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Tough trek for Central American migrant caravan heading through Mexico to U.S. border

Tough trek for Central American migrant caravan heading through Mexico to U.S. borderMany had already learned they would not be received in towns with the same hospitality that greeted previous caravans.



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Amazon employees listen to customers through Echo products, report finds

Amazon employees listen to customers through Echo products, report findsEmployees listen to Echo recordings, transcribe and annotate them and feed them back to the software so that Alexa can better grasp human speech.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Meet the Trump supporter trying to take her down through campaign finance complaints

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Meet the Trump supporter trying to take her down through campaign finance complaintsThe man trying to bring down Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her staff for allegedly breaking campaign finance laws during the 2018 midterm elections, is a devout partisan and proud Donald Trump supporter, known for his distaste for the very campaign finance regulations he is using to try and stir up controversy.Dan Backer, a Virginia attorney, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Wednesday, alleging that Ms Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Seikat Chakrabarti engaged in a “scheme” to undercut normal “market value” for campaign services for her and several other progressive candidates.It is a complaint that Mr Backer says shows Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s “hypocrisy” as an advocate for campaign finance reform, even if he does not personally agree with the underlying law. And, it is Mr Backer’s own duality on these issues that campaign finance experts say illustrates how easy it is for partisan complaints to be filed with the FEC and make news with little in-depth scrutiny.“I think much of what they set out to do SHOULD be legal, and the provisions restricting people from engaging in robust political activity in this way are likely unconstitutional, but it’s still the law,” Mr Backer told The Independent in an email.He continued: “And it’s self-aggrandising ‘reformers’ like [Ms Ocasio-Cortez] who seek to make the laws even more burdensome. I would be thrilled if the adjudication here resulted in overturning some of these restrictions, but until then it’s still the law and a self-professed reformer ought to follow the laws.”A request sent to Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s office seeking comment on Mr Backer’s allegations received no reply. She has previously claimed the campaign finance allegations against her originated from a “conspiracy machine”.In the newest complaint, Mr Backer charges that Ms Ocasio-Cortez and Mr Chakrabarti controlled three overlapping entities — the Justice Democrats PAC, the Brand New Congress PAC and Brand New Congress LLC — with a goal to “subsidise cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value”.The complaint details a string of allegations, with multiple different ways that Mr Backer says Ms Ocasio-Cortez may have violated campaign finance laws.“Dan Backer is a longtime actor in this space who has scored some notable victories. He has won, but he also has a reputation for taking a kind of kitchen sink approach,” said Daniel Weiner, the senior counsel for the Brennan Centre for Justice.“He sues the FEC constantly and loses much more often than he wins, though he has won,” Mr Weiner continued. “He’s also, frankly, he’s a very, very committed partisan. Not unlike many people in this bar. He’s also a committed — one might even say ferocious — opponent of campaign finance regulation generally.”Mr Backer’s complaint was filed on Wednesday on behalf of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a conservative activist group that has challenged Ms Ocasio-Cortez for campaign finance violations on at least one other occasion.The foundation is run by Mr Backer and by Shaun McCutcheon, a Republican donor and delegate for Mr Trump who once challenged — and won with Mr Backer’s help — the FEC over limits on aggregate campaign donations to federal candidates during a two year period.In addition to his complaints against Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Mr Backer has been active in Republican politics organising against former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.Mr Backer helped to establish the Stop Hillary PAC, for instance, which was highly critical of her handling of the 2012 attacks on US government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, where a US ambassador was killed. The PAC was later renamed following Mr Trump’s election as the Committee to Defend the President.Mr Backer was also involved in a complaint accusing the Clinton campaign in 2016 of campaign violations related to payments to Fusion GPS – the company that helped produce the dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.With Mr Backer’s signature behind it, the Committee to Defend the President and a separate pro-Trump PAC called Great America PAC have already begun spending big to support the president’s re-election bid. By mid-February, for instance, those two groups had already spent $ 441,038 and $ 821,280, respectively, according to the Centre for Responsive Politics.



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McConnell is trying to leave a lifetime conservative legacy through judicial appointments: Today's talker

McConnell is trying to leave a lifetime conservative legacy through judicial appointments: Today's talkerSenate majority leader, who blocked Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination, accuses Democrats of obstructionism.



