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    Boy whose father got matching scar tattoo facing cancer a second time

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. — In June, a young boy named Gabe received life-saving brain surgery. But he felt self-conscious about the horseshoe-shaped scar that was left behind. His dad, realizing the impact it was having on Gabe, got a tattoo on his head to match his son’s incision. Both bald, dad and son held strong. Now, six months later, the two must be stronger than ever: Gabe’s brain cancer is back. “Pretty much we were told that the tumor is becoming […]

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    Unemployment rate falls to 9-year low after 178,000 jobs added in November

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, the Labor Department reported Friday, and the unemployment rate fell sharply to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent in October.

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    Pilot’s route spells ‘Hello’ on flight tracking radar map

    EBERSDORF, Germany — A pilot with a history of plotting routes that show up as patterns on flight-tracking websites has completed his most ambitious yet. The unnamed pilot of the Robin DR400/180 Regent aircraft charted a complex course that spelled “hello” on Flightradar 24. The message was drawn during a 37-minute flight over the Niedersachsen region of Germany. 👋 Hello. — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) November 29, 2016 The pilot appears to have some artistic flair when it comes to […]

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    Protesters from Colorado ready to join those at North Dakota pipeline

    CANNON BALL, N.D. —  The frigid North Dakota cold hasn’t stopped thousands of protesters from camping outside, trying to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And they’re about to get a boost from more people. Some from Colorado intend to join the protest. So do hundreds of veterans. Gov. Jack Dalrymple had ordered the protesters to leave immediately, citing the harsh wintr conditions. But those freezing at the campsite lambasted the governor’s claim that he’s trying to protect safety. […]

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    Cyberbullied teen kills herself in front of family as they begged her not to do it

    TEXAS CITY, Texas — Brandy Vela’s bedroom is covered in post-it notes. “You will always own a piece of my heart,” says one. “You will never be forgotten,” says another. Blue hearts, for her “beautiful blue eyes,” are taped up and down her high school hallway. All of them a heartbreaking reminder of a life cut short. Vela killed herself this week, putting a gun to her chest while her family begged her not to. She was 18 years old […]

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    Buzz Aldrin medically evacuated from the South Pole

    SOUTH POLE, Antartica — Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, has landed in Christchurch, New Zealand, after being evacuated from the South Pole when his medical condition deteriorated, according to a release from the National Science Foundation. He is 86 years old. “Upon arrival in Christchurch, the Antarctic program’s logistics hub in New Zealand, Aldrin was transferred to a local medical facility,” according to the foundation. He “currently has fluid in his […]

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    Photo shows Tennessee wildfires’ toll on those fighting them

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Photos have been taken of the devastation from the Tennessee wildfires, from the houses turned to smoky shells to the neighborhoods emptied. Several residents have been displaced and dispossessed. But a photo shows the effect the fires raging through Gatlinburg, Tenn., are having on the people who bear the weight of containing them. The Johnson City Professional Firefighters Association posted this picture on its Facebook page. It shows five firefighters asleep on the sidewalk, their heads resting […]

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    Dolly Parton starts fund for families affected by Tennessee fires

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Country music star Dolly Parton said she wants to help families in her community in eastern Tennessee whose homes and memories were reduced to ashes this week. She’s created a fund through her Dollywood Companies and hopes to give each family affected by the wildfires $1,000 a month for six months to help them get “back on their feet.” “I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” she said in a […]

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    Oregon school district bans Santa from classrooms, seeks religious tolerance

    HILLSBORO, Ore. — An Oregon school district has asked staff to not use Santa Claus in their holiday decorations at school, saying it’s a way to respect all religious beliefs. “You may still decorate your door or office if you like, but we ask that you be respectful and sensitive to the diverse perspectives and beliefs of our community and refrain from using religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus,” the district said in a letter to staff, KATU reports. […]

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    More than 1 million Google accounts infected by hackers in ‘Gooligan’ attack

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Once again, hackers are showing why you should never, ever download apps outside official app stores. Hackers have gained access to more than 1.3 million Google accounts — emails, photos, documents and more — by infecting Android phones through illegitimate apps. That discovery comes from computer researchers at Check Point, a cybersecurity firm. On Wednesday, Google confirmed the nature and extent of the problem. The hackers have managed to steal digital “tokens” that give them access […]

  • GATLINBURG, TN - NOVEMBER 30:  The remains of a home smolder in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

    3 more bodies recovered after Tennessee wildfires, death toll up to 7

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Alice Hagler’s family hoped that she’d made it out of her Gatlinburg cabin — that maybe a neighbor had grabbed her after she’d called her son to tell him that the fire roaring into the area had started burning her home. It wasn’t to be. They were heartbroken Wednesday evening when officials told them that they found the 70-year-old’s body — one of at least seven people killed in a wildfire that spread with little warning from […]

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    Nintendo-themed lands are coming to Universal theme parks

    SAN FRANCISCO — It’s still on like Donkey Kong. Nintendo released a video on Tuesday teasing what fans might expect at the Nintendo lands coming soon to Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando, Fla.; Los Angeles; and Japan. The effort intends to make park guests feel as though they’re inside some of their favorite games. “You’re transported into that world, and [visitors will] stand there for a moment and see it in front of them as if they’ve just walked […]