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  • R. Kelly to appear in court on Monday as he tries to come up with bail money

    CHICAGO — R. Kelly is slated to appear in court Monday on allegations he sexually abused a woman and three girls over the course of 12 years. Kelly, 52, was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. A Cook County judge Saturday set bail at $1 million, calling the accusations against Kelly “disturbing.” Kelly would need to post $100,000, or 10 percent of the total bail amount, to go free. Defense attorney Steve Greenberg said Kelly “really […]

  • A security guard was shot during the robbery of a TV news crew in Oakland on Feb. 24, 2019. (Credit: Joe Vasquez)

    Local TV news crew robbed, security guard shot while covering teachers’ strike

    A television news crew was robbed at gunpoint and their security guard shot as they covered the Oakland teachers’ strike Sunday, according to police and the news station, KPIX 5. The Oakland Police Department said officers responding to a report of a shooting just before 5 p.m. local time were told by the Bay Area news crew that they had been robbed. KPIX said that its reporter Joe Vazquez and photographer John Anglin were conducting interviews at an Oakland Public Library […]

  • Teen makes $35,000 plowing Seattle’s historic snow

    Seattle has been suffering through its snowiest February in 70 years, with accumulations of up to 10 inches in some places. But all that white has meant green for one young man with a snowplow, who says he made $35,000 in four days. David Holsten, 18, works as a landscaper and plowing snow in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Holsten was in Seattle visiting his mother, who was recovering from surgery. “I was in the hospital when my friend Steve called me and […]

  • Alabama woman who joined ISIS is begging to come home

    At the age of 19, a young woman from Hoover, Alabama traveled to Syria to join ISIS — the so-called “Islamic State.” Five years and three husbands later, she says she regrets what she did and is begging to return to the US. In a recent handwritten note obtained by CNN from a family representative, Hoda Muthana writes, “When I left to Syria I was a naive, angry, and arrogant young woman. I thought that I understood my religious beliefs.” But […]

  • Chicagoans start skee-ball club to revisit their love for the old school game

    CHICAGO — Do you remember Skee-Ball? The machines you played at Chuck E. Cheese as a kid? You know — the game where you rolled the balls up a slope? Every mark you hit meant a stream of tickets? Well, that old-school game is a legit league that has players clamoring to get in on the nostalgic sport. The concept was born in 2011 and now has grown to hundreds and hundreds of rollers in Chicago. Mike Fraser is the […]

  • They went to an abandoned home to smoke weed. Inside, they found a tiger.

    It took a little convincing before police believed the person who reported the strange discovery. The concerned citizen claimed to have entered an abandoned Houston, Texas home to smoke pot and found a tiger. So, naturally, authorities were suspicious. “We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger,” Sgt. Jason Alderete of the Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit told CNN affiliate KTRK. But once they arrived, […]

  • GAO: Trump’s first 4 post-inauguration Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers $13.6M

    President Donald Trump’s first four visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort after Inauguration Day cost American taxpayers $13.6 million, according to a report released Tuesday by the US Government Accountability Office. According to the report, some $10.6 million was spent between February and March 2017 on “operating costs of government aircraft and boats” and $3 million went toward “temporary duty costs of government personnel supporting the President’s travel, including transportation, lodging, and meals and incidental expenses.” Some $60,000 of that was […]

  • Not sure if your passwords are safe? Google can help

    There is a good chance hackers already know your favorite passwords. Now Google has a new free tool to let you know when your login information is exposed. People who use Google Chrome can download the Password Checkup extension, which will monitor their various website logins. When someone logs in with a username and password that Google knows has been compromised, it triggers a warning that prompts the user to change the password. Google cross-checks the login credentials against a […]

  • Dog scares off package thieves – and it’s all caught on video

    OGDEN, Utah – One Utah family is thanking their dog for foiling a porch pirate. Zero is a 9-year-old black lab. He’s a ball-loving, good boy and just a bit of a scaredy cat. “Just a lab that’s scared of everyone and everything,” laughed Zero’s owner, Whitney Cahoon. “I mean dusters, plastic bags, the cats… he’s terrified of the cats.” But when porch pirates targeted their house in Ogden — the pooch went from Zero to hero. “I just kind […]

  • New Orleans Saints fans party during ‘Boycott Bowl’

