After nearly three months of testimony about a vast drug-smuggling conspiracy steeped in violence, a jury began deliberations Monday at the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. A federal judge in Brooklyn gave instructions to jurors before they were asked to begin. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: May he put to a long term in jail.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issued a statement early Monday denying a sexual assault allegation that appeared on the same conservative website that posted a racist photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page. "Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Why fail to say Justin is black.


With the NBA All-Star Game coming to uptown in a couple of weeks, Charlotte is gearing up to host the biggest sporting event in its history. An estimated 150,000 visitors. Charlotte Observer
Nearly 40 percent of kids ages 3- to 6-years-old use more toothpaste than recommended, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found.          IndyStar
VOA VIEW: Important info to be known.
The issue before the U.S. Supreme Court is whether Indiana can require a woman to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.          IndyStar
Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. Las Vegas Sun
Once again, the Trump administration’s actions are exposing the dangerous falsity of the president’s claims about taking a hard line on Russia. The latest example comes from recent reports that the administration had yet to impose harsh new sanctions over. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Totally untrue.
From the moment they were called to serve in early November, jurors in the trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been subject to extraordinary precautions, a response to what federal court Judge Brian Cogan called “strong and credible reasons to believe the jury needs protection.” LA Times


A packaging glitch caused Frito-Lay to recall 228 bags of Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips for a potentially serious food allergy problem. The 7 1/3-ounce bags are distributed nationwide. Miami Herald
The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years. Miami Herald
Congressman Dan Crenshaw — the former Navy SEAL who got into a short-lived television beef with “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson last year — tried blasting a few shots at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez via Twitter Sunday night, and was taken to the woodshed for it. “Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots." New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cortez is an incompetent fool created by the liberal media.
Federal prosecutors in New York subpoenaed President Trump’s inauguration committee on Monday — requesting documents that show donors, finances and benefits handed down during the ceremony, according to a new report. A lawyer for the committee received the subpoena on Monday evening, The New York Times reported, citing unnamed officials familiar with the probe. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal fools.
Patrick Mahomes' breathtaking breakthrough season earned him the NFL's Most Valuable Player award. Atlanta Journal

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Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, is one of about a dozen Senate Republicans who have expressed concerns about declaring a state of emergency to build a border wall. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
When the mayor of Tijuana refused to apologize for comments he made about a caravan of Central American migrants, the coalition of human rights groups who demanded his contrition couldn’t say they were surprised. Because Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum, a 65-year-old attorney born in this border city. San Diego Tribune
The San Diego City Council is scheduled Tuesday to repeal a 35-year-old law that makes it illegal for people to live inside vehicles. Advocates for homeless people say it could be a key step toward ending the local criminalization of homelessness. They hope the repeal is permanent. San Diego Tribune


Stacey Abrams, who nearly became the nation's first black female governor, will respond to Trump's State of the Union. Experts say it won't be easy. Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams has a lot going for her: a national following, a profile as an up-and-coming face of the party, and a real shot at higher office. But can she beat the curse? USA Today
VOA VIEW: Democrats are using a fool that has nothing to lose - once a fool always a fool.
President Trump is expected to announce the goal, which some experts say is within reach, as one of several health initiatives in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. Greg Millett, director of public policy for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, said the initial plan may focus on wiping out HIV transmission in 46 U.S. counties responsible for about half of all new HIV cases in the United States, based on information he has seen. Washington Post
His nominees are mostly men, mostly white and often younger, which extends his imprint through longevity. President Trump has installed a historic number of federal appeals court judges for this point of a presidency. But the immediate effect on the composition of the courts across the country is modest — and the rapid pace is unlikely to continue because of a limited number of remaining open seats. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: It happens Trumps picks the best.
The Nov. 2017 church massacre was the worst mass shooting in Texas history. Sutherland Springs church massacre victims and their families can sue the store where the suspect bought the gun used in the mass shooting, a Texas judge ruled Monday. Jason Webster, an attorney for several victims and families pursuing the lawsuit, alleges the store where suspect Devin Kelley bought the AR-style gun conducted an illegal sale. ABC
VOA VIEW: Suing is one thing and winning is another.

