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Austin school board President Kendall Pace resigns amid texting flap

Austin school board President Kendall Pace resigned from the board Monday, less than a week after the teachers union demanded she step down over inflammatory texts she traded with another trustee. Whether the remaining school board members will appoint a replacement to Pace’s at-large seat or leave it vacant until her term expires in November remains unclear. The district faces a $30 million...


UPDATE: Southbound lanes of I-35 reopen after crash near Lady Bird Lake

UPDATE: Southbound lanes of I-35 reopen after crash near Lady Bird Lake

2:10 p.m. update: All lanes on Interstate 35 over Lady Bird Lake are now open following a crash involving multiple vehicles, state transportation officials said. Earlier: Drivers headed south on Interstate 35 over Lady Bird Lake are being funneled into one lane after a crash involving multiple vehicles, state transportation officials said. The crash is causing drivers to be delayed, Texas Department...
Bar owner from Austin accused of raping customer in Fort Worth, police say

Bar owner from Austin accused of raping customer in Fort Worth, police say

An Austin man is accused of sexually assaulting a patron last December at a bar he owns in Fort Worth, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Tarrant County. Israel Espiricueta, 41, the owner of the Library Bar in downtown Fort Worth, was arrested in Travis County on Feb. 5 and charged with sexual assault. He was released from jail after posting $10,000 bond, according to the Dallas Morning...
Travis County tax assessor Elfant responds to fraud investigation

Travis County tax assessor Elfant responds to fraud investigation

Responding to a multiagency investigation of fraud that authorities said was carried out in part by four Travis County tax office employees, assessor-collector Bruce Elfant said Tuesday he is committed to renewing his unit’s integrity. “I fully expect that I will be judged by my response to this abhorrent situation, and I promise to do everything I am able to restore the public’s...

Community news: Comment period for police chief extended

TRAVIS COUNTY AUSTIN Comment period for chief extended Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has announced he will extend the public comment period on interim Chief Brian Manley as candidate to become the permanent chief of police through May 31. The feedback provided from the community will be used as part of Cronk’s evaluation of Manley for permanent appointment. At the end of this period, Cronk...
Community can provide input on Austin’s next police chief until May 31

Community can provide input on Austin’s next police chief until May 31

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk on Monday said the community will have until May 31 to provide input on Brian Manley’s possible appointment as the next permanent chief of Austin police. Cronk named Manley, Austin’s interim chief, as the sole finalist for the position at the end of April, and began a community vetting process that included focus groups, stakeholder meetings and televised...
Three Round Rock residents accused of promoting prostitution

Three Round Rock residents accused of promoting prostitution

Three Round Rock residents have been accused of promoting prostitution, according to arrest warrants. Yingbo Xu, 45; Janhong Li, 46 and Xiaolin Yang, 46, were all charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Georgetown Police Department arrested all three people, according to the warrants. Xu worked at Shanghai Spa in Georgetown...
Two hospitalized after possible stabbing in Northeast Austin, police say

Two hospitalized after possible stabbing in Northeast Austin, police say

Two people were hospitalized on Tuesday morning after a possible stabbing in Northeast Austin. Austin police were called to a home in the 5400 block of Claymoor Drive, between Springdale and Manor roads, around 9:36 a.m. A man and a woman were injured but authorities could not immediately comment on the extent of their injuries.
Jury begins deliberations in Crispin Harmel capital murder case

Jury begins deliberations in Crispin Harmel capital murder case

3:30 p.m. Closing argument have just ended and the jury has just left the courtroom to begin deliberations in the Crispin Harmel capital murder trial. Harmel is accused of strangling Jessika Kalaher, 27, on Sept. 7, 2009, in Cedar Park. Prosecutor Julie Stone called Harmel an “opportunistic monster” and said it was ridiculous to assume Kalaher, who was successful and working two jobs,...
Authorities to target drunken driving during Memorial Day weekend

