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    SC shootings: Suspect allegedly called grandparents before opening fire

    A minute before a teen allegedly opened fire at an elementary school playground in South Carolina, he called his grandparents’ cellphone, sobbing and mumbling unintelligibly, authorities say. It was 1:44 p.m. local time. His grandparents could barely hear the 14-year-old because of his crying, CNN affiliate WYFF reported. So they headed next door, where he lived, to check on him. But instead of the teen, the grandparents found the body of their son — his father. Their grandson was nowhere […]

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    Video released shows officers shooting 6-year-old

    A Louisiana judge released body cam video Wednesday showing officers firing multiple rounds into a car, unknowingly striking and killing a 6-year-old boy. The incident, which happened in September 2015, resulted in the indictments of two marshals on second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder charges. The marshals began pursuing the car after they witnessed an argument between a man and his girlfriend in front of a local bar, a source told CNN. Officers moved to detain the man, identified as […]

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    Iconic 9/11 flag: The man who turned it in

    For eight years, Brian Browne preserved an American flag in a storage trunk and the freezer of his Everett, Washington, home — unaware it was a piece of history. The unknown treasure was the iconic flag that three New York City firefighters hoisted above the ruins of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks — a defiant act captured in an indelible newspaper photo. The flag disappeared, but resurfaced in 2014 in Everett. The man who returned it to […]

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    With protests quiet, state of emergency ends in Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte, site of protests after a police officer-involved shooting last week, and the state of North Carolina have lifted states of emergency for the city. Gov. Pat McCrory thanked Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the Highway Patrol and state’s National Guard for “working together to restore order over the past week.” The emergency declarations came on the second night of protests that turned violent in the wake of the fatal shooting of an African-American man by an African-American officer. There […]

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    Officials: Firefighter took down shooter at South Carolina school

    TOWNVILLE, S.C. – A firefighter is being credited with stopping a teen who allegedly shot two children and a teacher at a South Carolina elementary school Wednesday. The unarmed, volunteer firefighter held the suspect at Townville Elementary School until deputies showed up, said Taylor Jones, Anderson County Emergency Services’ deputy director. The firefighter, who hasn’t been named publicly, is said to have 33 years of service, according to KWCH. The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, deputy chief Taylor […]

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    Congress overrides Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill

    Families of those killed in the terror attacks on 9/11 are now legally allowed to sue Saudi Arabia, after Congress voted Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the legislation, the first override of his presidency. The votes by the House and Senate were overwhelming. Members of both parties broke into applause on the House floor after the vote. The Senate approved the override on a 97-1 vote, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid the lone Senator voting to […]

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    South Carolina school shooting: 2 children, 1 teacher wounded

    TOWNVILLE, S.C. — Two children and a teacher were shot by a gunman at an elementary school in Townville, an official with Anderson County Emergency Services told reporters Wednesday afternoon. The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, deputy chief Taylor Jones said. The students were sent to a local trauma center, Jones said. One child was taken to Greenville Health System emergency trauma center by helicopter, spokeswoman Sandy Dees said. The teacher also was hospitalized. The severity of the injuries […]

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    For-profit college students account for 35% of all loan defaults

    For-profit college students are more likely than their peers to default on their loans. They make up 35% of all federal student loan defaults, even though they account for 27% of borrowers, according to government data released Wednesday. “It’s the people that go to school and leave without a degree that struggle the most to pay off their debt,” said Kevin Fudge, the Director of Consumer Advocacy at American Student Assistance. About 40% of students at for-profit colleges don’t graduate, […]

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    Bystander expects to record police brutality, ends up helping officer

    When Andre Harvey saw a police officer taking down a man, he did what’s becoming increasingly common: he whipped out his phone and hit record. But what the incident captured instead wasn’t the worst aspect of police brutality, but the best example of officers and citizens banding together. The takedown Plano, Texas, police Detective Jon Hoffman was sitting at a red light when he saw a man run out of a 7/11 carrying a plastic donation jar full of cash. […]

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    Reports of ‘exploding’ Samsung washing machines prompts warning

    Samsung, maker of the troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, has another problem on its hands. U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned owners of certain top-loading Samsung washing machines of “safety issues” following reports that some have exploded. The warning, from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, covered machines made between March 2011 and April 2016. It did not specify a model. The commission suggested people use only the delicate cycle to wash bedding and water-resistant and bulky items because the lower spin […]

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    Madonna, Katy Perry get naked for voting

    Madonna is re-inventing what it means to be nakedly political in an eyebrow-raising post to her social media accounts Wednesday, in which she uses a nude photo to back Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The pop star tweeted a carefully-cropped apparently nude picture and in its caption teased more to come. “I’m voting naked with Katy Perry!! Vote for Hillary. She’s the best we got! Nude voting series #1.” The tweet referenced a voter registration campaign from the humor website […]

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    US, Iraq agree on plan to send more American troops to Iraq

    The United States and Iraq have agreed on a plan that could send 500 or more additional U.S. troops to Iraq in the coming days to assist Iraqi forces in the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS. The plan has been under discussion for weeks but President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi have now agreed on the details, a US defense official tells CNN. “In consultation with the Government of Iraq, the U.S. is prepared to provide […]