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Aug 20, 2019

California's new police use-of-force law marks a 'significant' change in law enforcement. Here's why
What are the practical applications of California's new law raising the standard for police use of force? Here are answers to five questions.        

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Aug 20, 2019

89-year-old civil rights leader Dolores Huerta arrested at California labor protest
The 89-year-old civil rights icon Dolores Huerta was taken away in handcuffs at a Fresno protest Tuesday.        

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Aug 20, 2019

'No threat': LSU returns to normal after reporting possible 'armed intruder' on campus
A possible 'armed intruder' was reported on the campus of Louisiana State University, and the school tweeted a warning to "run, hide or fight."        

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Aug 20, 2019

Drivers are killing bears at Yosemite. Park rangers are shooting back -- with radar guns.
Traffic stops in national parks are up 4% as rangers crack down on speeding motorists in their mission to protect animals.        

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Aug 20, 2019

LSU reports possible 'armed intruder' on campus as school welcomes freshmen
A possible 'armed intruder' was reported on the campus of Louisiana State University, and the school tweeted a warning to "run, hide or fight."        

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Aug 20, 2019

A Florida man fed a kinkajou. The next morning, the 'super aggressive' exotic creature attacked him
A Florida man was attacked by a kinkajou, a raccoon-like carnivore native to the rain forests of Central and South America.        

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Aug 20, 2019

El Paso mass shooting widower receives free vehicle after his is wrecked
Vanessa Kondow, who works for a towing company, said in an Aug. 18 social media post that Antonio Basco's vehicle was stolen and wrecked Aug. 17.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for smuggling erectile dysfunction drugs from China
John Lee pled guilty to conspiracy, smuggling contraband, and filing a false tax return. Lee sold pills with tadalafil, the ingredient found in Cialis.        

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Aug 20, 2019

He was feeding the hungry. Then he rescued a woman from a burning building
The woman was taken to a hospital, while the house suffered significant smoke and heat damage.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Phoenix police must now report whenever they point a gun at someone
Chief Jeri Williams provided an update on Phoenix Police Department changes following a record number of police shootings in 2018.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's death is charged in a second case
The man suspected of killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse and kidnapping of another woman.        

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Aug 20, 2019

The hurricane season has been rather quiet. Will it last?
The last time we went from July 15 through Aug. 19 with no named storms in the Atlantic was 1982.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Sharks have multiplied off Cape Cod beaches, devouring gray seals and putting swimmers on edge
Great white sharks have become a new part of the daily beach life at Cape Cod. Some are now feeding off the resurgent gray seals in the area.        

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Aug 20, 2019

A man walked into a sheriff's office and said he killed his daughter that day, police say
A North Carolina father told a dispatcher that he was there to turn himself in for murder. The victim was his 15-year-old daughter.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Trucker arrested days before he planned to 'shoot up' Memphis, Tennessee, church
A probable cause affidavit said Thomas Matthew McVicker planned a mass shooting at a Memphis church Thursday, Aug. 22. McVicker was arrested Monday.        

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Aug 20, 2019

At one church, dozens of parishioners taken in Mississippi ICE raids, pastor says
The Rev. Roberto Mena estimates people from 90 families were detained in raids at food processing plants. His message is "the church is with them."        

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Aug 20, 2019

Man made $11 million by smuggling erectile dysfunction drugs from China
John Lee pled guilty to conspiracy, smuggling contraband, and filing a false tax return. Lee sold pills with tadalafil, the ingredient found in Cialis.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Beloved California teacher shot to death in front of 5-year-old son 'for no reason'
California teacher Nancy Magaña, 24, was shot to death in front of her boyfriend and five-year-old son early Saturday morning.        

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Aug 20, 2019

'A remarkable young man': 7th grader donates $15K from hog auction to children's hospital
Ohio seventh grader Diesel Pippert donated $15,000 in livestock premiums to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, according to his school district.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he died by suicide, court records say
Multiple attorneys representing Epstein's alleged victims had previously vowed to go after the millionaire's estate after news of his death.        

