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Left vs. Right: State pols set to battle over voter rights, guns and unions

New year, new fights. As state legislatures across the country prepare to go into session, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are primed to tackle — and clash over — specific solutions to new problems and old troubles that haven’t been dealt with. Progressive legislators are focused on legalizing marijuana and passing gun control, while conservative lawmakers are prioritizing measures dealing with reining in unions and immigration. Here’s a look at the coming wars in U.S. Statehouses. On the left… Workers’ rights: With many states raising their minimum wage…

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What school will Prince George attend? Expert claims Kate Middleton will get her way

Prince George, four, currently attends the private Thomas’s School in Battersea. The son and eldest child of Kate Middleton and Prince William, both 35, has the pick of British schools thanks to his royal heritage. So which will he attend? Will he be educated like his grandfather Prince Charles at a traditional Scottish school, or follow his father into Eton? One royal expert believes Kate Middleton will lead the way when it comes to which school George will attend.  Prince Charles, 69, the Queen’s eldest son, attended numerous schools, including…

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What’s in a name? Plenty of controversy when it’s Macedonia

LONDON — What’s in a name? For the uneasy European neighbors of Macedonia and Greece, quite a lot actually. In one of the strangest international disputes still playing out on the world stage, these two countries have been quarreling for more than a quarter of a century about what Macedonia should be called. It’s not just symbolic: The dispute has seen Greece block Macedonia’s potential accession to NATO and the European Union, as well as imposing a brief but crippling trade embargo in the mid-1990s. “The key objective is to…

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Greece is forcing this country to change its name. Now it might get into NATO.

LONDON — What’s in a name? For the uneasy European neighbors of Macedonia and Greece, quite a lot actually. In one of the strangest international disputes still playing out on the world stage, these two countries have been quarreling for more than a quarter of a century about what Macedonia should be called. It’s not just symbolic: The dispute has seen Greece block Macedonia’s potential accession to NATO and the European Union, as well as imposing a brief but crippling trade embargo in the mid-1990s. “The key objective is to…

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Too soon to blame romaine lettuce, CDC says

It’s still too early to blame romaine lettuce for an outbreak of E. coli sickness that’s affected at least 57 people in Canada and the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. No new cases have been diagnosed since early December, but that doesn’t mean the outbreak is over, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC’s Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Escherichia coli bacteria magnified 7000 times PASIEKA / Getty Images/Science Photo Library And acting too soon to blame one particular crop might leave people at risk in…

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Too soon to blame romaine for E. coli outbreak, CDC says

It’s still too early to blame romaine lettuce for an outbreak of E. coli sickness that’s affected at least 57 people in Canada and the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. No new cases have been diagnosed since early December, but that doesn’t mean the outbreak is over, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC’s Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Escherichia coli bacteria magnified 7000 times PASIEKA / Getty Images/Science Photo Library And acting too soon to blame one particular crop might leave people at risk in…

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Extreme weather in US and Australia may be due to climate change

Getty Images 2018 is barely a week old, but it has already brought some stunning weather extremes. Australia has experienced a heatwave, with thermometers hitting 47.3 °C in Sydney on 6 January. To stay cool, New Scientist’s local reporter Alice Klein says she had to sleep under a wet towel cuddling a bag of ice. Meanwhile, on the east coast of the US, a rapidly intensifying “bomb cyclone” was followed by a blast of cold Arctic air that led to waterfalls and fountains freezing. On top of Mount Washington in…

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NICK COMPTON: Why England selectors are to blame for Ashes thrashing – EXCLUSIVE

GETTY England cricket Nick Compton is an Ashes columnist for Express Sport Albert Einstein is supposed to have said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Almost every Test match in the Ashes has told the same story: England’s bowlers looked ineffective, the batsmen didn’t go on to get big hundreds and Australia’s did. But it was hardly unpredictable. Even from my own perspective, there has hardly been a single mishap that I didn’t put in writing before it happened, whether it…

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Warmer temps coming following weekend’s deep freeze in Northeast

BOSTON — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming Monday. Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with Burlington falling to minus 20, beating a 1923 record by a degree, and Portland recording minus 11, also a degree below a 1941 record. The National Weather Service said Worcester, Massachusetts, which fell to minus 9, and Providence, Rhode Island, which dropped to minus 3, also…

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Hudson river freezes as US hit by record-breaking lows of -40C

A “bomb cyclone” is blamed for the Arctic conditions in areas including Philadelphia, Boston and New York.  Forecasters warned that temperatures would feel like -100C on the high peaks of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  The Hudson River froze over in New York.  The US National Weather Service tweeted: “Arctic air mass will remain entrenched over the eastern third of the country this weekend. “Bitterly cold wind chills of 25 to 40 below zero will be possible over New England.” The storm also dropped up to 22 inches of…

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