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Furor after black 6-year-old with dreadlocks turned away from Florida Christian school

The wrath of the Internet came down on a tiny private Christian school in central Florida this week, over video of a 6-year-old being turned away on the first day of school because he has dreadlocks. It’s one of those stories where surprisingly few facts are in dispute between C.J. Stanley’s family and the school, and somehow it still ends in calls to the police, accusations of racism and death threats. Don’t worry — C.J. is fine, albeit ... Full story

Ex-CIA Director Brennan's anti-Trump comments did 'damage' to intel community, Mullen says

Former CIA Director John Brennan risked damaging the intelligence community with his anti-Trump comments, retired Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told "Fox News Sunday.". "I think John's an extraordinary servant of the country, but I think he has been incredibly critical of the president, and I think that has put him in a political place which actually does more damage for the intelligence community -- which ... Full story

'The warmer it is, the more fire we see'

As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled. Experts say the way global warming worsens wildfires comes down to the basic dynamics of fire. Fires need ... Full story

FDNY brawl 'one of the most severe beatings seen on tape,' insider says

A brutal beating involving two groups of firefighters was caught on video. (iStock). A brutal brawl between two groups of FDNY firefighters in the Bronx has sparked several investigations and sent shockwaves through the department’s leadership. More than a dozen members pummeled three rivals with punches and kicks to the head, sources told the New York Post . According to the Post, the tape shows Adam Soler, 35, of Engine 68, being held down by ... Full story

California Sea Lions Keep Getting Shot by Fishermen

Every morning keepers at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium shake rattles and blow whistles to let Cruz—a 225-pound sea lion—know it’s time for breakfast. He’s blind, so his keepers rely on sound, touch, and scent to guide him around his enclosure. Cruz’s story began in 2013, when rescuers found him stranded on a crowded beach in Santa Cruz, California. The rescue team says he appeared exhausted, underweight, and altogether helpless. But it was his eyes ... Full story

Report: 46 People Shot in Chicago Since Friday Night

At least 46 people were shot in Chicago -- two of which were killed -- since Friday night, according to the Chicago Sun-Times . The shootings add to another weekend of violence in the Windy City, which has been ravaged by gun violence in 2018. On Saturday, three people were shot during a back-to-school peace picnic held at a playground in the city. The violence reportedly began after a group of men showed up to the event and started fighting. ... Full story

More than 2 million Muslims gather in Mecca as hajj pilgrimage begins

Muslim worshippers circle around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 15, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. MECCA, Saudi Arabia — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj ... Full story

Restaurant receives one-star Yelp review for hanging LGBT pride flag on storefront

A Dorchester restaurant received a one-star Yelp review that mentioned an LGBT pride flag in the store front. (Boston 25 News). Patrons rallied around a restaurant owner in Massachusetts after he received a one-star Yelp review that focused on a small LGBT pride flag hanging in his storefront and barely mentioned anything else. Nino Barbalace, the owner of Caffe Zia Gianna in Dorchester, always wanted his restaurant to be a welcoming place for ... Full story

Air shows to thrill you in 2018 in the United States and Canada

(CNN) — A legendary spy plane, fearsome fighter jets and a gigantic airlifter are just some of the stars of air shows this summer and fall across the United States and Canada . As the US marks National Aviation Day on August 19, there aren't many better ways to celebrate aviation than by experiencing an air show -- a thrilling byproduct of an industry that gives us gravity-defying machines and the men and women who fly them. From Madras, ... Full story

Tokio Hotel Remember Their 'Overwhelming' VMA Win Over Taylor And Miley

For all of the legends who have won a VMA for Best New Artist — like Nirvana, Lady Gaga, and Eminem — there are also a handful of iconic artists who have lost (pour one out for Madonna, Kanye, and Rihanna). Looking back at the 2008 nominees, for example, the list reads like a murderer's row: Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Jordin Sparks were all up for the prize. They would go on to become four of the biggest pop stars of the decade, ... Full story