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July 17, 2014

Watch Michael Sam’s powerful, show-stopping speech at the ESPYs

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LOS ANGELES — Michael Sam delivered an incredibly powerful speech after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs on Wednesday night. There weren’t many dry eyes in the room following the words of Sam, who was honored for his decision to publicly come out and become the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. Sam emotionally quoted Ashe’s words of wisdom, that included: Start Where You…

Houston airport pigeons poisoned by the hundreds

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HOUSTON — Just after daybreak on Saturday and Sunday, employees at Bush Intercontinental Airport saw birds in distress mysteriously begin to drop from the sky. “It was going around and around in circles, you know, like how somebody is drunk or dizzy,” parking lot worker Betrice Miles said of the one she saw. Pigeons and grackles were exhibiting seizure-like behavior, and the beginnings of a slow death. Miles’ co-worker Shara…

Severe turbulence sends fliers across cabin, injuring 20

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Twenty people were injured after “severe turbulence” jolted a South African Airways flight headed from Johannesburg to Hong Kong on Wednesday. The turbulence was so serve that video footage showed at least one hole in the jet’s ceiling panels that apparently was caused by a man’s head after he went flying into the air. The Airbus A340-600 operating South African Flight SA286 encountered clear air turbulence over Kuala Lumpur around…

Israel says it’s not aware of new Gaza cease-fire deal

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JERUSALEM — A fresh cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas has been reached in Egypt, according to a single unconfirmed report, although an Israeli government spokesman said he was not aware of a new agreement. The BBC report, citing an unnamed Israeli official, said the new deal — said to be a “comprehensive” one — is due to take effect Friday morning and has been brokered by Egypt….

Loving lick: Pit bull saves deaf boy from fire

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INDIANAPOLIS — A 2-year-old male pit bull named Ace was being hailed as a hero Wednesday, after waking his deaf teenage owner during a devastating house fire. At 1:11 p.m., Indianapolis firefighters were called to fight a fire at a home on the city’s south side, officials said. Upon their arrival, flames were shooting from the garage. Officials said Nick Lamb, 13, who is deaf, was sleeping in the house…

Ex-inmate says dad showed no emotion after hot-car death

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ATLANTA — A former inmate at the Cobb County jail who spent time with the dad accused of leaving his son in the back seat of his hot car to die said the man showed no emotion after his arrest. Mark Wilson was booked into Cobb County Jail on a DUI on the same day that Justin Ross Harris, 33, was arrested. Wilson wouldn’t say much because he’s under contract…