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After DNA test, California man freed from prison in 1978 double-murder

Craig Coley freed after 40 yearsA man wrongfully convicted in California of the 1978 double-murder of a woman and her child is spending his first Thanksgiving Day as a free man in 39 years, after being released on the basis of DNA evidence.

California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned 70-year-old Craig Coley on Wednesday and prison officials quickly set him free, according to prosecutors and police in Simi Valley, where the double-slaying occurred.

Local authorities in Simi Valley, a community just outside Los Angeles, supported the governor’s decision.

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More than 300 Chicago gov't employees get lay off notice just before Thanksgiving

Toni Preckwinkle - ChicagoMore than 300 government employees in Chicago learned they would lose their jobs just two days before Thanksgiving, due to budget cuts.

Cook County commissioners voted unanimously for a $5.2 billion budget that required 321 public employees be cut, the Chicago Tribune reported. The lay-offs are expected to begin next month.

County officials blamed the slimmed-down budget on the repeal of a penny per ounce soft drink tax that was repealed this year.

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Baltimore officer killed day before scheduled testimony in cop corruption case

baltimore Police Commissioner on death of Dt. Sean Suiter A Baltimore police officer who was fatally shot last week was scheduled to testify in front of federal grand jury against fellow officers the next day, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis confirmed Wednesday.

Det. Steve Suiter was shot on Nov. 15 and died the next day. On Nov. 17, Suiter was set to testify against eight officers accused of conspiring with drug dealers in a scheme that went from the streets of Baltimore to the streets of Philadelphia.

"I am now aware of Detective Suiter's pending federal grand jury testimony surrounding an incident that occurred several years ago with BPD police officers who are federally indicted in March of this year," Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a press conference Wednesday.

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USA gymnastics: Ex-team doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to sex charges

Larry NasserFormer Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty on Wednesday to criminal sexual conduct charges.

The plea deal will land him in jail for at least 25 years, according to NBC News. Nassar, 54, has been accused of molesting at least 130 former patients. Those patients include Olympic stars Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney.

Nassar entered the plea in Ingham County, Mich. He was charged with molesting seven girls, according to CBS News. Six of the girls were gymnasts and most of the interactions occurred at his home and campus clinic in the Lansing, Mich., area.

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Terry Glenn, former NFL wide receiver, dies in car accident in Texas

Terry Glenn dies in car crash
Former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn has died after getting into a car accident Monday morning in Irving, Texas, according to police. He was 43.
The Irving Police Department said the crash occurred at 12:18 a.m. local time after Glenn, who was driving the car accompanied by a passenger, traveled off the eastbound lane at the 700 block of Highway 114 and crashed into a concrete barrier dividing the express lane from local lanes.
Glenn was ejected from the car and taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where he died at 12:52 a.m., according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office.

AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dies at 64

AC/DC founder dies at 64

AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died after a long battle with dementia. He was 64.

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," the band's official Facebook page said Saturday.

"Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."

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GQ Magazine names Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year

Colin Kaepernick named GQ Man of the Year

Colin Kaepernick appears on the cover of an upcoming issue of GQ after the magazine named him one of its 2017 Men of the Year.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is pictured on the cover with the caption "Citizen of the Year." Late-night host Stephen Colbert, actress Gal Gadot and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant are also recognized in the issue.

In Kaepernick's cover story, "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced," GQ editors write that the free-agent quarterback wanted to contribute to the article and helped connect the magazine with 10 of his friends and confidants. He also posed for a series of photos in Harlem. But he declined to provide quotes for the story itself, citing a desire to remain silent.

TVNL Comment: Kudos to GQ for its appropriate choice!

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