Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions at hearing

WASHINGTON  – A Trump judicial nominee struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator on Wednesday, including his lack of experience on trial work, the amount of depositions he’d worked on and more. During his testimony, Matthew Spencer Petersen, who currently serves as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, was asked a string of questions by GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana about his experience on trials, including how many depositions Petersen had worked […]

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Grandmother and granddaughter graduate from college together – with honors

CHICAGO – Most grandparents hope to live long enough to see their grandchildren graduate college, but one got the unique chance to follow her granddaughter across the stage and pick up a diploma of her own. “When we started together we never intended on being finished at the exact same moment so this was actually a coincidence, but we are proud and excited to be doing it together,” said granddaughter Karea Berry. The two graduated from Chicago State University Thursday. […]

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Customer finds side of cocaine with order of cheese sticks, police say

GRIFFITH, Ind. — A fast food restaurant in Northwest Indiana will remain closed until police figure out how drugs allegedly wound up in a customer’s order. A Broad Street Gyros customer called police Nov. 21 saying she thought there was cocaine in her takeout order. She told police she found a small baggie of white powder stuffed inside a plastic foam cup along with her cheese sticks, according to the Chicago Tribune. She added that, along with the owner, Carrie […]

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Woman mauled to death by her dogs while taking them for a walk

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. – A 22-year-old woman found dead in a wooded area of Virginia Thursday night after she was mauled to death by her dogs, Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said. Bethany Lynn Stephens’ father called 911 Thursday, at about 8:18 p.m., when he went looking for his daughter off Manakin Road in Goochland, where she often walked her dogs. He discovered her dogs in the woods, and he told the sheriff’s office the dogs appeared to be “guarding” Bethany’s […]

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Man fed up with porch thieves sells booby-trapped box that sends crooks running

TACOMA, Wash. – When it comes to catching package thieves, some homeowners use surveillance cameras.  But Jaireme Barrow wants to scare them away so they never come back. So about a year ago he invented something he calls “The Blank Box” – and he says business is booming. The package – an empty booby-trapped box – is left on a porch. But it’s rigged with fishing wire and a 12-gauge shotgun blank that goes off. “Now it’s ready to go,” […]

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Mother found guilty of murder after 16-year-old daughter starves to death

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa mother was convicted of murder Thursday in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter, who weighed only 85 pounds when she died, according to WHO. Nicole Finn was also found guilty of three counts of first-degree kidnapping, related to her other children. Natalie Finn died in October of 2016 after being found unresponsive and not breathing on the bare floor of a bedroom at the family’s West Des Moines home. Investigators say she was […]

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Video shows coyote attacking dog in suburban Illinois backyard

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — A suburban Illinois couple have a warning for fellow pet owners after their dog was attacked by a coyote in their own backyard. It happened so fast: just moments after Boozer stepped outside, a coyote rushed in and circled the cairn terrier briefly before rushing in and clamping down on his head, dragging the 14-pound dog around the yard. The couple’s home surveillance camera captured the attack as the coyote dragged the dog around, until Barnaby Dinges’ wife ran […]

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Doctor accused of spiking pregnant girlfriend’s tea with abortion pill

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A doctor is facing several charges after his girlfriend said he spiked her drink with an abortion pill, causing her to lose her unborn baby, according to WROC. Brook Fiske and Sikander Imran had been dating on and off for three years, when Imran, a doctor, moved from Rochester to Arlington, Va., for a new job. That’s when he learned Fiske was pregnant. “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into […]

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Americans are less religious, largely unconcerned about alleged ‘War on Christmas’ poll finds

Americans are getting a little less religious in their Christmas observance, though the vast majority still celebrate the holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, according to the Pew Center on Religion and Public Life. Pew regularly polls Americans on religious belief and observance, asking the same questions over time in order to follow trends in American religion. Here are some of the results of their poll of 1,503 Americans: In the 2017 poll, 66 percent believe Jesus was […]

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‘To the woman in the Target parking lot’ – Daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal shares emotional story

Five years later, even those who have never set foot near Newtown, Connecticut, can conjure the scene painted by police of a first-grade classroom transformed into a killing field. Dawn Hochsprung, the slain Sandy Hook principal, ran toward danger in her attempt to save students. Hochsprung’s daughter, Tina Hassinger, shared a story on Thursday about an unknown hero from that day: the “woman in the Target parking lot:” “To the woman in the Target parking lot, five years later: It […]

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