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Venezuela opposition shows evidence of tampered vote count

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is presenting what it says is the first hard evidence of possible ballot tampering in Sunday's contested gubernatorial elections. The government-stacked National Electoral Council declared loyalist Justo Noguera the winner of Sunday's race in Bolivar state by just 1,471 votes over runner-up Andres Velasquez. But the Democratic Unity alliance said...

Politically fraught San Francisco murder trial gets jury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After being asked detailed questions about their views on Latinos, immigration and guns, a jury has been selected for the murder trial of the man who fatally shot Kate Steinle. Six women and six men were seated as jurors Wednesday after answering a 14-page questionnaire and questions from lawyers and judge this week in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 54. The...

Feds secure rare hate crime conviction for mosque threat

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors secured a relatively rare federal hate crime conviction punishable by a tough sentence on Thursday as a Florida man pleaded guilty to leaving a voicemail that threatened to shoot people at a mosque. Legal experts and Islamic advocates said it sends an important message at a time of tension for American Muslims. Gerald Sloane Wallace, 35, admitted at a plea hearing that...
Kelly defends Trump's call to war widow, raps congresswoman

Kelly defends Trump's call to war widow, raps congresswoman

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier. Kelly, in an unexpected and emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, invoked the death of his own son, killed...

Deported Mexican man drops lawsuit against US over removal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An immigrant who had been shielded from deportation but was sent back to Mexico has dropped his lawsuit against the Trump administration. A federal judge in San Diego on Thursday agreed to dismiss the case filed by Juan Manuel Montes. The suit was taxing for the 23-year-old, who is now living in Mexico, and he asked to drop it. But he stands by the claim that he was wrongly...
Big & Rich are back in Vegas for shooting benefit concert

Big & Rich are back in Vegas for shooting benefit concert

LAS VEGAS (AP) — American country music duo Big & Rich will be as concerned about security as they are about their lyrics and guitar chords as they return to the stage in Las Vegas Thursday — just weeks after the mass shooting at an outdoor country music festival. "It's definitely going to be on your mind. You're going to look at your surroundings through a different lens," John...
EU pledges more help to Italy to reduce migrant arrivals

EU pledges more help to Italy to reduce migrant arrivals

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has agreed to increase funding to help Italy keep migrants from arriving in Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, European Council President Donald Tusk announced Thursday. Tusk said members of the 28-member bloc will provide "sufficient finances" to Italy and that the European Commission will ensure the money goes to fighting "illegal migration...
Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader's resignation

Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader's resignation

MILAN (AP) — Maltese authorities faced mounting pressure Thursday to ensure an independent investigation into the slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was known for her fearless reporting on corruption in the small Mediterranean island nation. The 53-year-old journalist's three grown sons called on Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to resign, saying he should take...

GM reaches $120m settlement with states over switches

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. has reached a $120 million settlement with 49 states and the District of Columbia over its defective ignition switches. GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide in 2014 because their ignition switches could slip from the "run" position to the "off" position, shutting off the engine. The switches played a role in at least 124 deaths and...

California won't make its attorney licensing exam easier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Becoming a lawyer in California isn't going to get easier after the state Supreme Court decided not to lower the minimum passing score on one of nation's toughest licensing exams for attorneys. The justices on Wednesday acknowledged a drop in the percentage of people passing the test but said further study was needed to determine what might be behind the trend. "Examination...

California won't make its attorney licensing exam easier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Becoming a lawyer in California isn't going to get easier after the state Supreme Court decided not to lower the minimum passing score on one of nation's toughest licensing exams for attorneys. The justices on Wednesday acknowledged a drop in the percentage of people passing the test but said further study was needed to determine what might be behind the trend. "Examination...
Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had "occupied" the disputed province of Kirkuk this week. However, the warrant against Kosrat Rasul is unlikely to be executed as the central government in Baghdad has no enforceable authority in the Kurdish-administered...

Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 21,000-22,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their status renewal applications in time. That's according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security. President Donald Trump last month announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which protected...
Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises. Asked at a forum of foreign policy experts if Russia is annoyed with Trump's unpredictability, Putin said that it's linked to a "strong resistance inside...
Russian opposition divided over TV host's presidential bid

Russian opposition divided over TV host's presidential bid

MOSCOW (AP) — A presidential bid by a celebrity Russian TV host drew conflicting reactions from the country's beleaguered opposition Thursday, with some accusing her of playing into the Kremlin's hands and others welcoming her move. Although President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, denied that the Kremlin has encouraged Ksenia Sobchak to run, some opposition figures say her move...
France committed to Iran nuclear deal despite Trump decision

France committed to Iran nuclear deal despite Trump decision

PARIS (AP) — France has reaffirmed its support for the Iran nuclear deal following the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to no longer back it in its current form. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said Thursday after a meeting in Paris with head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, that the deal "remains valid despite the decision of the president of the...
These are the top 50 rat-infested cities in America

These are the top 50 rat-infested cities in America

For the third consecutive ranking, Chicago is the worst city in America for rats, according to a new study from the pest control company Orkin. It ranked cities by the number of rodent treatments the company performed over the past year. Fall is the start of rodent season, so unwanted pests like rats and mice will begin to seek out food, water and shelter to survive the winter. How big of a problem...
CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities. "They are close enough now in their capabilities that from a U.S. policy perspective we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving" their objective of being able to strike the United States, Pompeo told a national security forum...
Another warm winter forecast for swath of US

Another warm winter forecast for swath of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the U.S. should expect another warm winter, but not quite as toasty as the last two years, forecasters said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday forecast a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine. A colder than normal winter is predicted for southern Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Tier states. Normal temperatures...
Where's the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline

Where's the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline

BERLIN (AP) — The number of flying insects in Germany has been dropping at an "alarming" rate that could signal serious trouble for ecosystems and food chains in the future, scientists say. According to a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers using funnel-shaped traps at 63 sites across western Germany recorded a 76 percent decline in bug volume from 1989 to...
French protest labor changes but fewer take to the streets

French protest labor changes but fewer take to the streets

PARIS (AP) — The number of French protesters appears to be falling on the third day of union-backed, nationwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's divisive labor reforms. In Toulouse, Marseille and Paris, on Thursday thousands of demonstrators brandished placards and posters decrying the new rules that came into force last month. Police said there were 5,500 protesters in Paris...
MH17 investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

MH17 investigators appeal for information about Buk photo

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine appealed Thursday for information about a photograph which prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky, killing all 298 on board. The photo of the missile, which investigators believe was likely taken in the Ukrainian town of...
ACLU: Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional

ACLU: Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that an Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional. The statement was released after Stuart Public Schools enacted a policy requiring all students, staff and spectators to stand for the national anthem, prohibiting any form of protest. The Hughes County school's policy was announced amid a nationwide conversation about kneeling during...
Police officer rescues kitten and raccoon found cuddling in dumpster

Police officer rescues kitten and raccoon found cuddling in dumpster

An animal control officer with the Knoxville Police Department responded to a call that could have been taken out of a Disney movie. KMBC reported that Officer Nick Powell responded to a call about an animal stuck in a dumpster in Knoxville, Tennessee. “When Officer Powell looked inside the dumpster he located two unusual companions -- a kitten and a baby raccoon -- cuddled in the corner keeping...
Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart has spent billions buying up websites like Jet.com and ModCloth, and investing in new technology as it goes head-to-head with Amazon.com. Now, the world's largest retailer is setting its sights on virtual reality. Imagine this, says Katie Finnegan, who heads Walmart's tech incubator: You need a tent for your next camping trip. If all goes to plan, you could one day virtually swoop in to your...
Critics say  Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Critics say Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Environmentalists in San Francisco and Los Angeles are concerned about the effects of one feature at local Museum of Ice Cream locations: sprinkles.  Critics say the plastic pieces are littering California streets blocks from the pop-up museums as they’re carried out on the clothes of museum visitors. The plastic material becomes litter and has the potential to end up in the water, a danger...
Georgia school fires Muslim employee who asked for time to pray, lawsuit says

Georgia school fires Muslim employee who asked for time to pray, lawsuit says

A Gwinnett County custodian was accused of falsifying her job application and then fired after asking supervisors to accommodate her prayer schedule, a federal lawsuit alleges. Penny Deams filed the lawsuit against Gwinnett County Public Schools on Monday. She previously worked at Ferguson Elementary School in Duluth, Georgia. Deams also previously filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...
Driver killed in freak accident after tire flies off truck, striking car on Georgia freeway

Driver killed in freak accident after tire flies off truck, striking car on Georgia freeway

A frightening incident Thursday morning on a metro Atlanta freeway left a driver dead in a freak accident. At the height of the Thursday morning rush hour commute, a tire flew off a pickup truck traveling north on Georgia 400, and landed on the windshield of a car in the southbound lanes, killing the driver, according to police in Sandy Springs, a suburb of Atlanta. “A truck traveling north...
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship may have hit another milestone