Authorities to target drunken driving during Memorial Day weekend

Law enforcement officials across Central Texas are gearing up for Memorial Day weekend by putting together a task force that will target drunken drivers and boaters during the holiday. The Travis County sheriff’s office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and police in Bee Cave, Lakeway and Jonestown have joined forces to crack down on intoxicated and unsafe...
Power lines cleared, RM 620 lanes at Parmer in Northwest Austin reopened

Power lines cleared, RM 620 lanes at Parmer in Northwest Austin reopened

9 a.m. update: The fallen power lines that stalled traffic in Northwest Austin earlier Tuesday have been cleared and all lanes of RM 620 near West Parmer Lane have been reopened, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. Earlier: Austin police are warning drivers to avoid the area near the intersection of West Parmer Lane and RM 620 in Northwest Austin because of fallen power lines...
It’s runoff election day in Texas: Here’s what’s on the ballot

It’s runoff election day in Texas: Here’s what’s on the ballot

9:30 a.m. update: Tuesday’s runoff elections so far have kicked off without a hitch, according to Central Texas elections administrators. Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m.  So far, no locations in Travis County are running any wait times, according to a map maintained by elections officials.  There is no wait to vote in Williamson County, as well. RELATED...
UPDATE: Amber alert for 3 Bertram children canceled, Burnet County officials say

UPDATE: Amber alert for 3 Bertram children canceled, Burnet County officials say

9 a.m. update: Burnet County officials say the amber alert for the three Bertram children who were believed to be in immediate danger has been cancelled. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the children have been found and are safe. Earlier: Authorities are searching for three children who they believe to be in “immediate danger” and were last seen in Burnet...
UPDATED: 2 children, 1 woman injured in U.S. 79 crash in eastern Williamson Co., authorities say

UPDATED: 2 children, 1 woman injured in U.S. 79 crash in eastern Williamson Co., authorities say

3:30 p.m.update: Two children and one woman were injured Tuesday morning after a rollover crash in Williamson County, according to the sheriff’s office. One of the children, a 4-year-old boy, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the middle of the road, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Patricia Gutierrez said. He was removed from the road by a Good Samaritan who saw the vehicle roll and...
FORECAST: Cloudy, small chance for afternoon storms, high near 89

FORECAST: Cloudy, small chance for afternoon storms, high near 89

Tuesday forecast for Austin: It’s that time of year – when it may rain but temperatures also will reach nearly 90 degrees, making it a confusing day for fashion choices, ranging from a rain jacket to a swimsuit. The National Weather Service said Tuesday temperatures in Austin could climb to 89 degrees. Forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after...
Deputies looking for suspect after stolen vehicle leads to chase near Liberty Hill, sheriff says

Deputies looking for suspect after stolen vehicle leads to chase near Liberty Hill, sheriff says

Williamson County deputies are looking for a person suspected of stealing a vehicle in the Liberty Hill area and leading authorities on a chase, Sheriff Robert Chody said Monday.  Chody tweeted that the incident had attracted a large police presence near Fawn Drive and Round Mountain Road area.  People should avoid the area while authorities investigate, Chody said. 
Police detain person after stabbing in East Austin leaves 2 injured, officials say 

Police detain person after stabbing in East Austin leaves 2 injured, officials say 

10:15 p.m. update: One man was seriously wounded and another had minor injuries after a stabbing in East Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said Monday night.  A man in his 30s with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries was taken to a local hospital, medics said. A man in his 70s was also injured but refused being taken to the hospital.  Austin police said they have detained...
Stage 1 drought restrictions go into effect in San Marcos this weekend 

Stage 1 drought restrictions go into effect in San Marcos this weekend 

The city of San Marcos will go into Stage 1 water-use restrictions this Sunday, officials said.  The Edwards Aquifer Authority called for drought restrictions Monday following a sustained drop in the aquifer’s levels, officials said.  Stage 1 restrictions are implemented when the aquifer’s 10-day average well levels drop below 660 feet above mean sea level, officials said. On...
Travis County tax employees charged in fraud tied to vehicle titles

Travis County tax employees charged in fraud tied to vehicle titles

Fraud involving Travis County tax office employees resulted in an undisclosed loss of state revenue, state investigators said Monday as they began to disclose findings that resulted in seven arrests. The scope of the multiagency investigation is still unclear. Most of the theft detailed in each arrest affidavit totaled only in the hundreds of dollars. At a news conference Monday, officials said they...
Herman: About the school shootings, can we talk?

