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Trump administration to renew Iran sanctions waivers amid worries over US nuclear supply

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EXCLUSIVE: Concerns over the United States’ nuclear supply have prompted the State Department to renew sanctions waivers for companies working on Iran’s civilian nuclear program, according to senior U.S. officials.

Failing to extend these waivers otherwise would expose a Russian nuclear company to American sanctions. Rosatom, a Russian state nuclear company, helps Iran operate its civilian nuclear program – but it also sells American power and medical companies a significant portion of their nuclear material.

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Sanctioning Rosatom could disrupt those supplies or raise prices in the U.S., senior officials said.

The Trump administration will announce Thursday that it will renew those waivers for 60 days as officials say they’re seriously examining ways to eliminate them without risking the U.S. nuclear supply.

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are strongly pushing to eliminate the waivers as the “last vestige” of the Iran nuclear deal, said the officials.

Rosatom supplies 20 percent of the enriched uranium the U.S. uses in its nuclear power reactors, according to The Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry’s trade association.

Congressional Republicans opposed to the waiver extension maintained that Rosatom would comply if the administration revoked the waivers.

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Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., called on the administration “to rescind the remaining waivers in light of Iranian officials’ definitive statements abandoning the deal,” especially as Iran is now openly violating the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“Enough is enough,” they said. The development comes amid historic tensions between the U.S. and Iran, following a U.S. drone strike that took out their top general, amid the fallout from an Iran-linked attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and warnings about future attacks.

Despite a strict sanctions campaign against Iran, the State Department will also announce Thursday that it has helped coordinate the first sale of cancer drugs to Iran through a new humanitarian channel, according to senior State Department officials.

A European pharmaceutical company sold the cancer medicine through an intermediary in Switzerland, and more transactions are forthcoming, the officials said. 

The United States has written exemptions for humanitarian aid into its sanctions against Iran. Because of potential American sanctions penalties, companies have been reluctant to sell in Iran.

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Iranian officials allege that American sanctions are creating a humanitarian crisis in their country. U.S. officials counter that Iran should stop spending its money on militias.

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Tim Allen reacts to Kobe Byrant’s death, reveals he lost father to ‘terrible accident’

Tim Allen is reeling from the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the seven others who were tragically killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The “Last Man Standing” star took to Twitter to react to the news, revealing that their sudden deaths hit close to home for him.

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“Lost my Dad in a terrible accident when I was eleven. The loss of Kobe, the guests and the dear children sunk deep into me,” Allen, 66, wrote early Thursday. “I express my deepest sympathy and feel terrible for the loss to all.”

Allen’s tweet received over 11,000 likes on Twitter and led to fans sharing their own experiences of losing loved ones.

“Always leave loved ones with a hug and ‘I love you,'” one user replied to the actor.

“Life is short. Hug, kiss, and say ‘I Love you’ everyday to your loved ones. You never know when it’ll be your last breath on this earth. Rest in peace Kobe, Gigi and the 7 other victims,” another wrote.

According to reports, Allen’s father, Gerald M. Dick, died in 1964 after he was hit by a drunk driver. The tragedy led Allen to explore his faith, he revealed to “20/20” anchor Elizabeth Vargas in 2012.

“For years, I just did not like this idea of God, church,” he said, according to the outlet. “(I was) still a churchgoer, but constantly a cynic.”

He continued that he’s had a “curious relationship with God” since his father’s passing.

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Tim Allen speaks onstage as Moët & Chandon Toasts The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations on December 9, 2019. (Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moët & Chandon)

Allen’s tweet came shortly after Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, broke her silence on the deaths of her NBA star husband, 41, daughter, Gianna, 13, and the remaining victims.

“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram.

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This Feb. 26, 2018 file photo shows Vanessa Bryant, from left, Kobe Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant at the world premiere of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”

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The touching post continued: “I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever.”

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American describes scene in Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak: ‘Like something out of a sci-fi movie’

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What’s it like to be stuck at ground zero for the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China? Doug Perez, an American living in the quarantined city of Wuhan, described his experiences on Thursday’s edition of the “Fox News Rundown” podcast.

“Whenever we leave [the home], we bring the dog,” said Perez, who lives with his girlfriend and their labrador Chubby. “So we only take him out for walks. That’s the extent of us leaving.”

