Manchin Goes Independent, Trump Donations Skyrocket, and the $1.50 Hotdogs are Saved

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin officially left the Democratic Party and filed as an independent on Friday, saying partisanship and a lack of compromise have left American politics broken. 
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The Trump campaign raised nearly $35 million in small-dollar donations after the former president was found guilty of 34 felony counts on Thursday, breaking the campaign’s previous record. (More

Israel confirmed that its forces are operating in central parts of Rafah on Friday, the same day President Biden announced that Israeli officials proposed a three-phase cease-fire deal to Hamas. (More

 Eight Senate Republicans pledged on Friday to oppose major legislation introduced by Democrats, along with White House judicial and political nominations, in response to the guilty verdicts of former President Donald Trump. (More

Researchers tested six AI voice-cloning tools and discovered that the technology achieved an 80% success rate in generating false statements using the voices of political leaders, including President Biden. (More

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➤ The Dallas Mavericks are headed to the 2024 NBA Finals after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-103 Thursday night. Dallas will now face the Boston Celtics for the 2024 title beginning next Thursday. (More

➤ French authorities filed terrorism charges against an 18-year-old man from Chechnya on Friday, accusing him of a plot to target spectators attending soccer games at the upcoming Paris Olympics. (More)  

Birmingham-Southern’s baseball team advanced to the Division III World Series this week and will compete after the school shuts down on Friday due to finances. (More)  

➤ A Florida middle schooler won the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee in a 90-second tie-breaking spell-off Thursday, earning a trophy and more than $50,000 in cash and prizes. (See Video

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Ladies and Gentlemen: our most-clicked stories of the week. Enjoy!

#1: An Ohio high school center fielder prevented an in-the-park home run by scooping up a misplayed fly ball and tagging out the batter at home plate. (See Video)  

#2: The biggest homes for $200,000 are found in West Virginia, and the smallest are in Hawaii, according to a list compiled by 24/7 Wall St. (See List)  

#3: Severe weather hit north Texas last week as tornadoes left several dead and at least 150 individuals trapped in a roof collapse at a gas station. (See Images)

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➤ An elderly California man accused of using a slingshot to fire metal projectiles at his neighbors’ homes and vehicles died Wednesday, just days after he was arrested and appeared in court. (More)  

A home security camera captured an Amazon delivery driver leaving a package in a burning garage. Instead of calling emergency services, the driver left to make more deliveries. (See Video)  

Costco’s CFO ended speculation Thursday and confirmed that the $1.50 price for its popular hot dog and soda combo will remain unchanged. (More)  

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