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UN report: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea

International sanctions on North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a United Nations-led report. The report issued this week by the U.N.'s senior resident official in Pyongyang said sanctions are inadvertently hindering legitimate operations on the ground and have indirectly contributed to a "radical decline" in donations it said are badly needed...
Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Protesters on both sides of the debate converged on a nearby elementary school Thursday during a visit by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And the White...
Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing. The 29-year-old, who's pregnant with her fifth child, relocated about three years ago to a St. Louis suburb where she more easily found jobs and a home where she felt it was safe to send the kids outside. "I...
Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Protesters on both sides of the debate converged on a nearby elementary school Thursday during a visit by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And the White...

Lawmakers reject plan to expand casinos in North Dakota

Republicans who control the North Dakota House rejected their leader's plan Thursday to more than double the number of casinos in the state, a push some lawmakers viewed as a threat of payback against American Indian tribes for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Under the proposal by Majority Leader Al Carlson, a Fargo Republican, voters would decide whether to change the North Dakota Constitution...

Italian court: No rape happened since woman didn't scream

Italy's justice minister has reportedly asked officials to look into a case in which a court acquitted a man of raping a woman because she didn't scream. The Italian news agency ANSA said Thursday that Minister Andrea Orlando has asked ministry inspectors to begin checking into the case. ANSA said a court in Turin had ruled last month that the woman's saying "Enough!" to her colleague who...
Braves, warriors, chieftains: Oregon takes on tribal mascots

Braves, warriors, chieftains: Oregon takes on tribal mascots

This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. But this time, they have the approval of the tribe that originally inhabited the area. It's one of many changes in the works this spring across Oregon prompted by the nation's long-running uproar over Native American sports mascots. School districts in the state with tribal mascots must...
British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

The 52-year-old Briton identified as the Westminster Bridge attacker had a raft of convictions — including assault, weapons possession and public order offenses — spanning two decades, London police said. Khalid Masood, a U.K.-born resident of the West Midlands in central England, was once investigated for extremism by British authorities but was not currently on a terrorism watch list...
Poland's WWII museum opens amid an uncertain future

Poland's WWII museum opens amid an uncertain future

A major World War II museum opened in northern Poland on Thursday amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit the government's nationalist views. The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk is at the center of a standoff between the historians creating it and Poland's populist government, which is seeking a court order to have it closed and then wants to reshape its current...

Republicans demand tougher stance on Chinese human rights

Two Republican lawmakers say the Trump administration must criticize China's human rights record. The call comes after the U.S. wouldn't join other countries in criticizing China for alleged torture of lawyers. Sen. Marco Rubio says the abstention sent a "disturbing message to democracy advocates." He says the U.S. must highlight "brutal repression against Chinese human rights lawyers...

Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas. The Arkansas Senate voted 22-10 to add the exemption to a new state law that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Wednesday allowing concealed...

Erdogan urges US, Britain to drop 'exaggerated' laptop ban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States and Britain on Thursday to drop what he said were "exaggerated" new aviation restrictions imposed on flights from some airports, including Istanbul. In a live television interview, Erdogan said the two countries were right to "dwell on security" but said the bans on some electronics, including laptops, on board...
Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma mater's first openly gay president may have stolen the outcome. Perry wrote that the campus election "...
Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma mater's first openly gay president may have stolen the outcome. Perry wrote that the campus election "...
Dog pulled from California fire revived after 20 minutes

Dog pulled from California fire revived after 20 minutes

California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes. The dog's owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire. Lamirande frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu, but...
Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance

Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance

Eurovision song contest organizers say they have taken the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country — a proposal that was immediately rejected by a Russian state broadcaster. The European Broadcasting Union says it's proposing to Russia's Channel One that Yulia Samoylova can perform...
Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance

Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance

Eurovision song contest organizers say they have taken the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country — a proposal that was immediately rejected by a Russian state broadcaster. The European Broadcasting Union says it's proposing to Russia's Channel One that Yulia Samoylova can perform...
Police: Repeatedly deported MS-13 gang member abused child

Police: Repeatedly deported MS-13 gang member abused child

A member of the MS-13 street gang who had been deported from the U.S. four times stabbed two women and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl in a New York City suburb, police said Thursday. Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, 31, of Hempstead, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Thursday. His court-appointed attorney declined to comment. Alvarado-Ventura is suspected of assaulting the child...

