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LMU students balk at major changes

A decision by Lincoln Memorial University to discontinue its music major, along with four other majors, is now getting blowback from students who do not want to see it go away. Jessie Lear, a student at Lincoln Memorial University, posted a petition on the website Change.org to “consider the vote to shut down the music major at LMU.” “This a devastating blow to many, including myself,” Lear said in a Facebook post. “I am a pre-vet student, yes, but the music program has provided me with the unlimited support, stress relief, and encouragement through my challenging curriculum.” LMU made the announcement Wednesday that it would be discontinuing the music major,… Read More

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Northeast Braces for Next Storm as Thousands Still Without Power

As a powerful winter storm took aim at the Northeast, city and state agencies scrambled to minimize the damage from the second nor’easter in less than a week. New York’s Lower Hudson Valley was poised to bear the brunt of the latest snowstorm, even as thousands remained without power after a storm Friday knocked down trees and power lines and uprooted families across the region. By midday Tuesday, four days after many lost power, roughly 78,000 New York residents were still in the dark, along with more than 37,000 New Jersey homes and business. The National Weather Service predicted up to 15 inches of snow for the Lower Hudson Valley… Read More

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Russian indicted in election probe says US justice ‘1-sided’

MOSCOW – One of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for interfering in the American presidential election says the U.S. justice system is unfair. Mikhail Burchik was quoted as saying by the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that “I am very surprised that, in the opinion of the Washington court, several Russian people interfered in the elections in the United States. I do not know how the Americans came to this decision.” Burchik was identified in the indictment as executive director of an organization that allegedly sowed propaganda on social media to try to interfere with the 2016 election. Burchik was quoted as saying Saturday that “they have one-sided justice,… Read More

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Modi applauds ‘vibrant relationship’ between India, Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has applauded the “vibrant relationship” shared between his country and Gulf Arab nations during a visit to Dubai. Modi made the comments on Sunday at a speech at an invitation-only gala at the Dubai Opera. Modi said: “Today, whether it’s the UAE or other countries in the Arabian Gulf, our relationship is no longer just that of a buyer and seller, it’s a partnership that’s been built.” Indian laborers, taxi drivers and white-collar workers can be found everywhere in the United Arab Emirates, as well as other Gulf Arab nations. Modi will later address the World Government Summit in Dubai… Read More

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South Korea says North stole cryptocurrency worth billions of won last year

South Korea said on Monday that North Korea last year stole cryptocurrency from the South worth billions of won and that it was still trying to hack into its exchanges. “North Korea sent emails that could hack into cryptocurrency exchanges and their customers’ private information and stole (cryptocurrency) worth billions of won,” said Kim Byung-kee, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee. To put “billions” in perspective, 1 billion won equals $917,400. Kim did not disclose which exchanges were hacked. He added that the country’s spy agency assumed that North Korea was continuously trying to hack into exchanges to steal cryptocurrency and that it was trying its best to… Read More

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Significant ash falls near erupting Philippine volcano

LEGAZPI, Philippines – A significant amount of ash has fallen on towns near the Philippines’ most active volcano after energetic eruptions of lava from the crater. Mount Mayon in northeastern Albay province has been erupting more than two weeks, and 84,000 people who fled are staying in schools and other crowded shelters. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said one large lava eruption lasted more than an hour and a half late Monday. The ash plume reached 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles) above the crater and caused significant ashfall in the towns of Camalig and Guinobatan. The government has raised the possibility of creating a permanent “no man’s land” around… Read More

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