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1. Foxconn factory jobs touted by Trump will not come to pass

MADISON, Wis. - Electronics giant Foxconn reversed course and announced Wednesday that the huge Wisconsin plant that was supposed to bring a bounty of blue-collar factory jobs back to the Midwest - and was lured with billions in tax incentives - will instead be primarily a research and development center staffed by scientists and engineers. In a statement, Foxconn said it remains committed to Wisconsin and the creation of 13,000 jobs as promised. Still, whose group nurtures technology in Wisconsin, said Foxconn can succeed if the plant becomes more research-oriented because its areas of interest match up with Wisconsin's strengths, such as robotics, medical imaging and industrial imaging.

2. Trump accused of 'stopping working' as schedule reveals he averaged one event per day in January

Donald Trump participated in just one event per day on average throughout January, according to his public schedule, amid mounting accusations he is not working hard enough as president. Overall, Mr Trump's public schedule showed a total of 32 events in the 31 days throughout January - not including his daily intelligence briefings, personal fundraisers or private White House lunches. That compares with 39 events Mr Trump had on his schedule through January 2018.

3. McConnell says bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a ‘power grab’ by Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a "Power grab," sparking a fierce backlash online. In remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell said Democrats "Want taxpayers on the hook for generous new benefits for federal bureaucrats and government employees," including making Election Day a "New paid holiday for government workers." "So this is the Democrats' plan to 'restore democracy,' " McConnell said, describing the legislation as "a political power grab that's smelling more and more like what it is."

4. Bernie Sanders to propose dramatic expansion in estate tax on richest Americans, including 77 percent rate on billionaires.

Sen. Bernie Sanders will unveil a plan Thursday to dramatically expand the federal estate tax on the wealthy, including a new 77 percent rate on billionaires' estates, as leading Democratic politicians push new taxes on the richest Americans to combat inequality. Sanders's plan would restore the 77 percent top estate tax rate that was in place in the U.S. from 1941 to 1976, tax estates worth more than $3.5 million, and create several new estate tax brackets, including a 55 percent rate on estates worth more than $50 million. It would levy a 45 percent estate tax on those with $3.5 million to $10 million; a 50 percent tax on those with $10 million to $50 million; a 55 percent tax on those with $50 million to $1 billion; and a 77 percent tax on those with more than $1 billion.

5. '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.

6. Knowledge is power: Uzbekistan lifts ban on political science

TASHKENT - Uzbekistan will resume teaching political science this year, according to a presidential decree signaling the return of a subject said to have been decried as pseudoscience by the previous leadership. In 2013 Uzbek universities stopped teaching political science as a major and in 2015 it was totally eradicated from the curriculum. No official reasons were given for its removal, but academics who protested against the move said the government had deemed political science a pseudoscience based on teachings alien to Uzbekistan.

7. Walgreens is exploring tracking facial structure through their coolers

Walgreens is piloting a new line of "Smart coolers"-fridges equipped with cameras that scan shoppers' faces and make inferences on their age and gender. Retailers want to know what people are buying, segmenting shoppers by gender, age, and income and then targeting them precisely. Shoppers aren't identified when the fridge cameras scan their face.

8. 96 Days Later, Nonstop Church Service to Protect Refugees Finally Ends

On Wednesday afternoon, a Dutch church's nonstop 96-day vigil finally came to an end after its organizers received confirmation that a family of refugees sheltering inside the church would no longer face immediate deportation from the Netherlands. Taking advantage of an obscure Dutch law that forbids the police to interrupt church services, ministers at Bethel Church in The Hague had been running a round-the-clock liturgy since Oct. 26 in order to prevent the five members of the Tamrazyan family from being arrested and sent back to Armenia. After a third deportation order was upheld, the Tamrazyans fled to a small church north of The Hague before moving a few days later to Bethel Church.

