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  • American shoppers told to avoid romaine lettuce amid E coli outbreak

    US Centers for Disease Control warns public of contaminated romaine from Arizona that has sickened dozens of people in several states The US government has advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, warning that an E coli outbreak has sickened dozens in several states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday expanded a health warning about contaminated lettuce, saying people should avoid whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce that may have come from the Yuma region in...

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  • ‘We did it to ourselves’: Cory Booker blames low African American turnout for Trump's win

    A gathering of Democratic senators, organized by the Rev Al Sharpton, reviwed the first year of Trump’s presidency in New York Friday Cory Booker, one of only two black Democrats in the US Senate, on Friday cited the low voting rate of African Americans as a factor in Donald Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 presidential election. “We did it to ourselves,” the New Jersey senator told African American political and community leaders in New York, a gathering organized by civil rights leader the...

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  • Smallville actor Allison Mack arrested in connection with sex cult

    The 35-year-old was arrested for her role as a co-conspirator in a sex cult called Nxivm, which is being prosecuted for sex trafficking and forced labor Smallville actor Allison Mack, who played Chloe Sullivan on the hit CW series for 10 seasons, has been arrested for her involvement in a sex cult called Nxivm. She is due to appear in court in Brooklyn on Friday. The group’s leader, Keith Raniere, was arrested for sex trafficking and forced labor last month. He was extradited to the United...

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  • Syracuse frat house apologizes for video dubbed 'racist, sexist and antisemitic'

    Theta Tau fraternity says offensive video at center of university uproar was intended as ‘satirical sketch’ of intolerance The fraternity at the center of an uproar over an offensive video said in an apologetic statement on Friday that the activities were intended as a “satirical sketch” depicting an uneducated, intolerant person. “Each semester our new members are given the opportunity to write and act out a skit, in order to roast the active brothers,” representatives of the Syracuse chapter...

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  • Students protest gun violence at state capitol

    ALBANY, N.Y. >> Capital District students participated in a National Student Walkout Friday morning at West Capitol Park in Albany on the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. The walkout and rally was in demand for comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation and to encourage young voters to show their support.

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  • Driver sentenced to life for deaths of 10 migrants in sweltering tractor-trailer

    Immigrants died outside a Walmart in San Antonio, TexasJames Matthew Bradley tells court: ‘I am so sorry it happened’The driver of a tractor-trailer found packed with migrants outside a Walmart in San Antonio has been sentenced to life in prison over the deaths of 10 of his passengers. James Matthew Bradley Jr pleaded guilty in October to a count of transporting the immigrants resulting in death and a conspiracy count. If he had gone to trial and been convicted, he could have faced the death...

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  • Students walk out in Saratoga Springs to protest gun violence

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Some Saratoga Springs High School students missed school Friday to participate in the nation-wide walkout on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. The nation-wide activities Friday marked the latest round of gun-control activism following the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

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  • Who pays hundreds of dollars to see James Comey? I went to find out

    With reports that tickets to a New York appearance were selling for $850, I went in search of those who see Comey as one of the Trump era’s most conflicted superheroes In a twist of fate that may have seemed bizarre back when bizarreness wasn’t so normal, one of the leading lights of the anti-Trump “resistance” is the ex-FBI director James Comey. Since being fired by Donald Trump in May 2017, Comey has written a book and, this week, gone on a media blitz. The tour may not yet be over, either:...

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  • New York City to ban cars from Central Park starting this summer, mayor says

    Bill de Blasio says move aims to cut accidents and pollution‘This was not the purpose of this park … It was built for people’New York City’s Central Park will kick out cars this summer after more than a century, returning its roads to walkers, runners and cyclists, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday. The move, which aims to cut down on traffic accidents and air pollution in the most-visited urban park in the United States, takes effect on 27 June, the mayor told reporters. Continue reading...

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  • Families, teachers take part in March for Science

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Kids in the Pre-K in the Park program took part in a recent March for Science, organized by the Skidmore College Environmental Action Club. The activity was one of many similar events, held on Saturday, April 14, as part of a nationwide March for Science movement for science advocacy.

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  • Wilton WWII veteran honored by county

    BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> A highly-decorated Wilton man who took part in the invasion of Italy during World War II was remembered Tuesday during Honoring Our Deceased Veterans ceremonies at Saratoga County offices in Ballston Spa. James Lant was a squad leader with the U.S. Army's 337th Infantry Regiment, which participated in the Rome-Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley campaigns.

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  • New Jersey gym fires three staff members after two black men are asked to leave

    Video taken at Secaucus LA Fitness shows an apparent incident of racial profiling in which the police were called A New Jersey gym has fired a manager and two employees after two black men were kicked out Monday in an apparent incident of racial profiling. Related: Have you experienced racial discrimination in a public place? Continue reading...

