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North Korea’s failed Olympians hope to avoid the gulags
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:23:16 +0100
As North Koreans return home this week from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, possibly without any medals, Olympians hope to avoid the gulags — a fate the losers of the 1966 World Cup are believed to have experienced. Twenty-two North Koreans participated...
WWE hype video puts Ronda Rousey in a time machine
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:21:20 +0100
Call it a Rousey reboot. WWE reintroduced Ronda Rousey to its audience and gave fans their first look at her as a wrestler in a hype video Monday night on “Raw.” It comes as the opportunity to see her wrestle live is growing nearer. The former...
State troopers pay for woman to attend funeral for friend killed in massacre
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:19:35 +0100
Two New York state troopers paid for a woman’s airfare to attend the funeral of a childhood friend killed in the Florida massacre after she showed up in tears at LaGuardia Airport, according to a report. Jordana Judson, 23, a graduate of Parkland’s...
Gun enthusiast makes powerful statement with his AR-15
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:15:15 +0100
A New York gun owner is making a statement about gun control — by sawing off the barrel of his AR-15. Scott Pappalardo of upstate Middletown posted a Facebook video Saturday, explaining his reasoning for wanting to destroy his gun — the same...
The Olympic rival Russian curling doper screwed is furious
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:01:59 +0100
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — A Norwegian curler who lost out on the Olympic bronze medal to a Russian rival charged with doping said Tuesday he feels robbed of his moment of glory. Magnus Nedregotten and his partner finished fourth in mixed doubles last...
Fallout from ‘disgusting’ chant at black NHLer: Bans, anger
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:59:23 +0100
This wasn’t the first time Devante Smith-Pelly has had racial taunts directed at him during a hockey game. And the Capitals forward knew immediately what the intent of the message was when a few fans began chanting “basketball, basketball,...
Brute kicked pregnant woman in stomach over $2: cops
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:39:22 +0100
Police in Philadelphia are searching for a brute who they say kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach after she refused to give him $2. The victim, a 33-year-old woman who is five months pregnant, was standing outside a Dunkin’ Donuts at 10th and...
Unions accuse Disney World of holding $1K bonuses hostage
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:22:01 +0100
Mickey Mouse is holding hostages. A coalition of unions at Disney World has a federal unfair labor practice complaint accusing the Mouse House of holding hostage the $1,000 cash bonuses due their 35,000 workers — unless the employees accept the company’s...
Walmart shares fall after digital sales taper off
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:18:48 +0100
Is that all there is? Disappointed Walmart investors raced to the exits on Tuesday morning after the discounter reported online sales gains had slumped significantly. Shares of the Bentonville, Ark., chain were down 8.7 percent, to $95.56 at 9:47 a.m....
Young lefty begins to open eyes at Mets camp
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:14:44 +0100
Lefty pitcher P.J. Conlon is among the non-roster invitees on Mickey Callaway’s radar early. Conlon threw live batting practice Monday. “He was throwing the ball where he wanted to, pitching in off the plate, good changeup down and away,” Callaway...
Cops to clothes donors: Please remove your drugs before giving
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:07:06 +0100
Leave the clothes. Remove the drugs. A Missouri police department is kindly asking do-gooders planning to donate clothes to an area thrift store to “please remove your drugs before donating your clothing.” The Crestwood Police Department in the city...
Professor getting rape threats over push to recall Brock Turner judge
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:04:58 +0100
The woman leading the campaign to disrobe a judge who sentenced a Stanford swimmer to just six months in jail for sexual assault has received two harrowing threats of rape — including one encased in a so-called “glitter bomb” — in the...
Missing Uber driver found alive in hospital after frantic search
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:03:57 +0100
Joshua Thiede, who was last seen driving out of his Los Angeles apartment on Feb. 11 while working for Lyft, was found alive and is currently in a local hospital, Fox Los Angeles reported. There is no other immediate information on Thiede’s condition....
Lindsey Vonn’s last Olympics hope: a ‘medical miracle’
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:57:31 +0100
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn, the most successful World Cup woman skier of all-time, is “99.9 percent sure” that Wednesday will mark her final Olympic downhill race. She is not retiring just yet though. The 33-year-old American’s...
Mueller charges lawyer with making false statements in Russia probe
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:40:08 +0100
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday charged a lawyer with making false statements to FBI agents conducting the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Alex Van Der Zwaan, the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan, made the...
Majority of Americans think more can be done to stop mass shootings
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:32:10 +0100
A poll conducted after the massacre at a Florida high school shows that the majority of Americans think Congress and President Trump are not doing enough to stop mass shootings. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed faulted Congress for its inaction,...
