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FBI crime stats: Violent offenses, property crimes declined in 2017

Violent and property crimes decreased nationally, according to the FBI’s annual survey of crime in the United States. Preliminary national numbers portend a further decline this year.. The 2017 stats are welcome news after the previous two years showed slight increases in violent crime. Last year nationally, violent crime dipped 0.9 percent, a rate of 392.9 offenses per 100,000 residents. Property...
Crack in beam shuts down San Francisco's new $2B terminal

Crack in beam shuts down San Francisco's new $2B terminal

San Francisco officials shut down the city's celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal Tuesday after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center's public roof garden. Coined the "Grand Central of the West," the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart of downtown after nearly a decade of construction. It was expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday...
FBI: Baltimore homicide rate topped US big cities in 2017

FBI: Baltimore homicide rate topped US big cities in 2017

New crime statistics released by the FBI place Baltimore's homicide rate last year well above that of any other large American metropolis, making it an anomaly in the national crime landscape for U.S. cities with populations over 500,000 people. The 342 homicides notched last year in Maryland's biggest city yielded a punishing homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people, according to the FBI's annual ...
Tearful mother pleads for return of 6-year-old boy who disappeared from North Carolina park

Tearful mother pleads for return of 6-year-old boy who disappeared from North Carolina park

The desperate search for a 6-year-old North Carolina boy who vanished from a Gastonia park continued for a fourth day Tuesday as authorities offered a reward for information leading to the return of Maddox Ritch. The boy was last seen Saturday at Rankin Lake Park with his father and a friend. Update 4:55 p.m. EDT Sept. 25:  Maddox Ritch’s mother, Carrie, is pleading for help, asking anyone...
5 EU countries reach deal to end limbo of rescued migrants

5 EU countries reach deal to end limbo of rescued migrants

Five European Union countries struck a deal Tuesday to distribute between them 58 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and left stranded by continuing disagreements in the bloc over how to cope with the influx of people trying to enter illegally from North Africa. A Spanish official who wasn't authorized to be named in media reports said Spain, France, Portugal, Germany and Malta agreed to take...
Teacher says she was fired after refusing to abide by 'no zero' policy

Teacher says she was fired after refusing to abide by 'no zero' policy

A South Florida teacher said she was fired after she refused to give a student a 50 percent grade on homework that was not turned in. Port St. Lucie teacher Diane Tirado said students should not get credit for work that was never handed in, according to CNN. Tirado said she strives to provide motivation and inspiration to her students. Tirado has been a teacher for years, but she started...
Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen's abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she'd be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead. A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment with antibiotics, almost two-thirds of patients hadn't...
Officers no longer with fire department after training on dead body

Officers no longer with fire department after training on dead body

Two Bellingham Fire Department officers are no longer with the department after personnel practiced multiple intubations on a dead body in July, according to officials. An investigation revealed that a deceased patient was taken to Fire Station 1 in July to await transportation to a funeral home, The Bellingham Herald reported Monday. Several department members practiced a medical procedure...
Watchdog accuses Yemen rebels of taking hostages, torture

Watchdog accuses Yemen rebels of taking hostages, torture

An international watchdog on Tuesday accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement it documented 16 cases in which Houthi authorities held people unlawfully, largely to extort money from relatives or to exchange them for prisoners...
The Latest: Morocco navy fires on boat carrying migrants

The Latest: Morocco navy fires on boat carrying migrants

The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Morocco's government says the country's navy opened fire on a boat suspected of carrying migrants, wounding four. The Moroccan Interior Ministry says that a naval unit operating in the Mediterranean fired on the boat because its Spanish captain refused to respond to warnings. The Interior Ministry said the boat was illegally transporting...
Low-income minority community debates Phoenix rail extension

Low-income minority community debates Phoenix rail extension

The defiant message hangs under the Mexican bakery's Spanish-language sign in Phoenix's poorest neighborhood, rejecting the city's idea of progress: "4 LANES OR NO TRAIN." Similar placards are plastered along the proposed new leg of Phoenix's light-rail system, a plan that progressed quietly until some shop owners in the mostly Hispanic and black community complained that reducing car traffic...
Bromance cools for once-chummy Trump and Marcon

