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“We’re in uncharted territory as each day gets longer.”

Mark Steber, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service chief tax officer, warning that as the gov't shutdown drags, U.S. taxpayers' refunds will be likely be delayed. The IRS is one of 9 agencies currently not being funded, operating with just 12% of its employees. Typically the IRS begins accepting tax returns during the third week of January, but it has not announced a start date this year. The avg IRS refund last year was $2,899.
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“It’s a good day because we still have a government and people in the military who remember and are willing to hold people accountable for killing Americans. It gives you a sense of justice.”

Ret. U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, Commanding Officer, USS Cole in October 2000 when a terrorist attack killed 17 sailors in the Port of Aden, Yemen. The U.S. gov't confirmed the al-Qaeda terrorist believed behind the attack was killed in a drone strike Jan. 1.
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“I started realizing how everything was done, and little by little, I started getting involved in my father’s business.”

Vicente Zambada Niebla, son of the Sinaloa cartel's co-founder, in testimony against drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. Zambada Niebla, the cartel's former operations manager, was groomed to take over the cartel, but was arrested in 2010 & extradited to the U.S.. His testimony is seen as one of the greatest betrayals in cartel history. "El Chapo" is facing life in prison.
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“No.”

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's one-word response when asked if he would resign if President Trump asked him to do so. Pres. Trump nominated Powell in November 2017, but has since publicly criticized the Central Bank's plan to raise interest rates, which Pres. Trump says is stunting economic growth. During a panel discussion Friday, Powell suggested the Fed will be patient raising rates, calming investor anxiety & lifting stocks overall.
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“It’s sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year. It’s a big ask for fans to come…”

Jesse Lawrence, TicketIQ founder, as tickets prices for Monday night's college football championship game dropping as Alabama faces off against Clemson for the third time in 4 years. The game, which is set just outside San Francisco, averages 2,500 miles from the 2 colleges campuses with flights costing $1,000 before you even factor in hotels and game tickets.
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“I just had that hope in me.”

Advaik Nandikotkur (11), who swam to the bottom of a pool to save a drowning 34-year-old man twice his size. Nine men stood by the indoor pool, but none of them knew how to swim. The 5th-grader jumped in and grabbed the man's wrist lifting him to where others could help pull him to safety & perform CPR. The local police department has nominated Nandikotkur for the department's "Life Saving Award."
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