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Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

By Jill Colvin | Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Republican Party unity, even as he exacerbated intraparty divisions and trumpeted lies about the election in a speech that made clear he intends to remain a dominant political force. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he has been hailed as a returning hero, Trump blasted his successor, President Joe Biden, and tried to cement his status as the party’s undisputed leader despite his loss in November. “Do you miss me yet?” Trump said after taking the stage, where his old rally soundtrack had been playing. “I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we begun together … is far from being o

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Mum falls pregnant while using the coil and finds it lodged in her placenta

Claire Cowen had to go for scans every four weeks to check her baby had not moved in a dangerous position with the coil (Picture: SWNS)A mum who ‘miraculously’ fell pregnant while using the coil was shocked to find the IUD in her baby’s placenta. Claire Cowen, 34, had been using a non-hormonal coil for three years when she discovered she was 13 weeks’ pregnant with her baby boy, Lewis. She then underwent a stressful pregnancy as doctors told her she had no choice but to ‘wait and see’ if her coil would harm her baby.  The mum-of-three, from Midlothian, Scotland, could not have the contraceptive device removed because it was tilted above her cervix, and could accidentally rupture the baby’s amniotic sac if it was moved around. Medics warned her that Lewis may not survive if the...

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Dancing on Ice 2021: Phillip Schofield in hysterics after Holly Willoughby is ‘attacked’ by dinosaur

Caption: Dancing on Ice: Holly Willoughby ’attacked’ by a dinosaur Credit: RexDancing on Ice nearly had another accident to add to its long list during Sunday’s show – after Holly Willoughby almost fell victim to a wild dinosaur walking around the set. The presenter was delivering a link to camera when she was ‘attacked’ by someone in a convincing dinosaur suit during a memorable moment. Holly wasn’t best pleased after being disturbed by the side of the ice rink, shouting: ‘I don’t like it!’ As she struggled to compose herself, the 40-year-old added: ‘Just back off!’ Why was there a dinosaur walking around the Dancing on Ice set, you might ask? There were a number of the enormous creatures taking part in Lady Leshurr’s routine inspired by the movie Jurassic Park. Holly might

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Shaughna Phillips admits her ‘heart breaks’ watching Love Island scenes before liposuction

Shaughna Phillips admits her lipoedema affected her self confidence on Love Island (Picture: Rex)Shaughna Phillips struggles to watch her series of Love Island and admits her ‘heart breaks’ looking at herself before undergoing liposuction.  The Love Island star had the surgery in October after being diagnosed with lipoedema, a condition which leads to an abnormal build-up of fat cells.  In a new in-depth Q&A with fans, Shaughna opened up about her battle with the condition and how it affected her confidence appearing on the ITV2 dating show in 2019.  Shaughna explained: ‘My heart breaks for myself. It was so bad. Not constantly, like I could get dressed and feel okay. But there were just certain parts of my journey that really do ‘til this day make me upset.  ‘For example,

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‘I am not starting a new party’: In CPAC speech, Trump says he is committed to the GOP

Summary List PlacementFormer President Donald Trump on Sunday firmly shut down the rumors of him possibly creating a new political party outside of the GOP. In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had discussed launching a new party, the "Patriot Party," with several close aides and trusted friends. However, the former president threw cold water on such talk at the outset of his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida. "We're not starting new parties," Trump said. "You know, they kept saying, 'He's going to start a brand new party.' That was fake news. Fake News. Wouldn't that be brilliant? Let's start a new party. Let's divide our vote so that we can never win." He emphasized: "No, we're not interested in that. We have the Republican Pa...

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The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June. Though the new shot is easier to administer and requires only one dose, the administration is not altering its distribution plans. Zients says, “We’re distributing the J&J vaccine as we do the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Marcella Nun

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The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June. Though the new shot is easier to administer and requires only one dose, the administration is not altering its distribution plans. Zients says, “We’re distributing the J&J vaccine as we do the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Marcella Nun

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I’m A Star Foundation teens host, produce Black History Month special

Teenagers in the I’m A Star Foundation interviewed a multigenerational group of changemakers for their Black History Month special broadcast, “Young, Gifted & Black, Celebrating Kids Making History.” The special was streamed live from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “I believe this Black history program will let anyone who is willing to listen know that they can change history with time, patience and determination,” said I’m A Star Foundation student host Myia McLaughlin, 17, a senior at First Coast High School. Among those interviewed included Dr. Laurence Morse, a Jacksonville native and alumnus of then-segregated Matthew Gilbert High School and chairman of Howard University Board of Trustees, and civil rights activist, historian and author Rodney Hurst. Faith Sampson, 16, Jordan Sa...