Aaron Rodgers’ good-luck kiss backfired for Danica Patrick
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:30:55 +0100
Patrick confirmed her relationship with Rodgers in January.
Skater whose breast popped out now can leave Olympics happy
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:17:30 +0100
A day later, the tears were happy. French ice skaters Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis, who fought through a wardrobe malfunction Monday, took home the silver Tuesday with a record-breaking performance (a record that would last all of 15 minutes,...
Woman kicked off flight over period pain
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:57:48 +0100
A woman was kicked off an Emirates flight along with her boyfriend after she was overheard complaining to him about period pain, according to a report. Beth Evans, 24, and Josh Moran, 26, said they were booted from the Saturday flight from Birmingham...
North Korea could be closer to launching massive cyberattacks
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:57:09 +0100
North Korea is expanding operations of its sophisticated cyber-espionage unit, which is poised to unleash attacks against aerospace and defense industries, according to a new study. California-based cyber-security company FireEye said a Pyongyang-linked...
Trump blames Obama for sparking Russia collusion claims
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:35:46 +0100
President Trump lashed out at his predecessor Barack Obama on Tuesday and used the former president’s own words to bolster the case that his campaign didn’t help Russians tamper with the 2016 election. “There is no serious person out...
Slovenian hockey player tests positive for doping
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:04:35 +0100
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A Slovenian hockey player has become the third athlete to test positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol in an in-competition test. Fenoterol...
Florida shooter obtained 10 rifles in year before massacre
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:50:33 +0100
The Florida school shooter had obtained 10 rifles in the year before he went on his killing spree, a report said on Tuesday. A law enforcement source told CNN that Nikolas Cruz had gotten possession of the firearms and authorities were trying to track...
Court names wealthy man sole guardian of 13 surrogate children
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:15:59 +0100
BANGKOK – A Thai court on Tuesday said it ruled in favor of a wealthy Japanese man who had fathered 13 surrogate children in Thailand, naming him their legal parent and sole guardian. The case harks back to late 2014, when Thai police said they...
‘Baby factory’ businessman wins custody of 13 kids he fathered via surrogates
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:15:59 +0100
BANGKOK — A Thai court on Tuesday said it ruled in favor of a wealthy Japanese man who had fathered 13 surrogate children in Thailand, naming him their legal parent and sole guardian. The case harks back to late 2014, when Thai police said they...
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Mets respond to Donald Trump Jr. photo backlash
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:35:00 +0100
PORT ST. LUCIE — Zack Wheeler used a mulligan Saturday in explaining his feelings on the Mets’ decision to add veteran lefty Jason Vargas. A day earlier, the right-hander was short in his responses to reporters’ questions on the subject, and says...
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Mom jailed after baptizing daughter
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:04:23 +0100
A North Carolina woman is spending a week in the county jail — because she had her daughter baptized. Kendra Stocks, of Charlotte, began her sentence on Friday after being found in contempt of court. Stocks, 36, had the rite performed on her then-two-year-old...
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FCC chief probed over Sinclair-Tribune deal
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:26:10 +0100
The Federal Communications Commission’s controversial chairman is being probed. The FCC’s internal watchdog has opened an investigating into whether Ajit Pai timed a rule change last April to benefit Sinclair Broadcasting, a New Jersey lawmaker confirmed...
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Stormy Daniels really cashing in on the ‘Trump effect’
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:24:00 +0100
The porn star is “booked solid” every weekend for the next year.
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Theaters pining hopes on strong ‘Black Panther’ turnout
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:14:13 +0100
No one will be applauding louder after showings of “Black Panther” than theater owners. Faced with slumping ticket sales, theater owners believe the Marvel Studios release — directed by an African-American and featuring a mostly black cast — could...
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Rangers’ futility against the Islanders reaches a new low
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:55:19 +0100
The pucks trickled in and around the crease from time to time, but the Rangers couldn’t find a way to slam any of them home. They spent the rest of the night still trying to figure out their crosstown foes. The Islanders won their sixth straight rivalry...
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YMCA let alleged child molester work as counselor: suit
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:32:44 +0100
A YMCA center in Indiana let an alleged child molester work as a counselor for weeks, despite there being an open investigation against him — which they knew about, a lawsuit says. Michael Begin Jr., 18, is accused of molesting 17 children while employed...
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‘Awesome’ Aaron Boone won over Giancarlo Stanton quickly
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:14:33 +0100
TAMPA — Aaron Boone’s initial message to the Yankees was very clear. “I just wanted to stress the importance of spring training. I believe we have a very good team, a team with a lot of potential but understanding that’s what it is right now,’’...
