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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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Baby Delivered Prematurely After Drive-By Dies

December 12, 2018 |

A drive-by shooting at a West Bank bus stop Sunday night led to the premature birth of a baby, who died Wednesday, hours before a Palestinian suspected in the attack was killed by Israeli forces. Salah Barghouti, 29, was allegedly among assailants in a vehicle that opened fire outside a…
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National Enquirer Publisher Cops to Hush-Money Payment

December 12, 2018 |

The US attorney’s office in New York says it won’t prosecute the National Enquirer ‘s parent company over its efforts to suppress an embarrassing story about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, the AP reports. The agreement was announced Wednesday shortly after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced…
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Theresa May Wins Confidence Vote

December 12, 2018 |

When Prime Minister Theresa May entered a room in the House of Commons to speak to Conservative lawmakers ahead of a no-confidence vote Wednesday, she was greeted by table banging—a customary sign of approval, reports the AP . It ended up being a prescient gesture: The BBC reports she needed…
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Study: Proof Diplomats Were Physically Harmed in Cuba

December 12, 2018 |

The cause remains a mystery, but the physical proof is there. So says a paper published by doctors who initially examined 25 of the 26 afflicted US embassy workers in Cuba who were struck by mystery ailments in late 2016, reports the AP . Doctors at the University of Miami found…
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Fentanyl Now the Deadliest Drug in the US

December 12, 2018 |

Fentanyl killed 18,335 people in the US in 2016—the most of any drug, making the synthetic opioid the deadliest drug in America. Health officials announced the new ranking of overdose deaths from 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, on Wednesday. It’s fentanyl’s first time…
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What Cops Say They Found in Ex-USC OB-GYN’s Storage Unit

December 12, 2018 |

Inside the storage unit of the ex-USC gynecologist accused of molesting hundreds of students, cops say they found what the Los Angeles Times calls a “trove of homemade pornography,” as well as nude photos of women in what appeared to be a medical exam room. George Tyndall, who resigned over…
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Some Leniency for Michael Cohen

December 12, 2018 |

Michael Cohen’s decision to cooperate with federal investigators ended up slightly lessening his punishment. The lawyer who made his career protecting President Trump was on Wednesday sentenced to 36 months for crimes including making illegal hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Cohen, 52,…
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His Wife’s Body Was Found Tied to Anchor. He Claimed Suicide

December 12, 2018 |

A Pennsylvania man who hoped to shack up with his girlfriend after killing his wife of 25 years will instead be confined to a prison bed for life. Christopher Leclair maintained his innocence even as a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, describing the June…
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Late Night Chortles Over ‘Motionless’ Mike Pence

December 12, 2018 |

Things got heated Tuesday during an Oval Office meeting on border security between President Trump and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. But while their interaction was intense enough to earn a spot in the late-night rounds, VP Mike Pence didn’t escape notice—despite doing his best job to…
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