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#2 Auburn Hills • US Farathane • Michigan

WXYZ-TV Channel 7

WATCH LIVE: #Chopper7 over a fire at the U.S. Farathane Corporation in Auburn Hills. MORE: https://bit.ly/2U8tNrh

Massive fire breaks out at Auburn Hills manufacturing plant

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — A large fire outside a plastics manufacturing and supply facility in suburban Detroit is sending clouds of black smoke into the air that are visible from far away.

No injuries have been reported in the fire burning Tuesday at U.S. Farathane in Auburn Hills. There has been no word about a possible cause.

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The flames appear to be coming from a fenced-in area outside the company's building. Broadcasters report workers have been evacuated as a precaution.

A phone call to U.S. Farathane rang unanswered.

 

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#3 WarnerMedia • AT&T • United States courts of appeals • Appellate court • Mergers and acquisitions • Appeal

WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia updated their cover photo.

Justice Department loses appeal looking to reverse the AT&T–Time Warner merger

Another loss for the agency

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The Justice Department has lost an appeal seeking to reverse the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, another defeat for the agency that has repeatedly pressed to stop the massive deal.

After the two companies announced their intention to merge, the Justice Department sued last year to halt the deal, arguing that it would stifle competition. But after a months-long court battle, the department was delivered an ignominious ruling: a judge handed down an extraordinarily one-sided decision in the companies’ favor earlier this year.

The Justice Department moved to appeal the decision, but allowed the $85 billion deal to move ahead without a fight as the appeals court made its determination.

Today, the panel of judges on the court announced that the department had failed to demonstrate anticompetitive behavior. The decision followed the logic of AT&T, which had argued that upstart competitors like Netflix are providing new competition in the market.

“In this evidentiary context, the government’s objections that the district court misunderstood and misapplied economic principles and clearly erred in rejecting the quantitative model are unpersuasive,” the decision reads. “Accordingly, we affirm.”

The fight has been seen as a test of antitrust enforcement power in an age of consolidation in media and telecommunications. It’s also not the only merger of its kind currently under the microscope: T-Mobile and Sprint have been pushing to merge, in a move that would bring together two of the largest mobile carriers in the industry.

The decision earned the ire of critics of the merger. “The DC Circuit’s decision demonstrates that US antitrust laws and Justice Department merger guidelines are sorely in need of reform,” Gigi Sohn, a former counseler to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said in a statement. “It has become nearly impossible for the government to meet its burden of showing that a merger violates the antitrust laws, especially when it comes to vertical mergers.”

While the Justice Department could appeal the decision further to the Supreme Court, it’s unclear that it will be willing to continue the fight. In a statement, AT&T General Counsel David McAtee argued the merger had “yielded significant consumer benefits.”

“While we respect the important role that the U.S. Department of Justice plays in the merger review process, we trust that today’s unanimous decision from the D.C. Circuit will end this litigation,” McAtee said in the statement.

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#4 Amtrak • Oregon

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An Amtrak train with nearly 200 passengers has been stranded in Oregon for more than 24 hours. "A lot of card games, talking, sharing stories," one passenger says. "Some guy pulled out his ukulele...

Stranded Amtrak train with 183 passengers is finally moving again

No one was hurt when the train hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks Sunday about 6:18 p.m., Amtrak said. And passengers reported a "kumbaya" atmosphere during the ordeal.
The train is being pulled by a Union Pacific locomotive back toward Eugene, said Tim McMahan, spokesman for Union Pacific, which owns the Oregon rail line where the train had been stranded.
Passengers await rescue on board the stuck train in Oregon. Photos provided by Rebekah Dodson.

"The train had been inoperable due to weather conditions and downed trees," McMahan told CNN in an email. "UP crews worked overnight to clear the tracks."
Passenger Emilie Wyrick told CNN the train moved about a half-mile Tuesday morning before stopping again.
And Amtrak said it expects more delays as the formerly Los Angeles-bound train heads back north.

Record-setting snowfall

While they were stalled all those hours, passengers could see nearby Oregon Highway 58, closed due to snow and ice. The town of Oakridge has no electricity due to the weather, passenger Rebekah Dodson said.

The National Weather Service had predicted Sunday that up to 2 feet could fall in the area. By Tuesday morning, at least a foot had accumulated, the weather service said. Oakridge averages 1.1 inches in February.
Eugene, home to the University of Oregon about 45 miles northwest, had a record-setting 9.5 inches Monday, the weather service said.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN that none of the 183 passengers and dozen crew members were injured, but that after the accident "conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees."
"Due to worsening conditions, area road closures and no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, Train 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon," he said. "We are actively working with Union Pacific to clear the right of way and get passengers off the train."
The train had power and enough food on board, for which passengers will not be charged, Amtrak said on Twitter on Monday.

