ORLANDO, Fla. — Samantha Mewis scored three goals and her big sister Kristie Mewis added another to give the United States a 4-0 exhibition victory over short-handed Colombia on Monday. The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 33 matches. The defending World Cup champions have a 49-game undefeated streak on home soil. The teams were set to play at Exploria Stadium again on Friday. It was the first home game for the Americans since the SheBelieves Cup last March. Colombia did not play a match last year. Alex Morgan was not with the team because she contracted the coronavirus over the holidays. Carli Lloyd started up top against the Colombians. Megan Rapinoe also started after taking much of last year off because of concern over COVID-19. Rapinoe served up a perfectly placed cross to Samantha Mewis in front of the goal in the fourth minute. Samantha Mewis, who plays for Manchester City of the FA Women's Super League, scored again in the 33rd minute. She converted a penalty kick early in the second half to complete the hat trick. Kristie Mewis, who came in as a substitute in the second half, scored in the 86th minute. It was her third international goal. Catarina Macario came off the bench for the second half, making her first appearance for the national team. Macario, who was born in Brazil, became a U.S. citizen last fall and recently received approval from FIFA to play for the Americans. Macario decided to forgo her senior season at Stanford and sign with French powerhouse Lyon. Colombia was without three players — midfielders Daniela Montoya, Diana Carolina Ospina and defender Carolina Arias — who were in isolation because of COVID-19 tracing protocols. A fourth player, midfielder Ana Gabriela Huertas, had inconclusive test results and was ruled out of the match. Those players could be available on Friday. U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski announced before the game that defender Becky Sauerbrunn would take over as team captain. In recent years, the captain’s armband was passed among a group of veterans, including Rapinoe and Lloyd. Andonovski, who replaced Jill Ellis after she stepped down following the 2019 World Cup victory, is 12-0-0 as the U.S coach. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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The coronavirus crisis has taken a “devastating toll” on young people’s mental wellbeing, with the unemployed more likely to feel anxious and depressed, a new study suggests. Research by The Prince’s Trust suggested the experience of young people not in education employment or training is more negative than those in work and training. The youth charity said its survey of 2,180 people aged 16 to 25 across the UK indicated that that more young people are feeling anxious than in the 12-year history of the study.
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An annual demonstration that - in a normal year - would draw thousands to the Virginia state capital drew only a few dozen gun-rights activists on Monday. The annual "Lobby Day" - which gives voters a chance to petition state lawmakers on any issue - drew fewer than 50 pro-gun protesters, many from the far-right Proud Boys and the anti-government boogaloo movement who were openly carrying semi-automatic weapons. "Boogaloo Boy" Mike Dunn said doing so violated a city ordinance. JOURNALIST: "Why do it so openly?" DUNN: "They made an unconstitutional ordinance. We're not going to comply. So why not? JOURNALIST: "Has there been any effort on their part to enforce things?" DUNN: "Does it look like it?" The Lobby Day gathering in Richmond, which was the capital of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War, always falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Until this year, Virginia also commemorated the birthdays of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson with a state holiday in January, but last year the state legislature passed a bill eliminating it. Monday's event had put authorities on high alert following the siege of the U.S. Capitol, but Richmond remained mostly quiet and demonstrators were outnumbered by reporters. About 110 miles north, a small fire under a bridge in Washington, D.C. triggered a temporary lockdown of the U.S. Capitol complex on Monday, underscoring the heightened security concerns after the Jan. 6 riot. Participants in a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration were held in the Capitol rotunda and other indoor areas, according to a Reuters witness. The U.S. Secret Service later said there is no threat to the public. The rehearsal, which had been originally scheduled for Sunday, was delayed by one day due to security concerns. But like the Lobby Day turnout, pro-Trump demonstrations planned across the country on Sunday largely fizzled after the FBI issued warnings and several states deployed the National Guard. Biden, who will be sworn in on Wednesday, volunteered at a food bank in Philadelphia to mark MLK Day, the only U.S. federal holiday designated as a national day of service, according to Americorps, encouraging Americans to volunteer to help their communities.