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Aug 20, 2019

New Calif. freeway bridge to carry wildlife
Hoping to fend off the extinction of mountain lions and other species that require room to roam, Calif. will build a mostly privately funded wildlife crossing over the 101 freeway.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Man flashes housekeeper, plunges to death while leaping hotel balconies in Atlanta
The man was fleeing security as he fell at least 10 stories at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel early Monday.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Eric Garner's family, fired officer both vow to keep fighting after NYPD decision
Both Eric Garner's family and Daniel Pantaleo's legal team said they would keep fighting after the NYPD announced the decision to fire the officer.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein signed will two days before his death
Jeffrey Epstein signed and filed his will just two days before he was found dead in his New York City jail cell.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Cuteness overload! Newborn baby lion cub filmed nursing and taking first steps with mom
This is one lioness who definitely takes pride in her cub. Buzz60's Tony Spitz has the details.        

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Aug 20, 2019

$700K for an apartment? The cost to solve the homeless crisis is soaring in Los Angeles
With thousands living on the streets, Los Angeles is spending lavishly to try to solve the problem. But, $320,000 a year for a toilet?        

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Aug 20, 2019

Florida bosses told Puerto Rican medical staffers: Speak English or be fired, workers say
The group of seven Puerto Rican health care workers filed a complaint and wrote a letter to the Florida Department of Health.        

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Aug 20, 2019

The hurricane season has been rather quiet so far. Will it last?
The last time that we've gone from July 15 through August 19 with no named storms in the Atlantic was 1982.        

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Aug 20, 2019

9-year-old girl fatally mauled by 3 dogs in Detroit; pet owner arrested
Police arrested the dogs' owner, a 33-year-old man, following the attack in an alley but were still trying Monday to piece together what happened.        

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Aug 20, 2019

El Paso mass shooting suspect on suicide watch, sheriff's office says
The 21-year-old white male from a Dallas-area neighborhood was placed on a suicide watch today under the recommendation of medical staff at the jail.        

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Aug 20, 2019

Airline pilots help Navy mom pull off homecoming surprise
A military surprise so special that even the airline pilots were in on it.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 19, 2019

Phoenix cops must now report whenever they point a gun at someone after record year of shootings
Chief Jeri Williams provided an update on Phoenix Police Department changes following a record number of police shootings in 2018.        

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Aug 19, 2019

New California law tightens rules for police use of force to only when necessary
California OKs law to raise standard for police use of deadly force, hoping to deter officer-involved shootings like the one that killed Stephon Clark.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 19, 2019

El Paso mass shooter on suicide watch, sheriff's office says
The 21-year-old white male from a Dallas-area neighborhood was placed on a suicide watch today under the recommendation of medical staff at the jail.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Cal State Fullerton University consultant fatally stabbed in campus parking lot, police say
A consultant to California State Fullerton was fatally stabbed in a university parking lot Monday, police said, and the suspect is still at-large.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 19, 2019

'They don't respect our security measures': Large alligator scales fence at Florida naval air station
A video shared by a Florida television station shows an alligator climbing over a fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.        

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Aug 19, 2019

NYPD union chief: Commissioner 'cringing in fear' by firing officer in Eric Garner death
The NYPD officer who placed Eric Garner in a chokehold in the moments before his death on a New York City Street five years ago was fired.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 19, 2019

New California law tightens rules for police use of force to only when 'necessary'
California OKs law to raise standard for police use of deadly force, hoping to deter officer-involved shootings like the one that killed Stephon Clark.        

