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Big Ben bell to go silent in London for repairs until 2021

The British Parliament's Big Ben bell is due to sound the hour for the last time before it is silenced for repair work scheduled to last until 2021. After 12 deep bongs at noon Monday, the bell will begin its longest period of silence since it first sounded in 1859. The break will allow workers to carry out much-needed maintenance to the Victorian clock and clock tower, but will deprive Londoners...
Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty

Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty

In a heinous case on the Navajo Nation, an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van, sexually assaulted and killed. The tribe did not seek to have the man who recently admitted to killing her put to death. American Indian tribes for decades have been able to tell federal prosecutors if they want a death sentence considered for certain crimes on their land. Nearly all have rejected that option. Tribes...
Sen. McCain faces cancer battle with typical feistiness

Sen. McCain faces cancer battle with typical feistiness

Sen. John McCain's packed agenda while on break from Congress in his home state of Arizona has hardly been the schedule of a typical brain cancer patient - or even someone about to turn 81. McCain has been undergoing targeted radiation and chemotherapy treatments at the local Mayo Clinic on weekday mornings before going about his day with vigor. In the past two weeks, the Republican has discussed...
US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an...
US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an...
US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an...
The Latest: Singapore helicopter evacuates 4 injured US crew

The Latest: Singapore helicopter evacuates 4 injured US crew

The Latest on the collision between a U.S. Navy ship and a merchant ship near Singapore (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The U.S. Navy says four sailors injured in a ship collision were evacuated to a hospital. The Navy says 10 sailors are missing in the collision of the USS John S. McCain and the Alnic MC tanker in waters east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca early Monday. The U.S. Navy said in...
10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

Ten U.S. sailors are missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. The Navy said five sailors were hurt in the collision between the guided-missile destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker. Four of them were evacuated...
10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

Ten U.S. sailors are missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. The Navy said five sailors were hurt in the collision between the guided-missile destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker. Four of them were evacuated...
Rescuers expand search for Army helicopter crew in Hawaii

Rescuers expand search for Army helicopter crew in Hawaii

The Coast Guard has expanded its search for five crew members of a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter that crashed into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii more than four days ago. Officials said in a statement Sunday that their search area has covered about 68,000 square nautical miles. There have been no signs of life or of the missing crew, they said, but significant debris from the helicopter has...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes

Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes

A Missouri lawmaker who drew bipartisan outrage over her brief Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologized publicly Sunday to Trump and his family, calling the online posting "a mistake." But Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a black Democrat, said she has no plans to resign as numerous top Republicans and Democrats in Missouri have insisted since...
Free speech supporters: Outnumbered, but rally was a success

Free speech supporters: Outnumbered, but rally was a success

Supporters of a small, conservative "free speech rally" held Saturday in Boston said that despite being outnumbered by tens of thousands of counterprotesters, their event was a success. Demonstrators protesting against racism and white supremacy had descended upon historic Boston Common, dwarfing the rally's few dozen attendees and leading to what appeared to be an abrupt end of the event...

US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade deal in history. The first round of NAFTA renegotiations talks were wrapped up Sunday. The three countries said they planned to meet again in Mexico Sept. 1-5, in Canada late next month and back in the United...
Prosecutors: Prof killed boyfriend as part of sexual fantasy

Prosecutors: Prof killed boyfriend as part of sexual fantasy

The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors told a Cook County judge Sunday at a bond hearing for the men. An Illinois prosecutor shared disturbing new details about the July 27 slaying, describing...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host dies, at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host dies, at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Hospital officals: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Hospital officals: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected. More than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors are decreasing each day. The death toll earlier stood at 450. The Inter-Religious...
Florida zoo is latest charity to move gala from Trump resort

Florida zoo is latest charity to move gala from Trump resort

A Florida-based zoo and conservation society announced Sunday that it would not to hold its annual gala at President Trump's Florida resort. The decision by the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is the latest by a charity to move fundraisers from the Mar-a-Lago resort since Trump made comments about white nationalists last week. The Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society and the American...
Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away. Planetariums and museums posted "Sold out of eclipse glasses" on their front doors. Signs along highways reminded motorists of "Solar Eclipse Monday," while cars bore the message "Eclipse or bust." With 200 million people within a day's drive of the path of totality, towns and parks braced...
Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away. Planetariums and museums posted "Sold out of eclipse glasses" on their front doors. Signs along highways reminded motorists of "Solar Eclipse Monday," while cars bore the message "Eclipse or bust." With 200 million people within a day's drive of the path of totality, towns and parks braced...
Plenty at stake in jury selection for Menendez trial

