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Former Florida Mayor sentenced to 51 months after defrauding charity

(CNN)A former Florida mayor was sentenced to 51 months in prison Friday after defrauding the charity United Way of more than half a million dollars. Ryan Cardoso, an attorney for Thompson, said the former mayor is “repentant and committed to making amends.” “Words cannot express the remorse and sorrow that Mr. Thompson feels in this case,” Cardoso said in an email to CNN. Thompson was also ordered to pay back the embezzled money, less the some $220,000 seized from his bank accounts. Thompson was mayor of Milton for 20 years…

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Former Drexel professor arrested and accused of spending $185,000 in grant money on strippers, sports bars and iTunes

(CNN)A former Drexel University professor faces criminal charges after allegedly stealing $185,000 in research grant money and using it at adult entertainment venues and on purchases for iTunes, meals and other expenses. CNN has tried to contact Nwankpa but has not yet reached him and has not determined whether he has legal representation. Nwankpa’s alleged spending was noticed when an audit showed multiple unauthorized and “no receipt” purchases between 2010 and 2017, according to the release. The professor tried to pass off strip club expenses as catering and food costs,…

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More than 500 earthquakes have rattled the Puerto Rico region in 10 days. There may be more to come

(CNN)A 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed one person in Puerto Rico on Tuesday is one of hundreds of tremors that have rattled the island for more than a week. And experts say the shaking is not over yet. “Over the past several weeks, hundreds of small earthquakes have occurred in this same region, beginning in earnest with a magnitude 4.7 earthquake late on December 28 and a magnitude 5.0 event a few hours later,” the USGS said. “With the exception of the latest two earthquakes … none are likely to…

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Hikers in California’s Sierra Nevada found the remains of a Japanese internee from World War II

(CNN)In early October, two hikers were traversing an alpine path, high in California’s Sierra Nevada range, when the unexpected happened: they stumbled upon human remains. The 46-year-old Matsumura was living with his family and 11,000 other incarcerated Japanese at the Manzanar War Relocation Center when he joined a group of fisherman on July 29, 1945, to venture up into the high mountain lakes, according to a news release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. Several days later, on August 2, he left the main group, venturing out on his own…

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A Coca-Cola semi-truck crashed into a Pennsylvania home

(CNN)A Coca-Cola tractor-trailer crashed into a Pennsylvania house on Saturday, destroying the front of the home and causing road closures. The front of the home was significantly damaged, and the truck is totaled, Lockwood said. Police initially told residents to stay clear of the area, but after six hours, authorities were able to remove the truck from the home and reopen the road, Lockwood said. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/04/us/coca-cola-crash-quakertown-pennsylvania-trnd/index.html

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investing a Tesla crash that killed 2 people

(CNN)The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a crash involving a Tesla in California that left two people dead. KTLA reported that police responded to the crash at Vermont Avenue and Artesia Boulevard around 12:45 a.m., according to LAPD Capt. Jon Pinto. The Tesla driver exited the westbound 91 Freeway at Artesia Boulevard at a high speed and failed to stop at a red light, the station reported. He collided with the Honda at the intersection as the Honda turned left onto Artesia Boulevard, authorities said. The 40 year-old…

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Colorado day care owner charged after allegedly hiding toddlers behind a false wall

(CNN)The owner of a Colorado day care that allegedly used a “false wall” to hide 26 toddlers in a basement has been arrested and charged, court documents show. The day care had a licensed capacity of six children, according to May 2019 data on the Colorado Department of Human Services website. The department immediately suspended the day care’s license while it investigated, the agency said in a statement at the time. Police didn’t immediately find any children when they first arrived at the day care, Colorado Springs police said in…

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A woman who sought sanctuary inside Denver churches to avoid deportation has been pardoned by the governor

(CNN)For years, Ingrid Latorre sought sanctuary inside churches in the Denver area. After a felony conviction in 2010, she lived in fear of being deported back to Peru and being separated from her two young children, who were born in the United States. Polis wrote that he did not have the authority to change Latorre’s immigration status, but said he hoped that her prior conviction would not stand in the way of her living in the US legally. “All I’ve wanted is to go home and be with my family,…

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California deputy on leave after violently removing carjacking victim from vehicle, sheriff says

(CNN)Believing they had stopped a stolen car after a miles-long pursuit, two California sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest a carjacking victim, who died after the encounter in which one deputy appears to slam the man’s skull into a car door and put him in a neck hold as the other deputy twice deployed his Taser. After deputies and officers remove Ward from the car, Deputy Nick Jax informs his counterparts that Ward had no reason to run because he was a carjacking victim, not a car thief — to which…

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Patriots rally to win 11th straight AFC East title

(CNN)The New England Patriots clinched their 11th straight AFC East championship Saturday, beating the Buffalo Bills 24-17 with a come-from-behind effort led by quarterback Tom Brady. “The force is strong in my family…” he wrote. That’s pretty funny, until you consider that Brady is 42 years old. He was born in 1977. What else happened that year? The first Star Wars movie came out, that’s what. Maybe it’s just a coincidence. If you’re still counting, this is the Patriots’ 17th division title in 19 years. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/21/us/patriots-clinch-afc-east-trnd/index.html

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How the Salvation Army is trying to change its ‘anti-LGBTQ’ reputation

(CNN)Salvation Army bell ringers, the folks you see jingling bells by red kettles at Christmastime, will be carrying a new prop this year: A card explaining the Christian church and charity’s approach to LGBTQ people. But to some in the LGBTQ community, the Salvation Army has another reputation. For decades, they’ve accused Salvationsts of denying some services to same-sex couples, advocating against gay rights and adhering to a traditional theology that considers gay sex sinful. At times, LGBTQ activists have dropped fake dollar bills or vouchers protesting the Salvation Army…

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Bill Cosby Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of comedian and actor Bill Cosby. Birth name: William Henry Cosby Jr. Father: William Henry Sr., US Navy mess steward Mother: Anna (Hite) Cosby Marriage: Camille (Hanks) Cosby (January 25, 1964-present) Children: Evin, 1976; Ensa, 1973-2018; Ennis, 1969-1997; Erinn, 1966; Erika, 1965 Education: Attended Temple University, 1961-1962; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.A, 1972; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ed.D, 1977 Military service: US Navy, 1956-1960 Other Facts More than 50 women have publicly accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the past…

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‘We’ve moved on’ from Colin Kaepernick, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says

(CNN)NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league has “moved on” from former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who changed the venue last-minute for an NFL sponsored workout and held his own workout last month. Kaepernick’s representatives said he wanted the session to be open to the media and the NFL balked, forcing him to change the location. Kaepernick’s agents said he was told not to bring his own film crew to the previous venue. The former quarterback’s camp was also upset with the liability waiver the NFL wanted…

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LSU vs. Georgia: The governors are wagering seafood and a gift basket of … something

(CNN)Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is feeling good. He just won re-election, and now he’s making a splashy bet on Saturday’s LSU-Georgia game for the SEC Championship. Edwards challenged Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to the bet on Friday. He’ll give Kemp some grub from Baton Rouge’s Tony’s Seafood if LSU loses. Not that he thinks he’ll need to pay up. “I’m not worried about having to cover this bet because I firmly believe Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers, coached by Louisiana’s own Ed Orgeron, are going to be hoisting…

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