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U.S. refinery sales hit the brakes, with 5% of capacity on block

  • unfavorable: Even with U.S. energy production at an all-time record, these properties, located from Washington state to Pennsylvania, are having trouble finding bidders because of unfavorable loc ales, worries about falling margins, and the coming restart of nearby facilities in the Caribbean that will add to competition, bankers and analysts said.
  • refinery: Just one U.S. refinery transaction closed last year: Chevron Corp's purchase of a Houston-area plant from Petrobras.
  • merger: Prior to that, a flurry of corporate mergers saw independent refiners Alon, Western and Tesoro acquired by rivals.
  • refinery: PBF Energy Inc announced plans to buy a San Francisco-area refinery from Shell in June, but that transaction has still not closed as expected.
  • refinery: Philadelphia Energy Solutions put its 335,000-bpd refinery up for sale as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, and is expected to review bids in an auction next week.

San Francisco's Beefeater doorman retires after 43 years

  • hospitality: The hospitality industry has also changed dramatically, making Sweeney a throwback to an era when doormen hailed cabs and wrangled wheel-less suitcases.
  • wrangle: The hospitality industry has also changed dramatically, making Sweeney a throwback to an era when doormen hailed cabs and wrangled wheel-less suitcases.
  • plaque: The San Francisco Chronicle toasted his 40th year on the job on its front page; he has his own plaque on the sidewalk in front of the hotel.
  • marvel: He marvels at how San Francisco has grown, from 11,000 hotel rooms when he started to more than three times that today.
  • hospitality: He's up for spending more time with his wife, Cindy, a hospitality executive whom he chatted up at a cable car stop about a quarter-century ago, and their four grandchildren.

Feds withholding info on targeting migrant kids, lawsuit claims

  • indeterminate: NYCLU lawyers alleged that the operation " allows federal immigration enforcement agents, in coordination with local law enforcement partners, to designate any immigrant child a 'gang associate ' based on as few as two indeterminate criteria, such as frequenting a known 'gang hangout,' which could be any location, or wearing 'gang colors, ' like blue.
  • flimsy: I 'm deeply disturbed by reports that the agency responsible for taking care of vulnerable unaccompanied children is instead facilitating deportations, often on flimsy accusations of gang affiliations.
  • trivial: The lawyers claim that as of December 2018, 170 unaccompanied migrant children had been rounded up as part of the program, and detained in some cases" on the basis of such trivial things as possessing drawings of their high school mascot or the area code for their home country, both of which ICE characterized as 'gang paraphernalia.
  • paraphernalia: The lawyers claim that as of December 2018, 170 unaccompanied migrant children had been rounded up as part of the program, and detained in some cases" on the basis of such trivial things as possessing drawings of their high school mascot or the area code for their home country, both of which ICE characterized as 'gang paraphernalia.
  • partner: A recent study by a different group of attorneys, partnered with researchers from Stanford University, found the average length of stay for children in secure facilities is more than six months.

Man in US illegally goes free on assault charge – then tries to kill NC woman, DOJ says

  • rope: Pineda-Ancheta, 37, who had entered the country illegally from Honduras, authorities said, made bond and six days later tried to kill her with the plastic rope.
  • alien: On Thursday, prosecutors in the Western District of North Carolina charged Pineda-Anchecta with kidnapping, adding to his existing conviction for illegal reentry by a deported alien, according to a news release.
  • cloth: He grabbed her by the arm, stuffed a cloth in her mouth and wrapped a rope around her head to keep it in place, before shoving her into the passenger seat of a Ford Fusion, prosecutors said in the complaint.
  • rope: He grabbed her by the arm, stuffed a cloth in her mouth and wrapped a rope around her head to keep it in place, before shoving her into the passenger seat of a Ford Fusion, prosecutors said in the complaint.
  • load: He was sitting in a car with a loaded gun and ammunition at the time, according to the release.

U.S. dollar to dominate in directionless forex market: Reuters poll

  • streak: It is now expected to go on a winning streak for at least six months.
  • plunge: Your forecast is one thing and your conviction levels another, and I think you can hear my conviction levels are pretty weak," said John Hardy, head of FX strategy at Saxo Bank, citing the plunge in currency volatility late last year that left currency markets mostly rudderless.
  • tentative: What we're telling investors is that the U.S. is converging back to Europe, there are tentative signs across the data set that Europe is stabilizing," said Jamie Fahy, global macro and asset allocation strategist at Citi.
  • speculator: In a sign of dollar fatigue setting in, speculators have cut back their bets in favor of the greenback to the lowest in two months, according to the latest data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • reprieve: Hopes for some reprieve from trade tensions reduced demand for safe haven assets into the final months of last year," said Jane Foley, head of FX strategy at Rabobank.

