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Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

Martha is former rescue dog who went almost blind from neglect, said Ms Zindler. Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix who was the oldest in the contest, came in second. These dogs - some with acne, others with tongues permanently sticking out - are used to getting called ugly. "The contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions", says the fair's website. Read More

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Sears to close 20 more stores as crisis continues

Sears to close 20 more stores as crisis continues

The only Chicago-area store among the 20 closing is on North Harlem Avenue in Galewood, Riefs said. The stores in Mentor and Middleburg Heights will close in mid-September, a Sears spokesman told FOX 8 News on Friday. Sears has almost halved its store footprint since 2012, from 2,019 then to fewer than 1,200 this year, once all planned closures are made. Sears Canada filed for protection from its creditors under Canada's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the equivalent of Chapter 11 ... Read More

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Former Milwaukee cop 'thankful' at acquittal

Smith's death brought to the surface long-simmering tensions between black Milwaukee residents and police, and demonstrators assembled near the site of the shooting in Sherman Park hours after it happened. News of Dominique Heaggan-Brown's acquittal has sparked plenty of reactions on Twitter. He was charged with assaulting a man a day after he fatally shot Smith. Read More

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USA student DIES after release from North Korean gulag

USA student DIES after release from North Korean gulag

He said that if Trump could resolve the North Korean nuclear issue as well as bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and overall greater security in northeastern Asia, it would probably be the US president's greatest diplomatic achievement. Legislation requiring Americans to obtain a license before visiting North Korea . Warmbier's sophomore English teacher said he would be "dearly missed". Read More

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Three Workers Injured in Crane Accident at Astoria Construction Site

Three Workers Injured in Crane Accident at Astoria Construction Site

The third worker was being loaded into an ambulance as of 5:38 p.m. Initially it was believed to have been a crane that collapsed but FDNY clarified that it was a roof. Emergency crews and dozens of firefighters responded to the emergency. Some of the firefighters were tending to the victims as others created a sort of bucket brigade to remove the debris that had fallen into the basement and ground floor of the building. Read More

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Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

Hodgkinson died at a hospital after he was shot by return fire from Capitol Police officers, who were one hand at the baseball field for the GOP practice ahead of Thursday's Congressional game. One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson in Belleville was March 24, near his home just outside the Belleville city limits. Police said it was unclear whether James Hodgkinson planned to target the lawmakers on his list, which included Reps. Read More

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Trump nominates Democrat Rosenworcel to serve again as FCC commissioner

Trump nominates Democrat Rosenworcel to serve again as FCC commissioner

President Trump withdrew Obama's renomination of Rosenworcel , which if she had been seated would have left the FCC at a 2-2 political divide once FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler exited. The White House announced the intention- it does not become official until it is sent to the Senate - late Tuesday night. A name that has been mentioned as a candidate is Brendan Carr , who is now the FCC's general counsel. Read More

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Jury breaks with no verdict in officer's trial

The final group of a dozen jurors includes both black jurors who heard testimony. An attorney for a Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist a year ago says the officer "did what he had to do". He also alluded to testimony from defense witnesses who portrayed Yanez as a good and honest man. The top headlines from JournalStar.com. Yanez has been charged with manslaughter. Read More

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Supreme Court strikes down gender-based citizenship law

Supreme Court strikes down gender-based citizenship law

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito agreed with their colleagues on at least one point: The court should not extend the shorter residency requirement to apply to the children of unmarried USA -citizen fathers. In 2010, the court agreed to hear another case that presented the same issue, but Justice Elena Kagan was recused from that case, presumably because she had been the US solicitor general when the federal government filed its brief opposing review. Read More

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Portland police: Homeless man took bag off train

Portland police: Homeless man took bag off train

A third man was injured and subsequently released from the hospital. Police said Best's wallet was missing from his backpack. Best died on the train and another victim died at a hospital. Christian attacked the men after they tried to protect two young black girls at whom Christian was yelling racist and anti-Muslim remarks. Best and Meche were both killed, while Fletcher survived. Read More

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Strong storms, tornadoes possible in parts of Deep South

A cold front will approach the area this afternoon, triggering a line of showers and thunderstorms that may be severe. The storm struck the area around 3 p.m., with the worst of the damage being near the town of Pomaria. Heavy rain from storms could fall on saturated grounds and lead to flash flooding. Close to half dozen severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across Central Florida , as the radar estimated the storms' winds at 60 miles per hour. Read More

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DHS hopeful Clarke denies plagiarism in master's thesis

DHS hopeful Clarke denies plagiarism in master's thesis

CNN reported Saturday that Clarke plagiarized significant portions of his 2013 thesis on homeland security, failing to properly cite his sources 47 times. According to the school's standards, if a student directly quotes a passage or source, they must indicate the source's words with quotation marks - which Clarke failed to do - or with an indented paragraph if the quote is long. Read More

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Trump Urges Liberty Graduates to be Outsiders

Trump kept to a largely upbeat message during the roughly 30-minute speech, never mentioning his stunning decision this past week to remove James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Mr. Trump said . "Treat the word "impossible" as nothing more than motivation". White evangelical voters, Liberty students included, overwhelmingly supported Trump in the presidential election. Read More

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Family of shooting victims: Arrest bittersweet

Saucedo now faces a total nine separate murder charges. From August 2015 to July 2016 the shootings terrorized the largely Hispanic community in Maryvale in Phoenix , Arizona. Marina Smith, the partner of 21-year-old Diego Verdugo-Sanchez, who was gunned down on April 1 , 2016, said she welcomed news of the arrest but was still struggling with his loss. Read More

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