Mom posts photo of first grader with textbook used by Blake Shelton — in 1982

Mom posts photo of first grader with textbook used by Blake Shelton — in 1982

When 7-year-old Marley opened her “new” school textbook and saw the name of country music star “Blake Shelton” written inside, she was “excited” to be holding on the same book he had. Her mother, Shelly Bryan Parker wasn’t –– and her ire had nothing to do with the Oklahoma native, but instead her state’s scarce funding for new school resources and teachers’ salaries.   Parker, a former high school math teacher, explained in an interview…

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NFL player Thomas Davis suspended for PED violation

NFL player Thomas Davis suspended for PED violation

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, CBS Sports writes. In a twist, Davis actually broke the news himself on Twitter. “I want to share some news with you guys that I received from the NFL,” Davis said. “I was informed that I tested positive for a banned substance. I was completely caught off guard by this….

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Hairdresser says she felt “compelled” to find out what happened to client gone missing

Hairdresser says she felt “compelled” to find out what happened to client gone missing

Produced by Josh Yager and Tom Seligson   When Marsha Brantley, 50, of Cleveland, Tenn., suddenly vanished in 2009, her husband Donnie eventually became a suspect in her murder. But was Marsha even dead? The case was unusual from the start because for months after Marsha disappeared, nobody reported her missing – not her friends, her family or even her husband.  No one took much notice until her hairdresser, Kelly DeLude, worried about a missed…

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Some Facebook advertisers pressing pause

Some Facebook advertisers pressing pause

A key for question for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he testifies before Congress next week about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal is likely to be how long the company’s executives were aware of the issue before it was publicly disclosed.  “What did you know and when did you know it will certainly be at the center of the questioning. What’s so interesting is the way [Facebook Chief Operating Officer] Sheryl Sandberg parsed her language,…

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Texas, Arizona prepare to send National Guard members to border

Texas, Arizona prepare to send National Guard members to border

AUSTIN, Texas — Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they were preparing to deploy National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to President Trump’s call for more border security. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas Military Department, the umbrella agency over the Texas’ National Guard branches, said on its Twitter account that it would hold a Friday night news conference on its preparations, though…

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Arizona, Texas prepare to send National Guard members to border

Arizona, Texas prepare to send National Guard members to border

AUSTIN, Texas — Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they were preparing to deploy National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to President Trump’s call for more border security. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week, while Texas National Guard officials said Friday evening that they will an addition deploy 250 Texas National Guard troops within the next 72 hours.  Mr. Trump told reporters Thursday that he wants…

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Stocks tumble amid trade war fears with China

Stocks tumble amid trade war fears with China

WASHINGTON — Once again, fears about a possible trade war hit Wall Street hard Friday. The Dow fell more than 570 points, or 2.3 percent. “There is the potential of a trade war,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. That prediction sent stocks tumbling. “We know that there could be some fluctuation, but at the same time the president has said enough is enough,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. “China has to change this illegal and…

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Hiker who went missing for days reveals what kept him going

Hiker who went missing for days reveals what kept him going

MALIBU, Calif. — A man went out for a hike last Sunday in the rugged hills along Southern California’s Malibu coast. Then, he disappeared.  He turned up days later with a serious injury and quite a story. Marcelo Santos did just about everything you’re not supposed to do if you get lost on a remote trail. “I didn’t have any survival gear on me, no flash lights, no sweater, no lighter,” Santos said. Santos badly hurt…

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Homeland Security to compile database of journalists, media influencers

Homeland Security to compile database of journalists, media influencers

The Department of Homeland Security posted a contract request this week for “Media Monitoring Services,” which will compile a database of hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers and “media influencers” for the federal government. After an outcry on social media, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman tweeted “this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media.” The work request from DHS seeks a firm that has the ability to…

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Governors could be powerless to deny Trump troop request

Governors could be powerless to deny Trump troop request

SALEM, Ore. — President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the border with Mexico has drawn resistance from some governors, most of them Democrats. But they could be powerless to deny the commander in chief’s request for soldiers. Governors have some leeway to say no to presidents, but depending on which federal law Mr. Trump uses to order the deployment, the matter could be out of the governors’ hands. The statute known…

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