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State lawmakers pass bill extending protections to transgender people

[ad_1] The state Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill to extend legal protections to transgender New Yorkers. The Democratic-run Assembly and state Senate overwhelmingly approved the Gender Expression and Non-Discrimination Act. GENDA had been blocked in the prior years by the Senate, then under Republican control. The Democrats reclaimed the majority for the first time in a decade in last November’s blue wave election. The measure makes transgender residents a
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Google employees launch campaign to bring discrimination issues out from the shadows

[ad_1] Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 15, 2019, 8:23 PM GMTBy David IngramGoogle workers launched an organized campaign on Tuesday to persuade their employer and the tech industry as a whole to get rid of policies that they claim keep discrimination complaints behind closed doors.A group called Googlers for Ending Forced Arbitration posted stories on Instagram and
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Who’s behind the egg that broke the Instagram world record?

[ad_1] By now, you've heard about the egg, which surpassed a photo of Kylie Jenner's daughter, Stormi, on Sunday as the most-liked post on Instagram. But who did the egg? Whose dumb but ultimately successful idea was this?Here's what we know so far:1. The egg account holder goes by "Henrietta."Henrietta is, according to a report from BuzzFeed News, a "chicken from the British countryside."2. The account holder, however, claims to live
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Opinion | Consider Firing Your Male Broker

[ad_1] When people picture a financial adviser, they typically think of a gray-haired guy who looks like Bernie Madoff, or perhaps a younger man like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The imagined portrait rarely resembles someone like me, a woman. And that underlying perception is fairly accurate.Roughly less than 20 percent of financial advisers are women, a number that has barely budged for the past two
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Apple replaced 11 million iPhone batteries, according to report

[ad_1] Apple replaced 11 million iPhone batteries during the length of its battery replacement program, even though it only expected to replace about 1-2 million of them, according to well-connected Apple insider John Gruber. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the figure during an all-hands meeting that was first reported by Bloomberg. Apple's battery replacement program started last January and ran through December 31. It allowed owners of the iPhone 6
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911 call reveals details of escape from Jake Patterson

[ad_1] CLOSE Jayme Closs escaped from her alleged abductor's residence in Douglas County. Appleton Post-CrescentGORDON - Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog in the Douglas County Town of Gordon when she saw a thin, unkempt teenage girl."I'm Jayme Closs," said the 13-year-old, begging for help.Nutter and her neighbors, Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, would go on to contact authorities on Jan. 10 saying they'd located the Barron teenager who had been missing for 88
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Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census

[ad_1] NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday invalidated the Trump administration’s addition of a U.S. citizenship question to the 2020 census, the first ruling in a handful of lawsuits that claim the query will hurt immigrants. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concealed his true motives in adding the question last March. Ross had said the question - which has not
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LAUSD strike: Teachers’ walkout may have already cost millions

[ad_1] But the Los Angeles teachers' union isn't backing down. In fact, by the end of Tuesday, it wants to "show such a massive presence that disrupts business as usual in downtown LA." An estimated 32,000 Los Angeles teachers and staff members hit the picket lines Monday, demanding lower class sizes, higher salaries and more counselors and nurses in over 1,000 schools. "We have 46, 45, 50 students in a
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I wouldn’t fire Mueller without ‘good cause’

[ad_1] Attorney General nominee William Barr said he “would not carry out” an order from President Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. “I would not carry out” an order to fire Mueller without “good cause.” Sen. Chris Coons said “assuming” there was no good cause. “I would not carry out that instruction,” Barr said Tuesday during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Coons, a Democrat from Delaware,
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Fiscal board asks court to invalidate $6 billion of Puerto Rico’s ballooning debt

[ad_1] The oversight board established by Congress to manage Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis asked a federal court to invalidate $6 billion of the island's ballooning public debt, which is estimated to be nearly $74 billion. The seven-member board — created by the 2016 Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, known as PROMESA — filed a motion to the federal judge overseeing the U.S. territory's debt restructuring, requesting that the
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Government shutdown leads to nearly 43,000 canceled immigration hearings

