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Release of child rapist with more than 100 victims on hold after appeal by attorney

The release of an admitted child rapist is on hold until Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court can review the decision to release him, according to attorney Wendy Murphy.  >> Read more trending news   Murphy, who is also a victims' advocate, filed an appeal to Wayne Chapman's release Thursday.  Chapman has admitted to molesting more than 100 boys and is the longtime suspect...
What is Nipah virus? Deadly brain-damaging virus spreads in India

What is Nipah virus? Deadly brain-damaging virus spreads in India

At least 12 people have died of Nipah virus in the Indian state of Kerala since the rare outbreak began weeks ago, according to a Health Ministry official. >> Read more trending news  Another 40 with Nipah symptoms are being treated in area hospitals. According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nipah virus was first isolated and identified in 1998-99...
Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers

Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a trio of executive orders to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire federal workers for poor performance and misconduct, requiring that departments and agencies negotiate better union contracts and limiting the amount of time certain federal workers can spend on union business. Labor unions immediately criticized the moves. "These...
Gas will cost drivers $1 billion more this Memorial Day weekend

Gas will cost drivers $1 billion more this Memorial Day weekend

Traveling for Memorial Day weekend will cost you more at the pump this year. A gallon of regular gas is expected to cost $2.96 on average this holiday weekend, an almost 50 cent jump from Memorial Day weekend in 2017, according to AAA.  Drivers will end up paying over $1 billion more for gas this weekend nationwide, GasBuddy.com reports. This is due to huge global demand and a shrinking...
Rachel Dolezal, white woman who posed as black, charged with welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal, white woman who posed as black, charged with welfare fraud

A former NAACP official who made international headlines in 2015 when it was discovered she had posed for years as a black woman has been charged with fraud, accused of cheating the government out of $8,847 in public assistance.  Rachel Dolezal, who in 2016 changed her name to Nkechi A. Diallo, was charged Tuesday with first-degree theft by welfare fraud, second-degree perjury and false verification...
Judge orders higher-calorie meals for Alaska Muslim inmates

Judge orders higher-calorie meals for Alaska Muslim inmates

A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Alaska corrections officials to provide Muslim inmates with nutritionally sufficient, pork-free meals when they break their Ramadan fasts at night. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said in a written order that fasting Muslim inmates must be given daily meals containing at least 2,600 calories during the religion's holy month of Ramadan, which began May 16 and is...
Cashier scolds customer for trying to pay grocery bill for woman with WIC

Cashier scolds customer for trying to pay grocery bill for woman with WIC

A woman who offered to pay the $12 difference in a customer’s grocery bill was admonished by the cashier for trying to help someone who already “gets her free stuff.” Jacki Carroll was waiting in line at Albertson’s when the woman in front of her ran out of Women, Infants and Children credits to pay for her groceries, leaving her with $12 worth of food unpaid for, according...
‘I want to stay’: Immigrant gets reprieve from ICE, but for how long?

‘I want to stay’: Immigrant gets reprieve from ICE, but for how long?

Ricardo Diego Pedro knew the stakes were high, but he betrayed no emotion as he sat on a hard plastic chair in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office here one recent morning. Diego Pedro, a Guatemalan immigrant who has been appealing a federal removal order for years, faced the distinct possibility that he would be handcuffed and detained as his 8-year-old son, Bradley, watched. Related: Trump...
2 members of secretive sect plead guilty to fraud charges

2 members of secretive sect plead guilty to fraud charges

A father and son who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church. As part of an ongoing investigation into physical and emotional abuse at the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindale, North Carolina, The Associated...
Volunteers brave the heat to give veterans' graves some TLC ahead of Memorial Day

Volunteers brave the heat to give veterans' graves some TLC ahead of Memorial Day

The final resting place for our nation’s heroes in Jacksonville is now a sea of American flags. But in order to accomplish that goal, every year, the Jacksonville National Cemetery, like other cemeteries across the country, needs help. Edna Trambley and her sisters went to visit their mom’s grave Thursday not knowing it was the same day volunteers would come out to place flags at each...
Teacher who confronted Indiana school shooter lauded as hero

Teacher who confronted Indiana school shooter lauded as hero

An Indiana middle school student armed with two handguns opened fire inside his science classroom Friday, authorities said, wounding a classmate and a teacher whose swift intervention was credited with saving lives. The shooter, who had asked to be dismissed from the class before returning with the guns, was arrested "extremely quickly" after the incident around 9 a.m. at Noblesville West...
Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance, Spokane news station KHQ-TV reported Thursday. She illegally received...

