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A Utah student has been charged with making terrorism threats over a football game

SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah student was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats on Wednesday after police said she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor if the school's football team failed to win a game last Saturday.

Charging documents filed in Salt Lake City on Wednesday allege the 21-year old student posted threats before Utah's game against San Diego State University on Saturday, warning that she "was going to detonate the nuclear reactor that is located in the University of Utah causing a mass destruction."

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Boeing will pay $200 million to settle SEC charges over 737 Max crashes

Boeing has agreed to pay a $200 million penalty to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that the company misled investors and the public about the safety of the 737 Max after two of the planes crashed in 2018 and 2019, killing 346 people.

The SEC charged the Boeing company and its former CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, with "making materially misleading public statements" following the crashes.

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CNN says Iran's president tried to make a hijab a condition for Amanpour interview

An interview between CNN's Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was abruptly canceled because Amanpour declined to wear a hijab, she recounted on Twitter.

Iran's state news agency did not elaborate on the reason for the sudden cancelation, but blamed Amanpour "because of refusing protocol." The protocol, it said, "is being determined by the guest."

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Alex Jones testifies over damages he must pay families for Sandy Hook hoax claims

WATERBURY, Conn. — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones took the stand Thursday at his defamation trial in Connecticut as he tries to limit the damages he must pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

More than a dozen family members of some of the 20 children and six educators killed in the shooting also showed up to observe his testimony in Waterbury Superior Court, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Newtown, where the shooting occurred.

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'Fat Leonard,' a fugitive in a massive Navy bribery case, has been caught in Venezuela

SAN DIEGO — A Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed "Fat Leonard" who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in U.S. military history has been arrested in Venezuela after fleeing before his sentencing, authorities said Wednesday.

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House GOP unveils its legislative roadmap if they win back the House in November

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the legislative roadmap Republicans will follow should they win the majority in this year's midterms.

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Your beer needs carbon dioxide, but the price skyrocketed over the summer

Carbon dioxide has no taste, no odor, and no color — but it's a vital ingredient in the beer business, from putting frothy bubbles in brews to blocking oxidization that makes beer taste stale.

But brewers are now worried that a carbon dioxide shortage could force production cuts and price hikes. It's the latest threat to an industry that's been whipsawed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


In Puerto Rico, rescuers struggle to reach areas cut off by Hurricane Fiona

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Fiona was on a track Thursday to menace Bermuda and far-eastern Canada after leaving hundreds of people stranded across Puerto Rico, where it smashed roads and bridges and caused historic flooding.


An ex-director of Mississippi's welfare agency pleads guilty over misspent money

JACKSON, Miss. — A former director of Mississippi's welfare agency pleaded guilty Thursday to new federal charges in a conspiracy to misspend tens of millions of dollars that were intended to help needy families in one of the poorest states in the U.S. — part of the largest public corruption case in the state's history.

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Workers are changing jobs and getting raises, and still struggling financially

Debby Perta insists she is not a "job jumper."

"You couldn't do that back in my day," said Perta, 38, who had worked for one bank in Illinois for nearly a decade. "It looked bad on your resume."

During the pandemic, Perta started thinking about making a leap. She'd gone as far as she could go at her company. She had family in Arizona and she thought her teenage son would like it there. Also, she'd been hearing about the country's hot job market, teeming with new opportunities.