[ad_1] Jan. 15, 2019, 6:35 PM GMTBy Daniella SilvaThe government shutdown has led to the cancellation of nearly 43,000 immigration hearings as of last week, burdening an already backlogged system, according to data from researchers tracking immigration statistics.Between Christmas Eve and January 11, an estimated 42,726 immigration court hearings have been canceled, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). As the shutdown drags into its 25th day on
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How Government Shutdowns Affect Housing and Design

[ad_1] Now into its third full week, the U.S. federal government shutdown—our country’s longest ever—means that museums such as the Smithsonian and National Parks are closed, 380,000 federal workers are furloughed, and another 420,000 employees are working without pay. Fitch Ratings has warned that the U.S. is at risk of losing its AAA credit rating should the shutdown continue for several weeks more, especially considering the rising federal deficit. And
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Cuomo Swooped in as L-Train Savior, but M.T.A. Rejected Similar Approach Over Safety Concerns

[ad_1] [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]The key to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s surprise decision this month to call off the L-train shutdown is a new repair plan that relies on a less disruptive approach to fixing the tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn, allowing work to be done on nights and weekends.But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority considered a similar idea
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Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol says he’s making the brand visible again

[ad_1] Niccol also wants to remind customers who have left the brand what made them fall in love with Chipotle to begin with. "If you rewind on this business over the last three to four years, the company just went quiet and defensive," Niccol said. "The brand just became invisible. And we are working to make it more visible." While Chipotle is spending about the same amount on marketing as
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Toddler falls from moving car in video. She’s safe, police say

[ad_1] Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutToddler safe after fall from moving vehicle caught on videoA toddler in Minnesota is safe after a fall from a moving car while still in a car seat. A video of the incident was captured by a witness.Post to FacebookSent!A link has been sent to your friend's email address.Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook
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Impact on U.S. government widens on 25th day of shutdown

[ad_1] (Reuters) - The longest shutdown in history affecting a quarter of U.S. government reached its 25th day on Tuesday, with most of the 800,000 employees who have been furloughed or who are working without pay having missed their first paychecks last week. Following a weekend snowstorm, the dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen in the distance as a jogger stops to photograph the Washington Monument in Washington U.S.,
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Federal workers out of work because of the government shutdown turn to GoFundMe campaigns for help

[ad_1] But their stories all have something in common: They reveal the human toll of the partial government shutdown that's now the longest in US history.In recent days more than 1,500 campaigns have been set up on the crowdfunding site by furloughed government employees looking for help, GoFundMe spokeswoman Katherine Cichy told CNN. Together, the campaigns so far have raised more than $300,000.Many of the campaigns started popping up in
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Clemson star Trevor Lawrence enjoyed Trump’s White House feast

[ad_1] Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence was lovin’ President Trump’s fast food spread — and wants to go back for seconds. “It was awesome,” Lawrence told TMZ after chowing down at the White House. “We had McDonald’s and everything. It was good!” The player and his team feasted on 1,000 burgers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King with Trump Monday night to celebrate winning the NCAA Football National Championship. Lawrence
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Democrats boycott Trump’s invitation to talk border, shutdown at the White House

[ad_1] Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 15, 2019, 5:15 PM GMT / Updated 6:08 PM GMTBy Jonathan Allen and Hallie JacksonWASHINGTON — A group of rank-and-file House Democrats rejected President Donald Trump's invitation to lunch at the White House Tuesday, forcing the commander-in-chief to discuss his proposed border wall and the ongoing government shutdown with nine members of the
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Special counsel’s spokesman, Peter Carr, lets nothing out

[ad_1] The trim man with salt-and-pepper hair and broad, kind features can occasionally be seen in court proceedings connected to special counsel Robert Mueller, sitting in the back of courtrooms taking notes in an extra-large government ledger. But Peter Carr, who speaks for Mueller, almost never says a thing. As the spokesman for the special counsel’s office, Carr is one of the only official sources of information on the investigation
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Nairobi Attack: Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Assault