Monitor: Suspected Israeli strike targets Hezbollah in Syria

A Syrian war-monitoring group said Friday that suspected Israeli strikes hit a military base overnight in central Syria housing fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah and others from factions allied with the Damascus government. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties at the Dabaa air base and surrounding areas in central Homs province, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human...
Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance, Spokane news station KHQ-TV reported Thursday. She...
Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion," Trump said Thursday during an Oval...
Cyclone Mekunu to be 'extremely severe' on landfall in Oman

Cyclone Mekunu to be 'extremely severe' on landfall in Oman

Cyclone Mekunu will be "extremely severe" when it crashes into the Arabian Peninsula this weekend, meteorologists warned Friday, after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra. At least 17 people are missing from Socotra, with one Yemeni official describing them as likely dead. The cyclone is expected to make landfall early Saturday near Salalah, Oman's third-largest city and home...
Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; suspect dead

Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; suspect dead

A man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour Thursday and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said. The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. at Louie's On The Lake, a restaurant on Lake Hefner in the Oklahoma capital. A woman and a female juvenile were undergoing surgery for gunshot...
Rottweiler dies in hot car at county jail, woman visitor arrested on the spot 

Rottweiler dies in hot car at county jail, woman visitor arrested on the spot 

A Georgia woman left her Rottweiler in her car for five hours while she was in court at the Gwinnett County Jail, causing the dog’s death, sheriff officials said. >> Read more trending news  Connie Wright Gomez, 46, has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Gomez went to the jail as a “court visitor” around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, leaving...
TSA travel tip: Throwing stars, Freddy Krueger glove should go in checked bag, not carry-on

TSA travel tip: Throwing stars, Freddy Krueger glove should go in checked bag, not carry-on

The Transportation Security Administration recently shared some of the prohibited items it discovered in passengers’ carry-on bags at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Here’s some of what they found: In this video, a TSA supervisor talks about the variety of tools and weapons on display from passengers’ carry-on bags, including some that are cleverly disguised: The...
Federal lawsuit seeks $14.8m in deadly Tennessee wildfires

Federal lawsuit seeks $14.8m in deadly Tennessee wildfires

Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home because of the negligence of park workers. The lawsuit in Knoxville was filed Wednesday by the two victims of the November 2016 Gatlinburg area fire: Michael Reed, whose wife and two daughters died, and James England, whose home burned...
Trump in Palm Beach: Doubt about Kim meeting expressed at Mar-a-Lago

Trump in Palm Beach: Doubt about Kim meeting expressed at Mar-a-Lago

In cancelling a planned denuclearization summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump followed through on a warning he issued from a ballroom podium at Mar-a-Lago last month. At the conclusion of a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 18, Trump seemed to relish the possibility of resolving conflicts and ending tensions with North Korea that had eluded past...
President Donald Trump grants pardon to late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump grants pardon to late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted late boxer Jack Johnson with a pardon more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of taking a white woman across state lines. Several heavyweight boxing champions, both current and former, gathered at the White House on Thursday morning ahead of the expected announcement, The New York Times reported. Trump noted Thursday that Johnson was...
'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion," Trump said during an Oval...
Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way to Oman on Thursday, sending torrents of water rushing down streets and sinking at least two ships. At least 17 people were reported missing in the powerful storm. Indian meteorologists expected the "very severe" cyclone to strike Oman on Saturday near Salalah, the sultanate's third-largest city and home...
FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor

Allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have been shared with federal authorities by a private attorney and a key lawmaker, according to testimony Thursday during a legislative hearing. The hearing by a special House committee considering whether to recommend Greitens' impeachment frequently turned testy as lawmakers questioned an attorney...
UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson call

UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson call

Britain's Foreign Office on Thursday criticized "childish" Russian pranksters who phoned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia. The Guardian newspaper said that Johnson was called by Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Lexus and Vovan. One pretended to be new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, and the newspaper said that Johnson spoke to them...