    NEW ORLEANS – In New Orleans, there was no Super Bowl LIII. As other football fans slogged their way through the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history, Saints fans flooded the streets of New Orleans Sunday in celebration of their team, in defiance of the NFL and in an attempt to heal. Boycott Bowl, the creation of heartbroken Saints fans, proved that nothing – not even a devastating no-call snatching away their team’s chance at a spot in the NFL’s […]

  • 20,000 homes at risk in Australia floods as crocodiles, snakes wash up

    Devastating flooding in northeast Australia has forced thousands of people from their homes and brought snakes and crocodiles onto the streets as authorities warn of strong winds and more rain on the way. Much of the city of Townsville in Queensland state is flooded, with residents left without power and some compelled to seek safety on the roofs of their homes, according to CNN affiliate 7 News. Intense rain on Sunday forced authorities to open the floodgates on the Ross River […]

  • 911 dispatcher talks couple through delivery of baby boy on the side of the road

    CURRITUCK Co., N.C. – A couple safely delivered a baby boy early Thursday morning — thanks to the help of a Currituck County 911 dispatcher. According to Currituck County, Dispatcher Brandi Leary, who has been a dispatcher with the county for four years, helped the couple after they were forced to pull over on the side of a highway. The couple had been traveling north when they realized the woman’s contractions were very close together and that delivery was imminent. […]

  • Cory Booker announces he is running for president

    Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat who rose to prominence as Newark’s charismatic and ambitious mayor, announced Friday that he is running for president. Booker chose the first day of Black History Month to launch his campaign, timing that nods to Booker’s own heritage and suggests he will put it at the center of his pitch to voters. “The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here […]

  • Video shows 84-year-old Alzheimer’s patient dumped by hospital outside locked care facility, daughter says

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – A California woman has filed a complaint with state officials after she says her mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was left alone in the middle of the night – locked outside the care facility where she lives after being discharged from the hospital. The case was first reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which obtained disturbing surveillance video showing 84-year-old Savina Genoese Zerbi clad in only a bathrobe and slippers frantically banging at the door of […]

  • New Yorkers go out on a limb to figure out how a couch ended up in a tree

    NEW YORK CITY – No matter how you couch it, this one is an unusual story, even in New York. For about a week, a wicker couch, or maybe love seat is more appropriate, was seated in a tree on the Upper West Side. But in a city where looking up is something reserved for tourists, native New Yorkers said they didn’t even see it until WPIX pointed it out. “I sure have not noticed that,” said Linda Cardonna. “I […]

  • Body camera footage shows Chicago police rescuing man from an icy Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO — Dramatic body camera video shows Chicago Police Department officers pull a 33-year-old man from the icy waters of Lake Michigan after he jumped down a high ridge of ice to rescue his dog and became trapped Sunday afternoon. Officers responded to a call  around 1 p.m. Sunday following reports of a person in the water. After borrowing a dog leash from a woman on the scene, they carefully made their way out onto the ice, mindful that they […]

  • Best Buy security guard fired after tackling suspect

    ROSEVILLE, Calif. – A security guard was fired from a Roseville Best Buy after he tackled a suspect fleeing from deputies last week. Surveillance footage, taken by the former Best Buy security guard and given to KTXL, shows Placer County deputies chasing a suspect through a Roseville shopping plaza. “There was a guy who walked by and when he got by his car, a bunch of undercover sheriffs came over to arrest him,” said Tyler. Tyler, an Army veteran, who […]

  • 33 years after the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, a son remembers his father

    For Lt. Gen. Richard “Rich” Scobee, losing his father in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger was a personal tragedy he and the families of other members of the crew have shared with the nation for 33 years. “If you have ever lost somebody that you loved, it’s that exact feeling,” Scobee told CNN this month, as the anniversary approached. “I just shared my loss with the country. I think it’s my responsibility to share some of that — […]

  • Couple awakes to find man standing over their bed half-naked

    SAN DIEGO – A homeless man burst through the front door of a San Diego apartment while a couple was sleeping Sunday morning, standing at the foot of their bed in his underwear. Robbie Alva told KSWB that around 6:30 a.m., he woke up to the man standing over his bed at his home on Curlew Street in Bankers Hill. The man was wearing only his underwear and acting erratically. “I’m scared. I don’t know if he has a weapon. […]