[ad_1] Assailants identified as Shabab militants attacked a Nairobi luxury hotel and office complex on Tuesday, spreading death and panic as the police sealed off the area and evacuated wounded civilians.At least one person was confirmed killed and 15 wounded in the assault in the Kenyan capital, the authorities said, but the death toll appeared to higher based on news-service photographs taken at the scene showing at least four bodies
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Shutdown bites economy as Democrats reject Trump invitation to talk

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as congressional Democrats rejected President Donald Trump’s invitation to discuss the issue. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a "roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities" with state, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January
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Ban on election day ads in papers? Law unlikely to change before Lok Sabha 2019 polls

[ad_1] As of now, only electronic media is barred from showing election publicity material during the last 48 hours before conclusion of polling. A panel, which was asked to propose changes in electoral laws dealing with campaigning in the last 48 hours, has recommended a ban on advertisements in newspapers on election day, but according to senior Election Commission officials statutes are unlikely to get amended ahead of Lok Sabha
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Children die in freezer after climbing into it while playing in Florida

[ad_1] A woman who was with the children on Sunday had gone inside to use the restroom when the children disappeared at a home in Live Oak, Suwannee County sheriff's officials said.Two girls, age 1 and 4, and a 6-year-old boy got into the freezer.The woman returned to the yard, could not locate the children, woke up another woman and they began to search the property and area, authorities said.
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William Barr told Trump that Mueller is a ‘straight shooter’

[ad_1] Attorney General nominee William Barr said he told President Trump that Robert Mueller is a “straight shooter” when the president once quizzed him about the special counsel’s integrity. Barr, testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Tuesday, said he talked to Trump about joining the president’s defense team last summer. “He said, ‘Oh you know Bob Mueller, how well do you know Bob Mueller?'” Barr told the
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‘Ludicrous’ to say my Mueller memo was a bid for AG job

[ad_1] Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 15, 2019, 3:04 PM GMT / Updated 4:39 PM GMTBy Rebecca ShabadWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, said Tuesday that the idea that a memo he wrote last year criticizing the Mueller investigation was a veiled job application is "ludicrous."Shortly after Barr's confirmation hearings got underway Tuesday, Sen. Patrick
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Edward Lifesciences pays Boston Scientific $180 million to end patent row

[ad_1] By Manas Mishra(Reuters) - Edwards Lifesciences Corp has paid rival Boston Scientific Corp $180 million as part of a settlement to end long-standing patent disputes between the two medical device makers.Boston Scientific and Edwards Lifesciences have been embroiled in a number of legal cases for several years involving heart valve replacement systems, including transcatheter aortic valves, in the United States and Europe.All pending cases or appeals in courts and
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Carol Channing, Larger-Than-Life Broadway Star, Dies at 97

[ad_1] Carol Elaine Channing was born in Seattle on Jan. 31, 1921, and grew up in San Francisco, the only child of George and Adelaide (Glaser) Channing. She later recalled that she was both frightened and embarrassed by her mother, a woman of wildly varying moods who kept her from having friends and lied to her teachers about her. But Carol adored her father, a newspaperman turned Christian Science lecturer.In
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Huawei CEO Ren praises Trump, warns arrests could harm relationship

[ad_1] Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei praised President Trump's tax policies Tuesday while speaking in a rare public appearance before international media. But he also hinted the U.S. might be scaring away potential investment through actions like the arrest of his daughter and Huawei's CFO, Meng Wanzhou. "For President Trump as a person, I still believe he is a great president in the sense that he was bold to slash taxes,Ren
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Heavy rains threaten areas burned by wildfires

[ad_1] CLOSE Parts of California that already faced deadly wildfires, now are threatened by winter rain and potential mudslides. USA TODAYMudslides and flooding that forced closure of sections of the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway threatened much of California on Tuesday as heavy rains and snow were forecast deep into the week."There will be no day through at least Thursday when a significant part of California is not being affected by a
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U.S. Justice Department broadens restrictions on internet gambling

