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A bridal party makes their way through a snowstorm in #Philadelphia on Friday. A #winter weather advisory is in effect Friday until about 10 p.m. as up to four inches of #snow is expected in the region.
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President Donald Trump’s federal judge nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen struggled to answer basic legal questions from Sen. John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican.
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Petersen, who serves on the Federal Election Commission, had difficulty answering questions about the "Daubert standard," which has to do with expert witness testimony, and the definition of a "motion in limine," which has to do with the introduction of evidence. He acknowledged he has never tried a case or argued a motion in court. He said he last read the federal rules of evidence in law school.
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Petersen graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1999.
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Buildings pierce through clouds as fog and air pollution shroud #Skopje, #Macedonia on Friday morning. The city was almost brought to a standstill after a second day of heavy #pollution.
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President Donald Trump prepares to cut a ribbon during an event on federal regulations at the #WhiteHouse on Thursday. #Trump signed an executive order days after taking office in which he directed agencies to identify two regulations to cut for every new one they intend to issue. It also ordered agencies to offset any new regulatory costs with cuts by eliminating existing rules.
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The order was part of a larger effort to scale back environmental, business and other regulations Trump and his administration have argued are unwieldy and stifle economic growth.
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But critics say the administration's claims are over-stated. And they say the rules Trump has tried to dismantle provide crucial protections for the environment, consumers and others.
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"I usually hate winter," says Akisha Moore during a snowstorm in Flint, #Michigan on Wednesday.
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She moved to #Flint from Mississippi about four years ago. "I'm a summer person really. That said, it's fun to play in the snow though. You get to put your tongue out and eat it, even throw snowballs, make snow angels and sometimes, fall down - even that can be fun, or at least funny. It's just a joy of Mother Nature, so we might as well enjoy it."
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Workers unload a giant number 8️⃣ covered in πŸ’‘ on Wednesday. It will light up as part of the 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣ display in #TimesSquare on New Year's Eve in #NewYork.
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Stars light up the sky above a church during the #Geminids meteor shower near the village of Zagorie, #Belarus on Wednesday night.
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A waning crescent moon made for dark skies and good viewing conditions for the #meteorshower. Viewers can expect to see about one "shooting star" per minute, weather permitting, according to @NASA. The highest activity should come between midnight and 4 a.m. Thursday morning.
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Cola the dog walks along the beach using his new curved "blade runner" prosthetics in #Phuket, #Thailand on Tuesday. Last year, Cola’s front legs were hacked off with a sword by his owner’s neighbor after he chewed on a pair of shoes, according to the @soidogfoundation.
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Arnold @Schwarzenegger takes a selfie with #France's President Emmanuel Macron as they pass the #EiffelTower while cruising on the Seine river after the One Planet Summit in #Paris on Tuesday. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that @emmanuelmacron hopes gives new momentum to the fight against #globalwarming despite President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord.
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One by one, top world diplomats, the former California governor, business leaders like Michael Bloomberg and even former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the world will shift to cleaner fuels and reduce emissions regardless of whether the Trump administration pitches in or not.
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Surfers are shrouded in smoke-filled skies as the #ThomasFire threatens seaside communities near #Carpinteria, California on Tuesday. The fifth-largest #wildfire in #California history, and one of several burning around the state, has burned over 900 structures, at least 700 of them homes. And it has stretched across nearly 370 square miles of territory.
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As the #fire straddling #SantaBarbara and Ventura counties entered its 10th day, crews had carved containment lines around one-quarter of it.
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Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters before speaking on Tuesday night in #Birmingham, Alabama.
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In a stunning victory aided by scandal, #DougJones won Alabama's special Senate #election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.
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It was the first Democratic #Senate victory in a quarter-century in #Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. It was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation's already divided Republican Party.
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Star Wars’ BB-8 bows to Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry as they arrive at the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" film's European premiere on Tuesday in #London. But cast and crew were silent on reports that the #royal siblings make a cameo appearance in the much-anticipated film.
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The tuxedo-clad #princes walked the red carpet at London's Royal Albert Hall for the black-tie gala, a benefit for their Royal Foundation charity β€” though without William's pregnant wife Kate or Harry's fiancee, Meghan Markle.
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Royal officials have refused to comment on reports that the princes recorded a scene playing #Stormtroopers in the sci-fi saga when they visited the film's set in April 2016. At the time they were filmed meeting crew members, battling with light sabers and hugging a Wookie.
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Cars are detonated during an anti-terror drill at the Olympic Stadium in #Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday. Set to host the #WinterOlympics in February, #SouthKorea conducted a series of security drills to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone.
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β€œOne of our attorneys is a Jew,” said the wife of embattled #Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore as she fought back against accusations that her husband doesn't support blacks or Jews.
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Speaking at a campaign rally Monday night, Kayla Moore pointed out that her husband appointed the first black marshal to the state Supreme Court. She said they also have many friends who are black.
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#RoyMoore's campaign has been rocked by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. He's running against Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday's special election.
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A 22-year-old woman cries as she speaks in her tent at the Kutupalong refugee camp in #Bangladesh about how she was raped by members of Myanmar's armed forces in June and again in September. The rape of #Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press found in interviews with 29 women and girls who fled to neighboring Bangladesh. These sexual assault survivors from several refugee camps were interviewed separately and extensively. They ranged in age from 13 to 35, came from a wide swath of villages in #Myanmar’s Rakhine state and described assaults between October 2016 and mid-September.
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Christmas decorations light up a house as the growing #ThomasFire advances toward Santa Barbara County seaside communities on Sunday in #Carpinteria, #California.
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Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California #wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside enclave.
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Tens of thousands have fled their homes as flames churn through foothill towns near #SantaBarbara, the latest flare-up after a week of wind-fanned #wildfires throughout the region.
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See our Instagram story as @gadinbc reports on how firefighters are battling the flames.
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A man runs from a giant #wave crashing on a seaside promenade in #SanSebastian, Spain on Monday.
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Alerts were issued in several regions of #Spain for strong winds, heavy rain, avalanches and dangerous waves along the Atlantic coast.
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President Donald Trump holds a space #πŸ‘©β€πŸš€ toy as he participates in a signing ceremony for a space policy directive at the #WhiteHouse on Monday.
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The directive is aimed to encourage #NASA to send Americans back to the moon β€” and on to Mars for #space exploration.
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Law enforcement officials respond to the scene of an explosion near #TimesSquare in #NewYork on Monday. A suspected terrorist detonated a potentially deadly β€œimprovised low-tech explosive device” inside a #subway passageway during the morning rush hour, injuring himself and three other people and causing chaos at one of the city’s key traffic hubs. The #explosion happened in a long underground passageway that runs a full city block under 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The 7:20 a.m. blast caused smoke to fill the passageway, which was crowded with commuters.
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Santas get some holiday exercise through the streets of #Glasgow, #Scotland on Sunday. The annual #Santa dash welcomed over 8,000 racers dressed as Old Saint Nick. Since it started in 2006, the event has helped raise over $250,000 for charity.
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