  • Cat found abandoned in pet carrier packed with snow

    ROCK FALLS, Illinois – A cat was found abandoned at an animal shelter – left in a carrier full of snow. Rock Falls animal shelter’s Donald Czyczyk was driving to work at Happy Tails Humane Society on Wednesday when he spotted something pink in the snow near the shelter’s driveway. He says he stopped the car to investigate. That’s when he found the cat carrier filled with snow. But he wasn’t expecting to find anything else. “I said, “There’s definitely […]

  • Hackers watch family through Nest security camera

    AUBURN, Wash. – If you have security cameras connected to the internet inside your home, you’re going to want to play close attention to this story. A Washington family says someone hacked their account and watched them for weeks inside their home; even yelling and cursing at their children. They only moved in three months ago, but Abby Laguidao and Conrado Casallo say they’re uncomfortable inside their home. The family installed security cameras, which are connected to the internet, and […]

  • Chris Brown arrested in Paris on allegations of rape, source says

    Singer Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris, accused of aggravated rape and drug violations, a French judicial source told CNN. Brown is being held along with two other unidentified people, the source said Tuesday. The US Embassy in Paris declined to comment on the report. CNN has reached out to Brown’s attorney. The singer has had several run-ins with the law, including physical assault charges following an incident with his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in 2009. He was charged with felony […]

  • Boo, ‘world’s cutest dog,’ dead at 12

    If the January blues hadn’t already got to you… the world’s cutest dog, Boo, has died of a broken heart. The Pomeranian Boo and his companion Buddy, who died last year, became internet sensations when their American owners started sharing pictures of their adorable antics. His death was confirmed in a post made by his owners to his 16 million Facebook followers. He was 12 years old, in human years. “Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. […]

  • Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020

    Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president in 2020, arguing that the time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency. In a brief video from her campaign that was released on social media Monday morning at the same time she appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Harris called on her supporters to join with her to “claim our future.” “Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. […]

  • Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident

    For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident. The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017. The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire. Examining a variety of federal and […]

  • ‘I know that he’s a pedophile.’ Woman claims relationship with R. Kelly started when she was 16

    CHICAGO — A Michigan claims she had a six-year relationship with R. Kelly that started when she was 16 years old. The 36-year-old woman, who now goes by Danielle Williams, said Kelly lured her in when she was 16. She tells WGN wanted to tell her story for a long time. The aspiring model said she was given Kelly’s business card by his manager at a downtown Chicago restaurant in 1998. She said she skipped school to go to Kelly’s studio on the […]

  • Former Illinois lawmaker facing a dozen felonies in ‘revenge porn’ case

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A former Illinois state representative turned himself in Thursday after he was indicted on a dozen felony charges in connection with a so-called “revenge porn” case, according to WGN. A Lake County grand jury indicted 35-year-old Nick Sauer on 12 felony charges Wednesday for allegedly creating false social media accounts and using them to post nude photos of two women, without their consent. In a 14-page indictment, the grand jury said he, “intentionally disseminated” images of the women displaying […]

  • Police reportedly called after R. Kelly spotted at Chicago night club

    CHICAGO — Chicago police were called to a club on Wednesday where singer R.Kelly was reportedly celebrating his birthday. TMZ reports police responded to V75 Nightclub on a call about a warrant for the singer’s arrest. “Law enforcement confirmed to TMZ that they did indeed go to the club and made contact with Kelly — however, once they determined there was NO actual arrest warrant … Kelly was free to go about his business,” TMZ reports. People who saw R. […]

  • Pizza Hut expands beer delivery service

    Pizza Hut is leaning into its beer delivery service to get an edge over Domino’s. The pizza chain announced on Monday that it is expanding its beer delivery program to 1,000 locations by the summer. Beer delivery will be up and running in nearly 300 locations in Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, California and Arizona by mid-January. Pizza Hut is the only national pizza chain that delivers beer. Delivery has become increasingly important for restaurants trying to reach their […]

  • Millions could lose food assistance if shutdown drags on

    Millions of low-income Americans could have a harder time affording food if the partial government shutdown continues into February. Funding for food stamps, school lunches and nutrition for pregnant women and young children is expected to run out next month if the impasse isn’t resolved, experts say. The largest benefit at risk is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the formal name for food stamps. Nearly 38.6 million Americans depended on this aid to augment their grocery budgets in September, […]

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