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Bullied child refuses to fight back 'because it's not the Jedi way'

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:10

A 10-year-old boy who needed hospital treatment after being beaten up by bullies, refused to fight back because “it’s not the Jedi way”, his mother said. Lizette Casanova said her son Aiden Vasquez “felt it in his soul not to hit the kid back”, while being tormented by a classmate at his California school. The Star Wars fan’s ordeal came to the attention of Mark Hamill – who played Luke Skywalker in the film series – who said of the boy, he was “astonished by his wisdom and courage”.


Legal U.S. Immigrants Face Prison And Even Deportation For Voting

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:05

The 20 immigrants recently charged with illegally voting in North Carolina in


Former Dallas officer convicted of murder

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:00

Ex-police officer Roy Oliver could face life in prison for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Jordan Edwards when he fired his gun into a car full of teenagers. ABC News' Danya Bacchus reports.


Novartis says glaucoma stent setback will not derail Alcon spin-off

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 05:21

Novartis shares fell 0.6 percent by 0832 GMT on Wednesday, although one analyst said the company's swift reaction should help keep it out of the crosshairs of lawyers. As part of its voluntary withdrawal of the CyPass Micro-Stent, Alcon advised surgeons treating glaucoma patients to stop implanting the stents immediately, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "We believe that withdrawing the CyPass Micro-Stent from the market is in patients' best interest and is the right thing to do," said Alcon's chief medical officer, Stephen Lane.


The Latest: Democrat Kirkpatrick wins Arizona House primary

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 00:41

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on primaries in Arizona and Florida and a runoff election in Oklahoma (all times local):


Andrew Gillum wins Florida Democratic primary in bid to become state's first black governor

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 21:16

Andrew Gillum pulled off an upset victory Tuesday night in Florida's Democratic primary in a bid to become the state’s first African-American governor.


Andrew Gillum Becomes First African-American Nominee For Florida Governor

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 20:13

Andrew Gillum has become the first African-American nominee for Florida


Vatican knew of Pennsylvania sex abuse cover-up, prosecutor says

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 17:47

(Reuters) - The Vatican knew of a cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania through secret archives that bishops in the state shared with church leaders in Rome, the state's attorney general Josh Shapiro said on Tuesday. Shapiro first made the allegations against the Vatican during an Aug. 14 news conference to unveil a report on a two-year investigation into how Catholic clergymen in the state allegedly groomed and sexually abused children.


A 9-Year-Old Colorado Boy's Death by Suicide Highlights the Challenges Facing LGBTQ Kids

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 17:02

They're far more likely to attempt suicide


South Sudan rebels to sign latest draft peace deal: Sudan

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 16:50

President Salva Kiir and the leader of the main rebel group, Riek Machar, signed up to the ceasefire and power-sharing agreement earlier this month after an initial deal in June aimed to end fighting that first broke out in 2013. Kiir's government and some small opposition groups had initialled the draft at a ceremony hosted by Khartoum outside the Sudanese capital earlier on Tuesday, but Machar's SPLM-IO and another rebel group refused to sign, saying that disputes over power sharing and a new constitution had been left out. "Intensive negotiations with Dr. Riek Machar ... has led to Dr. Riek Machar agreeing to initial the final peace agreement the day after tomorrow, on Thursday, August 30," Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed said in a statement.


Jacob Caldwell, Ohio Boy Reported Missing 1 Year Ago, Found Safe by Police

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 16:23

The teen had run away days after the murder of his father, police said.


Marriott International seals deal on mega-merger of rewards programs -- And the perks are seemingly endless

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:54

Rewards programs are one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to hospitality


Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:40

Russia will flex its military muscles and hold the biggest war games since the Cold War era next month, including almost 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the defence ministry said Tuesday, leading NATO to warn of a "more assertive Russia". Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the exercises would be similar in size to those held in September 1981 by the Soviet authorities, called Zapad-81, or West 81. "This will be something of a repeat of Zapad-81, but in some senses even bigger," Shoigu said in comments reported by Russian news agencies.


US midterms: North Carolina’s gerrymandered congressional map unconstitutional and must be redrawn, judges rule

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:38

Federal judges have struck down North Carolina’s Republican-gerrymandered congressional map as illegal for a second time, in a decision that could leave officials in the state scrambling just months before the midterm elections in November. The ruling is the latest development in a case that fair elections advocates say features such drastically gerrymandered districts that it could represent one of the clearest chances for the Supreme Court to clarify the constitutionality of extreme partisan gerrymandering in America in general, and impact congressional maps across the country. North Carolina’s congressional map — created in 2011 following the US census the year before — received its first major blow in 2016, when a federal court deemed it unconstitutional, saying that the map — which essentially locks in 10 Republican districts and three Democratic ones — was racially gerrymandered.


Effort To Rename Russell Senate Building For McCain Is Running Into GOP Resistance

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:34

WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan effort to rename a Senate office building to honor


Jacksonville Shooting Survivors Retain Morgan & Morgan For Expected Lawsuit

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:11

Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan announced that it is filing a


U.S. envoy Haley questions Palestinian refugee numbers

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:57

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday appeared to question the world body's count of Palestinian refugees, the latest in a series of steps by the Trump administration challenging how relief aid is delivered to the Palestinians. In remarks at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank often sympathetic to Israel, Haley agreed with a questioner who suggested that the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), which helps Palestinian refugees, overcounts their number.


Journalist who helped pen pope bombshell says author wept

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:51

ROME (AP) — An Italian journalist who says he helped a former Vatican diplomat pen his bombshell allegation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis says he persuaded the archbishop to go public after the U.S. church was thrown into turmoil by revelations in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.


Puerto Rican Governor Raises Official Hurricane Maria Death Toll From 64 To Nearly 3,000

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:46

The governor of Puerto Rico on Tuesday raised the government's official death


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