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🦅 U.S. NEWS
At least 23 dead after tornadoes touch down in Alabama and Georgia
A devastating series of tornadoes ripped through Alabama on Sunday, killing at least 23 people in one county. At least a dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama and Georgia on Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Context: The 23 deaths reported on Sunday marked what would be deadliest day for tornadoes in the state since the deadly Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado that killed more than 200 people in 2011. The tornadoes are part of the same system that is expected to bring winter weather to much of the eastern United States this week. – CNN
U.S. House panel launches probe into possible obstruction by Trump
President Donald Trump attacked the Mueller investigation at a conservative conference, describing the probe into his campaign’s alleged links to Russia as “bullshit”. A day later the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said the body wants documents from over 60 people and organizations as it commences investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by Mr. Trump. – The Economist / Reuters
Need to Rent a Farm? Just Head to the Airbnb of Agriculture
Renting a farm can now be as easy as finding a vacation home. Tillable, a website that connects landowners and growers, aims to bring transparency to the $32 billion U.S. farmland rental market, offering digital leases to streamline rentals. Big picture: About 40 percent of all American farmland is rented, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some fields sit unused because families that own plots move away from farming but don’t want to give up the land. The idea was inspired by a friend who inherited his grandmother’s farmland and didn’t know what to do with it. – Bloomberg
U.S. and China Near Deal That Could End Most U.S. Tariffs
China and the U.S. are in the final stage of completing a trade deal, with Beijing offering to lower tariffs and other restrictions on Americanfarm, chemical, auto and other products and Washington considering removing most, if not all, sanctions levied against Chinese products since last year. Save the date: a formal agreement could be reached at a summit between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, probably around March 27. One of the biggest questions all along has been if a deal is reached, how do we enforce it? Well, U.S. and Chinese negotiators are also working on setting up a mechanism through which complaints by U.S. companies could be addressed. – Yahoo Finance
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is suing Canada over her arrest
Speaking of U.S. China tensions, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is suing Canada over her arrest at Vancouver airport last year at the request of the U.S., CBC reported Sunday. Background: U.S. authorities formally requested in January for Canada to extradite Meng, after the Justice Department unveiled indictments against the executive and others associated with the Chinese tech giant. They are accused of violating Iran trade sanctions. Big Picture: Ms. Meng is the daughter of Huawei’s founder, and her arrest has strained relations between China, and the US and Canada. – BBC / Axios / CBC
US shutters Jerusalem consulate, merges Palestinian mission with Israeli embassy
The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel. Why it matters: For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy. – Business Insider
Tesla Model Y SUV will be unveiled March 14th
Tesla will unveil its Model Y crossover SUV on March 14th during an event at the company’s design studio in Los Angeles, CEO Elon Musk announced Sunday. The new electric car will be Tesla’s fifth since the company was founded in 2003. Context: Musk’s announcement comes just three days after Tesla finally made the long-promised $35,000 Model 3 available to purchase. The company also announcedlast week that it is transitioning to an online-only sales model going forward, is closing “many” of its stores around the world, and is laying off an undisclosed number of workers. – The Verge
20th horse dies at Santa Anita while racing on sloppy track
Another horse has died at Santa Anita, making it 20 fatalities at the racetrack since its winter meet began on Dec. 26. What’s going on?The abnormal amount of rain that has fallen over Southern California this winter has been mentioned as a possible factor in the upsurge in horse deaths, with close to a foot of rain falling in February alone. Horses are injuring their legs for example and then being euthanized. Big Picture: Santa Anita averaged more than 55 horse deaths per yearfrom 2008-18, according to data from the California Horse Racing Board — a total of 553 deaths in all. – AP / NBC4
As Trump and Kim Met, North Korean Hackers Hit Over 100 Targets in U.S. and Ally Nations
North Korean hackers who have targeted American and European businesses for 18 months kept up their attacks last week even as President Trump was meeting with North Korea’s leader in Hanoi. Significance: The attacks, which include efforts to hack into banks, utilities and oil and gas companies, began in 2017, according to researchers at the cybersecurity company McAfee, a time when tensions between North Korea and the United States were flaring. But even though both sides have toned down their fiery threats and begun nuclear disarmament talks, the attacks persist. – New York Times
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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1933: FDR inaugurated
On March 4, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States. FDR was the longest-serving president in American history.
This Tag of a Fire Chief in Hopewell Virginia rescuing the American Flag from a fire went viral over the weekend. We also had Tags from beautiful Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida and a #SundaySalute to our troops overseas.