'A giant kumbaya party'

With the help of heat, power and (so far) food, passengers said the mood on board has been surprisingly upbeat.
"It's just been like a giant kumbaya party," Dodson told CNN early Tuesday. "Strangers are playing cards. A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep. Ladies who have never met before were dancing in aisles."
The area has seen record-setting snow.

Still, she said, the "hardship" has been stressful as passengers cannot go anywhere. The train is surrounded by feet of snow. Some Los Angeles-bound college students have "panicked" because their professors won't accept their excuse for missing class, Dodson said.
Dodson said Tuesday morning that passengers had been told breakfast would be the last meal available.
Dodson was trying to return home to Klamath Falls after a teaching conference in Portland.
She said the passengers include families with children and a few dozen college students -- including about 20 students from Japan. Crew members had been "professional and nice" throughout.
Passenger Carly Bigby told CNN affiliate KOIN 6 the snack cart on the train is empty and people have run out of diapers for their children.
"A lot of the [older] kids have been really good but they're having to run up and down and it's a lot," she told the news station. "Especially the food -- it's not really food they're liking. Moms are doing all they can right now."
Bigby also said some people don't have good cell phone reception in the area where the train is stuck, and haven't been able to easily contact their families.
Train 11 operates daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, Magliari said.

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#5 North Korea • Vietnam • 2018 North Korea–United States Singapore Summit • Hanoi • Kim Jong-un • Donald Trump Donald Trump lands in Vietnam for Trump-Kim summit

Donald Trump lands in Vietnam for Trump-Kim summit

US President Donald Trump landed in Vietnam on Tuesday night (Feb 26) ahead of his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Video: Reuters) For the full story: https://cna.asia/2VmKOOm Follow us: https://www.channelnewsasia.com https://www.facebook.com/channelnewsasia https://www.instagram.com/channelnewsasia https://www.twitter.com/channelnewsasia https://t.me/cnalatest

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US-DPRK Summit 2019: China, RoK hope for positive progress

VNATuesday, February 26, 2019 19:17
Leaders of China and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have voiced their hopes for positive progress resulting in from the upcoming DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit Vietnam.

Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi during a press conference in Beijing, China (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi during a press conference in Beijing, China (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Leaders of China and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have voiced their hopes for positive progress resulting in from the upcoming DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit Vietnam.
In a statement issued one day ahead of the summit, which will take place in Hanoi on February 27-28, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi noted that in 2019, the world will see new hopes and challenges. Especially, this week, the upcoming summit has earned attention of international community.
He expressed his hope that the upcoming summit could create new advances towards the denuclearisation and establishment of sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The same day, spokesperson of the RoK presidential office Kim Eui-kyeom voiced expectations for progress which could be reached during the summit.
The two leaders could meet face-to-face at least five times during the two days of the summit, which may bring about remarkable progress, the RoK official added. He reiterated the possibility that a statement which declares the end of the Korean War (1950-1953) would be issued at the event.
DPRK leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Hanoi on February 26 morning, while US President Donald Trump is expected to arrive in the evening of the same day. An announcement of the US’ White House said the leaders will have their first face-to-face meeting during dinner on February 27.

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#6 Wabtec Corporation • NYSE:WAB • New York Stock Exchange • Stock

Wabtec Corporation

Wabtec Corporation updated their cover photo.

https://youtu.be/OuiUNbJy2So

Wabtec (WAB) Surges: Stock Moves 6.4% Higher

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Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (WAB - Free Report) was a big mover last session, as the company saw its shares rise more than 6% on the day. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. This continues the recent uptrend for the company as the stock is now up 13.9% in the past one-month time frame.

The move came after the company reported solid fourth-quarter 2018 results along with an upbeat 2019 outlook.

The company has seen no estimate revisions over the past few weeks, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter remained unchanged. The recent price action is encouraging though, so make sure to keep a close watch on this firm in the near future.

Wabtec currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) while its Earnings ESP is 0.00%.

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#7 The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer updated their cover photo.

https://youtu.be/WxvHbrXzNeo

'The Masked Singer' host Nick Cannon has two clues for figuring out the Peacock, the Bee and the Monster

Michael Becker, Fox

Monster and host Nick Cannon appear in the special two-hour “Road to the Finals / Season Finale: The Final Mask is Lifted” season finale episode of "The Masked Singer."

SALT LAKE CITY — “The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon just shared the final clues you need ahead of the show’s finale on Wednesday.

Cannon, who doesn’t know anything about the identities of the masked competitors, said there are two important clues to watch out for when you’re trying to guess who the singers are.

  • “The song choices and the actual mask,” Cannon told CountryLiving.com. “If you pay close attention to the songs that people are singing and then why they chose the costume that they chose, I think that those are some of the biggest clues that sometimes people just overlook.”

However, Cannon said he’s still unsure who the masked singers are.

