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  • 'Gaetz-crasher': Here's why a Republican lawmaker was barred from closed-door testimony

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    When Republican congressman Matt Gaetz tried to attend an impeachment inquiry deposition Monday morning in the U.S. Capitol, he ran smack into the often arcane and confusing rules of Congress. Here's why he wasn't allowed to attend.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:38:11 -0400
  • Utah firefighters get purple manicures aiding girl in crash

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    Two Utah firefighters responding to a car crash left the scene with purple manicures after calming a young girl upset over the collision. North Davis Fire District Chief Allen Hadley and Captain Kevin Lloyd checked on the crying and screaming girl while medics evaluated her mother. The two dads, both fathers of young girls, soothed the upset girl by allowing her to paint their nails after the car accident Saturday in the northern Utah city of Clearfield.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:35:22 -0400
  • Nigerian police rescue 67 from "inhuman" conditions at Islamic "school"

    The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighbouring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused. "In the course of investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains," Katsina police spokesman Sansei Bubal said in a statement.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:34:36 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Stocks pause on unsettled trade deal; earnings eyed

    All three major U.S. stock averages closed in the red, snapping a three-day winning streak during which the benchmark S&P 500 gained 2.7%. Hopes dimmed that recent trade negotiations between the United States and China would bear fruit, as China indicated further talks were needed and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the next round of tariffs on Chinese imports are on track to go into effect on Dec. 15 if a deal has not been reached by then.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:33:15 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Canada's Trudeau, in election fight, says he needs voter support to stand up to Trump

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who looks set to lose his parliamentary majority after an Oct. 21 election, said on Monday he needed a strong government to keep standing up to U.S. President Donald Trump. Trudeau's remarks were unusually forceful, especially since the two leaders looked to have patched up relations after Trump accused the Canadian last year of being weak and dishonest. Opinion polls put Trudeau's Liberals even with the Conservatives of Andrew Scheer and suggest the ruling party will lose its majority in the House of Commons.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:26:56 -0400
  • White Fort Worth officer resigns after killing black woman

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    A white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman in her home while responding to a call about an open front door acted without justification and resigned Monday before he could be fired, the police chief said. Police bodycam video showed that Aaron Dean did not identify himself as an officer and fired a split-second after shouting at Atatiana Jefferson to show her hands. Jefferson, 28, was killed in front of her 8-year-old nephew, cut down by a bullet fired through her window early Saturday.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:22:32 -0400
  • Police: Chicago man who killed 5 wrote threatening notes

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    A Chicago man who gunned down five of his neighbors over the weekend had had angry run-ins with his fellow tenants and left cryptic notes on his door suggesting he was planning an act of violence, authorities said Monday. Investigators still haven't determined the exact reason why 66-year-old Krysztof Marek shot four neighbors as they were sitting down for dinner on Saturday before chasing down a fleeing woman who lived upstairs and shooting her in the head outside of the building on the city's northwest side, police said. During a hearing Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, prosecutors said they found two threatening notes written in Marek's native Polish language that were taped to his apartment door.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:21:50 -0400
  • Releasing gun photo inappropriate, Fort Worth chief says

    After a white Fort Worth police officer fatally shot a black woman inside her home, police swiftly released body camera footage that depicted the moments before the shooting, saying they were doing so in the interest of transparency. Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus admitted Monday that it was inappropriate to release the photos of the gun. "That is something we've done in the past — to include the photograph of the firearm to show what the perceived threat may have been," Kraus said at a Monday press conference, where he announced that Officer Aaron Dean had resigned from the force following Saturday's shooting.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:41:28 -0400
  • Righting 'sins of omission': Monument honors Virginia women

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    Around a thousand people filled Virginia's Capitol Square for the dedication Monday of statues honoring some of the state's trailblazing women, part of a monument organizers say is unlike any other in the country. The new women's monument, about a decade in the making, will eventually feature a dozen life-sized bronze statues dotting a granite plaza a short distance from the Capitol in Richmond. Girl Scouts pulled blue drapes off the seven figures being dedicated Monday, including Native American chieftain Cockacoeske and Jamestown colonist Anne Burras Laydon, as the women's names were read aloud.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:17:55 -0400
  • The Latest: Texas officer resigns in 1-sentence letter

