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  • ‘Kitty Bitty’ the stowaway cat from Georgia found in California 5 months later

    LOS ANGELES – A feline stowaway discovered riding aboard a big rig in California’s Riverside County turned out to belong to a Georgia family who has been missing him since the Fourth of July, officials said Friday. The tabby, named Kitty Bitty, was apparently along for the long haul as a truck driver for Pepsi made the trip out west, according to John Welsh, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. “We can only surmise he somehow […]

  • 7-year-old’s heartbreaking letter to Santa inspires flood of donations

    EDINBURG, Texas – A 7-year-old Texas girl’s Christmas wish list has hundreds of people donating after her first-grade teacher shared her humble requests on Facebook. Ruth Espiricueta told KGBT one of her students at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Edinburg, Crystal Pacheco, wrote the letter after a lesson about the difference between wanting and needing something. “I have binde (been) good this day,” Crystal wrote. “This Christmas I would like a ball and a food. I need a blancet.” Espiricueta […]

  • Yes, your wine glass keeps getting bigger

    If you drink wine, there’s a good chance you measure intake by the glass. Here’s why that’s problematic: Modern wine glasses are seven times larger than those of centuries ago—and notably bigger than glasses that are just two decades old, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Cambridge analyzed more than 400 antique and modern wine glasses, including some of various British monarchs, and determined the average and median size of glasses has increased gradually since the […]

  • Man fed up with porch thieves sells booby-trapped box that sends crooks running

    TACOMA, Wash. – When it comes to catching package thieves, some homeowners use surveillance cameras.  But Jaireme Barrow wants to scare them away so they never come back. So about a year ago he invented something he calls “The Blank Box” – and he says business is booming. The package – an empty booby-trapped box – is left on a porch. But it’s rigged with fishing wire and a 12-gauge shotgun blank that goes off. “Now it’s ready to go,” […]

  • Woman mauled to death by her dogs while taking them for a walk

    GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. – A 22-year-old woman found dead in a wooded area of Virginia Thursday night after she was mauled to death by her dogs, Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said. Bethany Lynn Stephens’ father called 911 Thursday, at about 8:18 p.m., when he went looking for his daughter off Manakin Road in Goochland, where she often walked her dogs. He discovered her dogs in the woods, and he told the sheriff’s office the dogs appeared to be “guarding” Bethany’s […]

  • Customer finds side of cocaine with order of cheese sticks, police say

    GRIFFITH, Ind. — A fast food restaurant in Northwest Indiana will remain closed until police figure out how drugs allegedly wound up in a customer’s order. A Broad Street Gyros customer called police Nov. 21 saying she thought there was cocaine in her takeout order. She told police she found a small baggie of white powder stuffed inside a plastic foam cup along with her cheese sticks, according to the Chicago Tribune. She added that, along with the owner, Carrie […]

  • Grandmother and granddaughter graduate from college together – with honors

    CHICAGO – Most grandparents hope to live long enough to see their grandchildren graduate college, but one got the unique chance to follow her granddaughter across the stage and pick up a diploma of her own. “When we started together we never intended on being finished at the exact same moment so this was actually a coincidence, but we are proud and excited to be doing it together,” said granddaughter Karea Berry. The two graduated from Chicago State University Thursday. […]

  • Video shows coyote attacking dog in suburban Illinois backyard

    NORTHFIELD, Ill. — A suburban Illinois couple have a warning for fellow pet owners after their dog was attacked by a coyote in their own backyard. It happened so fast: just moments after Boozer stepped outside, a coyote rushed in and circled the cairn terrier briefly before rushing in and clamping down on his head, dragging the 14-pound dog around the yard. The couple’s home surveillance camera captured the attack as the coyote dragged the dog around, until Barnaby Dinges’ wife ran […]

  • Doctor accused of spiking pregnant girlfriend’s tea with abortion pill

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A doctor is facing several charges after his girlfriend said he spiked her drink with an abortion pill, causing her to lose her unborn baby, according to WROC. Brook Fiske and Sikander Imran had been dating on and off for three years, when Imran, a doctor, moved from Rochester to Arlington, Va., for a new job. That’s when he learned Fiske was pregnant. “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into […]

  • Check out some of the bets people are wagering on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

    Movie goers won’t get to go back to a galaxy far, far away until December 15, but they can bet on Star Wars: The Last Jedi now. Episode 8 of the popular sci-fi franchise is expected to be among the most lucrative films of all time, according to sister site Covers, and many of the prop wagers available center around just that. At William Hill, The Last Jedi is a big -1,600 favorite to boast the highest grossing U.S. opening […]

  • Could human remains in Montana shed be missing Michigan brothers?

