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WATCH: ‘A huge blessing’: Troy Polamalu reacts to entering Hall of Fame with former coach Bill Cowher

Polamalu also explained why Pittsburgh will always be home and how he now has two “yinzers” of his own, his two sons.

Source: WATCH: ‘A huge blessing’: Troy Polamalu reacts to entering Hall of Fame with former coach Bill Cowher

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Brexit’s happened… so what now? – BBC News

What now? It’s happened.

A dreary night didn’t discourage those celebrating in Parliament Square. We wake this morning out of the European Union. But we follow their rules until the end of the year, without a say.

We are separate after more than 40 years, but remember much of the status quo will hold for now – the UK and the EU, the awkward couple, finally divorced – but still sharing a house and the bills.

But what the prime minister hails as a new era, a bright new dawn, starts months of hard bargaining with our neighbours across the Channel.

The UK’s requests: a free trade agreement, cooperation on security, and new arrangements for fishing are just some of the vital arguments that lie ahead.

Within days, Boris Johnson – and the EU too – will set out their opening positions. And at home, the government must hurry to adapt many of our systems that are plumbed into the EU. The prime minister is adamant that process must not run beyond the end of the year.

Source: Brexit’s happened… so what now? – BBC News

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John Delaney drops out of Democratic presidential race days before Iowa caucus

Delaney did not endorse another Democrat for president but vowed to support the eventual Democratic nominee.

Source: John Delaney drops out of Democratic presidential race days before Iowa caucus

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Massive crowds form for Trump’s New Jersey rally amid impeachment fight | Fox News

Sprawling lines were forming overnight in the Jersey Shore destination of Wildwood in anticipation of President Trump’s campaign rally scheduled for late Tuesday, in a show of support by Trump’s faithful amid the bruising impeachment fight back in Washington.

The scene is striking considering Jersey’s political reputation as a blue state. But as Rep. Jeff Van Drew suggested Tuesday morning, the southern part of the state where Trump is heading may be more MAGA-friendly.

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“South Jersey’s forgotten about sometimes,” said Van Drew, a former Democrat who switched parties to become Republican after the House impeachment vote that he opposed. He represents much of South Jersey and plans to accompany Trump Tuesday night — and pocket a presidential endorsement in the process.

“There are people that are excited, homemade signs, all kinds of activities, people are camping out, just thousands and thousands of people,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”

He claimed over the weekend it was his understanding that 100,000 ticket requests had been submitted, for a venue that holds 7,500. The actual number of rally attendees is unclear, though the campaign reportedly will set up large TVs outside for the overflow crowd to watch.

Source: Massive crowds form for Trump’s New Jersey rally amid impeachment fight | Fox News

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Asian markets sink on continued worries about China virus – MarketWatch

TOKYO — Asian shares skidded again Tuesday on deepening worries over the expanding outbreak of a new virus in China.

Markets in Hong Kong and mainland China were closed Tuesday for Lunar New Year holidays, while South Korea’s 180721, -3.09%   benchmark tumbled 3.2% as it reopened after its own holidays.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index NIK, -0.55%   lost 0.9% , while Australia’s S&P ASX/200 XJO, -1.35%   slipped 1.6%. Shares also fell in Taiwan Y9999, +0.24%  , Jakarta JAKIDX, -0.36%   and Singapore STI, -1.81%  .

China has extended its national holiday by three days so that offices should reopen on Monday. Shanghai’s holiday was extended until Feb. 9.

Overnight, a sell-off on Wall Street gave the Dow its first 5-day losing streak since early August and handed the S&P 500 its worst day since early October. The latest bout of selling on Wall Street came after China announced a sharp rise in cases of the virus.

“How long and how deep the correction lower will last, depends both on the success of China’s efforts to control the viral spread, and the prevalence of its occurrence internationally,” Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary.

Airlines, resorts and other companies that rely on travel and tourism suffered steep losses. Gold prices rose as did bonds as traders sought refuge in safer holdings.

Source: Asian markets sink on continued worries about China virus – MarketWatch

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AOC rips ‘shameful’ Supreme Court ruling allowing ‘public charge’ immigration rule

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed a Supreme Court ruling that allows the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, which is aimed at reducing the number of green card applicants who may use public benefits, to take effect.

“This is shameful,” the New York Democrat tweeted Monday. “America shouldn’t have a wealth test for admission. It’s a place where millions of people are descendants of immigrants who came w nothing & made a life. The American Dream isn’t a private club with a cover charge — it’s the possibility of remaking your future.”

