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Former Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke sentenced to 81 months for fatally shooting Laquan McDonald

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced Friday to six years and nine months in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, more than four years after the shooting.

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Settle in with these weekend reads

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Here's what you might have missed during this busy week.

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Fact-checking Trump's move against Pelosi's Afghanistan trip

Over the past few days, the political gridlock that's led to the longest government shutdown in US history has devolved into a tit-for-tat between ...

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Released NYPD emails show extensive surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters

Hundreds of recently released New York Police Department emails show the lengths that officers took to keep a close watch on activists during Black ...

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Stalled shutdown talks leave Trump feeling cold

A year ago, President Donald Trump was spending a holiday weekend in the South Florida sun, making morning excursions to his golf course and passing ...

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Homeland Security says it will provide security assistance to Super Bowl despite shutdown

The Department of Homeland Security says it will still provide federal support to the Super Bowl this year, despite the partial government shutdown. ...

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House panel demands answers from Trump administration on 'zero tolerance' family separation policy

A House panel sent a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting he turn over documents related to the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that led to the separation of families apprehended along the southern ...

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4,141 Latvians Were Just Outed as K.G.B. Informants

Is the newly released Soviet-era archive a real record of collaboration or a time bomb planted by agents as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991?

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Hunter Biden says his divorce won't impact whether his father runs for president

Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, doesn't think his divorce and business dealings will affect whether his father will decide to run for president in 2020, he told Vanity Fair in a statement.

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What TSA is telling key officials to say about the shutdown

Top Transportation Security Administration management has instructed key agency officials at airports around the country to not make details public ...

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Lawmakers lambast Pentagon climate report

Hurricane Florence ravaged Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in September, leaving behind an estimated $3.6 billion worth of wreckage. ...

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Why US intelligence should release any Khashoggi files

It is imperative that US intelligence agencies release files indicating whether they knew of the threat to Khashoggi and what, if anything, they did to warn him of it, write Jameel Jaffer and Joel Simon

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Republicans stay mum on bombshell BuzzFeed reporting

Republicans are so far reacting cautiously -- or keeping quiet -- in the wake of a bombshell BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

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Davos isn't the next center of globalization. CES is

Smart investors will spend more time at CES than Davos, writes Christopher Smart, head of macroeconomic and geopolitical research at Barings. Free trade matters for the economy, but tech matters more.

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Winter storm expected to bring snow and ice to millions in Midwest and Northeast

A series of winter storms moving across the country will bring significant snow to the North and heavy rains to the South on Friday and into the weekend. About 100 million people are under some form of a winter storm watch, warning or advisory.

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5G will have an enormous impact on the world

5G will go beyond mobile broadband and impact self-sustaining modern human establishments like smart cities, robotics and self-driving cars, and ...

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Susan Pompeo's travels during shutdown anger some diplomats, sources say

At a time when most State Department staff weren't allowed to travel for work and some weren't even allowed to use their work phones, Secretary of ...

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An Alabama church handed out $16,500 to hundreds of furloughed federal workers

The First Baptist Church in Huntsville opened its doors to help local workers struggling with the longest federal government shutdown in US history.

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American journalist who works for Iranian TV held as material witness

Marzieh Hashemi, an American anchor working for Iran's state television, is being held in the United States as a material witness and has not been accused of any crimes, a court document shows.

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Zimbabwe shuts down internet as UN slams military crackdown

Zimbabwe's military has been accused of brutality and human rights abuses in the country following days of protests over a massive hike in gas prices.

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Bush gets pizza for Secret Service, calls for an end to the shutdown

Former President George W. Bush called for federal lawmakers to "put politics aside" and end the government shutdown in an Instagram post Friday that ...

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Supreme Court drops 2020 census case

The Supreme Court said on Friday that it will no longer hear a case related to the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to ...

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The role women play in the success of their billionaire husbands

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and CEO, and his wife MacKenzie, a lauded novelist and former accountant for Amazon, recently announced their 25-year ...

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The Insulin Wars

How insurance companies farm out their dirty work to doctors and patients.

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Loose Ends: An Adjunct Instructor’s Final Syllabus

You can talk to me for five minutes while I’m walking to my car.

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BuzzFeed’s Cohen Story Suggests Trump Never Wanted to Be President

His campaign was a marketing venture. Why else refuse to put business on hold?

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Colombia Car Bombing Suspect Belonged to Rebel Group, Government Says

The man who attacked a police academy with a car bomb belonged to the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the largest guerrilla group remaining in the country, the defense ministry said.

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