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Storm Oliver to HAMMER USA with COLDEST temperatures of season – HEAVY snow, wind and ice

Heavy snow is likely in the northern Cascades of Washington as travel through the passes of the Cascades will be dangerous. There are chances of an avalanche due to the very heavy snowfall and strong winds. Severe wind is likely in the northern Rockies, which is coming in from the Pacific Northwest. Gails of up to 70 mph are possible east of the Cascades in eastern and central Washington and Oregon, and also in the Rockies of central Colorado and eastern Wyoming. Rain is expected for the Pacific coasts of…

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde: I don’t care much for Chelsea

Barcelona travel to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night (7.45pm) for a tough Champions League clash with Chelsea. However, Ernesto Valverde has claimed he “does not care much” about the Blues and was focussing all of his efforts this week on Barca’s away clash with Eibar. The Catalan side ran out 2-0 winners against their La Liga rivals and Valverde was delighted to get the three points after drawing their last two. “We had to win,” he said after the match. “Eibar pushed us very hard and were at a very…

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Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho casts doubt on Paul Pogba for Sevilla clash

Manchester United travel to Sevilla on Wednesday night (7.45pm) and will be hoping to continue the English club’s fine form in Champions League this season. Liverpool got a devastating 5-0 win away at Porto in midweek, while Tottenham also earned a 2-2 draw against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium. But the Red Devils could be forced to play without Paul Pogba who missed the FA Cup clash with Huddersfield this weekend due to illness. And Jose Mourinho has admitted he is not sure if the France international will be well…

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Sennheiser’s ultimate ‘ear bud’ – CNET

I was a big fan of Sennheiser’s original IE800 in-ear headphone when it debuted — I can hardly believe it — five years ago! It was a super comfy, extremely open, natural sounding ‘phone. Sennheiser’s newly revised model, the IE800 S looks similar, but sounds different. It’s designed and hand-made in Germany. The Sennheiser IE 800 S in-ear headphones. Steve Guttenberg/CNET The IE800 S features a single 7mm driver mounted in each ceramic ear piece; impedance is rated at 16 ohms. It comes with a rather deluxe looking real leather…

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West Brom v Southampton, Brighton v Coventry and more – live!

West Brom’s marking here looks to be utterly atrocious. Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) Smart finish, @wesleyhoedt! 😎 #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/0eeikEIp7E February 17, 2018 OFF THE BAR! Nearly a dream debut for Locadia at Brighton as he got on the end of a knock down but he could only smash the ball against the crossbar. Better luck next time. If Pardew wanted to embarrass any of his taxi-stealing stars, he might consider subbing him off for his own amusement. Not that it would really help him today seeing as they are already losing.…

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East St. Louis has had it tough. But here’s how one woman celebrates the good.

Charmaine Savage wouldn’t want to start a conversation about herself with grim stereotypes of East St. Louis, Ill., her hometown. But her effort to rebrand this struggling city across the Mississippi River from St. Louis with a magazine featuring nothing but success stories wouldn’t stand out so much without acknowledgment of the state of affairs here. A once-prosperous manufacturing, rail, and shipping center, East St. Louis had a peak population of 80,000 around 1950. That has dwindled to about 25,000 because of deindustrialization, white (and black) flight, violent crime that…

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With railguns and robots, China’s military threatens U.S. dominance

BEIJING — The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday, but the country’s military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale. Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States. “The U.S. no longer possesses clear military-technical dominance, and China is rapidly emerging as a would-be superpower in science and technology,” said Elsa B. Kania, an adjunct fellow at the…

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Time travel? Russia REVEAL futuristic soldier ‘from 2024’ with STATE OF THE ART weaponry

Moscow’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin posted a picture on Twitter showing the equipment which will weigh 26 kg and include an AK-12 assault rifle with a grenade launcher and night vision scope. He announced he had hosted members of Parliament at a top Russian military research agency to publicise new information on the Russian Future Soldier project. Among the images, Mr Rogozin attached to his social media post was a piece of concept art of the ‘Russian Future Soldier’ design. The concept is believed to weight 26 kilograms (57…

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VA’s chief of staff steps down after travel flap

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that the agency’s chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation alleged she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin’s wife accompanying him on a European trip at taxpayer expense. The internal investigation by the department’s inspector general found “serious derelictions” by Shulkin and his staff and urged administrative action against Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson. Vivieca Wright Simpson VA Veterans Affairs spokesman Curt Cashour said Simpson “elected to retire.” He said the VA is opening a formal…

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Chelsea star Willian warns Barcelona after Hull FA Cup win: The Blues are back

Chelsea have been stuck in a rut of late amid talk Antonio Conte is set to leave his post at the end of the season. But in the FA Cup, the Blues may have found a way to ensure their under-pressure manager departs on a high. Chelsea were too strong for Hull, running the Tigers ragged with Willian scoring twice on a fruitful night at Stamford Bridge. There was also a goal for Olivier Giroud, his first since signing from Arsenal last month, with Pedro also getting on the scoresheet.…

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