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5 Takeaways From The Democratic Town Hall:

Hillary Clinton says she’s a “proven fighter.” Bernie Sanders says that while experience is important, “it is not the only thing” that Democratic voters should weigh. And Martin O’Malley took off his jacket.

Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley made their closing arguments to Iowa voters Monday night during a CNN televised town hall hosted by Drake University and the Iowa Democratic Party, just one week before the state’s voters head to the caucuses and have the first say in deciding the parties’ nominees.

FSU Settles For $950,000 In Jameis Winston Rape Case:

Florida State University has reached a $950,000 settlement with a former student who sued the school afteralleging she was raped by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, school President James Thrasher said in a Monday statement.

Erica Kinsman has agreed to drop her Title IX lawsuit against the school, the statement said.

“Although we regret we will never be able to tell our full story in court, it is apparent that a trial many months from now would have left FSU fighting over the past rather than looking toward its very bright future,” Thrasher said, adding that he was confident the trial would’ve yielded the same conclusion as two investigations and student conduct hearing that cleared Winston.

The main reason the school settled, Thrasher said, was to avoid millions of dollars in legal expenses.

Australian Open 2016: Serena Williams Beats Maria Sharapova… Again:

Maria Sharapova started well against Serena Williams at the Australian Open.

But in tennis, it’s all about who wins the last point and for the 18th straight meeting, it was Williams who was happier at the handshake.

Williams moved into the semifinals with a 6-4 6-1 win over Sharapova on Australia Day and given she is similarly dominant against her next foe, Agnieszka Radwanska, there’s little to suggest her tournament will come to an end Thursday.

“Something about her game,” Williams, bidding for a 22nd grand slam title in Melbourne, said to reporters when asked why she has so much success against Sharapova. “I like the way she hits the ball. Plus, when I play her, I know automatically I have to step up my game. I think that makes me play better.

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source: CNN.com

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