Perez, who teaches English in the city, told host Dave Anthony about a “scary experience” in which he and his girlfriend had their temperature checked outside a grocery store where they went to stock up on food and supplies.

“We’re lining up to have our temperature tested in one of those temperature guns,” Perez said. “Yeah, it’s like something, it’s like something out of a sci-fi movie.”

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The outbreak has killed at least 132 people in China and sickened nearly 6,000 people worldwide, with five confirmed cases in the U.S. The Chinese government has confirmed 5,974 coronavirus cases in that country, surpassing the number of SARS cases in mainland China during the 2002-2003 outbreak, though the coronavirus death toll remains lower.

It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie.

— Doug Perez, American living in Wuhan, China

According to Perez, hospitals in Wuhan are overrun and people suffering from “mild symptoms” are being advised to stay away.

“Even the government made an official announcement in Chinese saying that … if you’re ‘a little bit sick’, do not come to the hospitals, we’re overrun,” he said “They need supplies. It’s a disaster.” He added that his plan was to “stay in … take aspirin and ibuprofen to control the fever and … just rest. And eventually, if you’re young and healthy, your body should be able to stop the virus.”

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Perez also said he was less worried about the virus than the response by the Chinese government and his fellow citizens. He noted that food deliveries had not come through in recent days.

“The government here has taken a very, very strict, very strict and very proactive response… to this coronavirus,” Perez said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if there are some problems in the future, especially, you know, food shortages or civil unrest.”

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Perez, who said he feels fine, declined to take the U.S.government’s offer and pay to be flown out of the city because he would have had to leave his girlfriend and their dog behind.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer is engaged, reportedly has ‘massive’ diamond ring

Bill and Melinda Gates received some happy news this week: their eldest daughter, Jennifer Gates, is engaged to be married.

The 23-year-old graduate of Stanford University confirmed on Instagram that she will wed Nayel Nassar, 28, a native of Chicago who competes in equestrian events for Egypt, the homeland of his parents. The couple have been dating for several years.

“Nayel Nassar, you are one of a kind,” the bride-to-be wrote in her post. “Absolutely swept me off my feet this past weekend, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared passions. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and loving together. Yes a million times over.”

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Nassar posted an announcement of his own, also on Instagram.

“I’m feeling like the luckiest (and happiest) man in the world right about now,” Nassar wrote. “Jenn, you are everything I could have possibly imagined..and so much more. I can’t wait to keep growing together through this journey called life, and I simply can’t imagine mine without you anymore. Love you more than you can possibly imagine, and thank you for making every single day feel like a dream to me. Here’s to forever!”

One photo posted by the couple on Pinterest shows Jennifer wearing a very large diamond ring on her left hand. E! News described the band as “massive.”

On Jan. 1, her parents – the 64-year-old billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, and his 55-year-old wife, who now share the leadership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a globally influential philanthropic organization – celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.

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Jennifer Gates and Nayel Nassar are seen at Madrid-Longines Champions, the International Global Champions Tour at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid on May 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Getty Images)

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“New Year’s Day will always be extra special to me—marking both a fresh year and an opportunity to celebrate being married to @thisisbillgates,” Melinda wrote on Facebook. “Today makes 26, and I’m still marveling at just how full a heart can get. Happy anniversary to the man who keeps me dancing through life.”

The Gates’ other children are son Rory, 20, and daughter Phoebe, 17.

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Russia closes border with China as coronavirus spreads: reports

Russia has closed its border with China over coronavirus fears, according to local reports.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order on Thursday to close the border, which he says will be carried out immediately, according to the Moscow Times.

“We’ll inform everyone today about the border-closure measures in the Far East region and other activities taken by the Russian government [to limit the spread of the deadly virus],” he said, according to the outlet.

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The Foreign Ministry said the country would also temporarily stop issuing electronic visas to Chinese nationals, according to the Moscow Times

The two countries had over $100 billion in trade last year, according to Forbes. The outlet reported they planned to increase their trade over the next five years to $200 billion.

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Russia had suspended organized tour groups from China earlier in the week due to the virus. They had reportedly continued to let in Chinese visitors arriving by plane and train, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Chinese government has offered no timetable as to when it can contain the outbreak, although some specialists believe the spread of the disease will reach its peak in about two weeks.

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Passengers wear masks to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus in a subway station, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) (AP)

The World Health Organization has called for an Emergency Committee meeting on Thursday to determine whether it constitutes a public health emergency.

