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Democrats get a front-runner for governor: Lupe Valdez

Giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate for the state’s top race, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez launched her campaign for governor Wednesday after better-known politicians took a pass against a well-funded GOP incumbent in a strongly Republican state. Valdez entered a crowded 2018 Democratic primary against at least seven other filed or announced candidates, but she entered as a...
The Latest: South Africa leader notes 'enormous challenges'

The Latest: South Africa leader notes 'enormous challenges'

The Latest on South Africa's ruling party meeting (all times local): 4:45 p.m. South Africa's scandal-prone president says "we must attend to enormous challenges facing our movement" as the ruling party meets to replace him as leader. President Jacob Zuma is addressing the gathering whose choice of leader likely will become the country's next president in 2019 elections. Growing anger at...

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its procedures for authenticating and conserving relics for would-be saints, issuing new rules that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained and venerated. The instruction issued Saturday explicitly rules out selling hands, heads, teeth and other body parts of saints that often fetch high prices in online auctions. It also explicitly...
New Austrian government will see country shift to the right

New Austrian government will see country shift to the right

A new Austrian government will shift the country to the right with members of a nationalist party in several key ministries, while conservative party head Sebastian Kurz will become Europe's youngest leader, according to details announced Saturday. In the coalition deal reached late Friday night, the 31-year-old Kurz, head of the Austrian People's Party, will become chancellor, while right-wing Freedom...
Merkel's Bavarian ally re-elects Horst Seehofer as leader

Merkel's Bavarian ally re-elects Horst Seehofer as leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavaria-only sister party has re-elected Horst Seehofer as its leader, but with his weakest support so far following a dismal performance in September's election. The Christian Social Union on Saturday elected Seehofer with 83.7 percent support. The lowest result previously since his first election as party leader in 2008 was in 2015 with 87.2 percent. Seehofer has...
Romanians join European royals for king's state funeral

Romanians join European royals for king's state funeral

Tens of thousands of Romanians joined European royals to pay their respects to late King Michael who was remembered for his dignity and morality, as he was given a state funeral Saturday. Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96 in Switzerland on Dec. 5. Britain's Prince Charles, Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, and Spain's...

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children. The two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of Boko Haram fighters in recent months in northeast Nigeria, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said. The operation included air and ground offensives...
5 things to know about King Michael's funeral in Romania

5 things to know about King Michael's funeral in Romania

King Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96 in Switzerland this month. The late monarch's remains were flown by military plane to Romania this week and received with great fanfare. Romanian politicians, diplomats and tens of thousands of mourners have paid their respects at his coffin, first in the mountain resort where he was born...
South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off

South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off

The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader. The reputation of Nelson Mandela's liberation movement has been battered during the tenure of Zuma, whose second term as party president is up. The new ANC leader is likely to become South Africa's next president in...
The best day of the week to book a cheap flight

The best day of the week to book a cheap flight

If you’ve always thought that Tuesday was the best day of the week to book a cheap flight, think again! The lowest average ticket price is generally found on Sunday for both economy and premium fares, according to the ARC 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report. The study is a collaboration between Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation. Read more: Use this packing trick to avoid...
Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress party

Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress party

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party on Saturday while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists. Gandhi, who took the mantle from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, at a party function, takes over the leadership of a party that has been losing power to Modi's Bharatiya Janata...
Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. Although Santa Ana winds eased on Friday amid the blaze northwest of Los Angeles, they are expected to return with a vengeance over the weekend. And the fire is so large that winds on one end may be gustier than those on the other side...
Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a...
Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a...

Female candidate quits Kansas race over 2005 harassment suit

A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks. Andrea Ramsey announced in a Facebook post that she was ending her campaign, calling allegations that she harassed...
Colorado, New Mexico lawmakers alter sex misconduct policies

Colorado, New Mexico lawmakers alter sex misconduct policies

Lawmakers in Colorado and New Mexico began revising their sexual misconduct policies Friday, joining other legislatures that are facing questions about whether they are doing enough to deter predatory behavior and protect victims. In Colorado, lawmakers voted unanimously to hire a consultant to review the Legislature's sexual harassment policy. It came as New Mexico lawmakers published a first draft...
Utah dog that bit girl wins reprieve, won't be put to death

