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Senate passes spending bill, punting shutdown threat to next week
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Senate passes spending bill, punting shutdown threat to next week

The Senate on Thursday passed a short-term spending bill that punts this weekend’s shutdown threat to later in the month, but leaves questions about how Congress will fund the government through the rest of the year. Senators voted 77-13 to send the funding measure to President Biden’s desk for his signature, just hours after the House voted overwhelmingly to pass the bill 320-99 and just a day before a tranche of government funding was set to expire. GOP Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Ted Budd (N.C.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Texas), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Eric Schmitt (Mo.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Tommy Turberville (Ala.) and J.D. Vance (Ohio) voted against the measure. The stopgap bill will m...
Whitney Houston inspires generations through music
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Whitney Houston inspires generations through music

As part of Black History Month, NewsNation is celebrating artful and creative pioneers within the Black community who have left an indelible mark on the arts and shattered barriers for other minority artists in the U.S. and in the world. Read about more impactful artists here. (NewsNation) — Considered “the greatest singer of her generation” — and by some, one of the best of all time — Whitney Houston’s dazzling voice and stage presence inspired countless other artists.  From an early age, Houston, who was born Aug. 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, per Encyclopedia Britannica, was surrounded by music industry stars.  Houston’s mother, named Emily or “Cissy,” is a gospel singer whose group, the Sweet Inspirations, sang backup for Aretha Franklin. Franklin ended up being ...
Kentucky bill could end workers’ lunch and rest breaks
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Kentucky bill could end workers’ lunch and rest breaks

(NewsNation) — Some workers in Kentucky may be poorer — and hungrier — at their jobs soon if a new bill passes the state’s House of Representatives. The legislation, House Bill 500, would allow employers to stop offering their workers “reasonable” lunch and rest breaks, mandatory under current Kentucky law, and end the requirement that employees who work seven days in a row receive overtime pay. Per the Kentucky Lantern, HB 500 also “(prevents) employers from being punished for not paying minimum wage or overtime pay when an employee is traveling to and from a workplace.” Are women more equal in the workplace? Sort of, Pew says HB 500’s sponsor, GOP state Rep. Phillip Pratt, says he introduced the legislation so that employers no longer have to deal with d...
Publicist mortified, calls it ‘exploitative’
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Publicist mortified, calls it ‘exploitative’

(NewsNation) — Shawn Zanotti, the publicist for Wendy Williams, said she is mortified by how Williams is portrayed in a new controversial documentary, saying the producers “exploited” the former talk show host. Zanotti told “Elizabeth Vargas Reports” that Williams, who was diagnosed last year with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia, was excited about the documentary. “Where Is Wendy Williams?” premiered right after Williams’ team announced her diagnosis, and it left many feeling uncomfortable. Wendy Williams has frontotemporal dementia. What is FTD? When asking about having Williams as part of the documentary, Zanotti said the production company told her it was going to be about her “comeback, her story.” “Immediately, when I mentioned...
Hunter Biden full deposition released to the public
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Hunter Biden full deposition released to the public

(NewsNation) — A transcript from the closed-door deposition of Hunter Biden has been released to the public. Hunter Biden appeared Wednesday on Capitol Hill, marking a critical phase for Republicans in their impeachment inquiry into his father, President Joe Biden, and the family’s business affairs. Hunter Biden took questions from members of three different House committees as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry against the president, which alleges he profited from his son’s business dealings during his time as vice president. There is no direct evidence supporting those claims. Hunter Biden skips GOP closed-door deposition despite subpoena See Hunter Biden’s full deposition below, as provided by the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability: ...
Pentagon leak suspect Jack Teixeira expected to plead guilty in federal case – NewsNation
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Pentagon leak suspect Jack Teixeira expected to plead guilty in federal case – NewsNation

ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press Updated: Feb 29, 2024 / 04:15 PM CST Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira, right, appears in U.S. District Court in Boston, Friday, April 14, 2023. Teixeira, who is accused of leaking highly classified military documents on a social media platform, is expected to plead guilty in his federal case. Prosecutors asked the judge to schedule a change of plea hearing for Monday, March 4, 2024. (Margaret Small via AP) BOSTON (AP) — Jack Teixeira, the Massachusetts Air National Guard member accused of leaking highly classified military documents on a social media platform, is expected to plead guilty in his federal case, according to court papers filed Thursday. Pr...
Officer killed, two hurt in shooting
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Officer killed, two hurt in shooting

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence police say two officers and a civil process server were shot on Thursday at a residence in the area of N. Elsea Smith Road and E. Bundschu Road, and one of the officers died. The other officer is in surgery and sources tell FOX4 the process server is in critical condition. The shooting location is just south of N. Elsea Smith’s intersection with 24 Highway. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says it’s assisting and the call for service went out just before 1 p.m. Scene of area where two police officers were shot in Independence, Missouri, on February 29, 2024. The Fort Osage School District says its schools were on lockdown out of an abundance of caution, but the lockdown has been lifted. Neighbors in the area tell FOX4 they’ve see...
Number of retirement millionaires jumped 20% at the end of 2023: Report
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Number of retirement millionaires jumped 20% at the end of 2023: Report

(NewsNation) — A strong stock market helped propel more retirement savers into the millionaires’ club last year, according to new data from Fidelity Investments. The number of 401(k) accounts with more than $1 million jumped 20% in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to Q3, bringing the total number of 401(k) millionaires to 422,000. Fidelity, which is one of the largest administrators of workplace plans, noted that “positive market conditions” helped push average account balances to their highest level in almost two years. The average 401(k) balance hit $118,600 in the fourth quarter — up 14% from a year earlier, Fidelity found. Individual retirement account (IRA) balances also grew, up 12% year over year to an average of $116,600. More Americans dip into ret...
Man rescued from Big Sur car crash site after 2 days
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Man rescued from Big Sur car crash site after 2 days

The man said he was ejected from the vehicle’s sunroof The vehicle fell approximately 400 feet, according to rescuers He was taken to the hospital but is expected to recover (NewsNation) — Authorities say a man was rescued two days after a Central California car crash left him at the bottom of a Big Sur cliff. The man said he was driving home from work Sunday night when he swerved to avoid a deer on the roadway, causing him to veer off the road completely and roll down a cliff. He said he was ejected out of the car’s sunroof as it rolled hundreds of feet. Tyler Goodrich vanishes after fight with husband A California Highway Patrol plane that was already on another call altered its route to search for the vehicle. The aircraft...
Alabama man threatened ‘cheating’ AZ election officials: DOJ
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Alabama man threatened ‘cheating’ AZ election officials: DOJ

(NewsNation) — An Alabama man faces up to 25 years in prison after he was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly sending threatening Instagram messages to Arizona election officials after claiming election fraud in the state’s 2022 gubernatorial race, federal prosecutors said. Brian J. Ogstad, 59, has been charged with five counts of communicating an interstate threat by the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal prosecutors allege Ogstad sent multiple messages to a social media account run the Maricopa County Elections Board. The messages included threats that officials will “executed for your crimes”. The primary election, which was held in August 2022, included voting for several local and statewide officials, including for governor. Katie Hobbs defeated Republican Kari Lake...
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