Nation & World


Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country's ruling Hindu right-wing party claiming that the mausoleum built by a Muslim emperor does not reflect Indian culture. The most recent attack came this week when Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the Bharatiya Janata Party, called the 17th century monument "...
Divers removing 30-year-old junk reef off California coast

Divers removing 30-year-old junk reef off California coast

Divers are removing hundreds of old tires, plastic jugs and other junk that was dumped off the Southern California coast nearly 30 years ago by a man who thought he was helping the ocean environment. The cleanup began last week off of Newport Beach, the California Coastal Commission announced Wednesday. "It's about time this was cleaned up. Dumping plastic and other trash into our oceans is not...
Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising prices. A spike in housing and other living costs had driven her friends to Nevada and Oregon. Now, Finzell wonders if that will be her fate too, as the wildfires that charred California wine country send thousands of people who...
Texas man's execution halted amid alleged confession scheme

Texas man's execution halted amid alleged confession scheme

A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man known as the Houston area's "Tourniquet Killer" so authorities can investigate an alleged scheme in which the inmate says a fellow death row prisoner asked him to confess to another killing. Anthony Allen Shore was scheduled to be given a lethal injection Wednesday evening, but the judge withdrew the execution warrant at prosecutors' request...

Judge orders government to allow abortion for immigrant teen

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the government to allow a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant, who was detained after entering the country illegally, to undergo an abortion. After a brief hearing that included a testy exchange with government lawyers, Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the government to move "promptly and without delay" to transport the teenager or allow her to be transported by...
Q-and-A: A look at most recent travel ban rulings

Q-and-A: A look at most recent travel ban rulings

So far, the third time isn't the charm for President Donald Trump's travel ban. As with his previous two attempts to bar travelers from certain predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States, his Travel Ban 3.0 has run into an immediate buzz saw in the courts. Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked it in rulings Tuesday and Wednesday, just before it was due to take effect. The...
US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults. The Food and Drug Administration allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma. It uses the same technology, called CAR-T, as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. in August, a treatment for childhood leukemia from Novartis Pharmaceuticals. "...
States ask US court to keep up health subsidies cut by Trump

States ask US court to keep up health subsidies cut by Trump

Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week. The monthly payments would normally be scheduled to go out Friday. The states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked a judge in San Francisco for an emergency...

Quebec lawmakers pass law obliging citizens to uncover faces

Quebec legislators passed a religious neutrality bill Wednesday that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services, triggering criticism that the law targets Muslim women. Quebec's two main opposition parties opposed the bill because they argued it didn't go far enough in restricting the presence of conspicuous symbols of all religions in the public sphere....

Hungary summons US diplomat over negative comments on media

Hungary's foreign ministry says it has summoned the top United States diplomat in Hungary over comments he made about the country's "negative trends" for press freedom. State Secretary Levente Magyar said the remarks by David Kostelancik, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, amounted to interference with parliamentary elections expected next year and eroded bilateral trust...
Lawsuit: Bighorn sheep threatened by domestic sheep grazing

Lawsuit: Bighorn sheep threatened by domestic sheep grazing

The U.S. Forest Service is illegally jeopardizing a small herd of bighorn sheep with deadly diseases by allowing thousands of domestic sheep to graze in eastern Idaho as part of agricultural research activities, environmental groups have said in a lawsuit. Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians in the lawsuit filed Tuesday contend the grazing of sheep owned by the University of Idaho via...

Guilty pleas entered in sweeping Indian-art fraud probe

A New Mexico art gallery owner and a jewelry supplier have pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges in the sale of fake Native American jewelry that was manufactured in the Philippines, representing the first conviction in a sweeping international investigation. Art gallery owner Nael Ali pleaded guilty Wednesday to misrepresenting fake Indian-produced goods in violation of the Indian Arts...
Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has died

Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has died

Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer. A statement on the band's website said he died Tuesday night "with his beloved children and family close by." The statement did not give a cause of death, though...

5 dead in Ukraine after vehicle plows into sidewalk crowd

Ukrainian police say five people are dead after a vehicle plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in the city of Kharkiv. A statement from the Interior Ministry on Facebook said six others were injured in the Wednesday night crash in Ukraine's second-largest city. The ministry statement says the driver has been detained and is being investigated for traffic safety violations. That suggests Ukrainian officials...
Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

Former hostage says his American wife was rushed to hospital

An American woman who was rescued with her family last week after five years held by a Taliban-linked group has been hospitalized, her Canadian husband said. Joshua Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife Caitlan was admitted to a Canadian hospital on Monday and remained there on Wednesday. He did not specify why she was taken to the hospital. "My wife has been through hell...