Herman: About the school shootings, can we talk?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. The correct answer is all of the below. Once again, the unthinkable has become more than thinkable. It’s become predictable. Left untreated, school shootings will happen again. We know this because we’ve seen this. And once again, this latest one in Santa Fe has us thinking about what we can do to make it the last one. That might be too much to expect. But we...
Witnesses contradict what Crispin Harmel told police in 2009 slaying

Witnesses contradict what Crispin Harmel told police in 2009 slaying

Prosecutors wrapped up their capital murder case against Crispin Harmel on Monday by presenting three witnesses who contradicted what Harmel told police during the investigation of the 2009 strangulation death of Jessika Kalaher. Harmel told police then that he could not give them the shirt he had worn when he was with Kalaher because it was at a friend’s apartment being washed. The friend,...
Pond keeps unwanted pet fish out of San Marcos River

Pond keeps unwanted pet fish out of San Marcos River

Conservationists are hoping that a small pond in San Marcos will help protect endangered species in the San Marcos River. The pond, about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide, was built about a year and a half ago by the San Marcos Discovery Center for people who want to drop off unwanted pet fish. Otherwise such non-native fish, if dumped into the river or its tributaries, could throw the ecosystem out of...
Officers report smelling burnt marijuana at day care where baby died

Officers report smelling burnt marijuana at day care where baby died

Officials who responded last week to the death of a 5-month-old at an in-home daycare in Northwest Austin found what they believe was marijuana in the home as well as the odor of “burnt marijuana,” according to a search warrant affidavit obtained Monday. No charges have been filed in the baby’s death at the home on Truman Cove, and a cause of death has not been determined. Officials...
Police specialty pay set to expire amid ongoing labor contract talks

Police specialty pay set to expire amid ongoing labor contract talks

Special stipend pay that was restored to Austin police after the police union’s city contract expired is set to end Thursday, removing hundreds of dollars monthly from the paychecks of some officers. The pending expiration of the special pay, given for such attributes as foreign language proficiency or college degrees, left a police union leader calling on City Council members to act, but some...
Man who drowned in Barton Springs Pool last week was 20, police say

Man who drowned in Barton Springs Pool last week was 20, police say

Austin police have identified a man who died after being pulled from Barton Springs Pool on Thursday as 20-year-old Carlo Hurtado. Rescue crews pulled Hurtado from the water and called first responders around 5:45 p.m. It was unclear how long Hurtado had been underwater before being found, authorities said. Another man, identified by police as Israel Olayemi, 26, died days earlier near Twin Falls...
School bus, truck crash in Williamson County, sheriff says

School bus, truck crash in Williamson County, sheriff says

Williamson County sheriff’s deputies responded to a crash involving a school bus on RM 620 at Pearson Ranch Road on Monday afternoon. The crash happened around 2:28 p.m., officials said Authorities shut down northbound lanes of the road while they worked to clear the area of wreckage.  No children were on the bus at the time of the crash, the sheriff’s office said.
2 arrested in poker house robbery that left man injured, police say 

2 arrested in poker house robbery that left man injured, police say 

Two men were arrested for an armed robbery at a poker house in April that left a man wounded, Austin police said Monday. Jermaine Patrick Spirlark, 41, and Charles Clines-Martinez 24, were arrested for aggravated robbery, police said. Police said Spirlark demanded and took property from a man at Texas Card House, located in far Northwest Austin, on April 30 around 4 a.m. They said Spirlark shot the...

