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Facebook post leads to finding new kidney

SEATTLE | Here’s another reason for holdouts to join the massive social media site Facebook: It’s a great place to find a kidney.

Between the kid photos and reminiscences about high school, more and more pleas for help from people with failing kidneys are starting to pop up. National organizations that facilitate matches say Facebook and other social media sites are quickly becoming a go-to place to find a generous person with a kidney to spare.

That’s how one Seattle man found the kidney that is going to save his life. On Tuesday, a woman his wife has known for years, but not someone they consider a close family friend, will be giving Damon Brown a kidney. She told him she was doing it for his kids.

COLORADO

Mall bomber pleads guilty to arson

DENVER | A man has acknowledged planting a homemade bomb at a Colorado shopping mall on the 12th anniversary of the Columbine school shootings.

Earl Albert Moore, 56, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of arson in federal court in Denver.

An April 20 fire at the Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton and discovery of the bomb raised fears it was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the 1999 school shootings at nearby Columbine High School. Authorities soon concluded it wasn’t.

During Friday’s hearing, Moore said he didn’t intend to hurt anyone. The Denver Post reported that he says he drained the propane tanks connected to the device before leaving it. He says he was upset about “a domestic thing” but he couldn’t really explain why he did it.

NORTH CAROLINA

Cruelty report checked at Butterball turkey farm

SHANNON | State deputies are investigating a farm that raises turkeys for Butterball LLC after an animal rights group said it captured undercover video showing animal cruelty.

Investigators on Thursday looked through the two barns and the roughly 2,000 turkeys inside at the farm in Shannon, near the South Carolina state line.

Deputies say it could be weeks before the investigation is finished.

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