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Suspects Got Name of Witness by Mistake. They Killed Him

February 22, 2019 |

David Henderson stepped forward to help Denver police solve a crime—the 2016 robbery of a marijuana dispensary. The mechanic told police he’d seen two people whose cars he’d worked on with weapons and marijuana after the robbery. That got him shot 10 times after court documents identifying him were…
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Longtime Red Sox Reporter Collapses at Spring Training, Dies

February 22, 2019 |

Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo, who covered the Red Sox and the rest of the sport for more than three decades, died Thursday after collapsing outside the team’s spring training clubhouse, the AP reports. He was 62. The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The team’s medical…
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Jussie Smollett Shot Empire Scenes After Release: Sources

February 22, 2019 |

After being released on bond Thursday, Jussie Smollett quickly returned to the set of Empire , sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . Fox officials released a statement after Smollett’s arrest that they were “evaluating the situation and … considering our options,” and sources say those options include keeping Smollett’s character in the script…
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Michael Jackson’s Estate Sues, but HBO Will Air Documentary

February 22, 2019 |

Michael Jackson’s estate has sued HBO to block the airing of a documentary in which two men say that the singer molested them when they were boys. HBO says it is undaunted. “Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged,” the network says in a…
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Cops: Jussie Smollett Paid Accomplices by Check

February 22, 2019 |

Details continue to trickle out regarding Jussie Smollett’s allegedly faked attack , and the latest is a weird one: Police say the Empire actor used a check to pay the two brothers he allegedly hired to pretend to be his attackers, CBS Chicago reports. Police said Ola and Abel Osundairo were…
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Woman Falls Ill, Dies After Eating at Michelin-Starred Restaurant

February 22, 2019 |

A 46-year-old woman fell ill and died after dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain, the Guardian reports. Health authorities have confirmed 29 cases of food poisoning in diners who ate at RiFF in Valencia between Feb. 13 and 16; the unnamed woman ate there with her family Saturday evening…
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Oscars Telecast Has 24 Minutes of People Walking

February 22, 2019 |

Two Wall Street Journal reporters spent a lot of time watching Oscars telecasts to figure out why the show always, always runs long. The results are kind of fascinating. One standout stat is that viewers will spend 24 minutes watching people walk—that is, the time spent from when the…
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Steve King: ‘I Have Nothing to Apologize For’

February 22, 2019 |

Firebrand congressman Steve King has no plans to give up his job, despite a recent rebuke from his own peers. The GOP representative from Iowa said Thursday that he plans to run for a 10th term next year, reports the Des Moines Register . “I have nothing to apologize for,” said…
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Framed Picture Falls, Killing Boy, 4

February 22, 2019 |

Authorities and a family member say a 4-year-old boy was struck with shards of glass and died after a framed picture fell in his Philadelphia home, the AP reports. A release from city police says the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon. Amanda Velez says her son, Adrian Ortega, and his two…
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Surprise Reversal in North Carolina’s Ballot Fraud Inquiry

February 21, 2019 |

North Carolina’s elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation’s last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him. The State Board of Elections voted 5-0 in favor of a do-over in the mostly…
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