Officers in Southwest Austin shooting won’t face charges, DA says

SOUTHWEST AUSTIN DA: Officers in shooting won’t face charges Two Austin police officers who were involved in a shootout in March that left a man wounded in Southwest Austin were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Travis County District Attorney’s office on Monday. Officers Kevin Bittner and Dustin Turner were among several officers who responded to a home in the 6200 block of La Naranja...
High school student dies after crash Sunday near Liberty Hill

High school student dies after crash Sunday near Liberty Hill

An 18-year-old man died after a crash Sunday near Liberty Hill, Texas Department of Transportation officials said.  Sihyeon Ryu Stephans, a high school student from Copperas Cove, was driving a Mazda Protégé heading north on U.S. 183 about 3:30 p.m. when he drove off the roadway, officials said. He overcorrected to the left and side-skidded into the southbound lanes, causing his...
Man dies Sunday in Caldwell County rollover crash

Man dies Sunday in Caldwell County rollover crash

A man died Sunday afternoon in Caldwell County after his vehicle rolled over on U.S. 183, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said Monday.  Victor Aguirre-Arroyo, 21, of Kyle, was driving a Honda Accord south near the 9200 block of North U.S. 183 at a high rate of speed when at about 2:30 p.m. Aguirre-Arroyo saw a motorcycle in the left lane driving north, officials said.  Officials...
JUST IN: Officers involved in Southwest Austin shooting won’t face charges, DA says

JUST IN: Officers involved in Southwest Austin shooting won’t face charges, DA says

Two Austin police officers who were involved in a shootout in March that left a man wounded in Southwest Austin were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Travis County District Attorney’s office on Monday. Officers Kevin Bittner and Dustin Turner were among several officers who responded to a home in the 6200 block of La Naranja Lane around 12:30 a.m. on March 12. Police were sent to the home after...
PolitiFact: Austin is creating jobs but not more than any other city

PolitiFact: Austin is creating jobs but not more than any other city

Austin’s mayor made a best-in-the-nation claim about local job gains that made us wonder. Steve Adler, who seeks a second term in November, was asked on KLBJ-AM about ending “the red tape and paperwork that businesses have to go through just to expand in this city.” Adler replied: “You ought to minimize the bureaucracy as much as you can. But we’re doing something right...
Austin police could lose thousands in stipend pay on Thursday, union says

Austin police could lose thousands in stipend pay on Thursday, union says

Special stipend pay that was restored to Austin police officers after the police union’s city contract expired could end on Thursday. The City Council had voted to restore some stipend pay that was lost when the Austin police union’s contract with the city expired in December. The move allowed officers to continue earning much of what they had under the former contract while city and police...

Community news: Ride for Missing Children on Friday

TRAVIS COUNTY STATE CAPITOL Ride for Missing Children on Friday The Texas regional office of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will host the first Texas Ride for Missing Children from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave. The purpose of the ride is to honor missing and exploited children, and to raise funds to support prevention and education programs...
Seminary leader’s comments on women roil Texas Southern Baptists

Seminary leader’s comments on women roil Texas Southern Baptists

A Texas Southern Baptist leader’s comment about abused women has roiled the state’s largest Protestant denomination and prompted a re-examination about how scripture has been interpreted and preached by men. Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, has drawn fire for saying that he has never advised divorce for a woman in an abusive marriage...
Stop pursuing program noted in former school board president’s texts, Austin union says

Stop pursuing program noted in former school board president’s texts, Austin union says

8 p.m. update: Leaders of the Austin teachers union on Monday called on the district to stop pursuing a program that the board’s former president discussed in inflammatory text messages that came to light before she ultimately stepped down. Austin school board President Kendall Pace announced earlier Monday that she was resigning from the board effective immediately. Pace apologized for...
Houston woman dead, 2 injured after Sunday crash near Luling, DPS says

Houston woman dead, 2 injured after Sunday crash near Luling, DPS says

A 73-year-old Houston woman died at a Kyle hospital Sunday after a collision on Texas 80 in South Texas, authorities said. Maria De Jesus Mendoza died at Seton Medical Center Hays, where she was taken after her 2014 Ford Fusion was hit by an oncoming 2015 Mazda CX5, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said. Sierra Jade Garcia, 20, was traveling south on Texas 80, a mile north of Luling, around...
DPS names 7 accused of license plate fraud at Travis County tax office

