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Hawaii psychiatric patient’s escape was an ‘act of desperation,’ he says

The 59-year-old psychiatric patient who was on the lam for four days after escaping the Hawaii State Hospital said he left as an “act of desperation.” In 1981, Randall Saito had been committed to the hospital in Kaneohe, just outside Honolulu, after he was acquitted of first-degree murder by reason of insanity. He had been missing for 10 hours by the time hospital staff alerted authorities, who then warned the public that Saito was “extremely dangerous and should not be approached.” Saito described the mental health facility as “hell in a handbasket,” adding that he was spurred to flee because “patients’ rights were being denied” in an interview with ABC San Francisco station KGO from the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp, Californ...

Tim Piazza’s parents react to new charges in hazing death

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Blackout Wednesday gains popularity as pre-Thanksgiving trend

Blackout Wednesday is the boozy celebration before Thanksgiving Day.  (iStock) Thanksgiving Day may be a time for family and friends to gather around the table in gratitude, but the night before, all bets are off. Blackout Wednesday – not to be confused with Black Friday, which comes after turkey day – is the day before Thanksgiving when people hit the town and alcohol sales spike. The unofficial pre-Thanksgiving holiday, also referred to as Thanksgiving Eve or Drinksgiving, started making headlines around 2012 when people began noticing a large increase in alcohol sales for that one day. However, it didn’t receive an official name until 2015. Since then, the pre-holiday celebration has been growing in popularity, and with that, so have beer and liquor sales. THIS IS THE BUTTERBALL HOTLINE...

Human rights repression in China seen worsening under Xi

BEIJING –  Activists are describing a drastic deterioration in China’s treatment of human rights campaigners as the country’s most powerful leader in a generation associates China’s rise as a global power with highly authoritarian, one-party rule. A Human Rights Watch researcher and others say there are more secret detentions and closed-door trials and less regard for due process. Political prisoners are held in harsh conditions and their health is ignored. Maya Wang of Human Rights Watch describes the situation as the worst since 1989’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. “We feel we haven’t hit bottom yet.” China’s government rejects accusations of rights abuses but it also says no outsider has the right to challenge it...

The Left has its own sex skeletons – and hypocrisy

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester – RC18D0969190  (REUTERS/Terray Sylvester) AMHERST, S.D. –  TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated. Officials don’t believe the leak affected any surface water bodies or threatened any drinking water systems from the spill onto ...

Blake Shelton reads mean tweets dissing his ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title

Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Original ‘SNL’ cast reunite for Television Academy Honors The Television Academy Honors recognize, among others, the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live,’ including Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and Garrett Morris, who paid tribute to the show’s creator, Lorne Michaels. (Nov. 16) Associated Press Taylor Swift fans lose it over her trip to Target to buy her album Taylor Swift surprised lucky fans in a Nashville Target, and the Swifties lived up to their reputation of being over the top excited. Keri Lumm (@thekerilumm) reports. Buzz60 Gal Gadot talks about ‘Justice League’, sexual harassment in Hollywood Actress Gal Gadot, who reprises her role ...

Senate Panel Says Kushner Failed to Provide Russia Documents

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has uncovered evidence that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was forwarded a document about a “Russian backdoor overture” that Mr. Kushner failed to hand over to the panel’s investigators, according to a letter that the committee released on Thursday. The Senate letter did not say what type of back channel communication the Russians were trying to set up. But it noted that “other parties have produced documents concerning the matter.” Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter Mr. Kushner also failed to provide investigators with a September 2016 email he was sent about WikiLeaks, nor did he hand over other communications with a Russian-born businessman that were forwarded him, according to the letter. The business...