Utah dog that bit girl wins reprieve, won't be put to death

A deal has been reached that will spare the life of a dog ordered put to death after he bit a 12-year-old girl in a case that generated criticism from the Humane Society of Utah. Lindsy Bray, the owner of the Australian Shepherd named Dexter, agreed Thursday to pay a $145 fine for dog-at-large and dog licensing violations. A judge had imposed the original death sentence for the dog. In return for...
Military hero McRaven leaving post as Texas chancellor

Military hero McRaven leaving post as Texas chancellor

University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, announced Friday that he'll leave the school in May. McRaven, 62, divulged in 2015 that he was diagnosed with leukemia five years earlier. He cited unspecified health concerns Friday as a factor in his surprise departure while stressing "...
N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions. In a very rare appearance by a North Korean at the U.N. Security Council, Ambassador Ja Song Nam told a ministerial...
Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

The U.S. government on Friday announced a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of President Donald Trump's push to tighten the border. Denials of entry for people at official crossings and border arrests reached 39,006 in November, up 12 percent from 34,855 in October and more than double the 15,766 who...
Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

The U.S. government on Friday announced a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of President Donald Trump's push to tighten the border. Denials of entry for people at official crossings and border arrests reached 39,006 in November, up 12 percent from 34,855 in October and more than double the 15,766 who...
Peru's congress launches process for president's ouster

Peru's congress launches process for president's ouster

Lawmakers in Peru launched proceedings Friday to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal. Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a motion to consider impeaching the former Wall Street banker for "permanent moral incapacity"...
Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations

Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations

As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky: A state forced to confront its past salacious behavior in the midst of an historic transition to Republican rule. Kentucky's GOP House Speaker resigned his leadership position after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim with a woman in his...
Sun burn: Tesla takeover of Solar City dampened installs nationwide

Sun burn: Tesla takeover of Solar City dampened installs nationwide

Tesla envisioned a bright future for solar energy in the United States when it took over Solar City in 2016. But that’s not exactly how it’s played out for CEO Elon Musk & Co. RELATED: Tesla set to begin production on solar shingles When Tesla first announced its plans to roll out a line of solar shingles, the interest level was intense. People were very excited...
Community offers support as 94-year-old Florida woman arrested during eviction celebrates birthday

Community offers support as 94-year-old Florida woman arrested during eviction celebrates birthday

After spending two nights in jail in Lake County, Florida, on a trespassing charge filed when she refused to leave her apartment during an eviction, Juanita Fitzgerald was glad to spend her 94th birthday somewhere else. Fitzgerald was placed in a Eustis patrol car Tuesday after repeatedly refusing to leave the lobby of Franklin House. At one point, she reportedly told officers that if they wanted...
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort released from house arrest on $10 million bail

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort released from house arrest on $10 million bail

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is one step closer to being released from house arrest in Virginia and waiting out his trial at his home in Palm Beach Gardens. >> Read more trending news  In an order signed Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she was satisfied that the $10 million in property Manafort agreed to forfeit would be available...
Women happier after age 85 once spouse dies, psychiatrists say

Women happier after age 85 once spouse dies, psychiatrists say

Marriage is supposed to lead to happily ever after, right? A new report reveals women over 85 are actually happier after their partner dies. >> Read more trending news  The Health Survey for England recently conducted a study to monitor trends in the nation’s health. To do so, researchers surveyed 8,000 British adults to ask them questions about topics, including happiness, depression...
Here’s why keeping a cell phone too close to your body might be bad for your health

Here’s why keeping a cell phone too close to your body might be bad for your health

Do you sometimes sleep with your cell phone? The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning against it, because the radiation from the devices may be harmful to our bodies. >> Read more trending news  “Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure...
Woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls during neighborhood walk 

Woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls during neighborhood walk 

A Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls Thursday while out for a walk with them in her Goochland County neighborhood, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Victim Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was found in a wooded area by her father after he went looking for her when she didn’t return home from the walk, according to WTVR-TV. He told told sheriff&rsquo...
Study: Fracking linked to underweight babies

Study: Fracking linked to underweight babies

Pregnant women have to take a ton of precautions to help keep their babies healthy healthy. A new report suggests avoiding fracking sites should be one of them.  While fracking, the process of injecting liquid into the ground to free up petroleum resources, can benefit local economies, there are potential health risks. That’s why researchers from Princeton University, the University of...
Which stores are open on Christmas Day 2017?

Which stores are open on Christmas Day 2017?

