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Multiple students arrested after brawl at Indianapolis high school

Thirteen students were arrested after a brawl Thursday at an Indianapolis high school, the Indianapolis Star reported. >> Read more trending news  The fight, witnessed by more than 100 students, occurred at Arsenal Tech High School, WXIN reported. Authorities said no weapons were involved during the fight, which began inside the school’s cafeteria and spilled out into the...
Men charged in warehouse fire deaths to appear in court

Men charged in warehouse fire deaths to appear in court

The grieving families of 36 people killed in a Northern California 2016 warehouse fire who helped scuttle a plea bargain may now see their demand for a jury trial granted. After hearing two days of emotional testimony last week, Judge James Cramer said he couldn't accept a plea bargain agreed to between the Alameda County district attorney's office and lawyers for Derick Almena and Max Harris, each...
Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. In his most detailed comments on the Taliban's assault on the eastern city of Ghazni since it began Aug. 10, Mattis said the Taliban had six objectives in and around the city and...
Synthetic marijuana, aka K2, linked to nearly 100 overdoses within 48 hours

Synthetic marijuana, aka K2, linked to nearly 100 overdoses within 48 hours

Nearly 100 people have overdosed on drugs within the last 48 hours in New Haven, Connecticut, the city’s police chief told WTNH. >> Read more trending news  There were 76 reported overdoses on Wednesday and at least 19 more on Thursday, authorities said. On Wednesday, first responders were treating to up to six overdoses at one time, CBS reported. While toxicology reports are pending...
AP NewsBreak: No plea deals in Oakland warehouse fire case

AP NewsBreak: No plea deals in Oakland warehouse fire case

A Northern California district attorney has reversed course and says she will no longer consider plea deals to resolve the only criminal case filed in connection to a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley informed the judge presiding over the case that she now wants the...
Woman caught in flood called 911, family: I'm going to drown

Woman caught in flood called 911, family: I'm going to drown

When her camper began filling with water from the pre-dawn flash flooding inundating a Finger Lakes campground where she was staying, Rene Halligan had just enough time to call 911 and then her daughter and boyfriend, telling them she didn't think she'd survive. But she did, despite being trapped inside her camper and then being swept away by a torrent of debris-filled water that deposited her into...
Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Senate Democrats said Thursday they will file a federal lawsuit next month if government agencies deny their requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's days as an aide to President George W. Bush. The threat represents Democrats' latest attempt to focus the public — and perhaps more importantly, senators — on potential game-changers they hope are hidden in millions...
FDA approves first generic EpiPen competitor

FDA approves first generic EpiPen competitor

A generic version of the life-saving allergy drug EpiPen was approved Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration.  >> Read more trending news  The new drug, from Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, can now automatically be substituted at the pharmacy counter for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. prescriptions, The Washington Post reported.  This comes during back-to-school season, one of...
US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was arrested in California on Wednesday and will be extradited to Iraq under a treaty with that nation, U.S. officials said. He...
Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke, who was enveloped in seconds as he tried to evacuate residents on July 26. Three videos released...
Aretha Franklin used her voice to ‘deliver music for social justice’

Aretha Franklin used her voice to ‘deliver music for social justice’

February 16, 1968 was the middle of a stunning 18-month period when Aretha Franklin would score four Top 5 albums and nine Top 10 singles.  She was returning home for a concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit, where Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh had declared the date “Aretha Franklin Day.”  It was also when Martin Luther King Jr. made a surprise appearance. He came on stage before a crowd of...
Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace:’ One of her least-known albums

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace:’ One of her least-known albums

There is a good chance that as you read this, you can’t name an Aretha Franklin album.  Sure, you know the hits — “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady,” “Spanish Harlem” and so many more — that carried her from 1967 through the late 1970s, when she dramatically assumed the throne as the Queen of Soul.  >> Read...
Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that five of them were shot down in the last three days near the Hemeimeem air base. The base in the...
Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

