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    Trainer gains 70 pounds, loses it again to better understand clients

    NEW YORK — When Drew Manning stepped out from behind the cardboard cutout of his former fat self on Monday, the audience of “Good Morning America” was appropriately shocked. The fitness trainer’s journey had come to an end after successfully losing more than 70 pounds — six months after he purposely gained the same amount. “Like it never happened,” host George Stephanopoulos said. “Kind of,” Manning said. Both Manning and his wife, Lynn, can attest that a lot actually has changed […]

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    Boston Herald apologizes for ‘racist’ Obama cartoon

    This cartoon in today's @bostonherald is racist and offensive. The Herald should apologize. — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 1, 2014 BOSTON — The Boston Herald and its cartoonist apologized Wednesday for a cartoon that quickly drew criticism on social media for being racist. A satire on the recent news that an intruder got farther into the White House last month than previously known, the cartoon depicts the intruder sitting in President Obama’s bathtub, asking him if he has tried […]

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    Police search for answers in California chicken massacre

    CARUTHERS, Calif. — Suspects in a bizarre burglary beat to death 920 chickens at a farm in central California earlier this month, authorities say. The suspects pulled back a portion of the fence at the Foster Farms facility in Caruthers, California, on September 20 and “once they were inside… used a golf club, we believe, (or) possibly some other type of instrument, to maliciously kill several hundred chickens,” according to Deputy Chris Curtice with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. In […]

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    35,000 walruses forced ashore as sea ice melts away

    POINT LAY, Alaska -- Arctic ice is dwindling, the waters of the North Pacific Ocean are the warmest on record and tens of thousands of walruses have taken notice, "hauling out" on an Alaskan beach in numbers never seen before.

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    First case of Ebola in the U.S. diagnosed — now what?

    ATLANTA — In this age of modern air travel, it was just a matter of when, not if. A man at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Now, health officials are searching for people who came in contact with the man. Ebola is spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone actively sick with the virus. It’s not like a cold or the flu, which can be spread before symptoms […]

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    ‘Intoxicated’ Arizona mother accused of biting, kicking daughters

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A Scottsdale woman is facing child abuse charges after her children were found alone and she was wandering her apartment building intoxicated, police said. Police were called to the apartment at 3600 N. Hayden Road on Sept. 15 for a report of an intoxicated woman kicking the front of apartment. Police learned the woman, later identified as 30-year-old Nicole Breault-Pequeno, lived in different unit where her two children, ages 6 and 10, had been left the day […]

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    Did Starbucks start a pumpkin boom?

    NEW YORK — Pumpkins are having their moment in the sun. Ever since Starbucks introduced its famed pumpkin spice latte about a decade ago, pumpkin sales have skyrocketed. It’s led to the increased popularity of pumpkin-spiced everything, including spicy pumpkin beef jerky and pumpkin beer. In the last five years alone, pumpkin sales have risen 34%, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ask Betsy Stuart. Sales of pumpkins have doubled in the past decade at her family farm in […]

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    Hong Kong activists, officials continue standoff on China’s National Day

    HONG KONG — Wednesday is National Day, a day for all Chinese to celebrate the People’s Republic of China. Yes, dignitaries gathered and ceremonies took place to mark the holiday in Hong Kong. But the national pride mixed with profound dissent as pro-democracy protesters occupied parts of the Asian business hub — not to celebrate the central government in Beijing, but to denounce and challenge it. There was a sense, entering Wednesday, that the protest ranks could swell with more […]

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    Secret Service director calls White House intrusion ‘unacceptable’ during hearing

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson called an incident in which a man scaled a fence and entered the White House “unacceptable” and told a congressional committee Tuesday that she takes “full responsibility.” Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old knife-wielding Iraq war veteran, entered an unlocked door to the executive mansion, Pierson told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which grilled her on the September 19 security breach. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Gonzalez on three […]

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    CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

    DALLAS — A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced Tuesday. The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At that time, the individual did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later,” he began to exhibit them, Frieden said. The individual was […]

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    Tracy Morgan: ‘I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me’

    Walmart’s response Monday to a lawsuit filed by Tracy Morgan over the car crash that left him in critical condition elicited a response of its own on Tuesday from the recovering comedian — and it doesn’t sound like he’s laughing. “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused,” the former “Saturday Night Live” star said in a statement. Police say that a truck driven by Walmart employee Kevin Roper in the early morning hours of […]

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    Microsoft introduces Windows 10

    NEW YORK — Meet the new and improved Windows. No, it’s not Windows 9 — Microsoft is going straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Microsoft showed off the latest version of its flagship operating system at an event in San Francisco Tuesday. It wasn’t a complete unveiling — Microsoft focused on a handful of features that will benefit business customers. Here’s a quick rundown: - Return of the Start menu. After being inexplicably removed from Windows 8, the Start […]