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Illinois man, 48, is convicted in booby-trap shotgun killing

An Illinois man who had a shotgun booby-trap that killed a neighbor last year was convicted on Thursday of murder and another charge, according to media reports.A Union County jury found William Wasmund, 48, guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of Jeff Spicer, The Southern Illinoisian reported. William Wasmund (Union County State's Attorney's Office via AP) Prosecutors said Wasmund rigged the shotgun to a rope connected to the door of a shed
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Gamer sentenced to 15 months in federal prison in deadly ‘swatting’ case

An Ohio gamer who recruited a prankster to make a fake emergency call, known as “swatting,” that led to the fatal shooting of a Kansas man by police was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Friday, prosecutors announced.Casey Viner, 19, was also ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution. He will have two years of supervised release after he leaves prison. Casey Viner leaves federal court in Wichita, Kan. last year. Viner pleaded
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Hurricane Dorian victims reunite with their beloved pets weeks after storm

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. –– Amid the devastation in the Bahamas left behind by Hurricane Dorian – the dozens of lives lost and the hundreds of homes swept away -- there is another growing concern: Dozen of emaciated and sick pets roaming the island with no place to go.Animal groups are trying to reunite the pets with their owners, and trying to save the lives of others whose owners have not been found."They
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FBI investigates payroll company accused of stiffing $35M from small businesses

The FBI and the New York State Department of Labor confirmed this week they are investigating allegations that a widely-used payroll company diverted nearly $35 million in employee pay to its own bank account before abruptly closing up shop, leaving more than 250,000 employees across the country without paychecks.According to authorities, MyPayrollHR, based in Clifton Park, N.Y., shut down last week after direct-deposit company Cachet Financial Services accused it of moving
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2020 Dem debate in Houston gets personal; Debate winners and losers; McCabe facing possible criminal charges

Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here's what you need to know as you start your Friday ...Dem debate in Houston turns into brawl over health care, Obama, socialism - with a 'low blow' at Biden's memoryLong-simmering policy disputes between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and a slew of other candidates exploded into the open during Thursday night's Democratic primary debate, as the candidates -- often with
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Billionaire Carl Icahn moving business from NY to Florida for lower taxes: report

Carl Icahn, the legendary investor, has told employees that he is moving his company from New York to Miami and a report said his decision to move is based on the Big Apple’s higher taxes.Icahn, 83, whose net worth is about $20.4 billion, is set to move his home and business from the city due to the taxes, sources told Bloomberg. The report said that it is not uncommon for
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Harvard says it received $8.9M in donations from Jeffrey Epstein

Harvard University received nearly $9 million in donations from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein over a nine-year period, the Ivy League university’s president disclosed in an email Thursday night.The disgraced financier, who was found hanging in his prison cell and later declared dead Aug. 10, gave $6.5 million to Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and made other gifts totaling $2.4 million between 1998 and 2007, University President Lawrence S. Bacow said."Each of these gifts from Epstein and his affiliated foundations to Harvard University
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University of Tennessee gives scholarship to bullied student who designed homemade school shirt

The Florida fourth-grader who was bullied for his original T-shirt design showing off University of Tennessee spirit has been offered a full scholarship there, the university said Thursday."In recognition of the fourth-grader’s volunteer spirit, the university has extended an offer of honorary admission for him to join the Class of 2032. In addition, he has been awarded a four-year scholarship covering his tuition and fees beginning in fall 2028, should
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California dive boat crew did not have required watchkeeper when fire broke out, report finds

All six crew members on a scuba diving boat were asleep when it caught fire off the coast of California last week, killing 34 people, federal investigators announced Thursday.The Conception was required to have a crewmember keep watch at night.In a two-page preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said five crew members were sleeping in their quarters behind the wheelhouse on the second deck and another below deck when the
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New Mexico girl, 5, found dead in Rio Grande River after disappearing days earlier, officials say

The body of a 5-year-old girl who was reported missing earlier this week has been found in the Rio Grande River, according to officials.Renezmae Calzada, of Española, N.M., was the subject of an Amber Alert on Sunday after disappearing earlier in the morning. She was last seen outside her home, roughly 25 miles north of Sante Fe. Renezmae Calzada, 5, was found dead in the Rio Grande River on Wednesday, officials said.