Federal officials are investigating Ohio State University's response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will examine whether Ohio State has responded "promptly and equitably" to students' complaints, including claims that school...
High school principal puts in laundry room to curb bullying

High school principal puts in laundry room to curb bullying

Could clean clothes be the key to stopping bullying? In one high school in New Jersey, the answer is yes. Akbar Cook, the principal at West Side High School, said that he just wanted to make sure that kids don’t miss school because of being bullied and that some were being picked on because of dirty clothes, WABC reported. Some students couldn’t afford to keep their school uniforms...
India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

India's Vajpayee, who set off nuke race and peace, has died

Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process, died Thursday after a long illness. He was 93. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where Vajpayee had been hospitalized for more than two months with a kidney infection and chest congestion,...
Report: Man with NC ties confesses to killing wife, 2 daughters in Colorado

Report: Man with NC ties confesses to killing wife, 2 daughters in Colorado

Update 1:01 p.m. EDT August 16: Officials said they have found the body of Shanann Watts and said they believe that they know where the bodies of the couple’s children are located, The Associated Press reported. Chris Watts, Shannan Watts’ husband and father of the children, has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and three of tampering with evidence. Original...
UK police given more time to quiz Parliament crash suspect

UK police given more time to quiz Parliament crash suspect

British police have been given more time to question the suspect in a car crash outside Parliament that injured three people. Salih Khater, a British citizen originally from Sudan, was arrested Tuesday after striking cyclists, then plowing his car into a security barrier. He is being held on suspicion of terrorism and attempted murder, but has not been charged. A magistrate has given police until...
Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites in Kabul

Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites in Kabul

As Afghanistan's Shiites mourned their dead and held funeral services Thursday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the horrific suicide bombing in Kabul that targeted a Shiite neighborhood the previous day, killing 34 students. Grieving families gathered to bury their dead but even amid the somber atmosphere there was no respite from violence, underscoring the near-daily, persistent...
'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called it the "weaponization of faith." Some of the examples cited in the report, released Tuesday, of how over...
Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof of citizenship requirements and a full-throated endorsement from President Donald Trump. But Democrat Laura Kelly, a longtime...
Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

A couple whose flattened trailer tire accidentally started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after Rachel Pilli made a Facebook post offering to forward compassionate messages to the couple, the Record Searchlight in Redding...
Officer's 4-year-old granddaughter killed in car accident

Officer's 4-year-old granddaughter killed in car accident

The 4-year-old granddaughter of a Paulding County Sheriff’s Office detention officer was killed Tuesday in a car accident, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Alora Rose Sell was involved in a crash on Georgia 101 south, which is in the Union community, the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post Wednesday on the agency’s Facebook page. On a GoFundMe...
Police investigate $98,000 ramen noodles heist 

Police investigate $98,000 ramen noodles heist 

Fayette County officials have confirmed reports regarding a $98,000 ramen noodle heist. >> Read more trending news  The incident occurred about three weeks ago, Lt. Allen Stevens, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  While some outlets are reporting the investigation involves a string of robberies, including multiple car break-ins...
Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday. Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, claimed that Colorado officials are on a...
Thyroid medications being recalled due to issue with ingredient, FDA says

Thyroid medications being recalled due to issue with ingredient, FDA says

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall for a pair of medications meant to treat hypothyroidism. The levothyroxine and liothyronine tablets, manufactured by Westminster Pharmaceuticals LLC, were sold wholesale in 100-count bottles. They used active ingredients sourced before the FDA issued an import alert about Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., officials said. The...
Parkland students start school year with tightened security

Parkland students start school year with tightened security

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. But some say they still won't feel protected despite $6.5 million in security enhancements, including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance. All the students wore lanyards...
Fisherman’s bucket challenge to help clean environment

Fisherman’s bucket challenge to help clean environment

A fisherman in Louisiana has come up with a new bucket challenge. But it isn’t like the normal viral challenges that make people do some sort of physical feat to get the social media spotlight.  This one was designed to make an environmental impact.  Leonard Bergeron started the 5 gallon bucket challenge, asking people who are spending a day outdoors to take a 5 gallon bucket with...
Teacher battling cancer runs out of sick days, coworkers donate the rest