Orthodox Christians try to halt play, clash with police

Greek riot police have used batons to stop an attempted theater invasion by monks, priests and other Orthodox Christians protesting what they claim is a blasphemous play. Wielding poles with Greek flags on them, some of the 100-strong crowd tried to break a police cordon Wednesday outside the Aristoteleion Theatre in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Protesters oppose the staging of "The...
Utah man will be tried on murder charge in girl's suicide

Utah man will be tried on murder charge in girl's suicide

A judge has ruled an 18-year-old Utah man accused of encouraging a teen friend to hang herself and filming it because he was fascinated with death should stand trial on a murder charge. Judge James Brady in a ruling Tuesday called the case unusual but said Tyerell Przybycien should be tried on allegations that he was deeply involved in 16-year-old Jchandra Brown's suicide planning. The judge noted...

Drugs suspected as Navy sailors die days apart at same home

Investigators suspect drug overdoses killed two Navy submarine sailors whose bodies were found in the same coastal Georgia house four days apart, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman said Wednesday. Navy criminal investigators and civilian police are awaiting results of toxicology tests following the strange back-to-back deaths at an off-base home near Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, said Cmdr. Sarah Self-Kyler...
Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

Jason Sanford has heard so many rumors about the changing health care landscape that every few weeks he dials a local information desk, seeking just a rough estimate of what his diabetes medication will soon cost him. The answer is the same every time: It's too early to say, even with the next open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act beginning in two weeks. "It's just hearsay,"...
Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

Jason Sanford has heard so many rumors about the changing health care landscape that every few weeks he dials a local information desk, seeking just a rough estimate of what his diabetes medication will soon cost him. The answer is the same every time: It's too early to say, even with the next open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act beginning in two weeks. "It's just hearsay,"...
Ex-Oklahoma cop in murder trial: 'It was either him or me'

Ex-Oklahoma cop in murder trial: 'It was either him or me'

A white former Oklahoma police officer on trial for the fourth time in the 2014 killing of his daughter's black boyfriend told jurors Wednesday he had no choice but to shoot the young man. Former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler, 57, was the last witness called in the case. He doesn't deny that he shot Jeremey Lake, but he said he did so because he believed Lake was armed. Kepler said he saw Lake reaching...
Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

Malta, a tiny archipelago nation in the southern Mediterranean, is so attractive to those looking to shelter funds or operate under the radar of authorities that it's got a nickname to prove it: "treasure island." Malta's reputation as a tax haven, its cozy links with nearby lawless Libya and its legal passports-for-sale program were just some of the topics that investigative reporter Daphne...
Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain reporter's beats

Malta, a tiny archipelago nation in the southern Mediterranean, is so attractive to those looking to shelter funds or operate under the radar of authorities that it's got a nickname to prove it: "treasure island." Malta's reputation as a tax haven, its cozy links with nearby lawless Libya and its legal passports-for-sale program were just some of the topics that investigative reporter Daphne...
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...
No cure,yet, but scientists may have found the cause of dyslexia

No cure,yet, but scientists may have found the cause of dyslexia

While there is no known cure for dyslexia, scientists say they may have found the cause. Researchers from universities in France recently conducted an experiment, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, to determine how the cells in the eyes may affect the brain. To do so, they examined the eyes of 30 people with the learning disability and 30 without it. They discovered differences...
Billy Joel, Alexis Roderick expecting second baby

Billy Joel, Alexis Roderick expecting second baby

Billy Joel and his wife of two years, Alexis Roderick, are expecting their second child together. Joel, 68, said his wife is due next month during an interview with The Belfast Telegraph.  “This one is pretty good,” he said of his 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose. “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.” The couple welcomed Della Rose in August 2015...
Grandmother wins $1.2M playing $2 lottery scratch card

Grandmother wins $1.2M playing $2 lottery scratch card

A California grandmother won $1.2 million off a scratch card game that she bought for $2 at a gas station in Fresno, state lottery officials said Tuesday. Helen Yonangitti told California Lottery officials that she planned to share the prize with her children, who have stepped in to help her since the death of her husband 11 years ago. “It’s been hard,” Yonangitti said. “I...
School named after Confederate president to be renamed after Barack Obama