Bromance cools for once-chummy Trump and Marcon

Gone is the shoulder squeezing, the affectionate dandruff-brushing — and French President Emmanuel Macron's hope that he could use his unlikely friendship with Donald Trump to rein in the American president's more incendiary instincts. When the two men met Monday in New York, they shook hands lightly and got down to the tasks at hand. They agreed to disagree on the Iranian nuclear accord and...
In TV interview, Kavanaugh denies sexually assaulting anyone

In TV interview, Kavanaugh denies sexually assaulting anyone

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life and didn't even attend a party where one accuser said he assaulted her. Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum" after a second woman accused him of sexual...
Kavanaugh says he won't let 'false accusations' push him out

Kavanaugh says he won't let 'false accusations' push him out

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview Monday that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life. Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum" after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct. Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting...
Six Flags offers $300 for spending 30 hours in coffin

Six Flags offers $300 for spending 30 hours in coffin

In the 1942 film “The Corpse Vanishes,” actor Bela Lugosi explains that he finds a coffin “much more comfortable than a bed.” >> Read more trending news  Six Flags St. Louis is seeking people who find lying in coffins within their comfort level. The Missouri theme park announced on its website Friday that to celebrate the 30th year of Fright Fest, it will...
Newly released records show lead-up to parking lot shooting

Newly released records show lead-up to parking lot shooting

Florida authorities on Monday released hundreds of new pages in the case of a white man accused of fatally shooting a black man in a parking lot dispute in July. According to a transcript of Michael Drejka's interview with Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives, he said that if Markeis McGlockton had retreated, or even stayed still, he wouldn't have used his gun. But McGlockton's girlfriend, who was...
Man who collected over 14 million child porn images gets 100 years in federal prison

Man who collected over 14 million child porn images gets 100 years in federal prison

A man who authorities say amassed the largest stockpile of child pornography in Pennsylvania history has been sentenced to 100 years in federal prison.  Lawrence “Larry” Jamieson Jr., 59, of Malvern, was sentenced last week on charges related to the sexual abuse of a young girl, the manufacture of hundreds of sexually explicit videos and photos of the abuse and his collection of child...
Second Kavanaugh accuser: Who is Deborah Ramirez?

Second Kavanaugh accuser: Who is Deborah Ramirez?

A second woman has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault that she alleges happened decades ago.  Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker over the weekend that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while the two were freshmen at Yale University in the early 1980s. >> Read more trending news   Ramirez’s allegations came a week after Christine...
As Trump arrives at UN, world leaders honor Mandela

As Trump arrives at UN, world leaders honor Mandela

World leaders kicked off their annual gathering at the United Nations on Monday by honoring a global icon of peace and reconciliation — drawing some pointed contrast with a U.S. president who has shaken up the international order with his assertion of "America First." A statue of Nelson Mandela, who led South Africa's transition from the apartheid system of white minority rule over...
Mandela's widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence

Mandela's widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence

Nelson Mandela's widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the "senseless violence" plaguing too much of the world. "History will judge you should you stagnate too long in inaction," Graca Machel told a U.N. "peace summit" commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth...
The Latest: Greek minister denies claims over migrant funds

The Latest: Greek minister denies claims over migrant funds

The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Greece's defense minister is denying newspaper allegations that his ministry mismanaged European Union funds for improving living conditions of migrants trapped in the country. Panos Kammenos says that the ministry used around 90 million euros ($106 million) of the EU funds, with full transparency. Three journalists from Greece's Fileleftheros...
The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran's exports

The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran's exports

The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran's exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by Tehran following the U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of sanctions. Foreign ministers...
Argument over Bruno Mars song leads to assault, arrest

Argument over Bruno Mars song leads to assault, arrest

Blame it on his confidence. >> Read more trending news  An Indiana man was arrested for battery and criminal recklessness after a dispute over a Bruno Mars song, WXIN reported. Roger Washburn, 71, is charged with hitting a friend in the face with a pistol, the television station reported. The gun discharged during the argument but no one was hurt, police said. According to a report...
The Latest: Trump says Democrats trying to destroy Kavanaugh

