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Washington, DC Faces With Major Rat Infestation

December 13, 2018 |

Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn’t corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it’s Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation’s capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom….
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Man Sues Airlines After ‘Humiliating Public Spectacle’

December 13, 2018 |

An actor who suffered what he says was a painful and humiliating experience on a flight from Reno to Los Angeles is suing American Airlines and SkyWest. Stephen Keys says one of his pinky fingers became stuck in an armrest for almost an hour on the September flight, USA Today…
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2nd Canadian Feared Detained in China

December 13, 2018 |

A second Canadian man is feared detained in China in what appears to be retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top executive of telecommunications giant Huawei. The possible arrest raises the stakes in an international dispute that threatens relations, the AP reports. Canada’s Global Affairs department on Wednesday said Michael…
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10 State Names, Deciphered

December 13, 2018 |

You need look no further than a map to find America’s reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France, Spain,…
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Poacher Who Left Moose Meat to Rot Gets 9 Months in Jail

December 13, 2018 |

An Alaska man who poached three moose and left most of the meat to rot has been sentenced to nine months in jail and fined more than $ 100,000, the AP reports. Rusty Counts, 39, of Anchor Point, shot the moose near his community over two weeks in September. He…
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California Wants to Tax Text Messages

December 13, 2018 |

What are people saying about California’s plan to tax text messaging? “It’s a dumb idea,” Jim Wunderman, president of a business advocacy group, tells the Mercury News . A 25-year-old delivery man in Silicon Valley tells the paper the proposal is “absurd.” And a Twitter user laments that the Golden State…
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Maduro Says The White House Tried to Assassinate Him

December 13, 2018 |

The Trump Administration was directly involved in an attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro—at least, that’s what Maduro claims ( and not for the first time ), the Guardian reports. “I have no doubt that the White House authorized the drone against Nicolás Maduro,” he said, speaking in…
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Alleged Copper Scavengers Lost in West Virginia Mine

December 13, 2018 |

Rescue teams in West Virginia on Wednesday continued to search for three people believed to be lost in an abandoned coal mine, KTRK reports. “I want my daughter out,” Randy Williams, father of Kayla Williams, tells ABC . Kayla Williams, 25; Erica Treadway, 31; and Cody Beverly, 21, reportedly entered the…
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Shelve Your Smartphone for a Year, Win $100,000

December 13, 2018 |

Could you go a year without your smartphone? If so, there may be some money in it for you. Vitamin Water this week announced a #nophoneforayear contest, Fox2 reports. The winner will get $ 100,000. Here’s the gist of it from Vitamin Water : “You may not use any smartphone for…
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Grease Vent Proves to Be Grease Trap for California Man

December 13, 2018 |

A California man who was possibly trying to burglarize an abandoned Chinese restaurant has been rescued from the grease vent, where officials say he had been trapped for two days, the AP reports. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and firefighters were called to the vacant building in San…
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