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    3,000 students embroiled in athletic and academic scandal involving ‘fake paper classes’ at UNC

    CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (CNN) — For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake “paper classes,” and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday. “These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible,” Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report. He conducted an eight-month investigation into the scandal, which has plagued […]

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    Brothers lead police on ‘riskiest’ high-speed chase in Wisconsin, blow tires then run

    Kenosha County, WI — A pair of Milwaukee brothers now face felony charges after a high-speed chase. Dashcam video shows them weaving between cars and trucks – all in the middle of the day. Just before noon on Thursday, October 16th, the driver of a silver Chevrolet Malibu fled from a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy who tried to stop him for speeding. Inside the car were brothers Gualbert and Jonathan Portillo. “This is probably the riskiest chase that I’ve seen […]

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    ‘Horrific day’ in Ottawa, Canada leaves soldier dead, gunman killed

    Shots that rang out in the Canadian capital Wednesday left a soldier and a gunman dead, a city on lockdown, and a series of questions about security threats facing the nation. Parliament member Kyle Seeback called it a “horrific day.” Authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility that an additional shooter could be on the loose. There were two shooting incidents in the city, where this kind of violence is extremely rare: one at the Canada War Memorial, which is near […]

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    Autopsy reveals new details about Michael Brown’s gunshot wounds

    Michael Brown’s gunshot wounds included a shot in the hand at close range, his official autopsy shows, according to an analysis reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The detail could lend credence to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s account that he and the unarmed black teenager scuffled at his patrol car before Brown was shot and killed. Wilson told investigators that in a struggle for his pistol inside a police SUV, Brown pressed the barrel of Wilson’s gun against the […]

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    Puppy shot and killed by police officer caught on video

    WARNING: This video contains graphic content that may not be suitable for all viewers. Viewer discretion advised.  Police in Cleburne, Texas have a video that shows an officer firing three shots at a seven-month-old pit bull wagging his tail, KDAF reports. “Why? I just don’t understand why,” owner Amanda Henderson said. She also wants to know why it sounds like the officer is making kiss noises right before he killed Maximus. “Every shot makes me go (cringes) and you can […]

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    More than 100 snakes found inside home in Canada

    It’s a home Indiana Jones wouldn’t want to live in, and it might give most of us an anxiety attack. More than a 100 snakes were found inside a home, and they’re all being rescued. “We were finding them basically anywhere – in the cracks of the stone foundation, under the floor, under some boxes and other things – and we just were picking them up in pillow cases and putting them into a bucket just to count them,” Megan […]

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    Social Security checks will increase in 2015

    Social Security checks will rise by 1.7% — which translates into $22 more each month for the average retired worker. In 2015, the average worker will receive $1,328 a month, or $15,936 a year, according to the Social Security Administration. More than 58 million recipients will see the bump in their checks starting in January. Next year’s annual cost of living increase is up from 1.5% this year, but still less than 2012’s increase of 3.6%. Seniors received no increases […]

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    Renee Zellweger responds to comments about her face

    Renee Zellweger thinks all of the conversation about her face is “silly.” The actress told People magazine in a statement that “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.” The chatter started after Zellweger appeared on the red carpet Monday at the Elle magazine 21st annual Women in Hollywood event. The actress looked so different from her “Jerry Maguire” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” days that some […]

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    3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS, officials say

    The first indication that something was wrong was a phone call from his daughter’s Denver area school to let Assad Ibrahim know that she had not come to class. He dialed her cell. And she answered. But, officials say, she didn’t tell him that she was on her way to Syria to join ISIS. She was just late for class, that’s all, Ibrahim’s daughter told him on Friday, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, which filed a runaway report. […]

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    Drinking soda may age you as fast as smoking, new study suggests

    Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may make certain cells in your body age faster, a new study suggests. The study, published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, concludes that sugar-sweetened soda consumption prematurely ages white blood cells. The University of California, San Francisco researchers say sugary sodas may impact the health of these white blood cells on a scale that is comparable to smoking — that people who drink soda on a regular basis put themselves at a higher […]

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