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Pressure Cookers Suspend NYC Trains, All Clear Given

The New York Daily News reports: A pair of suspicious pressure cookers shut down a subway station in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning — but the NYPD’s Bomb Squad later determined they were not explosives, authorities said. Another suspicious package was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later. Cops have not determined what the third …

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One Year In Jail For Infamous Dumper Of Puppies

The Desert News reports: Deborah Sue Culwell, the Southern California woman who was recorded tossing seven 3-day-old puppies into a recycling bin behind an auto parts business in April, pleaded guilty in court Wednesday afternoon to all counts related to the case. She was sentenced to 365 days in county jail, although 90 of those days will be under a …

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Autopsy Finds Broken Bones In Jeffrey Epstein’s Neck

The Washington Post reports: An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death. Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those …

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Epstein Accuser Sues His Estate And Former Staffers

NBC News reports: A new front in the Jeffrey Epstein case opened Wednesday morning, as Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz filed a lawsuit against his estate, his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed female household staff. Araoz alleges she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Epstein at his New York City townhouse when she was 14 and 15 years old, including …

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Protesters Close Hong Kong Airport For Second Day, China Vows To Punish Violence “Without Mercy” [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Flight check-in has been suspended at Hong Kong International Airport for a second consecutive day because of anti-government protests. The airport, which is one of the world’s busiest, has been the site of daily protests since Friday. Videos on social media show passengers struggling to get through demonstrators, who have been sitting inside blocking departures. The city’s …

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Cuomo Threatens Man After Confrontation [VIDEO]

CNN reports: A profanity-laced video surfaced Monday night showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo threatening to throw a man down the stairs for calling him “Fredo,” referring to the fictional character Fredo Corleone from “The Godfather” films. But the core of the backlash centered on one claim from Cuomo: that calling an Italian person “Fredo” was comparable to using the n-word …

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REPORT: Epstein Was Left Unmonitored For Hours

The Washington Post reports: Corrections officers had not checked in on financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein for “several” hours before he was found hanging in his cell Saturday, a person familiar with the matter said, just one in a series of missteps in the hours leading up to his death. Officers should have been checking on Epstein, who …

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Prison Officials: Epstein Was Not Under Suicide Watch

The New York Times reports: Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who was long dogged by accusations of sexual abuse of girls and who was able to cultivate a stream of high-profile friends despite his lurid lifestyle, killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell. Mr. Epstein hanged himself, the officials said. He was found at roughly 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the Metropolitan …

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US House Members Demand Epstein Suicide Probe

The Hill reports: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) led public calls Saturday demanding answers after disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell due to an apparent suicide. “We need answers. Lots of them,” Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted. Many immediately began questioning the details surrounding his death after …

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USA Today HQ Evacuated After Report Of Gunman

USA Today reports: USA TODAY’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia was being evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence after police reported a man with a weapon at the suburban Washington building. Alarms sounded at the building as police squad cars converged on the scene. Law enforcement officers with rifles and body armor were patrolling the area and a helicopter hovered …

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Motorcycle Backfire Sparks Panic In Times Square

NBC News reports: In Times Square Tuesday night, video captured people running for safety from the tourist attraction, but the NYPD’s Midtown North district tweeted that the sounds was from motorcycles. “Motorcycles backfiring while passing through sounded like gun shots,” the NYPD said, adding that it received multiple 911 calls. “Please don’t panic. The Times Square area is very safe!” …

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New Info Turns Gilroy Shooting Into Terrorism Probe

The Los Angeles Times reports: Federal authorities have launched a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting that left three dead after officials discovered the gunman had a list of other potential targets, authorities said at a news conference Tuesday. John F. Bennett, FBI special agent in charge, said the target list included religious institutions, courthouses and political …

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Trio Of Drugmakers Offer $10 Billion Opioid Settlement

Bloomberg reports: McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic — the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors, according to people familiar with negotiations. The companies, which deliver the majority of prescription medications to U.S. pharmacies, made the verbal …

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Nobel And Pulitzer Winner Toni Morrison Dead At 88

Vulture reports: The celebrated novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night, according to a source at her publisher, Knopf. She was 88 years old. The cause of death is not yet known. Born Chloe Ardella Wofford, Morrison was best known for her critically acclaimed and best-selling novel Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among her other memorable and …

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Luxury Retailer Barneys Files For Bankruptcy [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Barneys New York, an icon of New York retail, filed for bankruptcy early Tuesday morning, with a plan to significantly reduce its footprint, as it looks for a buyer to stave off liquidation. The retailer said it will focus on running only 5 of its more than 10 namesake stores: on New York’s Madison Avenue, in downtown Manhattan, …

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Dayton Shooter Was Wearing “Deathcore” Band Hoodie

Dayton’s ABC News affiliate reports: The deadly Oregon District shooting that left nine people and the shooter dead “is a day we all dread happening,” Mayor Nan Whaley said at a news conference. She began the news conference by passing along information that the shooter was wearing body armor, used a .223-caliber, high-capacity magazine and had additional magazines on his …

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SCIENTISTS: July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded

The Washington Post reports: July was Earth’s hottest month ever recorded, “on a par with, and possibly marginally higher” than the previous warmest month, which was July 2016, according to provisional data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service. This European climate agency will have a full report for all of July on Monday, but a spokesperson said enough data (through …

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Greenland Ice Melt Unleashes Billions Of Tons Of Water

The Washington Post reports: An extraordinary melt event that began earlier this week continues on Thursday on the Greenland ice sheet, and there are signs that about 60 percent of the expansive ice cover has seen detectable surface melting, including at higher elevations that only rarely see temperatures climb above freezing. July 31 was the biggest melt day since at …

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Former Iowa Official Fired In Tupac Flap To Sue State

The Associated Press reports: The ousted Iowa Department of Human Services director will pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit, alleging he was let go after objecting to a pay arrangement for the governor’s deputy chief of staff, his lawyer said Wednesday. Jerry Foxhoven, a 67-year-old legal scholar known for his frequent workplace praise of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, will file …

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Federal Reserve: There Are Now More $100 Bills In Circulation Than $1 Bills (And Most Are Held Overseas)

The International Monetary Fund reports: A curious thing recently happened in US currency: in 2017 the $100 bill overtook the ubiquitous $1 bill in circulation volume, for the first time in history. In other words, the most valuable US banknote became the most widely circulated. (The $20 bill is in third place.) According to the Federal Reserve, there are more …

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