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    A white police officer in Fort Worth who authorities say fatally shot a black woman in her home resigned in a one-sentence letter Monday. Aaron Dean's letter said: "Effective immediately I am tendering my resignation from the Fort Worth Police Department." The letter was released by the state's largest police union, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. Fort Worth police say Dean shot Atatiana Jefferson while responding to a report of an open door at her home.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:15:37 -0400
  • Oilfield services firm ProPetro cuts almost 150 workers: sources

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    Midland, Texas-based ProPetro said last week it would cut the number of hydraulic fracturing fleets operated this quarter by as much as 28%, far surpassing analysts' expectations. Halliburton Co said last week it was cutting about 650 jobs in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and North Dakota as oilfield activity slowed. Most of the affected Halliburton employees were offered a chance to relocate to areas with stronger anticipated activity.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:05:39 -0400
  • Police response to 'transphobic' stickers branded 'extraordinary'

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    A police force has been accused of “incredible irresponsibility” for treating the display of transphobic stickers around Oxford as a “serious crime”. Some of the stickers, which have been dotted around the city centre, state: “Woman: noun. Adult human female” and “Women don’t have penises”. Thames Valley Police has announced that those responsible could be charged with a public order offence and has appealed for witnesses. It said: “Officers are investigating a large number of offensive stickers that have been placed across Oxford city centre containing transphobic comments. "It is believed they started appearing in March within the High Street, Catte Street and Parks Road area.” PC Rebecca Nightingale, the investigating officer, added: "Behaviour like this is not acceptable and we take incidents of this nature very seriously.” The stickers feature graphic images  Credit: Oxford Pride/SWNS Michael Biggs, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Oxford, suggested that the police had overreacted. “This is literally the Oxford English definition of what a woman is,” he said. “I can’t believe that needs any stance at all. To say that a dictionary definition is a terrible hate crime is extraordinary. The police is being incredibly irresponsible." Hundreds, or even thousands, of the stickers have been put up around Oxford since March, the police have said. Transgender supporters have been removing the labels and replacing them with pro-trans messages. They contain messages such as: “Non-binary finery” and “trans women are women.” Mr Biggs said: “If putting up stickers is a crime then it should apply to both sides. “The police are taking one side in what is quite a heated political debate and that’s not their job.” Thames Valley Police did not reveal the content of the stickers when it issued a statement appealing for witnesses. It reportedly said that the content and appearance of the stickers was “not suitable for sharing.”  Zayna Ratty, the chair of Oxford Pride, said the stickers were “inducing hate crime”. She told the Oxford Mail: "I'm not sure why this is being categorised as a public order offence instead of a hate crime.  "If it was a racist sticker then I think it would be classified as a hate crime. Police are investigating  Credit: Tristan Potter/SWNS "Why aren't trans and nonbinary people being afforded the same protection in law as other people on this occasion? Everyone should be treated the same." She added: "As a society we should not condone or excuse what seems to be a negative intent behind these actions." Others responded to the police response with disbelief. One resident wrote on Twitter: “You don’t see many officers in our area because they are busy dealing with this tosh.” Another wrote: Oh no crime wave of stickers stating biological fact , sending prayers to the people of Oxford at this difficult time.” And one person commented: “Oh dear. The police in Oxford don't have much to do, do they?” Latest figures suggest there were more than 1,000 violent and sexual offence crimes in Oxford in the 12 months to August, an increase of almost 20 per cent on the previous year. Other crimes including anti-social behaviour, theft and criminal damage had also risen. The maximum sentence for threatening behaviour, the most common public order offence, is six months plus a fine. A hate crime, including hate speech, could attract a sentence of six months to three years' imprisonment, or a fine.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:04:42 -0400
  • Police officer dies after being shot in parking garage

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    A Maryland police officer died Monday after he was found with a gunshot wound in a parking garage that was part of his regular patrol, authorities said. Acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones told news reporters that the death of 38-year-old officer Thomas J. Bomba is being treated as a homicide. Bomba was on patrol around 9 a.m. when he reported that he encountered "disorderly subjects" at a parking garage in downtown Silver Spring, a suburb that borders the northern tip of Washington.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:01:55 -0400
  • Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic

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    Abortion opponents in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance that will restrict noise levels and require protesters to remain a certain distance from the entrance of health care facilities. Owners of nearby shops and restaurants have complained about commotion outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic, Jackson Women's Health Organization. Jackson City Council members adopted the ordinance Oct. 1, and it is scheduled to take effect Oct. 31.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:01:48 -0400
  • Industrial earnings take center stage in third quarter with trade, economy in focus

