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Shirtless flag-bearer from 2016 Olympics qualifies for 2018 Games

The flag-bearer from Tonga who walked shirtless in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics will need to pack some warm shirts for the South Korean games. Saying that “a miracle happened,” Pita Taufatofua qualified for the Pyeongchang Olympics in cross-country skiing Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported. Taufatofua had failed in two previous attempts to qualify for the...
Weekend of women's marches promises continued momentum

Weekend of women's marches promises continued momentum

Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that promised to continue building momentum for equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment. "This is a birthday party for a movement that has only begun to flex its power to change this democracy," Anna Galland...
'Jumanji' tops box office for third straight weekend

'Jumanji' tops box office for third straight weekend

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" outdid another weekend's worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures. "Jumanji," starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, sold $20 million in tickets, according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its five-week domestic...
Indoor velodrome expected to draw cyclists to Detroit

Indoor velodrome expected to draw cyclists to Detroit

An indoor cycling track in Detroit is expected to draw bike riders from other cold-weather states and across the U.S. while giving inner-city youth the opportunity to participate for free in the fast-moving and growing sport. The Lexus Velodrome, which will have its grand opening Monday, is in an inflatable, climate-controlled dome a few miles north of a new professional hockey and basketball arena...
The Latest: Trump speaks with Republicans on shutdown Day 2

The Latest: Trump speaks with Republicans on shutdown Day 2

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn on the second day of a government shutdown. The White House put out a brief statement Sunday detailing the president's activities, saying the administration was hard at work. Trump has also received updates...
Trump campaign ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in killings by undocumented immigrants

Trump campaign ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in killings by undocumented immigrants

A new ad released by President Donald Trump's campaign is claiming that Democrats are “complicit” in killings by undocumented immigrants. The ad was released after Senate Democrats opposed a short-term spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. “President Trump is right — build the wall, deport criminals, stop illegal immigration now,” the...
Iran deal 'fixes' to dominate Tillerson's agenda in Europe

Iran deal 'fixes' to dominate Tillerson's agenda in Europe

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seeking British and French support for tough new penalties against Iran and preventing a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson on Sunday began a nearly weeklong trip to Europe, and a U.S. official said Iran was expected to dominate Tillerson's talks in London and Paris, the first two stops. Tillerson left Washington as the government shutdown enters...
The Latest: 2 Venezuelan pilots killed in Kabul hotel attack

The Latest: 2 Venezuelan pilots killed in Kabul hotel attack

The Latest on Afghanistan, where gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital, Kabul (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Two Venezuelan pilots were among the foreigners killed in the attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, a family member has told The Associated Press. Luis Figuera says that his brother-in-law, Adelsis Ramos was killed along with Pablo Chiossone. Both men...
How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown. Many government operations will continue — U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered. But almost half the 2 million...
Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan

Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan

A 12-year-old boy from Michigan who vomited during dinner one night, went to an urgent care facility the next night and had a flu test come back negative tragically died the very next morning. Michael Messenger’s family can’t believe how quickly their world was turned upside-down, losing a son and a brother who had been so full of life in just a matter of days. The timeline of Messenger&rsquo...
Shutdown nixes Trump visit to Mar-a-Lago; party goes on with son Eric headlining

Shutdown nixes Trump visit to Mar-a-Lago; party goes on with son Eric headlining

The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel as headliners...
Jim Rodford, bassist for The Kinks, dead at 76

Jim Rodford, bassist for The Kinks, dead at 76

Jim Rodford, bassist for popular rock band The Kinks from 1978 to 1996, has died at 76, according to the band. The Kinks, whose hits include “You Really Got Me,” “Lola,” “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” “A Well-Respected Man,” “Victoria” and “Waterloo Sunset,” made the announcement Saturday on its official social media accounts...
Trump protesters mark one-year anniversary with South Ocean shutdown

Trump protesters mark one-year anniversary with South Ocean shutdown

Usually known as a scenic and tranquil stretch of oceanfront mansions and palm trees, South Ocean Boulevard took on a far different look Saturday when it was briefly taken over by hundreds of feisty marchers protesting President Donald Trump’s first year in office. Holding colorful signs and yelling into bullhorns with chants like “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go,&rsquo...
Florida group raffles off rifle to benefit children's program

