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President Donald Trump is traveling to Missouri to promote recent tax cuts and campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley.  Trump will be  at the Boeing plant in St. Louis today. He will hold a roundtable discussion with business leaders and workers and then he'll head to a fundraiser.

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NATIONAL

*Students across the country and around the world are expected to take part in a National School Walkout today in a call on Congress to pass tighter gun control laws. The ENOUGH National School Walkout will be held this morning -- exactly one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. The event will be at 10 a.m. across every time zone and last 17 minutes -- one minute for each victim killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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*Outrage is growing after a dog died on a United Airlines plane Monday night. The pooch was allegedly forced into an overhead bin by a flight attendant and passengers took to social media to share the story.  That flight attended better have been fired and United get it together, shame on you

Air travel blogger The Points Guy reported that a flight attendant insisted the dog's owner put her pet in an overhead bin for the remainder of the flight.

The dog was in a pet carrier and initially passengers heard it barking, but by the time the flight was over, they learned it had died.

 (New York Post)


*Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist whose life was depicted in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, has died. He was 76.  Throughout his life, Hawking defied the odds. When he was 22 he was diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease and was only given a few years to live by doctors.

While the condition left him unable to walk and speak, save for the use of a voice synthesizer, he went on to become one of the world's most influential scientists.

His major accomplishments include outlining a theory that black holes emit "Hawking radiation" in 1974 and publishing the book A Brief History of Time in 1988, which went on to sell more than 10 million copies.

In the statement, his children Lucy, Robert and Tim went on to praise his "courage and persistence" as well as his "brilliance and humor" that inspired people around the globe. They continued, "He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people we love.' We will miss him forever." (BBC)


Democrat May Have Won PA Special Election - 

It's the day after the closely-watched special election in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district and there's still no clear winner.

Republican candidate Rick Saccone [[ suh-CONE ]] talked with his supporters at his campaign headquarters last night to thank them for their hard work. Saccone said he still thinks that he's ultimately going to win. The vote is extremely close between Saccone and his Democratic challenger, Conor Lamb. Unofficial numbers have Lamb up by around 600 votes.

For his part, Lamb is claiming victory in the contest. Lamb spoke to reporters in Canonsburg last night and proclaimed, "we did it!" Several absentee, provisional, and military ballots have yet to be counted. 

Source: Pennlive.com


Massachusetts Is Slammed By The Nor’easter - 

Thousands of homes and businesses across Massachusetts have no power, as a huge storm tears through the state.

The nor'easter is whipping up high winds and dumping a lot of snow. Blizzard conditions have reduced visibility to zero in some areas, including Boston. School is cancelled today in dozens of communities. More than a foot of snow fell at Boston Logan International Airport yesterday, delaying or canceling hundreds of flights.

Cape Cod is mostly in the dark and communities there have opened shelters for those that need it.

The storm is expected to pass early today and then the storm cleanup begins. Some areas, already dealing with a mess left by two other storms, have debris and up to 20 inches of snow to clear before a possible fourth storm comes in next week.

Source: Boston Globe


Cryptocurrency Ads Are Now Banned On Google - 

Bitcoin and other digital currencies are a hot topic. But not on one website.

Google will no longer accept ads for anything about cryptocurrencies. The ban will include initial coin offerings, wallets, and trading advice. The ban will take effect in June and is similar to the hard-line approach Facebook announced earlier this year.

The cryptocurrency boom, led by Bitcoin, has generated a lot of excitement and wealth. But it's mostly unregulated and has set off a huge number of scams. A Google official said the company has seen enough harm to consumers, with the potential for more damage, that it's decided to take an extremely cautious approach. 

Source: CNBC


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