Prenatal air pollution exposure tied to childhood blood sugar

  • liquid: Researchers focused on so-called PM 2.5, a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that can include dust, dirt, soot and smoke.
  • micrometer: Researchers focused on so-called PM 2.5, a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter that can include dust, dirt, soot and smoke.
  • inflammation: "One is that air pollution causes a great deal of inflammation, and we know that other inflammatory exposures can affect organ development and function ( such as brain, pancreas, liver, muscle and fat- all of which participate in blood sugar regulation) in ways that have long-lasting effects," Oken said by email.
  • smoke: In terms of individual efforts, parents should not smoke or expose their children to smoking or vaping," Oken said.
  • minimize: While we don't know for certain about interventions to minimize risks, it is reasonable to assume that healthy diet and regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight would be very likely to minimize risks," Oken added.

Lack of insurance may explain much of disparity in breast cancer detection

  • disparity: Lack of insurance may explain much of disparity in breast cancer detection.
  • disparity: We're seeing up to half of the disparity mediated by insurance," said Dr. Naomi Ko, the study's lead author.
  • compression: Healthcare providers can explain the process, including why there needs to be compression during a mammogram, she added.

Iran plane crash: Why were so many Canadians on board?

  • transparent: The prime minister called for a full and transparent investigation into the cause of the crash for a " complete picture of what happened ".
  • descent: Canada is home to a large Iranian diaspora, with some 210,000 citizens of Iranian descent, according to the latest federal census.
  • destination: The country is also a popular destination for Iranian graduate and postdoctoral students to study and conduct research abroad, which is why many students were on the flight, returning to university following the winter break.
  • collision: Ukraine said earlier it was examining various possible causes, including an anti-aircraft missile strike, a mid-air collision with a drone or other flying object, engine destruction/explosion due to technical reasons, and an explosion inside the plane as a result of a terror attack.
  • condolence: Another vigil will be hosted on Parliament Hill in the Canadian capital of Ottawa and Ukraine's embassy in Canada has invited the public to sign book of condolences.

Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease: What to know about the infectious disease

  • bite: Here, we share important information about the illness, such as preventive measures, how to handle tick bites and what to do if you're afflicted.
  • afflict: Here, we share important information about the illness, such as preventive measures, how to handle tick bites and what to do if you're afflicted.
  • bacterium: Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and, rarely, Borrelia mayo nii, that's transmitted via infected tick bites.
  • bite: Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and, rarely, Borrelia mayo nii, that's transmitted via infected tick bites.
  • repellent: They also recommend always doing a " tick check" after being outside and wearing insect repellent with Deet.

Fed officials: Trade risks easing may mean bluer sky for 2020

  • abate: There are some indications that headwinds to global growth may be beginning to abate," Clarida said in remarks at a forum in New York.
  • turbulence: Still, the turbulence of 2019 may be avoided, Bullard said.
  • firm: If anything, my growth outlook has firmed a bit in the last.

U.S. FDA approves Blueprint's therapy for rare type of stomach cancer

  • mutation: In patients with the mutation, the cancer tends to progress in a median of about three to four months after being treated with currently available therapies.
  • mutation: The agency's decision makes Blueprint's oral drug, Ayvakit, the first approved treatment for a small subset of patients with a mutation of the cancer called gastrointestinal stromal tumor ( GIST), according to the company.
  • progression: We're not only having significant impact on shrinking their tumors, we're also keeping them disease progression free for very long periods of time," Chief Operating Officer Kate Haviland told Reuters in a phone interview.
  • balance: Balancing the off-target effects of the therapy has also helped patients stay on the treatment, said Haviland, adding that the company has seen patients continue the therapy for nearly four years.
  • mutation: However, the drug has not been effective in treating patients with the mutation targeted by Blueprint.

Jailers failed to preserve security video linked to Jeffrey Epstein's 1st suicide attempt: Offic...