Florida group raffles off rifle to benefit children's program

An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children. Channel 9 found out that phone calls to buy tickets for the raffle go to three Central Florida county jails. The flyer advertising the raffle was created by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. It advertises a chance to win an AR-15 rifle. There are phone numbers on the flyer to buy $20 tickets...
Shutdown nixes Trump visit; party goes on with son Eric headlining

Shutdown nixes Trump visit; party goes on with son Eric headlining

The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel as headliners. About...
Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS. “We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.”...
The Latest: Senate GOP plans a vote aimed at ending shutdown

The Latest: Senate GOP plans a vote aimed at ending shutdown

The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A Senate showdown vote on a Republican plan for ending the federal shutdown is on track to occur by early Monday. Democrats say they have the votes to block it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a measure financing the government through Feb. 8. Senate Democrats derailed a House-passed measure early Saturday that...
Vikings seek trademark for 'Minneapolis Miracle’ nickname

Vikings seek trademark for 'Minneapolis Miracle’ nickname

The Minnesota Vikings are the owners of a remarkable victory in last weekend’s NFL divisional playoffs. Now, the team wants to own the nicknames that have been attached to it. Stefon Diggs’ stunning 61-yard touchdown catch and run on the final play of the game gave the Vikings a 29-24 victory against New Orleans, giving birth to the nicknames “Minneapolis Miracle” or &ldquo...
Women's marches, events taking place across nation

Women's marches, events taking place across nation

A series of women’s marches, protests and voter registration events are taking place across the country this weekend. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In 2017, the Women’s March on Washington drew a large crowd that marched in protest of Trump’s election. Women’s marches were held across the country and the world...
Mar-a-Lago fundraiser to go on as scheduled; Trump stays in D.C.

Mar-a-Lago fundraiser to go on as scheduled; Trump stays in D.C.

President Donald Trump will not attend a $100,000-per-couple political fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach tonight because of the federal government shutdown. “There is no plan to go to Florida while there is a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Palm Beach Post. The fundraiser will go on with presidential son Eric Trump, his wife Lara...
Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts

Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts

Luther sold its youth football field to Walmart about three years ago so that the company could build one of its Express stores, using the money from the sale and the new tax revenue to pay off the roughly $200,000 in debt that resulted from an embezzlement scandal involving the former town treasurer. The store opened in May 2015 and closed only eight months later when Walmart pulled the plug on its...

2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed

Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday. Police and a special anti-kidnapping squad rescued the foreigners in the Kagarko local government area Friday night after a massive manhunt, state police commissioner Agyole Abeh said. "No ransom was paid. It was the efforts of...
Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Amanda Mattuchio said her parents use a fake can of Campbell's Tomato Soup to hide their cash. Unfortunately, they stored it alongside real soup cans in their kitchen. “The bottom would unscrew and it had $2,500 in it and it was a combination of $100 and $50 bills,” she said. “The neighbor upstairs asked them if they had any canned goods they wanted to donate to the senior center...
Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?

Government Shutdown: What's closed, who is affected?

The federal government shutdown only partially curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be barred from doing their jobs if the shutdown extends into Monday. How key parts of the federal government would be affected...
Pope: Femicides in Latin America a scourge that must stop

Pope: Femicides in Latin America a scourge that must stop

Pope Francis denounced femicides and other gender-based crimes that have turned Latin America into the most violent place on Earth for women, calling Saturday for legislation to protect them and a new cultural mindset as he visited one of Peru's most dangerous parts. At a Marian prayer in the northern seaside city of Trujillo, Francis called women, mothers and grandmothers the guiding force for families...
Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

After three months of investigation, police have learned more about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock: He was a high-stakes gambler on a losing streak, obsessed with cleanliness, possibly bipolar and was having difficulties with his live-in girlfriend. But hundreds of interviews and thousands of pieces of evidence have not answered the key question: Why did Paddock open fire from his high-rise hotel...
Drake makes surprise appearance at Memphis nightclub

Drake makes surprise appearance at Memphis nightclub

He may have started from the bottom, but rapper Drake is making headlines after doing one dance that started in the Bluff City. According to party promoter Curtis Givens, the Grammy winner called him wanting to have a private party at In LOVE Memphis, a popular nightclub. Givens said it was a last minute call, but he and his business partner were up for the challenge. As word quickly spread that Drake...
5-foot tapeworm wiggles out of California man after eating sushi

