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    Carrie Fisher’s death renews questions about digital re-creation

    Carrie Fisher’s death was a jolt to the broad community of “Star Wars” fans. But it could help spark a necessary and overdue conversation about what might be called digital etiquette, and the practice of using computer-generated imagery to re-create and manipulate the likenesses of dead actors. Last week Lucasfilm responded to rumors that Fisher’s “Star Wars” character could be digitally inserted into future movies, issuing a statement that read, “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no […]

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    FBI arrests wife of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Authorities have arrested the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen in connection with their investigation into the June mass shooting, FBI spokesman Prentice Danner said. Noor Salman was arrested in the San Francisco area Monday morning, Danner said. Charges were not immediately known. Salman will have a court appearance on Tuesday in Oakland, California, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Abraham Simmons. Salman, who married Mateen in 2011, came under increasing scrutiny as authorities investigated Mateen, who […]

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    Fake IDs may have helped crack 18-year-old kidnapping case

    BEAUFORT, S.C. — Kamiyah Mobley spent the first 18 years of her life raised by her kidnapper, police say — and she had no idea. She didn’t know her so-called mother had actually posed as a nurse and snatched her from a Florida hospital when she just a few hours old. But in the end, a few pieces of paper may have unraveled the cold case. “As she became an 18-year-old young woman and began to look for jobs and do […]

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    Trump tweets MLK salute, will meet with son

    After a weekend clash with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, President-elect Donald Trump on Monday called on Americans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and “celebrate all of the many wonderful things that he stood for.” “Honor him for being the great man that he was!,” Trump tweeted shortly after incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that the President-elect would meet with Martin Luther King III in New York. Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all […]

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    Mom builds house for her family using YouTube tutorials

    BRYANT, Ark. — With two bad marriages behind her and the debt that came with them, Cara Brookins needed a place to stay for her and her four kids. But Brookins, who writes young adult novels for a living, didn’t have the money to hire builders. So she built one by herself — using YouTube tutorials. “Things can get a little expensive when you are escaping an abusive relationship and have four children,” Brookins explained. Brookins’ initial intention was to […]

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    Firefighters help dying dog cross item off bucket list

    MESA, Ariz. — Rocko the dog hasn’t lived an easy life. However, some generous firefighters in Arizona are hoping to turn it around during his final weeks. Melissa Gable, a spokeswoman for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, says the Labrador mix was first surrendered to MCACC’s Mesa campus because his owner was moving and could no longer take care of him. Last March, he was adopted but returned to the shelter a month later. In May, another person adopted […]

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    Donald Trump promises his Obamacare replacement plan will cover all

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is putting the finishing touches on an Obamacare replacement plan that aims to provide “insurance for all,” he told the Washington Post. Also, he will demand that drug companies negotiate directly with Medicare and Medicaid and lower their prices, saying they will no longer be “politically protected.” Trump’s weekend interview with the Washington Post comes just after Congress took its first steps to dismantle President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform law. The House on […]

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    ‘Not funny, cast is terrible’: Trump renews attacks on ‘SNL’

    NEW YORK — Tina Fey called it. On “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, the former cast member predicted that Donald Trump would bash NBC’s longtime sketch comedy show. “No matter how it goes, the President of the United States will say that it’s sad and overrated,” Fey said during Saturday’s show. “It’s fine. No one cares.” And she was right: On Sunday, five days before his inauguration, the President-elect took a swipe at NBC’s news division before laying into “SNL,” […]

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    Mike Pence: No contact between Trump campaign and Russia

    WASHINGTON — Vice President-elect Mike Pence flatly denied communication had taken place between President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia after repeated questions in interviews on Sunday. Asked by Fox News’ Chris Wallace about contact between Trump or Trump’s team and the Kremlin, and the former Indiana governor denied there had been any, writing off the whole line of questioning as a “distraction.” “Of course not. Why would there be any contact between the campaign?” Pence told Wallace on “Fox News […]

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    28 escape in deadly prison break, officials say

    PIRAQUARA, Brazil — At least two inmates are dead after prisoners in Brazil’s Piraquara State Penitentiary 1 apparently blasted a hole through a wall and exchanged gunfire with police early Sunday, according to prison officials. According to the Paraná Department of Public Security and Prison Administration, 28 prisoners escaped the penitentiary, which is in the Curitiba region of Southern Brazil, just over 500 miles (850 kilometers) southwest of Rio de Janeiro. Around 5:30 a.m., two loud bangs erupted at the […]

  • HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 5:  (L-R) Former professional wrestlers Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and "Rowdy Roddy Piper look on as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka steps into the ring to battle WWE Superstar Chris Jericho during  WrestleMania 25 at Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bill Olive/Getty Images)

    Jimmy Snuka, WWE wrestling legend, dead at 73

    Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the wrestler known for his high-flying leap off the ring’s top rope that flattened his opponents, has died. He was 73. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. announced Snuka’s death on its website on Sunday. “Snuka is regarded by many as the pioneer of high-flying offense because of his Superfly Splash from the top turnbuckle,” the statement said. The signature move, in which Snuka vaulted off the rope and landed face-down on his opponent who lay prone on the […]

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    The simple thing that helped me save $30,000

    What’s the secret to saving thousands of dollars in a relatively short period of time? The answer might be a lot simpler than you think. Luis Renteria managed to save more than $30,000 in three years. He didn’t win any money or force himself to stay home every night. The solution, for him, was just to manage his money very carefully. And he credits one really simply tool: a spreadsheet. Every credit card swipe, dollar earned, and bill paid is […]