Monthly Archives: February 2017

{FD} Meteor rattles West Texas with sonic boom

A very bright meteor over West Texas last weekend prompted emergency phone calls over a possible explosion. Continue reading

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{FD} Kim Jong Nam murder: Suspects charged in killing of North Korea dictator’s brother

Appearing calm and solemn, two young women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader, were charged with murder Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Yemen raid yields data on Al Qaeda explosives, official says

A senior U.S. official says the Yemen raid by U.S. special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the Al Qaeda affiliate there, including on the explosives they’re manufacturing and the types of threats they’re developing. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea still skirting sanctions, UN panel says

North Korea is flouting United Nations sanctions by trading in prohibited weapons and other goods and using evasion techniques “that are increasing in scale, scope and sophistication,” U.N. experts say in a new report. Continue reading

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{FD} At least 2 dead after tornadoes hit central US

Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas on Tuesday, killing at least two people, as a spring-like storm system posed a risk to 45 million people. Continue reading

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{FD} Bumps and bruises reported after tornado hits nursing home in Illinois

A tornado hit a nursing home southwest of Chicago on Tuesday, causing bumps and bruises but no serious injuries, as a spring-like storm churned across the Midwest and posed a risk of more bad weather for 44 million people. Continue reading

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{FD} Child dies after being left in hot car in Florida for more than 5 hours

The toddler left alone in a car at a shopping center on Lumsden Road in Brandon Tuesday has died, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading

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{FD} Facebook post on VA treatment of patients causes uproar

A former Marine and his wife say the scene inside a Veterans Administration hospital in Durham, North Carolina, was so shocking that they felt compelled to take pictures and post them to Facebook. Continue reading

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{FD} High school cancels ‘senior auction’ over claims of racial insensitivity

An online petition started by a John F. Kennedy High School student compared the school’s annual ‘senior auction’ to slavery. Continue reading

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{FD} NYC plans to open more homeless shelters, use hotels less

New York City would increase its number of homeless shelters but seek to stop putting up homeless people in hotels and private apartments under a plan unveiled Tuesday by the mayor. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI investigating Kansas bar shooting as possible hate crime

The mother of an Indian engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in an American bar said she asked her son to come back to India if he felt threatened in the United States, but he said he was not in any danger. Continue reading

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{FD} Couple arrested at border trying to smuggle $140G in cash to Mexico

Border patrol officers announced Tuesday they arrested two adults caught trying to smuggle $141,252 in cold, hard cash from Texas to Mexico. Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian refugees selling organs for the chance to reach Europe

The illegal trade of human organs in the Middle East has surged recently as Syrian refugees seek money to afford smugglers’ fees for a Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe. Continue reading

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{FD} Federal offices in St. Thomas firebombed; suspect in custody

The attack occurred at around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday in the offices located in the Nisky Shopping Center. Continue reading

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{FD} French sniper accidentally fires weapon during Hollande speech, injuring 2

A police sharpshooter protecting France President Francois Hollande accidentally fired his weapon during a speech Tuesday, wounding two people. Continue reading

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{FD} Tattoo artist covers up racist, gang symbols for free

Everyone deserves a second chance—even former gang members. Continue reading

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{FD} Two Houston police officers shot, one critical

A shooting in Houston wounded two police officers Tuesday, one critically, and forced officials to lock down a neighborhood for hours as they hunted for a suspect. Continue reading

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{FD} Child in critical condition after being left in hot car in Florida more than 5 hours

A toddler was left alone in a car at a shopping center on Lumsden Road in Brandon Tuesday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Continue reading

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{FD} Federal judge OKs ‘forced labor’ class-action suit by immigrants against private prison company

A federal judge based in Denver has approved a class-action lawsuit by former and current immigrant detainees against one of the largest private prison management companies in the United States. Continue reading

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{FD} Ghost appears to photobomb teen’s selfie

A 13-year-old’s selfie appears to have caught more than just her face. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Glitter’ Ash Wednesday: Churches show LGBTQ support

Several churches throughout the Chicago area are planning to show their support for the LGBTQ community by providing ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 men shot in standoff with Cleveland SWAT team, police say

Police say Cleveland SWAT officers shot two men during a gunfight after a six-hour standoff, and both are in surgery. Continue reading

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{FD} Tornadoes forecast in Midwest due to late-winter storm system

Forecasters say a large part of the central United States faces an increased risk for significant tornadoes, including some overnight, in a late-winter storm system. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida deputy shot, suspect killed in officer-involved shooting

An Orange County deputy was shot on Tuesday near an apartment complex in Orlando. According to authorities the deputy was shot near the Savannah at Park Central apartment complex. At 1:20 p.m. the Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the officer was … Continue reading

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{FD} Suspect at large after 2 Houston police officers shot

A shooting in Houston wounded two police officers Tuesday as investigators engaged in a frantic hunt for one suspect. Continue reading

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{FD} Former mayor dead after plane crashes into Massachusetts building