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Aug 19, 2019

NYPD fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed chokehold on Eric Garner
The police officer who placed Eric Garner in a chokehold in the moments before his death on a New York City Street five years ago will be fired.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Black housekeeper not allowed to clean church because priest's dog 'doesn't like black people'
Collierville priest Jacek Kowal had said that he opposed the characterization of his actions as racist, but his dog is aggressive toward African Americans.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Study linking mother's fluoride exposure to lower IQ scores in kids raises questions
A study finds that mothers' consumption of fluoride during pregnancy might be associated with lower IQ scores in young children.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Medical help ignored, wheelchair requests denied: Detained immigrants file lawsuit
One of the plaintiffs, Faour Abdullah Fraihat, lost vision in his left eye while being detained for more than two years.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star 'like Pac-man'
For the first time, scientists have detected a black hole devouring a neutron star, according to a report released Monday.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Newly revealed accusations against Jeffrey Epstein date back 22 years
The Associated Press published a report detailing a complaint filed against Epstein at a California police station in 1997 by model Alicia Arden.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Man went to prison posing as his dead brother. Here's what happens next
When he was arrested, Kevin Lee Gray told authorities he was Sammie Lee Gray. The discrepancy was discovered as he was about to be released on parole.        

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Aug 19, 2019

The day in pictures
A look at the day's best photographs from around the world.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Prairie dogs with the plague keep parts of Colorado wildlife refuge shut down
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is home to eagles, ducks, geese, bison, coyotes and deer, among other species.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Florida 'stand your ground' trial begins for deadly dispute over handicapped parking spot
The manslaughter trial for Michael Drejka, the man involved in a deadly dispute over a handicapped parking spot in Florida, was set to begin Monday.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Nearly 4 tons of pot seized, hidden in jalapeño pepper shipment
Border patrol officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port.        

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Aug 19, 2019

Her father was a state senator when he died. Now she's running for his old seat
Chris Birch died on Aug. 7, so now his daughter, Tali Birch Kindred, announced her candidacy for the vacant spot.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 19, 2019

Northeast swelters; Southwest bakes: 100 million people will feel the heat this week
The country's Northeast is in line for a few sweltering days, but nowhere near as hot or long a stretch as awaits the Southwest, forecasters say.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 19, 2019

Thousands of Florida's iconic palm trees now shriveled up into a crisp. What's the cause?
"I don't think all the palm trees will die, but the issue we see will get a lot worse before it gets better," said entomologist Brian Bahder.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 19, 2019

3 mass shooting plots stopped around the country in separate incidents, police say
Tips from the public aided in the three arrests in Connecticut, Florida and Ohio, which occurred from Thursday and Friday        

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Aug 19, 2019

Wisconsin fugitive hid in bunker for 3 years to avoid arrest
A fugitive was found near Ice Age National Scenic Trail after evading arrest for 3 years.        

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Aug 18, 2019

Two firefighters went missing Friday on a fishing trip. Their search remains ongoing
The U.S. Coast Guard, along with over a dozen other vessels, are continuing to search for two missing boaters last seen at Port Canaveral on Friday        

USATODAY National News
Aug 18, 2019

Dog days of August: As the Northeast swelters, the Southwest bakes
The country's Northeast is in line for a few sweltering days, but nowhere near as hot or long a stretch as awaits the Southwest, forecasters say.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 18, 2019

FBI: Ohio police arrest man connected to online shooting threat against Jewish community center
Ohio police arrested James P. Reardon, 20, on charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing.        

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Aug 18, 2019

Officials seize $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed with jalapeño peppers
The shipment was discovered by a K-9 unit at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.        

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Aug 18, 2019

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana governor during Katrina, dies at 76
Blanco was the first elected female governor in Louisiana's history. She died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.      

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Aug 18, 2019

Hundreds of stranded tourists returned to safety: Denali National Park road reopens
The tourists became stranded due to a mudslide Friday, which damaged the only road in the park.        

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Aug 18, 2019

Alaska man discovers message in bottle from Russian Navy 50 years after it was sent
Reporters from Russia-1 tracked down the sender of the message, Capt. Anatoliy Botsanenko.        

