Today in History

Today is Monday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2023. There are 342 days left in the year.

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A popular song by Tom Jones that has been a regular feature at Welsh sporting events will not be performed at the Six Nations tournament amid allegations of sexism, bullying and racism at the Welsh Rugby Union. "Delilah" is about a jealous lover seeing a woman with another man and one line reads: “She stood there laughing, I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more.” A statement released on behalf of the WRU said the song contains lyrics that are “problematic and upsetting to some supporters." It will not be sung by a male-voice choir before Wales’ match against Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday or at future games.

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‘Dr. Phil’ McGraw says he'll stop making new episodes of his daytime TV show after 21 years this spring. The Texas psychologist emerged from Oprah Winfrey's TV tree, spinning off his frequent appearances there to start his own show in 2002. He dealt with traditional daytime TV fodder as marriage troubles, addiction and raising children. While the show will stop making original episodes this spring, both he and ‘Dr. Phil’ won't disappear. CBS Media Ventures says it will offer stations that air his show a package of reruns to begin next fall. McGraw says he's working on an unspecified prime-time project he hopes to get off the ground next year.

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The South African government is pursuing a sponsorship deal with Premier League club Tottenham. The United Arab Emirates, Rwanda, Malta and others have already used the world’s biggest soccer league to promote their countries. South Africa’s Ministry of Tourism says it is looking to conclude a memorandum of understanding with Tottenham through the government's tourism marketing arm SA Tourism. South African media reports claim the deal will be worth $52 million over three years from the start of the 2023-2024 season and give SA Tourism branding space on Tottenham’s uniform. Tottenham’s north London rival Arsenal has a “Visit Rwanda” message on its shirt sleeve.

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“Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!”, an oral history of the 1980 comedy classic, will be published Oct. 3 by St. Martin’s Press. The book includes memories from the writing-directing teams of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, along with comments from surviving cast members and such famous admirers as David Letterman, Maya Rudolph and Jeff Bridges. The blockbuster spoof starred Leslie Nielsen, who died in 2010, and a cast ranging from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Barbara Billingsley. The Library of Congress has formally endorsed the movie, adding it to the National Film Registry.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is traveling to Rabat for a two-day meet with Moroccan government officials as part of the European country’s strategy to improve the historically complex relations with its neighbor. The visit comes 10 months after Sánchez went to meet Moroccan King Mohammed VI and put an end to a diplomatic crisis that had erupted in 2021 regarding Morocco's disputed territory of Western Sahara. Sánchez is flying south again on Wednesday and will attend a forum of business leaders from both countries in Rabat. On Thursday he will sit down with Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch with several ministers from each side to seal a series of expected agreements.

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Myanmar’s military government has announced it is extending a state of emergency it imposed when it seized power two years ago, a move that appears to set back its plans for an election that had been expected in August. The announcement on state-run MRTV television said the state of emergency has been extended for another six months because the country remains in an abnormal situation and time is needed to prepare for a peaceful and stable election. No exact date has been announced for the polls, though the head of the ruling military council, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, had suggested they could be held in August. Wednesday’s report said the election will be held after accomplishing the provisions of the state of emergency but didn’t mention any specific date.

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The Advanced Placement course on African American studies that has been rejected by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is being tested at 60 schools around the country. At one of them, Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Louisiana, students say it provides a welcome shift in perspective from other courses. Malina Ouyang, 17, said the class helped fill gaps in what she has been taught. On Wednesday the College Board, which oversees AP classes, released the official framework for the course, which it plans to expand to additional schools this year.

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Greek Air Force rescuers have located the body of a second airman missing in a deadly training accident in southwestern Greece. The two-seater F-4E Phantom II crashed in the sea Monday and the body of the co-pilot was located shortly afterward. A search for the 31-year-old pilot had continued for two more days, involving helicopters, patrol boats, navy divers and an unmanned submersible. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday's discovery of the second airman's body "compounded our national grief.”

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Vermont State Police say a 60-year man is dead following a brawl among spectators at a middle school basketball game in the town of Alburgh. Police were called to the Alburgh Community Education Center just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a large fight involving spectators during a boys basketball game between Alburgh and St. Albans. The fight ended before troopers arrived, and many of the participants had  left. Police say 60-year-old Russell Giroux, of Alburgh, sought medical attention. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital and pronounced dead. An autopsy is being conducted, and his death is being investigated.

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The Dutch government says a cow that died recently on a Dutch farm has tested positive for mad cow disease, in a rare case of the cattle illness that can cause a fatal brain disease in people who eat tainted beef. Agriculture Minister Piet Adema said in a letter to lawmakers Wednesday that the farm where the cow died has been sealed off. He added that the infected animal “did not get into the food chain and does not constitute a risk to food safety.” Formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the disease first broke out in the late 1980s in Britain, where hundreds of people fell ill and many died after eating contaminated meat.

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Michelle Obama’s recent celebrity-filled book tour is becoming a podcast. Audible announced Wednesday that the former first lady will launch the “Michelle Obama: The Light Podcast” on March 7. It’s based on Obama’s tour promoting “The Light We Carry,” her second bestselling book, which featured special guests like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Tyler Perry, David Letterman and more. Obama released “The Light We Carry” book on Nov. 15, 2022, and kicked off her promotional tour the same night. She was joined in Washington for the first event by DeGeneres. Episodes of “The Light Podcast” will be an Audible exclusive for two weeks, and will be widely available on other podcast platforms after that.