The Latest: Trump says Democrats trying to destroy Kavanaugh

The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 11 p.m. President Donald Trump says Democrats are "working hard to destroy" Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump says on Twitter that Kavanaugh is "a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever." Trump says Democrats are attacking Kavanaugh "...
Congress set to keep gov't open, delay action on border wall

Congress set to keep gov't open, delay action on border wall

Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there's one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump. Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, but Trump has made clear his frustration at the lack of additional money for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He says it...
Police: Suspect dead, officer wounded in Baltimore shootout

Police: Suspect dead, officer wounded in Baltimore shootout

A Baltimore police officer assigned to a crime suppression detail was wounded by gunfire and the suspect who fired at him was fatally shot in an alleyway in one of the city's rougher districts, Baltimore's interim police chief said following a shootout Sunday evening. Police have given only the broadest outline of the case and said there were no immediate plans to hold a news briefing Monday. At a...
Will Smith's bungee jump: The latest stunt near Grand Canyon

Will Smith's bungee jump: The latest stunt near Grand Canyon

At the end of the 1991 movie "Thelma & Louise," the two leading ladies — fugitives cornered by authorities in the Grand Canyon — decide against surrendering and instead drive off a cliff. One of cinema's most iconic endings wasn't filmed in the national park in Arizona, but not for lack of trying. "We didn't want to encourage people coming into the canyon doing what was...
Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The unveiling of a statue of Mandela, born 100 years ago...
Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter's rules. The tweet was posted July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet "has the potential to be misleading in...

German police review handling of far-right protests

Police in the German city of Dortmund say they will examine whether they were tough enough in handling a pair of far-right demonstrations during which they say an anti-Semitic slogan was chanted. The protests took place Friday, one attended by about 100 people and the other by 75. Police deployed around 80 officers, and say some of the demonstrators illegally set off fireworks. In a statement Sunday...
Tenn. Democrat aims for Senate win by edging away from party

Tenn. Democrat aims for Senate win by edging away from party

Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he'd rather you not mention that. "I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff," said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate. So far, his strategy appears to be working. According to internal polling by both parties, Bredesen has a narrow lead over Republican...
Which personality type are you? New study reveals 4 core groupings

Which personality type are you? New study reveals 4 core groupings

You may be familiar with Myers-Briggs’ 16 different personality types, but new research published this week in the journal Nature Human Behavior shows there are four distinct personality clusters most individuals around the globe adhere to best. Psychologists and engineers at Northwestern University in Illinois sought to “develop an alternative approach to the identification...
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $30M to house homeless, low-income families

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen gives $30M to house homeless, low-income families

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is spending $30 million to house 94 homeless and low-income families in south Seattle. The Seattle Times reports that Allen’s donation to the Mount Baker Family Housing development is the largest funding piece for the project. Allen has been partnered with the project throughout its design process. Mercy Housing Northwest and Mary’s Place...
Stop Brexit? UK's Labour party mulls backing new referendum

Stop Brexit? UK's Labour party mulls backing new referendum

Britain's main opposition Labour Party confirmed Sunday it will hold a major debate on Brexit at its party conference this week, buoying Labour members hoping to stop the country from leaving the European Union. With the U.K. and the European Union at an impasse in divorce talks, many Labour members think the left-of-center party has the power — and a duty — to force a new referendum that...
100 years ago, US fought its deadliest battle in France

100 years ago, US fought its deadliest battle in France

It was America's deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and more ammunition fired than in the whole of the Civil War. The Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 was also a great American victory that helped bringing an end to World War 1. Officials, descendants of soldiers and visitors have braved strong winds and rain to attend a remembrance ceremony on Sunday...
National Guard delivers 7,000 hot plates to residents affected by gas pipeline explosion

National Guard delivers 7,000 hot plates to residents affected by gas pipeline explosion