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole wants Derek Sloan booted out of his party's caucus but it's not entirely up to him. Here's what needs to happen: Conservative MPs will have to vote on the matter, thanks to their decision to adopt a provision of the Reform Act, legislation introduced by one of their own, Michael Chong, and passed in 2015. Under the act, each party's caucus must vote at their first meeting after an election on whether to adopt the various provisions enshrined in the legislation, which is aimed at rebalancing power between MPs and their party leaders. Following the 2019 election, only Conservative and Bloc Quebecois MPs voted to give themselves the power to decide when to expel a caucus member. Consequently, in order to remove Sloan, 20 per cent of Conservative MPs — 24 of the party's current 121 MPs — must sign in writing a notice seeking a review of Sloan's membership in the caucus. The matter must then be put to a vote by secret ballot and a majority of MPs must support expulsion. O'Toole said Monday he wants Sloan's fate decided as quickly as possible after learning that his former rival accepted a donation during the leadership race from a well-known white supremacist. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 18, 2021. The Canadian Press
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Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company. Parler vanished from the internet when dropped by Amazon Inc's hosting arm and other partners for poor moderation after its users called for violence and posted videos glorifying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. On Monday, Parler's website was reachable again, though only with a message from its chief executive saying he was working to restore functionality.
The death of a homeless man overnight Saturday has spurred some advocates to call for more resources and has served as a reminder to others that too many people are still spending their nights on Montreal's frigid streets. Raphael André, a 51-year-old Innu man, was found dead Sunday morning inside a portable toilet near Milton St. and Parc Ave. — a short walk from The Open Door, a drop-in centre he frequented. Beds had been available at the drop-in centre until recently when public health officials trying to quell a COVID-19 outbreak in the homeless community ordered it closed at 9:30 every night, forcing visitors to seek shelter elsewhere. There were beds available in some Montreal homeless shelters on Saturday night, but André didn't find his way to one. The province's coroner is now investigating how he ended up dead in a cold, blue port-a-potty instead. "He was a person who had a family and who was loved," said Heather Johnston, the executive director of Projets Autochtones du Québec. André spent Friday night at a PAQ shelter, where he even had a COVID-19 test. He was well-known to the community there. Johnston blamed systemic failures, not a lack of emergency shelter space, for André's death. "I see the services that are out there and they're not perfect, but on Saturday night there was space for Mr. André at PAQ. He knew PAQ. He wasn't in hiding. He was at the shelter almost every night," she said. "The answer is housing. It's wraparound housing for people with drug and alcohol addictions or people with mental health problems, and it's about getting them into long-term housing and giving them the supports they need to be able to live independently." Other advocates say André's death is a sign of how the homeless have been ignored during the COVID-19 pandemic and insist that it demonstrates the need for more safe spaces for them to spend their nights, and for reinforcements for shelter staff and community groups whose staff are stretched thin. "We're not taking care of the vulnerable — except for the organizations that are doing the work," said Nakuset, the executive director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal. When Premier François Legault announced a province-wide 8 p.m. curfew, he said there were enough shelter beds for Montreal's homeless to spend their nights, but Nakuset said she worries more people could die if more resources are not mobilized soon. "I knew this was going to happen eventually," she said. "Why can't the municipal, provincial and federal governments all get together and say 'we have an action plan, we're going to help,' instead of just ignoring and putting your head in the sand and saying 'there's no problem, there's lots of room. Everyone's fine.' ... Get your army or your Red Cross to come in and help us like you would in a third-world country." André was well-known in Montreal's homeless community. At the corner of Milton St. and Parc Ave. on Monday evening, as temperatures began to dip below minus-10C, one man remembered him as a kindred spirit who sometimes hung out in the area. "He was a nice guy all the time. Every day," he said. André's death, so close to the spot where his friends still spend much of their time, has shaken the nerves of others who frequent the area near The Open Door. "We found a dead body this morning," one woman said. "It's scary." Matthew Lapierre, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Gazette
