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Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise.

Trump on Sunday branded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a "radical" and said she was acting "irrationally." The president also tried to fend off criticism from the right, as conservatives accused him of embracing "amnesty" for immigrants in the country illegally.

Trump offered on Saturday to temporarily extend protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for $5.7 billion for his border wall. But Democrats said the three-year proposal didn't go nearly far enough.

"No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer," Trump tweeted Sunday, noting that he'd offered temporary, three-year extensions — not permanent relief. But he added: "Amnesty will be used only on a much bigger deal, whether on immigration or something else."

The criticism from both sides underscored Trump's boxed in-position as he tries to win at least some Democratic buy-in without alienating his base.

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers set to face another federal pay period without paychecks, the issue passed to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to bring Trump's proposal to the floor this week.

Democrats say there's little chance the measure will reach the 60-vote threshold usually required to advance legislation in the Senate. Republicans have a 53-47 majority, which means they need at least some Democrats to vote in favor.

McConnell has long tried to avoid votes on legislation that is unlikely to become law. And the Kentucky Republican has said for weeks that he has no interest in "show votes" aimed only at forcing members to take sides after Trump rejected the Senate's earlier bipartisan bill to avert the shutdown.

What's unclear is how McConnell will bring Trump's plan forward — or when voting will begin. The Republican leader is a well-known architect of complicated legislative maneuvers. One question is whether he would allow a broader immigration debate with amendments to Trump's plan on the Senate floor.

McConnell spokesman David Popp said Sunday, "When we have (a plan) we will be sure to let everyone know."

One key Republican, Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, said that he and other lawmakers had been encouraging the White House to put an offer on the table — any offer — to get both sides talking.

"Get something out there the president can say, 'I can support this,' and it has elements from both sides, put it on the table, then open it up for debate," Lankford said on ABC's "This Week."

"The vote this week in the Senate is not to pass the bill, it is to open up and say 'Can we debate this? Can we amend it? Can we make changes?'" Lankford said. "Let's find a way to be able to get the government open because there are elements in this that are clearly elements that have been supported by Democrats strongly in the past."

"The president really wants to come to an agreement here. He has put offers on the table," said Rep Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., on NBC's "Meet the Press." ''The responsible thing for the Democrats to do is put a counteroffer on the table if you don't like this one."

Vice President Mike Pence said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump had "set the table for a deal that will address the crisis on our border, secure our border and give us a pathway" to reopen the government.

Democrats, however, continue to say that they will not negotiate with Trump until he ends the shutdown, the longest in American history.

"The starting point of this negotiation ought to be reopening the government," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., told NBC. "We cannot reward the kind of behavior of hostage taking. Because if the president can arbitrarily shut down the government now, he will do it time and again."

As news media reported the outline of Trump's proposal ahead of his Saturday speech, Pelosi and other Democrats made clear the president's plan was a non-starter — a quick reaction Trump took issue with Sunday.

"Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak. They don't see crime & drugs, they only see 2020," he said in first of a flurry of morning tweets.

Trump also lashed out at Pelosi personally — something he had refrained from early on — and accused her, without evidence, of having "behaved so irrationally" and moving "so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat."

He also appeared to threaten to target millions of people living in the country illegally if he doesn't eventually get his way, writing that "there will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally-but be careful Nancy!"

Pelosi responded with a tweet of her own, urging Trump to "Re-open the government, let workers get their paychecks and then we can discuss how we can come together to protect the border."

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer also dug in during an appearance in New York, where he predicted Democrats would block the president's proposal from passing the Senate.

"If he opens the government, we'll discuss whatever he offers, but hostage taking should not work," Schumer said as he pushed legislation that would protect government workers who can't pay their bills because of the government shutdown.

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl... again.

It took them overtime and more of Tom Brady's brilliance to get there — for the third straight year. While the folks back home dealt with a frigid storm, Brady blew through Kansas City's exhausted defense on a 75-yard drive to Rex Burkhead's 2-yard touchdown run in a 37-31 victory Sunday for the AFC championship.

