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand agreed with every position raised by enthusiastic young voters in New Hampshire except one: appointing a bipartisan Cabinet. The New York senator kicked off a weekend of campaigning in the state that will hold the earliest presidential primary next year with a speech in a crowded back corner of a Manchester brewery. She accused President Donald Trump of dividing and weakening the nation and said she would bring it together. SENT: 470 words, photos.
IMMIGRATION-FORCE-FEEDING _ A hunger striker who is being force fed in an immigration detention center says three times a day he is being dragged out of his cell, and strapped to a table so that he can be force-fed through a nasal tube. The striker is among a group of nine men who have been force-fed after refusing food and drink in protest of conditions inside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in El Paso, Texas. SENT: 790 words, photo.
COLORADO RIVER-DROUGHT PLAN _ Two states in the U.S. West have work to do on a plan to combat the shrinking supply of Colorado River water that 40 million people depend on but that’s threatened by a prolonged drought, a federal official says. SENT: 770 words, photos.
JAIL CONDITIONS-NYC _ Hundreds of inmates at a federal jail in New York City have spent days in cold, dark cells amid frigid weather and without access to visitors or email, attorneys for the inmates say. SENT: 710 words.
HAMMER ATTACK _ The suspect in a fatal hammer attack last month at a Chinese restaurant in New York City was arraigned from a psychiatric ward on murder and hate crime charges. SENT: 440 words.
VENEZUELA-HUMANITARIAN AID _ The International Committee of the Red Cross has talked to the United States about the risks of delivering humanitarian aid to Venezuela without the approval of security forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, an official with the agency says. SENT: 410 words, photo. With EMIRATES-VENEZUELA Investment firm in Abu Dhabi says it has bought some 3 tons of gold from Venezuela amid that country’s political turmoil (sent).
UAE-LIMITED TOLERANCE _ The United Arab Emirates has branded a bridge, a new ministry, a family day at the park and even the entire year of 2019 under the banner theme of “tolerance,” an elaborate effort that’s in overdrive as the country prepares to host Pope Francis starting Sunday in the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula. SENT: 970 words, photo.
MEXICO-LABOR UNREST _ A mass strike at 48 “maquiladora,” or manufacturer, plants in Mexico’s border city of Matamoros is heading for victory, bringing pay raises for laborers who make less than $1 an hour, or about 100 pesos a day, assembling auto components and TV sets for export to the United States _ and causing jitters for the business community. SENT: 980 words, photo.
AMAZON-OPPORTUNITY ZONES _ Amazon will not take advantage of a federal program offering massive tax breaks when it builds headquarters in New York City. The internet shopping giant told the New York City Council this week that it had no plans to directly benefit from the Opportunity Zone program offering cuts on federal capital gains taxes as a way to spur development in downtrodden areas. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. SENT: 400 words, photos.
GOLDMAN-MALAYSIAN FUND SCANDAL _ Goldman Sachs Group’s board is taking steps to slash its top executives’ 2018 compensation, depending on the outcome of investigations into the investment bank’s role in the ransacking of a multibillion-dollar Malaysian state investment fund. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. SENT: 340 words, photo.
TV CRITICS WATCH _ Charley Pride finds himself in the spotlight with two upcoming PBS projects. “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me,” is airing as part of the “American Masters” series on Feb. 22. “Country Music,” Ken Burns’ film on the genre’s evolution and the people who created it, will air in September. Pride shrugs off the idea that he’s a legend as one of the few African-Americans to find success in country music. By Beth Harris and Lynn Elber. SENT 990 words, photos.
SUPER BOWL-CARDI B _ Cardi B says she received an offer to perform at the Super Bowl, but struggled with the decision to turn down the lucrative opportunity in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 590 words, photos.
HALL OF FAME _ Tony Gonzalez, the record holder among tight ends in many receiving categories, is a leading candidate in his first year of eligibility on for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 650 words, photos.
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