Finale: “The Masked Singer” will have its finale this Wednesday night. We’re still unsure who is singing as the Bee, the Monster and the Peacock.“The other singers don’t even know who the other singers are,” he explains. “Everyone’s kind of ushered through security and tents that separate everyone. It’s pretty intense.”

Rumors: However, predictions and theories heavily suggest that the Bee is Gladys Knight(though that may have been debunked now) and that the Peacock is Donny Osmond (you can read why herehere and here). The Monster is believed to be T-Pain.

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#8 Rockets

Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets updated their cover photo.

https://youtu.be/bfenM27PxNs

Trae Young explodes for career-best night in loss to Rockets

A career performance from the No. 5 overall pick was not enough.
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks traveled to southeast Texas for a Monday night bout with the Houston Rockets and MVP candidate James Harden. The Hawks hit the road (for one game) after they came out of the All-Star break with two home games back to back over the weekend, losing Friday night to Detroit before beating Phoenix on the following night.

Lloyd Pierce ran out a starting lineup of Trae YoungKevin Huerter (in his first game back from an ankle injury that sidelined him coming out of the Break), Kent BazemoreJohn Collins and Dewayne Dedmon, while Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni started Chris Paul, Harden, P.J. TuckerKenneth Faried and Clint Capela.

The visitors fought hard, but despite a great offensive night from Young, they simply could not keep pace with the high-powered Houston offensive attack in the closing moments. The Rockets seized control of the game late in the third with a 13-3 run and never let go of the lead after that point despite valiant efforts from the road underdogs, who got as close as one in the fourth behind an outstanding performance by Trae Young.

Young finished with a career-high 36 points to go along with eight assists, hitting what was also a career mark of eight three-pointers (all from 27 feet or further, for what it’s worth) on 12 attempts from behind the arc. Despite the loss, it was a signature showing from Young, who looked like the player the Hawks’ brass envisioned when they acquired him on draft night. He was the best player on the floor for stretches and certainly willed the Hawks into a close game, but it wasn’t quite enough in the end to overcome the Rockets.

“Of course you want to play well,” Young said of the hard-fought loss and his career performance. “But at the end of the day, if we don’t win, I’m not going to feel good about it... I’m proud of the way our team fought. We’ve been battling all year, coming down to the wire in a lot of games... For us to learn and be in these moments... we’ve just got to get better at it.”

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Trae Young's shot chart.

His made threes were from 27, 30, 27, 31, 27, 29, 30, and 28 feet.

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“Every shot he takes he’s shooting it with confidence,” Pierce said of Young’s career night. “When they fall, the confidence just grows. It was nothing different he did tonight, he got hot, we continued to play him more minutes and I thought he played (and competed) extremely well. When he’s shooting like that (early), you know it’s going to be a special night.”

Sloppy play and a Bazemore technical foul in the ensuing moments from Atlanta led to a 8-0 run that pushed the Houston lead to to 19-10 before a ridiculous prayer of a three from Young to cut it back to six.

Houston then pushed the lead back to eight before a 5-0 run, powered by a Jaylen Adams three, cut it back to three at 21-18.

The Rockets then closed the quarter on a 18-10 run to push the lead to 39-28 after the first.

Spellman opened the second quarter scoring with a powerful slam off a nice feed from Young.

While the Hawks couldn’t buy a stop early in the second, Young hit his third consecutive three as he continues to carry the Atlanta offense on a consistent basis with his passing as well as his scoring. Young continues to improve his season percentage from deep.

The Hawks got down 12, but a 9-0 run capped by this Bazemore triple cut it back to three, getting the road team back into the ball game as the second unfolded. Shortly after, a Young bullet pass to Collins cut it back to two before another Hawks stop and yet another Bazemore three to take a 53-52 lead. All in all, it was a 16-3 run by the Hawks to move ahead.

Young finds Collins with what might have been the best pass in the entire game.

Bazemore continues to find his rhythm (23 points Saturday vs. Phoenix) after regaining his spot in the starting lineup after mixing extended time this season due to injury.

The Rockets responded with a 4-0 run before a heat-check-range (32 feet) Young three knotted it back up at 56. The two teams traded points for the remainder of the quarter and ended the half tied up at the 60-point mark.

The second quarter turned out to be one of the best of the season for the Hawks, as they outscored the Rockets 32-21 in the period and committed only one turnover as a team after turning it over five times in the first.

Young had the scoring going from the jump, as he notched 18 points (5 for 9 overall, 4 for 5 from three-point range) in the first half while also tallying four assists. He was also 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.

Harden led the way (as usual) in the scoring department for the Rockets, with 13 points (2 for 9 from the field, 0 for 4 from three-point range and 9 of 10 from the charity stripe). Paul added ten points and four assists for the home team in the first half of play.