Teacher battling cancer runs out of sick days, coworkers donate the rest

A Florida teacher has a battle ahead of him. Robert Goodman was diagnosed with colon cancer. He has had to go through surgery and chemotherapy. The treatments used up all of Goodman’s sick days, and he thought he would need at least 20 more to complete his chemotherapy. The Palm Beach Gardens Community High School history teacher reached out on Facebook, asking for help.  >> Read...
Father admits to punching man who tried to get into daughter’s public bathroom stall, police say

Father admits to punching man who tried to get into daughter’s public bathroom stall, police say

A Phoenix father is behind bars after he said he punched a man who had tried to get into the bathroom stall his daughter was using.  The man eventually died of his injuries and now Melvin Harris III is facing murder charges. It all began on Aug. 2 when Harris went to a QuikTrip convenience store to pick up his daughter and friends. A man asked him for money in the parking lot, and after getting...

Danes to fence German border to stop boars with swine fever

Denmark is to erect a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars, in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which can jeopardize the country's valuable pork industry. Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it had approved the outline for the steel fence, which will be up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall. Construction is slated to start...
UK police seek motive of Sudan-born Parliament car crasher

UK police seek motive of Sudan-born Parliament car crasher

Detectives searched several properties as they built up a profile Wednesday of a Sudan-born man who crashed a car outside Britain's Parliament in what police are treating as an act of terrorism. Police are trying to determine what was in the mind of 29-year-old Salih Khater when he plowed a car into cyclists and pedestrians, injuring three, before smashing into a security barrier. Khater, a British...
The Latest: UNICEF: Kabul attack on children 'deplorable'

The Latest: UNICEF: Kabul attack on children 'deplorable'

The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the U.N. children's agency says children continue to be hardest hit in the growing violence across Afghanistan and is calling the latest attack on a Shiite class in Kabul which killed or critically wounded dozens of children "deplorable." UNICEF executive director, Henrietta Fore, said after Wednesday's attack...
Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. The bombing, blamed on the Islamic State group, was the latest assault on Afghanistan's Shiite community, which has increasingly been targeted...
Wisconsin Senate, governor's races feature Trump backers

Wisconsin Senate, governor's races feature Trump backers

Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to defeat Wisconsin's top education official to win a third term, while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces a longtime state legislator as she tries to keep the seat under Democratic control. Both Republicans are closely tied to President Donald Trump, who tweeted enthusiastic support for Walker and Senate nominee Leah Vukmir, in a state that Trump barely won in 2016...
Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the youngster's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him. An estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly...
Wisconsin state Sen. Vukmir to take on US Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin state Sen. Vukmir to take on US Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Leah Vukmir, a Wisconsin state senator and close ally to Gov. Scott Walker, defeated a former Marine who cast himself as a political outsider to win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Vukmir, who beat political newcomer Kevin Nicholson despite being outspent by as much as $8 million, advances to face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Republicans nationally have targeted Baldwin and outside...
Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest states in America has triggered an extraordinary move by one branch of government to essentially fire another. The West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday...
Mattis says Taliban's tactics endanger Afghan civilians

Mattis says Taliban's tactics endanger Afghan civilians

The Taliban's use of civilian homes in the city of Ghazni as fighting positions is forcing Afghan government forces to move slowly in expelling the insurgents in order to limit civilian casualties, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis told reporters during a visit to Brazil and Argentina that the fighting in Ghazni was continuing, five days after the Taliban overwhelmed defenses...
Mom killed shielding children from car on 1st day of school

Mom killed shielding children from car on 1st day of school

The first day of class at a Texas elementary school quickly went from a day of excitement to one of tragedy Monday as a mother was killed shielding several children from a car in the school’s parking lot.  Kharisma Ashlee James, 33, died at the scene at Mary N. Tippin Elementary School, in El Paso. Three students were also injured, including two of the James’ children, school officials...
Teacher donates kidney to student

