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Critics: Stanford's new alcohol ban won't prevent sexual assaults

usatoday.com — A new, stricter alcohol policy announced this week at Stanford University is coming under fire from critics, who say the ban on hard liquor at most on-campus parties will do little to prevent sexual assault.

In filing, sisters say ‘Serial’ alibi witness vowed to lie

usatoday.com — New filings in the pending retrial of Adnan Syed, the convicted murderer at the heart of the popular "Serial" podcast, throw into doubt a much-discussed alibi offered by a key witness in the case. In sworn affidavits filed Monday by the Maryland attorney general's office, two unidentified sisters say Asia McClain, a friend of Syed's, vowed to lie to keep him out of jail.

Alligator that killed tot at Disney may have lost fear of humans

wtsp.com — The alligator that killed a Nebraska toddler at Walt Disney World in June may have lost its fear of humans because it lived in close proximity to large numbers of people, a new report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission finds.

Alligator that killed tot at Disney may have lost fear of humans

usatoday.com — The alligator that killed a Nebraska toddler at Walt Disney World last June may have lost its fear of humans because it lived in close proximity to large numbers of people, a new report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission finds.

La. state trooper wounded in New Orleans gun battle

usatoday.com — A Louisiana State Police trooper was wounded Sunday in New Orleans during what one witness called "a rolling gun battle" with at least two suspects. Local media reported that one suspect was killed in the exchange.

Police: Estranged boyfriend in Ala. kills five, including pregnant woman

usatoday.com — Police in southwestern Alabama said a 27-year-old man who confessed to killing five people early Saturday, including a pregnant woman, will be charged with six counts of capital murder. Authorities said the suspect, Derrick Dearman used "multiple weapons" in the killings. He was in custody in Mississippi after kidnapping his girlfriend and a three-month-old infant.

UK radical cleric found guilty of encouraging ISIL support

usatoday.com — Anjem Choudary, a former leader of the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun (ALM), was convicted of encouraging support for the Islamic State terrorist group, authorities in England said Tuesday. Choudary, 49, and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33 were found guilty in a trial July 28, Metropolitan Police in London said in a statement.

Police: Kentucky Man stabs father during church service

whas11.com — Police in Bowling Green, Ky., arrested a 21-year-old man Sunday who they said stabbed his father during a morning service at a local church. Congregation members and security workers at Hillvue Heights Church subdued the suspect, identified as Ethan Buckley of Bowling Green. He was charged with first-degree assault and domestic violence, police told WBKO-TV.

Thousands evacuated at JFK airport after woman says she saw man with gun

usatoday.com — Thousands of passengers at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City were forced to evacuate late Sunday after a passenger told police she saw a man with a gun in one of the terminals, New York media reported. Shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Christopher Barry, son of embattled D.C. mayor, dies at 36

usatoday.com — Marion "Christopher" Barry, Jr., the only son of Washington, D.C.'s late embattled Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday, WUSA-TV reported. He was 36. The younger Barry, known to his friends as Christopher or Chris, died of an apparent overdose on synthetic marijuana, The Washington Post reported, quoting those close to him.
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Aug 23, 2016

Curious flock to KFC's fried-chicken scented sunscreen ... otherwise known as Grizzly Bait.  http://usat.ly/2bhNJT8  via @usatoday

Aug 21, 2016

RT @chrislhayes: It's not about persuading black voters. It's about signaling to white voters that Trump isn't unacceptably racist.

Aug 16, 2016

.@realDonaldTrump gives shout-out to charter schools (25 yrs after 1st one opens) ... Does he know @BarackObama likes charter schools too?

Aug 16, 2016

Wait, @realDonaldTrump, isn't #Milwaukee home of US's biggest school voucher program, a GOP fave?

Aug 16, 2016

2/2 "We know how hard everything is but we also know how to look @ the positives.” Warren Fried, Dyspraxia Fndtn USA  http://bit.ly/2bxZvvw 

Aug 16, 2016

“With our conditions come great gifts, like drive and care and empathy and dedication." 1/2


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