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Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:08:32 -0500

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Predicting the unpredictable in Alabama Senate race

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:26:17 -0500

(image) Tuesday’s special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions is as difficult a race to predict as you will ever see. In the deep red state that hasn’t had a competitive statewide contest in years, the polling apparatus are rusty.



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Serial Killer Taunts Police In New Letter, Claims There Are More Victims

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:04:07 -0500

(image) A convicted serial killer sent a letter to a South Carolina newspaper claiming police hadn’t found all of his victims ― and he’s not planning to help them.



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Bernie Sanders: Tax Bill 'Designed to Help the Wealthiest'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:50:52 -0500

(image) In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tells Chuck Todd that he believes the Republican tax plan would harm the people that President Trump pledged to help.



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Sandy Hook Promise releases new PSA about the response to school shootings

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:22:45 -0500

(image) A new video called “Tomorrow’s News” imagines a local news item that reports, a day ahead of time, a mass shooting at a school. “Tomorrow I’ll probably say that I wish I told someone,” says one interviewee. The video was released by Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by parents of the victims of the Newtown shooting.



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California's Thomas Fire Now Ranks Among Largest In State History

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:33:32 -0500

(image) The Thomas Fire, one of five destructive blazes currently burning in California, now ranks as the tenth largest wildfire on record in the state.



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Bullied Tennesee student Keaton Jones' mom faces backlash over Confederate flag photos

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:02:13 -0500

(image) During the weekend, a Tennessee woman took to Facebook with her son Keaton Jones' emotional video about the relentless bullying he experiences in school that went viral almost instantly.



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Kelsey Grammer says he forgives sister’s rapist and killer but he does not deserve freedom

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Kelsey Grammer has spoken about his grief following his sister’s murder in 1975. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the Frasier actor said he has forgiven the man who sexually assaulted and killed his sister. Karen Grammer was abducted, raped and murdered at the age of 18 by Freddie Glenn and accomplice Michael Corbett on 1 July 1975.



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Who is New York subway bomber suspect Akayed Ullah?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:14:25 -0500

(image) A bomb has exploded on a Manhattan subway platform leaving four people injured in a suspected-Isil-inspired attack. The suspected bomber is Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who is thought to have lived in the US for seven years.  Ullah, who lived in Brooklyn, was armed with a five-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack as he walked through a midtown Manhattan transit hub, sources told the New York Post. Local TV image reported to be Akayed Ullah Credit: CBS/Universal News And Sport The device prematurely exploded which meant it only partially detonated in the right side of the suspect's jacket.    Ullah, who is thought to have been seriously injured in the attack, told officials he made the explosive device at the electrical company where he works, according to the New York Post. CCTV Port Authority image reported to be of Akayed Ullah Credit: NY Port Authority/Universal News And Sport The blast happened on Monday morning in an underpass at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square - the nation's most crowded bus station. Ullah had burns and lacerations to his hands and abdomen, police said. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has described the incident as a "suspected terror attack". Emergency services respond to New York terror attack  



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Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick explains why she supported Trump

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:02:00 -0500

(image) A woman who accuses former President Bill Clinton of raping her during his 1978 campaign for Arkansas governor spoke out on Monday about her support for President Donald Trump.



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Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach L. Ron Hubbard, But Say They’re Not Scientologist

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:02:15 -0500

(image) CLEARWATER, Fla. ― It was a weekday afternoon here in early December, and a gaggle of kids outside of Clearwater Academy International were playing with a ball, their laughter and shouts filling the air.



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There Are Huge Obstacles To Casting A Ballot In Alabama's Special Election

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:38:54 -0500

(image) The last-minute push to focus on voter turnout in the Alabama special election for a U.S. Senate seat has brought the state’s restrictive voting policies into renewed focus, prompting concern that many eligible voters who wish to cast a vote on Tuesday will not be able to.



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Tim Scott: Republicans Exploring How to Handle 'High-Tax States'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:05:24 -0500

(image) In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tells Chuck Todd that Republicans are trying to "sweeten the SALT" changes in the tax bill.