Romania: Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography

A Romanian court has ordered that an Austrian businessman suspected of child pornography be placed under house arrest. Mihaela Porime, spokeswoman for the agency that investigates organized crime, told The Associated Press Thursday that Dieter Kaas, 67, had been detained in the city of Arad, western Romania. A court later there later ruled he be placed under house arrest for 30 days. Kaas could not...
Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, now has a permanent security clearance and recently sat for six to seven hours of questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller's team on a wide range of topics including Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to a person briefed on the matter.  The FBI's background check into Kushner's financial history and...
Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track construction of 2,500 new West Bank settlement homes in 2018, an announcement likely to further ratchet up tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. Avigdor Lieberman's office said in a statement that he aimed to fulfill a commitment to expand construction in the West Bank settlements, including some remote outposts...
Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'

Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'

The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday...
Chaos of Las Vegas shooting promoted fears of wider attack

Chaos of Las Vegas shooting promoted fears of wider attack

Gunshots came so rapidly during the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's modern history that one Las Vegas police officer feared he was facing a fully stocked assault team with tactical gear. Other officers raced casino-to-casino, debunking reports of multiple shooters and false bomb threats on the Las Vegas Strip while colleagues put themselves in harm's way to protect wounded and fleeing concert-goers...
Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was quizzed for more than six hours Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a state investment fund he founded that accumulated billions of dollars in debt. Najib smiled and waved to reporters before entering the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission building for the second time since his shocking ouster in...
Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential

Teacher's win in Kentucky points to November potential

Teachers across the country have left their classrooms this spring to protest at state capitols, closing schools to win pay raises and better funding in mostly Republican-controlled states. But their most disruptive act yet may well have come Tuesday night in Kentucky, where a high school math teacher who had never run for public office before defeated the state House majority leader in a GOP primary...
E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

It's a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit. Critics of the study say it doesn't close the case on these popular vaping products. It didn't rigorously test effectiveness...

New wind projects would deliver enough power for 600K homes

Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy — or enough to power 600,000 homes. The Vineyard Wind project will be Massachusetts' first offshore wind farm and is expected to generate 800 megawatts of energy. That's about 5.5 to 6 percent of the state's total annual electric load. Massachusetts officials said that...
The Latest: Vegas shooting witnesses describe police heroism

The Latest: Vegas shooting witnesses describe police heroism

The Latest on documents that Las Vegas police released from the investigation into the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history (all times local): 6 p.m. Police and witnesses in newly released documents described acts of heroism by Las Vegas officers responding to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history or those at the concert on their own time. Authorities set up makeshift triage...
Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

Muslim inmates are suing state corrections officials, arguing that they are not provided adequate nourishment as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan at an Alaska jail. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Legal Defense Fund. It asks a federal judge to require the Anchorage Correctional Complex to provide the men with meals with sufficient calories. It...
Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday...
Turkey chicks rescued from Pittsburgh sewer

Turkey chicks rescued from Pittsburgh sewer

Two turkey chicks were rescued after being trapped in a sewer in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.  The chicks were trapped in the sewer on Ajax Street and Hancock Street in Upper Hill, according to WPXI crews on scene.  According to city officials, public works crews were called to the scene at noon to remove the grate in order to rescue the turkey chicks.  A neighbor, who was assisted...
Trump in Palm Beach: Immigration rhetoric, Mar-a-Lago visas clash

Trump in Palm Beach: Immigration rhetoric, Mar-a-Lago visas clash

It’s late May and the foreign workers who cooked, cleaned, served food and performed other low-paying jobs during Palm Beach County’s just ended winter season must now return to their homelands. Their employers — including President Donald Trumps’ Mar-a-Lago club — will soon find themselves seeking another round of guest-worker visas. For the 2018-2019 season, however...
Stylist: Man with Vegas gunman's name talked concert attack

Stylist: Man with Vegas gunman's name talked concert attack

A hairstylist said a client with the same last name as the Las Vegas shooter spoke in the months before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history about a concert venue being susceptible to attack, according to documents released by police Wednesday. Las Vegas police released about 2,100 pages of police reports, witness statements and dispatch records after losing court battles to keep them...
Lottery winner vows to stay anonymous after $5 million win

