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China against forcefully sending aid to VenezuelaChina said Friday it was against forcefully sending “so-called humanitarian assistance” to Venezuela, warning it could spark conflict in the crisis-torn country. China has loaned billions to Venezuela and has remained committed to President Nicolas Maduro even as the country has fallen deeper into economic crisis. Foreign aid mostly from the US has piled up on Venezuela’s borders as the Maduro government refuses to let it into the country.


Correction: Empire Cast Member-Attack storyCHICAGO (AP) In one version of a Feb. 21 story about "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett being charged with staging an attack on himself in Chicago, The Associated Press erroneously referred to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaking at a Thursday afternoon news conference. The news conference happened Thursday morning.


Trump climate change panel set to be led by scientist who compared ‘demonisation of carbon dioxide to HolocaustA climate change denier who once compared the “demonisation” of carbon dioxide to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany is set to lead a White House panel assessing whether global warning poses a threat to US national security. Donald Trumps administration is working to assemble a Presidential Committee on Climate Security headed by scientist William Happer, leaked documents have revealed.


Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space programNASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year. NASA is paying SpaceX $2.6 billion and Boeing $4.2 billion to build rocket and capsule launch systems to return astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil for the first time since America’s Space Shuttle program went dark in 2011.


Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms lingerThe airline continues to have a higher-than-usual number of aircraft out of service due to maintenance and is dealing with snow in Las Vegas.


North Carolina board votes to hold new House election over absentee ballot fraudThe North Carolina Board of Elections voted unanimously to hold a new election in the states 9th District after overwhelming evidence of vote tampering.


Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kidsCanada is looking to quickly bring over siblings of a Syrian refugee distraught over the loss of her seven children in a Halifax house fire, the prime minister said Thursday. “The immigration minister is seized with this particular case,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked if Ottawa would fast-track the immigration or asylum process to bring the woman’s brothers to Canada in order to provide her with family support. The family was among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees welcomed by Canada over the past four years.


Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protestWARSAW, Poland (AP) Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse.


Roger Stone Faces Judge After Posting Her Image With CrosshairsOn Monday, Stone, a sometime adviser to President Donald Trump who faces charges of lying to Congress and obstructing a federal investigation, posted a photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on his Instagram account, along with a short diatribe saying shes the judge overseeing his “upcoming show trial.” Beside the head shot of Jackson was an image of what looked like rifle-scope crosshairs. After the post caught the attention of social media, Stone took it down and apologized to the judge, conceding it was improper. On Thursday, Stone will appear before Jackson as she weighs whether to tighten a gag order or change the terms of his bail.


Tesla rolls out Model 3 in China ahead of schedule in sales pushBEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Tesla Inc has started delivering Model 3 cars in China slightly ahead of schedule, as it looks to revive its sales that have been hit hard by Sino-U.S. trade tensions. The California-based firm has already adjusted prices and added a cheaper Model 3 variant to its line-up to make its U.S.-made cars more affordable in China amid high import tariffs. It had initially projected a March start for Model 3 deliveries in China – the world’s biggest auto market where overall car sales contracted in 2018 for the first time in more than two decades.