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University freshman dead after suspected fraternity hazing

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A university student in upstate New York has died following suspected hazing that led to a suspension of fraternity and sorority activities.

University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi says Sebastian Serafin-Bazan died Wednesday. The 18-year-old freshman from Port Chester was hospitalized early Friday after the suspected hazing at an off-campus house.

Details of the case involving the Sigma Pi fraternity have not been released. Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo says police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were involved and are awaiting autopsy results.

In a written statement that the university said would be its only comment Wednesday, Tripathi extended condolences to the student’s family and friends.

University officials say an internal review is underway.

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Former Michigan trooper convicted in teen’s Taser death

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A former Michigan state trooper was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died when he was shot with a Taser.

Mark Bessner, who had a history of misconduct allegations involving Taser use, fired the immobilizing device from the passenger seat of a patrol car while he and his partner chased 15-year-old Damon Grimes in August 2017. State police officials condemned his conduct and agreed that criminal charges were appropriate.

Bessner, who quit the department after Grimes’ death, said he believed the teen was reaching for a gun in his waistband. Grimes, however, didn’t have a weapon.

“There can be no question that Mark Bessner knew that (he) was going to cause some serious harm to Damon Grimes,” assistant prosecutor Matthew Penney told jurors.

Bessner was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury opted for the lesser charge after deliberating for one day. He was immediately taken into custody to await his sentence on May 2. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison.

Nearly 20 sheriff’s deputies were in the courtroom to respond to any disruptions while the verdict was announced. Bessner’s family loudly sobbed while awaiting an elevator.

The Grimes family “is somewhat satisfied,” said spokesman Oliver Gantt. “I know they had hoped for more. For the most part, I think they got a little bit of closure. I believe the family can rest with that.”

It was Bessner’s second trial: A different jury last fall couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on a murder charge after listening to him emotionally explain how he “absolutely” believed Grimes had a gun.

But Bessner didn’t testify in his own defense during the latest trial. His attorney, Richard Convertino, urged jurors to put aside sympathy for Grimes’ family and place themselves in the trooper’s shoes in a high-crime neighborhood.

“ATVs and guns — that was the perception of those who patrolled those areas,” Convertino said.

Two months before Grimes’ death, an arbitrator had cleared Bessner of misconduct in how he used his Taser while chasing a crime suspect. State police wanted to suspend him for 10 days. The man was handcuffed during a traffic stop but suddenly sprinted away and was able to clear fences.

It’s generally against state policy to use a stun gun on a handcuffed person who’s in custody. Bessner was also accused of misconduct and agreed to a brief suspension for firing a Taser at a handcuffed man in 2014, records show.

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New Hampshire man facing deportation denied pardon

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A New Hampshire auto shop owner facing deportation to Lebanon for crimes committed 14 years ago has been denied a pardon that would have allowed him to remain in the country.

Alain Ata, 34, came to the U.S. with his family at age 10. He spent several years in prison for a pair of burglaries in December 2004. Since then he has opened an auto shop in Manchester. He takes care of his elderly parents and is engaged to be married. He told Gov. Chris Sununu and the governor’s Executive Council last week that he is an honest man with a good heart who has been punished enough for mistakes in his youth.

But the five-member council denied his request Wednesday on a vote of 3-1. Councilor Russell Prescott, a Republican, abstained from voting in protest over the council’s refusal to delay the vote by several weeks so he could gather more information. Prescott said earlier in the meeting that he supported the pardon.

“It’s hard to get things right all the time,” he said. “I believe he has paid his debt to society.”

While Ata’s request comes at a time when the Trump administration has been cracking down on illegal immigration, federal immigration officials started deportation proceedings in his case years ago. Ata’s lawyer said he essentially has remained on “immigration probation” because Lebanon officials haven’t submitted the necessary paperwork yet.

Councilor Andru Volinsky, a Democrat, said that while U.S. immigration policies have many shortcomings, Ata was undeserving of a pardon because of his behavior since leaving prison, including causing serious injury in a drunken driving crash and violating a domestic violence protective order by contacting an ex-girlfriend and mother of his child. According to a county prosecutor, that woman’s stepfather was the victim of one of the burglaries.

Ata declined to speak to reporters after the vote, saying only “thank you.” During his hearing last week, he asked for a second chance, and said he lives in fear of losing everything he has worked so hard to achieve.

“If I were to be deported I would be torn from everything I love, the business I built, my daughter and my fiancée who means the world to me. I wouldn’t be here to support my family and I would end up in a country I left as a 10-year-old,” he said. “A country where I have no friends, no family and a grim future.”

