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Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu told a Miami federal jury Wednesday that he ate a chunk of a fake passport while flying to the U.S. to cover up his illegal travel as part of a Cuban ballplayer smuggling operation.
Abreu testified he ordered a beer on an Air France flight from Haiti to Miami and slowly consumed the page containing a false name and his photo. Abreu said he traveled illegally because he was worried he would miss an October 2013 deadline and lose the $68 million contract he later signed with Chicago.
Tiny tubes and filaments in some Canadian rock appear to be the oldest known fossils, giving new support to some ideas about how life began, a new study says.
The features are mineralized remains of what appear to be bacteria that lived some 3.77 billion to 4.28 billion years ago, the scientists said. That would surpass the 3.7 billion years assigned to some other rock features found in Greenland, which were proposed to be fossils last August.
Such early-life findings are not as clear-cut as, say, digging up a dinosaur bone. The key question is always whether the rock features were really produced by living things. The new study hasn't convinced everybody.
The widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at a Florida nightclub is not a danger to the public and will be released from jail ahead of her trial on charges of aiding the attack, a federal judge in California decided Wednesday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu also said there is no evidence that Noor Salman, 31, has connections to the Islamic State group or holds extremist views. Her husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to several terror organizations during the shooting that killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando before police killed him.
Prosecutors argued against Salman's release on $500,000 bail, calling her a danger to the public. She will stay behind bars for two days so the government can appeal.
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North Dakota stands to gain more than $110 million annually in tax revenue after oil begins coursing through the Dakota Access pipeline, an analysis by The Associated Press shows.
The calculation shows the potential payoff for a state whose officials have supported the pipeline despite concerns from Native American tribes and other opponents who fear it could harm drinking water and sacred sites. The money the state stands to make in just one year far outstrips the $33 million in costs to police a section of the pipeline that's been the subject of intense and sometimes violent protests over the last year.
Here's a look at the people who are closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions need Senate approval.
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The media mogul may consider a run for president now that another TV star has proven that prior government experience isn't necessary for the job.
A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of Syria's largest city.
The findings come amid open-ended peace talks mediated by a U.N. envoy, and could bolster opposition demands for a political transition in which President Bashar Assad would cede power, something the government has adamantly rejected.
The Commission of Inquiry on Syria unveiled a report looking at violations by all parties in last year's battle for Aleppo, including the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas, and the use of chemical agents and cluster munitions. The panel singled out a "particularly egregious attack" in which Syrian warplanes targeted a humanitarian aid convoy.
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Donald Trump finally gave Republicans what they've spent months begging him to deliver: a pivot to presidential. The question now is how long it lasts. Days, weeks, months — or simply until the next tweet? Just a little more than a month into his presidency, Trump clearly wanted to use his first speech to Congress to reset a chaotic start to his administration. Standing before lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and military leaders, the famously unrestrained politician was softer, sober and verged on diplomatic.
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This baby’s already a rock star.
The unborn child of Utah couple Makelle and Jareh Ahlin flashed the “rock on” sign during an ultrasound.
“Well it’s official our kids are the coolest even before they enter the world… or they are just really full of themselves,” Makelle wrote on her Facebook page.
As the couple was watching the sonogram, Jared noticed the hand gesture and asked the sonogram technician to go back.
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President Donald Trump has drawn criticism for saying he doesn't have time for books, even prompting a movement called "Bury the White House in Books on Valentine's Day."
So with Read Across America Day set for Thursday, do Trump's comments matter as adults use the day's many events to encourage children to read?
Actually, not that much, according to literacy experts.
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Uber's CEO says he needs leadership help after a video has emerged of him arguing heatedly with a driver about fares.
In the latest embarrassment to beset the ride-hailing company, CEO Travis Kalanick is seen discussing Uber's business model with the driver.
In the dashcam video obtained by Bloomberg News , the driver argues that Kalanick is lowering fares and claims he lost $97,000 because of him. "I'm bankrupt because of you."
Investigators say a 2-year-old boy died Tuesday after being left in a hot car for more than five hours at a shopping center in Southwest Florida.
Hillsborough Sheriff's Office said the child’s half-sister went into the shopping center, leaving the toddler in the car.
Little Jacob Manchego was inside the locked car from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. without the engine running and without air conditioning.
Temperatures in the area reached 86 degrees Tuesday.
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Dozens of people reported seeing a meteor streak across the North Texas sky Sunday night and for those who missed it the Weatherford Police Department captured the fireball.
Dashcam video from Officer Tiffany Vanzant shows the streak of light that disappeared right over the Parker County Courthouse around 9 p.m.
Vanzant was driving westbound on U.S. 180 and noticed the meteor streaking across the sky as she traveled over the viaduct toward the courthouse.
It has been four years since Aaron Hernandez played in the NFL. The Connecticut native burst onto the scene after the Patriots drafted him, but his dark past quickly bubbled to the surface.