Merrimack Valley residents affected by last week's gas explosions and fires still don't have gas service as crews work to restore 48 miles of pipeline. Without gas service, most residents won't be able to heat their homes or cook their food. With that in mind, officials have implemented temporary solutions into their recovery plan, which includes delivering hot plates and space heaters to residents...
Seattle moves to replace totem poles with authentic indigenous art

Seattle moves to replace totem poles with authentic indigenous art

Totem poles have become a symbol of Seattle, but it turns out they have nothing to do with the Coast Salish people of the Northwest. Now there is a growing movement to right the cultural wrongs done by well-meaning white settlers. >> Read more trending news  Totem poles from Alaska's tribes, Chief Seattle dressed in the headdress of a Great Plains tribe - these are just some of the things...
Woman, Great Dane attacked by dogs from homeless woman's RV

Woman, Great Dane attacked by dogs from homeless woman's RV

Leslie Shelton went to take a walk with her Great Dane, Lily, but they didn't get far before they were attacked by three dogs, which came from one of the RVs parked along the street near her home. >> Read more trending news  Shelton says the woman who lives inside the RV opened the door and three dogs bounded out. “Her three dogs were right there and just came running, teeth bared...
15-month-old dies after choking on toy at day care, parents say

15-month-old dies after choking on toy at day care, parents say

The parents of a 15-month old baby who died after choking on a toy at day care said they're devastated. >> Read more trending news  The facility where the incident allegedly happened was closed Friday and the Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident. Little Malik was left fighting for his life. His father, Earl Baker, said the boy choked on a toy while at day...
Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

John Bullock, the father of actress Sandra Bullock, died Tuesday, Us Magazine reported. He was 93. >> Read more trending news  John Bullock was preceded in death by his wife and Sandra Bullock’s mother, opera singer Helga Meyer, who died in 2000, the magazine reported. Sandra Bullock’s younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, confirmed her father’s death on Wednesday...
Florence sweeps away motel and family's hard work, savings

Florence sweeps away motel and family's hard work, savings

When the floodwaters from Florence receded, half the Starlite Motel was gone. A ragged lip of concrete edged parking spaces with no corresponding rooms, just a void of standing water and debris. The surge swept away personal belongings of the owner's family — even his father's wheelchair. And it wiped out the investment that three brothers from India had spent years working toward. "We...
The Latest: Video shows rescued Tanzania ferry survivor

The Latest: Video shows rescued Tanzania ferry survivor

The Latest on capsized Tanzanian ferry (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Video footage of the survivor found in a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the deadly disaster shows him carried quickly along a busy street by health workers and military personnel as a siren wails. Officials and state media say the man was an engineer who shut himself into the engine room as the badly overloaded ferry tipped...
Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferry

Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferry

It was a stunning discovery. As rescue divers probed a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster and the death toll soared past 200, a man was found in an air pocket, alive. He was an engineer, regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters. As the badly overloaded ferry overturned on Thursday in the final stretch before reaching shore, the man shut himself into the engine room, the...

Congo reports Ebola death close to busy Ugandan border

A Congolese woman who refused an Ebola vaccination and then disappeared has died of the virus near the heavily traveled border with Uganda, which is preparing to begin vaccinations as needed. The confirmed Ebola death announced by local authorities highlights the challenges health workers are facing in a region of northeastern Congo that had never experienced an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever before...
British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

A music venue in England wants to do more than simply bless the rains down in Africa. >> Read more trending news  The 1982 song by the rock ’n’ roll group Toto will be played for five consecutive hours on Nov. 30 to raise money for an African charity, the BBC reported. Disc jockey Michael Savage will begin playing the song at 11 p.m. and will loop the song until 4 a.m....
Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

Some Democrats warn of dangers of election overconfidence

The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day. The surging optimism among Democrats, usually shared in private, has begun to spill into the open as President Donald Trump's approval ratings sink and the Republican...
NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach poses a significant threat of...
Travel still dangerous in flooded areas of North Carolina

Travel still dangerous in flooded areas of North Carolina

Travel remained dangerous Saturday in southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of "treacherous" floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders. Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the state's river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage, while parts of Interstates...
Trump says he'll rid Justice Dept. of 'lingering stench'

Trump says he'll rid Justice Dept. of 'lingering stench'

