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Mueller Team Talks to Member of Trump’s Cabinet: Sessions

January 23, 2018 |

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday. The interview comes as Mueller is investigating whether President Trump’s actions in office, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller is also…
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Tourists Say They Ordered Steaks, Water, Got $1.3K Bill

January 23, 2018 |

Four Japanese tourists were reportedly taken to the cleaners by a Venice restaurant, and now authorities are looking into the meal. ANSA reports the tourists ordered four steaks and a platter of grilled fish—no wine, just mineral water. The spot near St. Mark’s Square reportedly charged them $ 1,350…
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And the Oscar Nominees Are…

January 23, 2018 |

The 90th annual Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis. It was close but no cigar for Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance The Shape of Water, which emerged with 13 nominations—just short of tying All About Eve , Titanic, and La La Land’s record 14…
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Sister: Mom of Captive Kids Had ‘Awakening’ 9 Years Ago

January 23, 2018 |

More disturbing details on the California couple accused of abusing and torturing their 13 children , now from the sister of the children’s mother. Teresa Robinette, sister of 49-year-old Louise Turpin, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today on Monday and said she received a few odd phone calls between 2008 and 2010…
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After Hawaii Missile Alert Goof, a Password Problem

January 23, 2018 |

It happens to the best of us: a total inability to remember a password when we need it most. Hawaii Gov. David Ige apparently found himself in that situation in the aftermath of the false ballistic missile alert that was sent out on Jan. 13. Ige was on Monday asked…
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Tsunami Warning Issued After Huge Quake Off Alaska

January 23, 2018 |

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and British Columbia, while the remainder of the US West Coast and Hawaii was under a watch, the AP reports. The strong earthquake was recorded about 175 miles…
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Inspiration for Rosie the Riveter Dies at 96

January 23, 2018 |

Former wartime factory worker Naomi Parker Fraley has died at age 96, years after a discovery that brought her great joy: She is believed to have been the real-life inspiration for the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” poster. Michigan factory worker Geraldine Doyle, who died in 2010 , was long thought to…
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Brutal Murder of 7-Year-Old Horrifies Pakistan

January 23, 2018 |

The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual…
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Poll: Democrats Have Changed Their Minds About Bush

January 23, 2018 |

A lot can change in nine years, as the latest CNN poll on presidential popularity demonstrates: Some 61% of Americans now give George W. Bush a favorable rating, up from just 33% when the former president left office in 2009. The rise in popularity comes entirely from Democrats and independents:…
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With ‘Great Reluctance,’ Neil Diamond Retires

January 23, 2018 |

Sad news for Neil Diamond fans: The beloved singer has announced his retirement from touring effective immediately because of a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, says he has had to call off the Australia and New Zealand legs of his 50th Anniversary tour, which included…
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