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A person referred to as "Commadre Maria" regularly sent Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera pictures of girls as young as 13, and the notorious drug lord and his associates allegedly paid $5,000 for each teen and raped them at one of his ranches. Guzman, known worldwide as "El Chapo," allegedly raped. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: El Cahpo is an evil person.
Nearly 4,000 more active-duty troops will be deployed to the US-Mexico border, the Pentagon announced Sunday, just as President Trump is weighing whether to declare a national emergency to build a border wall. The additional 3,750 service members will support the work of US Customs and Border Protection agents – increasing the total. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The illegal migrants must be stopped.
New England quarterback Tom Brady walked onto the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Los Angles Rams and greeted a lot of people. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Brandy is a six time winner.
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People in New Orleans spent Sunday doing anything but watching the Super Bowl. The “Boycott Bowl,” was billed as an outdoor street party with live musical performances and a specialty beer called Boycott Bowl Blonde Ale. New Orleans Saints fans have been angry since the Jan. 20 NFC championship game and what has now become known as the infamous “no-cal.” Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman leveled Saints receiver Tommy Lee Smith with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the final minutes of regulation time. The Rams went on to win the game and faced the New England Patriots Sunday in Atlanta. They played their best and lost to New England 13-3. Atlanta Journal
When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former seat of the Confederacy still wrestling with what to do. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: The scandal has become viral by the liberal media.
Despite growing foreign-policy misgivings about him even within the GOP, President Trump insisted in an interview aired Sunday that he feels free to ignore the assessments of his intelligence chiefs and instead act on his own beliefs. “I have intel people, but that doesn't mean I have to agree,” he said in the CBS interview. He cited past U.S. intelligence mistakes regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what he seemed to suggest was their underestimating now of the threat posed by Iran. LA Times
A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Ohio that left another deputy wounded and a suspect in custody, authorities said Sunday. Capt. Jeff Sellars of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office said officers responded about 7 p.m. Saturday to the Royal. Baltimore Sun
The only thing more mundane then Sunday’s football game was the Super Bowl halftime show — with Maroon 5’s dad-rock production getting widely panned. “This is the Fyre Festival of halftime shows,” ESPN writer Kavitha Davidson tweeted. The satirical Web site The Onion took a shot at the “She Will Be Loved”. New York Post
Dozens of doctors, nurses and researchers here at the Medical University of South Carolina are working on new opioid treatment projects many say they never dreamed possible. "For a small state without Medicaid expansion to mobilize opioid treatment programs and reach as many people as we have is truly amazing," said Dr. Kelly Barth, a physician and associate professor of behavioral medicine. Miami Herald
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President Trump at a rally at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in December. The base may take in additional American troops as they shift in from Syria. “There is distrust of the American government — even if they say they are coming to protect us against Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic word for the Islamic State, “the real reason they will be coming is to hit Iran.” New York Times
Nine European nations joined the United States in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president on Monday, heightening a global showdown over Nicolas Maduro's socialist rule. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Maduro would be wise to step down.
The U.S. special envoy for North Korea met with South Korea’s national security adviser on Monday to discuss a planned second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul’s presidential office said. Stephen Biegun explained to Chung Eui-yong Washington’s stance toward North Korea. Seattle Times
President Trump sat down for a Super Bowl Sunday interview with CBS News. As the special counsel’s investigation is expected to soon come to a conclusion, President Donald Trump says the decision to make Robert Mueller’s report public is “totally” in the hands of the attorney general. When asked if he would have a problem with the report being made public, the president wouldn’t answer directly. “That's up to the attorney general. I don't know. It depends. I have no idea what it's going to say,” said Trump. ABC
VOA VIEW: It depends on what the report lies about.
Over 40 people have been infected with the highly contagious illness, and more people are suspected to have measles. So far, 34 children ages 1 to 10 have been infected; 12 children ages 11 to 18; and one person between the age of 19 and 29. Forty-one cases have been in unvaccinated people. One infected person did receive a MMR vaccine. Vaccine records for the five others were not immediately known.
