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Two people connected to Flint water crisis found dead in three days

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Two people connected to the Flint water crisis were found dead within days of each other this month — but authorities swear there’s no connection or conspiracy in the tragedies. A friend found Matthew McFarland, a foreman at Flint’s Water Treatment Plant, dead in his Otter Lake home on April 16, according to MLive. Just three days later, Sasha Avonna ...

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87 Bronx gang members responsible for nine years of murders and drug-dealing charged in largest takedown in NYC history

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An unprecedented bust of two warring street gangs nabbed 87 suspects charged Wednesday in a lethal nine-year reign of violence and drug-dealing in Bronx housing projects. A pair of federal indictments identified 120 violent hoodlums targeted in a series of predawn raids by the NYPD and federal agents at Eastchester Gardens and the nearby Edenwald Houses. The sweep generated the ...

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Paul Ryan On Confederate Flag: ‘This Symbol Does Insult’

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WASHINGTON — In his most direct comments to date on the issue, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) came out strongly against the Confederate flag on Wednesday, telling a large gathering of Georgetown University students that the flag divides the country and “does insult.” Ryan was at Georgetown for yet another leg in his ongoing media tour seemingly meant to contrast House ...

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Ted Cruz’s New Running Mate Isn’t All That Popular

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Among the many confusing things about Republican hopeful Ted Cruz’s decision to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate on Wednesday is this: She’s simply not that popular. There’s not much recent polling on Fiorina, who bowed out of the GOP race in February. But with the exception of a brief spike in popularity last fall, she made little impact ...

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Bernie Sanders to Cut Hundreds of Staff Members and Focus on California

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Battered by four defeats in Tuesday night’s primaries, Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off hundreds of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning the June 7 California primary. The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after Hillary Clinton’s victories widened her delegate lead and left her all ...

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NYPD cop stomped on man’s head during Brooklyn arrest like he was a ‘roach’ he intended to kill, prosecutor says

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The trial for an NYPD officer accused of stomping on a man’s head while trying to arrest him began Tuesday with strong opening statements from both sides. Officer Joel Edouard’s action was like “stomp(ing) on a roach that you intend to kill,” prosecutor Marc Fliedner told the room inside Brooklyn Supreme Court. Fliedner described the cop as “fueled by his ...

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Hillary Clinton Just Delivered A Brutal Blow To Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Clinton dominated Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primaries, dealing another significant blow to Bernie Sanders’ chances of securing the party’s nomination. Ahead of Tuesday’s primaries, Clinton had 1,428 pledged delegates, while Sanders had 1,153. (Winning the nomination requires 2,382 delegates, including unpledged superdelegates.) In order to get on track to overtake Clinton in the delegate race, Sanders needed to win big ...

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Clinton Won Big Tuesday Night. But Sanders Has Won Something Too

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Hillary Clinton is virtually certain to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. That was true before Tuesday night’s big wins in the Northeast primaries. It’s truer now. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) seems to realize it, based on a statement his campaign released late Tuesday evening. But Sanders and his supporters have won something too. They have gained influence that ...

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DeRay Mckesson Is Famous. Here’s Why That Didn’t Sway Baltimore Voters

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BALTIMORE — When protests rocked the city last April following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, Baltimore’s residents were expressing their anger and frustration not just with the police but with the city’s political leadership. The current mayor is not seeking re-election after widespread criticism of how she managed the unrest. Thirteen people threw their hats into the ring for ...

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