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Japan's Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation's leader. Abe handily defeated his sole challenger, Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister. Thursday's decisive victory may embolden him to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan's U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution, although...
Relatives: Women killed in Texas more than troubles endured

Relatives: Women killed in Texas more than troubles endured

Janelle Ortiz dreamed of becoming famous. Melissa Ramirez imagined a day when the street wasn't home and drugs not her preoccupation. Claudine Luera just ached to see her children do better than she had. All of these women, bound by difficulties in life, met an eerily similar death: They were shot in the head and left on rural Texas roadsides, allegedly by a Border Patrol agent who has been described...
Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant. Scientists think...
Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies

Women die in flooded van driven by South Carolina deputies

As South Carolina rivers overflowed from Florence's torrential rain, deputies taking two women to a mental health facility drove into floodwaters that engulfed their van and trapped the women inside, officials said Wednesday. The two deputies worked to free the women, who were being transported Tuesday night as part of a court order, but were not able to save them from the back of the van, Horry County...
Politics, pride in leaders trip to 'sacred' N. Korea volcano

Politics, pride in leaders trip to 'sacred' N. Korea volcano

There is no more sacred place in North Korea than Mount Paektu — and getting South Korean President Moon Jae-in to such a spot is a propaganda coup unlike any other. The still active volcano, site of one the most violent eruptions in history, is considered not only to be the birthplace of the mythical Dangun, the first ruler of Korea, but also the spiritual epicenter of the North Korean revolution...
Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

Authorities said they still don't know why an employee at a Wisconsin software company went to his office with a pistol and extra ammunition and began firing on his colleagues, seriously injuring several, before he was fatally shot by police. Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said the shooting happened Wednesday morning at WTS Paradigm. Officers were alerted to an active-shooter situation at 10...
Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

Police: Motive unknown in Wisconsin office shooting

Authorities said they still don't know why an employee at a Wisconsin software company went to his office with a pistol and extra ammunition and began firing on his colleagues, seriously injuring several, before he was fatally shot by police. Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said the shooting happened Wednesday morning at WTS Paradigm. Officers were alerted to an active-shooter situation at 10...
The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast. Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned...
Ex-PM Najib Razak faces new corruption charges in Malaysia

Ex-PM Najib Razak faces new corruption charges in Malaysia

Malaysia's detained former Prime Minister Najib Razak will face at least two dozen fresh charges of abuse of power and money laundering over the multimillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund, police and the anti-graft agency said Thursday. Najib was detained by the anti-graft agency Wednesday over the transfer of $681 million into his bank account and was expected in court later Thursday...
Vigil honors star golfer from Spain who was killed in Iowa

Vigil honors star golfer from Spain who was killed in Iowa

Teammates and others who knew an Iowa State University student-athlete who was killed this week while playing golf near the campus shared stories about her and lit candles in her memory. The vigil Wednesday evening to remember 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena drew a large crowd north of the Campanile, a bell tower on the Ames campus. Several speakers, including women's golf coach Christie Martens...

Doctor gets life term in Hong Kong over yoga ball killings

An anesthesiologist convicted of killing his wife and daughter by placing a yoga ball that leaked carbon monoxide in their car has been sentenced to life in prison in Hong Kong. Malaysian citizen Khaw Kim Sun, 53, had become estranged from his wife, Wong Siew Fing, 47, and their four children, although they continued to live together while he had an affair with a student. A jury of five men and four...
Ex-aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces sentencing for corruption

Ex-aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces sentencing for corruption

A judge is set to decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges. Joseph Percoco was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni. Prosecutors say he should serve well over five years in prison. His lawyers say he should get no more than...

