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FBI finds US crime rate steady in 2021, but data incomplete

The FBI estimates violent crime rates didn’t increase substantially last year, though they remained above pre-pandemic levels, according to annual crime data. But the report presents an incomplete picture, in part because it doesn’t include some of the nation’s largest police departments. Violent and property crime generally remained consistent between 2020 and 2021, with a slight decrease in the overall violent crime rate and a 4.3% uptick in the murder rate, both of which are not considered statistically significant, the analysis found. That suggests an improvement over 2020, when the murder rate in the U.S. jumped 29% during the COVID-19 pandemic that created huge social disruption and upended support systems. The report, released Wednesday, comes with major caveats — about 40% of law-e

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FBI finds US crime rate steady in 2021, but data incomplete

The FBI estimates violent crime rates didn’t increase substantially last year, though they remained above pre-pandemic levels, according to annual crime data. But the report presents an incomplete picture, in part because it doesn’t include some of the nation’s largest police departments. Violent and property crime generally remained consistent between 2020 and 2021, with a slight decrease in the overall violent crime rate and a 4.3% uptick in the murder rate, both of which are not considered statistically significant, the analysis found. That suggests an improvement over 2020, when the murder rate in the U.S. jumped 29% during the COVID-19 pandemic that created huge social disruption and upended support systems. The report, released Wednesday, comes with major caveats — about 40% of law-e

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Entertainment

Daredevil’s ‘She-Hulk’ Appearance Shows Why Marvel Needs More Romance

For too long Disney and Marvel Studios teased the return of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil to our screens, but the day is finally here. Matt Murdock (who cameoed in 2021’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home”) and his superhero alter ego Daredevil appears in “She-Hulk” Episode 8, “Ribbit and Rip it,” and what a comeback it is. Daredevil’s return was no secret, teased as early as in trailers and several episodes prior when the camera zoomed in on his red and gold suit at a special superhero tailor shop. Matt Murdock is a lawyer just like Jen Walters a.k.a. She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), so there was always the possibility of them crossing paths professionally as they do in Episode 8. Sparks fly almost instantly, and these two lawyers become partners. “She-Hulk” has had plenty of storylines around dating and rel

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Cave Rock could give horse racing fans a glimpse of greatness

ARCADIA — When racing fans show up at Santa Anita on Saturday to watch the $300,000 Grade I American Pharoah Stakes, they might be looking at the 2023 Kentucky Derby winner. Yes, it’s way early for such bold prognostications. As far as who’s the best of next year’s 3-year-old crop, we’re on the third or fourth hole on the Thursday of a major golf championship. But remember, we said “might be.” The colt we’re referring to is Cave Rock, a son of the late Arrogate. You might remember Arrogate. He put together one of the best four races in succession we’re ever seen – the Travers, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup and Dubai World Cup in 2016-17. He was sensational. Cave Rock has been sensational in his own right through the lone two starts of his career. He won his career bow at Del Mar

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Chicagoans swear an average of 17 times a day, survey finds

In this view of the Chicago skyline, seen from Montrose Harbor, the city looks pretty gosh darn awesome.Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Sun-Times Well, s---. Chicago has a low ranking among major U.S. cities in daily swear word usage, according to a survey released Wednesday. Chicagoans swear an average of 17 times per day, well behind the nation’s most foul-mouthed city. That would be, darn it, Columbus, Ohio, where residents curse 36 times a day, according to the survey, which was conducted by the language learning app Preply using data from 1,500 residents in 30 cities. Chicago’s ranking didn’t sit well with Roberta “Poochie” Jackson, a longtime employee of the Weiners Circle hot dog stand and perhaps the city’s most prolific swearsmith since former Mayor Rahm Emanuel left town to serve...

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Kidnapped California family, including baby, found dead

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and STEFANIE DAZIO SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A baby girl, her parents and uncle who were kidnapped at gunpoint from their central California business two days ago were found dead Wednesday, the sheriff of Merced County said. “Our worst fears have been confirmed,” Sheriff Vern Warnke told reporters Wednesday night. About 5:30 p.m., a farmworker found the bodies close together in a Merced County orchard in an “extremely” rural and remote area, he said. The announcement came after authorities released surveillance video of a man kidnapping 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri; her mother Jasleen Kaur, 27; father Jasdeep Singh, 36; and uncle Amandeep Singh, 39, on Monday. Authorities said they were taken by a convicted robber who tried to kill himself a day after the kidnappings. “There’s

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These Birkenstock Clogs Will See You Through Fall and Beyond

Scouted/The Daily Beast/Birkenstock.Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission. Now that we’re fully entrenched in fall, comfort is key—especially when it comes to footwear. It’s time to toss those flip-flops and strappy heels to the back of your closet and invest in footwear that’ll help you survive the cooler months in maximum footwear contentment: We’re talking about the Birkenstock clog. This iconic shoe is a fall staple thanks to its business in the front, party in the back design that allows your toes to stay warm while your heels get some air. A cushy footbed and the fact that it takes about 0.1 seconds to slip these on make Birkenstock clogs hard to resist. And, while these were once known as a hippie staple, Bi...

