Saturday 25 February 2017

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A woman raises her arm as Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, standing on stage with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, addresses supporters after taking part in a debate with Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Durham, New Hampshire February 4, 2016
A woman raises her arm as Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, standing on stage with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, addresses supporters after taking part in a debate with Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Durham, New Hampshire February 4, 2016

After what seemed like a very polite campaign so far, Democratic candidates for the US Presidential election came together in a fiery debate last night.

Mrs Clinton accused Mr Sanders of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while he suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment.

The two Democrats embraced a markedly more contentious tone than when they last debated before the year's presidential voting began in Iowa.

It showed how the race for the nomination has tightened five days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday.

READ MORE: The gloves are off: Hillary Clinton accuses Bernie Sanders of 'artful smear' in feisty Democratic debate

A tragedy has unfolded in Chicago as the bodies of six people were discovered at a house in the city. The bodies, which included a woman and a child, are believed to have been part of a murder murder-suicide.

Interim police Superintendent John Escalante told reporters Thursday there is "no known threat" to the neighbourhood.

Authorities are still working to identify the dead. Mr Escalante said it was thought all the victims were family members.

He said police entered the house in Chicago's Gage Park after receiving a call from a co-worker to check on a woman who lived there. She had missed two days of work.

READ MORE: Bodies of six people found dead in US home

The music world is in mourning with the news that Earth, Wind and Fire frontman Maurice White has passed away. The band sold more than 90 million albums and had hits including September, Shining Star and Boogie Wonderland, has died at his home in Los Angeles.

White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, said.

"While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."

READ MORE: Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies

The Irish Independent leads with an election story. Only a couple of weeks after it announced that it would be attempting to balance the country's books by 2018 if it was re-elected, Fine Gael has rowed back on its promise.

The party will instead will use a deal struck with Brussels to justify pushing out out the target to bring spending in line with tax income by at least a year.

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The Herald leads with the sad news that a child has died from swine flu in a Dublin hospital. The paper reveals that the death took place at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin in the past week.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) confirmed that the child died after contracting the H1N1 flu virus.

The Irish Times runs with an election which claims that the majority of voters are in favour of change.

According to a poll conducted by the paper, 63pc of those surveyed opted for a change in government, while 30pc said they would like to see the Coalition re-elected.

Interestingly, only 57pc of Labour voters wanted it to continue in Government.

The Irish Daily Mail leads with a page one story on Willie O'Dea's claims that Fine Fail would only support a Fine Gael minority government in the context of keeping Sinn Fein out of power, according to the former FF minister.

Michael Lowry is the lead story in the Irish Daily Mirror. The paper reveals that the Independent TD has the worst voting record of any TD in the last Dail. He was marked absent for 73pc of ballots in the lifetime of the 31st parliament.

The Irish Sun bucks the trend of election stories and instead leads with an 'exclusive story' on an Irish pilot who was collared by Spanish police after getting into a bust-up with a prostitute he accused of stealing €1,000 from him.

The Irish Daily Star has a story on Graham Dwyer which claims the killer has been bragging to prison inmates that he is a member of Fianna Fail.

ACcording to the story, the 43-year-old calims he signed up to the party "years ago".

Finally, the Minister for Agriculture's brother Patrick  Coveney has publicly questioned how so many people have been "left behind" in what he described as the "unprecedented economic recovery" of recent years.

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