Whether you need to hop to the shop to snag some essentials (or a last-minute Christmas gift) or you’re missing an important ingredient for Christmas dinner, you may be able to find a store open on the big holiday. Though the vast majority of retailers are closed on Christmas Day, some pharmacies and convenience stores will be open. Note: The rule of thumb for holiday hours is to always call...
Baby sloth born at Texas zoo needs name

Baby sloth born at Texas zoo needs name

A baby sloth born a couple of weeks ago at a Texas zoo needs a name. The Linnaeus two-toed sloth was born to Sid and Sylvia on Nov. 17 at the Animal World and Snake Farm.  “The birth was an unexpected surprise for animal care staff members,” the zoo said in a release. “Due to the sedentary lifestyle of the sloth, along with their thick, wiry fur, it is exceedingly...
Strangers come together to help mother get her life back on track

Strangers come together to help mother get her life back on track

A South Carolina mother who gave up her children so she could get clean has received an early Christmas present, thanks to the kindness of strangers. Jessica McCutcheon surrendered her children to the Department of Social Services. Officials said she had battled drug abuse and was a victim of domestic violence, WYFF reported. >> Read more trending news  But recently, McCutcheon turned...
Destiny’s Child might reunite when Beyonce performs at Coachella

Destiny’s Child might reunite when Beyonce performs at Coachella

Beyonce is set to headline Coachella next year, and she could be reuniting with  members of both the original and final lineups of Destiny’s Child while she’s at it. At least, the BeyHive thinks so. >> Read more trending news  Vogue reported that Beyonce’s fans began speculating about the reunion with founding members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett and the latest...
Man with concealed weapon permit fatally shoots would-be robber in Target parking lot

Man with concealed weapon permit fatally shoots would-be robber in Target parking lot

A man with a concealed weapon permit fatally shot a would-be robber Thursday evening, according to reports.  A 21-year-old man with gunshot wounds in his back and chest was found in the parking lot near a South Side Target, according to WMAQ. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  A silver Nissan was seen leaving the area after...
Panthers' Thomas Davis donates $15K for high school state championship rings

Panthers' Thomas Davis donates $15K for high school state championship rings

Carolina Panthers defensive linebacker Thomas Davis has made a huge donation to help the Harding University High School football team get its players and coaches championship rings. Davis confirmed he donated $15,000 to the team in a tweet to WSOC-TV anchor John Paul. The football team finished its 14-1 season with a 30-22 win over Scotland County in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association...
Santa Tracker 2017: Where is Santa right now; when will he get to your house?

Santa Tracker 2017: Where is Santa right now; when will he get to your house?

On the lookout for Santa? It’s never too early to keep up with the jolly old elf, and there are a couple of apps that can help. Both the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Google have their radars powered up, ready for the annual one-night, round-the-world-flight of a certain resident of the North Pole. For more than 60 years, NORAD has turned all of its tracking capabilities...
Year in Review: Celebrity couple splits in 2017

Year in Review: Celebrity couple splits in 2017

The year in celebrity relationships saw marriages and engagements, but it also had its fair share of breakups and divorces.  >> Read more trending news  Whether they were married for decades or dated for months, here is a list of some of 2017’s celebrity splits. Funny couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their separation in August. “Anna and I are sad to announce...
Intruders dressed as police duct-tape, rob family

Intruders dressed as police duct-tape, rob family

As many as five men dressed as police officers broke into a south Cobb County home, duct-taped the residents and robbed them, police said.  Officers were called to the house just before 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. When they arrived, the victims — all in their 20s and 30s — told police four or five people kicked in a door at their home, tied up the residents...
Woman accused of leaving son in car, near drugs, while she broke into house

Woman accused of leaving son in car, near drugs, while she broke into house

A woman left her son in a car near methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia while she broke into an empty residence, authorities said. A Forsyth County deputy apprehended Theresa Jean Bice, 39, when she was leaving the house through a rear window, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Rainwater said. The house was on Browns Bridge Road in Cumming. The deputy, C.A. Miller, said he found the 4-year-old...
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle set May wedding date

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle set May wedding date

Royal watchers now have the date of the royal nuptials. May 19, 2018, will be the day that Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, will be married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. >> Read more trending news Kensington Palace, the official Twitter account of the royal family, posted the announcement Friday morning. The couple announced their engagement Nov. 27, The...
What it’s like decorating a Tournament of Roses Parade float

What it’s like decorating a Tournament of Roses Parade float

Sports fans watching the 2018 Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 will be eager to see if No. 3 Georgia can get past No. 2 Oklahoma when the teams meet at the College Football Playoff semifinal in Pasadena, Calif. One local florist will be watching the preceding Tournament of Roses Parade with a trained and appreciative eye. >> Read more trending news “It was one of the most fantastic things I’ve...
Three sisters, three Ivy League colleges