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship may have hit another milestone

Prince Harry reportedly took his girlfriend of 15 months to Buckingham Palace for a private tea with Queen Elizabeth II, according to reports. On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported that Harry and Meghan Markle arrived to the Palace in a Ford Galaxy with blacked-out windows last week. When they arrived, they were “whisked up to the Queen’s private sitting room” for a one hour-long...
Iditarod first: Sled dogs test positive for opioids 

Iditarod first: Sled dogs test positive for opioids 

Sled dogs in the world-famous Iditarod sled dog race tested positive for a banned opioid for the first time since testing of the dogs for banned substances started back in 1994. Race officials, however, are not releasing the name of the musher whose dogs tested positive for the painkiller Tramadol, according to CBS News. Dog teams were tested after the 1,000 mile trek ended in Nome, Alaska...
Man killed in shooting was previously shot 10 times in six months, police say

Man killed in shooting was previously shot 10 times in six months, police say

An Alabama man gunned down outside a gas station in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon had previously been shot 10 times in a six-month period.  Antoine “Twin” Collier, 29, of Birmingham, was killed when two unidentified gunmen fired more than 40 bullets in the parking lot of an Exxon service station in the city, AL.com reported. He died on the sidewalk in front of the store. ...
Teen asks friend with Down syndrome to homecoming dance

Teen asks friend with Down syndrome to homecoming dance

A Florida teen probably has made the year for a fellow student and friend. Kyana Chevalier surprised John Zamminer with a proposal to go to homecoming. She held up a sign asking him, “Wanna have a ball with me @ homecoming?!” John who was slightly embarrassed said sure and sealed the deal with a hug, WTVT reported. >> Read more trending news John is a student with Down syndrome....
These are the top 10 happiest places in the U.S.; here’s why

These are the top 10 happiest places in the U.S.; here’s why

The happiest city in the United States just might surprise you, and the reasons it ranks at the top might surprise you even more. According to a National Geographic study, the happiest city in the country is Boulder, Colo. The city has more than 300 miles of bike trails, and that’s one of the reasons Boulder scored the top spot, according to one of the study’s authors Dan Buettner...
Alleged cop-killer smears feces on self in court, halting jury selection in murder trial

Alleged cop-killer smears feces on self in court, halting jury selection in murder trial

A man accused of murdering a New Orleans police officer in 2015 halted jury selection in his trial Wednesday by smearing feces on his face, head and mouth, horrifying potential jurors and courtroom spectators.  Travis Boys, 35, apparently put the feces, wrapped in tissue, in his pocket during a bathroom break earlier in the day, NOLA.com reported. He was seated at the defense table with...
What is Real ID; is your state compliant; what if it isn’t?

What is Real ID; is your state compliant; what if it isn’t?

A 2005 act that calls for states to install federal standards to issue identification documents has some travelers concerned that soon their driver’s license will not be accepted as proper id when traveling by air. The REAL ID Act, passed after the 9/11 attacks as a measure to fight terrorism, has been rolled out in stages, with Jan. 22, 2018 being the target date for the last stage of the act...
17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

Less than a week ago, residents in 22 states were panicking over the possibility that their state-issued ID cards would be insufficient to access domestic flights. Many thought they would need passports to travel between states. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has now approved requests for an extension, granting 17 states more time to provide appropriate, REAL ID-compliant identification...
New mom contracts flesh-eating bacteria, loses arms and legs

New mom contracts flesh-eating bacteria, loses arms and legs

A Canadian woman lost both her arms and legs to flesh-eating bacteria four days after giving birth earlier this year, and now she’s suing the hospital, contending the medical staff was negligent. Lindsey Hubley, 33, a quadruple amputee, underwent a total hysterectomy and spent the first seven months of her son’s life in a hospital, according to CTV. Hubley is suing five doctors...
Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

When there’s a wildfire inching closer to your property and you have no time to waste, you do what you can to save lives, whether they’re human or animal. Lauren Mesaros had to move three horses from her Northern California property. The problem was that the trailer could hold only two and the fire was a mile away, SFGATE.com reported. >> Read more trending news So instead of leaving...
Who is Richard Spencer? 5 things to know about prominent white nationalist