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  • Comey memos: six of the biggest takeaways

    Donald Trump tweeted the recently released memos show ‘no collusion’ – but that might not be the conclusion that jumps out most Beginning in January 2017, when he first met Donald Trump, James Comey, then FBI director, carefully described each of his interactions with the new president in memos he shared with top deputies and lawyers within the agency. Comey said he wrote the memos because he thought the president might later lie about those interactions. Related: Mystery world leader Trump...

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  • NoRA: Alec Baldwin and Amy Schumer join new anti-NRA initiative

    A coalition of celebrities, activists and policy experts have joined forces to launch NoRA, an initiative hoping to curb the NRA’s influence Celebrities, including Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer and Jimmy Kimmel, have added their voices to a new initiative targeting the National Rifle Association. The stars have partnered with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, policy experts, and various grassroots gun safety organizations to start the No Rifle Association Initiative, which pledges...

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  • From Trump’s US to Syria, even the plain truth is tribal

    The denigration of Robert Mueller and the White Helmets shows the extent to which provable facts are now under siege There was a time when, even if we disagreed about the remedy, we did at least agree that the patient was sick. We might argue about the meaning of this or that event, but all sides usually accepted that the event in question had at least happened. No longer. A new and unsettling dimension has entered our collective, and global, conversation. Related: How Syria's White Helmets...

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  • Have you experienced racial discrimination in a public place?

    If you’ve experienced racial discrimination in a public place, we’d like you to share your stories with us Two black men were left fearing for their lives after being arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, as they were waiting for a business meeting. The arrests, recorded on a white customer’s cellphone video, have been widely seen across the country as an example of racism. Related: Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks feared for their lives Continue reading...

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  • Democratic party sues Russia, Wikileaks and Trump campaign over election disruption

    The party alleges in the federal lawsuit that Trump campaign officials conspired with Russia to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Russian government, Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging a widespread conspiracy to help swing the 2016 US presidential election in Trump’s favor. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit was filed on Friday in federal court in the southern district of New York. The complaint asserts that senior...

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  • US woman sentenced to life for Valentine's Day shooting plot in Canada

    Lindsay Souvannarath pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder in a plan that involved opening fire at a mall in Halifax An American woman who plotted to go on a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at a Canadian mall was sentenced to life in prison on Friday with no chance of parole for nearly a decade. Lindsay Souvannarath of Geneva, Illinois, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder in a plan that involved opening fire at a mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2015....

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  • Colbert on Michael Cohen: 'The word innocent is nowhere in this conversation'

    Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah talked about Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and America’s problem with over-policing black men Late-night hosts on Thursday discussed the upcoming talks between the Trump administration and North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un, the likelihood Michael Cohen will flip on Donald Trump, and the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Related: Rudy Giuliani joins Trump's legal team to help end Russia investigation Continue reading...

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  • Mystery world leader Trump failed to call for six days revealed to be … Putin

    In Comey’s memos, Trump said Flynn’s failure to inform him of a call – confirmed to be Putin by the AP – meant he had ‘judgment issues’ Donald Trump was annoyed with his national security adviser for making Vladimir Putin wait six days for a return phone call, it emerged on Friday. The disclosure came following the release of memos written by former FBI director James Comey late on Thursday, which detailed his interactions with Trump over the four-month period before he was fired by the...

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  • North Koreans in the dark about Trump summit – but officials know 'he's crazy'

    Stage-managed tour of Pyongyang for western reporters lays bare official silence on Kim’s meeting with US president From Pyongyang’s vast, empty boulevards to its dusty, disorderly alleyways, there is no talk of the high-stakes summit between the US president, Donald Trump, and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, that has transfixed the rest of the world. The meeting is still a state secret, unmentioned in official media, unknown to the majority of Kim’s citizens – and far too dangerous for those...

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  • US court sentences former Liberian warlord to 30 years

    Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, given lengthy jail term owing to nature of crimes he sought to hide A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a groundbreaking judgment by a US court for lying about his role in Liberia’ civil war and the atrocities he committed. Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, who has lived in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, for 20 years, was found guilty in October on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury and...

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  • Wells Fargo to pay $1bn in largest fine levied against a bank under Trump

    Fine had been widely anticipated and comes after Donald Trump warned that administration planned to hold the bank to account Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $1bn to settle claims tied to its auto insurance, mortgage and other financial products in what is the largest fine levied against a major bank so far in the Trump administration. The penalty is part of a settlement between the bank and two regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of the...

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  • ET: the alien who reminded me why I fell in love with America

    My fondness for my adopted home was wearing very thin. Then this American fairytale came to the rescue The movie ET came up in my Netflix queue recently, so I sat down with my children to watch it. Everything was there, just as I remembered it – the Halloween scene, the trail of Skittles, Drew Barrymore’s “Is he a pig? He sure eats like one” – but while I was prepared for the film to make me nostalgic, I didn’t anticipate this: that it would unleash a surge of love for America. It is a strange...

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