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Aug 18, 2019

Airport security worker fired for passing note saying 'You ugly!!!' to a passenger
Security video on YouTube shows a Greater Rochester International Airport security worker laughing after she gave a man a note that read 'You ugly!!!'        

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Aug 18, 2019

Aww! Thank you, Doggy Con, for these adorable costumed dogs
From Yoda to Starbucks coffee cups, dog costumes were out in full force at Doggy Con in Atlanta.        

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Aug 18, 2019

'Pure cuteness': Doggy Con draws hundreds of dressed-up dogs, from Yoda to Starbucks cups
From Yoda to Starbucks coffee cups, dog costumes were out in full force at the Doggy Con convention in Atlanta.        

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Aug 18, 2019

'Pure cuteness': Doggy Con draws hundreds of dressed up dogs, from Yoda to Starbucks cups
From Yoda to Starbucks coffee cups, dog costumes were out in full force at Doggy Con in Atlanta.        

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Aug 18, 2019

Far-right Proud Boys claim 'mission success' in antifa protest, vow to hold monthly Portland rallies
The far-right Proud Boys claimed success and vowed monthly protests in Portland after an 'End Domestic Terrorism' rally in Oregon's largest city.        

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Aug 18, 2019

Alaska wildfires sparked by high winds force mandatory evacuations
Pilot cars began shepherding motorists through a previously-closed stretch of Alaska's George Parks Highway for several hours Saturday after high winds and dry weather sparked six blazes.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 17, 2019

2 dead, 1 unaccounted for after plane crashes into house in New York
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed into a house in Union Vale, near Poughkeepsie.        

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Aug 17, 2019

1 dead, 1 unaccounted for after plane crashes into house in New York
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed into a house in Union Vale, near Poughkeepsie.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Fugitive lived in isolated bunker for 3 years to evade arrest in Wisconsin
Jeremiah Button was sleeping in a homemade bunker in the woods on the morning of Aug. 9 when his three-year run from the law came to an end.        

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Aug 17, 2019

This story has been removed
A story published Thursday by USA TODAY, based on a survey by an underwear company, has been removed. The story did not meet our standards.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Small plane crashes into house in New York
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed into a house in Union Vale, near Poughkeepsie.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Client says Arizona massage therapist's 'cuddling' session turned sexual
A Phoenix woman's complaint says a "cuddling" session with a massage therapist turned sexual.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Portland police keeping far-right protesters, antifa groups apart; violence avoided during rallies
A heavy police presence kept members of the Proud Boys and other far-right groups separated from far-left activists at a downtown park Saturday.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Far-right groups and Antifa face off in Portland
A heavy police presence largely kept members of far-right groups separated from far-left, anti-fascist activists at a downtown park Saturday.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Judge apologizes for telling woman to sell nude photos to Playboy
Alberto Rivas — a Superior Court judge in Middlesex County, New Jersey — is facing charges of violating the judicial code.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Thousands pour into Portland park for faceoff between far-right rally, far-left antifa forces
Trump commented on the possible confrontation by tweeting that the city is "being watched very closely" and that he hopes the mayor will "do his job."        

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Aug 17, 2019

More than 40 charged in federal court from Mississippi ICE raid, but no company officials
So far, more than 40 arrest warrants have been filed in federal court resulting from the Aug. 7 immigration raid.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Audit details the 7 seconds that might have prevented 7 deaths in N.H. motorcycle crash
New released details show the dysfunction in the Massachusetts motor vehicle registry department before the June crash that killed seven.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Members shouldn't vape or order 'anything ending in -ccino,' Mormon church says
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a warning against coffee and vaping despite the fancy names and alluring flavors.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Trump weighs in as Portland awaits protests from far-right rally, far-left antifa forces
Trump commented on the possible confrontation by tweeting that the city is "being watched very closely" and that he hopes the mayor will "do his job."        

