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Thursday February 16th, 2023 morning edition

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"I do expect it will be a bigger number than Congress provided last year," McCord said.

"We cannot and must not defend the status quo when it comes to the Pentagon budget.".

It is 10 times Russia's military budget and more than 2.5 times that of China.

"This is why we urge you to request a lower military budget this year," the groups explained.

"One of the many ways we can accomplish this is by spending less on the wasteful Pentagon budget," the letter argues.

"We reject pouring our dollars into outdated ships, malfunctioning planes, or record-breaking contractor CEO salaries while everyday people remain hungry, unhoused, in need of adequate healthcare, or seeking a living wage.".

"Isn't it time to force the Pentagon to pass an audit each year—it's failed the last five!—or else cut its budget even more deeply?" »

Michael Jordan donates $10M to Make-A-Wish for 60th birthday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan is celebrating his 60th birthday on Friday by making a $10 million donation to Make-A-Wish.

It is the largest donation ever received from an individual in the organization's 43-year history.

He has granted hundreds of wishes to children all over the world and remains one of the most requested celebrity wish granters. »

MultiVersus’ daily peak Steam player count has dropped more than 99% since launch

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MultiVersus has seen a drastic decrease in the number of daily players that has seen its peak player count on Steam drop more than 99% since launch.

Since then, however, the daily peak player count has been steadily dropping, to the extent that this week it dipped below 1000 for the first time, according to SteamDB, hitting a peak of 986 on Monday.

This marks a drop in daily peak player count of 99.3574% in less than seven months. »

Justice Department declines to charge Rep. Matt Gaetz in sex trafficking probe

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Washington — The Justice Department has formally decided not to charge Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida in relation to a sex trafficking investigation, sources familiar with the matter told CBS News, with career federal prosecutors informing witnesses of the decision on Wednesday.

The four-term congressman has been under investigation for several years to determine if he violated sex trafficking laws and obstructed justice in that probe.

Gaetz has previously denied all wrongdoing, and said he has never paid for sex nor had sex with an underage girl. »

‘Just wanted to scare him’: Chinese father who accidentally stabbed son to death with Japanese samurai sword in study argument gets 12 years’ jail

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The attack happened after Yang was told about his son's poor academic performance in an online meeting with a teacher.

A single father in southwestern China has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for accidentally stabbing his teenage son to death after an attempt to motivate the boy to study harder went wrong.

Yang told the court that in response: "I became so furious that I picked up a Japanese samurai sword and stepped forward to stab him". »