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Gareth Bale looked like the star player who left Tottenham for Real Madrid in 2013 as he scored twice in Spurs' 4-0 win over Burnley. Chelsea and Manchester United seemed happy just to play out time in a 0-0 draw in the Premier League. It was little help to United's faint title hopes or Chelsea's aim of securing Champions League qualification. Harvey Barnes had his good run of form cut short by a knee injury in Leicester’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal. Liverpool ended a losing run in the league with a 2-0 win at Sheffield United. Crystal Palace and Fulham drew 0-0. Read more

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New York Attorney General Letitia James has rejected a plan announced by an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to team up with the state’s chief judge in choosing an independent lawyer to investigate claims of sexual harassment against the embattled governor. Cuomo's special counsel said his administration asked James and Janet DiFiore, chief judge of the Court of Appeals, to jointly select an independent lawyer to review the claims of sexual harassment. But James rejected the proposal and said the job should be hers alone. The governor’s office didn’t immediately comment. The calls for an investigation into Cuomo’s workplace behavior intensified after a second former employee of his administration went public Saturday with claims she had been harassed by the governor. Read more

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A not-so-distant recovery for movie theaters could be glimpsed Sunday, as Warner Bros.′ live-action-animation hybrid “Tom & Jerry” debuted with $13.7 million in ticket sales, the best opening of the year. The better-than-expected opening came despite just 42% of U.S. theaters being open. That's according to data firm Comscore. “Tom & Jerry” also played in 2,475 North American cinemas simultaneously as it did in the home, where it will stream on HBO Max for a month. Yet “Tom & Jerry” still managed the second-best opening of the pandemic, following Warner Bros.′ “Wonder Woman 1984,” which launched with $16.7 million in December while also landing on HBO Max.  Read more

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Nelly Korda made it two in a row for the Korda family. She closed with a 3-under 69 at Lake Nona for a three-shot victory in the Gainbridge LPGA. This was one month after older sister Jessica won the season-opening Tournament of Champions. Annika Sorenstam ended her one-time appearance with a 76 to finish last among the players who made the cut. Sorenstam was playing for the first time since retiring more than 12 years ago. The 50-year-old Swede plans to play the U.S. Senior Women's Open this summer, but says she has no plans to play the LPGA again. Korda won for the fourth time, and first in America. Read more

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Aaliyah Wilson had 17 points and N’dea Jones added 16 to lead No. 3 Texas A&M to a 65-57 win over fifth-ranked South Carolina to give the Aggies their first regular-season Southeastern Conference title. It’s the 10th straight victory for the Aggies and their ninth win over a ranked opponent this season, which leads the nation.  Read more

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. advisory panel has endorsed the new one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson as a third option to bolster the national effort against the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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The U.N. Human Rights Office says it has received “credible information” that a crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar has left at least 18 people dead and over 30 wounded. It would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. Security forces also made many arrests this weekend. The U.N. office says the deaths occurred as police fired into crowds in the cities of Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku. It said the authorities also used tear gas, flash-bang grenades and stun grenades. Read more

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Chuck Harris scored 20 points and Jair Bolden added 15 to lead Butler to a 73-61 upset of No. 8 Villanova. The Bulldogs have won two straight since snapping a three-game losing streak and have beaten the Wildcats in four of the last five meetings in Indianapolis. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl led the Wildcats with 16 points and 16 rebounds as Villanova became the sixth Top 15 team to lose this weekend. No. 2 Baylor, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 11 Florida State, No. 13 Creighton and No. 14 Texas all lost Saturday. Butler swung the game with a 16-3 run over a four-minute span in the first half and Villanova never got closer than five again.  Read more

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A U.N. humanitarian agency has warned that more than 16 million people in Yemen would go hungry this year, with already some half a million living in famine-like condition in the conflict-wrecked country. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the risk of large-scale famine in the Arab world’s poorest country “has never been more acute." The stark warning comes a day before a pledging conference co-hosted by Sweden and Switzerland. Yemen’s war started in 2014 when the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country’s north. The Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition intervened months later to dislodge the rebels and restore the internationally recognized government.  Read more

