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Marine Corps to consider extending maternity leave to up to one full year

Nick J./iStock(NEW YORK) — The Marine Corps will consider extending maternity leave to up to one full year, in what would amount to a significant policy change for the service.In his planning guide to the force, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger called the service’s parental/maternity leave policies “inadequate,” and said they “have failed to…read more »

Minnesota truck driver was allegedly watching porn right before fatal crash

Hennepin County Sheriffs Office(MINNEAPOLIS) — A Minnesota truck driver was allegedly watching pornographic videos on his cellphone just moments before he caused a deadly highway crash, prosecutors said.Semi-truck driver Tate Doom, 47, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide over the 2018 crash on Interstate 94 in southeast Minnesota that left a construction worker dead and…read more »

DNA links veteran LAPD officer to cold case sexual assault: Police

amphotora/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested on multiple sexual assault charges after DNA from one case allegedly linked him to a different cold case from 2015, authorities said Wednesday. Officer William Rodriguez, 33, was charged with two counts of forcible rape and relieved of duty this week after a…read more »

West Virginia residents using wasp spray as meth alternative: Police

kirisa99/iStock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — Residents in West Virginia are using wasp spray as an alternative form of methamphetamine, according to officials.West Virginia State Police called the use of wasp spray a “cheap fix” for the drug. “People are making a synthetic type methamphetamine out of wasp spray,” Sgt. Charles Sutphin told ABC Charleston affiliate WCHS-TV Monday.Police…read more »

Beachgoers attempt to push more than 20 beached whales back into ocean

@Lauren2point_oh/Twitter(NEW YORK) — Beachgoers in Georgia attempted to save the lives of more than 20 pilot whales that beached themselves along the coast, according to officials. The pod of whales began turning up on the beach on St. Simons Island Tuesday afternoon, prompting hundreds of volunteers to push them back out to sea, according to…read more »

Puerto Rico readies for large protests pushing for governor’s resignation as celebrities rally demonstrators

Jose Jimenez/Getty Images(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Residents, officials and authorities in San Juan were gearing up Wednesday for what was being touted as large demonstrations in the Puerto Rican capital, as protesters went back to the streets to continue demanding the resignation of embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosello.San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told ABC…read more »

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