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Framed Picture Falls, Killing Boy, 4

February 22, 2019 |

Authorities and a family member say a 4-year-old boy was struck with shards of glass and died after a framed picture fell in his Philadelphia home, the AP reports. A release from city police says the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon. Amanda Velez says her son, Adrian Ortega, and his two…
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Surprise Reversal in North Carolina’s Ballot Fraud Inquiry

February 21, 2019 |

North Carolina’s elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him. The State Board of Elections voted 5-0 in favor of a do-over in the mostly…
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Roger Stone Hit With Full Gag Order

February 21, 2019 |

A federal judge ordered Roger Stone not to discuss his criminal case with anyone and issued a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant’s decision to post a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun. US District Judge Amy Berman…
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Stocks Close Lower on Wall Street

February 21, 2019 |

Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street, breaking a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500, the AP reports. The modest decline in the benchmark index Thursday marked only the fourth loss this month. The losses were broad, with health care stocks, banks and energy companies leading the way lower….
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Police: Mayor Fired at SWAT Team Serving Warrant

February 21, 2019 |

As SWAT officers attempted to serve a search warrant at a Port Richey, Fla., home early Thursday, someone shot at them—and that someone has been identified by authorities as Port Richey’s mayor. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says Dale Massad, 68, was under investigation by the Florida Department of…
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Indecent Exposure Arrest Leads to Controversy in Virginia

February 21, 2019 |

Two women staging a protest in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia ended up inadvertently drawing a large amount of attention to their cause. The women were mimicking an image on the state seal, and one of them was dressed as the Roman goddess Virtus, reports the Richmond…
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Ailing Woman Was Barred From Her Own Medical Records

February 21, 2019 |

Caitlin Secrist could have died thanks to an inability to access her own medical records, but Arizona’s governor and a judge intervened in the case Wednesday. Secrist, 21, was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis in 2017. The condition could kill her, and nothing her doctors have tried—including multiple surgeries—has…
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Angry, Unaired Interview With Tucker Carlson Leaks

February 21, 2019 |

It would have been quite the interview had it aired. As it is, a testy exchange between Tucker Carlson of Fox News and Dutch historian Rutger Bregman is making headlines nonetheless—because Bregman recorded it himself and leaked it to the media outlet Now This . How testy? At one point,…
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Syracuse Coach Kills Pedestrian on Highway

February 21, 2019 |

Jim Boeheim led Syracuse University’s men’s basketball team to victory over the Louisville Cardinals Wednesday before his night took a horrible turn. The 74-year-old coach was driving home from the game around 11:20pm when he struck and killed a man who’d exited a vehicle that had crashed into a…
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Jackson Accuser: He Taped Sex Act With Me, Erased It

February 21, 2019 |

They’ve faced backlash and even death threats, but the two men who say they were abused by Michael Jackson when they were kids are still speaking out. Wade Robson and James Safechuck, subjects of the new Leaving Neverland documentary by Dan Reed, sat down with USA Today and offered more…
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