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Man Detonates Homemade Bomb Under Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC

A man rode the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan in New York City with a bomb strapped to him before detonating the explosive in an underground passageway under the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Despite the incident occurring during rush-hour crowds, there were no deaths and only five people were injured. 

Man Freed after Decades in Prison for Wrongful Conviction

A man freed earlier this week after 39 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was home for Thanksgiving dinner this week. Craig Coley, convicted for a double murder in Simi Valley in 1978, was exonerated of all charges after it was discovered Coley was convicted on a key piece of evidence that did not contain any of his DNA. 

Palos Verdes Teen Charged With Murder for Gang-Related Shooting

The 18-year-old son of a wealthy Palos Verdes family was arrested and charged with murder in connection with an October 1st gang-related shooting in Los Angeles. Cameron Terrell, a senior at Palos Verdes High School, is believed to have driven the getaway car following the fatal shooting of Justin Alongino Holmes.

Spacey Faces More Sexual Assault Allegations

Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp revealed that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was only 14. Only days later, eight people who work on the Spacey-produced Netflix series "House of Cards" told CNN that Spacey created a toxic work environment through constant sexual harassment. One employee alleges that Spacey sexually assaulted him. 

Trump Campaign Aides Manafort and Gates Indicted

Robert Mueller, special counsel appointed by Deputy General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the Russia investigation, indicted Paul Manafort and Richard Gates on Monday this week. Manafort and Gates were Trump campaign aides during last year's presidential election. The indictments were also revealed with the news that Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos pled guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia earlier this month.

Las Vegas Shooter's Brother Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Bruce Paddock, brother of Las Vegas mass-shooter Stephen Paddock, was arrested in Valley Village, CA on Wednesday October 25th on suspicion of possessing child pornography. News footage showed Paddock being wheeled out of an assisted living facility in a wheelchair and being loaded into a police van.

Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach Ban Dispensaries

Recreational and commercial cannabis becomes legal throughout California beginning in January. All municipalities of the state must have bans or regulations in place before commercial licensing begins on January 1st, or the state will take authority. Torrance, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach each passed ordinances earlier this week banning recreational marijuana dispensaries, manufacturing operations, and delivery services temporarily to maintain local control.

Bodies Found in Joshua Tree Died of Gunshot Wounds

Earlier this week, it was reported that two bodies found in Joshua Tree were believed to belong to two hikers that went missing in July of this year. Authorities have since confirmed that the bodies do indeed belong to Joseph Orbeso and Rachel Nguyen and that a handgun was recovered at the scene. Detectives believe that Orbeso shot Nguyen before turning the gun on himself.