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    Funeral home loses body, replaces it with wrong corpse at viewing: lawsuit

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A family is suing an Ohio funeral company after their deceased relative’s body was misplaced and the wrong corpse was displayed for a private viewing. Seven family members of Nivina Cargill filed the lawsuit Monday against Smoot Funeral Services, which works out of Edwards Funeral Home. The suit, filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, seeks more than $25,000 in both compensatory and punitive damages. Cargill’s sister, Pamela Merritt, says the suit isn’t about money, it’s about […]

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    Take a virtual ride on Six Flags Great Adventure’s new Total Mayhem roller coaster

    JACKSON, N.J. — Riders will experience the feeling of weightlessness on a new roller coaster that’s planned for a New Jersey theme park. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson on Thursday unveiled plans for Total Mayhem. The free-fly coaster will lift riders up a 12-story, 90-degree hill before flipping them head-over-heels at least six times in wing seats, providing a feeling of weightlessness. “We are thrilled to unveil one of the newest concepts in roller coaster engineering with Total Mayhem,” […]

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    Kraft Heinz expands Kraft Singles recall

    NEW YORK — Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought. The company recalled 335,000 cases Thursday because a thin strip of packaging film may stick to the slice after the wrapper has been taken off, creating a choking hazard. Kraft Heinz took 36,000 cases off the market July 31 for the same reason. The privately-held company said it’s received two new reports of customers […]

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    One dead, two injured in shooting on Sacramento college campus; gunman being sought

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Police say three people have been shot and one of them has died in a parking lot next to a baseball field on the campus of Sacramento City College. Police say the campus is on lockdown Thursday night while they search for a suspect with no shirt wearing cargo shorts. Sacramento police say the three victims were all men. One has been confirmed dead, and the other two are being taken to hospitals. Classrooms and offices are […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12:  New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court to appeal the National Football League's (NFL) decision to suspend him for four games of the 2015 season on August 12, 2015 in New York City. The NFL alleges that Brady knew footballs used in one of last season's games was deflated below league standards, making it easier to handle.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    ‘Deflategate’: NFL commissioner vows to appeal judge’s decision siding with Tom Brady

    NEW YORK — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can suit up for his team’s season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for “Deflategate.” The surprise ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman came Thursday after more than one month of failed settlement talks between the NFL and its players’ union. Many legal experts believed the judge was merely pressuring the sides to settle when he criticized the NFL’s handling of the case at two hearings in August. But […]

  • COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 29: Defensive back Jeremiah Johnson #14 of the Maryland Terrapins moves in to tackle running back Robert Martin #7 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half at Byrd Stadium on November 29, 2014 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    5 Rutgers football players suspended for allegedly robbing, assaulting other students

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Five Rutgers football players have been suspended from the team after one was charged in a home invasion and four others were charged with assaulting a group of people in New Brunswick in April. Prosecutors announced Thursday that 22-year-old defensive back Ruhann Peele, 20-year-old defensive back Nadir Barnwell, 20-year-old fullback Razohnn Gross and 22-year-old defensive back Delon Stephenson were charged with aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit a riot for a fight that left a […]

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    Donald Trump signs GOP loyalty pledge, rules out a third-party bid

    NEW YORK – Donald Trump says he has signed a Republican loyalty pledge to back the GOP’s 2016 nominee for president and skip a potential third-party bid. The billionaire businessman and presidential candidate roiled the GOP race when he refused to make such a promise in the campaign’s first debate. The front-runner was the only candidate on stage not to make the commitment to back whoever emerges from the party’s primaries. A third-party bid by Trump could harm the GOP’s […]

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    Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses ordered to jail

    ASHLAND, Ky. — A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months […]

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    New study shows smoking rate in U.S. adults has dropped

    NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the smoking rate for U.S. adults dropped to 17 percent in the past year. Ban on tobacco sales, cigarette taxes and increase on anti-smoking advertising campaigns have contributed to the decline, according to the CDC. Electronic cigarettes have also been a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes. In 2013, the smoking rate was about 18 percent. The new study comes as CVS/pharmacy marks its one-year anniversary of stopping tobacco product sales in all its […]

  • Bill Cosby, 77, has resigned as a trustee amid more than a dozen sexual-assault allegations, according to a statement by the school.

    NYU removes Cosby’s name from popular film workshop

    NEW YORK — New York University has removed Bill Cosby’s name from a popular film workshop for high school students. The decision was reported on Tuesday on NYU Local, a student news website. Spokesman Matt Nagel told the New York Times that NYU removed William H. Cosby from the name of its Future Filmmakers Workshop “in light of recent events.” The name was removed in the last two weeks. Cosby’s representative declined to comment on the school’s decision. NYU joins […]

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