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Feds to retry Sen. Menendez on corruption charges

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department notified a federal judge Friday that it will again put Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey on trial, after a jury deadlocked and ended an earlier prosecution in a mistrial. “The conduct alleged in the indictment is serious and warrants retrial before a jury of citizens in the District of New Jersey,” the Justice Department said. “An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public,” government lawyers told the judge. A spokesman for Menendez said prosecutors evidently “did not hear the overwhelming…

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How to watch Patriots vs. Jaguars online – CNET

Boston Globe Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots to yet another AFC Championship game against the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars. Will the Patriots’ ageless quarterback solve Jacksonville’s dominating defense? Or can Blake Bortles take the Jaguars to their first ever Super Bowl? These questions will be answered on Sunday. Here’s how you can watch the game if you don’t have cable. What: AFC Championship game When: Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3:05 p.m. ET Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Channel: CBS Streaming options To watch the AFC Championship game, you’ll…

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Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

West Hollywood is painted with rainbow flags. Known as “The Creative City,” this counterculture hub is set in rolling hills, thrumming with thrift stores, vegetarian restaurants, and, since Jan. 1, four dispensaries selling recreational cannabis. The most populous state in the union, with 39 million people, started allowing legal recreational pot sales three days before the Justice Department threatened to step up enforcement of federal prohibition.  As people waiting in a line outside West Hollywood’s MedMen brush off a rainstorm, Iain McDonald, an actor and Lyft driver from Australia, says he’s puzzled…

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Atlas V rocket launch live stream: How to watch online – What time is the launch TONIGHT?

What time is the Atlas V launch?  The rocket is due to blast off at 12.48am GMT (19:48 ET) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida.  The launch was due to take place yesterday but was abandoned due to technical difficulties.  The United Launch Alliance (ULA), who operate the Atlas rockets, tweeted last night: “Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission was scrubbed today due to a ground issue associated with the booster liquid oxygen system.” How to watch the Atlas V rocket launch…

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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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Pentagon space posture: Don’t even try to mess with us

Mattis: “We have to have capabilities to deny them what they want to achieve.” WASHINGTON — The title of the 2018 National Defense Strategy — “Sharpening the American Military’s Competitive Edge” — pretty much sums up the tone that has been set by Secretary Jim Mattis. The plan is straightforward: compete, deter and win. And that applies to outer space, too. “Space is like any other domain of war,” Mattis said Friday following a speech at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies here, where he laid out the broad…

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A year into 'America First,' the world eyes US – and Trump – with less trust

One year ago this weekend, Donald Trump used his inaugural presidential speech to issue what he called “a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power.” “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First,” he declared. “America First.” The world winced and waited with bated breath. What would this blunt assertion of US self-interest mean? Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? Twelve months on, some of the biggest shoes have yet to drop. The president…

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North Korea WARNING: China NOT INTERESTED in stopping rogue nation’s march to World War 3

North Korea has been fueling fears of World War 3 with its refusal to shut down its nuclear weapons development programme in spite of international pressures. China – North Korea’s only close allies in the region – voted in favour of harsher UN sanctions but has continued to economically support the rogue nation by allowing tourists to enter the country Former US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Beijing has repeatedly failed “to come through” on sanctions, warning it could undermine international efforts to push for denuclearisation. He said: “The reality…

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Finnish president signs space act as country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite launched

WARSAW, Poland — Shortly after a Finnish company successfully launched the country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö signed the country’s first comprehensive space legislation. The act was drafted by a working group set up to establish a clear framework for the country’s space industry. The legislation creates regulations for local satellite operators, a licensing scheme for space industry players, and the rules for maintaining a national satellite register. The act’s signing Jan. 12 was preceded by the launch of the country’s first commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR)…

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Federal shutdown drama grows as Senate stalls spending vote

WASHINGTON — House Republicans overcame a major obstacle late Thursday when the most conservative wing of the conference announced its support for the short-term spending measure to avoid a government shutdown. The measure passed the House on a mostly party line 230-197 vote. But the fate of the measure is uncertain in the Senate where at least six Republican senators have come out against the measure and Democrats are confident they can block it from advancing. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has proposed a shorter stop-gap measure, lasting just four…

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