State Department tells embassies to ramp up visa screening

The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" needing extra scrutiny before receiving visas to travel to the United States, according to a recent diplomatic cable. The message also instructed U.S. posts overseas to review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are suspected of terrorist ties or of having...

State Department tells embassies to ramp up visa screening

The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" needing extra scrutiny before receiving visas to travel to the United States, according to a recent diplomatic cable. The message also instructed U.S. posts overseas to review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are suspected of terrorist ties or of having...
Judge gets death threats after blocking Trump travel ban: report

Judge gets death threats after blocking Trump travel ban: report

The federal judge who acted first to block President Donald Trump’s most recent travel ban has received numerous death threats since the ruling, prompting authorities to give him a 24-hour protection detail, according to a report. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who presides over cases in Hawaii, blocked Trump’s revised travel ban last week. He rejected the government’s claims...
WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

An iguana, later named Iggy, wanted to join the fun at the Miami Open Wednesday, but instead brought a match to a halt.  >> Read more trending news Iggy perched itself on the scoreboard during a match between Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesley, according to Sports Illustrated.  Maybe the iguana just wanted a better view of the game?  Or maybe Iggy wanted a selfie with Haas? ...
Florida man burns books, starts 600-acre wildfire

Florida man burns books, starts 600-acre wildfire

A 696-acre wildfire in Nassau County is 65 percent contained, according to the Florida Forest Service on Thursday. >> Read more trending news Firefighters have been working since Wednesday on a wildfire in Bryceville, Florida, that was accidentally started by someone illegally burning paperback books, officials said. Officials said two homes were destroyed as well as sheds and vehicles. Ten...
Woman accused of leaving young children home alone

Woman accused of leaving young children home alone

A Beaver County, Pennsylvania, mother is accused of leaving her kids, 2 and 4 years old, home alone. Nikia Shelehada, 23, is facing felony endangerment charges.  >> Read more trending news Police in Monaca said she left two small children alone in an apartment on Marshall Road that was filled with garbage and waste.  A neighbor found the toddler outside at 1 a.m. March 7 and called...
Cities worldwide show solidarity with London after terror attack

Cities worldwide show solidarity with London after terror attack

People across the globe showed solidarity with the victims of Wednesday’s deadly terror attack in London. Police said four people, including the suspected attacker, were killed and more than 40 people were injured Wednesday afternoon in the attack outside the British Parliament building. Among those killed was the suspected assailant, identified by police as 53-year-old Briton Khalid Masood...
Woman, 8-year-old daughter die in separate car crashes minutes apart

Woman, 8-year-old daughter die in separate car crashes minutes apart

An Alabama woman and her 8-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday in two separate car accidents less than an hour apart.  Both were killed close to their home, according to DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson. >> Read more trending news  Julia Yates Patterson, 39, was driving on Alabama 117 when she collided head-on with another SUV. The driver and passenger in the...
Mini cow lives dog’s life

Mini cow lives dog’s life

An Arkansas animal refuge has an animal that may be a bit confused as to her species. Moonpie, a baby miniature cow, lives with a dozen dogs, and she thinks that they’re her friends, The Dodo reported. >> Read more trending news  Before she found her home at Rocky Ridge Refuge, an animal shelter for animals with special needs, she was for sale at auction. A friend of sanctuary...
’House of horrors’ property raises neighbors’ concerns

