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White FDNY lieutenant accuses official of removing him from color guard because of his race

(CNN)A white lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the city Friday, saying he was removed from a position on the color guard because he is not black. “Are you removing me from the Color Guard because I am not Black?” McWilliams asked her, the lawsuit states. “Yes, I am,” Wilson allegedly responded. She then ordered him to perform “lesser duties” of escorting civilians and mustering uniformed offices into formation away from the Memorial Mass, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit also contains a…

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Henry Kissinger Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Father: Louis Kissinger, a teacher Mother: Paula (Stern) Kissinger Marriages: Nancy (Maginnes) Kissinger (March 30, 1974-present); Ann Fleischer (1949-1964, divorced) Children: with Ann Fleischer: Elizabeth, David Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1950; M.A., 1952; Ph.D., 1954 Military: US Army, 1943-1949, Captain Religion: Jewish Other Facts:Kissinger’s name was changed to Henry when his family immigrated to the United States to escape the Nazis. Attended high school at night while working at a factory during the…

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Owners of Kentucky Derby horse Maximum Security file lawsuit seeking to overturn the disqualification

(CNN)The owners of Maximum Security, the horse that was disqualified at the Kentucky Derby, have filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to overturn the disqualification. “The insubstantiality of the evidence relied on by the Stewards to disqualify Maximum Security, and the bizarre and unconstitutional process to which Plaintiffs were subjected before and after the disqualification, are the subjects of this action,” the lawsuit said. Maximum Security’s owners and jockey Luis Saez “were denied any part of the $1,860,000 share of the Derby purse as well as a professional accomplishment that any…

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Yoga instructor who went out for a hike in Maui is missing

(CNN)A yoga instructor who went for a hike in Maui last week has not been seen since, and police are asking for the public’s help in locating her. “Amanda’s really well loved in the yoga community and there are people coming from all over the island coming in and hiking and trying to find her,” said Haynes. On her personal website, Eller said she is a physical therapist who has made Maui her home. “Living on this island has also inspired extraordinary changes, including the completion my yoga teacher training,”…

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Judge rules militia leader should remain jailed as he awaits trial

(CNN)Militia leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins should remain behind bars pending his trial on a federal weapons charge, a judge ruled Monday. His arrest came more than 17 months after FBI agents searched his residence, but just days after the militia group he leads drew widespread attention, condemnation from the American Civil Liberties Union and criticism from state authorities in New Mexico for detaining migrants at the border. During a November 2017 search, according to an FBI special agent’s affidavit filed in court, the agents found nine firearms and ammunition. Because…

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An adorable friendship, a strange discovery and a futuristic shoe

(CNN) Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week A beautiful friendship How can you look at these adorable photos of Cooper Baltzell and Gregory Watson and not smile ear-to-ear? These two BFFs met a year ago when 4-year-old Cooper offered Watson some candy in the hallway of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s…

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A mailman was shot dead after he tried to stop a fight between a teen and his mom

(CNN)Police are looking for a New Mexico teenager who they say shot and killed a postal worker who tried to break up an argument between the teen and his mother. The teen then went into his house, came back outside with a gun and shot Hernandez in the abdomen before going back inside, according to police. Someone tried to resuscitate Hernandez, but the 47-year-old mail carrier and Army veteran eventually died of his wound, police say. Police were called, and SWAT officers surrounded the house. Although no one had seen…

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A Florida deputy is under investigation after viral video appears to show him slamming teen’s head into the ground

(CNN)A Broward County sheriff’s deputy is on “restricted administrative assignment” after a video surfaced that appears to show him slamming a teenage boy’s head into the ground and then punching the teen in the head. The video, which has since gone viral on social media, has sparked outrage over the deputy’s conduct. Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony released a video statement Friday saying there would be a “thorough investigation” into the incident. “We will look at this as a fact-finding measure to ensure that we hold folks accountable,” said Tony,…

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The 9-year-old girl mowed down in a grisly hit-and-run is speaking out

(CNN)Not even a fractured skull and a shattered pelvis can keep LaDerihanna Holmes down. Gabriel Fordham faces charges of failure to maintain lane, failure to stop at a stop sign, reckless driving, hit and run and serious injury by vehicle. Fordham, 28, is being held on no bond, his attorney Ryan Williams said Monday after his court appearance. Fordham has been in jail since the incident, his attorney said. Fordham didn’t get bond on Monday because of a probation order from seven years ago, Williams said. A new court date…

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A man accused of throwing a child from the Mall of America’s 3rd floor had been banned from the site

(CNN)The man arrested for allegedly pushing or throwing a boy from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota had been banned from the mall in the past and once told police he had anger issues, court records show. “The child is still alive, he’s still receiving care, and I think we’re just asking for thoughts and prayers for that child to recover,” Potts told reporters outside his police department Saturday. At this point, police do not believe there is a relationship between the family of the child…

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A Wisconsin teacher has been placed on leave after telling kids to find games played by ‘enslaved children’

(CNN)A Wisconsin physical education teacher has been placed on leave after allegedly telling African-American students in the class to research games played by “enslaved children.” MaHailey Stephens was one of the students in the class. “I went to my mom, I was like, mom, what are slave games?” she told CNN affiliate WITI. The affiliate reported students alleged they were separated in groups based on their race. “I’ve never heard of such a thing,” Reshunda Stephens, MaHailey’s mom, told the affiliate. “I never knew slaves had opportunities to play games.”…

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A man is in custody after witnesses say he threw or pushed a child from a third floor Mall of America balcony

(CNN)A 5-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries when, according to witnesses, a man either threw or pushed the child from the third floor of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, police said Friday. Additional information from witnesses indicated the 5-year-old might have been pushed or thrown, Potts said. Police officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, Potts said. “The child did suffer significant injuries,” he said. “The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care.” Police said in a later statement that the child’s…

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Former basketball star Jill Noe is carrying twin babies for her twin sister

(CNN)When her sister couldn’t get pregnant, this twin stepped up to make her dreams come true. Bliesner always dreamed about being a mother, especially after she married her husband, Peter, three years ago. Over the holidays in 2017, she told Noe she didn’t think her dream would become a reality. Bliesner said it was too expensive for her to get a surrogate or adopt a child. At that moment, Noe recalled to CNN, she could hear the sound of defeat from her sister and didn’t think twice about volunteering to…

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Why Chicago’s mayoral election should matter to you

(CNN)No matter who wins Tuesday’s election in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city will for the first time elect an African-American woman as its mayor. “Residents of every other major city should be paying attention to how Chicago manages to address the problems they have,” said Marcus Pohlmann, a political science professor at Rhodes College in Memphis. “No big city is insulated from these issues.” Here’s why the closely watched vote should matter to people outside of Chicago: Violence and the greater Midwest Violent crime totals in Chicago have made headlines…

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Shanann Watts’ mother said she felt her daughter’s ‘spirit the moment she died’

(CNN)Shanann Watts’ mother said she knew something terrible had happened to her, even before the Colorado wife and mother was reported missing. Rzucek and her husband and son shared their reactions to the recently released tapes of Chris Watts’ five-hour confession to law enforcement, and spoke about how they’ve struggled with the deaths and with understanding why Watts committed the murders. Watts had initially denied involvement in the August disappearance of his wife and children, and expressed concern about their well-being to a local news station. He pleaded guilty in…

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