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  • Pope Francis Lands in U.S. for Historic Visit

    Pope Francis Lands in U.S. for Historic Visit

    WASHINGTON — Pope Francis landed on U.S. soil for the first time just before 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, launching a six-day visit that will highlight his love for the poor and his willingness to tackle the nation’s most significant political, social and economic controversies. In an unprecedented welcome for a foreign dignitary, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters along with Vice President Joe Biden and his family traveled to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington to […]

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    28 Years for Salmonella: Peanut Exec Gets Groundbreaking Sentence

    ALBANY, Georgia — Stewart Parnell once boasted processing the “finest” peanut products. On Monday he was sentenced to nearly three decades in prison for knowingly shipping deadly peanut butter paste. A federal judge sentenced Parnell, 61, to 28 years behind bars. It is believed to be the toughest penalty ever for a corporate executive in a food poisoning outbreak. Parnell is the owner and CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). His brother and food broker Michael Parnell […]

  • Rachelle Bond, 'Baby Doe's' mother, and her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy

    Boyfriend of ‘Baby Doe’s’ Mother Held Without Bail; Mom’s Bail Set at $1M

    BOSTON — Little Bella Bond was allegedly killed by her mother’s boyfriend because he thought she was possessed and “it was her time to die,” a prosecutor told a judge at a Monday bail hearing. Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, wearing a zippered hoodie, and the boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, wearing a buttoned dress shirt, appeared in a Boston court for the proceeding. They watched from behind a glass partition as a judge granted a prosecutor’s request that McCarthy be held without […]

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    Report Says 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease

    BOSTON — Eighty-seven of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science after death tested positive for a brain disease that is believed to be linked with repeated head trauma and concussions, researchers said. The former players were found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University. It’s not clear why some players develop the disease and others don’t. The data was published on the website […]

  • The Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney's Office has released a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of a young girl whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, 2015.

    Police Release Name of ‘Baby Doe,’ Arrest Mother and Boyfriend

    BOSTON — The girl known as “Baby Doe” — who in June was found dead, wrapped in a trash bag on a rocky shoreline in Boston Harbor — has been identified as Bella Bond, a law enforcement source said Friday. Rachelle Bond, the girl’s mother, and her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, have been arrested in connection with the death, the source said. The charges against them were to be announced Friday afternoon. McCarthy is not Bella’s biological father, according to the […]

  • The skimpy "Slave Leia" costume from the 1983 blockbuster "Return of the Jedi" is up for auction.

    Iconic Princess Leia Bikini Costume Up for Auction

    NEW YORK — Remember the Princess Leia bikini costume from “Return of the Jedi”? Of course you do. And now it can be yours. Profiles in History is auctioning the fabled “Slave Leia” costume worn by Carrie Fisher in the 1983 blockbuster through the online site The skimpy prop goes for sale on October 1 with a starting bid of $80,000. As “Star Wars” devotees know all too well, the corpulent alien gangster Jabba the Hutt captured Leia when […]

  • Joey Meek is a friend of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

    Friend of Charleston Church Shooter Charged

    Joey Meek knew more about accused Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof’s plans than he let on and lied to authorities about it, prosecutors said in an indictment unsealed Friday. A federal judge ordered Meek, 21, held in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of misprision of a felony — concealing and failing to report it — and making false statements. Meek pleaded not guilty, according to the court. Roof, also 21, faces the death penalty in the June […]

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    How One High Schooler Made $80K for College Through ‘Micro-scholarship’ Program

    NEW YORK — High schoolers can now earn money for college — no job required. Startup developed a program that allows high school students to start banking college scholarship money. What’s the catch? The money is tied to students’ individual achievements. The better they do in school, the more engaged they are with their communities, the more money they earn from’s college partners. There are 26 colleges on’s platform, including Penn State, UMass and Tulane. cofounder […]

  • General Motors settlement

    GM to Pay $900 Million Fine to Settle Ignition Switch Criminal Case

    NEW YORK — General Motors will pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its flawed ignition switch that has been tied to at least 124 deaths. Problems with the ignition switch could shut off the car while it was being driven, disabling the airbag, power steering and power brakes — and putting drivers and passengers at risk. GM had already admitted that its employees were aware of the problem nearly a decade before it started to recall millions […]

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    The Olive Garden ‘Pasta Pass’ Is Back — Here’s How You Can Get One

    NEW YORK — Olive Garden is bringing back its popular, belt-busting Pasta Pass. Olive Garden announced that the Unlimited Never Ending Pasta Pass goes on sale Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. Bearers of the pass will be able to eat unlimited piles of pasta for seven weeks, from Oct. 5 through Nov. 22. They’re also provided with endless volumes of Coca-Cola drinks. “That’s right — unlimited food at Olive Garden for 7 weeks,” said the company, which had a similar […]

  • Amazon has made a $50, 7-inch Fire tablet. The bottom-of-the-line device is so inexpensive, Amazon is even selling it in six packs. Get six tablets for the price of five -- $250.

    Amazon Launches $50 Tablet, 4K Ready Fire TV

    SAN FRANCISCO — You never know when you’ll need a tablet, so you might as well stock up. Good news: Amazon has made a $50, 7-inch Fire tablet. The bottom-of-the-line device is so inexpensive, Amazon is even selling it in six packs. Get six tablets for the price of five ($250). Stash a couple in the car, one in the bathroom, and one by the bed as an alarm clock. Stick one on the fridge for recipes, hang one on […]

  • CNN Republican Debate, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2015.

    6 Takeaways From the Republican Presidential Debate

    SIMI VALLEY, CA — Donald Trump finally took some punches, Carly Fiorina grabbed control, Jeb Bush woke up and Marco Rubio and Chris Christie elbowed their way into the fray on a crowded stage. Everyone else just tried to crash the party. The CNN Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday crackled with confrontations between galloping insurgents and professional politicians desperate to channel the torrent of grass-roots fury that is consuming the campaign. Here are the top […]


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