The past 24 hours have seen 1,737 new cases and 37 people killed.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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Schiff says Obama would have been impeached if he asked Russia to investigate Mitt Romney

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House manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Wednesday said former President Obama would have been impeached if he had done what President Trump has been charged with in the first article of impeachment.

Schiff was responding to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s argument that a president can’t be impeached for a quid pro quo if he believes it’s in the country’s interest.

Schiff called the defense’s example of Obama being caught on a hot mic in 2012 telling former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he would have more “flexibility” after his re-election a “poor analogy” and “whataboutism.”

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“But let’s use that analogy and make it more comparable to today and see how you feel about this scenario,” Schiff told the Senate.

He suggested the hypothetical example of Obama telling Medvedev, “I know you don’t want me to send this money to Ukraine cause they’re fighting and killing your people. I want you to do me a favor though,” Schiff said, echoing wording in Trump’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he allegedly asked him to investigate the Bidens.

“I want you to do an investigation of Mitt Romney and I want you to announce you found dirt on Mitt Romney,” Schiff continued with his hypothetical. “And if you’re willing to do that quid pro quo, I won’t give Ukraine the money to fight you on the front line. “

Schiff then asked senators if there is any question Obama would have been impeached for that kind of conduct.

“That’s the parallel here,” he said.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked in a hypothetical whether or not Obama would have had the authority to seek an investigation into Romney’s son if he had evidence he was earning $1 million a year from a corrupt Russian company and Romney had acted to benefit that company.

Republicans have alleged former Vice President Joe Biden used his White House position to help his son, Hunter, while he served on the board of a Ukrainian oil company, but no evidence of wrongdoing has been found.

Schiff answered that “for a president to withhold military aid from an ally [or] to benefit an adversary to target their political opponent is wrong and corrupt. Period. End of story.”

He added that “rationalizing” that conduct is impeachable.

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Earlier, Dershowitz argued that even if there was a quid pro quo by withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine it wouldn’t matter because “if a president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.”

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Coronavirus death toll increases, here’s the latest update on cases

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Weeks after China announced the outbreak of the coronavirus, the international community has taken measures to prevent a widespread epidemic.

Countries have begun to limit travel to the infected mainland China and Hubei province — the epicenter of the virus with the CDC advising travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to the country.

The first person-to-person spread of the disease occurred in mid-December, according to Chinese researchers.

Evacuations have been issued, with world health officials expressing “great concern” the disease is starting to spread between two people outside of China.

It’s now infected more people in China than were sickened during the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s.

Here are the latest figures.

How many have been infected or have died?

The death toll from the virus rose to 170 on Thursday, with a total of 7,711 infected. Over the past 24 hours, 38 new deaths and 1,737 new infected cases have been reported.

Where is the virus?

Roughly 99 percent of new cases have appeared in China. Of the new deaths, 37 occurred in Hubei province, with one in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The virus has been reported in at least 16 countries globally.

The United States currently has 5 cases of the virus. Two in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington and one in Illinois, health officials say.

France — 3 cases

Thailand — 1

Australia — 5

Germany — 4

Canada — 1

Japan — 7

Malaysia — 8

South Korea — 4

Taiwan — 8

United Arab Emirates — 4

Vietnam — 2

Sri Lanka — 1

Philippines — 1

Nepal — 1

Malaysia — 7

Finland –1

Cambodia – 1

Travel restrictions?

Officials in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to the country. The United States is also expanding the screening of travelers arriving from Wuhan from 5 to 20 airports.

Singapore said it would ban travelers from China’s Hubei province.

The United Kingdom and New Zealand also advised their people against nonessential travel to China.

Russia has signed an order to close the border of the Russia and China,

They had suspended tour operations from doing group tours in China.

China has cut off access to Wuhan — the epicenter of the outbreak, trapping more than 50 million people.

South Korea urged an increase in its level of caution to “restraint” when traveling to China.

Hong Kong reduced half its flights and shut down rail service to mainland China.

United canceled all flights to China.

American Airlines suspended L.A. flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing.

British Airways suspended all flights to and from mainland China.

Air India and Seoul Air halting all flights to the country.

Finnair, Cathay Pacific, and Jetstar also stopping service.

Lion Air canceled 50 flights to China into February.

