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WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and China are scheduled to resume talks to try to back off an escalating trade war. Looming ahead at midnight Thursday are U.S. plans to raise tariffs on Chinese imports, a move that would heighten tensions between the world’s two biggest economies and is roiling stock markets. Negotiations have been derailed amid U.S. accusations that the Chinese are reneging on commitments they made in previous sessions.

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has issued a new law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. The church law is a groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. It provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission claims that Facebook is exaggerating its success in staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts. The complaint even says that the social media company is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats have escalated their legal battle with President Donald Trump’s administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler led a committee vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena for the full report. Trump’s spokeswoman calls Nadler’s demands “unlawful and reckless” and says the White House and the Justice Department won’t comply with them.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) – Colorado high school student Brendan Bialy says his friend Kendrick Castillo “went out as a hero.” Bialy wrestled a gun away from one of two suspected shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday, after Castillo slammed one attacker against a wall and struggled with him. But shots rang out and Castillo was killed. Eight others, including Bialy, were wounded. Two students, ages 18 and 16, are facing charges in the attack.

Biden Visits Eastern Iowa

Former Vice-President and now Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden made several campaign stops in eastern Iowa yesterday, including Dubuque. Biden addressed a group of supporters at the Grand River Center last night. Before coming to the Key City, Biden pumped up supporters at a rally at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids. Just as he did in previous presidential bids, Biden made it known that he is a strong supporter of the middle-class Biden says we have to eliminate the 1.7 trillion dollars in loopholes that he says only benefit the wealthiest Americans, while leaving the middle-class behind. Biden is one of 20 announced Democratic candidates for President. All are seeking their party’s nomination in next year’s primary.

Grilled Chicken Bacon Sliders

Grilled Chicken Bacon Sliders 

 

10-12 frozen, grill marked chicken breasts

8-10 slices bacon

Cajun spice

Salt and pepper, to taste

10-12 Jr. buns

6-8- slices cheese (each cut in half) (cheddar, Colby/Jack, Pepper Jack, American or Swiss)

BBQ Sauce

Mayo, Mustard, Dijon Mustard, etc. (optional) 

Cook bacon until it’s just a bit crispy.  Remove to a paper towel and drain.  Reserve some of the bacon grease.  When cool, cut each piece in half.  Save the bacon grease! 

Heat grill to medium heat.  Brush both sides of each frozen chicken breast with some of the bacon grease, then season with some Cajun spice, salt and pepper.  

Cook chicken breasts about 5 minutes, then turn them over, brush with a little more bacon grease and grill an additional 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked and heated through.  Drizzle each breast with BBQ sauce, then top with a layer of cheese.  Continue cooking until the cheese has melted and remove from grill. 

Spread both sides of buns with the spread of your choice, if using (mayo, mustard, etc.).  Top each bun with a chicken breast and serve. 

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (2/5)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Boston 103 Cleveland 96
Final L.A. Clippers 117 Charlotte 115
Final Indiana 136 L.A. Lakers 94
Final Detroit 105 N-Y Knicks 92
Final Toronto 119 Philadelphia 107
Final Memphis 108 Minnesota 106
Final Oklahoma City 132 Orlando 122
Final Miami 118 Portland 108


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final Boston 3 N-Y Islanders 1
Final Washington 3 Vancouver 2
Final Carolina 4 Pittsburgh 0
Final L.A. Kings 5 New Jersey 1
Final SO Buffalo 5 Minnesota 4
Final St. Louis 3 Florida 2
Final SO Vegas 3 Tampa Bay 2
Final Montreal 4 Anaheim 1
Final Nashville 5 Arizona 2
Final OT San Jose 3 Winnipeg 2
Final Columbus 6 Colorado 3
Final Chicago 6 Edmonton 2


TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (1) Tennessee 72 Missouri 60
Final (2) Duke 80 Boston College 55
Final (5) Kentucky 76 South Carolina 48
Final (7) Michigan 77 Rutgers 65
Final (8) North Carolina 113 NC State 96
Final Illinois 79 (9) Michigan St. 74
Final St. John’s 70 (10) Marquette 69
Final Kansas St. 74 (13) Kansas 67
Final (22) Florida St. 80 Syracuse 62

IGHSAU Rankings…5-A and 4A Regional Pairings Announced

The latest Iowa High School girls basketball rankings have unveiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

In Class 2A: defending state champion Cascade has climbed up one spot this week. The 16-and-1 Cougars are rated 5th. Bellevue is also in the top 10 again, the Comets (16-1) are again ranked 9th.

In Class 1A: Bellevue Marquette Catholic has jumped three positions into the top ten, The Mohawks (15-2) are ranked 8th.

Complete Rankings: https://www.ighsau.org/upl/downloads/library/bb-rankings-2019-1-31.pdf

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The Girls Athletic Union also released the pairings for the 4A and 5A Regional Tournament that starts Wednesday, February 13th with the semi-finals on February 16.

