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(12 Jan 2019) Here are the top stories for Saturday, Jan. 12th: Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 campaign; Saudi woman arrives in Canada to seek asylum; Paris gas leak explosion kills three; Transport and vehicles big stars in Las Vegas CES.

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Julian Castro announces 2020 presidential bid

Former secretary of Housing under Obama, Julian Castro officially announces he is running for the 2020 presidential election. The grandson of a Mexican immigrant and former mayor of Texas city San Antonio places his bid to the White House, a race that promises to be close among the Democrats who want to take Donald Trump’s place. SOUNDBITE

Obama delights sick children as Santa in Washington

Former US president Barack Obama takes on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington.

Michelle Obama visits Colorado children’s hospital

(14 Dec 2018) Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visited Children’s Hospital Colorado in suburban Denver on Thursday. Mrs. Obama read “The Night Before Christmas,” answered questions from children and encouraged Santa Claus to get up and dance. (Dec. 14)

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Julian Castro 1st Dem. to throw hat in 2020 race

(12 Dec 2018) Former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro got a head start on his 2020 rivals Wednesday, becoming the first Democrat in a primary field with no clear front-runner to launch an exploratory committee ahead of a likely White House run. (Dec. 12)

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ShowBiz Minute: Ty Dolla $ign, Cosby, Obama

(12 Dec 2018) Rapper Ty Dolla $ign indicted on felony drug charges; Bill Cosby lawyers detail 11 alleged trial errors as they appeal; Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum. (Dec. 12)

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Trump dismantles climate efforts as warnings grow

(29 Nov 2018) President Donald Trump continues to dismantle Obama administration efforts to combat coal, gas and oil emissions even as world leaders are set to gather in Poland to fine tune the 2015 landmark global climate deal reached in Paris. (Nov. 29)

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ShowBiz Minute: Avenatti, Obama, Holland

(22 Nov 2018) Los Angeles prosecutor declines felony case against Michael Avenatti; Michelle Obama’s book sells 1.4 million copies in a week; “Spider-Man” actor tries Thanksgiving pumpkin for first time. (Nov. 22)

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