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He Was Wounded in the El Paso Shooting and Lauded for His Bravery. Now Police Say His Heroic Story Isn't True

He Was Wounded in the El Paso Shooting and Lauded for His Bravery. Now Police Say His Heroic Story Isn't TrueChristopher Grant was arrested at the White House attending a ceremony honoring victims and police



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Colorado 8-Year-Old Recovering from Mountain Lion Attack Shares Terrifying Story

Colorado 8-Year-Old Recovering from Mountain Lion Attack Shares Terrifying StoryAn 8-year-old Bailey boy who was attacked by a mountain lion on August 21 while playing outside is at home and recovering.



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Hurricane Dorian: The story behind that red Jeep abandoned on Myrtle Beach shore

Hurricane Dorian: The story behind that red Jeep abandoned on Myrtle Beach shoreImages of a red Jeep stuck in the sand at Myrtle Beach quickly became one of the most iconic images from the Carolinas in this storm. Here's how it unfolded.



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Joe Biden under fire for war hero story 'filled with inaccuracies'

Joe Biden under fire for war hero story 'filled with inaccuracies'Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential hopeful, is facing renewed questions over his memory and whether he is too old for office after telling an anecdote about a war hero that appears to be littered with inaccuracies.  The former US vice president faced scrutiny after recounting an emotive story of how a soldier he once presented with a medal did not want it because the person colleague tried to save had died.  Speaking in New Hampshire last week, Mr Biden recalled how he once visited Afghanistan’s Konar province while vice president and met a navy captain who scrambled down a 60ft ravine under fire to retrieve a comrade. Mr Biden said that when he tried to pin a Silver Star on the man at an honouring ceremony, the soldier replied: “Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!’” While telling the anecdote Mr Biden had said: "This is the God’s truth, my word as a Biden.” Joe Biden, right, and senator Cory Booker during a debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls in July Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  However an investigation by The Washington Post based on interviews with more than a dozen US troops, commanders and Biden campaign officials found that many of the facts were wrong.  Mr Biden, the paper reported, appears to have merged details from three separate events into a single story.  “In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony,” a line in the article read.  The Biden campaign has not challenged the accuracy of the report, but Mr Biden himself has pushed back on criticism over the anecdote.  “I was making the point how courageous these people are,” Mr Biden said in a subsequent interview, adding later: “I don’t know what the problem is. I mean, what is it that I said wrong?” The issue has forced the spotlight once again on Mr Biden’s age and suitability for office. He is 76 and would be 78 on his first day in the Oval Office – the oldest person ever elected to the US presidency. Joe Biden was Barack Obama's vice president for eight years Credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh Mr Biden continues to be the clear frontrunner to take on Donald Trump at the November 2020 elections, according to multiple opinion polls of Democrat voters, but the gap has narrowed this year.   In recent months Mr Biden has made a slew of errors in public, sometimes simply saying the wrong word and at other times making factual inaccuracies.  Mr Biden recently recalled how he met with victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting while vice president. However the shooting happened more than a year after he left office.  At a candidates debate last month Mr Biden accidentally referred to a rival as the “future president” rather than “senator” and tripped up when trying to urge supporters to look at his website.  Mr Trump’s supporters jumped on the gaffe. Mike Huckabee, the former Republican presidential hopeful, tweeted: “Starting to feel sorry for ol' Joe.  He's now become the incarnation of Forrest Gump, showing up in every moment of history, even though he wasn't there and gets it all wrong.” Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and attorney to Mr Trump, tweeted: “Does Biden plagiarise because he’s a serial liar or has a seriously impaired memory?" In this instance, Mr Biden appears to have merged three different events regarding feats of wartime bravery, according to The Washington Post.  Mr Biden was present in 2008 when a US soldier called Miles Foltz was honoured in Konar province, Afghanistan. But the award was not a Silver Star, the colleague he rescued did not die, Mr Biden was not yet vice president and he did not personally present the honour.  Donald Trump is facing re-election in November 2020. The Democrats will start voting on who they want to take him on in February 2020 Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst In 2011, Mr Biden did present a medal to a soldier, Chad Workman, who insisted he did not want it because the person he tried to save died. But the ceremony was in Wardak, not Konar, the recipient was not a navy captain and the fatality happened in a burning vehicle.  At another event in 2014, a soldier called Kyle White was honoured for saving colleagues after some had fallen down a ravine. But the award was the Medal of Honor, the event was at the White House and Barack Obama, not Mr Biden, made the presentation.  It is unclear whether the blunder, reports of which were carried prominently by US cable news on Friday, will impact Mr Biden’s standings in the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.



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Correction: Immigration-Citizenship story

Correction: Immigration-Citizenship storyIn a story Aug. 28 about a new policy for military members, The Associated Press misidentified the name of a military news site. It is Task and Purpose, not Task and Report. The Trump administration has unveiled new rules that will make it harder for children of some immigrants serving in the military to obtain citizenship.



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Biden defends faulty telling of military heroism story

Biden defends faulty telling of military heroism storyDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday defended his faulty description of a tale of military heroism and his interactions with the service members who carried it out. The “essence” of his recollection is correct, the former vice president told a South Carolina newspaper Thursday after a Washington Post story detailed how an emotional anecdote Biden told recently while campaigning in New Hampshire contained inaccuracies. Biden’s telling appeared to conflate multiple events, yielding a single story of Vice President Biden pinning a Silver Star on a U.S. Navy captain in the Konar province of Afghanistan for his efforts trying to save another service member.



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MSNBC's O'Donnell retracts Trump story

MSNBC's O'Donnell retracts Trump storyMSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday retracted his story about supposed Russian ties to President Donald Trump’s finances and apologized for reporting it — just as Trump’s lawyer demanded. O’Donnell reported the story, based on a single source he did not identify, even as he couched it with the qualifier “if true” and admitted it had not been verified by NBC News. Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, had written to NBC Wednesday afternoon, saying the story was false and defamatory and threatening legal action if it wasn’t disowned.



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Correction: Red Flag Laws story

Correction: Red Flag Laws storyIn a story Aug. 24 about red flag laws, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an officer was fatally shot by a man while serving a warrant to take his guns away last year under Maryland’s new law. After a white supremacist discussed plans on Facebook for a mass shooting at a synagogue, police in Washington used a new law to quickly seize his 12 firearms, long before he was convicted of any crime. With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington D.C. have now passed “red flag laws” that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous.



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The former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair is said to have found a dead cat's head outside his home after the magazine began pursuing a story about Jeffrey Epstein

The former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair is said to have found a dead cat's head outside his home after the magazine began pursuing a story about Jeffrey EpsteinNPR has dug into allegations that Jeffrey Epstein used intimidation tactics to stop stories that covered allegations of sexual misconduct against him.



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New Orleans reporter Nancy Parker killed in plane crash while shooting story

New Orleans reporter Nancy Parker killed in plane crash while shooting storyNew Orleans reporter Nancy Parker was killed in a plane crash Friday after the aircraft she was shooting a story in went down in near an airport.



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