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NYPD officer involved in Eric Garner's death fired
tillsonburg/iStock (NEW YORK) -- More than five years after the death of Eric Garner was captured on cell phone video, the officer responsible for causing his death was terminated from New York City's Police Department.Since July 17, 2014, NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo has waited to learn whether he can remain on the force with the plainclothes anti-crime unit, lose vacations days or lose his job entirely.Months after a disciplinary trial in May and June this year, Deputy Commissioner of Trials Judge Rosemarie Maldonado recommended to Police Commissioner James O'Neill that Pantaleo be removed from the force.O'Neill announced Monday that Pantaleo...
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Facebook, Twitter remove accounts they say Chinese government was using to undermine in Hong Kong protests
Twitter (NEW YORK) -- Twitter announced on Monday that it had suspended about 200,000 accounts that it said were part of a Chinese government-backed attempt to undermine "the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement" in Hong Kong.The social media giant made the announcement on the same day that Facebook announced it had removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts that it said originated from China and were "involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior.""What we've heard is both platforms saying variations on the theme that they have found people who are linked to the Chinese government, who've got caught...
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Planned Parenthood drops out of federal program over fight with Trump administration
jetcityimage/IStock (WASHINGTON) -- Planned Parenthood announced on Monday that it will drop participation in a federal program that supports family planning services because of new restrictions placed by the Trump administration, calling a recent regulation an "assault on access to birth control and reproductive health care, especially for people struggling to make ends meet."The announcement was the latest salvo in a long-running battle between the nationwide organization known for providing inexpensive health care for low-income women, including abortion, and conservatives who say more should be done to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to any groups that provide abortion services, even...
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Anything goes with 'Lodge 49', but characters are key, says star Wyatt Russell
Jackson Lee Davis/AMC (NEW YORK) -- Season 2 of AMC's quirky Lodge 49 just got underway last week, and series lead Wyatt Russell is still struggling to describe it -- but then again, that's exactly the point of the critically acclaimed AMC show. In broad strokes, Russell, the son of Kurt and Goldie Hawn, plays Sean "Dud" Dudley, an eternally optimistic surfer and former pool maintenance worker who stumbles across the titular lodge. The establishment is a forgotten Elks-type club, but beneath its cast of aging attendees wiling away the time with beer and Bunco Night, there's actually magic within...
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Jay-Z faces backlash over NFL partnership as Colin Kaepernick remains out of the league
33ft/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Jay-Z is facing backlash from supporters of Colin Kaepernick and critics of the National Football League after the NFL announced last week that the hip-hop mogul and his label teamed up with the league on a new initiative to amplify social justice.The partnership doesn't include the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback -- a fact that was not lost on his supporters -- and came on the heels of the third anniversary of Kaepernick's historic protest on the field.Attorney Mark Geragos, who represents Kaepernick, described the deal in a phone interview with ABC News on Monday as...
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South Dakota woman gives birth to triplets after thinking she had kidney stones
MillefloreImages/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A South Dakota mother was in for a huge surprise during a recent trip to the hospital earlier this month for what she thought was kidney stones."Started getting pains, figured it was kidney stones cause I went through them before," Dannette Giltz told ABC affiliate KOTA-TV.Giltz didn't realize it, but she was going into labor and having triplets. The new mother of five had been pregnant for 34 weeks."You don't ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing. So everyone's like, 'We can't believe it.' I am like, 'We're still in...
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President Trump dismisses fears of US economic recession
tupungato/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump and his top advisers on Monday continued to dismiss talk that the the U.S. economy is showing signs it could be headed for a recession amid his trade war with China.After telling reporters Sunday “We have the strongest economy, by far, in the world,” the president on Monday reinforced his position, sending a series of tweets boasting that the economy is "very strong," again blaming the Federal Reserve and its chairman, Jay Powell, and accusing Democrats of trying to "will" the economy to "be bad" in order to hurt his chances in the 2020...
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