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Drivers in Fort Worth, Texas were in for a Thanksgiving surprise this week when traffic cops gave them turkeys instead of tickets.  In an effort to spread some holiday cheer and bond with the community, five teams of officers were dispatched across the city to hand out dozens of frozen birds, said ABC-affiliate WFAA . “Even though we do enforce traffic law and we do have some unpleasant decisions to make, we still are about the people,” officer Anthony Colter, who made five stops, told Houston’s KHOU.

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If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease

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HELENA, Ala. (Reuters) – Colonial Pipeline Co shut down its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday after an explosion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, killing a worker and sending five to the hospital – the second time in two months it had to close the crucial supply line to the U.S.

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Two teens found dead behind a suburban Atlanta grocery store were victims of a homicide, authorities said Wednesday.

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Xi Jinping’s foreign policy hinges on realizing “the China dream.” But, beyond a nationalistic desire to “stand tall” on the global stage, few Westerners can articulate the underlying dynamics and motivations of Beijing’s increasingly assertive behavior. This article takes a humanistic approach by asking two questions: Which Chinese do the Chinese themselves revere and what does this reveal about the country’s place in the world moving forward? More..

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When Muhammad Ali refused to take the oath of induction into the U.S. Army in 1967 in Houston, Texas, he became a hero to those that were against the war, but he also became toxic to many that were in favor of it and even to some of those in the mainstream.

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By Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager and David Castillo, Digital Content Manager More…

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Almost one year ago, we moved from Houston to start a masters at Harvard Business School. After completing half of the MBA, I thought it was time to reflect on my learnings so far.

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In a new exclusive interview with Dr. Phil airing on Thursday, April 28, Nick Gordon, the former boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s daughter, answers questions about his ex-girlfriend’s final hours before being found clinging to life in her bathtub on January 31, 2015.  Now, the autopsy results are in, and Gordon gets the chance to set the record straight. Dr

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is out with a deceptive new mailer that masquerades as official government business and promises people there’s a “check enclosed” when it’s actually asking for money instead.

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A man from Tennessee who has the words “psycho” tattooed on his forehead and “nazi” inked on his throat is accused of stabbing another man in the stomach.

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SALEM, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday got into a heated exchange with a voter who accused him of supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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“We’re hearing a lot about diversity. I hate that word so, so much.”  So said Ava DuVernay to a room of reporters and fellow members of the film industry at a Sundance Film Festival luncheon on Sunday, reports  The New York Times .

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Kids getting footballs is still pretty great pic.twitter.com/949LSvUHEQ — The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016 As has recently become a weekly tradition, the Carolina Panthers just made yet another young fan’s dream come true. Seemingly every Sunday, Cam Newton’s squad turns on-field success into off-field elation, as players run to the stands to give touchdown balls to Carolina loyalists

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Four of America’s wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz’s now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors. With just over a week until voters get their first say, the 45-year-old Texas senator known as a conservative warrior has been ascendant.

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When Diana Andino first started researching medical school — something she had been working toward for years — she hit a brick wall. Andino, who was born in Ecuador, is undocumented .

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Glenn Beck Endorses Ted Cruz For President

24Ene

Conservative pundit Glenn Beck endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president Saturday, warning Republicans of what will happen if real estate magnate Donald Trump wins instead.  “If Donald Trump wins, it’s going to be a snowball to hell ,” Beck said at a rally in Akeny, Iowa, a little more than a week before voters in the state head to the caucuses. Beck said he has never officially endorsed anyone for president before

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Mexico’s war on drugs continues. Authorities in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California, incinerated more than 20 tons of illegal narcotics on Friday.

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It took our leaf cutter ants almost 5 hours to break down these rose clippings, but it will only take you 1 minute to see the magic! Posted by Houston Zoo on Friday, January 15, 2016 Leaf-cutter ants make mincemeat of rose clippings in fascinating time lapse footage posted online. The tiny critters at Houston Zoo in Texas completely destroy the plant’s pretty pink flowers, green leaves and stems.

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Jan 13 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz failed to disclose to the Federal Election Commission a loan from Goldman Sachs for as much as $500,000 that was used to help finance his successful 2012 U.S.

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RG3 cleared out his locker today, save for this note.

