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Counting calories isn't key to weight loss, study finds

It’s often considered common knowledge that in order to lose weight, you should start by reducing your calorie intake. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even advises individuals trying to lose weight to keep a calorie tracking journal. But new research finds losing weight is more about diet quality than calorie quantity. The findings, published this week in the academic journal ...
Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

Texas governor weighs parole board's advice on inmate's fate

The fate of a convicted Texas killer nearing execution was in Gov. Greg Abbott's hands Wednesday after the state parole board made the rare recommendation that the prisoner's life be spared. Thomas "Bart" Whitaker is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday for arranging the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003. Whitaker's father, Kent, also was...
Google’s new AI can look into your eyes and predict heart attack risk

Google’s new AI can look into your eyes and predict heart attack risk

Researchers from Google and sibling company Verily Life Sciences have developed a new algorithm using artificial intelligence to predict the risk of heart attack, stroke and other major cardiovascular events. How does it work? Through the eyes. » RELATED: Google launches 10,000-person study to predict how and when people get sick Scientists studied data from 284,335 patients and found...
Gibson pushes back against bankruptcy talk, hires new CFO

Gibson pushes back against bankruptcy talk, hires new CFO

Gibson is pushing back against reports of an impending bankruptcy and has hired a new chief financial officer, who starts with the company Monday. Officials with Gibson Brands, Inc., maker of the famed Les Paul and ES-335 electric guitars, released a statement saying the company has met all “current obligations to the bondholders, is in the process of arranging a new credit facility to replace...
Gun-shaped cellphone case mistaken for weapon at Florida high school, officials say

Gun-shaped cellphone case mistaken for weapon at Florida high school, officials say

A DeLand High School student caused a scare Tuesday when some students thought his cellphone case was a gun, school officials said. The 15-year-old boy's cellphone case was shaped like a gun, and a student thought it was a real weapon in the teen's back pocket, so the student reported it to a teacher, officials said. The school was placed on a 30-minute lockdown. The 15-year-old, whose name has not...
Florida sheriff details proposal to arm teachers, school employees

Florida sheriff details proposal to arm teachers, school employees

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood wants certain teachers to be secretly armed with concealed weapons.  “The day of waiting for Tallahassee or Washington, D.C., to protect our kids is not coming,” he said.  Chitwood provided more details on how this would work, saying it would be an extension of a program that’s been tested...
Palm Beach real estate baron wants custody of shaving mugs in divorce

Palm Beach real estate baron wants custody of shaving mugs in divorce

Forget the tony shops on Worth Avenue, the bars and restaurants in Delray Beach, the golf course in the Catskills or the office buildings and apartments in upstate New York. One of the most contested property in Burt and Lucille Handelsman’s estimated $550 million empire has nothing to do with expensive real estate. It’s the Palm Beach couple’s shaving mug collection. Valued at more...

Watchdog group: Countries move too slowly against corruption

Corruption continues to be a global problem and the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts to combat it, a watchdog group said Wednesday. Transparency International said its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index "reveals some disturbing information." "Despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts...
Jobs, training, free tickets: Casino woos minority community

Jobs, training, free tickets: Casino woos minority community

In a city where black residents have long felt excluded from the riches that Atlantic City's casinos generate, a new casino is making a massive effort to engage with the largely minority community in which it will operate. Not only will Hard Rock hire local residents to work at its music-themed casino resort on the Boardwalk. It also plans to train their children for careers in the industry, set aside...

UK Supreme Court: Police liable for failings in rapist case

Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police can be held liable for failing to bring serious criminals to justice — a judgment that could open U.K. forces to a wave of lawsuits from victims. The top court upheld a lower court's decision to award compensation to two victims of serial rapist John Worboys, who is believed to have attacked more than 100 women over many years. One of the women...
Paul Manafort, Rick Gates face new charges: report

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates face new charges: report

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and Rick Gates, who served as a campaign aide, are facing new charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against the pair, Politico reported Wednesday.
4 things to know about Billy Graham

4 things to know about Billy Graham

Evangelical leader Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday at 99.  Graham, the son of a North Carolina farmer, started preaching throughout the south and midwest. He was “born again” after hearing a preacher’s service in 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to CNN.  He attended Florida Bible Institute...
Celebrities, politicians react to Billy Graham’s death