President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI on Friday, promising further firings to get rid of a "lingering stench" following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president. Trump, speaking at a rally in Missouri, did not explicitly mention the Rosenstein furor, which was first reported by The New...
Jury awards boy $30 million in botched circumcision; award could increase

Jury awards boy $30 million in botched circumcision; award could increase

A jury in Clayton County, Georgia has awarded a boy $30 million for a botched circumcision, and the award could rise even higher as deliberations continue. >> Read more trending news  The verdict came down in the first phase of deliberations Friday, and the jury is expected to deliberate over whether to grant punitive damages, according to state court officials. The boy was 18-days-old...
Uber driver charged with kidnapping after rider jumps from moving car, police say

Uber driver charged with kidnapping after rider jumps from moving car, police say

A Florida Uber driver allegedly refused to let her fare out of the car Wednesday, forcing the female passenger to jump from the window of the moving vehicle, police said.  Destiny Racquel Green, 30, is charged with kidnapping to commit or facilitate a felony and false imprisonment. Leon County Jail records showed Green remained in jail Friday afternoon.  Tallahassee police officers...
US Alzheimer’s, dementia burden to double by 2060, CDC warns

US Alzheimer’s, dementia burden to double by 2060, CDC warns

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday revealed that the country’s burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will double by the year 2060. >> Read more trending news  In 2014, 5 million Americans — or 1.6 percent of the population — felt the burden of the diseases. The figure is expected to grow to 13.9 million, equating...
Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

A Southern California prosecutor said Friday his office has received leads to more than 12 possible additional victims in the investigation of a surgeon and a female companion already charged with drugging and raping two women. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters many calls about alleged abuse came in after the announcement earlier this week of charges against Dr. Grant...
Google employee uses high heels, paraglider, unicycle to encourage commuting outside of cars

Google employee uses high heels, paraglider, unicycle to encourage commuting outside of cars

A Kirkland, Washington, man is challenging all of us to think about how we get from point A to point B, and he's turning a lot of heads in the process. Bruce Dawson is using a different way to get to the Kirkland Google campus each day in September. So far, he’s flown in a powered paraglider, ridden a mountain unicycle and on Friday, he walked one and a quarter miles in high heels. “It's...
At least 5 dogs killed in massive kennel fire at dachshund rescue 

At least 5 dogs killed in massive kennel fire at dachshund rescue 

A massive fire that destroyed a dog kennel and left several animals dead in York County is under investigation. >> Read more trending news  The fire happened late Thursday night at Chapman's Dachshund Rescue and has left the future of the shelter in jeopardy. Employees said they worked hard to rescue as many dogs as possible until firefighters got the flames under control. The cause of...
Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday. Arthur J. Perrault, 80, a former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and a former Air Force chaplain, has been charged in a federal indictment with seven counts of aggravated sexual abuse...
Hiring: Company seeks taste-testers, pays up to $1,000/day for eating pizza

Hiring: Company seeks taste-testers, pays up to $1,000/day for eating pizza

Enjoy what you do and you never have to work a day in your life. >> Read more trending news  For pizza aficionados, portable pizza oven company Ooni is hiring 10 brand ambassadors to eat pizza and get paid between $300 and $1,000 a day, CNBC reported.  The pay is based on experience and how much time spent each day working. Ooni is looking to fill product testing and recipe...
Aberdeen shooting: Female gunman kills 3, injures 3 in ‘chaotic’ scene at Rite Aid center 

Aberdeen shooting: Female gunman kills 3, injures 3 in ‘chaotic’ scene at Rite Aid center 

A shooter killed three people Thursday and injured three others before turning the gun on herself at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have identified the shooter as Snochia Moseley, a 26-year-old woman who started working at the center as a temporary employee two weeks before Thursday’s attack. Update...
Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station poses a significant threat of increased flooding to nearby communities. Floodwaters breached several...
Pet store puppies linked to bacterial outbreak in 18 states, CDC says