USATODAY National News
Aug 17, 2019

Weeks since Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton: What if motives behind mass shootings never emerge?
As the U.S. grapples with a rash of mass shootings, families are left to wonder what prompted the violence. But many times there are no clear answers.        

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Aug 17, 2019

First-ever mandatory water cutbacks will kick in next year along the Colorado River
‘An era of limits' for the Colorado River: Mandatory cuts in water deliveries will take effect in 2020, reducing supplies for Arizona, Nevada, Mexico.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Hundreds answer husband's viral post to attend funeral of El Paso mass shooting victim
Margie Reckard, one of 22 killed in the El Paso Walmart mass shooting, was honored by more than a thousand people.        

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Aug 17, 2019

Hundreds join El Paso widower to say goodbye to wife
Hundreds of people joined El Paso widower Antonio Basco to say goodbye to his wife, Margie Reckard, who was one of the victims in the El Paso shooting.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 16, 2019

Child found dead inside vehicle parked at New Jersey train station lot
PATCO police are investigating the death of a child found inside a vehicle at a Hi-Speedline train station in Lindenwold, New Jersey.        

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Aug 16, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein's death officially ruled a suicide by New York City's chief medical examiner
A medical examiner officially ruled Friday that Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, refuting conspiracies that the disgraced financier had potentially died of other causes.        

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Aug 16, 2019

She wanted a late-night hookup, but he fell asleep. So she burned his house down, police say
Police accuse Taija Russell, 29, of sending a series of angry texts, then buying lighter fluid, matches and a lighter at a nearby gas station.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 16, 2019

Plastic straws are trash. Are there alternatives that don't suck?
Many plastic straw alternatives present other problems for the planet or are unsuitable for people with disabilities, critics say.        

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Aug 16, 2019

'We don't want you': Portland warns it won't tolerate violence around far-right rally
Portland officials, backed up by heavy police presence downtown, warn they will not tolerate any violence at far-right rally.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 16, 2019

Priest who starred in 'The Exorcist' accused of sexually abusing student in the 1980s
Father Bill O'Malley, a Jesuit teacher and priest who starred in "The Exorcist," was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old student in the 1980s.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 16, 2019

For Latinos, fear in America becomes real, powerful
Latino and Latina voices from across America tell us in their own words what it is to live in fear.        

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Aug 16, 2019

4.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Kansas; other states possibly affected
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook portions of Kansas on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The center of the quake was roughly 3 miles from Hutchinson.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 16, 2019

Dog saved one day before euthanasia to become senior living center 'house dog'
"To think that this dog who never had anyone care for her, now has a community of folks looking after her is nothing short of amazing."        

USATODAY National News
Aug 16, 2019

Massachusetts RMV suspends 869 more drivers two months after deadly N.H. motorcycle crash
The Massachusetts RMV has now suspended more than 2,400 drivers for out-of-state violations that weren't processed. More are likely.        

USATODAY National News
Aug 16, 2019

Child fatally shot after startling man sleeping on couch
Willie Sankey, 32, is charged with capital murder stemming from capital murder code that makes it capital offense to kill child younger than 14.        

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Aug 16, 2019

Hundreds of turtles, Southwest Airlines and a secret video: Trafficking ringleader arrested
Nathan Horton is charged with violating the Lacey Act for wildlife trafficking. He illegally shipped hundreds of turtles to China as pets.        

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Aug 16, 2019

Ed Smart, father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, comes out as gay
Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, came out as gay in a Facebook post Thursday and said he and his wife are separating.        

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Aug 16, 2019

Police seek to question man in NYC rice cooker bomb scare
Three abandoned devices that looked like pressure cookers prompted an evacuation of a major lower Manhattan subway station Friday.        

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Aug 16, 2019

'It's real. It's violent': After El Paso, Latinos across America live in fear
Across the country, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters contemplate the idea of becoming a target, and worry about the future.        

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