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Rev. Jesse Jackson said he has Parkinson's disease. Jackson, 76, was diagnosed in 2015 with the neurogenerative disorder, which his late father also had. The civil rights leader said he will undergo physical therapy in an effort to slow down the disorder’s progression. “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” Jackson wrote in a statement. In addition to his civil rights efforts, Jackson has twice run for president and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. - USAT

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Iraqi forces have reclaimed the last ISIS-controlled town in Iraq. Forces liberated Rawa, near the Syrian border, and raised the Iraqi national flag over the town on Friday. ISIS, which once held about a third of the country, is now defeated in all of Iraq’s cities, although some areas of resistance remain, CNN reported. Rawa’s recapture "marks the end of Islamic State’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria," the Washington Post reported.  - WAPO

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Apple will delay shipments of its HomePod smart speaker until early 2018. The company originally planned to release the $349 speaker in December for the holiday season. Apple did not provide a specific reason for the delay. "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers," an Apple spokesperson said. The HomePod - with six microphones, a 4-inch subwoofer and "a seven-speaker array of tweeters" - will compete with similar devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. - CNBC

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A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has fled across the border to Colombia. Antonio Ledezma, the former mayor of Caracas, had been under house arrest since 2015 on charges of attempted coup plotting. An opponent of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Ledezma entered Colombia legally on Friday, immigration authorities said. Speaking at an airport in Cucuta, Colombia, Ledezma said the escape required him to get past nearly 30 army and police controls. He later boarded a private plane for Bogota. Ledezma "said he would continue fighting to restore Venezuela’s democracy from exile, adding that the decision to flee was his alone and kept a secret even from his family, who have been living outside Venezuela," the Associated Press reported. - AP

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The Pentagon retweeted a message asking for President Trump and two other politicians to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations. According to the Defense Department, an authorized operator of its Twitter page retweeted the message but quickly caught and deleted it. The original tweet from user "Proud Resister" asked for Trump and Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, to resign and Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican, to step down from his Senate race. All three have been accused of sexual misconduct in various allegations. "GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It’s a crime as is your hypocrisy," the tweet said. The Pentagon said it does not endorse the tweet. - AP

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A salesman affiliated with the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City had ties to investors or customers with criminal backgrounds, a joint investigation by Reuters and NBC News found. The crimes are unrelated to the Trump Organization, which said it is not the developer, seller nor the owner of the Trump Ocean Club. Reports said a Brazilian real estate salesman, Alexandre Ventura Nogueira, claimed to have met Ivanka Trump, who asked him to sell units in the building. Nogueira "was responsible for between one-third and one-half of advance sales for the project," Reuters reported. The recent investigation found ties between Nogueira and several people who were convicted or jailed for various crimes, unrelated to the project. Nogueira was also detained in Panama on charges of fraud and forgery, and later fled the country. “I had some customers with questionable backgrounds,” Nogueira told NBC. “Nobody ever asked me. Banks never asked. Developer didn’t ask and (the) Trump Organization didn’t ask. Nobody ask, ‘Who are the customers, where did the money come from?’" - REUTERS

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Danica Patrick said she will end her racing career after next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. Patrick, 35, said it took her months to realize that her career is done. She told the Associated Press on Friday that she will end it after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway event in May. “This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there," Patrick said. - AP

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Ohio State University has suspended the activities of most of its fraternities. Eleven of the school’s 37 fraternities in the Interfraternity Council has been under investigation for potential violations, mostly involving "hazing and/or alcohol," the school said. As a result, OSU suspended “all social, recruitment and new member activities for Interfraternity Council chapters until further notice, effective immediately,” Ryan Lovell, a senior director of sorority and fraternity life, said on Thursday. "The university will not tolerate behavior that puts the health and safety of its students at risk," Lovell said. - USNEWS

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An eighth woman has claimed George H.W. Bush groped her. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN that the former president touched her buttocks during a photo opp at Bush re-election fundraiser in 1992. "We got closer together for a family photo and it was like 'Holy crap!'" she said. "It was like a gentle squeeze." The woman, who is now 55, said the group had huddled together for the photo and she thought that "it was probably an accident." She reconsidered the possibility after at least seven other women made similar allegations of improper groping against Bush in recent weeks. The latest allegation would be the first incident to have occurred while Bush was in office. - BBC

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