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    What’s with all the clowns everywhere? 6 legit possibilities

    It just had to be clowns, didn’t it? We couldn’t indulge in some good old-fashioned nationwide panic about, say, zombies or sexy teenage vampires. Nope, it had to be clowns and it had to be mere weeks before Halloween. Thanks, America. This is just great. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rainbow novelty wig, you know communities around the country have been perturbed by sightings of clowns or possible clown-related threats or any manner of creepiness ranging from flat-out hoaxes […]

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    High winds, rain lash Pacific Northwest a second day

    High winds and rain whipped Oregon and Washington for a second straight day Saturday, downing trees and wires, causing flooding and knocking out power for thousands of people. The fierce storm spawned by Typhoon Songda put 40,000 customers in the dark in Portland, reported KOIN. More than 10,000 customers lost power in the Puget Sound region in Washington. KIRO said. The National Weather Service said winds reached 70-80 mph along the Oregon coast and 45-55 mph in the Portland area Saturday. […]

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    87 of Robin Williams’ bikes are up for auction

    Robin Williams wasn’t only one of the funniest people on the planet. He was was also an avid cyclist and advocate for people with disabilities. Now, more than two years after his suicide, 87 bikes in his collection are up for auction, and the proceeds will help fund two charities he cared about deeply. The Challenged Athletes Foundation gives grants and support to athletes with disabilities, and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation funds research and support for people with […]

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    What you should do if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7

    LONDON — Samsung has finally killed off its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. But there could be as many as two million devices still out there, according to analysts. Here’s what you should do if you own one. 1. Stop using it immediately, and switch it off. 2. Don’t recharge it. 3. Keep it away from airplanes and trains. 4. Visit your local Samsung store, mobile provider or the retail outlet where you bought the phone. The decision to halt […]

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    WikiLeaks releases transcripts of Hillary Clinton Goldman Sachs speeches

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — WikiLeaks released Saturday what appear to be transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s three paid speeches to financial heavyweight Goldman Sachs. The remarks, which were hacked as part of an extensive breach of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account, show Clinton commenting on Wall Street’s role in financial regulations, relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the damage done to US foreign policy by past WikiLeaks releases. The Clinton campaign declined to confirm the authenticity of any […]

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    Was Pedals, the bear who walked on two legs, killed?

    OAK RIDGE, N.J. — For more than two years, a bipedal bear nicknamed Pedals fascinated residents of a largely rural section of northern New Jersey. With two maimed front legs, the American black bear moved around almost entirely upright. He resembled a man in a bear costume, ambling through the neighborhoods of Oak Ridge on his way to Internet stardom. Pedals had his own Facebook fan page. An online petition calling on state wildlife officials to capture the bear and […]

  • Seeing his brother tormented inspired Matthew Kaplan to start the Be ONE Project. The workshops encourage middle schoolers to celebrate their similarities and differences.

    Duke University student wants to spread anti-bullying program nationwide

    DURHAM, N.C. — “You suck.” “You’re worthless.” “What’s wrong with you?” Six years ago, Matthew Kaplan discovered that his younger brother, Josh, was receiving messages like these from fellow students via text and Facebook. Their parents and teachers tried to intervene. But the harassment continued, and Josh grew increasingly withdrawn. Finally, Matthew took it upon himself to do something. As an eighth grader, he created an anti-bullying workshop that he later presented to his brother’s class. “During the program, the […]

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    US detects failed North Korean ballistic missile launch

    US Strategic Command says its systems detected a failed North Korean ballistic missile launch Saturday evening near the northwestern city of Kusŏng. “We strongly condemn this and North Korea’s other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea’s launches using ballistic missile technology,” Pentagon spokesman Gary Ross said in a statement. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.

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    NC flooding: How 200 neighbors became their own heroes

    ROWLAND, N.C. — Jasmine Thompson couldn’t sleep, and who could blame her. Floodwaters fed by Hurricane Matthew were slowly rising on the grounds of her apartment complex. The sound of the rushing water kept her awake — and worried. She thought to herself, “We can’t stay in here.” Earlier that evening Thompson and her fellow residents at the Lumbee Homes housing complex in southwest Lumberton, North Carolina, had repeatedly called 911, begging for rescue before the waters got too deep. […]

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    NBC to pay Billy Bush millions of dollars to stop hosting ‘Today’ show

    NEW YORK — NBC is about to pay millions of dollars to Billy Bush to stop hosting the 9 a.m. hour of “Today” show. The awkward arrangement is the result of the leaked 2005 “Access Hollywood” videotape showing Bush and Donald Trump making lewd and sexually aggressive remarks about women. Negotiations between Bush and NBC are ongoing and “productive,” Bush’s lawyer Marshall Grossman told CNNMoney on Saturday. Bush’s exit from NBC could be announced as early as Monday, another person […]

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    Donald Trump calls for drug test ahead of next debate, says Hillary Clinton was ‘pumped up’

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Donald Trump suggested Saturday that his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has been “getting pumped up” with performance-enhancing drugs and challenged Clinton to take a drug test before the final debate next week. Trump argued that Clinton was more energetic during the beginning of their debate last Sunday, but lost her steam by the end of the debate. He offered no evidence to back up his wild claim. “I think we should take a drug test prior to […]

  • Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright, both 49, and of Liberal, Kansas, and Patrick Eugene Stein, 47, of Wright, Kansas, appeared in federal court to face a charge of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives), in connection with their plot to detonate bombs at an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas where Somali immigrants live and worship.

    Three men accused of plotting to bomb apartment complex occupied by immigrants

    GARDEN CITY, Kansas — Three men face domestic terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to bomb an apartment complex occupied by Somali immigrants in southwest Kansas, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday. The men had talked about filling four vehicles with explosives and parking them at the four corners of the apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, to create a large explosion, the DOJ said in a news release. About 120 Somali immigrants live in the complex, CNN affiliate KWCH […]