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Jury still out for some black voters on Bloomberg after 'stop and frisk' apology

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — When former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched his unconventional White House bid, he faced his controversial criminal justice record head-on, expressing remorse for his longstanding support for “stop-and-frisk” policing — a controversial tactic that was found to be racially discriminatory. The billionaire presidential hopeful has made strategic efforts to explain why he once championed the highly-criticized policy, which disproportionately impacted blacks and Latinos — part of a critical voting bloc for any Democrat looking to secure the presidential nomination. With minorities now making up nearly a third of the overall electorate in 2020, his previous support for stop and frisk could prove to be a hurdle for Bloomberg as he asserts himself as an equality advocate who can galvanize a blue coalition of Democrats to defeat President Donald Trump in November. “I was wrong and I’m sorry,” Bloomberg said to a predominantly black church in Brooklyn before announcing his late presidential run last November. He has then reiterated his regret to reporters, voters and community leaders during his campaign blitz through 2020’s battleground states. His

Prosecutors call for lower sentence for Roger Stone, Trump denies he spoke with Justice Department

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Kuzma/iStock(WASHINGTON) —  The Justice Department filed an updated sentencing memorandum in its case against Roger Stone late Tuesday afternoon, noting that the previous recommendation of seven to nine years against President Donald Trump’s longtime friend and former campaign adviser “would not be appropriate” and instead said it “defers to the court.” At about the same time, the entire team of federal prosecutors involved in Stone’s case withdrew. Earlier Tuesday, in another stunning development that raised questions about possible political interference, the department announced it would reverse course on its sentencing recommendation for Stone, only hours after Trump himself reacted to the recommendation by calling it a “miscarriage of justice.” Even as the four federal prosecutors involved in the case notified the court they were withdrawing, it was not immediately clear whether their withdrawals were an act of protest of the reversal. Aaron Zelinsky, one of two prosecutors who served on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, announced he was resigning his position from the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. while maintaining his position as an assistant attorney in the U.S. attorney’s

Coronavirus fears threaten global tech conference

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mrtom-UK/iStock(BARCELONA, Spain) — The coronavirus, declared a global health emergency, is posing a threat to one of the most-attended yearly global tech conferences, Mobile World Congress. MWC, held each year in Barcelona, Spain, drew 109,674 attendees last year and is a destination for the most prominent tech companies in the world. Several of these companies have officially withdrawn from MWC 2020, scheduled for Feb. 24-27, citing concerns over coronavirus. “We’ve informed GSMA, the organizers of MWC Barcelona, that we won’t be sending our employees to this year’s event,” Nvidia, one of the tech exhibitors at MWC, wrote in a blog post. “Given public health risks around the coronavirus, ensuring the safety of our colleagues, partners and customers is our highest concern.” Other tech companies that have pulled out of the conference include Facebook, Amazon, Intel, LG, Sony, Vivo and Ericsson. In an email to ABC News, a Facebook company spokesperson confirmed the social media giant’s decision to skip this year’s MWC. “Out of an abundance of caution, Facebook employees won’t be attending this year’s Mobile World Congress due to the

Pelosi pays off Super Bowl bet with pistachios and San Francisco chocolates

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made good on her Super Bowl bet with Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on Tuesday with some California delicacies but still praising her hometown San Francisco 49ers. “They played a great game and they beat a mighty championship team,” Pelosi said of the Kansas City Chiefs, while handing over Ghiradelli chocolates, almonds and pistachios in what has become an annual congressional tradition. Pelosi bet the 49ers would beat Cleaver’s team in Super Bowl LIV. If the 49ers had prevailed, Cleaver would have had to give Pelosi Kansas City barbecue and chocolates. “I was frankly sad that we lost,” Pelosi said. “I was also sad that I wouldn’t be enjoying some Kansas City barbecue.” The Chiefs beat the 49ers 31-20 in Miami’s Hard Rock stadium. Cleaver, a fellow Democrat, said that he thinks sports are good for America, citing how both Democrats and Republicans in Kansas City came together to support the Chiefs. “We all, no matter our differences get behind our teams,” Pelosi said “But at the end of the day, we’re all

DOJ announces reversal in Roger Stone sentencing recommendation after Trump tweet

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Kuzma/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice will reverse course Tuesday on its sentencing recommendation for President Donald Trump’s longtime friend and former campaign adviser Roger Stone, a senior DOJ official said, only hours after Trump himself reacted to the recommendation by calling it a “miscarriage of justice.” Federal prosecutors told a federal judge on Monday that Stone should be sentenced to serve seven to nine years in prison after jurors found him guilty last November on all seven counts brought against him by former special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The charges, brought against Stone in January 2019, included five counts of lying to Congress, one count each of witness tampering and obstruction of a proceeding. The official insisted that senior leadership of the department were not kept in the loop on the recommendation that federal prosecutors put forward in court Monday evening. “The department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation,” the official, who requested anonymity to speak about the department’s internal deliberations, said. “This was