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    Profit reports from big manufacturers and other industrial firms arriving this week will provide investors with a crucial corporate gauge of the U.S. economy's health and the fallout from trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. Third-quarter industrial sector earnings follow a closely watched survey earlier this month that showed U.S. manufacturing activity tumbled to a more than 10-year low in September. Industrial companies also are among those most at risk from the lingering trade dispute between the United States and China.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:01:43 -0400
  • Police officer who fatally shot woman in her home resigned before he could be fired

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    The police officer who fatally shot a Fort Worth, Texas, woman in her home while answering a call for a welfare check abruptly resigned on Monday just before he was about to be fired for allegedly violating multiple department policies, the police chief said. "I certainly have not been able to make sense of why she had to lose her life," Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus said at a news conference in reference to the early Saturday morning killing of Atatiana "Tay" Jefferson. Kraus identified the officer who shot Jefferson, 28, as Aaron Dean, who joined the police force in April 2018.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:00:00 -0400
  • Teen gets 23 years in adult prison for killing mom at age 13

    A South Carolina teen who was 13 when he stabbed and killed his mother has been sentenced to 23 years in an adult prison. Miguel Cano's sentence was handed down Monday after he took a plea deal to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter last week. A judge ruled earlier Cano could be tried as an adult on a murder charge.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:57:00 -0400
  • Lawsuit: Inmate kept in Missouri restraint chair 5 days

    A federal lawsuit claims that a Missouri man who suffered a manic attack was held shackled in a rural jail's restraint chair in lieu of medical treatment for five days, subjected to racial slurs, force-fed and allowed to defecate all over himself. The lawsuit filed last month on behalf of Albert Okal names Wayne County, its sheriff, deputies and jailers and seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit, first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , is the latest of several involving use of an inmate restraint chair, a device used to immobilize inmates at risk of hurting themselves or others.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:56:07 -0400
  • Interstellar interloper is a comet resembling those in our solar system

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    The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own. First detected in August by an amateur astronomer named Gennady Borisov, it is called 2I/Borisov. The only previous interstellar visitor discovered in our solar system was a cigar-shaped rocky object called 'Oumuamua found in 2017.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:51:43 -0400
  • Gigi Gorgeous announces genderless makeup collection

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    Gigi Gorgeous is coming out with a makeup line. The influencer and activist joined YouTube back in 2011 as Gregory Gorgeous, and followers watched as she transitioned from Gregory to Gigi in a series of candid videos. Gorgeous has amassed a huge following since 2011, with more than 2.9 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 2.2 million followers on Instagram.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:51:00 -0400
  • The Latest: Poland's ruling party has votes to govern again

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    Final official returns from Poland's parliamentary election confirm the conservative Law and Justice party has won a narrow majority in the lower house that will allow it to govern for a second four-year term. The state electoral commission said Monday Law and Justice won 43.59% of Sunday's vote, which translates into 235 of the 460 seats in the Sejm. It currently holds 240 seats following a migration of lawmakers to Law and Justice.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:49:40 -0400
  • Columbus statues vandalized on US holiday named for him

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    Several Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint and messages against the 15th century Italian navigator Monday when the U.S. holiday named for one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas was being celebrated. A statue in Providence, Rhode Island, was splashed from head to toe Monday with red paint, and a sign reading "Stop celebrating genocide" was leaned against the pedestal. The statue has been the target of vandals on Columbus Day in the past.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:48:57 -0400
  • Interstellar interloper is a comet resembling those in our solar system

    The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own. The only previous interstellar visitor discovered in our solar system was a cigar-shaped rocky object called 'Oumuamua found in 2017. "Its properties determined so far - morphology, color, estimated size - are remarkably similar to the native solar system comets.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:48:48 -0400
  • FACTBOX-Six things to watch at the Democratic debate in Ohio

    Twelve Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday in the party’s fourth debate of the nominating contest for the November 2020 U.S. election. It will be the largest scrum on a debate stage yet for the Democrats as they try to find a nominee to take on President Donald Trump, a Republican. Most notably, it will be the first debate held since the U.S. House of Representatives launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s attempts to encourage the government of Ukraine to interfere in the election.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:46:49 -0400
  • U.S. House panel 'strongly' urges Uber, Lyft to take part in hearing