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U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:02:36 -0500

(image) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.



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Netherlands Tops The Good Country Index, But The News Isn't So Good For The U.S.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:50:56 -0500

(image) The United States has slipped down the rankings of an index designed to rate countries on the effect they have on humanity and on the planet.



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Two killed as plane crashes into house in San Diego

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:15:09 -0500

(image) Local media report the plane crashed into the home in the Clairemont neighbourhood at around 4.40pm local time on Saturday. The single-engine, six-seat Beech BE36 Bonanza had taken off from Montgomery Field airport around half a mile from the crash site. The pilot and a passenger were taken to hospital with burns and two passengers died at the scene, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.



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Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter Is Destined to Fail

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:29:00 -0500

(image) All of the reasons the Su-57 is going nowhere fast. Westerns analysts have concluded that Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter is unlikely to enter operational service before 2027. The Su-57 program was never really viable.



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Trump slammed for throwing insults at the media in the wake of attempted terror attack in NYC

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:47:53 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump is receiving backlash for attacking the "failing" New York Times shortly after being briefed on an attempted terror attack in New York City Monday. ".@POTUS has been briefed on the explosion in New York City," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Twitter at 8:13 a.m.



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This Judge Isn't Buying The Trump Admin's Excuses For Holding A U.S. Citizen 'Incommunicado'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:32:57 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― A federal judge on Monday aggressively questioned a Justice Department attorney about the Trump administration’s contention that it can continue holding an unnamed U.S. citizen ― who has asked for an attorney ― out of the reach of lawyers who wish to represent him.



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Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:35:09 -0500

(image) A post shared by Dr Georges Kazan (@drgeorgeskazan) on Dec 5, 2017 at 4:56pm PST Researchers at Oxford University have used modern scientific technology to test a religious relic believed to belong to St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Christian bishop whose generosity inspired the legend of Santa Claus.



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New Yorker journalist sacked over 'improper sexual conduct'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:02:38 -0500

(image) "The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct," the magazine said in a statement. "I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate," Lizza was quoted as saying.



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Hezbollah Vows U.S. Decision on Jerusalem Will Mark the 'Beginning of the End' for Israel

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:07:02 -0500

(image) Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on Monday, where the militant group's leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria's civil war.



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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:47:53 -0500

Heartbreaking footage of a starving polar bear desperately searching for food on iceless land highlights the “real face of climate change”, conservationists say. Photojournalist Paul Nicklen said his team were moved to tears as they captured the struggling animal’s battle to stay alive on Canada’s Baffin Island last summer. The “soul-crushing” scene, captured by marine conservationists SeaLegacy, shows the emaciated bear searching an abandoned Inuit camp for sustenance. “My entire SeaLegacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” explained Mr Nicklen. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. Polar bears are listed as vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change” Credit: AP “When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. “The simple truth is this - if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth-our home-first.” His colleague Cristina Mittermeier said it was “one of the hardest shoots we have ever had to do”. “Through tears, we were able to capture this footage with the hope of awakening people to the realities of a climate change future,” she said. Polar bears are the poster child for climate change  Credit: AP SeaLegacy said though it couldn’t say with 100 per cent certainty what had caused the bear to starve to death, the group added: “We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. “Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain.” The group warned an increasing number of polar bears are likely to die in this way “as a result of our warming climate”. “As global temperatures rise, the amount of multi-year sea ice in the Arctic shrinks. Polar bears depend on that ice to travel large distances and to hunt for their food. Without sea ice this will become a common scene across the Arctic,” they said.  The World Wildlife Fund says polar bears are vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change”. A study published last year by University of Washington researchers found that polar bears across the Arctic are facing a shorter sea ice season, a surface they depend on for hunting, travelling and breeding.[...]