Plenty at stake in jury selection for Menendez trial

A lengthy criminal investigation that has put U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in the crosshairs of a federal corruption indictment — and placed Democrats in peril of losing a key seat — will ultimately rest in the hands of 12 residents from New Jersey, a state he's represented in Congress for more than two decades. Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys will have plenty of factors to consider...
Rare Aston Martin sports car sells for record-setting $22.5 million

Rare Aston Martin sports car sells for record-setting $22.5 million

A rare Aston Martin sports car sold for a record-setting $22.5 million at auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during Monterey Car Week. The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1 was created to compete in the World Sportscar Championship and Le Mans race series. Only five of the vehicles were crafted, this is the first chassis. It competed in three Le Mans 24 Hours events but never won. Sir...
Anquan Boldin retires after 14 seasons

Anquan Boldin retires after 14 seasons

Anquan Boldin’s football career has come to an end. The former Pahokee and FSU standout has decided to retire after 14 seasons in the National Football League, according to ESPN. The network’s NFL reporter Jim Trotter broke the news Sunday night via Twitter. In a statement, Boldin said he planned to focus on humanitarian work. “My life’s purpose is bigger than football,&rdquo...
10 sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker

10 sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker

Ten sailors are missing and five are injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with an oil and chemical tanker early Monday. The USS John S. McCain collided with the "Alnic MC" at 6:24 a.m. in the Strait of Malacca off the coast of Singapore in the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet. The USS John S. McCain sustained damage to its left rear side. Osprey aircraft and Seahawk...
Thieves use forklift to steal ATM, police say

Thieves use forklift to steal ATM, police say

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the thieves who stole an ATM by ramming it with a forklift and loading it into a waiting truck. The thieves used a large CAT forklift to crash into the drive-thru portion of a bank last Wednesday. Police believe the criminals might have some ties to the construction industry. They targeted the First Service Bank in Conway in the dead of...
Heavy rain causes car to descend sand bank

Heavy rain causes car to descend sand bank

Beaches can be beautiful, but they can also be unpredictable – especially when there’s 5 inches of rain. Ciaran Lucey found that out the hard way when his car was nearly swallowed while being parked outside the Beachcomber Friday night. “I ran out here with my cousin and slowly watched my car decline into the dune and onto the beach for like two hours,” he said. “I was...
Florida firefighter spears 409-pound grouper

Florida firefighter spears 409-pound grouper

A Bradenton firefighter has just caught one of the world’s largest Warsaw groupers, according to news reports. James Taylor speared a 409-pound grouper during the St. Pete Open annual fishing tournament on Saturday, according to WFTS. Taylor was fishing in about 250-feet-deep waters when he caught the fish. Florida Fish and Wildlife weighed the grouper and Taylor is waiting to hear whether...
Real estate agent finds human remains while showing Florida property, police say

Real estate agent finds human remains while showing Florida property, police say

A real estate agent and some clients found human remains on a rural Groveland property Saturday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies began investigating the remains around 5:50 p.m. after the real estate agent discovered them on the property, which is up for sale. Deputies preserved the scene overnight and continued investigating the remains Sunday. The investigation is active. Deputies...
4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself with gun, father charged

4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself with gun, father charged

A four-year-old boy is dead after accidentally shooting and killing himself Saturday at a residence in Memphis, Tenn. The child’s father is facing a number of charges, including reckless homicide. Police said the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on the city’s southeast side. When police arrived, they found the child on a walkway, according to news outlets. He was transported to a local...
Solar eclipse 2017: If you can’t get glasses, here’s what to do to watch Monday’s eclipse

Solar eclipse 2017: If you can’t get glasses, here’s what to do to watch Monday’s eclipse

If you have not gotten a pair of glasses to view Monday’s solar eclipse, you are not alone.Retail stores and online outlets across the country have reported that supplies are low or nonexistent in the hours before the 2017 solar eclipse.If you haven’t secured a pair, there are a few things you can do to safely watch the eclipse.Here are some tips. Is there any way to still get glasses?Some...
Mar-a-Lago dumped, more event cancellations after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

