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IMMIGRATION-FORCE-FEEDING _ Federal immigration officials are force-feeding six immigrants through plastic nasal tubes during a hunger strike that’s gone on for a month inside a Texas detention facility, The Associated Press has learned. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say 11 detainees at the El Paso Processing Center have been refusing food, some for more than 30 days. Detainees who reached the AP, along with a relative and an attorney representing hunger strikers, said nearly 30 detainees from India and Cuba have been refusing to eat, and some are now so weak they cannot stand up or talk. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.
CHACO CANYON-DRILLING _ U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites sacred to Native American tribes. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 620 words, photo.
UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN _ As the Trump administration pushes for peace in Afghanistan, a U.S. watchdog report says Afghan security forces are shrinking, gaps in security are growing, and the Taliban are largely holding their own despite a surge in American bombing. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 680 words, photos.
WHERE’S TRUMP? _ No televised roundtables with Cabinet secretaries. No freewheeling speeches from the Oval Office. No shouted comments on his way to Marine One. Where’s the president? While the federal government is open again, President Donald Trump has been staying behind closed doors. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 650 words, photo. With TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY _ Democrats open budget talks with plan lacking wall money.
WINTER WEATHER _ The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze is expected to ease, though temperatures could still tumble to record lows in some places before the region begins to thaw out. Disruptions caused by the cold will persist, too, including power outages and canceled flights and trains. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, videos. With WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST.
VENEZUELA-VIGNETTES _ Venezuelans of every age, class and profession pour into the streets of the capital to demand that President Nicolas Maduro step down and to express their support for the young opposition leader who has declared himself interim president. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ Venezuela Protest (CR) _ Opposition protesters urge Maduro to step down. With VENEZUELA-POLITICAL CRISIS _ Venezuelans take to streets in walkout to push Maduro out.
EMIRATES-POPE-CATHOLICS _ Pope Francis’ visit to the United Arab Emirates next week marks the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam. The pontiff will visit Abu Dhabi, the headquarters of the Catholic Church’s Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, which covers the UAE, Oman and Yemen. A diverse and international flock awaits him. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 910 words, photos.
ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MIDWEST _ The clearest path for Democrats to reclaim the White House runs through the upper Midwest, and the party could soon have multiple presidential contenders who have deep roots in the region. The two biggest Midwestern Democratic names in the mix for 2020 are Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. By Elana Schor and Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,140 words, photo.
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EMPIRE CAST MEMBER-ATTACK _ Police release photos of “persons of interest” in “Empire” actor attack. SENT: 710 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: _ US IL Actor Attacked (CR) _ Police report people of interest in actor attack.
RAND-PAUL-ASSAULTED _ Sen. Rand Paul awarded more than $580,000 after neighbor’s attack. SENT: 720 words, photos.
CANADA ‘BIRD BOX’ FOOTAGE _ Canada condemns Netflix for using rail disaster images. SENT: 270 words, photo.
STATE OF THE UNION-GUEST _ Former Trump worker to attend State of the Union speech. SENT: 180 words.
FACEBOOK-LIVE-SEX-ASSAULT _ Georgia man accused of livestreamed sex assault is arrested, charged. SENT: 130 words.
EXOSKELETONS FOR WORKERS _ Companies hope vests will ease burden for assembly workers. SENT: 140 words, video.
MALAYSIA-NEW KING _ Malaysia crowns Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah as 16th king. SENT: 350 words, photos.
OUTDOOR RETAIL SHOW-POLITICS _ Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure _ though its impact is difficult to measure. SENT: 880 words, photos.
MANSON FOLLOWER-PAROLE _ A California panel recommends that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, 69, be paroled after serving more than four decades in prison. SENT: 570 words, photos.
UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENTS _ Colleges made strong returns on their financial investments last year, but experts worry the gains could be jeopardized by spending increases. SENT: 640 words, photo.
DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ Michigan State University’s failure to detect and stop sexual assaults by now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar indicates a lack of institutional control, according to a U.S. Department of Education report. SENT: 680 words, photo.
TEXAS EXECUTION _ A 61-year-old Texas inmate is executed for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago. SENT: 910 words, photo.
TAIWAN-CHINA-POLITICAL DIVIDE _ China’s President Xi Jinping sought to sway public opinion on Taiwan in favor of unification with a speech mixing carrots and sticks, but instead Taiwan’s independence-leaning leader has seen a surge in support. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.
EL SALVADOR-ELECTIONS-BUKELE _ A young businessman and former mayor of El Salvador’s capital is the front-runner in Sunday’s presidential election, appearing well positioned to break the hold of the two parties that have dominated government for three decades. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
ISRAEL-SHARK HOTSPOT _ Hot water around industrial plant in coastal Israeli city draws schools of sharks ... and tourists. SENT: 780 words, photos.
RESTORED DISTILLERY _ Whiskey makers are used to long waits, but restoring a 19th century building took a Kentucky distillery longer than most bourbons need to mature. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SUPER BOWL-72 DOLPHINS _ Eleven years after trying to match Miami’s undefeated season of 1972, New England is now trying to match another Dolphins accomplishment _ winning the Super Bowl a year after losing the game. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 660 words, photos. With SUPER-BOWL-NFL-CHOIR _ Choir combines NFL players’ love of gospel music, football.
TV CRITICS WATCH _ CBS is betting big on “The World’s Best,” handing over the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot to the new talent competition shepherded by reality TV titans Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
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