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Anti-Brexit advocate launches tactical UK voting campaign

Businesswoman Gina Miller, who took the British government to court in a successful bid to win Parliament a vote on Brexit, launched a campaign Wednesday to back pro-EU candidates at the ballot box. Miller has raised 300,000 pounds ($385,000) in a week through crowd-funding for a campaign to support tactical voting in Britain's June 8 general election. Her group, Best for Britain, says it will fund...


Strike forces South African Airways to cancel 32 flights

South African Airways on Wednesday cancelled nearly three dozen flights, most of them domestic, because of a strike by some cabin crew. The national carrier doesn't have enough crewmembers to operate all its flights and is working to help passengers affected by cancellations and delays, the airline said. It said 32 flights, including 28 domestic ones, were cancelled. About 200 striking flight attendants...
The Latest: Russia: UN didn't say Syria attack site unsafe

The Latest: Russia: UN didn't say Syria attack site unsafe

The Latest on Syria (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed claims that international experts cannot visit the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria because of security precautions. Lavrov on Wednesday lashed out at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for failing to go and examine the site of the April deadly attack in in...

2nd suspect in Stockholm truck attack released

Swedish authorities say they have released a second person arrested in connection with the April 7 truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 others in Stockholm. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said Wednesday that the man, arrested April 23 and never publicly identified, was no longer considered a suspect. He was released late Tuesday. Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek man, has pleaded...
US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

Hours after a display of North Korean military power, rival South Korea announced Wednesday the installation of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to counter the North. South Korea's trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military vessels converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative...
France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible for the deadly assault. According to Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a sarin attack in Syria...
France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

France says analysis shows Syrian regime behind sarin attack

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible for the deadly assault. According to Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a sarin attack in Syria...
14 arrested in 2 separate French anti-terror probes

14 arrested in 2 separate French anti-terror probes

French police have arrested 10 people in an investigation of suspected suppliers of weapons to one of the attackers who killed 17 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in January 2015, the Paris prosecutors' office said Wednesday. Separately, police have also arrested four people in an anti-terror probe in the town of Trappes west of Paris, the prosecutors' office said. It said those...
Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts

President Donald Trump is proposing tax cuts for individuals and businesses even as Washington struggles with mounting debt and the populist president tries to make good on promises to bring jobs and prosperity to the middle class. Trump is scheduled Wednesday to unveil the broad outlines of a tax overhaul that would provide massive tax cuts to businesses big and small. The top tax rate for individuals...
Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. The mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse and neglect involving several of her children. The girl's father filed for...
Different president, same old government shutdown threats

Different president, same old government shutdown threats

There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and the White House are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship...
Different president, same old government shutdown threats

Different president, same old government shutdown threats

There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and the White House are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship...
Different president, same old government shutdown threats

Different president, same old government shutdown threats

There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and the White House are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship...
Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life. Republican lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to consider how to rescue the GOP drive...
Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life. Republican lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to consider how to rescue the GOP drive...
Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life. Republican lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to consider how to rescue the GOP drive...
Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life. Republican lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to consider how to rescue the GOP drive...
Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life. Republican lawmakers were meeting Wednesday to consider how to rescue the GOP drive...
Witness: Durst victim said he may kill her years earlier

Witness: Durst victim said he may kill her years earlier

A friend of Susan Berman testified that Berman tapped New York real estate heir Robert Durst as her potential killer years before she was executed in her home. Miriam Barnes' testified Tuesday that Berman once told her, "If anything ever happens to me, Bobby did it." A nervous Berman had summoned Barnes to her New York apartment around the time Durst's wife vanished to say she had done something...
Fox News faces new lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment

Fox News faces new lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment

Legal troubles at Fox News grew worse Tuesday with 13 plaintiffs, including reporter and anchor Kelly Wright, joining a lawsuit that alleges racial discrimination and harassment at the company. The plaintiffs are all former or current employees. Their suit accuses the network of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.” The lawsuit expands upon a previous...
WATCH: Injured gator rescued from roadside median, gets a kiss