’House of horrors’ property raises neighbors’ concerns

The man accused of killing a woman whose body was found at his Southside home waived his right to a speedy trial. Russell Tillis is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Joni Gunter. Police found her dismembered body on his property, known as a "house of horrors." The property has been sold, but neighbors say there are still problems there. “We got people that come by just to pick...
WATCH: Water-bottle challenge is out; this trend's flipping in

WATCH: Water-bottle challenge is out; this trend's flipping in

If you thought the water-bottle flipping was annoying, wait until you see the latest trend.  It’s called the Cup Blowing Challenge. Watch and — maybe — be amazed.  The goal is to blow one plastic cup into the other one.  Everyone from students...  .. to news anchors are trying the challenge.  People are even mixing trends (watch until the end). And, for the...
Teacher with unique handshakes for students treats them to surprise

Teacher with unique handshakes for students treats them to surprise

A west Charlotte elementary school teacher who has gained viral fame for his unique handshakes with each student before class gave them a surprise Tuesday. >> Read more trending news Barry White Jr., a fifth grade English teacher at Ashley Park K-8 School, brought in Harlem Globetrotter star Zeus to school so that he could do the now-famous handshakes with the kids. In the video, the students...
Mother says daughter received birth control implant during educational trip

Mother says daughter received birth control implant during educational trip

A Tulsa parent is speaking out after she says her daughter had a birth control implant embedded into her arm during a trip from school. >> Read more trending news  Miracle Foster says her parental rights were violated. It all started when her 16-year-old daughter attended a Youth Services of Tulsa lecture about sex education at Langston Hughes Academy. After one of the sessions, the teen...
ABC News, ‘GMA’ Twitter accounts hacked

ABC News, ‘GMA’ Twitter accounts hacked

The Twitter accounts of ABC News and “Good Morning America” were apparently the target of hackers Thursday morning. >> Read more trending news  Tweets filled with profanity and false news reports were posted to the ABC News account, while tweets claiming to be from “Russian hackers” who “love” President Donald Trump were appearing on “Good...
Mom speaks out after baby killed when sitter allegedly slammed him into playpen

Mom speaks out after baby killed when sitter allegedly slammed him into playpen

Police say 5-month-old Cooper Dubovik of Jacksonville, Florida, died after his baby sitter, Barbara Kendrick, admitted to throwing him into his playpen. Cooper's mother, Teal Garvin, opened up to ActionNewsJax.com. “To not be able to hold him, and to not be able to see his smile, it’s just so hard, it’s so incredibly hard," she said. On March 7, police were called out to...
Florida woman allegedly spits on deputy, bites uncle, claims she's royalty

Florida woman allegedly spits on deputy, bites uncle, claims she's royalty

A Florida woman’s mouth allegedly got her in trouble with the law three times in one day. According to the Pensacola News Journal, 23-year-old Angela Christine Millikin of Gulf Breeze is accused of biting her uncle during an altercation Tuesday. When deputies from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a woman leaving the scene of an attack, they reportedly arrived...

Is it time for a switch?

Nintendo has always done things its own way, and the Switch is no different. With one foot firmly in the home console space and the other in the handheld space, the Switch offers a unique experience that lets you play where you want without much hassle. For me, this makes it the most interesting Nintendo console in a decade. Yes, there are some gimmicky games and a slew of controller adaptors and...
Texas lawmakers consider bill that would regulate chaining of dogs

Texas lawmakers consider bill that would regulate chaining of dogs

A Republican lawmaker has filed a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to chain up a dog in Texas. State Rep. Sarah Davis, of West University Place, has filed House Bill 1156 which would prohibit a person from tethering a dog outside with a chain or with a restraint that has weights or is shorter than five times the length of the dog. Under the measure, a dog can be restrained to a stationary...
#Insideout challenge shines light on hidden side of mental illness