Teacher donates kidney to student

A Paulding County teacher is giving the gift of life to one of his students. Kaden Koebcke, 12, has needed a new kidney for most of his life. Tuesday, Kaden underwent a transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The donor is William Wilkinson – Kaden’s 6th grade technology teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Powder Springs.  >> Read more trending...
Firefighters dig trapped tortoise out from hole

Firefighters dig trapped tortoise out from hole

A group of California firefighters are heroes to a slow-moving victim that found itself in a precarious position.  Bentley, a 25-year-old sulcata tortoise, had become trapped in a hole in Kern County, California, KABC reported.  His owner called for help when Bentley couldn’t emerge from the ground. That’s when firefighters from the Rosamond and Mojave station jumped into...
LAPD investigates man slapping hippo at L.A. Zoo

LAPD investigates man slapping hippo at L.A. Zoo

Police in Los Angeles are investigating a wild incident at the Los Angeles Zoo.  Video came to light of a man who climbed over a railing at the zoo and then is seen slapping a hippopotamus on its rear end. Zoo officials said that they learned about the video when it appeared on social media. They in turn told police about the incident and posted a no trespassing sign on the exhibit, ...
Man wades into bears’ feeding area for selfie, could face criminal charges

Man wades into bears’ feeding area for selfie, could face criminal charges

A river selfie with some bears has landed a man in hot water in Alaska. Anchorage Daily News reported that a man waded into a stream in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve to get a photo with some brown bears that were fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls. The section of the park was closed to tourists, the National Park Service said in a statement. The encounter happened last week, ...
The Latest: Italy authorities raise bridge death toll to 26

The Latest: Italy authorities raise bridge death toll to 26

The Latest on the collapse of a bridge in Italy (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Italian authorities from the region of Liguria have raised to 26 the number of dead in the collapse of a highway bridge in the port city of Genoa. The region's updated the death toll late Tuesday on its Twitter feed, saying two more bodies had been extracted and one person had died in surgery. That brings to 15 the number...
The Latest: Afghan aid group offers to help Ghazni's wounded

The Latest: Afghan aid group offers to help Ghazni's wounded

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan after a surge in Taliban attacks (all times local): 2:50 p.m. An Afghan aid group is offering to help with the wounded in the eastern city of Ghazni where critical battles are underway between government forces and the Taliban and where the local hospitals have been overwhelmed with casualties. At least 120 Afghan forces and civilians have been killed, along...
Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

The Taliban overran a remote base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern city of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush them out of the city's outskirts, officials said. The Taliban claimed that dozens of forces at the northern base, known as camp Chinaya, had surrendered while others were captured. At least 19 soldiers...
Gates testimony dredges up Trump inaugural spending mystery

Gates testimony dredges up Trump inaugural spending mystery

Donald Trump's inaugural committee pushed back hard last summer on questions about whether the unprecedented $107 million budget for the event was fraught with cost overruns and misspending. A top inauguration official assured The Associated Press that spending had been restrained and monitored. In court last week, that same official — Rick Gates — acknowledged that he personally may have...
Assaults by Taliban raise questions about US plan for peace

Assaults by Taliban raise questions about US plan for peace

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban...
Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children

Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children

Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday. The "real number" of abused children might be in the thousands since...

NYC subway riders beat conductor in attack caught on video

Police are looking for two irate New York City subway riders who punched a conductor in the face after he announced a train was going express. It happened shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the Grant Avenue station in Brooklyn. The transit workers' union, TWU Local 100, says the conductor announced that his A train would be making express stops, and then a man approached the conductor's booth window...