Pet store puppies linked to bacterial outbreak in 18 states, CDC says

>> Read more trending news  In its Friday Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Atlanta-based CDC reported that puppies with Campylobacter jejuni -- a bacteria that causes about 1.3 million diarrheal illnesses in the United States annually -- are to blame for at least 118 people in 18 states falling ill over the past two years. The CDC linked the outbreak to puppies...
Google honors 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' anniversary with heartwarming video

Google honors 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' anniversary with heartwarming video

Fifty-one years ago today, Fred Rogers filmed the first episode of the hit children’s television show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which would go on to capture a national audience on PBS after its February 1968 premiere. >> Read more trending news  To celebrate the beloved hit, Google’s Doodle team created a video in honor of the Pennsylvania native...
Lavrov says Russia won't interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election

Lavrov says Russia won't interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election

Russia won't interfere in next month's elections in Bosnia, an ethnically-divided Balkan nation where Moscow maintains strong influence among the country's Serbs, Russia's foreign minister insisted Friday. Sergey Lavrov said after talks with officials in Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, that Russia will respect the outcome in the Oct. 7 general election and won't be backing any party. Analysts have...
Disaster declared after army rocket sparks German wildfire

Disaster declared after army rocket sparks German wildfire

Officials in northwestern Germany are declaring a disaster over a wildfire triggered two weeks ago by a rocket test on an army training site. Authorities in the Emsland region said Friday that they are considering ordering the evacuation of about 1,000 people from two villages near Meppen, close to the Dutch border. Firefighters have been struggling to contain the blaze on moorland used by the German...
Survivor rescued from Tanzanian ferry; death toll rises to 183

Survivor rescued from Tanzanian ferry; death toll rises to 183

Update 7:47 a.m. EDT Sept 22: Divers rescued a man Saturday who fell from an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, Reuters reported. State broadcaster TBC said the death toll had reached 183, according to Reuters. >> Read more trending news  Four divers resumed the search operation inside the MV Nyerere early Saturday after hearing sounds that...
Kavanaugh allegation tests support of GOP women

Kavanaugh allegation tests support of GOP women

For women like Jayne A. Cordes, the steady stream of investigations in Washington is exhausting. That's why, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, it struck Cordes as the latest example of the ceaseless — and needless — drama in the capital. "It's shenanigans," said Cordes...
When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it will never end. At least 43 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in South...
'He's been there': Trump stumps for vulnerable Sen. Heller

'He's been there': Trump stumps for vulnerable Sen. Heller

His own political fortunes intrinsically linked to his party holding control of Congress, President Donald Trump on Thursday offered full-throated support for the most vulnerable incumbent Republican senator, while unleashing a torrent of grievances against Democrats and the news media and claiming they are sabotaging his administration. Trump, appearing at a boisterous rally in Las Vegas, defended...
Atlanta police sergeant awarded $100,000 after false DUI arrest in suburban county

Atlanta police sergeant awarded $100,000 after false DUI arrest in suburban county

An Atlanta police sergeant was awarded more than $100,000 of Forsyth County taxpayer money after a lawsuit was settled last week because he was erroneously arrested for a DUI, WSB-TV reported.  >> Read more trending news  In August 2017, Sgt. Paul Sparwath called 911 when he saw some teenagers acting suspiciously in his Forsyth County neighborhood and possibly breaking into cars, WSB...
Suburban women wrestle with Kavanaugh allegation

Suburban women wrestle with Kavanaugh allegation

For women like Jayne A. Cordes, the steady stream of investigations in Washington is exhausting. That's why, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, it struck Cordes as the latest example of the ceaseless — and needless — drama in the capital. "It's shenanigans," said Cordes...
There have been 3 workplace shootings in 24 hours

There have been 3 workplace shootings in 24 hours

Three workplace shootings in three different states in a 24-hour period are putting American workers on edge. It seems it can happen anywhere these days and it does. >> Read more trending news  On Wednesday morning, a 43-year-old man showed up at the software company where he works outside Madison, Wisconsin, and opened fire. Four people at WTS Paradigm were injured, three seriously...
Kohl's will hire 90,000 seasonal employees

