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Katherine Johnson, NASA Pioneer And Inspiration For ‘Hidden Figures,’ Dies At 101

Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who was depicted in the film “Hidden Figures,” died Monday, NASA said in a tweet. She was 101. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement:  “Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space. At NASA we will never forget her courage and leadership and the milestones we could not have reached without her.”... [Read Full Story]

Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty On Two Charges, Including Third-Degree Rape

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of third-degree rape and a criminal sex act on Monday. After over five days of deliberation, jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court cleared Weinstein, 67, of the most serious charge against him, predatory sex assault. He faced five charges, including predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape, for the alleged sexual assault of Miriam Haleyi inside his SoHo apartment in 2006 and the alleged 2013 rape of Jessica Mann inside a New York hotel room.... [Read Full Story]

New York Governor Cuomo Announces Jewish Community Center Evacuated In New York After Bomb Threat

New York’s , Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the Albany Jewish Community Center in New York was evacuated and searched Sunday morning, after it and several other centers around the country received anonymous emails with vague threats that mentioned a bomb. Cuomo went to the Albany center after police evacuated about 100 people, searched the building with dogs and declared it safe.... [Read Full Story]

3 Killed In West Texas Small Plane Crash

Three people were killed in a small plane crash in Abilene, Texas on Thursday morning, authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the twin-engine Beechcraft BE20 Super King Air disappeared from air traffic radar just before 6 a.m. Feb. 20. Officials said the pilot was trying to return to an airport because of an electrical problem.... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Commutes Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence, Pardons Many Others

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted the 14-year sentence of disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption, including seeking to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s old Senate seat and trying to shake down a children’s hospital.  But Trump said he had been subjected to a “ridiculous sentence” that didn’t fit his crimes. The commutation will allow Blagojevich’s release from prison four years before he would have been eligible for parole. It will also clear his convictions.... [Read Full Story]

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy Amid Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy, this after hundreds of lawsuits related to sexual abuse allegations have been filed. The organization listed liabilities as being between $100 million and $500 million, with an estimated $50,000 or less in assets. Attorney Paul Mones, who represents “hundreds””of sexual abuse victims in multiple lawsuits, called this week’s bankruptcy filing a “tragedy,” saying, “these young boys took an oath. They pledged to be obedient, pledged to support the Scouts and pledged to be honorable. Many of them are extremely angry that that’s not what happened to them and the Boy Scouts of America did not step up in the way they should have.”... [Read Full Story]

Virginia Lawmakers Reject Assault Weapons Ban

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates. Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.... [Read Full Story]

CDC Confirms 15th U.S. Case Of Coronavirus In San Antonio Texas

The CDC has confirmed another case of the coronavirus infection, the 15th confirmed case in the United States. The person infected is a U.S. evacuee from China located in Texas. Health officials say the person was evacuated from China to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The patient is reportedly in stable condition and is in isolation at a nearby hospital. Officials say the infection was confirmed through laboratory testing on Wednesday night.... [Read Full Story]

Police In South Carolina Still Searching For Missing 6-Year-Old Girl

Police in South Carolina on Wednesday released video of a girl exiting a school bus, the last known footage of the 6-year-old before she went missing.  The girl, Faye Swetlik, got off that bus in Cayce, just outside of the capital city of Columbia, at about 3:45 p.m. on Monday. She was last seen playing in her yard before she was reported missing to police at about 5 p.m.... [Read Full Story]

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary In Close Race

Sen. Bernie Sanders was declared the winner in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, with candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar close on his heels. Sanders led Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., by less than 2 percent of the vote. Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, came in third place. When it comes to delegates awarded to the candidates on Tuesday, however, Sanders tied Buttigieg in New Hampshire with nine delegates apiece. Klobuchar earned six delegates.... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Set To Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget With Cuts To Foreign Aid, Social Support

 U.S. President Donald Trump will propose on Monday a 21% cut in foreign aid and slashing social safety net programs in his $4.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2021, according to senior administration officials. The budget will seek an increase in funds to counter developing economic threats from China and Russia, but will also raise funds by targeting $2 trillion (1.55 trillion pounds) in savings from mandatory spending programs in the United States.... [Read Full Story]