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Angels pitchers are sharp in Cactus League opening victory

THE GAME: Angels pitchers gave up just two hits in a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 863 socially-distanced fans in the Cactus League opener for both teams Dunday at Scottsdale Stadium. The game lasted just seven innings, which will be the norm this spring. “All the stuff we had been working on with each (pitcher), they kind of did it,” Manager Joe Maddon said. PITCHING REPORT: In his Angels debut, LHP José Quintana threw 22 pitches in a scoreless inning. He hit the first batter of the game (fellow Colombian Donovan Solano) and then he walked Buster Posey, before retiring the next three hitters on a popout and two flyouts. “My arm felt really good,” Quintana said. “That’s what I need to see. The next step is my command needs to be better. My fastball I felt real

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After years of comparisons, Kyle Hendricks and Zach Davies hope to thrive together in Cubs’ rotation

John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-TimesKyle Hendricks and Zach Davies have been compared to each other for years, now they’ll get the chance to pitch on the same staff. MESA, Ariz. – One of the early storylines from Cubs spring training has been some of the similarities in the starting rotation, and no two pitchers get compared to each other more than Kyle Hendricks and Zach Davies. Hendricks and Davies have drawn comparisons to each other for years, especially when Davies was in the division with the Brewers. Due to their pitch repertoire, easy mechanics and reliance on command over velocity, it’s easy to see why they’re seen as baseball doppelgängers. “It’s funny because they put our lockers right next to each other,” Davies said. “So I think they know the comparisons too.” After years of watc

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Northern Nevada tribe co-stars in Peter Gabriel music video

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Drummers and dancers from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in northern Nevada are among more than two dozen artists worldwide who appear in a music video remake of a song rock musician Peter Gabriel first recorded four decades ago protesting racism. Gabriel recently re-released the 1980 song, “Biko,” which the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer originally wrote as a tribute to South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, who was killed in police custody in 1977. “For us to be included in this project, it’s such an honor,” tribal Chairwoman Janet Davis told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “This song is still very relevant. People all around the world are still oppressed and the racism that once was hidden has come back to the surface. We have a long way to go.” The video features d

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This You Gotta See: Three straight games against the champs? Lots of luck, Blackhawks

Steven Stamkos had five points against the Hawks in the first two games of the season. | Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesMarch is the roughest, toughest, call-your-bluffest month on the Hawks’ schedule. It includes five games against the mighty Lightning. You know what wasn’t very fun at all? The Blackhawks’ trip to Florida to begin the season. Reminder: They got pantsed in four straight games by the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning (5-1 and 5-2) and the Joel Quenneville-coached Panthers (5-2 and 5-4 in overtime). Boy, didn’t we all believe the Hawks were destined for last place then? Well, let’s see what we believe after March is over. It’s the roughest, toughest, call-your-bluffest month on the Hawks’ schedule. They play the Lightning and Panthers — teams with two of the top th

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From a golden statue to Trump hinting at a second and third presidential run, here are some striking moments from CPAC

Summary List PlacementGOP lawmakers and supporters convened for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend, where they praised former President Donald Trump, mocked masks, and promoted illegitimate claims of voter fraud. Some, like Donald Trump Jr., used his stage power to rally the crowd against Big Tech and the mainstream media. Among his targets was Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House who voted to impeach Trump last month. The conference, running from February 25 to 28, teemed with top GOP leaders from all over the United States, most of whom largely stood by the twice-impeached former president.  CPAC marks Trump's first public appearance since leaving office, as he was the headlining guest of the conference. Here are some...

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Suspect’s mother arrested for alleged role in baby’s death

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) — Police have arrested the mother of a man charged earlier this month with killing a 1-year-old girl at a motel in Northern California. Annette Womack, 58, could face charges including child endangerment and felony aiding and abetting, the West Sacramento Police Department said. She was arrested Friday as part of the ongoing investigation into the death of Amanda Marie Owens, the Sacramento Bee reported. The girl was found dead and her 3-year-old brother was injured at Silvey’s Motel in West Sacramento on Feb. 15. No other details were provided about Womack’s alleged role in the child’s death. It wasn’t known Sunday if she has an attorney. Related Articles Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs 3 Kansas pol...

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US panel endorses 3rd vaccine option from J&J

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. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted overwhelmingly to recommend the vaccine for adults 18 years old and up. The ruling followed emergency clearance of the vaccine by U.S. regulators a day earlier. Members of the group emphasized that all three vaccines now available in the U.S. are highly protective against the worst effects of the virus, including hospitalization and death. J&J plans to ship several million vaccine doses to states in the coming week, delivering a total of 20 million shots by the end of March. Health officials are eager to have an easier-to-use vaccine against COV...

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