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{FD} North Carolina transgender inmate suing prison over right to practice witchcraft

A transgender inmate is suing a North Carolina prison over the right to practice witchcraft. Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams says $200,00 debt shouldn’t disqualify her from race

Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia, is pushing back on a financial disclosure report that revealed the candidate is more than $200,000 in debt – an obstacle she says should not disqualify her from the race. Continue reading

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{FD} US military deaths in Niger attributed to complacency, lack of training, culture of excessive risk: report

A classified Pentagon report attributes the deaths of four U.S. soldiers — who were ambushed during an operation in Niger in October — to a list of military shortcomings, including complacency and a lack of training. Continue reading

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{FD} Top US admiral says China now capable of controlling South China Sea

Admiral Philip Davidson, the likely pick to replace departing US Pacific Command Chief Admiral Harry Harris, said China now has the capability to control the hotly disputed South China Sea “in all scenarios short of war with the United States.” Continue reading

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{FD} Powder in car during DUI arrest was Grandpa’s ashes, not drugs, report says

When police in Maine pulled over an allegedly impaired driver early Saturday, they thought that two small plastic bags inside the car probably contained heroin. But it turns out that the powdery substance was actually the cremated remains of the father… Continue reading

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{FD} Republican Debbie Lesko wins Arizona House special election

Republican candidate Debbie Lesko won a special election for a U.S. House seat in Arizona Tuesday night, to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned in December over sexual misconduct allegations. Continue reading

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{FD} Toronto van suspect reportedly attended special needs program, made unusual noises

Alek Minassian, the suspect who allegedly drove a van into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, reportedly attended a special needs program at his high school and would make meowing noises while he walked the halls. Continue reading

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{FD} San Francisco sports anchor reportedly sent home after allegedly stealing jacket at Warriors practice

A San Francisco sports anchor has reportedly been dismissed from the NBA playoffs following allegations that he stole a jacket from Warriors’ director of team security, Ralph Walker, after a team practice in San Antonio last week. Continue reading

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{FD} Fresno State prof blasts farmers as ‘stupid’ Trump supporters in video rife with F-bombs

A video posted online this week includes profanity-laced clips from past interviews and speeches by embattled, Bush-bashing Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar, in which she says supporters of President Donald Trump are “just f—ing stupid.” Continue reading

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{FD} Taylor Swift deals with third alleged stalker this month, authorities say

Taylor Swift has millions of fans around the world, but she also continues to draw unwanted attention, authorities say. Continue reading

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{FD} Missing WWII German submarine found after nearly 73 years lost at sea

A German submarine from World War II, rumored to have transported Nazi leadership and treasurers to South America following the collapse of Berlin, has been found nearly 73 years after being lost at sea. Continue reading

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{FD} More explosives than previously thought stolen from work site, ATF says

Authorities in Pennsylvania discovered more explosives were stolen than originally thought from a work site in Lancaster County over the weekend. Continue reading

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{FD} Vineyard heir will likely avoid prison in DUI death of cyclist, mother of five

A member of a California vineyard-owning family who has a DUI past will likely avoid prison time for a drunken-driving crash last year that killed a bicyclist who was a mother of five. Continue reading

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{FD} Austin bomber may have benefited from EMS-police communication mishap, officials say

Addressing a communication breakdown that may have tipped off the Austin, Texas, bomber last month, emergency medical personnel on Tuesday announced changes in how they’ll work with local police. Continue reading

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{FD} Oklahoma teachers’ demands like a ‘teenager wanting a better car,’ governor says

Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin likened teacher’s demands for boosting school funding to a “teenager wanting a better car” on Tuesday, in response to educators seeking $250 million in additional school aid. Continue reading

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{FD} ’24-hour overnight challenge’ viral trend has teens, twentysomethings camping out in bizarre places

On the cusp of the “condom snorting challenge” and “Tide pod challenge” comes another viral trend that’s taking over the Internet – albeit, not as disgusting or dangerous, but just as perplexing. Continue reading