9. U.N. Khashoggi investigator seeks more information in Turkey

ISTANBUL - The U.N. investigator leading the inquiry into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi said in Turkey on Thursday she had not yet received all the information she is seeking, but still hopes to conduct a successful probe. Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on executions who is on a week-long mission to Turkey, has held talks in Ankara and Istanbul with government ministers, intelligence officials and Istanbul's chief prosecutor. "We have had good meetings here, we are still a bit disappointed that we were not able to get all the information we requested related to the investigation," she told reporters in Istanbul.

10. Trump considering Herman Cain for Fed board seat, official says

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump is considering former pizza chain executive and presidential candidate Herman Cain for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, a senior administration official said on Thursday. Cain met with Trump at the White House on Wednesday, the official said. The Kansas City Fed is one of 12 regional Fed banks that help process payments in the U.S. banking system and whose presidents take turns voting on interest rate policy.

11. Vaccinating Mice May Finally Slow Lyme Disease

In some Connecticut neighborhoods Stafford has been testing a new strategy, one he hopes might show real promise after years of stymied efforts to drive new Lyme infections down: a vaccine for mice. Researchers began looking into wildlife vaccines for the disease shortly after problems developed with a human Lyme vaccine, says Maria Gomes-Solecki, an immunologist at the University of Tennessee and the creator of the mouse vaccine Stafford is testing in Connecticut. The first is scientific: The vaccine targets white-footed mice-but shrews, chipmunks and birds also carry Lyme bacteria and can transfer them to ticks as well.

12. Flying squirrels secretly glow pink, thanks to fluorescence

"One evening," says Anich, "He heard the chirp of a flying squirrel at a bird feeder, pointed the flashlight at it, and was amazed to see pink fluorescence." Flying squirrels do share one thing with the opossums: they're all active at night and twilight, where other squirrels are mostly diurnal. The pink color may also help flying squirrels navigate cold, snowy environments, which all three species encounter in parts or all of their range.

14. U.S. Opens Trade Talks With China

U.S. Opens Trade Talks With China President Trump has threatened to increase and expand on about $250 billion in tariffs, but he agreed to hold off until early March, while negotiators try to hammer out a deal. January 30, 2019.1:07 PM ET. The Trump administration opened high-stakes trade talks with China on Wednesday. While the administration says its prosecution of Huawei is not related to the trade talks, the case illustrates what authorities have described as a long-standing problem in China.

15. Lebanese leaders agree new government: political sources

BEIRUT - Lebanon formed a new national unity government on Thursday, ending nine months of wrangling, and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said bold moves were needed without delay to address chronic problems facing the heavily indebted state. In a statement read from the presidential palace, Hariri apologized to the people of Lebanon for the time it had taken to form the government and noted that they were "Living in concern" over the economy. Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Markets in London, said the government would need to show it was able to implement tough reforms.

16. How Does Your State Make Electricity?

We charted every state's electricity generation mix between 2001 and 2017 using data from the United States Energy Information Administration. Last year, natural gas provided nearly 70 percent of electricity produced in the state, followed by solar power, which supplied 12 percent of the state's generation. Last year, the state's own generation "Provided only about two-fifths of the electricity consumed in Vermont," according to E.I.A. Vermont's ambitious renewable energy goal requires that 75 percent of electricity sold in the state come from renewable sources by 2032, including 10 percent from small, in-state sources.

17. Trump tells lawmakers: Don't waste your time, deal needs wall

"If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!" he tweeted. Trump has moved off his demand for a 2,000-mile concrete barrier and now talks about either a wall or "Physical barrier" on only some parts of the border. If lawmakers do not craft a deal Trump likes, he has threatened two possible next steps: another shutdown, or declaring a "National emergency" and taking existing funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes - possibly from the Defense Department, for example - to build his wall.

