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Ex-Homeland Security Czar Ridge Hospitalized After Heart Attack

The wife of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says he’s in the early stages of recovery from a heart attack, a day after undergoing an emergency heart procedure. The 72-year-old Ridge remained hospitalized in critically stable condition Friday in Austin, Texas, where he had been attending a Republican Governors Association conference. Michele Ridge says it’s going to be “day-to-day.” He was at his hotel when he called for help Thursday morning. She says first responders worked heroically to get her husband to the trauma center. He underwent a…

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US Senator in Trouble After Being Accused of Sexual Harassment in 2006

A U.S. senator from Minnesota is the latest in a string of well-known personalities from entertainment and politics to be accused of sexual harassment. Democrat Al Franken is under fire after a radio newscaster said he kissed and groped her without consent during a tour to entertain U.S. troops in the Middle East in 2006. Meanwhile, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Alabama is battling charges of sexual abuse of underage girls. VOA’s Zlatica Hoke reports. … Read the referenced story here: US Senator in Trouble After Being Accused…

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Wanted polygamist free after 15 years on the lam in Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — A polygamist who fled to Mexico about 15 years ago with his wives and kids while facing child molestation charges in Arizona is now free after the charges were dropped months ago. Orson William Black Jr. was arrested by Mexican authorities in the northern state of Chihuahua and handed over to U.S. officials in El Paso, Texas, last week. He was briefly held on an Arizona fugitive warrant before being released because no agency would extradite him, El Paso County sheriff’s spokeswoman … Read the referenced story here:…

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NutriBullet Sued After People Claim Blenders Exploded And Injured Them

NutriBullet’s maker and distributor, Homeland Housewares, is facing a lawsuit Tuesday after 22 customers claimed to have suffered severe injuries from the Magic Bullet NutriBullet Pro blender system. The $40 blender has reportedly caused cuts, nerve damage and second-degree burns to customers.  NutriBullet boasts a “powerful, 600-watt motor,” according to an advertisement claim. Customers alleged that its motor caused the product to explode because of how quickly the blades were spinning. Many claimed an explosion happened after 15 to 20 seconds of use. Getting a NutriBullet as a present? It makes more than just…

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The Latest: Louisiana man freed after rape conviction tossed

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the expected release of a Louisiana man whose conviction was overturned after nearly 50 years in prison (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A Louisiana man who has spent nearly 50 years in prison was freed Wednesday after a judge overturned his conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse. Wilbert Jones thanked God for the freedom and his loyal family, who never gave up hope. He also hugged his legal team at … Read the referenced story here: The…

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Ohio calls off execution after failing to find inmate’s vein

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio called off the execution of a condemned killer with multiple health problems on Wednesday, because members of the state’s execution team were unable to find a vein to insert an IV that would administer the lethal drugs. It was only the third time in U.S. history that an execution has been called off after the process had begun. The execution team first worked of both of Alva Campbell’s arms for about 30 minutes Wednesday while he was on a gurney … Read the referenced story here:…

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Louisiana man to be freed after judge tosses 1971 rape case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who has spent nearly 50 years in prison is expected to be released Wednesday, about two weeks after a judge overturned his conviction in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse. Wilbert Jones didn’t show any visible reaction when State District Court Judge Richard Anderson set his bail at a mere $2,000. The judge previously said the case against Jones was “weak, at best” and that authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Jones decades ago. Jones’ … Read the referenced story here:…

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Police hunt killer after 4th slaying in Tampa neighborhood

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police and federal agents with rifles checked car trunks, banged on doors and gathered forensic evidence in a Tampa neighborhood Tuesday as they hunted for the killer believed responsible for gunning down four people for no apparent reason in just over a month. The normally quiet, working-class Seminole Heights section of bungalows and palm trees was sealed off with yellow crime-scene tape after the latest killing in the neighborhood – that of a 60-year-old man who was shot from behind as … Read the referenced story here:…

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Wineries Eager to Make up Losses after California Wildfires

A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds. The fires had only a minimal effect on the area’s wineries, according to the Wine Institute, an advocacy and policy group. Of the 1,200 wineries in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino, about 10 were destroyed or heavily damaged, and 90 percent of this year’s harvest…

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