Lottery winner vows to stay anonymous after $5 million win

An unemployed Bronx man won a life-changing jackpot, but he doesn’t want to tell anyone about the good news.  But New York Gaming Commission says that’s not an option, and that the unidentified man will have to accept his $5 million mega check in front of cameras, the New York Post reported.  The 24-year-old man bought a $20 scratch-off in April, the New York Daily News reported...
California's West Hollywood declares 'Stormy Daniels Day'

California's West Hollywood declares 'Stormy Daniels Day'

Stormy Daniels: Freedom fighter or city icon? The porn actress who is suing President Donald Trump was praised Wednesday as a heroine in West Hollywood, California. About 100 people cheered and chanted "Stormy! Stormy!" as Daniels appeared outside an adult entertainment store called Chi Chi LaRue's. Mayor John Duran officially declared it "Stormy Daniels Day" and presented her...
The Latest: Migrants protest overcrowding at Greek camp

The Latest: Migrants protest overcrowding at Greek camp

The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. About 100 asylum-seekers are protesting outside a camp in northern Greece to draw attention to overcrowding and poor housing conditions there. The mostly Kurdish protesters, including many children, held up placards at the entrance to the Diavata camp in the peaceful protest. The camp contains prefabricated homes for about 750 people, but...
UPDATE: Judge rules 30-year-old must move out after parents take son to court

UPDATE: Judge rules 30-year-old must move out after parents take son to court

Update May 23, 9:13 a.m. EST: A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled Tuesday that 30-year-old Michael Rotondo must move out of his parents’ house, WSTM reports. Michael Rotondo represented himself in court and cited the case of Kosa v. Legg, that a there is a “common law requirement” to give a tenant six-month notice before they are removed through &ldquo...
Trump appears to raise new doubts about US-China trade deal

Trump appears to raise new doubts about US-China trade deal

President Donald Trump cast doubt Wednesday on the prospects for talks that are designed to head off a trade war between the United States and China. Four days after the two countries suspended plans to impose tariffs on up to $200 billion of each other's goods, Trump declared in a tweet that a more detailed agreement with China "will be too hard to get done." The president also predicted...
Trump defends describing MS-13 gang members as 'animals'

Trump defends describing MS-13 gang members as 'animals'

Describing gang violence inflicted by MS-13 members in chilling and gruesome detail, President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to make "radical" changes to U.S. aid practices by withholding government assistance from countries whose citizens enter the United States illegally. "We're going to work out something where every time somebody comes in from a certain country, we're going to deduct...
Scars, unexploded bombs have lingered since Philippine siege

Scars, unexploded bombs have lingered since Philippine siege

Thousands of displaced remain in emergency shelters and the threat of Islamic extremists and unexploded bombs lingers in the rubble of a southern Philippine city, where survivors on Wednesday remembered a disastrous five-month siege by Islamic State group-aligned fighters that began a year ago. The Rev. Teresito Soganub, who survived 117 days of captivity by the extremists in Marawi city, said that...
France's Macron takes on Facebook's Zuckerberg in tech push

France's Macron takes on Facebook's Zuckerberg in tech push

French President Emmanuel Macron took on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other internet giants Wednesday at a Paris meeting to discuss personal data protection and taxes as France pushes for tougher European regulations. Macron welcomed Zuckerberg and the leaders of dozens of other tech companies, including Microsoft, Uber, and IBM, at a "Tech for Good" conference meant to address how they...
Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins announces pregnancy

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins announces pregnancy

The late Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, announced Tuesday that she's expecting another child. Jenkins took to Instagram to announce the pregnancy and didn't reveal who the father of the baby is. >> Read more trending news  "Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate," Jenkins wrote in her Instagram...
Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he's eager to sign a bill that would dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lots jobs and foreclosed homes. The House voted 258-159 on Tuesday to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative win for Trump, who made gutting...
The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

Whether you and the kids are on the beach, in the backyard or just strolling around under the scorching sun, not using sunscreen under those harmful rays could increase risk of sunburn, potentially doubling your little one’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. But according to new study, nearly three quarters of products on the market don’t even work. For their ...
Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary

Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary

A high school math teacher ousted the majority leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives on Tuesday, with a narrow win in the GOP primary race. Travis Brenda credited a groundswell of teacher support for the win and said it sends a message that teachers and public workers won't be silent. His race follows a wave of education protests at the Kentucky Capitol and elsewhere around the country,...

