A mass snowball fight broke out in the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Sunday, January 13.
The National Weather Service reported that between 4 and 6 inches of snow had fallen on Washington by 10:15am on Sunday.
The US Office of Personal Management tweeted that federal offices in the DC area would be closed on Monday due to weather conditions. Metrobus tweeted their services were suspended on Sunday due to hazardous road conditions. Some schools and universities would close Monday, according to Washington Post.
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911 Call: Panic After Comatose Woman Gives Birth kuting.feng 2019-01-123K views Panicking staff members at a long-term care facility scrambled to save a baby born to an Arizona woman in a vegetative state amid their shock to learn she was pregnant, according to dramatic 911 audio released Friday.
The roughly five minutes of audio from the Dec. 29 birth starts with a frantic nurse at the Phoenix facility yelling, "The baby's turning blue! The baby's turning blue!"
"One of our patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant," the nurse said.
Since that day, the woman and the baby boy have been recovering at a hospital. Their conditions have not been released.
Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, is one of two men charged with capital murder in the Dec. 30 killing of Jazmine Barnes, who was in a car with her mother and three sisters when someone in another vehicle opened fire on them, killing Jazmine.
The girl’s family, who are black, told investigators that the shooter was white and in a red pickup truck, but a tip eventually led to the arrests of Woodruffe and another black man, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. Prosecutors allege that Woodruffe fired the shots from an SUV that Black was driving.
Overcome with emotion, the three-times Grand Slam champion wept at a media conference as he revealed that he had initially planned to quit after playing this year's Wimbledon tournament but now felt Melbourne Park might end up his swansong.
"There's a chance of that, for sure, because I'm not sure I'm able to play through the pain for another four or five months," the 31-year-old Briton, now ranked 230th in the world, said.
Milwaukee Bus Driver Rescues Lost Baby from Freeway Overpass kuting.feng 2019-01-11874 views A bus driver in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sprung into action on December 22 when she saw a baby wandering on a highway overpass. The Milwaukee County Transit System shared footage of bus driver Irena Ivic spotting the child walking across the overpass. The baby boy was barefoot, wearing only a onesie and a diaper in below-freezing temperatures. Ivic stopped her bus and ran to pick up the child, bringing him on to the bus. A passenger used her coat to keep the boy warm. The toddler fell asleep in Ivic’s arms just as police arrived on the scene. Police said that the boy had been left outside by his mother. Besides being cold and scared the child was unharmed, and was eventually reunited with his father. Ivic said that she was just grateful to be able to keep the boy safe when she found him.
Police say 27-year-old Ashley Keister, of Nanticoke, used a large cigarette butt receptacle to smash glass doors into the West Wyoming police building around 12:45 a.m. Monday. Once inside, she started rummaging through filing cabinets.
Mayor Announces Health Care Program for All New Yorkers kuting.feng 2019-01-102 views New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Jan. 8 a health care plan to cover an estimated 600,000 residents, including undocumented residents. The announcement was first made on MSNBC's Morning Joe, and later that same day at the Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx.
"About 600,000 New Yorkers who do not have any health care coverage at all ... have no where to turn—except the emergency room, which is exactly the last place we want to see people go," said de Blasio at the Lincoln Medical Center.
According to de Blasio many residents are uninsured, meaning they must resort to the emergency room for treatment and the city's money is not well spent for this reason. He said giving people the primary care they need and helping them avoid the emergency room will help the financial burden for patients.
The mayor touted the program as a step toward universal health care.
Saudi teen asylum seeker is in "safe place", UNHCR says kuting.feng 2019-01-0983 views The 18-year-old Saudi woman asylum seeker who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her if she were sent back to Saudi Arabia was moved to a "safe place", the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday (January 8).
The UNHCR said it was investigating Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun's case and that it would take time to process her application for refugee status, before she can seek asylum in a third country, as UNHCR officials continued to interview her at an undisclosed location in Bangkok.
Qunun told the world of her dramatic plight on social media, drawing widespread support and concern, which convinced Thai authorities to back down from deporting her back to Saudi Arabia.
She was finally allowed to enter Thailand late on Monday after spending 48 hours at Bangkok airport, some of it barricaded in a transit lounge hotel room.
The case has drawn new global attention to Saudi Arabia's strict social rules, including a requirement that women have the permission of a male "guardian" to travel, which rights groups say can trap women and girls as prisoners of abusive families.
"The tuna looks so tasty and very fresh, but I think I did too much," Kiyoshi Kimura, the owner of the Sushizanmai restaurant chain told reporters after the auction.
The price Kimura paid for the 278 kilograms (613 pounds) bluefin tuna caught off the coast of Japan's Aomori prefecture is double the price he had paid six years ago. In 2013, he set a record for buying a tuna at 1.7 million dollar.
Shortly after the auction, the record breaking tuna was transported to one of the sushi chain's outlets located in Tsukiji, the old fish market.
Saturday's auction was the first New Year bid of the new Toyosu market, after the iconic Tsukiji fish market was closed to make way to provide temporary parking for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
Brooklyn Record-Low Crime Rate kuting.feng 2019-01-030 views The Clergy Council's GodSquad and other community organization stood with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to discuss the successful crime reduction in 2018.
Even before Republicans failed to repeal it last year, Trump took matters into his own hands.
Through reinterpreting laws, exploiting its loopholes, and making agency-level rules, the administration has tried to make it irrelevant by creating alternatives.
One of the things the administration did this year was to expand short-term, limited duration insurance plans from three months to up to three years.
These plans don’t have to follow Obamacare’s rules, which means they often have much lower premiums.
Because they are cheaper, they are expected to attract people who either don’t have coverage or who face high premiums with Obamacare plans.
In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) encouraged states to apply for waivers that exempt them from some key Obamacare requirements.
These waivers allow states to experiment with ways to improve their local health care markets as long as they meet certain criteria.
Also this year, the administration put out guidance on how to avoid the tax penalty called the Individual Mandate.
Probably the most unpopular aspect of Obamacare, the mandate imposes a tax penalty on people who don’t have health insurance.
A judge in Taexas ruled Dec. 14, that the tax was unconstitutional, thus making the whole law unconstitutional. But the case is likely to be in the courts for some time yet, and CMS administrator Seema Verma said no one will be losing their coverage because of it.
One notable aspect about the case, which just shows Trump’s disdain for Obamacare, is that his Justice Department decided not to defend it in this lawsuit.
Trump has also been accused of trying to lower the number of people signing up through the federal health insurance exchanges by slashing the budget for navigators. Like their name implies, navigators help people navigate the website to sign up for health insurance.
However preliminary data shows that there’s only a 3.5 percent decrease in the number of people enrolled this year.
So far, Trump hasn’t been able to get rid of Obamacare, but he is doing everything in his power to weaken it.
Residents of Davao City, more than 200km away from the quake's epicenter as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), could feel the tremor, which lasted about one minute. Video obtained by Reuters showed people rushing out of buildings, but there was no major damage.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially said "hazardous tsunami waves" were possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre", along the coasts of the Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific island nation of Palau. But the warning was canceled two hours later, with the center saying there was no longer a tsunami threat.
Both the Philippines and Indonesia lie on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a horse-shoe shaped band of volcanoes and fault lines circling the edges of the Pacific Ocean.