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For many, a shutdown revelation: federal workers are people, too
The Tybee Marine Rescue Squadron is a citizens’ response unit that uses private boats to mostly help wayward “klackers” – a local nickname for novice kayakers who get lost in the Southern salt marshes. More than a month into the longest government shutdown in United States history – and days away from when some 500 Coasties on the Georgia coast are about to miss a second paycheck – the symbiosis between islanders and federal eyes-in-the-sky has taken on a new meaning. Last Wednesday, Mr. Brown and others at the MRS squad led a fundraising effort that encouraged the island’s roughly 3,000 residents to give $20 gift cards to help Coast Guard members bridge the lapse in income.

Can Democrats prevent shutdowns by refusing to ‘reward’ the tactic?
From Day One of the longest government shutdown in history, Democrats have stuck to their guns: First, open the government. Then negotiate over border security. Shutdowns must not be rewarded as a political tool.

As more Africans reach for web, more leaders reach for ‘off’ switch
Alice Ndlovu had done it a million times before. Ms. Ndlovu, a teacher who asked that a pseudonym be used for fear of government reprisal, desperately needed that cash, which her son sent her from Britain to cover the cost of her diabetes medications. Amid widespread protests across the country over a massive hike in the price of fuel, the government had decided to completely shut off the internet.

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The Rush: Super Bowl distracts from baseball
Host Jared Quay talks about baseball's 2019 Hall of Fame class and CBS' decision to cut a Super Bowl commercial for medical marijuana.

Tony Romo made 15 predictions during the AFC championship, here's how many he got right
Patriots ball: 3rd and 2, KC 27 Romo prediction: “Kansas City has to stop these little run routes. It's man-to-man, but they have to run over the top of somebody and these inside linebackers or guys in the middle of the field have to bubble over someone … It's the same thing here” (Romo points out Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens spying on James White in backfield) Was he right? Yes.

End zone angle shows how bad the Rams-Saints non-call was
The coaches' film from Sunday's Rams-Saints game shows how badly out of position defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman was before the snap that ended in him blowing up receiver Tommylee Lewis. Robey-Coleman sprinted toward Lewis and slammed into him before the ball arrived. Or, perhaps, he saw it but decided to “let them play,” with the decision to bury the flag deep in his pocket justified by the decision of the Saints to throw the ball for the second time in three snaps.

Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

‘Fat Finger’ Blamed as Centuries-Old Conglomerate Briefly Loses $41 Billion
Jardine, the flagship investment firm of a 186-year-old conglomerate, soon recovered from the $41 billion wipeout and ended up closing 0.5 percent higher. Sell orders overwhelmed bids during the pre-opening phase, Singapore Exchange Ltd. said in an emailed statement, adding that the orders weren’t due to a fat finger error or a malfunctioning brokerage system, and the exchange won’t be canceling the trades. “Trading was orderly and there was no sign of manipulation," SGX said in its statement.

The Latest: Dutch leader warns of north-south divide in EU
The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has warned of a growing divide between north and south in the European Union if ...

General Mills recalls bags of Gold Medal flour over salmonella concerns
General Mills is recalling 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached Flour. Only those with a better-if-used-by date of April 20, 2020, are affected.

Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

Escort who claimed Trump secrets 'committed no crimes': lawyer
The lawyer of a Belarussian escort who claimed she had proof of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's election campaign on Wednesday insisted on her innocence after she was released from custody for allegedly coercing women into prostitution. Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, had been expected to speak to the media in Moscow but did not turn up. Vashukevich was arrested at a Moscow airport last week after being deported from Thailand as part of a group convicted of participating in a "sex training course".

Ex-U.S. marine jailed in Russia for spying was misled: lawyer
Russia's Federal Security Service detained Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28. Whelan appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday, where a judge rejected releasing him on bail. Whelan, who denies the charges, was detained after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency, the Russian online news portal Rosbalt.ru reported this month.

Photos: Niagara Falls transforms into majestic winter wonderland following Arctic blast
The frigid conditions in recent weeks have covered the Niagara Falls with snow and ice. Despite the cold, many tourists have visited and have snapped breathtaking photos of the winter display.

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