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Two dead in Houston gas explosion that destroyed building, caused 'significant' damage to homes
Joey Charpentier/Twitter (HOUSTON) -- Two people were killed in a gas explosion at a manufacturing warehouse that sent shock waves across northwest Houston early Friday morning, authorities said.Multiple homes and a strip mall nearby also sustained "significant damage" in the blast, which happened around 4:30 a.m. local time, Samuel Pena, of the Houston Fire Department, said at a press conference.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said a full arson investigation has been launched, but noted that there is no reason to believe it was terror-related or an intentional act. He said it is part of the protocol to conduct an investigation...
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New Mexico college student shot during alleged fraternity hazing incident
SWInsider/iStock (LAS CRUCES, N.M.) -- A New Mexico State University student has been accused of shooting a classmate in an alleged hazing incident that resulted in his fraternity's suspension. Miguel Altamirano was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly shot Jonathan Sillas in the leg as he pledged the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Altamirano could face as many as many as three years in prison if convicted as charged, but his attorney, C.J. McEllhinney, says the shooting wasn't intentional. He said the shooting happened as the students were "joking around.""The evidence in this case is consistent...
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Black man sues bank alleging racial discrimination for not cashing checks
domnicky/iStock (DETROIT) -- A Michigan man has filed a lawsuit against a Midwest banking chain this week, accusing it of racial profiling, after a teller called the police on him and wrongfully accused him of fraud. Ironically, Sauntore Thomas was attempting to deposit two large checks that he'd received as part of a workplace racial discrimination settlement with his previous employer when a TCF Bank branch in Livonia, Michigan, refused to accept the checks, saying they weren't legit. Thomas, a 44-year-old Air Force veteran, said he felt "humiliated" and embarrassed when police arrived about 10 minutes later to investigate the...
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Police find missing 13-year-old girl who 'willingly' got into someone's car and never made it to school
Pelham Police Department (PELHAM, Ala.) -- Authorities in Alabama say they have found a 13-year-old girl, who disappeared on her way to school.Amberly Nicole Flores left her home in Pelham, Alabama, on Tuesday morning to walk to the school bus stop. But she never made it to school, according to the Pelham Police Department.On Thursday afternoon, Pelham police said they had found Amberly safe at a home in Huntsville, in northern Alabama, about two hours north of Pelham. WATCH: Police Chief Pat Cheatwood announces Amberly Flores has been found and is safe.There is still much we don't know right now....
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Annabella Sciorra testifies in Harvey Weinstein trial
Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra took the witness stand on Thursday at Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial and testified in wrenching detail about the night nearly 30 years ago that she said the disgraced Hollywood producer violently raped her at her apartment.Sciorra's testimony is the first and among the most highly anticipated at a pivotal moment in the #MeToo movement as Weinstein faces rape and sexual assault charges in New York.Throughout direct examination by prosecutors, the veteran actress, who grew up in Brooklyn, avoided using the mega-producer's name -- referring to him consistently as "the defendant"...
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Girl Scout uses YouTube cover of Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' to sell cookies
CatLane/iStock (WESTERVILLE, Ohio) -- Girl Scouts aren't just knocking on doors any longer to sell cookies -- they are getting more creative.Amory Vargo is well on her way to meeting her goal of selling 2,020 boxes of cookies and earning a free week at Girl Scout camp thanks to her video cover of Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" to help sell her cookies.The 9-year-old from Westerville, Ohio, is about halfway to her goal her mom, Samantha Vargo, told "Good Morning America."Amory makes a video to sell cookies each year, she said, but this year's has been the most successful. It has over...
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Police release horrific details of the 1st mass shooting of the year, identify teen suspect
MicroStockHub/iStock (GRANTSVILLE, Utah) -- The first mass shooting in the country this year was allegedly carried out by a 16-year-old, who skipped school to kill each of his family members as they returned home, prosecutors said.Colin Jeffrey "CJ" Haynie is being charged as an adult for killing his mother and his three siblings as well as for the attempted killing of his father, said Tooele County Attorney Scott Broadhead.Haynie provided brief details to police when he was taken into custody on Jan. 17 at a local hospital.Authorities were able to gather details about the incident that shocked the Grantsville, Utah,...
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Fotis Dulos violated bond terms by visiting memorial for wife he's accused of killing
WTNH-TV (NEW CANAAN, Conn.) -- A Connecticut man charged with his estranged wife's murder was harshly criticized by a judge who said he violated the terms of his $6 million bond by stopping at a makeshift memorial for his presumed-dead spouse and removing items his lawyer said were meant to taunt him.Fotis Dulos had his work-release privileges revoked and was ordered to remain under strict house arrest after Judge Gary White on Thursday ruled Dulos shouldn't have visited the memorial, which had been placed near his home by supporters of his wife, Jennifer.White issued a stern warning to Dulos that...
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Inside the neo-Nazi hate group 'The Base,' which is the center of an FBI investigation
krblokhin/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- A wide-ranging domestic terrorism investigation of the "The Base," which authorities say is a neo-Nazi group, has culminated in the arrests of seven alleged members last week and has provided extensive new details about the inside operations of an organization that allegedly advocates for a "violent insurgency" to overthrow the U.S. government.The investigation comes amid an increased focus on domestic terrorism and white supremacy in the United States and fear that such groups are joining forces with like-minded individuals overseas. And it came to light in the context of a controversial Richmond, Virginia gun rally where three...
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Billionaire businessman Leslie Wexner refuses to reveal full scope of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged multimillion-dollar theft
Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Fragrance Foundation (NEW YORK) -- Leslie Wexner, the billionaire founder of the L Brands retail empire, who in 2019 accused disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein of misappropriating “vast sums” of his personal fortune more than a decade earlier, has so far refused to reveal the full scope of that alleged multimillion-dollar theft.In a letter sent to his foundation in August after Epstein was arrested in New York City on sex trafficking charges, Wexner disclosed that a $46 million donation in 2008 from Epstein, who served as Wexner’s personal financial advisor for more than 15 years, to a...
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Trump administration removes federal protections from streams, wetlands
TriciaDaniel/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration moves to remove Obama-era clean water protections intended to protect rivers, streams, wetlands and other bodies of water from pollution and runoff from industrial facilities and agriculture on Thursday, finalizing one of President Donald Trump's signature campaign promises to farmers.The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers altered the definition of what is covered under federal clean water protections as a "Water of the United States," or WOTUS, replacing the broader language put in place under former President Barack Obama. The updated rule will replace protections that are currently only in effect...
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Man arrested with $3.7 million worth of drugs found in his car
Mohave County Sheriff's Office (LITTLEFIELD, Ariz.) -- A Utah man was arrested in Arizona when he got caught with nearly $3.7 million worth of drugs in his car, authorities said.Logan Lewis Pederson, 30, of Sandy had four different substances on him that tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and THC, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.Officers found the drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 near Beaver Dam and Littlefield, authorities said.Pederson "would not make eye contact with deputies and appeared extremely nervous" so authorities asked for a K-9 to assist, according to authorities. The K-9 alerted officials...
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