Three sisters, three Ivy League colleges

Community college probably won’t cut the mustard when two sisters get accepted into the Ivy Leagues. Xaviera Rowan found out this week where she was going to school and it was met with cheers from her fellow classmates from Democracy Prep Harlem High School, WNBC reported. Xaviera’s oldest sister, Chris, was accepted to Dartmouth College two years ago. Last year it was Ella and...
DeVos hit with two lawsuits in one day over backlog of student debt relief claims

DeVos hit with two lawsuits in one day over backlog of student debt relief claims

Pressure is mounting on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to take action on thousands of federal student loan forgiveness applications languishing at the U.S. Department of Education.  On Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra suedDeVos and the department for failing to process more than 50,000 debt relief claims submitted by former Corinthian Colleges students. The case is similar...
Ivanka Trump, her brand dropped by some retailers, opens her own store in Trump Tower

Ivanka Trump, her brand dropped by some retailers, opens her own store in Trump Tower

Ivanka Trump's fashion company on Thursday opened a new store in the lobby of Trump Tower, where it plans to sell handbags, jewelry and candles as part of broader push to bypass retailers and sell directly to consumers.  The store in Midtown Manhattan — currently the company's only bricks-and-mortar location — comes after a number of high-profile retailers, including Nordstrom and...
Music promoter dangled possible Putin meeting for Trump during campaign

Music promoter dangled possible Putin meeting for Trump during campaign

About a month after Donald Trump launched his presidential bid, a British music promoter suggested his Russian pop-star client could arrange for the new candidate to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to an email obtained by The Washington Post.  The July 2015 offer by publicist Rob Goldstone came about a year before he set up a meeting for Trump's eldest son with a Russian...
Trump chose five families to argue for tax bill; their stories show the reality is complicated

Trump chose five families to argue for tax bill; their stories show the reality is complicated

Bryant and Ashley Glick of New Holland, Pa., got a call Monday asking if the couple would like to come to the White House and meet President Donald Trump. They couldn't say yes fast enough.  By Wednesday, the Glicks were one of five families standing with Trump as the president made his "closing argument" in support of Republicans' plan to overhaul the tax code. Trump heralded the bill...
Farenthold won’t seek re-election amid allegations of sexual harassment

Farenthold won’t seek re-election amid allegations of sexual harassment

A congressman under scrutiny for allegations that he sexually harassed female staff members and created a hostile work environment announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection next year.  Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, who settled a complaint with his former communications director but denied wrongdoing in the case, plans to serve out the rest of his term but will not seek reelection...
White House urges Roy Moore to concede, as supporters look for evidence of ‘voter fraud’

White House urges Roy Moore to concede, as supporters look for evidence of ‘voter fraud’

 Two days after losing Alabama's special Senate election, Republican nominee Roy Moore has yet to concede the race to Democrat Doug Jones - even after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that he should.  "I think the president's position is pretty clear in his outreach to Doug Jones directly," Sanders said at Thursday's briefing with reporters. "He likes...
Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was real.  Holding impromptu interventions in Trump's 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers — including Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner...
A lawmaker accused of molesting a teen killed himself. His widow calls it a ‘high-tech lynching.’

A lawmaker accused of molesting a teen killed himself. His widow calls it a ‘high-tech lynching.’

Dan Johnson posted a final message on Facebook to his friends and family on Wednesday afternoon. It appeared to be a goodbye.  In it, he denied the accusations that had tormented him and his family for the past 48 hours — that he, a Kentucky state representative and the self-proclaimed "Pope" of his Louisville church — had gotten drunk and molested a 17-year-old girl during...
Police: Drug dealers left mother of 9 to die from overdose

Police: Drug dealers left mother of 9 to die from overdose

Authorities in Ohio are searching for two drug dealers who allegedly left a mother of nine to die from a drug overdose, according to Middletown Police. >> Read more trending news  Investigators were called to a home Wednesday night where they found a woman dead from a fatal overdose of heroin, according to the department’s Facebook page. The woman was with “friends” who...
What time do stores open and close on Christmas Eve 2017?

What time do stores open and close on Christmas Eve 2017?

