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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, known more commonly as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are no longer working members of the British royal family and will stop receiving public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.

The palace also said the couple will stop using their HRH titles — shorthand for His/Her Royal Highness — and they will be “required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments,” according to the palace.

“While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty,” the palace said.

The new arrangement for Harry, who is sixth in line of succession for the British throne, and Meghan will formally take effect this spring and follows the couple’s announcement earlier this month that they intended to “to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.”

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement.

The queen said Harry, Meghan and their 8-month-old son, Archie, “will always be much loved members of my family” and expressed her “hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

Saturday’s announcement provided new details on what the couple’s new life will look like in their reduced capacity as members of the royal family.

Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England, will remain the couple’s family home in the United Kingdom, according to the statement, but the palace said they have expressed a wish to repay taxpayers for the cost of refurbishing the home. The BBC pegged that amount at £2.4 million, or roughly $3.1 million.

The couple has said they plan to split their time between the U.K. and North America and to work to become financially independent from the royal family as they move to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”

Prior to Saturday’s announcement, little was known about what this new chapter would look like for the two. On Monday, the queen hosted Harry; his father, Prince Charles; and his brother, Prince William, at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk to discuss the “complex matters” involved in the couple’s desire to step back from official duties.

Among other changes Harry and Meghan have announced in recent days is that they will no longer participate in the royal rota system, which has provided a select pool of U.K. media outlets exclusive access to official engagements of the royal family. The announcement came amid ongoing friction between the couple and members of the media.

In October, Harry released a statement against members of the tabloid press decrying what he called “a ruthless campaign” of “relentless propaganda” against both his wife and newborn son.

“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he wrote at the time. “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

In her own statement on Saturday, the queen said she recognized “the challenges” that Harry and Meghan have “experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.” [Copyright 2020 NPR]

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The Boston Celtics will take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at TD Garden in one of the marquee matchups on the MLK Day NBA schedule. Boston is 27-14 overall and 16-5 at home, while Los Angeles is 34-8 overall and 18-3 on the road. The Celtics have lost six of their last eight games. The Lakers have won 10 of their last 11 games and have the best road record in the NBA. Los Angeles is favored by 2.5 points in the latest Celtics vs. Lakers odds, while the over-under is set at 226. Before entering any Lakers vs. Celtics picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

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The Celtics fell 123-119 to Phoenix on Saturday. Marcus Smart shot 11-for-22 from beyond the arc and finished with 37 points, eight dimes and five boards in the defeat. He set a franchise record for 3-point field goals made and established a new career high in scoring, but Boston still lost its third consecutive game. The Celtics have lost three of their last five home games after winning 14 of their first 16. 

Kemba Walker (knee) and Jaylen Brown (thumb) did not play on Saturday. Both are expected to return tonight. 

Meanwhile, Los Angeles was able to win over Houston on Saturday, 124-115. It was another big night for LeBron James, who dropped a double-double on 31 points and 12 assists along with five rebounds. Kyle Kuzma added 23 points, 17 in the second half. 

Anthony Davis is expected to return tonight from a five-game layoff because of a tailbone injury. 

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David Johnson was named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshman of the Week for games Jan. 13-19, the league announced Jan. 20. Johnson is the first player for Louisville men’s basketball to earn the honor since Jordan Nwora in 2018.

Johnson helped lead Louisville to a pair of conference road victories last week. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 15.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and shot 57.9 percent from the field in Louisville’s victories over Pittsburgh and third-ranked Duke.

Johnson scored in double figures for the first time in his career in Louisville’s overtime win over Pitt. He had 11 points and four assists in 20 minutes as a reserve. Louisville coach Chris Mack called Johnson’s performance against Pitt his best game, but the Louisville native had an even better showing at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Johnson had a team-high 19 points, along with seven assists, four rebounds and three steals against Duke. He went 8 of 12 from the field in Louisville’s first road win over a top-3 ranked team since 2010.

Johnson, who suffered a shoulder injury in late July and missed nearly four months as he recovered from surgery, appeared to reaggravate his shoulder with 3:25 left in the second half against Duke. Johnson did not return to the game, but Mack said “The shoulder is fine. He’s just a little sore, but he’ll practice the next couple of days and we fully expect him to play on Wednesday,” during an ACC coaches teleconference Jan. 20.