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    The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee "strongly urged" Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc to participate in a hearing set for Wednesday on issues facing the ride hailing industry. In letters to the companies' chief executives, Representative Peter DeFazio said both companies had declined to participate at the hearing.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:43:43 -0400
  • Car stolen with 6-year-old boy sitting in backseat

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    Six-year-old Ronald Mowatt was sitting in the back of a white Acura MDX in Brooklyn when a thief drove away with it at around 1 p.m., according to police. Investigators said he was located in Brooklyn about three hours later, but they did not offer any additional details. "UPDATE: Six-year-old Ronald Mowatt has been found in #Brooklyn and is safe," NYPD Chief Terence Monahan tweeted Monday afternoon.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:42:00 -0400
  • Fort Worth police officer who shot black woman in her home resigns, likely faces criminal charges

    A Fort Worth police officer who killed a black woman with her 8-year-old nephew in the room resigned Monday and could see criminal charges.The officer, who Police Chief Ed Kraus identified as Aaron Dean, shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through a window at her house around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Kraus said in a Monday press conference that he was going to fire Dean, but that the ex-officer had resigned before he could do so. Dean is now facing a criminal investigation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.Neighbors of Jefferson's called for a welfare check at her home on Saturday morning because the home's doors were open and its lights had been on for hours, per The Dallas Morning News. The officers who responded didn't know it was a non-emergency call, Kraus said. When they arrived, Dean did not announce himself as a police officer, but shouted at Jefferson to put up her hands and then quickly shot her through a bedroom window, a body-cam video of the situation shows. Dean was set to be interviewed regarding the shooting Monday, but "resigned before his opportunity to be cooperative," reflecting a "dishonorable discharge," Kraus said Monday.The news has sparked an ongoing stream of protests and rallies demanding justice for the Jeffersons. "Why this man is not in handcuffs right now is a source of continued agitation for this family and for this community, and it must be addressed," S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the family, told The New York Times.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:41:00 -0400
  • Rihanna explains why she didn't mind being asked about pregnancy

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    While she was flustered by the question initially, the singer now says she didn't mind being asked about this very personal subject. Speaking to Extra at the party for the launch of her new photo book, Rihanna said, "A lot of women get very defensive.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:36:28 -0400
  • Military dad meeting 6-month-old son for the first time captured in sweet photos

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    James Chevalier was greeted last month by his wife Mary and sons Caspian, 6 months and Gage, 4. The family met at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia, where Brittany Watson of Brittany Leigh Photography, snapped the pictures. Mary Chevalier told "Good Morning America" that Gage didn't know his father would be returning home that day.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:32:00 -0400
  • Dangerous search on for 1 missing after hotel collapse

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    Rescue workers and search dogs moved gingerly through a dangerously unstable New Orleans hotel Monday in a risky search for the only person still missing after the structure partially collapsed . Fire Chief Tim McConnell told reporters that engineers were in the building to determine how best to stabilize it. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said utilities were cut off to nine major businesses in the area and 37 families have been put up at hotels.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:31:03 -0400
  • Police desperate for information on missing 3-year-old girl, 2 persons of interest in custody

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    Authorities in Alabama say they have no information on the whereabouts of a missing 3-year-old girl who was believed to have been abducted while attending a birthday party this weekend. Two persons of interest are being questioned as the search for Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney intensifies, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Monday. Kamille was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham on Saturday night when she vanished, authorities said.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:29:00 -0400
  • The Latest: 1 victim in hotel collapse identified

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    The coroner's office in New Orleans has identified one of two workers known to have died when a hotel under construction partially collapsed. New Orleans news outlets report his wife and family had kept a vigil at the site in downtown New Orleans until the body was removed. Efforts to retrieve another body and find the missing worker continued Monday in the dangerously unstable building at the edge of the French Quarter.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:28:42 -0400
  • Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

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    Two prominent Pacific Northwest tribes said Monday the U.S. government needs to remove three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore traditional fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama Nation and the Lummi Nation made the demand on Indigenous People's Day, a designation that's part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. Tribal leaders said at a news conference along the Columbia River that the Treaty of 1855, in which 14 tribes and bands ceded 11.5 million acres to the United States, was based on the inaccurate belief that the U.S. had a right to take the land because of a Christian mandate.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:20:22 -0400
  • Fort Worth policeman who killed woman through window of her own home resigns