If you’re banking on some last minute Christmas shopping, you’re not alone.  >> Read more trending news  According to a 2016 survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers, 76 percent of adult shoppers said they planned on making holiday purchases right up until Christmas. And with Christmas Eve on a Sunday this year, shoppers will have an extra weekend...
Another 8-planet solar system? 7 things about Kepler’s ‘sizzling’ discovery

Another 8-planet solar system? 7 things about Kepler’s ‘sizzling’ discovery

Looks like our solar system isn’t the only one out there with eight planets circling around a single star. >> Read more trending news  NASA scientists, along with Google engineers, used artificial intelligence to discover a new, scorching hot planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, bringing the total number of planets circling the Sun-like star to eight, the agency announced Thursday...
WATCH: Sheep runs off with baby Jesus in hilarious church nativity program

WATCH: Sheep runs off with baby Jesus in hilarious church nativity program

A nativity scene performed by children didn’t go quite as planned at a Baptist church in White Pine, Tennessee. >> Read more trending news  A little girl playing a sheep decided she wanted the baby Jesus for herself. The children in the nativity scene were singing “Away in a Manager,” when the sheep suddenly stood up and grabbed the doll, which was in a manger, surrounded...
Woman jailed after subjecting son to 323 hospital visits, 13 major surgeries 

Woman jailed after subjecting son to 323 hospital visits, 13 major surgeries 

A Texas woman is jailed on charges related to allegations that she subjected her young son to more than a dozen unnecessary surgeries and hundreds of unneeded hospital visits. Kaylene Bowen-Wright, 34, is in the Dallas County Jail on a charges of  injury to a child with serious bodily injury, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. Bowen-Wright is accused of subjecting her 8-year-old...
Salma Hayek calls Harvey Weinstein ‘a monster’ in New York Times piece

Salma Hayek calls Harvey Weinstein ‘a monster’ in New York Times piece

Salma Hayek has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against film producer Harvey Weinstein. In a first-person story written for The New York Times, the actress describes Weinstein as “a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster.” >> Read more trending news  Hayek, who previously said she was bullied by Weinstein...
Affidavit: Firefighter driving over 100 mph in DUI crash that killed pregnant teen

Affidavit: Firefighter driving over 100 mph in DUI crash that killed pregnant teen

A witness to an alleged drunken driving crash in which an off-duty Dallas firefighter killed a pregnant 18-year-old girl and her unborn son told investigators the man’s sports car exceeded 100 mph moments before the fatal collision. The firefighter, identified by police as Horace Shaw III, 45, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Alyssa Pimentel, of Midlothian...
Release date for ‘Oceans 8’ starring Sandra Bullock, Rihanna announced

Release date for ‘Oceans 8’ starring Sandra Bullock, Rihanna announced

The female-led con movie “Oceans 8” has a 2018 release date and a poster. Warner Bros. debuted the poster art for the highly anticipated movie on Twitter Thursday. >> Read more trending news  The movie stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bullock...
DNA leads to arrest in 1989 rape, slaying of 18-year-old woman

DNA leads to arrest in 1989 rape, slaying of 18-year-old woman

After 28 years, an arrest has been made in the slaying of a young Whatcom County woman who went for a jog and was never seen alive again. On Nov. 24, 1989, 18-year-old Amanda Stavik, who went by Mandy, had taken the family dog with her while she jogged in the rural area. It was the day after Thanksgiving and Mandy Stavik was home from college. Several hours later, the dog returned home,...
Cheetos popcorn available at Regal Cinemas 

Cheetos popcorn available at Regal Cinemas 

As if moviegoers needed another reason to head to theaters with the much-anticipated release of the latest “Star Wars” movie, Regal Cinemas is now offering Cheetos popcorn. The combination of Cheetos-dusted popcorn and the added crunch of actual Cheetos mixed together is available nationally starting Friday. “Cheetos Popcorn is our gift to Regal fans enjoying their favorite movie...
Stranger surprises Goodwill shoppers with impromptu piano performance

Stranger surprises Goodwill shoppers with impromptu piano performance

A stranger started playing a thrift shop piano on Monday surprising and delighting shoppers. Chris Matta shared a video, which has been viewed more than 920,000 times, of the impromptu performance at the Norwalk Goodwill. “This gifted gentleman just walked into my store and moved me to tears,” she wrote. Matta told WJW that the man, who was not identified, was kind and full...
Omarosa teases tell-all in post-White House resignation interview