Kohl's will hire 90,000 seasonal employees

Kohl’s is hiring for the holidays. >> Read more trending news  The department store chain announced Thursday that it plans to hire 90,000 seasonal employees nationally for more than 1,100 stores, nine distribution centers, and five-commerce fulfillment centers and credit centers, WTKR reported. “Our early strategy is working and we’ve already hired thousands of associates...
Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared an end. "This is a great disaster for our nation," President John Magufuli...
Egypt court orders release of former president's sons

Egypt court orders release of former president's sons

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release from detention of former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons, overturning a ruling by another court whose judge surprisingly told police to arrest them and send them to prison. The judge in the Sept. 15 hearing ordered the detention of wealthy businessman Alaa and one-time heir-apparent Gamal before adjourning the hearings until Oct. 20. The surprise...
Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

Clapping and raising their hands to the sky, hundreds of people clad in white gathered at an 18th-century fort in the Puerto Rican capital on Thursday to remember the thousands who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as the U.S. territory struggles to recover one year after the Category 4 storm hit. Religious leaders and government officials recalled how Puerto Rico was ravaged by the storm that...
British Columbia firefighters battle massive firenado, lose when hose melts

British Columbia firefighters battle massive firenado, lose when hose melts

Firefighters in British Columbia, Canada, rodeoed with a weather anomaly Aug. 18, 2018. The crew was battling a wildfire when the flames swirled into a “firenado.” Firefighter Mary Schidlowsky captured the moment as the vortex reportedly rose more than 100 feet in the air. The crew put up a good fight, but Schidlowsky said the firenado ultimately won out and melted their hose. On Instagram...
Parent claims bus driver forced students to stand on moving bus because they're white

Parent claims bus driver forced students to stand on moving bus because they're white

Parents reached out to WSBTV after a picture showing children standing on a school bus in Rockdale County circulated on social media. The photo is now part of a Rockdale School District investigation into a bus driver. Some parents said their children are being forced to stand on a moving school bus, and they believe it's not because the vehicle is overcrowded. "There (are) clear seats...
Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam containing Sutton Lake appeared stable and Duke officials were monitoring it with helicopters and drones, Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said...
The Latest: Trump says Kavanaugh delay has gone on too long

The Latest: Trump says Kavanaugh delay has gone on too long

The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 10:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says the delay over his Supreme Court nominee following a sexual assault allegation has lasted long enough. Trump tells Fox News host Sean Hannity before a campaign rally in Las Vegas, "I don't think you can delay it any longer...
4 young children killed in Dutch train crossing collision

4 young children killed in Dutch train crossing collision

A train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands on Thursday, killing four young children and leaving two other people critically injured, authorities said. Police spokeswoman Dianne van Gameren said the victims were "primary school age" and some of them came from the same family. Their identities were not released. The accident happened in the southern town of Oss, 100 kilometers...
Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in, freshly returned home Thursday from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his June summit with President Donald Trump. Only hours after standing with Kim on the peak of a volcano that's at the heart...
Trying to hold state Trump won, McCaskill feels pull to left

Trying to hold state Trump won, McCaskill feels pull to left

The college students and neighbors gathered at a St. Louis coffee shop seemed like one of the friendlier crowds Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill might face campaigning in heavily Republican Missouri. But the audience on a recent night came armed with tough questions and unafraid to push back — or cast a side eye — at any answer they didn't like. Why did she support an immigration deal...
Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest

Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the lone victim of last week's dramatic series of natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston on Wednesday. Some 300 people came out to St. Mary the Assumption Church in Lawrence to remember 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, the Eagle-Tribune report ed. Family members and friends cried and hugged each other tightly as they wore white shirts bearing the words...
Former Chicago police commander linked to torture dead at 70

Former Chicago police commander linked to torture dead at 70

Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who was accused of torturing suspects in his South Side police district but was never prosecuted for the alleged crimes, has died, a Florida funeral home confirmed Wednesday. He was 70. Burge led a "midnight crew" of rogue detectives accused of torturing more than 100 suspects, mostly black men, from 1972 to 1991, in order to secure confessions. His...
Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

