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  • How to see Uranus without a telescope as planet nears Earth

    WASHINGTON – Uranus will be visible without using a telescope on Thursday night. NASA says the seventh planet from the sun will be clearly visible because it reaches opposition – which just means the planet is opposite the sun in our sky and at the closet point to Earth. “It’s visible all night long and its blue-green color is unmistakeable. It may be bright enough to see with your naked eye — and for sure in binoculars,” according to NASA. […]

  • 2 US sailors found dead 4 days apart in same home

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – Investigators suspect drug overdoses killed two Navy submarine sailors whose bodies were found in the same Georgia house four days apart. Authorities are awaiting results of toxicology tests following the strange back-to-back deaths at an off-base home near Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, said Cmdr. Sarah Self-Kyler, a spokeswoman for the Navy’s Submarine Forces Command. “It is our understanding from the initial reports that it is an apparent drug overdose for both sailors,” Self-Kyler said in an […]

  • Lulu the dog flunks out of CIA bomb-sniffer school

    Government agencies routinely make hiring and firing announcements, but a recent one from the CIA caught Gizmodo‘s eye. A Twitter thread revealed the agency has laid off Lulu, a recruit in its K9 training program tasked with detecting explosives. Lulu, described in her CIA profile as being a “hyper and silly” black Lab with an “easygoing sweetness,” started “to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors” not long after she started training. The agency explains that dogs […]

  • Father’s dying wish to walk daughters down the aisle comes true

    MILLERSBURG, Ohio – As Willie Shelton fought terminal cancer, his wife says he always had the same wish. “The one constant was always, ‘I want to see my girls grow up, and I want to walk them down the aisle,'” Cheryl Shelton told WJW. With seven daughters, the family realized it was unlikely the U.S. Army veteran would be able to accomplish that, so they came up with a plan to make his dream a reality. The Sheltons have a […]

  • Kindergartner empties piggy bank to pay for classmates’ milk

    ISHPEMING, Mich. — A 5-year-old Michigan girl has made it her goal to make sure all of her classmates get milk, even if their parents can’t afford it. Two weeks ago, Sunshine Oelfke emptied out her piggy bank onto the living room floor and began “counting” her money. Her grandmother, Jackie Sue Oelfke, posted pictures of the beautiful moment on Facebook. She wrote, in part, “After a few minutes, I see her bag up some of it and I asked her […]

  • Boy, 15, charged after teens allegedly giggled while setting Oregon wildfire

    OREGON – A 15-year-old boy faces charges after a wildfire tore through Oregon’s Hood River County. The fire, which destroyed 10,000 acres, started in early September. Liz FitzGerald, 48, said she was hiking when she passed a group of teens who were giggling after throwing fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon, according to Willamette Week. “I passed the teenagers at that point,” FitzGerald told the paper. “It was a smaller group of maybe seven or nine. Just as I was passing […]

  • Mom accused of selling drugs to students at daughter’s Catholic high school

    SAN DIEGO – The mother of a student at Cathedral Catholic High School faces multiple charges related to selling drugs to students at several San Diego campuses, according to police and school authorities. Parents of CCHS students were notified by an email obtained by KSWB from the school Principal Kevin Calkins that the parent of a student had been arrested on drug charges: “Recently, the parent of a CCHS student was arrested and charged with the sale and possession of […]

  • Baby found with woman, child – all naked and covered in powder – pronounced dead

    LOS ANGELES – A 2-month-old girl was pronounced dead after she was found alongside another young girl and a woman – all naked and covered in white powder – behind a market in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of Los Angeles early Thursday morning. About 1:44 a.m., police responded to the rear parking lot of Numero Uno Market near the intersection of East 23rd and South San Pedro streets after someone reported hearing screaming, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Mike Rimkunas […]

  • Clerk accused of shooting man to death over $1 bag of gas station candy

    ST. LOUIS – A 39-year-old St. Louis gas station clerk is charged with shooting and killing a person he thought had taken a bag of candy from his store. The shooting happened September 26 at a gas station in the 2800 block of N. Florissant Avenue, according to court documents. The victim, Christopher Simmons, was a customer at the gas station when he got into an argument with the store clerk, identified as Taleb Rebhi Ali Jawher. Jawher accused Simmons of […]

  • Wanted man surrenders – with doughnuts – after police win his Facebook bet

    REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan – After losing a bet with police on Facebook, a man kept his word and turned himself in. Matthew Zaydel, 21, was wanted by Redford Township police for multiple misdemeanor warrants. Zaydel, who went by the alias Champagne Torino on Facebook, responded to Redford Township police on a post earlier this month, saying he would turn himself in if their post reaches 1,000 shares. Along with turning himself in, Zaydel said he would bring in doughnuts and […]

  • Woman stunned by $185K DirecTV bill after signing up for promotion

    ORWELL, Ohio – Angela Mixon-Smith said she nearly had a heart attack when she opened her satellite television bill Monday. “I mean, my chest got heavy,” she said. “I had to get some water. I don’t drink. I was ready to drink.” The retired postal worker said her bill for DirecTV service showed a balance due of $184,530.67. “I know I don’t have that kind of money,” she said. “And, since April? There’s no way.” In April, Mixon-Smith said she […]

  • The 10 highest paying industries in the U.S.

