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Police investigate 2 possible hate crimes against mosques

Authorities in California are investigating two possible hate crimes against Islamic centers in Sacramento and Davis. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says it is investigating an incident at Masjid Annur Islamic Center in Sacramento. Officials say a deputy was waved down by a citizen Saturday afternoon and was led to a burned Quran filled with bacon, hanging by a handcuff from a fence. The...
Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

The Philippine military on Sunday began observing an eight-hour halt in its air and ground offensive against Islamic militants in southern Marawi city to allow residents, most of them displaced by the monthlong fighting, to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the "humanitarian pause" in military assaults took effect...
15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 100 more people remained missing. About 3,000 rescuers were using detection devices and dogs to look for signs of life in an area that once held 62 homes and a hotel, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. "We won't...
15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 100 more people remained missing. About 3,000 rescuers were using detection devices and dogs to look for signs of life in an area that once held 62 homes and a hotel, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. "We won't...
Al Capone song, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

Al Capone song, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that sold at the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction. The watch fetched the...

NJ college: Professor fired for racially insensitive remarks

A New Jersey community college has fired an adjunct professor after officials say she made racially insensitive comments on Fox News. Essex County College's president announced the decision Friday, two weeks after Lisa Durden's appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." College officials said they received complaints about Durden's interview with Carlson. Durden, who is black, discussed a Memorial...
Gaga on gay pride: It's a time to shine light on equality

Gaga on gay pride: It's a time to shine light on equality

Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of gay rights, says pride weekend is a time to shine a light on equality. "This weekend is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of tolerance and the importance of bravery and kindness, (and) the importance of us supporting one another," the pop star said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday. The pride parade in New York City, Gaga's...
Seattle police: No choice but lethal force in fatal shooting

Seattle police: No choice but lethal force in fatal shooting

Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a 30-year-old pregnant woman each say they fired their weapons after the woman suddenly pulled a knife and came after them. The Seattle Police Department late Friday released transcripts of interviews with the officers involved in the June 18 fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Times reported (http://bit.ly/2p7zusN). The two officers say they...

LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

Police Chief Charlie Beck told graduating cadets on Saturday to "be strong. Be ethically correct. Do the right thing" after a scandal in the youth program involving allegations of stolen police cars and underage sex. During a ceremony at the University of Southern California, Beck told more than 2,000 teenagers and young adults that the day was joyous but also somber because some cadets...
Colorado officer escorting Pence motorcade hurt in crash

Colorado officer escorting Pence motorcade hurt in crash

A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer has been injured in an accident while escorting Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade to the city's airport. Police Lt. Howard Black told The Gazette (http://bit.ly/2s3LwGj) the accident happened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Officer Andrew Holland, an eight-year veteran of the force, was in serious condition. No other vehicles were involved, and Pence's motorcade continued...
The Latest: 34 UK high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests

The Latest: 34 UK high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests

The Latest on response to deadly tower-block fire in London (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Britain's government now says cladding samples from 34 high-rise apartment towers across the country have failed fire safety tests. Earlier Saturday, officials had put the figure of affected tower blocks at 27, saying they are located in cities from London to Manchester and Portsmouth. Urgent testing is being...
In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

Over a million people have visited the relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, since they were brought to Moscow last month. A total of 1,021,500 people have paid their respects to the holy remains, according to data published Saturday on an official website for the relics. The queue to see the fragments of the saint's bones on display has regularly extended...

Lawyer: Race a factor in St. Louis cop being mistakenly shot

The 38-year-old black officer was off duty when he heard a commotion near his home and ran toward it with his service weapon to try to help his fellow officers, police said. St. Louis' interim police chief, Lawrence O'Toole, said the incident began when officers with an anti-crime task force followed a stolen car and were twice fired upon by its occupants. One suspect was shot in an ankle and was...

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, following through on his assertion earlier this week that the matter was closed. News of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's ratification of the maritime border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia came in a Cabinet statement, which appeared...

