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Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was named the new Miss America Sunday night, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant. Image source: YouTube Kazantsev …

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The white celebrity chef boyfriend of a black actress said the couple was detained by Los Angeles police based on an assumption that she was a prostitute and he was her client. Daniele Watts, who played Coco in the Oscar-nominated “Django Unchained,” was handcuffed during the incident that her boyfriend Brian James Lucas — a.k.a. …

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COSHOCTON, Ohio (TheBlaze/AP) — Officials are pleading for a pastor and an Ohio strip club owner to stop weekly protesting of each other’s establishments over a years-long feud. The letter to New Beginnings Ministries Pastor Bill Dunfee and strip club owner Thomas George was signed by the city law director, the county prosecutor and the …

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday. State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex …

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TheBlaze posted a story earlier this week about a speech Republican Sen. Ted Cruz gave at a Middle Eastern Christians event in Washington, D.C. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (Image source: AP/Tony Gutierrez) The crowd seemingly started to turn on Cruz when he suggested that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Individuals in the …

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PARIS (TheBlaze/AP) — Iraq’s president said it’s “not necessary” that Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia participate in airstrikes against the Islamic State group. President Fouad Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the …

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (TheBlaze/AP) — Six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, police said, adding that the suspects remain at large Family members and friends were outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in Anchorage at 4:25 a.m. Sunday when one family member and the suspects began arguing. Moments later …

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LEMOORE, Calif. (TheBlaze/AP) — A Navy fighter pilot presumed dead after two jets crashed in the far western Pacific Ocean has been identified. The pilot was Lt. Nathan Poloski, a 26-year-old native of Lake Arrowhead, the Navy said Sunday. Image source: Facebook Poloski was the subject of a 36-hour search in the waters off the …

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A second British hostage ISIS fanatics are threatening to murder can today be revealed as a taxi driver who travelled to Syria to help refugees. Islamic militants warned in a chilling video that 47-year-old Alan Henning – who is originally from the Greater Manchester area – would be the next person to die after father-of-two …

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Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. The extremist group’s resources exceed that “of any other terrorist group in history,” …

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NAMPA, Idaho (TheBlaze/AP) — Police in Nampa say they’re on the lookout for a 9-foot Colombian boa constrictor named Trinity. The big snake last was seen around 4 p.m. Friday before it escaped from its cage. A photo of Trinity. (Image source: Nampa police) One fact to note: Trinity hasn’t dined in three weeks, the …

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The brother of David Haines, the latest hostage of Islamic State militants to die in a videotaped beheading, offered a measured statement to the world with one important message: Don’t blame Islam. David Haines before his videotaped beheading. (Image source: CNN via YouTube) “The Muslim faith isn’t to blame for ISIL, nor is it the …

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Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week’s Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to “think very carefully about the future.” The queen addresses Parliament in June. (Image source: YouTube) But the popular monarch didn’t indicate a preference on how Scots …

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Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — With speculation on a White House run in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday to pay tribute to the state’s retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton …

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Freed from the constraints of serving as the White House Press Secretary for the Obama administration, Jay Carney served up conventional wisdom bluntly Sunday morning: November’s midterm elections will probably bring Democrats some pain. Speaking candidly on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Carney stated: It’s not going to be a good year for Democrats by …

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First and foremost, people need to understand that America doesn’t negotiate pay ransom to terrorists. Instead, the government finances them and trades five known terrorist operatives for it wants. The parents of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff, who was killed by Islamic State extremists, were warned by the White House that they could face criminal prosecution if they paid a …

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