Celebrities, politicians react to Billy Graham’s death

Celebrities and politicians are reacting to the news of the death of Rev. Bill Graham. >> Read more trending news  Known around the world, the evangelist preached to millions of people into his mid-90s. He died at his Montreat, North Carolina, home Wednesday at 99 years old. He had been battling cancer, pneumonia and a number of other health aliments. Graham was frequently seen among...
Speaking out: Students who survived shooting talk activism

Speaking out: Students who survived shooting talk activism

Many students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School have turned into outspoken gun control advocates. Some of them say their stance on gun rights has changed. Others believed if they stayed silent, nothing would change. About 100 of them traveled to the state capital to talk to Florida lawmakers on Wednesday about tougher gun restrictions. During their 400-mile trip to Tallahassee...
Billy Graham preached simple message, reached millions

Billy Graham preached simple message, reached millions

The Rev. Billy Graham was anxious about his 1954 appearance at the London School of Economics. The school was left-leaning and openly dismissive of religion, and Graham was insecure — he had no advanced theology degree. After he was introduced, something happened that could have derailed the already nervous evangelist. A student leapt into the room through a window and started scratching himself...
Billy Graham quotes: He made Christian principles accessible to millions

Billy Graham quotes: He made Christian principles accessible to millions

Evangelist Billy Graham died Wednesday at age 99 at his North Carolina home. Graham, who preached Christianity to millions around the world, was also a confidant of U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush. Here are some quotes from the man who became known as “America’s Pastor.”   The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren...
Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards. The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.  >> Read more trending news  Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for...
Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99

Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99

The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99. "America's Pastor," as he was dubbed, had suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments and died at his home in North Carolina. More than anyone else...
Evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

Evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99

Famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, who counseled several presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.
Congress waits to see what President Trump does on various gun control plans

Congress waits to see what President Trump does on various gun control plans

As several hundred high school students rallied at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to press for gun controls, there were more calls in the halls of Congress for action on gun violence, with both parties waiting to see what the President might do on guns, as the White House did not immediately reject some of the ideas, like age limits for people buying high-powered...
Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery

Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery

A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in the Japanese media. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody of his children by a Thai court on Tuesday, is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin. As a major shareholder, he earns millions of dollars a year in dividends. But in Japan, he...
The Latest: Protesters chant outside House as lawmakers meet

The Latest: Protesters chant outside House as lawmakers meet

The Latest on the deadly Florida school shooting (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Several hundred people have protested outside of the Florida House of Representatives while lawmakers were in session. The protesters were upset Wednesday that the Republican-controlled chamber refused to take up a measure a day earlier that would have banned assault rifles and large capacity magazines. The crowd burst into...
Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

The teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who a week ago lost 17 of their classmates and school staff members in a mass shooting, have emerged as passionate advocates for reform, speaking openly of their anger in the hope of forcing a reckoning on guns.  But in certain right-wing corners of the web — and, increasingly, from more mainstream voices like Rush...
State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power. The testimony by Shlomo Filber, a long-time Netanyahu aide, is the latest in a dizzying series of developments and scandals that have engulfed...
Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol

Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol

Thousands of chanting students, including survivors of the Florida school shooting, rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday, demanding changes to gun laws and threatening to remove Republicans who refuse to address new gun-control measures. A week after the massacre that killed 17 people, the students took their message into the gun-friendly halls of power in Tallahassee. The impassioned crowd burst...
Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires

Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires

Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Wednesday that emergency alerts in Riau and South Sumatra provinces on the island of Sumatra and West and Central Kalimantan on Borneo will make it easier to mobilize fire-fighting operations...
Atlanta airport offers nonstop flights to Kingdom of Wakanda

Atlanta airport offers nonstop flights to Kingdom of Wakanda

“Black Panther” fans rejoice: The world’s busiest airport is officially offering nonstop flights to the fictional Kingdom of Wakanda. Sort of. >> Read more trending news  Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shared a photo of a terminal showing a 7:30 p.m. departure time to the hidden city on Twitter Monday, following a holiday weekend that brought...
JROTC cadet who died saving fellow students posthumously admitted to West Point