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Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Mike Munchak has absolutely no chill.  Towards the end of the first quarter of the Steelers’ Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night, Munchak yanked a handful of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson’s dreadlocks.  Nelson barrelled into the Steelers’ sidelines after pushing running back Jordan Todman out-of-bounds. Munchak may have felt like Nelson unnecessarily shoved his running back into the sideline — Todman was nearly out-out-bounds when Nelson hit him, and the extra push sent Todman crashing into the bench. Todman should have been the star of the play for his darting run, but one of his coaches overreacted to a bit of chippiness on Nelson’s part.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has responded to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s recent challenge with an all-timer of a touchdown catch. Ahead of Saturday night’s Steelers road playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Roethlisberger publicly challenged his inconsistent big-play threat

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A Texas man was wearing an anti-drugs campaign T-shirt when he was arrested last weekend for alleged possession of methamphetamine. In his booking photograph, Adrian Harold Pounders wore a top that read “DontMethWithMe.org.”  The web address he proudly promoted on his chest ironically links to an anti-meth drive that warns Texans about the dangers of the highly addictive drug.   Pounders, 47, was detained when cops raided his home in Crockett on Sunday

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WASHINGTON — Thought the Keystone XL pipeline was dead? Think again.

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Uh, What Even Is This Stephen Curry Shot?

12Nov

The Golden State Warriors, reigning world champions, are 9-0 and beating teams by an average of 17.6 points per game.

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Lately, it seems, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs is all about politics. Last month, the music mogul shared his thoughts on how America’s voting process is flawed , and now, in an appearance on  HOT 97’s Ebro In The Morning show , he has offered his assessment on President Obama’s performance.

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XL: Obama Takes the Fall for Hillary

07Nov

Yesterday, in a nationally televised announcement, President Obama rejected Transcanada’s application for the Keystone XL Pipeline , which would have extended the existing Keystone system across the Canadian border in order to transport bitumen (a hydrocarbon product derived by a heat process) south from the oil sands of Alberta to refining capacity on the US Gulf Coast. The rejection revealed not only the gigantic chasm between environmentalists and industry, it also laid bare the ugly side of American politics where common sense often dies a slow, painful death. To begin, let’s look at some data

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A deer with a great sense of timing helped to create the perfect autumn baby photo .

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The famed poet’s new full-length album, ‘Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James,’ features Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers and more BY SUN SINGLETON Detroit is famous for its music, from Motown to techno and house, to Eminem and Dilla. But it’s less well known for its stellar, homegrown poets.

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Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, Candidate for Aldine School Board. _______________________________________________________ “Running” for office is almost a perfect metaphor for seeking elected office. Running is right

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Musician Kimberly Henderson has gotten a lot of attention online for her viral lullaby version  of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” and an inspiring post about her post-baby body . Now, another post from Henderson is making the rounds with a touching message for fellow moms. In a Facebook post from Oct

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ImageContent(562cf44ce4b0aac0b8fd2db9,562cf4451400001b013c9117,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562cf4451400001b013c9117.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),ASSOCIATED PRESS,) Heavy rains fueled by the meeting of two storm systems, one the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, pounded southeastern Texas, triggering flash floods and derailing a freight train as the heavy weather descended upon Houston early on Sunday. The National Weather Service predicted 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of rain for coastal areas, including southwest Louisiana, by Monday morning, exacerbated by tides up to five feet (1.5 meter) and wind gusts up to 35 mph. The rain systems were intensified by Patricia, which was downgraded to a tropical depression after crashing into Mexico’s west coast as a powerful hurricane..

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EmbedContent(562bc29be4b0443bb5642d92, ,Embed,aolon,Some({})) STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said. Stillwater police Capt

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This week’s “Chicken Soup For The Soul” moment brings you one very dedicated mom. Twenty years ago, Vivian Greaves walked down the alley to the Covenant House with no place else to turn for help. Recently she slept in that same alley – this time with over 100 other moms in support of homeless youth.

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The Best Community Colleges of 2015

22Oct

As the cost of attending a four year college or university continues to grow throughout the country, community colleges have assumed an increasingly important role in our higher education system. Tuition and fees at community colleges are one third those at public four year colleges and universities, on average.

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He may have been a legendary outlaw in the Old West, but Billy the Kid apparently enjoyed playing croquet. A newly uncovered photo bought for $2 by collector Randy Guijarro at a secondhand store in Fresno, California, could be worth millions as authenticators believe it is only the second confirmed image of the famed outlaw.

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You don’t have to be a molecular biologist to know that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has a ” double helix ” structure.

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You need five Supreme Court justices to halt an execution.

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FOOL FOR LOVE ** 1/2 out of **** BARBECUE ** 1/2 out of **** OLD TIMES ** out of **** FOOL FOR LOVE ** 1/2 out of **** MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE I’ve spent my entire adult life watching the stock of playwright Sam Shepard fall.