Mar-a-Lago dumped, more event cancellations after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and an ovarian cancer group are the latest nonprofits to cancel charity events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. The Preservation Foundation, which celebrates and protects the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, planned to host a dance in March at the club, which has long been an oasis for charities and their patrons during...
Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Millions of Americans are gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. Folks are planning watch parties, community events and day trips to catch the once-in-a-generation celestial spectacle, but solar eclipses weren’t always as popular as they are today. In fact, the word &ldquo...
Man accelerates to cross rising drawbridge, lands safely on other side

Man accelerates to cross rising drawbridge, lands safely on other side

A man driving to Cape May with his family had to accelerate when a drawbridge abruptly starting rising beneath their vehicle, police said. Terence Naphys was driving with his wife, daughter and her friend when the Middle Thorofare Bridge lifted three to six feet as their RAV4 crossed, according to WRC. So Naphys accelerated and jumped the gap. "It's scary what's going through your...
Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Former basketball star Charles Barkley recently weighed in on an argument that has the entire nation riled up: the removal of Confederate statues. “I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues. ... I’m going to keep doing great things, No. 1 in the black community because I’m black,” Barkley said in an interview with Rick Karle of...
Man who rescued newborn baby abandoned in bushes hailed as hero

Man who rescued newborn baby abandoned in bushes hailed as hero

If it weren’t for Albert Peterson, an abandoned newborn baby girl might not be alive today. Peterson is the man who, as he was rushing to work in the early morning hours, took the extra time to check on the muffled noise he heard coming from the bushes along the sidewalk of his Harris County, Texas, apartment complex. The Houston area was quickly captivated by the story of the baby that...
Charlie Daniels compares Confederate statue removal to ISIS' actions

Charlie Daniels compares Confederate statue removal to ISIS' actions

Charlie Daniels has always been outspoken about his political beliefs. So it comes as no surprise that he is sharing his opinions on the recent movement to remove Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces in the U.S. In a new interview with cable network Newsmax TV, the 80-year-old country music icon was asked whether or not he thought Confederate statues should be taken...
'Deadpool 2' stuntwoman killed on set was first black woman road racer

'Deadpool 2' stuntwoman killed on set was first black woman road racer

Joi “SJ” Harris, known as the first African-American woman road racer, died on the Vancouver set of “Deadpool 2” after a motorcycle crash.  The pioneer grew up in Brooklyn but didn’t catch wind of the motorcycle racing industry until adulthood.  Determined to learn how to ride, she headed to New Jersey Motorsports Park, a track three hours away from her...
Army veteran who lost both legs to roadside bomb is becoming a doctor

Army veteran who lost both legs to roadside bomb is becoming a doctor

Greg Galeazzi is putting on a white coat at Harvard Medical School six years after losing his legs while serving in the Army. Galeazzi told ABC News that he lost his legs and much of his right arm when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan in May 2011, just one month before he was scheduled to head home. “It felt like I was an empty coke can on train tracks getting hit by a freight...
Powerball jackpot hits $650M after nobody wins Saturday drawing

Powerball jackpot hits $650M after nobody wins Saturday drawing

Sorry, Powerball players: You're not half a billion dollars richer. ABC News reported that nobody won the massive $541.9 million jackpot in Saturday's drawing. The winning numbers were 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13. But don't toss that ticket just yet. According to the Powerball website, tickets sold in South Carolina and Tennessee won a $2 million prize, while $1 million winning tickets...
Navy sailor, girlfriend charged with torture, child abuse of 5-year-old boy

Navy sailor, girlfriend charged with torture, child abuse of 5-year-old boy

U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Whitten, 33, and his live-in girlfriend Jeryn Johnson, 25, are charged with torture and child abuse after authorities said Whitten’s 5-year-old son was discovered with severe injuries and living in filth among 15 animals, reports KGTV. The police and fire departments in Murrieta, California, reportedly discovered the boy when they responded...
TV channels gearing up for live eclipse coverage

