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    Actor who played Anakin Skywalker arrested in South Carolina

    Jake Broadbent, the actor best known for playing Anakin Skywalker as a child in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” was arrested after leading South Carolina police on a high-speed chase last week. Trying to avoid being pulled over, Broadbent, 26, also known as Jake Lloyd, endangered other drivers as he passed cars on a double yellow line and sped up to avoid police Wednesday afternoon, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. The Charleston County […]

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    Obama uses N-word, says we are ‘not cured’ of racism

    President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview released Monday with comedian Marc Maron. Obama weighed in for the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” on the national debate on race relations and gun control that has been reignited after the Charleston shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Obama said that progress on race relations has been made, citing his own experience as a young man who […]

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    Ex-White House chef’s body found in New Mexico

    The body of former White House executive chef Walter Scheib was found Sunday in the mountains of New Mexico where he had gone hiking, officials said. Scheib, who served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has been absent since June 13 when he left to go for a hike alone on a mountain trail in Taos, New Mexico. He was later reported missing by a family member. On Thursday, investigators tracked Scheib’s cell phone signal to a mountain […]

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    Apple caves after Taylor Swift threatens to pull album

    Taylor Swift appears to have prompted a policy change at Apple, after threatening to withhold her album “1989” from the company’s streaming music service over royalty payments. Swift’s issue is the three-month free trial period Apple is promoting. “Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months,” she wrote. “I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.” She added: “It’s not too late to change this policy […]

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    This is how easy it is to buy guns in America

    NEW YORK — It’s not that difficult to buy a gun in America. Hundreds of stores sell guns, from big chains like Wal-Mart to family-run shops like Ken’s Sporting Goods & Liquor Store in Crescent, Ore. Or you can attend one of the dozens of gun shows that take place almost every weekend nationwide. People also regularly buy guns from neighbors or family members. A background check is conducted only in store purchases. There, gun buyers have to fill out […]

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    Dylann Roof and Michael Slager are jail neighbors, police confirm

    SOURCE: Tribune Media Wire and CNN Wire (the first four paragraphs are TMW – everything else is taken from a CNN Wire story. Put both as authors, or you can remove the CNN copy below the “Roof, who allegedly admitted…” paragraph if desired) CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police have confirmed accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof and Michael Slager, the former police officer who shot Walter Scott in the back, are jail neighbors. The church shooting that claimed nine victims put the […]

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    This son is putting your Father’s Day gift to shame

    Nick Kaczorowski is putting your Father’s Day gift to shame. He is giving the gift of life in the form of a kidney donation to his father. His 55-year-old father, Lance, has end-stage renal disease, and in November, learned his kidney function had completely shut down. That news left his father with three options if he wanted to survive: undergo dialysis treatments three times a week, wait for a cadaver kidney transplant, or find a suitable match from a living […]

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    New typeface simulates reading with dyslexia

    Not until he was a 22-year-old university student did Daniel Britton finish reading a book. He is not lazy or a slow learner, as prior teachers had believed. He is dyslexic. The labels placed on Britton as a child are not uncommon. Language-based learning disabilities affect 1 in 5 students, and dyslexia is the most prevalent. Yet the disorder is widely misunderstood. “People who’ve never been dyslexic don’t understand what it’s like,” said Britton, who lives in Hartley, England. A […]

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    Charleston murder suspect told investigators he wanted to start a race war

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Dylann Roof confessed to shooting and killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., law enforcement officials told CNN. One of the officials said Roof told investigators he wanted to start a “race war.” Roof bought the .45-caliber handgun used in the shooting at a Charleston gun store, the source said. Investigators had been told Roof’s father bought him a gun for his birthday. He’s due in court Friday afternoon for a bond hearing. A […]

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    Friend of Boston marathon bombers gets 30-month sentence

    Khairullozhon Matanov, a friend of Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Thursday for obstructing the bombing investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts. Matanov pleaded guilty in March to one count of “destroying, altering, and falsifying records, documents, and tangible objects in a federal investigation, specifically information on his computer” and three counts of “making materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements in a federal terrorism investigation,” the […]

  • The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest AME church in the South. Nine people died in a hate crime shooting on June 17, 2015.

    Charleston victims: 9 lives lost to family and community

    CHARLESTON, SC — They gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to study the Bible — a small group, 13 people. Many were familiar faces. One was a stranger. But it was unfathomable that he was a killer lying in wait, a man who would kill nine churchgoers and church leaders in cold blood. Police say Dylann Roof went to the church in Charleston, two hours from his home, and shot dead the pastor, other reverends and people who […]