The drive, during which New England (13-5) had three third-down conversions, was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago.

"Overtime, on the road against a great team," Brady said. "They had no quit. Neither did we. We played our best football at the end. I don't know, man, I'm tired. That was a hell of a game."

Awaiting them in Atlanta are the Los Angeles Rams, who won 26-23 in overtime in New Orleans for the NFC championship. The Rams (15-3) last made the Super Bowl in 2002 while based in St. Louis, losing to the Patriots.

New England benefited from two critical replay reviews and made its ninth Super Bowl with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach.

"This is crazy," said Brady, who was 30 of 46 for 348 yards. "What a game."

It's the first time both conference title games went to OT. The last time both visitors won conference championship matches was 2012; New England was 3-5 on the road this season.

"We knew what our record was, but we didn't let that dictate us," said defensive end Trey Flowers, who led a staunch charge on Patrick Mahomes. "Whatever happened in the regular season happened. We came out and did it when it counted."

Several times, the Patriots appeared to have it won, only to see Kansas City (13-5) come back in spectacular fashion.

Brady, at 41 already the oldest quarterback to have played in a Super Bowl, drove New England 65 yards in 1:24 to Burkhead's go-ahead 4-yard touchdown with 39 seconds left in regulation. That was enough, though, for his far younger counterpart, the 23-year-old All-Pro Mahomes, to take the Chiefs 48 yards to Harrison Butker's 39-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to force overtime.

It was a sizzling offensive showing in the fourth quarter after defense had been in charge most of the way. Indeed, the Chiefs were blanked in the opening half for the first time all season.

And they never saw the ball in overtime, which along with the two replay decisions might call into play NFL rules and officiating.

"I thought if we got the chance," Mahomes said, "we'd score."

Mahomes finished 16 of 31 for 295 yards and three touchdowns.

New England became the third franchise to reach three Super Bowls in a row. And Belichick now has 30 postseason victories, more than Bill Walsh and Don Shula combined. That Hall of Fame coaching duo also won five Super Bowls; Belichick shoots for No. 6 in two weeks.

Burlington man rescued by firefighters from burning house

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BURLINGTON, Iowa -- A man is being treated at a West Burlington hospital after firefighters rescued him from a house fire.

Firefighters responded to the 1500 block of South 8th Street at 12:42 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 according to a press release. When they arrived, crews saw "heavy black smoke" coming from the roof of the single-story home.

Neighbors told the responders they believed someone was still inside, the press release states. Firefighters broke into the house and found an adult male. They brought the man out of the house and to an ambulance, where he was then transported to the hospital.

According to the release, the fire was extinguished at 1:08 p.m. The house sustained about $20,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents in damages.

The condition of the man is unknown. The department is investigating the origin of the fire.

U.S. may lift tariffs on Chinese goods

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MOLINE, Illinois- There are rumors President Donald Trump may lift some tariffs against China.

Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski joined us Monday, January 21 to talk about the rumors during Your Money on Good Morning Quad Cities. Grywacheski says the Chinese economy is taking a beating, and the U.S. economy is expected to slow down as well. He says that's part of the reason why both sides want to come to an agreement.

We also discussed Sears, the future of the company, and how the government shutdown is impacting economic data. Your Money with Mark airs between 5 and 5:30 a.m. every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities. To live stream our newscast, click here.  

Four juveniles in custody after stolen car crashes into Rock Island railroad crossing

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ROCK ISLAND-- Police say four juveniles are in custody after a stolen car chase ended with the vehicle crashing into a Rock Island railroad crossing.

Police say it started when Moline police spotted a car suspected to be stolen around Interstate 74 and Avenue of the Cities. The officer attempted to stop the car on 15th Street in Moline. That's when the driver and passengers fled.

The car led police on a chase through Rock Island to the area of 9th Street in front of the Hill & Valley Plant. That's where the car crashed into the train track crossing, and the four juvenile occupants in the car fled on foot.