WATCH: Injured gator rescued from roadside median, gets a kiss

Another “snapping” Florida gator was spotted on the side of the road, but this one had a reason to be upset – it was injured, authorities said.  An 8-foot-alligator was found “resting on the median” in Tamarac on Sunday. The reptile was “badly hurt and visibly bleeding,” according to WPLG.  "It appeared that maybe it was hit by a car...
Trump changes course on childcare benefit after criticism he would mainly help well-off families

Trump changes course on childcare benefit after criticism he would mainly help well-off families

 The White House is pursuing a new approach to providing relief for families burdened by childcare costs after receiving criticism that a campaign proposal would have done little to help working-class families while providing disproportionate benefits to well-off parents.   President Donald Trump's administration is now looking to bolster the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which allows...
Trump expected to order study of federal role in education

Trump expected to order study of federal role in education

 President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that would require Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study how the federal government "has unlawfully overstepped state and local control," according to a White House official.   Trump has repeatedly pledged to downsize the Education Department and its role in U.S. schools and colleges. The order he plans...
White House scurries as 100-day mark nears

White House scurries as 100-day mark nears

The final frenzy at the White House began Monday, with a private reception for conservative news publications, a tariff on softwood lumber imports from Canada and the late-night debut of a website highlighting President Donald Trump's "First 100 Days" achievements.   It continued Tuesday in the form of an executive order designed to help farmers and ranchers, an assurance that...
Florida man allegedly throws fire extinguisher at disabled veteran

Florida man allegedly throws fire extinguisher at disabled veteran

A Florida man is accused of throwing a fire extinguisher at a disabled veteran. James M. Hagen, of Gainesville, reportedly got into an argument with his neighbor, a disabled veteran in a wheelchair, on Monday. The argument allegedly stemmed from Hagan’s belongings blocking his neighbor’s access to a fire extinguisher, according to the Gainesville Sun. Hagen allegedly threw the...
Swarms of cicadas expected soon in Southeast

Swarms of cicadas expected soon in Southeast

Southerners with a keen sense of sound and a watchful eye for insects are in for a surprise as swarms of cicadas and their overpowering hums make their way to the Southeast any day now. These insects, also called “17-year locusts,” are notorious for disappearing for several years (in this case, 17) and reappearing “at force” in intervals, according to National Geographic...
Firefighters teach honest 5-year-old an important lesson in good karma

Firefighters teach honest 5-year-old an important lesson in good karma

A fire department is teaching a 5-year-old boy that good things happen to people who do the right thing. Earlier this year, Dave Starzec lost his wallet. He was finishing a trip to a Lowe's hardware store in Greer, S.C., when he set his alligator-skin wallet down on the bumper of his car. Inside the wallet was $2,000. “I was carrying my wallet so close to my heart, and I put it down for...
Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

A Texas educator is unlikely to see a classroom any time soon after she reportedly admitted to having sex with four students. According to KTRE, Heather Lee Robertson, 38, was arrested Saturday and charged with four counts of “improper relationship between educator and student.” An affidavit shows that the investigation began on April 20 and that a high school student began &ldquo...
Woman recalls breathtaking water rescue caught on video

Woman recalls breathtaking water rescue caught on video

A woman is speaking out after she was involved in a hydroplaning accident in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that ended with her car fully underwater. Video released Friday showed good Samaritans rescuing the woman trapped upside-down inside the submerged vehicle. Now, she says she is doing well, but her car did fill up all the way with water, so she’s lucky she got out when she did. Christina Hadway...
Woman scares burglar away through security camera

Woman scares burglar away through security camera

A Newton County, Georgia, woman stopped a burglar in his tracks while he was inside her home, and it’s all on video. She had some choice words for him, too, and he clearly got the message. The man broke into her Covington home on April 14 around 5:30 a.m. He checked out the TV, got on the floor to look under a couch and then got an abrupt welcome. “Hello. You better get the f*** out because...
You can now rent dressed up llamas to attend your wedding

