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“It makes teaching impossible when you’ve got that many bodies in the room.”

Amy Owen, Los Angeles teacher, on why its union is preparing to strike Monday affecting the second-largest school district in America. Owen says classroom size often swells to as many as 50 per class. The district says it can't afford the pay increases and larger staffs the teachers' union is demanding. L.A. teachers have not walked off the job in more than 30 years.
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“No idea. …I want to give them a chance to see if they can act responsibly.”

President Trump on whether or not he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a border wall. In an interview with Fox News, President Trump did not rule out calling an emergency declaration, but said he was not ready to "right now." The gov't shutdown is now the longest in history, entering its fourth week.
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“Drivers be advised: Looks can be deceiving! Highways may appear to be clear, but slick and icy conditions still exist.”

Virginia State Police as a brutal winter storm, which dropped more than a foot of snow across the Midwest and East Coast over the weekend, spread to the D.C. area. At least 12 people were killed in winter-related crashes throughout the weekend. Virginia & North Carolina declared states of emergency.
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“…a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player.”

Jeff Allen, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman, trying to track down a good Samaritan who helped him after his car got stuck in the snow before the NFL Divisional Playoff game this Saturday. Allen found the man, thanking him with tickets to the AFC Championship game vs. the New England Patriots this coming Sunday. More than a foot of snow fell across the state.
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“We’ve got to get up there and learn. There’s no other way to do it.”

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on the military branch's planned expeditions in the Arctic as it competes for dominance in the area against rivals China and Russia. A Navy warship will sail through the waters in coming months in its first such operation. The Navy will also reopen a resource station in Adak, Alaska that closed in 1997 and was base during WWII & the Cold War.
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“We haven’t seen that amount of stings over the weekend in a very long period of time.”

Calan Lovitt, Queensland’s lifeguard coordinator after swarms of bluebottle jellyfish stung thousands of beachgoers in Melbourne, Australia. More than 3,500 stings were reported in one weekend. Stings since December 1st are have more than tripled compared to last year, sparking concerns of what's causing the invasion.
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