Who is Richard Spencer? 5 things to know about prominent white nationalist

As co-editor of AltRight.com and president of The National Policy Institute, white supremacist Richard Spencer has risen to become one of the highest profile white nationalists in America. Spencer, who was born in 1978 in Boston, made headlines shortly after the 2016 election when a meeting of the National Policy Institute went viral. In a video clip of the gathering, attendees could be seen giving...
Police: Man stabbed baby in heart, held her for hours before suffocating her

Police: Man stabbed baby in heart, held her for hours before suffocating her

A New Orleans man who told police he killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God told him to do it” stabbed the girl multiple times in the heart then held her as she cried for hours before suffocating her, authorities said.  Mark Hambrick, 45, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, Orleans Parish jail records show. He is being held without...
Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

Pittsburgh police arrested a woman Thursday accused of assaulting her daughter’s teacher after a parent teacher conference. Suspect Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, allegedly waited for Pittsburgh King elementary school teacher Janice Davis Watkins after school Wednesday. Williams is accused of following Watkins in her car, throwing a brick at her car at a red light, dragging her out of the vehicle...
Disneyland runDisney events canceled for foreseeable future

Disneyland runDisney events canceled for foreseeable future

It’s the finish line for Disneyland’s runDisney events. At least it is for now. The division of the Walt Disney Company that puts on the runDisney events has announced that the races held at the Disneyland Resorts in California have been canceled for 2018, The Orange County Register reported. There is no word on when the events will return. >> Read more trending news Disneyland is...
It’s been a month and Puerto Rico still needs your help — where to donate your money, how to volunteer and more

It’s been a month and Puerto Rico still needs your help — where to donate your money, how to volunteer and more

Puerto Ricans are still in need of aid nearly one month after Hurricane Maria’s devastation. The official death toll on the U.S. island territory has increased to 48, but more than 100 people are still missing, officials said. According to CNN, as of Wednesday, about 1 million people are still without running water and 3 million people are without power. Only 45 of 70 hospitals...
Woman says she could face jail time because she can't afford husband's cremation

Woman says she could face jail time because she can't afford husband's cremation

A Georgia woman says she could face arrest because she can't afford the funeral expense for her late husband. >> Read more trending news A funeral home storing the man's remains said it may press charges for abandonment of a body. Betty Starnes told WSB-TV she made it clear when her husband’s body was brought to Southern Cremations and Funerals at Cheatham Hill, Georgia, that she couldn&rsquo...
Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

A man and his fiancée planned on becoming a family of two, but after their wedding last month they became a family of three after a four-legged wedding crasher broke in on their ceremony. Marília and Matheus had planned on an outdoor wedding last month, but a storm came in so they moved their ceremony to a tent. At the same time, a stray dog was looking for a dry place to wait out the...
White nationalist Richard Spencer at University of Florida: Live updates

White nationalist Richard Spencer at University of Florida: Live updates

Florida’s flagship public university braced Thursday for a speech and rally by a white nationalist that was expected to bring thousands of protesters – and, some feared, violent demonstrations -- to its campus.  Richard Spencer is due to speak from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, about 2 miles from the center of the University of Florida campus.
Hank the pit bull, wrongly accused of killing livestock, set free

Hank the pit bull, wrongly accused of killing livestock, set free

A pit bull named Hank that was wrongfully blamed for killing livestock last year is now free. >> Read more trending news A judge in Thurston County, Washington, on Wednesday voided a Lewis County euthanasia order and ordered that Hank be released to his adoptive family in Centralia, Washington.  Though witnesses said the pit bull that killed the livestock was not Hank, a Lewis County judge...
Girl dumps piggy bank to help pay for classmate’s milk, starts a milk money movement

Girl dumps piggy bank to help pay for classmate’s milk, starts a milk money movement

A little girl was sad that her classmate had to go without when it came to milk break in her kindergarten class, so she decided to do something about it. Sunshine Oelfke dumped her piggy bank on the floor and started counting her money. Her grandmother, Jackie Oelfke, was watching her when Sunshine put the coins and bills in a plastic bag before putting it in her backpack, CBS News reported....
Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch. Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever. >> Read more trending news  She posted...
Food Lion vice president arrested in underage sex sting, police say

Food Lion vice president arrested in underage sex sting, police say

An executive at Food Lion's corporate office was arrested Wednesday in a sting and charged with a sex offense. Detectives from North Carolina's Hendersonville Police Department took Paul Robert LaCroix, 54, into custody following the investigation. Lacroix, from Concord, has been charged with conspiracy to commit a first-degree statutory sex offense. He is being held in the Henderson County...
Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