Bahrain newspaper, shut down by government, lays off staff

A prominent independent newspaper in Bahrain earlier shut down by the government as part of a crackdown on dissent has laid off its staff. The daily Al-Wasat sent a statement Saturday to employees saying it had to let them go after the tiny island nation's rulers ordered it closed on June 4 . It marked the third time authorities have ordered it to stop publishing a print edition since the island's...
California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. "Your son is alive," he said. "Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone," Kerrigan said. "He said 'Hi Dad.' " Orange County coroner's officials had misidentified the body, the Orange County Register reported Friday (http://bit.ly/2tZSyZj). The mix-up began on May 6 when a man was found...
Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location. David Cox of tree-moving company Environmental Design said Saturday the 10-story sequoia is doing well, and everything is in place for the 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark to start moving on inflatable rollers...
Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming environmentalists who say it threatens a natural treasure. The forest has been designated...
Dior designer celebrates decade at helm at Paris menswear

Dior designer celebrates decade at helm at Paris menswear

Celebrating a decade at the creative helm of Dior Homme on Saturday, designer Kris Van Assche held court with Christian Slater, Jamie Bell and Kata Mara at his catwalk collection that paid homage to the iconic Dior suit. Here are some highlights of the spring-summer 2018 menswear collections at Paris Fashion Week. DIOR HOMME It was the suit, but not as we know it. Retracing the origins of Dior Homme...
Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

Authorities: Texas mom left 2 kids in hot car as punishment

A Texas woman told investigators that she left her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son in a hot car where they died last month to teach the girl a lesson and that they didn't lock themselves in, as she initially reported, according to sheriff's officials. Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, was being held Saturday on two counts of causing serious bodily injury to a child. It wasn't clear if she had an...

UN: More than 200,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen

The U.N. health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children. UNICEF director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said in a statement Saturday, "we are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," with an average of 5,000 new cases every day. The agencies say that more than...
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises children at zoo

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprises children at zoo

A group of young Zoo Atlanta visitors had quite the memorable experience this week when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showed up. “I knew that was you!” one of the kids exclaimed. The Rock posited a very important question before posing for photos: "Who's your favorite actor?"
SeaWorld under investigation by two federal agencies

SeaWorld under investigation by two federal agencies

SeaWorld is under investigation by two federal agencies who subpoenaed statements made by the company and its executives on or before August 2014 regarding the impact of the “Blackfish Documentary,” according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings published Friday.  The theme-park company reports receiving subpoenas in June from the U.S. Department of Justice as part of an...
Officers rescue woman in wheelchair from floodwaters

Officers rescue woman in wheelchair from floodwaters

Three Atlanta police officers rescued a wheelchair-bound woman from rising water on Tuesday. "I wouldn't call us heroes. We were just doing our duty,” officer Travis Gray told Channel 2 Action News. Body-camera video showed the high water the officers had to wade through to get to the Buckhead home. It was around 4-feet deep and rising from a nearby raging creek after heavy downpours moved...
Texas mother left children in hot car to teach them 'lesson,' police say

Texas mother left children in hot car to teach them 'lesson,' police say

A woman from Parker County, Texas, who previously claimed the deaths of her two young children in a hot car in May as an accident, admitted that she left them in the vehicle to teach them “a lesson,” police said. Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told “several variations of the events” during police interviews, and later said she broke the car window to make it look like an...
2 Chainz creates Atlanta's latest landmark

2 Chainz creates Atlanta's latest landmark

Many people may associate The Waffle House or Big Chicken with Atlanta. But there’s a new landmark in town thanks to rapper 2 Chainz. Earlier this month, the artist hosted a listening party to promote his latest project “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” For the event, he purchased a home, painting it pink and writing the word “Trap” on the front to mimic...
Gator chases Florida man trying to take photo

Gator chases Florida man trying to take photo

A Florida man had a close call with a gator after he strayed from a path to take a better picture of the amphibian.  The man left other hikers on the boardwalk of La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie in Gainesville and encroached on a mother alligator’s space as she was sunbathing, according to Ben Boukari Jr., who posted the video on Facebook.  “Guy is way too close,”...
Woman arrested in Florida after infant body parts found in North Carolina

Woman arrested in Florida after infant body parts found in North Carolina

A woman was arrested in Jacksonville in connection with body parts of two infants found under a house in North Carolina.Bridgette Smith, 41, was arrested Wednesday in Jacksonville on a fugitive warrant. Police found her at the Hawkins Motel in Baldwin.Smith was arrested and charged with failure to report a death after police found body parts of two infants under a house in Smithfield, North Carolina...
Unmanned boat crashes full-speed onto Florida beach