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Woman who ‘stole’ her own money in bank raid with a fake gun let off with a fine

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A Lebanese woman who raided a bank with a fake gun to ‘steal’ her own money has been let off with a fine. Sali Hafiz stormed a branch in Beirut to demand her own savings in order to pay for her sister’s cancer treatment. The 28-year-old quickly became a folk hero during three weeks on the run after footage of the September 14 incident circulated online. She managed to retrieve nearly $12,000 from her account by threatening employees with a pistol which turned out to be a replica. It inspired several copycat heists and tapped into popular anger at the country’s economic decline, which has seen 95% knocked off the value of the currency.

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How a temporary rate buydown can help lower house payments

Not that long ago, real estate agents and their home sellers could command top dollar and then some thanks to a pandemic-fueled buying frenzy. It wasn’t unusual to hear sellers requesting that buyers waive the appraisal contingency (boilerplate language in the residential purchase agreement). Or waive potentially expensive repair contingencies that a home inspector might discover after the buyer has signed on the dotted line. Or waive the loan approval contingency. Waive. Waive. Waive. Whatever the buyer waives upfront could mean he or she is at risk of forfeiting the (typically) 3% earnest money deposit (of the sales price) if the buyer cannot or will not complete the sale. Today, the shoe is on the other foot. Homebuyers have their own high-minded demands such as requesting sellers pay f

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How ‘Monster’ Kevin Spacey Somehow Escaped Trial—Until Now

ANGELA WEISSIt was the collective voices of so many others speaking out about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry that inspired Anthony Rapp to step forward. The 50-year-old actor had made a name for himself with decades-long acting and singing career that included roles in Rent, Dazed and Confused, and Star Trek: Discovery. But in 2017, he garnered a different kind of media attention when he accused one of the biggest actors in the game of sexually assaulting him when he was just 14 years old. The year was 1986, and the alleged assailant was Kevin Spacey. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Liz Truss joins new club of European nations but insists it’s ‘not a new EU’

Liz Truss arrived on the red carpet to be greeted by 44 other European leaders in Prague (Picture: Getty/10 Downing Street)Liz Truss has openly questioned the UK’s relationship with Europe in the past, insisting Brexit has allowed the country to move on and stand on its own two feet. So it may be surprising to some that the new prime minister has joined 44 other European leaders in Prague to form ‘a European political community without Putin’s Russia’. She insists the newly formed European Political Community (EPC), proposed by French president Emmanuel Macron in May this year, is not an ‘EU construct or EU alternative’. It includes 27 members of the EU, as well as 17 other European countries not currently in the bloc, including Turkey and Ukraine, to discuss issues facing the wh

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Former student shoots and kills professor in university building

Murad Dervish (right) shot and killed University of Arizona professor Thomas Meixner (left), according to police (Picture: AP/University of Arizona/University of Arizona Police Department)A former college student shot and killed a professor. Murad Dervish, a 46-year-old former student at the University of Arizona, walked into the Harshbarger Building on Wednesday at the college’s Tucson campus and shot a professor, police said. The Harshbarger Building houses the school’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. The professor was later identified by the university as 52-year-old Thomas Meixner, the head of the department. The shooting happened around 2pm on Wednesday, when someone in the Harshbarger Building called 911 and asked police to escort a former student off the...

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John Waters to Write and Direct ‘Liarmouth’ from His Own Novel

After almost two decades away, John Waters is returning to directing. Acclaimed cult filmmaker Waters will write and direct the adaptation of his novel “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance,” as Deadline first reported. Village Roadshow Pictures has optioned the novel, with Steve Rabineau producing. Waters most recently helmed “A Dirty Shame” in 2004. “‘Liarmouth’ is the craziest thing I’ve written in a while so maybe it’s fitting that my novel was shocking enough to jumpstart the engine of my film career,” Waters said. “Thrilled to be back in the movie business, hopefully to spread demented joy to adventuresome moviegoers around the world.” “Liarmouth” follows con artist Marsha Sprinkle, who is described as “a suitcase thief, scammer, and master of disguise. Dogs and children hate her. Her own

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At least 22 migrants die in harrowing rescues off Greece

By Thanassis Stavrakis and Srdjan Nedeljkovic | Associated Press KYTHIRA, Greece — Bodies floated amid splintered wreckage in the wind-tossed waters off a Greek island Thursday as the death toll from the separate sinkings of two migrant boats rose to 22, with many still missing. The vessels went down hundreds of miles apart, in one case prompting a dramatic overnight rescue effort as island residents and firefighters pulled shipwrecked migrants to safety up steep cliffs. The shipwrecks further stoked tension between neighbors Greece and Turkey, who are locked in a heated dispute over maritime boundaries and migration. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis voiced “deep sorrow for the tragic loss of life,” and praised rescuers’ “heroic” efforts. “This is a time to really cooperate much mo

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Werewolf By Night review: Just another Marvel show without much bite

It may be black and white, but it’s more of the same (Picture: Marvel Studios)It seems every time a new Marvel show emerges from the pit of secrecy at Disney HQ the same words accompany it: this is a bold new direction for the studio and unlike anything you’ve seen before. This, inevitably, turns out to not be the case. Marvel shows have a formula – a perfectly enjoyable one admittedly – and it’s rare for them to stray too far from it. So when Werewolf By Night, an incredibly niche choice from the large pool of Marvel properties, was announced to huge fanfare with promises to be unlike anything we’d seen before, well, we were sceptical to say the least and do you know what… it is just another Marvel show. That’s not necessarily a bad thing! Werewolf By Night has its own flavour –

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