#Insideout challenge shines light on hidden side of mental illness

A makeup artist and blogger is trying to break the stigma of mental illness. Yasaman Gheidi started the #InsideOutChallenge after she felt like she had to leave a holiday office party due to an anxiety attack, Cosmopolitan reported. She said she had a headache but then realized she shouldn't lie to her coworkers that it was actually overwhelming anxiety that caused her to leave. She then came up with...
WATCH: Thieves steal $100k Mustang from Union County showroom

WATCH: Thieves steal $100k Mustang from Union County showroom

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two people who broke into a car dealership and stole a Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350 from the showroom. The two broke into the Crossroads Ford dealership on March 5 in Indian Trail. The surveillance video showed the thieves driving the Mustang from the showroom, through some doors and into the dealership’s service area. The two people spent...
Cruise ship destroys coral reef

Cruise ship destroys coral reef

A small cruise ship did irreparable damage to an Indonesian coral reef that was listed on the world's most beautiful reefs and now the captain of the ship could be charged with its destruction. The Caledonian Sky destroyed nearly 140,000 square feet of the underwater reef, CNN reported. Noble Caledonia, the company that owns the ship, apologized, but only said that the ship ran aground earlier...
7 things to know now: Trump on wiretapping; March Madness begins; Trudeau, Ivanka go to a show

7 things to know now: Trump on wiretapping; March Madness begins; Trudeau, Ivanka go to a show

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. Travel ban on hold: A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the second version of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration Wednesday, questioning whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns when it issued the order. The ban was to go into effect Thursday. Trump called the ruling, ...
Shots fired at funeral service following family feud, deputies say

Shots fired at funeral service following family feud, deputies say

Shelby County, Tennessee, deputies are looking for the person responsible for firing several gunshots at a cemetery during a burial service Wednesday evening. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Deputies said those shots were fired after two brawls between rival family members. Deputies said what started this confusion was a difference in opinion over the dead woman’s lifestyle. Family members...
Rogue robot kills worker, husband sues companies that made the automation

Rogue robot kills worker, husband sues companies that made the automation

A Michigan husband and father is trying to hold the people who designed and built a robot that ended up killing his wife responsible for her death. Wanda Holbrook was killed after a robot malfunctioned and its arm hit her in the head, crushing her skull and killing her, The Detroit Free Press reported. The accident happened in 2015, but her husband Bill Holbrook recently filed a lawsuit against...
Mom accused of abandoning 2-year-old daughter in grocery store

Mom accused of abandoning 2-year-old daughter in grocery store

A mother accused of abandoning her 2-year-old daughter Sunday in a Southern California grocery store was arrested after the Riverside Police Department made an appeal to the public. Police said Chiengkham “Cindy” Vilaysane let the toddler wander off in the store and then refused to take her back, saying, “Oh, just leave her,” when a good Samaritan...
Supreme Court pick has web of ties to secretive billionaire

Supreme Court pick has web of ties to secretive billionaire

The publicity-shy billionaire Philip F. Anschutz inherited an oil and gas firm and built it into an empire that has sprawled into telecommunications, railroads, real estate, resorts, sports teams, stadiums, movies and conservative publications like The Weekly Standard and The Washington Examiner. Anschutz’s influence is especially felt in his home state of Colorado, where years ago Judge Neil...
Cooler filled with marijuana donated to Goodwill

Cooler filled with marijuana donated to Goodwill

A cooler full of marijuana was donated to a Goodwill in Monroe, Washington, over the weekend. "Employees of the Goodwill were going through donated items from the weekend and were quite surprised when they opened the lid of this cooler," Monroe police wrote on Facebook. "Police were called, 3.75 pounds of marijuana."
Congressmen livestream 'bipartisan road trip' to D.C. amid snow, flight cancellations

Congressmen livestream 'bipartisan road trip' to D.C. amid snow, flight cancellations

