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Defense secretary: Size of troop increase in Afghanistan will be announced later
United States Department of Defense (NEW YORK) -- U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to say how much America will increase its troop numbers in Afghanistan following President Trump's announcement Monday night of his decision to continue the long-running U.S. military engagement in the South Asian country."I’d prefer not to go into those numbers right now,” Mattis said at a press conference in Baghdad, adding, “There is a number that I’m authorized to go up to.”Mattis said he and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will first put together a plan before announcing the total number...
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Unrecruited University of Texas football player receives magical scholarship surprise
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Coaches for the University of Texas football team brought in a magician to boost morale but one player was shocked to see what the man pulled out of his magic hat.Unrecruited senior offensive lineman Garrett Graf was in the spotlight as the magician’s assistant, unaware that it was part of a planned surprise, when the man pulled a card from a top hat with a special message."On behalf of the UT football program," the magician read last Wednesday night, "I’m pleased to inform you that you are now on a full academic scholarship."The entire room roared...
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Bill Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer to head retrial defense
iStock/Thinkstock (NORRISTOWN, Penn.) -- Bill Cosby has tapped Tom Mesereau, the attorney who helped Michael Jackson get acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005, to help him beat his retrial for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Cosby's reps announced on Monday that former lawyers, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa will exit the defense team in the actor's criminal case, replaced by Mesereau, ex-federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia’s Sam Silver, according to Philly.com. Cosby also announced the new team, with fewer details, on Twitter. McMonagle reportedly formally filed paperwork early this month to leave the revolving-door defense...
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Severe food allergy cases skyrocketed over the past decade, study finds
(NEW YORK) -- Monkey Business/Thinkstock The number of health insurance claims documenting severe allergic reactions to food has skyrocketed nearly 400 percent over the past decade, according to a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit healthcare organization FAIR Health.The researchers analyzed private insurance claim lines involving the diagnosis of anaphylactic food reactions, or severe allergic reactions from food that could even result in death from anaphylactic shock. The study found that private insurance claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose by 377 percent in the period between 2007 to 2016.Peanuts were the most commonly identified food to cause...
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Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley had 'private conversation' with Trump after Charlottesville
Office of the President (NEW YORK) -- Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who is now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that she talked privately with President Trump after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia."I picked up the phone and I had a private conversation with the president about Charlottesville, and it was taken very well," Haley told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" today.Haley, as the Republican governor of South Carolina, called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol in 2015 in the wake of the racially charged killing...
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Infant rescued from wreckage after deadly quake in Italy
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Firefighters rescued an infant from the wreckage of a collapsed building in Italy on Tuesday after a 4.0-magnitude ripped through the resort island of Ischia, killing at least two people and injuring dozens.The 7-month-old baby boy -- along with his older brother and parents -- were rescued early Tuesday morning, several hours after the earthquake first struck the island.Emergency officials were still working to save a third child, a young boy, who was still trapped under the home’s wreckage as of early Tuesday, Sky TG24 reported. #22ago 6:00 #Ischia, #vigilidelfuoco #usar al lavoro senza sosta, sempre...
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'What Would You Do?' recap: Sales clerk refuses to sell clothes to transgender woman
Purestock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Here is a recap of this week's episode of "What Would You Do?" with ABC's John Quiñones.What would you do: Shopping while transgenderA transgender woman is shopping for a dress at a women’s boutique. The sales clerk refuses to sell clothes to her because she is transgender. How will the other customers react? Watch what happens: What would you do: Pedi harassmentA nail technician discriminates against a woman for being overweight, charging her extra money simply based on her size. Will anyone say something to the technician? Watch what happens: What would you do: Baby or...
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