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    Death of CT baby left alone in car ruled homicide

    Ridgefield, CONN. — The office of the chief medical examiner has ruled the death for a toddler that was left in a hot car in Ridgefield, Connecticut last month a homicide. Police said 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz died after being left alone in his father’s car. Kyle Seitz, who is the child’s father, was supposed to drop the child off at daycare, but instead went to work at a medical arts building on Grove Street. When he eventually found the baby […]

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    Nigeria confirms two new Ebola cases

    ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says the country has confirmed two new Ebola cases, the first two to have spread beyond those who had direct contact with the ill traveler from Liberia who brought the disease to Nigeria. Chukwu said Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that the two new cases are spouses of patients who had direct contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who flew into the country last month with the virus and infected 11 others before […]

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    California patient tests negative for Ebola virus

    (CNN) — A patient isolated in a California hospital after possible Ebola exposure does not have the virus, testing revealed. The unidentified patient, who had recently traveled to West Africa, was isolated at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center during the testing. “We’re happy to report that we’ve heard from the Centers for Disease Control that the test result is negative,” Dr. Ron Chapman of the California Department of Public Health told reporters Thursday night. The patient was considered […]

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    750 people pay it forward at Starbucks location, coffee house says they’re ‘humbled’

    (CNN) — A pay it forward chain that began in a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks linked more than 750 strangers in a two-day act of coffee kindness. “It was a pleasant surprise. Everyone likes their coffee paid for. So it was nice,” one customer told CNN affiliate Bay News 9. The chain reportedly began Wednesday morning when a woman in her 60s offered to buy coffee for the car behind her, a store employee told Bay News 9. “There were […]

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    Sprint undercuts T-Mobile by $20 a month, mobile price war is on

    NEW YORK — The price war is on in the U.S. wireless industry. Sprint announced a new unlimited data plan for smartphone users that costs just $60 a month. It’s part of new CEO Marcelo Claure’s effort to reverse the fortunes of the ailing carrier. Rival T-Mobile offers an unlimited data plan for $80 a month, while industry leaders Verizon and AT&T don’t offer unlimited plans at all. “People know Sprint for Unlimited,” Claure said in a statement. “We have […]

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    U.S. Ebola patient Kent Brantly released from hospital

    ATLANTA — Both Americans who were treated for the Ebola virus have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital. “Today is a miraculous day,” Dr. Kent Brantly said at a Thursday news conference in Atlanta with Emory University Hospital staff members. “I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.” The hospital had announced that he was being discharged Thursday. Brantly said he prayed God would help him stay faithful even in his illness. […]

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    Video of St. Louis police shooting released by Chief

    (CNN) — The man paces back and forth on a St. Louis street, yelling “Shoot me,” as two armed police officers approach him. Less than 20 seconds after their arrival, the officers open fire, killing him. As new cell phone video emerged Wednesday of the fatal confrontation that claimed the life of the African-American man, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson tried to explain the officers’ action in an appearance on CNN. The incident took place Tuesday, less than four […]

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    Die in this state and your heirs get your online accounts

    NEW YORK — When people die, it often means the end of their online identity as well. But this month, Delaware became the first state to pass a broad law giving heirs the right to access online accounts and digital assets of someone who has passed away. Under the new law, which went into effect last week, the executor of the estate has access to their “digital assets such as email, cloud storage, social media accounts, health records, content licenses, […]

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    American Ebola patient to be released after clean blood tests

    (CNN) — Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa while helping fight its largest outbreak in recorded history, will be released from Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital on Thursday, spokesman Vince Dollard said. His blood tests have come back negative for the virus. The hospital will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET, where Brantly will give a statement before leaving the hospital. Emory will also have information on fellow missionary Nancy Writebol. Her husband […]

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    Holder arrives in Ferguson; Officer suspended for pointing semi-automatic rifle at ‘peaceful’ protester

    Editor’s note: Warning: This story contains graphic language (CNN) — Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri around midday, heading straight to Florissant Valley Community College to talk with students, most of whom are African-American. “The future for Ferguson is blurry,” said Molyric Welch, a 27-year-old who said her brother died of cardiac arrest, allegedly after Ferguson police used a stun gun on him in 2011. “So we just need some answers, some questions, some changes. And we need some […]

  • Father of ‘Affluenza’ teen arrested for impersonating cop

    NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Tex. (KDAF) — Remember Ethan Couch, the teen who was sentenced to 10 years of probation and no prison time after killing four and seriously injuring two others while driving drunk in Burleson? He got off after his lawyer claimed he was suffering from ‘affluenza.’ A defense witness described the condition as not being able to understand consequences because he comes from a privileged family. Well, it looks like trouble is following the Couch family. North Richland Hills […]

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    Official: U.S. attempt to rescue James Foley, others in Syria failed

    (CNN) — A U.S. rescue operation earlier this summer failed to free American journalist James Foley and others being held by ISIS in Syria, a U.S. official told CNN on Wednesday. The Pentagon confirmed a rescue attempt, but did not say whether Foley was among those U.S. officials were hoping to free. “Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. A U.S. official, speaking on […]