Hurd said it was O’Rourke’s idea. They picked up a Dollar rental Chevy Impala in San Antonio predawn Tuesday. They went for taquitos at Mi Tierra, where they also bought a piñata mascot — which they have named WillieBeto — to place on the dashboard, though it slipped off. They then stopped at Tantra Coffeehouse in San Marcos, and then headed...
Blind woman says she and service dog were booted from American Airlines flight

Blind woman says she and service dog were booted from American Airlines flight

A blind woman claims she and her guide dog were asked to leave an American Airlines plane after an employee called her "a danger to the flight." According to the Portland Press-Herald and WLBZ, Sue Martin, 61, of Franklin, Maine, was traveling to San Diego earlier this month when she tried to take a connecting flight with her husband and service dog from Washington, D.C., to Dallas...
WATCH: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral

WATCH: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket early Thursday on a mission to deliver the EchoStar 23 communications satellite into orbit. But this launch was for night owls only: Its scheduled launch time was 2 a.m. EDT. The launch was from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. According to NASA, SpaceX did not attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon rocket on this launch...
New video shows amazing progress of girl attacked by dogs

New video shows amazing progress of girl attacked by dogs

The 5-year-old girl who survived a vicious dog attack that killed her friend is now back at home. Syrai Sanders had six surgeries after two dogs attacked her in January in southwest Atlanta. Logan Braatz, 6, was killed in the attack. >> Read more trending news  WSB-TV caught up with Sanders as she returned home Wednesday on Gideons Drive, where the attack happened. ...
President Trump responds to ruling against revised travel ban, says it 'makes us look weak'

President Trump responds to ruling against revised travel ban, says it 'makes us look weak'

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Trump’s travel ban just hours before it was set to go into effect, and the president is not happy about it. During his rally in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday evening, Trump referred to the ruling as “the bad, the sad news.” “The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one,” Trump said. “This new...
Russian spy ship spotted off the Georgia coast

Russian spy ship spotted off the Georgia coast

A Russian spy ship was spotted off the Georgia coast on Wednesday, south of the U.S. nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay. The Viktor Leonov, a nearly 300-foot spy ship, was seen 20 miles south of Kings Bay. >> Read more trending news  Back in February, the same ship was sailing in the Atlantic near naval bases in Virginia and Connecticut, at one point 17 miles from land. Its voyages...
Angry Zaxby's customer throws 'under-seasoned' fries over the counter

Angry Zaxby's customer throws 'under-seasoned' fries over the counter

Police are searching for a customer who tossed her takeout order towards employees at a fast-food restaurant. Officers said she was upset because her food wasn't prepared correctly so she took two takeout containers filled with food and tossed them back over the counter. The customer then punched the monitor right before she left a Zaxby's resturant in Jonesboro, Georgia. Surveillance video shows...
Bow Wow threatens to 'pimp' Melania Trump and 'make her work for us'

Bow Wow threatens to 'pimp' Melania Trump and 'make her work for us'

Rapper Bow Wow has jumped into the fray begun when President Donald Trump hinted that Snoop Dogg could face jail time following his video showing him pointing a fake gun at a Trump character dressed as a clown. >> Read more trending news  “Ayo DonaldTrump shut your punk ass up talking s*** about my uncle Snoop Dogg before we pimp your wife...
Outraged mother makes Facebook video over 'unsanitary' school restroom

Outraged mother makes Facebook video over 'unsanitary' school restroom

A mother went live on Facebook from a school restroom, complaining about the conditions, which she called "unsanitary" and unacceptable. WSB-TV reported that Ashonti Dixon said she’d also complained last year about the issues at Lithonia Middle School in Lithonia, Georgia. "I wanted to cuss so bad," the mother said on the video, touring the restroom, which she said had no...
Woman attacked by ex-boyfriend marries EMT who responded to 911 call

