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Teen who escaped torture house overcame tremendous odds

Shaking off the shackles was just the first step for the starving teenager who escaped from the California horror house and saved her 12 siblings when she blew the whistle on her parents, experts said Friday. What prompted her to make a break for freedom on Sunday — and expose to the world what David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin had allegedly done to the family — is just one of the questions investigators in Riverside County are seeking to answer. David Turpin, second right, and Louise Turpin, second…

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Science 

NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move

NASA has bumped an astronaut off an upcoming spaceflight, a rare move for the space agency so close to launch. Astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to rocket away in early June, and would have been the first African-American to live on the International Space Station. Late Thursday, NASA announced it was pulling Epps off the mission but didn’t disclose why. Astronauts have been removed from missions in the past, mostly for health reasons. Epps, an engineer, will be considered for future space missions, according to NASA. She’s been replaced by…

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Zimbabwe opposition leader among 5 dead in New Mexico helicopter crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett died in a helicopter crash in a remote part of the U.S. state of New Mexico that also killed four others, authorities said. State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo confirmed Bennett’s death Thursday, a day after a helicopter carrying him and five others went down in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico. Details of why the 60-year-old Bennett was in the area were not immediately available. The crash injured one person aboard. Roy Bennett arrives at the High Court building…

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Winter storm kills at least eight as it paralyzes the South

At least eight people have been killed by icy weather paralyzing the South, which crippled transportation and left tens of thousands of customers without power, authorities and meteorologists said Wednesday. Almost 1,700 arrivals and departures were canceled or delayed by late Wednesday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which recorded 2.3 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Hundreds of other delays and cancellations were reported at airports in New Orleans, Houston, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina. The governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina all…

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Civil rights groups want to put bail bond industry on Death Row

A team of civil rights groups said Wednesday they were launching a multi-front crusade against the bail bond industry, which has emerged as their biggest opponent in a movement to end America’s reliance on cash bail. “We want to put an end to the for-profit bail industry in the U.S.,” said Udi Ofer, deputy national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union. The effort relies on what Ofer described as a “public opposition campaign” aimed at turning voters and lawmakers against forces trying to preserve the centuries-old bail system,…

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Trump to play defense in Pennsylvania ahead of special election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making his first foray into 2018 elections Thursday with a visit to a Western Pennsylvania congressional district on behalf of the Republican vying to replace former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned in scandal last October. Though Trump’s event is not officially a political one, it’s an early sign of the stepped-up political involvement the White House has promised GOP officials ahead of November’s midterm elections, where Democrats hope an anti-Trump wave will put them in power on Capitol Hill. Republicans, meanwhile, are taking…

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EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising health fears

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. But some former EPA officials, as well as experts and advocates, say the agency is skipping vital steps that protect the public from hazardous chemicals that consumers have never used before, undermining new laws and regulations that Congress passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2016. According to these critics, that could mean…

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Entertainment 

FIFA 18 TOTY Defenders, Goalkeeper COUNTDOWN: Full nominees, reveal time, release date

FIFA 18 developer EA Sports is getting ready to announce which defenders and goalkeeper have made it into the FUT team of the year. EA Sports has already announced the attackers and midfielders, and is getting ready to reveal the defensive positions. The TOTY defenders category features a whole host of Premier League stars, including David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen and Antonio Valencia. The four defenders that gave made it into the FIFA 18 TOTY will be revealed at 3pm UK time. The team of the year defenders…

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FIFA 18 TOTY 2018: Team of the Year Defenders, Midfielders and FINAL squad news

Soon, fans will know the full roster of this year’s best players, including just how many Premier League stars have made the cut. So far, we know that only a few have final lineup, which is slowly being revealed by EA Sports. Half of 2018’s FIFA 18 TOTY have been confirmed, with just the best defenders and goalkeepers left to unveil. That’s happening today, with the new players going live around 6pm, UK time. As already confirmed by EA Sports, Each vote for Team of the Year players consisted of…

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Deep South, deep freeze: Ice and snow turn travel treacherous

Ice and snow turned travel treacherous across the South, shutting down interstates in Louisiana, causing highway crashes in Kentucky and closing airport runways in Texas as snow turned the red clay white and prompted schools to close across the region. Snow began falling during the pre-dawn hours Tuesday in Louisiana, where freeways were closed in and around Baton Rouge as the winter weather system took aim at other states, forecasters said. With the weather system moving east and plunging temperatures expected right behind it, winter storm warnings were issued for…

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