Johnson’s 19 points were the most by a Louisville player off the bench against an Associated Press (AP) top-three ranked opponent since Russ Smith scored 30 points against third-ranked Kentucky in 2011. 

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One of Florida’s most hunted criminals — a notorious sex fiend known as the “Pillowcase Rapist” who terrorized more than four dozen women in the 1980s — has been caught, according to reports.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as 60-year-old Robert Eugene Koehler, a registered sex offender from Palm Bay, Fla., the Miami Herald reported Monday.

Koehler was arrested Saturday in Brevard County, the paper reported.


Law enforcement sources identified the "Pillowcase Rapist" suspect as 60-year-old Robert Eugene Koehler, a registered sex offender from Palm Bay, Fla., the Miami Herald reported Monday.

Law enforcement sources identified the “Pillowcase Rapist” suspect as 60-year-old Robert Eugene Koehler, a registered sex offender from Palm Bay, Fla., the Miami Herald reported Monday.
(Florida Department of Law Enforcement)

At least 44 women from Miami to Deerfield Beach were victims of the Pillowcase Rapist from May 1981 to February 1986, according to the paper. The rapist broke into townhomes and apartments and used a pillowcase, towel or shirt to hide his identity.

Detectives conducted stakeouts, checked hundreds of leads, passed out fliers and even created a sculpture from one victim who saw his face — but could never catch him.


The victims included a schoolteacher, nurse, airline flight attendant, artist, model, health spa instructor, insurance executive, publicist and student, the Herald reported.

The rapist assaulted his victims quickly after threatening them with a knife. In some attacks he stole cash, the paper reported.


Details of what led police to Koehler remained unknown on Monday, according to the paper.

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All eyes were on this shelter dog.

A Siberian husky named Jubilee whose breeder dumped her at a New Jersey shelter because of her “weird” eyelid deformity now has a forever home — after her story and photos went viral.

The nonprofit Husky House shelter in Matawan, which cared for Jubilee for two years, decided to post a desperate pitch for potential adopters — in Jubilee’s “voice” — to Facebook on Tuesday.

“I came from a ‘breeder’ who couldn’t sell me because he said I was ‘weird’ looking,” the post said. “Huskies are majestic looking dogs and I don’t know why I don’t look like them. I wish I was beautiful so someone would want me to be their dog.”

“I like other dogs, but I don’t like cats,” the post continued. “I love people, but I’m a little shy because people mostly laugh at the way I look. Doesn’t anyone want a funny looking husky? I wish I had a family of my own who could love me even though I’m not pretty.”

Jubilee has a congenital birth defect of her eyelids that does not affect her vision or health, the shelter said. No one had ever before submitted an application to adopt her.

But by Saturday — with more than 40,000 shares on the post — the shelter announced that Jubilee would be going home to a loving family.

“Thanks to everyone who shared Jubilee’s story,” the shelter wrote. “She has found her forever home with previous Husky House adopters and joins her new fur-siblings in a wonderful new life!”

Jubilee’s new parents decided to start a Facebook page for her to keep the fans of the now-famous pup in the loop. The page refers to the pup as “a uniquely beautiful furbaby.”

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A pair of spacewalking astronauts tackled one last round of battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday.

NASA’s Jessica Meir and Christina Koch floated out to finish the work they began last week. The women had one more new battery to install in the station’s solar power grid, and two old batteries to remove.

“To our astro-sisters, we wish you the best of luck on this,” astronaut Andrew Morgan radioed from inside as the spacewalk began.

This marked the women’s third spacewalk together. They conducted the world’s first all-female spacewalk last fall.

NASA gradually has been replacing the space station’s 48 original nickel-hydrogen batteries with new and more powerful lithium-ion batteries. Only half as many of the new batteries are needed. So far, 17 new batteries have been installed over the past three years.

Another batch of six new batteries will be launched to the orbiting lab this spring to complete the power upgrade. The old batteries, meanwhile, will be discarded in a supply ship.

These batteries keep all the space station’s systems running when the outpost is on the night side of Earth, drawing power from the sprawling solar wings.