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The Toronto Raptors’ issues with the coronavirus have worsened, prompting the NBA to call off their game scheduled for Sunday night against the Chicago Bulls. The league said the Raptors are dealing with positive test results, without disclosing how many, and that combined with ongoing contact tracing issues meant they would not have the league-required eight players available to play. Toronto played Friday without head coach Nick Nurse, several other assistants and staffers and starting forward Pascal Siakam because of virus-related issues. Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo coached the team to a win over Houston and had been in line to coach again Sunday. Read more

RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP announces that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed against Penumbra, Inc. (NYSE: PEN) ("Penumbra") on behalf of those who purchased or acquired Penumbra common stock between August 3, 2020 and December 15, 2020, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Read more

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The Royals and third baseman Hunter Dozier have agreed to a $25 million, four-year contract that includes a fifth-year option, a person with knowledge of the agreement has told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal was pending a physical. ESPN.com was first to report the deal, which buys out two years of free agency and includes several escalators and bonuses. The 29-year-old Dozier has long been considered a cornerstone of the Royals rebuild, especially after a breakthrough 2019 season in which he hit 26 homers, tied for the American League lead with 10 triples and drove in 84 runs. Read more

Mass gatherings have taken place in Jerusalem as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim in violation of coronavirus restrictions. Authorities had been concerned about a repeat of last year, when Purim celebrations helped fuel an initial wave of the coronavirus in the earliest days of the global pandemic. The government encouraged people to celebrate at home this year, and police attempted to block traffic from entering Jerusalem and declared strict limits on public gatherings. But the restrictions were not able to prevent street parties as well as mass prayer celebrations in ultra-Orthodox areas. Religious areas have repeatedly flouted safety rules. Read more

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President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for a long-sought boost to U.S. roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Remember Infrastructure Week? That never happened in the Trump administration. But Biden is already looking beyond the massive COVID relief bill, toward a massive infrastructure initiative. During the presidential campaign, Biden pledged to deploy $2 trillion on infrastructure and clean energy investments. That's even more expensive than the COVID relief plan. And the White House has not ruled out an even higher price tag. The package could be aimed at boosting health care and manufacturing as well. Read more

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Spacewalking astronauts have installed support frames at the International Space Station for new solar panels arriving later this year. NASA’s Kate Rubins and Victor Glover got a good start Sunday, but stubborn bolts prevented them from completing everything.  Rubins will finish the job during a second spacewalk Friday. NASA says with more people and experiments at the space station, more power will be needed to keep everything running. The six new solar panels should boost the station’s power by up to 30%. The first pair is due to launch in June. Read more

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SCRANTON, Pa. -- Sunday, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the release of all families from the Berks Family Residential Center: Read more

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. is “gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation” in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, in the toughest statement yet from Washington on Ethiopia’s ongoing conflict. Blinken's statement strongly condemned the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray. Accounts of atrocities by Ethiopian and allied forces against residents of Tigray in northern Ethiopia were detailed in reports by The Associated Press and by Amnesty International.  Read more

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An Israeli-owned cargo ship that suffered a mysterious explosion in the Gulf of Oman has come to Dubai’s port for repairs. It arrived Sunday after the blast that revived security concerns in Mideast waterways amid heightened tensions with Iran. While the crew was unharmed in the blast, the vessel sustained two holes on its port side and two on its starboard side just above the waterline, according to American defense officials. It remains unclear what caused the blast, but the incident comes amid sharply rising tension between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal. Iran increasingly has sought to pressure President Joe Biden’s administration to lift sanctions.  Read more

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Germany has announced that travelers from France’s northeastern Moselle region will face additional restrictions because of the high rate of variant coronavirus cases there. Germany’s disease control agency said Sunday it would add Moselle to the list of “variant of concern” areas that already includes countries such as the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Travelers from those areas must produce a recent negative coronavirus test before entering Germany. The France's minister for European affairs said his country regrets the decision and is in negotiations with Germany to try to lighten the measures for 16,000 inhabitants of Moselle who work across the border.  Read more