You can now rent dressed up llamas to attend your wedding

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you now can have llamas at your wedding. As first noted in Brides.com, Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas will provide llamas (or alpacas) to make a wedding or reception memorable. The non-profit organization specializes in animal-assisted therapy utilizing llamas and alpacas.  The website details what to expect: All proceeds go toward funding...
Man tossing child into frigid waters off Boston caught on camera, charged

Man tossing child into frigid waters off Boston caught on camera, charged

A 29-year-old man was arrested and accused of throwing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old into the frigid waters off Constitution Beach in East Boston on Monday, according to Massachusetts State Police. Mikel Anthony Hilerio dropped his girlfriend off at her job before taking her 4-year-old twin boys to the beach and putting them in the water, troopers said. When the troopers arrived on scene, they...
Cute baby photo alert: Mom is a firefighter, dad is a police officer

Cute baby photo alert: Mom is a firefighter, dad is a police officer

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Florida, shared a picture of its newest addition on Twitter on Tuesday. Baby Crnolic's mom and dad both serve Jacksonville, JSO said. Dad is an officer for JSO and mom is a firefighter for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. The photo is courtesy EP Photography-Jacksonville Newborn Photographer: www.epphotoonline.com | Facebook
Move over, Unicorn Frappuccino; here’s Starbucks’ Dragon Frappe

Move over, Unicorn Frappuccino; here’s Starbucks’ Dragon Frappe

Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino, which debuted for a limited time from April 19-23, caused quite a buzz on the internet, as customers tried the tart, colorful drink with mixed reactions.  While many people reveled at the unique color- and taste-changing capabilities, others said the drink was sour, and some baristas said the drink was a pain to make.  In the midst of the Unicorn Frappuccino...
Biracial twins who went viral celebrate milestone

Biracial twins who went viral celebrate milestone

Twins who stole hearts across the internet are celebrating their first birthday. Kalani and Jarani Dean are twins, but look very different. Kalani has light skin and blue eyes like her mother, while Jarani has darker skin and brown eyes like her father. The girls celebrated their first year with a castle-shaped cake complete with two princesses. Their mother, Whitney Meyer, told “Inside...
Children's remains found in badger hole

Children's remains found in badger hole

Skeletal remains found earlier this month by Idaho Fish and Game officers appear to belong to a pair of children, Elmore County sheriff’s deputies said Monday. It was not clear how long the children had been buried before their remains were found April 15 in a badger hole just north of Mountain Home. Deputies initially only believed the remains belonged to a single child. “It is clear...
Recall: 42K pounds of ready-to-eat chicken undercooked

Recall: 42K pounds of ready-to-eat chicken undercooked

DECATUR, Ala. -- More than 42,000 pounds of chicken are being recalled after several people complained that the ready-to-eat chicken was undercooked, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. In a recall notice, officials said WFSP Foods in Decatur, Alabama, received several customer complaints concerning chicken shipped to a distribution...
Girl’s magic moment meeting Belle goes viral

Girl’s magic moment meeting Belle goes viral

A child from Dallas made the trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World, part of her greatest wish. Daisy Perez, 7, was on a Make-a-Wish Foundation trip to Walt Disney World and had a chance to meet her favorite princess, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Dressed in the iconic golden dress, Daisy talked to Belle about the books she liked before Belle took the little girl&rsquo...
Pit bull breaks from chain, mauls man to death

Pit bull breaks from chain, mauls man to death

A man was mauled to death Tuesday by a pit bull, said authorities in Dayton, Ohio.  >> Read more trending news  Three dogs were removed from a house after a dog fatally mauled a man who was walking in an alley behind the house. The victim in the attack was identified as 60-year-old Maurice Brown, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.  Police said...
Girl who lost police officer dad secretly buys officer’s meal

Girl who lost police officer dad secretly buys officer’s meal

An 8-year-old New Jersey girl is touching hearts across the country after she secretly paid for the dinner of a police officer she encountered in a restaurant.  Mikayla Raji and her mother, Mimi Raji, were eating in a restaurant in Helmetta Friday night when Jamesburg police Officer Joseph Quinn stopped in to pick up his own meal, according to Jamesburg police officials. Mikayla has a soft...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team. >> Read more trending news  The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He...
Boy, 13, dies after dirt bike crash