School named after Confederate president to be renamed after Barack Obama

A Mississippi school that was named after a Confederate president is to be renamed next year after former U.S. President Barack Obama after an Oct. 5 vote by the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees. >> Read more trending news  Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, has operated for years under the namesake of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. But by the time the 2018-2019...
Montgomery Gentry’s new video is the perfect tribute to Troy Gentry

Montgomery Gentry’s new video is the perfect tribute to Troy Gentry

Nearly six weeks after country musician Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash, fans and friends are still grieving over half of the Montgomery Gentry duo. Eddie Montgomery and the band immortalized Gentry’s legacy in a lyric video for the band’s latest single, “Better Me.” Both concert and personal photos of Troy flood the clip as the duo sings, “I ain’t saying...
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a somewhat less complete halt on the ban than his counterpart in...
Before Alyssa Milano, #MeToo began with activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago

Before Alyssa Milano, #MeToo began with activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago

In wake of mounting sexual harassment and assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, Alyssa Milano tweeted a call to victims to share their stories.  “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet,” the actress wrote on Sunday. The hashtag spread far and wide, but Milano isn’t the originator...
Popeyes’ chicken served here, but it isn’t the fast food chain serving up the meals

Popeyes’ chicken served here, but it isn’t the fast food chain serving up the meals

A California restaurant is serving fried chicken, without having to pay for a deep fryer. They have another source for their crispy chicken, the Popeyes down the street. And the owner isn’t apologizing for a thing. Sweet Dixie Kitchen admitted online that they’ve always used pre-made fried chicken on their menu, NOLA.com reported.  >> Read more trending news  New Orleans...
Before he went silent, the security guard from the Las Vegas shooting opened up on ‘Ellen’

Before he went silent, the security guard from the Las Vegas shooting opened up on ‘Ellen’

A security officer who was shot trying to stop Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock at the Mandalay Bay hotel on Oct. 1 appeared in a pre-recorded interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, following reports that he had gone missing. Jesus Campos told Ellen DeGeneres that he made his way up to the 32nd floor of the hotel as Paddock fired into a crowd of 2,000 concertgoers...
Yes, alligators are actually snacking on sharks (and there are photos to prove it)

Yes, alligators are actually snacking on sharks (and there are photos to prove it)

Jaws of the ocean, meet Jaws of the land. Researchers have found that American alligators like nothing better than to snack on sharks and stingrays and have been found grabbing the fearsome sea creatures as they swim by in estuaries in Florida and Georgia.          In a study published in the journal Southeastern Naturalist, James Nifong...
Letters to grieving families are a presidential tradition. Here are some famous ones.

Letters to grieving families are a presidential tradition. Here are some famous ones.

By any measure, it’s one of the toughest jobs a president can have -- writing to the family of a soldier killed in action. The issue of presidential condolences has come to the forefront in the past week as  President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, failed to write letters of condolence to the families of slain soldiers. While Trump...
‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

President Donald Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in African this month that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."  The president was reacting to a Florida congresswoman saying the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson was "astonished" by that remark during a phone call from Trump on Tuesday.  Rep...
Artists put their mark on pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Artists put their mark on pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

What do get when you pair -- or would it be pare -- artists with 5,000 pumpkins? You’d get the annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Louisville, Kentucky. The gourds line a quarter-mile walking trail and are lit from dusk till 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the day. >> Read more trending news While organizers have illuminated the 5,000 pumpkins, they say that 100 of them are carved into...
Despite hurricanes, Caribbean still a popular travel destination

Despite hurricanes, Caribbean still a popular travel destination

It’s been about a month since a trio of hurricanes barreled through the Caribbean and Florida, destroying many popular vacation spots. Despite all the damage, the majority of destinations are open for business and need visitors to return. A travel group just produced a video called “One Caribbean Family” that drives home the theme that the islands are still beautiful and welcoming...
Rapper Lil Jon opens school in Ghana in honor of his mother

