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O.J. Simpson Has Been Granted Parole

A Nevada state parole board has granted disgraced football star O.J. Simpson his request for early release for his role in a 2007 felony robbery case.   Simpson was sentenced to serve 33 years in prison, which would have made him 93 years old when his sentence was completed.   “I am sorry that things turned out the way they …

Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick to Step Down

Travis Kalanick, the founder of the revolutionary ride sharing business Uber, is officially stepping down as the companies’ CEO. Kalanick started Uber in 2009, turning an innovative idea into an estimated $50 billion in value.   Kalanick’s resignation comes on the heels of a series of scandals that have plagued the company in recent years including spamming competitors, spreading fake …

Trump Official Confirms Election Systems Targeted by Russia in 21 states

Trump administration officials said Wednesday that Russia targeted election-related systems in 21 states in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election.   Samuel Liles, Department of Homeland Security’s acting director of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Division said Russian hackers appeared to be scanning for vulnerabilities in the voting systems. They successfully exploited a “small number” …

Amid Diplomatic Tension, Saudi Arabia Deports 15,000 Camels Back to Qatar

Days after Saudi Arabia announced they would be cutting diplomatic ties with the tiny gulf nation of Qatar, Donald Trump tweeted and took credit for the move. The tweet was unnerving for a lot of diplomatic reasons, chief among them it houses America’s largest military base in the Middle East and arguably the most important in the world, definitely the …

Minnesota Police Officer Found not Guilty in Philando Castile Shooting

Despite video evidence of the event, a Minnesota jury found Twin Cities officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty on all counts in the death of Philando Castile. Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter after the July 2016 shooting of the 32-year-old Castile.   Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds captured the event on Facebook Live from the passenger seat of their car while …

Federal Immigration Officials Detained Hundreds During Multi-City Raids on Friday

The Mexican government recently issued a warning to all Mexicans living in the United States, asking them to “reach out and stay in touch” signaling to many that they perceived a shift in policy. That perception was spot on and throughout the week Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, officials conducted raids in cities across the country.   More specifically raids …

African Penguins Are Being Slowly Starved to Death Thanks to Climate Change

Climate change and human impact on sardine and anchovy populations have been wreaking havoc on African penguin populations who depend on them while making their thousand plus mile trek to their birthplace. An arduous journey from Southern Africa all the way to Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.   The penguins make this trip annually and depend on sardines and anchovies …

New Numbers From Colorado: Legal Marijuana Sales Top $1.3 Billion in 2016

The legalization of marijuana has been a boon for states who have successfully rolled back prohibition and Colorado in particular has shown the massive benefits legalization can bring. They were the first state which recreational dispensaries set up shop and it didn’t take long for the money to start rolling in, and it’s still rolling in to this day.   …

Cat Reunited With Owner After 200 Mile Trip in Car Engine

In New York state a cat owner recently wondered where their cat had gone, it wasn’t for days that they realized their cat Gumbo had hitched a ride over 200 miles in the engine of a neighborhood Honda Odyssey.   The cat had been missing for more than a week,when much to the owners surprise he turned up in nearby …

Record Breaking Wildfires Leave State’s Struggling to Pay for Fighting Them

In 2015 wildfires burned over 10 million acres across the United States. In 2016 that number was down at least a couple million acres, but historically both years have experienced an astronomical increase in wildfire acreage. Which has obvious consequences to those impacted by the fire, but it also means states and the federal government have to do a lot …

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