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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologizes for racist yearbook photo

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago, but said he did not intend to heed calls to resign from both Republicans and prominent fellow Democrats, including several presidential hopefuls.

Proposed Washington bill would ban dwarf tossing events

A proposed statewide ban on risky dwarf events – including dwarf tossing and potentially also wrestling – drew support at a public hearing Thursday along with questions about its breadth.

 
UK mother 1st to be convicted of female genital mutilation

A London mother became the first person to be successfully prosecuted for female genital mutilation in Britain when she was convicted Friday of harming her 3-year-old daughter.

Woman found dead in unheated Milwaukee home

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says it’s investigating the death of a woman found frozen in her unheated apartment.

National parks scramble to make repairs after shutdown

National parks across the United States are scrambling to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown while bracing for the possibility of another closure ahead of the busy Presidents Day weekend later this month.

 
Relief from bitter Midwest cold is as close as the weekend

The bitter cold that gripped the Midwest forced commuters to bundle up like polar explorers. By early next week, many of those same people might get by with a light jacket.

Trump cites threats from Russia, China in suspending arms treaty

The Trump administration is pulling the plug on a decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia, lifting what it sees as unreasonable constraints on competing with a resurgent Russia and a more assertive China.

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