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Texas firefighter Charles Krampota found dead at after responding to call

A Texas town is mourning the loss of a firefighter who was found dead hours after responding to a call. The Alvin Volunteer Fire Department announced on Facebook that Capt. Charles Krampota died in the line of duty on Friday after fighting a fire earlier in the day. Krampota was part of a crew…

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Florida police intercept 87 pounds of marijuana at UPS facility

Florida law enforcement officials arrested two suspects this week after intercepting packages containing 87 pounds of marijuana at a UPS in a St. Petersburg suburb last year, according to reports.  Bennie Neely, 41, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of trafficking in cannabis, a first-degree felony, and importation of marijuana, a third-degree…

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Sen. Chuck Schumer wants $290M to help fight deadly ‘rainbow fentanyl’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he wants almost $300 million in federal funding to fight “rainbow fentanyl” — highly-addictive pills that look like candy and could have a devastating effect on young people. The $290 million in funds would be used to sustain 61 Overdose Response Strategy teams…

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Pennsylvania amusement park shooting leaves park goers in a panic

At least two people were shot at a Pennsylvania amusement park on Saturday night, sparking a panic that sent terrified park goers running for their lives, police and reports said. Shots reportedly rang out at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, just outside of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said…

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Fiona sweeps away houses, knocks out power in eastern Canada

TORONTO — Fiona washed houses into the sea, tore the roofs off others and knocked out power to the vast majority of two Canadian provinces as it made landfall before dawn Saturday as a big, powerful post-tropical cyclone. Fiona transformed from a hurricane into a post-tropical storm late Friday, but it still…

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Russians protest in the streets, opposing Putin’s draft

Russian men flocked to border crossings with Finland, Georgia, and other neighboring nations Saturday, waiting in long lines to flee President Vladimir Putin’s “partial mobilization” draft as military officers went door-to-door in Russia’s hinterlands to call up the reluctant troops. The exodus — which reportedly resulted in a quarter-mile-long line…

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Rep. Matt Gaetz unlikely to face charges in sex trafficking probe: report

Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is not likely to face charges in a long-running investigation that alleges he sex-trafficked a 17-year-old across state lines, according to a new report. Prosecutors have recommended against charging Gaetz in the sex-trafficking probe to senior Justice Department officials, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing…

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NRCC kills ads for Ohio GOP House candidate J.R. Majewski after reports reveal lie about Afghanistan deployment

The National Republican Congressional Committee is yanking $1 million in ads for Ohio GOP House candidate J.R. Majewski after it was revealed his claims about serving in Afghanistan after 9/11 were false. Majewski’s apparent deceit was outlined Wednesday in a bombshell report by the Associated Press, which obtained military documents…

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Delivery robots emerge to bridge gaps as labor shortage drags on

As American businesses continue to grapple with an ongoing labor shortage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people who left the workforce over the past few years may never return. Now, robots are beginning to fill empty roles humans have left behind. Autonomous delivery robots are cropping up in hotels, airports…