Unmanned boat crashes full-speed onto Florida beach

A man is under arrest for allegedly stealing a 32-foot boat that later crashed ashore onto Daytona Beach with no one on board Saturday morning, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said.  Officials have not identified the man, but said he stole the boat from a marina in Daytona Beach and is the only suspect. Coast Guard officials began searching after the boat when it ran ashore near the Silver...
White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

The White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a close-knit circle of aides over the slow pace of hiring and a chokehold on information and access to Tillerson, according to senior Trump administration officials and others familiar with the rift. Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobil chief executive with no prior government experience, gets some of the blame...
Second couple comes forward saying they were duped by wedding planner

Second couple comes forward saying they were duped by wedding planner

More victims of a wedding planner accused of duping a bride out of thousands of dollars are coming forward with similar allegations. Melissa and Nick’s wedding plans started with a bad feeling. The couple did not want to give their last name. "It was honestly a blessing from God that, like, I saw the red flags immediately at the tasting. I was like, ‘This is not going to work out...
Kellyanne Conway and CNN’s Alisyn Camerota spar over Russian election interference question

Kellyanne Conway and CNN’s Alisyn Camerota spar over Russian election interference question

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota and White House counsel Kellyanne Conway shared a tense exchange after Camerota accused Conway of not answering her question about Russian interference. Camerota asked Conway specifically what President Trump’s White House is doing to prevent Russian interference and hacking in American politics. Each time Camerota asked a question, Conway did not respond directly...
Can you help? Couple sought after wedding photos found on flash drive at thrift store

Can you help? Couple sought after wedding photos found on flash drive at thrift store

A Charlotte, North Carolina, woman is desperate to find a couple portrayed in wedding pictures that she found on a flash drive she bought at a local thrift store. Kathy Feaster said she bought the drive at the Community Thrift Store to clean up her computer. When she popped it into the computer, someone’s wedding photos came up. "I was like, 'OMG, these are somebody's wedding pictures,'"...
Man steals van, tries to board plane after jumping on wing

Man steals van, tries to board plane after jumping on wing

A Florida man stole a van, jumped on a plane’s wing and tried to board the aircraft that was preparing to taxi down a runway, according to police.  On Tuesday, Gregory A. Hoch, 37, allegedly stole a surveyor’s van after the man got out of it to get his tools, the Lakeland Police Department wrote on Facebook. After that, Hoch headed straight to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport...
Tornado Facts and Safety

Tornado Facts and Safety

Tornadoes can range in intensity. Wind speeds are measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which was implemented in February of 2007: EF0 = 65 – 85 mph winds EF1 = 86 – 110 mph winds EF2 = 111 – 135 mph winds EF3 = 136 – 165 mph winds EF4 = 166 – 200 mph winds EF5 = Over 200 mph winds Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita (1920-1998) developed the original Fujita Tornado...
Snapchat introduces location-sharing with Snap Map

Snapchat introduces location-sharing with Snap Map

Snapchat is introducing a new way to locate your friends with the Snap Map.  The social media platform announced the news this week, revealing that the location-sharing feature will allow friends to find each other or anyone in the world using its map.  “We've built a whole new way to explore the world! See what's happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure...
Prada paper clip costs more than one-way flight to Mexico

Prada paper clip costs more than one-way flight to Mexico

Prada is known for its Italian luxury fashions. But it’s recently added office supplies to the lineup, and those are just as expensive as some of the brand’s more popular items. »RELATED: Nordstrom selling $85 stone 'wrapped' in leather  The company is selling paper clips, and you can purchase one for a whopping $185.  Described as a money clip on Barney’s website...
9-foot-6, 500-pound sturgeon found at Oregon dam likely 60-70 years old

9-foot-6, 500-pound sturgeon found at Oregon dam likely 60-70 years old

A 9-foot-6 inch sturgeon weighing in at 500 pounds was found pinned Thursday in a radial gate at the Keno Dam in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The fish had sustained a head injury at some point and was dead when officials found it. It is believed to have been one of 221 sturgeons moved in 1958 from the Columbia River to Klamath County. At the time, officials were...
Man 'proposes' to girl after proposing to her mother

