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August 5, 2014

Police report details knife, mask; teen suspect stabbed

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A bloody bread knife, mask and stab wounds on a 13-year-old suspect are among key evidence in a police report on the weekend killing of a homeless man. A Cape Coral Police Department report goes into detail about the murder of Thomas J. Bergstrom, 51, who was living in a homeless camp. His body was found by a friend early Saturday. A “bread-and-bagel” knife and a white…

John Hinckley: The man who shot Brady, Reagan

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John Hinckley Jr. was 25 years old when he quickly emptied a six-shot, .22-caliber revolver to try to win the affection of Jodie Foster by assassinating President Ronald Reagan. He had become obsessed with the actress after seeing her portray a teenage prostitute in Taxi Driver, in which Robert De Niro’s deranged character, Travis Bickle, plots to kill a presidential candidate. Now 59, Hinckley remains confined to St. Elizabeths Hospital in…

Retirees get creative to eat cheap at restaurants

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Marie Langworthy, 68, and her husband, Bob, 75, of Columbia, Conn., love to dine out and usually do so at least twice a week, often for dinner or a late lunch. Marie hates to cook and tries to avoid it at all costs. “My husband prefers anything to my cooking,” she says. “The surest way to get your husband to take you out to eat is to be a lousy…

4 injured by turbulence; flight made emergency landing

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Four people were injured due to turbulence before a plane made an emergency landing at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport Monday. Allegiant Flight 916 was going from Fort Lauderdale to Asheville, N.C., when the turbulence hit about 30 to 40 minutes into the flight. A flight attendant hit her head, and three other passengers were injured. An airline representative said the flight attendant was in the middle of drink service…

Gannett to spin off publishing business

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Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY, said Tuesday that it will create two publicly traded companies next year as it moves to separate its broadcasting and digital businesses from its publishing division, a strategic move similarly adopted by competitors to shield more profitable business lines from the decline in print advertising. “The bold actions we are announcing today are significant next steps in our ongoing initiatives to increase shareholder value…

Report: Man in Afghan uniform shoots U.S. general

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A man in an Afghan uniform opened fire at a military training academy outside Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least one American, media outlets are reporting. Details about the attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of the capital, Kabul, weren’t immediately clear.The New York Times, citing an unidentified Afghan military official, reports that a U.S. Army major general was fatally shot at point-blank range, the highest ranking U.S. officer…

Woman sets her husband on fire for molesting her daughter

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What would you do if you found out that your boyfriend or husband was having sex with your child?  This was the dilemma faced by a woman who claims that her husband was sleeping with her 7-year old daughter.  Tatanysha Hedmon, a 40-year old woman in Washington, is now facing multiple charges for allegedl setting her husband on fire after finding out that he was molesting her daughter. The woman…

Bold Airport Campaign Exposes States’ Treatment Of Women

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When tourists fly into New Orleans this week, they will be welcomed by a large sign at the airport exposing the condition of women in the state. “Louisiana women are paid $.67 to every man’s dollar,” the sign reads. “More than 22% of women live in poverty. Louisiana doesn’t guarantee ANY paid maternity or sick leave. A recent study ranks Louisiana the WORST state for women.” Similar signs will greet travelers at…

John Walsh Receives Calls From Montana Press To End Senate Campaign

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Two Montana newspapers, the Missoulian and The Billings Gazette, are calling on Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) to drop out of his U.S. Senate race because of allegations of plagiarism being levied against him. The New York Times first reported that Walsh copied and pasted sections from scholarly articles without proper attribution into a 2007 paper required for him to earn his master’s degree at the U.S. Army War College. Since the initial…

Ga. Teacher Fired After Students Find Nude Selfies In Her Cell Phone [VIDEO]

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Lekeshia Jones, 34, a former business teacher at Myers Middle School in Savannah, Georgia, was fired by the Savannah-Chatham school board after it was discovered that several of her students accessed nude selfies she saved in her cell-phone, reports SavannahNow.com. The formal reasons for her dismissal were “being irresponsible with her phone, for not properly handling or reporting the incident and for insubordination in the weeks that followed.” “Back home [Natchez, Miss.]…

Fifth-Graders In Chicago Write To Newspaper: ‘You Don’t Really Know Us’

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A group of fifth-graders came together to write an op-ed published last week in The Chicago Tribune in an effort to combat “the constant negative publicity their neighborhood receives” due to gun violence. The students, from the Bradwell School of Excellence, live in the Chicago neighborhood of South Shore. South Shore has a relatively high rate of violent crime, but the kids wanted the world to focus instead on the…

Grimes, McConnell Hurl Insults At Annual Kentucky Free-For-All

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FANCY FARM, Ky. — On Saturday, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) was giving a speech and was interrupted by a heckler supporting her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “WE WANT MITCH!” the heckler yelled. Despite the presence of local police and state troopers lining the shed in this rural town in the far-west corner of Kentucky, no attempt was made to escort the gentleman off…

Republicans Had To Explain To Colleagues Why Torture Is Wrong

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WASHINGTON — Ahead of the expected release of a massive, damning report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture in the years after 9/11, at least two Republican senators felt the need to explain something to their GOP colleagues: Torture is wrong. That was the message Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) relayed as Congress recessed until September, anticipating the possible release of a declassified version of…