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Massive fraud in the nation's unemployment system is raising alarms even as President Joe Biden and Congress prepare to pour hundreds of billions of dollars into expanded benefits. A government watchdog agency says that as of December, nearly two dozen states had not started using a key system to block fraud. An Associated Press review finds that many states will not even publicly acknowledge the extent of the problem. Attempts to combat fraud are causing delays for people who legitimately need unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. Others have become victims of identity theft. Read more

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British actor Johnny Briggs, best known for his role as businessman Mike Baldwin in the long-running TV soap opera “Coronation Street,” has died. He was 85. A family statement said Briggs died peacefully Sunday morning after a long illness. Briggs was a fixture on “Coronation Street,” playing his role for 30 years. Baldwin, a Cockney clothing factory boss, became one of the most memorable characters in the show’s fictional town of Weatherfield. Briggs made his debut on the show as Baldwin in 1976, and remained until 2006. Briggs was appointed an MBE, or a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in 2006. Read more

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Republican lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency actions since the coronavirus outbreak began. Now that legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation. In their own comments or by inviting skeptics to testify at legislative hearings, GOP lawmakers from Alaska to Virginia are using their platforms to promote false information about the virus, steps needed to limit its spread and the vaccines that will pull the nation out of the pandemic. They have faced swift backlash in some cases, even getting censored online. That raises tough questions about how best to fight potentially dangerous misstatements while protecting free speech and people’s access to government. Read more

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Families in Nigeria waited anxiously for news of their abducted daughters after more than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped by gunmen from a government school in the country’s north last week, the latest in a series of mass school kidnappings in the West African nation. Worried parents on Sunday gathered at the school, guarded by police. Aliyu Ladan Jangebe said his five daughters aged between 12 and 16 were at the school when the kidnappers stormed in. Four were taken away but one escaped by hiding in a bathroom with three other girls. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said the government’s priority is to get all the hostages returned safe and unharmed.  Read more

Israel has announced plans to vaccinate tens of thousands of Palestinians who work inside Israel and its West Bank settlements. Israel has launched one of the world’s most successful vaccination programs, inoculating over half of its population in just two months. But it has come under international criticism for not sharing its vaccine stockpile with the Palestinians, even as it plans to share surplus vaccines with far-flung allies in Africa and Latin America. Israeli officials said Sunday the government approved the program to “maintain public health and the function of the economy.” The program is expected to begin in the coming days. Over 100,000 West Bank Palestinians work in Israel and its settlements.  Read more

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The New Orleans Museum of Art has announced a major gift to its photography department - the third such announcement this month. A news release Thursday said collectors Cherye R. and James F. Pierce have given the museum more than 260 photographs, from vintage to contemporary. They include a 1932 photograph that many consider Henri Cartier-Bresson’s best work.  Earlier this month, the museum announced a major fund and pledged endowment from Del and Ginger Hall of Chicago. And on Feb. 4, it announced that radiologist Russell Albright had willed the museum nearly 400 works including more than 350 photographs.  Read more

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UPPER MERION TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg at a department store in the King of Prussia Mall Saturday evening, according to police.  Read more

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Pope Francis is praying for the quick release of 317 schoolgirls in Nigeria so they can return to their families. Addressing the public in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Francis said he was adding his voice to others including Nigeria's bishop in condemning what he described as “the vile abduction” of the girls. Police on Friday in Nigeria said gunmen had abducted the students from their boarding school in the north of the nation. Several large groups of armed men operate the area and are known to kidnap for ransom money and to press for the release of their jailed cohorts.  Read more

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Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices’ consideration of a case from Arizona comes as Republican officials in the state and around the country have proposed more than 150 measures, following last year’s elections, to restrict voting access that civil rights groups say would disproportionately affect Black and Hispanic voters. A broad Supreme Court ruling would make it harder to fight those efforts in court. Arguments are set for Tuesday via telephone, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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Milan Bandic, the controversial long-serving mayor of Croatia's capital of Zagreb, has died from a heart attack at age 65, his office says. Croatia's state HRT television says he became unwell around midnight Saturday and was swiftly taken to a hospital but nothing could be done. Bandic was one of Croatia's best-known politicians, a man who has run Zagreb for the past 21 years. Yet Bandic's time in office has been marred by a series of alleged corruption scandals that have been investigated by the anti-graft services. Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.   Read more