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Physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at 76

ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” his ...

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Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

By ALAN FRAM, ANDREW TAYLOR and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government late Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant “dreamers” ...

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AP: US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, ...

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Tennessee statue of former Confederate general painted pink

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Confederate statue on private property along an interstate in Tennessee has been painted pink in the latest act of vandalism there. The Tennessean reports the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest seems to have been painted late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The statue portrays the early Ku Klux ...

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Confederate statues removed after Memphis sells public parks

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A private group headed by a county commissioner and fueled by anonymous donations bought two parks from the city of Memphis at little cost this week, allowing for the swift removal of two Confederate statues that had sparked conflict for years. Shelby ...

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IOC: Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics — just not with their anthem playing or their nation’s flag rising above them. The International Olympic Committee barred Russia and its sports leaders from the upcoming games in South Korea ...

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