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911 call released in high school football player's death: ‘I just shot my friend’

Police have released the heartbreaking 911 call a Charlotte teenager made after authorities said he shot and killed his friend, WSOC reports.  “I just, I just shot my friend,” Jermarion Worthy can be heard telling the dispatcher. “Somebody just shot through the house.” “Is anyone injured?” the dispatcher asked. “He's shot in the head. Someone...
Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas

Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas

The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that people in Kansas, just like everywhere else in this country, just like families in the Bronx, just want a fair shake," Alexandria...
New blood test could detect skin cancer early, study finds

New blood test could detect skin cancer early, study finds

Researchers in Australia have developed a blood test that could potentially detect melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, in its early stages. >> Read more trending news  Scientists at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Australia, recruited a total of 245 study participants who were either healthy or diagnosed by routine pathological exams of their respective tumors. Researchers...
Authorities: Close to $100K found after deadly bus crash

Authorities: Close to $100K found after deadly bus crash

Authorities investigating a deadly commercial passenger bus crash along a New Mexico highway said Friday that one of the passengers was carrying a backpack filled with almost $100,000 in cash. Sandoval County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Elder confirmed during a news conference that the money was discovered after the passenger was transported to an Albuquerque hospital, where numerous other people and their...
McDonald’s pulls salads from 3,000 locations after cyclosporiasis outbreak expands to more states

McDonald’s pulls salads from 3,000 locations after cyclosporiasis outbreak expands to more states

More states have reported an outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses that have likely come from salads at McDonald’s. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with state and local officials to investigate the outbreak. >> Read more trending news  According to the CDC, 163 people in 10 states have gotten...
Disney: ′Star Wars Clone Wars′ will be back, announcement made at San Diego Comic Con

Disney: ′Star Wars Clone Wars′ will be back, announcement made at San Diego Comic Con

One of the first big announcements coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2018 is that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will be back for a new season.  Dave Filoni made the announcement Thursday during a 10th anniversary celebration of the animated series that filled in the gap between “Star Wars” episodes II and IV.  There will be 12 new episodes that will be released on Disney&rsquo...
Soaring temperatures, humidity bring dangerous heat in South

Soaring temperatures, humidity bring dangerous heat in South

Scorching heat was spreading Friday across much of the South, where temperatures are expected to soar over 100 degrees (37.8 Celsius) and persist into next week. The National Weather Service posted heat advisories and warnings from the New Mexico-Texas border eastward to parts of Alabama. Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, west Tennessee and parts of Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky were...
GOP leaders to bring Republican National Convention to Charlotte

GOP leaders to bring Republican National Convention to Charlotte

The Republican Party will host its 2020 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Republican National Convention Site Selection Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously in a closed session to select the Queen City to host the convention. The 168-member RNC delegation made it official with a vote Friday. In a candid question-and-answer segment organized by Charlotte City...
Ohio State: 100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

Ohio State: 100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

More than 100 former students have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by the now-dead Ohio State University team physician at the center of an ongoing investigation, the university said on Friday. Over 200 former students and university employees have been confidentially interviewed by independent investigators reviewing allegations against Richard Strauss involving male athletes from...
Nerve agent victim released from UK hospital after poisoning

Nerve agent victim released from UK hospital after poisoning

Nerve agent victim Charlie Rowley has been released from the hospital after three weeks of treatment since being poisoned, U.K. officials said Friday. Lorna Wilkinson, the director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said Rowley, 45, had been discharged after making substantial progress in recent days. "Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine,"...
Republicans pick Charlotte to host 2020 convention

Republicans pick Charlotte to host 2020 convention

As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an undercurrent of concern about the potential for violence runs through the Democratic-leaning city. The GOP's national committee selected North Carolina's largest city over Las Vegas as hundreds of party activists gathered in Austin, Texas, for the committee's summer meeting. "The city...
Video shows Georgia waitress tackle customer after he appears to grope her