  • triple: Attorneys for Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer charged in a triple slaying, had requested the video, prompting Kraus to ask for an update from prosecutors on the whereabouts of the footage.
  • inadvertently: The Government has learned that the MCC inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier within the MCC, and as a result, video from outside the defendant's cell on July 22-23, 2019 ( i.e.
  • defraud: Two correctional officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, who were supposed to be watching Epstein at the time he died by suicide, were charged in November with " making false records and conspiring to make false records and to defraud the United States by impairing the lawful functions of the Metropolitan Correctional Center," according to a statement from federal prosecutors.
  • impair: Two correctional officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, who were supposed to be watching Epstein at the time he died by suicide, were charged in November with " making false records and conspiring to make false records and to defraud the United States by impairing the lawful functions of the Metropolitan Correctional Center," according to a statement from federal prosecutors.

Jeffrey Epstein suicide attempt video accidentally deleted, prosecutors say

  • semiconscious: The sex offender was found semiconscious in his cell inside the Metropolitan Correctional Centre ( M CC) in Manhattan in July, as he awaited trial over allegations of sex trafficking that threatened to see him behind bars for the rest of his life.
  • inadvertently: The MCC" inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier... and as a result, video from outside the defendant's cell on July 22-23, 2019 no longer exists," federal prosecutors wrote in recently filed court papers.
  • autopsy: Questions have also been raised by Dr Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner of New York City who was hired by the family to oversee the autopsy, who has suggested Epstein may have been murdered.
  • lenient: Epstein was facing federal sex trafficking charges, after managing to receive a remarkably lenient sentence in 2008 after pleading guilty to soliciting and procuring prostitution in Florida, including from women who were allegedly minors at the time.
  • procure: Epstein was facing federal sex trafficking charges, after managing to receive a remarkably lenient sentence in 2008 after pleading guilty to soliciting and procuring prostitution in Florida, including from women who were allegedly minors at the time.

'A Bloodbath': 5 Dead as Gang Violence Rocks Mississippi Prisons

  • meal: Her fears were realized when he described meals of just a slice of bologna with a packet of mustard, sightings of rats and mold, and nights spent on a mat on a cold, damp floor.
  • apprehend: The lockdown was lifted for some regional facilities Tuesday, and the two escaped inmates have been apprehended.
  • tolerate: The letter also described a long record of violence, escapes, uprisings, inadequate health care and institutions where criminal gangs are tolerated.
  • retired: Gangs are a fact of life in Mississippi prisons, with many members belonging to one of two rival groups with roots in the streets of Chicago, the Vice Lords and the Gangster Disciples, said Jimmy Anthony, a retired criminal investigator and instructor at the state police academy who serves as a spokesman for the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators.
  • academy: Gangs are a fact of life in Mississippi prisons, with many members belonging to one of two rival groups with roots in the streets of Chicago, the Vice Lords and the Gangster Disciples, said Jimmy Anthony, a retired criminal investigator and instructor at the state police academy who serves as a spokesman for the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators.

A woman sued a Mormon church for $9.54 million after her husband's child sex abuse confession to...

  • transgression: The lawsuit claims that the Johnsons were told that "that whatever the scope of Mr. Johnson's evil transgressions, the Church and its clergy will spiritually counsel Mr. Johnson to bring peace within his life and family.
  • exempt: While Oregon law requires clergy and other" mandatory reporters" to notify authorities about known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect, the Statesman Journal points out that " confessional-style 'clergy-penitent privileg e' are exempt to mandatory reporting laws.
  • reckoning: In response to the reckoning of child sexual abuse cases in churches across the world, the Mormon church explicitly instructed clergy to " fulfill all legal obligations to report abuse to civil authoritie s" in 2018.

Pilot study of Asian genomes finds novel gene variants, highlights diversity

  • variant: Pilot study of Asian genomes finds novel gene variants, highlights diversity.
  • decipher: At the beginning of the project, people were under the assumption the Asian variation is more or less a subset of what's already been deciphered in the European population.
  • variant: The team found that nearly a quarter of the protein-altering gene variants in their Asian dataset were not present in currently available public databases such as the 1000 Genomes Project and the Exome Aggregation Consortium.
  • variant: In rare disease genetics, the authors write, common variants are usually eliminated as suspects in searches for genes potentially involved in a disease, so these new examples can aid in such studies among Asian populations.
  • variant: Awareness of genetic variants that affect an individual's response to certain drugs is also important in tailoring treatment and conducting clinical trials, the researchers note.

Old lead pipes pushes replacement plan in New Jersey capital

  • fixture: It is most often caused by pipes connecting a home to a water main as well as by lead fixtures or lead solder.
  • solder: It is most often caused by pipes connecting a home to a water main as well as by lead fixtures or lead solder.
  • pipe: Trenton has an inventory of all the lead pipes its responsible for, Smith said, but homeowners and businesses own the stretch of line that runs from the street to the house.