Omarosa teases tell-all in post-White House resignation interview

Just a day after the news that Omarosa Manigault Newman was leaving her role in President Donald Trump’s administration, she appeared on “Good Morning America,” where she told Michael Strahan she planned on sharing her story soon. “When I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, I have quite a story to tell,” Manigault Newman said. “As the only African-American...
Trump would improve ties with Russia if his foes would let him, laments Putin

Trump would improve ties with Russia if his foes would let him, laments Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that he didn't think President Trump would be able to improve relations between their two countries because he was being held back by his political opposition.  Saying that Trump undoubtedly has had some successes as president, including a booming U.S. stock market, Putin said that reports about Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential...
Man tries to trade chicken Alfredo, Sprite for sex with teen boy, police say

Man tries to trade chicken Alfredo, Sprite for sex with teen boy, police say

An Ohio man is accused of trying to have sex with a 15-year-old boy -- who in reality was an undercover police officer -- by enticing the teen with chicken Alfredo and Sprite.  Albert George Maruna IV, 22, was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, possessing criminal tools and importuning, according to...
For both parties, a new midterm election playbook

For both parties, a new midterm election playbook

Alabama's surprising election outcome upended the expectations in both parties for next year's midterm campaigns, with Democrats emboldened by signs of a resurgent voter base and Republicans sensing new vulnerabilities.  The victory Tuesday by Democrat Doug Jones to represent that heavily conservative state in the Senate was the latest example in a string of elections this year that Democratic...
Five tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Five tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps. So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty-handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall ...
Fire department recreates adorable holiday card one year later

Fire department recreates adorable holiday card one year later

A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card. Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters. Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another. This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated&rdquo...
Boy steals Salvation Army kettle from man at mall, police say

Boy steals Salvation Army kettle from man at mall, police say

Police in Dunwoody, Georgia, are working to find a boy who stole a Salvation Army kettle. A young boy grabbed the kettle being watched by Todd Copper, who has been collecting money for the Salvation Army for 21 years despite having cerebral palsy and manning his post from a wheelchair. “I sit out here like nine hours, 10 hours a day,” he said. “I’m helping a lot of people who...
Morgan Spurlock addresses sexual harassment, says he’s ‘part of the problem’

Morgan Spurlock addresses sexual harassment, says he’s ‘part of the problem’

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is getting honest, saying he is “part of the problem” in Hollywood when it comes to sexual harassment and misconduct. The “Super Size Me” director, who has not been publicly accused of sexual misconduct, opened up about his own history of sexual harassment in a candid open letter posted on Twitter Wednesday. >> Read more...
Grassley: Two controversial federal bench nominees won’t be confirmed

Grassley: Two controversial federal bench nominees won’t be confirmed

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican said Wednesday that two of President Donald Trump's nominees for open seats on the federal bench will not be confirmed, just a day after urging the White House to "reconsider" them.  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said that based on his discussions with the White House, the nominations of Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley would not move forward...
Cow escapes church nativity scene twice in one day

Cow escapes church nativity scene twice in one day

A cow that is part of a church's live nativity scene escaped its pen twice Thursday morning, making her way to a major highway the first time she got out, police said.  Some highway lanes were closed when Stormy, a 7-year-old Hereford, was spotted around 2:15 a.m. walking southbound on I-95 before being corralled and taken back to Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, according to...
What kind of senator will Doug Jones be?

What kind of senator will Doug Jones be?

Democrat Doug Jones debuted Wednesday as the next senator from Alabama by sidestepping highly charged topics, steering clear of criticism — and leaving wide open the question of what kind of lawmaker he will be.  Jones, who will narrow the Republican majority in the Senate to 51-49 when he is sworn in, will arrive in Washington sometime in the next few weeks with unusual influence for a...
The suburban revolt against Trump continued in Alabama

The suburban revolt against Trump continued in Alabama

The backlash in the suburbs against President Donald Trump is one of the most significant political stories of 2017. If Democrats win the House next year, it will be the main reason.   In Alabama, Sen.-elect Doug Jones, D, flipped or came close on Tuesday in suburban counties that Trump had won around Birmingham and Montgomery.   His victory offers the latest data points for a...
Omarosa Manigault dismisses reports of dramatic firing

Omarosa Manigault dismisses reports of dramatic firing

Omarosa Manigault said Thursday that she was not fired and escorted off the White House grounds, blaming "one individual who has a personal vendetta against me" for the dramatic narrative of her departure as one of Trump's top aides.  In her first comments since the White House confirmed that she was leaving, Manigault said during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America"...
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