Officials say 15-year-old boy killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

Gaza's Health Ministry says a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli army fire during a protest near the perimeter fence with Israel. The ministry said early Thursday that Moumin Abu Eiada was shot in the head as he participated with dozens in an overnight protest in southern Gaza. After months of weekly marches along Israeli frontier, Hamas has accelerated the pace of protests in recent...
Rains set off landslide, burying several in mid-Philippines

Rains set off landslide, burying several in mid-Philippines

A landslide set off by heavy rains buried homes under part of a mountainside in the central Philippines on Thursday, and several people are feared buried, including two who sent text messages seeking help. Officials said four people were killed and seven injured. The collapse buried about 30 small houses in two villages after daybreak in Naga city in Cebu province. Roderick Gonzales, the police chief...
Rains set off landslide, burying several in mid-Philippines

Rains set off landslide, burying several in mid-Philippines

A landslide set off by heavy rains buried homes under part of a mountainside in the central Philippines on Thursday, and several people are feared buried, including two who sent text messages seeking help. Officials said four people were killed and seven injured. The collapse buried about 30 small houses in two villages after daybreak in Naga city in Cebu province. Roderick Gonzales, the police chief...
Judge: US can't deny passport over refusing to pick gender

Judge: US can't deny passport over refusing to pick gender

U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday. The U.S. State Department's varied explanations for rejecting the application weren't reasonable, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said in his ruling, forcing him to set aside the decision as "arbitrary and capricious...

Border Patrol agents find 193 immigrants in southern Arizona

For the third time in a month, Border Patrol agents have found a large group of immigrants in a remote desert area of southern Arizona. Authorities said Wednesday that Ajo Station agents patrolling several miles west of the Lukeville Port last Sunday found 102 immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and 91 immigrants in the same area hours later. Most were traveling as families, but 11...
Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest

Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the lone victim of last week's dramatic series of natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston on Wednesday. Some 300 people came out to St. Mary the Assumption Church in Lawrence to remember 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, the Eagle-Tribune report ed. Family members and friends cried and hugged each other tightly as they wore white shirts bearing the words...
Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year. A trial begins Monday in the tiny city of Thompson Falls for one of dozens of lawsuits filed nationwide in the last decade over claims...

3 hackers get light sentences after working with the FBI

Three young computer hackers whose "botnet" known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the internet two years ago have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana, were sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and...
Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

Donald Trump Jr.'s attack tweet this week showing CNN's Anderson Cooper waist-deep in flood waters has driven home the point that politics — not just weather — was an important subtext of the media's coverage of Hurricane Florence. "Stop lying to make @realDonaldTrump look bad," the president's son admonished Cooper, triggering a harsh response from the CNN journalist, who was...
These Android phones have security defects out of the box

These Android phones have security defects out of the box

At least 25 Android smartphone models — 11 of which are sold by major U.S. carriers — carry vulnerabilities out of the box, making them easy prey for hackers, according to a new study from security researchers. Researchers from the firm Kryptowire found 38 vulnerabilities in 25 Android phones, according to Wired. They range from being able to lock someone out of their device to gaining...

How to get data from one device to another

Q: I copied some photos from my camera’s memory card to a newly created folder on my two-year-old Surface Pro tablet PC, using a USB card reader. I could see the photos after I transferred them, but when I restarted the PC the photos were gone. I haven’t gotten any “low memory” warnings. What’s wrong? — Angie LaMere, Bloomington, Minn. A: I suspect the photos weren&rsquo...
T-Mobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls

T-Mobile gets rid of robot system for customer service calls

SEATTLE — T-Mobile is getting rid of that robotic voice on its customer service lines, the company announced recently. The telecom said it would connect users straight to a team of customer representatives, unique to their own city, when they call customer service. “ ‘Your call is important to us’ are the six emptiest words ever robo-spoken,” said CEO John Legere at an...
‘Magic: The Gathering Arena’ may finally get game right for video games

‘Magic: The Gathering Arena’ may finally get game right for video games

Despite pioneering the trading card game on paper, Wizards of the Coast has had a rough go of it in the digital space. “Magic: The Gathering Online” hasn’t had wild success mainly because of stability issues and accessibility. “Magic Duels” was better but it didn’t seem to take full advantage of the medium or capture the exact feel of the game. “Magic: The...
Smart padlock protects front porch deliveries