Queens woman who plotted to use bomb in US terror attack sentenced to 15 years

  • furtherance: Siddiqui plead guilty in August 2019 to a charge of teaching or distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction in furtherance of a planned federal crime of violence, according to the statement.
  • chemistry: Investigators learned the pair had " taught each other chemistry and electrical skills related to creating explosives and building detonating devices, conducted research on how to make plastic explosives and how to build a car bomb, and shopped for and acquired materials to be used in an explosive device.
  • plastic: Investigators learned the pair had " taught each other chemistry and electrical skills related to creating explosives and building detonating devices, conducted research on how to make plastic explosives and how to build a car bomb, and shopped for and acquired materials to be used in an explosive device.

2 suspected coyote attacks in Chicago, several sightings

  • bite: Neither the boy nor a man who showed up at a hospital with what he said was a coyote bite suffered life-threatening injuries.
  • bite: While coyotes don't usually bite humans, there have been confirmed minor attacks in other U.S. cities, Stan Gehrt, a wildlife ecology professor at Ohio State University who helped launch the Urban Coyote Research Project with Anchor in 2000.
  • ecology: While coyotes don't usually bite humans, there have been confirmed minor attacks in other U.S. cities, Stan Gehrt, a wildlife ecology professor at Ohio State University who helped launch the Urban Coyote Research Project with Anchor in 2000.

Republicans spread lie that Democrats 'mourn' Iranian general

  • propagate: As U.S. ambassador to Russia, I became accustomed to addressing disinformation Putin propagated about Americans.
  • grotesque: I never expected that elected Members of Congress would engage in the same, making grotesque false statements about fellow Americans.
  • denunciation: Devin Pandy, a retired U.S. Army officer and Democrat who is running against Collins, stepped up with his own denunciation.

U.S. authorities: 'Highly likely' Iran shot down Ukrainian passenger plane

  • passenger: U.S. authorities: 'Highly likel y ' Iran shot down Ukrainian passenger plane.
  • engine: Ukrainian authorities are also coming to that view, after initially seeming to accept the Iranian view that engine failure was at work.
  • rescue: Rescue workers carry the body of a victim killed in the plane crash near Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday.
  • engine: Iranian authorities have suggested that engine failure was a factor, though no evidence has been presented to substantiate that claim.
  • substantiate: Iranian authorities have suggested that engine failure was a factor, though no evidence has been presented to substantiate that claim.

African swine fever spreads near the German border: OIE

  • pig: There are fears in Germany that its exports of pork to China and other Asian countries could be threatened, with import bans regularly imposed on pig meat from regions where African swine fever has been discovered.
  • border: Authorities in German states bordering Poland have built fences in an attempt to stop wild boars wandering into Germany and spreading the disease.
  • pathogenic: Countries infected by severe animal diseases such as African swine fever or highly pathogenic bird flu, must warn the OIE immediately and submit regular follow-up reports.

Amag Pharmaceuticals to divest two women's health drugs, CEO to step down

  • divest: Amag Pharmaceuticals to divest two women's health drugs, CEO to step down.
  • divest: Reuters)- Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday it would divest two of its women's health drugs, after the drugmaker conducted a strategic review under pressure from hedge fund Caligan Partners.
  • divest: It said it would divest Vyleesi, a female libido drug, and Intrarosa, a treatment for pain in post-menopausal women, as it had received preliminary expressions of interest in buying or sub-licensing the rights to the drugs.
  • activist: The drugmaker settled with activist investor Caligan in October, adding two directors to its board proposed by the hedge fund.

Weinstein accusers "emotional" as sexual assault trial begins

  • predatory: Weinstein is charged with predatory sexual assault and first and third-degree rape for the two incidents.
  • predatory: What matters the most here is the charge of predatory sexual assault," CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman said.
  • forward: However, he added, " I am looking forward to setting the record straight... and yes, I am expecting to be fully exonerated.
  • straight: However, he added, " I am looking forward to setting the record straight... and yes, I am expecting to be fully exonerated.

Harvey Weinstein faces sexual assault charges in Los Angeles

  • forcible: Weinstein is charged with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by use of force in the first incident, and sexual battery by restraint in the second, Lacey said.
  • forcible: Weinstein is charged with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by use of force in the first incident, and sexual battery by restraint in the second, Lacey said.
  • penetration: Weinstein is charged with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by use of force in the first incident, and sexual battery by restraint in the second, Lacey said.