    Despite record low unemployment rates, American wage growth has remained fairly stagnant. Across all industries, real earnings have increased just 2.5% this year, only slightly outpacing inflation. This is not good news for the average American worker who has been coping with stagnant wages for nearly 40 years. However, employees in certain industries are faring far better than average. To figure out which industries are dishing out the largest paychecks, ConsumersAdvocate.org analyzed the latest BLS employment and wage report. It’s […]

  • Transgender woman barred from Busch Gardens for ‘wearing a costume’

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A transgender woman was denied access to Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg because a park security guard deemed her skirt a costume, according to WTVR. Bria Gibson’s girlfriend was born a male, but identifies as female. The couple went to the park on Saturday to enjoy the Halloween season’s Howl-o-Scream event. But their day took a turn as soon as they reached the park’s security gate. There, a security guard looked at her girlfriend, who was wearing […]

  • These are 25 of the happiest cities in the U.S., study says

    Regular dental checkups and vacation time may not seem related, but according to a survey measuring happiness in U.S. cities, they are both good indicators of overall well-being. A study compiled by National Geographic, author Dan Buettner and Gallup used 15 factors that also include quality of diet, financial security, and daily learning, among others. The findings are based on 250,000 interviews done across the country from 2014 to 2015 as part of the National Geographic Gallup Special/Blue Zones Index. […]

  • Woman learns dog is alive 5 months after she thought pet was put down

    HOWELL, N.J. — A New Jersey woman thought her family’s beloved dog was dead only to learn that the animal had been living with an employee of the veterinary office where she’d taken the dog to be euthanized five months earlier. Keri Levy brought her 15-year-old miniature pinscher to Briarwood Veterinary Hospital on May 17 to be euthanized “due to his declining health,” an official with the Howell Police Department told PIX11 News in a statement. “She picked up the […]

  • ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant loses nearly everything, wins with just $1

    A “Jeopardy!” contestant eked out an unlikely victory Tuesday after losing nearly all of his money on the last question. Manny Abell, a naval officer from Lacey, Washington was the first to answer Alex Trebek’s question: “What country bordered the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf?” 2017 keeps delivering. pic.twitter.com/8avr0zCZl9 — Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) October 17, 2017 Abell, the returning champion, lost $999 of his $1,000 with the incorrect guess “Iraq.” With just a dollar left, things looked grim for […]

  • Gordon Hayward suffers gruesome ankle fracture in first game as a Celtic

    CLEVELAND – Less than six minutes into the first game of the season, NBA player Gordon Hayward fractured his left ankle in a gruesome-looking fall, the Boston Celtics confirmed. Hayward, in his debut with the Celtics, appeared to have jumped and landed on his leg at an angle. After falling, Hayward remained on the ground, and can be seen grimacing in pain, his foot pointing at an awkward angle. The Celtics were playing in Cleveland, and the fall happened in […]

  • ‘Fearless’ goat-herding dog Odin refuses to leave flock amid California wildfires

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A goat-herding dog is receiving attention after it stayed by a flock of goats amid the California wildfires last week. The dog’s owner Roland Tembo Hendel detailed his courageous dog’s act in a lengthy Facebook post. “By 11:10 we could see the first of the flames across the valley. By 11:15 they were growing larger and the winds went mad. We had loaded up the dogs and cats, but Odin, our stubborn and fearless Great Pyrenees would […]

  • Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old Washington boy, leaving body in dumpster

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. — A 19-year-old man admitted to drowning a 6-year-old Washington state boy with autism and leaving his body in a dumpster, officials said Tuesday. The suspect, from Kerville, Texas, but believed to be a family member, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for first-degree murder. He is not being identified because he has not been formally charged with a crime. The body of Dayvid Pakko was found early Tuesday at the apartment complex where the boy’s family […]

  • Boy falls into deep sleep for 11 days, baffling doctors

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A 7-year-old Kentucky boy fell into a deep, 11-day sleep and doctors can’t explain why, WDRB reports. Amy Shaw said she and her son Wyatt were at a wedding and Wyatt was the life of the party. After the wedding, she expected the 7-year-old to be tired, but couldn’t have expected what happened next. Wyatt fell asleep and wouldn’t wake up for 11 days. He has been a patient at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville since the […]