Air Canada suspending all direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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NJ mayor admits getting drunk at party, removing pants, passing out in employee’s bed, report says

The mayor of a New Jersey town admitted he recently got drunk at a party at a township employee’s house, took off his pants and passed out in her bed, according to a report.

Mayor John Roth said he apologized to the unidentified employee, NorthJersey.com reported.

The story came to light after an anonymous letter signed by the “concerned employees of the township of Mahwah” detailed the incident. The letter was circulated last week, the report said.

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Roth was elected Nov. 6, 2018, on the same ballot in which former Mayor Bill Laforet was recalled from office, NorthJersey.com reported.

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Mahwah (N.J.) Mayor John Roth (Township of Mahwah website)

The effort to recall Laforet was launched in January 2018  by a group of citizens who were upset about his 2015 accusations against former Department of Public Works Director Ed Sinclair for having pornography on his work computer, based on an anonymous letter Laforet received.

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Sinclair died a few months later and his family filed suit against Mahwah for wrongful death, saying the stress of the ordeal contributed to his demise.

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Possible meteor seen streaking across Southern California sky

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A bright light streaking across the sky in Southern California Wednesday evening lit up social media with what amateur astronomers identifying it as a possible meteor.

Residents from Los Angeles to San Diego caught the event on camera.

“Saw the most crazy meteor I’ve ever seen!! It blew into pieces and burned up in the atmosphere!!,” one woman wrote on Twitter. “Oh My Lanta that was SO COOL!!!!! And I caught the end on camera!!”

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KABC-TV reported it was likely either a meteor or space debris, but there has been no official confirmation on the unidentified object yet.

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Old videos of Bolton, Schiff raise credibility questions amid Trump impeachment trial

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‘GAME OVER,’ Trump declares, as old Bolton, Schiff videos surface amid Senate impeachment trial
A string of newly resurfaced video clips of former national security adviser John Bolton spurred President Trump and his supporters Wednesday to highlight what they described as serious credibility questions — raised by both Democrats and Republicans — amid the Senate impeachment trial, as the president tweeted, “GAME OVER!”

In his tweet, Trump linked to an interview of Bolton in August 2019 where he discusses Ukraine policy. In the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interview clip, Bolton makes no mention of any illicit quid pro quo, and acknowledges, as Republicans have claimed, that combating “corruption” in Ukraine was a “high priority” for the Trump administration.

Bolton also calls Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “warm and cordial,” without mentioning any misconduct. The video seemingly contradicts reported assertions in Bolton’s forthcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened,” that Trump explicitly told him he wanted to tie military aid to Ukraine to an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.

Separately, Fox News has identified clips of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., now the lead House impeachment manager, in which he says Bolton had a distinct “lack of credibility” and was prone to “conspiracy theories.” This week, Schiff said Bolton needed to testify in the impeachment trial as an important and believable witness. Click here for more on our top story

Other developments in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial:
 – Justice Roberts blocks Sen. Rand Paul from naming whistleblower, source says — and Paul may force the issue
 – White House told Bolton to remove classified material from manuscript before publication
 – Dershowitz mounts unconventional defense of Trump
 – Schiff denies knowing Trump whistleblower

Hillary Clinton ‘intimidated’ by Tulsi Gabbard’s $50M lawsuit, won’t accept legal documents, lawyer claims: report
Hillary Clinton or her representatives have, on at least two occasions, declined to accept legal papers delivered in connection with Tulsi Gabbard’s lawsuit against her, Gabbard’s attorney claims.

Gabbard, a Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii who is seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, filed a $50 million lawsuit against Clinton last week over the former secretary of state’s insinuation that Gabbard was a “Russian asset.” Brian Dunne, an attorney representing Gabbard, told the New York Post that Secret Service agents turned away a process server Tuesday when the server tried to deliver the lawsuit to Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., north of New York City.

Dunne said the server was instructed instead to deliver the papers to the Washington office of Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, but Kendall’s firm, Williams & Connolly, also declined to accept the legal papers, according to the Post.” Click here for more.

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Vanessa Bryant gives first statement on deaths of Kobe, Gianna 
Vanessa Bryant, widow of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, gave her first public statement Wednesday on the deaths of her husband, their 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash Sunday, posting a photo of the complete family with their four children.

“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” Bryant wrote in part.

“We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”

“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now.”

Vanessa Bryant’s statement came as the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner confirmed Wednesday that all nine victims in Sunday’s crash had been identified. Click here for more.
 
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