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Firefighters battle 5-alarm fire in St. Louis

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A five-alarm fire burned for much of the day at a warehouse in St. Louis where at least 80 firefighters responded to battle the flames. At least four people — including two firefighters — were rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation. They were treated and released. The building in …

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House Republicans set to pass massive package of tax cuts

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House Republicans are set to pass a massive package of corporate and individual tax cuts on Thursday.  On Wednesday, Democrats were fuming when Republicans in the Senate put out their own tax plan, which would repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate. The mandate requires most Americans to have health insurance or pay a …

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Think digital workplace won't reach you? Think again

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Think you can escape the digital revolution and keep your job? Think again. No profession is untouched by the changing digital landscape, from construction to retail, never mind the health care and finance professions, according to a report from Brookings Institution. What’s more, the pace is accelerating.  Almost 4 million of …

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Dad creates comic book character with Down syndrome for his son

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Chip Reece was flipping through pages of comic books in his collection when he realized something was missing: a character with Down syndrome. When Reece found out his son would have the genetic condition, the comic book enthusiast searched for characters his child could connect with some day.  “I looked …

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7 of the best cars for 2018

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Audi Most car shoppers are looking for a vehicle that’s stylish, drives well, is reasonably priced, has a good safety record and doesn’t cost too much to own and drive. Kelley Blue Book has put together that combination in its awards for the best buys among 2018 models. “These are …

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"Violent" psych hospital escapee captured in California

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STOCKTON, Calif. — A patient described as a “violent psychopath” who escaped Sunday from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital has been taken into custody in California after a manhunt, reports CBS San Francisco. Randall Toshio Saito was arrested in Stockton Wednesday and is being taken to San Joaquin County jail, the …

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Report: Health effects of pollution hit minorities hard

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A new report warns of dire health effects on communities of color caused by oil and gas facilities located near residential areas, linking emissions of pollutants with high rates of cancer and asthma, especially in African-American neighborhoods. The report, titled “Fumes Across the Fence-Line” and released on Tuesday, was produced …

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Who is Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe?

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To his followers and faithful, Robert Mugabe is an African nationalist hero who defied the might of white rule, and won. To his many enemies and detractors, he is a brutal tyrant who ruled by fear and ruined his country.  On Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s military vehemently denied a coup to topple …

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Suspect called mother before deadly rampage

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The mother of a gunman who shot 14 people, killing four, during a rampage in Northern California said he called her a day earlier and told her that he was finished feuding with the small rural community where he lived. “Mom it’s all over now,” Kevin Janson Neal‘s mother said …

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