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Lawyers: Flynn Made ‘Uncharacteristic Error in Judgment’

December 12, 2018 |

Lawyers Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an “uncharacteristic error in judgment.” The arguments to the judge echoed those of special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which last week said that Flynn’s cooperation—…
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‘Mysterious’ Texts Sent From Missing Mom’s Phone

December 12, 2018 |

Kelsey Berreth wasn’t reported missing until Dec. 2, but she was last seen in public on Nov. 22—and police recently revealed that text messages were sent from the 29-year-old Colorado mom’s phone three days later. Berreth’s last known location was a Safeway in her city of Woodland Park where…
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Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $293K

December 12, 2018 |

Porn star Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump nearly $ 293,000 for his attorneys’ fees and another $ 1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Tuesday. Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, had requested nearly $ 390,000 in fees, but…
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Film Critic Resigns Over Decade of Alleged Plagiarism

December 12, 2018 |

The Minneapolis Star Tribune ‘s film critic has resigned in the face of plagiarism accusations, the newspaper reported in an apology to its readers . The newspaper on Tuesday said it was tipped by a reader and confirmed instances in which Colin Covert’s reviews included unique phrases previously used by writers…
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Mass Shooting Near French Christmas Market

December 12, 2018 |

A shooting in the French city of Strasbourg killed four people and wounded 11 others near a world-famous Christmas market Tuesday, sparking a broad lockdown and a search for the suspected gunman, who remained at large, the AP reports. French prosecutors said a terrorism investigation was opened, though authorities did…
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After 4,057 Days in Foster Care, She Got a Family for Christmas

December 12, 2018 |

When Indiana couple Patty and Mike got approved to adopt from the state’s foster care system, they were initially looking for a child between the ages of 6 and 10. That all changed at an event last year where they met and clicked with a teenager, Scarlet. “I told my…
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Charges Dropped Against Mom Who Had Baby Ripped From Arms

December 12, 2018 |

The woman whose 18-month-old son was violently yanked from her arms by NYPD officers has had the charges against her in that incident dropped. Jazmine Headley was arrested in Brooklyn Friday after a security guard at a city social services office asked her to move and she allegedly refused; the…
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The Bells We Took After a 1901 Slaughter Are Returned

December 11, 2018 |

It was the largest slaughter of American troops since Custer’s Last Stand 25 years prior: The 1901 deaths of 48 soldiers who were occupying the town of Balangiga during the Philippine-American War. As the AP reports, hundreds of male villagers (and, per NPR , a single female) dressed as women, armed…
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Site Makes Holiday Joke About Women Held as Sex Slaves

December 11, 2018 |

A website is apologizing after one of its writers made a very ill-advised holiday joke on Facebook. CoolCleveland, which promotes events in Cleveland, posted an announcement about an upcoming gingerbread house building event and made what appeared to be joking references to Cleveland’s “House of Horrors” case in which Michelle…
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US Stocks See Mixed Finish

December 11, 2018 |

The stock market ended another see-saw day broadly mixed after a big rally in the morning gave way to a brief drop in the afternoon, the AP reports. Stocks got off to a strong start Tuesday on encouraging news that the US and China appeared to be restarting talks on…
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