During last Wednesday’s spacewalk, Koch had to make do without her helmet lights and camera; they wouldn’t stay attached to her helmet. She later discovered a faulty latch, which she replaced before floating out Monday.

Two other astronauts will go out Saturday to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector on the space station. The science instrument’s cooling system had to be replaced, an intricate job requiring four spacewalks.

Koch holds the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Her 11-month mission ends in two weeks. Meir has another few months left on board.


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PARIS—The longest transport strike in French history is petering out, as cash-strapped employees have gone back to work rather than press the fight against pension overhauls sought by President

Emmanuel Macron.

Service on the nation’s train lines was largely back to normal on Monday. All metro lines in the French capital were operating, most at full capacity.

The development is a victory for Mr. Macron in his war of attrition with France’s powerful labor unions. French public transport is moving again without significant concessions from Mr. Macron on his pension proposals. In recent days, train and metro workers have decided en masse they could no longer afford to continue the strike, at least for now.

France’s more militant unions on Monday insisted that the strike wasn’t over and that they would continue to resist. Union leaders were rousing their members for another strike Friday, calling for a day of zero trains. Mr. Macron’s ministers are set to discuss the text of the pension overhaul at a weekly meeting on Friday.

“The determination remains intact and the anger is still there,” said

Bérenger Cernon,

an official with the left-wing CGT union. “There is no desire to stop the strike.”

Some French protesters continued to demonstrate against pension reforms in Versailles, outside Paris, where the French president held a business summit on Monday.


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But after 47 days, the financial burdens of continuing the strike have become intolerable for many transport workers. The unions have been organizing concerts and other events to raise money for workers so they can continue the strike.

Mr. Cernon also called on unions from other professions to take up the fight against the pension overhauls, which has largely been led by transport workers. “Everyone must come out into the street,” he said.

Other professions have staged protests and strikes. Police forensic scientists protested at the Louvre in white smocks spattered in fake blood. Lawyers went on strike, shutting down France’s justice system. Ballet dancers have as well, canceling performances at the famed Palais Garnier.

But the strike of transport workers has caused the most pain for France. It disrupted Christmas travel plans and has forced many Parisians to squeeze into the few trains that were running—or walk miles to and from work.

In recent days, quarrels between ideological factions of France’s labor movement have undermined the strike. The moderate CFDT has argued that the unions should negotiate with the government on the pension proposals, while the CGT and others have taken a hard line. The CFDT said it wouldn’t participate in the strike Friday.

Members of the CFDT have reported being intimidated by strikers as they attempted to report back to work. Activists forced their way into the CFDT’s headquarters on Friday, scuffling with staff.

Mr. Macron wants to consolidate France’s 42 pension plans into one universal system, eliminating so-called “special regimes” that allow some workers, including employees of the national rail company and the Paris subways, to retire before 62 years old, the legal age of retirement in France.

He also wants to establish a system of points that would set pensions based on the entire salary history of an employee; current rules set pension payments based on the employee’s higher-paying years.

A civil servant’s pension, for example, is based on what the employee was earning just before retirement, when public-sector salaries peak.

To peel away support for the strike, Mr. Macron has offered some modest concessions, including withdrawing a proposal that would have established incentives and penalties to encourage workers to retire two years after the legal retirement age. He has also struck deals with individual professions such as pilots, who went back to work after the government said they could continue to retire early.

Public support for the opposition to Mr. Macron’s plans has remained consistent, according to a poll by IFOP last week, which found that 51% of French support or sympathize with the strikers, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points—roughly stable since the strike began on Dec. 5.

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NEW YORK — South Carolina still sits atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, with Baylor in second place.

The Gamecocks received 22 first-place votes from a 30-member media panel Monday. The Lady Bears got six.

UConn moved up to third after previous No. 3 Stanford lost to Oregon by 32 points. The Ducks moved up to No. 4. Louisville was fifth, sandwiched between Oregon and Stanford. Louisville received the other two first-place votes.

Oregon State, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and UCLA rounded out the top 10.

South Carolina faces Mississippi State on Monday night.

