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40 horses were rescued from a burning ranch in California

(CNN)Forty horses trapped at an equestrian center in Sylmar, California, during the Saddleridge Fire were rescued after a ranch worker reached out for help on social media. That’s when Alejo Morales, who was also on the scene, posted a message on social media asking for help. “We had a lot of friends that came through […]

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DA says there’s a ‘good case’ to charge alleged kidnapper in Pennsylvania toddler’s death

(CNN)Authorities believe they have a good case against the Pennsylvania woman accused of kidnapping 23-month-old Nalani Johnson, whose death is expected to be ruled a homicide. “I can tell you that there’s no sign of trauma, that’s been eliminated,” Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala told CNN affiliate WTAE. “The baby is fully clothed. She […]

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New ‘Day of the Dead Barbie’ celebrates Mexican holiday

(CNN)There’s about to be a new Barbie doll on the shelves, with flowers on her dress and a skull painted on her face. Monarch butterflies typically migrate in Mexico for the winter and arrive around the same time as the festival, and they have come to symbolize the souls of loved ones coming back to […]

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The people behind that Halloween petition want to create a new holiday: National Trick or Treat Day

(CNN)Fear not, Halloween purists: Your beloved holiday will probably remain on October 31. But what’s better than one day of witches and vampires roaming the street? Two days of treats! The association will partner with Party City to launch #ALLoween, a campaign to promote the new holiday that — fittingly — hits stores on Friday, […]

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A man who got laid off gets hundreds of job offers after handing out his rsum on the side of the road

(CNN)Patrick Hoagland of Phoenix was down on his luck after getting laid off from his job as a forklift operator at a metal recycling company. He filled out applications online and handed out rsums to local businesses, but he wasn’t getting any responses. “I was impressed with Patrick because it was 110° outside and what […]

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A marathoner accused of cheating after clocking a record time dies by suicide

(CNN)A 70-year-old physician accused of cheating at this year’s Los Angeles Marathon has died by suicide, officials said. Last week, Meza’s widow said she didn’t believe her husband would have taken his own life. But Meza’s family did say he was under enormous stress over his disqualification and the cheating claims made in blog posts […]

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A sunken Soviet nuclear submarine is leaking unusually high levels of radiation

(CNN)A sunken Soviet nuclear submarine that’s been on the sea floor for three decades is leaking an abnormally high amount of radiation, according to the Institute for Marine Research. The institute says the leak poses no risk to people or fish. Researchers have been monitoring the wreck for decades After a fire in its engine […]

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New Jersey woman who connected would-be terrorists with ISIS gets 48 months in prison

(CNN)A New Jersey woman who communicated on Facebook with members of ISIS under the name “Umm Nutella” only weeks after she pleaded guilty to connecting US-based extremists with the terrorist group was sentenced Wednesday to 48 months in prison, minus time served. Ceasar chose the name “Umm Nutella” based on a marketing ploy in which […]

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St. Louis area facing tornado threat

(CNN)Vicious weather brought damaging tornadoes and heavy rains to areas of the central United States already dealing with floodwaters that prompted scores of water rescues over the past two days. Scores of water rescues Rescuers pulled people from fast-moving floodwaters in middle Oklahoma on Tuesday and carried them to safety after strong storms swamped the […]

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How a convicted terrorist became a US citizen

(CNN)A one-time Islamic jihadist who spent years in an Israeli prison for attempting to bomb a bus was granted US citizenship and allowed to remain in the country for nearly a decade as federal authorities investigated his background, CNN has learned. Shqaire, 51, carried out the attack in Israel in 1988 “acting on the direction” […]

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