Reports of election site hacking rankle Florida officials

Child's play or a signs of a serious security problem in one of the nation's swing states? That's the question confronting Florida election officials who are pushing back against reports that an 11-year-old hacked a replica of the state's election website. Multiple media outlets over the weekend reported that children at a hacking conference in Las Vegas were able to easily hack into a version of...
Why Georgia couple kept welcoming children with special needs

Why Georgia couple kept welcoming children with special needs

Lexie is relaxing in her mama’s lap when a nurse arrives and leads them to the second floor of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and eventually to Room 16. It is just 7:30 a.m., one hour since Amy Delaney made the nearly two-hour drive from her home in Calhoun to Children’s, a place so familiar she could navigate its corridors blindfolded if she had to. Lexie, too. Taken together...
Kevin Hart surprises 18 students with HBCU scholarships

Kevin Hart surprises 18 students with HBCU scholarships

Kevin Hart surprised 18 students with a scholarship aimed at supporting historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, and the students who attend them. The honor is part of a $600,000 scholarship program from the United Negro College Fund launched in partnership with Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and the Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, public charter schools. The scholarship...
Cerabino: Trump’s talk of a Space Force is a launching of merchandise

Cerabino: Trump’s talk of a Space Force is a launching of merchandise

News item: The Trump administration ramped up its call for a sixth branch of the military, called Space Force, to protect America from attacks launched from outer space. *** Space Force merchandise! Now, it makes sense. This is the zero-gravity version of Trump University. “President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE — a ground breaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier...
Live salmon released for ailing orca but she doesn't eat

Live salmon released for ailing orca but she doesn't eat

Researchers carrying out unprecedented efforts to save an ailing young killer whale in the U.S. Northwest released live salmon into waters in front of the free-swimming orca but didn't see her take any of the fish. The operation that dropped eight salmon from a boat Sunday is part of an extraordinary response effort to save the 3 ½-year-old critically endangered whale called J50, who is malnourished...
Charge added against California serial killing suspect

Charge added against California serial killing suspect

Prosecutors added another murder charge Monday against a California serial killing suspect, boosting the number of victims to 13 in the Golden State Killer case. Former police officer Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was charged with first-degree murder in the 1975 killing of community college teacher Claude Snelling, who was shot while stopping the kidnapping of his 16-year-old daughter in Visalia, Tulare County...
Taliban offensive exposes fragile US hopes for Afghan peace

Taliban offensive exposes fragile US hopes for Afghan peace

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban...
Officers evacuate dozens of animals as California wildfire closes in on SPCA shelter

Officers evacuate dozens of animals as California wildfire closes in on SPCA shelter

Humans aren’t the only ones being forced to evacuate their homes as wildfires blaze through parts of California. Bodycam footage shows police officers in Solano County helping SPCA personnel evacuate dozens of pets on Aug. 10. Vacaville police officers and first responders were called to the shelter as the Nelson Fire surrounded the SPCA of Solano County. On Facebook, the organization wrote...
Shooter charged with manslaughter in Florida ‘stand your ground’ case

Shooter charged with manslaughter in Florida ‘stand your ground’ case

The shooter in a July “stand your ground” case in Florida was charged with manslaughter on Monday by the state attorney, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Michael Drejka, 47, who is white, shot Markeis McGlockton, 28, who is black, after an argument July 19 over a handicap parking space in front of a Clearwater convenience store.  McGlockton came outside of the...
Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

Three years after Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish capital punishment, the state is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state's Republican governor. Gov. Pete Ricketts, a wealthy former businessman, helped finance a ballot drive to reinstate capital punishment after lawmakers overrode his veto in 2015. His administration...
Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts

Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts

The spring of teacher uprisings has given way to summer, but these are anything but lazy days for educators continuing the fight through their own election campaigns. Hundreds of teachers are running for office in November elections, campaigning primarily on promises to address public education spending cuts and meager pay hikes that provoked walkouts in states including Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky...
Trump's Harley boycott call roils Wisconsin primary

Trump's Harley boycott call roils Wisconsin primary

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson both came out Monday against boycotting Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, the day after President Donald Trump said it would be "great" if there was a boycott. Trump's Sunday tweet forced Walker and other Republicans to take a position on the sticky political issue involving an iconic Wisconsin company just ahead...
North Carolina mother warning after mosquito bite sends 6-year-old son to ICU

