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    Craigslist website logo

    Craigslist is an American classified advertisement website that has sections dedicated to specific needs such as jobs, items for sale, items that are wanted, special services, community events, gigs, resumes, discussion forums, and housing both for sale and for rent. The website was started in 1995 purely as an email distribution list that featured local ads and events in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. The service quickly expanded and then began branching out across the United States by the 2000s. The website now covers 70 countries. One of the most frequently used aspects of the site includes searches and ads for rental homes.

    However, despite the popularity of Craigslist, scamming and other dangers on the website have become increasingly more common. Recently, KTTC reported that a man in Rochester, New York was unknowingly involved in a Craigslist scam. He caught on when a couple showed up at his 100-year-old house, asking about the rent-to-own advertisement they had been looking at on Craigslist.

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    Jean Savin

    USA Today reported recently that Jean Jacques Savin, a 71-year-old man from France, is planning to attempt a journey across the Atlantic ocean. His adventure proves to be one unlike any before it, and is potentially dangerous for Savin.

    The elderly man is prepping his barrel-shaped orange capsule to set out on a journey from El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, in pursuit of the Caribbean. Savin says that he intends to board the capsule and navigate across the Atlantic Ocean solo. He is a former military paratrooper, who has proclaimed going through various challenges, all of which he details on his very own website, Traversee de l’atantique en tonneau. Savin also has a Facebook page dedicated to his proclamation. Savin will also be spending New Year’s Day and his 72nd birthday aboard the orange barrel-shaped capsule.

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    Sign in support of freeing Mumia Abu-Jamal

    It was one of the controversial cases in Pennsylvania history. In 1982, former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner. Since his incarceration, advocates of Abu-Jamal have maintained that prosecutors and authorities were racially motivated in convicting Mumia 37 years ago. Ronald Castille was one of the prosecutors arguing that Abu-Jamal should remain imprisoned despite attorneys calling for a retrial.

    Castille was later called by supporters to recuse himself from presiding over a decision to retry the case while serving on the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court. No such recusal occurred. In 2011 Mumia Abu-Jamal was spared the death penalty but denied his right to a new trial with Castille being a key decision-maker.

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    Women march during the International Women's Day March and Rally on March 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The rally is a lead up to the annual International Women's Day on March 8.

    A women’s march that was set to take place in Eureka, California, on January 19 has been cancelled over concerns that there would not be enough diverse participants, Newsweek is reporting. The protest’s organizers confirmed the cancellation in a Facebook post.

    “The local organizers are continuing to meet and discuss how to broaden representation in the organizing committee to create an event that represents and supports peoples who live here in Humboldt,” the statement read.

    “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community. Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach. Our goal is that planning will continue and we will be successful in creating an event that will build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community.”

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    Lyft logo on phone with pink background

    Mercury News reported recently on how all those who will be needing to grab a ride from such services as Uber and Lyft can avoid unwanted surcharges or spikes in price due to the holiday seasons, the next being of course New Year’s Eve. Since New Year’s Eve is generally not the best time for driving, companies such as Uber and Lyft are well aware that people will be looking to grab a safe ride home. Because of this influx of user requests, the companies account for the change by hiking up the cost with surcharges, in an effort to keep needs balanced for both drivers and riders.

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    A police car's blue and red lights

    According to the Boston Herald, a Lynn man was arrested early on Sunday morning for allegedly being connected to a stabbing that happened late Saturday night in Boston’s Chinatown. Authorities also stated the victim was left hospitalized and is in serious condition from the stabbing.

    “While placing the suspect in custody, officers performed a pat frisk and recovered a knife from inside the suspect’s coat which was seized as evidence and has been turned in for processing.”

    The 24-year-old man who has been arrested is named Valenz Joisil. He was scheduled for his arraignment today by the Boston Municipal Court and faces charges of attempted murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. The police said in a statement to reporters that the victim’s arm was already bandaged when he appeared in the local hospital, having suffered several stab wounds. Before going to the hospital, the man refused help from the police.

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    An arrested person being taken down a hallway

    Cameron Griffith was shot at what was described as a discount tobacco convenience store in Lenanon, Tennesee on Sunday, December 17, just eight days before Christmas. After what an eyewitness says was a confrontation between Griffith and numerous other parties, the sound of gunfire was heard. A friend of Griffith stated that the 19-year-old asked to be driven to the hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds.

    Despite receiving medical attention, Cameron Griffith later died at the hospital following the incident.

