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Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Senate is expected to vote Friday on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security without any amendments to stop President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, said late Thursday that senators will vote on a so-called “clean” bill that deals solely with funding the department.

The House and Senate have been at an impasse for days, with Democrats and some moderate Republicans slamming conservative Republicans for holding funding hostage in order to block the president’s executive actions on immigration.

Without funding, parts of the Department of Homeland Security would shut down.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A mixed finish for the markets on Thursday, as energy stocks dropped.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session on Thursday at 18,214.42, down 10.15 from its open.

The Nasdaq, however, rose by 20.75 to close at 4,987.89. The S&P 500 fell by 3.12 points to close at 2,110.74.

The auto industry has hired a Virignia company that makes spacecraft, to find out why air bags can explode with too much force. The airbags, made by the Japanese company Takata, can injure or even kill drivers and passengers.

Lawmakers in California are watching the bottom line when it comes to covering babies’ bottoms. Both Republicans and Democrats are supporting a move to exempt diapers from sales taxes, arguing that it could save families $100 a year per child.

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@banksy/Instagram(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — The anonymous street artist known as Banksy has visited the Gaza Strip, leaving behind several murals, according to the artist’s official website.

Banksy is known for creating work with political or satirical messages.

One of the paintings in Beit Hanoun features children playing on a guard tower. Another shows a large kitten drawn on the wall of a home that witnesses say was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli war in Gaza during the summer of 2014.

On his website, the artist captioned the kitten photo, saying, “A local man came up and said ‘Please — what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.”

The artist also posted a mini-documentary on his site to further show the conditions in Gaza.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Record snow, stranded drivers, thousands without power. That’s what the southern states had to deal with this week as a potent winter storm swept across the region.

This is the third storm to hit the Deep South in less than a week. Since the storms began, airlines have been severely affected, canceling nearly 7,000 flights. The roads weren’t much better. Interstate 65 in northern Alabama was at a standstill Wednesday night, for the second time this week.

Winter Storm Warnings from eastern Texas to southern Virginia. GOES East image, 11:45 am EST. http://t.co/A1ypwZbQ7S pic.twitter.com/QbjtmSze4t

— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) February 25, 2015

Huntsville, Alabama, received 8.1 inches Wednesday, breaking a daily record. It was also the snowiest February day and the second snowiest day of any month on record there.

Tupelo, Mississippi, had 7.3 inches of snow, which is the biggest daily snowfall on record for the city. Even Little Rock picked up 1.6 inches of snow. In the past five years 47.7 inches have fallen there, more than in the previous two decades combined. Parts of northern Alabama saw over a foot of snow.

In the northeast, Boston is so cold the waves have turned into a frozen slush on the island of Nantucket.

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A photo posted by Jonathan Nimerfroh (@jdnphotography) on Feb 25, 2015 at 7:06pm PST

Boston has 102 inches of snow so far this season, more than three times the 33 inches that is normal up to this point in the season. The city needs only 5.7 inches to break the all-time record.

Another blast of arctic air is forecast to spread south and east by Friday morning. Subzero temperatures will stretch from the North Dakota to Maine, and single digits get as far south as Kansas City.

Record lows are possible in the Midwest and eastern Great Lakes Friday morning. Even colder air moves east by Saturday morning and record lows are possible in the Northeast, as well.

If Pittsburgh drops below zero, it will be the eighth time this season, which hasn’t happened since the early 1980s. Syracuse, New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Bangor, Boston, Detroit, Chicago and New York City are forecasted to have a top-three coldest February on record.

The record cold is affecting the Great Lakes. Ice coverage is up to 85.5 percent, which is the fourth highest since records began in 1973. All the lakes are completely frozen except for Michigan and Ontario.

A big pattern change will dip the jetstream out West, bringing pulses of snow through the Rockies through Friday. Precipitation out West is a good thing, with even some snow expected for the Sierras, which is in dire need of it.

Then a series of storms will keep unsettled weather from the Rockies to the Midwest to the Northeast, the first one starting Saturday. By Sunday morning, Kansas to Pennsylvania will see a wintry mess of moderate to locally heavy snow, and it will then move into the Northeast Sunday into Monday.

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US Congress(WASHINGTON) — This may be a congressional first.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, a devoted climate change denier, tossed a snowball at someone on the Senate floor Thursday as he tried to debunk climate change.

“In case we had forgotten because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair: You know what this is? It’s a snowball and that just from outside here so it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonal,” he said.

“So, Mr. President, catch this,” Inhofe, R-Okla., said on the Senate floor, tossing the snowball to someone off-screen as he tried to suppress a smile.

“We hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year on record but now the script has flipped and I think it’s important since we hear it over and over and over,” Inhofe, 80, said. “As we can see with the snowball out there, this is today. This is reality.”

