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Mail Carrier Arrested For Hoarding Nine Years’ Worth Of Mail

A mail carrier in Brooklyn is facing criminal charges for hoarding just over one ton of mail in his apartment over nine years. Joseph Brucato came under suspicion last Monday after his supervisor found undelivered mail in his car. Eventually, investigators found over 40,000 pieces of mail in his apartment, some of which dated back to 2005. Brucato’s lawyer says …

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Eye Doctors In Charlotte Charged With Prescription Drug Trafficking

Two eye doctors in Charlotte were arrested on Tuesday morning on charges of trafficking in prescription drugs at their eye care practice. Benjamin Lanier Hobbs and his brother, Samuel Ryan Hobbs, are charged with writing large amounts of prescriptions for hydrocodone, then stealing the pills. One victim said he was told to come back to the practice once he filled …

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FIFA Board Member Doesn’t Think 2022 World Cup Will Be Held in Qatar

A member of the executive board of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, said that he believes Qatar could be stripped of the 2022 World Cup due to health concerns. Theo Zwanziger of Germany told German sports magazine Sport Bild that while the venues will be air-conditioned, fans will be exposed to the full force of Qatar’s 122-degree heat when games …

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Miley Cyrus Facing Fine For Desecrating Mexican Flag

Miley Cyrus is facing a hefty fine for desecrating the Mexican flag at a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. State legislators in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, of which Monterrey is the capital, have called for the federal government to fine Cyrus the equivalent of $1,200 after one of her dancers rubbed the flag across her backside. Cyrus could also …

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Rob Ford Ends Bid For Reelection As Mayor Of Toronto

Rob Ford abandoned his bid for reelection as mayor of Toronto yesterday after being diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen. His brother, Doug, will replace him on the ballot. The City Council stripped Ford of most of his powers last November after admitting to buying crack cocaine while drunk. He had steadfastly refused to resign, however. Although he is …

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Navratilova Proposes At U.S. Open

She wasn’t playing in the tennis championship, but Martina Navratilova still walked away with a score of “love-love” on Sept. 6. While attending the U.S. Open, still ongoing at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, the retired tennis star proposed to longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova. During an interview with the Tennis Channel, Navratilova, 57, dropped to one knee and …

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Woman Who Caused Accident While Looking At Facebook Charged With Homicide

A woman from Hatton, North Dakota who caused a fatal crash in May is facing charges of negligent homicide after police determined she was looking at Facebook while at the wheel. Police in Traill County say that Abby Sletten was looking at Facebook pictures on her cell phone along Interstate 29 when she rear-ended an SUV at 85 mph. A …

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CVS Stops Selling Tobacco Products

Pharmacy giant CVS cleared its shelves of all tobacco products as of Tuesday, a month ahead of schedule. On the same day, its parent company changed its name to CVS Health. The move comes as part of a larger effort by CVS to reposition itself as a one-stop health care company. It owns prescription benefit management company CVS/Caremark, and 900 …

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Officials In Dominican Republic Cancel Miley Cyrus Concert On Moral Grounds

Officials in the Dominican Republic canceled Miley Cyrus’ planned September 13 concert in Santo Domingo due to moral concerns. Cyrus has been under fire ever since her now-infamous twerking performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. In a statement, the country’s public performance commission said that they could not allow the concert to go on because Cyrus “undertakes acts …

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Utah School Officials Apologize For Serving Girl Lunch From Trash Can

School officials in Pleasant Grove, Utah apologized on Thursday after an eighth-grader was served pizza out of a trash can for lunch. On Wednesday, Sierra Prince, a Type I diabetic with learning disabilities, wanted pizza for lunch after taking her insulin. Sierra’s school-appointed aide believed pizza was the only option to keep her from crashing, so a lunchroom employee pulled …

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Cubs’ Rotten Rain Response Stems From Obamacare Rejection

As rain began to pour down on Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, the Chicago Cubs didn’t have enough grounds crew to cover the field in time, leading to a flooded field, which led to cancellation of the contest against the visiting San Francisco Giants.  And why didn’t the home team have enough grounds crew? To avoid having to insure those …

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Nude Reality Show Sued By Contestant For Showing Too Much Nudity