DPS names 7 accused of license plate fraud at Travis County tax office

11:50 a.m. update: Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant released the following statement about the arrests announced by Texas Department of Public Safety: “I want to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Criminal Investigation Division, the District Attorney’s office, and the Travis County Auditor for their part in rooting out a problem that has plagued the Motor...
Detective: No online, phone connection found between Harmel, Kalaher

Detective: No online, phone connection found between Harmel, Kalaher

3:30 p.m. update: Prosecutors on Tuesday afternoon finished presenting their witnesses in the Crispin Harmel capital murder case. The trial will resume Tuesday morning when the defense will be able to call witnesses. The prosecution’s final witness, Round Rock police Detective Feliciano Acevedo, testified Monday afternoon that when he did a forensic examination of Jessika Kalaher’s phone...
TRAFFIC ALERT: Dessau Road in far Northeast Austin closed after collision

TRAFFIC ALERT: Dessau Road in far Northeast Austin closed after collision

Austin police warned drivers Monday morning of a collision that shut down all lanes in the 13000 block of Dessau Road in far northeast Austin. Police said they were unsure when the lanes would reopen.  Details about the collision were not immediately available.
Santa Fe community raising money for victims; Abbott calls for moment of silence at 10 a.m.

Santa Fe community raising money for victims; Abbott calls for moment of silence at 10 a.m.

In the days since a gunman entered an art classroom Friday at Santa Fe High School southeast of Houston and opened fire, several crowdfunding pages for the affected families and survivors have popped up. As of 7 a.m. Monday, at least $13,355 has been raised for school police officer John Barnes, according to a GoFundMe page dedicated to Barnes, who confronted the shooter and was wounded...
WEATHER UPDATE: Band of storms moving through Bastrop, Lockhart toward Austin

WEATHER UPDATE: Band of storms moving through Bastrop, Lockhart toward Austin

4:25 p.m update: A thin band of storms, arcing from Floresville to College Station, is moving through Bastrop and Lockhart toward Austin, Doppler weather radar shows. In Austin, there is a 30 percent chance of rain until 6 p.m., at which point the chances drop to 10 percent for the rest of the night. Some of the isolated storms may be capable of producing small hail, according to the National...
1 dead, shooter identified in standoff in Panama City, Florida

1 dead, shooter identified in standoff in Panama City, Florida

A standoff in Panama City, Florida, Tuesday is connected to a  murder Tuesday morning in Santa Rosa Beach, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Multiple police agencies are at the scene at an apartment building where the suspect, identified as Kevin Robert Holroyd, was holding police at bay after an exchange of gunfire. Investigators were searching the Briarwood Apartments after...
FedEx driver killed on Florida interstate when truck blows tire, hits car

FedEx driver killed on Florida interstate when truck blows tire, hits car

A FedEx driver died Tuesday on a Florida interstate highway when a blown tire caused his freight truck to collide with a car, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The 22-year-old delivery driver, whose name has not been released by the Florida Highway Patrol, was eastbound on an outside lane of I-4 east of Tampa when a tire blew out on his freight truck at 10 a.m., troopers said. The FedEx tractor-trailer...
Sweet dreams: How to conquer your nightmares 

Sweet dreams: How to conquer your nightmares 

You're asleep, right? You can hardly be expected to control your actions, much less your thoughts. But if bad dreams are ruining your sleep (and affecting your waking moments), you can work to eliminate or minimize them, according to psychologists and sleep experts. "One way of thinking about dreams is that they're part of the same problem-solving processes that we use during the day time,"...
Army veteran drowns while saving fiancee's daughter

Army veteran drowns while saving fiancee's daughter

An Army Reserve member drowned in a Texas lake Saturday as he tried to save his fiancee's 6-year-old daughter, The Dallas Morning News reported. Brandyn Mitchell, 25, dove into Lake Ray Roberts near the north Texas city of Denton to help Keira Herrera get back onto a flotation device, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. "He was already on the float with (Keira) when she was struggling...
Houston Texans star J.J. Watt visits Santa Fe High School shooting victims 

