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    Actor Bill Paxton dead at 61

    Actor Bill Paxton, whose extensive career included films such as “Twister,” “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. He was 61. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades […]

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    Car slams into Mardi Gras parade crowd, 28 injured

    NEW ORLEANS, LA — One man is in custody after an accident at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans injured at least 28 people, five seriously, officials said. Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, appeared to be highly intoxicated. Among the injured, the youngest is 3 and the oldest are in their 40s. None of the injuries was life-threatening, officials said. The incident […]

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    Can the White House discuss open investigations with the FBI?

    WASHINGTON  — The FBI rejected a request from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus last week to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple US officials briefed on the matter. The White House denies any inappropriate contact occurred, claims the FBI initiated the conversation and insists Priebus only discussed the news story, not the underlying pending Russia investigation. The revelation of these conversations raises a […]

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    Suicide attacks kill dozens in Syrian city of Homs

    Suicide attacks targeting two security centers in the regime-held central Syrian city of Homs killed at least 32 people and wounded 24 others, according to state media citing the city’s Gov. Talal Barazi. Syria’s SANA news agency quoted Barazi on the number of casualties and the nature of the targets. State-run Syrian TV cited its reporter on the ground as saying six suicide bombers carried out the attacks. Three of the attackers sneaked into the city’s Ghouta neighborhood and the […]

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    White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

    WASHINGTON — CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs. The decision struck veteran White House journalists as unprecedented in the modern era, and escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between the Trump administration and the press. The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also among those excluded from […]

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    Trump to CPAC: ‘I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are’

    President Donald Trump credited a crowd of right-wing activists with his unlikely political success Friday, telling a rapturous crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference he first thought about running after his speech there six years ago. “I loved the people, I love the commotion,” Trump said in his remarks. “I’ll never forget it really.” He said he arrived at the CPAC conference in 2011 with “very little notes and even less preparation.” “When you have practically no notes and […]

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    JCPenney to close up to 140 stores

    NEW YORK — JCPenney plans to shutter as many as 140 stores in the coming months, the latest traditional retailer to announce closings. The department store chain did not disclose how many jobs would be cut, but it said it is also offering early retirement to 6,000 full-time employees. Because it will hire to fill those buyout positions, the company said it expects a net increase in hiring, even counting the job cuts from closed stores. The closings should take […]

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    FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

    WASHINGTON — The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate. White House officials had sought the help […]

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    Little Tikes recalls 540,000 swings after injuries

    Little Tikes is voluntarily recalling 540,000 toddler swings after 140 reports of the swing breaking, posing a fall hazard. There have been 39 reports of injuries, including two children with broken arms. On Thursday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure pink toddler swings. The recall includes swings manufactured in the United States from November 2009 through May 2014 with model number 615573 molded on the back of the seat. According […]

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    Is this sign sexist? Debate breaks out over North Carolina billboard

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – It’s just seven words long, but that’s enough to start a firestorm: “Real men provide. Real women appreciate it.” A billboard containing those words sits along an interstate in North Carolina, and it’s inflaming passions. Some people find the message sexist. A group of those who don’t like the billboard’s message plan to hold a protest this weekend. Molly Grace says she’s never organized a protest before, but she’s putting one together now after seeing the […]