Jesse Nizewitz decided to partake in reality TV show Dating Naked, but in agreement with the VH1 network that her privates would still remain private. When she tuned into her episode, however, she saw her genitals fully exposed. Worse, images of the alleged absent editing wound up on many websites, too, Nizewitz says. And now the 28-year-old model is suing …

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UNM Women’s Soccer Coach, Players Busted For Hazing

The hazing of seven freshmen teammates cost every other member of Univ. of New Mexico’s women’s soccer team a one-game suspension, said school athletic director Paul Krebs on Aug. 22. Coach Kit Vela is suspended, too, and for a week without pay, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The incident occurred on Sun., Aug. 17, and included harassing the young ladies to …

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Obama Admin Offers Birth Control Loophole

A new proposal, issued by the Dept. of Health and Human Services on Aug. 22, allows female employees to have full insurance coverage of birth control medication even if their employer objects to it on moral grounds. According to Talking Points Memo, its small stipulation calls for objecting employers to notify HHS, which will then inform the insurance companies, who …

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John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole

Mark David Chapman was denied parole on Aug. 22, the New York Daily News reports. Since his 1980 conviction for killing ex-Beatle John Lennon in New York City, this was Chapman’s eighth appearance before the parole board. In their decision, the three members of the board said “the panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a …

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Washington Post Editorial Board Won’t Use ‘Redskins’ Anymore

The Washington Post editorial board says it will still write about the local football team, but not with use of the “Redskins” name. “While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency,” the board said on Aug. 22, “we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity …

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Woman Framed Husband On Child Porn Charges, Jury Says

Meri Jane Woods of Clymer, Indiana was convicted on Aug. 19 for possession of child pornography, which she had downloaded to her computer to frame her husband during divorce proceedings. The Indiana Gazette reports that prosecutors said over 40 illegal images were saved. A court order kept Matthew Woods from the home at that time, however. Investigators found that she …

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Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Illegal, GAO Says

Because it didn’t notify congress 30 days beforehand, the Dept. of Defense broke the law when it released five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office says. GAO offered a written reply on Aug. 21 in response to an earlier request from the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel only notified congressional leaders on the …

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Teen Arrested For … Dinosaur-icide?

Responding to a class assignment with satire got a South Carolina teenager arrested on Aug. 19.  Alex Stone, a 16-year-old attending Summerville High School, was instructed to write a little about himself in a Facebook “status” mode. With intended humor, Stone wrote that he had to “take care of business” and “killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur” with a gun. Stone’s teacher …

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NRA Takes Aim At Bloomberg With Criticizing Ads (VIDEO)

The National Rifle Association just launched a series of advertisements attacking Michael Bloomberg, the leader and chief funder of Everytown for Gun Safety. The apparent goal of the ads is to make the former New York City mayor appear distant and removed from the general public, and thus reduce the weight of his and Everytown’s messages. The first in a …

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Louisiana Governor Loses Common Core Battle In State Court

Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling against the same person who appointed him to head Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court. In his Aug. 19 statement, Reuters reports, Hernandez stopped Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to block standardized tests that are part of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Common Core program. This preliminary ruling prevents Jindal from eliminating benchmark tests on fourth …

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Landslide Leads To Deaths, Missing In Hiroshima

(UPDATE: 10:54 a.m EDT on Aug. 20 – The death count is now up to 36, and seven remain missing, according to BBC.) At least six and as many as 18 are dead from a landslide occurring near Hiroshima, Japan on the early morning Aug. 20, various media report. According to ABC News, 20 residents of the suburb were injured …

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Longtime Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Dead At 96

Don Pardo, the longtime announcer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” died in his sleep on Monday night. He was 96 years old. Pardo spent 70 years as a staff announcer with NBC radio and television. However, he will be forever associated with “SNL,” having announced all but one of the show’s 39 seasons, a run that continued even after he …

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American Reporter Beheaded By ISIS

James Foley, a freelance reporter for GlobalPost, was beheaded in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claimed in a video of the assassination. According to NBC News, Foley had been missing since Nov. 2012, when he was abducted in Syria. Another American journalist – Steven Soltoff, who was captured in …

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South Carolina Man Married To At Least Four Women At The Same Time

A man in Newberry, South Carolina is facing bigamy charges after it emerged he had married at least five women since 1988–but only divorced one of them. The man, Darnell Pixley, claims it’s all a misunderstanding. Pixley’s third known wife called police after she discovered wedding photos from November 2013 showing Pixley with another woman. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster …

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35 People Found Packed In Shipping Container

As British dockworkers unloaded cargo from Belgium, they were surprised to hear shouts coming from one shipping container. Essex Police say 35 people were inside the container, which landed at the Tilbury docs of the River Thames on Aug. 16. One of the 35 has died, police say, while two others are hospitalized. Others received medical treatment for hypothermia and …

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Woman Arrested For … Cursing?