Smart padlock protects front porch deliveries

The BoxLock is designed to prevent theft of delivery packages left by the front door. In addition to the anti-theft aspect, packages are protected from bad weather, which has victimized me. Nothing like having a box soaked in a thunderstorm, etc. The BoxLock smart padlock solves both these problems. According to BoxLock, this is the first of its kind, an internet-connected security padlock that is...
Car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento

Car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Silicon Valley tech company recently posted a video front and center on its website that may startle some Sacramentans. It shows a sleek black car driving across the Tower Bridge … with no one in it. The company, Phantom Auto, is a key player in the emerging world of autonomous vehicles. But the car cruising across Sacramento’s iconic portal wasn’t a...
CNET: The best gadgets for dorm or apartment for less than $50

CNET: The best gadgets for dorm or apartment for less than $50

If you have a child, a relative or maybe even a friend away at school for the first time, their adjustment to a new living situation might be smoothed by a bit of technology, and you don’t need to break the bank to accomplish that. Here are four of CNET’s favorite gadgets for the dorm or apartment that can be had for less than $50. ——— Chromecast Audio Product Review...
'It was crazy in here': Man arrested for human trafficking when teen escapes to nearby restaurant

'It was crazy in here': Man arrested for human trafficking when teen escapes to nearby restaurant

Andre Davis said he was working at Captain D's in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a 17-year-old girl ran inside. Police said 25-year-old Patrick McManus has been arrested after he reportedly forced the teenage girl into his car and assaulted her. McManus is charged with kidnapping and human trafficking. “He was following her, and my manager told him, ‘No, you're not allowed in the girls&rsquo...
Gunman killed by police after shooting 4 at judge's office

Gunman killed by police after shooting 4 at judge's office

A man accused of strangling his wife opened fire Wednesday at the magistrate’s office in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, injuring four people before police shot and killed him. Patrick Shawn Dowdell, 61, faced felony charges in an August incident in which his wife said he wrapped a belt around her neck until she couldn’t breathe. Dowdell was scheduled to appear before District Judge...
Suspect arraigned on first-degree murder in death of Iowa State golf star

Suspect arraigned on first-degree murder in death of Iowa State golf star

Update 10:30 p.m. EDT Sept 19: The suspect in the murder of Iowa State golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena is jailed on a $5 million bond, according to the Des Moines Register. Collin Daniel Richards, who is charged with first-degree murder in Arozamena’s death, made a first court appearance Tuesday morning at the Story County Courthouse in Nevada, Iowa, the Register reported. He’s...
2,000-year-old Sphinx discovered in ancient Egyptian temple

2,000-year-old Sphinx discovered in ancient Egyptian temple

A sandstone statue of a sphinx was discovered in an ancient temple in Aswan, Egypt, as workers were trying to lower the groundwater level, and experts believe it’s more than 2,000 years old. A sphinx is a mythical creature created by the Egyptians with the head of a human man, the body of a lion and sometimes wings. In Greek mythology, a sphinx had the head of a woman. The statue likely dates...
Brett Kavanaugh hearing to go on as planned Monday, Sen. Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley orders

Brett Kavanaugh hearing to go on as planned Monday, Sen. Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley orders

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, said Wednesday the committee will hold a hearing Monday as planned on allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, despite requests from the accuser’s attorney and Democrats for a thorough federal investigation first. >> Read more trending news  “Dr. Ford’s testimony would...
Teacher placed on leave after using toddler to steal prizes from game machine

Teacher placed on leave after using toddler to steal prizes from game machine

The man who police say used a toddler to steal game prizes from a machine at a New Hampshire mall could be facing several charges, including endangerment of a child. Police in Salem, New Hampshire, have identified the suspect as 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence. After numerous tips led police to identify Helinski and an arrest warrant was sought Wednesday, he immediately turned himself in...
Man buried gun outside courthouse before hearing, caught on camera and arrested, police say

Man buried gun outside courthouse before hearing, caught on camera and arrested, police say

