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    Woman accused of drowning puppy so she could board plane in Nebraska

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Florida woman is suspected of drowning a 2-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom so she could board a plane. Grand Island Police Sgt. Stan Steele says 56-year-old Cynthia V. Anderson of Edgewater, Florida, was denied access to a flight Friday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport because the puppy was so young and not properly contained. Steele says she tried to conceal the Doberman in her carry-on bag. He tells The Grand Island […]

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    Chris Christie’s Cowboys love in national spotlight

    (CNN) — While the New Jersey governor’s unusual adoration of the Dallas Cowboys has been well documented, Chris Christie’s loyalty for America’s team was on full display Sunday night when he was seen giving Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a bear hug after the team made a huge comeback to defeat the Detroit Lions. His embrace quickly spread via social media, drawing detractors and defenders alike for the governor’s NFL preference. As for the ribbing he got online, Christie said Monday […]

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    Two NYPD officers responding to robbery call get shot in the Bronx

    (CNN) — Two New York City police officers were shot late Monday night in the Bronx, the department said. Both are expected to survive. The officers were responding to a robbery call at a store. They had a description of the suspect, and when they went to pull over a car, they were shot: one in the elbow, the other in the back, police said. The shooter is still at large, the department said. That person may also have suffered […]

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    Ferguson grand juror sues over lifetime gag order, wants to talk about Michael Brown case

    (CNN) — A member of the grand jury that declined to bring charges in the August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown is suing the St. Louis County prosecutor to be allowed to speak on the case, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri said Monday. The unnamed juror “would like to talk about the experience of serving on a grand jury, the evidence presented and the investigation in a way that could contribute to the public dialogue concerning race […]

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    Sarah Palin wins argument with PETA

    SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) — Political attacks have really gone to the dogs. They used to have more style and substance. It was considered bad form to just weave an attack out of whole cloth, counting on the fact that the mark was so despised by a segment of society that people would be anxious to believe the worst. It used to be that when you wanted to sling mud at someone whose politics you didn’t agree with — chiefly […]

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    Cops pay for man’s meal tab, arrest him in fatal stabbing

    Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) — Two Phoenix police officers were simply trying to do a good deed and get help for a young man with mental health issues. What they ended up with was a New Year’s Eve arrest in connection with a stabbing death. The officers had gone to a Phoenix IHOP restaurant after employees called and said a man had ordered and eaten a meal but could not pay for it, Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. The officers determined that […]

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    Mayor eulogizes officer as cops outside turn backs

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has given a solemn eulogy at an officer’s funeral as thousands of police watching the service from outside turned their backs in a sign of disrespect toward the city’s leader. The officers’ actions at Wenjian Liu’s (WEHN’-jihn looz) funeral Sunday came after Police Commissioner William Bratton sent a memo to all commands urging respect, declaring “a hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance.” Liu was killed along with […]

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    ESPN’s Stuart Scott inspired those battling cancer

    (CNN) — If you don’t know who Stuart Scott was, those who do will likely point you to one particular speech to share why his death reverberates so strongly across the country. Scott, a veteran anchor on ESPN, died Sunday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 49. He built a career as a sports anchor, but his eloquent observations on his battle with cancer, and the encouragement and motivation to others fighting the disease, made him a role […]

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    American exposed to Ebola headed to Nebraska for monitoring

    (CNN) — An American health care provider working in Sierra Leone who had a “high-risk exposure” to Ebola will arrive at Nebraska Medicine on Sunday, the center said. “This patient has been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit at the Omaha medical center. “However, we will be taking all appropriate precautions.” Nebraska Medical Center, part of Nebraska Medicine, is one of only four hospitals […]

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    7-year-old survives plane crash that kills 4 in Kentucky

    (CNN) — The knock was faint. But, alerted by his two dachshunds, Larry Wilkins went to his door. He opened it to see a young girl, her lips quivering, her nose bloodied, her arms and legs scratched up. Her name was Sailor Gutzler and, somehow, she was still alive. “She told me that her mom and dad were dead,” Wilkins said. “And that she had been in a plane crash.” The girl’s sister and cousin also died when their Piper […]

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    Rapper Macklemore is going to be a dad

    (CNN) — Grammy-award winning rapper Macklemore and fiancée Tricia Davis are expecting their first child in May, the couple announced Saturday. The couple shared the news in a YouTube video after rumors surfaced Friday of the pregnancy in gossip column Page Six. “Today the media speculated about some big news in our life. So we decided to share it with you ourselves,” the couple said in a video posted Saturday on the YouTube account of Macklemore’s musical partner, Ryan Lewis. […]

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    Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens dies at 94

    (CNN) — Country music star Little Jimmy Dickens, a fixture at the Grand Ole Opry for decades, died Friday of cardiac arrest after having a stroke on Christmas, the website for the famed music venue reported. Dickens, 94, died at a hospital in Nashville, according to media reports. Dickens joined the Opry, the showcase for country music, in 1948. “The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens,” Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete […]