Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein likely to step down in March, DOJ officials tell @NBCNews.
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Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, has died at age 92. - @detroitnews
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Longest government shutdown in US history ends as President Trump signs short-term funding bill that reopens government until Feb. 15.
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Venezuela’s re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test Wednesday as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Maduro’s socialist government.

Elmore Co. Emergency Mgmt. Office says there are reports of injuries that were caused by severe weather, likely a tornado, in Wetumpka, Alabama.

Many injured in "serious" double-decker bus crash in Ottawa. - @CTVNews
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Many injured in "serious" bus double-decker bus crash in Ottawa. - @CTVNews
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NYPD says the bright blue glow lighting up the New York City area is caused by a transformer explosion at a Con Ed energy company power plant in Queens.
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President Trump visits Iraq in his first war zone visit as president.
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US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has cancerous growths removed from lung, the court says: "Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease."

Actress and director Penny Marshall, best known for 'Laverne and Shirley', 'Big', 'A League of Their Own' and other hits, has died at age 75, spokesperson says.

New York attorney general says Trump Foundation “has signed a stipulation agreeing to dissolve under judicial supervision, with review and approval by the attorney general of proposed recipient charities of the foundation’s remaining assets,” and lawsuit will still move forward.

James Fields found guilty on all 10 counts, including 1st-degree murder, for ramming car into a group of peaceful counter-protesters following Charlottesville white nationalist rally in 2017.
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RT @BreakingNews: Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 - @NBCNews

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94 - @NBCNews

Tsunami Warning for coastal areas of Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula in Alaska after powerful prelim. magnitude 7.2 earthquake and aftershocks hit near Anchorage.

NASA says this is the first image transmitted back to Earth from the InSight lander after it touched down on the surface of Mars on Monday afternoon. - @NBCNewsMACH
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A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America to the U.S., run from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico at Tijuana on Sunday - @Reuters

@NBCPolitics Washington Post publisher says Pres. Trump's solidarity with Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's murder is betrayal of American values and failure of leadership, and calls for the president to release evidence if there is reason to doubt CIA's conclusion.
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California wildfires: 3 major fires destroying homes and forcing massive evacuations:

-Camp Fire in Butte Co.

-Hill Fire in Thousand Oaks

-Woolsey Fire near Simi Valley and Calabasas
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