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The homecoming dance is often a magical event for many high school students. But this teen’s night was made even more memorable thanks to her incredibly thoughtful date.  Allie Allen , a 16-year-old girl from Collierville, Tennessee, has brain cancer, and last month she shaved her head after noticing chunks of hair beginning to fall out, according a her blog post. Brayden Carpenter, a friend of Allen’s who took her as his date to his homecoming dance, decided to support her on their big night: Carpenter, who attends, Collierville High School, showed up with his own head shaved in support of Allen, according to a Facebook post

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Until seeing The Martian , it had never occurred to me that Matt Damon might soon be younger generations’ version of Tom Hanks. Both actors can handle comedy and drama, have been in a nice mix of Oscar contenders and crowd pleasers, do funny stuff on late night shows, and both display an effortless, non-threatening, regular-guy appeal that makes them easy to relate to and root for. But what really made me think about the similarities between the two actors is the fact that The Martian — about an astronaut (Damon) who gets stranded on Mars and the engineers, scientists, astrophysicists, and fellow astronauts trying to bring him home — can best be described as a combination of Apollo 13 and Cast Away , which feature two of Hanks’ most memorable performances

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14 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Latino

24Sep

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we decided to ask our Latino Voices’ community to sound off on Facebook  and  Twitter  about what they love most about being Latino or Hispanic.  In addition to filling us with joy, orgullo and the warm fuzzies, respondents’ answers confirmed what we’ve always known to be true: The source of our individual pride is as diverse, unique and complicated as we are. See for yourself! Read on to see what makes our readers proud to be Latino or Hispanic, and don’t forget to share the source of your own cultural pride in the comment section below. Represent! 1.

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Having been curating my curiosity through interviews with riveting people for more than a decade, I’ve come to learn that every human being is a unique amalgamation of the people she has met and experiences she has participated in over a lifetime. Each individual is a one of a kind, evolving, canvas that is never quite complete. Who you are today is not entirely who you are tomorrow because every day new people and new experiences become part of your chemistry, altering your canvas

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What does this mean? Who cares? We don’t really need an explanation for why Ariana Grande  covered Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” at the Houston Toyota Center on Friday.

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A Texas probate judge recognized a common law marriage between two women this week, granting that the women were in fact legal spouses and defying objections from the state attorney general in the process. The ruling is a historic first for the Lone Star State. On Tuesday, Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman approved an agreement between Sonemaly Phrasavath and the family of her late partner, Stella Powell, who died of colon cancer in 2014, to split Powell’s assets

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Congress Is a Confederacy of Dunces

17Sep

Already we’re deep into September and Congress has reconvened in Washington, prompting many commentators to compare its return after summer’s recess to that of fresh-faced students coming back to school, sharpening their pencils, ready to learn, be cooperative and prepared for something new. This, of course, is where the analogy crumbles

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How to Manage Mormon Missionaries

16Sep

Mormon missionaries have become so much of a cultural joke that there is a Broadway musical about them. Everyone knows what Mormon missionaries look like: classic dark suits with white shirts and ties, and that iconic name badge with “Elder Last Name” or “Sister Last Name” and the full name of the Mormon church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mormon missionaries are always trying to get you to take a copy of The Book of Mormon and to tell you about their crazy cult, right?

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It’s A Showdown

16Sep

“Dem’s fightin’ words.” The presidential debates have captured our attention because a reality show star is leading in the polls. Donald Trump isn’t only a smart business man, he’s also a great entertainer. He’s a straight shooter

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Bobby Brown gets emotional while talking about the loss of his daughter Bobbi Kristina in a preview of his guest appearance on “The Real.”  “I might walk back there and start crying,” Brown is seen telling the show’s hosts as he gestures to the backstage area. “If I could have been there two days before, it wouldn’t have went down like that,” the 46-year-old adds.   In a second clip from the episode of “The Real,” which airs Monday, Brown says he finds solace in knowing that the late Whitney Houston and their daughter are together.  “We prayed and hoped for six months for something better to happen, but when God calls you, he calls you.

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This blog is based on an article in “The Louisiana Weekly” in the Sept. 7, 2015 edition.

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The Houston Rockets’  James Harden  can now rest assured he has graduated from mere basketball star into pop culture reference. Beyonce wore Harden’s No

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Was I Being Trolled?

04Sep

by Debilyn Molineaux Most of the time I go on Facebook and catch up with my friends, like memes about good deeds, kindness and videos of cats. I like to think I’m an average Facebook user.