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The leak of three months worth of President Donald Trump's private daily schedules has provoked anger among White House aides and allies of the president. Axios reported Sunday on the series of schedules provided by "a White House source," which revealed according to their analysis that the president spends "around 60% of his scheduled time over the past 3 months in unstructured "Executive Time." The White House did not dispute the authenticity of the schedules and instead set their sights on publicly trashing the official responsible for the leak. ABC
VOA VIEW: Someone should go to jail.
The band raced through their biggest hits, but never quite connected with the audience. The LA band delivered an enthusiastic, breathless history of their biggest hits - from This Love to Girls Like You - but unlike the copious pyrotechnics, their set failed to catch fire. They came closest with a low-key rendition of the ballad She Will Be Loved, performed in the middle of the crowd, as Chinese lanterns rose into the Atlanta skyline. BBC
VOA VIEW: The whole game was not to par.
More than a quarter of people living in poverty in the United States receive no help from food stamps and other nutrition programs, subsidized housing, cash benefits, or child-care assistance, a study says. More than a quarter of people living in poverty in the U.S. receive no help from food stamps and other nutrition programs, subsidized housing, cash benefits, or child care assistance, according to a new Urban Institute analysis examining the reach of the social safety net. Washington Post
He's questioning Catalyst Pharmaceuticals' price hike for a drug that treats a rare autoimmune disease. Catalyst Pharmaceuticals told investors in December that it would be changing the pricing for Firdapse, used to treat Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, or LEMS, Sanders wrote Monday in a letter to the company. About one in 100,000 Americans are afflicted with the muscle-weakening disorder. CBS

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"This is worse than we anticipated," governor warns, with state's income tax receipts already off by more than $2 billion. New York state's income tax receipts are down more than $2 billion so far, creating a significant and serious state budget deficit that is mainly caused by last year's Republican-led federal tax cuts, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., that the year-old federal law capping a deduction for state and local taxes — known as SALT — at $10,000 is the culprit for a projected $2.3 billion deficit. CBS
Pilgrim's Pride recall follows Tyson and Perdue moves to stop sales of food possibly tainted with extraneous material. Pilgrim's Pride is recalling 58,000 pounds of popcorn-style chicken sold at Publix Super Markets after consumer complaints of rubber in the product. The Texas company is the third major poultry producer in recent weeks to recall a total of nearly 163,000 pounds of chicken possibly tainted with extraneous material, or in these cases, rubber and wood. CBS
American Bridge 21st Century – which has a war chest supported by influential financiers such as George Soros – is going after Schultz, whom many Democrats see as a threat to potentially siphon votes away from the party's nominee in 2020. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!
Anheuser-Busch used one of its Super Bowl ads to shame Bud Light rivals Miller Lite and Coors Light for using corn syrup to brew their beers, but dietitians say the sweetener isn't all that bad when used to make beer. CNBC
Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Cancer Society. CNN
More than 2 billion people around the world are overweight or obese, leading to health risks including type 2 diabetes, some cancers and mental illness. CNN
The IDF immediately returned fire, killing one of the terrorists, and injuring the second one. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Fire should be met with fire.
The Republican-led U.S. Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with President Donald Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Republicans don't stick together like Democrats - makes them weaker.
Apple very briefly retook its title as the most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Monday, beating out Microsoft and, while Alphabet was close behind the trio as it prepared to report its quarterly results. Reuters
Cervical cancer kills more than 300,000 women every year, with one woman diagnosed every minute, despite the fact that it is one of the most preventable and curable forms of the disease. UN News
"Battle-hardened" Islamic State militants could retake territory in Syria after U.S. troops leave the war-torn country, a Pentagon watchdog report said. UPI
VOA VIEW: This could bring out more US involvement.
Oil prices fell early Monday, likely due to profit taking after recent gains that also brought new support levels to prices, analysts said. Oil prices fell early Monday, likely due to profit taking after recent gains that also brought new support levels to prices, analysts said. West Texas Intermediate front-month future prices fell 1 percent to $54.72 per barrel as of 8:37 a.m. EST with Brent futures 0.6 percent lower to $62.36 per barrels as of the same time. UPI

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