Video shows Georgia waitress tackle customer after he appears to grope her

A man was arrested on charges of sexual battery after video appeared to show him grope a waitress working at a Savannah, Georgia, pizzeria, but not before the waitress dragged him to the ground after he groped her on the behind. >> Read more trending news  Savannah Now reported surveillance video at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s shows customer Ryan Cherwinski, 31, walk past the waitress and...
Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after yearslong tension

Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after yearslong tension

The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend ties, frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum. In a two-day visit to Sudan, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with President Omar al-Bashir as well as other Sudanese officials. They...
NYC releases documents connected to Central Park 5 case

NYC releases documents connected to Central Park 5 case

A lawyer for five men wrongly convicted in the vicious 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger said Friday that the release of investigative records leaves them "reliving the horror" of their experiences. "The stigma that they were these horrible animals engaged in wilding has followed them through their life," said Jonathan Moore, one of several attorneys who secured a $41 million...
Army pilot surprises dog after return from six-month deployment

Army pilot surprises dog after return from six-month deployment

A six-month separation because of deployment has come to an end with a slobbery surprise. Zach Vohaska was deployed to Afghanistan, WFLD reported. During his tour of duty, he had to leave Buddy behind.  When he got home, he decided he needed to surprise his four-footed friend, so he hid under a pile of blankets on the family couch, Fox News reported.  Buddy realized that he knew that smell...
Poland's parliament OKs tighter grip on judicial branch

Poland's parliament OKs tighter grip on judicial branch

Poland's parliament voted Friday to approve legislation that will make it easier for the ruling party to appoint the president and members of the Supreme Court and influence judges. It was the latest development in the right-wing ruling party's overhaul of the justice system that has sparked outrage from the opposition and from international law experts. European Union leaders say the changes threaten...
Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas

The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that people in Kansas, just like everywhere else in this country, just like families in the Bronx, just want a fair shake," Alexandria...
Kin say Scout leader who drowned saving boy loved children

Kin say Scout leader who drowned saving boy loved children

A 22-year-old Boy Scout leader who drowned saving a struggling young boy during a practice exercise in a Utah pond was a lifelong Scout himself who loved helping kids learn the wilderness skills he treasured, his family said Thursday. Younger children had always looked up to Wesley Robert Kratzer, who had blonde hair, a wide smile and dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur. "He was very...

Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis

The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain here for years. Somalia was first designated for the special status in 1991, following the collapse of the authoritarian Siad Barre regime, and the designation had...
Mom gets 40 years for murder of 2-year-old son who wet bed, gave her ‘sideways look’

Mom gets 40 years for murder of 2-year-old son who wet bed, gave her ‘sideways look’

A South Dakota woman was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in federal prison for the brutal 2016 beating death of her 2-year-old son, which occurred less than two months after she regained custody of the boy.  Katrina Pauline Shangreaux, 30, who is also known as Katrina White Whirlwind, pleaded guilty March 20 to second-degree murder in the death of Kylen Shangreaux. The boy died of blunt force trauma...
The Latest: Trump: US needs 'people with training' for jobs

The Latest: Trump: US needs 'people with training' for jobs

The Latest on President Donald Trump's job training initiative (all times local): 3:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says nearly two dozen companies and trade organizations are signing his pledge to provide job training and apprenticeship programs as a way to boost the U.S. economy. Trump said Thursday at an event at the White House that the pledge will help train about 3.8 million students and workers...
New York City steam pipe explosion injures 5, sends massive plume over Manhattan

New York City steam pipe explosion injures 5, sends massive plume over Manhattan

A steam pipe explosion in Manhattan’s Flatiron District sent massive plumes into the sky Thursday morning over New York City. Update 3:05 p.m. EDT July 19: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said tests have confirmed that an 86-year-old steam pipe that exploded in Manhattan early Thursday was lined with asbestos. The explosion, reported just before 6:40 a.m. near the intersection of 21st...
Traffic surge on Amazon Prime Day buckles servers, leads to hours of glitches

Traffic surge on Amazon Prime Day buckles servers, leads to hours of glitches

Amazon failed to secure enough servers capable of handling the traffic surge on Prime Day, one of the tech giant’s biggest shopping days of the year, causing a series of glitches that temporarily affected some customers. >> Read more trending news  The information comes from CNBC, which obtained internal Amazon documents on the problem. Amazon also had to add servers manually...
Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally and respond more quickly to public health emergencies such as the lead-in-the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In a 74-page report released Thursday, the EPA's inspector general report pointed to "oversight lapses" at the federal, state and local levels...
Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used. "These rules will be very protective," said U.S. Interior...

