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    Toddlers left alone in car while father gambles at casino

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A Mesa dad faces child abuse charges after he allegedly left his two children in a parked car while he was at a Scottsdale casino early Wednesday morning. The children, ages 2 and 3, were found in the vehicle on the upper level of Talking Stick Resort’s parking garage at 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. by security officers with the casino’s bike patrol, a court document stated. Salt River police officers found Thomas Devereux, 29, with his […]

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    ‘I got on a plane by accident’ and other inventive sick day excuses

    Had a big night out? Don’t fancy leaving a cozy bed for the cold outdoors? Having a Ferris Bueller moment? We may not all admit it but surely everyone has done it: called in to work sick when we’re actually feeling fine. The challenge for playing hooky is always coming up with a credible excuse. But according to a survey for the online career site Careerbuilder.com, while honesty may be lacking, inventiveness is not. According to its survey, dubious excuses […]

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    Nina Pham declared Ebola-free, eager to resume normal life

    She beat Ebola. Now she’s eager to resume a normal life — and reunite with her dog, Bentley. Nina Pham addressed reporters Friday at the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, shortly after doctors announced that she was free of the Ebola virus. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” she said. “Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team.” She said she believes in the power of prayer […]

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    Local store among 77 Sears & Kmart locations closing, mostly by Christmas

    Sears is closing 77 Sears and Kmart stores and cutting 5,300 jobs. The Kmart in Reidsville was listed among the stores that will close. And that’s not even the worst news. The fact that most of these stores will close before Christmas is akin to raising a white flag, since holiday sales are the lynchpin for any retailer’s entire year. “They’re not giving anybody confidence that they’re going to be around long-term,” said Allan Ellinger is senior managing partner at […]

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    ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ canceled following disturbing report

    TLC has canceled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” according to TMZ. On Thursday, reports claimed that the reality show’s newly separated matriarch, June “Mama June” Shannon, is now dating Mark Anthony McDaniel, a man who served 10 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004 and who is a registered sex offender. (McDaniel’s son defended his father to E! News, saying that the conviction was caused by a false accusation.) According to TMZ, which first reported the […]

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    NYPD concerned hatchet attack may be linked to terrorism

    A bloodied steel hatchet lay on a rainy Queens sidewalk on Thursday like an ominous question mark. Was the bearded man who used it to wound two New York City police officers motivated by radical Islam? Zale H. Thompson can no longer answer that question. He is dead, stopped by bullets from the guns of two other officers. His unprovoked attack on four policemen, which injured one critically in the head and sliced the other in the shoulder, was certain […]

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    Man attacks New York police officers with a hatchet

    NEW YORK — A man charged at four New York police officers Thursday afternoon, metal hatchet in hand, hitting one officer in the right arm and another in the head, the city’s police commissioner said. The two officers who weren’t struck shot and killed the suspect, who has not been identified by name and is believed to be about 32 years old, according to police Commissioner Bill Bratton The police officer who was struck in the head remains in critical […]

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    Doctors Without Borders physician tests positive for Ebola in NYC

    NEW YORK — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned from West Africa is at a New York hospital for isolation and has tested positive for Ebola, according to the New York Times. It is New York City’s first Ebola case. The 33-year-old physician, employed at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told CNN. On Thursday morning he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan […]

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    Moon blots out some of the sun during Thursday’s partial solar eclipse

    Maybe your mother told you it’s not polite to stare. It’s not safe either, NASA says, if you’re looking at Thursday’s partial solar eclipse. “Don’t stare,” NASA says. “Even at maximum eclipse, a sliver of sun peeking out from behind the Moon can still cause pain and eye damage. Direct viewing should only be attempted with the aid of a safe solar filter.” The show in the sky will reach its height at 5:45 p.m. ET, NASA says, meaning the […]

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    Ferguson remains tense as possibility looms of grand jury not indicting Darren Wilson

    FERGUSON, Mo. — There is never a day where at least one person isn’t outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police department sitting or standing near an anemic tree, the only place for a bit of shade. At night, the crowd tends to swell, and the protest grows more intense. There are almost always two or three people streaming events live. You can hear them loudly sharing thoughts or giving a play-by-play of what’s happening. While their cameras capture lives images, they […]

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    White House fence jumper has mental health problems, father says

    BEL AIR, Md. — A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night suffers from mental health problems, and has been arrested in a previous White House security breach, according to his father. Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, barely made it onto the lawn before he was subdued as he fought off two police dogs, the Secret Service said. “Dog got him,” a Secret Service spokesman said. Adesanya has been charged with two counts of felony assault on […]

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    Granted a World Series wish, family uses fundraiser money to buy tickets for others

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of fans filled the Power and Light District for a Royals pep rally Monday evening. A six-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer earlier in 2014 was probably with them in spirit. WDAF reported that Noah Wilson had dreamt of going to the World Series to cheer on the Royals. He got his wish and was given tickets from StubHub and the MLB Network. “This is perfect timing, the World Series is coming up and it’d be awesome […]

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