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt visits Santa Fe High School shooting victims 

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt continues to make an impact in the wake of the mass shooting at a southeastern Texas high school, KTRK reported. Watt visited some of the victims injured in the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School on Monday and took photographs with them and their nurses at the hospital. He also visited several victims at their homes, KHOU reported. A gunman opened...
Texas woman gives birth prematurely in prison, accuses jailers of ignoring her

Texas woman gives birth prematurely in prison, accuses jailers of ignoring her

A woman in a Texas prison said jailers ignored her pleas when she went into premature labor, forcing her to deliver the baby on her own, WFAA reported. The woman claims jail officials believed she was faking labor. Shaye Bear was five months pregnant when she said she gave birth to a 1-pound, 2-ounce baby on Thursday. She claimed guards ignored her screams and pleas for help, WFAA reported. &ldquo...
Rattlesnake slithers into Texas house through dog door

Rattlesnake slithers into Texas house through dog door

A woman relaxing in her Texas home last week was rattled when she heard her dogs barking. That’s because a rattlesnake had slithered into her house through a dog door, KAMR reported. The woman was in her Amarillo home at Highland Park Village when she said he heard a rattle and then her dogs becoming agitated. After finding the snake, the woman called a maintenance man, who safely...
Florida man at playground uses vulgarities to tell kids where babies come from

Florida man at playground uses vulgarities to tell kids where babies come from

A Florida man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly climbed on a piece of equipment at a playground and began yelling, using a vulgar description to tell children where babies came from, The Tampa Bay Times reported. Otis Dawayne Ryan, 30, was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct. The incident took place at Clearwater Beach and was witnessed by a police officer who was in the...
Who won 'American Idol' 2018? Winner revealed in season finale

Who won 'American Idol' 2018? Winner revealed in season finale

Maddie Poppe took home the “American Idol” crown Monday night, beating out Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a Georgia country singer. Poppe, a 19-year-old Iowa singer-songwriter, was so overtaken by emotion that she couldn’t finish her original song, “Going Going Gone.” The rest of the top 10 plus Katy Perry joined her on stage. Hutchinson even sang a few lines himself...
Miss USA 2018: Who is Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers, this year's winner?

Miss USA 2018: Who is Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers, this year's winner?

Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers was crowned the winner of this year's Miss USA competition Monday night in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Here's what we know about Summers, who will compete for the Miss Universe title later this year: 1. The 23-year-old from Omaha is a certified child life specialist. According to the Miss Universe website, her brief hospitalization at age 4 for idiopathic thrombocytopenic...
Obamas sign multiyear deal with Netflix to make movies, TV shows

Obamas sign multiyear deal with Netflix to make movies, TV shows

Former President Barack Obama has signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce films and television shows on the streaming service with former first lady Michelle Obama. >> Read more trending news  According to Netflix, the Obamas’ agreement includes scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features produced by Higher Ground Productions. President Barack Obama and...
Milwaukee teen beaten to death in 'senseless act of violence,' family says

Milwaukee teen beaten to death in 'senseless act of violence,' family says

A Wisconsin teenager who was missing for a week was found beaten to death Sunday, the victim of “a senseless act of violence,” according to his mother. The body of Dennis King, 15, was found Sunday night by Milwaukee police, not far from where he’d last been seen on May 11, WISN reported. "He was a smart kid," the teen's mother, Dombanee Lincoln, told WISN Sunday...
Police: Florida man tasered after walking naked through neighborhood carrying cooking oil

Police: Florida man tasered after walking naked through neighborhood carrying cooking oil

A Florida man was arrested Thursday for allegedly walking naked through a neighborhood during a rainstorm and carrying cooking oil, the Pensacola News Journal reported. Joseph John Musso, 63, was charged with loitering and prowling, lewd and lascivious behavior, resisting an officer without violence and exposure of sexual organs, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said. According to...
Officials: 2 Oklahoma construction workers OK after falling from 3-story building 

Officials: 2 Oklahoma construction workers OK after falling from 3-story building 