JROTC cadet who died saving fellow students posthumously admitted to West Point

A 15-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School freshman who, dressed in his JROTC uniform, died while holding a door open so his fellow classmates could escape a gunman with an assault rifle, has been posthumously admitted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. One of Peter Wang’s life goals was to attend West Point. Though that dream died on Feb. 14 with Wang and 16 of his classmates...
Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

Hawaii's nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn't effective, said a report released Tuesday. The state Department of Defense, the agency that oversees Hawaii's emergency management, released the internal review after an alert was sent to cellphones...
Man falls off cliff, dies while trying to save his dog

Man falls off cliff, dies while trying to save his dog

A 67-year-old man died Monday after he fell from a 500-foot cliff in California while trying to help his dog, who was partway down the cliff, according to multiple reports. The man, who was not identified, had been hiking with his dog when it went over the edge of a cliff at Thornton State Beach, according to the California Highway Patrol. The dog became stranded partway down the cliff, KGO reported...
Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
AP Explains: Syria's starved, rebellious suburb under attack

AP Explains: Syria's starved, rebellious suburb under attack

The airstrikes came at a rate of one a minute, with horrible results: civilians fleeing collapsing buildings, children trapped under slabs of concrete, paramedics grimly rushing the bloodied victims away on stretchers. At least 100 people were killed in one day. The government's assault on the rebel-controlled suburbs east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, has been a long time coming. Monday's carnage...
Prosecutors: Missing Delray woman’s husband ‘intentionally’ sank boat

Prosecutors: Missing Delray woman’s husband ‘intentionally’ sank boat

Lewis Bennett murdered his wife, Isabella Hellmann, on the high seas in May, then deliberately sank his catamaran in an ultimately failed attempt to stage an accident, prosecutors allege in a federal complaint issued Tuesday, the same morning Bennett was sentenced in Miami on related coin-theft charges. The complaint, charging him with second-degree murder, never says how investigators believe...
The Latest: Stoneman Douglas students greeted in Tallahassee

The Latest: Stoneman Douglas students greeted in Tallahassee

The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 10:20 p.m. About 500 Leon High School students and parents waited for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to arrive and applauded as they got off the bus from Broward County. Stoneman Douglas senior Diego Pfeiffer was one of the students to address the crowd Tuesday night. He thanked his Tallahassee counterparts...
School shooting videos could scar kids _ or galvanize them

School shooting videos could scar kids _ or galvanize them

When two teenagers slaughtered 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado 19 years ago, young people across the country learned the news the old-fashioned way: largely on television and in newspapers. It took days, if not weeks, to process the information and discover the full, horrific story. When a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week, youngsters around...
Rhode Island marks 15 years since 100 killed in club fire

Rhode Island marks 15 years since 100 killed in club fire

Rhode Island is marking the 15th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam installed as soundproofing. The site of the fire is now a memorial park. On Tuesday, some survivors, victims' relatives, fire officials...
When is the Stoneman Douglas town hall meeting; what time, what channel?

When is the Stoneman Douglas town hall meeting; what time, what channel?

Stoneman Douglas High School students and parents will take part in a town hall meeting on Wednesday, a week after the school was the site of a mass shooting. The meeting will come following a rally Wednesday in Tallahassee where a group of the students hopes to pressure the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws. Some of the state&rsquo...
'Kill the NRA' written across billboard on Louisville interstate

'Kill the NRA' written across billboard on Louisville interstate

A vandalized billboard on a major interstate highway in Kentucky has become a focal point for both sides of the gun control debate in the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. A sign along I-65 in Louisville reads “Kill the NRA,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. On its official Facebook page, the NRA posted a photograph...
Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former President Barack Obama's health law. Individuals could buy so-called "short-term" policies for up to 12 months...
Hobby Lobby workers, shoppers frustrated over latest viral challenge

Hobby Lobby workers, shoppers frustrated over latest viral challenge

We’ve had the Tide Pod Challenge, the salt and ice challenge and the cinnamon challenge. It seems like every few weeks there’s a challenge teens are trying out just to become a viral sensation and get their 15 minutes of fame. The latest challenge, which unlike other viral challenges isn’t dangerous, it is posing a problem for workers at craft store chain, Hobby Lobby. Teens are...
All the curling stones used in every Olympics have come from the same small island

All the curling stones used in every Olympics have come from the same small island

