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Dallas Police Chief Hall Reveals Reorganization Plan

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall has revealed her plan to reorganize department leadership. Hall’s plan, announced Thursday morning, reduces the number of assistant chief positions to three, down from nine. There will be seven deputy chiefs – down from 13 – each leading their own divisions. Those divisions will operate within four geographic sections, each headed by a deputy chief …

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Johnny Manziel Misdemeanor Assault Charge Dismissed

Prosecutors in Dallas have dismissed a 2016 misdemeanor domestic assault charge against Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. Prosecutors in Dallas have dismissed a 2016 misdemeanor domestic assault charge against Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday confirmed Manziel successfully completed requirements of a court agreement that included taking an anger management course and participating …

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American Says it Has Found Pilots for Most Christmas Flights

American Airlines says only a few hundred of its late December flights remain without pilots scheduled to fly the plane. An airline spokesman said Thursday that pilots were picking up extra flights and the airline had more on-call pilots in December than during other months. The pilots’ union had said that more than 15,000 flights lacked a captain, co-pilot or …

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Was rare brain surgery the right choice? A mother has her answer

It’s a decision no parent would want to make: Either go against your neurologist and put your child through a controversial brain surgery, or do nothing to stop his unending headaches. In April, Jessica Large and her husband Jeff made the call for their 11-year-old son, Brayden: The pineal cyst in his brain was going to be removed in Houston, …

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Why I spent a year reporting on severe brain injuries

In December 2016, three months after starting a job writing about health care for the Houston Chronicle, I attended a news conference at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where rehab-hospital staffers would be giving an update on a deputy who’d been shot months earlier during an ambush on police in Baton Rouge, La. At first, I thought I’d misheard when Dr. Sunil …

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OPEC committee recommends oil deal extension

VIENNA (AFP) – A joint committee of oil producers inside and outside OPEC has recommended that a deal curbing output be extended, Russia s energy minister said ahead of a key meeting in Vienna on Thursday. “The (oil) market has not yet achieved complete stability and more action is needed beyond April 1. Everyone (in the committee) recommended an extension,” …

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Bodybuilding products sold online may be mislabeled or unsafe

Many bodybuilding products sold online are mislabeled and contain unapproved drugs and other ingredients that may not be safe, a new study suggests. Researchers tested 44 products they bought online that were marketed as nonsteroidal selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs), which mimic the effect of testosterone and help build muscle. Overall, only about half of these items actually contained SARMs, …

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Cheese back on top: Google finally fixes burger emoji

Google made good on its promise to fix the hamburger emoji, which led to an online debacle last month. The people who argued that the cheese goes on top of the burger won, and the emoji has been fixed, according to Emojipedia, a site which tracks the emoji universe and all the changes. The burger emoji has been updated in …

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Consumer accuses Google of data theft of 5m iPhone users in UK

LONDON (AFP) – A consumer activist launched Thursday a lawsuit accusing Google of illegally collecting data on more than five million British iPhone users, who could possibly see a payout reaching into the hundreds of millions. A campaign group dubbed Google You Owe us says the tech giant owes consumers “trust, fairness and money” after unlawfully placing cookies on mobile …

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