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Hurricane Irma strengthens to Category 5, aims at Caribbean islands

September 5, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –Hurricane Irma strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm Tuesday as it roared toward the northeast Caribbean on a path toward the U.S. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 175mph (280 kph) and was centered about 270 miles (440 kilometers) east of Antigua. It was moving…

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Commissioner Richard Ross on death of missing Temple student: Suspect charged, “There are a lot of things we just don’t know right now”

September 2, 2017

UPDATE, 5:33 pm: AP is reporting that an  autopsy examination has determined that Jenna Burleigh was killed by a combination of blunt force trauma and strangulation. ————– By Monica Peters Joshua Hupperterz, a former Temple student with a criminal history, has been charged in the death of a 22-year-old missing woman. Police confirmed during a…

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Judge tosses most serious charges in Penn State frat death of Tim Piazza

September 1, 2017

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Friday threw out involuntary manslaughter and felony assault counts filed against members of a Penn State fraternity in a pledge’s alcohol hazing-related death, ordering 12 of the frat brothers to stand trial on lesser counts. District Justice Allen Sinclair dismissed charges altogether against four of the members of…

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Houston opens convention center for residents fleeing Harvey floods

August 27, 2017

Houston (AP)–Many of the people that are arriving at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which has been opened as a shelter for people fleeing flooding, are from a public housing complex about a mile north. Clayton Homes public housing complex is bounded on one side by Interstate 45 and the other by Buffalo Bayou,…

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Massachusetts hospital worker claims record lottery jackpot

August 24, 2017

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A 53-year-old Massachusetts hospital worker stepped forward Thursday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history — a $758.7 million Powerball prize — after breaking the news to her employer the way the rest of us only dream of: “I called and told them I will not be coming…

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Breaking: Active shooter in Charleston, holding restaurant hostage

August 24, 2017

AP–Authorities say a disgruntled employee shot one person and is holding hostages in a restaurant in an area of Charleston, South Carolina, that is popular with tourists. Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference that the shooting Thursday at Virginia’s in downtown Charleston was not an act of terrorism or racism. Charleston Police spokesman…

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NAACP Convention July 22-16: Voting rights, health care, policing, gun violence, criminal justice reform and more to be addressed

July 21, 2017

Baltimore — The 2016 election has begun a radical transformation of the civil rights landscape in the United States in ways that threaten to unravel decades of hard won protections. Protecting communities of color from legislative attempts to further diminish civil rights protections represents a key line drawn in the sand by the NAACP, and…

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Cosby’s retrial on sex assault charges is set for November

July 6, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s retrial on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago is set for November. An order signed Thursday by Judge Steven O’Neill says all parties must report to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 6. Prosecutors found themselves back to square one…

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Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

June 17, 2017

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended without a verdict Saturday after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision in a case that helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian’s image as “America’s Dad.” Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling…

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