Northwestern entered the Top 25 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 22. The Wildcats were last ranked for the first nine weeks of the 2015-16 season.

Joe McKeown’s team has lost only to No. 11 DePaul and No. 19 Iowa. The longtime coach got his 700th career victory earlier this season.

“I think our kids are doing a great job and are really humble,” McKeown said. “This is a fun team to watch and we have a lot of fan support. It helps getting some national recognition. For our program, I’m glad to see people taking notice.”

The Wildcats have a big week ahead, with Big Ten games at Michigan State and Maryland.

“Our league is so deep right now it’s amazing,” McKeown said. “You can’t get ahead of yourself as you look at the next game. It’s my 12th year in the league and it’s the deepest it’s been.”

Missouri State fell out of the poll after losing to Southern Illinois on Friday night.

Here are a few other tidbits from the poll:

MOVING UP: DePaul climbed three spots this week to No. 11, the Blue Demons’ best ranking since the final poll of the 2011 season, when Doug Bruno’s team was No. 10. DePaul hosts Villanova and Georgetown this week. The team’s only loss came to UConn.

FALLING DOWN: West Virginia had a week to forget, with blowout losses to Oklahoma and No. 2 Baylor. The Mountaineers fell eight spots in the poll to No. 25. West Virginia will try and regroup against Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

GAME OF THE WEEK: For the first time in more than a decade, UConn and Tennessee will play each other. The two women’s basketball powers will play the first of a home-and-home set in Hartford, Connecticut, on Thursday night. They last played in 2007.

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As far as a chair umpire at the Australian Open was concerned, it was a slip of tennis etiquette. During a qualifying round for the Grand Slam event, Elliot Benchetrit of France was rebuked by the official when he asked a ballgirl to peel his banana, …

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Several Democratic presidential candidates briefly put aside their recent sparring on Monday and marched arm in arm through the streets of South Carolina’s capital to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom they later invoked in speeches about America’s past and future that were rich with election-year overtones.

As the six-block march began from the Zion Baptist Church to the State House, where a Confederate flag once flew over the dome, Senator Bernie Sanders looped an arm through Senator Elizabeth Warren’s elbow, as the two joined other candidates in singing “We Shall Overcome” for part of the trip. Representative Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Amy Klobuchar each locked elbows with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as well.

The sight of Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren shoulder to shoulder — after a week in which they argued over their recollections of a private conversation about whether a woman could win the presidency — delighted Lisa Ray Clarkson, a retired teacher from Norfolk, Va., who was at the march.

“That means they have gotten over their differences and the Democratic Party is reuniting,” Ms. Clarkson said as she walked alongside the procession to the State House, where several thousand people converged.

It was a hopeful sentiment for a Democratic field that has become noticeably more fractious in the final weeks before the Feb. 3 caucuses in Iowa, where Mr. Biden, Ms. Warren, Mr. Sanders and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., are bunched tightly in polls and planned to campaign on Monday afternoon.

In addition to the Warren-Sanders argument, Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders have been criticizing each other’s records, with Mr. Sanders trying to cut into Mr. Biden’s support among older voters and black voters by portraying the former vice president as open to cuts in Social Security. Mr. Biden has denied that and demanded an apology from Mr. Sanders, who has stood firm.

The four candidates are also competing hard in South Carolina, particularly for support from black voters, who will make up a majority of the Democratic primary vote in the state on Feb. 29. Mr. Biden has a strong lead in South Carolina polls and is widely favored among black voters. None of his rivals took him on frontally on Monday, but instead sought to make the case to African-Americans and others in South Carolina about how the next president could benefit their interests.

Mr. Sanders, addressing the enthusiastic crowd on a cold day at the State House, reminded onlookers of Dr. King’s legacy of courage and opposition to the Vietnam War, which the 78-year-old Vermont senator also denounced. While Mr. Sanders has been trying to draw a contrast with Mr. Biden on their records on military action, he focused more on Monday on President Trump.

“If we do not allow Trump and his friends to divide us up by the color of our skin, or where we were born, or our sexual orientation or religion, if we stand together there is nothing we cannot accomplish in the fight for racial justice, social justice,” Mr. Sanders said.

