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A 41-year-old Green Beret who was on his fourth combat deployment has been killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Loren Bymer at North Carolina's Fort Bragg said in a statement that Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin died Monday.
Griffin was from Greenbrier, Tennessee, and was a Special Forces communications sergeant based at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington state.
Climate change affects everybody. It doesn't care if you're black or white, rich or poor, male or female. Climate change affects everybody, and the notion that we can ignore it is just foolhardy. We are talking about the fate of our planet.
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Facebook will work with law enforcement organizations to train its artificial intelligence systems to recognize videos of violent events as part of a broader effort to crack down on extremism.
Facebook's AI systems were unable to detect live-streamed video of a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed Tuesday the religion's opposition to gay marriage, saying God's law dictates that marriage is restricted to unions between a man and a woman.
Church president Russell M. Nelson also said during a speech to students at the church-owned Brigham Young University that the religion's love for everyone regardless of sexual orientation led to the repeal earlier this year of a 2015 policy that banned baptisms for children of parents in same-sex relationships and labeled gay couples as sinners eligible for expulsion.
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he's had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again.
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A central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes, the seventh person to die of a vaping-related illness.
The Tulare County Public Health Office confirmed the death Monday in a Facebook post, hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to spend $20 million on raising awareness about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis.
The agency said the Tulare County resident died of severe pulmonary injury associated with vaping. Officials didn't release the person's name and age.
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang opposes impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of new allegations of sexual misconduct from the justice's time in college, Yang told necn's "Primary Source" Tuesday.
Some Democrats believe that the new allegation, detailed in The New York Times this weekend, indicates that Kavanaugh lied under oath during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, which they say is an impeachable offense. Yang's opposition comes from his belief that the process wouldn't succeed, he said.
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Another parent has been charged in the sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.
Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Xiaoning Sui, of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in Spain Monday on a charge of fraud and conspiracy.
Sui is accused of paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit in 2018.
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A rabbi and associate principal at a prominent New York City private school allegedly tricked a teen boy into sending him nude photos, and told the FBI he had sought nudes from dozens of other minors, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Jonathan Skolnick was arrested Saturday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan said in a statement. He is scheduled to have a detention hearing Wednesday.
Skolnick told federal agents searching his home that he had solicited nude images from 20 to 25 potential victims, mostly minors, according to a copy of the complaint filed in federal court.
A Georgia homeowner fatally shot three masked teens, at least one of whom was armed, during a failed robbery attempt early Monday, authorities said, NBC news reported.
The three boys, one 15 and the other two 16, were shot outside a home in Conyers, about 30 miles east of Atlanta, according to Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies.
Two of the boys died at a hospital while the third was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The teens, at least one of whom was armed, still had masks on when first responders arrived.
Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said the incident could be a case of "stand your ground" defense "based on the preliminary (information) that we have learned so far."
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Tuesday her endorsement of Marie Newman, a progressive challenger taking a second shot at unseating Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois.
"Marie Newman is a textbook example of one of the ways that we could be better as a party — to come from a deep blue seat and to be championing all the issues we need to be championing," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with The New York Times.
Streetwear brand Bstroy is facing backlash after debuting their latest clothing collection.
The New York-based brand unveiled its Spring 2020 collection at a fashion show earlier this week, and many Instagram users are calling some of the designs "disgusting" and "tasteless" in response. The garments at the center of the controversy? A series of sweatshirts embroidered with the names of several school shootings locations, including Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
Each of the sweatshirts also features tattered details and distressing that resemble bullet holes.
Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vázquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child.
Vázquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. Both charges are felonies. His arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it began investigating the 28-year-old Vázquez in August after learning of an alleged sexual relationship between Vázquez and a teenage girl living in Lee County, Florida. Authorities say Vázquez, who lives in Saint Cloud, Florida, and the victim began the relationship when the girl was 13.
In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating.
The Cabinet choices are another sign that Trump's populist pledge to "drain the swamp" is a catchy campaign slogan but not a serious attempt to change the way Washington works. Instead of staring down "the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests" as Trump recently declared, the influence industry has flourished during his administration.
The amount spent in 2019 on lobbying the U.S. government is on pace to match or exceed last year's total of $3.4 billion, the most since 2010, according to the political money website Open Secrets. Trump also has pulled in hefty contributions from industries with business before his administration, and his hotel near the White House has been a magnet for lobbyists and foreign interests since he was elected.
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Iran's supreme leader announced on Tuesday that "there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level" — remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible U.S.-Iran meeting between the two countries' presidents at the U.N. later this month.
Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of the country and that "all officials in the Islamic Republic unanimously believe" this.
"There will be no talks with the U.S. at any level," he said.