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Soccer Coach Accused of Running Away With Teen Girl Returns to Florida

Soccer Coach Accused of Running Away With Teen Girl Returns to Florida More (LAKE CITY, Fla.) — A Florida soccer coach arrested in New York after accusations that he ran away with a teenage girl has been returned to his home state. Online jail records show that 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez was booked Thursday into the Columbia County Detention Facility on charges of sexual assault and interference with child custody. Rodriguez and the 17-year-old were found in Syracuse, New York, on Dec. 1 after a multistate search. Rodriguez was arrested and…

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The best comedies on Netflix this January – CNET

‘Tropic Thunder’ (2008). DreamWorks Pictures If you could use a good pick-me-up, why not watch a good comedy? We’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the best comedy movies (and thrown in a couple of stand-up specials to boot) that are available on Netflix right now.  Admit it: You could use a good laugh. ‘Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ (2006) Metacritic score: 66 One of Will Ferrell‘s best comedy movies, “Taladega Nights” follows Ricky Bobby’s (Ferrell) absurd and hilarious rise to the top of the Nascar standings, bringing…

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Grand jury blames Penn State’s ‘shocking apathy’ before pledge’s death

A grand jury report on Friday blamed Penn State University for allowing a lack of oversight, shoddy record-keeping and an accepted culture of underage drinking and hazing to flourish for years before culminating in the February death of a fraternity pledge. The long-awaited 236-page report said school administrators “displayed a shocking apathy to the potential danger associated with doing nothing.” Timothy Piazza, 19, was furnished alcohol during a pledge event at the Beta Theta Pi house, fell down basement steps and was left to languish for nearly 12 hours before…

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Disney’s gobbling of Fox will shake up your streaming universe – CNET

With Disney buying Fox, are your online video options about to resemble a map of Disneyland? Disney knows its future is streaming. Even before Thursday’s tectonic deal to buy large swaths of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, Disney was already laying the groundwork to move into online entertainment in a big way. It has its own streaming services for sports and for television and film on their way next year and in 2019.   After the Fox takeover is complete, Disney will have unprecedented dominion over the movies and…

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A Man Accused of Driving into a Crowd of Protestors Faces a First-Degree Murder Charge

A Man Accused of Driving into a Crowd of Protestors Faces a First-Degree Murder Charge More (CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the Aug. 12 collision in Charlottesville…

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Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. — Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens was known for such hits as “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You,” has died at age 62. The band announced on Facebook that DiNizio died Tuesday. The cause of death was not announced. DiNizio posted several days ago that he was hopeful of getting back on tour as he continued physical therapy for neck and back injuries at the Victorian farmhouse he was restoring in Scotch Plains. The Smithereens…

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Kids, porn off limits for Dennis Hastert, judge says

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was released from prison in July after serving 15 months for scheming to cover up child molestation accusations, has been banned from being alone with kids or having contact with porn. A federal judge imposed the new restrictions without public explanation this week, a day after a sealed order in the case was filed. Hastert’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment about the added conditions. Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal Court House in a wheelchair after his sentencing in Chicago, Ill.,…

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Meet Doug Jones, Alabama’s first Democratic senator in 25 years

When Gregory Vega learned that Doug Jones — his friend and a lifelong Democrat who had never run for political office — was throwing his hat in the ring for a Senate seat in ruby-red Alabama in 2017, he didn’t mince words. “I obviously told him I’d support him 100 percent, both in time and financially, and I was just candid with him — it’s going to be an uphill battle,” Vega, who worked as U.S. Attorney under Bill Clinton with Jones, told NBC News. It was a battle Jones…

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Live blog: How Jones’ historic victory unfolded

An ebullient Doug Jones vowed to build bipartisan bridges in Washington and Alabama alike in his victory night speech Tuesday night, speaking to a crowd that could hardly contain their enthusiasm long enough to let him speak. “I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than divides us,” Jones said. “We have shown the country the way that we can be unified.” He thanked volunteers and praised their efforts to get out the vote — including 300,000 door knocks and 1.2 million phone calls —…

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I openly dated Roy Moore at 17. I don’t think he should be a Senator.

I’ve known Roy Moore since 1981, so perhaps you can imagine my shock when he decided to lie — twice — about not knowing me, or knowing any of the women The Washington Post spoke with in November. Having claimed no sexual misconduct myself, I simply answered honestly that I had dated Moore for a few months when I was 17 and he was 34. I did not “wait 36 years to come out,” as some people have claimed; there was nothing to come out about, as he dated me…

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