5-foot tapeworm wiggles out of California man after eating sushi

A sushi-loving California man with a habit of consuming raw salmon recently pulled out a 5-foot tapeworm from his own body. According to Dr. Kenny Bahn, who treated the man in August and revealed the case on a Jan. 8 episode of the medical podcast “This Won’t Hurt a Bit,” his patient thought he was dying. "He asked me for worm treatment and I was like, 'Oh, not an...
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says 

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family says 

Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose after taking a variety of medications, the family for the legendary rock star said Friday.  Petty, who suffered emphysema, knee problems and more recently a fractured hip, was prescribed various pain medications including Fentanyl patches, his family said.  “On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and...
‘Ramp of Mystery’ in middle of nowhere was drone test site

‘Ramp of Mystery’ in middle of nowhere was drone test site

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears. It’s a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field. It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the side, an aging and precarious set of wooden steps goes up to the top, where the path that led to the ramp leads to nothing...
Trump puts off Palm Beach trip as budget scrap risks shutdown

Trump puts off Palm Beach trip as budget scrap risks shutdown

One casualty of a budget brawl Friday turned out to be President Donald Trump’s scheduled trip to Palm Beach, as talks in the nation’s capital staggered close to the slippery ledge of a government shutdown. Trump scrapped plans to fly in to Palm Beach International Airport on Friday night to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. But a Federal Aviation Administration alert suggested...
L’Oreal features first hijab-wearing model in major hair campaign, sparking controversy online

L’Oreal features first hijab-wearing model in major hair campaign, sparking controversy online

L’Oreal Paris made history when it featured model Amena Khan in its new hair product campaign. Khan, a British beauty blogger, model and co-founder of Ardere Cosmetics, is the first hijab-wearing model to star in a hair campaign for a major international brand. >> Read more trending news  She revealed the video campaign to her more than 570,000 Instagram followers last week...
Doctors urge residents not to ignore flu symptoms following Florida man's death

Doctors urge residents not to ignore flu symptoms following Florida man's death

Friends and loved ones are mourning the loss of an Orlando man who his family said died after he caught the flu. There have been least two other flu-related deaths, both of which were children, in the state this flu season. Doctors said the symptoms of the flu can get very serious very quickly, which is why it's critical for people to pay attention to the signs and immediately contact a doctor. Over...
US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought," said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One...
Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

Battle lines already forming for Menendez corruption retrial

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him. Prosecutors from the Department of Justice told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge seeks a retrial "at the earliest possible date." The announcement...
Texas boy battles brain infection doctors say was caused by flu

Texas boy battles brain infection doctors say was caused by flu

Witten Ramirez is fighting for his life after doctors said he contracted a brain infection caused by the flu. Witten’s mother, Desiree, said that the whole family had the flu last week, but the 8-year-old had it worse than the others, KXAS reported. She said he was sleeping too much and stumbled when he walked. >> Read more trending news  To be safe, Desiree took him to the emergency...
Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack

The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday. But almost four months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded more than 800 others with a barrage of bullets from the Mandalay Bay...
What won't get done during a government shutdown

What won't get done during a government shutdown

Although the government won't actually close if Congress fails to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, there's plenty that won't get done if hundreds of thousands of federal employees are barred from working until Washington agrees on a budget plan. In the event of a shutdown, U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal...
2 arrested after infant, 4-year-old dumped along freezing roads

2 arrested after infant, 4-year-old dumped along freezing roads

Authorities have captured two teens they say stole an SUV with two children inside before abandoning them in below freezing temperatures. Khyree Swift, 17, and an unidentified 16-year-old have been charged with kidnapping, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators said they tracked a stolen iPad to the home of one of the suspects, WSB-TV reported. Swift was arrested Friday...
Trump’s Year One: There’s much more to his time in Palm Beach than just golf

Trump’s Year One: There’s much more to his time in Palm Beach than just golf

President Donald Trump is gaining fast on John F. Kennedy for most time spent here by a commander-in-chief. Approaching Saturday’s one-year anniversary of his taking the oath of office, Trump has spent about 10 percent of his presidency in Palm Beach County. Through last weekend, the president had made 11 visits totalling about 37 days in Palm Beach County. Most of that time has been...