Man 'proposes' to girl after proposing to her mother

Grant Tribbett planned the perfect day to propose to his girlfriend. After breakfast at their local Cracker Barrel in Fishers, Indiana, Tribbett took his girlfriend, Cassandra Reschar, and Adrianna, her daughter from a previous relationship, to a bridge inside Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. Hiding in the woods was Tribbett’s friend and photographer, Mandi Gilliland, who he asked the previous...
Flight attendants recreate Britney Spears' 'Toxic' video

Flight attendants recreate Britney Spears' 'Toxic' video

Flight crew for a Thai airline paid homage to Britney Spears when flight attendants took advantage of an empty airplane and recreated the video for the pop singer’s 2003 hit “Toxic.” >> Read more trending news Four flight attendants for Nok Air danced and sashayed around an empty plane to the beat of Spears’ “Toxic,” mostly without singing or mouthing...
Authorities ID 10-year-old killed by log on Alabama beach

Authorities ID 10-year-old killed by log on Alabama beach

Authorities have identified a 10-year-old boy killed on an Alabama beach this week as Tropical Storm Cindy churned toward shore.  Nolan McCabe, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing in Fort Morgan with his family Wednesday morning when Cindy’s storm surge washed a large log on the beach over the boy. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Nolan suffered severe head injuries when...
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that...
Teen dies after falling from San Francisco cliff

Teen dies after falling from San Francisco cliff

A young woman died Thursday after she lost her footing while walking near steep cliffs in San Francisco and fell, according to multiple reports. The 17-year-old, who was not identified, was with another teen and an adult when she went off the trails near the Legion of Honor Museum, KGO reported.  San Francisco fire spokesman Lt. Jonathan Baxter told SFGate.com that the teen fell around...
Teen falls down 60-foot elevator shaft at abandoned hospital

Teen falls down 60-foot elevator shaft at abandoned hospital

A teen fell through a roof and down a 60-foot elevator shaft Tuesday at an abandoned building, according to police. Chris Aguilar, 14, was found around 10:40 p.m. after a nearly two-hour search through piles of debris in the New York United Hospital Center. The boy was taken to Greenwich Hospital, where he later died, according to WABC. “It became a very difficult and perilous rescue effort...
Man lands elusive bass, $15,000

Man lands elusive bass, $15,000

Big Al eluded capture for five years.  That is, until Pete Clark and his brother Jessie landed the 4-pound largemouth bass Tuesday, the largest pay day for a fish in the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, reeling in $15,000 in the process. “We are overjoyed that someone has finally caught the top-prize fish,” Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, told KARK.  Anglers...
Man visits Disneyland every day for 2,000 days

Man visits Disneyland every day for 2,000 days

It’s a dream for some and it could be a jail sentence for others, but one man in California has marked his 2,000th consecutive visit to the Disneyland Resort. Jeff Reitz, of Huntington Beach, California, started visiting the Happiest Place on Earth on Jan. 1, 2012. He hit the 2,000 mark on June 22. >> Read more trending news Reitz was unemployed and was looking to put a smile on his face...
Deputies shoot at dog, fatally hit teen trying to restrain it

Deputies shoot at dog, fatally hit teen trying to restrain it

A teen was fatally shot by deputies after a bullet fired at a charging dog ricocheted into the boy’s chest Thursday morning. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about loud music at an apartment around 3:40 a.m. when a 60 to 65 pound blue-nose pit bull bit a deputy on the left knee, according to investigators. A teen attempted to restrain the animal and took it...
Connecticut educator teaches students life lessons after being diagnosed with ALS

Connecticut educator teaches students life lessons after being diagnosed with ALS

Nearly 11 months after being diagnosed with Asymotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Connecticut educator Andrew Niblock is using his diagnosis to teach students about life. >> Read more trending news Niblock, the head of the elementary school at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, said he wanted to continue working after being diagnosed with the disease so that he could teach his students...
Stuffed cow prevents serious injuries for 2-year-old boy who fell from window

Stuffed cow prevents serious injuries for 2-year-old boy who fell from window

Less than 24 hours after plunging 16 feet out of a second story window, Eduardo Jose Luis Gomez arrived home Thursday from the hospital in good health and good spirits. The 2-year-old was carried upstairs by his mother, who then snapped photos of her son’s reunion with the stuffed cow credited with saving his life. "It’s just a miracle it’s a miracle,” neighbor Julia Sandoval...
5-year-old befriends neighbor while father is deployed overseas