Rapper Lil Jon opens school in Ghana in honor of his mother

Lil Jon often talks about the value of education. >> Read more trending news Now, the award-winning rapper and producer has put his influence behind helping children go to school in rural eastern Ghana. He recently partnered with the nonprofit Pencils of Promise to open a school in Abomayaw in memory and honor of his mother, Carrie M. Smith. Students in that community have been “taught...
Olympic gold medal gymnast: “I was molested” by Team USA doctor for 7 years

Olympic gold medal gymnast: “I was molested” by Team USA doctor for 7 years

The #MeToo movement, encouraging women to tell their experiences as victims of harassment or sexual assault, inspired Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney to tell her own story. Maroney tweeted Wednesday morning about what happened to her while she was a member of the U.S. Gymnastics Team. She said she was the victim of repeated sexual assault by a former Team USA doctor. Maroney named convicted sex...
Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had intended to spare Democrat Hillary Clinton from prosecution "long before investigation was complete" into her government email practices.  In a pair of early-morning Twitter messages, Trump referred to a recently released Justice Department document that indicates a draft of a Comey statement about the...
Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the NFL, accusing the league of "total disrespect for our great country" following a meeting of team owners that did not adopt a requirement for players to stand during the national anthem.  Trump sparked a national controversy over the issue last month when he called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the anthem, and teams...
Men respond to #MeToo with #HowIWillChange, promises to do better

Men respond to #MeToo with #HowIWillChange, promises to do better

Some men have created their own call to action in response to a hashtag campaign bringing awareness to the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault. >> Read more trending news Actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women who experienced sexual harassment and sexual assault to use the hashtag #MeToo to bring awareness to the issue. The hashtag, which received a lot of traction on...
Dazzling Orionid meteor shower lights up the sky; what to know, how to watch

Dazzling Orionid meteor shower lights up the sky; what to know, how to watch

The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak in the next few days and you don’t want to miss out. The annual shower has been called “one of the most beautiful showers of the year” by Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, and is a popular celestial event for stargazers everywhere. The meteors radiate (or originate) from a region close to the constellation...
Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Senators may have struck a bipartisan deal to prop up Obamacare's insurance exchanges, but it faces a tortuous path to becoming law.  As soon as the deal was announced Tuesday, the Trump administration was sending conflicting signals about the pact reached by Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, which also faces ambivalence from some Republican...
Bear cubs break out of park, sheriff’s cruiser entertains them till capture

Bear cubs break out of park, sheriff’s cruiser entertains them till capture

As the adage says, curiosity may have killed the cat, but it got two bear cubs back where they belonged. They tried to escape and were successful for a little while, but because they had to check out a sheriff’s car, they were quickly nabbed and returned to their home. The cubs, that had escaped from Bear Country USA in Rapid City, South Dakota, were found in a man’s yard about a...
Here’s why travelers from 22 states could face conflict with domestic flights in 2018

Here’s why travelers from 22 states could face conflict with domestic flights in 2018

The deadline is approaching for nearly two dozen states that have yet to update state IDs in compliance with the REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005. As a result, residents in those states may have to present a valid U.S. passport or other identification -- instead of previously used driver’s licenses or IDs -- to travel within the U.S. and beyond.  >> Read more trending...
Holiday spirit takes on whole new meaning with these ornaments

Holiday spirit takes on whole new meaning with these ornaments

Cheers to the holidays. A UK-based distillery has just the decorations you need to get through the tough days of Christmas with the family: liquor-filled ornaments. >> Read more trending news  Lakes Distillery is offering clear glass ornaments filled with either whisky, gin or vodka. The baubles, as they are called, run about $26 each or you can get a six-pack for about $46. The ornaments...
School cancels Halloween parade, some say it goes too far

School cancels Halloween parade, some say it goes too far

Parents in Walpole are not happy over what they call a controversial decision to end a longtime Halloween tradition at Boyden Elementary School. According to parents, one concern principal Brendan Dearborn raised was that the parade isn’t inclusive of all students and their beliefs. >> Read more trending news  “That's the part that especially the parents and the students...
19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Washington boy found in dumpster

19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Washington boy found in dumpster

The body of a 6-year-old boy with autism was found in a dumpster at his Lynnwood apartment building on Tuesday. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office reports his 19-year-old relative admitted to drowning him in a bathtub, putting him in a box and then throwing him in a dumpster. The boy, Dayvid Pakko, was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Monday. Crews, including 100 volunteers, searched the area of...
Homeowner creates amazing Halloween light show, synced with ‘Feel It Still’

