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Washington Post Guild says reporter reinstated after Kobe Bryant tweets

In this image Kobe Bryant is pictured in a mural on the wall in a stairwell
A mural of former NBA star Kobe Bryant on Jan. 28 in Valenzuela, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The Washington Post reportedly reinstated journalist Felicia Sonmez on Tuesday after suspending her for tweeting about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape case allegation following his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

What they're saying: The Post said the reporter, Felicia Sonmez, "was not in clear and direct violation" of the newspaper's social media policy. Sonmez has been reinstated, according to the Washington Post Guild. More than 200 Post journalists expressed "alarm and dismay" at Somnez's suspension via a guild letter.

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U.S. deficit projected to exceed $1 trillion in 2020

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. government's budget deficit is projected to top $1 trillion in 2020, according to the latest Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

The big picture: If the projections pan out, this would be the first time since 2012 the deficit hit $1 trillion. In 2020, deficits are expected to increase from 4.6% of GDP to 5.4% in 2030 — growing to the highest sustained levels since World War II, according to the report.

60 reported dead from vaping-related lung illness

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Photo: Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images

60 people have died from a lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 27 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of Jan. 28.

What's new: Nationally, most vaping-related patients with data on how they sourced products reported obtaining THC-containing products from "informal sources," per the CDC. The agency recommends users should consider no longer vaping THC products, rather than its original claim to refrain from e-cigarettes.