Two Oklahoma construction workers are apparently OK after falling from a three-story building in Oklahoma City, KFOR reported Monday. Oklahoma City firefighters were called to the downtown building Monday morning. Two men were working on a building when they fell, authorities said. The workers were taken to a hospital because of the height of the fall, but neither man appeared to be seriously...
Court orders man to pay $2M in child support in 'bizarre' case involving identity theft

Court orders man to pay $2M in child support in 'bizarre' case involving identity theft

An Indiana judge awarded nearly $2 million in back child support to a woman whose husband -- who disappeared in 1993 and was thought to be dead -- was arrested in Florida two years ago on an identity theft charge, the Journal Gazette reported. Hamilton County Superior Court Magistrate William Greenway and Judge Jonathan M. Brown said Richard J. Hoagland owes his ex-wife -- Linda K. Iseler --...
Alabama man wants to cut lawns in all 50 states

Alabama man wants to cut lawns in all 50 states

Cutting lawns during the summer can be a chore, especially when temperatures and humidity rise. But an Alabama man not only enjoys cutting grass, he also wants to mow in all 50 states. “I’m on a journey called ‘50 States, 50 Lawns,’” Rodney Smith told WHAS. “(I’ll be) mowing a lawn in each state for someone who's elderly, disabled, a single parent mother...
Pedestrian killed, struck by 18-wheeler on I-35 North near U.S. 290

Pedestrian killed, struck by 18-wheeler on I-35 North near U.S. 290

7:35 a.m. update: All northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near U.S. 290 have reopened following a collision that left one pedestrian dead early Monday, transportation officials said. However, “big delays remain” in the area, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said. Earlier: A pedestrian trying to cross Interstate 35 near the U.S. 290 interchange...
Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here. According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance. But how...
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Aww! Model, TV host and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram on Sunday to share a sweet photo and reveal the name of her newborn son. "Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens," Teigen wrote. "We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!" Meanwhile, Teigen's husband, singer...
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry donate royal wedding flowers to hospice patients

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry donate royal wedding flowers to hospice patients

Patients at St. Joseph's Hospice in London received a special gift after Saturday's royal wedding. According to People magazine, Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, gave the hospice some flowers that had been used to decorate St. George's Chapel for their ceremony. "Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers...
Original 'Kiss Me, Kate' star Patricia Morison dead at 103

Original 'Kiss Me, Kate' star Patricia Morison dead at 103

Patricia Morison, who played the shrewish lead role in the 1948 Cole Porter Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” died Sunday, Variety reported. She was 103.  Morison also appeared on stage with Yul Brynner in “The King and I” and starred in films such as “The Song of Bernadette.” She also appeared as Basil Rathbone’s foil in the 1946 Sherlock Holmes...
Accused Santa Fe shooter won't get death penalty -- and could get paroled someday 

Accused Santa Fe shooter won't get death penalty -- and could get paroled someday 

Even though Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged as an adult in the mass shooting at a southeastern Texas high school Friday, he will not face the death penalty and could even be eligible for parole someday, the Houston Chronicle reported. Pagourtzis, 17, a high school junior, admitted to the shootings that killed 10 and wounded 13, according to court documents. While he is facing a capital murder...
Trump demands Justice Department probe claims of spying on his 2016 campaign

Trump demands Justice Department probe claims of spying on his 2016 campaign

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump said he will demand that the Justice Department investigate whether it or the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign for political reasons, CNN reported. "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political...
LSU football legend, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dead at 80

LSU football legend, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dead at 80

Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner who led Louisiana State University to a national title in 1958, died Sunday, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. He was 80. Cannon, a running back, is the only player in LSU football history to win the Heisman. His famous “Halloween run” -- an 89-yard punt return in the fourth quarter against No. 3 Ole Miss in 1959 -- remains one...
South Carolina authorities capture one of 3 escaped inmates