Red Cross: Over 2,000 attacks on health care in conflict

Over 1,200 violent incidents against hospitals and medical personnel have taken place in 16 countries in the two years since the U.N. adopted a resolution demanding that combatants protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick, the Red Cross said Tuesday. Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told the U.N. Security Council that "the gap between...
The Latest: Texas Dem deemed too liberal by own party loses

The Latest: Texas Dem deemed too liberal by own party loses

The Latest on primaries on Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas (all times local): 11:35 p.m. A Democratic candidate who was attacked as too liberal by the national party campaign committee has lost a runoff in the race for a Houston-area House seat that Democrats hope to win from Republicans. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had slammed Laura Moser, accusing her of expressing "...

Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs

A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for President Donald Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients' groups and Democrats who argued the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope. After an emotional debate, the House gave the legislation final congressional approval by a largely party-line vote of 250-169...
Alcohol, tobacco more dangerous than many illegal drugs, study finds

Alcohol, tobacco more dangerous than many illegal drugs, study finds

Legal drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, cause significantly more harm to people globally than illegal ones, a new international study suggests. But researchers say that’s not surprising, considering the varying prevalence of each. >> Read more trending news  The research, which was published this month in the journal Addiction, found that combined tobacco and...
Sheriff: Suspect in Florida standoff, gunfire, found dead

Sheriff: Suspect in Florida standoff, gunfire, found dead

A man suspected of trading wild bursts of gunfire with officers during a long standoff in the Florida Panhandle was found dead Tuesday in a gasoline-soaked apartment after an armored vehicle approached, authorities said. "We were just blessed that we didn't lose multiple officers and citizens today," Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said at a news conference in Panama City, a small Gulf Coast...
Shooter dead in Panama City, Florida standoff, reports say 

Shooter dead in Panama City, Florida standoff, reports say 

A standoff in Panama City, Florida, ended Tuesday with the death of the alleged shooter. When police were able to get inside the apartment of Kevin Robert Holroyd, they found the suspected killer dead in a gas-soaked apartment, according to the News Herald. Authorities were searching for Holroyd, 49, in connection with a murder Tuesday morning in Santa Rosa Beach in Walton County, according to the...
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that...
Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle. The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a $100 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure's top viewing level with floor-to-ceiling glass. Seattle and King County benefited from $7.4 billion of spending by a record 40 million visitors...
Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus

Myanmar's army was not the only group that slaughtered civilians in the country's volatile west last year, Amnesty International said in a new report accusing ethnic Rohingya insurgents of massacring dozens of Hindus during an escalation of a long-running communal conflict in Rakhine state. The London-based rights organization said it had investigated the widely reported killing of dozens of minority...
Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

Congress moved Tuesday to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House voted 258-159 to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative win for President Donald Trump, who made gutting the landmark law a campaign promise. The Republican-led...

Officials: 9 anti-pollution protesters killed in south India

Police opened fire Tuesday on protesters demanding the closure of a south Indian copper plant, killing nine people, officials said. Dozens more people were reportedly injured. The violence came amid months of protests against the Sterlite copper smelting plant in the town of Tuticorin, which demonstrators say has polluted the area's groundwater and put local fisheries at risk. On Tuesday the demonstrations...
Trump appeals again to delay 'Apprentice' contestant's suit

Trump appeals again to delay 'Apprentice' contestant's suit

President Donald Trump wants New York's highest court to delay a defamation suit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing. Trump's lawyers filed notice late Monday that they're asking the state Court of Appeals to freeze Summer Zervos' suit while a lower appellate court considers Trump's request to dismiss it or postpone it until after his...
Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

Many cancer patients juggle care along with financial pain

Josephine Rizo survived chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, but breast cancer treatment wrecked her finances. Money was already tight when doctors told the Phoenix resident she had an aggressive form of the disease. Then she took a pay cut after going on disability leave, and eventually lost her job and insurance coverage. During treatment, Rizo got swamped with more than $50,000 in medical bills...
Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

