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    More than 400,000 plastic toy frogs recalled due to defective batteries

    Moose Toys Ltd. has issued a voluntary recall of more than 400,000 Little Live Pets Lil Frog plastic toys due to a battery hazard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. The recall includes an additional 17,000 toy frogs sold in Canada. Because a design defect of the battery may cause chemical and injury hazards, the company issued the recall as a precautionary measure. “If the batteries cap is removed it can become a projectile and the chemicals can […]

  • People react in agreement to a question posed to New Jersey Republican Congressman Leonard Lance during a town hall meeting at Raritan Valley Community College on February 22, 2017 in Branchburg, New Jersey, where answers were demanded on health care.     / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ        (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

    Vice President Mike Pence blames ‘liberal activists’ for town hall protests

    By Ese Olumhense ‘So-called angry crowds’ are ‘liberal activists’ Vice President Mike Pence blamed “liberal activists” on Wednesday, February 22nd for the recent, heated protests that have taken place at Republican legislators’ town halls across the United States. Frustrated constituents have cornered GOP lawmakers at public forums and events in the last few weeks, demanding answers to tough questions on subjects ranging from the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the White House’s rumored relationship with Russia. […]

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    Mexican officials tell US DHS secretary, secretary of state: “We do not agree”

    WASHINGTON — Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong did not mince words when speaking alongside his American counterpart in Mexico City Thursday, February 23rd. “We do not agree on the different measures that recently were stated by the government of the United States (that) affect Mexico,” Osorio Chong said. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were in Mexico to try to smooth the relationship and address some of the differences that have […]

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    Steve Bannon offers President Trump agenda in rare public speaking appearance

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland  — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a rare public appearance, ticked down a list Thursday, February 23rd of the three most important things President Donald Trump has begun to accomplish in the first month of his administration. Bannon called President Trump’s decision to pull the US from joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement “one of the most pivotal moments in American history” and just a first step in his plans to “bring back manufacturing jobs.” […]

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    President Trump described moves to deport undocumented immigrants as “military operation”

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, meeting with business leaders at the White House on Thursday, February 23rd, described his administration’s moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a “military operation,” a label that runs counter to what his administration has previously said. President Trump has used a series of executive orders to chip away at the barriers to deportations and hire new law enforcement officials to spearhead the effort, using the Department of Homeland Security to live up to the President’s […]

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    Protests break out in Anaheim after police officer fired during confrontation with 13-year-old

    ANAHEIM, California — Protests broke out Wednesday night, February 22nd in Anaheim, California, after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his gun during a confrontation with a teenager. No one was struck when the officer fired his weapon. But video of the Tuesday altercation angered protesters who marched in a Southern California neighborhood near Disneyland, demanding that charges be filed against the unidentified officer. “Don’t shoot the kids!” they chanted. “Whose streets? Our streets.” Some participants smashed windows of the […]

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    Is this sign sexist? Debate breaks out over North Carolina billboard

    FORSYTH COUNTY, North Carolina – It’s just seven words long, but that’s enough to start a firestorm: “Real men provide. Real women appreciate it.” A billboard containing those words sits along an interstate in North Carolina, and it’s inflaming passions. Some people find the message sexist. A group of those who don’t like the billboard’s message plan to hold a protest this weekend. Molly Grace says she’s never organized a protest before, but she’s putting one together now after seeing the […]

  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) gets a 'fist bump' from fellow member of the House of Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after Ryan was re-elected January 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Seven new members of the U.S. Senate and 52 new members of the House Representatives took their oath of office as the new Congress was seated. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    The “non-verbal town hall” is GOP congressman’s plan to deal with disrupters

    PENSACOLA, Florida — Rep. Matt Gaetz has a plan. The Florida Republican, like other lawmakers around the country, is holding events in his district Thursday and is worried about protesters. The thought has crossed Gaetz’s mind that protests could completely disrupt him from being able to speak at all at his town hall. So he’s created what his staffers call the “non-verbal town hall,” reminiscent of a scene from the movie “Love Actually.” Gaetz has printed out part of a […]

  • TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston says he used ‘poor word choice’ in talk to students

    ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — When Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston spoke to elementary school students Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Florida, he tried to inspire them by preaching self-confidence. But things could have gone better. In his brief chat at Melrose Elementary School, Winston said this, which was captured on video posted to the Tampa Bay Times website: “All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We […]

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    Malaysia requests Interpol alert to help find North Korean suspects

    MALAYSIA — Malaysia has asked Interpol to put out an alert for four missing North Korean suspects wanted over the death of Kim Jong Nam, police said Thursday, February 23rd. Speaking to reporters, Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said police had also formally requested an interview with the North Korean embassy’s second secretary, who is wanted for questioning. Kim, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, died last Monday after a suspected poisoning while on […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Steven Mnuchin, finance chairman for the Trump campaign, arrives at Trump Tower, November 15, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump is in the process of choosing his presidential cabinet as he transitions from a candidate to the president-elect. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin promises tax reform will pass by August

    NEW YORK — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is promising that President Donald Trump’s administration will get tax reform passed by August, although he says it will be years before it kicks economic growth into a higher gear. Winning quick approval could prove challenging. There hasn’t been tax reform on the scale that President Trump is proposing in 30 years, and that was only passed in the second term of the Reagan administration. But Mnuchin told CNBC on Thursday, February 23rd […]

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    Hundreds of Paris students barricade schools in anti-police protests

    PARIS, France — Hundreds of students blockaded the entrances to their schools in Paris Thursday, February 23rd, demanding justice for a young black man who was allegedly raped by French police earlier this month. Student protesters barricaded the entryways of at least 16 schools with trashcans. A dozen more were partially blocked, the Paris Board of Education said. At the Lycée Charlemagne and Lycée Dorian, doorways were papered with signs reading: “No justice, no peace” and “(Expletive) the police.” The […]