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Twenty-four hour Missouri standoff ends, police find three dead

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A 24-hour standoff at a Missouri apartment complex ended on Monday evening, when police broke into the home and found the dead bodies of a man and two of his children, officials said.

The Springfield Police Department said in a statement that officers breached the apartment door and found 51-year-old William Williams, who appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the bodies of his daughter and son, aged 2 and 4-years-old.

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It was not clear from the statement how the children died. A police spokeswoman could not be immediately reached to provide details.

The standoff started after police received a call to make a check at the apartment complex around 9:30 p.m. local time on Sunday and they encountered the armed suspect. Police conducted negotiations until breaking into the apartment on Monday, police said.

The investigation into the incident will continue. Further details were not immediately available.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco)

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‘Delete your account traitor’: GOPer Marsha Blackburn slammed for ugly smear of Lt. Col. Vindman

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In a tweet fired off today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) took a jab at one of the witnesses who testified at this week's hearings in the House impeachment inquiry, and she immediately was on the receiving end of a wave of backlash due to the way she characterized a career military officer.

"Vindictive Vindman is the 'whistleblower’s' handler," Blackburn early Friday morning referring to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified this Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/MarshaBlackburn/status/1197875810256007170

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Coal knew: Explosive report shows industry was aware of climate crisis as far back as 1966

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"It wasn't just big oil that knew about climate change decades ago."

A new report shows conclusively that the coal industry was aware of the climate impacts of burning fossil fuels as far back as 1966—and, like other sectors of the fossil fuel industry with knowledge of the consequences of their business model, did next to nothing about it.

The revelation was published in an article by Élan Young at HuffPost Friday.

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Devin Nunes’ hometown paper flooded with letters from disgusted out-of-towners

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The Frenso Bee, which hails from the San Joaquin Valley where California GOP Congressman Devin Nunes is from, published a series of letters from people around the country who watched his performance in this week's impeachment hearings. The letters all had one thing in common: a notable "absence of pro-Nunes sentiment," which the Fresno Bee's Marek Warszawski said was not intentional on his part.

"Angry people tend to send letters, not those who are pleased," he writes.

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