Police still pursuing fight death after dozens of interviews

Police in Maine say they've interviewed more than 100 people about a park brawl that led to a man's death. Thirty-eight-year-old Donald Giusti died from injuries suffered in the June 12 fight in Lewiston. Police say Thursday they've been reviewing surveillance photos and evidence from the scene, in addition to interviewing dozens of people. Police say they're also still reviewing the circumstances...
Fatal SUV crash driver among 5 charged in smuggling scheme

Fatal SUV crash driver among 5 charged in smuggling scheme

A 20-year-old man indicted in an alleged immigrant smuggling scheme was under federal supervision when he led authorities in Texas on a high-speed chase and crashed an SUV, killing five of the 14 people inside, according to court records. Federal prosecutors said the driver, Jorge Luis Monsivais Jr., and four others were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Del Rio, Texas, for their roles...
Woman accused of hitting 16-year-old sister with car, assaulting officers

Woman accused of hitting 16-year-old sister with car, assaulting officers

A 16-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle driven by her sister Wednesday night in Pittsburgh’s Fineview neighborhood, authorities said. The girl jumped on the hood of the moving vehicle, fell off and was hit shortly after 10 p.m. on Belleau Drive, according to investigators. Police said the teenager was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She was later upgraded to serious condition....
Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide. British Columbia-based Tilray Inc.'s shares began trading Thursday on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Initially priced at $17, the stock quickly jumped, closing for the day at $22.55 -...
Police officer chases murder suspects through Las Vegas, shoots through windshield during pursuit

Police officer chases murder suspects through Las Vegas, shoots through windshield during pursuit

It looks like something out of a movie, but it was real life when a police officer in Las Vegas was involved in a high-speed chase and had to open fire on the escaping vehicle. The incident happened July 11 after a traffic stop. Police officers had tried to pull some men in an SUV over while they investigated a murder, KVVU reported.  The men fired on police as they drove through the streets...
AP-NORC Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

AP-NORC Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

Would you want to know if you harbor a gene linked to Alzheimer's or another incurable disease? A new poll finds most Americans would. Some 17 percent of Americans already have undergone at least one kind of DNA test, and 52 percent of the remainder say they'd like to, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Thursday. Curiosity about ancestry...
NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

An aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, spewing a geyser of white vapor 10 stories high and forcing an evacuation of 49 buildings, but city officials said there was no major public health threat. Five people, including three civilians, suffered minor injuries from the 6:40 a.m. blast on 21st Street, and officials warned people...
Billy Joel fans get big surprise at 100th Madison Square Garden show: Bruce Springsteen

Billy Joel fans get big surprise at 100th Madison Square Garden show: Bruce Springsteen

The Piano Man meets The Boss.  As Billy Joel celebrated his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, he announced to concertgoers that he was going to have a guest sing a duet with him and that the guest was a winner of a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, WNBC reported. Bruce Springsteen then came onto the stage to the screams of “BRUCE!” He sang “Tenth Avenue...
Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

Stunning images of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that's squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. Big Island businesses are calling for a lava viewing site, but authorities say they're finding it difficult to set one up while keeping people...
Top Democrats shy away from using word 'treason' with Trump

Top Democrats shy away from using word 'treason' with Trump

Democrats are happy to say President Donald Trump undermined American democracy. That he patted Vladimir Putin on the back for interfering in U.S. elections. That he's being blackmailed by Russia. But that he committed treason? That's too far for some leading Democrats worried about sending the wrong message during an election year. "The bottom line is, different people will characterize it differently...
EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

European regulators' latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers — that is, if cellphone manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening. The European Commission on Wednesday fined Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google's search...
After Helsinki, Dems struggle over Trump, the term 'treason'

