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Get ready for Wednesday, Feb. 19 with a few things to know about the day’s news from The Associated Press

Watch Flower-Like Mantises Spar With Each Other

At first glance, a video posted to Instagram appears to show a bunch of orchids sparring with one another.

Student Athletes Would Get More Transfer Freedom…

The rule would let baseball, football, basketball and men's ice hockey players compete immediately after their first transfer.

Utah Senate Votes 29-0 to Decriminalize Polygamy

Should polygamy be a felony, or a matter between man and wives? Lawmakers in Utah's Republican-controlled Senate leaned toward the latter on Tuesday and voted unanimously to decriminalize polygamy. Under current Utah law, a person who "purports to marry and cohabitates with" more than one spouse is guilty of a...

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Here's the latest for Wednesday, February 18th: Passengers leave cruise ship after quarantine; Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, goes home; Weinstein jury deliberations; Democrats to debate in Nevada.

Sanders Condemns Attacks Toward Nevada's Culinary…

Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned any of his supporters making “vicious personal attacks” against others. According to Politico, Nevada’s Culinary Union offered criticism over his Medicare for All proposal. Afterwards, two top union officials received threatening messages over the phone, email and Twitter from Sanders’ supporters. The union then announced it would not endorse any political candidate ahead of the Nevada caucuses. Sanders said: “I don’t tolerate ugly attacks against anybody.”

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Dutch farmers protest in The Hague against…

Angry Dutch farmers are converging on The Hague in the latest protest against the government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide

Denny Hamlin's Third Daytona 500 Win Overshadowed…

Denny Hamlin's Third Daytona 500 Win Overshadowed By Ryan Newman Crash The fiery wreck sent driver Ryan Newman to the hospital. Newman's No. 6 car flipped several times on the final lap and crossed the finish line engulfed in flames. Newman's injuries were not life-threatening, according to NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell. NASCAR, via Twitter NASCAR, via Twitter Hamlin became the first driver since Sterling Marlin in 1995 to win the Daytona 500 in back-to-back seasons. Hamlin joined a list of six Hall of Fame drivers as winners of three or more Daytona 500 races. Denny Hamlin, via statement Denny Hamlin, via statement

Niall Horan Left 'Voicemail' For Himself Morning…

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images Niall Horan spoke to Hits Radio on the 2020 BRIT Awards red carpet, and left a voicemail message for himself for the morning after the BRITs. In advance, you're going to see loads of your friends and it'll be phenomenal." Hits Radio ✔ @hitsradiouk 'You're going to see loads of your friends' @NiallOfficial leaves a voicemail for his future self tomorrow morning #BRITs By playing this video you agree to Twitter's use of cookies This use may include analytics, personalization, and ads.

Campaign: Bloomberg Will Sell Company if Elected

Michael Bloomberg, unlike the fellow billionaire he wants to replace, will sell his business if elected president, his campaign says. A campaign official tells NBC that if Bloomberg is elected, he will place Bloomberg LP in a blind trust "for the eventual sale." The official says Bloomberg would have no...

Fog collects around MetLife Stadium

The night of Feb. 18, fog shrouded MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Jeff Bezos Donates $10 Billion for New Fund to…

Jeff Bezos Donates $10 Billion for New Fund to Battle Climate Change With an estimated worth of over $130 billion, Bezos is the world's richest person. The $10 billion donation belongs to an endeavor he has started called the Bezos Earth Fund. In an Instagram post, the Amazon CEO outlined what the worldwide project will do. Jeff Bezos, via Instagram Jeff Bezos, via Instagram The move comes amidst public criticism and walkouts by Amazon employees over inaction by the e-commerce giant on the global issue. The company has recently revealed goals to become more earth-friendly. By 2030, one plan involves Amazon becoming carbon negative.

Jury back for second day of deliberations in…

Jurors are returning for a second day of deliberations in a rape trial that could send Harvey Weinstein to prison for the rest of his life

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich, out of prison, returns home

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. He returned home to Chicago early Wednesday. (Feb. 19)

Julian Assange Is Doing Better: Rep

A month and a half after Julian Assange said he was "slowly dying" inside a London prison, the WikiLeaks founder's spokesperson says Assange is doing better. He's been moved from solitary confinement, the rep says, per Reuters : "I saw him about 10 days ago—he has improved thanks to the...