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    A Texan policeman who shot and killed a black woman through the window as she was playing video games with her nephew resigned on Monday, and may face criminal charges. Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was at her house in Fort Worth in the early hours of Saturday when a neighbour noticed the lights on and a door open. He called the police for a “welfare check”, to make sure the family was unharmed. When the two officers arrived at the property, Miss Jefferson, a medical graduate from Xavier University in New Orleans, who was working in pharmaceutical equipment sales, was in her bedroom. Fort Worth police confirmed that Aaron Dean, 35, did not announce he was with the police, and nor did the pair park their patrol cars in front of the house. The force is investigating why. Mr Dean and his colleague walked to the side of the house, opened the gate, and walked into the backyard, shining a torch around the property. He saw someone through a house window, inside the home, and yelled: “Put your hands up. Show me your hands!” The officer then shot through the window. Officials said Mr Dean, who is white, “perceived a threat.” Lee Merritt, a civil rights lawyer, said Miss Jefferson’s death is another example of excessive use of police force in Fort Worth. Since June, Fort Worth officers have shot seven people, six of them fatally. Ed Kraus, chief of Fort Worth police, said that Mr Dean resigned before he was fired. He said he expects to have an update on possible charges on Tuesday. Betsy Price, mayor of Fort Worth, said on Monday that Miss Jefferson’s killing was entirely unjustifiable. "There's nothing that can justify what happened on Saturday morning. Nothing," she said. She also said that Fort Worth police should not have released an image of a firearm found inside Miss Jefferson's home. "The gun was irrelevant," she said. “Atatiana was an amazing, smart woman who was unjustly taken from her family. I cannot imagine anything worse and I am so sorry.” The shooting took place days after a Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting a black man that she mistook as an intruder inside of his apartment, which she mistakenly entered.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:19:14 -0400
  • Prince William and Kate arrive in Pakistan for royal trip that will pay homage to late Princess Diana

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    Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, made a glamorous entrance in Pakistan Monday as they arrived for the start of their five-day official royal tour. The outfit was designed by Catherine Walker, one of the royal family's go-to designers who was also a favorite of Prince William's mother, the late Princess Diana.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:17:00 -0400
  • Ole Miss honors student wears blackface, prompts warning

    A University of Mississippi honors student has reported himself to the college for posting a photo in which he is wearing blackface, prompting the school to issue a warning about costumes. Citing a school email, news outlets report the student told the college he acknowledged "the racist and hurtful impact of his poor judgment." The undated photo shows the student also wearing an honors college shirt.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:15:42 -0400
  • The Latest: Columbus statue defaced in Southern California

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    A statue of Christopher Columbus in a Southern California park was found to be vandalized with red paint on the federal holiday honoring the 15th century Italian navigator. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports a police officer discovered the damage Monday at Discovery Park in the city of Chula Vista. Columbus statues were also vandalized in San Francisco and Rhode Island.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:14:08 -0400
  • Lay's is releasing a grilled cheese and tomato soup flavor

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    Lay's is releasing a brand new flavor just in time for fall: grilled cheese and tomato soup. Also launching on Oct. 21, Lay's "Gotta Have Lay’s" campaign. For over a month, Lay's will be awarding five winners a day with a chance to win free Lay's for an entire year.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:10:49 -0400
  • 13-year police veteran and father of 2 shot dead near Maryland parking garage

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    A Maryland police officer and father of two was shot and killed while responding to a call Monday morning in Maryland, sparking a massive search for an unknown suspect. The officer, Thomas Bomba, was shot while responding to a disorderly subject in a parking garage shortly before 9 a.m., police said.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:09:00 -0400
  • Officer who shot naked man found not guilty of murder

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    A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder on Monday, but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could potentially send him to prison for more than 30 years. Olsen, now 57, was a DeKalb County police officer in March 2015 when he responded to a call of a naked man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex. Shortly after arriving, he fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:04:44 -0400
  • U.S. Senator McConnell to meet with Trump administration to discuss Syria

    U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday expressed grave concern about the U.S. response to Turkey's incursion in Syria, and said he will meet with officials in President Donald Trump's administration and other senators this week to discuss the situation. "Abandoning this fight now and withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria would re-create the very conditions that we have worked hard to destroy and invite the resurgence of ISIS," he said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State militant group.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:01:41 -0400
  • Parents of crash victim urge diplomat's wife to return to UK