A metro Atlanta man knew he wouldn’t get through metal detectors at the Forsyth County courthouse with a loaded gun, authorities said. His solution? Bury the gun outside and return for it later. >> Read more trending news  Deputies watched on court surveillance footage as 23-year-old Sheldon Oliver dug up some gravel outside the courthouse in Cumming and buried a Louis Vuitton bag...
LeBron James and Black Panther director working on ‘Space Jam 2’

LeBron James and Black Panther director working on ‘Space Jam 2’

LeBron James and Ryan Coogler, the director of blockbuster “Black Panther,” are reportedly collaborating to create a second movie in the “Space Jam” franchise. James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.' animated characters. “The...
4 injured, gunman killed in shooting at Wisconsin software company

4 injured, gunman killed in shooting at Wisconsin software company

Police in Middleton, Wisconsin, are investigating a shooting Wednesday morning that injured four people, three seriously, at an office building outside Madison that houses a software company, according to multiple news reports. The shooter, who was has not been identified, was shot and killed by police when they responded to the scene at WTS Paradigm just before 10:30 a.m., a Middleton city official ...
Teen arrested, another sought in killing of Atlanta grandmother, charity worker

Teen arrested, another sought in killing of Atlanta grandmother, charity worker

Police have arrested one teenager and are searching for another in connection with the death of an Atlanta grandmother shot and killed while driving home from her job at a center for homeless mothers. >> Read more trending news  Adarius Jones, 18, was arrested Wednesday and faces murder charges in the Aug. 12 shooting of Beverly Jenkins, Atlanta police said. A second suspect, 18-year-old...
Some Maine lobsters getting 'baked' before boiling

Some Maine lobsters getting 'baked' before boiling

Some lobsters in Maine are getting baked before getting boiled.  A restaurant in Downeast, Maine says it's getting lobsters high before killing them -- because it's more humane.  According to the Mount Desert Islander, Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, is trying a humane way of executing lobsters. The lobsters are placed in a box with some water...
Delta raises checked baggage fees

Delta raises checked baggage fees

Delta Air Lines is increasing the fee to check bags, matching moves by some other carriers. Delta now charges $30 for a first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. That’s up $5 from the previous fees of $25 for a first checked bag and $35 for a second checked bag. United Airlines and JetBlue Airways have put in place similar baggage fee increases. By midday, American...
Millions of US teens are vaping marijuana; FDA launches crackdown amid ‘epidemic’

Millions of US teens are vaping marijuana; FDA launches crackdown amid ‘epidemic’

A new report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that more than 2 million American teens have used an e-cigarette to vape marijuana >> Read more trending news  The new data, based on a representative sample of middle and high school students questioned in the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey, showed 8.9 percent of the 20,000 students...
Investigative files on Jacob Wetterling abduction, murder to be made public Thursday

Investigative files on Jacob Wetterling abduction, murder to be made public Thursday

The investigative files on an infamous 1989 child abduction and murder in Minnesota are set to be made public Thursday, two years after the case was finally solved. Jacob Wetterling, 11, of St. Joseph, vanished the evening of Oct. 22, 1989, as he rode home on his bike with his younger brother, Trevor, and his best friend. The three boys had gone to a nearby convenience store to rent videos and...
What to know about the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in Atlanta

What to know about the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in Atlanta

The DeKalb County health department in metro Atlanta recently announced that a mosquito in the area tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. >> Read more trending news  “It’s a very serious illness if it is to infect a person,” Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though...
‘He’s gonna kill me’: Missing woman’s last texts have family, friends worried

‘He’s gonna kill me’: Missing woman’s last texts have family, friends worried

A Wisconsin woman who vanished after moving to Colorado with her boyfriend remains missing, and her family and friends are worried that her final text messages indicate she’s met with foul play. Erin Vandewiele, 40, of Menomonie, was last heard from July 23, less than a month after she arrived in Denver. Her boyfriend, Joseph Scott Mayer, 41, has since been arrested on outstanding warrants and...
Kavanaugh accusations echo the showdown between Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas

Kavanaugh accusations echo the showdown between Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas

It is uncertain on Wednesday if a face-off between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault when the two were teenagers will take place early next week. If it does happen, it won’t be the first time a nominee to the Supreme Court will hear a woman say publicly that he acted inappropriately. Professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of...
1-year-old girl dies after being accidentally run over by mother, police say

1-year-old girl dies after being accidentally run over by mother, police say

A 1-year-old girl died Tuesday after she was run over by her mother in what police are calling a “tragic accident,” according to multiple reports. Louisville Metro police were called around 5:15 p.m. to respond to a report of a child struck by a vehicle at a home on the 6100 block of Ashby Lane, WHAS reported. Authorities determined that a woman left her two young children, one 18...
Trump casts doubt on Kavanaugh accuser: 'Very hard for me to imagine anything happened'

Trump casts doubt on Kavanaugh accuser: 'Very hard for me to imagine anything happened'

President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that it’s “very hard … to imagine anything happened” between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who claims the judge attempted to rape her when they were both teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, have been invited to testify Monday in a public hearing by the Senate Judiciary...
PlayStation Classic: Sony to release throwback console in December

PlayStation Classic: Sony to release throwback console in December

Sony is going retro. Officials with Sony Computer Entertainment announced Wednesday that the company plans to release a miniaturized version of its original PlayStation console later this year. The console, dubbed the PlayStation Classic, will include a pair of controllers. Officials said it will be about 45 percent smaller than the original version of the system, which was first released in the U...
Man accused of dealing drugs in front of police, 2 arrested

Man accused of dealing drugs in front of police, 2 arrested

Two men are facing charges after police said they made a drug transaction in full view of a marked police car at a Kentucky McDonald’s restaurant, according to multiple reports. A pair of officers watched Tuesday from inside a police car in line at the McDonald’s drive-thru when 26-year-old Jesse Fields, the restaurant’s manager, walked in front of their car, WTVQ reported....
Missing Georgia mom found safe 2 weeks after disappearance

Missing Georgia mom found safe 2 weeks after disappearance

A Georgia mother of two reported missing has been found healthy after police searched for her two weeks. Valerie Maynard, 53, of Smyrna, had last been seen Sept. 3. Her white Land Rover was found Sept. 5 in the Pigeon Hill parking lot on Burnt Hickory Road unlocked with her phone and purse still inside. Cobb County Sgt. Wayne Delk previously said that Maynard may have been transient...
'I'm a Kardashian,' Florida woman claims before pushing neighbor, deputies say

'I'm a Kardashian,' Florida woman claims before pushing neighbor, deputies say

A Florida woman who claimed she was a “Kardashian” was arrested on a battery charge after a confrontation with a neighbor, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Last week, Crystal Kohler, 35, approached her neighbor and said, “I’m a Kardashian. I’m going to (expletive) you up,” and then pushed the victim with both hands, deputies said.  When deputies...
Police sergeant, firefighter, 22 more arrested in child sex sting

Police sergeant, firefighter, 22 more arrested in child sex sting

Two dozen men, including a police sergeant and firefighter, have been arrested in an undercover child sex sting, New Jersey law enforcement officials announced Tuesday. According to state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the sting, dubbed "Operation Open House," targeted "men who allegedly were using social media in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity."...
Hurricane Florence: Michael Jordan to donate $2M to relief efforts

Hurricane Florence: Michael Jordan to donate $2M to relief efforts

Charlotte Hornets chairman and NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, along with the Hornets organization and the NBA, have announced that they’re working together with a number of community organizations to provide relief and support to the people affected by Hurricane Florence. Jordan is donating $1 million each to The American Red Cross and The Foundation for the Carolinas’ Hurricane...
Couple's Jeep and dog found after being stolen from hospital

Couple's Jeep and dog found after being stolen from hospital

Update: The Jeep stolen from a Washington couple was found Tuesday night. The dog, 5-year-old Ivey, was found near the Jeep Wednesday morning, KIRO-TV reported. The couple said that social media and the news coverage helped them immensely in their search.  A Yelm couple is desperate to find their dog after their Jeep was stolen during a hospital visit. KIRO-TV said the thief may not have...
760-mph hyperloop from Ohio to Chicago moves closer with new regulations