After Helsinki, Dems struggle over Trump, the term 'treason'

Democrats are happy to say President Donald Trump undermined American democracy. That he patted Vladimir Putin on the back for interfering in U.S. elections. That he's being blackmailed by Russia. But that he committed treason? That's too far for some leading Democrats worried about sending the wrong message during an election year. "The bottom line is, different people will characterize it differently...
Back to school 2018: Here is where teachers can get discounts on supplies

Back to school 2018: Here is where teachers can get discounts on supplies

They could be the three words that parents most love to hear: back to school. >> Read more trending news For many, August will see children heading back to classrooms for the start of a new school year.  For teachers, it means getting a classroom stocked and ready as their students return. It can also mean a hit to a teacher’s wallet. A growing list of retailers are offering teachers...
Wife of former Trump adviser defends husband on Capitol Hill

Wife of former Trump adviser defends husband on Capitol Hill

The wife of former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos defended her husband Wednesday in an interview with Democrats on the House intelligence committee and said she hopes he receives a pardon. Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos said she traveled to Washington for the interview — even paying her own way — because she wanted to be transparent. George Papadopoulos, who served as...

New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday. Baltimore is now the biggest U.S. city and the first on the East Coast to pass this kind of measure, said Shawn McIntosh, director of the Maryland chapter of the Sugar Free Kids advocacy group. Seven California cities and Lafayette...
US House hopeful for Alaska seat has never been to the state

US House hopeful for Alaska seat has never been to the state

Carol Hafner is on the Democratic primary ballot for an Alaska U.S. House seat. She doesn't live in Alaska. In fact, she's never been to the state. Hafner, who listed New Jersey and South Dakota addresses in her candidate filing, says she's serious about running, though she doesn't plan to campaign in person. Democratic officials are questioning her authenticity and political affiliation. Under the...
Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits

Tesla Model 3 buyers lose patience and maybe tax credits

In March of 2016, Keith Reynolds flew from California to Atlanta so he could claim his spot in line at 4 a.m., and get a three-hour head start on his West Coast competitors. Tesla was taking $1,000 deposits for its new electric car, the Model 3, priced starting at $35,000. And Reynolds had to have one. He managed to land near the top of the waiting list. Flash forward more than two years, through...
EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google's practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers. While Google can easily afford the fine, the ruling could undermine the company's...
Teacher in awe as strangers on plane donate $530 to her low-income students

Teacher in awe as strangers on plane donate $530 to her low-income students

A Chicago charter school teacher's heartwarming story of how strangers on a plane donated hundreds of dollars to her low-income students is going viral. According to WMAQ, Kimber Bermudez, who teaches at Carlos Fuentes Elementary School, was on a Southwest Airlines flight to Florida last week when the passenger next to her sparked up a conversation about her job. After learning that Bermudez is a...
Trump No. 1 in buying political ads on Facebook

Trump No. 1 in buying political ads on Facebook

It’s official: President Donald Trump is the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook.  Trump and his political action committee spent $274,000 on ads on the social network since early May, outpacing the second-biggest spender, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood spent just over $188,000 on...
Nonprofit helping pay off mortgage on slain police officer's family home

Nonprofit helping pay off mortgage on slain police officer's family home

A nonprofit organization has announced a major donation to help pay off the mortgage on a slain Massachusetts police officer's family home. Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was shot and killed Sunday in the line of duty.  The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is providing the first $100,000 toward the mortgage and is challenging others to support the family through...
Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. The aerial bombardment of the town of Nawa came after talks to cede the town failed on Tuesday, triggering the heavy bombardment. Separately...
Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

A retired professor testified Tuesday he found evidence that billions of particles of plutonium had escaped from a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and settled on land that is now a wildlife refuge, raising concerns about whether the site is safe for the public. But an attorney for the federal government countered that the study was done in the mid-1970s, and that the Environmental Protection...
Study says eating fat is the only cause of weight gain