Woman attacked by ex-boyfriend marries EMT who responded to 911 call

A woman who survived a vicious attack by an ex-boyfriend has officially tied the knot with a first responder who helped save her life. In January 2012, Melissa Dohme was rushed to a hospital after her ex-boyfriend stabbed her 32 times in the neck, arms, face and hands. According to her Facebook page, she flat-lined four times at the hospital after the attack. >> Read more trending news ...
Florida bus driver allegedly tells boy he, his same-sex parents are going to hell

Florida bus driver allegedly tells boy he, his same-sex parents are going to hell

A Lakeland, Florida, bus driver was placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of voicing her opinions about a student. The Ledger reported on Monday that bus driver Violeta Jacobo allegedly told a second-grader that he and his two mothers were going to hell because of his parents’ same-sex relationship. Mother Nathaly Encarnacion told The Ledger on Tuesday she...
Woman's face burned after headphones explode in mid-flight

Woman's face burned after headphones explode in mid-flight

While sleeping on a flight from Beijing to Australia, a woman woke up to the sound of a loud explosion and a burning sensation on her face. Two hours into her flight, the woman's battery-operated headphones exploded and caught fire, according to a press release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). "I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the...
'PEASS ONLY': Florida Expressway fixes spelling mistake on roadway

'PEASS ONLY': Florida Expressway fixes spelling mistake on roadway

WFTV in Orlando, Florida, noticed a spelling mistake Tuesday after crews finished repaving and painting a tollway ramp. >> Read more trending news  What was supposed to say, “EPASS ONLY” on the State Road 417 ramp actually said, “PEASS ONLY.” WFTV noticed the spelling mistake, shot video of it and notified officials with Central Florida Expressway, and it was...
Search for escaped cobra continues in Florida

Search for escaped cobra continues in Florida

The search continued Wednesday for a suphan cobra that escaped its enclosure in an Ocala, Florida, home on Monday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. Brian Purdy reported at about 11:15 p.m. Monday that the 2-foot venomous snake slithered out of its enclosure at about 9 p.m. at his home on Northeast Ninth Street, FWC spokesman Rob Klepper said. Purdy told investigators...
Police bust man for driving with snow-covered windshield

Police bust man for driving with snow-covered windshield

The Massachusetts State Police issued a strong warning on its Facebook page regarding the incident: "How little regard do you have to have for the lives and safety of your fellow citizens, not to mention your own life and safety, to do this? Rest assured, we are aggressively looking for anyone who is driving around like this today. Don't be this guy."For more on the cleanup from Tuesday's...
Pet cobras: What it takes to own a venomous reptile in Florida

Pet cobras: What it takes to own a venomous reptile in Florida

The owner of a venomous cobra that escaped Monday night from an enclosure in Ocala, Florida, has all the proper licensing required to own dangerous reptiles. Brian Purdy is one of the more than 280 people in Florida who are licensed to own the dangerous animals. A cobra's bite, if not treated, can kill a victim within an hour. A snake handler at Reptile World in St. Cloud told WFTV that she has worked...
Cheerios giving away 100 million wildflower seeds to help #BringBackTheBees

Cheerios giving away 100 million wildflower seeds to help #BringBackTheBees

Cheerios' parent company, General Mills, is giving away 100 million free wildflower seeds in an effort to support bees and other pollinators. The iconic Cheerios bee, BuzzBee, disappeared from cereal boxes earlier this month to promote the #BringBackTheBees giveaway. General Mills said in a news release that it aimed to highlight the alarming rate at which bee populations are declining. "Pollinators...
Man, daughter die on same day from flu complications

Man, daughter die on same day from flu complications

Herbert Ellis, 79, of Allenton, died first on March 2 after suffering severe complications from the flu, according to WISN in Milwaukee. Alina Ellis, 38, of West Bend, died a short time later, in a room down the hall from her father in St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee. The deaths have left family and friends shocked and heartbroken. Alina Ellis’ sister, Carine Krull, told the news...
What they are saying about Rachel Maddow and Trump's tax return

