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The Vermont senator and self-described democratic socialist received more than $1 million total in donations from employees of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

While “tech worker” conjures images of well-paid professionals in fleece vests, a Times analysis of the data showed Sanders receiving much of his support from the companies’ blue-collar employees, including Amazon warehouse staffers and Apple store salespeople.

700 by Sam Dean. MOVED


^Bloomberg, Trump escalate feud with personal insults

TRUMP-BLOOMBERG:NY _ In a long-standing feud going back decades, it comes as no surprise that there is no love lost between the two New Yorkers running in the 2020 U.S. presidential race as the latest barrage of insults on Twitter on Thursday

The insulter-in-chief reprised his most effective jibe from the 2016 primary campaign when he dissed Bloomberg on Thursday “as a tiny version of Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush.”

Bloomberg wasted little time hitting back at Trump, claiming that some of their shared acquaintances from New York social circles secretly mock him as a “carnival barking clown.”

400 by Dave Goldiner in New York. MOVED



^Feds reviewing previously unreported cyberattack on Florida elections office

FLA-ELECTIONS-HACKING:MI _ Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyberattack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.

Link, who was appointed last year by the governor to oversee the county’s beleaguered elections department, said she contacted the FBI in November after a veteran IT employee told her that the office had been infected by a ransomware virus only a few weeks before the 2016 election. The virus was not publicly disclosed in 2016.

1250 (with trims) by David Smiley and Nicholas Nehamas in Miami. MOVED


^Phones, electronic devices of those on Kobe Bryant helicopter could hold clues to crash

CALIF-HELICOPTER-CRASH:LA _ With no black box recorder aboard the helicopter that crashed last month in Calabasas, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are turning to the travelers’ personal electronics for potential answers.

Investigators hope the passengers’ cellphones and the pilot’s iPad can help them better understand the chaotic last moments of the flight before the chopper slammed into a hillside in foggy conditions.

950 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Missing South Carolina girl found dead, police say

SC-MISSING-GIRL:CS _ Faye Swetlik, a 6-year-old Cayce girl missing since Monday, has been found dead.

Byron Snellgrove, director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, said the girl’s body was found Thursday. He also announced that a male’s body was found, and authorities said the bodies were found near each other. No other details about Faye or the male, including his identity or age, were available.

700 by Noah Feit and David Travis Bland in Cayce, S.C. MOVED


^Former Ohio State wrestler accuses Jim Jordan of covering up knowledge of doctor’s sex abuse

JORDAN-OHIOSTATE:OH _ A former Ohio State University wrestler told an Ohio House committee this week that U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is trying to cover up his knowledge of sex abuse by the former team doctor.

Several former student athletes at Ohio State have come forward as victims of Dr. Richard Strauss, a former team doctor accused of sexually assaulting athletes in the mid-1990s. Strauss killed himself in 2005.

Jordan, an assistant coach at the time who is now a Republican Ohio congressman, has said he had no knowledge of the abuse at the time.

750 by Rick Rouan and Anna Staver in Columbus, Ohio. MOVED


^US prosecutors seek nearly 5-year sentence for ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

BALTIMORE-EXMAYOR-1ST-LEDE:BZ _ Federal prosecutors laid out an array of new details from their investigation into former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh in documents filed Thursday, as they argued she should receive nearly five years in prison for conspiracy and tax evasion.

The 37-page sentencing memorandum, accompanied by financial records, for the first time pinpointed the number of “Healthy Holly” children’s books Pugh sold _ and resold. It outlined her efforts to conceal her dealings, including lying to FBI agents who came to her house to seize her cellphone.

1600 (with trims) by Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector in Baltimore. MOVED


^Impasse: Cuomo and Trump fail to find a solution to travel program and immigration concerns

NY-GLOBALENTRY:NY _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump failed to break a stalemate on the administration’s decision to ban New York residents from using programs that allow speedier customs checks and border crossings.

The pair met at the White House Thursday to discuss the action taken by the Department of Homeland Security in response to a state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and blocks federal immigration authorities’ access to state data.

550 by Denis Slattery in Albany, N.Y. MOVED


^Double-jeopardy claim for Jussie Smollett could hark back to landmark case against mob hit man

SMOLLETT-DOUBLEJEOPARDY:TB _ At first blush, the criminal cases against Jussie Smollett and Harry “The Hook” Aleman would seem to have little in common.

One involves a minor celebrity who gained international notoriety for allegedly staging a hoax hate crime on himself. The other was a shadowy Outfit enforcer who twice stood trial for the 1972 gangland slaying of a union steward.

But even though Aleman’s decidedly more serious case unfolded decades _ and worlds _ apart from Smollett’s, it now provides an intriguing look at the legal pathway prosecutors might use to block Smollett’s attempts to get the new charges against him thrown out of court on double-jeopardy grounds.