Study says eating fat is the only cause of weight gain

Many studies have shown that carbohydrates, sugar and fat are the causes of weight gain. However, a new report reveals that fat is the only culprit.  >> Read more trending news   Researchers from the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently conducted a study, published in the Cell Metabolism journal, to explore the impacts of macronutrients...
DNA test solves 1988 cold case rape, murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley, suspect arrested

DNA test solves 1988 cold case rape, murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley, suspect arrested

After 30 years of random notes and taunting from the killer, Indiana authorities finally caught a break in the killing of an 8-year-old girl and made an arrest based on DNA evidence similar to how investigators caught the Golden State Killer, according to news reports. >> Read more trending news  Suspect John D. Miller, 59, was arrested Sunday at his home in Grabill, Indiana,...

Cuomo outraises Nixon, but questions about donors linger

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easily outpacing Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon in campaign contributions but can't shake questions about some donors. Cuomo raised more than $6 million in the first half of 2018 and now has $31 million in his re-election account, according to campaign finance reports released late Monday. Nixon, the former "Sex and the City" actor and longtime...
US Army reverses course on discharging 1 immigrant recruit

US Army reverses course on discharging 1 immigrant recruit

The U.S. Army has reversed its decision to discharge an immigrant reservist who sued when he was booted from the military last month after enlisting with a promised path to citizenship, according to court filings and his attorney. Brazilian immigrant Lucas Calixto filed a lawsuit against the Army in late June, saying the Defense Department hadn't given him a chance to defend himself or appeal when...
Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

Smoke clogs Yosemite Valley as firefighters battle blaze

Hot and dry weather on Tuesday hindered efforts to slow the growth of a forest fire near Yosemite National Park that killed a California firefighter last weekend, leading some tourists to cut short their visits although all park trails remained open. The blaze roaring through dry brush and timber between the town of Mariposa and Yosemite National Park has scorched more than 19 square miles (49 square...
Allura recalls 64,000 pairs of children’s pajamas due to flammability concerns

Allura recalls 64,000 pairs of children’s pajamas due to flammability concerns

Allura has recalled about 64,000 pairs of children’s pajamas over fears they could catch fire, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Two styles are included in the recall. The pajamas were sold at America’s Kids, Boscov’s, Kids For Less and other stores nationwide.  >> Read more trending news  The pajamas were also sold online at Amazon.com, CookiesKids...
Afghan officials: IS bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

Afghan officials: IS bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province, a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban-run jail, officials said. In southern Kandahar province, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Arghistan district late on Monday night, killing nine policemen and wounding seven, according...
Boy shot in head with BB gun speaks, eats for first time since incident

Boy shot in head with BB gun speaks, eats for first time since incident

A Florida boy has uttered his first words since suffering brain damage from a BB gun shot to the head. Elijah Hill, 12, continues to improve each day. “A week and a half ago, my baby was fighting for his life. Just look at him now,” said Ashantae Hill. Monday, the 12-year-old ate on his own for the first time since he was shot by another child July 2 in a Brunswick neighborhood. >...
Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Update 8:08 a.m. EDT July 17: The British royal family has released an additional photo from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” Kensington Palace tweeted Monday. Matt Porteous, who took the photo,...

The Latest: Afghan official says Taliban kill 9 in Kandahar

The Latest on developments (all times local): 5:15 p.m. An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints in southern Kandahar province, killing nine police. Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar, says Tuesday that seven other police were wounded late Monday in the attack in Arghistan district. Zia Durrani, provincial police spokesmen, says 25 Taliban...
UK's May faces down revolt over Brexit trade bill

UK's May faces down revolt over Brexit trade bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced down more rebellion Tuesday over her plans for the country's exit from the European Union, as lawmakers narrowly rejected a measure that could have kept Britain in a customs union with the 28-nation bloc. This time, it was pro-EU lawmakers from both May's Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party who tried to derail the prime minister's plans for post-Brexit...
‘Very much counter to the plan’: Trump defies advisers in embrace of Putin