The defendant was elsewhere, stirring and twittering in his new city, his name rarely spoken — just the title sufficed — but always top of mind inside an overstuffed Manhattan courtroom.  “The president” is a businessman, the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the judge. “The president” refuses to leave the marketplace. This is hardly a fair fight, the logic...
Woman wins $200,000 a year for life with scratch-off game

Woman wins $200,000 a year for life with scratch-off game

A Florida woman won $200,000 for life after winning a top prize from a scratch-off game, the Florida lottery announced Wednesday.  Wendy Holmes, 46 of Lake City, chose to receive her LUCKY $200,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game winnings as a one-time lump-sum payment of $3,202,017.41. >> Read more trending news  All of this feels so unreal to me! I had to check my ticket several...
5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

As Xi Jinping’s first five-year term as China’s leader ends, he gave himself a shining report card on Wednesday — and a big to-do list for his next five years.  Speaking at the start of a Communist Party congress in Beijing, Xi gave a work report that summed up his achievements so far, while also laying out where he wants to take China in his second term, which starts after...
Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

A young socialite and television journalist whose father was a close ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, declared her intention Wednesday to challenge him in the presidential election scheduled for next March, a move liable to split the already feeble liberal opposition.  The journalist, Ksenia A. Sobchak, 35, announced her presidential run in a video online on YouTube and also...
2 security officials fired after United Airlines passenger dragged off plane in viral video

2 security officials fired after United Airlines passenger dragged off plane in viral video

Airport security officials who were caught on video in April forcibly removing a passenger from a United Airlines flight in Chicago have been disciplined. Two employees were fired and two suspended following the incident, which caused public outrage after the footage went viral, the Washington Post reports. The fiasco became a huge public relations headache for United. In the videos...
The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The tax reform framework released three weeks ago by the White House and Republican congressional leadership has lofty goals: Simplify the tax code; provide relief for middle-class families; cut taxes for businesses; end many narrowly focused special tax benefits; and keep the reformed tax code “at least as progressive” as the existing one.  Many of the policies proposed in the framework...
Protesters rally against travel ban

Protesters rally against travel ban

Muslim Americans had planned to gather in the nation's capital to protest President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on Wednesday, the day it was scheduled to go into effect.  But late Tuesday, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked its implementation, saying that it "plainly discriminates based on nationality." A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt to portions...
Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama, said that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law.  "It's against the law, you know that?" Moore said in an interview with Time magazine. "It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That's the law."  Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama...
Woman made up story about doctors leaving camera inside her after surgery, hospital says

Woman made up story about doctors leaving camera inside her after surgery, hospital says

Earlier this year, a patient at an Atlanta hospital filed a lawsuit claiming that a surgeon left a camera in her body during transplant surgery, a camera that was discovered six months later. Lacrystal Lockett’s lawyers have now dropped the complaint. Emory Hospital attorney Anna Fretwell pointed out an apparent problem with the story: No cameras are used in such surgeries. &ldquo...
Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, throwing the legislative effort into doubt even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.  The latest actions by the White House confused Republicans on Capitol Hill and irked Democrats — but in...
Molly Ringwald recounts sexual harassment, assault by 'the other Harvey Weinsteins'

Molly Ringwald recounts sexual harassment, assault by 'the other Harvey Weinsteins'

Molly Ringwald, an ’80s teen idol, opened up about being sexually assaulted by a director in Hollywood in a new op-ed published in The New Yorker. In a piece titled “All the Other Harvey Weinsteins,” the “16 Candles” star described her own experience with sexual assault in Hollywood in the wake of the Weinstein scandal. “I have had plenty of Harveys...
2 women accused of trying to rob bank while dressed as nuns

2 women accused of trying to rob bank while dressed as nuns

The FBI has apprehended two women suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania while dressed as nuns, The Associated Press is reporting. Melisa Aquino Arias, 23, of the Dominican Republic, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, of New Haven, Connecticut, were actually charged with robbing two banks in New Jersey while wearing head scarves, but law enforcement officials say the two...
Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

When a 7-year-old boy fell asleep following a late-night wedding party, his mother expected him to be tired, but she could never fathom what would unfold. The boy, Wyatt Shaw, was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, during the first week of October after his mother tried and tried and tried to wake up him following the exciting Sunday night wedding festivities...
Wife stabbed 123 times in alleged 'cold medicine' killing, autopsy shows

