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    Businesses across US rally in support of ‘Day Without Immigrants’ on Thursday

    Restaurants and other businesses across the country will be closing their doors Thursday in support of a “Day Without Immigrants,” a national grassroots movement seeking to protest President Trump’s immigration reforms and highlight the contributions of the immigrant community in the United States. News of the protest has spread quickly through word of mouth and social media posts under the hashtag #ADayWithoutImmigrants, which call for participants to skip work and school, close businesses and avoid making any purchases. One Facebook […]

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    Judge orders mother to avoid more pregnancies

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A mother struggling with drug addiction has been placed under a court order to avoid getting pregnant. The mother, a Rochester prostitute referred to as Brandy F. in court documents, had already been stripped of custody of her four children. She lost custody based on findings of child neglect. Judge Patricia Gallaher, a Monroe County family court judge, handed down the order requiring that she regain custody of her infant son before conceiving any other children. The […]

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    Little Caesars founder quietly paid Rosa Parks’ rent for years

    DETROIT — Those who knew Mike Ilitch, the Little Caesars founder and Detroit Tigers owner who died last Friday, have spent the past few days fondly remembering his impact on friends, on Detroit residents and on the sports community. Ilitch also had an impact on the daily life of one of the most iconic figures from the civil rights movement. For more than a decade, Ilitch had quietly paid for Rosa Parks’ apartment in downtown Detroit, according to WXYZ. That story […]

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    Russian spy ship lurks off Connecticut coast

    WASHINGTON — A Russian spy ship sits 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut, a US defense official said, while an armed Russian warplane recently carried out a “mock attack” against a US ship. This is the farthest north the Russian spy vessel has ever ventured, according to US defense official. CNN reported that the Leonov, which conducted similar patrols in 2014 and 2015, was off the coast of Delaware Wednesday, but typically it only travels as far as Virginia. The […]

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    Drug-slinging catapult seized on US-Mexico border

    DOUGLAS, Ariz. — Border Patrol agents in Arizona thwarted some clever drug smugglers and dismantled a drug catapult used to launch marijuana into the United States from Mexico. The catapult was attached to the top of a border fence near the Douglas Port of Entry, which is about two hours southeast of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection officials said in a statement Tuesday. The device appeared to be constructed of square tubing and a heavy spring welded together, with rope […]

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    Andrew Puzder withdraws as a labor secretary nominee

    Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump’s choice for labor secretary, a source close to Puzder and a senior administration official said. The decision came as Senate Republicans told the White House he was losing support, a senior GOP source said, adding there were four firm Republican no votes and possibly up to 12. Puzder needed at least 50 votes to pass with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence and Republicans only hold control of 52 seats. […]

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    Number of bridges in the US that need repair? More than 55,000

    There are over 612,000 bridges in the United States. Almost 10 percent of them need to be repaired or replaced. That adds up to 55,710 bridges, according to a report on the state of the nation’s roads and bridges from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The states with bridges in the worst shape? Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska. Americans cross these structures in disrepair 185 million times a day. What structurally deficient means The report, released Wednesday, […]

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    Woman rescued from accused SC serial killer: ‘He cannot destroy who I am, and I won’

    The woman held captive on a South Carolina farm said she prayed often while chained inside a metal container and refused to lose hope she would be freed. Kala Brown, of Anderson, South Carolina, said the captivity started after Todd Kohlhepp shot her boyfriend on August 31 when the couple went to do work on his farm. Brown was kept in the dark container for two months before authorities rescued her. Kohlhepp was charged with kidnapping Brown and in the […]

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    Woman serves as surrogate, gives birth to twins for sister with cancer

    ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — A California woman who dreamed of having children but was told she would be unable to carry a child following a cancer diagnosis is a new mother after her sister, who served as a surrogate for her, gave birth to twins last week. Maggie Paxton, now 32, received the life-changing news that she had breast cancer two years ago. “I was 30 when I was diagnosed, and that’s very young. And so if I can share my […]

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    Zoo Atlanta names baby cockroach after Tom Brady

    ATLANTA — How do you honor a man who already has five Super Bowl rings, four MVP awards and the privilege of calling Gisele Bündchen his wife? Easy — you name a cockroach after him. Before Super Bowl LI, Zoo Atlanta and the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, made a bet that if their team lost they would name a baby animal after the winning team’s quarterback. Well, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons — so […]

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    Woman arrested over death of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother

    A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Malaysian police said. She was detained Wednesday at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 carrying a Vietnamese travel document. Earlier, South Korea’s intelligence committee said two Asian women were suspected of murdering Kim Jong Nam, who died soon after being attacked at the same airport. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy on his body. Kim is believed to have been poisoned, South Korea’s […]

  • It's that time of year for the mesmerizing phenomenon 'Firefall' to illuminate Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park.

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    ‘Firefall’ optical illusion lights up Yosemite National Park

    It’s the time of year for the mesmerizing phenomenon “firefall” to illuminate Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park. The natural effect gives the illusion that bright orange lava is flowing off the cliff at the park in California. This magic trick is a natural occurrence that only happens for a couple of weeks each February and draws hundreds of visitors each night. The “firefall” comes to life when the angle of the setting sun causes light to hit the waterfall […]