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Following his inauguration on Wednesday, President-elect Joe Biden plans on rescinding the cross-border permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, three people familiar with the matter told Politico. "President-elect Biden is showing courage and empathy to the farmers, ranchers, and tribal nations who have dealt with an ongoing threat that disrupted their lives for over a decade," Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, told Politico.The 1,200-mile pipeline was first proposed by TC Energy in 2008, an $8 billion project. The plan was to deliver crude from western Canada to the Midwest. In 2015, the Obama administration denied a cross-border permit for the pipeline, citing climate change concerns, but one of President Trump's first actions was to sign executive actions to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.Environmental groups have argued that the pipeline is a threat to wildlife and clean water, and will also increase greenhouse gas emissions. In a statement, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Kirsten Hillman told Politico her government "continues to support the Keystone XL project. Keystone XL fits within Canada's climate plan. It will also contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness."More stories from theweek.com An 'influential' Palm Beach eye doctor is reportedly on Trump's clemency list 5 more scathing cartoons about Trump's 2nd impeachment What the Constitution really says about removal from office
Almost three quarters of Japanese firms expect to keep capital spending steady or raise it in the coming business year from the fiscal year ending in March, a Reuters monthly survey showed, despite broader uncertainty over the coronavirus resurgence. The latest survey will be of some relief to policymakers counting on investment in areas such as digital transformation and green technology to sustain private demand-led recovery in the world's third-largest economy. "We cannot loosen our grip on capital expenditure in areas such as IT (information technology) to back telecommuting, although we must avoid any unbridled investment," a wholesale manager wrote in the Dec. 24-Jan. 13 survey.
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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Clyde “Ed” Sniffen attorney general Monday, a role that Sniffen, a longtime state Department of Law attorney, has held in an acting capacity following the resignation of Kevin Clarkson. Clarkson in August submitted his resignation for what he called a “lapse of judgment” after details of text messages he sent to another state employee were revealed. Sniffen told The Associated Press he thinks having an attorney general picked from the department's ranks helps with morale, citing his understanding of the department, experience and familiarity with the range of legal issues the department has handled. He joined the department in 2000, and has held positions including working in the consumer protection unit and as a chief assistant attorney general and deputy attorney general, according to a bio released by Dunleavy's office. Before that, he was in private practice. The outgoing chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Matt Claman, an attorney, praised Sniffen's experience and called him a “straight shooter." But Claman said he wanted to hear from Sniffen on issues such as why the state sought to join with those supporting Texas in its effort to set aside the 62 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. “I want to hear that and kind of reflect on those things,” said Claman, an Anchorage Democrat. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Texas did not have the legal right to sue those states. Biden will be sworn in as president on Wednesday. Sniffen said it was “entirely appropriate to ask the court to just take a look at it, to see if this election was fair. ... We supported a brief that asked the court to just take a look at those issues. The court ultimately decided not to take a look at them.” Alaska was not successful in formally signing onto a friend of the court brief but submitted a letter expressing its support, he said. Sniffen declined to go into detail about his discussions with Dunleavy, a Republican, on the matter, but said they spoke about it and “came to the decision that this was something that we thought was appropriate to do.” Sniffen said the election is over. “Joe Biden is the winner. I don't think anyone can question that. I think numerous courts have taken a look at that now. The Supreme Court has weighed in,” Sniffen said. “Absolutely, it's time to confirm Joe Biden as our next president and move on.” When it comes to the election held in Alaska, "we thought the integrity of the election was sound,” he said. Sniffen said he hopes to attract more people to join the department and wants to build-up its in-house expertise and depth of experience to handle more complicated cases, dealing with natural resources as well as constitutional and environmental issues rather than relying on outside counsel. Sniffen's appointment is subject to legislative approval. Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
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Wall Street may be facing an uncomfortable four years after President-elect Joe Biden's team confirmed on Monday it planned to nominate two consumer champions to lead top financial agencies, signaling a tougher stance on the industry than many had anticipated. Gary Gensler will serve as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Progressives see the agencies as critical to advancing policy priorities on climate change and social justice.