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What you missed: Tough night for Team USA in PyeongChang

It was a tough night for most of the Americans competing in PyeongChang. Primetime spotlight It was a night full of surprises, with many feel-good storylines ending in disarray. Mikaela Shiffrin was attempting to win back-to-back golds on back-to-back nights. She came up short on a night she didn’t feel or look like herself. She finished fourth, just off the podium in the women’s slalom. Nathan Chen was seeking redemption in the men’s short program. He came up short, faltering on every one of his mandatory elements. On the flip side,…

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NASA Kepler's K2 Mission Scientists Discover 95 New Planets Beyond Our Solar System

NASA’s K2 mission—the current focus of the Kepler spacecraft—has revealed 95 new planets beyond our solar system. The treasure trove of new exoplanets joins the thousands of others that had already been identified as of February 1.   An international team of scientists analyzed 275 possible exoplanets. Of those, 149 were validated and 95 were entirely new. The discovery, published Thursday in the Astronomical Journal, is good news for scientists trying to figure out what planets beyond our solar system might be like. More exoplanets mean more opportunities to parse through what these…

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Winter Olympics 2018: day six from Pyeongchang – live!

More on that… Oh. Other Shaun White stuff. ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) NBC’s botched attempt to ignore the sexual harassment allegations against Shaun White https://t.co/9UuwWTNWb3 pic.twitter.com/3B5Rhsfg9q February 15, 2018 In the men’s ice hockey, Sweden have beaten Norway 4-0. Earlier today and also in that group, Germany beat Finald 5-2. Fancy something to read? I interviewed Zoe Gillings-Brier, GB’s top snowboard crosser, who is terrifyingly impervious to fear. In the third period of that men’s ice hockey, which has been confiscated from our tv screens in favour of an ice skating rerun,…

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Desperate EU budget chief DEMANDS states pay more to cover Brexit: ‘I’m no magician!’

European Union chiefs are facing increasing demands to splurge more money on arms like joint defence, border protection projects and migration. But when Britain leaves the bloc, the exit will drain Brussels coffers of €12billion a year, causing havoc for spending targets. Some EU member states have refused to pay more into the union’s 2021-2017 budget, with Austria joining Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands in opposition. But European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger dismissed the position and predicteda U-turn, Politico reported. The EU chief said: “I know that Austria is…

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Watchdog: Aide altered email so V.A. chief’s wife could travel on taxpayers’ dime

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s chief of staff falsified an email so that the secretary’s wife could accompany him and his staff to Europe last year at taxpayer expense, according to an internal watchdog’s investigation released Wednesday. According to the report by the V.A.’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), Vivieca Wright Simpson, the chief of staff, altered a subordinate’s email to misrepresent the purpose of the 11-day trip so that Shulkin’s wife, Merle Bari, could be reimbursed by the government. The report also said Shulkin improperly accepted tickets…

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Watchdog: Aide to V.A. chief altered email to cover cost of Europe trip

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s chief of staff falsified an email so that the secretary’s wife could accompany him and his staff to Europe last year at taxpayer expense, according to an internal watchdog’s investigation released Wednesday. According to the report by the V.A.’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), Vivieca Wright Simpson, the chief of staff, altered a subordinate’s email to misrepresent the purpose of the 11-day trip so that Shulkin’s wife, Merle Bari, could be reimbursed by the government. The report also said Shulkin improperly accepted tickets…

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Tottenham star Harry Kane praises Juventus draw but has one big Champions League regret

Tottenham found themselves two goals down after just 10 minutes after Gonzalo Higuain’s early brace. But Spurs came roaring back with Kane and Eriksen ensuring they leave Turin with two crucial away goals to their name. And, speaking afterwards, Kane lauded Tottenham‘s fighting spirit – but rued his failure to send them home with a win. “We could have done [capitulated], away from home in the Champions League. It showed character,” he said.  “It was an excellent performance after that and we take two away goals to Wembley. Great result.…

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EU on BRINK: Brussels must offer states MORE post-Brexit or face COLLAPSE -Sweden hits out

Leader of the Centre Party, Annie Loof, said Sweden and other member states should choose where to invest in the EU and Sweden should only participate in the collaboration that the nation thinks fit. The politician added:“The alternative may be that the EU is falling apart.” She also said “the issue of Britain’s exit and a new long-term budget beyond the year 2020 will be put in place for the Union’s future direction”.  The Swedish politician said enhanced economic cooperation between the EU countries is a key issue which needs…

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Liverpool news LIVE updates: Eriksen shock move, Firmino’s huge claim, battle with Arsenal

Liverpool news live updates: gossip and rumours from Anfield Sunday February 11 Christian Eriksen permutation 06:30: Liverpool could launch a shock move for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, according to reports. Liverpool are set to splash the cash this summer with the Reds still in need of a replacement for Philippe Coutinho. Coutinho quit Anfield last month, signing for Barcelona and his old club are yet to bring in someone to fill the void left by his departure. And the Liverpool Echo say Tottenham’s Eriksen is an outside bet, with the…

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EU split over plot to fill £11.5 billion funding black hole after Brexit

The forecasted shortfall comes as the EU plans to invest more into the protection of borders, tackling terrorism and defence. EU leaders are set to discuss the budget gap at a summit on February 23. Germany has stated it will make higher contributions to the EU after Brexit, the German news site Suddeustche Zeitung reports. The figure is deliberately being kept open. Germany’s willingness to pay more is not shared by Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands, who are apparently resisting encouragement to join from Berlin. It has been reported…

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