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    Los Angeles bolsters security after transit system threat

    Law enforcement in Los Angeles bulked up its presence Tuesday on the Metro transit system after a tip about a threat. The FBI says it got the tip from a foreign government source Monday and passed it along to authorities. The Universal City Metro Red Line station was the object of a potential threat that was to take place Tuesday. More police and sheriff’s deputies, K-9 bomb teams and undercover officers have been deployed along the transit system. Authorities briefed […]

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    Oakland warehouse fire: What we know about the victims

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A budding musician. A truck-lover and bowling alley denizen. A singer whose adoring fans called him Nex Luguolo. A 17-year-old choir singer. These are among the 36 people who lost their lives Friday night in a fire at an Oakland, California, warehouse where an electronic dance party was being held. It’s one of the city’s deadliest blazes and the worst nightclub fire in more than a decade in the US, in terms of the number of victims. […]

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    Lady Gaga reveals she has PTSD

    Lady Gaga made a powerful announcement to a group of young LGBT people in New York — she suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. Gaga revealed that she suffers from the debilitating mental illness at Harlem’s Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth on November 25. The taped segment aired on NBC’s “Today” show Friday. She visited the center as part of a collaboration between her foundation, Born This Way, and the NBC morning show. She brought along clothing, gifts […]

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    Police officer dies after car plummets into massive sinkhole

    A police officer in San Antonio, Texas, has died after her car fell into a sinkhole Sunday night. Dora Linda Nishihara, a Bexar County Sheriff Deputy, was off-duty at the time of the fatal crash, according to a post on the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Twitter page. Two other people were injured. Nishihara, who had worked as a reserve deputy for seven years, had transitioned into a part-time deputy role at the Bexar County Courthouse, Bexar Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said […]

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    Skipping two hours of sleep may double your crash risk, study says

    What can you do to prepare for safe holiday road trips this year? Try getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Drivers who are just one or two hours shy of that recommendation nearly double their risk for a crash the next day, according to a new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (PDF) and released Tuesday. “While we do not think anybody would be surprised to learn that driving while extremely sleep-deprived […]

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    Facebook and other tech giants are setting up a database for terrorist content

    Four of the world’s biggest tech companies are collaborating to crack down on terrorist content on their platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google’s YouTube say they will set up a shared database to help them track and remove “violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos.” The database will contain the digital “fingerprints” of the images and videos, allowing the tech firms to identify potential terrorist content more efficiently, the companies said in a statement Monday. The internet giants have been […]

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    Trump could bring a different kind of diversity to the Supreme Court

    President-elect Donald Trump is making one thing clear about the Supreme Court: He wants to do more that just solidify the conservative bent on the bench. As he considers a list of nominees to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Trump is looking for a kind of diversity the current court lacks. The potential nominees all have sterling judicial conservative credentials. But the current list represents something else — a nod to judges from “flyover” states, an appreciation for non-Ivy […]

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    Joe Biden: ‘I’m going to run in 2020’

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Monday he might not be going anywhere just yet, leaving the door open to a presidential run in 2020. After he wrapped at a Senate session Monday, Biden told reporters about how much he enjoyed working in the chamber over his long career there. CNN asked him jokingly if he planned to run for office again. “Yeah, I am. I’m going to run in 2020,” Biden responded. When asked by reporters for what […]

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    Judge declares mistrial in case of ex-North Charleston officer charged in murder of Walter Scott

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The judge in the murder trial of former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager on Monday declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict after four days of deliberations. Slager, who is white, shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, after a 2015 traffic stop. The shooting was captured on a bystander’s cell phone video, which showed Scott running away as Slager shot him multiple times in the back. Prosecutor […]

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    NC man enters DC pizzeria armed with rifle to investigate online conspiracy theory

    WASHINGTON — The Washington, D.C., pizzeria into which a man armed with an assault rifle strode on Sunday, allegedly to investigate for himself an Internet conspiracy theory, has been the target of harassment for weeks. It is not the only one: at least four other businesses in the area say they have also been targeted by believers in the false conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate,” and have grown frustrated with what they say has been a lackluster response by law […]

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    Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama

    Former American prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking President Barack Obama to grant him a pardon for charges he faces after leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009, according to White House and Justice Department officials. Following the presidential election last month, Bergdahl’s attorney’s submitted clemency applications to both the White House and Justice Department. President-elect Donald Trump has been a staunch critic of Bergdahl and the prisoner swap made under Obama. In 2014, Bergdahl was released […]

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    Justin Ross Harris sentenced to life in prison for hot-car death of son

    COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A judge has sentenced suburban Atlanta father Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who died in 2014 after Harris left him in a hot car for seven hours while he went to work. Harris also received another 32 years, to be served consecutively, for convictions on four other counts. Harris, 36, who appeared in an orange jumpsuit with his wrists shackled at his waist, cast […]