His sister broke down in tears as she described the prospect of her brother being sent back to a war-torn, poverty-stricken country. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory saying U.S. citizens should reconsider or avoid travel to certain areas of Lebanon because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping and outbreaks of violence.

“My brother will have zero chance at survival,” Della Khoury said.”

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Dad disses father-daughter dances as ‘creepy’ on Reddit, sparking backlash and debate

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One dad recently took to Reddit to poll users regarding their thoughts on the ethics of father-daughter dances for school-aged kids, as he sees the “creepy” tradition as one that can “sexualize the relationship between daughter and father.” Though the man refused to back down from questioning why the “weird archaic” pastime is still popular today, some commenters called out the author’s controversial view, while others supported his disdain for the “gross” tradition.

Earlier this week, Redditor pfunnk14 took to the social forum platform to air his grievances and voice his woes, after getting into a fight with his wife about the dances, BuzzFeed News reports.

The trouble began when the author saw an ad for a Valentine’s Day daddy-daughter dance, which he has been mulling over ever since. Though the couple’s daughter is only 2 years old and the situation is theoretical, the man told his wife he disapproved of the practice in general.

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Though the couple’s daughter is only two-years-old and the situation is theoretical, the man told his wife he didn’t like the practice in general. (iStock)

“My reasons were this: They are creepy and sexualize the relationship between daughter and father. It’s on Valentine’s Day. The dad and daughter are dressed like they are going to prom together. It’s oddly ‘date-like,’” the father began. “Not to mention it these dances have their roots purity balls where fathers claim sexual ownership of daughters until marriage.”

MOM CLAIMS SHE WAS KICKED OUT OF VALENTINE’S DAY FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE

“The whole thing just grosses me out and makes my skin crawl. I love my daughter with all my heart, but I don’t want to date her. I also don’t want to reinforce weird gender and patriarchal stereotypes in my daughters young mind,” pfunnk14 continued — though his partner soon “lost it.”

“She was shaking and crying. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look at me with such disdain,” pfunnk14 said of his wife. “She thinks I would be denying my daughter a special bonding experience. She was worried my daughter would feel so hurt and left out by this.”

The author admitted that even though he would attend a father-daughter dance one day if his young daughter “really wanted” to, he doesn’t “see the big deal in not wanting to participate in a weird archaic pastime that sexualizes my relationship with my daughter.”

“I can kind of see my wife’s point, but she was so mad I literally didn’t understand it,” pfunnk14 said.

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“She thinks I would be denying my daughter a special bonding experience. She was worried my daughter would feel so hurt and left out by this.” (iStock)

In an edited note, the dad revealed that his wife has had a fraught relationship with her own father, which likely contributed to her “sensitivity about this issue.” He also acknowledged that while father-daughter dances gained popularity in an era past, when some fathers didn’t have close bonds with their daughters, he is fortunate to already share a close relationship with his 2-year-old tot, as he stays home while his wife works full-time.

“These dances are from a time when a dad went to work and the mom stayed home and raised the kids. Dads were distant and didn’t raise their kids. So these dances were a way for a dad to actually spend time with their daughters,” pfunnk14 mused. “I promise you that’s not the case here. I spend every single day with my daughter. We do fun stuff all the time. No worries there.”

After setting the record straight, commenters erupted to share their take on the tale, in a post that has since won over 2,000 upvotes and sparked more than 700 comments. Some supported pfunnk14’s stance, while others bashed his perspective.

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“They are disgusting. That’s a 100% hard no for me,” one critic clapped. “All these dumb things are rooted in puritanical religious beliefs that a dad owns his daughter and her sexuality, and decides when to give it to another man.”

“You’re absolutely justified in thinking they are creepy and refusing to attend,” another agreed. “[But] I see the value in teaching your daughter how someone who loves them (whether friend, romantic partner, family, etc.) will behave during a night out. If she ever wants to go to a father daughter dance, maybe consider if you could make it about something positive. If not, explain your objections in an age-appropriate manner, take her to a science or history museum to learn about strong women, then take her out for dinner.”

Others, meanwhile, blasted pfunnk14 for slamming what they believed to be an innocent, wholesome tradition.

“Valentines is kind of creepy, but I remember going to a Luau themed one with my dad and it is a great memory,” one said.

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“These dances are from a time when a dad went to work and the mom stayed home and raised the kids. Dads were distant and didn’t raise their kids. So these dances were a way for a dad to actually spend time with their daughters,” the author mused. “I promise you that’s not the case here. I spend every single day with my daughter. We do fun stuff all the time. No worries there.” (iStock)

“I disagree, the roots might be bad but the idea of it is different now,” another offered. “I loved daddy daughter dances with my dad. They were special times to bond and dance with other kids my age and him. It never had anything to do with my sexuality and we aren’t religious. You’re not [wrong] for not wanting to do it, but maybe think about how many people actually think of it that way.”

