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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Inside Olivia Newton-John's Heartbreaking Battle With Cancer | Country Living

Olivia Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992; the cancer returned in 2013 and in 2017.

Olivia Newton John opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, a public hospital in Australia in 2014. The research center has 200 clinical trials underway.

Colin Kaepernick settles collusion case with NFL — Details Not Disclosed | Mashable

Colin Kaepernick argued NFL and teams colluded to keep him off the field; NFL denied.

NFL: For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.

News and Opinion Website Vox: Settlement doesn't force the NFL to sign either player to a team (Reid currently plays for the Panthers) but NFL Player Association rules could get Kaepernick a "financial award amounting to roughly double what he would have made if he had stayed in the league."

(Mashable - left-leaning website)

(Vox - left-leaning website)

Fake National Emergency protests planned across US on Presidents Day in response to Trump's national emergency for border wall | The Hill

Demonstrations have been planned by liberal advocacy group "We are mobilizing nonviolent rapid-response events to stand up against Trump's "Fake National Emergency" to defend our democracy and immigrant, Muslim, black, and brown communities from Trump's dangerous national emergency power grab," the group continues.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Active Shooter Aurora: Police Explain Officers’ Injuries, Victims, Shooter Information, Gun Used, Police Resources Used and Timeline | Cardinal News

Five employees shot and killed, one employee shot and wounded, five police officers shot, shooter shot and killed by police. One police officer injured, not by gunshot. 

The shooter was being fired at a termination meeting when he reported for work and opened fire at the termination. People at the meeting are believed to be the five people that are deceased. It is initially believed that three deceased victims were shot in the termination meeting, and two of the deceased victims were shot just outside the termination meeting.

Islamic State 'decimated' and down to last mile of territory, says US Vice President Mike Pence | Sky

A commander with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they were fighting IS militants in one small part of the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz in Deir el-Zour province, near the Iraqi border.

In 2014, the Islamic State "death cult" controlled nearly one-third of Iraq and Syria.

Payless ShoeSource is closing all of remaining 2100 U.S., Puerto Rico stores | CBS News

All 2100 Payless ShoeSource stores in the United States are closing, but will remain open until at least the end of March 2019, while the majority of stores will remain open until May 2019.

Liquidation doesn't affect its franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open.

Rope found around Jussie Smollett's neck purchased by 2 brothers: “Sources” | ABC News

Rope found around Jussie Smollett's neck purchased by 2 brothers: "Sources" | ABC News

Brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo of Nigeria agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope -- allegedly used in an attack of Jussie Smollett.  During the alleged attack, Smollett was on the phone with Brandon Moore, his music manager. Smollet and Moore claim that the alleged attackers yelled "MAGA country" — the campaign slogan used by President Donald J. Trump.

Trump's emergency declaration facing legal challenges one day later | CBS News

Trump's declaration said the "current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency." Soon the ACLU, Public Citizen watchdog group, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced lawsuits.

Men Who Can Do 40 Push-Ups in One Try Have a 96% Reduced Risk of Developing Heart Disease Compared to Men Who Can Only Do 10

Researchers say their report is the first to show push-up capacity is linked to heart disease.  "Our findings provide evidence that push-up capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in almost any setting," says the study's first author, Justin Yang, an occupational medicine resident at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Winter storm in Hawaii has produced strong winds, high surf, and possibly first time ever snow in Maui

Winter storm in Hawaii has produced strong winds, high surf, and possibly first time ever snow snow falling at the Polipoli State Park in Maui.

"For perhaps the first time ever, snow has fallen in a Hawai'i State Park. Polipoli State Park on Maui is blanketed with snow. It could be the lowest elevant (sic?) snow ever recorded in the state. Polipoli is at 6,200 feet elevation," according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.