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Family of billionaire Barry Sherman doubts murder-suicide reports

David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Responding to media reports on the manner of death of their parents, the family of Canadian drug billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife Honey Sherman said they believe the "rumors regrettably circulated" to be untrue.News outlets in Canada and the United States have termed the deaths as a possible murder-suicide and several Canadian news organizations, citing police sources, said the couple was found on Friday hanged in the basement of their plush home on Old Colony Road in ...

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ICE detention facilities had insufficient protection of detainee basic rights, says IG report

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Multiple Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities were found to have problems with basic detainee rights, humane treatment and health and safety, according to a report released this week by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security.The violations varied from facility to facility, but included underutilized language services, lack of respect and professionalism, potentially unsafe and unhealthy detention conditions and, at one facility, all detainees were strip-searched when they entered."Overall, the problems we identified undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, ...

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Family of 13-year-old bullied girl to file wrongful death lawsuit against school

Courtesy Brian Claypool(CALIMESA, Calif.) -- The family of a 13-year-old California girl who committed suicide plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district, accusing the girl's middle school of failing to stop the bullying that the family says led to her death.On Nov. 28, Rosalie Avila hanged herself in her bedroom "following months of relentless verbal abuse and bullying from classmates," a press release from the family's attorney, Brian Claypool, states.Avila attended Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa in Southern California, ABC ...

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Five injured in Pennsylvania ski lift mishap

Courtesy Alpha Fire Company and Boalsburg Fire Company(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Five people were injured at a Pennsylvania ski resort Saturday when a chair on the ski lift slid backward into the chair behind it, setting off a chain reaction that involved a total of five chairs, officials said.Around 10 a.m., a "malfunction" on a section of the chair lift cut the first car loose, sending it sliding down the rope into another chair and causing a "chain reaction" that sent four slipped chairs sliding ...

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Amid sexual harassment claims, Rep. Kihuen says he won't seek re-election in 2018

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) has announced his decision not to seek reelection in 2018.“The allegations that have surfaced would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a reelection campaign,” Kihuen said in a statement Saturday. “Therefore, it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek reelection.”On Friday the House Ethics committee announced their intention to launch an investigation ...

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HHS disputes report it 'banned words' at CDC

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Trump administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services said a report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading U.S. public health agency, is being barred from using certain words, including "diversity," "transgender" and "fetus," is a “complete mischaracterization.”The Washington Post reported that policy analysts at the CDC were told in a meeting Thursday to not use certain words in any official documents for preparing for the budget for fiscal year 2019.The words are: "evidence-based," "science-based," ...

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1st grader asks for food, blanket in heartbreaking letter to Santa

Ruth Espiricueta(EDINBURG, Texas) -- A first grader's heartbreaking letter to Santa has spurred a flood of donations, after her teacher shared the humble wish list on social media.Ruth Espiricueta, a first-grade teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Texas, asked her students this week to write a letter to Santa Claus about something they want and something they need, after a lesson about the difference between the two. When school was dismissed for the day, Espiricueta began reading the letters and was ...

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YTMT Logo To drain the swamp, start in the deepest part.

The Justice Department is the thickest, nastiest, murkiest and most malodorous corner of the swamp.

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UT Health Logo Cholesterol Numbers: What They Mean, Why They Matter

Cholesterol is a word we hear a lot. It’s a substance that’s produced in the body that is a part of every cell. But we also hear numbers associated with the word “cholesterol.” HDL, LDL, “good”cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol. Depending on the numbers associated with each, you could be at greater risk for heart attack or cardiovascular disease.

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