North Carolina mother warning after mosquito bite sends 6-year-old son to ICU

A 6-year-old North Carolina boy is in the intensive care unit after getting infected with a rare mosquito-borne illness. >> Read more trending news  "His lips were blue, his eyes were fixed," said Noah Surrett’s mother, LoriAnne. "This is something that no parent should have to go through -- just over a mosquito bite." Noah was diagnosed with La Crosse...
Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles

Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles

Hundreds of people have fled four days of fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over the key provincial capital of Ghazni that has killed about 120 security forces and civilians, the defense minister and witnesses said Monday. Nearly 200 insurgents, many of them foreigners, have been killed, the government said. Between the civilians have left the city and those too fearful to venture...
The Latest: Scores killed fighting Taliban in Afghan city

The Latest: Scores killed fighting Taliban in Afghan city

The Latest on the fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in the city of Ghazni (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Afghanistan's defense minister says the ongoing battle with the Taliban in the eastern city of Ghazni has killed about 100 policemen and soldiers, as well as at least 20 civilians. Gen. Tareq Shah Bahrami gave the toll at a press conference on Monday, the fourth day of fighting...
Perseid meteor shower 2018: 13 stunning photos of nature's light show

Perseid meteor shower 2018: 13 stunning photos of nature's light show

The Perseid meteor shower, which occurs every August due to debris left behind from Comet Swift-Tuttle, peaked this weekend, offering stunning light displays in the night sky. According to Space.com, the shower peaked overnight Aug. 11-12 and again Aug. 12-13. >> Read more trending news  Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites...
Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests

Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests

Thousands of people wanting to send a message that racism is unwelcome in the United States gathered in a park outside the White House to protest a white nationalist rally on the anniversary of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the end, fewer than two dozen white nationalists showed up. The events in Washington and others in Charlottesville, largely peaceful though tense at times...
Sea-Tac stolen plane crash: Data recorder, human remains found

Sea-Tac stolen plane crash: Data recorder, human remains found

Officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said an airline employee stole a plane Friday and died after crashing on an island in Puget Sound, according to multiple news sources. >> Read more trending news  According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Richard Russell, the “suicidal” 29-year-old airline employee died when he crashed an unoccupied Horizon Air Bombardier...
7-year-old boy set on fire by other child, mother says

7-year-old boy set on fire by other child, mother says

A 7-year-old boy was hospitalized after another boy poured nail polish remover on him then lit him on fire, the victim’s mother said. >> Read more trending news  Julien Sandlin is likely going to need skin grafts because of the Aug. 6 incident, his mother Ashley Lyons told WDAF. “It’s a very painful process for him,” Lyons told the Kansas City Star. &ldquo...
The Latest: 1 arrest made in DC in Charlottesville protests

The Latest: 1 arrest made in DC in Charlottesville protests

The Latest on events marking the anniversary of violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The police chief in Washington, D.C., says only one person was arrested after a chaotic day of protests and counterprotests centered around a white nationalist rally in front of the White House. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser hailed the police department's performance...

China expels German student who researched rights lawyers

A German man has learned the hard way that practicing journalism in China, even for a class project, could lead to serious trouble. David Missal, 24, was pursuing a master's degree in journalism and communication at prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. He landed in Duesseldorf on Sunday after Chinese immigration authorities told him his student visa was canceled and he had a week to leave China...
Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend

Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats running for state attorney general. The allegation first surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in...
Cooler weather helps crews fight Southern California fire

Cooler weather helps crews fight Southern California fire

Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California's Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire was 41 percent contained Sunday afternoon after burning across 35.5 square miles (92 kilometers) of dry timber and brush, said Lynne Tolmachoff of the California Department of Forestry...
2 people rescued after being trapped on bungee ride in Branson 

