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Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister has announced his resignation over allegations of sexual harassment that followed on reports earlier this month of an adulterous affair with a former staff member who is now pregnant with the couple's child.

At a news conference on Friday, Barnaby Joyce said he would step down Monday "as leader of the National Party and deputy leader of Australia."

It's been a painfully slow start to the ski season in the Western U.S. Some places have seen record warm temperatures and record low snowfall, prompting resorts to open late. Those that cranked out fake snow had trouble attracting avid skiers who prefer the real stuff. And all this means an economic hit.

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Alina Zagitova narrowly beat her teammate Evgenia Medvedeva in the women's singles figure skating competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, winning the first gold medal for the Olympic Athlete from Russia team.

"I haven't fully realized yet that I've won," said Zagitova, who is just 15. "I think I need some time to understand that I won the Olympic Games."

It would begin to sink in, she said, when she gets her medal in tonight's ceremony in Pyeongchang.

Explaining the craze in TV reboots

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Every time you change the channel, it seems like a new reboot is popping up: Will & GraceMurphy BrownRoseanne. These are familiar names in TV, and they're having a come-back precisely because of that name recognition.

If you're a business that cultivates high-profile celebrity influencers, what do you do when one of them expresses displeasure to millions of followers? That's the position Snap finds itself in after Kylie Jenner tweeted that she doesn't open Snapchat anymore. Jenner, apparently, doesn't much like the app's new design, and neither do more than a million others who've signed a petition urging Snap to go back. That raises some questions about Snap's business model. 

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The movie "The Shape Of Water" is up for 13 Oscars, the most of any film this year.

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RICHARD JENKINS: (As Giles) A tale of love and loss and the monster who tried to destroy it all.

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is changing its mission statement to eliminate a passage that describes the U.S. as "a nation of immigrants."

The agency's new mission statement as it appears on the agency's website reads:

The fishing industry has long been hard to monitor. Its global footprint is difficult even to visualize. Much fishing takes place unobserved, far from land, and once the boats move on, they leave behind few visible traces of their activity.

NPR's senior management and board members faced skepticism as they sought to rebuild trust with the network's workforce following the release of a report on the network's failure to curb inappropriate behavior by former top news executive Michael Oreskes.

On Thursday, NPR board members faced tough questions from NPR employees at an open Board of Directors meeting and then a tense all-staff meeting.

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