When her husband dropped a frozen pizza on top of other groceries in their shopping cart, Danielle Wolf told him to “stop squishing the f—ing bread.” Another shopper who overheard on Aug. 10 thought the curse was directed to Wolf’s children, though, and called the local authorities. Wolf was arrested by North Augusta, South Carolina police for disorderly conduct. However, …

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Lewis Black To Rush Limbaugh: ‘F*CK YOU!’

After Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments about the late Robin Williams, comedian Lewis Black lashed out at the acidic-tongued right wing talk show host with a big “F*CK YOU.”   Limbaugh blamed the left for Williams’ death as well as other issues he considered to be a factor. Noticeably absent in Limbaugh’s rant were actual issues which may have caused Robin …

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Ferguson Police Identify Officer Who Shot Michael Brown (VIDEO)

The police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9 was Darren Wilson, Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed at a press conference at 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 15.  Wilson has no record of disciplinary action in his six years with the Ferguson, Missouri police department, Jackson said, offering no other details and refusing to answer other questions. Ferguson police previously refused …

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McDaniel Sues Over Primary Loss To Cochran

Talk about your sore losers. After losing a runoff in Mississippi’s recent Republican primary, state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed suit on Aug. 14. He’s asking a state court to either reverse the results of his loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, or to do the election all over again. Why? Because McDaniel says Cochran only won the June 24 …

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Robin Williams Just Diagnosed With Parkinson’s, Wife Says

The wife of Robin Williams released a statement on Thursday offering new personal details. In her statement, Susan Schneider reveals that Williams had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. See her statement below: “Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines, or comforting …

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‘Most Wanted’ Female Fugitive Caught In Oregon

Janet Killough Barreto, a fugitive sought by U.S. Marshals for the last five years, was apprehended in Portland, Oregon on Aug. 12, CNN reports. She and husband Ramon Barreto are accused of adopting children in Guatemala, bringing them to the U.S., then abusing them. In 2008, a 2-year-old girl adopted by the Barretos died of abuse, and the couple was …

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Cookie Thief Can’t Make $5 Bond, Remains In Jail

His name might be Lucky, but he sure hasn’t been lately. Lucky Crowder was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico this past July for the minor charge of shoplifting cookies. And even though his bail was set at a low $5, he remains in jail today. In Albuquerque, bondsmen can’t post cash bail for release of detainees, KOAT reports, meaning that …

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Watch: Disturbance In Ferguson On Live Stream Video

Public demonstrations continue in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night, with the local community protesting the death of Michael Brown. St. Louis’ Fox 2 news station is currently maintaining a live stream video of the continuation of protests. See the live video below: On Aug. 8, the unarmed and 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by local police. Earlier today, Ferguson Police Department …

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Cops Won’t Identify Who Shot Michael Brown

Michael Brown was shot and killed by police on Aug. 9. Law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri has yet to identify which officer fired at the unarmed 18-year-old, though. This isn’t to hide any information, though, Mayor James Knowles told CNN, but only to prevent further violence that has unsettled all demonstration in the St. Louis suburb. “Hackers have tried to …

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Microsoft’s Ballmer Buys LA Clippers Away From Donald Sterling

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers on Aug. 12 for $2 billion, the NBA says today. Ballmer assumes ownership from Donald Sterling, who in April came under public scrutiny after the release of recordings that captured him issuing racially-inclined statements. The NBA fined him $2.5 million and officially banned him from the league, but Sterling still …

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New Electric Tesla ‘Best Car Ever Tested’ By Consumer Reports

In its recent review of the 2014 Tesla Model S, Consumer Reports says this all-electric luxury vehicle was the best automobile it ever tested, grading it 99 on a scale of 100.  The last vehicle to receive this high score was the 2009 Lexus LS460, and no automobile has ever scored higher in  evaluation by the national consumers’ union. According …

