Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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The skinny: Nun stuns judges on Italy's 'Voice' (w/video)

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Nun stuns the judges on italy's 'voice'

A singing, swaying, amazing nun stunned judges in a recent performance on The Voice of Italy. Video of 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia has gone viral on YouTube, and it's a clip that needs no translation. The judges/coaches on the reality singing competition have their backs to her. Rotating one's chair means you're interested in having a singer on your team. As Scuccia gives a top-tier performance of No One by Alicia Keys, the first judge turns his chair, and his mouth drops open. According to the Voice, "Her childhood dream was to become a singer."

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Police arrest man in toe suckage

Police have arrested a man who allegedly sucked a woman's toes in a North Carolina Walmart. He persuaded her to take off her shoes by telling her he was a podiatry student. Michael A. Brown reportedly had a woman try on several pairs of shoes at the Lincolnton Walmart store Monday and, "at some point during the process," he stuck her foot in his mouth. Detectives say Brown tried the same thing at a different Walmart, 15 miles away, earlier that day. Brown is a sex offender who was convicted of attempted sexual assault in 2001.

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Woman jailed after Golden Corral fight

A North Carolina senior citizen was taken to jail and charged with two counts of assault and battery after she allegedly started a food fight at the Golden Corral in Wilkesboro about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday. According to Wilkesboro police, 64-year-old Polly Richards instigated a fight with 69-year-old Linwood Moore after he cut ahead of her in line to pay while she was preoccupied with getting a drink. Witnesses saw Richards curse at Moore and shove him against the wall after grabbing his shirt. At some point during the altercation, Moore was also slapped in the face. During the incident, Richards also allegedly threw a plate that cracked 62-year-old Fay Cardwell in the leg and caused swelling on her shin and knee. While she was being placed under arrest, Richards told police, "Just take me to the (expletive) jail then." She was jailed on a $1,500 bond.

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Cops say sex with hookers is okay

Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate. Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Critics, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it's unnecessary and can further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade. Police haven't said how often — or even if — they use the provision. But when they asked legislators to preserve it, they made assurances that internal policies and procedures are in place to prevent officers from taking advantage of it.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

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