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    Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON — Claiming to target ISIS, Russia conducted its first airstrikes in Syria, while U.S. officials expressed serious doubts Wednesday about what the true intentions behind the move may be. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, warplanes targeted eight ISIS positions, including arms, transportation, communications and control positions. But U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter countered that claim. “I want to be careful about confirming information, but it does appear that they (Russian airstrikes) were in areas where there probably were […]


    NCAA ban on athlete pay is upheld

    NEW YORK – The NCAA restrictions that prevent college athletes from getting paid were upheld by a Federal Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. The court rejected a lower court’s call for the NCAA to allow football and basketball players to be paid up to $5,000 per year in deferred compensation. It’s a major win for the organization and its member schools which have been fighting the notion of paying student athletes. The decision comes in a court case filed by […]

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    Historic raising of Palestinian flag at United Nations

    NEW YORK — It’s a watershed moment that has won support on many fronts, but drawn condemnation from Israel and the United States. The Palestinian flag was raised outside the headquarters of the United Nations in New York for the first time Wednesday. Under cloudy skies, the politically sensitive flag raising ceremony took place at 1:16 p.m. at the U.N.’s Rose Garden. The Palestinian flag is flying at the United Nations for the first time in a historic move: […]

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    Senate passes bill to fund government; House has until midnight to prevent shutdown

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House of Representatives has until midnight to prevent the government from shutting down. On Wednesday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to keep the government funded through Dec. 11. The bill passed 78 to 20 and now goes to the House, which must act before midnight to prevent a shutdown. Negotiations  to create a longer-term government funding bill, an increase in the debt ceiling, approval of new funds for highway construction, passage of expiring tax provisions are expected […]

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    Student shoots, injures principal in South Dakota

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A student shot and injured the principal at Harrisburg High School near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Wednesday, district Superintendent Jim Holbeck said. Kevin Lein was wounded in the arm and was in good condition, Holbeck said. The student, whose identity was not disclosed by police and has not yet been charged, was tackled by two school employees and is in custody, Holbeck said. The incident happened when the student came into a main office and […]

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    Clerk who refused to marry same-sex couples says she met with Pope Francis

    WASHINGTON — Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, met privately with Pope Francis last week during his visit to the United States, her legal team said. The meeting took place Thursday at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, according to the statement on the Liberty Council website. Mat Staver, the lawyer for Davis, said the session lasted 10 minutes and was just between the Pope, his client and […]

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    Georgia inmate Kelly Gissendaner executed after failed appeals

    After a five-hour delay, Georgia death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner was executed early Wednesday morning for her role in the killing of her husband. Gissendaner was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but her lawyers filed appeals to state and federal courts in her final hours to try to spare her life. Her children had to make a heart-wrenching choice Tuesday: go see their mother one last time, or make a final appeal in front of the Georgia Board […]

  • John Mogan, 28, and his girlfriend Ashley Duboe, 24, both face felony charges of third degree robbery and fifth degree theft, the sheriff's office and Ashville police department said in a press release. The two were in custody Tuesday, September 29, 2015, on $250,000 bonds, Circleville Municipal Court official Molly Tootle said. Authorities Mogan robbed an Ohio bank in August; a few weeks later, he and his girlfriend posted images of them with cash.

    Authorities: Man robs bank, posts photos to Facebook

    When isn’t it a good idea to post photos online playfully eating a chunk of bills, pretending a wad of cash is a telephone grinning from ear-to-ear while holding sums of money in both hands? When you’ve allegedly robbed a bank. That’s what authorities in Ashville, Ohio claim John Mogan did last month before possibly giving himself away a few weeks later in his Facebook posts. “Good decision-making isn’t his strong suit,” said Lt. Dale Parish of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office […]

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    6-year-old with cancer becomes superhero for a day

    A webslinger got to live out a childhood fantasy. Six-year-old Mable has leukemia and, just like “Batkid” in 2013, had one wish she wanted fulfilled – to be a superhero for a day. The Children’s Wish Foundation and the city of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada dedicated an entire day to ‘Spider-Mable.’ When Spider-Mable learned on a ‘newscast’ that Edmonton Oilers captain had been kidnapped, she swung into action. Edmonton’s premier Rachel Notley got in on it as well as the Edmonton Police. […]

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    FBI: Perps used fake sweepstakes to cheat elderly out of $695,000

    NEW YORK — An FBI investigation uncovered a sweepstakes scheme that allegedly cheated seven elderly victims out of $695,000, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn charged three people with mail and wire fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors say the perps told their victims, in calls or letters, to say they had received huge winnings in a sweepstakes — as much as $3.5 million. They asked for money via check or wire transfer to cover taxes and fees. […]

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    Planned Parenthood president grilled at House hearing

    WASHINGTON — Republicans accused Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on Tuesday of spending $40 million on “lavish” priorities during a heated and emotional congressional hearing on the embattled organization. In more than four hours of questioning, House Republicans painted a picture of Richards and other Planned Parenthood leaders hosting pricey parties, flying first class and spending more time fundraising than focusing on women’s health care. “The question before us is: Does this organization — does Planned Parenthood really need a […]