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Woman kills retired Illinois State trooper, injures 2 others in Chicago-area cigar lounge shooting

iStock(CHICAGO) -- A retired Illinois state trooper was killed and two other troopers, one current and one retired, were injured in a shooting at a Chicago-area cigar lounge Friday night, authorities said.The woman who police identified as the shooter, Lisa V. McMullan, of Chicago, eventually turned the gun on herself and died at the scene, according to a statement from the Lisle Police Department.The incident took place at the Humidor Cigar Lounge in Lisle, located about 25 miles west of Chicago.Surveillance video captured the shooting ...

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Councilwoman reconciles with anonymous caller who left threatening voicemail

iStock(NEW YORK) -- A newly-elected Massachusetts city councilwoman who publicized an intimidating anonymous voicemail, was confronted by the caller, again. This time the conversation was less about hate and more about "reconciliation."Earlier this week, Councilwoman Julia Mejia posted a five-minute video on YouTube where she used a man's hateful voicemail to send a message to him and her constituents to join in a conversation about their concerns.Mejia reached out to the person on the other end of the Jan. 17 call on Friday and patiently ...

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NYPD cop and fiancee allegedly froze 8-year-old boy with autism to death, police said

iStock(NEW YORK) -- An 8-year-old boy with autism died of hypothermia last week after his NYPD cop dad allegedly placed him inside a freezing cold garage as temperatures dropped well below zero, officials said.Suffolk County police arrested 40-year-old Michael Valva and his 42-year-old fiancée, Angela Pollina, on Friday for the second-degree murder of Thomas Valva.Valva called the police on Jan. 17 to report that Thomas fell in the driveway of their home around 9:30 a.m. in Center Morchices, New York, while waiting for the school ...

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Friend recounts victim's last moments before Houston explosion

iStock(HOUSTON) -- A deadly explosion that left two people dead and sent shock waves throughout the city was felt by one of the victim's friends, just after they spoke on the phone.Bobbie, a friend of one of the victims, told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV that the two were on the phone when the victim arrived at the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing just before 4:30 a.m. Friday, when the blast occurred."He goes, 'Hey, something is not right.' I'm like why? And he's like, 'I'm here in ...

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Why is Vladimir Putin racing to amend Russia's constitution?

iStock(MOSCOW) -- Ever since Vladimir Putin announced a dramatic overhaul of Russia's constitution and the removal of his longtime prime minister and cabinet, Russians have been asking themselves a single question: What is Putin up to?Since the Jan. 15 announcement, Putin hasn't slowed down.He put forward a bill on Monday containing constitutional amendments and by Thursday the Russian Parliament had approved its first reading, 432-0.A constitutional council specially formed to advise on the potential changes had not even convened before the amendments were submitted, fully ...

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Gold-seated toilet among Frank Sinatra items up for auction

iStock/ChoochartSansong(REPAUPO, N.J.) -- Frank Sinatra fans itching to redecorate may be in luck.On Sunday, multiple items, including a gold-seated toilet, will go up for auction from the legendary singer's Chairman Executive Suite at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.The toilet has an estimated selling price of $1,500 to $2,000.A tower clock, expected to go for $25,000 to $50,000, and a Yamaha Grand piano, expected to go for $10,000 to $20,000, also are among the nearly 200 household items.Some of the more modestly ...

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Cultural traditions, food and festivities mark Lunar New Year

iStock/kotoffei(BEIJING) -- Dragons, red envelopes, dumplings, firecrackers, lanterns and rats are all symbolic of festivities tied to Lunar New Year.As millions ring in the Lunar New Year in Southeast Asia, people will be celebrating by spending time together, sharing food and wishing each other good fortune.What is Lunar New Year?Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival in mainland China, the Lunar New Year is a global holiday that celebrates the resetting of the zodiac cycle on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, Jan. 25 through ...

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It is becoming possible to believe that the Democrats are hoping that Senate Republicans, desperate to be relieved of mind-melting boredom, will vote to remove President Trump from office just to make it stop.

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