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Son charged in death of father whose body was left on couch for weeks

Tyler Swantek faces charges in the death of his father, whose body was found on a couch. WYOU-TV FRACKVILLE, Pa. — A man has been charged with killing his father, who authorities say was shot to death and his body then left on a couch in his home for weeks.  Tyler Swantek, 24, faces charges in Schuylkill County including criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault and abuse of a corpse in the death of Todd Swantek, 49, whose body was found May 24 in the Frackville home the…

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Poles Hope to Sway President From Curtailing Court’s Independence

Protesters in Warsaw have numbered in the tens of thousands most nights during the week of demonstrations, with smaller but still sizable gatherings in dozens of other cities. More are planned for this weekend. Lech Walesa, former head of the Solidarity trade union that led the independence fight, spoke to a gathering in his hometown, Gdansk. “You must regain the separation of powers,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner told them. One of the proposed laws awaiting the signature of Mr. Duda, who is expected to sign them, would force all…

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German Carmakers Face Potential New Scandal Over Antitrust Issues

The commission said that it and the German Cartel Office “have received information on this matter, which is currently being assessed by the commission.” The statement gave no details. “It is premature at this stage to speculate further,” the commission said. Spokesmen for Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW declined to comment on Saturday. Volkswagen and Daimler have admitted some of the allegations to the authorities, according to Der Spiegel. BMW, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit and Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche divisions dominate the global market for luxury cars, a crucial pillar of the…

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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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Jim Vance, longtime D.C. news anchor, dies at 75

Jim Vance on August 6, 2009 in New York City. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Veteran Washington, D.C., news anchor Jim Vance has died at 75, according to NBC Washington station WRC-TV. “Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void,” station president and general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement Saturday. In May, Vance announced he would be undergoing cancer treatment but hinted he would still be…

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Trump speaks at commissioning of new aircraft carrier

President Trump officially commissioned the U.S. Navy’s newest and largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, applauding the military’s strength. “When it comes to battle, we don’t want a fair fight. We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me,” Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier.  “American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world,” he added. “America’s might is second to none.” President Trump (C) is welcomed aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk,…

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Kermit and friends find a new home in NYC exhibit celebrating Jim Henson

In a 1979 interview with “60 Minutes,” Jim Henson, along with his iconic Kermit the Frog puppet, said, “Kermit is more outgoing than I am, certainly. I’m more laid back.” To which Kermit replied, “I can say things that he can’t.” But before “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street” changed American culture, Henson was just a young puppeteer and experimental filmmaker.   Now, the full story of the late Muppet master’s nearly 40-year career is being told at a new exhibit in the Museum of the Moving Image in New…

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John Heard, “Gladiator” and “Home Alone” actor, dies at 72

88 Photos John Heard at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Mark Davis / Getty Images Last Updated Jul 22, 2017 12:07 PM EDT John Heard, the actor best known for his roles in “Home Alone” and the 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” has died, the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed to CBS News. He was 72. Early reports from TMZ said Heard was found dead in his hotel room in Palo Alto, California. Earlier this week, representatives for Heard told TMZ the actor underwent…

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Firefighters bring dog back to life after rescue from house fire

July 22, 2017, 10:30 AM| Firefighters revived a dog pulled from a house fire in Bakersfield, California. The dog, named Jack, was unresponsive as firefighters carried him out of the home. Using a specialized dog mask, the firefighters were able to resuscitate him. Moments later he was able to stand up and open his eyes. Source: CBS News – United States

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