Boy, 13, dies after dirt bike crash

Jonathan Gonzalez loved being outside. Like many 13-year-olds, the Wellington, Florida, resident loved football, basketball, fishing and just being with friends. On Sunday he told his mother, Maria, he was going outside for a bit. Like she told him every time he’d go out to play, she said “Be careful.” Gonzalez recounted how her son, who died in a dirt bike crash, was adored...
April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced

April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced

Fear not April the giraffe fans!  The New York’s Animal Adventure Park announced on Facebook that April’s giraffe cam is coming back soon--and permanently! The camera will be live every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. according to its Facebook post. “A permanent yard cam will go up this season which will also reconnect you to your favorite giraffe family,” the zoo wrote...
Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead

Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead

A noise complaint turned into a dance party for a police officer in San Antonio, and it was all caught on video. Someone made a complaint that music was too loud when a child’s dance club set up a dance floor. >> Read more trending news But instead of shutting the party down, police joined the teens on the dance floor, showing them the proper way to salsa, KSAT reported. The video is now...
Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location

Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location

You never know what could be stashed away in a dusty records office.  Two researchers do know and they made the discovery of a lifetime, thanks to a one-line entry in a catalog from a records office in England, The Washington Post reported. The entry read “Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America.” >> Read more...
Police ‘arrest’ goats on the lam

Police ‘arrest’ goats on the lam

Things can get a little wild in Maine.  Just ask the police in Belfast who had to answer the call to “arrest” a couple of trespassing goats. >> Read more trending news  The goats, named Louis and Mowgli, were picked up by Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick after he received a call from a woman who had trapped them in her garage. They had walked up to the woman’s home and...
Police who dragged passenger from United flight stand by use of force

Police who dragged passenger from United flight stand by use of force

The police report from the aviation security officers who were recorded on video dragging a passenger off an United Airlines flight earlier this month has been released. >> Read more trending news The officers said David Dao was aggressive and said they used “minimal but necessary force to remove the subject,” WGN reported. United had randomly selected Dao to leave the flight...
7 things to know now: Arkansas executions; O'Reilly speaks; Hannity accusations walked back

7 things to know now: Arkansas executions; O'Reilly speaks; Hannity accusations walked back

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. Arkansas executions: Arkansas executed two inmates hours apart on Monday night after a U.S. district judge first issued a stay, then lifted it about an hour later. Jack Jones was executed first, then attorneys for Marcel Williams questioned whether Jones suffered unnecessarily during his execution. Williams was put to death...
Ivanka Trump goes to Berlin as Merkel seeks bond with White House

Ivanka Trump goes to Berlin as Merkel seeks bond with White House

One is a 62-year-old former physicist who grew up in a Lutheran parish house in East Germany. The other is a businesswoman whose billionaire property-developer father brought her from Manhattan to the White House.  While Angela Merkel and Ivanka Trump don't have a lot in common, Germany's chancellor is seeking out President Donald Trump's daughter as a back channel to moderate his views. Merkel...
Russian hackers who targeted Clinton appear to attack French candidate Macron

Russian hackers who targeted Clinton appear to attack French candidate Macron

  The campaign of the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by what appears to be the same Russian operatives responsible for hacks of Democratic campaign officials before last year’s U.S. presidential election, a cybersecurity firm has warned in a new report.   The report has heightened concerns that Russia may turn its playbook on France in an...
Sessions vows to enforce bribery law that Trump once called 'horrible'

Sessions vows to enforce bribery law that Trump once called 'horrible'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Monday that the Trump administration would vigorously prosecute white-collar crime amid concerns that such cases would fall by the wayside in favor of high-profile priorities such as violent crime and illegal immigration.   Sessions affirmed the department’s commitment to prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars corporations...
State Department website touts glittering history of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate 

State Department website touts glittering history of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate 