Ms. Warren, of Massachusetts, told the gathering that the nation was ready “to write the next chapter of our history.”

“The next chapter — that will be an America where health care is a basic human right, that will be an America where safe and affordable housing is available and no one sleeps on the street, that will be an America where people trying to get an education will not be crushed by student loan debt,” she said.

Ms. Klobuchar, of Minnesota, invoked Dr. King’s comment that Americans are “all tied in a single garment of destiny — what affects one directly affects all indirectly,” and said that rising hatred across the nation would ultimately wound everyone.

“It coarsens our civic life. You can see it in the senseless racist shooting of worshipers in Charleston, you can see it in that rabbi’s home and stabbing, you see it in that bombing of the mosque in Minnesota, you see it at the riot in Charlottesville,” she said.

Addressing Mr. Trump directly over his comment in 2017 that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer, who was protesting a white supremacist rally there, Mr. Klobuchar said: “And no, there are not many sides to blame, Mr. President, when one side is the Ku Klux Klan. There is only one side, and that is the American side. That is it. That is all.”

Before the march and State House speeches, several candidates told a breakfast gathering of predominantly black voters that they were committed to advancing Dr. King’s legacy and that defeating Mr. Trump in November was a crucial step toward that goal.

“My campaign revolves around the image of the first day that the sun comes up over South Carolina and our country and Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States,” Mr. Buttigieg said at the Columbia Urban League’s annual King breakfast. “I raise the image of that sunrise because it will bring forth the burning question Dr. King posed in the summer of 1967: Where do we go from here?”

“Because on that day our country will be even more polarized and torn up than it is now,” said Mr. Buttigieg, who is one of the top-polling candidates in Iowa but is struggling in South Carolina and among black voters. He urged action to combat disparate treatment by race in the health care system and to address environmental pollution disproportionately affecting African-Americans, who make up a majority of the Democratic primary electorate in the state.

Tom Steyer, the billionaire businessman who polled at 15 percent in South Carolina in a recent Fox News survey, tying him with Mr. Sanders for second place, called on Americans to “channel Dr. King” and take action against a government that he described as hostile to the hungry and others in need.

“Every political issue that I see in the United States of America has a subtext that’s race,” Mr. Steyer said. “It may be awkward. It may be uncomfortable, but we have to have that conversation. I believe that out of narrative comes policy.”

Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, the only black candidate still in the Democratic field, took a different tack, telling the breakfast audience, “If we are really going to deliver a future for our children and grandchildren consistent with the values of equality, opportunity and fair play, to which Dr. King and the Urban League served as examples, then we’re going to have to start rejecting false choices.”

“Prosperity and justice can live alongside each other,” he said. “The notion that you have to hate business to be a social justice warrior or hate police to believe black lives matter are ridiculous.”

Mr. Biden said that Mr. Trump’s conduct and record in office — including his remarks that gave a boost to white supremacists after the Charlottesville rally — had led to an “inflection point in the civil rights movement.”

“We have a president who embraces white supremacists, who rips families away at the border,” Mr. Biden said. “We have to work together twice as hard to get out of the situation we find ourselves in.”

“God willing, we can turn four years of Donald Trump into an historical aberration,” he added.

After the South Carolina events, most of the candidates planned to fly quickly to Iowa to attend the 2020 Iowa Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum on Monday afternoon.

At a breakfast honoring Dr. King in Washington, D.C., former President Bill Clinton delivered a message casting the diversity of America as one of the country’s biggest strengths. But he also noted that a diverse nation functions well only if everyone follows “the same set of rules,” making an oblique nod to Mr. Trump as well as to Republican efforts to make it harder for some communities of color to cast their ballots.

“America, at its best, is a country of inclusive tribalism,” he told an audience of black leaders, public officials and activists. “Our churches, our synagogues, our mosques or temples, we like diversity but it only works if you think our common humanity matters more.”

“There are 15 issues we should be fighting about, but at the core is universal easy access to vote where the votes count,” he said. “And a vigorous attempt to stop foreign influence.”

Mr. Clinton was in Washington to accept an award at a breakfast hosted by the National Action Network, the organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Jonathan Martin contributed reporting from Columbia, S.C., and Lisa Lerer from Washington.

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