Another, too, chimed in that at her own father-daughter dances of days past, “it wasn’t like we were even dancing WITH our dads most of the time, usually the girls were all dancing and the dads were all sitting at the snack table and hanging out.”

One sage commenter, meanwhile, eased the tension with some more balanced advice.

“I don’t think your wife is coming at this from a place of inappropriate boundaries. She sounds like she just wants you to dance with your daughter occasionally, which can be great memories,” the Redditor said. “I’d drop this for now; the kid is TWO. Come back a few years later and have a real discussion about it.”

“Maybe there’s a non-creepy version of this. There’s got to be, because a daughter and a dad dancing usually invokes tenderness and joy. But I’d leave it for now, seriously,” they added.

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Pfunnk14 said that was the “best advice” he’d gotten on the matter and dished that he had personally moved on.

“I haven’t brought it up again because it’s an argument for a future date. Maybe I’ll change my mind by then, I can’t be sure,” he concluded. “I’m all about genderless parent/child dances for that reason.”

As for matters of the heart, he’s still embarrassed and ashamed that he made his wife so upset.

“She really looked at me like I loved my daughter less than she had thought. It was not a good feeling.”

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New York man with measles traveling to Michigan unknowingly infects 39 people with disease

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A man from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York, traveled to Michigan without knowing he was infected with measles — a highly contagious respiratory infection that has infected more than 500 people in the U.S. so far this year.

The man, who has not been identified and has since been dubbed “Patient Zero,” recently traveled to Detroit to raise money for a charity in the Brooklyn community, The Washington Post first reported. Though he felt ill and saw a doctor once he arrived in Detroit (he reportedly drove through the night to reach the destination), his fever and cough were initially diagnosed as bronchitis.

In the weeks that followed, the man, who traveled from Israel to Brooklyn in November before heading to Detroit in March, unknowingly spread measles to at least 39 people. Nearly all the cases were reported in those who live in the Detroit suburb of Oakland County, where the man spent the majority of his time.

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At one point, the man reportedly called the doctor again after he developed a rash, a key symptom of measles. But it was allegedly dismissed as an allergic reaction.

But the doctor, who has also not been identified at this time, later began to worry the man may have contracted something more severe. He called the health department and left a voicemail that contained the man’s phone number. Health department officials, however, were unable to reach the man, as there was “a problem with his cellphone,” per The Washington Post.

Eventually, the man was located, thanks to the help of Jewish community members and Steve McGraw, who heads the Oakland emergency medical services.

“There is only one disease, and you have it,” McGraw told the man when he was located, he recalled to the newspaper. “He put his head down and was very emotional. I could tell from the look on his face that he was devastated.”

“He was doing the math in his head” to determine how many people he had come into contact with during his trip, McGraw described. “This guy was walking around all over the community and contagious. We knew we had a really significant exposure,” he added.

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The man visited some 30 locations in about a week’s time and likely had contact with “hundreds” of members of the local ultra-Orthodox community.

“Every one of our cases has had a link to the initial case,” Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County, told The Washington Post. A blood test later confirmed the man had measles.

The strain the man contracted “had an epidemiologic link to an ongoing outbreak of measles in Brooklyn, New York,” Lynn Sutfin, a public information officer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, told Fox News in an email Wednesday.

“The additional cases have an epidemiologic link to the [man’s] case or exposure locations,” she added.

Following the man’s official diagnosis, Oakland County health officials said they’ve vaccinated more than 2,000 people in the ultra-Orthodox community against the measles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago.

While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the epicenter. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York, and 85 percent of the latest week’s cases came from the state. Most of the New York cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

NEW YORK CITY’S MANDATORY MEASLES VACCINE ORDERS TRIGGER LAWSUIT FROM PARENTS

The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014 when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

The CDC recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine, which is 97 percent effective.

Other states reporting measles cases this year include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington. After the CDC issued its report Monday morning, Iowa officials said they, too, had seen a case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Prison activist Mumia Abu-Jamal to get new appeals hearing

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A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor dropped his opposition to it.

Sixty-four-year-old Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence after spending decades on death row in the 1981 slaying of Officer Daniel Faulkner during a traffic stop.

A city judge granted him a new hearing in December after the U.S. Supreme Court said a former Pennsylvania justice who heard his appeal had a potential conflict of interest in a similar case.