A State Department website that promotes travel to the United States included an article this month about the history and lavish furnishings of President Donald Trump's privately-owned Florida resort club Mar-a-Lago, opening questions about whether the federal government is improperly promoting Trump's moneymaking enterprises.   Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pointed to the travelogue-style blog...
The lawyer who will oversee the Russia inquiry has experience investigating the White House

The lawyer who will oversee the Russia inquiry has experience investigating the White House

As a young federal prosecutor in the 1990s, Rod J. Rosenstein played a key role in the highly charged independent investigation of the President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, over their investments in a failed real estate company known as Whitewater.  Rosenstein now is poised to take over another sensitive investigation: the FBI counterintelligence inquiry into whether President Donald Trump's...
Charge Philippine President Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells the Hague

Charge Philippine President Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells the Hague

A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday to charge President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of people over three decades.   The lawyer, Jude Josue Sabio, said in a 77-page complaint that Duterte was the “mastermind” of a campaign that has killed...
Trump administration launches new tariff to punish Canadian lumber

Trump administration launches new tariff to punish Canadian lumber

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it is planning to impose a roughly 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber imported from Canada, a new escalation of trade tensions with America's northern neighbor.   Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview that his department had reached a preliminary decision to impose the tax, the administration's first major trade action against...
Georgia fireman feels ‘blessed’ to catch baby from burning building

Georgia fireman feels ‘blessed’ to catch baby from burning building

The first thing you notice about Robert Sutton, the 31-year-old DeKalb County firefighter of 10 years, is humility.  But it’s hard to know what to say now, after his work to save a baby from a burning Glenwood Road apartment made local news, then national, then international. “It feels like I’m a celebrity or something,” he said, chuckling as his mind reeled between 911...
Florida man snorts cocaine in front of cops as wildfire rages

Florida man snorts cocaine in front of cops as wildfire rages

As a massive wildfire raged nearby and deputies worked to evacuate residents, Joshua Benz picked a most “Florida Man” way to snort cocaine: by doing so right in front of a patrol car, police said. Benz, 25, a Naples resident, motioned for a deputy to stop his unmarked patrol car Friday night, according to the Naples Daily News. When the car stopped, Benz took a long snort from a clear...
Scam alert: $50 Lowe’s Mother’s Day coupon scam on Facebook

Scam alert: $50 Lowe’s Mother’s Day coupon scam on Facebook

A Facebook scam is making its rounds on the internet targeting Lowe’s Home Improvements. The Facebook post claims that Lowe’s is offering $50-off coupons for Mother’s Day. When clicking on the Facebook post, a user-friendly survey will appear on a website that resembles Lowe’s website. However, this fraudulent page is a scam and looking to steal your information. Those who...
Florida Fish and Wildlife searches for monkey on the loose 

Florida Fish and Wildlife searches for monkey on the loose 

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are searching for a monkey that was spotted several times in Apopka.  FWC officials said it appears to be a rhesus macaque that likely came from the Silver Springs, Florida, area.  Officials are warning residents not to approach the monkey because it could charge toward people.  In the 1930s, a man named Colonel Tooey...
Customers slam Shea Moisture’s new ad campaign; some compare to Pepsi ad

Customers slam Shea Moisture’s new ad campaign; some compare to Pepsi ad

A new promotional ad by hair product line Shea Moisture is being criticized for abandoning the company’s primary market -- black women with natural hair -- and will be removed from the campaign “immediately,” the company announced Monday evening. Shea Moisture first shared the ad on its Facebook page Thursday and as of Monday evening, it had been viewed nearly 220...
Fearless cat stands ground against giant rattler within striking distance 

Fearless cat stands ground against giant rattler within striking distance 

  It’s the beginning of snake season in Texas and authorities are warning people to watch out for the reptiles as they emerge from hibernation. The Laguna Vista Police Department posted the warning on its Facebook page after a close call between a giant rattler and a group of hikers on a local trail.  Police posted photos of the massive snake and another photo showing a fearless cat...
These 10 big US retailers might not exist in 2018