This isn’t the first time Inhofe has used snow to make a point about climate change. After a massive snowstorm in the Washington, D.C., area in 2010, Inhofe and his family famously built an igloo and labeled it “Al Gore’s New Home.”

The Environmental Protection Agency’s website says, “Rising global average temperature is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns. Scientific studies indicate that extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Verizon is so worked up over net neutrality that the company has fired off a scathing statement written in type-writer font to protest the Federal Communications Commission imposing “1930s Rules on the Internet.”

The FCC Thursday voted 3-2 to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.

Thursday’s decision is unlikely to change your daily Internet habits and instead helps preserve the status quo, which some companies were pushing to change by offering tiered subscription plans.

Verizon called the vote a “throwback Thursday” for the FCC and said passing “badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors.”

Challengers of net neutrality have expressed worry that regulating the Internet could impact what has become an important part of the economy.

“We’ve got a free and Internet Thursday and it has been a tremendous success,” Bret Swanson, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told ABC News. “The question is why we want to impose 80-year-old regulations on perhaps the most thriving part of our economy.”

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Instructional videos for do-it-yourself braces have become popular on YouTube, but dentists say people considering them should think twice.

A Washington State woman claims she closed her tooth gap in 44 days using $5 worth of hair elastics. She posted six videos to YouTube chronicling the process, garnering hundreds of comments and more than 100,000 views.

“I’ve got some news for you,” Washington-based Jamila Garza says into the camera, beaming. “My gap is officially closed.”

Then, she did a little dance. Sitting down with ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO, she said she could “fit a toothpick” into the gap before she used the hairbands to close it.

But doctors say DIY-dentistry is a bad idea because people can do some “major damage” even if their teeth look fine on the surface.

“If teeth are moved too quickly, the roots of teeth can resorb,” said cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph Banker, who owns a practice in New Jersey, explaining that this means the root can start dissolving. “Orthodonture is so much more than straight teeth.”

People who try to make their own braces don’t know enough about how the mouth functions to move things appropriately, potentially leading to problems with the jaw joints, muscle spasms, clenching problems and shooting pain, Banker said. They can also get gum and periodontal disease, he said.

The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics issued a consumer alert about the use of elastic bands by non-dentists to close gaps in teeth.

“Most of the time, there are no problems, but if the rubber band slides into the soft tissues, it is difficult if not impossible to retrieve it, and it continues along the distal surface of the roots, destroying the periodontal attachment and producing inflammation,” the editorial states. “As this occurs, the teeth extrude, the crowns fan out as the roots are pulled together, the teeth become increasingly mobile, and then they might just fall out.”

And Garza’s videos, which were posted three years ago but have seen a spike in viewers, are not the only ones. YouTube is filled with videos claiming to offer a cheap alternative to braces without a trip to the orthodontist.

“Leave the dentistry to the experts,” Banker said.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse after having surgery on his shoulder, according to the New York Daily News.

Although Hamilton met with MLB executives in New York on Wednesday about a possible disciplinary issue, the team had no comment regarding the report Thursday.

“I’m not going to make any comment on any situation or information regarding Josh Hamilton,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He’s not here in camp with us, he’s at home rehabbing from surgery and we’re going to leave it at that.”

Hamilton was suspended from February 2004 to June 2006 due to issues related with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He also had alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012, but bounced back, leading the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances. He even won the AL MVP award in 2010.

Hamilton is expected to be out until May with a shoulder surgery.

Hamilton signed a five-year deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse after having surgery on his shoulder, according to the New York Daily News.

Although Hamilton met with MLB executives in New York on Wednesday about a possible disciplinary issue, the team had no comment regarding the report Thursday.

“I’m not going to make any comment on any situation or information regarding Josh Hamilton,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He’s not here in camp with us, he’s at home rehabbing from surgery and we’re going to leave it at that.”

Hamilton was suspended from February 2004 to June 2006 due to issues related with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He also had alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012, but bounced back, leading the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances. He even won the AL MVP award in 2010.

Hamilton is expected to be out until May with a shoulder surgery.

Hamilton signed a five-year deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.

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Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — Apple fans are in for a springtime surprise.

The Cupertino, California, company sent invitations to members of the media Thursday inviting them to “spring forward” at a mystery event slated to be held on March 9 in San Francisco.

Apple is an expert at teasing its events while keeping the agenda under wraps, however it’s fair to expect the event will at least bring some new insights into the Apple Watch.

The flagship wearable device is set to ship in April, however Apple hasn’t yet revealed an exact release date.

The “spring forward” clue could also be a wink to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on March 8 when people in most states will set their watches ahead one hour.

Let the countdown begin.

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