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1. Supreme Court rules energy companies must clean up old wells — even in bankruptcy | CBC News

Okotoks, Alta.-based Redwater Energy owned a stake in 17 producing oil and natural gas wells, as well as many more inactive wells. After Redwater became insolvent in 2015, its bankruptcy trustee wanted to sell the firm's valuable wells to repay debt to its bankers and walk away from the non-producing wells - leaving them to Alberta's Orphan Well Association to cleanup. The Alberta Energy Regulator argued Redwater must sell the producing wells and use the proceeds to clean up the inactive wells.



3. 'Whistleblower' in White House security clearance office gets suspended

Newbold's two-week suspension from the White House security office was for failure to supervise, failure to follow instructions and defiance of authority, according to the suspension decision notice obtained by NBC News. Wednesday's notice is signed by Bailey and mentions that in Newbold's 18-year career she has not faced any "Prior formal disciplinary action." The document also harshly criticizes Newbold for her "Defiance" and notes that Newbold said she would "Continue to do what is best for the Executive Office of the President." The pair had made the decision to deny Kushner the clearance after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.In her EEOC complaint, Newbold, who has a rare form of dwarfism, accused Kline of discriminating against her because of her height.


4. Kentucky clerk Kim Davis may have hefty legal bill in gay marriage case

Four years later, after a court ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $222,000 in legal fees for the gay and straight couples who sued, outside lawyers for now Gov. Bevin say former Rowan County clerk Kim Davis broke the law and taxpayers "Should not have to collectively bear the financial responsibility for Davis' intransigence." "Only Davis refused to comply with the law as was her obligation and as required by the oath of office she took," Bevin attorney Palmer G. Vance II wrote in a brief filed with the court. NBC OUT. Bevin has been a staunch supporter of Davis, who spent five days in jail for refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses following the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage.


5. Dr Stewart Adams, who helped discover ibuprofen, has died aged 95.

Dr Stewart Adams was involved in 10 years of trials of the drug and endured a seven-year wait for it to be approved as a prescription. In 2015, Dr Adams told the BBC taking the drug for the first time gave him a clear head to deliver a speech. Dr Adams had been honoured for his research, with an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Nottingham, and two blue plaques from the Royal Society of Chemistry.


6. Lawsuit: Police Attacked Schizophrenic Man and Pregnant Woman During Warrantless Raid

Sweetwater police were looking for James Castro, a 40-year-old registered sex offender accused of slamming his car into a cop during a drug sting earlier that day. Now preparing to sue, the family has filed a petition asking a Miami-Dade judge to order the City of Sweetwater to release any documents or videos related to the raid. During the raid, the family says, James Castro's brother Gary, who has schizophrenia, was attacked by police while handcuffed.


7. Mexico's President Declares an End to the Drug War

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared an end to his country's war on drugs Wednesday, announcing that the army would no longer prioritize capturing cartel bosses, Agence France-Press reports. According to AFP, there have been more than 200,000 registered murders since the military was deployed to combat drug violence 13 years ago. Last year, for the second year in a row, Mexico registered a record-breaking number of murders with official statistics logging 33% more killings in 2018 than in 2017, Reuters reports.


8. New York school 'strip search' of black girls aged 12 investigated

Allegations that four black 12-year-old girls were strip searched at a school should be investigated at state level, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says. The girls and their parents say the school nurse and assistant principal searched them believing they had drugs. In a subsequent statement this week, East Middle School said there was "No evidence" a strip search had taken place but that it had hired investigators to make a "Full and objective assessment", the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.


9. Wrongfully Convicted And Jailed 38 Years, Fred Clay Gets $1 Million Payout

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10. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs executive order to abolish Common Core

Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference Thursday he wanted to abolish the Common Core education program, which is part of the state education system's Florida Standards. DeSantis said he was looking forward to working with Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran to come up with a new set of standards, "Which will include eliminating Common Core and the vestiges of Common Core.". The governor's executive order will require the commissioner to put together a plan to phase out the Common Core systems while adopting new standards that better serve students, teachers, and parents.


11. A lawyer is suing Apple over the FaceTime eavesdrop bug, says it let someone record a sworn testimony

A Houston lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Apple over a security vulnerability that let people eavesdrop on iPhones using FaceTime. His lawsuit, filed Monday in Harris County, Texas, alleges that Apple "Failed to exercise reasonable care" and that Apple "Knew, or should have known, that its Product would cause unsolicited privacy breaches and eavesdropping." It alleged Apple did not adequately test its software and that Apple was "Aware there was a high probability at least some consumers would suffer harm." A teenager's mother told CNBC that she reported the bug to Apple last week, but Apple has not confirmed to CNBC that it recognized or was able to replicate the bug.


12. Feds make largest fentanyl bust in U.S. history

CBP valued the fentanyl at $3.5 million and the methamphetamine at $1.1 million. The Centers for Disease Control said fentanyl was responsible for more than 28,400 overdose deaths in 2017, the latest year for which figures are available. "Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don't know that they are purchasing fentanyl - which often results in overdose deaths."