[ad_1] FILE PHOTO: U.S. Justice Department building is seen in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department has released a report that broadens restrictions on internet gambling beyond betting on sports. The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel said in a November 2018 report that was released late on Monday that a law called the Wire Act, which had been interpreted in 2011 to
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Man sentenced to 84 years for murder of Chicago student who was killed in 2013

[ad_1] The family had been preparing for a trip overseas and was planning to get Hadiya's passport that coming weekend, Cowley said. "Instead we had to plan her funeral," Cowley said Monday at the sentencing of her 15-year-old daughter's killer. Cowley's reading was aired on CNN affiliate WLS-TV. Hadiya was shot and killed in January 2013 in a case of mistaken identity. A week before she was shot, Hadiya performed
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‘Family Guy’ phasing out gay jokes

[ad_1] The executive producers of the animated comedy “Family Guy” on Fox say they are phasing out jokes about gay people. Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin told Deadline’s sister publication TV Line that the long-running show is evolving, although still decidedly politically incorrect. The Seth MacFarlane series features the adventures of the Griffin family of Quahog, R.I., “If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it
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William Barr attorney general confirmation hearing: Watch live stream as Trump’s pick for A.G. gives testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee

[ad_1] Senate Judiciary Committee members are grilling William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, in his first day of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. At the outset, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the new chairman of the committee, told Barr he should expect to face questions about a memo he wrote that contained language critical of the special counsel's investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice. "You will be challenged,
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Rescuers find candies but can’t reach toddler trapped in Spanish well

[ad_1] Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 14, 2019, 4:07 PM GMT / Updated 3:06 PM GMTBy Laura Saravia, Elisha Fieldstadt and Rachel ElbaumEmergency workers frantically dug a tunnel Tuesday as they tried to rescue a toddler trapped down a deep, narrow well in Spain.The two-year-old boy, whose first name is Yulen, fell down the hole on Sunday.More than 100
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Wild-Styled 2020 Toyota Supra Debuts With More Power and Tech

[ad_1] Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. Toyota unveiled the highly anticipated all-new Supra sports car at the Detroit auto show. Sharing platform and powertrain with the redesigned BMW Z4 roadster, the Supra promises to be a natural heir to the last-generation car that left the market two decades ago but is coveted by enthusiasts even now. The original Supra began as a step up
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Brexit Vote: Parliament Debates E.U. Withdrawal Plan

[ad_1] For Britain, the big vote is finally here.After two and a half years of negotiation, argument, predictions and posturing, Parliament will finally decide on Tuesday on a bill that dictates the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, one of the most closely watched votes the lawmakers are likely to cast in their careers.• Prime Minister Theresa May has spent all her energies trying to convince Parliament —
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Federal court blocks citizenship question on 2020 Census

[ad_1] Joshua Roberts | Bloomberg | Getty Images Wilbur Ross, U.S. commerce secretary, center, listens to questions from members of the media outside the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. A federal court in New York on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration's plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The decision is a win for civil rights groups who argued that the
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Carol Channing, Broadway’s iconic ‘Dolly,’ dead at 97

[ad_1] (Reuters) - Carol Channing, who won over audiences with her giddy, guileless charm in signature roles in Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” died in her California home on Tuesday at the age of 97, according to her publicist. FILE PHOTO: Comedian Carol Channing poses at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California January 3, 2015. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokChanning died of natural
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Jayme Closs abduction: The painstaking steps Jake Patterson says he took to take her

[ad_1] His method to keep her captive had worked for months. But she wasn't there when he returned. The 13-year-old had escaped, leaving footprints outside.So, Patterson climbed back into his red Ford Taurus and drove around looking for the girl he had held captive for 88 days, attempting to salvage what had until then been a meticulously executed abduction, prosecutors say.Police were waiting when he returned."I did it," Patterson told