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Battle for Moscow: How Russia Stopped Nazi Germany's Military

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:33:00 -0500

(image) Would the capture of Moscow have altered the outcome of World War II? Moscow was more than the administrative capital of the Soviet Union: it was also a vital rail hub and production center. There was also the symbolic value: totalitarian dictators, like Hitler and Stalin, crafted images of themselves as all-knowing leaders of their nations.



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Al Franken Makes Santa's Naughty List On 'SNL,' But Roy Moore Makes The 'Registry'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:30:44 -0500

(image) Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 10, 2017 “Saturday Night Live’s” take on politics this week featured elf Kate McKinnon and Santa Kenan Thompson in the cold open listening to a line-up of smart kids asking about everything from opioids to Colin Kaepernick and toys — more specifically, Matt Lauer’s sex toys.



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns That Nuclear War Is One 'Tantrum Away'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:01:38 -0500

(image) Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive tantrum away,” this year’s Noble Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.



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US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:07:03 -0500

(image) A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali's notorious Kerobokan jail in an early Monday morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island's main prison by cutting a hole in the roof with a hacksaw, authorities said. Foreigners are regularly arrested for drugs offences on Bali.



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U.S.-backed Syrian forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border: SDF

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:12:05 -0500

(image) U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have formed a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State militants. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.





Ellen DeGeneres Evacuates Her Pets As California Fire Bears Down

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:32 -0500

(image) Ellen DeGeneres tweeted Sunday that she and wife Portia de Rossi evacuated their pets as California’s raging Thomas Fire closed in on their home in Santa Barbara County, an area packed with celebrities.



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California fires: more mass evacuations as Thomas Fire rages on

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:22:00 -0500

(image) As of Sunday morning, the Thomas Fire had blackened some 173,000 acres across Santa Barbara County and Ventura County, incinerating more than 750 structures and endangering another 15,000. If you are ordered to evacuate, leave immediately,” an alert from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said. Power company Southern California Edison estimated that the Thomas Fire had deprived nearly 90,000 customers of power.



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Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:15:35 -0500

(image) LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.



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White House Slamming Media’s Mistakes Is Height Of Hypocrisy

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:42:57 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lashed out at reporters on Monday in response to multiple high-profile corrections to news stories this month, falsely claiming that journalistic outlets do not regularly take responsibility for mistakes and intentionally publish inaccurate information.



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Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:32:35 -0500

(image) Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from Gibson's Bakery, a century-old, family-owned business near campus. That sweet relationship has turned bitter amid hotly disputed accusations of racism, roiling a school and town long known for their liberal politics.



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Huntington’s breakthrough as early trial shows injection may stop disease

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:50:51 -0500

Huntington’s disease patients have been offered new hope after a trial showed a groundbreaking genetic treatment appears to slow down the illness. Current medications only treat symptoms rather than treating the underlying condition which gradually eats away at the brain, robbing people of movement, speech and dignity. But a small trial of 46 men and women showed that the new drug silences the genetic mutation which causes Huntington’s. Prof Sarah Tabrizi, director of University College London’s Huntington’s Disease Centre who led the phase 1 trial, said the results were ‘beyond what I’d ever hoped,’ and said it eventually may be possible to stop the disease before irreversible damage to the brain had occurred. “The results of this trial are of ground-breaking importance for Huntington’s disease patients and families,” she said. "For the first time we have the potential, we have the hope, of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent Huntington's disease." The treatment prevents the production of a dangerous protein which kills brain cells  Huntington’s is an incurable degenerative disease caused by a single defect in the huntingtin gene which turns a usually helpful protein into a lethal brain cell killer. It affects around 10,000 people in Britain. The drug, called Ionis-HTTRx, works by intercepting a messenger molecule and destroying it before the harmful protein can be made, effectively silencing the effects of the mutant gene. It effectively stops Huntington's in its tracks. Although the trial was too small, and not long enough, to show whether patients’ clinical symptoms improved,  it showed the drug was safe, well tolerated by patients and crucially  it reduced the levels of huntingtin in the brain. “This is probably the most significant moment in the history of Huntington’s since the gene,” added Prof Tabrizi. To deliver the drug to the brain, it has to be injected into the fluid around the spine once a month using a four-inch needle. The treatment could potentially be adapted to target other incurable brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. FAQ | Dementia The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has paid $45 million for the rights to the drug, and is expected to launch a major trial to test the clinical effectiveness of the drug, while trial data is sue to be published shortly. Charities welcome the results, saying it was of ‘groundbreaking importance to families affected by Huntington's. “This is a great day for the Huntington's disease community,” said Chief Executive Cath Stanley. “This is a big step forward in Huntington's disease research and although there is still someway to go before the overall results are known, this is a big step forward.”  Prof Roger Barker, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, at the University of Cambridge, said:“We were involved in this trial, here in Cambridge with 6 patients. “I would say that the results[...]