Her tweet came just after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of what some have called a “wealth test,” making it easier to deny legal permanent residency and a path to citizenship to immigrants who receive food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid.

Source: AOC rips ‘shameful’ Supreme Court ruling allowing ‘public charge’ immigration rule

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‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

A district notification said the closure will be in place as “an abundance of caution and until the investigation can be thoroughly completed.”

Source: ‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

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Schiff ‘has not paid the price’ for impeachment, Trump says 

The president on Sunday escalated his attacks on Democratic Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, as the Senate trial enters its second week.

Source: Schiff ‘has not paid the price’ for impeachment, Trump says in what appears to be veiled threat

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Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain – CNN

New York (CNN Business)America’s biggest retailers are pushing back against this country’s largest meat processors. The future of the nation’s food chain is on the line.

Walmart last week opened a meatpacking plant in south Georgia that will cut, package and label its own brand of steaks and roasts to deliver to meat cases at 500 stores in the region. It is Walmart’s first meatpacking plant. Costco has also developed its own farm-to-store poultry production operation in Nebraska to control some of its chicken production.
Although Walmart’s plant is a step toward a farm-to-shelf meat production, Walmart doesn’t actually operate the facility, nor does it own any cows or butcher the meat. An outside processor will operate the plant in Thomasville, Georgia, 20 miles from the Florida border and a little bigger than the size of a Walmart supercenter.

The plant’s opening is the latest move in top US retailers’ attempts to muscle into the food supply chain, an area traditionally dominated by food processors. Four companies control around 85% of the US cattle market, according to the Department of Agriculture. Walmart (WMT) buys its beef from Tyson (TSN) and Cargill, and it’s Tyson’s largest customer.”I think the broader implications are more big retailers exploring expanding into processing themselves versus buying the product from a current packer or processor,” said David Anderson, agricultural economist at Texas A&M University.

Source: Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain – CNN

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Stuck in Washington: Democratic senators trade presidential campaign for impeachment trial – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)As the clock above the entrance to the Senate chamber inched toward 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar looked antsy.

It was nearly time for her “tele-town hall” virtual meeting with potential Iowa caucus-goers, and while the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump appeared to be winding down for the night, it was clear she was going to be late.
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially closed the session, Klobuchar was already halfway to the door, a purse over her shoulder, before any of the other senators had risen from their desks. After a quick ride across Constitution Avenue to an office building just off Capitol Hill, she finally joined the town hall just after 10 p.m. — video conferencing in from a drab conference room.
Klobuchar began with an apology: “Sorry, this is a little later than we planned.”

Source: Stuck in Washington: Democratic senators trade presidential campaign for impeachment trial – CNNPolitics

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Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announces he will not seek reelection

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, the most prominent fiscal and social conservative in state government, will hold a news conference Thursday amid speculation in the Capitol this week that he will leave the powerful office after five years.

Source: Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announces he will not seek reelection

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Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: ‘Nobody Likes Him’ – The New York Times

Mrs. Clinton also dodged a question about whether she’d endorse and campaign for Mr. Sanders if he were to win the Democratic nomination.

Source: Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: ‘Nobody Likes Him’ – The New York Times

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CNN obtains proposed Senate impeachment rules for trial – YouTube

The impeachment organizing resolution text from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gives House impeachment managers and the President’s legal team 24 hours each to make their opening arguments over two days. CNN’s Phil Mattingly reports.

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Ellwood hospital cited 40 times by PA health department under Americore – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

Since Americore Health LLC took over the now-closed Ellwood City Medical Center in October 2017, it has been cited more than 40 times by the state Department of Health.

Source: Ellwood hospital cited 40 times by PA health department under Americore – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

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Britain has to solve its heating problem to meet its ambitious climate goals – CNN

London (CNN Business)The United Kingdom made history last year when it became the first major economy to commit to pumping no more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than it removes by 2050.

Dozens of countries have since followed its lead to achieve “net zero” emissions, and with three decades to go before the deadline, Britain’s progress provides a promising blueprint.
Its carbon emissions were 44% below 1990 levels in 2018, with renewable energy now accounting for 33% of its energy mix and coal contributing just over 5%. That is thanks in large part to its success with offshore wind and focus on nuclear energy.