The U.S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire on record in California is 100 percent contained. The agency made the announcement Wednesday about the so-called Mendocino Complex of twin fires that erupted in July. The fires north of San Francisco killed a firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and scorched 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers). That's an area more than twice the size of New York...
Sugar content of most yogurts above recommended limits, study says

Sugar content of most yogurts above recommended limits, study says

Yogurt has long been touted as a healthy alternative to candy or other sweets.  Studies have found yogurt is a good source of probiotics, protein, calcium, iodine and vitamin B. >> Read more trending news  A new study in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), however, has determined most supermarket yogurt is not as healthy as people think, because of its sugar content. ...
Dramatic video: Georgia man kills 2 deputies, returns with assault rifle

Dramatic video: Georgia man kills 2 deputies, returns with assault rifle

A harrowing video of a homeowner shooting and killing two Peach County deputies was just one piece of evidence that could have led to a murder conviction. But the video, recently released by the District Attorney’s Office, was never shown to a jury.  >> Read more trending news  Ralph Stanley Elrod Jr. instead pleaded guilty, sparing his life, though his sentence means he will...
Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, 3 seriously hurt

Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, 3 seriously hurt

A heavily armed man opened fire on his co-workers at a Wisconsin software company Wednesday, seriously wounding three people before being fatally shot by police as employees ran from the building or hid inside, according to investigators. Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke said officers shot the man within eight minutes of receiving calls about an active shooter at WTS Paradigm. Foulke said the man...
Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

Investigators have identified three more possible victims after a California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged with drugging and raping two intoxicated women, prosecutors said Wednesday. Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office, said prosecutors have received numerous calls since Tuesday, when the initial charges were announced against Dr. Grant...

US tags Iran anew as top terror sponsor, global attacks fall

Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said Wednesday in an annual report that also highlighted another drop in terrorist attacks worldwide. The State Department's annual survey of global terrorism accused Iran of intensifying numerous conflicts and trying to undermine governments throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iran's "terrorist affiliates...
The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the Carolinas to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump says South Carolina is in for a "rough few days" in the aftermath of Florence, but assures the state that the federal government "is behind you." Trump spoke Wednesday at an emergency management center in the city of Conway, near Myrtle...
Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence. With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump sought to strike a balance between comforter and cheerleader, mindful that he has been criticized...
She's the mayor, a great-grandma, and now a gator hunter

She's the mayor, a great-grandma, and now a gator hunter

When it comes to public safety, don’t mess with Nana. Especially when she is the mayor. >> Read more trending news  Judy B. Cochran, a gun-totin’ grandma who recently was elected mayor of Livingston, Texas, killed a 12-foot, 580-pound alligator Monday with one shot at her ranch along the Trinity River in nearby Goodrich, KTRK reported. Handlers caught what they termed...
Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party's sweeping tax overhaul. The cap on deductions for state and local taxes that was part of the Republican plan was bound to mean that many people in the high-tax state would pay more. "My constituents know I will fight for complete deductibility," he said...
Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

With "staggering brutality," South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty International report says. The report released Wednesday, based on interviews with 100 displaced people from...
'Avengers 4' movie: Jeremy Renner teases bruised, bloody Hawkeye

'Avengers 4' movie: Jeremy Renner teases bruised, bloody Hawkeye

Actor Jeremy Renner wants you to know that Hawkeye will be returning to the upcoming untitled “Avengers 4” reshoot, despite the rumors. The superhero, along with Ant-Man and the Wasp, didn’t make it to Marvel’s Atlanta-filmed “Avengers: Infinity War,” but Renner is officially back in action for the next installation. >> Read more trending news  The...
NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina, announced Tuesday they are expecting twin girls in a YouTube video produced by the Oklahoma City Thunder. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into the video. Russell mentions they will be girls...
Hurricane Florence: Michael Jordan to donate $2M to relief efforts

Hurricane Florence: Michael Jordan to donate $2M to relief efforts

Charlotte Hornets chairman and NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, along with the Hornets organization and the NBA, have announced that they’re working together with a number of community organizations to provide relief and support to the people affected by Hurricane Florence. Jordan is donating $1 million each to The American Red Cross and The Foundation for the Carolinas’ Hurricane...
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