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Remains confirmed as those of missing college student Zuzu Verk

ALPINE, Texas — Human remains found in a shallow West Texas grave last week have been identified conclusively as those of a missing college student, investigators confirmed Monday. Dental records helped confirm the identity of Zuzu Verk, a 22-year-old Sul Ross State University student from Keller, a Fort Worth suburb, Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said during a Monday news ...

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Pence's tie-breaking vote confirms DeVos as Education Secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted by the barest of margins to confirm Betsy DeVos’ nomination as Secretary of Education, adding a member of President Trump’s cabinet after a hard slog for the controversial nominee. The Senate voted 51-50 in favor of DeVos, with Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote marking the first time in history that a vice president has ...

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Amber Alert goes out as NYPD seeks abducted 2-year-old girl

Police are searching for a 2-year-old girl abducted from her mother, an off-duty-cop, in Staten Island Tuesday, officials said. State police have put out an Amber Alert for Kim Woo, who was grabbed by her father Johnny Woo on Ismay St. near Fields Ave. in Willowbrook at about 8:30 a.m. Johnny Woo, who doesn’t have custody of the child, attacked ...

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Trump tries to distance from Putin, creates accidental hashtag

He’s “#1in” careless tweets. President Trump, sharing his ideas on Twitter Tuesday, again tried to distance himself from Russian President Vladimir Putin — but instead opened himself to scrutiny over hashtag misuse. “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy — yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1in terror, no problem!” ...

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Cops shoot passenger in car chased from Mount Vernon to Bronx

Police shot and wounded a female passenger in a car being pursued from Mount Vernon to the Bronx Tuesday, officials said. Mount Vernon cops fired on Wakefield Ave. near White Plains Rd. at about 9:15 a.m. The injured passenger was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where she was expected to survive. At least two cops also suffered injuries at the ...

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Fla. woman, man wanted for alleged sex act on video at courthouse

Police are searching for a Florida woman accused of performing oral sex on a man at a courthouse and posting it to social media. Brittney Jones, 26, allegedly performed sexual acts on 35-year-old Jeremiah Robinson on the fourth floor of Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville on Jan. 31, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. Jones and Robinson are both wanted on ...

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Trump shares unfounded story about immigration bans on Facebook

President Trump appears to have peddled fake news over social media. The commander-in-chief, or one of his aides, shared a Facebook post on Thursday that linked to a story from Albawaba.com with the headline, “Kuwait Issues Its Own Trump-esque Visa Ban for Muslim-Majority Countries.” “Smart!” the Trump account captioned the post, which was still online as of early Tuesday. Turns out, ...

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Missing Columbia graduate found dead on hiking trail in Panama

A globetrotting Columbia University graduate was found dead on a hiking trail in Panama three days after she was reported missing, authorities said. Catherine Johannet, of Scarsdale, N.Y., was discovered in a wooded area on Bastimentos Island off the north coast of Panama on Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Embassy in Panama City confirmed Johannet’s passing “with great sadness.” A cause ...

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As many as 13,000 people hanged in 'monstrous' Syrian prison

BEIRUT — Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said on Tuesday. In a new report covering the period from 2011 to 2015, Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged each week at Saydnaya Prison ...

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Big Ang's cousin cuffed for stealing $65 worth of steaks

Late “Mob Wives” star Big Ang’s cousin stole $ 65 worth of steak from a supermarket across the street from a Staten Island police station, cops said Monday. Sallyann Lombardi, 57, is accused of stealing beef tenderloin from the ShopRite on Richmond and Forest Aves. on Jan. 31. Lombardi’s latest beef with the law comes about a month after cops ...

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