Prince Harry and Meghan: Royal Family 'hurt' as couple begin 'next chapter'

  • hospitality: After returning to the UK on Tuesday, Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, visited Canada's High Commission in London to thank the country for hosting them and said the warmth and hospitality they received was " unbelievable".
  • wane: They will require security because I don't see the media interest in them waning, I see it as probably increasing, because what they're doing is so unprecedented for royals.
  • reminiscent: Royal commentator Penny Junor said the couple's actions were reminiscent of those of Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • belie: Mr Smith questioned why they were announcing they were working towards being financially independent, saying: " To suggest that they're not already financially independent is incredibly crass and belies a sense of self-entitlement and a lack of self-awareness that is common among royals.
  • rift: This is clearly a major rift between Harry and Meghan on one part, and the rest of the Royal Family on the other.

Democratic lawmaker rebukes Wells Fargo rebate request

  • misdeed: These small businesses played no role in the misdeeds committed by the Bank," Porter, who serves on the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, said in the letter to Wells Fargo Chief Executive Charlie Scharf.
  • subvert: When those bad actors then pass the cost of those fines down to their vendors... the purpose of the fine is subverted.
  • abate: The letter is the second Porter has sent to Scharf since he took over in October and the latest sign that the company's woes in Washington are unlikely to abate any time soon.

Hialeah dentist was gunned down before her testimony in an ID theft case. Two indicted

  • hone: Most recently, Orlando police honed in on Ledesma in February 2018, after detectives said they identified him as a suspect possibly behind a series of identities being stolen to open fraudulent credit card accounts.
  • fraudulent: Most recently, Orlando police honed in on Ledesma in February 2018, after detectives said they identified him as a suspect possibly behind a series of identities being stolen to open fraudulent credit card accounts.
  • fraudulent: Police identified Ledesma on surveillance cameras using the fraudulent credit cards to make purchases at stores, according to court documents.
  • amputate: Ramirez clung to life for weeks, even as doctors were forced to amputate her arms.

Jeffrey Epstein survivor paints portraits of other survivors: 'Each one of those should have nev...

  • turquoise: There's turquoise, there's pink, there's purple, there's yellow, there's blue, there's green and orange.
  • antique: She said Epstein took home one of her paintings that night-- one that depicted the back of a dark-haired man standing in boxers in a doorway, looking at a blonde woman in a purple dress lying on an antique couch.
  • rub: When she walked in, Farmer said she found Epstein lying on the bed with socks and boxers on and he asked her to rub his feet.

'Gold rush': Race is on for health data in East Europe's frontier market

  • frontier: 'Gold rush ': Race is on for health data in East Europe's frontier market.
  • frontier: Race is on for health data in East Europe's frontier market.
  • frontier: BUDAPEST/WARSAW (Reuters)- Eastern Europe is a new frontier for private medical care, and insurers and tech startups are racing to steal a march on their rivals by harnessing the region's health data.
  • steal: BUDAPEST/WARSAW (Reuters)- Eastern Europe is a new frontier for private medical care, and insurers and tech startups are racing to steal a march on their rivals by harnessing the region's health data.
  • patient: Now big insurance players in the region, including PZU, Generali, Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) and Allianz, are looking to gather and analyze patient data from the fast-growing market to improve risk assessments and pricing.

Florida white nationalist extradited to Rock Hill, SC to face kidnapping, gun charges

  • waive: He waived extradition in Brevard County, Fla., and was picked up by Rock Hill police Wednesday, according to police in Rock Hill and Florida.
  • aggravate: Domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature carries a potential penalty of 20 years in prison under South Carolina law.
  • pagan: During his Senate campaign, Invictus drew attention for his claim that he killed a goat and drank its blood in a pagan ritual, the Miami Herald reported.

Court reverses $35M verdict against Jehovah's Witnesses

  • punitive: The ruling overturns a 2018 verdict awarding compensatory and punitive damages to the woman who was abused as a child in the mid-2000s by a member of the Thompson Falls Jehovah's Witness congregation.
  • mismanage: The Montana case is one of dozens that have been filed nationwide over the past decade saying Jehovah's Witnesses mismanaged or covered up the sexual abuse of children.
  • tenet: The Supreme Court declined to look into whether the Jehovah's Witnesses tenets and doctrines are valid, or whether church officials adhered to their own standards in this case, saying in the opinion that it's not within the court's power to do so regarding a religious institution.