TV channels gearing up for live eclipse coverage

For those not in the 14 states comprising the eclipse’s “path of totality,” here’s a look at some of the viewing opportunities online and on TV Monday (all times Central): CNN: In partnership with Volvo, CNN plans two hours of livestreaming, 360-degree coverage accessible in virtual reality through Oculus and other VR headsets beginning at noon. Accompanying television coverage...
Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Noted comedian, actor and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at 84. His family confirmed the death Saturday through social media. Gregory was hospitalized with a serious but stable condition, his son Christian said Thursday. Gregory is survived by his wife Lillian and their 10 children.
Woman holding American flag dragged by protester in Boston

Woman holding American flag dragged by protester in Boston

The Boston “Free Speech” rally ended with 33 arrested and while police were very diligent about keeping the right-wing groups away from protesters, there were still isolated incidents of violence. A clip showed a woman holding an American flag as a protester tries to rip it from her hands. The woman held on to the flag and is dragged toward a group of people, some of whom are wearing...
USS Indianapolis discovered after 72 years 

USS Indianapolis discovered after 72 years 

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sank during the final days of World War II, has been found 18,000 feet below the north Pacific Ocean. The discovery was made Friday by a team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, according to the billionaire’s website. "To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families...
6 arrested in Memphis at rally at Nathan Bedford Forest statue 

6 arrested in Memphis at rally at Nathan Bedford Forest statue 

A peaceful rally was supposed to occur at the Nathan Bedford Forest Statue on Saturday, but it turned into multiple arrests. This rally came one day after it was announced that the Memphis City Council would have a session on Tuesday to discuss “the immediate removal and or sale” of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park and the Jefferson Davis statue in downtown Memphis...
Widow texts Pulse gunman alibi, deletes message night of attack, new court filing claims

Widow texts Pulse gunman alibi, deletes message night of attack, new court filing claims

Noor Salman is accused of helping her husband plan and carry out the June 12, 2016, attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and a document filed by prosecutors this week is shedding new light on the case. The document filed Thursday lists specific instances that prosecutors intend to pursue during trial, and alludes to a text message allegedly sent by Salman to her husband about his alibi for the...
Atlanta fathers become first black LGBT family to represent European clothing line

Atlanta fathers become first black LGBT family to represent European clothing line

You may find many parents playing in the park or taking a dunk in the pool with their kids. But one Atlanta couple have a slightly different agenda. They’re modeling with their little ones, and they’ve just made history as the first black LGBT family to represent a high-fashion European clothing line.  Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony first entered the spotlight in 2014 when they posted...
Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Torch-bearing white supremacists shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Protesters and counter protesters colliding with violence and chaos. A car driven by a known Nazi sympathizer mowing down a crowd of activists. Many Americans responded to this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with disbelieving horror. How could this happen in America, in 2017? "This is not who we are,"...
Girl burned with boiling water during sleepover happy to be home

Girl burned with boiling water during sleepover happy to be home

A New York girl who was severely burned after another girl poured boiling water on her face while she was sleeping is making a nice recovery, her mother said Friday. Jamoneisha Merritt told the New York Daily News, “I’m so great,” upon being released from the hospital and returning home. Merritt said she was dancing and listening to music. Her mother said her daughter is in good...
Private investigator in Natalee Holloway case finds human remains

Private investigator in Natalee Holloway case finds human remains

A private investigator working for the the father of Natalee Holloway said remains have been discovered in the case. Holloway, who is from Alabama, disappeared in 2005 while on a post-high school trip to Aruba. Her disappearance has remained a mystery for 12 years as no one has been charged. Speculation has swirled around Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man who Holloway was last seen with at a bar. Van...
Deputy's quick action saves K-9 partner

Deputy's quick action saves K-9 partner

Quick action by a Martin County deputy likely saved the life of his partner, a 5-year-old K-9 officer named Kaspar, according to the sheriff's office. When Deputy Ron Manganiello noticed that Kaspar was suffering from serious internal distress today, he rushed the dog to a veterinarian. Kaspar underwent immediate surgery, which revealed a large tumor on his liver. The tumor had ruptured, causing internal...
How to photograph the solar eclipse with your smartphone

How to photograph the solar eclipse with your smartphone

Many who hope to capture the eclipse Monday using their professional digital cameras have been warned to protect their camera lenses with proper solar filters. But what about smartphones? Here are some general guidelines for taking successful smartphone photos of the solar eclipse. Use a tripod or rest your smartphone on a stable surface to avoid shaking. Make manual adjustments. Focus on the eclipse...
NFL coach says he will not stop his players from protesting national anthem

