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Rep. Ritchie Torres feels ‘the weight of history’ on his shoulders

Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., could “feel the weight of history” on his shoulders as the freshman member of Congress entered the House floor for the first time Jan. 3. The office where Rep. John F. Kennedy once sat now has Torres’ name on it. “It was surreal for me to go to my office for […]

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San Francisco P.I. Jack Palladino on life support after robbery attempt

A San Francisco private investigator who worked for the Black Panthers, Bill Clinton and other well-known figures was on life support after he was badly injured during an attempted robbery, his family and authorities said Sunday. The man, Jack Palladino, 76, fell on the pavement and suffered a life-threatening head injury after someone jumped from […]

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Skier caught in avalanche on mountains near Utah resort, search underway

Authorities are working on a search and rescue operation for a skier who was buried under an avalanche in Park City, Utah. Two friends were skiing on a stretch of backcountry outside the Park City Mountain Canyons Village resort on Saturday when they triggered the avalanche, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said. After one of […]

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Homemade remakes of cinematic classics star in Sweded Film Festival

For her remake of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” filmmaker Marissa Chastain didn’t have the big bucks that the original production spent on replica stunt cars for the famous scene in which parking attendants take a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder for a joyride. Having lost her jobs as a comedian and yoga instructor during […]

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Senegalese community in Denver grief-stricken 6 months after family killed in fire

DENVER — Six months after a fire killed five members of a Senegalese family, remnants of the burnt home on Truckee Street remind those in the tight-knit community that they can be vulnerable in their adopted country. Even though police said they don’t believe the Aug. 5 fire was motivated by racial or ethnic bias, […]

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Relatives of Manson ‘family’ murder victims outraged by DA’s new policy

Whenever the notorious killer Charles Manson or one of his convicted followers would come up for parole over the last 40 years, a Los Angeles County prosecutor joined victims’ family members at a California state prison to argue against the release. But when Kay Martley joined a California Board of Parole Hearings video conference to […]

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70-year-old Tennessee man suspected in 2 murders found dead

David Vowell’s body was found Saturday in a Tennessee lake where the men had been killed, authorities said. The body of a 70-year-old suspect wanted in connection with in a double murder was found in a Tennessee lake Saturday, authorities said. David Vowell’s body was found about 3 p.m. in the waters of Reelfoot Lake […]