    According to the Tennessean, a suspect in Griffith’s murder has just been arrested by Lebanon law enforcement. 18-year-old Christian Chauncey Cain Ballance has been identified as the party taken into custody. Local SWAT teams raided the Gateway Inn, a motel in Clarksville, Tennessee, following a joint effort by Lebanon’s police department and the Clarksville police department.

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    A lion standing in a field.

    A lion who escaped his enclosure at the Conservators Center in Burlington, North Carolina, attacked and killed a 22-year-old female intern on Sunday, December 30.

    In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the Conservators Center explained that it is “devastated by the loss of a human life.”

    A team “led by a professionally trained animal keeper” was performing a routine cleaning of the lion enclosure when one of the animals “somehow left a locked space and entered the space the humans were in and quickly killed one person.”

    The center does not currently know how Matthai, the lion, was able to escape the locked enclosure, but there is an ongoing investigation and it will update the public once more information is uncovered.

    In the meantime, the Conservators Center “will be closed until further notice.”

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    Migrant mother holds her young son.

    Each day adults and children alike gather outside an old school gymnasium in El Paso, Texas in hopes of receiving medical treatment. They are migrants suffering from a variety of different illness, each of them hoping for just a few minutes with volunteers like Dr. Bert Johansson. Johansson is the primary doctor at one of the small pop-up clinics near the U.S.-Mexico border. He is armed with only a few folding tables, a couple of chairs, and a slim assortment of medical supplies. It’s not much but it’s likely the best treatment migrant parents will be able to find for their children, according to NPR.

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    Two dogs sit in a pet shop

    Pet shops in the state of California will only be able to sell rescue animals starting January 1.

    The state became the first in the United States to ban the sale of non-rescue animals in retail pet shops, and businesses that do not comply could face fines up $500. As the BBC reported, the new law will ban pet shops from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits that came from breeders, only allowing them to sell animals that come from shelters.

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    People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. The Trump Administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy has led to an increase in the number of migrant children who have been seperated from their families at the southern U.S. border.

    Video footage released by the Arizona Republic shows employees at a Southwest Key shelter shoving, dragging, and slapping migrant children in a disturbing glimpse into a now shuttered facility. The security camera videos, obtained via state public-records laws, include a worker pulling a young boy into a room and pushing him against a wall. A second clip shows a different staff member dragging a girl through a doorway in the same room before a second child is hauled through as well.

    All videos have been blurred to keep the identities of the children private.

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    Donald Trump

    During his first year in office, Donald Trump made an astonishing 1,989 false claims in his public statements, an average of just over five per day. But according to figures from the Washington Post fact checking database, Trump blew the records he set in his first year out of the water with a relentless barrage of lies, exaggerations, falsehoods, and fudging that more than tripled 2017’s numbers.

    In 2018, according to the Post Fact Checker Database, Trump made nearly 6,000 more false statements, averaging 15 per day, about a range of topics ranging from such familiar and often-repeated targets as Hillary Clinton, to exaggerations about the strength of the economy, to bogus claims about such relatively technical issues as aviation safety and the steel industry.

    Trump’s seemingly endless fountain of falsity appears to be having an effect on the American public’s perceptions of him. A Quinnipiac University poll released in November found 58 percent of Americans believed that Trump is “not honest.”

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    Donald Trump speaks next to First Lady Melania Trump at the Congressional Ball.

    Melania Trump has faced heightened criticism regarding her trips abroad, but there’s one trip in question that the first lady was reportedly happy to attend: their visit to the Iraq troops.

    According to Hollywood Life, Melania Trump has been at the center of controversy for a multitude of reasons. From the staggering cost of travel to her attire, she’s been scrutinized for an array of different reasons, but when she was asked to visit the Iraq troops with Donald Trump, she reportedly agreed to do so “without hesitation.”

    An insider close to Melania Trump has revealed details about the trip, admitting Donald Trump was the one with reservations about his wife accompanying him. It reportedly took a number of “subsequent briefings” for Trump to feel comfortable with his wife making the trip.

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    German helmet from World War II

    One of the heralded heroes of the Holocaust, Georges Loinger, has been credited with saving countless Jewish children during World War II with incredibly creative means. Sadly, the French Resistance hero has passed away in Paris at the age of 108.

    According to an interview with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Loinger was born August 29, 1910, and coincidentally was the cousin of fellow Resistance member Marcel Marceau. Because of his incredible athletic prowess, he studied physical education and served in the military. Frighteningly, he was captured and imprisoned, but escaped from Stalag 7A near Munich, Germany.