2 people rescued after being trapped on bungee ride in Branson 

Two people were rescued after being trapped 100 feet in the air on a bungee ride Saturday night in Branson, Missouri, KYTV reported. >> Read more trending news  Branson firefighters climbed the ride’s towers to free the occupants at Branson Frontier Adventures, the television station reported. No one was injured, KYTV reported.  The incident comes after 17 people...
Find an eagle feather? US law says don't take it. Cuomo did

Find an eagle feather? US law says don't take it. Cuomo did

At an event in the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recounted a treasured memory of the time his family retrieved an eagle feather from Saranac Lake and kept it after one of the beautiful birds swooped near his canoe. In telling the story , the New York Democrat was unknowingly confessing a crime. A federal law prohibits non-Native Americans from possessing bald eagle parts, including feathers...
Against all odds: Democrats pour money into longshot races

Against all odds: Democrats pour money into longshot races

Thara Narasimhan, who hosts an Hindu radio program in Houston, has already given $1,200 to a Democrat running against Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who once drove around his solidly conservative Texas district with a "NEVER HILLARY" bumper sticker on his pickup. Her plans to donate even more bewilder friends. "It's not the question of why I have to support a failing candidate,"...
Who was Richard Russell? 7 things to know 

Who was Richard Russell? 7 things to know 

Family members of the man who stole an empty Horizon Air plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport late Friday and then died when he crashed the plane on a remote island said they were “stunned and heartbroken” and “devastated by the events.” >> Read more trending news  Richard Russell was “a faithful husband, loving son and good friend,” a friend...
Vigil, marches mark anniversary of deadly far-right protest

Vigil, marches mark anniversary of deadly far-right protest

A year after a deadly gathering of far-right extremists in Charlottesville, less than two dozen white nationalists marched Sunday across from the White House, their numbers dwarfed by thousands of counterprotesters, while the mother of a woman killed at last summer's protest said the country continues to face unhealed racial wounds. The events, largely peaceful though tense at times in Charlottesville...
Florida men pretending to work for water company distract, steal from 95-year-old woman, police say

Florida men pretending to work for water company distract, steal from 95-year-old woman, police say

Investigators from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office are looking for two men who posed as water company employees as they distracted and stole from a 95-year-old woman. >> Read more trending news  The woman called deputies Thursday afternoon to report that a man came to her Lake Mary home, claiming to work for an unnamed water company. The man told the woman he needed to do work...
Don’t put your feet on hot car dashboards, experts say

Don’t put your feet on hot car dashboards, experts say

It may be comfortable to prop your feet up on the dashboard of a the car during a long road trip, but officials are warning riders of potential consequences that could befall a front-seat passenger whose feet aren’t on the floor of a vehicle. A new study from Arizona State University finds that you can cook an egg on a car dashboard, after about an hour in 100-degree temperature, ABC Chicago...
Growing Spokane, Washington, sheds its sleepy city image

Growing Spokane, Washington, sheds its sleepy city image

Ramsey and Amy Pruchnic lived in the Seattle area for five years before deciding they wanted to escape the Puget Sound rat race and move closer to family on the opposite side of the state. Now they own their own businesses and live in a 1928 farmhouse on 10 rural acres they bought just south of Spokane, near the Idaho border, where they are raising three children and 18 chickens. "The honeymoon...
Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war

Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war

Add this to the challenges facing California wildfire victims: Tariffs. The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing their houses to natural disasters, such as the wildfires scorching parts of California. The Trump administration's tariffs have raised...
Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war

Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war

Add this to the challenges facing California wildfire victims: Tariffs. The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing their houses to natural disasters, such as the wildfires scorching parts of California. The Trump administration's tariffs have raised...
Religion must obey Chinese law, paper says of mosque protest

Religion must obey Chinese law, paper says of mosque protest

A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party said Saturday that no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a massive mosque in the northwest. The Global Times said that local officials in the town of Weizhou in Ningxia, a region that's home to many ethnic minority Hui Muslims, must act against what it described...
Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills cat

Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills cat

A mountain lion wandered into a Colorado home for more than an hour Thursday, killing a cat before police and wildlife officials were able to scare it away, The Daily Camera of Boulder reported. >> Read more trending news  Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said homeowners returned to their Boulder residence at 10:40 p.m. when they found the animal roaming inside the building...
Police: Michigan mother arrested after intoxicated teens found at house party

Police: Michigan mother arrested after intoxicated teens found at house party

A mother in Michigan was arrested after police said she hosted a house party in July for her teen son and his friends in which alcohol and marijuana were being used. Nichole Lynn Thomson, 37, was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disorderly conduct, WXYZ reported. >> Read more trending news  Police responded July 21 to Thomson's house in Wyandotte after...
McDonald’s salad cyclosporiasis outbreak: Over 400 people reported sick 

McDonald’s salad cyclosporiasis outbreak: Over 400 people reported sick 

Update 5:46 p.m. EDT Aug. 10: As of Aug. 9, 436 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclospora infection were reported after consumption of salads from McDonald's restaurants, according to information released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Original report: More than 100 additional cases of cyclospora infection have been reported by federal health officials Thursday...
5-foot iguana on the loose in Milwaukee neighborhood

5-foot iguana on the loose in Milwaukee neighborhood

A man’s iguana jumped out of a second story window and ran away more than a month ago, running loose throughout a Milwaukee neighborhood.  >> Read more trending news  Zach Hauser moved from California to Wisconsin with Nail, which he has had for nine years, WDJT reported. The 25-pound iguana was in its cage above “The Turning Page” comic book store when it escaped...
2018 Teen Choice Awards: What time, channel, who is nominated?

2018 Teen Choice Awards: What time, channel, who is nominated?

The 2018 Teen Choice Awards are in August, and the fan-voted award show celebrates music, movies, TV fashion and the internet. With some new categories this year, the show promises to bring together the biggest stars to receive the iconic Surfboard Award in Los Angeles. >> Read more trending news  Fans were able to vote for final nominees through Twitter and the Teen Choice Awards...
Florida Gov. wants proof from Sen. Nelson over hacking claim

Florida Gov. wants proof from Sen. Nelson over hacking claim

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, calling the allegations sensational, demanded on Friday that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson provide proof to back up his statement that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems ahead of this year's crucial election. Scott, a Republican, is running against Nelson, a Democrat, in November's midterm elections. During a campaign stop in Tampa, Scott said...
The Latest: Official says sanctions lack 'state seriousness'

The Latest: Official says sanctions lack 'state seriousness'

The Latest on Turkey's financial turmoil (all times local): 9:20 p.m. A Turkish official says U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to double tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports, which he announced on Twitter, lacked "state seriousness." Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy also said on Friday that imposing sanctions on a NATO ally wouldn't help Washington achieve its goals and...
FDA allows marketing for phone app used to prevent pregnancy

FDA allows marketing for phone app used to prevent pregnancy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow marketing for the first phone app that can be used to prevent pregnancy. In a Friday news release, the FDA said the app, called Natural Cycles, has an algorithm that determines the days of the month when a woman will likely get pregnant based on menstrual cycle information and daily body temperature -- a contraception method called fertility awareness...
What happened at Charlottesville: Looking back on the anniversary of the deadly rally

What happened at Charlottesville: Looking back on the anniversary of the deadly rally

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of a bloody clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters that left three dead and dozens wounded, the governor of Virginia this week declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlottesville. Gov. Ralph Northam said he wanted to get out ahead of any potential trouble in the city, where violence broke out Aug. 12 last year as supporters of Unite the...
Texas woman gets requests for makeup tips after mugshot goes viral

Texas woman gets requests for makeup tips after mugshot goes viral

A former Texas A&M University student who was arrested for marijuana possession has turned into an internet sensation after her mugshot went viral. Marshala Perkins, 19, said she “was bored” the night of her Feb. 6 arrest and did a makeup tutorial on Facebook Live before going out to a party, the Star-Telegraph reported. >> Read more trending news  Her mugshot...
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