    MISSOULA, Mont. – Michigan State Police are looking into a grisly find in Montana in hopes of solving the cold case disappearance of three young brothers, according to WDIV. The boys, Andrew, 9; Alexander, 7; and Tanner Skelton, 5; were last seen in Morenci, Michigan during Thanksgiving of 2010. Police later arrested the boys’ father, John Skelton, who was taking care of them after convincing their mother, who had exclusive custody, that he would return them the next day. John […]

  • Watch this 16-year-old’s absolute joy after getting accepted to Harvard

    BREAUX BRIDGE, La. – A 16-year-old Louisiana high school student is going to Harvard, and by the time he gets there many of his classmates will have seen the viral video of him reacting to news of his acceptance. Congratulations and welcome to Harvard, Ayrton! 🎉 — Harvard Admissions (@applytoharvard) December 13, 2017 To say that Ayrton Little, from Breaux Bridge, celebrated with his classmates when he got the news of the Ivy League acceptance would be an understatement. You’ll have […]

  • Walmart shooter’s chilling tattoo shocks courtroom as he’s sentenced to life in prison

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The man found guilty of shooting up a Pennsylvania Walmart parking lot has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison, according to WNEP. Scott Sargent walked out of his sentencing stone-faced after being convicted of multiple charges, including the attempted murder of five police officers. Sargent will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to 179 to 358 years Thursday morning at the Luzerne County Courthouse following that October 2015 shootout at […]

  • Police officer shot son for swapping his vodka with water, prosecutors say

    INDIAN HEAD PARK, Ill. — A suburban Illinois police officer charged with shooting his son during an apparent argument over a bottle of vodka. The judge in this case called the allegations “disturbing” and ordered 48-year old cop to be held with bail no bail, according to WGN. Prosecutors say the suspect, Indian Head Park Police Sergeant Ray Leuser, shot his son inside of his home on the Southwest Side. A neighbor who did not want to be identified called Leuser […]

  • Walmart is letting workers get paid whenever they want

    Walmart is teaming up with Silicon Valley to make payday come early for its employees. The company announced a new “Instapay” service for its 1.4 million workers. The service will allow Walmart workers to access, before payday, half of the wages they have already earned. They can withdraw that pay whenever they’d like to. Instapay is part of a personal finance app called Even, which lets hourly and salaried workers plan ahead for bills, make savings goals and helps them […]

  • Ohio man tried to trade chicken Alfredo, Sprite for sex with minor: police

    AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – An Ohio college student faces multiple charges after police say he tried to have sex with an underage boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer, according to WXIX. Austintown police arrested Albert Maruna IV, 22, a student at Youngstown State University, on charges of attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, possessing criminal tools and importuning. College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex — […]

  • Teen accused of stabbing K-9 could face just 15 days in jail, according to Missouri law

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. – A Missouri K-9 named Champ is recovering after being stabbed in the neck as he was trying to stop a suspected thief – who may only spend a couple weeks in jail. Champ tracked Zachary Wilbanks, 17, from the Harrisonville Walmart to a field behind a nearby strip mall. “It was pretty amazing how many cops showed up,” witness Jake Niemann told WDAF. The deputy handling Champ heard a bark and a yelp. Wilbanks was tracked down […]

  • Jurors recommend death penalty for man called ‘pure evil’ who tortured, killed boy

    LOS ANGELES – A jury has recommended that Isauro Aguirre, the California man convicted of murdering his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son, be sentenced to death. Aguirre, 37, had faced the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder on Nov. 15 in the killing of Gabriel Fernandez, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The jury also found true a special circumstance allegation that the little boy had been […]

  • Cold case solved? Man arrested in 1989 murder, rape of Washington teen

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Detectives arrested a man on Tuesday in a cold case that has haunted a Washington state county for almost 30 years. After investigating thousands of leads, Sheriff Bill Elfo said deputies arrested Timothy Forrest Bass, 50, of Everson, on suspicion of the first degree murder, first degree kidnapping and first degree rape. Amanda “Mandy” Stavik disappeared in Whatcom County on Nov. 24, 1989 after leaving her home on Strand Rd. to go for a jog with the family […]

  • The most and least taxed states – how did your state fare?

