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Iraqi protesters defy top cleric and return to the streets BAGHDAD - Hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets of Iraq's capital and southern provinces on Sunday, defying a powerful Iraqi religious leader who recently withdrew his support from the popular movement.

Pope on Holocaust atrocities Let's all say never again Pope Francis is inviting prayers and reflection about the "atrocity" of the Holocaust, urging people to vow in their heart "never again." In remarks to the public in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Francis noted that Monday is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi's Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

Herbert wins 1st European Tour title on Australia Day DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Lucas Herbert marked Australia Day in his native country by capturing his first professional title, beating Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa at the second hole of a playoff to win the Dubai Desert Classic after a wild final round on Sunday.

Dark cloud looms over new artists celebrating at Grammys LOS ANGELES - Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X are walking into what should be one of the most exciting days of their careers as they attend their first-ever Grammy Awards on Sunday, where they are the top-nominated acts.

Automated chest compression devices now in use by all 911 emergency responders in Orange County For the past decade, only two fire agencies in Orange County - the cities of Newport Beach and Orange - chose to use automated chest compression devices instead of manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation to keep people alive after they suffer cardiac arrest.

Inside Livable California’s fight for single-family neighborhoods Livable California is diversifying its board and expanding its reach as it gears up for round three of fighting Sacramento’s efforts to do away with single-family zoning.

Braathen stuns favorites in 1st run of World Cup slalom KITZBUEHEL, Austria - Norwegian skier Lucas Braathen stunned race favorites by posting the fastest time in the opening run of a men's World Cup slalom on Sunday. Wearing start bib No. 34, Braathen mastered a difficult course set to build a lead of 0.33 seconds over Daniel Yule.

California patient tests positive for coronavirus bringing total of 3 confirmed cases in US DETROIT - A new case of coronavirus was confirmed in California Sunday morning bringing the total to three documented cases in the United States. The US is also investigating several other possible cases including several here in Metro Detroit. This new case comes as health officials in China scramble to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Syrian troops reach outskirts of key rebel-held town DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian government forces reached the outskirts of a key rebel-held town on Sunday, part of a weekslong offensive into the country's last rebel stronghold, state media and opposition activists said.

Ringing in Brexit? Plans to celebrate UK exit divide country LONDON - With Brexit just days away, Britons are fighting over the chimes of Big Ben. And the White Cliffs of Dover are a battleground. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Friday, people are divided over how to mark a historic moment that some are relishing but others are dreading.

Lessons learned from 2016, but US faces new election threats It's been more than three years since Russia's sweeping and systematic effort to interfere in U.S. elections through disinformation on social media, stolen campaign emails and attacks on voting systems. officials have made advances in trying to prevent similar attacks from undermining the 2020 vote, but challenges remain.

Are your 2020 resolutions kaput? Go short-term instead As the new year moves along, try to accomplish your goals in pieces instead of in one, big resolution.

Federer overcomes slow start, reaches Australian Open QFs MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer needed some time to get going in the Australian Open's fourth round, a match after a draining and difficult escape in which he was two points from defeat. To be precise, he required a full set to get sorted.

New documentary cloaks anonymous sources in 'face doubles' PARK CITY, Utah - In documentaries, anonymous sources have often been reduced to a shadowy, voice-distorted figure - or worse, a pixelated blur.

Tennis Fed Cup event moved from China amid viral illness MELBOURNE, Australia - The International Tennis Federation has moved a regional Fed Cup qualifying event out of China because of concerns over the outbreak of a viral illness that has already caused 56 deaths. The ITF issued a statement Sunday saying the Asia/Oceania Group 1 event scheduled for Feb.

Diddy calls out Grammys and demands change in fiery speech - Sean "Diddy" Combs called out the Grammy Awards for dissing rap and R&B stars in its major categories in a blazing speech that earned him a standing ovation from Beyoncé, Jay-Z and several other music industry players.

California green lights computerized voting system for Los Angeles County California's secretary of state has approved a computerized voting system for Los Angeles County, despite concerns of cyberattacks and election fraud. Though Secretary of State Alex Padilla conditionally approved the publicly owned, first-of-its-kind system, he is requiring the county provide a hand-marked ballot option for voters.

Six striking houses in California's Silicon Valley While commonly known as a tech hub, Silicon Valley is home to a number of impressive residential designs. US reporter Bridget Cogley picks out six stand-out homes in the area.

Bernie Sanders is working the Latino vote in California, block by block "Bernie was from Vermont. There's not a lot of Latinos there, and not a lot of people knew him," said Chuck Rocha, a senior adviser on the Sanders campaign and a longtime political operative with expertise in the Latino electorate. But Rocha said he did well because voters liked his authenticity and policies aimed at the working class.

Golden Nuggets: Build that hype cuz California might break into that 2020 Top-25 party… I think there's now some good news for readers in all parts of our fanbase spectrum. Keep on reading to learn about some RECORD-BREAKING performances by our Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving team.

California Court Decisions Shed Light on the Legislative Process In order to have a better understanding of the California legislative process, it is beneficial to review state appellate court decisions that have interpreted relevant provisions of the California Constitution and specifically the legislative branch of government.

Letter: I lost power for 40+ hours during a PG&E outage While avoiding damages caused by these disasters is a safety precaution, power outages can cause their own dangers. When my mom went to the store to replace a lantern, she found that people had bought all of the gas lanterns, which should never be used indoors.

California's big educational dilemma As advisers such as Howle and Petek inform politicians about the schools' serious educational and financial problems, the question is whether they will be addressed or left to fester.

Third US case of coronavirus confirmed in California, health officials say Case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Orange County, California, the OC Health Care Agency's Communicable Disease Control Division announced in a press release Sunday.

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