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Statistics: More Americans killed by gunshots since 1968 than in all U.S. wars

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 6:48 AM

Guns stacked in a store.
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Guns stacked in a store.(AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

More Americans have died from gunshots in the past 50 years than have been killed in every U.S. war, NBC News reported.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.5 million people have died in gun-related incidents in the U.S.since 1968. By comparison, about 1.2 million service members have been killed in every war in U.S. history, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs and iCasualties.org.

At least 58 people and the gunman died in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, and hundreds were injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

"What we've seen in Las Vegas is an uniquely American scene," former FBI agent Ali Soufan said on MSNBC. "The aftermath of such traumatic events have become an all too familiar scene in our society and in our politics."

Police warn of 'HITMAN' text scam

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:16 AM



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A text message scam known as "HITMAN" has been affecting Pennsylvania and other surrounding states

Whitehall police put out a warning after someone reported receiving a text message from an unknown sender claiming he was hired to kill her but wished to spare her life.

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Replying to the text message will let scammers know they've reached a live person, according to police. They will then start sending the victim personal information, such as children's names or work addresses, in hopes of receiving money from them.

Police say that all of that information is easily accessed through the internet and does not add to the threat.

If you receive one of these text messages, police say the best thing to do is ignore it.

You can also file a complaint with FBI-Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Adorable CIA bomb-sniffing puppy retires early

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:08 AM



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An adorable 18-month-old black Labrador named Lulu retired from the CIA Wednesday

Lulu, who was in the fall 2017 puppy class, was learning how to detect explosive odors, but the job just wasn’t for her. So, she dropped from the program, according to the Central Intelligence Agency

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“Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives. Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself,” the CIA said. “Our trainers’ top concern is the physical and mental well-being of our dogs, so they made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the program.”

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When dogs retire or drop from the program, their handlers get the option to adopt them, which happened with Lulu.

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Now the pup is spending her day sniffing out rabbits and squirrels instead of bombs. She also gets to eat snacks from dog dishes and chill with her new buddy, Harry. 

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“We’ll miss Lulu, but this was the right decision for her,” the CIA said. “We wish her all the best in her new life.”

4 Michigan city council members take knee during Pledge of Allegiance

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

Ann Arbor City Council member Sumi Kailasapathy said her act of taking a knee was in response to racial inequality. Demonstrators in New York echoed the same sentiments in a recent rally.
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Ann Arbor City Council member Sumi Kailasapathy said her act of taking a knee was in response to racial inequality. Demonstrators in New York echoed the same sentiments in a recent rally.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Four members of the 11-member city council in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance before Monday night’s meeting, MLive reported.

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Sumi Kailasapathy, a third-term council member, took a page out of NFL players’ playbooks and decided to make a statement protesting social injustice.

Kailasapathy asked several City Council members to join her in the protest and Chip Smith, Jason Frenzel and Chuck Warpehoski agreed. MLive reported.
"People tell me to go back to my country and I don't know how to tell them that this is my country, this is my home, and I work very hard to take care of and support my community. If I leave, where am I going to go? " Kailasapathy told CNN.


In a blog post, Warpehoski wrote, "I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to 'take a knee' is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect," MLive reported. He also said he didn't mean to offend anyone by his actions, let alone dishonor those who have sacrificed for this country.
Kailasapathy said she believes kneeling is not disrespectful.
"If you are someone who works hard to make your community and country a better place, you have the right to be treated with respect," she said.
Kailasapathy said she does not plan on kneeling again at a meeting anytime soon, saying she just wanted to get her point across.

Since being elected to the City Council in 2012, normally stands silent during the Pledge of Allegiance , often with her head down, MLive reported. She does not recite the Pledge of Allegiance and said in March that she had no plans to do so in the future, stressing that no disrespect was intended.

Take a knee protests go from the sidelines to City Council chambers

Posted by WVTM 13 on Thursday, October 19, 2017

7-year-old girl 'traumatized' after having head shaved at state-run program

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM

Girl Has Head Shaved At State-Run Camp

A mom is furious after she found out her 7-year-old daughter’s head was shaved clean at a state-run program for kids with behavioral needs.

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Denise Robinson’s daughter Tru lives at Little Heroes Home in Dracut, Massachusetts. The biracial girl used to have long locks, but Robinson said the haircut was made without permission and now her is dealing with trauma from the ordeal in addition to a hairless head.

“I feel like my daughter was assaulted and violated,” Robinson said. “They made a game out of it while they were cutting her hair, and after they cut her hair, then they told her oh, it will grow back straight don’t worry.”

That is troubling to Robinson who says aside from her daughter not wanting the haircut, the message is out of line.

“I’m not afraid to say it and talk about the elephant in the room, I believe it’s a biracial matter and by shaving her head close they were somehow implying that straighter hair is better than dread, curly hair,” attorney Richard Kendall said.

Since it happened early this week, Robinson says nobody at Little Heroes Home answered her questions about why it happened, except to say they have authority to cut hair without permission for hygiene purposes. 

“There was no head lice, there was no bedbugs, there was no Rasta locks was going on. Her hair was two ponytails on the side on Saturday, it was braided in the ponytails, there was nothing wrong with her hair,” she said.

It’s left Robinson not just upset, but wondering what else is going on at this state-run program that parents don’t know about.

“What are they doing to these kids?” she said.

WFXT reached out to the Department of Children and Families to ask if it was investigating the issue, officials wouldn’t comment due to privacy issues. 

Little Heroes Group Home did send a statement regarding what happened, saying in part: “We cannot provide any information about any individual served by the program under federal and state law. A review of the circumstances is underway to determine what occurred and, if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.”