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‘Dating Game Killer’ dies of natural causes, prison officials say

‘Dating Game Killer’ dies of natural causes, prison officials say

A convicted serial killer known as the “Dating Game Killer” died early Saturday morning at a hospital near Corcoran State Prison in central California, prison officials said. Rodney James Alcala, 77, had been on the state’s death row since being condemned in 2010 for the murders of four women and a 12-year-old girl, according to…

Illinois schools struggle to fill teaching vacancies. 1 district hires international teachers to meet the needs
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Illinois schools struggle to fill teaching vacancies. 1 district hires international teachers to meet the needs

As another school year approaches, administrators nationwide are facing teacher shortages. Southwest of Chicago, Steven Wrobleski is worried. School starts August 11 and he still has openings at LaSalle Peru Township High School. “We currently have a chemistry physics teaching position that we have zero applicants for right now. I am really concerned about how…

Colorado 10-year-old dies as health officials investigate plague activity
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Colorado 10-year-old dies as health officials investigate plague activity

The death of a 10-year-old in Colorado has been linked to plague as state health officials warn they are investigating reports of the bacterial infection in animals and fleas. The 10-year-old resident of La Plata County “died from causes associated with plague,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in a news release…

Georgia police make arrest in 1988 murder of 8-year-old Joshua Harmon
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Georgia police make arrest in 1988 murder of 8-year-old Joshua Harmon

Georgia police have arrested and charged a man with the 1988 murder of 8-year-old Joshua Harmon after a review of DNA evidence linked him to the crime, according to the Roswell Police Department. James Michael Coates, 56, faces numerous charges, police said Friday, including felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated child molestation, concealing the death of…

Washington state deputy is killed in the line of duty; 2 of 3 suspects are detained

Washington state deputy is killed in the line of duty; 2 of 3 suspects are detained

Law enforcement officers from the Vancouver, Washington, area are mourning a deputy killed in a shooting Friday night. Police said Saturday they have detained two suspects and are searching for a third. Tthe suspects “may be armed and dangerous,” authorities alerted earlier. Sgt. Brent Waddell with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office told a media briefing…

Acid-shooting whip scorpions are roaming a national park in Texas
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Acid-shooting whip scorpions are roaming a national park in Texas

Some freaky-looking creatures are out looking for mates this summer. And no, we’re not talking about the contestants on “Sexy Beasts.” Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas is alerting visitors that summer rains are bringing arachnids called vinegaroons “out of their burrows in search of food and love.” These three-inch creatures, also known as…

Authorities in this community say they’re facing a gun violence ‘crisis.’ They’re asking residents for help
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Authorities in this community say they’re facing a gun violence ‘crisis.’ They’re asking residents for help

Saleemah Graham-Fleming had been told she wouldn’t be able to have children. That’s why she always called Sanaa Amenhotep, the oldest of her three daughters, a miracle. The two loved each other fiercely: they had frequent “cuddle time” sessions and dedicated Friday girls’ nights. The teen would often join her mom for errands, riding in…

Vaccines are a ‘personal decision,’ Hillsong Church founder says after congregant refuses shot and dies of Covid-19
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Vaccines are a ‘personal decision,’ Hillsong Church founder says after congregant refuses shot and dies of Covid-19

The founder of the multinational Hillsong Church told CNN that Covid-19 vaccines are a “personal decision for each individual to make with the counsel of medical professionals” after a congregant who publicly refused inoculation died of complications from the disease. Hillsong Church global senior pastor Brian Houston had announced the death of Stephen Harmon, who…

DEA agents seize cocaine disguised as a cake
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DEA agents seize cocaine disguised as a cake

A man and woman were arrested in Maine following the discovery of cocaine disguised as a cake in their vehicle, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Acting on information received from anonymous sources, agents stopped a vehicle on Tuesday along I-295 as it entered Gardiner. A drug-sniffing K9 alerted them to the presence of…

Miami-Dade police to take over search efforts at the Surfside condo building collapse site
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Miami-Dade police to take over search efforts at the Surfside condo building collapse site

Firefighters are turning over the search and recovery efforts at the Surfside condo building collapse to the Miami-Dade Police Department, officials said Friday. The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had been in charge at the site of the now-leveled residential building in the South Florida community. But that is now changing, according to a news release from…

A Missouri hospital just hit its all-time high for Covid cases. But the county fair that attracts thousands won’t be canceled

A Missouri hospital just hit its all-time high for Covid cases. But the county fair that attracts thousands won’t be canceled

