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    “Ugly Betty” actress America Ferrera thanks Donald Trump for comments on Mexico

    “Ugly Betty” actress America Ferrera is thanking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his controversial comments on Latino immigrants. In an open letter featured on the Huffington Post, Ferrera thanks Trump for his comments because they have “ignited a fire” in Latino voters. “You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that” Ferrera’s letter reads. “Here we are pounding the pavement to […]

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    ‘If I get a chance, I’ll take him out:’ Wisconsin man threatens to kill President Barack Obama

    TOMAH, Wis. – A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama. Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, “the usurper is here and if I get a chance, I’ll take him out and I’ll take the shot,” referring to Obama, who was in Wisconsin promoting his proposal for overtime pay reform. According to the warrant, Dutcher confirmed in […]

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    Charleston shooting: Donors give $3 million to church scholarship fund

    Here’s one more way Charleston’s mayor says his community is fighting hate with love after nine people were gunned down in a church massacre: A $3 million scholarship fund. The Reverend Pinckney Scholarship Fund, created by anonymous donors and announced Thursday, will help the victims’ families and others affiliated with Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, officials said. “What a tremendous opportunity to show the world once more and again that goodness of heart overtakes evil, and that we continuously show […]

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    Activist who took down Confederate flag says it’s ‘my calling as a freedom fighter’

    The woman who shimmied up a flagpole at the South Carolina state capitol last week and removed the Confederate battle flag told CNN she has no regrets about doing it, even if she serves time for it. Bree Newsome, a filmmaker and activist from Charlotte, North Carolina, told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” that she accepts potential jail time as “part of my calling as a freedom fighter.” Newsome and fellow activist James Tyson were charged with defacing state property after […]

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    Should you become Facebook friends with your coworkers?

    NEW YORK — Techtiquette answers your burning questions about the proper way to use technology in social situations. Dear Hope, My friend has a hard and fast rule about being friends with her coworkers on Facebook: Don’t do it, and maybe never do it, even if you or they leave the company. I just graduated from college, and am in my first full-time job. Should I follow her advice? Or is it OK to be friends with them online? What […]

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    New bubble wrap is ‘unpoppable’ – but why?!

    Stuffed beside the terrible birthday gift your grandma mailed was always the one redemption: Bubble Wrap. That instantly amusing piece of packaging is losing its pop — literally. Sealed Air, the company that created the material in 1960, introduced a version that will no longer pop, according to the Wall Street Journal. Instead, air will shift in columns of bubbles. The new design comes in sheets, allowing more to be stored and shipped at one time — yes, packages of […]

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    ‘Pulled back the wrong side throttle': Newly released audio reveals mistake seconds before deadly crash

    “Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle.” These are the words of the captain of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, eight seconds before the plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a Taiwanese river mere minutes after takeoff, killing 43 people on board. The latest report by Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council into the February crash confirms that the captain of the ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft mistakenly switched off the plane’s working engine after the other lost power. The plane is designed […]

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    End of an era: ‘Maria’ retiring from ‘Sesame Street’

    It’s the end of an era on “Sesame Street.” This week, it was announced that the street is losing one of its most beloved neighbors, Sonia Manzano. Manzano has played ‘Fix-It’ shop owner, Maria, for almost 45 years. However, the 65-year-old Puerto Rican actress revealed that she is retiring. Manzano first appeared on “Sesame Street” in 1971 and became a regular character in 1974. Sonia Manzano, who is retiring from SESAME STREET after 44 years of playing Maria, was my […]


    Bodies of Arizona couple missing since last month possibly found in nearby home

    MARICOPE, Ariz. — Bodies thought to be of Mike and Tina Careccia, an Arizona couple missing since June 22, have been found and a man has been arrested in the case, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said Thursday morning. Authorities used a backhoe to dig near the home of the couple, CNN affiliate KNXV-TV in Phoenix reported. The sheriff’s office had served a search warrant in Maricopa, near the Careccias’ house. “Our search of the property on West Papago Road […]


    “It’s just disgusting,” School charges mom $77,000 to access e-mails about her son

    GOODRICH, Mich. — A mother said she was given a $77,000 price tag when she tried to get information from her son’s school. The controversy surrounds e-mails regarding Sherri Smith’s son, who has an intellectual disability, according to WNEM. Smith says she wanted a year’s worth of email correspondence about her child, so she filed a Freedom of Information Act request. That’s when the district sent her a bill of more than $77,000. “It’s just disgusting they would ask that […]

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    What’s behind increase in shark attacks off the Carolinas?

    Sharks have attacked 10 people off the coast of North and South Carolina this year, according to the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, including a man bitten Wednesday on the Outer Banks’ Ocracoke Island. That’s higher than the average of six attacks a year off the coasts of those two states. What’s behind the increase? A number of factors could be contributing to the apparent rash of attacks, such as warmer water and drought conditions, said […]