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A notebook found near Brian Laundrie’s remains could answer some key questions, experts say
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A notebook found near Brian Laundrie’s remains could answer some key questions, experts say

Many questions remain unanswered following the death of Brian Laundrie. But crime experts say the notebook found near his remains in a Florida nature reserve park may shed some light on the circumstances of his disappearance and the violent death of his fiancée Gabby Petito. The FBI confirmed Thursday that the remains found in Carlton…MORE

Simone Biles opens up about her mental health post-Olympics: ‘I’m still scared to do gymnastics’
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Simone Biles opens up about her mental health post-Olympics: ‘I’m still scared to do gymnastics’

Gymnast Simone Biles, who disclosed her mental health struggles during the Tokyo Olympics, says she’s “still scared to do gymnastics.” In an emotional interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday, Biles said she’s still struggling with the “twisties” as she performs on her Gold Over America Tour. The twisties is a mental block where competitors…MORE

Evergrande has made a key bond payment that keeps it out of default, Chinese state media reports
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Evergrande has made a key bond payment that keeps it out of default, Chinese state media reports

Evergrande has made a crucial payment that allows it to stay out of default, at least for now, according to Chinese state media. State-run financial newspaper Securities Times reported Friday that the embattled property conglomerate had made an $83.5 million interest payment on a dollar-denominated bond that was due last month. A 30-day grace period…MORE

Alabama death row inmate is executed nearly 30 years after murder conviction
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Alabama death row inmate is executed nearly 30 years after murder conviction

Alabama death row inmate Willie B. Smith III was executed Thursday night, the state attorney general’s office announced, after the US Supreme Court declined to hear an 11th-hour appeal. Smith was executed by legal injection at 9:47 p.m. local time in Atmore, Alabama, according to the attorney general’s office. Smith was convicted of robbing 22-year-old…MORE

Ohio mixes up Wright Brothers’ commemorative license plate
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Ohio mixes up Wright Brothers’ commemorative license plate

Now, let’s play a game of spot the difference! The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles was forced to announce a new license plate to commemorate the Wright Brothers on Thursday after getting the design mixed up. The OBMV tweeted the announcement Thursday morning launching the license plate in honor of Dayton’s Orville and Wilbur Wright,…MORE

DOJ plans for Secret Service testimony about Pence at first scheduled Capitol riot trial
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DOJ plans for Secret Service testimony about Pence at first scheduled Capitol riot trial

The Justice Department plans to call a US Secret Service official to testify at the first scheduled trial against a US Capitol riot defendant this fall, according to a new court filing. The disclosure came in the case of Guy Reffitt, a father from Texas who is accused of obstructing Congress’ certification of the 2020…MORE

Biden says he’s considering deploying the National Guard to ease supply chain crisis
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Biden says he’s considering deploying the National Guard to ease supply chain crisis

President Joe Biden said Thursday evening he’s considering deploying the National Guard to help ease stress on the US supply chain as it prompts growing concern about the economy, prompting a White House official to swiftly throw cold water on the plan. “Yes, absolutely, positively. I will do that,” Biden said when asked by moderator…MORE

Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm on movie set
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Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm on movie set

On the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico, its director of photography was killed and movie director injured after actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on Thursday, according to a law enforcement statement provided to CNN. Director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, was transported to the hospital via helicopter and pronounced dead…MORE

Biden vows to protect Taiwan in event of Chinese attack
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Biden vows to protect Taiwan in event of Chinese attack

President Joe Biden said Thursday the US was committed to coming to Taiwan’s defense if it comes under attack from China –– a stance that seems in opposition to America’s stated policy of “strategic ambiguity.” Asked twice during CNN’s town hall whether the US would protect Taiwan if China attacked, Biden said it would. “Yes,…MORE

Biden says many Americans are feeling ‘down’ because of pandemic and urges people to seek help if they need it
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Biden says many Americans are feeling ‘down’ because of pandemic and urges people to seek help if they need it

President Joe Biden said Thursday a lot of Americans are feeling “down” because of the pandemic and anxious about the future — particularly heading into the holiday season — and urged those struggling with mental health issues to seek help if they need it. “How many people do you know — and maybe some in this…MORE

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