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USC Bans Former Dean, Citing ‘Egregious Behavior’

July 22, 2017 |

New evidence in an investigation of Dr. Carmen Puliafito has USC quickly separating itself from the former Keck School of Medicine dean. Per the Los Angeles Times , the school has begun the process of firing Puliafito—which involves removing his faculty tenure—and has barred him from campus. Puliafito was…
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Buffer Zone Created at Last Abortion Clinic in Kentucky

July 22, 2017 |

Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure has intensified since the Kentucky GOP took control of state government and moved…
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Man Sought ‘Presumed Dead’ Letter for New Wife, Fast

July 22, 2017 |

In Florida, a person must be missing for five years before a “letter of presumed death” can be issued. But in a new twist, documents reveal that Lewis Bennett requested such a letter just four days after his new wife, Isabella Hellmann, went missing and the day after the Coast…
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China Introduces ‘Husband Storage’ Pods in Mall

July 22, 2017 |

For men who are wiling to accompany their wives to the mall but not actually inclined to shop with them, a mall in Shanghai has devised a novel answer: “husband storage” pods replete with retro video games from the 1990s, reports the BBC . The Global Harbor mall currently offers time…
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Officials: New Info Indicates Sessions Has Been ‘Misleading’

July 22, 2017 |

Jeff Sessions has insisted his meetings with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign had nothing to do with the campaign—but the ambassador is saying otherwise. Sergey Kislyak told his superiors that during two conversations with Sessions, who was a senator at the time and also serving as…
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Ontario Woman Files Human Rights Complaint Over Topless Swimming

July 22, 2017 |

Men are allowed to go topless at the pool, so why are women (usually) not allowed to? That’s the question leading one Ontario woman, whose name has not been released, to file a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The woman’s lawyer tells the CBC her client called…
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The Complex Tale of America’s ‘Blue-Collar Millionaire’

July 22, 2017 |

Percy Ross made his fortune in plastic garbage bags (after some other entrepreneurial endeavors), culminating in the sale of his company, Poly-Tech, for $ 8 million on July 20, 1969—the same day man walked on the moon. A Longreads story by Jacqui Shine details Ross’ “pitch-perfect rags-to-riches tale” as the…
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Cops: Teens May Be Charged for Laughing as Man Drowned

July 22, 2017 |

Despite reports Thursday that they wouldn’t be charged with a crime, the five teens who allegedly laughed and filmed a man as he drowned in Florida earlier this month could now face misdemeanor charges. ABC News reports police have recommended charges for “duty to report” against the unnamed teens, who…
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15-Month-Old Girl Found Dead in Bucket

July 22, 2017 |

Authorities says a 15-month-old girl drowned Wednesday in North Carolina after falling into a large bucket of water, WPDE reports. According to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was reaching for something in the bucket when she fell in head first. The girl was less than 3 feet tall…
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Police Chief Resigns in Wake of Justine Damond Shooting

July 22, 2017 |

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau has stepped down at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Harteau is leaving the police department less than a week after Justine Damond was shot and killed by officer Mohamed Noor. “I’ve lost confidence in the chief’s ability to lead…
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