5-year-old befriends neighbor while father is deployed overseas

When Brian Kelly’s father deployed overseas with the Air Force in May, he bonded with neighbor Dean Cravens over yard work, an activity he enjoyed doing with his dad, and the two have been inseparable ever since. >> Read more trending news Brian became friends with Craven when the family moved to Belleville, Illinois, last July, but the friendship continued to grow and develop after his...
Geese get police escort on highway

Geese get police escort on highway

A gaggle of geese got a police escort recently as they waddled down a highway. The Greenwood Village police kept other drivers away as the geese, who were walking in the shoulder, meandered along Interstate 25. “They were escorted away from I-25 under heavy police escort and delivered to their home safely....all lives matter to the GVPD,” the department wrote with the video on social media...
Train blocks road; people climb train to get through

Train blocks road; people climb train to get through

Motorists told Action News Jax that a train blocked traffic for more than two hours at Roosevelt Boulevard and Ortega Hills Drive on Thursday evening. >> Read more trending news  Neighbors told Action News Jax that the blockage affected Ortega Village Apartments, as there are only two ways in and out of the neighborhood, and the train blocked both of them.  One viewer sent Action News...
Televangelist indicted after television investigation

Televangelist indicted after television investigation

A televangelist and so-called “prosperity preacher” with ties to Charlotte has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Pastor Todd Coontz is accused of failing to pay taxes and filing false tax returns, as well as hiding assets that were paid for by donations. The U.S. attorney said, “This is a classic example of, ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’” >> Read more trending...
7 things to know now: No Comey tapes; Senate health care bill; N. Korea says Warmbier not tortured

7 things to know now: No Comey tapes; Senate health care bill; N. Korea says Warmbier not tortured

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today. 1. Senate health care bill: The Senate health care bill was unveiled on Thursday. The bill seeks to roll back much of the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky), will now have to make sure his fellow Republicans will vote for the bill. With a 52-48 advantage in the Senate...
Investigators hope new technology will help solve 20-year-old murder

Investigators hope new technology will help solve 20-year-old murder

Investigators are working to solve the 20-year-old murder of a woman killed in her home. Lorrie Smith, 28, was found dead of a gunshot wound at her home on Stonewall Tell Road on May 25, 1997. Her father said he found her body when he went to wake her up for church. “I opened the door and there she was in her blood on the floor. I thought that was the end of me right there,” James Smith...
Disney fireworks: Vehicles covered in ashes, residents say

Disney fireworks: Vehicles covered in ashes, residents say

The "Happily Ever After" fireworks show happens every night at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. However, residents around the park told WFTV’s Jeff Deal that the fireworks are dropping a mess all over their cars and yards. Ashes and small pieces of card board are falling on vehicles and yards at the Windermere Cay Luxury apartments after the fireworks shows, residents...
Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Despite initial relief among Georgia's 6th District residents that the barrage of campaign ads has come to an end, the reprieve might not last too long. "Now we know what New Hampshire looks like," said Chip Lake, a GOP consultant based in Georgia. The question is, with 2018 just around the corner, will this year's astronomical spending, much of it on TV, become a pattern in this suburban...
Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. “There&rsquo...
Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

At this time of year, demand for gasoline in the U.S. is normally rising as people head out for summer vacations in a country that has millions more vehicles than any other. But that's not happening in 2017, and one contributing factor could be that undocumented immigrants are driving less. Part of the blame for the slowdown may be higher pump prices, but Barclays Capital Inc. says another possible...
Trump’s preferred candidate wins again, this time in Saudi Arabia

Trump’s preferred candidate wins again, this time in Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump wasted no time Wednesday calling the newly named crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Less than 24 hours after King Salman elevated Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his 31-year-old son, Trump offered congratulations and celebrated the monarchy’s cooperation in rooting out terrorist financing and other issues. Even more than Karen Handel, the Republican who won a hotly contested House...
With first family in Washington, Manhattan tries to recover

With first family in Washington, Manhattan tries to recover

During the months of snarled traffic, choked sidewalks and tightened police checkpoints that clogged the streets of Manhattan around Trump Tower after the building’s best-known resident was elected president, Charelric Lenglain noticed a dismaying change in the foot traffic to his nearby salon. Namely, hardly anyone came for a haircut. This spring, Lenglain, who said he had lost over 40 percent...
Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed calls from some in her party who say it's time for her to step aside. A handful of Democrats have publicly said that after losing four special elections since January, especially a race in the Atlanta suburbs earlier this week, and failing to regain the majority in the House in the last four national elections, their party needs new leadership...
GOP frets about fiscal restraint progress