What they are saying about Rachel Maddow and Trump's tax return

On Tuesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tweeted that she had some of President Donald Trump’s income tax returns and would be sharing them with her viewers a couple of hours later on her nightly show. Maddow’s tweet was initially met with anticipation by those on social media, but, soon after, questions arose about why MSNBC would wait for nearly two hours to reveal the contents...
Winn-Dixie replaces fuelperks! with new loyalty program

Winn-Dixie replaces fuelperks! with new loyalty program

Grocery store chain Winn-Dixie is doing away with its fuelperks! loyalty program and launching a new one next month. BI-LO, parent company of Harveys and Winn-Dixie supermarkets, said customers have until April 30 to redeem any fuelperks! points. The company's new loyalty program, Plenti, is operated by American Express. It offers members ways to earn points regardless of the payment method used...
WATCH: McDonald's employee jumps out drive-thru window to save officer

WATCH: McDonald's employee jumps out drive-thru window to save officer

Luck was on a Florida mother’s side when she fell unconscious at a McDonald’s drive-thru. Pedro Viloria, a McDonald’s employee, was working Tuesday morning and saw the woman in distress as her foot slipped off the brake of her car, WPLG reported.  In the video, Viloria can be seen jumping through the window to save the woman, who had her two children in the car, according...
Oklahoma state senator charged after being found with teen boy in motel room

Oklahoma state senator charged after being found with teen boy in motel room

Update 3/16: Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey (R-District 44) is charged with engaging in child prostitution, prostitution within 100 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution. Lt. Governor Todd Lamb released a statement about the charges against Shortey. Original story: An investigation is underway after an Oklahoma legislator was found with a teenage boy in a motel room...
3 airmen killed when plane crashes during training exercise near Cannon Air Force Base

3 airmen killed when plane crashes during training exercise near Cannon Air Force Base

Three airmen were killed Tuesday when the plane in which they were training as part of a U.S. Air Force exercise crashed in New Mexico, according to multiple reports. Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said the base-assigned U-28A crashed at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday just outside Clovis Municipal Airport. Capt. Brandon Baccam told KOB that the crash happened about a quarter-mile east of the airport. Officials...
Xbox One controller chargers recalled for burn hazard

Xbox One controller chargers recalled for burn hazard

More than 100,000 Energizer-branded Xbox One controller chargers are being recalled after the company that manufactures them got reports of the chargers overheating, posing a burn hazard. Performance Designed Products has gotten two dozen reports of its Energizer Xbox One 2X Smart Chargers overheating and warping the plastic cover of the chargers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday ...
Boater who disappeared on lake called various agencies for help

Boater who disappeared on lake called various agencies for help

Crews spent the day Tuesday searching for a missing boater on Black Shoals Lake in Rockdale County.  Troy Cobb, 46, disappeared Friday night while fishing with his friend Prince Lewis and Lewis' 12-year-old son.  The battery on Cobb's boat died. One of his employees brought a second battery, which also failed.  While the boaters were paddling to shore, the boat began to sink. ...
Teacher raps 'Bad and Boujee' to teach the Civil War

Teacher raps 'Bad and Boujee' to teach the Civil War

A teacher at Edwards Middle School in Conyers took an Atlanta rap group’s hit single “Bad and Boujee” and fashioned it for a Civil War lesson for his students.  David Yancey has picked out artists like Atlanta's own Migos, Chance the Rapper and Adele to help his students learn.  "I'm trying to get kids to want this,” Yancey said. "They're really catchy...
Child in need of transplant escorted to hospital by snowplows, National Guard during storm

Child in need of transplant escorted to hospital by snowplows, National Guard during storm

A 23-month-old in need of a heart transplant was escorted by snowplows, state police troopers and the National Guard through a heavy snowstorm from one hospital to another in northeastern Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf said the Tuesday afternoon trip was made between hospitals in East Stroudsburg and Danville, some 80 miles apart. The governor said the child made the trip safely. The storm dropped more...
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