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9 Days Before Show Time, A Full-On Revolt Over The Oscars

On Wednesday evening, dozens of Hollywood heavyweights — including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Brad Pitt, cinematographer Roger Deakins and director Damien Chazelle — issued an open-letter to the academy’s leadership blasting the decision to not air the four awards, which also include live-action short and hairstyling and makeup, live on the ABC telecast.

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Stevie Wonder, John Legend Headline Motown Tribute Concert

“This is your legacy,” Ross told Gordy. “I want you to know that you have been a gift to all of us.”

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Michelle Obama’s Grammy Appearance Did Not Impress Mom

The former first lady took to Instagram Wednesday to share a text exchange with mom Marian Robinson. Obama had received a standing ovation opening Sunday’s awards show with Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith.

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Trump Appears To Be Ready To Accept Budget Deal

Trump appears to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he’s been demanding for his Mexican border wall.

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New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker Launches 2020 Bid

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good-paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” Booker said in a video message to supporters, subtly jabbing at President Donald Trump.

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Nearly Half Of US Adults Have Heart Or Blood Vessel Disease

The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries.

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US Average Mortgage Rates Edge Up; 30-Year At 4.46 Percent

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.46 percent, from 4.45 percent last week. Despite the recent declines, home borrowing rates are above last year’s levels. The key 30-year rate averaged 4.22 percent a year ago.

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Baltimore To No Longer Prosecute Marijuana Possession Cases

“Law enforcement pays a steep cost in the form of public trust when we spend resources on things like marijuana and simultaneously fail to solve and successfully prosecute homicides,” she said.

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Stacey Abrams To Give Democrats’ Response To State Of Union

“She is just a great spokesperson. She is an incredible leader. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else,” Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters. “She knows what working people, the middle class, go through.”

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Trump Announces Deal To End Record-Long Shutdown

Trump says he’ll sign legislation shortly to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks — until Feb. 15.

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