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe's satnav system

Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. The European Commission says diplomats voted Thursday to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center's backup site from Swanwick to Spain. In a statement Friday, the commission said it was "a consequence of the U.K. withdrawal from the EU." Spain welcomed...
UPDATE: Trump cancels Palm Beach trip today; roads remain closed

UPDATE: Trump cancels Palm Beach trip today; roads remain closed

President Donald Trump will not make a planned trip to Mar-a-Lago today because of a looming federal government shutdown, a White House official told The Palm Beach Post this morning. But the White House has not ruled out a Trump arrival on Saturday, when the president is scheduled to headline a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for his 2020 re-election campaign. A new Federal Aviation...
Baltimore police leader fired after record year in homicides

Baltimore police leader fired after record year in homicides

Deputy Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has steadily risen through the ranks during a 30-year career with Baltimore's police department, will take the helm of the force in a city struggling with a feverish pace of killings. Following a record year in per-capita homicides, Baltimore's mayor on Friday fired the city's police commissioner after 2 ½ years on the job and named DeSousa to...
France's Davos? Macron hosting 140 CEOs in investment push

France's Davos? Macron hosting 140 CEOs in investment push

French President Emmanuel Macron will be hosting over 100 CEOs of major multinationals at the chateau of Versailles to try to persuade them to invest, and especially hire, in France. Macron will vaunt his government's changes to French tax and labor law, as he tries to attract foreign investors wary of France's traditionally high taxes and worker protections. His office said Friday that discussions...
The Latest: Doug Jones says he'll vote for budget bill

The Latest: Doug Jones says he'll vote for budget bill

The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Newly minted Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones is breaking ranks with party leaders and will vote for the House-passed Republican bill preventing a federal shutdown. Jones tells The Associated Press he will "reluctantly" vote for the measure late Friday. He says he's backing it because the measure contains fresh financing...
Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

When Jacques Despinosse lost a primary for the Florida House of Representatives in the 1990s, he chalked up his drubbing to the skepticism many voters had for candidates from what was then a relatively small Haitian diaspora.  But since then, Haitian-American politicians have made one electoral stride after another in the state, winning commission seats in the counties encompassing greater Miami...
Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some 3 million apartments for low-income residents.  But the Republican tax plan approved last month amounts to a vast cutback...
US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia

US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia

U.S. oil production is booming and is forecast to top that of heavyweight Saudi Arabia and rival Russia this year, a global energy agency said Friday. The International Energy Agency said in its monthly market report that U.S. oil production, which has already risen to its highest level in nearly 50 years, will push past 10 million barrels a day in 2018 as higher prices entice more producers to start...
Rapper Kodak Black arrested in South Florida

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in South Florida

Rapper Kodak Black was arrested Thursday in South Florida, accused of grand theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana and child neglect, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said. Black, 20, whose legal name is Dieuson Octave, also faces two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and two counts of probation violation, the Sheriff’s Office said in its arrest report. Black was...
Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday. Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash, officials in the two countries said, as each blamed the other for initiating the violence. Indian officials said two civilians...
Why isn't the Google's art selfie feature available in two states?

Why isn't the Google's art selfie feature available in two states?

Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you.  Except in Texas...
3-month-old girl exposed to heroin, taken to hospital

3-month-old girl exposed to heroin, taken to hospital

Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl. But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using. The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown. Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child. According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November,...
Is Boston parking space worth $45,000?

Is Boston parking space worth $45,000?

A piece of real estate about the size of a coffin comes with a drop-dead price in Brookline.  It’s nearly $45,000 for a parking spot, but snow removal is extra. Realtor.com shows the spot, off Addington Road, hit the market in November for $15,000 more than it costs now.  In Brookline, parking is at a premium. But the spot isn’t even premium parking. For one thing, you're at...
Convicted ex-coal CEO woos working class, opening Senate bid

Convicted ex-coal CEO woos working class, opening Senate bid

A former coal company CEO who went to prison for charges stemming from the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in decades kicked off his U.S. Senate campaigning Thursday, seeking to persuade a largely working class audience that he identified with them. But one father present whose son died in the 2010 tragedy called the GOP businessman's jump into politics "more of a slap in our face." Ex-Massey...
Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles. A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN.  Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside...
Polar bears enjoy snow day at North Carolina Zoo

Polar bears enjoy snow day at North Carolina Zoo

Polar bears at the North Carolina Zoo got to enjoy the blanket of snow that covered the park Wednesday. Nikita, 11, and Anana, 18, were fed whole fish as a special snow day treat, the zoo said.  The zoo was closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday because of the heavy snowfall.
Central Florida workers relieved as work authorization extended for Haitian refugees