Saudi Arabia is holding and interrogating at least 10 women's rights activists — seven women and three men — without any access to lawyers, according to people familiar with the arrests. The detentions are seen as a culmination of a steady crackdown on perceived critics of the government. People familiar with the arrests say the activists were allowed just one phone call to worried relatives...
Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million. Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital, Mbandaka, have received vaccinations amid expectations that some will be deployed to the rural epicenter of the epidemic. Front-line...
They spoke Spanish in a Montana store. Then a border agent asked for their IDs

They spoke Spanish in a Montana store. Then a border agent asked for their IDs

In the small town of Havre, Montana, the Town Pump Convenience Store is about the only shop open after midnight. It was about that time last Wednesday when a pair of friends, Ana Suda, who was out of eggs, and Mimi Hernandez, whose daughter needed milk, walked into the store.  Suda does not recall what they discussed while they browsed the store, but she knows they conversed in Spanish. That...
Who won 'American Idol' 2018? Winner revealed in season finale

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

Maddie Poppe took home the “American Idol” crown Monday night, beating out Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a Georgia country singer. Poppe, a 19-year-old Iowa singer-songwriter, was so overtaken by emotion that she couldn’t finish her original song, “Going Going Gone.” The rest of the top 10 plus Katy Perry joined her on stage. Hutchinson even sang a few lines himself...
The Latest: International court prosecutor won't be rushed

The Latest: International court prosecutor won't be rushed

The Latest on the Palestinians' complaint against Israel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (all times local): 6 p.m. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has signaled that she will not be rushed into making a decision on whether to launch an investigation into alleged crimes by Israel in the Palestinian territories. In a statement issued after the Palestinians...
Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary

Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester anniversary

Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans Tuesday as dignitaries, survivors, first responders and the people of Manchester gathered to mark the anniversary of the concert bombing that killed 22 people. The pop star told survivors and the families of victims that she was "thinking of you all today and every day." "I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and...
Palestinians ask ICC to investigate alleged crimes by Israel

Palestinians ask ICC to investigate alleged crimes by Israel

Accusing Israel of systematic crimes, including apartheid in the occupied territories, Palestinians on Tuesday urged the International Criminal Court to open an investigation that could ultimately lead to charges against Israeli leaders. Israel immediately slammed the Palestinian move as "legally invalid." The referral seeks an investigation into Israeli policies in the West Bank, east Jerusalem...
2 victims of cougar attack identified, friends grieving death of avid cyclist

2 victims of cougar attack identified, friends grieving death of avid cyclist

Members of Seattle's biking community are grieving the death of a 32-year-old man killed by a cougar as he and a friend biked near North Bend on Saturday. >> Read more trending news  Now, wildlife officials are trying to determine why the encounter with the cougar turned deadly. This is the first fatal cougar attack in the state in nearly 100 years. The cyclist who was killed has been identified...
Woman left brain damaged after cosmetic surgery just weeks before wedding

Woman left brain damaged after cosmetic surgery just weeks before wedding

With her wedding just two months away, Icilma Cornelius arrived at the office of Dr. Windell Boutte in metro Atlanta to prepare for her special day. >> Read more trending news  The 54-year-old bride-to-be came to the doctor’s full-service medical spa and cosmetic surgery center for Botox and another anti-wrinkle treatment. While there, the staff recommended cosmetic surgery...

Gates Foundation director to lead Pennsylvania universities

A director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was chosen Monday to be the new chancellor of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities, which have struggled with state aid cuts and to recruit students to its rural campuses. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education announced Daniel Greenstein will assume leadership of the system on Sept. 4. His salary will be $380,000. Greenstein, 57...
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that...
National Talk Like Yoda Day, It Is

National Talk Like Yoda Day, It Is

May the 21st be with you, yes?  Thirty-eight years ago, on May 21, 1980, the world was introduced to a little green Einstein-looking puppet with terrible grammar named Yoda.  Today, people are still naming their pugs and french bulldogs after him. Thanks to George Lucas, it is, hmmm? >> Read more trending news  National Talk Like Yoda Day celebrates the anniversary release of...
Man charged in 1987 double murder found using Golden State Killer genealogy technique

Man charged in 1987 double murder found using Golden State Killer genealogy technique

Investigators in Washington state last week made an arrest in a 31-year-old double homicide, tracking the suspect down using the same genealogy techniques used to capture the suspected Golden State Killer.  William Earl Talbott II, 55, of the Seattle-Tacoma area, was booked Thursday with one count of first-degree murder in the November 1987 death of Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, of British Columbia...

