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    Tinder blamed for rise in STD’s and high-risk sexual behavior

    Social media hookup apps like “Tinder” are being blamed for a rise in sexually transmitted diseases. Health experts in Rhode Island say the number of syphilis cases skyrocketed 79 percent between 2013 and 2014. Cases of HIV and gonorrhea also increased but not as drastically. Officials blame some of the increase on hookup apps which promote casual and often anonymous sexual encounters. Rhode Island officials say the stats reflect a national trend.

  • GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is campaigning in the Chicago area today. The first-term senator from Kentucky made his first stop this morning at the New Beginnings Church on the South Side to discuss what he calls “failed liberal policies in Chicago.” He also has an event at the Merchandise Mart and tonight in suburban Lisle.

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    Lily Pulitzer apologizes for fat-shaming cartoons posted on wall at headquarters

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Fashion label Lilly Pulitzer is apologizing for fat-shaming cartoons that went viral. The picture was published by New York Magazine as part of an article on the company’s headquarters in Pennsylvania. One caption reads, “just another day of fat, white, and hideous…you should probably just kill yourself,” on a drawing of what appears to be an overweight woman. Another reads, “put it down, carb face.” so bummed to see that these hateful pictures came from […]

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    Pizza Hut, Taco Bell to eliminate artificial ingredients

    Taco Bell and Pizza Hut are the latest companies to announce they’re eliminating artificial colors and flavors. Changes at Taco Bell include using real black pepper instead of “black pepper flavor” in its seasoned beef and eliminating yellow dye from its nacho cheese. Pizza Hut will cut high-fructose corn syrup and unsustainable palm oil, among other ingredients. But some experts say the industry trend to cut artificial ingredients doesn’t go far enough. They say reducing salt, sugar or portion sizes […]

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    Stolen at birth, man reunited with biological mother four decades later

    SANTIAGO, Chile — A man who was stolen at birth has now been reunited with his biological mother. 41-year old Travis Tolliver recently met his biological mother for the first time at the airport in Santiago, Chile. Tolliver has always known he was adopted. But his adoptive parents in the United States were told he had been abandoned. When he finally located his biological mother, Nelly Reyes, he found out that she was told he died at birth. Tolliver is […]

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    Police: DC mansion killer had help

    WASHINGTON — Police have released four people who were taken into custody with the man charged with murdering a family and their housekeeper at a mansion in Washington, D.C. Daron Wint once worked for Savvas Savopoulos. Wint was arrested and charged with murder Thursday night. He is being held without bail. Police did not say why the other suspects were released but still believe Wint had help from others while holding the family hostage. Police say Wint held the victims […]

  • New developments in trial of Chicago police commander

    CHICAGO — An unexpected move in court Wednesday by prosecutors in the case against Chicago police commander Glenn Evans as they requested and received a delay in the start of the trial. It was scheduled to begin June 22. Prosecutors said, “something has come up,” but did not give specific details. Apparently, the Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is conducting an investigation that may have some bearing on the case. Commander Evans did not speak to reporters as he left […]

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    Columbia University student brings rape protest mattress to graduation

    NEW YORK — The college student who made national headlines last Fall for carrying her dorm mattress to protest her alleged sexual assault has now graduated with her mattress in tow. Emma Sulkowicz carried the mattress across the stage to receive her diploma Tuesday at Columbia University in New York. Sulkowicz says she was raped by another student in 2012. But an investigation by Columbia University cleared the accused student and he remained on campus. Sulkowicz vowed to carry the […]

  • 5-year-old boy simple gesture moves restaurant to tears

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. — A 5-year-old boy is making headlines for the simple thing he did for a homeless man. Josiah Duncan and his mom were eating lunch at a Waffle House restaurant in Prattville, Alabama when the boy noticed a homeless man. The man was alone and didn’t have any money, so Josiah insisted his mom buy the man a good meal. But before the man could take the a bite, Josiah insisted on something else. He wanted to say […]

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    Attempted rape victim says fellow CTA rider ignored her calls for help

    CHICAGO — The woman who fought of an attacker on a CTA train is calling the person who could have helped her a bad samaritan. It happened on a empty red line train early Sunday morning. Prosecutors say the 27-year old victim was pinned to the ground by Ronald Sparks. When the doors opened at the North and Clybourn stop another man started to get on the train. But when the victim screamed for help he quickly got off the […]

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