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Saudi women get behind the wheel of a car for the first time in history

iStock/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) — At the stroke of midnight on Sunday, women in Saudi Arabia got behind the wheels of their cars and drove in the streets of the conservative capital Riyadh, a daily mundane act everywhere else but here. They marked the historic end to a ban on women driving, the culmination of more …

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Women will be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia on June 24

iStock/Thinkstock(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) — Women in Saudi Arabia will be able to drive for the first time on June 24, ending a long-standing rule in the country. King Salman declared last September that the country would end its ban on women driving a vehicle. According to BBC News, women were first issued licenses earlier this …

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Severe weather, flash flooding still a threat from Plains to mid-Atlantic

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office(CULPEPER, Va.) — The weather will remain quite active this weekend one day after more than 200 reports of severe weather from the Plains to the South and mid-Atlantic. More summer thunderstorms are expected this weekend in the same regions, with possible flash flooding, tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail. Strong storms …

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25 years later, looking back at the infamous Lorena Bobbitt case that captivated America

Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images(MANASSAS, Va.) — Twenty-five years ago to the day, the name Lorena Bobbitt became notorious: on June 23, 1993, the young wife cut off her husband’s penis with a kitchen knife. Here’s a look back at the key moments from the sensational case that transfixed America. The infamous assault Lorena Bobbitt, a …

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Koko, the famous gorilla who learned sign language, to be laid to rest at animal sanctuary

The Gorilla Foundation/Koko.org(NEW YORK) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language and became a pop-culture phenomenon, will be laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony at an animal sanctuary in Northern California where she lived for decades. The western lowland gorilla died in her sleep Tuesday morning at the age of 46, according to …

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Online fundraiser for separated migrant families has brought in over $19M, breaking records

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of thousands of people upset about the separation of immigrant families at the border are putting their money into the fight, and making history in the process. A Facebook fundraiser called “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” has now raised more than $19.4 million in less than a week, with …

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Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart meet with survivors of Sante Fe school shooting

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) — Two of the biggest comedians of the past decade took time out from their tour to meet with survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting on Friday. Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart met with the students on Friday afternoon, according to Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen’s …

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Police dispute reports video shows East Pittsburgh teenager firing gun, had gunshot residue on hands

Antwon Rose/Facebook(PITTSBURGH) — Authorities took issue with multiple “irresponsible” reports about the police shooting of East Pittsburgh teenager Antwon Rose — a case that has gained national attention and generated local protests in the past three days. Rose, 17, was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday night after the teen and two others …

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Jersey Shore doctor charged in murder-for-hire plot left behind a message before killing himself

Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office(NEW YORK) — The message from the grave was defiant. But was it the truth? For five years, Kim Pack suspected her stepfather, Dr. James Kauffman of killing her mother, a bubbly host of a popular local radio show. But it wasn’t until January of this year that the prominent New Jersey …

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Storms, heat & humidity in the days ahead

The nation’s midsection will remain the focus for stormy weather through the weekend, with a potential for strong storms and localized flooding over the central and southern Plains. Three-day rainfall totals of 2 inches or more are possible from Nebraska to eastern Oklahoma, and heavy rain is forecast to move into drought-affected sections of northern …

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Whiskey, Harley prices expected to jump in Europe as tariffs take effect

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — In the heart of London’s Soho, whiskey mecca Milroy’s of Soho has a section dedicated exclusively to American whiskey. “The rarer products we get in … they’ll be hit fairly quickly because there’s not that much of it in the country,” the owner of the shop, Simo, who prefers to go by just …

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10-year-old boy dies in a ‘suspicious’ fall inside apartment

iStock/Thinkstock(LANCASTER, Calif.) — A 10–year-old California boy has died after a fall investigators are calling “suspicious” and authorities removed seven other children from the apartment where the child was found, ABC station KABC reported. Anthony Avalos was found unresponsive in his family’s apartment in Lancaster on Wednesday, reportedly suffering from a fall, officials said. Deputies …

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Fundamentals pressure lean hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the day mixed in tight trading ranges ahead of Friday’s Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed report.  The slow cash cattle trade didn’t help futures contracts find any direction.  Both the Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed reports were viewed as negative.  June live cattle closed $.37 …

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Farmer says diversification is key on his farm

A central Indiana farmer is raising waxy corn to increase profitability on his farm. Danny Gill says it is also a way to mitigate risk when commodity prices are low. “Waxy (corn) has it’s positives as far as the seed being cheaper, and it’s not a GMO corn so you don’t have to have a …

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Food safety tips for pre-cut melons

A recent recall of pre-cut melon products has some people wondering if pre-packaged produce is safe to eat. Pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products in 22 states have been linked to a salmonella outbreak. Amanda Deering with Purdue University says  there are steps that people can take to improve the safety of the …

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NCGA names interim CEO

The National Corn Growers Association has named Jon Doggett as its interim CEO. Doggett, who was raised on his family’s ranch in Montana, has served as executive vice president for the past four years. Before joining the NCGA, he worked for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Doggett will start the new role in August. Chris …

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Food industry wants harmonized labeling amongst states

A spokesperson with the North American Millers’ Association says California’s Proposition 65 is creating labeling challenges for the food industry much like GMOs. VP of government and technical affairs Dave Nellor tells Brownfield the California law would require cancer warnings for wheat, oats and even baked goods, which has many food companies grappling with how …

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Father of the crying Honduran girl says she and her mother weren’t separated

John Moore/Getty Images(RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas) — The father of the young girl from Honduras whose picture has become an iconic image of the immigration battle now says that his daughter and wife were never separated by U.S. authorities. A picture of the little girl crying for her mother was widely circulated and while the …

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Uber driver was watching tv show prior to fatal crash, police say

Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images(TEMPE, Arizona) — The operator of a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Arizona was watching an episode of “The Voice” via a streaming service in the moments before her SUV struck and killed a pedestrian walking her bicycle across the street, according to a police report. The incident in March raised alarms about the …

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‘Not knowing anything about my daughter is torture’: Immigrants separated from children at border file lawsuit in federal court

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas) — Three parents who were been separated from their children after they were detained at the U.S. border have filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to issue an order requiring the federal government to provide access to basic information about their children’s whereabouts and to offer opportunities to see and …

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