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Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the ...

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Noose found hanging from tree outside Washington D.C. museum

Cops in Washington D.C. found a noose hanging from a tree outside an art museum on the National Mall, U.S. Park Police said Saturday. A Smithsonian police officer found the rope hanging from a tree west of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden after it closed for the night on Friday, according to the Washington Post. It’s unclear how long ...

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Bike-riding gunman seen in video before West Village shooting

Cops on Sunday released surveillance footage of the man believed to be the shooter riding a bicycle who opened fire and wounded four men outside a West Village deli. The victims were standing on the sidewalk outside the High End Deli on 14th St. near 8th Ave. when the gunman pedaled by, hopped off his bike and began blasting about ...

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Va. officer shot to death was a father of three, former Marine

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia State Police special agent fatally shot by a convicted felon in a Richmond public housing complex was a father of three and former Marine who founded a youth wrestling club and mentored disadvantaged kids, authorities said. Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45, died early Saturday after being shot Friday evening by Travis Ball in a ...

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Dennis Hastert faces another sex assault accuser

Another sex assault accuser has come forward against disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert just three months ahead of his scheduled release from a federal prison in Minnesota. The alleged victim claims Hastert raped him in a bathroom four decades ago, according to the Chicago Tribune. A man the victim did not recognize entered his stall at what is ...

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Man, 21, found shot dead in Brooklyn

A Brooklyn man was murdered steps from his home Saturday night, cops said. Cops found 21-year-old Jeremy Germain unconscious when they arrived at the corner of E. 48th St. and Snyder Ave. in East Flatbush at about 9:15 p.m., officials said. Germain, who lived on E. 48th St. was shot multiple times in his back and in one of his ...

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New York woman running for office defends use of 'n-word'

A woman running for local office in Eastern Long Island used the “n-word” during a call to police last summer and recently said she should be allowed to use the racial slur whenever she feels like. Valerie Smith, who is running for a seat on the Southampton Village Board, called the police in August and told them “a bunch of ...

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Oregon man jailed for fatally stabbing two on Portland train

An alleged white supremacist in Portland was charged Saturday in the fatal stabbing of an Army veteran and college graduate who tried stopping the suspect’s hate-filled tirade on a train. Jeremy Christian, 35, is accused of killing retired Sgt. Ricky Best, 53, and Reed College graduate Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, on Friday as they came to the defense of ...

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How these NYC men won lotto hundreds of times, collected millions

He can barely walk. He has one eye. But Enrico Del Rio is one lucky, lucky guy. The 94-year-old Washington Heights man has scored lottery prizes of $ 600 or more an astounding 376 times between 2009 and last year. His total winnings — more than $ 1.4 million. “I seem to win all the time,” the ex-Navy officer said ...

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How these NYC men won lottery hundreds of times and made millions

He can barely walk. He has one eye. But Enrico Del Rio is one lucky, lucky guy. The 94-year-old Washington Heights man has scored lottery prizes of $ 600 or more an astounding 376 times between 2009 and last year. His total winnings — more than $ 1.4 million. “I seem to win all the time,” the ex-Navy officer said ...

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