760-mph hyperloop from Ohio to Chicago moves closer with new regulations

An exceptionally fast transportation system may be a step closer to reality in Ohio. >> Read more trending news  Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) and German insurance company Munich Re said Monday that a set of core safety requirements and certification guidelines for the fledgling mode of transportation have been created. The hyperloop is expected to transport pods...
Body cameras didn't capture officer shooting man; 3 officers relieved of duty in Memphis

Body cameras didn't capture officer shooting man; 3 officers relieved of duty in Memphis

Three officers have been "relieved of duty" pending investigation after a Memphis Police Department officer shot a man in South Memphis.  Officials released new details surrounding the incident Tuesday, including the fact that the shooting wasn't captured on the officer's body camera.  Police Director Mike Rallings provided an update on the investigation Tuesday, saying that the...
Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wants FBI investigation before testifying in Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wants FBI investigation before testifying in Senate

Attorneys for California college professor Christine Blasey Ford are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee for an FBI investigation before she testifies about an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 36 years ago when the pair was in high school, according to news reports.  >> Read more trending news  In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman...
Hurricane safety: Here’s what to do if your car is swept away by water

Hurricane safety: Here’s what to do if your car is swept away by water

Keeping a cool head and remembering these tips may save your life if your vehicle is ever overcome by water.  According to a 2006 study, as many as 400 people drown in North America in cars that are submerged in water. Because seconds matter, especially after your car is submerged, it’s important that you stay calm and follow these steps. If you know you’re going into a lake...
Hurricane safety: Those who have lived through storms offer their advice

Hurricane safety: Those who have lived through storms offer their advice

Those who live in Florida and other parts of the country that frequently get hurricane warnings know what to do when a storm is bearing down on them. For those who rarely get a mega-storm in their state, those who have been through hurricanes are sharing their expertise via social media.  >> Read more trending news  It’s the little things that you don’t focus on daily...
Hurricane safety: 15 tips that could save your life during a storm

Hurricane safety: 15 tips that could save your life during a storm

Here are some safety tips emergency management and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are offering that could save your life during a hurricane:Evacuation 1. If you are ordered to evacuate, you need to evacuate. The best way to stay safe is to be away from the storm's landfall. The orders to evacuate are issued based on historical flood maps and the strength of the storm.  2. A Category...
Great white shark lair discovered in middle of Pacific Ocean, dubbed ‘White Shark Café’

Great white shark lair discovered in middle of Pacific Ocean, dubbed ‘White Shark Café’

Great white sharks off the coasts of California and Mexico, known as northeastern Pacific whites, spend their time between August and December feeding on seals and other marine life up and down the West Coast, but then they disappear into a remote, seemingly empty area of the ocean halfway to Hawaii. >> Read more trending news  Now researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium think...
‘Gray Man’ ghost makes appearance before major hurricanes, legend says

‘Gray Man’ ghost makes appearance before major hurricanes, legend says

The ghost of the Gray Man is an enduring legend that originated on Pawleys Island, South Carolina and dates back more than 200 years. >> Read more trending news  If you see the Gray Man, a massive hurricane is on its way, but your home will be spared, according to folklore. Sightings of the mysterious spectral figure started around 1822. According to the legend, a young man had just...
Atlanta DJ Wanda Smith's husband says he didn't point gun at Katt Williams

Atlanta DJ Wanda Smith's husband says he didn't point gun at Katt Williams

LaMorris Sellers, the husband of Atlanta radio host Wanda Smith, said in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that he did not point a gun at Emmy-winning comic Katt Williams on Saturday night outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross, Georgia. Sellers admitted he chased after Williams, going to a neighboring Food Depot supermarket because he felt Williams...
Woman accused of offering hit man earrings, cash to kill husband