In Class 4A Region 5: Wahlert will host West Delaware with the winner to travel toCentral Dewitt in the semi-finals. Western Dubuque will host Iowa City Liberty with the winner to advance to the semi-finals at Cedar Rapids Xavier.

In Class 5A Region 5: Senior will travel to Waterloo West with the winner traveling to Cedar Rapids Washington for the semi’s. Hempstead is in Region 6 and will travel to Cedar Falls for a semi-final round match-up.

Complete Regional Pairings: https://www.ighsau.org/news/2019-regional-basketball-pairings-class-1a-2a-3a/

Child Dies in Border Patrol Custody…First Business Day of Shutdown…Japan to Resume Commercial Whale Hunting

HOUSTON (AP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection will start conducting medical checks on every child in its custody, now that a second child has died while in its care. CBP says 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo of Guatemala, had been in its care, along with his father, since Dec. 18, and an agent first noticed on Monday that the child had a cough and “glossy eyes.” A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wednesday is the first full business day of the partial government shutdown. So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas. The shutdown began at midnight last Friday. Trump said Tuesday that the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea is hoping to someday link its railway with its southern neighbor, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won’t be crossing the border anytime soon. Both countries broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize the North’s railways and roads and connect them to South Korea. A South Korean train carrying government officials, lawmakers and aging relatives separated by the Korean War rolled into the North Korean border town of Kaesong.

TOKYO (AP) – Japan says it will resume commercial whale hunting for the first time in 30 years but promises not to hunt in the Antarctic. It also says it will leave the International Whaling Commission. The IWC imposed a moratorium on commercial whaling in the 1980s due to a dwindling whale population. Japan switched to what it calls research whaling and says stocks have recovered enough to resume commercial hunts.

CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) – Fearing another tsunami, Indonesian authorities have warned people to move away from the coastline where big waves set off by volcanic activity killed hundreds over the weekend. Scientists are monitoring Anak Krakaoa’s eruption in the strait separating the islands of Java and Sumatra and say high waves and rains could push the cliffs of the crater into the sea and trigger another disaster. The death toll stood at 429 with more than 1,400 people injured and at least 128 missing.

Trump Tantrum…Asylum Seekers Policy Shift…London Airport Drone Intrusions…Justice Ginsberg Hospitalized…Colombian Leftist Rebel Killed

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic leaders are blaming President Donald Trump for a “temper tantrum” over funding the border wall that resulted in a partial government shut down which was taking hold Saturday. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say Trump “has gotten what he wanted” after threatening a shutdown several times. With negotiations expected to continue, the House and Senate both scheduled rare Saturday sessions.

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) – A policy shift by the Trump administration means asylum seekers may be forced to stay in dangerous border cities as they press their cases while being forced to wait in Mexico for the outcomes. The decision was made with crucial details still unknown – a move that creates uncertainty along the border and possibly an incentive for people to cross illegally before the change takes effect.

LONDON (AP) – London’s Gatwick Airport took strides toward running a full schedule Saturday as police questioned a man and a woman arrested in connection with the drone intrusions that have created nightmarish conditions for holiday travelers. The airport’s arrival and departure boards showed the busy airport inching toward normal operations but still showing an unusual number of delays.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is resting in a New York hospital following surgery to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the third time the Supreme Court’s oldest justice has been treated for cancer and her second stay in a hospital in two months. Worries over Ginsburg’s health have been a constant of sorts for nearly 10 years, and for liberals, particularly in the last two.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Colombia’s president says a former leftist rebel who terrorized residents of southern Colombia after abandoning the country’s peace process to plunge headlong into drug trafficking has been killed in combat. President Ivan Duque said Walter Arizala was killed during a “heroic operation” after a months-long, U.S.-backed manhunt that followed the kidnapping and murder of three Ecuadorian press workers in the turbulent border area.

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Iowa Boys HS Basketball

West Liberty- 26@ Cascade, Western Dubuque-50

Wahlert, Dubuque-65 @ Dubuque, Hempstead-64 in OT

Dubuque, Senior-68 @ Epworth, Western Dubuque-51

Maquoketa 49, Beckman, Dyersville 37

 

Wisconsin Boys HS Basketball

Pecatonica-66 Fennimore-71

Potosi 79, Belmont 37

Shullsburg 66, River Ridge 41

 

Iowa Girls Basketball

Cascade, Western Dubuque-57, West Liberty-30

Epworth, Western Dubuque-53, Dubuque, Senior 50, OT

New Times Poll Shows Slimmer Lead for Finkenauer

Courtesy: New York Times

A new poll shows that Abby Finkenauer’s lead in the 1st Congressional District has shrunk to within the margin for error. As we told you earlier this week, the New York Times conducted a second poll of the 1st District, which includes Dubuque and our entire Iowa listening area. Their first survey, conducted about six weeks ago, showed Finkenauer with a double-digit lead on incumbent Republican Rod Blum. The new tally still has her leading Blum by seven percentage points – 46% to 39% – though that lead is within the poll’s five point margin for error. 11% of those surveyed say they still haven’t made up their mind.