South Carolina authorities capture one of 3 escaped inmates

One of three inmates who escaped from a South Carolina detention center has been captured, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced Monday. Christopher Shannon Boltin, 27, was caught in Lexington County, The State of Columbia, South Carolina reported. Boltin “will be returned to Orangeburg and put back in jail to await his court hearing,” Ravenell said in a news release. &ldquo...
Police: 13-year-old in custody after 2 children shot in Central Florida city

Police: 13-year-old in custody after 2 children shot in Central Florida city

Two children were hospitalized after being shot in a Central Florida city Saturday evening and a 13-year-old boy was in custody, police said.  The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. in the Brevard County city of Palm Bay. Two juvenile victims, who police did not identify, were taken to nearby hospitals in serious but stable condition, police said.  One victim was later transported to...
North Carolina deputies find nearly $91 million of liquid meth on truck

North Carolina deputies find nearly $91 million of liquid meth on truck

Deputies in North Carolina on Saturday seized a tractor-trailer containing $90.8 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in the driver's side fuel tank, WTVD reported. Raul Topete Arreola, 49, and Aquileo Perez Pineda, 48, were charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they found 120 gallons of liquid meth in...
25 people in New York City hospitalized for synthetic marijuana overdoses

25 people in New York City hospitalized for synthetic marijuana overdoses

Twenty-five people in New York City were hospitalized Saturday night after apparently having a negative reaction to synthetic marijuana, WABC reported. Lt. Paul Ng of the New York Police Department said that the drug, known as K2, was taken by people in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. They were taken to the hospital after reports of being unresponsive, WABC reported. Officials said...
Police: Massachusetts man arrested for allegedly hitting dog with baseball bat

Police: Massachusetts man arrested for allegedly hitting dog with baseball bat

A Massachusetts man was arrested Friday for allegedly abusing a dog with a baseball bat. Gregory Ostiguy, 50, of New Bedford, was arrested by Dartmouth Police and charged with animal cruelty. Police responded to a report of animal abuse at around 6:50 p.m. on Friday. After an investigation, police determined that Ostiguy did in fact strike the dog with a bat. The dog was transported...
Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

A new member of the royal family is making headlines – and no, we're not talking about Meghan Markle. According to the Guardian, a beagle named Guy was in a Kentucky kill shelter until Ontario-based A Dog's Dream Rescue saved him and offered him for adoption at a 2015 event in Canada. That's where he met his new owner, Markle, who went on to marry Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday. A royal...
Royal wedding: Kitty Spencer stuns with resemblance to her aunt, Princess Diana

Royal wedding: Kitty Spencer stuns with resemblance to her aunt, Princess Diana

Bride Meghan Markle wasn't the only one turning heads at Saturday's royal wedding. Many fans of the royals said Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Princess Diana and daughter of Earl Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, looked just like her famous aunt. According to the New York Daily News, the 27-year-old model wore a forest green Dolce & Gabbana dress with a matching hat and veil.  >>...
Royal wedding: Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana's aquamarine ring to reception

Royal wedding: Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana's aquamarine ring to reception

After Saturday's royal wedding, Meghan Markle honored the late Princess Diana, Prince Harry's mother, with a little "something blue." According to "Today" and Vogue, the Duchess of Sussex wore Diana's emerald-cut aquamarine ring to the couple's evening wedding reception. >> Read more trending news  The ring wasn't the only nod to the Princess of Wales. BuzzFeed...
T.I. arrest: Petition urges police to drop charges against rapper

T.I. arrest: Petition urges police to drop charges against rapper

Days after T.I. was arrested outside his gated community in Henry County, Georgia, an online petition has surfaced urging police to drop the charges against the Atlanta rapper.  On Wednesday, the artist, whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, but the Care2 petition is calling on police to drop the charges...
Historic season ends for Stony Point baseball team

Historic season ends for Stony Point baseball team

Stony Point’s baseball players learned plenty during the longest playoff run in school history. But in a 3-1 loss Saturday to Klein in the third game of a best-of-three regional quarterfinal series at Nutrabolt Stadium, the Tigers found out that even the briefest of defensive lapses can cost plenty this deep into the postseason. All of Klein’s runs were unearned, and all came in the two...
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