Central Florida workers relieved as work authorization extended for Haitian refugees

Haitians living in the U.S. under the temporary protection status will get to keep working in the country -- for now. The status, which was granted to Haitians who immigrated to the U.S. after the devastating 2010 earthquake, was extended to July 2019, but the employment authorization documents were not. The work authorizations were set to expire this week, but starting Thursday, workers...
Documents reveal violent, disturbing last moments of homicide victim

Documents reveal violent, disturbing last moments of homicide victim

Seattle police found 63-year-old Jennifer Ayers dead in her Lake City home Monday. The suspect in her death, Michael Giordano, 23, was wheeled into court to face a judge Wednesday afternoon.  Prosecutors charged the suspect with aggravated first-degree murder, and say the crime also included robbery, burglary, arson and rape. “The facts here are extremely violent and disturbing,”...
Elderly Louisiana man freezes to death in home with no heat

Elderly Louisiana man freezes to death in home with no heat

An elderly Louisiana man whose home had no heat was found dead Wednesday morning, and his wife was hospitalized, after temperatures dropped into the teens overnight.  Paul Maker, 84, of New Roads, was found lying on the floor of his home by sheriff’s deputies, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported. Both Maker and his wife were disabled and wheelchair-bound. The house had no heat, and...
Woman shot, killed at Mississippi Walmart by on-again, off-again boyfriend, police say

Woman shot, killed at Mississippi Walmart by on-again, off-again boyfriend, police say

A man is facing a capital murder charge after Starkville police accused him of shooting and killing a woman described as his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend at a Mississippi Walmart where she worked as an optometrist, according to multiple reports. The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart in Starkville. Police Chief Frank Nichols said a man fired several shots...
Migrants shift to old, risky route to Spain and Europe

Migrants shift to old, risky route to Spain and Europe

The smugglers took Rodriguez Tankeu's savings and disappeared, leaving the 25-year-old bewildered near Tripoli, the Libyan capital. The former car mechanic headed to Algeria, where he saw, one by one, all the spots on engine-powered boats go to wealthier migrants. Broke, tired and desperate, he moved further west. "Morocco was my last hope," he says. "It was either making it to Europe...
Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Officials with technology giant Amazon on Thursday announced that the company has narrowed down its list of possible sites for its second headquarters to 20 metropolitan areas. The company said it got nearly 240 proposals from across the U.S. Canada and Mexico. “All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, with Amazon Public Policy. “Through this...
The Latest: Francis arrives in Peru for 4-day visit

The Latest: Francis arrives in Peru for 4-day visit

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to South America (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Pope Francis has landed in Peru for a four-day trip that will take him into the sweltering Amazon jungle to meet with indigenous communities and put him face-to-face with a president narrowly escaped impeachment in December. Francis arrived in Lima Thursday afternoon after finishing a trip to Chile. Francis will meet with...
Can #MeToo movement do harm? Ansari story raises question

Can #MeToo movement do harm? Ansari story raises question

The #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct. This week, more so than at any point in the movement's brief history, there's visceral discussion about its potential for causing harm. The catalyst was the publication by Babe.net of an account by a woman identified only as "Grace" detailing her 2017 encounter...
Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence. Four-year-old male panda Hua Bao and three-year old female Jin Baobao were welcomed Thursday in a ceremony at Helsinki airport attended by the Chinese ambassador to Finland and Finnish officials. "We think this is the best gift that Chinese people can give to Finland...
The Latest: 6 dead as high winds sweep across western Europe

The Latest: 6 dead as high winds sweep across western Europe

The Latest on a storm affecting parts of Europe (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Authorities say three people have died in Germany as a storm with high winds and snow sweeps across western Europe. Police in the eastern German state of Thuringia say a fireman was killed Thursday when a tree fell on him in the town of Bad Salzungen. Another fire officer was seriously injured. In Lippstadt, in western Germany...

Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir, killing 4

Pakistani and Indian troops traded gunfire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Thursday, leaving three civilians and a soldier dead amid increasing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, officials from both sides said. In a statement, Pakistan's military accused Indian troops of initiating fire from across the border and targeting Pakistani villages along Kashmir, killing two...
Powerful gale lashes Europe, 7 dead amid traffic chaos

Powerful gale lashes Europe, 7 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least seven people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks. The Dutch national weather service recorded wind gusts of up to 140 kph (87 mph) in the southern port of Hook of Holland as the storm passed over. Amsterdam's Schiphol briefly halted flights for...
Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Congressional Democrats aren't backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants, as hard-line liberal groups shrug off risks of a government shutdown. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there's "very, very strong" sentiment among his party's lawmakers to oppose GOP-drafted legislation that...
Wells Fargo customers find accounts drained by mistaken double charges

Wells Fargo customers find accounts drained by mistaken double charges

Some Wells Fargo customers found their bank accounts drained to zero Wednesday when some sort of glitch caused their online bill payments to be processed twice. Numerous customers -- so many that Wells Fargo’s customer service phone lines were jammed Wednesday night -- were discovering that recent payments they had made using the bank’s online Bill Pay system had been deducted twice from...
Interior official blasts resignation of parks advisory board

Interior official blasts resignation of parks advisory board

A U.S. Interior Department official on Wednesday blasted the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks, suggesting the move was politically motivated and their work was flawed. Todd Willens, associate deputy secretary of the department, brought up investigations that uncovered sexual harassment at national parks such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone and an internal...

Correction: Science Says-Meteor story

In a story Jan. 17 about meteors, The Associated Press reported erroneously the size of asteroids that scientists hope to be able to deflect from Earth's path in the future. They want to have a defensive system for asteroids larger than 165 feet (50 meters), not 30 miles (50 kilometers). A corrected version of the story is below: Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier Science Says...
Payday loan crackdown on ice under Trump pick who got donations

Payday loan crackdown on ice under Trump pick who got donations

A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who accepted more than $62,000 in contributions from payday lenders while in Congress has suspended rules aimed at stopping what the previous administration called “payday debt traps.” Florida consumers paid more than $2.5 billion in fees that amounted to an average 278 percent annual interest rate on payday loans over...
Trump to stump for Pennsylvania GOP candidate amid Republican election year worries

Trump to stump for Pennsylvania GOP candidate amid Republican election year worries

Making his first foray on to the campaign trail in 2018, President Donald Trump goes to southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday to stump for a GOP candidate running for Congress, as Republicans have encountered some troubling signs in this mid-term election year, struggling with an election playing field that seems tilted against their party. In stops near Pittsburgh, Mr. Trump...
Bill would require intellectual freedom survey at Florida universities

Bill would require intellectual freedom survey at Florida universities

Adding a mandate for an annual survey of “intellectual freedom” on state university campuses, a House panel Wednesday approved a wide-ranging higher education package that would expand Bright Futures merit scholarships. The bill (HB 423), approved on a 12-1 vote by the Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee, is similar to legislation (SB 4) passed unanimously by the Senate last week. RELATED...
Tillerson blames North Korea for its sanctions suffering

Tillerson blames North Korea for its sanctions suffering

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that North Korea is responsible for the suffering of North Korean people from international economic sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons. He voiced skepticism that humanitarian aid to alleviate that suffering would reach the people who need it. Tillerson said, "It's an unacceptable outcome that Kim is making that choice, and we're not going...
Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday dug in on their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants — a hard-line stance celebrated by liberal groups who have shrugged off risks of a government shutdown. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said there's "very, very strong" sentiment among his party's lawmakers to oppose...
Doctor arrested for showing up for surgery inebriated, police say

Doctor arrested for showing up for surgery inebriated, police say

A plastic surgeon showed up for surgery Monday while intoxicated and was arrested, according to police.  Dr. Theodore Gerstle was confronted by the chief medical officer at Baptist Health Lexington and then left the hospital on foot, according to WKYT.  Police were then called and took Gerstle into custody. Gerstle was charged with public intoxication. “Patient safety is always...
Grandson surprises grandfather with restored 1957 Chevy

Grandson surprises grandfather with restored 1957 Chevy

Fred Lamar’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sat in a garage, just as he left it, for 30 years. Until about a year ago, when his grandson, Cameron Dedman, started restoring the iconic Motor City machine. On Saturday, Lamar, 81, nearly passed out when the car was revealed to him. “I have been doing a full frame off restoration of this car a big surprise for my grandpa,” Dedman wrote in...
APNewsBreak: Minnesota GOP leader seeks cut of big donations