Few people quite understand what exactly curling is, but every four years, people across the world suddenly find themselves invested in a sport that, at first glance, can be described as people pushing rocks across ice with brooms. For those who are using this year’s go-around to learn what they can about the sport, here’s a fun fact to tell at the next watch party: Olympic curling...
Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world's technological forefront. In its first hours on the market, the so-called petro racked in $735 million worth in purchases, Maduro said without providing details. The petro is backed by Venezuela's crude oil reserves, the largest...
Trump takes last place in 'presidential greatness' survey

Trump takes last place in 'presidential greatness' survey

President Donald Trump took last place in a new survey that aims to measure "presidential greatness." According to the results posted Monday by Boise State University, 170 political scientists participated in the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey. More than 57 percent of the respondents – current and recent members of the Presidents and Executive...
VIDEO: Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz appears to practice with BB gun

VIDEO: Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz appears to practice with BB gun

Months before authorities said he walked into a Florida high school and killed 17 people, Nikolas Cruz was reportedly filmed shooting what appears to be a BB gun in his backyard. According to CNN, the video appears to show Cruz, the 19-year-old police say was behind Wednesday's deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, pointing a BB gun outside his house....
Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

She believed her best chance to be heard was through sheer repetition, so Rachel Crooks took her seat at the dining table and prepared to tell the story again. She was used to difficult audiences, to skeptics and Internet trolls who flooded her Facebook page with threats, but this was a generous crowd: a dozen women, all friends of her aunt, gathered for a casual dinner party on a Friday night. The...
Latvian ECB official won't resign, rejects bribes report

Latvian ECB official won't resign, rejects bribes report

Latvia's official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking council rejected calls to resign Tuesday amid suspicions of bribery and an Associated Press report on allegations of extortion and connections to money laundering. Ilmars Rimsevics, who was detained Saturday and released on bail two days later without charge, was defiant, dismissing the allegations against him as a smear campaign by...
Japanese man given custody of 13 surrogate kids

Japanese man given custody of 13 surrogate kids

A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but leaving some basic questions unanswered. Mitsutoki Shigeta's case raised eyebrows in 2014 when police raided a Bangkok condominium and found nine babies and nine nannies...
Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

Iranian search-and-rescue teams on Tuesday offered the first images of the site of an airplane crash in southern Iran that killed 65 people, with officials hoping to reach the aircraft's "black boxes" to learn exactly what downed the flight. State television aired footage showing the plane crash site against the side of a snow-covered mountain near Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles)...
The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 11:30 p.m. A monitoring group says the death toll from government shelling and airstrikes outside Damascus has exceeded 100 people for the second straight day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 106 people have been killed under the government's ferocious bombardment of the capital's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta suburb region. It says the...
Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive that could spell catastrophe for the nearly 400,000 residents trapped under siege. Rescuers raced to reach survivors in the devastated Damascus suburbs known as eastern Ghouta as warplanes and helicopter gunships...
Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence

Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence

Chris Grady was a theater kid counting down the days until he reported for duty in the U.S. Army this summer when a gunman opened fire at his Florida school. As he huddled in his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday listening to shots nearby, what he felt wasn't fear, but anger. "Full-on anger," the thin, curly haired 19-year-old said. Grady's anger deepened the...
Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India

Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India

"Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper. The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who is in New Delhi to sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units in...
Florida survivors, lawmakers on collision course over guns

Florida survivors, lawmakers on collision course over guns

Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey Tuesday to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack. The legislative action further energized the teens as they prepared to confront legislators who have quashed...
Cerabino: Russia’s misinformation show features West Palm Beach star

Cerabino: Russia’s misinformation show features West Palm Beach star

If you’re the person who got paid to portray a jailed Hillary Clinton at a Donald Trump rally in West Palm Beach a few months before the election, please call me. I’d love to hear what you think of things now, 18 months later. You remember? Right? You were at City Place on Aug. 20, 2016, sitting in the back of a pickup truck that was decked out in chain link to make it look like a...
Trump in Palm Beach: President leaves after a little golf, a lot of tweets and visit with shooting victims 

Trump in Palm Beach: President leaves after a little golf, a lot of tweets and visit with shooting victims 

UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews at 6:14 p.m., according to White House pool reporters. The president, first lady and Barron Trump left the plane 9 minutes later. Trump didn’t answer a shouted question about gun control. The family then left  in the presidential motorcade. The motorcade arrived at the White House around 6:50 p.m. UPDATE 4:27 p.m.: Air Force One...
Florida governor, GOP lawmakers weigh options after mass shooting

