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January 1, 2019

BANNED WORDS

DETROIT (AP) — No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it.)

That’s according to a Michigan school’s latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.”

The politically charged term at the center of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia is among 18 entries on Lake Superior State University’s 44th annual list, which was released Monday.

University spokesman John Shibley said the school received about 3,000 votes through its website and Facebook pages. Trump has repeatedly tweeted that there was “no collusion,” and “collusion” was among the top-three vote-getters — along with “wheelhouse and “in the books.”

The other words or expressions to make the list are “wrap my head around,” ″grapple,” ″optics,” ″eschew” and “thought leader.” Also submitted by the public: “platform,” ″ghosting,” ″yeet,” ″litigate,” ″crusty,” ″legally drunk,” ″importantly” and “accoutrements.”

STOLEN TEQUILA

$500K truckload of stolen tequila recovered, 4 men arrested

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in Florida have recovered a half-million dollar truckload of stolen tequila.

A spokesman for the Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s office says a truck driver hauling the load of tequila had stopped for dinner Sunday night at a Tampa area truck stop. He later noticed the trailer filled with booze was no longer attached to his truck.

Deputies began searching and found the semi-trailer at a nearby intersection. Alvarez says deputies watched four men transferring cases of Patron tequila to another box truck. He says that before the deputies moved in, the men had transferred more than 20 cases from the fully loaded truck. Three men were nabbed on the spot. The fourth was arrested a short time later.

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