Woman, ex-member of FLDS, running for mayor of Utah town once defined by polygamy

Woman, ex-member of FLDS, running for mayor of Utah town once defined by polygamy

HILDALE, Utah — In a place where political contests are virtually unknown, the campaign signs offer the latest hint that a polygamous group is losing its grip on this remote red rock community straddling the Utah-Arizona border.  “For Hildale mayor vote Donia,” reads one sign featuring Donia Jessop, a candidate pictured with a contemporary hairstyle and a red business suit.  The signs hanging from fences and walls are unusual because elections here have long been…

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The tricky math of Obamacare premium hikes

The tricky math of Obamacare premium hikes

Premium prices for health care policies sold on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces were finally made public just before open enrollment started on Nov. 1. As shown in a recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, the numbers offer a revealing look into some surprising trends and some important points consumers need to keep in mind while they shop for 2018 plans. Kaiser reviewed premium data in each county of the 39 states with exchanges run by…

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Soldier in Niger ambush may have been captured

Soldier in Niger ambush may have been captured

CBS News has learned one of the four American soldiers killed in the ambush in Niger may have been kidnapped by Islamic militants who opened fire on a group of U.S. and Nigerien troops in early October. The Pentagon has not said how Sgt. La David Johnson became separated from the other soldiers. Hundreds of bullet casings and bushes stained with blood are evidence of just how intense the fighting was at the site where the…

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U.S. soldier in Niger may have been captured by Islamic militants

U.S. soldier in Niger may have been captured by Islamic militants

CBS News has learned one of the four American soldiers killed in the ambush in Niger may have been kidnapped by Islamic militants who opened fire on a group of U.S. and Nigerien troops in early October. The Pentagon has not said how Sgt. La David Johnson became separated from the other soldiers. Hundreds of bullet casings and bushes stained with blood are evidence of just how intense the fighting was at the site where the…

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NYPD investigating actress’ rape claims against Weinstein

NYPD investigating actress’ rape claims against Weinstein

NEW YORK — New York City police are moving closer to an arrest of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. They say rape allegations made by an actress are credible — and they are putting together evidence for a judge to issue a warrant, CBS News’ Jericka Duncan reports.  “We have an actual case,” said NYPD chief of detectives Robert Boyce at a press conference Friday.   Boyce made clear that they are working to arrest Weinstein….

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Hurricane victims begin new life 1,000 miles from home

Hurricane victims begin new life 1,000 miles from home

ORLANDO — In Karen Espino’s classroom at Lake Nona Middle School, new students are still raw from fleeing storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.     “These children are not saying, ‘Wow, now I have TV.’ No, these students are telling you, ‘We have now access to food, we feel safe,” Espino said.  In Puerto Rico, less than 20 percent of schools have reopened, and many kids are still studying in the dark. Rebuilding the island is still a…

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Finding a car to connect a son with his father, a fallen soldier

Finding a car to connect a son with his father, a fallen soldier

MOORE, Texas — Even in Texas, a horse only gets you so far, which is why 15-year-old Justin Rozier has been thinking lately about a car. Specifically, he told his mom, Jessica, he would love to have a car — any car — that his dad once owned.  “I mean, it could have been a 1974 Dodge Astro — I don’t even know if that’s a car — but it could have been anything and…

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Man found guilty in death of gender-fluid teenager

Man found guilty in death of gender-fluid teenager

KEOKUK, Iowa — A man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a gender-fluid Iowa teenager. The Des Moines Register reports that a jury Friday found 23-year-old Jorge Sanders-Galvez guilty in the death of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson. At trial, prosecutors described Johnson as a high school student who sometimes dressed as a girl. Relatives say Johnson identified as both male and female. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the unusual decision…

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Suspect in Ohio teacher’s murder claims self-defense

Suspect in Ohio teacher’s murder claims self-defense

CLEVELAND – The man accused of killing his future mother-in-law says there was a struggle and he acted in self-defense, reports CBS affiliate WOIO. Melinda Pleskovic, 49, was found shot and stabbed to death on Oct. 23. Her future son-in-law, Jeffrey Scullin, Jr. was arrested a week later. Scullin, 20, reportedly told detectives there was an argument and he grabbed a gun nearby in self-defense. There has been no explanation for the multiple stab wounds…

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A return trip aboard “Murder on the Orient Express”

A return trip aboard “Murder on the Orient Express”

The Sidney Lumet movie “Murder on the Orient Express” was a huge hit back in 1974. This morning, with Seth Doane as conductor, we have a ticket to a remake: Whether it’s the baby grand piano, white table-cloths and fine china, or the art-deco details, it’s clear this is no ordinary train. It’s the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, made up of historic 1920s carriages reminiscent of the legendary train dating back to the 1800s, which transported…

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