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Philando Castile was shot by a police officer.... When Pamela Fergus set up the online fund-raising campaign Philando Feeds the Children, she initially set a $5,000 goal. She thought that was a pretty bold ask."I thought it was just ridiculous to think that me and a few college students could actually wrangle that kind of money," said Fergus, a professor in Minnesota.Money collected through the site would help pay off the lunch debts at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet [...]

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Police: Man tried to jump fence in Pokémon... A 36-year-old Kentucky man who authorities said tried to scale a White House fence on Tuesday while dressed as the Pokémon character Pikachu had planned to film his act in an attempt to attain fame, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court.But the man, identified as Curtis Combs, of Somerset, Ky., told arresting officers that the Secret Service closed in too quickly, interrupting his recording of a "pre-jump" ritual. [...]

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8 common medicines that could kill you The danger of overdosing on common over-the-counter (OTC) drugs is a more significant problem that many people realize.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aka NSAIDs) are great for headaches but if not taken as directed, can lead to acute gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and death.According to a report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, for the U.S. National Library of [...]

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McDonald's wants you spend more time with... McDonald's wants your child to have some fun, just without a smartphone.According to Mashable, the fast food giant has recently introduced mobile phone lockers at one of its Singapore locations, where customers can store their phones temporarily while they're visiting the restaurant.The goal is to encourage families to talk to each other during [...]

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NFL owners refused to give in to Trump on... NFL owners arrived in New York for two days of meetings this week with a huge problem.The controversy about players' protests during the national anthem rages on, and the NFL has the most passionate true believers on both sides of the issue mad at it. It has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump and some fans for not requiring players to stand for the anthem. It has angered others because the [...]

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Spam heists in Hawaii prompt retailers to put... Last month in the Pearl City community on Oahu, Safeway customer Arlene Sua watched as a man suddenly grabbed eight cases of Spamand head for the door. She thought "'OK, this isn't real. No, he's not going to take it, no, no," she told KHON TV.But it was real. The man took off with the Spam and disappeared.Elsewhere on the Island at about the same time, three women loaded up shopping carts at a Long's drugstore with 18 [...]

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Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of... Harry Potter fans owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Newton.Alice was 8 years old when her father, a Bloomsbury Publishing executive, brought home a new manuscript for her to read."The excitement in this book made me feel warm inside," she scrawled in a note to her dad. "I think it is probably one of the best books an 8/9 year old could read."Based on this glowing review, Bloomsbury published "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," launching a literary [...]

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Don't eat your placenta, researchers warn More than 200 millennia of human civilization and two centuries of modern medicine have brought us to this recent heavy-handed admonition by scientific researchers:It's probably a bad idea to eat your placenta.The 11-page, medical jargon-filled article published this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology seeks to provide a clear answer to what many view as a somewhat gross question.Over [...]

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'Springsteen on Broadway': A rock-star... The question hanging over Bruce Springsteen's Broadway debut was whether the show was going to be a concert relocated to accommodate a rock star's aging vocal cords and fan base or a genuine theatrical offering somewhere between a trumped-up cabaret and a stripped-down musical.Having now experienced "Springsteen on Broadway" at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where the show is making "Hamilton" suddenly seem like a box-office slowpoke with its runaway ticket prices, I am still not sure [...]

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Tightening the leash on fake service dogs Chris Slavin was in an elevator a couple years ago with Earle, her yellow lab service dog, sitting calmly beside her wheelchair. The elevator doors opened and in walked a woman holding a purse. In the purse was a teacup poodle the color of apricots.The doors closed just as the poodle spotted Earle. That's when the trouble started. In an instant, the poodle leaped from the purse, flung himself at Earle, and clamped his teeth into the bigger dog's snout, leaving Earle bleeding onto [...]

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Have You Seen This? Why California's musical... If you're looking for a road that does a little bit more than just, well, exist, head to Lancaster, California.Believe it or not, there's a stretch of road in the desert town near Palmdale that is designed to play music to you as you drive across it. Pretty cool, huh? Well, not quite. Turns out a bit of miscommunication between the road builders and the engineers resulted in the musical project going awry, and [...]

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United Airlines dragging incident that went... Two airport security officers have been fired and two others suspended for their roles in forcibly removing a doctor from a United Airlines flight in April at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, a raucous scene that was recorded on cellphone video and spread across the globe.The news that the Chicago Department of Aviation had taken the disciplinary action came in a quarterly report from the city's Office of Inspector General [...]

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Puerto Rico facing demographic disaster as it... Long before the winds of Hurricane Maria reached Puerto Rico, another disaster had been wrenching and scattering the lives of island residents.During the decade before Maria, economic decline and depopulation, a slower-moving catastrophe, had been taking a staggering toll: The number of residents had plunged by 11 percent, the economy had shrunk by 15 percent, and the government had become unable to pay its bills.It [...]

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Google Maps pulls cupcake calorie-counting... A new Google feature that may have seemed sweet quickly turned sour.Google Maps recently tested a feature that showed users how many calories they could burn if they walked a route instead of driving it. To illustrate those calories, the app said how many mini-cupcakes a person would burn during the jaunt."This walk burns around 313 Calories - that's almost 3 mini cupcakes," said a message within the app's walking [...]

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The Celtics are on fire! Get your tix for the... Pre-season’s going very well for the Celtics. Their October games against the Hornets were both wins as were their games against the 76rs. That’s a good sign...

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A love letter fell out of an old Paris... Henri loved Betty, and Henri loved Monet. The rest is a mystery.Like all good mysteries, this one features an elusive woman, a love affair and a random stranger who gets swept up in the story. But there's no ending - yet.In November 2015, Doug Block was packing for a 30th-anniversary trip to Paris with his wife, Marjorie Silver. The New York filmmaker pulled a used tourist guide from his bookshelf and threw it in his [...]

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'Me too': Alyssa Milano urged assault victims... Actress Alyssa Milano took to Twitter on Sunday with an idea, suggested by a friend, she said.She urged any women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to write two words on Twitter: "Me too.""If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem," wrote the actress, who is known for her roles in "Who's the Boss?," [...]

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Gravitational waves? Neutron stars? Kilonovas?... On Monday, scientists announced the first-ever observation of a cosmic event using both gravitational wave detectors and conventional telescopes. They witnessed a kilonova, a violent, brilliant explosion that occurs when two neutron stars collide.The discovery was a massive undertaking. Thousands of researchers from diverse fields in physics and astronomy played crucial roles. And there's a lot of science to understand. Here are [...]

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The ironic, enduring legacy of banning 'To Kill... The public school district in Biloxi, Mississippi, did not specify which words, exactly, in "To Kill a Mockingbird" are so objectionable that the book was yanked from an eighth-grade reading list last week, 57 years after it published."There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable," school board vice president Kenny Holloway vaguely told the Sun Herald.Some language. Maybe it's the same language that [...]

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A California family thought their dog had died... Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen were panting and out of breath as they hiked up the last hill before reaching Weaver's mother's home in Santa Rosa last week.They had been hiking for about three miles, desperately trying to reach the home to determine exactly what was left of it after wildfires swept through the area. More importantly, they needed to find out if Izzy, the family's 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, [...]

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