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College professor recognizes 17th century masterpiece hanging in a nearby church

College professor recognizes 17th century masterpiece hanging in a nearby church

A simple act led to an art history professor discovering a 17th century masterpiece that was thought to have been missing. Church of the Holy Family is located just a few blocks from the campus of Iona College, and Tom Ruggio told CNN he would sometimes visit during the church’s “off hours” for the quiet…

FBI offers $10,000 reward for information on the disappearance of Native American woman

FBI offers $10,000 reward for information on the disappearance of Native American woman

The FBI has announced a reward for information on Mary Johnson, a Native American woman who went missing from the Tulalip Reservation in Washington state in December 2020. The agency is offering $10,000 for information leading to the “identification, arrest, and conviction” of whoever is responsible for her disappearance, according to a Twitter post issued…

Lions and tigers at DC’s National Zoo test presumptive positive for Covid-19
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Lions and tigers at DC’s National Zoo test presumptive positive for Covid-19

Animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC, are keeping a close eye on their lions and tigers after the big cats tested presumptive positive for Covid-19. Six African lions, a Sumatran tiger and two Amur tigers are being treated with anti-inflammatories and anti-nausea medication to help with their discomfort and loss of…

Man in custody after fatal shooting at casino in Biloxi, Mississippi

Man in custody after fatal shooting at casino in Biloxi, Mississippi

A 30-year-old Alabama man has been arrested after a shooting early Saturday morning at the Golden Nugget casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, that left one person dead, according to Biloxi police. The suspect, identified in a police news release as Jereme Lamond Jones of Mobile, Alabama, faces a charge of first degree murder. He’s being held…

More than 100 part-timers at Indiana University Health left jobless for refusing Covid-19 vaccine
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More than 100 part-timers at Indiana University Health left jobless for refusing Covid-19 vaccine

At least 125 part-time employees at Indiana University Health system, the largest physicians network in the state, have lost their jobs for not complying with Covid-19 vaccination requirements, a spokeswoman said Friday. “Indiana University Health has put the safety and well-being of patients and team members first by requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against…

Customs officers seize fake championship rings that — if genuine — would have been worth nearly $2.4 million
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Customs officers seize fake championship rings that — if genuine — would have been worth nearly $2.4 million

US Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized 86 counterfeit championship rings that would have been worth $2.38 million if they had been authentic, the agency said. On September 13, officers at the Chicago port of entry found 34 fake New York Yankees rings, 24 from the Chicago Bulls, 22 from the St. Louis Cardinals…

Search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie focuses on Florida nature reserve
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Search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie focuses on Florida nature reserve

The search for the now-missing fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito is focused on a Florida nature reserve, where FBI agents and 50 officers from five local agencies are scouring the area, according to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor. During a Saturday news conference, Taylor said Laundrie has an “enormous amount of pressure” on him…

The Murdaugh family saga: a tangled web of secrets and murder
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The Murdaugh family saga: a tangled web of secrets and murder

A powerful family. A deadly boating accident. Two mysterious slayings. Drug addiction, stolen money and a botched shooting in an alleged insurance fraud scheme. It sounds like someone took a list of sordid elements and stuffed them all into a crime thriller so twisty it could only be fiction. But the tortuous tale of the…

‘We’re here to help you.’ What Afghan Americans want refugees fleeing the Taliban to know
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‘We’re here to help you.’ What Afghan Americans want refugees fleeing the Taliban to know

Decades after the last major exodus from Afghanistan, refugees find themselves forced to flee their homeland once again as the US war in Afghanistan ends and the Taliban rise to power. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this week that the United States will have brought approximately 60,000 Afghans to America the end of the…

Feds say man driven by hatred of Jews pleaded guilty to all charges after deadly 2019 assault on California synagogue
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Feds say man driven by hatred of Jews pleaded guilty to all charges after deadly 2019 assault on California synagogue

A Southern Californian man who previously pleaded guilty to state murder and attempted murder charges following a 2019 attack on a synagogue in San Diego pleaded guilty Friday to federal hate crime charges, according to the Justice Department. “The defendant entered a synagogue with the intent to kill all those inside because of his hatred…

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck Southern California on Friday evening, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding cities including Carson, Lomita, and Torrance. There have been no early reports of injuries or significant damage as of 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET), according…

The most populous county in the US issued a proof of vaccine requirement for indoor bars and nightclubs
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The most populous county in the US issued a proof of vaccine requirement for indoor bars and nightclubs

Los Angeles County, the country’s most populous county, will require customers and employees in indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination starting October 7, according to a new health order issued Friday. “This modified health officer order aligns with the continued need to reduce risk for transmission and increase…

Thousands of migrants held in squalor under Texas bridge
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Thousands of migrants held in squalor under Texas bridge

Roselini Villasmil broke down Friday as she recalled the squalid conditions under a bridge in the Texas border town of Del Rio, where more than 12,000 unauthorized migrants are being held for processing by US immigration agents. “We told our son we were camping so he wouldn’t worry,” said the 33-year-old migrant from Venezuela, who…

Teen surfer bitten by shark off Florida beach escapes with 9 stitches

Teen surfer bitten by shark off Florida beach escapes with 9 stitches

Surfer Doyle Nielsen had been catching waves at Ponce Inlet, on the east coast of Florida, for about 40 minutes when a shark slammed into him and bit his arm. “It felt like something hitting me super hard on the right side and kind of my back, and then I saw some motion, as it…

Judge denies admission of evidence allegedly connecting Kyle Rittenhouse to Proud Boys
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Judge denies admission of evidence allegedly connecting Kyle Rittenhouse to Proud Boys

A judge in Wisconsin sided with defense attorneys Friday and denied motions filed by prosecutors seeking to admit evidence at trial showing Kyle Rittenhouse’s involvement in a previous fight and his alleged association with the Proud Boys. Among their multiple motions filed, prosecutors were hoping to admit evidence Rittenhouse had an association with the Proud…

The planet is on a ‘catastrophic’ global warming path, UN report shows
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The planet is on a ‘catastrophic’ global warming path, UN report shows

The planet is careening toward warming of 2.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — far above what scientists say the world should be targeting — according to a report on global emissions targets by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Scientists have said that the planet needs to slash 45% of its emissions by…

Family of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, tell police they have not seen him since Tuesday
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Family of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé, tell police they have not seen him since Tuesday

The family of Brian Laundrie, the fiance of 22-year-old Gabby Petito — who was reported missing by her family nearly a week ago — told police in North Port, Florida, they haven’t seen him in days, according to police spokesperson Josh Taylor. Laundrie’s family asked police to come to their home and told them they…

Three months after his wife and son were killed, Alex Murdaugh has ‘fallen from grace,’ his lawyer says
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Three months after his wife and son were killed, Alex Murdaugh has ‘fallen from grace,’ his lawyer says

Alex Murdaugh, the 53-year-old scion of a South Carolina legal dynasty, has seen his life fall apart in three months, with his own attorney saying in court Thursday, “He has fallen from grace.” First, Murdaugh’s wife and son were shot and killed in June, prompting an investigation that remains unsolved. Murdaugh, who called 911 June…

An arrest has been made in the 2012 killing of a UNC-Chapel Hill student, police say
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An arrest has been made in the 2012 killing of a UNC-Chapel Hill student, police say

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing of Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, a 19-year-old University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment in 2012, officials said Thursday. Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares from Durham, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Assistant Chief of…

Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on changing the police department in upcoming elections
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Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on changing the police department in upcoming elections

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters in Minneapolis may decide on changing the police department in the upcoming municipal elections. The measure, if approved, would amend the city charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. The DPS would employ a “comprehensive public health approach to the…