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O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison for armed robbery

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with…

Thursday, Jul 20

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Sen. John McCain says 'I'll be back soon' as he battles brain cancer

Chicago Tribune

Battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain on Thursday promised to return to work, making a good-natured dig at his Republican and Democratic colleagues who were jolted by news of the six-term lawmaker's diagnosis. "I greatly appreciate the…

Wednesday, Jul 19

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Student suspended from University of Central Florida for tweeting ex-girlfriend's apology note

Chicago Tribune

Nick Lutz says the four-page apology note, handwritten on lined white notebook paper, appeared under the windshield wiper of his truck last winter.

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Florida panther killed by vehicle near Naples

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An endangered Florida panther was struck and killed by a vehicle. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the female panther's remains were found Tuesday near Naples in Collier County. Officials said the panther was…

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Scientists plan to trick Zika-carrying mosquitoes into breeding themselves out of existence

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This summer, a Silicon Valley tech company will have millions of machine-raised, bacteria-infected mosquitoes packed into windowless white vans, driven inland and released into the wild - or, at least, the streets of Fresno, California.

Friday, Jul 14

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Man killed 4 Pennsylvania men after feeling cheated in drug deals, burned bodies: source

Chicago Tribune

A drug dealer has confessed to killing four young Pennsylvania men after he felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions and then burned their bodies at his family's farm in suburban Philadelphia, a person with firsthand…

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Biggest Social Security increase in years projected by trustees

Chicago Tribune

Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program.

Thursday, Jul 13

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A monkey took a selfie. PETA says he owns the copyright. 'Where does it end?'

A curious monkey with a toothy grin and a knack for pressing a camera button was back in the spotlight Wednesday as a federal appeals court heard arguments on whether an animal can hold a copyright to selfie photos. A 45-minute hearing…

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Kid Rock hints at potential U.S. Senate run in Michigan

Chicago Tribune

The musician from suburban Detroit is teasing his potential 2018 candidacy, though it is news to Michigan Republicans.

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Human remains discovered in search for 4 missing men in Pennsylvania

The body of one of four missing young men was found along with other human remains inside a 12-foot-deep common grave on a Pennsylvania farm linked to a 20-year-old man taken into custody Wednesday.

Wednesday, Jul 12

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Snakes on a plane: Customs agents find cobras inside mail at JFK Airport

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents received a slithery surprise when they checked a mail container at Kennedy International Airport. The agency said Tuesday that officials seized five live king cobras and three geckos during an…

Tuesday, Jul 11

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Backpage has always claimed it doesn't control sex-related ads. New documents show otherwise

A contractor for the controversial classifieds website Backpage.com has been aggressively soliciting and creating sex-related ads, despite Backpage's repeated insistence that it had no role in the content of ads posted on its site,…

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At least 16 dead after military plane crashes in Mississippi

A U.S. Marine refueling tanker crashed into a soybean field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 16 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said.

Monday, Jul 10

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'Despacito' singer Daddy Yankee becomes first Latino artist to reach No. 1 on Spotify

In 2004, the pulsating, intensely catchy beats of Daddy Yankee's mostly Spanish song "Gasolina" hit dance clubs around the world, helping launch the Puerto Rican artist - and reggaeton - into the mainstream. The song, and Daddy Yankee, …

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Colorado teen bit in head by bear wakes up to 'crunching sound'

Chicago Tribune

A teen staffer at a Colorado camp fought off a bear after waking up Sunday to find the animal biting his head and trying to drag him away.

Saturday, Jul 8

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FBI: Flight attendant broke wine bottle over unruly man's head on flight from Seattle

Chicago Tribune

A flight attendant broke a wine bottle over the head of a man who lunged for an exit door and fought with other passengers during a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle to Beijing, but it didn't faze him, an FBI agent wrote in charging…

Friday, Jul 7

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A trillion-ton iceberg the size of Delaware is about to break off Antarctica

Scientists are divided about the impact of climate change on this particular break in Antarctica's ice shelf. (July 7, 2017). Scientists are divided about the impact of climate change on this particular break in Antarctica's ice shelf. …

Thursday, Jul 6

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United gave toddler's seat away — and made his mom hold him for 3-hour flight

United Airlines has apologized to a passenger who was forced to give up her 2-year-old son's seat and hold the child on a flight - until her leg and arm went numb. Shirley Yamauchi, a middle school teacher from Hawaii, was bound for a…

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Newly unearthed photo shows Amelia Earhart survived her final flight, investigators say

That question has captivated the public ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 as she attempted to become the first female pilot to fly around the world.

Wednesday, Jul 5

Officer fatally shot in the Bronx; suspect dead

Authorities say a New York police officer who was been shot in her patrol car has died.

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Prince's former drummer dies at 43 near Tampa

One of Prince's drummers, 43-year-old John Blackwell Jr., has died in Florida. Blackwell's wife, Yaritza Blackwell, said in a post Tuesday on his official Instagram account that he died "peacefully" in her company. She thanked God for his…

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North Korea vows more 'gift packages' of missile tests for U.S.

Grinning broadly, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delighted in the global furor created by his nation's first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, vowing Wednesday to never abandon nuclear weapons and to keep sending Washington…

Tuesday, Jul 4

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72 hot dogs in 10 minutes means Joey Chestnut wins again!

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut continues his reign as the chowing champion at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York.

Monday, Jul 3

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Christie defends use of beach closed to public amid shutdown

Gov. Chris Christie is defending his use of a beach closed to the public during New Jersey's government shutdown, saying he had previously announced his vacation plans and the media had simply "caught a politician keeping his word."

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Trump sparks furor with video targeting CNN

President Donald Trump, who has reveled in his confrontational style with the news media, sparked fierce debate Sunday over whether he is inciting violence against journalists by posting a doctored video clip showing him bashing the head…

Saturday, Jul 1

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Fyre Festival founder charged with wire fraud

The promoter behind a failed music festival that was in the Bahamas was arrested Friday in New York on a wire fraud charge. Billy McFarland was charged with scheming to defraud investors in his company, Fyre Media, and Fyre Festival that…

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Soccer star Messi marries childhood sweetheart in Argentina hometown

Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart married Friday night at a ceremony in his Argentine hometown attended by some of the biggest names in soccer. About 250 guests attended the marriage of Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo at a luxury…

Friday, Jun 30

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Venus Williams sued by crash victims' family in Palm Beach Gardens

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Tennis star Venus Williams is being sued by the family of Jerome Barson, 78, who died after a car crash police say she caused. The Palm Beach County Court Clerk's Office confirmed the family of 78-year-old Jerome Barson filed the lawsuit…

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Feeling blue? Crayola seeks help naming its new crayon

The iconic crayon maker left it to fans to come up with a name for a new blue crayon replacing the recently retired color dandelion. After receiving nearly 90,000 submissions, Crayola narrowed it down to five names for the crayon based on…

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Scaled-back Trump travel ban takes effect; Hawaii challenges family rules

A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.