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    Molestation suspect featured on CNN’s ‘The Hunt’ killed during attempted arrest

    NEW YORK — A suspected sex offender recently featured on CNN’s “The Hunt” with John Walsh was killed Monday in Manhattan while police were attempting to arrest him on child molestation charges, according to two New York City law enforcement sources. Two U.S. marshals and a New York City police officer were also wounded during the attempted arrest, a law enforcement official said. Charles Mozdir, 32, had been sought by authorities since June 2012. Walsh told CNN that after the […]

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    Appeals court strikes down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

    A federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, the first such decision in a southern state and another victory for gay and lesbian couples seeking the right to legally wed. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws,” the divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit in Richmond concluded. The decision follows […]

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    New bill would allow medical pot use nationwide

    WASHINGTON — Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. That was the middle of March, when Haleigh’s brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning the array of five potent drugs meant to control them. Worse, the drugs were damaging Haleigh’s organs. “She was maxed out,” Cox said. “She’d quit breathing several times a day, and the doctors blamed it on the seizure medications.” Cox had heard […]

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    Baby monitors recalled due to strangulation hazard

    Baby monitors from Mayborn USA are being recalled due to a strangulation hazard. The company said the recall is for two models of the Tommee Tippee Monitor with Movement Sensor Pad. They were sold at Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us stores as well as the website Amazon.com since September 2011. They cost about $150. The models are labeled 1082S and 1094S. Those can be found on the bottom of the camera. It said a child could pull the sensor […]

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    Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5 billion

    NEW YORK — The leading real estate website Zillow announced Monday that it bought Trulia, the second biggest player in the field, in a stock deal valued at $3.5 billion. Zillow will continue to operate two separate websites, where consumers can search listings of homes for sale. Real estate portals like Zillow and Trulia have transformed the housing market over the past decade by making information that was once only available through realtors easily accessible to consumers. The sites have […]

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    Man loses 100 pounds by cutting out major food group

      Having to ask for a seat belt extender on a flight was one of Benji Kurtz’s biggest life humiliations. He also couldn’t shop at popular clothing stores — the clothing wasn’t large enough. When he found clothing that fit, he often didn’t have a choice in styles or colors, able only to purchase pants available in size 50. At his heaviest, in 2005, Kurtz weighed 278 pounds. Only 5 feet 5 inches tall, he was considered severely obese. For […]

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    Charlotte missionary becomes second confirmed American case of Ebola

    A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Christian humanitarian group she works for. Nancy Writebol is employed by Serving in Mission, or SIM, in Liberia and was helping the joint SIM/Samaritan’s Purse team that is treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, according to a Samaritan’s Purse statement. Writebol, who serves as SIM’s personnel coordinator, has been living in Monrovia with her husband, David, according to SIM’s website. The Charlotte, North Carolina, residents have […]

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    Dollar Tree to buy NC-based Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

    MATTHEWS, N.C. — If everything in its stores costs a buck, it will take 8.5 billion items sold for Dollar Tree stores to buy rival Family Dollar. Dollar Tree is buying its larger rival for $74.50 a share in cash and stock, 23 percent more than Family Dollar’s closing price on Friday, for a total value of $8.5 billion. Family Dollar is headquartered in Matthews, N.C. with the first store opening in Charlotte in 1959. There are 1,400 employees at their headquarters […]

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    Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons

    OREGON — A diaper-clad toddler crashed a Jeep Wrangler into a neighbor’s house in Oregon — then scampered home, sat on the couch and watched cartoons, authorities said. The 3-year-old boy was under his mother’s watch in Myrtle Creek when the incident happened last week, Police Officer Kevin Taggart said. She was not paying attention to him and he found the keys, got inside the car and knocked it out of gear, according to Taggart. A witness called 911 after seeing […]

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    Big Mac shortage in China after recall

    HONG KONG — There are no Big Macs. There are no Chicken McNuggets. The menu at McDonald’s restaurants in China was much slimmer on Monday after a troubled supplier issued a major recall. At one Beijing location, no burgers or chicken items of any kind were available. Instead, staffers were reduced to offering only pies, hash browns, fries, drinks and ice cream. “Some restaurants across [China] might be out of stock on certain products,” the company said in a statement. […]

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    1 dead, 13 injured after lightning strikes Venice Beach

    LOS ANGELES — A sunny day at California’s famed Venice Beach took a dark turn Sunday when one person died and a dozen others were injured after a rare lightning strike. A man in his mid-20’s died at at the hospital after being transported from Venice Beach, said John Kades of the Los Angeles Coroner’s office. It’s too early to determine whether he died as a result of “a lightning strike, drowning, or being trampled by the crowd,” according to […]

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    Neon signs are dying, but our appreciation isn’t

    A few years ago, Brian Daniel was driving around Los Angeles when he spotted a neon sign for a random storage facility. The red stick figures carrying yellow boxes glowed from the mundane building. It was like it was screaming out to him. Daniel loved how a sign could go from ordinary and unremarkable during the day to “talking to you” at night. L.A.’s neon won over the frequent traveler, who has concluded the City of Angels has the best […]