Amy Tignor remembers the crowds that attended the Ozark Empire Fair’s rides, concerts and livestock shows in past years. A resident of Springfield, Missouri, since 2005 and the owner of a local brewery, Tignor said nothing could “drag her there” this year, even though she’s fully vaccinated. “As you’re sitting in a crowd, six out…

Fire whirls, ‘pyro’ clouds, and hazy skies: Extreme fire behavior is a preview of what’s to come
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Fire whirls, ‘pyro’ clouds, and hazy skies: Extreme fire behavior is a preview of what’s to come

Dozens of wildfires currently blazing across the West have been exhibiting extreme fire behavior: demonstrating alarming rotational patterns and wafting smoke across the country while also creating their own weather. Given 2020’s historic wildfire season, the early return of the destructive flames puts 2021 on pace to be another potentially record-shattering year for blazes. Human-caused…

Minneapolis voters will decide whether to replace the police department with a public safety department
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Minneapolis voters will decide whether to replace the police department with a public safety department

Minneapolis city officials voted Friday to approve the language of a ballot measure that will ask voters in November whether the city’s police department should be replaced with public safety department. The Minneapolis City Council approved the ballot question language, which will be presented to residents in the municipal general election on November 2, 2021.…

Before a wildfire grew into an out-of-control blaze, the Forest Service decided to let it burn
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Before a wildfire grew into an out-of-control blaze, the Forest Service decided to let it burn

A massive wildfire raging out of control in the rugged mountains straddling the California-Nevada border, tearing through tens of thousands of acres was initially determined by US Forest Service officials to not be a threat and allowed to burn. The lightning-sparked Tamarack Fire, first discovered on July 4 in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, was initially…

At least 8 of the 20 largest US school districts are making masks optional for students
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At least 8 of the 20 largest US school districts are making masks optional for students

As the new school year quickly approaches, at least eight of the 20 largest school districts in the US are making masks optional for students in school while another nine are requiring masks. Three districts remain undecided with just weeks left until schools plan to open their doors. With varying rules for indoors and outdoors,…

They dodged flames pushed by 30 mph winds. Crews fighting the huge Bootleg Fire still are trying to tame it
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They dodged flames pushed by 30 mph winds. Crews fighting the huge Bootleg Fire still are trying to tame it

When crews battling the massive Bootleg Fire saw wind-driven flames race across the treetops, they had one option: retreat. “We had a running crown fire, which means that the fire has reached the top of the trees and being pushed by the wind” moving at 30 mph, firefighter Eric West told CNN. “We all had…

George Floyd statue in Brooklyn to move to Manhattan after refurbishment
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George Floyd statue in Brooklyn to move to Manhattan after refurbishment

A statue of George Floyd that has been in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood since Juneteenth will be moved on Monday — first back to the studio for refurbishment and then to Manhattan’s Union Square Park in September as planned, according to Confront Art, the group that produced the statue. The 6-foot statue was unveiled this summer…

Family says conservative radio host has changed his tune on vaccines after he was hospitalized with Covid-19
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Family says conservative radio host has changed his tune on vaccines after he was hospitalized with Covid-19

For months, conservative Nashville, Tennessee-based radio host Phil Valentine has repeatedly made posts on multiple social media platforms telling his fans that if they weren’t at risk for Covid-19, they shouldn’t get the vaccine. That message changed on July 23, when the Valentine family made a public statement on the Facebook page of his talk…

Man arrested after taking Houston ambulance at gunpoint with paramedic and patient inside, police say
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Man arrested after taking Houston ambulance at gunpoint with paramedic and patient inside, police say

A man has been arrested after using a car to block an ambulance, ordering the driver out at gunpoint and driving the ambulance away with a 16-year-old hit-and-run victim and a paramedic inside, Houston police say. The teenaged girl had been struck by a vehicle at 2:30 a.m. and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Houston Police Public…

Why hundreds of Frito-Lay workers have been striking

Why hundreds of Frito-Lay workers have been striking

Workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas, say it used to be one of the best jobs in town — a place of shared meals, group outings and community. In recent years, though, employees and union members say the facility where Doritos, Cheetos and Tostitos are made has become another toxic work environment. Hundreds…

Cleveland Indians changing name to Cleveland Guardians

Cleveland Indians changing name to Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland Indians are changing their name next season to the Cleveland Guardians, the Major League Baseball club announced Friday morning, after the old moniker drew criticism for decades from Native Americans. “You see, there’s always been a Cleveland — that’s the best part of our name,” actor Tom Hanks says in a video announcement…