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{FD} Dodgers fan allegedly pummeled by team security on Opening Day

A Los Angeles Dodgers baseball fan wound up in a hospital on Opening Day on Thursday, allegedly because a group of stadium security guards pummeled him. Continue reading

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{FD} Jury ‘convinced’ Noor Salman knew of Pulse nightclub attack, but had ‘no option’ but to acquit, foreman says

The jury foreman in the concluded trial of Noor Salman — widow of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen – said jurors were “convinced” she knew of the attack beforehand, but had “no option but to return a verdict of not guilty.” Continue reading

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{FD} Woman gets 5 years for illegally voting in 2016 presidential election

A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week following her conviction for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading

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{FD} High school-aged student sexually assaulted at gunpoint in broad daylight, Palo Alto police say

A female high school student was sexually assaulted at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon near Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California, according to police. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Violent deportee’ ID’d after escaping ICE custody at JFK airport

Authorities identified the “violent deportee” who remained on the loose Wednesday after escaping immigration custody hours before at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Continue reading

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{FD} Eagles of Death Metal singer calls March for Our Lives organizers ‘disgusting vile abusers of the dead’

While protesters from across the country joined survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting during the March for Our Lives rally on Sunday, Eagles of Death Metal’s lead singer Jesse Hughes took to social media to denounce the demonstration, call… Continue reading

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{FD} Rocker who survived Paris attack says gun control marchers ‘exploiting’ victims

While protesters from across the country joined survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting during the March for Our Lives rally on Sunday, Eagles of Death Metal’s lead singer Jesse Hughes took to social media to denounce the demonstration, call… Continue reading

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{FD} Senate passes $1.3 trillion spending bill, averting another government shutdown

In a vote just after midnight Friday, the Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown while paving the way for the next funding fight ahead of the midterm elections. Continue reading

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{FD} Teacher who called military ‘lowest of the low’ is fired

A Southern California teacher who was recorded bashing the U.S. military in a profane classroom rant was fired Tuesday evening. Continue reading

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{FD} Rauner, Pritzker win Illinois primaries, will square off in governor’s race

In a race that came down to the wire, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner pulled out a win over an insurgent state legislator in Tuesday’s Republican primary, while businessman J.B. Pritzker cruised to victory in the Democratic contest. Continue reading

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{FD} Trey Songz arrested after allegedly punching woman at Los Angeles party, police say

R&B singer Trey Songz surrendered to police on Monday for allegedly punching a woman at a Los Angeles Party. Continue reading

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{FD} Report on Mnuchin’s travel expenses is misleading, Treasury Dept. says

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin cost taxpayers roughly $1 million for military aircraft he used last year to travel, according to a newly published report. Continue reading

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{FD} Police dog survives being punched, choked while assisting during arrest

A California police dog took a few lumps for the team after jumping into action Wednesday to help officers make an arrest. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump receives mixed welcome in visit to California-Mexico border

A mix of protesters and supporters greeted President Donald Trump on Tuesday during his first visit to the California-Mexico border since taking office. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘WE LOST A GREAT ONE TODAY’: World reacts to Stephen Hawking’s death on social media

People flooded social media after news broke Tuesday night that physicist Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most renowned minds, had died at the age of 76. Continue reading

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{FD} San Francisco police release graphic video of fatal shooting of armed robbery suspect

The San Francisco Police Department on Monday night released dramatic body-camera footage of a standoff with an armed robbery suspect who appeared to fire a shot toward officers before being struck roughly 25 times with a barrage of bullets. Continue reading

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{FD} Victims killed in California veterans home standoff described as ‘brave women’; gunman ID’d

Three women who dedicated their lives to treating military veterans troubled by post-traumatic stress were fatally shot Friday by a man formerly enrolled in the program who then took his own life, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Gunman, victims ID’d in California veterans home standoff