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FBI Opens Inquiry Into Death Of Missouri Teenager

  Earlier today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it has joined the investigation into the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer. The move comes less than 24 hours after Michael Brown’s death sparked rioting in this suburb of St. Louis. The FBI’s St. Louis office is looking into possible civil rights violations …

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Dust Devil Strikes Brooklyn Park

No, it wasn’t the minor league baseball team that surprised folks in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 10. It wasn’t a cordless mini-vacuum or that 1998 horror movie, either. This “dust devil” was of the weather phenomenon variety, and that normally only occurs in the hot, dry, Southwest region of the country. A small dust devil formed on Sunday afternoon …

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South Dakota Mom Sues Police For Tasing Eight-Year-Old Daughter

A South Dakota woman is suing the city of Pierre, its former police chief, and four police officers for using a Taser on her eight-year-old daughter in 2013. Although an investigation cleared the officers of wrongdoing, the mother, Dawn Stenstrom, is suing for at least $100,000 in damages for what she called “excessive force” on her daughter. Police were called …

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Paleontologists Make Goldmine Find of Prehistoric Mammals in Wyoming

The Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains was first discovered in 1970. Paleontologists recently uncovered an additional hundreds of prehistoric mammal remains deeper in the pit cave, however. So far, remains found in the recent 85-foot-deep exploration appear to be varieties of the North American lion and American cheetah, says Alan Cooper, a professor at the University of Adelaide …

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Ebola Vaccine To Be Ready In 2015

Clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine will begin shortly, the World Health Organization said on Aug. 9, and should be available for use next year. The immediate need for the vaccine may prevent it from ordinary testing, however, WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paul Kieny says. “Will it have been tested as well as other vaccines we put out in the field? …

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Race Driver Killed At Canandaigua Track (VIDEO)

After having an altercation with Tony Stewart during a race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park, Kevin Ward Jr. exited his just-crashed vehicle only to be struck and killed by Stewart on the next lap. Attendees at the sprint car event told The Sporting News that Stewart had “pinched” Ward’s vehicle around one turn on the dirt track, causing Ward to …

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Class-Action Suit: Facebook’s Monitoring Practices Violate EU Law

A privacy activist from Austria is filing the equivalent of a class-action lawsuit against Facebook on behalf of 25,000 users outside North America who claim the social network monitors their surfing activity in a manner that violates European Union privacy law. Max Schrems also claims that Facebook took part in the PRISM surveillance program. Schrems’ suit claims, among other things, …

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Limbaugh: Vegetarians Are ‘Part Of A Political Agenda’

On the August 8 broadcast of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh accused Michelle Obama of “militant vegetarianism,” claiming the First Lady’s “Healthy Kids” program pertaining to nutritious school lunches is an example of “government control.” Even worse, he said, that entire dietary preference is nothing but a political tool to control the public. “If you’re a vegetarian and you don’t …

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NRA’s Questionable Video Gets Relaunched By Opposing Group (VIDEO)

After running only four days, a questionable NRA video has been removed from its website and YouTube page, apparently because of public protest regarding its audacity. The pro-gun safety group Moms Demand Action saved a copy of the video, though. In the August 4 episode of “NRA News,” host Dom Raso promoted gun ownership by the sight impaired. Blind people …

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Hawaii Preps For Two Hurricanes

Hawaii is making up for its rare hurricane occurrences with two that are projected to strike in the next few days. Hurricane Iselle should strike the main island of Hawaii on the night of Aug. 7, the National Weather Service says, bringing much rain and high surf. On Sunday or Monday, Hurricane Julio is expected to reach the same Big …

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Becky Hammon Hired As Assistant With San Antonio Spurs

Yesterday, the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs announced they had hired longtime WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. She is the first woman to be a full-time assistant coach in the NBA’s 65-year history. Hammon has played the last seven years with the Spurs’ “sister” team in the WNBA, the San Antonio Stars; she will take up her coaching …

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Bears TE Suspended For Body-Slamming Teammate (VIDEO)

Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett has been indefinitely suspended “for conduct detrimental to the team,” the Bears announced on Aug. 5. The suspension resulted from an altercation between Bennett and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, the team’s 2014 first-round draft pick, during training camp on Aug. 4. During Monday’s practice, Fuller pulled Bennett to the ground while attempting to strip away …