Moline police chased the four down, and took them into custody.

The railroad crossing is closed temporarily. The railroad management team have been notified and say no trains are scheduled to cross there for the rest of Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Rock Island and Moline police officers were on scene.

Local Boy Scouts donate $15,000 worth of popcorn to Army National Guard

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DAVENPORT, IOWA  -- The Illowa Council, Boy Scouts of America, donated $15,000 worth of popcorn to soldiers serving in the Army National Guard.  "I think it shows a lot of support for us," Jacob Weise with the Army National Guard said. "It's not just here in Davenport. It's across the state of Iowa." As a part of their annual popcorn sale fundraiser, local Scouts collected financial donations from members of the community in order to provide popcorn to service-members. Scouts loaded the popcorn into a military transport vehicle and had the opportunity to meet the soldiers. "It's cool to be able to actually pick up the popcorn and put it on the truck," Scout Nathaniel Hines said. "I like to see that it goes to men and women serving our county." The Illowa Council development director Kenneth Brooks said this is a record year for the scouts' military donations.

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day

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ROCK ISLAND, IL- Cheese fans everywhere, today is your day. January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day. To celebrate we’ve compiled a few fun facts about our favorite dairy product.

-Even though it’s high in fat, cheese can be really gouda for you. The high Vitamin B levels can give your hair a healthy aura. Cheese is also one of the best sources of calcium possible. Only 2 ounces of some cheeses can provide 40% to 50% of a person’s daily calcium intake. If you want bones as strong as bricks, cheese is a excellent choice.

-If you’re trying to block sodium from your diet, you might want to avoid cheese. Salt is a necessary ingredient in cheese for protection against pathogens. If you’re looking for a low-sodium cheese, try Swiss cheese (54 mg) and avoid feta (317 mg).

-Be careful not to gorge on all the cheese in your house. In moderation cheese has lots of health benefits, but it’s relatively high saturated fat content makes it unhealthy in large quantities.

-Cheese is found all over the world, from remote cottages to royal palaces. However, if you have a hankering for cheese in Asia, go somewhere else- China, Korea, and Japan traditionally don’t use much cheese. Some scholars believe this is because their cattle were always used to pull plows rather than produce food.

-If you’re lactose intolerant and this holiday has you blue, you’re in luck. According to lactose intolerance expert Steve Carper cheeses like Swiss and brie have low enough lactose levels most people will be fine eating them. If you have a sensitive stomach fresher cheeses like ricotta will make your belly curdle.

Enjoy your day of cheese appreciation!

Total lunar eclipse occurs Sunday night

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Skies are clearing out which is great news for those of you wanting to view the only total lunar eclipse of 2019!

The Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse will begin at 9:34pm local time, reaching its maximum at 10:41pm, and then ending around 12:51am early Monday morning.

Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow. What makes this one unique is that the moon will pass so deep into the Earth’s shadow that the only light reaching its surface comes from the edge of Earth where sunrises and sunsets are taking place. That particular circumstance is what causes the moon to turn red, or more of a brown color.  You won’t need any special devices or telescopes to see the changes, just the naked eye will work fine. The moon will also be at its closest point to earth for the month, which also makes it a supermoon.

If you happen to miss this one, you’ll have to wait until 2021 for the next total lunar eclipse.

Make sure and bundle up though, temperatures will likely start to fall below zero by the time the maximum eclipse occurs.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

The Riverdale “Robotic Rams” build new hopes for University of Iowa pediatric patients

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PORT BYRON, Illinois - The “Robotic Rams” is the Riverdale High School robotics team who held their third annual competition Sunday afternoon.  Although the team was focused on their robot, they were also thinking about a bigger cause that’s helping patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

For students like Riverdale sophomore Ella Fornero-Green it starts with a little curiosity.

“I did not know how to program when I came into robotics last year, but now I’m the lead programmer,” Fornero-Green says. “I was like this is really cool. I want to be apart of this and be able to code and design robots.”