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American Airlines to cancel 90 flights every day through most of April

American Airlines to cancel 90 flights every day through most of AprilThe decision comes as a result of the FAA's decision to ground all Boeing 737 Max aircraft.



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Deadly tornadoes smash through Alabama, Southeast: What we know now

Deadly tornadoes smash through Alabama, Southeast: What we know nowFirst responders in Alabama were picking through the rubble Monday of a devastating tornado that killed at least 23 people. Here's what we know.



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SpaceX's Crew Dragon test flight gets through the toughest bit without issue

SpaceX's Crew Dragon test flight gets through the toughest bit without issueSpaceX sent its Crew Dragon capsule skyward on Saturday for a crucial test of its ability to carry human passengers. Now, slightly more than 24 hours later, the next phase of the test has played out. It went well. The Crew Dragon capsule, designated Demo-1, was able to successfully dock with the International Space Station at roughly 3:00 a.m. ET. Although there was no crew aboard this time, SpaceX's reusable capsule is designed to carry up to seven astronauts to and from Earth's orbit. SEE ALSO: SpaceX kicks off a 'new era in spaceflight' with the Crew Dragon launch The company has been sending an earlier version of its capsule to the ISS for a number of years, but in those instances the space station's robotic arm has helped the smaller vehicle successfully dock. For this test, the Crew Dragon's own navigational system handled the docking procedure — and it happened without issue. Capture confirmed! After making 18 orbits of Earth since its launch, @SpaceX’s #CrewDragon spacecraft successfully attached to the @Space_Station via “soft capture” at 5:51am ET while the station was traveling just north of New Zealand. Watch: t.co/oJKHgK8eV7 pic.twitter.com/xO1rU5cAMM — NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2019 Listen to those cheers. Once the capsule docked, the three-person crew aboard the ISS — all of whom were prepared to evacuate during the docking procedure if something went wrong — opened it up to greet Ripley, the sensor-laden dummy that flew in alongside 400 pounds of supplies and a plush Earth doll. The capsule will remain at the ISS for another five days. The hatch is open! At 8:07am ET, crew members aboard our orbiting laboratory opened the hatch between @SpaceX’s #CrewDragon spacecraft and the @Space_Station. Watch: t.co/oJKHgK8eV7 pic.twitter.com/NKFisziToV — NASA (@NASA) March 3, 2019 .@AstroAnnimal welcomes humans aboard the first @SpaceX #CrewDragon to visit the station and introduces two special guests, Ripley and Little Earth, ushering in the era of @Commercial_Crew. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/QqzEEgDWzt — Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 3, 2019 As NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine pointed out on Saturday, the SpaceX test represents a "new era" for American space travel. Astronauts in the U.S. have been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets since NASA's fleet was retired in 2011, but those seats are costly. SpaceX's Crew Dragon (and Boeing's similar Starliner capsule) present an alternative, having been developed under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Space travel is still a costly endeavor, but these capsules were developed in partnership with NASA and the price of a seat is about $ 30 million cheaper. With the successful launch and docking procedure now behind it, only one important test remains for SpaceX's test flight: the return trip. Demo-1 will detach from the ISS on Friday, March 8, and begin the quick journey back to Earth.  It's expected to touch down in the Atlantic Ocean, somewhere off the coast of Florida near Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. If that final phase of the test goes well, NASA astronauts could be heading into space aboard non-NASA rockets as soon as summer 2019. WATCH: Elon Musk says Mars round trip could cost only $ 100,000 one day



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Ivanka Trump endorses working your way up through life

Ivanka Trump endorses working your way up through lifeIvanka Trump, elder daughter of a billionaire president, married to the son of a real estate mogul, thinks Americans want to make their own way up life’s ladder.



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Tornado tears through Columbus, Mississippi, leads to first tornado death of 2019

Tornado tears through Columbus, Mississippi, leads to first tornado death of 2019Stunned residents of Columbus, Mississippi, were picking up the pieces Sunday after a violent tornado ripped through town, leaving one person dead.



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Dueling rallies — for and against Trump — roil through El Paso during president's visit

Dueling rallies — for and against Trump — roil through El Paso during president's visitTrump spoke in El Paso, a border community that has found itself at the center of a divisive national debate over immigration and border security.



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