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*Cloudy early then high 35 today


*Panera Bread is cream cheese, they are the 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese packages that were sold at their U.S bakery-cafes.  So far no illnesses have been reported, the recall began after samples of the 2 oz. cream cheese showed positive results for Listeria.  Check your expiration date, these products have an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018.



*Senator Marco Rubio has fired his Chief of Staff for improper conduct with a subordinate.  The Florida senator acted quickly to terminate Clint Reed after first learning about the alleged conduct on Friday. He immediately launched an internal investigation and then traveled from Florida to Washington on Saturday to officially fire him. Rubio says he is now giving any details about the alleged conduct "pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct." Reed began working for Rubio during his 2016 presidential campaign. 

Miami Herald

*Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea and one of the world's richest men, died Saturday at his home in Smaland, Sweden. He was 91.  Ikea confirmed his death in a statement released on Sunday.  Kamprad grew up in a poor family struggled with dyslexia. He milked cows and eventually earned some cash selling pencils and matches in Smaland, located in southern Sweden.  By the time he was 17, Kamprad christened his mail-order household goods business Ikea.  Over the next 70 years, he built the company into the world's biggest furniture company with more than 350 stores in 29 countries, spanning North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean. 

The New York Times

Democratic Senator Says Immigration Compromise Is Doable - 

Senator Joe Manchin says President Trump's recent immigration proposal is a "good starting point."

The West Virginia Democrat tells CNN's "State of the Union," "The President's laid out what he wants. That's a good starting point. Let's see if it's something that we can agree on." Manchin says he plans to meet soon with senators from both parties to see how much of the plan can pass. Manchin says, "The President has laid out a template. We're going to look at that template and we're going to work with it."

The senator also criticized House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for saying the plan is “a way to “make America white again.” He noted “We don’t need that type of rhetoric on either side, from Nancy, (Republican House Speaker) Paul Ryan or anybody else.”

Manchin is in a group of 20 bipartisan members dubbed the “Common Sense Coalition” that are focusing on immigration now that they helped end the government shutdown.

Source: Reuters

Congress Is Moving On Protecting Amateur Athletes From Abuse

The women who shared their stories of abuse at the hands of an Olympic doctor are making an immediate impact.

The House is scheduled to vote today on a bill requiring the U.S. Olympic Committee's amateur sports groups to immediately report all sexual abuse claims to police. The bill also would not allow athletes younger than 18 to be alone with an adult who is not their parent or guardian. The Senate has already passed the bill.

The measure creates an organization within the US Olympic Committee that would be responsible for receiving and handling inquiries and reports about abuse, and making sure that allegations are promptly reported to law enforcement when necessary, or resolved internally.

Today's vote comes after former U.S. gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to life in prison last week. Nassar admitted to decades of sexually molesting young gymnasts when he was supposed to be treating them for injuries. 

Source: CNN


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