    In light of the new Republican tax bill, the current tax system has once again come under review. Always a divisive issue, there has been much debate over the optimal tax policy – one that promotes a healthy economy while limiting the deficit and providing citizens with necessary public services. To see how much control the government wields over the economy, economists often look at the ratio of taxes collected compared to gross domestic product (GDP). A high tax-to-GDP ratio […]

  • Teenager uses final breaths to identify her alleged killer

    NEW YORK – A New York City teenager used her final breaths to identify the man who killed her after she refused to date him, according to police. In May of 2016, 16-year-old Shemel Mercurius was babysitting her 3-year-old cousin at her Brooklyn apartment. That’s when Taariq Stephens, now 25, allegedly shot her multiple times with a machine gun. Surveillance video from that night shows the alleged killer in an elevator at her apartment building and later opening fire. Stephens […]

  • Lewd photos found in children’s gloves, coat pockets at Iowa stores

    ATLANTIC, Iowa — Police are investigating dozens of pornographic photos found hidden inside items at a store in the Iowa town of Atlantic. According to police, a customer at Orscheln’s Farm and Home store was trying on a pair of gloves when she found a picture of a man’s genitals inside on Friday. When police arrived on the scene, they searched the store and found the pictures hidden only in women and children’s gloves and coat pockets. “It’s a little bizarre, we’ve […]

  • Doug Jones beats Roy Moore in Alabama, secures Senate seat

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Roy Moore in Alabama Tuesday night, according to the Associated Press. The victory is a major upset in a state where the GOP candidate would normally be an easy winner. The big question on the minds of many voters heading to the polls was whether the allegations against Moore of sexually abusing teens and his history of controversial comments about women and minorities would be enough for a reliably red state to […]

  • Three charged in video of shark being cruelly dragged behind boat

    MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Three men have been charged with animal cruelty after a video surfaced in July showing a shark being dragged behind a speeding boat, Florida wildlife officials announced Tuesday. The suspects, 21-year-old Michael Wenzel, 28-year-old Robert Lee Benac and 23-year-old Spencer Heintz, all face two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty after turning themselves in Tuesday. Benac and Wenzel face an additional misdemeanor charge of illegal take. Shark-dragging video case results in three arrests @TB_Times […]

  • Cellphone video appears to show teacher slam student to the floor

    CANTON, Ohio – An Ohio teacher is under investigation after cellphone video surfaced that appears to show him slam a student down to the floor according to WJW. The school district says the incident happened Dec. 4 at McKinley High School in Canton, and the footage circulated the next day. The teacher, Ken Weatherbee, has been placed on paid leave, according to school officials. The video clip, which was given to WJW by a parent of one of the students, lasts […]

  • Geminid meteor shower could be one of the best ever – here’s how to see it

    If you’re looking for a fantastic light show Dec. 13-14, all you need to do is look up. The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year. This year is expected to be the best meteor shower ever, thanks to aligning conditions. “With August’s Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year,” said Bill Cooke, with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, in a news release. “The thin, waning crescent moon won’t […]

  • Couple reunites family with 1956 letter to Santa found during renovation

    SHAMOKIN, Pa. — The holiday spirit can show up in unexpected places – for a Pennsylvania couple, it came in the form of a decades-old letter to Santa they discovered above their tattoo parlor. Michael Nahodil told WNEP they might never have found it if their landlord hadn’t given them an ultimatum: “We could either buy or have a new landlord and I don’t want to get kicked out, so we kind of made the move.” The couple decided to […]

  • Mom held at knifepoint escapes by mouthing ‘help me’ to shoppers, sheriff says

    MARION COUNTY, Ore. – On Oregon mother and her son managed to escape their alleged captor by signaling strangers after they were abducted in their own home Friday afternoon, officials said. Investigators say it all started when 25-year-old Christopher Hahn-Collins broke into the victim’s Salem house and hid until she and her son returned. “A woman comes home to her southeast Salem home, finds a man inside,” Lt. Chris Baldridge, with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, told KOIN. “Basically for the next […]

  • Mother pleads guilty in 3-year-old son’s freezing death

    MORGANTON, N.C. – A North Carolina woman whose 3-year-old son froze to death earlier this year pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in court Monday, WSOC reports. Jamie Basinger, 24, faced one count each of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse, but prosecutors dropped the felony abuse count as part of a plea deal. On March 15, Basinger’s son, Landyn, was found frozen to death on the front porch of his home in Morganton. Temperatures that morning were in the 20s with a […]

  • Pit bull attacks, kills 77-year-old suburban Illinois woman

    ALSIP, Ill. – Police shot and killed a pit bull that mauled a 77-year-old woman to death in the yard of a suburban Illinois home Monday afternoon, according to WGN. Officers responded to Komensky Ave and 116th St in Alsip after a young man walking his dog saw the attack and called police. When they arrived, police say the dog was still aggressive and they were forced to shoot it. Officers tried to give the woman first aid but it […]