NFL coach says he will not stop his players from protesting national anthem

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles will not stand in the way of any of his players protesting during the national anthem. No Jets players have indicated that they would opt to not stand during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick did last season. But Bowles made it clear that those actions would be each player’s prerogative...
Shannen Doherty shares heartfelt message about doctor who saved her life

Shannen Doherty shares heartfelt message about doctor who saved her life

Shannen Doherty continues to be an inspiration to us all as she looks on the bright side of her cancer battle. This week, the actress took to Instagram to point out one good thing that came out of her breast cancer diagnosis: meeting Dr. Lawrence Piro. Doherty shared a touching message about the man she never would have met if she hadn’t developed the disease and wished him the happiest of...
Golden retriever digs up $85,000 worth of hard drugs in the backyard

Golden retriever digs up $85,000 worth of hard drugs in the backyard

A family in Yamhill County, Oregon, has discovered that their pet golden retriever is actually an amateur drug-sniffing dog with a pretty incredible nose. When 18-month-old Kenyon started digging in the backyard, they thought he’d found a time capsule but the pup was on to something much nastier — black tar heroin. Kenyon discovered a gold mine of the drugs — around $85,000 worth...
Man warns ‘don’t take a chance with your eyes’ after eclipse-watching burned a hole in his retina

Man warns ‘don’t take a chance with your eyes’ after eclipse-watching burned a hole in his retina

If you’re thinking of watching the solar eclipse without the necessary eye gear, think again. One 71-year-old man is issuing a warning after burning one of his eyes more than 50 years ago. In 1962, Lou Tomososki was excited to witness the eclipse after learning about it from his science teacher.  That afternoon, he stood outside, and looked up with just his right eye. As the moon moved...
Florida hunters capture 12-foot gator days after 11-foot catch

Florida hunters capture 12-foot gator days after 11-foot catch

Four Florida hunters struggled to take down an 11-foot, 375-pound gator after a three-hour fight. Nick Naylor, John Booker, Kenny Way and Casey Shields began battling the massive gator beginning late Tuesday night and ended up with it under their control by Wednesday morning, according to the Pensacola News Journal. They used a 40-pound test from a spinning reel to capture the animal, which was...
Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car

Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car

A mother, fearing for her and her daughter’s life, jumped a curb while fleeing from a carjacker. The victim said she was getting gas from a Texaco station when a small red Toyota pulled onto the parking lot. Officers said the man in the red Toyota approached her truck and asked for a ride down the street. The victim said no, because she had her child in the car. So, the suspect walked away...
Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say

Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say

Surveillance video recently released by police captures the moment a Miami man shot and killed a AAA contract worker in July.  Jesus Esquivel, 63, confessed to fatally shooting the man over the amount of time it took for AAA to get him assistance, the Miami Herald reports.  In a video taken across the street from his Kendall home, a man, believed to be Esquivel, is seen walking...
Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones

Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones

Alex Jones, a radio host of “InfoWars” and conspiracy theorist who has alleged the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, took to the streets of Seattle this week. Videos on Facebook and Twitter show Jones walking around downtown and talking to people on the sidewalk about recent events surrounding President Donald Trump. Some people ignored Jones’ provocative questions while others...
Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store

Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store

A toddler choked to death on a grape at a grocery store after his mother was unable to perform CPR. Mother Emma Carver did not notice her son Ayyan Umar, 2, had eaten some grapes until she heard him making choking sounds last week. “I started banging on him,” mother Emma Carver told WXYZ. “But it wasn't getting it out, so it had to be lodged.” One shopper called 911 while...
76-year-old woman thanks police officers for mowing her lawn when her mower was stolen

76-year-old woman thanks police officers for mowing her lawn when her mower was stolen

A 76-year-old woman is thanking her local Police Department for taking care of her lawn after someone stole her mower. Officer Garrett Fontanez was patrolling a Knoxville, Tennessee neighborhood when 76-year-old Betty Brown flagged down his patrol car. She explained to the officer that someone stole her push mower, and she was wondering where she could find someone to help her mow her lawn, WBIR...
What is the cool solar eclipse catchphrase everybody's talking about?