Florida governor, GOP lawmakers weigh options after mass shooting

A second gun-related bill has been postponed in the Florida Senate in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school, as legislative leaders craft a multi-pronged response to the massacre and Gov. Rick Scott plans a series of workshops about school safety and ways to keep guns away from people struggling with mental illnesses. The scramble by lawmakers to react to the deaths...
Petition seeks military burial for Parkland JROTC cadet who died saving fellow students

Petition seeks military burial for Parkland JROTC cadet who died saving fellow students

Peter Wang died proudly wearing his gray JROTC uniform, holding open doors so several of his classmates could escape the gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.  Though those classmates made it, Peter did not. And now, a White House petition has been established seeking full military honors at the burial of the 15-year-old freshman who was among 17 people killed in the...
Retired Florida deputy fatally shot son-in-law, investigators say

Retired Florida deputy fatally shot son-in-law, investigators say

A retired Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed his son-in-law — the father of his two young grandsons — Sunday night in The Acreage, according to authorities. Carlton Nebergall Jr., 61, was arrested early Monday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Jacob Lodge, 36, who was in divorce proceedings with Nebergall’s daughter, court records...
Magically delicious: Unicorns added to Lucky Charms lineup

Magically delicious: Unicorns added to Lucky Charms lineup

Unicorns are now magically delicious as Lucky Charms has introduced the first permanent change to its product in 10 years. General Mills, the parent company for the cereal, announced in a news release that magical unicorn marshmallows will be a permanent part of the breakfast food. It replaces the hourglass marshmallow that was retired earlier this month. General Mills went on social media...
Olympic curling star's husband handles stress by double-fisting beers at 9 a.m.

Olympic curling star's husband handles stress by double-fisting beers at 9 a.m.

One doesn’t normally associate pressure with curling -- oh sure, placement, guarding and furious sweeping are crucial to a team’s success -- but the husband of Canadian women’s team skip Rachel Homan was experiencing plenty of anguish during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung, South Korea.  What better way to calm your nerves than to have a beer or two? Or, three or...
Dog found tied to tree with note attached to collar gets adopted

Dog found tied to tree with note attached to collar gets adopted

A dog left tied to a tree with a note around its neck has been adopted. Zeus was found tied to a tree with a note attached to his collar and a bag of food nearby. “I am a very good dog. My owner just can’t afford me anymore,” the handwritten note read, according to WTVR. “She tried to find me a home but nobody would take me.” The Prince George County...
APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming, the Michigan utility's president and CEO told The Associated Press. The utility plans to generate 40 percent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said in an interview ahead of the public announcement Monday....
British judge sentences prolific pedophile to 32 years

British judge sentences prolific pedophile to 32 years

A British judge sentenced a prolific pedophile to 32 years in prison Monday in what the U.K.'s national law enforcement agency described as a watershed moment for coming to grips with technology's ability to support and spread depravity. Geophysicist Matthew Falder admitted to 137 offenses, including blackmail, voyeurism and encouraging the rape of a child. Posing as a female artist looking to do...
Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief

Latvia starts criminal probe of its central bank chief

Latvia's anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation's central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him. The agency said Monday that no formal charges have so far been filed against Ilmars Rimsevics, who is also on the top policymaking council of the European Central Bank. On Friday, the agency raided...
65 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

65 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

A commercial aircraft carrying 65 people crashed in Iran on Sunday, killing everyone on board, an airline spokesman told state media.  >> Read more trending news 
Self-proclaimed white nationalist banned from Seattle gym

Self-proclaimed white nationalist banned from Seattle gym

A self-proclaimed white nationalist was banned from a Fremont gym after the owners learned he is a leader in the alt-right community. The owners of Northwest Fitness Project say Greg Johnson is longer welcome there. “The trainer terminated his contract and we banned him from the gym,” said Kyle Davis, a co-owner of the gym. It's a move that has some people wondering if it violates...
Several sinkholes open in Florida neighborhood, threaten homes

Several sinkholes open in Florida neighborhood, threaten homes

Several sinkholes opened in The Villages Thursday, threatening several homes, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.  Four homes have been evacuated. Officials said the largest of the three holes is 35 feet deep and 18 feet wide.  One of the sinkholes that opened up is outside Frank Newman’s home. He said he heard strange sounds and wasn’t sure what was going on...
Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander

Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander

Philippine police and army troops have arrested an Arab man they believe was a former commander of the Islamic State group along the Syria and Turkey border in a raid on a Manila apartment, where they found bomb-making materials and an IS-style flag, the national police chief said Monday. Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Fehmi Lassoued, who is reportedly from Egypt, and his Filipina companion...
Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands

Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands

A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees. The evolving status quo at the agency responsible for more than 780,000 square miles (2 million square kilometers) of public lands, mostly in...
WATCH: Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game baffles viewers

WATCH: Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game baffles viewers

Grammy award-winning recording artist Fergie was tasked with the pre-game national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. On paper, that sounds like a great choice, but many viewers thought it could have gone better. Critics pointed out that Fergie’s voice was oddly erratic during the anthem. One sequence even led Warriors forward Draymond Green to burst out in laughter...
What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will probably ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the polls to reduce the potential for confrontations or voter intimidation. But that could change. The Supreme Court...
Broward County Sheriff visits Parkland school shooting victim in hospital

Broward County Sheriff visits Parkland school shooting victim in hospital

The Broward County sheriff said he was honored to visit a young student who survived the Feb. 14 South Florida school shooting that's left a community reeling.  The Broward County Sheriff's Office published a photo of Sheriff Scott Israel holding the hand of Anthony Borges, 15, in his hospital room. "Fortunately, he is recovering -- but has a long road ahead with more surgeries...
Ohio sheriff: I will offer free conceal, carry class to teachers

Ohio sheriff: I will offer free conceal, carry class to teachers

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Sunday he will take steps to bolster local school safety by training those who work there. Jones posted to social media that his office will offer free conceal-and-carry classes to a limited number of teachers in Butler County. He also said training on how to react during school shootings would be provided. He said the details would be coming soon online at...
Attendance, signs go down as Gardens gun show faces ‘awkward’ timing

Attendance, signs go down as Gardens gun show faces ‘awkward’ timing

Attendance dropped as much as 90 percent at a gun show 52 miles and four days removed from Florida’s deadliest school shooting amid controversy over how prominent signs should be and whether the event should be held at all, the show’s promoter said Sunday. “It was very awkward timing,” said Kevin Neely of Brooklyn Firearms Co. “People are angry,” he said. &ldquo...
LeBron James on Parkland shooting: 'How is it possible that we can have minors buy a gun?'

LeBron James on Parkland shooting: 'How is it possible that we can have minors buy a gun?'

When asked about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in which 17 people were killed, former Miami Heat star LeBron James had one question: “How is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?” Nikolas Cruz, accused of the killings, is actually 19 and legally bought the AR-15 semiautomatic weapon that was used during the Feb. 14 incident. Still...
Remembering Harry Caray 20 years after his death

Remembering Harry Caray 20 years after his death

It’s hard to believe that the joyous voice of the Chicago Cubs was silenced 20 years ago today. Broadcaster Harry Caray, who was the play-by-play man for the Cubs from 1982 to 1997, died on Feb. 18, 1998, in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 83, although at the time of his death, he was believed to be 78. Caray had collapsed at his restaurant in Palm Springs four days earlier. Before joining...
Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

A job center opened Sunday in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of an EU-backed policy shift meant to improve the lives of the displaced in regional host countries and discourage them from migrating onward. Dozens of refugees crowded around long tables in a community center in the Azraq camp to register with potential employers for jobs in factories and on farms. "...
Trump in Palm Beach: Motorcade passes Stormy Daniels marquee en route to golf club

Trump in Palm Beach: Motorcade passes Stormy Daniels marquee en route to golf club

UPDATE 9:25 p.m.: The president has returned from his golf club in West Palm Beach to Mar-a-Lago. The president’s schedule for tomorrow, Presidents Day, is not known. UPDATE 7:28 p.m.: After being cooped up in Mar-a-Lago for two days, the president has decided to spend the evening at Trump International Golf Club, his private club in West Palm Beach. En route, the motorcade passed...
Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "This is not acceptable," he said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" The FBI...
Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Don Holmes knew the $10 scratch off ticket was a winner when he saw it.  Holmes got the Casino Riches ticket Wednesday as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Cynthia. "I thought it would just be $100 but it turned out to be $100,000," he said.  She didn’t believe she really won. "(The machine) went, 'Woo hoo!' And I'm like -- my hands started shaking...
School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