1400 (with trims) by Megan Crepeau And Jason Meisner in Chicago. MOVED


^Judge to decide on subpoenas in Abrams’ campaign finance case

GA-ABRAMS:AT _ Lawyers for organizations that supported Democrat Stacey Abrams’ 2018 run for governor told a judge Thursday that accusations of campaign finance violations are little more than a “fishing expedition” to find evidence that doesn’t exist.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick said she will rule soon on whether Abrams’ campaign and several nonprofit organizations must produce additional documents sought by the state ethics commission, which is investigating whether they illegally coordinated efforts.

550 by Mark Niesse in Atlanta. MOVED


^SpaceX set to launch another 60 internet Starlink satellites Saturday, taking total constellation to 300

SPACEX:OS _ SpaceX is stepping on the accelerator to get more than 1,500 internet satellites into low-Earth orbit by the end of the year.

400 by Chabeli Carrazana in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Indiana couple quarantine themselves over fears of coronavirus after trip to China

CORONAVIRUS-SELFQUARANTINE:TB _ In China, Ken Zurek of Indiana saw the disruption of the novel coronavirus _ bustling cities turned to ghost towns, businesses shuttered, citizens confined to their homes, a world on pause in fear of a quickly-spreading virus.

“What I just experienced? I never want to experience it here,” said Zurek, 63, a concrete business owner who traveled last month to China with his wife, Annie, 60, to visit her family and meet their new baby granddaughter. After learning of the virus and cutting their visit short to return home after 10 days, the Zureks decided to quarantine themselves in their Indiana home for about two weeks even though they haven’t shown any signs of the virus, like fever and cough.

1200 (with trims) by Kate Thayer in Chicago. MOVED


^Sister of Michigan woman quarantined on Diamond Princess: ‘They’re just sitting ducks’

CORONAVIRUS-CRUISESHIP-SISTER:DE _ The situation is growing more dire for passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan, where the novel coronavirus is spreading and a Sterling Heights, Mich., woman remains quarantined.

“They’re just sitting ducks. That’s all I can say,” said Marci Wulfmeier of Franklin, Mich., whose sister, Myra LaRouche, 72, of Sterling Heights is among the people quarantined on the ship until at least Feb. 19.

1050 (with trims) by Kristen Jordan Shamus in Detroit. MOVED


^More Parkland parents sue FBI over botched tips about school shooter

PARKLAND-FBI-LAWSUIT:FL. _ Another set of parents are suing the FBI over how the agency botched tips about the Parkland shooter, leading to their child’s death in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Andrew Pollack and Shara Kaplan, the parents of Meadow Pollack, who was 17 when she was shot a total of nine times during the massacre, filed their lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale federal court.

550 by Mario Ariza in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^LA County district attorney moves to wipe 66,000 marijuana convictions

LA-MARIJUANA-CONVICTIONS:LA _ Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Thursday announced the dismissal of 66,000 marijuana convictions in the county, a move to undo decades of drug enforcement that disproportionately targeted people of color years after California voters legalized weed.

The top prosecutor this week filed a motion asking a judge to erase 62,000 felony convictions dating back to 1961 and 4,000 misdemeanor convictions in 10 cities across the county. Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta signed the order Tuesday.

600 by Alene Tchekmedyian in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Man charged for allegedly throwing away ashes of Georgia woman’s dad, husband

CREMATEDREMAINS-TRASH:AT _ A Lawrenceville man, who faces charges in multiple metro Atlanta counties and several states, now faces even more charges after being indicted in a Cobb County case.

Howboutit Hbi, 45, was indicted last week on four felony charges in connection with an incident in which he’s accused of throwing away the cremated remains of a woman’s father and husband, according to court records.

450 (with trims) by Zachary Hansen in Atlanta. MOVED


^Convicted sex offender indicted after probe into Jaguars’ Jumbotron malfunction

FLA-JUMBOTRON-OPERATOR:JK _ A 49-year-old convicted sex offender and former Jacksonville Jaguars Jumbotron operator was indicted Thursday on a charge of obtaining and possessing child sexual abuse images, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Samuel Arthur Thompson’s arrest stems from an investigation into multiple 2018 malfunctions of the Jumbotron screens inside the Jaguars football stadium.

450 by Dan Scanlan in Jacksonville, Fla. MOVED


^Orlando police officer who suffered PTSD after Pulse massacre granted retirement, pension

ORLANDO-SHOOTING-OFFICER:OS _ Police pension board members voted unanimously Thursday to grant disability retirement and a lifelong pension to Orlando police Officer Alison Clarke, who developed post-traumatic stress disorder following the Pulse massacre.

Clarke cried as she embraced her wife and friends after the hearing. Clarke’s wife, fellow OPD officer Kate Graumann, let out a deep breath as tears welled in her eyes after the vote.

650 by Tess Sheets in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Fighting meth-fueled ‘chemsex’ in the LGBTQ community, West Hollywood takes a stand

CALIF-WESTHOLLYWOOD:LA _ It was the kind of town hall meeting that could, perhaps, only be held in West Hollywood.

