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Army Black Hawk helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: US Coast Guard

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Rescue teams searched for a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew members aboard that was last reported off the west coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

Coast Guard Hercules and Army Black Hawk aircrews spotted debris near Kaena Point, Oahu at 11:28 p.m. local time after staff at Wheeler Army Airfield said they had lost contact with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews, the Coast Guard said.

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Rescue crews searched for five missing people who were training between Kaena Point and Dillingham Airfield, also on Oahu, when communications were lost.

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jeffrey Benkoe)


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Rob Schneider rushes to defend SNL cast member fired over racial slurs — and the Internet cringes

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The recently hired-and-fired "Saturday Night Live" comedian Shane Gillis got a show of support from former cast member Rob Schneider -- and other social media users cringed.

Gillis got fired by NBC after video surfaced of him using a racial slur against Asian people, but Schneider defended the comedian.

Dear @ShanemgillisAs a former SNL cast member I am sorry that you had the misfortune of being a cast member during this era of cultural unforgiveness where comedic misfires are subject to the intolerable inquisition of those who never risked bombing on stage themselves.

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US Fed cuts key interest rate a quarter point, citing ‘uncertainties’

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The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year on Wednesday but the policy committee is divided, with three of the 10 voting members dissenting.

The central bank also moved to ease concerns about a cash crunch on financial markets by adjusting its key policy tool to help pump more funds through the financial plumbing.

The Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee lowered the policy interest rate by 25 basis points to a target range of 1.75 to 2.0 percent, as expected, and has now pulled back on half of the four interest rate increases in 2018.

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Black student attacked by two drunken white men screaming racial slurs at University of Arizona

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Two white students at the University of Arizona are accused of a racist assault against a black student.

The victim said two men -- later identified as Matthew Frazier and Matthew Rawlings -- called him the N-word before attacking him Sept. 10 outside a residence hall, reported the Arizona Republic.

The men punched him in the head and kicked him after he fell to the ground, and the black man said they used racial slur about 10 times during the attack.

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