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A plumber found cash and checks stashed in a wall at Joel Osteen’s Houston mega-church
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A plumber found cash and checks stashed in a wall at Joel Osteen’s Houston mega-church

A plumber doing repair work at pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church found hundreds of envelopes of cash and checks hidden in a wall that police think is connected to a massive 2014 theft at the Houston mega-church. Officers were called to the church on November 10 to investigate the discovery, according to a statement from…MORE

Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II’s ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 99
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Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II’s ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 99

Col. Edward Shames, the last surviving officer of the historic World War II parachute infantry regiment of the US Army known as Easy Company, died Friday at the age of 99. Shames “passed away peacefully at home,” said the obituary posted by the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory. During World War II, Shames “was a…MORE

Omicron variant cases identified in at least 12 states but Delta still dominates
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Omicron variant cases identified in at least 12 states but Delta still dominates

While at least 12 states have identified cases of the Omicron coronavairus variant, US health officials remain concerned about the Delta version that accounts for practically all new infections. “We now have about 86,000 cases of Covid right now in the United States being diagnosed daily, and 99.9% of them, the vast majority of them,…MORE

Police shoot and kill a knife-wielding suspect at a Florida university, authorities say
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Police shoot and kill a knife-wielding suspect at a Florida university, authorities say

Police fatally shot a man wielding a knife inside a Florida university residence hall Friday night, authorities said. The man was killed when he lunged at a police officer and a Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) security officer and they discharged their weapons, according to a press release from the Melbourne Police Department (MPD). Melbourne…MORE

Tiny living Pac-Man robots have learned how to reproduce

Tiny living Pac-Man robots have learned how to reproduce

Whenever we’re confronted with aspects of science fiction becoming scientific reality, philosophical questions arise. This week, many were asking this one: What is a robot, really? Films and TV shows have offered us myriad archetypes of what robots could be like — as varied as the terrifyingly clever Cylons of “Battlestar Galactica,” the intrepid R2-D2…MORE

For this American family, the Iran nuclear talks are personal

For this American family, the Iran nuclear talks are personal

Emad Shargi’s daughter says her dad has always been stoic during his ordeal as an American citizen unjustly held in an Iranian prison. But recently, she heard something different. “Whenever I tell him, ‘Oh, I wish you were here, I wish we could do this together, like when I cook something and I wish he…MORE

National Cookie Day Deals: Where to get the goods
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National Cookie Day Deals: Where to get the goods

What tastes better than a cookie? A free cookie, of course. National Cookie Day, celebrated each year on December 4, is when restaurants and online retailers whip up their best batches of delectable discounts. Whether it’s classic chocolate chip or gluten-free goods you’re after, we’ve rounded up some of the best free and discounted cookie…MORE

US intelligence estimates Russian troop levels on Ukraine border could reach 175,000

US intelligence estimates Russian troop levels on Ukraine border could reach 175,000

New US intelligence findings estimate Russia could begin a military offensive in Ukraine in a matter of months as it amasses up to 175,000 troops along the border, a startling escalation that President Joe Biden has warned could lead to severe consequences. The latest developments come after months of steady increases along the Russia-Ukraine frontier…MORE