Tiny African kingdom of Swaziland changes its name

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JOHANNESBURG –  Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name. King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the king is an absolute monarch. Many African countries upon independence “reverted to their
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Fake coupons emerge after Starbucks incident in Philly

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In the midst of public outrage over an incident in which two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, fake coupons have appeared on social media promising 1 free beverage for “people of color” and “African American heritage.”  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) A series of fake coupons promising free beverages for “people of
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California Gov. Jerry Brown issues order deploying ‘up to 400’ National Guard troops but lays out strict terms

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California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he will be deploying “up to 400” members of the National Guard “to combat” criminal activity — as President Trump slammed the Democratic leader a day before for “trying to back out” of an earlier pledge he made. Brown issued an order that the National Guard be sent to
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Wreck of the USS Helena discovered in the Pacific by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen

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The USS Helena is the latest wreck to be discovered by Paul Allen’s expedition team (Navigea Ltd, R/V Petrel) A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the wreck of the USS Helena in the Pacific, almost 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes. The World War II wreck was recently
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Snake sex party discovered after Florida python implanted with tracking device

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Florida wildlife biologists found a breeding aggregate, or snake sex party, with seven Burmese pythons – six males and one 115-pound female.  (Conservancy of Southwest Florida) A slithering sentinel male python equipped with a surgically implanted tracking device led Florida wildlife biologists to what they are calling a “breeding aggregation” — or snake sex party.
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Trump on North Korea, from ‘Rocket Man’ to ‘fire and fury’

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Throughout the first year of his presidency – and even as he campaigned for the office – President Trump’s rhetoric regarding North Korea has been harsh. He warned earlier this year that America’s nuclear capabilities were “much bigger [and] more powerful” than that of the Asian nation. And at the end of 2017, Trump designated
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2 South Carolina women charged with assault in exorcism

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COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Two sisters have been accused of kidnapping a woman and assaulting her during an exorcism attempt. Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said in a news release Monday that 29-year-old Brittany Jones has been charged with kidnapping and first-degree assault. Her sister, 26-year-old Tiara Jones, is wanted on the same charges. Police said
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Minnesota firehouse welcomes teens for #BlizzardProm photo shoot

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“My initial thought was: Who’s going to want to take a prom picture next to a fire truck? I was wrong,” the fire chief recalled.  (Forest Lake Fire and Rescue) A group of everyday Minnesota heroes are now being praised as the heroes of a local school’s prom. On April 14, an unexpected and ferocious
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