Source: Britain has to solve its heating problem to meet its ambitious climate goals – CNN

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Who Is Your All-Time Favorite Pittsburgh Disc Jockey? | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

PITTSBURGH, PA – National Disc Jockey Day occurs every January 20 to commemorate the death date of Alan Freed, one of the nation’s early influential DJs. Freed is credited with popularizing the term “rock and roll” while working at radio stations in Akron, Cleveland and New York in the 1950s.

Pittsburgh has had numerous talented DJs since Freed coined that term. Given that today is meant to honor them, it’s an appropriate time to ask: Who is your all-time favorite DJ and why?

  • Randy Baumann (WDVE)
  • Big Bob (96.1 KISS)
  • Jack Bogut (KDKA, WTAE, WSHH, WJAS)
  • Bubba (B-94, Star 100.7)
  • Chuck Brinkman (KQV, WTAE, WFFM-WMYG)
  • Bill Cardille (WJAS)
  • Porky Chedwick (WAMO, WEDO)
  • Jeff Christie a.k.a.Rush Limbaugh (KQV)
  • Rege Cordic (KDKA)
  • Chris DeCarlo (WYDD, WDVE, Y108)
  • John Garry (WTAE, WHTX)
  • Steve Hanson (WDVE, WMYG, 3WS)
  • George Hart (KQV, WXKX, 3WS, WPNT)
  • Jim Krenn (WDVE)
  • Terry Lee (WMCK, WIXZ)
  • Sean McDowell (WYDD, WYTK, WRRK, WDVE)
  • Jim Merkel (WPEZ, 3WS)
  • Michele Michaels (WDVE)
  • Mikey (96.1 KISS)
  • Larry O’Brien (WTAE, WHTX)
  • Scott Paulsen (WHTX, WDVE, WRKZ)
  • Clark Race (KDKA)
  • Jimmy Roach (WDVE, WMYG, Y108)
  • Cris Winter (WXXP, WDVE, WISH)

Source: Who Is Your All-Time Favorite Pittsburgh Disc Jockey? | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

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Graham calls for swift end to impeachment trial, warns Dems against calling witnesses | Fox News

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that his initial plan of a pre-trial dismissal of the impeachment case against President Trump is now unlikely to happen, but he is pushing for trial to now begin and end as quickly as possible.

Source: Graham calls for swift end to impeachment trial, warns Dems against calling witnesses | Fox News

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle will no longer use royal titles, Queen and Buckingham Palace announce | Fox News

Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace released a joint statement on Saturday confirming that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer use their royal titles and will move forward with their initial Megxit plan in the spring of 2020.

Source: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle will no longer use royal titles, Queen and Buckingham Palace announce | Fox News

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Virginia’s top House Republican warns white supremacist garbage to stay away from gun rally – Reuters

(Reuters) – Virginia’s House Republican leader said on Saturday that white supremacists and any other groups trying to spread “hate, violence, or civil unrest” were not welcome at a pro-gun rally in the state’s capital on Monday, which is expected to draw thousands.

Source: Virginia’s top House Republican warns white supremacist garbage to stay away from gun rally – Reuters

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Why Technology Advanced So Quickly the Past 200 Years | Intellectual Takeout

Technology has advanced exponentially since the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago. But why?

That’s a question I’ve frequently wondered about, and one that Lewis Mumford sought to answer in his 1934 classic Technics & Civilization.

Below are four of the ideological shifts that Mumford believes prepared the way for the modern development of technology:

1) The Invention of the Clock

The invention of the mechanical clock—which appeared in medieval cities in the 13th century—was prepared for by the European monasteries, which desired to create a more ordered and regulated existence apart from the chaos that dwelt outside their walls.

2) A Changed Understanding of Space and Movement

The Middle Ages tended to conceive space as primarily symbolic of the divine. According to Mumford, “a revolutionary change in the conception of space took place” between the 14th and 17th centuries,

3) The Influence of Capitalism

The shift from a barter economy to a capitalist one brought about “constant reference to abstract symbols of wealth: gold, drafts, bills of exchange, eventually merely numbers.

4) A Turn from the Supernatural to the Natural

“Meanwhile, with the transformation of the concepts of time and space went a change in the direction of interest from the heavenly world to the natural one… Nature [now] existed to be explored, to be invaded, to be conquered, and finally, to be understood.”

Source: Why Technology Advanced So Quickly the Past 200 Years | Intellectual Takeout