18. All the times Trump's intelligence officials contradicted him

After his intelligence officials contradicted President Trump multiple times in sworn, public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump tweeted that their national security assessments were "Wrong!" and that perhaps they "Should go back to school." Why it matters: This is not the first time President Trump has cast doubt on the findings of the U.S. intelligence community, especially when they run counter to his interests or preconceived notions. Sen. Mark Warner, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, notes: "People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside on Twitter."

19. Brazilian anger unabated by Vale vows after dam disaster

BRUMADINHO, Brazil - Residents devastated by a mining dam burst in Brazil that may have killed more than 300 people reacted on Thursday with indifference and in many cases anger to miner Vale SA's pledges to pay victims' families and improve safety. "Too Late" read newspaper Estado de Minas in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, after Vale, the world's largest iron ore miner, said it would take up to 10 percent of its production offline and spend 5 billion reais to decommission 10 dams like the one that collapsed at its Corrego do Feijao mine last Friday. With 110 people confirmed dead and another 238 missing, according to firefighters' count on Thursday evening, the tailings dam collapse in the town of Brumadinho may be Brazil's deadliest-ever mine disaster.

20. Why this SC Secessionist Party leader is giving up the fight for Confederate heritage

James Bessenger wanted to believe the best in the defenders of Confederate heritage when he started the South Carolina Secessionist Party in 2014. Who is 30, gay and pagan, said a recent email from another Confederate heritage group member opened his eyes to the darker side of the movement, prompting him to walk away entirely from his years-long public fight defending the battle flag and other Confederate symbols. Bessenger said he founded the S.C. Secessionist Party as an alternative to the South Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

21. U.S. to announce suspension of compliance with nuclear pact: officials

WASHINGTON - The United States will soon announce plans to suspend compliance with a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia, responding to an alleged violation of the treaty by Moscow, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Washington could choose not to pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, if Russia comes into compliance with the treaty within that time frame. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson on Thursday held last-ditch talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in Beijing ahead of the expiration on Saturday of a U.S. 60-day deadline for Moscow to return to compliance with the treaty.

22. Oracle v. Google: Will SCOTUS Take Up Case With Significant Software Implications?

The Federal Circuit's ruling raises a number of concerns that ultimately threaten how the software industry operates, including copyright trolls, reduced interoperability in software platforms, and increased costs either for licenses for existing software, or creation of independent standards. Perhaps it's not surprising that even in spite of the Copyright Act's clear language rejecting copyrightability over methods, the Federal Circuit has approved copyrightability over API. I think this is the most significant issue in the case - whether copyright covers API. Alternatively, even if the Java interfaces at issue are copyrightable, Google asks for review on whether its uses were fair, arguing that the Federal Circuit erred in its application of the four fair use factors. Ultimately, the conclusion in this case - be it the Federal Circuit's decision on a SCOTUS decision - will have significant impacts on computers, software, and technology.

23. Homeland Security Created A Fake University In Michigan As Part Of Immigration Sting

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24. GOP poised to rebuke Trump

Trump stunned Republican senators Wednesday by lashing out at Director of National Intelligence and CIA Director Gina Haspel after they contradicted some of his optimistic claims about the threats posed by North Korea and ISIS. The senior intelligence officials also angered Trump by testifying that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear treaty it signed with Western powers under the Obama administration. Trump tweeted "The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!" The president added in a follow-up tweet about Iran: "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" Trump appeared to be responding to television news coverage that focused on how the testimony contradicted his views on global threats. House Intelligence Committee Chairman accused Trump of undercutting U.S. intelligence officials.

25. Trump suggests US intelligence chief should 'go back to school' because he knows more about Iran

Donald Trump has lambasted the US intelligence community as "Extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran", after top officials contradicted the president's claims surrounding the foreign adversary and North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Mr Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday the US faced major threats from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea - the "Big four" - including nuclear weapons and cyber warfare. "While we do not believe Iran currently is undertaking activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device, Iranian officials have publicly threatened to push the boundaries of JCPOA restrictions if Iran does not obtain the tangible financial benefits it expected from the deal," he said to lawmakers.