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It was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn.
A sheriff's deputy and a reserve deputy from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office spotted a group of five women on a large, inflatable rainbow unicorn floating on Fish Lake Saturday.
KMSP-TV reports the deputies pulled their squad car over and asked the women for a photo, but noticed the raft was stuck in weeds.
The March for Our Lives ended its national Road-To-Change bus tour on Sunday in Newtown, Connecticut, six months after the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school inspired protests calling for what activists say are common-sense gun reforms.
Teenage activists took center stage Sunday as throngs of people gathered to hear them at the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown, ten minutes from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Among them was Natalie Barden, with the Junior Newtown Action Alliance, who lost a younger sibling in the shooting there six years ago.
“We are all here today because no one should have to feel the life shattering pain of losing a loved one to a gun,” she said, addressing the crowds.
A Stoughton, Massachusetts, man received quite a surprise while checking underneath the hood of his car on Saturday morning: a boa constrictor curled up on the engine.
Multiple officers, as well as Animal Control, responded to the scene on Seaver Street, according to Stoughton police. The snake was safely captured without any harm to officers, the car's owner or the boa.
"I popped the hood on my truck just to check the fluids, and he was coiled up on my engine," said Joe Reed, the man who received a visit from the serpent.
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona.
Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump's 2016 presidential run. At campaign rallies, Trump regularly castigates McCain — without using his name — for casting a dramatic thumbs-down vote that doomed Trump's effort last year to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by President Barack Obama.
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A Baltimore police officer resigned after a video surfaced online showing him repeatedly punching a man and knocking him down over steps on a sidewalk in a recording that lasts about 30 seconds, the Baltimore Police Department said Sunday. He had previously been suspended.
The video begins with the officer standing in front of a black man who has his back to a wall. The officer, who is also black, can be seen shoving the man in the chest before the officer starts throwing punches. The man tries to block punches from the officer but doesn't appear to fight back. The man is pushed over some steps by the officer who continues to throw punches, and the video ends with the officer on top of him.
"I'm deeply disturbed by the video that surfaced online earlier today," interim Police Commissioner Garry Tuggle said in a statement Saturday.
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Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.
An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.
Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP's request.
For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information.
Residents and state, local and military officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly — and decisively — to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of the chemicals, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
The Trump administration called the contamination "a potential public relations nightmare" earlier this year after federal toxicology studies found that some of the compounds are more hazardous than previously acknowledged.
PFAS have been in production since the 1940s, and there are about 3,500 different types. Dumped into water, the air or soil, some forms of the compounds are expected to remain intact for thousands of years; one public-health expert dubbed them "forever chemicals."
A sheriff’s deputy reeled in a group of women stuck in their unicorn floatie on a lake in Minnesota.
FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages, was fired by the FBI last week, his lawyer said Monday.
Hundreds of people were injured when a boardwalk collapsed in the Spanish city of Vigo following the end of a three-day festival.
An oceanside boardwalk collapsed during a nighttime concert in the Spanish city of Vigo, injuring hundreds of people, five of them seriously, authorities said Monday.
Many young people were on the port's wooden boardwalk when it gave way around midnight Sunday at the closing event of a three-day festival, officials in the northwestern port city said.
The wooden boards cracked along a central section, about 40 meters (130 feet) long, and people slid down into the sea below, emergency services said. Eyewitnesses reported scenes of panic.
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Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats running for state attorney general.
The allegation first surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had seen hundreds of angry text messages from Ellison, some threatening his mother. He also wrote he had viewed a video in which Ellison dragged Monahan off the bed by her feet. Monahan, a Minneapolis political organizer, said via Twitter that what her son posted was "true."
The second day of the search for a 12-year-old Canadian girl who fell off a boat in the San Vicente Reservoir ended Sunday without San Diego-area authorities finding her body.
Crews called off the search around 6:30 p.m. and they said it was tough to come back to the docks without answers.
"It's frustrating when you are in conditions like that are a little bit hard to control than you are used to," San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) Lt. Rich Stropky said.
Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is drawing fire from President Donald Trump's allies and national security experts for secret recordings she made at the White House, including her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room.
Manigault Newman said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she surreptitiously recorded a number of conversations in the White House for her own protection. Parts of her conversation with Kelly were played on the air. Critics denounced the recordings as a serious breach of ethics and security.
"Who in their right mind thinks it's appropriate to secretly record the White House chief of staff in the Situation Room?" tweeted Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.
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The summer weather may still be in full force, but fall is definitely in the air, at least when you consider one of the year's biggest retail events: Back-to-school shopping. Here's a list of expert tips on how to get the best savings — and navigate the chaos with as little stress as possible.
Before heading out, be sure to make a budget and compare prices at a few different locations. Take inventory of items you already have, and clip some coupons from your local paper.
When you hit the store, leave the little kids at home to prevent overspending. Shop around, and don't miss the clearance or sale aisles.
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