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Homeland Security Chief: Leaks ‘Darn Close to Treason’

May 28, 2017 |

Whoever is behind the leaks of intelligence Britain shared with the United States in the wake of the Manchester bombing is in dangerous territory, according to the secretary of Homeland Security. “I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leaked—high, high level of…
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Miranda Kerr Marries Snapchat CEO

May 28, 2017 |

The world of single people is down one tech billionaire and one super model: Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, 26, and Miranda Kerr, 34, got hitched over the weekend, reports US Magazine . If you didn’t get an invite, that’s because they kept it to a small ceremony of less than 50…
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Judge to Defendant: No, You Can’t Juggle at Trial

May 28, 2017 |

A Massachusetts judge has denied a man’s request to juggle during his trial to show jurors he was just clowning around when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store. “The keystone to his defense is: He’s literally a clown,” Orlando Melendez wrote of himself in his petition, per the…
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Sri Lanka Mudslides: 151 Dead, 102K Displaced

May 28, 2017 |

Sri Lankan rescuers on Sunday pulled out more bodies that were buried by enormous mudslides as the death toll in the disaster climbed to 151, with 111 others missing, reports the AP. Although the weather has cleared, more rains are forecast for Monday, threatening to bring further misery to over…
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Trump: ‘We Hit a Home Run’

May 28, 2017 |

“I think we hit a home run,” President Trump told a crowd of US service members at an Italian military base on Saturday as he wrapped up his whirlwind first trip abroad. “Maybe I’ll stay down with you and celebrate together,” he joked, per CNN , which notes that Trump called…
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Now on Airbnb: The Entire Nation of Sweden

May 28, 2017 |

If your last-minute weekend getaways involve turning to the loving arms of Airbnb, we have that special listing for you: It is the entire nation of Sweden, reports Mashable , and it can be yours for the bargain price of free. Citing the Swedish principle of Allemansrätten—the freedom to roam…
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Utah Mom Stuffed Kids in Trunk While Shopping: Cops

May 28, 2017 |

A 39-year-old woman in Utah is facing child abuse charges in what witnesses are describing as an appalling incident: Tori Lee Castillo is accused of locking her two children, ages 2 and 5, in the trunk of her car while she left to shop at a local Walmart. The Riverdale…
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Uber CEO’s Mom Killed in Boating Accident

May 28, 2017 |

The mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick died in a boat accident in a California lake, reports the AP . Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died after the boat she and her husband, Donald, 78, were riding in hit a rock in Pine Flat Lake and sank, Fresno County authorities said. The Kalanicks,…
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Jim Bunning, Tough Pitcher, Senator, Dies at 85

May 28, 2017 |

Jim Bunning was an intimidating figure as a major-league pitcher and was just as hard-nosed and uncompromising as a US senator. “The main qualities it takes for professional athletes and politicians is to have a very thick hide, a thick skin, and to be able to meet and greet people,…
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2 Charged With Harassing Wildlife for ‘Gator Shotgun’

May 28, 2017 |

Two men in South Carolina who admitted to blowing smoke into a young alligator’s mouth and pouring beer down its throat have been charged with harassing wildlife, the AP reports. State Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Kyndel McConchie said Friday that 20-year-old Joseph Floyd Jr. and 21-year-old Zachary Brown admitted…
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