School shooting puts pressure on Florida lawmakers to act

The deadly shooting at a Florida high school has put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws in a state that has resisted restrictions on firearms for decades, lawmakers said Monday. The legislative effort coalesced as 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepared to ride buses more than 400 miles to the state capital...
You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

What’s your go-to snack? If it’s yogurt, you may be in luck because it may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new report.  Researchers from Boston University and Harvard University, recently conducted a trial, published in American Journal of Hypertension, to determine how high intake of the food could be associated with lower cardiovascular disease...
Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence plans to take the next year off from acting in order to devote time working with a group trying to limit the influence of money in politics.  Lawrence, 27, is a member of the board of Represent.Us, a group working to pass anti-corruption laws which limit the amount of money that can be used to influence politicians. "I'm going to take the next year off. I'm going to...
Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio visited the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Saturday, including the building where Nikolas Cruz carried out the attack that left 17 people dead. Rubio was briefed by Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. “It was important for me to be reminded that the school is just...
14-year-old Charlotte girl found 5 months after disappearance

14-year-old Charlotte girl found 5 months after disappearance

A 14-year-old Charlotte girl who disappeared five months ago was found in Georgia this week. Nakia Williams was last seen Sept. 7, 2017, after leaving her home on Wiegon Lane, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Georgia law enforcement officials were able to confirm Wednesday that she was seen in Emanuel County, Georgia, and that she was possibly staying in Toombs County, Georgia...
Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

On Wednesday morning, Alyssa Alhadeff was, in her mother’s description, “a talented soccer player, an incredible creative writer, and all she had to offer the world was love.” Nicholas Dworet was a hard-working swimmer with a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis. Carmen Schentrup was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. Wednesday afternoon, the teenagers were dead. They...
Girl, 8, crossing street for bus, dies after she was hit by car

Girl, 8, crossing street for bus, dies after she was hit by car

Charges are pending for a driver who hit and killed a girl while she was walking to the bus stop with her mother. The crash happened at Rays Road and Central Drive in DeKalb County. The mother, Dawt Chin Sung, was holding Tluang Tha Men, 8, in her arms when the car struck them. Friends and relatives said they're still in shock. “Everyone is praying for them,” a friend said, asking not...
Legendary climber Jim Bridwell dies at 73

Legendary climber Jim Bridwell dies at 73

Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park, has died. He was 73. Bridwell died Friday morning at a hospital. He had liver and kidney failure from hepatitis C that he may have contracted in the 1980s when he got a tattoo from a headhunting tribe in Borneo, his wife, Peggy Bridwell of Palm Desert, told...
Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

Two giant pandas on loan from China have been unveiled at a zoo in central Finland and they have frolicked, galloped, climbed trees and played in the snow after a month-long quarantine. Hua Bao, a 4-year-old male, and 3-year-old female Jin Baobao arrived in Finland on Jan. 18 and were immediately renamed Pyry ("Snowfall") and Lumi ("Snow") in Finnish. The Ahtari Zoo, 330 kilometers...
7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage. A national emergency committee that convened after Friday's quake adjourned in the afternoon after reporting 200 homes had been damaged, primarily in the southern state...
More than $1.1 million raised in one day for victims, families

More than $1.1 million raised in one day for victims, families

11 p.m. update: The online fundraising campaign to raise money for the victims and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is more than halfway to its goal after raising $1.1 million through late Friday night.  The Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund page on GoFundMe.com has received contributions from more than 18,000 people in just one day.  The Broward...
Shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week's shooting began speaking out about gun violence. It seemed as if the teens had stepped straight from the bullet-scarred school into the nation's gun debate. Rather than retreating back into their private lives, the young people who saw classmates slain at the desks next to them are fast becoming advocates...
FBI didn't investigate tip about Nikolas Cruz before deadly school shooting

FBI didn't investigate tip about Nikolas Cruz before deadly school shooting

At least 17 people were killed in a high school shooting Wednesday afternoon in Parkland, Florida and more than a dozen others were injured, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. The lone gunman, identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, was a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was taken into custody without incident after the attack, Israel said.
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