Fornero-Green is on the “Robotic Rams” who are competing in their third meet this year with their own masterpiece.

“This is our robot this year,” explains Aleck Reece. “So, he can intake minerals using this rubber band drum right here that spins.”

Those minerals are yellow cubes and white whiffle balls.  The team programmed the robot to sort them.

“You get points for correctly identifying that the cube is the one you need to move and moving that,” Reece explains. “If you move either of the other two those points are taken away.”

“It’s all about the points you want to have the most points to win,” Fornero-Green adds.

But there’s more to this tournament than that winning title.

“The top of the Iowa children’s hospital list for donations is Legos,” says Fornero-Green.

After the team found out their teacher’s son was fighting cancer, they decided to put the pieces together to help.

“So, we raise money and we purchase Lego sets for children at the hospital,” comments Reece.

Giving patients a chance get a head start in their STEM career.

“Legos relates a lot to what we do,” Reece says.

Because a little curiosity is the first building block to creating opportunities for others.

“They can build and use their hands and build whatever they want with them,” says Fornero-Green.

This is the Robotic Rams third year collecting donations for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.  So far they’ve donated more than one hundred Lego sets for patients.

Arsenal Island opens up for a clock tower tour and prime eagle watching

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ROCK ISLAND, IL- If you’re looking for a spot to eagle watch, take out your calendars. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced tours of their Historic Clock Tower on Arsenal Island. The tower offers a spectacular view of the Mississippi River, which is perfect for spotting bald eagles who come here during the winter.

Visitors will learn about the historic Clock Tower from a Corps Park Ranger as they climb to the top.

The tours will be on Saturdays and Sundays for  the next three weeks, starting January 26 and ending February 10. Each day will have two tours, one at 10 a.m. and another at 12 p.m.

Everything will last about an hour and a half. It does involve walking up 12 flights of stairs and briefly going outside, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

The tours are free, but it’s encouraged to register in advance by calling the Visitor Center at (309) 794-5338. For more information on how to visit the Arsenal visit their website.

Quad City Rollers looking for new faces to join their team

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“When we found this and I got to come I thought it was crazy that I could be apart of something like this,” said Myah Ackerland.

The Quad City Rollers hosted a bootcamp on January 20, to find new faces for the 2019 season.

“A couple times a year we start a bootcamp for anyone interested in derby,” said Roxi Schlue. Schlue has been on the team for five years and was surprised when she found out the Quad Cities even had a roller derby team.

During bootcamps they work on balance, strength and teamwork.

“I came to practice and saw all these girls working together and getting a good workout in and having a lot of fun,” said Roxi.

Roxi known as "Roxi Balboa" in the rink is now captain of the QC Rollers, giving her a boost in confidence.

“In derby you have to use your voice and communicate with your team and we run this derby team together so if things need to be done you have to speak up,” said Roxi.

“They put me in skates and were like alright we're going to teach you how to fall instead of expecting me to be good they told me how to be bad,” said Myah Ackerland. Ackerland joined the team seven months ago. Over the past few months she has learned how to get back up again no matter how hard she hits.

“When I tell people I do this they are like 'oh so you beat people up on the track' we don't do that we just kinda bump each other pretty hard,” said Ackerland.

Working to become the best in the rink by their season opener on March 23. The team practices and plays at the Eldridge Community Center.

Passengers stuck on United flight in frigid cold for more than 14 hours

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(CNN) — Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Hong Kong were left stuck on a runway for more than 14 hours in frigid weather with a dwindling supply of food.

The nightmarish incident began when the 3:05 p.m. flight was diverted to the Goose Bay Airport in Newfoundland, Canada, due to a medical emergency. The plane landed there at 9:31 p.m. AST, and medical personnel met the aircraft and a passenger was taken to a local hospital.

But as the flight was set to take off again, it experienced a mechanical issue.

That’s when the waiting began.

Passengers were not allowed to leave the airplane because the Goose Bay Airport did not have a customs officer on duty during the overnight hours. Saturday bled into Sunday, and still the flight remained grounded.

