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GoRefundMe: 1,400 donors to alleged hoax fundraising campaign made whole

The fundraising website GoFundMe has fully refunded every one of about 14,000 people who donated more than $400,000 to a New Jersey trio now charged with concocting a cruel hoax involving a seemingly selfless homeless man, a gas can and a $20 bill.

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Trump claims federal workers support shutdown, want wall

President Donald Trump argued Tuesday that federal workers support his position in the fight with Democrats over billions of dollars in funding for the border wall, four days into a partial government shutdown with no clear end in sight.

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Storm charges across Plains, Midwest during busiest post-Christmas travel day

U.S. air carriers expect 2.78 million passengers to fly on their planes on Wednesday, making it the third busiest travel day of the winter holiday stretch and the busiest post-Christmas, as a powerful storm sweeps through the Plains.

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Alexa crashed on Christmas Day

Amazon this morning said its Alexa devices were among the holiday season’s best-sellers, particularly the Echo and Echo Dot. But the influx of new users setting up their devices for the first time on Christmas Day appeared to be more than Alexa could handle. The service crashed briefly on Christmas, as thousands of new Alexa […]

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Bears head into finale seeking first-round playoff bye

The Chicago Bears head into their final regular-season game with a shot at an opening-round bye and some extra rest for their first playoff appearance in

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Teen wrestler who was forced to cut dreadlocks displayed character, his parents say

The parents of the high school wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match say they’re overwhelmed by the support their son has received. Charles and Rosa Johnson released a statement through their lawyer, saying their son Andrew has been dealing with the aftermath of the controversial incident. “Wrestling has taught […]

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Suspect kills police dog in shootout outside mall on Christmas Eve, police say

Police in Wellington, Florida, hailed a police dog as a hero for saving the lives of officers in a shootout outside a shopping mall packed with last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve. The dog, Cigo, was shot and killed by the suspect, police said. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said law enforcement learned a person […]

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The electric scooter wars of 2018

This was was undoubtedly the year of the electric scooter. Between massive fundraising rounds, lofty valuations and both Uber and Lyft’s entrance into the space, it’s clear these scooters are here for the long haul. But just because investors have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into these companies in the past year, the electric […]

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Students family wins $500M judgment in case against North Korea

An American court has ruled that the family of Otto Warmbier are owed in excess of $500 million by the North Korean government. The ruling, which was issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, comes more than a year and a half after Otto Warmbier died shortly after he was […]

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Dow plunges in worst Christmas Eve for stocks in history as Trump blames Fed

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 650 points Monday — the worst Christmas Eve trading session in the country’s history, according to experts — after eyebrow-raising comments by the treasury secretary, an escalating trade with China, and amid an economic slowdown.

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Lake Villa Man Accused of Choking Nurse

The patient now faces an aggravated battery charge in connection with the Dec. 15 choking incident, authorities said.

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How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

Juul controls 75 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market up from 27 percent in September last year. In the year since then, the CDC says the percentage of high school students who’ve used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days has grown 75 percent.

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Hainesville Man Busted For 800 Pounds Of Marijuana In Idaho

Police say 37-year-old Jonathan D. Speckman of Hainesville, Illinois, was taken into custody on Dec. 15 on suspicion of trafficking marijuana.

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How to stay safe in the cold during the 1st official weekend of winter

Those with prolonged exposure or those not dressed appropriately for the weather are in danger of frostbite and hypothermia, National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Engle told ABC News in January. Frostbite results in the loss of feeling and color in affected areas — usually the nose, ears, cheeks, fingers, toes or chin, according to the […]

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No evidence of midterm vote tampering, but influence ops persisted: US intelligence

The intelligence community told the White House Friday that it did not find evidence that votes or vote tallies were tampered with during the 2018 midterm elections, though Russia and others did continue online and social media influence campaigns.

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Man allegedly stabbed wife to death, threw her body out in the trash: Police

Joseph Traeger, 50, of Sunrise, was arrested Thursday night in connection with the Nov. 28 killing of Jeneen Catanzaro, according to the Sunrise Police. Traeger called 911 on Dec. 2 to report his wife missing and told police he last saw her the morning of Nov. 29 when he left for work, according to the […]

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