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Chad Palmer, a Camden County, Ga., deputy sheriff, is under scrutiny for painting his face black and dressing up as a prisoner for a Halloween party.

A picture shows him in a black-and-white prison uniform. He can be seen with black paint covering his face and arms, wearing a jail uniform.

At the party, he said he was a Camden County inmate, and was picking cotton.

A spokesman for Sheriff Jim Proctor says the costume was "unacceptable." Proctor is scheduled to discuss the incident during a news conference.

There have been strong reactions from the community, as you would expect.

"Look at it. A white man with a black face, this just isn't right. It can't get more racist than that. It can't," said Shelia Blake. "I think this is disgusting."

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What's not to love about local news reporters swearing on air?

It's one of the Internet's great pastimes, along with bullying, the Kim Kardashian sex tape, Kate Upton doing the Cat Daddy, and cats ... in general.

Anyway, on Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, a reporter was live at the scene of a big fire. Fitting, as her bosses may be soon making one, if you catch our drift:

Yes. Lauren Podell, who can at least take solace in having been voted Best Hair in Detroit TV by Metro Times in 2011 (apparently), just f-bombed SO hard.

Having trouble getting her earpiece (IFB) to work, she attempted to fix the problem by angrily shouting "I can't get this f--king in there" with cameras rolling.

No clue if it worked, because in turn, that might have been the fastest apology ever recorded on video by the anchor in the studio. So well played there.

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Andy Kaufman's brother claims the late comedian is still alive and even fathered a daughter after he is said to have passed away from lung cancer.

The star passed away at the age of 35 in 1984, or so the popular narrative goes. Kaufman fans have long speculated that his death was a hoax.

Rumors regarding his fate resurfaced Monday after his brother Michael gave a bizarre speech during the annual Andy Kaufman Awards in N.Y. City.

Michael told the audience that he believes Andy faked his death, having found an essay written by Andy detailing on how he planned to pull it off.

Andy's alleged daughter (above) also appeared to corroborate the story.

Michael claimed Andy's letter instructed him to go to a specific restaurant on Christmas Eve, 1999, upon which an anonymous man handed him another missive.

He then read that note aloud to the stunned New York City crowd.

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Ryan Ferguson was released from custody Tuesday night, having spent nearly 10 years behind bars for a murder he maintains he did not commit.

His release came after his 2005 conviction was thrown out on appeal and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he will not retry Ferguson.

Last week, an appeals court dismissed the verdict that sent Ferguson to prison for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

The appeals court ruled that Boone County prosecutors violated federal law by failing to share several pieces of evidence with Ferguson's defense at trial.

Ryan Ferguson said his fight for justice "begins and ends with my parents." He said, "They've been there since day one. They believed in me."

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The Hawaii State Senate has passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, making it all but official that the island paradise will now be a same-sex wedding destination.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session for the bill and has supported gay marriage, has said he would sign the measure.

It will allow thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii, and even more tourists to marry in the Pacific Ocean state starting on Monday, December 2.

Senators passed the bill 19-4 with two lawmakers excused.

More than half the chamber's lawmakers spoke in support of the bill, with many urging the public to come together to heal divisions within the community.

It will also benefit the state economically. An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher it could boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years.

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A woman whose son was abducted by her estranged husband and taken to Mexico three decades ago recently learned her son is back in the U.S.

Kathy Amaya told NBC 7 San Diego that she hasn’t seen her son David since he was just a toddler. Her husband at the time took the boy to Mexico.

She says she's been looking for the child, who she tried to report missing, ever since.

David Amaya was raised by his grandparents in Mexico and doesn’t speak English.

His father told David he was American, but didn't tell him he was taken from the country without his mom's permission. David said via an interpreter:

“My father told me my mother had left me abandoned and orphaned.”

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Noah Muroff, a rabbi in New Haven, Conn., bought a desk he found listed on Craigslist and ended up discovering a bag filled $98,000 cash inside.

He then returned it to the woman he bought it from.

"The desk didn’t fit into this office by fraction of an inch,” Muroff said, explaining that he'd unscrewed the desktop to make it fit and made the discovery.

"Behind the drawers there is this plastic bag ... in that bag, I could already see through the bag, there’s it looks like a hundred dollar bill,” he recalled.

"We open it up and it's full of cash ... $98,000 in the bag. Right away my wife and I sort of looked at each other and said, ‘We can't keep this money.’"

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Kicking off holiday season shopping earlier than ever, Walmart Black Friday 2013 sales will kick off not on Friday, November 29, but on Thanksgiving itself.

Walmart stores will offer 21 "guaranteed" products if customers stand in line for them during the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday events.

If so, the nation's largest retailer ensures as part of its Black Friday 2013 bonanza that customers will get a product, either that night or before Christmas.

For some products, shoppers can wait in line for wristbands signifying their purchase, then shop for other items, as long as they return to pick up their product.

They must do that within two hours of the start of the sales events.

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A South Carolina mom is livid after a nurse implied that her nine-month-old son is a "loser" because the baby hadn't received any vaccinations.

Katie Smart claims she received an offensive note referring to the sick child as such after taking the boy to the hospital for twisting his ankle.

He also had a fever, so to be safe, she wanted the little boy checked out.

That visit came with a message, Smart says, that she didn't deserve.

"I did feel judged," said Smart of the note, which called out the fact that he hadn't received vaccinations and concluded with the word "loser" and a sad face.

"For her to say that, she doesn't know why I choose not to vac," said Smart.

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Jose Serrano, 10, of Juarez, Mexico, is seeking an unusual course of treatment for the giant neck tumor that his inhibiting his health and life: Viagra.

Yes, the pill responsible for reinvigorating the sex lives of countless men could also help give a young, tumor-stricken boy a chance at a normal life.

Viagra is most commonly prescribed to treat impotence, but it has also been shown to reduce the size of tumors in children, which is the goal here.

According to the TLC UK show "Body Bizarre," the medication can shrink it down to a certain size, the tumor can be safely operated on and removed.

Time is of the essence for Jose because the as the tumor expands, the growth forms cysts, some of which are on his lungs and near his windpipe.

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