As the ice melts, Greenland considers its future

  • platinum: There is also iron ore... there is a ruby mine... there is gold... there is platinum," he says.
  • inactive: So that means that any investments you make in mines are inactive for many months, and that makes things difficult.
  • melt: As the ice melts, Greenland considers its future- BBC News.
  • caption: Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Greenland has found itself thrust into headlines around the world.
  • attention: Greenland is not used to being the centre of attention, but last year it made the front pages of newspapers around the world.

Trump's Options Limited in Slapping Iran With New 'Punishing' Sanctions

  • sanction: Well, that's a very good question because every sector of the Iranian economy is very thoroughly sanctioned right now," said Kenneth Katzman, the lead Iran analyst at the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.
  • pipe: FILE- Sections of pipes are seen at the start of construction on a natural gas pipeline in Chabahar, southeastern Iran, March 11, 2013.
  • bureau: FILE- Various rates and prices for currencies and gold coins are displayed at an exchange bureau, in Tehran, Iran, Aug. 21, 2019.
  • material: So I don't think any additional sanctions would change that in any material way.

Does the US have a problem with topless women?

  • professed: Judge Gregory Phillips wrote in the ruling: " We're left, as the district court was, to suspect that the City's professed interest in protecting children derives not from any morphological differences between men's and women's breasts but from negative stereotypes depicting women's breasts, but not men's breasts, as sex objects.
  • protract: She told the BBC: " I can't speak for everyone, but I chose not to proceed because I felt a protracted legal battle was not in the best interest of the city.
  • ambiguous: The website Go Topless reports that there are many states with ambiguous laws regarding what's allowed and what isn't.
  • theological: Werbel says in this particular theological thinking, in place when America's laws were enshrined, argue that it's the female body" which holds the responsibility for the fall of humankind ".
  • nuance: It's a complex subject, warns Werbel, who says that social media company algorithms cannot understand nuance, such as whether the posted image depicts free-speech protected art or illegal pornography.

Newly-Empowered Virginia Democrats Promise Action

  • convene: RIC HMOND, VIRGINIA- A historically diverse Virginia General Assembly convened Wednesday, led for the first time in more than two decades by Democrats who promised to enact a litany of changes.
  • makeup: Democrats have made strong gains in Virginia since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, significantly changing the makeup of the General Assembly.
  • incumbent: Ghazala Hashmi, a first-time candidate who unseated a Republican incumbent to help Democrats flip the Virginia Senate, became that chamber's first Muslim female member.
  • thwart: It includes high-profile issues Republicans thwarted for years, including gun control measures and criminal justice reforms.
  • legalize: Lawmakers also will be tasked with passing a two-year state budget and deciding whether to legalize casinos.

US presidents and the fuzzy legality of war

  • champion: Trump has also championed US military personnel accused of war crimes, calling one of them, Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a " tough guy ".
  • torture: They're allowed to torture and maim our people," he told reporters.
  • dismissal: With his dismissal of international law, he surprised even senior-level US officials.
  • confident: US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said: " I am fully confident that the president, the commander in chief, will not give us an illegal order.
  • cabinet: It was another extraordinary moment in the Trump years, showcasing public disputes that he has with his own cabinet secretaries.

Execs accuse McDonald's of racial discrimination

  • brook: Mr Easter brook, who is named in the complaint, was fired last year for a mutual romantic relationship with a colleague in violation of company rules.
  • franchise: The two women have worked at McDonald's since 1987 and 2012 respectively and are both vice presidents for franchising and operations.
  • franchise: They say that the number of black-owned franchises also declined disproportionately- departures they argue were either " intentional" or due to the company's " reckless disregard" for the cost of some of the investments it demanded of franchise owners.
  • franchise: They say that the number of black-owned franchises also declined disproportionately- departures they argue were either " intentional" or due to the company's " reckless disregard" for the cost of some of the investments it demanded of franchise owners.
  • refurbish: They also accuse the firm, which has been pursuing a broader campaign to refurbish stores and upgrade its image, of shifting advertising away from black customers, historically some of the company's strongest patrons.

Four people fatally overdosed in her apartment, but she’s only facing drug charges

  • overdose: In September, Broward prosecutors charged a man with first-degree murder after he allegedly sold fentanyl to a Miami woman who died of an overdose.
  • tinge: When police got there, they said C.M. was cold to the touch, had a blue tinge on his face and had no pulse.
  • sting: After the last death, Coral Springs police set up a sting, according to documents filed in state and federal court.