  • Student brings loaded gun on elementary school field trip

    COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. – Police have arrested a man after a child brought a loaded gun to school Tuesday, according to WTVR. The Lakeview Elementary students were on the bus, headed to a scheduled field trip when “a school employee observed a firearm in a child’s pants pocket,” a Colonial Heights Police spokesperson said. Police said the gun was immediately taken away and the employee brought the child back to school. The gun was loaded, but there was no bullet […]

  • ‘I was shaking’: Woman says driver followed her home in confrontation caught on video

    LOS ANGELES – A Southern California woman says a man she had encountered at the grocery store followed her home and behaved aggressively, causing her to fear for the safety of her family. Tiana Neiviller told KTLA the frightening encounter happened after she left a West Hills shopping center. Neiviller, who is part of a neighborhood watch group on Facebook, says a man became angry because she snapped a photo of his car. She said she recognized the vehicle from prior […]

  • Secret to amazing chocolate chip cookies? Bang them

    MINNESOTA – “It’s all in the pan-bang,” baker-blogger Sarah Kieffer says of her unusual chocolate chip cookies. The Minnesota baker’s not-so-secret recipe had already been circulating on Instagram when the New York Times tested it out, and after the Times covered it, it went viral. Kieffer detailed her technique after food writer Julia Moskin became intrigued by the attention the funny-looking cookies—”as wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder”—were getting online. She assumed the “mutant” cookies copied […]

  • Man accused of killing young mom after she let him into apartment gym

    INDIANAPOLIS – A man one investigator called a “predator” is accused of stabbing an Indianapolis mother to death after she let him into a downtown apartment building gym Friday, according to WXIN. Suspect Cody Weir, 25, has confessed to the fatal stabbing, according to court documents filed in the case. Detectives began investigating the crime around 6:30 a.m. Friday, after a person was discovered dead on the second level of luxury apartment building 9 on Canal. The coroner later identified the victim […]

  • Man tortured girlfriend’s son to death because he thought child was gay, prosecutor says

    LOS ANGELES – A man accused of torturing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son to death killed the child because he thought the boy was gay, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor said during opening statements Monday. Isauro Aguirre’s defense attorney said his client admits to causing the injuries on Gabriel Fernandez’s body, but that it only happened because Aguirre exploded in rage after Gabriel told his mom to leave her boyfriend, according to KTLA. Aguirre, 32, is charged with murder […]

  • ‘Trailer Park Boys’ actor John Dunsworth dies at 71

    Canadian actor John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey on the hit comedy series “Trailer Park Boys,” has died at 71. Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah confirmed the news Monday, tweeting, “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away.” She added that her father died peacefully after “a short and unexpected illness.” Dunsworth, who is originally from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, acted in […]

  • Mom charged with murder after allegedly putting kids in oven, turning it on

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Two Atlanta toddlers were found dead late Friday night and the mother of the children has been charged with murder, according to WGCL. According to an arrest warrant obtained by WXIA, investigators believe the mother, 24-year-old Lamora Williams, put the children in an oven and turned it on. Officers were called out to the Oakland City West End Apartments on Friday night where two infants, 1-year-old Jakarter Penn and 2-year-old Keyounte Penn, were found dead. Police said […]

  • Texas county worker accused of stealing $1.2M worth of fajitas over 9 years

    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A former Texas county employee has been arrested for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajita meat. Gilberto Escaramilla was fired from his Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department job in August. He was arrested for felony theft after a search warrant turned up packages of county-funded fajitas inside his refrigerator, according to Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz. Escaramilla has acknowledged stealing packages of the food for nine years. An audit of vendor invoices showed Escaramilla intercepted food deliveries […]

  • Carrie Fisher once gave a cow tongue to a sexually predatory Hollywood producer

    LOS ANGELES – In life, Carrie Fisher was long known for her outspoken criticism of Hollywood and a refusal to conform to the celebrity culture. But even in death, tales of the Star Wars actress’ fearless loyalty to her friends lives on. After learning that “an Oscar-winning producer,” had sexually assaulted her friend, Carrie Fisher hand delivered him a gift-wrapped cow tongue, and issued him a warning with the kind of fierce bite that only Princess Leia can deliver. Heather […]

  • Celebrity chef Guy Fieri cooks up barbecue feast for Santa Rosa fire victims

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Celebrity chef Guy Fieri pitched in to make sure displaced Santa Rosa residents and emergency workers had enough to eat Thursday. Fieri, a Santa Rosa resident himself, teamed up with the Salvation Army and created a temporary kitchen in the parking lot of the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Fieri and others served up thousands of meals, according to KTVU, dishing out barbecue favorites like pulled pork, roasted chicken and mac and cheese. “This is the […]