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    Choosing this Instagram filter could mean you’re depressed

    WASHINGTON – The Instagram filter you choose may reveal more than you realize about your mental health. Researchers from Harvard and the University of Vermont have found that Instagram photos can be analyzed to screen for depression. The scientists used the photos’ attributes, including brightness and color, to correctly identify which participants suffered from depression at a better rate than the typical physician. Photos with decreased brightness, decreased saturation and increased hue indicated depression. The computer correctly identified 70% instances […]

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    Trump calls for special prosecutor to investigate Clinton

    Hillary Clinton leads in the polls nationally and in key battleground states, but the flood of stories regarding her private email server and donations to the Clinton Foundation demonstrate the former secretary of state won’t be able to completely outrun voter skepticism — or Donald Trump. Trump went on offense Monday, using the bulk of a speech in Akron, Ohio, to attack Clinton. “No issue better illustrates how corrupt my opponent is than her pay for play scandals as secretary […]

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    ‘We only tip citizens’: Couple banned after Latina waitress finds hateful note

    HARRISONBURG, Va. — A community in Virginia has rallied around a Latina waitress after she received a racist note in lieu of a tip last week. Sadie Elledge, 18, said she immediately felt uncomfortable when a couple came into Jess’ Lunch in downtown Harrisonburg last week. “They wouldn’t talk to me. They would just nod their heads,” Elledge told WHSV. After she rang up the couple for two gyros, drinks and a Greek salad, they signed the receipt and quickly […]

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    Florida authorities unsure they captured Disney gator that killed boy

    The 2-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney World hotel in June died after a series of events that would have been difficult to prevent, according to a report that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released Monday. The report’s findings include: • The alligator that killed Lane Thomas Graves took him in a predatory manner consistent with the reptile’s hunting techniques. The boy was standing in ankle-deep water while he fetched buckets of water […]

  • That's apparently the moulted skin of a snake. An enormously large snake. A snake that was last spotted munching on a large mammal, possibly a beaver.That was back in June. But now comes this picture from over the weekend, indicating it's still hanging around. The townsfolk in Westbrook, Maine, are fascinated. They've given the 10-foot-long reptile a name, Wessie.

    10-foot snake on the loose in small Maine town; locals name it ‘Wessie’

    WESTBROOK, ME. — Take a look at this picture and shudder. That’s apparently the moulted skin of a snake. An enormously large snake. A snake that was last spotted munching on a large mammal, possibly a beaver. That was back in June. But now comes this picture from over the weekend, indicating it’s still hanging around. The townsfolk in Westbrook, Maine, are fascinated. They’ve given the 10-foot-long reptile a name, Wessie. It’s got its own Twitter feed (obviously) … .. […]

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    Judge temporarily blocks Obama’s school transgender bathroom policy

    A federal judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring federal government agencies from taking action against school districts that don’t follow the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender bathroom policies in schools. The judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by Texas and several other states challenging the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools, colleges and universities. The administration interprets Title IX to include discrimination based on gender identity. The ruling was issued by […]

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    Powell talks Clinton emails: ‘Her people are trying to pin it on me’

    Colin Powell is pushing back on reports suggesting that he might have given Hillary Clinton the idea to use a private email account as Secretary of State, telling media outlets that “her people are trying to pin it on me.” Powell made the comments at an event Saturday in East Hampton, New York on Saturday night, according to People magazine and the New York Post. He was responding to a New York Times report that revealed Clinton had told FBI […]

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    Florida toddler saved from overturned boat

    COCOA, Fla. — A life jacket, determined rescuers and an unlikely pocket of air kept a boat accident from turning into tragedy over the weekend, according to the Cocoa, Florida Police Department. A family of four was returning from dinner when their boat apparently struck power lines, causing the vessel to flip over and send the passengers, including two young children, plunging into the darkened waters of the Indian River in Brevard County, Cocoa police say. Authorities responded quickly and […]

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    NC man released from prison after 28 years

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — A North Carolina man has been released from prison after 28 years. Johnny Small was 15-years-old when he was convicted of murder that he says he didn’t commit. But a judge recently threw out the conviction after hearing new testimony. “I can’t describe it. I’m scared,” Small said. “Just being out, I’ve been locked up for so long, I don’t know what it’s like.” He was locked up nearly three decades ago at just 15 years old. Small […]

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    Man accused of killing 5 people, kidnapping baby and girlfriend

    CITRONELLE, Ala. — The man who police believe killed five adults and an unborn baby in Citronelle, Alabama, will be charged with six counts of murder, the Mobile County district attorney said Sunday. Derrick Ryan Dearman, 27, turned himself to police in his home state of Mississippi Saturday, hours after he entered the home where his girlfriend was staying with relatives and attacked the people sleeping inside using “firearms and several other weapons,” according to a statement from the Mobile […]

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    Louisiana governor says Donald Trump’s visit was ‘helpful’ after devastating flooding

    WASHINGTON — The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that Donald Trump’s trip to his state was “helpful” in getting the country’s attention on the devastating flooding around Baton Rouge. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, had released a statement before the GOP nominee’s visit decrying a “photo-op,” but Edwards told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday that Trump had always been welcome if he were coming to be “helpful.” “Because it helped to shine a spotlight on […]

  • NEW YORK - MARCH 6:  Record impresario Lou Perlman and singer Aaron Carter attend the 6th Annual T.J. Martell 'Family' Day' Indoor Carnival Benefit at Cipriani's Fifth Avenue March 6, 2005 in New York City.
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    Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC manager Lou Pearlman dies in prison

    TEXARKANA, Texas – Lou Pearlman, the disgraced star-maker behind 1990s boy bands *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, has died in prison, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The 62-year-old producer died Friday, according to the bureau’s inmate data base. Pearlman had been serving a 25-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas, for running Ponzi and bank schemes. He was convicted in 2008 of fraud and swindling investors out of more than $300 million. In the mid-1990s […]

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