Homeowner creates amazing Halloween light show, synced with ‘Feel It Still’

For seven years, Brandon Bullis has combined light and music for an amazing Halloween display and this year is no exception. >> Read more trending news Bullis uses 16,000 lights and computer animation to create “Edwards Landing Lights” almost every night for the Halloween season. This year the show features “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. The show goes dark one...
Kevin Smith pledges to give proceeds to ‘Women in Film’

Kevin Smith pledges to give proceeds to ‘Women in Film’

Kevin Smith, who is known for his films “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma,” has pledged to donate any future money made on his films that were produced and distributed by Miramax to ‘Women in Film,’ Fox News reported. Smith made the declaration after fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and allegations of sexual harassment by the movie mogul and...
Must-see: High school dance team's 'Wizard of Oz' homecoming routine goes viral

Must-see: High school dance team's 'Wizard of Oz' homecoming routine goes viral

There's no place like homecoming at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona. According to the Arizona Republic, the school's Performing Arts Crew dance team, aka PAC, recently took the school gymnasium – and the internet – by storm with a "Wizard of Oz"-themed shimmy down the yellow brick road. >> Read more trending news  The eye-popping routine quickly went...
Off-duty Uber driver kidnapped woman, touched her inappropriately, police say

Off-duty Uber driver kidnapped woman, touched her inappropriately, police say

An off-duty Uber driver is accused of kidnapping a passenger in Pennsylvania. The woman was standing at Seventh and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday night, waiting for an Uber she had requested. A car pulled up with an Uber sticker on it so she got in, but not with the driver she was expecting. Police in West View say Soumana Dao picked her up even though he wasn't on-duty...
'Free heroin' sign at Speedway gas station stirs controversy

'Free heroin' sign at Speedway gas station stirs controversy

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. ET Tuesday: A customer rearranged the letters on the sign outside a Dayton, Ohio, Speedway gas station to say "Free heroin w/ Speedy Rewards,” a company spokeswoman said. “After approximately 15 minutes, we became aware of the message and removed it immediately,” Speedway communications manager Stefanie Griffith said. Someone – possibly another customer...
Video showing high school cheerleaders yelling racial slur prompts investigation

Video showing high school cheerleaders yelling racial slur prompts investigation

Administrators in a Utah school district are investigating a disturbing video that appears to show a group of cheerleaders shouting a racial slur, KSTU reports. The 10-second recording, which was posted to Instagram, features a group of teenage girls who individually and as a group repeatedly yell a profane phrase with the N-word while laughing. “We are shocked by the conduct...
Embracing bodies found in national park believed to be missing hikers

Embracing bodies found in national park believed to be missing hikers

Search and rescue efforts in California's Joshua Tree National Park led to the discovery of two bodies embracing one another. They are believed to be Joseph Orbeso, 21, and Rachel Nguyen, 20. According to KESQ and KABC, the couple was last heard from in late July, and search teams later located their car near the beginning of one of the park’s trails. Their last known contact...
Kevin James explains why his 'Kevin Can Wait' TV wife was killed off

Kevin James explains why his 'Kevin Can Wait' TV wife was killed off

"Kevin Can Wait" star Kevin James is finally talking about what led to the sudden death of Erinn Hayes’ character, Donna. James told the New York Daily News that the decision did not have anything to do with Hayes, but because they were out of story ideas. “I get that people are like, ‘Whoa, why would you do this?’ But it really felt like a thing like this...
911 call: Mom accused in sons' oven deaths says, 'I don't want to get locked up'

911 call: Mom accused in sons' oven deaths says, 'I don't want to get locked up'

In newly released 911 audio, the Atlanta mother accused of killing two young boys tells a dispatcher she isn’t to blame in their deaths and is frightened she could go to jail. Lamora Williams faces two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of her 1- and 2-year-old boys. The mother of four allegedly killed them “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according...
Family says Trump told fallen soldier's widow that husband 'knew what he signed up for'

Family says Trump told fallen soldier's widow that husband 'knew what he signed up for'

A congresswoman and the family of a U.S. Army soldier killed earlier this month in an ambush in Niger said President Donald Trump told the soldier’s widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for” before his death, an account the president staunchly denied. “I didn’t say what that congresswoman said – didn’t say it at all,” Trump told reporters on...
Texas couple stranded in remote Utah desert for six days

