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“Everyone is going around like billiard balls trying to get up and down the hills.”

Seattle resident Sarah Perry as snow, ice & freezing temperatures struck from Washington to Nevada. The snow is forecast to continue for Seattle which has already received several inches, covering Pacific coast beaches. In nearby San Francisco, the winter weather blast brought the Bay Area its first notable snow in 8 years, dusting the region's mountaintops.
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“2019 expands the scope of people that can be represented.”

Emojipedia on the 230 new emojis approved for use this year. A major theme is inclusivity with emojis for those with disabilities, including a seeing eye dog, hearing aid & wheelchair. Of course, there are also plenty of fun ones, like butter, swimsuits, sloth, flamingo & yo-yo. The new emojis will roll out April - December.
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“Should we do something more? Yes. Is there the will? Yes. But it’s a path that we have already begun.”

Pope Francis in his first public acknowledgement of clergy sexual abuse of nuns. After a trip to the United Arab Emirates, the first ever trip by the papacy to the Arabian Peninsula - the birthplace of Islam - the Pope said the church has been working to stop the abuse for "some time."
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“The legislature finds that the cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history.”

Text of a bill in Hawaii that calls for a phased ban on cigarettes, gradually raising the legal buying age to 100 years old by 2024. Currently, the legal buying age is 18 in most states, but it's 21 in Hawaii. This new bill would raise the minimum buying age to 30, hiking it 10 years each year after, effectively prohibiting sales to all but centenarians in 5 years. Restrictions would not apply to ecigs, cigars or chewing tobacco.
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“Red tide’s impact was significant…our initiative is to give back. Our philosophy is every little bit helps.”

Brian Gorski, Coastal Conservation Assoc. exec. dir., as more than 16K fish are released in southwest Florida waters in an effort to recover from last year's red tide, Florida's worse in a decade, which killed 267 tons of marine life. The red tide is caused by toxins released from dead algae; it can be deadly to wildlife and irritate humans.
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