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Aftershocks still shake California’s Napa Valley a week after 6.0 magnitude quake

California’s Napa Valley, the site of a strong and damaging earthquake a week ago, was shaken by a small aftershock early on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, measuring magnitude 3.2, occurred five miles southwest of Napa. There were no immediate reports of damage. It was one of…

California sex offender impersonating cop ‘arrests’ and rapes exotic dancer

A California exotic dancer who was raped by a convicted sex offender impersonating a police officer spoke about her ordeal to Fox 11 on Saturday. Desiree Patton said that her assailant, Guy Dietz, found her through online advertisements placed by the exotic dancing agency she works for. She said that…

Professional fighter ‘War Machine’ sent to Nevada to face charges for brutally assaulting girlfriend

The professional fighter known as “War Machine” was in custody in a Las Vegas jail on Saturday after being transferred from Southern California, where he was arrested for assault stemming from an ex-girlfriend’s accusation that he beat her in Nevada. Jonathan Koppenhaver, an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor, was released from…

Campaign manager for Mitch McConnell resigns over Ron Paul bribery allegations

(Reuters) – The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign. McConnell is facing Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan…

With airline seating space decreasing, ‘legroom wars’ are increasing

To recline or not to recline? Airplane “legroom wars” are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice. Amid the furor, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that space on passenger planes is getting scarcer and…

As vinyl record sales boom, Nashville leads the way

“This is the mother, the metal mother,” says Jay Millar, examining a brilliant silver disc on the machine floor of United Record Pressing in downtown Nashville. “And the mother is where it all starts.” Fifty years ago United stamped out the Beatles’ first US single and dozens of Motown hits…

Car linked to suspect who threatened Obama discovered in Connecticut

HAMDEN Conn. (Reuters) – A car sought in connection with a suspected threat against President Barack Obama has been located in Connecticut, authorities said on Saturday. The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, had asked state police for help in locating the car in connection with a…

9-year-old Oregon girl dies on beach after sand hole collapses on her

(Reuters) – A 9-year-old girl who was digging in a large sand hole on an Oregon beach suffocated and died after the sand caved in around her and other beachgoers were unable to dig her out in time, police said on Saturday. The girl, identified as Isabel Grace Franks, was…

Florida’s $900K Obamacare alternative draws 30 subscribers, considers selling pet insurance

Six months after the launch of a $900,000 alternative to the Affordable Care Act, Florida’s Health Choices program has only signed up 30 subscribers and administrators say they are considering offering pet insurance if it will help draw more customers. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the program was created…

St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, first openly gay NFL player

(Reuters) – Defensive end Michael Sam’s dream of becoming the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) was put on hold on Saturday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams’ 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season. The 24-year-old, a standout with the University of…

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