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Senator Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race – The rumblings were there. Everyone expected it. Now it's official. Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known nationally for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump's nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday. Vowing to "bring our voices together," Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds. She abandoned the formality of launching an exploratory committee, instead going all in on a presidential bid. Harris joins what is expected to be a wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination. There's no apparent front-runner at this early stage and Harris will face off against several Senate colleagues. (Juana Summers, Associated Press)
Not a federal worker? The shutdown is likely still affecting you – You and your loved ones aren't federal employees or contractors, and you don't live in a setting or have a job closely tied to government programs. So what does the government shutdown have to do with you? More than you might think. Washington's doings, or not-doings, can be woven into everyday American life from a bowl of breakfast cereal to a bottle of beer after work. The budget standoff between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats is rippling into some unexpected places. Like cellphones, which are being deluged with telemarketing calls. Or your food, which aren't getting routine inspections from the Food and Drug Administration. Or your taxes, which may see a delay. And there are many more ways the shutdown is affecting the average, non-federal working American. (Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press)
Astrophotographer captures solar system from his Elk Grove home – Super blood wolf moon? Meteor showers? A composite of the entire solar system? If it's in the sky, chances are Andrew McCarthy has photographed it. The 35-year-old Elk Grove photographer started taking composite images of the night skies several years ago, but his love for astronomy began when he was a child. Many of the images he captured were taken from his backyard or in the Sacramento region. He has photographed the moon, the international space station, nebula and planets in our solar system. "You can look closely and further up in the sky and it’s like your looking back in time. And you literally are because things that are thousands of light years away are thousands of light years old." (Giacomo Luca, ABC10)
To buy or not to buy... That's quite the important question this January, especially considering many people are probably searching for change in their couches after Christmas. ABC10's Brittany Begley has how you can save money and what to buy in January.
What's the deal with... the names of eclipses? Like, why super blood wolf moon? There are dozens of nicknames for the moon for some reason or another, but the important thing to note is: THEY ALWAYS LOOK INCREDIBLE.