‘Very much counter to the plan’: Trump defies advisers in embrace of Putin

Administration officials had hoped that maybe, just maybe, Monday's summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin would end differently — without a freewheeling 46-minute news conference in which Trump attacked his own FBI on foreign soil and warmly praised archrival Russia.  Ahead of the meeting, staffers provided Trump with some 100 pages of briefing materials aimed...
Bartender's heartwarming act of kindness for homeless man goes viral

Bartender's heartwarming act of kindness for homeless man goes viral

A Tennessee bartender's generous act has gone viral. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  According to a Facebook post by Dawn Wilt, an unidentified homeless man recently walked into Huey's, a popular Memphis restaurant, with only $2. >> Read more trending news  He asked the bartender what he could get with such a small amount of money...
By a 1-vote margin, city leaders OK bid for GOP convention

By a 1-vote margin, city leaders OK bid for GOP convention

A divided North Carolina city council narrowly approved a bid Monday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, a decision that followed nearly two hours of comments pro and con from local residents and council members. After a public discussion period with more than 100 speakers and nearly one hour of debate among themselves, the Charlotte City Council voted 6-5 in favor of hosting the event...
Elon Musk's social media conduct may be bad for his business

Elon Musk's social media conduct may be bad for his business

Whether it's investors betting against his stock or reporters or analysts who ask tough questions, Elon Musk has fought back, often around the clock on Twitter. In the past few months, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has become a bigger, more snarling presence on social media. But when Musk called a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile in front of 22.2 million Twitter followers...

California man gets home detention in Maxine Waters threat

A Los Angeles man who threatened to kill Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in a profanity-laced voicemail has been sentenced to six months of home detention. Anthony Scott Lloyd also was sentenced Monday to three years' probation and 100 hours of community service. The 45-year-old Lloyd pleaded guilty in April to threatening a U.S. official. Last October, Lloyd left a voicemail at Waters' office telling...
Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23

An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii's Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. They were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean from the long-erupting Kilauea volcano that has been vigorously shooting lava from a new vent in the ground for the past two months...
Woman vows to sue nephew over $1.2 million lottery prize

Woman vows to sue nephew over $1.2 million lottery prize

A lottery jackpot check presentation turned into a family feud when the woman who put her nephew’s name on the winning ticket refused to split the prize and vowed to sue for the remaining portion.  Barbara Reddick gave her nephew Tyrone MacInnes $100 to buy tickets for Chase the Ace, a lottery with a jackpot that had reached $1.2 million, and told him to put his name on the ticket as well...
Fire turns Yosemite National Park smoky, hurts businesses

Fire turns Yosemite National Park smoky, hurts businesses

A deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park shrouded the popular destination in smoke and left some tourist-dependent businesses hurting Monday, but visitors still braved trails, campgrounds, lodges and restaurants in the California park, officials said. Amenities were open and visitors posted photos on social media as they hiked in smoky conditions, but the growing flames shut down a key route...
‘Come on grandpa,' deputy jokes as he escorts tortoise strolling on Marion County road

‘Come on grandpa,' deputy jokes as he escorts tortoise strolling on Marion County road

A Florida deputy gave a unique escort over the weekend when he spotted a creature walking down a road. A tortoise was taking a stroll down a road when Marion County Deputy Bryan Bowman drove up to it. >> Read more trending news  Bowman said he was concerned that other drivers wouldn't stop for the tortoise, so, he turned around, flipped on his lights and slowed traffic to keep the little...
Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to deportations of immigrant families reunited after being separated at the border, as the Trump administration races to meet a July 26 deadline for putting more than 2,500 children back in their parents' arms. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw imposed a delay of at least a week after a request from the American Civil Liberties Union, which cited "...
Gulf War veteran killed by hit-and-run driver; police seek suspect

Gulf War veteran killed by hit-and-run driver; police seek suspect

A family is pleading for answers after a car struck and killed a Gulf War Navy veteran who was walking against traffic in Washington state. >> Read more trending news Michael Keaton, 61, was on his daily walk in Port Orchard early Saturday morning when he was struck and killed by someone driving a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, police said. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said it is looking for Ali...
Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua

Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua

Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. The family and friends of 20-year-old university student Gerald Vasquez, one of two students killed Saturday when pro-government groups attacked the National Autonomous University...
Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Here’s what is on sale

Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Here’s what is on sale

Amazon’s annual summer sale, Prime Day, is here and online shoppers are getting ready for the Black Friday in July-like sales. Prime Day starts at noon PT (3 p.m. ET) on Monday and runs through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday, 2:59 a.m. ET). Amazon has promised more than a million items will be going on sale Monday and Tuesday. Prime Day began four years ago and has grown more popular...
Mom says daughter became locked in washing machine as water filled appliance

Mom says daughter became locked in washing machine as water filled appliance

A mom in Colorado is issuing a warning to families with children and front-loading washing machines.  Lindsey McIver posted what happened to Facebook last week. Her story has since gone viral. She said that her family had to buy a new washing machine after their old one broke down. They installed it, telling their children not to touch it. But the next morning the couple was awakened by...
Target competes with Amazon with own prime day promotions

Target competes with Amazon with own prime day promotions

We’re hours from the beginning of  Amazon’s Prime Day -- the day (and now half) that bargain shoppers will scour the online retailer for one or more of its million deals worldwide.  But Amazon isn’t alone in the discount day.   Target has announced its version of the shopper’s online paradise called “red-hot summer savings.”  Some...
Man succeeds in campaign to bring ‘Trump baby balloon’ to U.S.

Man succeeds in campaign to bring ‘Trump baby balloon’ to U.S.

A man who started a crowd source funding account to bring a balloon ridiculing President Donald Trump to the United States hopes to fly it near the president’s New Jersey golf club.  The “Fund To Bring Baby Trump To America” raised more than $5,800 as of Sunday evening, more than its $4,500 goal, since it was started Friday by Didier Jimenez-Castro, who wants to fly it at the ...
Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

Amazon's website ran into some early snags Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created. Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links after the 3 p.m. ET launch in the U.S. got only images of dogs — some quite abashed-looking — with the words, "Uh-oh. Something went wrong on our end." People took to social media to...
AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter groups

Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed...
Russia probe looms over Trump-Putin summit meeting

Russia probe looms over Trump-Putin summit meeting

As President Donald Trump flew to Helsinki, Finland for his Monday meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Democrats in Congress demanded that Mr. Trump scrap the summit, pointing to last week’s federal indictments of a dozen Russian Intelligence officers as part of the sweeping investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election. “Donald...
World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was disrupted briefly Sunday when four people dressed in old-fashioned police uniforms ran onto the pitch, The Independent reported. >> Read more trending news The Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the suspension of play at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which occurred during the 52nd minute of Sunday&rsquo...
Eritrean, Ethiopian leaders call new peace example to Africa

Eritrean, Ethiopian leaders call new peace example to Africa

Official rivals just weeks ago, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced warmly to the roar of a crowd of thousands Sunday at a concert celebrating the end of a long state of war. A visibly moved Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, clasping his hands over his heart, addressed the crowd in Ethiopia's official language, Amharic, on his first visit to the country in 22 years. "Hate, discrimination...
Pompeo: US, N. Korea hold 'productive' talks on war remains

Pompeo: US, N. Korea hold 'productive' talks on war remains

U.S. and North Korean officials held "productive" talks Sunday to discuss the return of U.S. service members' remains missing since the Korean War, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Pompeo, who was not part of the talks, said in a statement that working level meetings between U.S. and North Korean officials would begin on Monday "to coordinate the next steps, including the transfer...
US trade, immigration and biofuel policies hit farmers hard

US trade, immigration and biofuel policies hit farmers hard

Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years. The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump's other policies on immigration and biofuels, though...
'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust. Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned $44.1 million from North American theaters. As the first in the franchise to open in the summer, it's just slightly under the...
Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon men’s final

Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon men’s final

Novak Djokovic, showing few effects from his marathon semifinal victory 24 hours earlier, won his fourth Wimbledon men’s singles title Sunday, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) at The All-England  Lawn Tennis Club. >> Read more trending news  It was also the 13th career Grand Slam victory for Djokovic, 31, and the first for the Serb since the 2016 French Open. Anderson...
John Cynn claims World Series of Poker title, wins $8.8M