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A Republican-led Virginia House panel has defeated legislation that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses such as a vacation, mortgage or country club membership. The panel voted down personal use ban bills from a Democratic and Republican delegate early Wednesday. Similar legislation is still alive in the Senate, but Wednesday’s vote signals it is likely to meet a similar fate should it cross to the House. Virginia’s elected officials are currently outliers in the nation for their ability to spend money donated to their campaigns on virtually anything.

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Tom Brady has announced his retirement. Brady won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa. He is the most successful quarterback in NFL history and one of the greatest athletes in team sports. He posted the announcement on social media in a brief video lasting just under one minute. He says this time it's for good.

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Certain foods are inextricably linked with game day parties. Chicken wings, nachos, chili, guacamole. And salsa. Bowls and bowls of salsa. AP food writer Katie Workman says it's extremely simple to make your own salsa for Super Bowl celebrations. All you need is a willingness to chop, mince and dice. And while everyone loves a classic tomato-based salsa, you can shake things up with different fruit-based salsas. She recommends quick and simple recipes for a pineapple-mint-jalapeno salsa, a tropical fruit salsa, and a spicy pear salsa. These fruit-forward salsas go well with everything from meats to chips to veggies.

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Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, Kate Bush, Iron Maiden, Cyndi Lauper, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow and the late George Michael are nominees for 2023 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that includes a mix of country, soul, hip-hop, metal, pop, rap-rock and grunge. The Cleveland-based institution announced Wednesday the 14 artists and groups being considered for Rock Hall induction, also including Rage Against the Machine, The Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest, The White Stripes, Warren Zevon and Joy Division/New Order. Artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years before they’re eligible for induction.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters America CEO Artis Stevens says the 119-year-old nonprofit long known for mentoring schoolchildren is now diversifying its programming. Stevens took over the organization two years ago. He said the fastest growing demand for mentoring is among young adults, ages 18-25. The organization is now offering group mentoring and a greater focus on career development and mental health to meet the changing needs of mentees and the availability of mentors. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau and AmeriCorps reveals that the number of Americans volunteering through a formal program dropped 7% from 2019 to 2021.

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One of three teens accused of starting a fire that killed five immigrants from Senegal in 2020 at a Denver home is set to be sentenced Wednesday. Court records show Dillon Siebert, the youngest of the three and now 17, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December. He was not previously identified because he was charged as a juvenile. Investigators say the teens targeted the home out of revenge because one of them mistakenly traced his stolen iPhone to the home. They say that he only later realized that the people inside had nothing to do with the stolen phone.

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The presidents of Bulgaria and Serbia have launched the construction of the Bulgarian part of a gas link that is designed to diversify the energy supplies of a region that until recently was almost fully dependent on natural gas deliveries from Russia. The 85.5 million-euro ($93.2 million) project that got underway on Wednesday is one of several planned gas interconnectors that would give eastern European Union members and countries hoping to join the 27-nation bloc access to the global gas market. The pipeline extension is intended to bring gas from Azerbaijan through a new pipeline system that ends in Italy and to give Serbia access to ports in Greece that are importing liquefied natural gas

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Women’s World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand have urged FIFA not to sign a sponsor deal with the tourism authority of Saudi Arabia. They say “rights of women remain severely restricted” in Saudi Arabia. Leaders of the two national soccer federations warned in a letter to FIFA president Gianni Infantino the “Visit Saudi” sponsorship could “severely tarnish the reputation” of the tournament that starts in July. They say Australia and New Zealand have long “placed the utmost importance on gender equality,” In Saudi society women’s freedoms are limited by strict male guardianship laws.

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Dani Alves' lawyers say in an appeal to a Spanish court that he has agreed to turn in his passport and wear a tracking device if he is set free pending the sexual assault investigation against him. The Brazilian soccer player was provisionally detained in January after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub on Dec. 30. A judge ordered Alves to be jailed without bail after analyzing the initial probe by authorities and hearing testimony from Alves, the alleged victim and a witness. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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Khieu Samphan, who was convicted by a U.N.-backed tribunal of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role as a leader of the communist Khmer Rouge when they ruled Cambodia in 1975-1979, has been transferred from the tribunal’s jail to serve his life sentence at a state prison. The tribunal, called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, says Khieu Samphan was moved Monday from its custom-built detention facility to serve the remainder of his sentence in the provincial prison in Kandal, which adjoins the capital, Phnom Penh. Khieu Samphan, 91, is the last surviving top leader of the communist Khmer Rouge, whose radical policies are blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people.

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A Sudanese teen refugee has been released from a detention center in western Libya where he was held for five months after being kidnapped and tortured by gunmen demanding ransom. His family says that 15-year-old Mazen Adam from Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region, walked free on Monday from a juvenile detention center south of the capital, Tripoli. However, Libyan authorities have not dropped charges against the boy, claiming the kidnapping was fabricated, and only released him pending investigation. His father, Mohamed Adam, and rights groups have denied the allegations. The family is registered with the UNHCR as Sudanese refugees in Libya.