Surging in the polls, Klobuchar says Trump can't put himself in voters' shoes, 'I can'

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ABC(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Just as the voters take to the polls amid the first-in-the-nation primary, Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined The View on Tuesday, touting herself as the most moderate candidate who can relate to voters on a personal level, unlike President Donald Trump, who she says “lacks decency.” “I think we’ve got a guy in the White House that lacks decency,” she said, adding. “He can’t put himself in their shoes. I can.” She added, “My grandad was a miner. My dad was a newspaper man. My mom was a teacher.” The Minnesota senator went on: “I’m first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from my state, and I have had to work hard like so many Americans to the place I got. That’s the case I made.” Klobuchar said she’s capable of bringing together different coalitions of voters. “I’m someone that looks people in the eye and tells them the truth, and I don’t have everyone agree with me when I do that,” Klobuchar said. “But one of the reasons I have been able to bring in independents and

WHO gives the new coronavirus a name: COVID-19

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jarun011/iStock(GENEVA) — Top health officials have finally named the novel coronavirus that has sickened tens of thousands of people around the world. The coronavirus is now called COVID-19, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at the World Health Organization announced during a Tuesday news conference. “Co” stands for coronavirus, “Vi” is for virus and “D” is for disease, Tedros explained. Health officials purposely avoided naming COVID-19 after a geographical location, animal or group of people. “Having a name matters, to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” he said. Meanwhile, a hundred people have been quarantined in Hong Kong after being evacuated from an apartment building where two residents living on different floors were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, authorities said. During a press conference Tuesday, officials from Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection said the two infected residents were separated by 10 floors and the decision to partially evacuate the public housing estate in the city’s Tsing Yi area was made after the discovery of an unsealed pipe in the bathroom of the lower apartment,

'Grounds for optimism': Global carbon emissions level out despite growing economy

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Pgiam/iStock(LONDON) — Global carbon dioxide emissions stopped growing last year, despite the global economy experiencing a marked increase in size, according to data published today. Following two years of increasing emissions, CO2 emissions flattened to 33 gigatons thanks to the growing role of renewable resources in electricity generation in advanced economies in 2019, according to the International Atomic Agency (IEA). The global economy, meanwhile, expanded by 2.9%, the IEA said. The flatlining of emissions can be largely explained by the increased use of sustainable energy resources in the advanced economies of Europe and the U.S., which offset an increase in emissions in the rest of the world. Despite the Trump administration withdrawing the United States from the United Nations’ Paris climate accord, the international commitment to curb emissions and prevent global warming, the U.S. had the largest decline in CO2 emissions in a single country, falling 140 million tons, or 2.9%. The demand for electricity in the U.S. declined due to a milder summer and warmer winter than previous years, the report said. Emissions in the European Union fell by

Coronavirus infects residents on different floors of apartment building

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jarun011/iStock(HONG KONG) — A hundred people have been quarantined in Hong Kong after being evacuated from an apartment building where two residents living on different floors were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, authorities said. During a press conference Tuesday, officials from Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection said the two infected residents were separated by 10 floors and the decision to partially evacuate the public housing estate in the city’s Tsing Yi area was made after the discovery of an unsealed pipe in the bathroom of the lower apartment, raising fears about how the newly identified virus may have spread between the two units. So far, at least five other residents of Cheung Hong Estate who showed symptoms of the novel coronavirus have all tested negative for the illness, according to Center for Health Protection director Wong Ka-hing. If all tests return negative, Ka-hing said quarantined residents could be released by the weekend. Faulty piping in an apartment block led to the infection of hundreds of people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city during the deadly SARS outbreak which hit the

2020 Democrats jockey for New Hampshire’s vote, after chaotic Iowa

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Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — In the final sprint ahead of Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary contest in New Hampshire, potentially the first decisive outcome this cycle after the tumultuous Iowa caucuses, the candidates have been barnstorming the state to outline their vision for the country, rebuke President Donald Trump, call for party unity and make more overt contrasts with their rivals. The primary is set to take place only eight days after the contest in Iowa — caucuses which were thrown into turmoil due to “inconsistencies” in reporting results. The state Democratic Party ultimately projected former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg the winner of the caucuses Sunday night, awarding him two more delegates than his closest competitor, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — setting up a bitter fight between the two in New Hampshire. Under pressure to excel in the Granite State amid a fiercely competitive race, the candidates have been camping out in the state since early last week, spending much time openly criticizing their rivals’ records and experience. While Buttigieg and Sanders battle it out for the