Texas couple stranded in remote Utah desert for six days

Helena and Gerald Byler, both in their seventies, made a narrow escape from a bad end after being stranded in the Utah desert for six days. According to Utah news outlet the Deseret News, if the couple had been subjected to the desert environment for even one more day, they might not have made it out. “It’s totally unbelievable. So many things seem to have fallen in place on...
Colin Kaepernick not invited to annual owners and NFLPA meeting

Colin Kaepernick not invited to annual owners and NFLPA meeting

NFL owners and the NFL Players Association met in New York Tuesday for a regularly scheduled meeting with the topic of the national anthem protests in mind. Knowing this, many players were expecting one important free agent to be invited in Colin Kaepernick considering he was the person who got it all started. However, it was made clear that he was not invited, according to his attorney. That...
'Nuclear war may break out any moment': North Korea intensifies rhetoric against USA

'Nuclear war may break out any moment': North Korea intensifies rhetoric against USA

North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat&rdquo...
One in nine American men infected with oral HPV, study finds

One in nine American men infected with oral HPV, study finds

Oral human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. However, men are more at risk than women, with one in nine American males infected, according to a new report published in Annals of Internal of Medicine.  Researchers from Harvard University and other institutions across the country recently conducted a study to determine the difference in prevalence...
Iguana eluding officers taken into custody at Florida restaurant

Iguana eluding officers taken into custody at Florida restaurant

An iguana hunt was on in South Florida after a large reptile was said to be hiding from authorities.  The Stuart Police Department posted a picture on Facebook of the “suspicious iguana,” which had eluded officers for days at a downtown restaurant.  The big guy was taken into custody on Monday at Spritz City Bistro, according to Facebook comments.  Social media users are...
Man brings ‘Star Wars’ to his neighborhood for Halloween

Man brings ‘Star Wars’ to his neighborhood for Halloween

Anyone thinking they’ll compete with an Ohio man in a neighborhood Halloween decorating contest should just pack up the pumpkins, bury the zombies and try again next year. Nick Meyer has built a nearly full-sized replica of an All Terrain Armored Transport from “Star Wars.” Most people know them as AT-ATs, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news He used wood...
Designer Mychael Knight, ‘Project Runway’ alum, dead at 39

Designer Mychael Knight, ‘Project Runway’ alum, dead at 39

Mychael Knight, the engaging designer who appeared on Season 3 of Bravo’s reality TV competition series “Project Runway,” has died. Obviousmag.com first reported that Knight, 39, died Tuesday at his home in Atlanta surrounded by friends and family. No cause of death was given, but Knight had reportedly been hospitalized in September. “We are still processing the untimely death...
Two U.S. Navy sailors found dead at same Georgia home days apart

Two U.S. Navy sailors found dead at same Georgia home days apart

Kingsland, Georgia, police are investigating after two U.S. Navy sailors were found dead days apart at a Kings Bay home. Officials say Brian Jarrell, 25, was reported missing by his family after he disappeared during a trip to Orlando. His wife told investigators the family was at Disney World on Wednesday for Jarrell's daughter's birthday when he said he wasn't feeling well and left the park...
Here’s why Google Maps killed its mini cupcake calorie counter

Here’s why Google Maps killed its mini cupcake calorie counter

After a backlash from users and health experts, Google Maps decided to remove its recent experimental iOS feature that told users how many calories they would burn on a specific walk -- and how many “mini cupcakes” that number would add up to.
325-pound Florida woman accused of killing child by sitting on her

325-pound Florida woman accused of killing child by sitting on her

A Florida woman is accused of killing her 9-year-old cousin after the woman sat on the child as a form of punishment.  The 325-pound woman, identified as 64-year-old Veronica Green Posey, was charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child, the Pensacola News Journal reported. >> Read more trending news  Posey sat on the girl, Dericka Lindsay, Saturday after she said...
Bow Wow corrects those who joke on him for Death Row tweet

Bow Wow corrects those who joke on him for Death Row tweet

Bow Wow is correcting some fans and followers who were quick to criticize him for a tweet he posted Tuesday. XXL Mag reported that the former kid rapper, who goes by Shad Moss, tweeted a photo of himself among iconic rappers Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, Tupac and others who were signed to the former label Death Row Records. The image appears to be a Photoshopped version of Vibe magazine&rsquo...
More Nation & World Stories