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Jayme Closs' full statement at her kidnapper's sentencing

Before Jake Patterson was sentenced to two life sentences for kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents in October, her family attorney read a powerful statement from her in court.

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The Guardian
US to deploy 1,500 troops to Middle East amid tensions with Iran

White House downplays prospect of conflictTrump administration approves $7bn arms sale to Saudi ArabiaThe US will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon has said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the US and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials ...

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USA Today
Federal lawsuit filed to block Ala. abortion ban

Abortion providers are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law that would ban most abortions in the state. (May 24)         

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Voice of America
Trump Asks Citizenship and Immigration Services Head to Quit

President Donald Trump has asked the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resign, leaving yet another vacancy within the Department of Homeland Security. Lee Francis Cissna told staff on Friday that his last day would be June 1, according to a copy of the email obtained by The Associated Press. Cissna leads the agency responsible for legal immigration, including benefits and visas. He had been ...

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Reuters
Musk's SpaceX raised over $1 billion in six months: filings

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX has raised more than $1 billion in financing in the last six months as it aims to roll out an ambitious high-speed internet service by using a constellation of satellites to beam signals from space.

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Zero Hedge
Shocking Photo Shows Mt. Everest "Death Zone" Traffic Jam As Climber Fatalities Rise

CNN has published a shocking image of crowds of climbers stuck in a queue leading up to the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, after it was reported that an American climber died this week. At least eight have died during the spring climbing season thus far amid reports that hundreds of climbers have faced ...

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Sputnik News
Activists Who Protected Venezuelan DC Embassy Call for Mass Mobilization (VIDEO)

A video-appeal from activists followed a Friday takeover of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC by self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido's representative in the United States, Carlos Vecchio.

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Voice of America
Medicine Treats Fatal Genetic Disease — for $2M

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common type of the disease within a couple of years. The treatment is priced at $2.125 million. Out-of-pocket costs for patients will vary based on insurance coverage. The medicine, sold by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis, is a ...

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Reuters
U.S. Supreme Court blocks redrawing of Ohio, Michigan electoral maps

The Supreme Court on Friday blocked lower court rulings ordering Republican legislators in Michigan and Ohio to redraw U.S. congressional maps ahead of the 2020 elections, dealing a blow to Democrats who had argued that the electoral districts were intended to unlawfully diminish their political clout.

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ABC News
San Francisco police chief 'sorry' for raid on journalist

San Francisco's police chief is apologizing for raiding a freelance journalist's home and office to find out who leaked a police report into the unexpected death of the city's former public defender

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CNBC
Amazon facial recognition ban won just 2% of shareholder vote

Some 2.4% of Amazon.com shareholder votes were in favor of the ban. A second proposal that called for a study of the extent to which Amazon's "Rekognition" service harmed civil rights and privacy garnered 27.5% support.

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Voice of America
Report: ADHD May Explain da Vinci's Procrastination

Leonardo da Vinci is renowned as a "Renaissance man" for his mastery in art, science, architecture, music, mathematics, engineering and cartography, but he was no master at completing his efforts. Five hundred years after his death, a professor of psychiatry in Britain has suggested that the reason da Vinci left behind so many unfinished works, including the iconic Mona Lisa, is that he may ...

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Reuters
Ex-U.S. Marine held by Russia on spying charge complains of threats

A former U.S. Marine held in Moscow on suspicion of spying said on Friday he had been threatened by a Russian investigator and harassed in custody, accusations that added to strains in U.S.-Russian relations.

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Reuters
North Korea warns U.S. nuclear talks will never resume without 'new ...

North Korea on Friday blamed an "arbitrary and dishonest" U.S. position for the failure of a recent summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump and warned that stalled nuclear talks would never restart unless Washington took a new approach.

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The Guardian
US pressure group that pushed doctors to prescribe painkillers forced to close

American Pain Society accused of being pawn of big pharmaGroup took nearly $1m from leading opioid manufacturersA leading medical society, described by a US Senate report as a pawn of the pharmaceutical industry for its prominent role in pressuring doctors to prescribe opioids, is to shut down in the face of lawsuits blaming it for America’s worst drug epidemic. Related: Purdue Pharma ...

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Voice of America
Fire Kills Students in Western India

Officials in western India say at least 19 students were killed when a fire broke out Friday in a tutoring center in the city of Surat in Gujarat state. “The students lost their life both because of the fire and jumping out of the building,” Deepak Sapthaley, a fire official, told AFP, the French news agency. The Associated Press reports that more than a dozen ...

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Al Jazeera
India elections 2019: All the latest updates

Second straight landslide election defeat for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi raises serious questions about his leadership.

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ABC News
Hawaii woman missing for 2 weeks rescued from Maui forest

A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago

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Voice of America
Kenya Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Relations

Kenya’s high court on Friday upheld laws that criminalize gay sex. The much-anticipated ruling Friday was decided by a three-judge bench on Kenya’s High court in Nairobi. The laws, sections 162(a) and (c) and 165 of Kenya’s Penal Code, criminalize consensual sexual conduct between two adults of the same sex, an act that as of Friday’s ruling remains punishable by up to 14 years in ...

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NBC News
Bolton: North Korea missile tests violated U.N. resolutions

The national security adviser says the repeated pattern of failures to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons should be stopped.

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Sputnik News
Russian-Born UK Scholar Sues Alleged FBI Informant, US Media Outlets - Filing

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Svetlana Lokhova, a UK academic born in Russia, has filed a complaint against Stefan Halper, the alleged FBI informant, and several US media outlets, alleging "defamation, common law conspiracy, and tortious interference with contract and reasonable business expectancies" on their behalf.

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CNN
Honor students complain of racial incidents at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

"No food, no drink, no watermelon." That's what one staffer at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts allegedly told a group of black students on a field trip to the arts institution.

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Zero Hedge
Disgraced Chef Mario Batali Charged With Indecent Assault And Battery For Kissing, ...

Disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali has been formally charged with indecent assault and battery based on accusations that he groped and kissed a woman against her will in a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali pleaded "not guilty" to the charges at his arraignment in Boston on Friday, according to The Wrap. ...

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Voice of America
Yemen President Slams UN Envoy's Handling of War in Letter to Secretary-general

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi criticized the U.N.'s special envoy to the country in a sharply-worded letter to the U.N. chief, describing him as legitimizing Houthi rebels his Saudi-backed coalition is locked in a four-year war with. The Iran-aligned Houthis, who ousted Hadi from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014, have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent days in a ...

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ABC News
5 former Michigan Catholic priests charged with sex crimes

Michigan prosecutors have filed sexual abuse charges against five former Catholic priests who worked in the state going back decades

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Breitbart
Facebook to Launch 'GlobalCoin' Cryptocurrency in 2020

Mark Zuckerberg's social media giant Facebook reportedly plans to release its own cryptocurrency in 2020 called "GlobalCoin."

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Reuters
Bomb in Afghan mosque kills senior cleric during Friday prayers

A bomb exploded in a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, during Friday prayers, officials said, killing three people including a senior preacher and wounding at least 20 men who had gathered for worship.

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