Wife stabbed 123 times in alleged 'cold medicine' killing, autopsy shows

An autopsy has found 123 stab wounds and cuts on a woman who police say was stabbed by her husband after he said he awoke from a dream with blood all over him. WSOC-TV's partner in Raleigh, WTVD, obtained the autopsy report for 29-year-old Lauren Phelps which details 24 stab wounds and 20 cuts to her head and neck, as well as dozens of wounds to her torso and arms. In a 911 call, Phelps'...
Convicted rapist won't have joint custody of victim's child after judge rescinds ruling

Convicted rapist won't have joint custody of victim's child after judge rescinds ruling

The Michigan judge behind a controversial ruling last month, which granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody to the child conceived by his 12-year-old victim in 2008, has rescinded his decision, CBS News reports. Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross ruled Tuesday that 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo will not have any parental rights to the 8-year-old boy. However, he will still...
Oklahoma police officer who shot, killed daughter's boyfriend found guilty of manslaughter

Oklahoma police officer who shot, killed daughter's boyfriend found guilty of manslaughter

A jury has reached a verdict in the fourth murder trial of a former Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer. After more than five hours of deliberation, the jury found Shannon Kepler guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 killing of Jeremy Lake, his daughter's boyfriend, and recommended 15 years in prison. Kepler is accused of killing Lake in 2014 while off duty. Though he was charged with first-degree...
Nude photos taken in Florida judge’s chambers lead to clerk’s arrest

Nude photos taken in Florida judge’s chambers lead to clerk’s arrest

A Florida clerk who allegedly took nude photos of his girlfriend in a judge’s chambers was arrested Monday on a petty theft charge, news reports stated. The twisted tale involves Jefferson County Clerk of Courts Kirk Reams, 40, and his ex-girlfriend Brittany McClellan, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. The two began dating in 2012, had a child together and broke up about a year...
SeaWorld to eliminate 350 positions by the end of fiscal year 2017

SeaWorld to eliminate 350 positions by the end of fiscal year 2017

SeaWorld officials have announced that they will be restructuring the company and as a result, that 350 positions will be eliminated by the end of fiscal year 2017. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, SeaWorld was implementing the restructuring program to “reduce costs, increase efficiencies, reduce duplication of functions and improve the company’s operations...
Halley’s Comet is source of this week’s Orionids meteor shower

Halley’s Comet is source of this week’s Orionids meteor shower

A waxing crescent moon lends the celestial stage this week to the Orionid meteor shower — a wash of rock and ice shed from the venerable Halley’s Comet. While the Orionid shower runs from Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 this year, the heavenly theatrics will be most robust in the predawn hours of Saturday when the greatest number of meteors are expected to slip into Earth’s atmosphere...
Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks for door latch issue

Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks for door latch issue

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.3 million 2015-2017 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty vehicles in North America. In a Wednesday news release, the company said a water shield needs to be added to door latches. Without the shield, the latches could freeze and cause the door to not close or open correctly.  “Should a customer be able to open and close the door with these conditions...
Blac Chyna sues Kardashian-Jenner family for damaging her career

Blac Chyna sues Kardashian-Jenner family for damaging her career

Blac Chyna has reportedly filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the entire Kardashian family.  People reported that, in the filing, Chyna, 29, whose real name is Angela White, claims she has suffered “significant damages” because of photos posted online by her former fiance, Rob Kardashian. In July, Kardashian went on an Instagram rant -- that later moved...
Witnesses say 3-year-old chased, shot man, father charged with murder

Witnesses say 3-year-old chased, shot man, father charged with murder

A South Carolina man has been charged with murder after his 3-year-old son allegedly shot a man in the chest. According to The Augusta Chronicle, deputies found 24-year-old Timothy Johnson with a gunshot wound to the chest Tuesday.  Aiken County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen Shunn said witnesses told deputies that he was shot when Albert Monted Davis gave the toddler a handgun and the 3-year-old...
E! to end ‘Fashion Police’ after 22 years with celebration of Joan Rivers

E! to end ‘Fashion Police’ after 22 years with celebration of Joan Rivers

E! is canceling its hit red carpet and style talk show “Fashion Police” after 22 years. Variety reported Wednesday that the series will end with a series-finale special celebrating Joan Rivers in November. The finale, titled, “Fashion Police: The Farewell,” will have surprise celebrity guests as well as a look back at memorable moments. E! News reported...
Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King'

Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King'

The mother of fallen U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson said Wednesday that during a call with her son’s widow, President Donald Trump said the soldier “knew what he signed up for.” Trump has since denied he said those words and told members of the Senate Finance Committee, “I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a wonderful woman...
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