GOP frets about fiscal restraint progress

Fiscal restraint has long been part of the Republican Party's brand, but GOP lawmakers have made little progress on reducing the amount of money the federal government spends. And frankly, they're sick of it. That's the impetus for what has become a serious push by rank-and-file House Republicans to use the budget reconciliation process to enact mandatory spending cuts. Various targets have been thrown...
History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through Senate

History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through Senate

"Twenty-five days of consecutive session on a bill that was partisan in the sense that Republicans were angry with it, but we still had the courage of our convictions to have a debate on the floor." — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., remarks on the Senate floor, June 19, 2017 --- To highlight the secrecy of the GOP health-care deliberations, many Senate Democrats...
Selfies could be causing more cases of lice in teenagers

Selfies could be causing more cases of lice in teenagers

Many experts say head lice infestations are at their peak during this time of the year as kids head off to summer camp. A Jacksonville, Florida, woman who owns a lice treatment center said it's most common with young children, but she's also seen an increase in cases of head lice in teens. Mandy Ottesen owns Fresh Heads. She said it’s very important that parents use a high-quality comb and check...
2 teens investigated after painting over rainbow crosswalk

2 teens investigated after painting over rainbow crosswalk

The community of Medfield, Massachusetts, is coming together after an act of vandalism. A rainbow-colored crosswalk at the high school will need to be repainted after two teens defaced it Wednesday night. Police said the teens then shared photos of the vandalism on Snapchat. One picture showed one of the teens believed to be responsible for the vandalism with the caption “doing the world a favour...
Canadian special forces claim record 2-mile sniper kill shot

Canadian special forces claim record 2-mile sniper kill shot

An anonymous Canadian military source said one of their special forces snipers has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot at a distance of over 2 miles. The source told Toronto’s Globe and Mail that a member of the Canadian “Joint Task Force 2,” an elite special operation unit, made the shot last month during an operation in Iraq.  The Canadian...
Tornado flattens buildings near Birmingham, Alabama

Tornado flattens buildings near Birmingham, Alabama

A tornado damaged several businesses outside Birmingham, Alabama, onTuesday. Meteorologist Jason Holmes said buildings, including a liquor store and a fast-food restaurant, in the suburban community of Fairfield, west of the city, were reported damaged. Holmes also told The Associated Press that trees were down and buildings were reported damaged along the Interstate 20 corridor on the southwestern...
Homeless man killed saving teens from random attack, police say

Homeless man killed saving teens from random attack, police say

A homeless man was beaten to death on a Denver street last week when he came to the defense of two teenagers who were being attacked by another man, authorities said.  KDVR in Denver reported that the teens were attacked around 4 a.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found the victims, one of whom had serious facial injuries.  The alleged attacker, Dejuan Stamps, was found about a block...
Sheriff reduces jail time for Georgia inmates who saved deputy

Sheriff reduces jail time for Georgia inmates who saved deputy

Sheriff Johnny Moats, in Polk County, Georgia, isn’t naming names, but the six inmates who rescued an officer during a work detail last Friday will serve reduced sentences. Many of the six men who rushed to help the officer who’d passed out in the afternoon heat haven’t even been sentenced yet, Moats told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “If I’m in court when they go...
Florida woman forced to marry rapist at 11 years old

Florida woman forced to marry rapist at 11 years old

A Florida woman shared her story of how she was raped as a child, got pregnant at 10 years old and then legally married her rapist at age 11.  >> Read more trending news  Sherry Johnson, now 57, told WTSP that she “was raped repeatedly” while living in an apartment building attached to her church in Tampa.  “The deacon had keys, and so he would come...
TSA apologizes for tossing out woman’s breast milk during airport screening

TSA apologizes for tossing out woman’s breast milk during airport screening

The Transportation Security Administration is apologizing to a Colorado woman after throwing out her bottled breast milk during a security screening at Denver International Airport last month. “I just started crying,” Britney Shawstad told KMGH-TV, “because I really didn’t know what to do … that was my son’s food.” Shawstad, 28, of Englewood, said a...
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