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Curling gold for USA!

And just look what it means to them! While Team USA celebrate wildly, Sweden — the heavy favorites going into the gold medal match — look on in disbelief. “USA! USA! USA!” is the chant from the sizable American contingent in the stands, as John Shuster leads the team to a 10-7 victory. Shuster, who has been subjected to serious ... Read More »

5 things you need to know this weekend

USA vies for one more medal before Olympics wrap American Kyle Mack won a surprise silver medal in the debut of snowboarding big-air Friday night with Ivanka Trump on-hand to watch. Competition concludes this weekend, and Saturday night the U.S. has a longshot chance at a four-man bobsled medal after disappointing performances in the early runs. Jessie Diggins will be ... Read More »

As Rick Gates pleads guilty, Mueller secures cooperation of third Trump campaign aide for Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller secured the cooperation of a third aide to President Trump’s campaign on Friday, as former deputy Rick Gates pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and lying to the FBI and promised to give information to prosecutors investigating Russia’s election interference. Gates is the fifth person to plead guilty to a federal crime in Mueller’s wide-ranging probe ... Read More »

Woman who cared for Florida gunman reportedly wants to control his inheritance

Just one day after the shooting massacre last week at a Florida high school, the woman who cared for the alleged shooter and his brother filed court papers seeking control of their inheritance, which could total up to $800,000, according to the New York Post. Roxanne Deschamps also had Zachary Cruz, the brother of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, involuntarily committed ... Read More »

Loophole lets teen rapists return to same school as victims, Michigan lawmakers told

Two teenage rape survivors are urging state lawmakers in Michigan to close down a loophole that allows rapists to return to the same school as victims after finishing their sentences. Gianna Duva and Mya Zaplitny, both 14, were raped off school grounds last year by a 16-year-old male student at Brighton High School in Michigan. They were only 13 and ... Read More »

Retired NYC sanitation worker makes $285K a year from pension

A former Sanitation Department honcho is pulling in an astonishing $285,047-a-year pension — more than twice what he was making on the job, according to newly released data. And that’s just one of dozens of huge pension payouts revealed in records published Tuesday by the Empire Center for Public Policy— data that lay bare the city’s insanely generous pension system, ... Read More »

After Tragedies, a Call to Change Greek Life’s Culture

A national organization representing hundreds of thousands of sorority members in the U.S. has issued a “call for critical change” in Greek social life and pledged to develop a set of recommendations to improve campus safety. “The campus tragedies our fraternity and sorority communities have experienced in recent months reinforce that we have an obligation and duty to redouble our ... Read More »

Trump urged not to scrap Iran nuclear deal, but will he listen?

President Donald Trump’s top national security advisers are encouraging him to comply with the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and renew temporary waivers for US sanctions against Iran ahead of Friday’s key legal deadline, US officials told CNN. The renewal of those waivers — which provide relief from US sanctions that are not set to expire for several ... Read More »

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled even Baghdad and parts of the Iraqi countryside on Thursday, apparently aftershocks of a temblor in November that killed over 530 people. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said seven of the quakes struck near the Iraqi city of Mandali and ... Read More »

Southern California mudslides: At least 17 dead, 100 homes destroyed

Search and rescue efforts intensified Wednesday for hundreds of Montecito residents feared trapped in their homes after deadly walls of mud and debris roared down California hillsides stripped of vegetation by recent ferocious wildfires. The one-two punch of fire and downpour-fueled debris flows have debilitated the affluent, picturesque community of about 10,000 people. The slides have killed at least 17, ... Read More »