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Mets’ Addison Reed, coach Tim Teufel help kids improve their game at Queens ‘Play Ball’ clinic

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The crack of the bats and the sound of baseballs smacking into well-worn leather gloves echoed through Queens Saturday morning. No, the Mets weren’t warming up early. Hours before The Amazins’ took on the Brewers at Citi Field, dozens of pint-sized players honed their baseball skills at Hinton Park in Corona — with a little help from the pros. Mets ...

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Writer calls friend’s suicide ‘blessing’ in xoJane essay: ‘Some people are so sick, they are beyond help’

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xoJane was forced to pull a blogger’s callous personal essay celebrating her mentally ill friend’s death amid a surge of backlash over its heartless tone. The Time Inc.-owned website yanked Amanda Lauren’s piece, entitled “My Former Friend’s Death Was a Blessing,” Friday, less than 24 hours after it was published. With the ghastly insensitive subtitle, “Some people are so sick, ...

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Louisiana will pass ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill classifying police attacks as hate crimes

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Louisiana cops, firefighters and EMS officers will soon be given the same legal protections as minority groups under a divisive new bill, lawmakers say. Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to sign the first-of-its-kind legislation, which will weigh crimes against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel the same as attacks motivated by race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation. ...

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Jon Stewart and wife adopt Lily, pony shot by paintballs and abandoned at Pennsylvania horse sale

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As Jon Stewart’s post-“Daily Show” beard grows, so does his burgeoning family of rescue animals. The big-hearted funnyman and his wife have adopted Lily, the white ponypummelled with almost 130 paintballs and abandoned in March at a Pennsylvania horse sale, the Omega Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Center announced Friday night. “Today justice was found for Lily, so the next part ...

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Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka can’t remember year, President’s name during murder trial mental competency hearing

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The pro wrestler accused of killing his girlfriend in 1983 couldn’t name the U.S. President or say what year it is during a Friday hearing about his mental competency. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka seemed confused as he answered questions from a Pennsylvania judge: The 73-year-old couldn’t remember his lawyer’s name, addressed the judge as “dear” and “hon” and didn’t  know the ...

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Proud pot-smoking Congressional candidate, 77, busted with 180 marijuana plants on Tennessee property

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She’s running a grassroots campaign. Septuagenarian Congressional candidate Florence “Flo” Matheson was busted with 180 marijuana plants on her property — and bluntly admits she’s “guilty” of indulging in the herb at least two or three times a week. Matheson, 77, who is running Tennessee’s for 6th Congressional District, was busted Friday with a grow operation inside a barn near ...

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FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta — Alberta officials on Saturday lifted mandatory evacuation orders in some areas north of Fort McMurray, where a raging wildfire has forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people and the closure of oil sands operations. Officials said conditions have improved in some parts north of the oil sands city. Suncor Energy Inc. and Syncrude will now be able to resume their idled northern oil sands operations and bring back evacuated workers. About 8,000 oil sands workers in camps north of Fort McMurray were evacuated after gusting winds and high temperatures caused the fire to move rapidly toward them earlier this week. Northern Alberta is the heartland of Canada’s oil sands industry and the effects of the enormous wildfire on the oil sector have prompted forecasters to trim their 2016 economic growth predictions for the entire country.

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The Alberta oil sands have the third-largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Its workers largely live in Fort McMurray, a former frontier outpost-turned-city whose residents come from all over Canada. The blaze, which began May 1, has covered 1,930 square miles (5,000 square kilometers), including areas that are still burning and those where the ...

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Police video shows Georgia cops high-fiving each other after Tasering psychotic Florida man to death (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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Minutes after a handcuffed man was shocked to death by Taser guns in front of his family by Georgia police officers, cops high-fived each other and reassured themselves that they wouldn’t lose their jobs, chilling new police video shows. The cops’ callous reaction was captured on body cam footage that shows the November death of Chase Sherman, 32, who was ...

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Suitcases, body parts found in Mediterranean Sea during hunt for crashed EgyptAir plane

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Search crews hunting for the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804 found passengers’ body parts and suitcases Friday — but what brought down the doomed airliner remained a mystery. Egyptian naval vessels also spotted seats and other aircraft parts floating in the Mediterranean Sea slightly south of where the Airbus 320 vanished from radar early Thursday, Greek defense minister Panos Kammenos ...

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KING: Here’s why I’m leaving the Democratic Party after this presidential election and you should too

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Many of you aren’t religious, so please forgive me for recalling my roots as a preacher and starting us off with a simple verse of scripture. “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” – 1 Timothy 6:10, The New Testament of the Bible While my practice and devotion to religion has waxed and waned across ...

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