13. Bay Area restaurant bans MAGA hats, receives mixed response

Wursthall restaurant's chef-partner J. Kenji Lopez-Alt mentioned the coming ban in a since-deleted tweet. CAFÉ BANS 'RUDE' CUSTOMER WHO 'SHAMED' EMPLOYEE FOR USING A BREAST PUMP. Lopez-Alt said since putting up the tweet his business has received threatening emails, but he refused to change his mind. In a follow-up post to his original tweet, Lopez-Alt doubled-down on his feelings about the MAGA hats.


14. Texas Catholic leaders to release names of clergy accused of sex abuse

The 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas have promised for months to release the names of clergy accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1950 until present. Fort Worth- This diocese began releasing names of priest credibly accused in 2007. MORE STORIES:TIMELINE: Sex abuse allegations mount against Conroe priestArchdiocese accused of withholding documents in priest sex caseConroe priest accused of sex abuse of teens makes court appearanceSearch warrant executed at Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.


15. Man accused of raping three children in a week was released on bail twice by same judge

Raymond Hernandez, 29, was first taken into custody on January 15 after allegedly raping a teenage girl and beating her friend. SIX NEW MEXICO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HOSPITALIZED AFTER VAPING SCARING REPORT. Two days later, Hernandez, who was wearing an ankle monitor, was arrested again for allegedly molesting a 19-month toddler who lived in the same house as the teen he was accused of raping. Cops brought Hernandez back to court but the same judge released him on $20,000 bail.



17. Polar vortex claims eight lives as US cold snap continues

At least eight people have died in the US Midwest as the region shivers in the grip of its worst cold snap in decades. Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings for most parts of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, urging residents to limit their exposure to cold and keep pets indoors. "If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside," the weather agency warned.


18. Chicago rallies to protect homeless people from the polar vortex

Most days, Ray Holleb leaves the Chicago homeless shelter he has lived at the past two months for a nearby Starbucks to work on his writing. The polar vortex that spread across the midwest this week has made a tundra of Chicago and other cities, delivering an arctic blast that dropped temperatures close to 50F below zero in some places. Rodriguez told the Guardian that the city's response to the "Crisis" has been a collaborative effort between the department of family and support services, the Chicago police department, the Chicago Transit Authority, and other agencies.


19. At least 12 dead as Arctic freeze spreads into U.S. Northeast

The blast of Arctic air that brought record-breaking cold, causing at least a dozen deaths and canceling or delaying thousands of flights in the U.S. Midwest, spread eastward on Thursday, bringing frigid misery to the Northeast. A forecast for warmer weather by the weekend offered little comfort to those enduring icy conditions, brutal winds and temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold has caused at least 12 deaths since Saturday across the Midwest, according to officials and news media reports.


20. Good Samaritan pays for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people after propane tank explodes at South Loop tent city

A good Samaritan offered to pay for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people who were camped out in tents in the bitter cold that blanketed Chicago. The propane tank - one of between 150 and 200 propane cylinders at the encampment - was too close to a space heater. Rachev was not sure of the identity of the good Samaritan and only knew the hotel was on the city's South Side.


21. US charges 20 people over Chinese birth tourism schemes

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Twenty people have been charged in the largest-ever crackdown on businesses that help Chinese women travel to the United States to give birth to babies who automatically are American citizens, authorities said Thursday. More than a dozen others have also been charged in cases stemming from three so-called birth tourism businesses, with many believed to be in China, the U.S. Attorney's office said. Federal officials said each business brought hundreds of customers to give birth in the United States.


22. 3-day human-trafficking sting in California leads to 339 arrests

Hidden in plain sight all across California are human traffickers and their victims. Operation Reclaim and Rebuild is a mission to end human trafficking and help victims caught in the system. "When we come out here working with law enforcement, we make sure to let them know that there is a safe place for them to sleep tonight," said Ivette Barcena, of CAST. Over the course of three days, 339 arrests were made across the state.


23. Mueller seized 'voluminous and complex' evidence from Stone

Jan. 31, 2019, 6:14 PM GMT. By Julia Ainsley and Charlie Gile.WASHINGTON - Federal investigators probing Roger Stone, the former Trump campaign official indicted last week in the Russia probe, have seized multiple hard drives containing years of communication records from cellphones and email accounts, the special counsel's office said Thursday. Robert Mueller's prosecutors, in a new court filing, described the evidence as "Voluminous and complex" in asking a judge to delay his trial to give them more time to sift through the seized devices. The court papers said investigators grabbed hard drives containing several terabytes of information, including "FBI case reports, search warrant applications and results, bank and financial records, and the contents of numerous physical devices."


24. Exclusive: Venezuela prepares to fly tonnes of central bank gold to UAE - source

CARACAS - Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, in an effort by the troubled OPEC member to stay solvent. In total, the plan is to sell 29 tonnes of gold held in Caracas by February, the source said, requesting anonymity in order to speak freely. Venezuela had reserves of 132 tonnes between the central bank's vaults and the Bank of England at the end of November, according to central bank data.


25. 50 Firearms missing from Arizona sheriff’s office

An additional audit of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office found 50 weapons have gone missing or been stolen. The number of missing firearms turned out to be much higher. Penzone blamed the previous administration of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and said no weapons have gone missing since he took over the department.