What is the cool solar eclipse catchphrase everybody's talking about?

Keep your umbra, penumbra and antumbra, your shadow bands and Baily’s Beads, too. When it comes to contagious catchphrases that have become part of the dialogue during this season of eclipse fever, the best has to be “The Path of Totality.” We just can’t shut up about it. It’s like we’ve become a nation of overnight astrophysicists. For the eclipse-challenged...
19 things you never knew about the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

19 things you never knew about the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

Ninety-seven years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the constitution was ratified, mandating full suffrage for women in all states. The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Here are 19 things to know about the 19th Amendment, ratified on Aug. 18, 1920: The struggle for women&rsquo...
Towing company under fire, accused of gouging customers

Towing company under fire, accused of gouging customers

A man accused of gouging customers for thousands of dollars is now facing a civil lawsuit after criminal charges were withdrawn by the District Attorney Thursday. Brian Haenze, the owner Tag Towing and Collision, learned in court Thursday that Liberty Mutual Insurance is coming after him. “They’ve tried to sue civilly before,” Haenze told Channel 11. “It’s completely...
How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

The Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to stretch coast to coast in the continental United States in 99 years. Humans are expected to react with amazement when the thin path of totality, or total eclipse, passes through portions of 14 states, but what about their pets? Dogs and cats will be affected by the eclipse much less than wildlife, according...
9/11 first responder father, son die months apart of cancer

9/11 first responder father, son die months apart of cancer

Fifteen years after the horrific attacks and aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a father and son have succumbed to cancer within months of each other. Their deaths are being attributed to cancer that has been tied to ground zero, CNN reported. Robert Alexander, 43, died this week. His father Raymond Alexander, 76, died nine months ago. >> Read more trending news Raymond Alexander was...
The new astronaut ice cream: Blue Bell on International Space Station

The new astronaut ice cream: Blue Bell on International Space Station

Get outta here with that freeze-dried Neapolitan mess. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are scooping out Brenham’s favorite ice cream. According to NPR, the SpaceX Dragon capsule made a special delivery to the station Monday. Before the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the capsule left the ground in Florida, NASA put a care package of 30 individual Blue Bell ice cream cups inside...
Yawkey Way name change proposed; Sox owner 'haunted' by legacy

Yawkey Way name change proposed; Sox owner 'haunted' by legacy

The Red Sox ownership team has initiated an effort to rename Yawkey Way. The road, which passes in front of Fenway Park, is named for former team owner Tom Yawkey, who bought the Red Sox in 1933 and owned it until his death in 1976. In 1947, during Yawkey’s tenure, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American Major League Baseball player. Twelve years later, the Red Sox became the last...
Steve Bannon out as White House strategist

Steve Bannon out as White House strategist

Almost exactly one year after Steve Bannon left his position as executive chair of the conservative website Breitbart News in favor of joining Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the 63-year-old is leaving the White House. The White House confirmed in a statement that Friday would be Bannon’s last day as part of the administration.
Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Nic and Trees Elderhorst knew exactly how they wanted to die. They were both 91 years old and in declining health. Nic Elderhorst suffered a stroke in 2012 and more recently, his wife, Trees Elderhorst, was diagnosed with dementia, according to the Dutch newspaper, De Gelderlander. Neither wanted to live without the other, or leave this world alone. So the two, who lived in Didam, a town in the eastern...
Teen who received heart transplant dies on first day of school

Teen who received heart transplant dies on first day of school

A teen, who was supposed to be celebrating with his family on the first day of school, died an hour after he posed for the traditional first day of school photo. Peyton West, 13, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He had three open-heart surgeries by the time he was 5, WCPO reported. In March 2017, he had a heart transplant. After worrying about health setbacks and potential...
Teen accused of fatally stabbing mother’s abuser won’t face charges, prosecutors say

Teen accused of fatally stabbing mother’s abuser won’t face charges, prosecutors say

A teenager who fatally stabbed his mother’s abuser with a pair of scissors will likely not face charges, prosecutors said. The evidence and circumstances “seems like a valid case of self-defense,” Chief Deputy Prosecutor Zach Craig told The Star Press. “We don’t anticipate filing charges.” The man, who was the mother’s boyfriend, was physically abusing...
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