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    Cleaner in Saudi Arabia showered with gifts after social media mockery

    A cleaner in the capital of Saudi Arabia was given a set of gold jewels and promised thousands of riyals after he was ridiculed on social media when a photo of him staring at a jewelry shop display went viral. An Instagram user had mocked the cleaner, who is from Bangladesh but works in Riyadh, by posting the photo with a caption that read “he looks as though he is seeing trash.” The comment prompted an outpouring of support for […]

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    Trump wants to cancel Air Force One order from Boeing

    NEW YORK  — Donald Trump wants to cancel government plans to build two new Air Force One jets. The president-elect said in a tweet Tuesday that the new Boeing 747 jet that’s being built to carry “future presidents” already costs more than $4 billion, and that he wants to cancel the order. “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Asked by reporters […]

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Officials say at least nine people are dead and several are missing after a fire at a building in Oakland.

    Warehouse fire: What we know about the victims

    A budding musician. A truck-lover and bowling alley denizen. A singer whose adoring fans called him Nex Luguolo. A 17-year-old choir singer. These are among the 36 people who lost their lives Friday night in a fire at an Oakland, California, warehouse where an electronic dance party was being held. It’s one of the city’s deadliest blazes and the worst nightclub fire in more than a decade in the US, in terms of the number of victims. In 2003, 100 […]

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    ‘Pizzagate’ fake news leads to arrest after man fires gun in D.C. pizzeria while ‘investigating’

    NEW YORK — The Washington, D.C., pizzeria into which a man armed with an assault rifle strode on Sunday, allegedly to investigate for himself an Internet conspiracy theory, has been the target of harassment for weeks. It is not the only one: at least four other businesses in the area say they have also been targeted by believers in the false conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate,” and as the harassment continued they grew frustrated with what they say was a […]

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    Boy with Down syndrome, rejected by talent agency, begins modeling career

    ATLANTA – At long last, the modeling campaign for children’s clothing retailer OshKosh B’Gosh featuring a child with Down syndrome has begun. Asher Nash, of Buford, Georgia, is being featured in the ad campaign that began on December 2 and will run until the end of the month. Asher’s mother, Meagan, submitted photos of Asher to a modeling agency but never received a call back. Meagan eventually met with company executives at OshKosh B’Gosh, who then announced they would use […]

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    Contestant Halima Aden wears hijab, burkini to inspire others

    While most Americans were still recovering from Thanksgiving feast over the holiday weekend, Halima Aden was making history. The 19-year-old St. Cloud State University freshman walked across the Miss Minnesota USA pageant stage Saturday night draped from head to toe in a blue-embroidered burkini and a bright yellow headscarf. ‘Being different is beautiful, too’: Miss Minnesota USA contestant wears hijab, hoping to inspire others https://t.co/n1rTgsB2A0 pic.twitter.com/bW7a6TtXQ8 — CNN (@CNN) December 1, 2016 During the two-day beauty pageant, Aden showed only […]

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    Cops to Nickelback: Sorry we wanted to use your songs as punishment

    Remember the Canadian police force that said it would force drunk drivers to listen to Nickelback on the way to jail? It’s singing a different tune now: Sorry. In a new Facebook post, Constable Robb Hartlen of Kensington police said he didn’t carefully consider his actions, when he came up with his genius plan. “Our post became an international story. And somewhere in the noise, the message of Don’t Drink and Drive was overshadowed by negativity towards the band I […]

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    Justin Ross Harris sentenced to life for son’s hot-car death

    A judge has sentenced suburban Atlanta father Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who died in 2014 after Harris left him in a hot car for seven hours while he went to work. Harris also received another 32 years, to be served consecutively, for convictions on four other counts. Harris, 36, who appeared in an orange jumpsuit with his wrists shackled at his waist, cast his head slightly downward […]

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    Nearly 2 million pounds of undercooked chicken recalled by Oklahoma-based company

    OWASSO, Okla. – National Steak and Poultry issued a recall of more 1.9 million pounds of its ready-to-eat chicken products, the Unites States Department of Agriculture said Monday. The products are sold as fully cooked for consumers to heat and serve, but they may be undercooked. Undercooked poultry can harbor bacteria that can lead to gastrointestinal illness. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service said the recall was issued, “due to adulteration because of possible undercooking, resulting in the potential survival […]

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    “I’m a human being.” Man in sidewalk overdose video finishes rehab

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ronald and Carla Hiers, both in their 60s, had just overdosed after snorting heroin and were unaware of the crowd that had formed around them, some laughing and joking at their state. The group surrounded the couple as they were passed out on a sidewalk in the middle of the day, barely moving. One man, Courtland Garner, broadcast a profane video of the pair live on Facebook while others took photos. The two were just blocks away […]

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    Oakland fire death toll, at 36, likely to climb as investigation continues

    OAKLAND, Calif. — It’s already one of the city’s deadliest blazes, but Oakland, California, authorities say casualties are expected to rise as they investigate the fire at the warehouse-turned-arts-space known as Ghost Ship. Rescuers had to halt their search late Sunday, and roughly half of the two-story building remains to be scoured, officials say. At least 36 people have been confirmed dead, including teenagers and a deputy’s son, in a huge blaze that gutted a converted warehouse during an electronic […]