In what was another sloppy sequence from the Hawks, Houston was able to take a four-point lead after a Dedmon technical foul and a couple of buckets, before a Collins corner three cut it back to one. The second-year big continues to be efficient on open threes.

A quick Bazemore steal lead to a wrap-up foul on Collins at the rim. Collins split the free throws to tie the game back up at 65.

A 5-0 Houston run pushed it back to a five point game, before Bazemore split a pair of free throws himself and Young hit his fifth three of the night to cut it back to one.

The two teams exchanged mini-runs in the thick of the third period, with neither team being able to take control of the contest until Houston pushed the lead back to eleven with a quick 13-3 run late in the quarter. The Hawks were able to respond with four straight points to get it back to seven with this Young take to the hole before Paul pushed it back to double digits with a ridiculous and-one fading mid-range jumper.

Young was active and efficient again to start the fourth with a nice floater to get things going then three three-pointers in a three minute span later in the period to keep the Hawks close.

The visitors got as close as one in the final period, but the offense simply couldn’t get anything going down the stretch as the defense sold out on stopping Young after he erased the Rocket lead early in the final period with a slew of buckets.

Collins had relatively quiet and routine 20 points and 12 rebounds in the background of the career night by Young, logging yet another 20 and 10 game as he continues to bud into one of the league’s most consistent young bigs on the offensive end.

The Hawks made 17 threes on the evening (on 38 attempts), largely due to Young’s outburst.

Notably, James Harden’s 32-game streak of games with at least 30 points scored finally came to an end, as he only put up 28 in the contest, finishing 7 for 21 from the floor and 0 for 10 from three.

“You can’t guard James Harden one on one,” Pierce said after the game. “He’s an elite talent, elite skill...to me it’s more about the work. Make him work...he had an off shooting night...we like to attribute it to putting more pressure and flying around with effort.”

Paul added 20 points (5 for 10 from the floor, 7 of 7 from the free-throw line), eight assists and six rebounds in the victory. The veteran guard seems to be rounding in to form with back to back standout performances after battling injuries for nearly the entire season so far.

The Hawks will return home to take on Minnesota on Wednesday after a quick one-game road trip to Houston. The club’s post-Break travel schedule is a bit strange, with single-game road trips to Houston, New Orleans, and San Antonio between now and the end of the year, but they will be home a lot more than they are on the road throughout the remainder of the regular season; there are just eight road games left on the team’s schedule.

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#9 Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers updated their cover photo.

https://youtu.be/3id_gWMIEkM

Sixers Paper Thin at Center With Injury to Boban Marjanovic

Marjanovic had to be helped off the floor.

DOs and DON'Ts if You Slip and Fall on Someone’s Property
CSNPhilly.com

It's something nobody wants to see.

With 1:05 left in the Sixers' 111-110 win over the Pelicans, Boban Marjanovic lay on the ground, writhing in pain.

Marjanovic forced a turnover and as Cheick Diallo went to try to grab the loose ball, he landed awkwardly on the Serbian big man's right knee. Marjanovic had to be helped off the floor.

The Sixers built a 16-point lead, but wound up hanging on for dear life (see observations). They committed 20 turnovers and gave New Orleans a chance in the end. E'Twaun Moore's three attempt that would've given the Pelicans the win was blocked by Jimmy Butler.

All of that seemed secondary after Marjanovic left the game.

"Our teammate got hurt. It sucks," Ben Simmons said to reporters postgame. "It's sad to see your teammate go down. Nobody wants to see their teammate go down."

Already without All-Star Joel Embiid, who is dealing with knee soreness, Marjanovic's injury could leave the Sixers paper thin at center. He'll undergo further testing Tuesday, according to the team.

Jonah Bolden got the start at the five and played well, but got in foul trouble, something that has plagued the promising rookie.

And Marjanovic had actually given the Sixers a big boost when Bolden went to the bench. He scored 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field and also grabbed 10 boards and recorded two blocks.

Marjanovic struggled mightily in the loss to Portland - he was far from the only one - but has played well overall in the three games that Embiid has missed. While he isn't the fleetest of foot, he can be useful in the right matchup.

Brett Brown had mentioned on one more than one occasion that he'd like to see just how much far he can push Marjanovic. Hopefully he still gets that chance.

"When you see something like that, your heart sinks," Brown said. "He's good people and he's helping us. He really was a significant piece and contributor to our program. We'll keep our fingers crossed and learn more I'm sure very shortly."

If Marjanovic is out for an extended period, the Sixers will be left with Embiid - whenever he returns - Bolden and veteran Amir Johnson.

Could they look to add another piece if someone like Chicago's Robin Lopez or Atlanta's Dewayne Dedmon gets bought out? Either player would certainly be worth a look if they're bought out ahead of March 1, when playoff rosters need to be set.

For now, all the Sixers can do is hope that Embiid and Marjanovic get well soon.

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