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‘It’s my baby. It’s my baby’: Two pit bulls fatally maul 7-year-old boy in Mass., authorities say

A pair of pit bulls attacked and killed a 7-year-old boy in Lowell, Mass., on Saturday evening.<p>A preliminary investigation suggested the unidentified boy entered a fenced area containing the two pit bulls, which then attacked him, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said in a statement to …

Crime

Right and Left React to the Trump Condolence Controversy

<i>The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen.</i><p><i>Has this series exposed you to new ideas?</i></i> …

Politics

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

When it comes to brain training, some workouts seem to work better than others.<p>A comparison of the two most common training methods scientists use to improve memory and attention found that one was twice as effective as the other. The more effective method also changed brain activity in a part of …

The Brain

Embattled U.S. troops in Niger called for air support after fatal attack started

WASHINGTON — An Army special forces combat patrol in the west African nation of Niger did not anticipate resistance and called for air support one hour after being attacked by ISIS-affiliated militants, the Pentagon's top general said Monday.<p>French fighter jets arrived to support the besieged …

War

Donald Trump is never going to release his tax returns

A deadline just passed for Trump to file his 2016 federal tax return — and everyone missed it<p>President Trump missed a deadline last week to file his 2016 federal tax return. Every president in the modern era abided by the deadline and made their document public. But Trump has remained steadfast in …

Donald Trump

Trump's sexual harassment accusers hope president goes way of Weinstein

Three of the women who accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances feel the culture may finally change but worry about men’s relative silence<p>As the aftershocks from Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct spread to other powerful men in Hollywood and media, a group of women for whom the …

Feminism

NY family gets creepy note from apparent stalker: 'Your daughter is cute'

Police are searching for a man accused of stalking two children in Brooklyn, Fox 5 New York reported.<p>The NYPD says that on Friday, October 20, around 8 a.m., an 8-year-old little girl noticed a man hiding between cars and following her to school. When she got to her bus stop at Eastern Parkway and …

Cute

Trump disputes military widow's account of condolence call

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump on Monday disputed a widow's account of a condolence call he made to her following the death of her husband in Niger earlier this month.<p>Trump tweeted shortly after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, discussed her disappointment with the …

Politics

Woman kills neighbor breaking into home: cops

A homeowner in Texas fatally shot her neighbor who tried to break into her home, authorities said.<p>A mortally wounded Marci Green, 38, was found by …

Crime

Hikers’ Families Say Deaths Motivated By ‘Compassion’

Joseph Orbeso and Rachel Nguyen were missing for three months.<p>The families of a young couple found dead in an embrace believe they died in a murder-suicide motivated by compassion.<p>Joseph Orbeso, 22, and Rachel Nguyen, 20, missing for three months, were discovered in a remote canyon last week in …

Canadian News

Furor erupts over EPA decision to pull climate scientists from panel discussion

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is drawing heat for pulling its scientists from a panel discussion Monday in Rhode Island as part of a conference spotlighting the effects of climate change on the Narragansett Bay.<p>The withdrawal of the two scientists as well as an agency consultant, …

Climate Change

Republicans are losing faith in Trump’s negotiating ability

Key GOP senators no longer trust the author of the “Art of the Deal” to make anything happen on Capitol Hill<p>President Donald Trump approaches the tax cut debate will little capital.<p>The former real estate mogul has failed to oversee the passage of any significant legislation in his first 10 months …

Liberal View

Trump Refuses To Tell Media When He Golfs After Third Straight Weekend Spent Golfing

President Donald Trump surprised many when he was spotted wearing glasses upon leaving the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Sunday, …

Donald Trump

Senate advances $36.5B disaster relief package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday gave a preliminary OK to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would provide Puerto Rico with a much-needed infusion of cash and keep the federal flood insurance program from running out of money to pay claims.<p>The 79-16 procedural vote set the stage …

Politics

Trump: There will be no changes to 401(k) retirement plans

Retirement

He Didn’t Vote in a Few Elections. In the Next One, Ohio Said He Couldn’t.