District Attorney Larry Krasner initially fought the hearing, fearing the judge’s order could affect a large number of other convictions.

Krasner says Wednesday he’s dropped his challenge because Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker has narrowed the scope of his order.

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Justin Haskins: I advertised a video criticizing socialism, then Facebook banned my account

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When those on the left can’t win an argument, they silence their opponents.

In January, The Heartland Institute launched an important effort to combat the rise of socialism in America. As one of the leaders of that effort, I, along with my colleague Donald Kendal, created a website devoted to discussing the dangers of socialism, StoppingSocialism.com, and delivered a speech to a large group of college students at Students for Liberty’s annual LibertyCon event in Washington, D.C., in January.

In February, I posted a highlight video to the Stopping Socialism Facebook page displaying the end of that speech, during which I called for millennials to reject the radical collectivism of Karl Marx and instead embrace the principles of the Founding Fathers: individual liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise.

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After posting the video, I paid Facebook to advertise it, to increase the exposure to conservative audiences of the speech and the Stopping Socialism Facebook page – a practice I have done more than 100 times over the past couple of years without any problems. You can watch the video for yourself below.

Shortly after advertising the video, Facebook pulled the ad, citing “violations” of an obscure part of the site’s advertising policies. According to Facebook, videos can’t include older versions of Facebook’s logo, and the video includes a few tiny Facebook logo icons that appear in some of the screenshots of articles featured in the video. I appealed the decision to reject the ad, believing it to be a glitch in their system, and their support team subsequently reversed its original decision and approved the ad.

For a few days, all appeared to be well. The ad ran without any trouble. But later that week, my Facebook advertising account was suddenly and without explanation permanently disabled, something that has never occurred before. I appealed the decision to ban my account, expecting this to be yet another glitch, but Facebook’s advertising team wrote back to me and indicated that the decision to ban my advertising account was correct, because, “We don’t support ads for your business model” – presumably referring to StoppingSocialism.com and my other conservative Facebook pages – and because some of my posts “don’t follow our Advertising Policies.”

“There’s no further action that you may take here,” Facebook’s representative said, adding later, “Please consider this decision final.”

I appealed the decision several additional times in February and March, when I explained that it was my belief that my account was being closed because I was actively promoting anti-socialism material. In response to those messages, different members of the Facebook support team continued to respond with exactly the same message, which reads in part: “There’s no further action that you may take here. We don’t support ads for your business model.”

After two months of making appeals, Facebook finally provided me with a specific reason for banning my account. According to the site’s support team, “Specifically, it was disabled for running misleading ads,” presumably referring to the socialism video, the only ad running at the time Facebook banned my account.

When I asked them to explain exactly what it was about the video ad that was misleading, the representative wrote, “no additional details can be provided regarding the decision made on your account. With Policy cases, we often will hold back the red flags we use to identify violations to help preserve the integrity of out [sic] internal processes.”

In my final communication with Facebook, I told a member of Facebook’s advertising team that it seems they are banning me for my political views, especially because I’m an outspoken and well-read opponent of socialism. In response, I was told, “I understand why you feel this way, however this is all the information that we are abbe [sic] to provide. Is there anything else I can help you with?”

I wonder what it is about my “business model,” which is nothing more than fighting for individual liberty and against the Socialist ideals responsible for the death, exile, or imprisonment of more than 167 million people over the past century, that Facebook finds so distasteful and “misleading.” And what was it about the Stopping Socialism video ad that caused Facebook to close my account?

Was it my criticism of Socialists’ call to “confiscate property for the good of the collective”? Was it my rejection of the idea that government should be in charge of determining what is good and evil? Or perhaps it was my claim that “rights do not come from some government bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. … They are ours and no one can take them away from us. If they are taken away from us, it’s because we’ve allowed that to happen, not because they have a right to it. They are our rights.”

Facebook continues to refuse to explain exactly what it is about the socialism video that warrants banning me from ever advertising on the platform again, but based on the little information Facebook has provided, the answer seems obvious: StoppingSocialism.com’s mission doesn’t comply with Facebook’s commitment to left-wing policies, and Facebook would rather kowtow to the liberal mob than operate a platform that supports free political expression.

None of this should come as a surprise. In August 2018, one of Facebook’s own employees, Brian Amerige, a senior engineer, wrote on the company’s internal message board, “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views. We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack – often in mobs – anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”

In 2016, former Facebook employees admitted they deliberately kept conservative news stories from appearing in the site’s “trending” section.

