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‘Grimy business’: John Oliver makes TV history, forgives $15m in medical debt he purchased

In a scathing attack on the lack of regulations in the debt-collection industry, HBO comedy host John Oliver announced that a debt collection agency formed by his show would forgive $15 million in medical debts held by about 9,000 people. On Sunday’s episode of his show, ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Oliver ...

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US government expected to approve first private moon mission

US officials may approve a commercial mission to the moon, putting space travel beyond Earth’s orbit in the purview of the private sector for the first time in history. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that the government is close to officially endorsing a mission for space startup Moon ...

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Guided missile destroyer USS Porter enters Black Sea ‘to promote peace’ (VIDEO)

A US Navy destroyer has entered the Black Sea in what the Sixth Fleet says is a routine deployment to promote peace and stability. However, the USS Porter (DDG-78) was just outfitted with a new missile system due to what the Navy called a “Russian threat.” Turkish observers spotted the ...

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Ex-drug executive Shkreli pleads not guilty to latest charge

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, a lightning rod for outrage over soaring U.S. prescription drug prices, pleaded not guilty on Monday to an additional criminal charge that federal prosecutors filed against him last week. Shkreli, 33, was indicted in December on seven criminal counts, including securities fraud. Prosecutors on Friday ...

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NPR photojournalist & interpreter killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

David Gilkey, an American photographer for National Public Radio, and Zabihullah Tamanna, an Afghan translator, were killed while on an assignment in Southern Afghanistan. Gikley spent years covering conflicts worldwide. In a Sunday statement, NPR confirmed the deaths of the two men, who were part of a four-person team embedded ...

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Connecticut teen sentenced to 25 years for 2014 prom-day slaying

(L-R) Attorney Edward Gavin, Christopher Plaskon’s uncle and guardian Paul Healy, Plaskon and attorney Richard Meehan, Jr. attend a probable cause hearing in the stabbing death of Maren Sanchez at Connecticut Superior Court in Milford, Connecticut, June 4, 2014. Reuters/Arnold Gold <span class="articleLocation”>A Connecticut teenager was sentenced to 25 years ...

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New York City ad campaign supports transgender bathroom rights

A gender-neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, California September 30, 2014. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a citywide advertising campaign supporting a person’s right to use bathrooms corresponding with his or her gender identity, wading into a debate ...

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Child ‘internally decapitated’ in crash saved by Good Samaritan

Thanks to the noble deeds of a caring stranger, a young Idaho boy looks set to defy the odds and make a full recovery after being “internally decapitated” in a car crash, an injury which just 10 percent survive. When Brandy Gonzales and her son Killian were returning from the ...

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Hillary Clinton was erratic First Lady, 'violent' to husband, staff – Secret Service author

Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, was a volatile and at times violent presence as First Lady during her husband Bill’s two terms in the White House, according to a new book by an ex-Secret Service agent. Hillary’s frequent outbursts and a willingness to violently confront ...

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U.S. top court to hear appeals by two black Texas death row inmates

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear two death penalty cases brought by black Texas inmates, one asserting that waiting almost 36 years for execution amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and another claiming racial bias in the criminal justice system. Both cases involve convicted murderers in the ...

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