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The decision by a U.S. attorney to prioritize prosecution of noncitizens over looking into ballot-tampering allegations in Bladen County comes amid a broad push by President Trump and other Republicans to portray illegal voting as a widespread phenomenon in the United States. Washington Post
Republican operative Roger Stone is vowing to fight federal charges, meaning he is on course for a courtroom trial whose jurors would come from an electorate hostile to his longtime friend and boss, President Trump. U.S. District Court in Washington chooses jury pools strictly from deep-blue D.C. boundaries. Washington Times
Three of Australia's largest banks could face prosecution following a yearlong investigation into misconduct recommended tougher oversight and better consumer safeguards. A government-commissioned inquiry found widespread misbehavior in the banking and financial services industry that often went unpunished. Commissioner Kenneth Hayne referred 24 incidents of misconduct. Washington Times
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21 Savage was arrested in a targeted operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement early on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. 21 Savage, the Atlanta-based rapper, was arrested in a targeted operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement early on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox confirmed to ABC News. The Grammy-nominated rapper, whose full name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is currently in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court, Cox said. ABC
The carmaker will make its new X-Trail overseas despite first pledging to produce it in Sunderland. In a letter to workers, it said continued Brexit uncertainty is not helping firms to "plan for the future". In 2016, the carmaker said it would build the new model in the UK after "assurances" from the government. Unions described the news as "disappointing" and said they were "seriously concerned".
Nissan has made cars at Sunderland since 1986 and employs almost 7,000 people.
The Brexit secretary will host a new working group after MPs voted to replace the Irish border plan. The Alternative Arrangements Working Group will meet for the first time on Monday after MPs voted to find another way of avoiding a hard Irish border. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has already said that "existing technology" could be used. The Irish PM said the UK was reviewing ideas that had "already been rejected". BBC
"A team needs chemistry and they certainly have it," the president said of the New England Patriots. As the New England Patriots prepare to take the field for their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, President Trump is rooting for the 5-time Super Bowl champs led by Tom Brady, who he calls "the greatest quarterback of all time." Mr. Trump is friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, who wrote him an encouraging note before his election victory in 2016. CBS
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As fans place their bets on which team will win the Super Bowl, advertisers are also placing (multi-million) bets that their commercials will pay off. As fans place their bets on which team will win the Super Bowl, advertisers are also placing (multi-million) bets that their commercials will pay off. This year brands are spending $5.25 million dollars per each 30 second spot. It's the biggest ad spend ever, and CBS is expected to bring in $500 million in revenue from in-game ads, even while the TV audience is shrinking. Last year, 103.4 million viewers watched the big game, down 7 percent from the year prior. CNBC
Former Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Sunday he believes Gov. Ralph Northam will resign soon amid wide-ranging calls for his former lieutenant to step down. CNN
Former RedState contributors Kimberly Ross and Andrea Ruth have left the organization over what they say was a "purge" of writers critical of President Trump. CNN
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Border Patrol agents have reportedly discovered a 60-foot-long tunnel in Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent died while working in Texas on Saturday, officials said.
Agent Donna Doss, 49, was helping state police near Interstate 20 in Abilene just before 9 p.m., the agency said in a news release. While she assisted, Doss was "struck and killed by a passing vehicle" and died at the scene. Doss served the agency for more than 15 years, after beginning duty in November 2003.
VOA VIEW: More need for a wall.
U.S. marshals have launched a manhunt in Denver for a fugitive Army veteran from Mississippi suspected of faking a suicide to avoid imprisonment in a child rape case. U.S. marshals have launched a manhunt in Denver for a fugitive Army veteran from Mississippi suspected of faking a suicide to avoid imprisonment in a child rape case. Jacob Blair Scott, 42, who was with the Army for 11 years, went on the lam in Alabama July 30. His mother and two siblings live in Denver, KMGH-TV reports. FOX News
Embattled president signals he has no plans to go and asks if the US would like ‘a repeat of Vietnam’ Venezuela’s embattled leader, Nicolás Maduro, has warned Donald Trump he will leave the White House “stained with blood” if he insists on pursuing what he called a “dirty” imperialist conspiracy to overthrow him.“Stop. Stop, Trump! Hold it right there! You are making mistakes that will leave your hands covered in blood and you will leave the presidency stained with blood,” Maduro warned during a combative interview with the Spanish journalist Jordi Évole. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Maduro is plain nuts.
Trump claimed in an interview that “99 percent” of ISIS’ territory had been reclaimed. Jerusalem Post
The Federal Reserve's decision to stop raising interest rates puts a "fundamentally healthy" U.S. economy on track to further growth, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari suggested on Sunday. Reuters
Polling places in El Salvador began to close on Sunday in the first round of a presidential election that is expected to be won by an energetic former mayor campaigning as an anti-corruption outsider, ending decades of a two-party system. Reuters
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