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To reverse murder rate, Baltimore embraces a controversial policing strategy

What does a crime-wracked city do if its most effective strategy against gun violence has also fueled allegations of abuse and corruption? The answer, in Baltimore, is to try again ─ but this time, more carefully. Frustrated by the city’s stubbornly high murder rate ─ including a record-setting 2017 ─ Mayor Catherine Pugh fired her police commissioner Friday and replaced him with a career Baltimore cop who promised to expand upon prior efforts at “hot spot policing.” Baltimore, along with many other big American cities, has a complicated relationship with…

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A year after the March, women are sprinting forward

Ginny Dameron didn’t know what to expect from the Women’s March in Austin, Tex., last January. She usually avoids big crowds, and worried about the potential for confrontation. But seeing tens of thousands of people show up at the state capitol, she says, “wowed” her: “It was the sense that we were not alone.” Odelia Younge also felt conflicted over whether to join the March in San Francisco — at first. Her top causes: reproductive and social justice, especially for the black community. “I decided to show up in a…

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US oil BOOM: America to topple Moscow and Saudis to become biggest producer in 2018

Latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts 2018 could be “record-setting” for the US as it looks set to dominate the global market. The respected report predicts: “Relentless growth should see the U.S. hit historic highs above 10 million barrels a day (in production), overtaking Saudi Arabia and rivalling Russia during the course of 2018.” Current crude oil prices are at their highest since December 2014, hitting $70.37 a barrel on Monday. They had pared back a little to $68.69 a barrel on Friday morning. The IEA’s head…

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Wife of deported Michigan man to attend State of the Union

The wife of an undocumented immigrant who was deported to Mexico this week after living in the U.S. for three decades will be attending this year’s State of the Union speech, according to a Michigan congresswoman. Cindy Garcia’s husband, Jorge, was deported on Monday. The 39-year-old father of two was undocumented when he was brought to the U.S. at age 10, according to Cindy Garcia and their family lawyer. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., announced Thursday that she had invited Cindy Garcia to be her guest to President Donald Trump’s first…

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Technology 

Amazon HQ2 list is officially down to these 20 cities – CNET

Amazon Amazon is one step closer to planting a flag for its second headquarters. The world’s largest online retailer announced the final 20 selections Thursday for its HQ2. The list was whittled down from the submitted proposals from 238 communities in the US, Canada and Mexico.  Atlanta  Austin, Texas  Boston Chicago Columbus, Ohio Dallas Denver Indianapolis Los Angeles Miami Montgomery County, Maryland Nashville, Tennessee Newark, New Jersey  New York City Northern Virginia Philadelphia Pittsburgh Raleigh, North Carolina Toronto Washington D.C. Amazon, currently headquartered in Seattle, began its search for a…

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New national defense strategy to shed light on Pentagon’s thinking about war in space

How the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars are likely topics in the administration’s new national defense strategy. WASHINGTON — Space and cyber warfare moved up the national security priority list during the Obama administration, and are expected to rank even higher under the Trump presidency. Details on how the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars should emerge in the national defense strategy that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to unveil Friday. The national defense strategy — a forward-looking take on…

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FEMA nominee who withdrew in controversy helps win $133M Puerto Rico contract

WASHINGTON — A multinational engineering firm contends that a $133 million contract for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico was inappropriately awarded to the firm of President Donald Trump’s former pick for a top FEMA position, who withdrew his nomination after NBC News revealed that he had been under federal investigation. AECOM, the firm that lost the bid, has formally challenged the Puerto Rican housing department’s decision in December to award the lucrative contract to Adjusters International, a New York-based disaster recovery firm. Daniel Craig, Adjusters’ senior vice president, withdrew his…

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook post pressures Congress to act on DACA – CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is using his vast reach to try to help DACA recipients.   James Martin/CNET After joining 100 tech CEOs earlier this month in calling for a DACA extension, Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook Wednesday to keep the pressure on Congress.  The CEO of the social media giant posted on his site, urging people to call their congressional representatives and to learn more about the issue. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s a program started by then-President Obama in 2012, allowing people who illegally…

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‘We are on your side!’ EU leader promises to DEFEND Ireland in Brexit battle with UK

The leader of the Group of the Greens and European Alliance Philippe Lamberts promised Irish Prime Minister the EU is on his side in the Brexit battle against the UK.  Addressing Leo Varadkar in European Parliament, Mr Lamberts said: “You have demonstrated again in your speech the depth of your country and the commitment to the European project. “We all got familiar with your name at the occasion of the Brexit debate and Ireland is obviously the member state that will be most affected by it. “Not just for economic…

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