Border agent questions 2 women for speaking Spanish

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing an encounter between a Border Patrol agent and two women who were speaking Spanish at a gas station in northern Montana, the agency said Monday. Allegations have been made before of law-enforcement officers in Montana racially profiling people to find out their immigration status. The women, who are U.S. citizens, said the agent detained them...
No trench coats, backpacks allowed: Schools adjust rules after deadly Santa Fe school shooting

No trench coats, backpacks allowed: Schools adjust rules after deadly Santa Fe school shooting

Days after Friday’s deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School, school districts in the Houston area are re-evaluating their policies and are increasing security. Aldine Independent School District told KTRK medal detectors and ID scans will be used at single entry points at all of its schools. The district also has cameras at every campus and drills are held throughout the year...
Alabama man wants to cut lawns in all 50 states

Alabama man wants to cut lawns in all 50 states

Cutting lawns during the summer can be a chore, especially when temperatures and humidity rise. But an Alabama man not only enjoys cutting grass, he also wants to mow in all 50 states. “I’m on a journey called ‘50 States, 50 Lawns,’” Rodney Smith told WHAS. “(I’ll be) mowing a lawn in each state for someone who's elderly, disabled, a single parent mother...
Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry wed

Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry wed

Actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry got married Saturday in a highly anticipated, star-studded ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at England’s Windsor Castle.  Update 6:21 a.m. EDT Sunday: The British royal family took to Twitter late Saturday to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and thank their guests for attending their wedding. “Thank...
Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

Congo began an Ebola vaccination campaign Monday in a northwest provincial capital in a major effort to stem an outbreak that already has spread from rural towns into a city of more than 1 million people. The vaccination drive started a day after the health ministry announced that a nurse had died from Ebola in Bikoro. The rural northwestern town is where the outbreak announced in early May began...
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

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

Aww! Model, TV host and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram on Sunday to share a sweet photo and reveal the name of her newborn son. "Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens," Teigen wrote. "We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!" Meanwhile, Teigen's husband, singer...
Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his administration's temporary truce with China on trade, even as his Treasury secretary and China struck a note of caution on the latest agreement. After high-level talks in Washington last week, Beijing has agreed to "substantially reduce" America's trade deficit with China. "On China, Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time,"...
Veteran heartbroken after her therapy dog is mauled to death

Veteran heartbroken after her therapy dog is mauled to death

Years after fighting for our country in Iraq, Cherice Jackson found herself in another fight – this time for her best friend, her therapy dog Ms. Pooh.  Jackson said two pit bulls mauled Ms. Pooh to death and she couldn’t stop it.  “I spent probably 20, 30 minutes trying to wrestle her from him,” Jackson told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon. “It’s...
Woman arrested after bragging on police Facebook page about getting away with crime

Woman arrested after bragging on police Facebook page about getting away with crime

A 19-year-old woman who bragged on a police department’s Facebook page about getting away with a crime has been arrested.  Officers with the Moses Lake Police Department in Washington said the woman, identified as Kayla Irizzary, was contacted as a passenger during a traffic stop. She was released from the scene with no legal reason for officers to detain her, police said...
Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

At morgues and in church services, tearful Cubans on Sunday mourned loved ones who died in the country's worst air disaster in three decades. Island authorities said they have identified 20 bodies and recovered all human remains from the field next to Havana's international airport where a passenger jet crashed Friday, killing 110 people. Maidi Charchabal wept and held a photograph of her son Daniel...

UAE to loosen visa rules for investors and innovators

The United Arab Emirates, home to financial hubs Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is loosening its residency laws and will grant long-term visas for up to 10 years to investors and highly-skilled professionals. The 10-year residency visas will be granted to specialists in science, medicine and research, and to "exceptional students." The state-run WAM news agency says the plan aims to attract global...
LSU football legend, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dead at 80

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

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

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box. Archivists at historically black Alabama State University are cataloguing and flattening dozens of documents found at the Montgomery County Courthouse,...
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