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Mike Carroll: “We aren’t always able” to save “broken” children

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The head of the state’s child welfare agency told a legislative panel his department has now handed over “5,000 pages of documents” to a judge looking into why a foster child hung herself while broadcasting it on social media. Mike Carroll, secretary of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), spoke to the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee this week. Naika Venant, a 14-year-old Miami-Dade County girl who was in and out of foster care starting in 2009, killed herself last month during a Facebook Live video.…

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Donald Trump holds his own event as GOP rivals debate

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As his rivals made their final case to voters ahead of Iowa’s kickoff caucuses, Donald Trump was headlining a show of his own. Just 3 miles from the site of the final GOP presidential debate before voting begins, Republican front-runner Trump held what amounted to a cross between his typical rally and a fundraising telethon to benefit veterans. Between his usual talking points on issues like the country’s trade imbalance and media camera angles, Trump read out the names of…

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2 teens found dead in SUV in Florida garage

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Police in Florida say two teenagers were found dead inside an SUV in a garage. In a news release issued Monday, police officials said a woman found her 17-year-old son with his 14-year-old girlfriend in the family’s garage, which was not attached to their apartment in St. Petersburg. Police say they were in the boy’s 2002 Mitsubishi SUV. The garage door was closed, and the vehicle was running. Investigators say it doesn’t appear to be a case of suicide. St.…

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