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HOUSTON (AP) — The man accused of shooting and killing a suburban Houston officer has a history of mental illness and once lived in a homeless shelter, authorities said Monday. Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed and shot 15 times, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said in a court hearing for Shannon J. Miles, who is charged with capital murder.

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Carnage at NFL Training Camps

31Ago

In the last few years there has been a disturbing trend in the first three weeks of NFL Training Camps. Major injuries to key players occur which will deprive them of part, or all of the upcoming season.

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Meet Joe Wong, China’s Funniest Export

29Ago

I have a particular fondness for comedians, and have had close personal friendships with some of the great ones over the years. Even as a teenager in the 1960s, my favorite reading material was not comic books, but rather biographies and autobiographies of comics– W.C Fields, Jack Benny, George Burns, Steve Allen, Groucho Marx, Red Skelton, Woody Allen, and many others, all of which I still have in my library. I also have maintained a collection of volumes of one-liners by Robert Orben, Joey Adams, and other comedy writers

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Aug 28 (Reuters) – A sheriff’s deputy pumping gas into his patrol car was shot and killed on Friday in an ambush at a Houston gas station, authorities said. Scene from #officer involved #shooting in northwest Harris County. http://t.co/At5rTowRIo #breaking #hounews #abc13 pic.twitter.com/NpTJtx0joh — Houston News (@abc13houston) August 29, 2015  A search was under way for the officer’s killer, who was described as a male dressed in a white t-shirt, driving a red truck, the Harris County Sheriff’s office said.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Fiers has pitched the second no-hitter in the major leagues in nine days, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Fiers (6-9) struck out Justin Turner on his 134th pitch to end it and threw his glove high into the air for his first career complete game and the fifth no-hitter in the big leagues this season. Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a no-no on Aug 12

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HOUSTON (AP) — Relatives of a Houston couple and their six children who were fatally shot in their home can’t understand why it took authorities four visits and repeated 911 calls before going inside, a family friend said Friday. Jesi Greening, a spokeswoman for the family, shared with reporters Facebook messages that one of the victims, Valerie Jackson, had sent to her mother in Minnesota saying she was being held at gunpoint

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A pastor keeping vigil outside the Texas jail where Sandra Bland died says the sheriff there has begun to intimidate her a day after a controversial demonstration took place at the jail.   Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner on Monday tweeted a video of Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith testily asking her, “Why don’t you go back to the church of Satan?” as he walked through the jail parking lot and entered his department’s building in Hampstead.

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Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Emails released on July 31 by the U.S.

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Chrissy Teigen may be the queen of sexy snaps , but the supermodel will not be adding weather anchor to her resume anytime soon. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Donald Trump Is No Rosie O’Donnell

08Ago

I know Rosie O’Donnell. Rosie is a friend of mine. And you, Donald Trump, are no Rosie O’Donnell

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I was talking to a friend the other day when she asked me a question: “Don’t those bags of birdseed on your chest get scratchy?” No, they don’t — unless they burst.

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Houston is on the verge of legalizing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

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The funeral for Bobbi Kristina has come to an end and Whitney Houston was the one to give her daughter a final goodbye.  — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms.

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WASHINGTON — A new oligarchic era of American politics came into full view on Friday, as super PACs disclosed fundraising details showing billionaires bankrolling the 2016 presidential race to an unprecedented degree.  The unlimited-money super PACs account for one-third of all federal election funds raised in the first half of 2015 — up from 4 percent at this time in the last presidential election.

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WASHINGTON — The four super PACs supporting Texas Sen.

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  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

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WASHINGTON — Two black women died in jail cells last week. Authorities in Texas claim Sandra Bland, 28, took her own life on July 13, days after being jailed on charges stemming from a traffic stop — for failing to signal when changing lanes.

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By Cameron Huddleston Few Americans save enough for retirement. Whether due to financial issues or a lack of foresight, a lot of people either don’t give much thought to retirement or are unable to save up enough to help them fund their elder years. In fact, only 13 percent of people who haven’t retired yet say they’ve given a lot of thought to financial planning for retirement, according to a survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Board.

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Raiders Legend Ken Stabler Dead At 69

10Jul

Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69. His family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page on Thursday.

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Alligator Kills Swimmer In Texas

05Jul

A man swimming late at night in a Texas bayou died after an alligator attacked him in what was reportedly the state’s first fatal gator attack in roughly two centuries . Tommie Woodward, 28, jumped into a marina early Friday morning along the bayou in the city of Orange, near the Louisiana border, despite a sign that said “No Swimming Alligator,” CNN reported .

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