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    The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash with an American diplomat's wife took their case directly to U.S. audiences Monday, holding a New York news conference at which they urged the woman to return to Britain. The parents of Harry Dunn have reached out to U.S. politicians and plan to be in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday in their quest to get the woman back in the U.K. "to present herself to police," family spokesman Radd Seiger said. Charlotte Charles, Dunn's mother, tearfully urged the diplomat's wife, Anne Sacoolas, to "do the right thing" and to "face us as a broken family," along with the U.K. legal system.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:58:59 -0400
  • Ecuadorean indigenous leader says fuel prices must fall by Tuesday

    Ecuadorean indigenous leader Jaime Vargas said on Monday that gasoline and diesel prices and transportation fares must return to levels that were in effect before the government's now-canceled plan to slash fuel subsidies. The comments followed Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno's promise to repeal a decree that had eliminated four-decade-old fuel subsidies, confirming he had given in to a chief demand of protesters who had agitated against it for nearly two weeks. Vargas said he expected prices to be normalized by Tuesday, a sign that a law being drafted by the government and representatives of indigenous groups might not mean higher fuel prices for consumers.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:56:06 -0400
  • Executed man's daughter asks court to order DNA testing

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    A woman whose father was executed for murder in Tennessee 13 years ago asked a judge on Monday to order the testing of DNA evidence in the case. The hearing in Memphis focused largely on whether April Alley can legally bring a petition for DNA testing on behalf of her father's estate. Sedley Alley was convicted of the 1985 murder of 19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:52:59 -0400
  • The Latest: Maryland police officer dies after being shot

    Police in Maryland say an officer who was shot while responding to a report of a disorderly person has died. Acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones told news reporters Monday that Officer Thomas J. Bomba had died after undergoing hospital treatment. A police officer in Maryland has been shot while responding to a call about a disorderly person in a parking garage.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:46:25 -0400
  • Texas prison guard acquitted in death of inmate

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    A jury has acquitted a former Texas prison guard who slammed a handcuffed inmate to the ground so hard that the man's liver ruptured and he died. The Houston Chronicle reports that Lou Joffrion was acquitted last month on aggravated assault charges in the 2017 death of David Witt, who had mental health issues. Authorities say Joffrion, who was a sergeant at the Darrington Unit in Brazoria County south of Houston, picked up the 128-pound Witt and slammed him to the ground after Witt refused orders to return to his cell from a common area.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:42:27 -0400
  • US STOCKS-Wall Street takes a breather after trade talks, eyes on earnings

    Wall Street struggled for direction on Monday as inconclusive U.S.-China trade negotiations dampened sentiment and investors turned toward third-quarter earnings season, which begins in earnest on Tuesday. The S&P 500 was essentially flat, while the Nasdaq and the Dow were nominally higher following a three-day winning streak during which the benchmark S&P 500 gained 2.7%. Hopes dimmed that recent trade negotiations between the United States and China would bear fruit, as China indicated further talks were needed and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the next round of tariffs on Chinese imports are on track to go into effect on Dec. 15 if a deal has not been reached by then.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:35:14 -0400
  • The Latest: Judge sets $80K bond for cop who shot naked man

    A judge has set a bond of $80,000 and ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew for a former Georgia police officer convicted of aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of a naked, unarmed man. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson issued the decision Monday shortly after a jury convicted Robert "Chip" Olsen of the assault charge, as well as charges of violation of oath of office and making a false statement. The jury acquitted Olsen of the most serious charge: felony murder.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:32:06 -0400
  • 4 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

    At least four people have been killed in Guinea's capital after police fired tear gas and bullets Monday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters, civil society groups and trade unionists gathering in Conakry and across the country to protest the president's bid to extend his time in office, Guinea's Red Cross said. President Alpha Conde's mandate ends in December 2020, but he is seeking a referendum to allow a third term in the West African nation. The four young men killed in Conakry Monday were all under the age of 24, Guinea's Red Cross said Monday, which also said 20 others were wounded by bullets.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:32:06 -0400
  • Man walked 350 miles to have sex with teenage girl, says FBI

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    A 32-year-old man has been accused of embarking on a 350-mile walk in order to have sex with a teenage girl, only to discover he was the target of a police sting.Authorities have said Tommy Lee Jenkins, of Whitestown, Indiana, believed he was speaking via instant messages with a 14-year-old girl called Kylee, and hatched a plan to meet her.

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:27:55 -0400
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