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Snowstorms to be followed by Arctic outbreak in eastern half of nation

Snowstorms to be followed by Arctic outbreak in eastern half of nationFollowing a pair of snowstorms set to deliver a one-two punch to the midwestern and northeastern United States into this weekend, the coldest air so far this winter season has its sights set on the eastern half of the nation.



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Massive US teachers' strike affects half million pupils

Massive US teachers' strike affects half million pupilsMore than 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job on Monday to press their demands for better pay, smaller class sizes and more educators. The strike — the first in 30 years — is affecting some 500,000 students in the nation’s second largest school district, with intense negotiations in past weeks failing to lead to a breakthrough. “Here we are on a rainy day in the richest country in the world, in the richest state in the country, in a state that’s blue (Democrat) as it can be — and in a city rife with millionaires — where teachers have to go on strike to get the basics for our students,” Alex Caputo-Pearl, the head of the United Teachers Los Angeles union, told a news conference.



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Eastern, central US to face more winter storms, polar plunge after calmer first half of this week

Eastern, central US to face more winter storms, polar plunge after calmer first half of this weekMore winter storms and Arctic air are in the offing for the eastern and central United States after a brief spell of calmer weather through the middle of this week.



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Half those 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrants

Half those 600,000 residents aided by NYC Care are undocumented immigrantsThe comprehensive health care plan ceremoniously unveiled by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is drawing skepticism from some voices in his city.



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Trump to pull half of US troops from Afghanistan

Trump to pull half of US troops from AfghanistanUS President Donald Trump has decided to pull about 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, a US official said Friday, but the Afghan presidency brushed off concerns the drawdown would affect security. The move stunned and dismayed diplomats and officials in Kabul who are intensifying a push to end the 17-year conflict with the Taliban, which already controls vast amounts of territory and is causing “unsustainable” Afghan troop casualties. “If you’re the Taliban, Christmas has come early,” a senior foreign official in the Afghan capital told AFP on the condition of anonymity.



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Before Mars landing, a nail-biting 'six and a half minutes of terror'

Before Mars landing, a nail-biting 'six and a half minutes of terror'“There is very little room for things to go wrong,” said Rob Grover, head of the entry, descent and landing team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. If successful, the entry, descent and landing of the Mars InSight — designed to be the first mission to listen to the interior of another planet and reveal how rocky planets formed — will add another success to NASA’s record when it comes to sending spacecraft to Mars.



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Report links half of Dutch cardinals and bishops to abuse

Report links half of Dutch cardinals and bishops to abuseTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A media report linking half of the cardinals and bishops who served in the Netherlands between 1945 and 2010 to abuse cases has drawn the country's Catholic Church into the church's global sex abuse and cover-up scandal.



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Suspects in the Murder of Kim Jong Un's Half Brother are Trained Assassins, Prosecutors Say

Suspects in the Murder of Kim Jong Un's Half Brother are Trained Assassins, Prosecutors SayTwo women are accused of using the toxic VX nerve agent to kill Kim Jong Nam



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Nearly half of Iowa crude oil spill contained, BNSF says

Nearly half of Iowa crude oil spill contained, BNSF says(Reuters) – Workers have contained nearly half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa over the weekend following a freight train derailment on Friday, BNSF Railway Co said. About 100,000 gallons had been hemmed off using booms out of the estimated 230,000 gallons spilled, BNSF said in a statement on Saturday. The spill has raised concerns about drinking water downstream.



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Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: survey

Americans own nearly half world's guns in civilian hands: surveyAmericans make up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the estimated 857 million weapons in civilian hands at the end of 2017, a survey showed on Monday. The Small Arms Survey, an independent global research project based in Geneva, Switzerland, found that there were more than 1 billion firearms in the world, of which civilians owned 85 percent, while the rest were held by militaries or law enforcement agencies. The number of guns owned by civilians globally rose to 857 million in 2017 from 650 million in 2006, the survey said.



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