The pilot of a small plane was killed when it crashed into a building in Methuen Tuesday afternoon, according to Mayor Stephen Zanni. Continue reading

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{FD} 1 dead after plane crashes into Massachusetts building

The pilot of a small plane was killed when it crashed into a building in Methuen Tuesday afternoon, according to Mayor Stephen Zanni. Continue reading

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{FD} North Carolina woman says dog saved family from mobile home fire

A woman says her dog saved her family’s life after alerting them to a fire that had broken out in their mobile home early Tuesday morning in Statesville. Continue reading

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{FD} Tattoo artist covers up racist, gang insignia for free

Everyone deserves a second chance—even former gang members. Continue reading

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{FD} New Orleans goes all-out for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras celebrations are coming to a close Tuesday as the costumes, beads and makeup are at their peak in New Orleans. Continue reading

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{FD} Haunted house in southern Chile spooks entire town, including police officers

One of the officers said that he was personally attacked during his time in the house. Continue reading

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{FD} Cop tackles bat-wielding man who was threatening police

A new video released by California police shows a man getting tackled by an officer after he repeatedly struck the police department windows with an aluminum baseball bat. Continue reading

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{FD} SUV plows into Alabama Mardi Gras parade crowd; high school band members hurt

A group of revelers were mowed down by an out-of-control vehicle at a Mardi Gras parade for the second time in a week, with Tuesday’s incident involving a dozen injured high school band members at an Alabama event. Continue reading

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{FD} Italy reduces sentence for ex-CIA officer hours before extradition from Portugal

A former CIA officer set to be extradited from Portugal to Italy for her alleged role in the “extraordinary rendition” of a terror suspect had her sentence reduced Tuesday from four years to three, her lawyer told Fox News. Continue reading

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{FD} Face-eating murder suspect says he escaped demonic creature named ‘Daniel’

A 20-year-old Florida State student accused of killing a couple in Florida last year and then chewing on the dead man’s face said in a newly released video that he’s sorry for what happened, claiming he thought a “dark figure” named Daniel was chasing … Continue reading

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{FD} Tourists using Google Maps to get to Rio landmark enter favela, get shot

The two couples arrived in the city last week to attend the Rio Carnival. Continue reading

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{FD} Sect rules include no TV, movies or reading newspapers

Newcomers to the Word of Faith Fellowship live by a list of strict rules for daily life, which sect leader Jane Whaley says God revealed to her, former members say. They include: Continue reading

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{FD} Explosions rock Serbia ammunition depot, killing at least 1

Two explosions occurred at a military facility in central Serbia Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring 25 others, Serbia’s Defense Ministry said. Three people are missing. Continue reading

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{FD} Teen who was visiting girl mistaken for burglar, killed by her father

Authorities say a man fatally shot a suspected intruder without realizing that his 14-year-old daughter had let the teenager into the home in east Georgia. Continue reading

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{FD} Video: Ohio officer dragged by car as traffic stop turns violent

A Brooklyn police officer’s body camera was rolling as a routine traffic stop turned violent. Continue reading

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{FD} 100+ retired generals warn against cutting diplomacy budget

More than 100 retired U.S. generals are pushing back against a White House proposal to cut nondefense spending to offset a planned hike in the military budget. Continue reading

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{FD} Vehicle drives into Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade; injuries reported

A vehicle “mowed” into several members of a band who were set to march in a Mardi Gras parade in Alabama on Tuesday, injuring at least eight. Continue reading

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{FD} Mother of slain Indian man told him to leave US if in danger

The mother of an Indian engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in an American bar said she asked her son to come back to India if he felt threatened in the United States, but he said he was not in any danger. Continue reading

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{FD} China ramps up persecution of Christians and other religious groups, report finds

The persecution of Christians and other religious groups in China has “intensified” since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, a new report by watchdog group Freedom House found. Continue reading

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{FD} Rio celebrates Carnival with lots of samba

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination. Continue reading

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{FD} Face-eating murder suspect says he is sorry to victims’ families in video

A 20-year-old man accused of killing a couple in Florida last year and then chewing on the dead man’s face said in a newly released video that he’s sorry for what happened and asked for forgiveness. Continue reading

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{FD} Home overrun with snakes leaves family in fear, unable to move out

A Kansas City woman says she`s being cheated out of her lease deposit money, and she has to leave her home because its being overrun with snakes. Continue reading

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{FD} Mardi Gras: New Orleans lets the good times roll

The streets of New Orleans are filling up with costumed revelers, dazzling floats featuring kings and queens, and people of all ages screaming for trinkets and beads. Lots of beads. Continue reading

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{FD} Driver had daughter blow into anti-DUI device before crash, witnesses say

A woman in Pennsylvania had her 8-year-old daughter blow into the anti-DUI device that started her car – shortly before she crashed, police and witnesses said Monday. Continue reading

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North Korean diplomats in Malaysia to get body of Kim’s half-brother

A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday seeking the body of leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, the victim of a nerve-agent attack that many suspect the North itself of orchestrating. Continue reading

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