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The Internet thinks the dad who tried to tackle Nassar is a hero

(CNN)When Randall Margraves asked an Eaton County, Michigan, judge on Friday morning for “five minutes in a locked room” with disgraced doctor Larry Nassar, he was turned down. Others shared the sentiment, calling the father of three a “hero.” Some wrote that they couldn’t blame Margraves, that they probably wouldn’t have reacted any differently if they were in his shoes. Nassar’s sentencing in Eaton County is his third in recent months, as dozens of young women and their families step forward to confront the doctor for his sexual abuse of…

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4 students hit by gunfire at Los Angeles school; 12-year-old girl in custody

(CNN)Police arrested a 12-year-old girl Thursday after a morning shooting at a Los Angeles middle school left five people injured, including two with significant gunshot wounds, officials said. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head but doctors stabilized him, said officials at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. A 15-year-old girl who was shot in the wrist was also hospitalized.

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They spoke out against immigrants. So she unearthed their own immigrant ancestors

(CNN)If you think the ongoing immigration debates don’t apply to you, Jennifer Mendelsohn has some news: They probably do. “I kept thinking, ‘This is ridiculous,” she told CNN. “How do these people think they have a leg to stand on, looking down on immigrants when so many American people have an immigration story in their history?” Sure enough, her research pointed her toward King’s own immigrant history: His 4-year-old grandmother and her two young siblings arrived at Ellis Island in 1894. Mendelsohn pulled out similar historical receipts for Dan Scavino,…

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Kentucky school shooting: 2 students killed, 18 injured

(CNN)Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky. Authorities identified the slain victims as Bailey Holt and Preston Cope, both 15 years old. Bailey died at the high school and Preston died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to State Police Commissioner Richard W. Sanders. Sanders said the suspect, armed with a handgun, walked into the school at 8:57 a.m. ET and started shooting. The first 911 call was received two minutes later. The victims ranged from 14 to 18 years…

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South Carolina officer dies day after he and 3 others were shot

(CNN)A South Carolina sheriff’s detective died on Wednesday evening, a day after he and three other law enforcement officers were shot, officials said. McCall, 47, was injured when officers returned fire during the second exchange, which ended a nearly six-hour ordeal in which officers were looking for him, Faris said. Doty had been with the sheriff’s office for 12 years. The other officers, who were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, are: • Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Clinton, the first deputy who was shot • Sheriff’s Sgt. Buddy Brown •…

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Activist Erica Garner, 27, dies after heart attack

(CNN)Erica Garner — an activist for social justice and the eldest daughter of the man who died from a police choke hold in New York in 2014 — died on Saturday morning days after suffering a heart attack, her mother Esaw Snipes said. Garner, 27, suffered from the effects of an enlarged heart after giving birth to her son three months ago, Snipes said.

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Two arrested in ‘horrific’ quadruple upstate New York murders

(CNN)Two people have been arrested in the “horrific” murders of two women and two children in Troy, New York. The victims — Brandi Mells, 22, Shanta Myers, 36, and Myers’ children Shanise, 5, and Jeremiah, 11 — were found dead in a basement apartment on Tuesday in what police called a “horrific” homicide that shook the upstate New York city.

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‘Worst NYC fire’ in 25 years kills at least 12, injures 4 people

New York (CNN)New York City authorities are scrambling for answers this morning as to what sparked a deadly apartment fire in the Bronx. • The fire broke out on the first floor of the five-story building Thursday evening; firefighters extinguished it sometime before 10 p.m. ET. • A 1-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old are among those killed, according to the NYPD. • Four people were critically injured and others were hurt, the mayor said. He added that it’s possible that “we may lose others as well. • “This will…

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Even for a place that gets a ton of snow, this was a record-breaking two days for Erie

(CNN)There’s White Christmas. And then there’s Whiteout Christmas. The snowfall total was more than four times the city’s previous all-time Christmas record of 8.1 inches, and it also broke the record for most snowfall in one day in the city’s history, which was 20 inches on November 22, 1956.

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At least 3 dead in Amtrak derailment in Washington state, official says

DuPont, Washington (CNN)At least three people were killed and more than 100 injured when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state, DuPont Fire Chief Larry Creekmore said Monday night. — More than 100 were transported to hospitals in Pierce and Thurston counties, Creekmore said. Four of them suffered serious injuries, said Cary Evans, spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health. — Amtrak President & Co-CEO Richard Anderson said “Positive Train Control” was not activated on the tracks when the derailment happened. PTC is a technology that automatically slows down, and eventually…

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Texas woman accused of mailing bombs to Obama, governor

(CNN)The evidence against a Texas woman accused of sending homemade bombs to President Obama and the governor of Texas includes a cell phone, a cigarette package, a salad dressing cap and, authorities say, some very distinctive cat hair. Abbott opened his package, but the device didn’t explode because “he did not open it as designed,” a court filing from her detention hearing says. The bomb could have caused severe burns or death, the court document says.

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Cards Against Humanity buys land on Mexican border to stump Trump’s wall plan

(CNN)Cards Against Humanity, an irreverent card game company known for its attention-seeking pranks, says it bought land on the U.S.-Mexico border to block President Trump from building his wall. Cards Against Humanity said that contributing to the land purchase and its legal defense was the first of six days of gifts that customers would be receiving in December. “On Day 1, all Cards Against Humanity Saves America recipients will get an illustrated map of the land, a certificate of our promise to fight the wall, some new cards, and a…

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Authorities: Texas church shooter had three gunshot wounds

(CNN)Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas Baptist church, suffered three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head, Texas authorities said Monday. A day after the deadliest shooting in Texas history, the US Air Force and Department of Defense said they are probing why the Air Force did not appropriately relay Kelley’s 2012 court martial conviction for domestic assault to civilian law enforcement, as required. Live updates on Texas church shooting How it happened What we know about the rifle used in the…

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At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church

(CNN)At least 26 people were killed in Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference. Among the dead is the 14-year-old daughter of the First Baptist Church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, according to his wife, Sherri Pomeroy, the girl’s mother. The couple were traveling out of state when the shooting occurred.

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