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    California measles outbreak grows to 68 cases

    The measles outbreak in California is growing. The number of cases has increased to 68, with 48 of those cases linked to an outbreak at Disneyland, state health officials reported Friday. Two days ago, the health department reported 59 cases, 42 with a Disney connection. In addition, nine cases have been reported in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Mexico. A new case was reported in Nevada, but the Southern Nevada Health District said it’s unknown whether that case is […]

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    Bears overdose on chocolate after hunter places 90 pounds of treats as bait

    CONCORD, N.H. — Four black bears that died in the New Hampshire woods last year overdosed on chocolate bait, wildlife officials said this week. A necropsy by the University of New Hampshire showed the bears — two adult females and two cubs — died from too much theobromine, a chemical compound in cocoa that’s toxic to animals. The bears were found dead in September within 50 feet of where a hunter said he placed 90 pounds of chocolate and doughnuts […]

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    Wrongly convicted NC man released from prison after nearly 40 years

    WHITEVILLE, N.C. — A man who spent more than half his life in a North Carolina prison for two murders he didn’t commit walked out a free man Friday, holding his belongings in two white plastic bags. Joseph Sledge, who was wrongfully convicted in 1978, said he feels wonderful about his freedom. He is 70 years old. Sledge was exonerated by a three-judge panel who reviewed post-conviction DNA evidence from the victims. The panel said that evidence excluded Sledge as […]

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    Man loses Super Bowl pass because of Facebook post

    PHOENIX — It was a dream job for longtime sports fan Russ Knight – a chance to work at the Super Bowl. But that dream turned into nightmare, because of a seemingly innocent Facebook post on the Internet. The former DJ was hired to be an assistant frequency coordinator for the NFL during Super Bowl week, and was just issued a credential. Knight was so excited that he posted a picture of himself, with the credential, on Facebook. A few hours […]

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    Woman calls self ‘servant of Allah,’ faces sentencing for ISIS plan

    GOLDEN, Colo. — A Colorado resident who pleaded guilty to wanting to join ISIS jihad has adopted a new Muslim first name and prepared a new hairstyle for her sentencing Friday. Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, now prefers to go by Amatullah, she told CNN in an exclusive jailhouse interview the day before her sentencing. The name means female “servant of Allah,” she said. Conley initially took the name Halima after converting to Islam. She will become one of the first […]

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    TSA seizes record number of firearms in 2014; 83 percent loaded

    When packing your carry-on luggage, don’t forget to remove your gun. Unless you’ve got permission, not remembering could get you in trouble. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration seized a record 2,212 firearms from carry-on luggage in 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported Friday. That’s more than the TSA has seized in any other year of its existence, and it’s a 22 percent increase from the 1,813 guns seized in 2013. (The agency actually hit a record 2,000 seizures […]

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    YouTube stars interview Obama and things get weird

    WASHINGTON — In his continuing effort to connect to a younger audience (like the time he went on ‘Between Two Ferns’), President Barack Obama sat down with, and took questions, from three YouTube stars: GloZell Green (3 million followers), Bethany Mota (8 million followers) and half of the vlogbrothers (2.4 million followers). There were some hard-hitting questions about drones, college education and racial profiling. But he gets those all the time. Let’s focus on the weird. — Like when GloZell […]

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    AT&T texts can be faked to hack you

    NEW YORK — There’s a problem with the way AT&T sends out customer alerts via text message: They’re too easy to mimic. With little effort, a scammer could send you alerts that look just like the real thing. Click on a link and the hacker will grab your login credentials — or fool you into giving up your credit card too. It’s yet another phishing scheme. But instead of email, hackers can target you with texts. The problem stems from […]

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    Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight

    HOPEDALE, Ill. — The world is closer to doomsday. That’s the message from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which moved its iconic Doomsday Clock up two minutes on Thursday. The clock now stands at three minutes to midnight, the “latest” it’s been since 1984, when the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union was a major issue. “Today, unchecked climate change and a nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the […]

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    ‘Am I Going Down?’ New app analyzes odds of your flight crashing

    LONDON — If you’re flying on a Boeing 777 Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles on any given day, there’s a one in 4,068,434 chance that your plane will crash. At least that’s what a new app called “Am I Going Down?” says. That means if you take that flight every day for the next 11,146 years, you’ll be unlikely to experience an incident. Created by London-based company Vanilla Pixel, the app uses real flight statistics to […]

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    Woman gives birth in Kroger

    Lawrenceville, Ga. — A Lawrenceville woman couldn’t make it to the hospital so she delivered her baby girl inside Kroger in Suwanee. Andrew Ross was at work when his wife, Deborah, called him to let him know that she had started to feel some contractions. “Close to about 4 p.m., she felt like they were starting to intensify, which was about the time I was able to leave work downtown,” said Andrew Ross. Andrew Ross rushed home and realized quickly he […]

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    Lawsuit claims UNC and NCAA broke promises in ‘spectacular fashion’

    DURHAM, N.C. — Two former athletes who took so-called paper classes at the University of North Carolina have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, claiming they represent hundreds of thousands of college athletes across the nation who are promised an education but don’t get one. Devon Ramsay and Rashanda McCants filed the class-action lawsuit in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon, leaving open the possibility for more athletes to join them. The suit doesn’t just go after the […]

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