Sonjay Dutt, a passenger on the plane, said on Twitter that the plane’s door had broken and that they were stuck on board as the weather dipped to negative-20 degrees outside. Unable to leave for hours upon hours, he began tweeting at United for help, saying that they were running low on food.

On Sunday morning, Goose Bay officials brought on donuts and coffee from Tim Hortons, the classic Canadian fast food restaurant.

United had food delivered to the passengers and “the crew is doing everything possible to assist customers,” a United spokesperson said.

Finally, after more than 14 hours, Dutt was able to get off the plane with the rest of the passengers.

“Its been a long long long long day,” he tweeted.

Lloyd Slade, another passenger on the plane, said he was “just very tired, at this point” on Sunday. “Cabin/flight crew have been excellent and very helpful (United HQ/dispatch, not so much.)”

An alternative aircraft containing meals for the passengers was flown to Goose Bay to transport customers back to Newark.

“We apologize to our customers and our crew is doing everything possible to assist them during the delay,” the company said.

Passenger Steven Lau thanked those who brought Tim Hortons on board.

“(I) feel partly relieved to be on a new plane, but the crew is still loading bags and preparing the aircraft, so not certain when we’ll actually take off,” he said. “It’s nearing 24 hours since we originally took off from Newark, so we’re all feeling restless and frustrated. I’m just ready to be off the plane and finished with this experience.”

Lau said some passengers on the flight had decided to scrap their trips entirely in the wake of the overnight stay on the tarmac. He is planning to wait to see how United can get him there ASAP, he said.

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Students at a Kentucky Catholic school who were involved in a video showing them mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial after a Washington rally could potentially face expulsion, according to the diocese.

In a joint statement , the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School apologized and said they are investigating and will take “appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.”

The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday coincided with the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, including a group from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky.

Videos circulating online show a youth staring at and standing extremely close to Nathan Phillips, a 64-year-old Native American man singing and playing a drum. Other students, some wearing Covington clothing and many wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and sweat shirts, surrounded them, chanting, laughing and jeering.

“We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips,” the diocese statement read. “This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.”

According to the “Indian Country Today” website, Phillips is an Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran who holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.

Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes who is also known as Chief Quese Imc, said he had been a part of the march and was among a small group of people remaining after the rally when the boisterous students began chanting slogans such as “make America great” and then began doing the haka, a traditional Maori dance. In a phone interview, Frejo told The Associated Press he felt they were mocking the dance.

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting before Phillips and Frejo approached them.

Frejo said he joined Phillips to defuse the situation, singing the anthem from the American Indian Movement with both men beating out the tempo on hand drums.

Although he feared a mob mentality that could turn ugly, Frejo said he was at peace singing despite the scorn. He briefly felt something special happen as they repeatedly sang the tune.

“They went from mocking us and laughing at us to singing with us. I heard it three times,” Frejo said. “That spirit moved through us, that drum, and it slowly started to move through some of those youths.”

Eventually a calm fell over the group of students and they broke up and walked away.

The videos prompted a torrent of outrage online. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted that the footage “brought me to tears,” while actor Chris Evans tweeted that the students’ actions were “appalling” and “shameful.”

As of Sunday morning, Covington Catholic High School’s Facebook page was not available and its Twitter feed was set to private.

Police seek volunteers to get drunk for them; many respond

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KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police department’s request for volunteers to get drunk for law and order purposes generated a predictably enthusiastic response.

The Kutztown Police Department sought three volunteers to drink hard liquor to the point of inebriation so officers could be trained how to administer field sobriety tests during traffic stops. A call for volunteers on Facebook accumulated hundreds of responses and over 1,000 shares in less than a day.

The post was soon updated with the news that the department had its volunteers for the April 4 training session.

Volunteers were required to have a clean criminal history and have a responsible party to take care of them after the training.

Participants are also required to be willing to drink hard liquor until inebriated.


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