Woman accused of offering hit man earrings, cash to kill husband

A Jacksonville mother is accused of trying to hire a hit man to murder her husband. Police say Crystal Ely offered an undercover officer money and jewelry in exchange for killing her husband. She gave the hit man a detailed diagram of the interior of his place of business, the report said.  The suspect the remains behind bars at the Duval County Jail after police say they stopped...
Deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in mosquito in metro Atlanta

Deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus found in mosquito in metro Atlanta

The DeKalb County health department announced Tuesday that a mosquito tested positive for the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis virus. >> Read more trending news  Humans rarely become infected and cases are uncommon in Georgia, Ryan Cira, the environmental health director for the DeKalb Board of Health, said. However, 33 percent of people who are infected with EEE die and others...
Man accused of taking wife with dementia to fair on leash, 'yanking' it when she wandered

Man accused of taking wife with dementia to fair on leash, 'yanking' it when she wandered

A Maryland man was arrested Saturday at a Pennsylvania fair after witnesses said he yanked a leash attached to his mentally impaired wife’s neck so hard it caused her head to snap back and left red marks around her throat, police said.  Walter William Wolford Sr., 66, of Hagerstown, is charged with simple assault. He was released Sunday on $5,000 unsecured bail, court records show...
Ariana Grande stepping away from public eye 'to heal and mend'

Ariana Grande stepping away from public eye 'to heal and mend'

Despite fan speculation that she would be at the Emmys Monday night, Ariana Grande didn’t show. The rumors led the singer’s representatives to confirm that she will be taking time out of the spotlight. >> Read more trending news  “Contrary to reports, Ariana will not be attending the Emmys tonight,” Grande’s team told People in a statement Tuesday. “Pete...
Can drinking whole-fat milk, eating dairy lower heart disease risk?

Can drinking whole-fat milk, eating dairy lower heart disease risk?

Many health conscious grocery shoppers tend to flock toward low-fat milk and dairy products, but new research suggests whole-fat dairy may be better for your heart than you think. >> Read more trending news  An analysis of 136,384 individuals across 21 countries and five continents found that higher intake of whole milk and yogurt was associated with lower risk of cardiovascular events...
Watch: Man goes on destructive rampage in Target store

Watch: Man goes on destructive rampage in Target store

Surveillance video obtained by KIRO appears to show a 41-year-old man going on a 15-minute destructive shoplifting spree wherein he terrorized Target workers and customers last month. Authorities said he returned to steal from the store twice more over the next three days before he was arrested by police. According to King County court documents, Jason L. Lewis entered the downtown...
Julie Chen leaves 'The Talk' after husband Les Moonves leaves CBS

Julie Chen leaves 'The Talk' after husband Les Moonves leaves CBS

Television host and producer Julie Chen is leaving “The Talk,” CBS’s daytime talk show, following her husband Les Moonves’s resignation as CEO of the television network, according to multiple reports. Update 3:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 18: Chen confirmed her departure in a pre-recorded video aired Tuesday on “The Talk.” “I need to spend more time...
Day care owner charged after children found bound by necks, strapped into car seats

Day care owner charged after children found bound by necks, strapped into car seats

A Texas day care owner was arrested Saturday after police searched her home Friday and found several of her charges bound by the neck and strapped into car seats. Investigators also said in an arrest affidavit that Rebecca Anderson, 60, of Mesquite, drugged the children to keep them quiet, NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth reported.  Anderson, who owns Becky’s Home Child Care, is charged...
Sleep-deprived drivers more likely to cause car crashes, study finds

Sleep-deprived drivers more likely to cause car crashes, study finds

Not getting enough shut-eye each night can be detrimental to your health. It can also affect your ability to drive, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study, published in the Sleep journal, to determine the relationship between sleep deprivation and motor vehicle crashes.  &ldquo...
Trump: FBI shouldn't investigate Kavanaugh allegation

Trump: FBI shouldn't investigate Kavanaugh allegation

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he does not believe the FBI should investigate a decades-old sexual assault allegation levied against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. “I don’t think the FBI really should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “If they wanted to...
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