APNewsBreak: Minnesota GOP leader seeks cut of big donations

The new chairwoman of Minnesota's Republican Party is seeking a 10 percent commission from large donations to the party, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. Campaign finance experts said they've never heard of such an arrangement. And it risks upsetting major GOP donors and activists by diverting critical resources from a party that has struggled with debt for much of the last decade...
Scrap of flag from Nelson's HMS Victory sells for $408,000

Scrap of flag from Nelson's HMS Victory sells for $408,000

Sotheby's auction house says a fragment of the red, white and blue "Victory Jack" flag that flew from Adm. Horatio Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar has sold for 297,000 pounds (around $408,000). The fragment, which measures several feet (about a meter) on each side, had been expected to fetch between 80,000 pounds and 100,000 pounds. The British naval hero was fatally shot...
How well would you do on the cognitive test President Trump took?

How well would you do on the cognitive test President Trump took?

On Tuesday, Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson answered questions about President Donald Trump’s health, reporting that after last week’s physical exam, Trump was in “excellent” health. In addition to a physical exam, Trump, Jackson said, asked that he be given a cognitive screening test – one that would test for signs of early dementia, for instance. Jackson said Trump was...

2 Americans, 2 Canadians kidnapped in central Nigeria

Gunmen ambushed two Americans and two Canadians traveling through Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, kidnapping them and killing two policemen, a state police spokesman said Wednesday. The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday night when they were ambushed around Kagarko, Kaduna state police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu said. Aliyu reported earlier...
Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the "entirely preventable" 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. The U.S. government-commissioned report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine made multiple recommendations...
Sen. Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to condemn Pres. Trump’s language, comparing it to Stalin’s

Sen. Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to condemn Pres. Trump’s language, comparing it to Stalin’s

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) used the floor of the U.S. Senate to fire directly back at President Donald Trump, comparing the commander-in-chief’s words to those of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Flake stated that Trump has used statements also used by Stalin against his enemies. >> Read more trending news  CBS News reported that Flake, in an excerpt released prior to his speech Wednesday...
Florida man brutally murders ex-wife after fight over infidelity, sheriff says 

Florida man brutally murders ex-wife after fight over infidelity, sheriff says 

A 46-year-old Florida man is being charged with second-degree murder after he brutally beat and stomped his ex-wife to death, a sheriff said. Michael Cummings and his ex-wife, Faith L. Cummings, 44, began arguing over infidelity on Thursday in the garage of their Palm Coast home, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. The fight escalated with Faith L. Cummings fleeing to a bathroom. Her ex-husband...
What to use as an ice scraper when you definitely don’t have one

What to use as an ice scraper when you definitely don’t have one

Texans who woke up to a frozen windshield this morning proved that creativity strikes at odd times. Not everyone in warmer regions  has the foresight to buy an ice scraper for the off chance that they might one day actually need it. >> Read more trending news  Or not everyone’s dad has insisted having one in the glove compartment could “one day save your life.” Accordingly...
White Castle will offer romantic Valentine’s Day package, reservations again

White Castle will offer romantic Valentine’s Day package, reservations again

Fast food icon White Castle once again will offer its romantic Valentine’s Day package for those in love, but on a budget. White Castle is now accepting reservations for its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and for the first time, the chain is using OpenTable.com, or the reservation app, to allow diners to secure their spot for the traditional dinner with a twist, Cincinnati.com...
500 expected for March to Mar-a-Lago protest in Palm Beach on Saturday

500 expected for March to Mar-a-Lago protest in Palm Beach on Saturday

At least 500 people are expected to attend an anti-Donald Trump protest scheduled for Saturday along South Ocean Boulevard, according to the protest organizer. Mark Offerman, a 48-year-old Wellington resident, said he created the event, called “The Inaugural Impeachment March to Mar-a-Lago,” on Facebook three weeks ago. “The most important thing for us to initiate this weekend, and...
New U.S. embassy, which Trump mocked on Twitter, opens in London

New U.S. embassy, which Trump mocked on Twitter, opens in London

The gleaming new U.S. embassy in London opened on Tuesday with little fanfare and no official ribbon cutting. President Donald Trump sparked a furor here last week when he tweeted that he wasn't coming to open the $1 billion building — the most expensive embassy every built — because it was a bad real estate deal and in an "off location."  Many of those who live nearby took...
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