The problem is not limited to Facebook, either. Polls have revealed the overwhelming majority of people working in Silicon Valley hold left-wing views, and a 2017 survey found 90 percent of those working in Silicon Valley who identified as “very conservative” said they feel uncomfortable sharing personal views at work.

The bias that exists at social media companies like Facebook and Twitter represent an existential threat to the conservative movement. Together, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are some of the world’s largest sources of news and media. When you add Google to the mix, the world’s most powerful search engine, and a company many experts say has worked to silence conservatives, it’s clear that those on the left have the power to shut down anyone they want, whenever they want. And as I have now experienced firsthand, they don’t have to provide an explanation.

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If conservatives don’t soon find an alternative way to provide general audiences on social media platforms with news, opinion, and analysis, they could one day be permanently shut out by the leftist elites in Silicon Valley.

If it can happen to me, it can happen to you.

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Oprah has her own avocado orchard, thinks it’s ‘ridiculous to pay for avocados’

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Take heed, brunch restaurants of the world: Oprah Winfrey will not be paying extra for avocado.

During a recent appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Winfrey revealed that she always travels with her own avocados, as she thinks it’s “ridiculous to pay for avocados.”

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The reveal took place during an audience Q&A segment with Winfrey, after Noah kicked things off by asking Winfrey “how much normalcy there still is in [her] life,” considering how wealthy she is.

“When was the last time your phone ran out of battery while you were speaking? Has that ever happened to you?” he asked, to which Winfrey said it never had.

Noah followed up with, “Has there ever been a moment when you’re in the bathroom, and the toilet roll is done?” Again, Winfrey said there had not.

Instead, she offered up a behavior she deemed as “very normal.”

“I travel with my own bread, and I bring my own avocados, to the hotel.”

She then revealed that she has her own avocado orchard, which is why she thinks “it’s ridiculous to pay for avocados.”

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When Noah pointed out that, no, “that is not a ‘normal’ story,” Winfrey offered up another, arguably more relatable behavior.

“The one thing I will not do is send my underwear out to be washed or cleaned,” Winfrey said, reasoning that it’s too expensive per garment.

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Mazda is finally doing diesel with 2019 CX-5 SUV

Yars after announcing plans for one, Mazda is finally putting a diesel-powered CX-5 on sale in the United States.

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The small SUV making its debut at the New York International Auto Show is powered by a new 2.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that Mazda calls Skyactiv-D.

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Mazda has been toiling all this time to create an engine that could meet both its performance goals and the American market’s stringent diesel emissions standards. In order to do that, it had to add a nitrogen oxide scrubber and exhaust fluid treatment system, which it originally tried to work around with other engineering methods. All diesels on sale today use a similar setup, including the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain, which are Mazda’s only direct competitors.

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The result is a motor rated at 168 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque that’s good for 28 mpg combined in the CX-5 Signature AWD, which is the only model that It will be available in at launch. For comparison, the gas-powered version has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 187 hp and 186 lb-ft that has an EPA combined rating of 27 mpg. The tow rating, which is a typical diesel strength, has not yet been revealed.

Pricing starts at $42,045 and the order book is open now.

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‘Breakthrough’ impacted ‘This Is Us’ star Chrissy Metz’s own faith

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“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz is bringing one mother’s incredible faith and miraculous true story to the big screen in the 20th Century faith-based film, “Breakthrough,” just in time for Easter weekend.

Metz, a Christian herself, plays the role of Joyce Smith who prayed for her son after he was declared dead for 45 minutes. Miraculously, her son John, played by Marcel Ruiz, came back to life and walked out of the hospital on his own and without brain damage three weeks later. After the miracle, he eventually gave his life to Christ and feels called to be a pastor someday.

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The 38-year-old actress, who was raised Catholic, said Smith’s faith impacted her and those on the set in a “rippling effect.”

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“I believe in God,” Metz told The Christian Post, “and so I ask God, what it is that I should be doing and whatever His will is for me, and that I could set my own ego and pride aside and be willing and be open, to talk to me in ways that I will understand.”

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The resilience of Joyce encouraged Metz to “delve deeper into what it is I really believe in.”

Metz said “everything happened perfectly” for her to land the role while she was still filming for “This Is Us.” For her stage and season in life, the Florida native called it a “no-brainer.”

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She said she hopes people who watch “Breakthrough,” which hits theaters nationwide today, that they realize how important and purposeful their lives are.

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“Sometimes you have to be the person to believe in someone until they believe in themselves, and then you pay that forward,” Metz said. “That’s what it’s all about us. We’re so beautifully connected. Especially in this day and age where we couldn’t be farther apart. I think it’s very timely. This is a beautiful reminder.”

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