WASHINGTON — Larry Harmon, a software engineer who lives near Akron, Ohio, says he is “a firm believer in the right to vote.” But sometimes he stays home on Election Day, on purpose.<p>In 2012, for instance, he was unimpressed by the candidates. He did not vote, he said, because “there isn’t a box on …

Politics

Marine, 23, fatally stabbed in Hawaii was 'beloved' member of unit

A 23-year-old marine was murdered in Wakiki early Saturday morning, suffering multiple stab wounds to his chest after a verbal altercation escalated to violence.<p>Sgt. William Brown, a Tennessee native and "beloved member" of his unit, was stabbed and killed after a dispute reportedly broke out at …

Crime

High School Teacher Fired After Hosting Alleged X-Rated Classroom Party

A South Florida high school teacher has been fired for hosting an alleged X-rated surprise party in a classroom for a former student. The explicit …

Crime

Betsy DeVos was “confused” about protections for students with disabilities — so she scrapped dozens

The Trump administration is rolling back guidelines meant to protect students with disabilities<p>Education secretary Betsy DeVos quietly rescinded 72 policy guidelines on the rights of students with disabilities over the weekend, The Washington Post reported.<p>When pressed by Democratic senators about …

Liberal View

Trump's 'traitor' comment about Bergdahl spurs motion to dismiss charges

President Trump’s sharp criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during his campaign as a "traitor" was called into question Monday at a sentencing hearing for the soldier, who faces charges of deserting his post in Afghanistan before being captured by Taliban militants.<p>The judge, Army Col. Jeffery …

Bowe Bergdahl

Some Guy Secretly Photoshopped Pennywise Into His Sister's Engagement Pics

Brilliantly terrifying. Terrifyingly brilliant.<p>The only thing more frightening than that scene in “It” where the kids see Pennywise in old photos might be when you spot the creepy clown in your own pics.<p>Especially when they’re your engagement photos.<p>BuzzFeed’s Jesse McLaren secretly added Pennywise …

Weird

The Air Force denies it is considering Cold War-style alerts for B-52 bombers

The U.S. military is building new flightline facilities that will enable the Air Force to position pilots and aircrews directly alongside its nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, but officials deny the move is part of any plan to put the warplanes on indefinite alert in response to tensions with North …

War

Why a Cardinals QB was forced to warm up in a Supergirl costume

The sight of Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton running around in a Supergirl costume before Sunday’s eventual loss to the Los Angeles Rams might surprise you even though Halloween is around the corner.<p>But this is hardly the first time a Cards QB has been forced to dress in a weird pre-game costume …

Sports

Police cases over 137-shot barrage unsettled 5 years later

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nearly five years after two unarmed black suspects died in a 137-shot barrage of Cleveland police gunfire, five officers fired for their roles are set to return to duty this week after an arbitrator reinstated their jobs.<p>Meanwhile, discipline and criminal charges against some …

Policing

Police bomb squad called after jogger finds armor-piercing tank round

The Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad was called after an armor-piercing tank round was found by a jogger.<p>The jogger flagged down police Sunday afternoon to report finding a strange object along the banks of the Susquehanna River in an area called Front Street River Walk in Harrisburg.<p>“Officers …

Crime

How The Affordable Housing Crisis Is Playing Out In One Dallas Neighborhood

Only 25 percent of people who need government help to pay for housing get it. In collaboration with The FRONTLINE Dispatch, NPR looked at what can happen to the other 75 percent and how the affordable housing crisis is playing out in one Dallas neighborhood.

Housing

James Comey confirms he's 'Reinhold Niebuhr' in the strangest possible way

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump fired his FBI director, in part, for being a "showboat," which didn't ring true given James Comey's reputation as a standup G-Man and his commitment, even in the midst of his own political peril, for antagonizing both sides of the aisle.<p>Showboat or not, he's certainly …

Politics

How to cut health costs? Start by putting doctors on salaries

Americans told us they can afford to spend only 2% of their income on health care. The only real fix is to cut waste.<p>As Congress decides the fates of Americans who cannot afford health insurance, our new data shows that this is a larger group than previously thought.<p>In a new survey of 9,200 people …

Health Care

Man Gets $117 Traffic Ticket After Singing '90s Dance Hit In Car

Police reportedly ticketed Taofik Moalla for screaming.<p>Talk about a bum note: A Montreal man says he’s facing a $117 traffic ticket just for singing in his car.<p>In September, Taofik Moalla was driving home and singing along to “Gonna Make You Sweat,” a 1990 dance music smash by C+C Music Factory. …

Weird

Woman dies after ambulance doesn’t come: cops

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — An Ohio police officer says he and a partner drove a barely breathing woman to a hospital because an ambulance crew said it …

Policing