    Loinger loved children and his wife, Flore, served as a caregiver to 125 Jewish-German children at Baroness Rothschild’s Cheateau de la Guette near Lagny, Seine-et-Marne, in France. He worked as a physical education trainer for Compagnons de France, and possessed official government documents that allowed him to pursue his resistance work and travel throughout France.

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    Antarctica

    For a century, people have summoned the courage to try and cross the Antarctic alone, but none have succeeded. Until now.

    American adventure athlete Colin O’Brady, 33, was told he’d never walk normally again. British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, had come dangerously close to losing his life while serving in the armed forces. When they each learned of the other’s unfathomable quest to set a record and make it from coast to coast on the frigid continent alone, they developed a bond unlike any other.

    They packed sleeping bags, portable solar panels, cross-country skis, hand-held satellite phones and modems, a GPS tracker, and freeze-dried food. They mentally braced themselves for the 921-mile journey on ice, knowing they’d battle blasting winds for a trip that could take as long as 65 days.

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    The countdown begins and confetti drops in Times Square.

    The exaggerated amount of revelers that will watch the ball drop in New York’s Times Square may just be one of those examples when an event is overestimated by its size.

    It has been widely reported that 1 or 2 million people will gather in a small area sectioned off in the crossroads of the world to ring in 2019. Unfortunately, estimates for how many people will really wait for over 15 hours after being ushered in through the tightest security measures New York’s Police Department has in place are being widely exaggerated.

    The Associated Press reported that crowd-size experts are scoffing at those mammoth figures — floated annually by city officials and event organizers — saying it’s impossible to squeeze that many revelers into such a relatively small space.

    The real Times Square ball drop crowd likely has fewer than 100,000 people, crowd science professor G. Keith Still said to AP.

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    Bernie Sanders at a news conference on Capitol Hill

    With the primaries already looming in 2019, more than two dozen staffers who worked on Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign in 2016 have come forward to request a meeting with him before things get underway, highlighting issues of sexual harassment and a toxic culture that brewed 36 months ago.

    As reported by the New York Post, the meeting calls for a face-to-face with Sanders and some of his top aides to discuss the issue, in the hopes of fostering a better relationship for the primaries in 2019 and possible presidential elections in 2020. Those staff members sent a letter to Sanders, which was published on Saturday, requesting his presence, citing an “untenable and dangerous dynamic” that they hope to “pre-empt” in the “upcoming presidential cycle.”

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    A view of the ball dropping during New Year's Eve in Times Square

    Many around the world will be at home and watching the Times Square ball drop in New York City on New Year’s Eve 2018, but they may end up being the lucky ones. While people would love to be there for the fun and excitement of ringing in 2019, this is one year they likely won’t be jealous of those in attendance. A severe and major rainstorm is expected to hit New York City on Monday with the worst of it coming right as the new year hits.

    The entire northeast United States is going to experience a great deal of bad weather on December 31, 2018, as two different systems collide. Temperatures are actually going to be quite mild, according to ABC News, but the precipitation is going to be high with a lot of rain coming down.

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    Painted blue nails on a bed of white flowers.

    The 53-year-old manager of a Las Vegas nail salon was killed on Saturday, December 29, after trying to stop a female customer from fleeing the scene without paying her $35 manicure bill.

    Nhu “Annie” Nguyen was working at Crystal Nails & Spa on West Flamingo Road when a woman tried to pay for the services she had just received with a credit card, according to Annie’s boyfriend of 13 years and the man who helped her run the nail salon, Sonny Chung, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He said that the woman’s credit card was swiped several times, but it kept getting declined. She then told Nguyen that she was going to get cash from her car.

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    Police arresting an individual on the ground

    A U.S. citizen was detained in Russia on charges of spying, according to NPR. Paul Nicholas Whelan was arrested in Moscow on December 28 for espionage, Russia’s Federal Security Service announced on Monday, a charge that can carry up 20 years in prison if Whelan is convicted.

    The FSB released a brief statement saying that Whelan had been taken into custody after essentially being caught red-handed in the process of spying, saying that the suspect was detained “during an act of espionage” under article 276 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

    Representatives say that the U.S. has requested access to Whelan under the Vienna Convention.

    “We are aware of the detention of a U.S. citizen by Russian authorities,” a representative for the State Department said.

    “Russia’s obligations under the Vienna Convention require them to provide consular access. We have requested this access and expect Russian authorities to provide it.”

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