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Firefighters battle 5-alarm fire in St. Louis


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


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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Dad creates comic book character with Down syndrome for his son


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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"Violent" psych hospital escapee captured in California


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


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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Suspect called mother before deadly rampage


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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Does Backpage help or hinder efforts to stop sex trafficking?


A bipartisan group of 47 lawmakers  – almost half of the Senate – is co-sponsoring a bill to close what it sees as a loophole that supports an online market for sex trafficking. They want to remove legal protections for websites that host prostitution ads, but some in law enforcement …

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Defendant collapses after conviction in murder-for-hire plot


VISTA, Calif. — A woman collapsed in a California courtroom after hearing she had been found guilty in what authorities called a botched murder-for-hire plot targeting her husband, who was shot but survived.  Diana Lovejoy and her firearms instructor, Weldon McDavid Jr., were convicted separately Monday of charges including conspiracy to …

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