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  • With two bad marriages behind her and debt that came with them, Cara Brookins needed a place to stay for her and her four kids. She and her children built their 3,500-square-foot home in nine months using YouTube tutorials.

    How an Arkansas mom built a new house for her family using YouTube tutorials

    BRYANT, Arkansas — With two bad marriages behind her and debt that came with them, Cara Brookins needed a place to stay for her and her four kids. But Brookins, who writes young adult novels for a living, didn’t have the money to hire builders. So she built one by herself — using YouTube tutorials. “Things can get a little expensive when you are escaping an abusive relationship and have four children,” Brookins explained. Brookins’ initial intention was to buy […]

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    SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion

    LOS ANGELES — SpaceX has launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the first time since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago. The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on Saturday morning to place 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc. About nine minutes later, the first stage returned to Earth and landed successfully on a barge in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg. SpaceX officials […]

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    Steve Harvey meets with president-elect Trump to discuss issues facing inner cities

    NEW YORK —  Comedian, talk show, and game show host Steve Harvey met with president-elect Donald Trump to discuss inner city violence Friday. Harvey said transition teams from both parties asked him to meet with Trump to discuss challenges facing Chicago and inner cities across the country. The meeting at Trump Tower in New York also featured HUD secretary-nominee Dr. Ben Carson, who joined in by phone, Harvey said. Harvey said Trump seemed open to supporting mentoring programs similar to those he […]

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    Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

    ZAGAN, Poland (CNN) — Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo welcomed US troops to her country at a formal ceremony Saturday, saying it was a “great day” that would help ensure Poland’s security. Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as part of troop rotations to Europe that the Pentagon has said are intended to bolster ties with NATO allies and send a clear message to Russia. Russia has criticized the continuous deployments as a threat to Russian security. “It’s a […]

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    Flint homes tainted by city’s water crisis to get new faucets

    FLINT, Mich. – Thousands of Flint, Michigan, residents who were exposed to high levels of lead in the city’s water supply will be getting new faucets free of charge — the state announced Friday. In response to the city’s ongoing water woes, Michigan has the money available to replace old brass faucets in as many 4,000 homes. Properties that tested positive for high levels of lead between September, 2015, and December, 2016, will be part of the project’s first phase, […]

  • Protests shut down speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Davis

    Protesters shut down Milo Yiannopoulos event at UC Davis

    DAVIS, Calif. – A speech by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos’ at UC Davis was over before it even started Friday after protests erupted, forcing sponsors to cancel the event. Thirty minutes before the Breitbart tech editor was scheduled to speak, the UC Davis College Republicans canceled the controversial talk after consulting with the university’s police department and student affairs officials. Former pharmaceutical executive, Martin Shkreli had also been scheduled to speak at the event. “I am deeply disappointed with the […]

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    Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

    ZAGAN, Poland — Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo welcomed US troops to her country at a formal ceremony Saturday, saying it was a “great day” that would help ensure Poland’s security. Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as part of troop rotations to Europe that the Pentagon has said are intended to bolster ties with NATO allies and send a clear message to Russia. Russia has criticized the continuous deployments as a threat to Russian security. “It’s a great […]

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    Trump rips ‘all talk,’ ‘no action’ civil rights icon Lewis

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump harshly responded to civil rights icon John Lewis on Saturday, calling him “all talk” and “no action” after the Georgia lawmaker said Trump was not a “legitimate” president. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad,” Trump tweeted Saturday, […]

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    DOJ issues scathing report of civil rights abuses by Chicago Police Department

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has unconstitutionally engaged in a pattern of excessive and deadly force, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday, wrapping up a 13-month federal probe of a department that has been under heavy scrutiny over officer-involved shootings. As a result of the probe, the city and the Justice Department have agreed to negotiate a reform plan that would be overseen by a federal judge, Lynch said in Chicago. Chicago police officers’ use of excessive force, she […]

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    US salmon may carry Japanese tapeworm, which can grow to 30 feet long: study

    If you eat raw or undercooked fish, you risk developing an infection from parasites. One of the most gruesome is tapeworm, a species of digestive tract-invading parasites that includes Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, or the Japanese broad tapeworm. Though this worm was commonly believed to infect only fish in Asia, a study published Wednesday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s monthly journal Emerging Infectious Diseases says wild salmon caught in Alaska had also been infected by this parasite. Based on […]