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Three University of Wyoming swimmers killed in highway crash in Colorado

Three U of Wyoming killed in crash

Three members of the University of Wyoming swimming and diving team were killed and two others were injured when their sport utility vehicle veered off-road and rolled over along a rural highway known for deadly wrecks, including one that killed eight other Wyoming athletes.

The latest crash happened Thursday afternoon on US 287 about 10 miles (16km) south of the Wyoming-Colorado line between Laramie and Fort Collins, Colorado.

The two injured team members were expected to survive, according to a University of Wyoming statement.

The crash happened when the Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicle with five people inside swerved and went off the pavement, and the vehicle rolled over multiple times, the statement said.

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Barbers Hill ISD’s dress code policy does not violate CROWN Act, district judge rules

Darryl GeorgeDarryl George, an 18-year-old Black student at Barbers Hill High School east of Houston, has been repeatedly suspended for his dreadlocks. Lingering questions over whether the CROWN Act pertains to the district’s hair-length policy were at center of Thursday’s trial.

A Houston-area judge on Thursday determined that Barbers Hill ISD has not violated Texas' CROWN Act after the district repeatedly suspended a Black student for the length of his dreadlocks.

Darryl George, an 18-year-old Black student at Barbers Hill High School east of Houston, has been repeatedly suspended for his dreadlocks. George's family and legal team say his hair is protected under the CROWN Act, which prohibits race-based hair discrimination against students and employers, while the school district claims George has been in violation of the district's grooming policy due to the length of his hair, not the style.

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Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Frontotemporal Dementia And Aphasia

Wendy Williams

Former daytime talk show host Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), her team confirmed in a press release on Thursday.

FTD is caused by progressive nerve cell loss in the brain’s frontal lobes, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Aphasia is a disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate. Bruce Willis revealed last year that he was also diagnosed with aphasia.

The press release said that “after undergoing a battery of medical tests,” Williams, 59, was diagnosed last year.

“Over the past few years, questions have been raised at times about Wendy’s ability to process information and many have speculated about Wendy’s condition, particularly when she began to lose words, act erratically at times, and have difficulty understanding financial transactions,” the release said.

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AT&T outage just a preview of what can happen when cell service goes out: How to prepare

AT&T service outage

A widespread telecommunication outage that affected tens of thousands of customers in the United States on Thursday raised a question for many – What should I do when I can't use my cell phone?

While cell service in the U.S. is typically fairly dependable and Thursday's issues were limited in scope, there's a long list of potential emergency situations when cell phones could become unreliable, according to Alyssa Provencio, professor at the University of Central Oklahoma who oversees the disaster management certificate program.

Communication issues are the norm in a disaster, not an anomaly, Provencio said. Some scenarios like snow storms, strong wind, torrential rain, fire, and tornadoes may affect a small number of people. Others, like major earthquakes, solar flares or cyberattacks, have the potential to disrupt communications for millions of people for an extended period of time.

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Tennessee governor signs bill allowing public officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages

Tennessee Gov. Lee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a bill Wednesday allowing public officials to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

State lawmakers approved Tennessee House Bill 878 last week. The legislation states people “shall not be required to solemnize a marriage” if they refuse to doing so based on their “conscience or religious beliefs.” According to the Tennessee Legislature website, the governor signed the bill Wednesday

Lee has not publicly commented on the bill yet per his social media and his office’s website.

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'Horrific': 2 police officers, medic killed in Burnsville, Minnesota, shooting

2 police officers and medic killed

Two police officers and a medical first responder were fatally shot early Sunday while responding to a domestic abuse call in Burnsville, Minnesota, authorities said.

Brian Peters, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Executive Director, confirmed the deaths, saying the law enforcement community was "heartbroken."

"We’re just devastated at the horrific loss," he said in a statement. "These heroes leave behind loved ones and a community who will forever remember their bravery and dedication to keeping Minnesotans safe."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing local law enforcement officials, said a third police officer was wounded. The medical responder was shot while trying to help an officer, the Star said.  A law enforcement source told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that police were called to a residence on a domestic incident when the gunfire erupted.

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Ex-FBI official sentenced to over two years for hiding payment from Albanian businessman

Charles McGonical sentenced A former top FBI counterintelligence official was sentenced on Friday to 28 months in prison for concealing at least $225,000 he took from an Albanian businessperson with ties to the Albanian government.

Charles McGonigal oversaw counterintelligence and national security operations at the time he hid his relationship with the businessperson from the FBI. McGonigal traveled with the businessperson and met with Albanian officials for their own business interests.

“For the rest of my life, I will be fighting to regain that trust and become a better person,” he told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly before he was sentenced.

Kollar-Kotelly said his remorse appeared genuine, but “unfortunately, it doesn’t repair the damage.” The former high-ranking FBI official looked as if he “lost his moral compass” at the end of his career, she commented.

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