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Iran reports its first 2 cases of the new…

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says authorities have confirmed two cases of the new coronavirus, the first in the country

Long-Lost Medieval Chapel Uncovered At English…

England’s Auckland Castle announced that it has located the site of a “long-lost medieval chapel” that is “comparable to some of the greatest in Europe.”

Study Links Mediterranean Diet To Health Benefits…

Older Europeans who ate a modified Mediterranean diet had more healthy gut bacteria than those who didn't, among other improvements.

10 Best Places to Work

Fortune is out with its annual list of the 100 best companies to work for, and it features a repeat champ at the top. The hotel giant Hilton came in at No. 1 for the second straight year, reports WTOP . Another familiar name is the supermarket chain Wegmans, which placed...

Trump frees Ex-Gov. Blagojevich from prison

Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison in Colorado on Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (Feb. 19)

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A source said Attorney General William Barr considered resigning because of President Donald Trump. He didn’t like Trump’s interference with Justice Department matters, particularly his tweets about it. Barr recently said in an interview that Trump’s tweets on the Justice Department’s work make his job impossible. According to CNN, Trump agreed with Barr’s comments, saying he thinks it’s true. He said: "I have total confidence in my attorney general.”

UK inflation jumps higher, reducing likelihood of…

Consumer price inflation in Britain jumped higher in January

Rick James Estate Sued for $50 Million Amid Rape…

Rick James Estate Sued for $50 Million Amid Rape Accusation The late singer is accused of violently raping a teen during a visit to a youth detention home in Buffalo, New York, in 1979. According to 'Page Six,' the unidentified accuser said she was “very uncomfortable” and accused Rick James of being “very suggestive and inappropriate.” Unidentified Accuser, via 'Page Six' The accuser claims to have suffered ongoing "physical, psychological and emotional injury" that led to alcohol, substance abuse and "serious thoughts of suicide." Darren Seilback, the accuser's attorney, told the 'Buffalo News' that the woman informed someone of the alleged rape, but it was never reported. Darren Seilback, via the 'Buffalo News' James, who was previously convicted of assaulting two women in 1993, died in Los Angeles on August 6, 2004.

Warren Describes Bloomberg: 'Egomaniac…

Elizabeth Warren. | Matt York/AP Photo By QUINT FORGEY 02/18/2020 03:30 PM EST Link Copied Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unleashed one of her most cutting attacks yet on Mike Bloomberg, calling him an "egomaniac billionaire" akin to Donald Trump. The broadside from Warren's Twitter account came hours after Bloomberg officially qualified for Wednesday night's primary debate in Las Vegas, and signaled just how fiercely the self-funding businessman's rivals plan to go after him during that televised forum. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey released Tuesday showed Bloomberg with 19 percent of Democrats' support nationally, second only to Sanders with 31 percent.

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TikTok May Have a Demographic Problem

TikTok is a wildly popular app for short videos, and it's especially popular with young users. But as the Wall Street Journal reports, some of those users are too young. The social media company is actively trying to rid the site of those 12 and younger, both for legal reasons...

Ice jam on the Platte River

On Feb. 18, an ice jam formed in the Platte River south of Fremont, Nebraska, and could cause upstream flooding.

Hospital Director's Death Prompts Doctors and…

Hospital Director's Death Prompts Doctors and Nurses Killed by COVID-19 to Be Designated 'Martyrs' Local government authorities recently announced the death of Liu Zhiming, the director of the Wuchang hospital in Wuhan, China. According to a statement from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, Zhiming made “important contributions in the work of fighting and controlling” of COVID-19. He is at least the seventh health worker to die of the coronavirus so far, which has claimed over 1,800 lives. Zhiming is also the most senior health worker known to have died as a result of his work containing and treating the virus. His death has renewed criticism of the danger frontline medical workers are being placed in, as they are often overworked and overstretched. However, thanks to the sacrifices of these medical professionals, more than 12,500 patients in China have recovered from COVID-19 and been discharged from hospitals. State media reports that the doctors and nurses who have died as a result of their work to contain COVID-19 will now be officially known as “martyrs.”