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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:19:12 GMT

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Judge won't reduce bond for girls in Slender Man stabbing

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:14:00 GMT

A judge on Friday refused to reduce the $500,000 bond set for two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man.

Judge Michael Bohren denied requests by the girls' attorneys to lower the bond amount. The girls have been...




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Michigan urges toughest lead rules in U.S. after Flint water crisis

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:50:00 GMT

Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan that Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts unveiled Friday in the wake of Flint's water crisis.

Other proposals include requiring...




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British royal couple trek to Bhutan's cliff-side monastery

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:24:00 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge trekked through blue pine forests to visit a famed Buddhist monastery in Bhutan on Friday during their weeklong tour of South Asia.

Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest, clings to the side of a cliff. Once Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton,...




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Couple says everything they were told about their sperm donor was a lie

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:48:00 GMT

Eight years ago, Angela Collins and Elizabeth Hanson thought they had found the one — the man whose sperm would help them have their first child.

The couple from Port Hope, Ontario, was immediately struck by a sperm donor profile on the website of Xytex Corp., a global sperm bank based in August,...




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Arizona probes into inmate suicides leads to 13 firings

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:37:00 GMT

Investigations into two inmate suicides in Arizona prisons resulted in the firings of 13 corrections officers and sergeants and the disciplining of six other employees for failing to conduct security checks or other types of neglect of duty, the state Corrections Department announced Friday.

The...




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Bernie Sanders arrives in Rome to attend Vatican conference

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:24:00 GMT

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrived in Rome on Friday to attend a Vatican conference, fresh off the debate stage where he was swinging at rival Hillary Clinton on everything from Wall Street to the dignity of the Palestinians.

Sanders arrived in Rome hours after Thursday night's...




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'Bernie bros' are lashing out at Clinton superdelegates

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:30:00 GMT

Shawn Bagley thought he knew what he was getting into when he was elected to become one of California’s so-called superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention, and energetic debate with other activists was part of it.

What Bagley had not anticipated was being jolted out of bed by a 2 a.m....




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Buffalo herd on the loose near Wisconsin Dells, deputies urge caution

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:07:00 GMT

Sheriff's deputies are warning motorists and others to be on the lookout for dozens of buffalo on the loose in southern Juneau County, near the Wisconsin Dells.

The sheriff's department says about 120 buffalo escaped from an enclosure and are roaming free near Elroy, Union Center and Wonewoc.

Authorities...




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Son behind 'I am Adam Lanza's mother' speaks out about his mental illness

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:14:00 GMT

"My name is Eric Walton," the teenager said, standing center stage at the April 2 Tedx Boise event. "At the age of 13 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after my mom wrote a slightly unimportant blog post that went viral on the internet... She said that she was the mother of a child with a mental...




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Nigeria marks 2nd anniversary of kidnap of Chibok girls by Boko Haram

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:01:00 GMT

With marches, chants and prayers, Nigerians marked Thursday's painful second anniversary of the mass abduction of the Chibok girls, still angry and frustrated the teenagers have not been found but hopeful a new video might lead to their safe return.

"BRING BACK OUR GIRLS NOW & ALIVE," proclaimed...




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McDonald's stores targeted by protests for $15/hour, union

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:40:00 GMT

Protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union were at McDonald's restaurants around the country and overseas Thursday as part of an ongoing push targeting the world's biggest hamburger chain. The "Fight for $15" campaign says low-wage employees including airport workers, adjunct professors...




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Losing their patience, candidates stage a debate that will live in acrimony

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:39:00 GMT

Thursday's debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offered a revealing window into the current state of the Democratic campaign and a look at two candidates who have reached the limit of their patience with each other.

What started out many months ago as a relatively civil contest, in...




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Man opens fire on gaming floor in Milwaukee casino, several hurt trying to flee

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:32:00 GMT

Police say a man is in custody after opening fire inside the Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee. Authorities say the 38-year-old man pulled a handgun from his pocket and started shooting about 2:30 a.m. Friday. Police say no one was hit by the gunfire, but several patrons were injured when they fell...




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High copper and lead levels found in water at 19 Detroit schools

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:30:00 GMT

Detroit's hard-pressed school system has found elevated levels of lead and copper in nearly a third of its elementary schools, contamination that one expert says could be found nationwide, wherever school authorities spend the time and money to look. The news gave parents in the 46,000-student...




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Democratic debate fact check: A duel over gun trafficking, financial reform record

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:22:00 GMT

CNN hosted the ninth Democratic presidential debate on Thursday evening, a face-off between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Not every statement could be easily fact-checked, but here are some suspicious or interesting claims. - - -

Clinton "voted for virtually...




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Connecticut judge won't dismiss Sandy Hook lawsuit against gun manufacturers

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:16:00 GMT

A judge in Connecticut on Thursday rejected a request from gun manufacturers and sellers to dismiss a lawsuit filed by relatives of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012, saying the lawsuit could go forward.

Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara N. Bellis wrote that...




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Cruz: N.C. within its rights to enact bathroom restrictions for transgender people

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:11:00 GMT

Sen. Ted Cruz said North Carolina acted within its rights to enact a law banning anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

"The state has the power to pass their own laws to make a determination that men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls," Cruz,...




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North Korea missile launch appears to have failed, officials say

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:53:00 GMT

A North Korean launch of a missile on the birthday of its revered founder appears to have failed, South Korean and U.S. defense officials said Friday.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency carried an unsourced report that the failed launch was of a powerful new mid-range missile that could one day be...




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Strong quake kills 9, injures more than 800 in Japan

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:52:00 GMT

At least nine people have been killed and more than 800 injured by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that toppled houses and buckled roads in southern Japan.

With daybreak, the extent of the damage became apparent: collapsed buildings, streets warped by manholes pushed higher by the earth's movement,...




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UC Davis spent $175K to sanitize its online image after pepper spray episode

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:50:00 GMT

UC Davis paid consultants at least $175,000 to clean up its online image after students and alumni were pepper sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest in 2011.

Newly released documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee show the university worked to clean up both its own image...




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