“We’re going to talk about sex,” City Councilman John Duran warned the crowd, feigning surprise. The topic at the packed town hall Wednesday night was a growing crisis, especially in the LGBTQ community, that health experts say is not talked about enough: “chemsex,” or using drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA to enhance sexual activity and lower inhibitions.

1100 by Hailey Branson-Potts in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Victoria’s Secret added new safety measures; models say it’s not enough

VICTORIASSECRET-MODELS:BLO _ In the spring of last year, Victoria’s Secret imposed official rules to protect its lingerie models for the first time in its four-decade history.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal was at that point almost two years old, and the #MeToo movement that would follow was fostering something of a cultural rejection of the underwear maker’s dated vision of female beauty, accelerating the 75% collapse in the stock price of its parent company L Brands Inc. from a 2015 peak. Management could no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the perils its models faced on the job _ being alone with photographers or executives who wielded power over their careers, feeling pressure to bare more of their bodies or participate in private photo shoots.

The question is whether the rules go far enough to make a difference.

1750 by Jordyn Holman and Kim Bhasin in New York. MOVED


^Two former Ohio State players plead not guilty to rape, kidnapping

FBC-OHIOSTATE-PLAYERS-PLEAS:OH _ A Franklin County judge set bond Thursday during the first court appearances for two former Ohio State University football players accused of forcing a 19-year-old woman into sex.

Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint, both 21, appeared before Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner on Thursday and entered pleas of not guilty to one count each of rape and kidnapping.

Ebner set bond at $100,000 for Riep and $75,000 for Wint and ordered both to have no contact with the victim or each other.

700 by John Futty and Bethany Bruner in Columbus, Ohio. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED


^DNA on cigarillo left where WWII vet, 97, was beaten and robbed leads to arrest: cops

BEATING-DNA-CIGARILLO:OS _ DNA taken from a cigarillo tip found where a 97-year-old Lake County, Fla., World War II veteran was beaten and robbed of $400 led to the arrest Wednesday of a suspect, according to authorities and court documents.

In a phone call made from jail earlier while being held in an unrelated case, Kevin Eugene Leeks told the person he was talking to, “We gotta take advantage of these veterans ,” according to a probable-cause affidavit.

400 by Jerry Fallstrom in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Missing dog’s ghostly barking heard underground. He was in a car buried in Virginia


Not from a cave, a tunnel or drainage pipe, but from the dirt itself.

300 by Mark Price. MOVED



^These Pakistani students want out of coronavirus-stricken Wuhan. Their government says no

CORONAVIRUS-PAKISTANI-STUDENTS:LA _ On Thursday, for the first time in a week, 26-year-old Abdullah left his small dorm room at the Wuhan University of Technology in China to buy fruit and spices to cook the food of his native Pakistan.

As Wuhan is gripped by the coronavirus outbreak, Abdullah and hundreds of Pakistani students are locked down on their campuses, barred by university officials from leaving for days at a time, phone and WeChat messages their only link to the dire situation outside their doors.

While more than 20 countries have evacuated their nationals from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak that has sickened more than 60,000 people worldwide since December, Pakistan has resisted calls to bring home several hundred increasingly worried citizens, many of them students.

For Prime Minister Imran Khan, the decision hinges on health as well as politics.

1000 by Shashank Bengali and Aoun Sahi in Islamabad, Pakistan. MOVED




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^The halfway underground homes of ‘Parasite’ are real spaces of desperation and dreams

SKOREA-PARASITE-SEMIBASEMENTS:LA _ For nine years, South Korean poet Shin Hyun-rim and her daughter resided in a netherworld seven steps below the street.

In the heart of Seoul, a stone’s throw from the presidential residence and skyscrapers housing the likes of Samsung, Shin and her daughter lived in a banjiha _ a semi-basement apartment with scant sunlight and dirt-cheap rent, that for many South Koreans is a last resort, a rite of passage or a low slung pit stop on the way to something better.

The halfway underground banjiha home figures prominently in South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s dark comedy “Parasite,” a stark depiction of the rock-bottom existence the movie’s Kim family tries to claw out of.

1150 (with trims) by Victoria Kim in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED


^San Francisco bans most cars from Market Street. Will other cities follow?

CITIES-STREETS-CARS:LA _ As California cities move to reclaim their streets from automobile domination, Market Street in San Francisco is the most ambitious effort so far.

Lined by skyscrapers, landmark buildings, tech powerhouses and ornate street lamps, Market cuts through the heart of San Francisco and has long had the traffic jams that come with the prime real estate. Generations ago, many of the city’s streetcar and cable car lines were pulled out to make way for the mighty automobile.

A few weeks ago, there was a dramatic shift when San Francisco banned private cars on the busiest section of Market Street.

“There is a generational transformation that has occurred here,” said Malcolm A. Heinicke, chairman of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors. “You have people who are really looking at having a city where they’re not driving.”

It’s part of a growing trend across North America.

1600 (with trims) by Rong-Gong Lin II in San Francisco. MOVED




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