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United, other airlines step in to (sort of) rescue passengers as WOW Air shuts down

United, other airlines step in to (sort of) rescue passengers as WOW Air shuts downPassengers scrambling to find tickets on other airlines to get home or to their vacation destination are finding limited options.



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Venezuela Shuts Schools and Tells Workers to Stay Home After Big Power Cuts

Venezuela Shuts Schools and Tells Workers to Stay Home After Big Power CutsWhile the communications minister and vice president initially said that the blackout that began Monday afternoon had been resolved, laying blame on an “attack” of the system by political opponents, the lights went out again in the capital city Caracas in the evening. The South American country was recovering from a crippling week-long power failure earlier this month that sparked looting in major cities, exacerbated emergencies in hospitals without generators and spoiled food at a time when many Venezuelans are struggling to eat three meals a day. President Nicolas Maduro continues to blame the U.S. and domestic opponents for sabotage and attacks on the grid while the opposition says his regime has failed to invest and maintain the aging infrastructure.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expertly shuts down conservatives calling for boycott after learning she was a Girl Scout

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expertly shuts down conservatives calling for boycott after learning she was a Girl ScoutAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez will happily buy all the cookies from the Girl Scouts of America. The freshman Democrat shot down calls to boycott the nationwide organisation after conservative columnist Jane Chastain wrote that the group has become “a far cry from those of my youth, which trained us to put God and country before everything else”. Sharing a headline that read “Conservative calls for cookie boycott because AOC used to be a Girl Scout,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted a series of tweets on Thursday mocking the development and celebrating a local Girl Scout group in her district.



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Venezuela shuts sea, air links to Dutch islands amid turmoil

Venezuela shuts sea, air links to Dutch islands amid turmoilCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials said Tuesday that the country is banning air and sea trips to and from three Dutch Caribbean islands — a region that has been linked to efforts to undermine President Nicolas Maduro by sending emergency aid to the South American nation.



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Trump’s acting attorney general shuts down Congress questions on Mueller investigation: ‘Your five minutes is up’

Trump’s acting attorney general shuts down Congress questions on Mueller investigation: ‘Your five minutes is up’Matthew Whitaker’s hearing in the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee became combative on Friday as Democrats pressed the acting attorney general for information on the Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr Whitaker, an appointee of Donald Trump, at one point caused the committee and audience members to gasp in disbelief when he avoided answering a question from the chairman by telling him his time had run out. “Mr Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” he said in response to Jerrold Nadler.



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The Latest: Cold shuts down large Midwest universities

The Latest: Cold shuts down large Midwest universitiesMILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on a major snowstorm and the expected frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local):



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Los Angeles teachers strike for higher pay, 640,000-student system shuts

Los Angeles teachers strike for higher pay, 640,000-student system shutsAbout 640,000 students arriving for classes at some 900 campuses in the Los Angeles County School District were met by teachers carrying picket signs.



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Trump suffers double whammy as Michael Flynn is accused of 'selling out his country' and president's charity shuts

Trump suffers double whammy as Michael Flynn is accused of 'selling out his country' and president's charity shutsDonald Trump suffered a double setback on Tuesday as his former national security adviser Michael Flynn was accused of selling out his country in court and it emerged the president’s charity will be dissolved amid claims of “shocking” illegality.  Mr Flynn, who has admitted to lying to the FBI over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, was reprimanded for his “very serious” offence during a sentencing hearing in Washington DC.  In a blistering rebuke, Emmet Sullivan, a US District Judge, told to Mr Flynn that “arguably you sold your country out”, later adding: "I'm not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offence." At one point the judge even asked prosecutors whether Mr Flynn’s actions could be considered treason, though later walked back the remarks by clarifying that he was not making that suggestion himself.  Judge Sullivan also hinted that he was considering giving Mr Flynn a stint in jail despite his co-operation with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russian election meddling investigation – something that seemed unlikely at the start of the day, given Mr Mueller was calling for leniency.  Donald Trump, left, and Michael Flynn during a presidential campaign event in September 2016 Credit: REUTERS/Mike Sega Eventually the judge delayed the sentencing, indicating that he wanted to fully understand the extent of Mr Flynn’s cooperation with Mr Mueller’s team. No new date was set but a status report is due on March 13 2019.  The courtroom dressing down was another blow for Mr Flynn, a retired US general who became one of Mr Trump’s most prominent supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.  He was handed the plum role of Mr Trump’s first national security adviser in January 2017 but was forced to resign just weeks later over his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then Russian ambassador to the US.  Mr Flynn has admitted to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Mr Kislyak during the transition period after Mr Trump’s November 2016 election victory but before he took office. During that time Barack Obama remained US president.  Mr Trump had wished Mr Flynn "good luck" earlier in the day. "Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him," he said in a tweet.  On the same day Mr Flynn was being criticised in court there were new developments in a lawsuit filed against the president’s charity, the Trump Foundation.  Barbara Underwood, the New York attorney general, announced that the Trump Foundation had agreed it should be dissolved and its remaining funds handed out to other charities, with her office overseeing the process. The deal needs to be approved by a federal judge.  It follows a string of Washington Post stories in recent years claiming that money from the charity had been used to pay legal settlements for Mr Trump’s private business or purchase art from his clubs. Mr Trump has always denied wrongdoing. Michael Flynn, former US national security adviser, exits at federal court in Washington, DC Credit:  Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg He had planned to close down the embattled charity in December 2016 after he won the US election but the move was put on hold pending this investigation.  Mrs Underwood's office begun legal action in June against Mr Trump, his three children – who were on the board – and the charity itself, over accusations of misuse of funds. She said on Tuesday that her investigation found “a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.” Mrs Underwood is continuing to seek more than $ 2.8 million (£2.2m) in restitution and has asked a judge to ban the Trumps temporarily from serving on the boards of other New York nonprofit organisations.



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Jake Tapper Shuts Down Susan Collins' Attempt To Spin Trump Hush Money Payments

Jake Tapper Shuts Down Susan Collins' Attempt To Spin Trump Hush Money PaymentsSen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks more information is needed before she can



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Weekly Standard shuts down

Weekly Standard shuts downConservative magazine often opposed Trump.



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