John Cynn claims World Series of Poker title, wins $8.8M

The 2018 World Series of Poker champion is an Indiana resident and professional player who barely missed the cut for the final table two years ago. John Cynn won the series' marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event Sunday in Las Vegas, surrounded by a cheering crowd that included his dad. He eliminated Tony Miles on the 442th hand of the final table, after playing 199 hands just against each other...
The Latest: Spain reports 479 migrants rescued over weekend

The Latest: Spain reports 479 migrants rescued over weekend

The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says at least 479 people, including more than 100 children, were rescued over the weekend while attempting to cross a narrow stretch of the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.   The service said 330 migrants were rescued on Saturday, most of them in the Strait of Gibraltar area and some further...
In solidarity, Germany to take in 50 migrants rescued in Med

In solidarity, Germany to take in 50 migrants rescued in Med

Germany says it will take 50 of the 450 migrants rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean Sea that's been at the center of a squabble between Italy and Malta. In a statement Sunday, the German government said "with a view to the ongoing talks about greater bilateral cooperation on asylum, Germany is prepared to take in 50 people in this case." France and Malta have also agreed to...
Chicago police release video of shooting

Chicago police release video of shooting

Police released video Sunday of their interaction with a man who was shot after lifting his shirt revealing at least one gun before trying to flee.  Harith Augustus, 37, lived less than a mile from where he was shot around 5:30 p.m. after showing signs that he was armed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Sun-Times. ...
Officers give boy wearing torn, dirty socks new shoes

Officers give boy wearing torn, dirty socks new shoes

Two officers from the Tukwila Police Department helped get a local boy a new pair of shoes when out patrolling earlier this week. The officers were patrolling on foot at Cascade View Park on Thursday afternoon when they came across a young boy running around in torn, dirty socks and bleeding from a cut on the bottom of his foot. One of the officers helped clean the cut and patch the boy’s foot...
Trump blames Obama in wake of latest Russia indictments

Trump blames Obama in wake of latest Russia indictments

A day after the Special Counsel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 elections returned a new series of indictments against specific Russian intelligence agents, and just before his first summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed the Obama Administration for not doing enough to stop Russia’s cyber meddling during his...
Florida pastor arrested for taking photos up woman's dress

Florida pastor arrested for taking photos up woman's dress

A former pastor was arrested on charges of video voyeurism after a member of a Deltona church reported that he took a photo up her dress when she was in his office with his children after a Sunday service, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Kenyon Jr., 31, of Lakeland, was arrested Thursday afternoon the week after a warrant was issued for his arrest, deputies said. The...
Massachusetts man plays same lottery numbers 9 times -- and wins

Massachusetts man plays same lottery numbers 9 times -- and wins

A father of two from Brockton, Massachusetts has won $900,000 in the state’s Mass Cash drawing after playing the same lottery numbers nine times at nine different ticket locations. >> Read more trending news  Robert Lundstedt told the Bridgewater Independent that he has played the same five numbers -- 1-7-11-26-30 -- in the state lottery for the last 26 years. He told...
Missing Oregon woman whose Jeep plunged down Big Sur cliff found alive

Missing Oregon woman whose Jeep plunged down Big Sur cliff found alive

A 23-year-old Oregon woman missing for more than a week was found Friday, injured but alive after her vehicle plunged nearly 200 feet down an oceanside cliff south of Big Sur, The Mercury News of San Jose reported. >> Read more trending news  Angela Hernandez of Portland was found by authorities after they responded to a report of a white 2011 Jeep Patriot with Oregon plates “over...
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The Latest: "Baby Donald" blimp flies over Edinburgh march

The Latest on protests against President Donald Trump's visit to Britain (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The last of the thousands of anti-Trump protesters in Edinburgh have arrived at The Meadows, a park in the Scottish capital where a giant balloon depicting President Donald Trump as an angry orange baby is floating in the air. The 20-foot (6-meter) tall balloon has become a symbol of the protests...
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