Three women who dedicated their lives to treating military veterans troubled by post-traumatic stress were fatally shot Friday by a man formerly enrolled in the program who then took his own life, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Ryan Bundy, figure in rancher standoff with feds, running for Nevada governor

Ryan Bundy, whose Nevada ranching family was involved in two armed standoffs with U.S. agents over federal ownership of public land, announced Thursday he is running for governor of Nevada. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida governor says he’ll talk with Parkland families before deciding on gun bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is debating whether to sign a gun-control bill that the state Legislature passed Wednesday, and said he would speak with the families of the 17 victims of the Feb. 14 massacre in Parkland before making a decision. Continue reading

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{FD} Illegal immigrant linked to fatal hit-run not detained in Denver despite ICE request

Despite a request from federal immigration officials, the Denver Sheriff Department this week refused to detain an undocumented immigrant who was arrested Sunday in connection with a fatal hit and run. Continue reading

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{FD} $5.9M settlement OK’d for inmate who suffered brain injury behind bars

An inmate in a Los Angeles County jail will reportedly receive a $5.9 million settlement after suffering a permanent brain injury while behind bars. Continue reading

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{FD} Ohio student planned shooting ‘bigger than anything this country’s ever seen’

An Ohio student, who fatally shot himself in his school’s restroom last week intended to carry out a school shooting “bigger than anything this country’s ever seen,” authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Democrat Pennsylvania mayor convicted on corruption charges

A Pennsylvania mayor faces decades behind bars after he was convicted Thursday of rigging city contracts in an effort to raise money for his political campaigns. Continue reading

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{FD} Malibu saying no to plastic cutlery, straws beginning June 1

In a bid to keep its picturesque beaches clean and to protect the environment, the city of Malibu, Calif., is banning plastic cutlery and drinking straws. Continue reading

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{FD} Reputed MS-13 defendants laugh, smile as slain teen’s family glares

Three members of the notorious Salvadoran gang MS-13 showed no remorse as they laughed and joked while the family of one the Long Island high school teenage girls they are accused of killing grimly looked on. Continue reading

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{FD} South Carolina rep hosts drawing for teachers to win a free handgun

President Donald Trump last week called on arming some teachers in the wake of the Florida school shooting that left 17 dead earlier this month, and a South Carolina Republican is doing just that – by offering educators a chance to win a free handgun. Continue reading

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{FD} Father slashes son’s throat, nearly decapitating 2-year-old: police

A Chicago man was charged with murder Thursday for allegedly slitting the throat of his 2-year-old son to the point of “near decapitation,” authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida, California, Nevada top ‘sinful ‘ list

Florida, California and Nevada claimed the top three spots in the list of most “sinful” states, according to a new report. Continue reading

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{FD} Tucson couple arrested after adopted kids found locked in bedrooms, no access to food or water: cops

A Tucson couple was arrested on Tuesday after authorities discovered their four adopted children living in horrific conditions, with no access to food or water for hours on end, police said. Continue reading

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{FD} Romney, seeking US Senate seat, calls for action against mass shootings

Just hours after announcing plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took the stage Friday night in Provo to draw attention to a matter clear across the country: this week’s massacre in Florida. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI’s Florida gaffes compound agency’s image problem

The FBI, which has been a frequent target of criticism from the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers, now faces additional scrutiny after admitting Friday that it botched a tip that could have averted Wednesday’s massacre in Parkland, Fla. Continue reading

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{FD} Utah man proposes to girlfriend while being arrested, report says

Handcuffed, while sitting in the back of a police car on the day before Valentine’s Day, a Utah man “professed his love” and asked his girlfriend to “marry him,” authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Bill Murray calls GOP tax cuts ‘fantastic,’ chides daily ‘clash of clans’

Iconic actor and comedian Bill Murray praised the GOP tax cuts on Friday, calling it a “great thing for corporations,” while acknowledging an era of divisive politics that has led to “a clash of clans first thing in the morning every day.” Continue reading

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