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Police chokehold killed NYC man

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A New York City police officer’s illegal chokehold reportedly killed New Yorker Eric Garner last month. On Friday, the medical examiner announced that Garner’s death had been ruled a homicide. Officer Daniel Pantaleo and another officer had tried to arrest Garner for selling untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island street on July 17. Video shot by a passerby showed Pantaleo, ...

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Tropical storm Bertha threatens Caribbean

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Tropical Storm Bertha barreled toward Barbados on Friday, prompting eastern islands in the region to brace for high winds and heavy rain. The second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season slightly strengthened with top winds reaching 50 miles per hour. However, it was not expected to strengthen further for the next 2 days, according to the US National Hurricane ...

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20 killed, 270 injured in Taiwan gas leak explosions

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Death toll from the gas leak explosions that hit Kaohsiung city of China’s Taiwan on Thursday, has climbed to 20. This is the latest data from the island’s firefighting authority as well as 270 others were injured. As of Friday at 5:00 am local time, fires still continued to burn on roads including Kaisyuan Road. Earlier, a statement by the ...

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Four charged with murder of USC student from China

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Two young men and two teenagers have been charged with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California (USC) graduate student from China. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says the four will be arraigned on Tuesday in Superior Court. They will be arraigned on one count of murder with a special circumstance of murder in ...

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Northern California wildfire destroys 10 homes

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Firefighters in Northern California are battling a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes. The fire forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills while a fire near Yosemite grew significantly overnight. Fire officials said the Sand Fire has burned about 3,800 acres in Amador and El Dorado counties since Friday. CalFire spokesman Lynne Tolmachoff says the fire continues to ...

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Los Angeles Lakers offer Byron Scott head coaching job

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The Los Angeles Lakers have made an offer Byron Scott to be their next head coach, according to reports. They are reportedly in contract negotiations, according to an anonymous source. Scott has been seen as the frontrunner for the job, with candidates such as Lionel Hollins and Mike Dunleavy being considered along the way. The Lakers made the calculated choice ...

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Dallas man exonerated for rape after being cleared by DNA tests

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A 57-year-old Texas man who spent 12 years in prison for rape was exonerated on Friday. Legal experts said his case marked the first time someone has been cleared of a crime by DNA testing that was not requested by the convicted person. Michael Phillips was released from prison in 2002 and prosecutors said his innocence was proven through a ...

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Movie, television legend James Garner dies at 86

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James Garner, 86 was found dead of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Saturday. He was best known for his low-key, wise cracking style especially on his hit TV series ‘Maverick’ and ‘The Rockford Files.’ In 2005 he received the Screen Actors Guild’s lifetime achievement award. Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma. His mother died ...

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Wisconsin train crash injures 2 people, spills oil

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A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern, Wisconsin. The accident caused cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes. The incident occurred on Sunday at around 8:30 pm at a rail crossing in Slinger. ...

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NYC man dies during arrest caught on video

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A New York city man died during an arrest partially captured on amateur video. During the arrest, a police officer placed him in what appeared to be a choke hold as several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs. Internal affairs investigators and prosecutors opened inquiries into Eric Garner’s death Thursday evening. The incident ...

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