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Supreme Court's Wedding Cake Case Isn't About Faith, Religious Leaders Warn

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:54:43 -0500

(image) The Supreme Court wrestled with a clash between religious freedom and LGBTQ rights last week when justices heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.



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Israel, Turkey leaders trade insults over US Jerusalem decision

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:19:21 -0500

(image) Relations between Israel and Turkey took a bitter turn Sunday as their leaders traded accusations of involvement in terrorism, days after the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would fight against the controversial declaration, describing Israel as a "terrorist state" that kills children, in a speech in Istanbul. Hours later Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back, calling his counterpart a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers and supports terrorists, during an official visit to Paris.



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Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:53:13 -0500

(image) Several thousand people marched through central Kiev on Sunday to protest against the detention of Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili and call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko. Saakashvili, president of his native Georgia for nine years until 2013, moved to Ukraine after a popular uprising there and served under Poroshenko as a regional governor from 2015-2016, before falling out with the Ukrainian leader.



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The Army's Has Over 100,000 'New' M4A1 Rifles - Here's What They Can Do

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:10:00 -0500

(image) To date, the Army has completed more than 117,000 M4A1 upgrades on the way to the eventual transformation of more than 480,000 M4 rifles. As a result, it is entirely conceivable that the Army will explore new requirements and technologies for the M4A1 as time goes on. The service’s so-called M4 Product Improvement Program, or PIP, is a far-reaching initiative to upgrade the Army’s entire current inventory of M4 rifles into higher-tech, durable and more lethal M4A1 weapons, Army spokesman Pete Rowland, spokesman for PM Soldier Weapons, told Scout Warrior in an interview.



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Woman charged in pregnant neighbor's death pleads guilty

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:46:53 -0500

(image) FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman pleaded guilty Monday in the killing of a pregnant neighbor so she and her boyfriend could keep the baby, though officials are still saying little about how the victim died.



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Watch a Barn-Find Tucker Lay Numbers on a Dyno

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:09:21 -0500

(image) Tucker number 44, in the midst of a major restoration, hits the dyno to prove exactly how much power that helicopter-sourced flat six makes.



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Cory Booker Calls On Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:50:55 -0500

(image) Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is calling on President Donald Trump to resign over the more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations against him.



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7 of the Best Bank Stocks to Buy for 2018

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:23:43 -0500

(image) The first year of the Trump administration was great for the financial sector, which, with a few weeks left in the year, had risen 19 percent in 2017 alone. CUBI is a small-cap regional bank that looks like one of the most undervalued names in the entire market. CUBI suffered in 2017 after writing off a bad investment that damaged earnings per share, but with that impairment almost totally behind it, EPS is expected to rise 27 percent in 2018 -- and it wouldn't be shocking for CUBI to rise that amount, either.





17 Game-Changing Guinness Recipes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:12:23 -0500

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Charlie Sheen Sues National Enquirer Over Corey Haim Rape Allegation

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:35:46 -0500

(image) Charlie Sheen is suing the National Enquirer over the publication of a Nov. 8 report alleging the actor raped then-child star Corey Haim in the 1980s.



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