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LeBron disses Fox News host over ‘shut up and dribble’ comment
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:27:24 +0100
LeBron James dissed Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham on Saturday – calling her “whatever her name is” and vowing to keep speaking his mind on social issues. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, speaking to reporters in Los Angeles ahead of...
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Hundreds hold vigil for victims of Florida school shooting
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:18:46 +0100
PARKLAND, Fla. — At least 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night for the 17 people killed in a Florida school shooting, some of them sobbing openly as the victims’ names were read aloud. “Each name was like my heart skipped...
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Dog food brands recalled over concerns about euthanasia drug
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:04:18 +0100
SAN FRANCISCO — The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals. The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet...
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Mall manager fatally shot, 3 in custody: police
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:57:08 +0100
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Police say gunfire at an Alabama mall has left the mall manager dead, another person wounded and at least three people in custody. Fairfield police Chief Nick Dyer says gunfire erupted Thursday afternoon outside Western Hills Mall...
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Shaun White back on top of the Olympic snowboarding world
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:12:57 +0100
Snowboarding star Shaun White is a three-time Olympic champion. The American threw down a spectacular final run in men’s halfpipe to slip by Japan’s Ayumu Hirano. White’s score of 97.75 was a touch better than Hiramo’s 95.25. The...
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Powerball winner demanding anonymity will get her $559M prize
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:22:14 +0100
NASHUA, N.H. — A woman who won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot will get her money as a legal fight over releasing her identity plays out in court. In a court filing on Thursday, the New Hampshire Lottery Commission approved the payment to a trust...
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Teacher in video body-slamming student reportedly fired
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:48:34 +0100
A substitute teacher in North Carolina was fired this week after video footage emerged of him apparently slamming a 12-year-old student to the ground. The incident, which reportedly took place Wednesday at Western Guilford Middle School in Greensboro,...
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Newly discovered bones may be remains of infamous pirate
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:24:29 +0100
YARMOUTH, Mass. — Researchers are set to discuss their efforts to determine whether human bones recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck are those of the infamous pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth, Massachusetts,...
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Lowly Senators chase Lundqvist in another Rangers defeat
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:55:42 +0100
OTTAWA — It was as if the steam could be seen emanating from underneath the helmet of Henrik Lundqvist as he went the locker room before the final horn once again. The Rangers goalie was pulled for the third time in the past eight games as his team...
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Lawmakers with ties to NRA not ready to condemn guns after school shooting
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:56:45 +0100
Don’t take sides. Don’t jump to conclusions. You can’t stop evil. That’s what lawmakers who support the National Rifle Association said in response to the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead Wednesday. House Speaker Paul Ryan...
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Islanders faithful getting restless after another troubling defeat
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:03:01 +0100
This is a week that could make or break the Islanders’ season, with three straight games against division opponents who, like them, are stuck in the pack chasing a playoff spot. They opened with a dud. The Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals to...
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Eric Trump: Domestic abusers are the ‘lowest of the low’
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:49:49 +0100
Eric Trump slammed domestic abusers as the “lowest of the low” during an interview on Tuesday while claiming the hoax powder sent to his brother, Donald Trump Jr., may have come from a person in Boston. President Trump’s second eldest...
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Hellacious winds wreaking havoc on Mikaela Shiffrin’s Olympics schedule
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 03:44:38 +0100
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin’s debut at the wind-blown Pyeongchang Olympics has been postponed a second time. Plans to run the slalom, with Shiffrin defending her title from 2014, have now been shelved, one hour after the original...
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Pastor accused of robbing Sunday school teacher
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:38:59 +0100
TOLEDO, Ohio — Police say a gun-wielding Ohio pastor and two family members have robbed a Sunday school teacher at their church. The Blade newspaper reports St. Paul’s AME pastor Anthony Morris, along with his wife, Zelda Morris, and 19-year-old...
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Ilya Kovalchuk helps Russia rout the United States
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:03:46 +0100
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ilya Kovalchuk scored two back-breaking goals as the Russians outplayed, outhit and outclassed the United States in a convincing 4-0 shutout Saturday night as each team wrapped up pool play at the Olympics. With the loss, the...
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Trump’s national security adviser calls evidence of Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:18:50 +0100
U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has told an international audience that the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 American election is beyond dispute. H.R. McMaster was answering a question from a Russian delegate, shortly...
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Doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:41:30 +0100
BEIRUT — Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run news agency reported Saturday....
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