These 10 big US retailers might not exist in 2018

Just four months into 2017, 10 U.S. retailers have filed for bankruptcy. Last year, the total number of American retailers that declared bankruptcy was 18. And, according to new insights from S&P Global Market Intelligence that were released last week, there are more to come. “The convenience of online shopping, and the downward pressure it has put on pricing, has radically altered...
Kane Brown makes a huge announcement about his love life

Kane Brown makes a huge announcement about his love life

Back on April 17, rumors began swirling that country star Kane Brown was engaged. Yet, without any sort of official announcement, many wondered if it was just pure hearsay. Well, it looks like we have our proof that this news is very true. In a video posted by a fan on April 18, Kane can be seen at a concert making the big announcement somewhat official. “It’s hard to do this job,&rdquo...
Woman accused of strangling baby with Halloween lights is charged

Woman accused of strangling baby with Halloween lights is charged

A central Florida woman has been charged in the death of her 18-month-old daughter, accused of strangling the toddler with a string of Halloween lights last Nov.  Kristen DePasquale, 27, faces charges of premeditated murder and child abuse. The mother told police officers that she is innocent, and claims her 2-year-old son is responsible, according to CBS News. When officers arrived to DePasquale&rsquo...
Florida student wears Black Lives Matter-inspired prom dress

Florida student wears Black Lives Matter-inspired prom dress

A 17-year-old Florida high school girl knew her prom dress would get attention. >> Read more trending news  Milan Bolden-Morris knew it wasn’t the sparkles or the cut like other dresses that night, but for the faces of Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice with dozens of others displayed across her dress. Faces of those who were killed by police during the last few years across the country...
Woman dies trying to save her 2 dogs from creek

Woman dies trying to save her 2 dogs from creek

A woman died Sunday while she was trying to save her dogs after they were swept into a creek’s strong current.  Liudmilla Feldman, 58, and her husband were walking their dogs around 6:30 p.m. when the dogs went into the water. She went in to rescue them and a current dragged her under for about 90 seconds, according to KSTU. "It doesn't take much to lose your balance and fall...
2 people shot in Dallas office building, reports say

2 people shot in Dallas office building, reports say

Two people were shot Monday in a Dallas office tower, police said.  Police responded to the scene around 10:45 a.m. to help evacuate the building, according to The Dallas Morning News.  Multiple media groups are reporting that two people were shot. Police have not released information about suspects or victims.  A man walked into the building and shot another person, then...
A short history of presidents' complicated relationship with the 100-day milestone

A short history of presidents' complicated relationship with the 100-day milestone

On Friday morning, Donald Trump had something to say about his first 100 days. In a tweet, he wrote "no matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!"   That tweet, which appears to recognize his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, followed his claim last Tuesday in Kansas that...
Clerk can’t read robber’s note because of messy handwriting, police say

Clerk can’t read robber’s note because of messy handwriting, police say

A robbery suspect’s handwriting was so undecipherable that a store clerk handed the demand note back to the man Thursday and asked him to read it, police said. Dion Taylor walked into a Family Dollar around 7:30 p.m. and handed the clerk the note, according to WKBN. The clerk handed it back to Taylor when he could not understand what was written on it.  “This is a robbery, please...
Bill Clinton tweets about ‘bugged’ Clinton Center, pokes fun at Trump

Bill Clinton tweets about ‘bugged’ Clinton Center, pokes fun at Trump

  Former President Bill Clinton took a jab at President Donald Trump on Sunday with a Twitter photo of himself next to a giant bug sculpture outside the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. “BREAKING: We just learned that the @ClintonCenter has been bugged,” Clinton tweeted with the photo. Clinton seems to be joking about Trump’s allegations...
Man indicted on felony charge after violent argument over biscuits

Man indicted on felony charge after violent argument over biscuits

An Alabama man has been indicted on a felony domestic violence charge for a September 2016 argument over biscuits that turned violent. Billy George Phillips II, 33, of Hartselle, was arrested Thursday on a charge of domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reported. In Alabama, that charge is a Class B felony. Phillips is accused of choking the...
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