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  • Texas mom arrested after 2 children die in hot car during ‘lesson’

    WEATHERFORD, Texas – Police have arrested a Texas mother after she allegedly left her two young children in a hot car as a form of punishment in late May. Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, faces charges of first-degree felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, according to the Park County Sheriff’s Office. The two young children — a 2-year-old girl and a 16-month-old boy — were found dead in Parker County, Texas on May 26. The Tarrant County […]

  • Woman learns she has cancer while planning husband’s funeral: ‘I’m not ready to give in’

    MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota mother says she’s not about to give up, despite losing her husband and then learning that she has cancer while she planned his funeral. Tessie Sylvester’s husband, John, 44, died a week ago following a battle with ALS. “I was literally on the phone with the funeral director, and the other line beeped and it was my doctor, and so I clicked over and answered it. That’s when she said, ‘It’s cancer and it doesn’t look good,'” Sylvester told WCCO. The […]

  • Stuffed cow saves 2-year-old after he tumbles out window

    BOSTON – A 2-year-old boy dodged serious injury with the help of a fuzzy friend, the stuffed cow that broke his fall after he tumbled through a second-story window around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Luis Eduardo Gomez was jumping on a bed inside the Chelsea, Massachusetts home when an unfortunate bounce sent him flying out the window, according to The Boston Globe. He fell roughly 16 feet, landing on a concrete slab in the family’s yard. The boy’s great-uncle, Luis Estrada, […]

  • Man claiming to be ‘Mad Max’ arrested for ‘numerous illegal weapons’

    BARSTOW, Calif. – An armed man who claimed to be “Mad Max” was arrested while driving an all-terrain vehicle in Barstow, California shortly before midnight, authorities announced Friday. Jack Lee Ernest, 49, told the arresting deputy that he “fashioned himself as ‘Mad Max,’ a reference to a violent movie involving deadly assaults from vehicles,” stated a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Ernest was driving a quad on Old Highway 58, which runs north of town and […]

  • 13-year-old plans suicide after ‘absolutely heartbreaking’ yearbook bullying

    BUCKLEY, Wash. – A Washington state mother said she was heartbroken after her 13-year-old son told her he wanted to kill himself after relentless bullying at school. His mom also told KCPQ that the boy’s classmates wrote hateful messages in his school yearbook, telling him he should commit suicide. The 7th-grader said he would usually try to arrive late to class to avoid his bullies – but last week’s incident was too much for him to handle, and he planned to take […]

  • Deputies shoot, kill California teen while trying to stop dog attack

    PALMDALE, Calif. – In what officials called an “extremely unfortunate incident,” California sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a teenage boy while trying to stop a charging dog. The deputies opened fire when a pit bull charged at them a second time early Thursday in the Southern California city of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies initially responded to a noise complaint around 3:45 a.m., according to sheriff’s Capt. Christopher Bergner. Authorities had been to the location, in a single-story apartment complex, four times […]

  • Man ‘proposes’ to little girl after popping the question to her mom

    FISHERS, Ind. — A 5-year-old girl is stealing the spotlight from her just-engaged mother, thanks to her stepfather-to-be’s sweet, thoughtful proposal. When Grant Tribbett, of Westfield, Indiana and Cassandra Reschar started dating, she was already a single mom. Once Grant decided that it was time to propose, he asked one of Cassandra’s girlfriends to book a nail appointment for the mother and daughter. The Saturday after they got their nails done, Grant took them to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Then, they went […]

  • Missing boy who didn’t want to go to camp found on roof by TV news chopper

    HIALEAH, Fla. – The search for a missing 11-year-old Florida boy ended when a television news helicopter spotted him camped out on the roof of the family home Tuesday afternoon, according to WTVT. “My mom is embarrassed,” Angel Gort told the station. “I didn’t mean to cause any trouble, and I didn’t mean to waste any of the police officers’ time.” Angel, who says he has ADHD, told reporters he didn’t want to go to camp and got into a […]

  • Man visits Disneyland for 2,000th consecutive day

    ANAHEIM, Calif. – A man “marked a milestone of Super Hero proportions” on Thursday when he visited Disneyland for the 2,000th consecutive day, the resort announced. Jeff Reitz, an Air Force veteran from Huntington Beach, California, began his daily visits to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on Jan. 1, 2012, according to a Disney news release. He has gone every day ever since. The Disneyland Annual Passholder says the theme parks give him something to look forward to every day, […]

  • Boys wear skirts in England heat wave to protest school’s ‘no shorts’ policy

    LONDON – As a record-breaking heat wave grips Britain, some teenage boys are protesting their school’s “no shorts” policy by donning skirts instead. Students at the Isca Academy in Exeter, England, turned up at school Thursday wearing skirts after their head teacher wouldn’t relax the dress code, which bans shorts. The teenagers argued it was just too hot to wear trousers as temperatures soared to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (nearly 27 C). Local news site Devon Live captured the scene outside […]

  • Teacher accused of sex with teen: ‘You’re not going to be happy with what you find on my phone’

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. –A high school special education teacher has allegedly admitted to having sex with one of her students, according to WFSB. The Bridgeport teacher, identified as Laura Ramos, has been charged with second-degree sexual assault. According to court paperwork, a student brought all of this to light, and Ramos denied having a relationship with a student at first, but then later changed her story. The arrest warrant states that two weeks ago a student witness went to school officials […]

  • How a ‘breatharian’ couple surviving on ‘universe’s energy’ fooled news outlets

    NEW YORK – The sky is blue. The grass is green. Humans need food and water to survive. Well, unless you believe a story published in several major news outlets over the past week. Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castillo, a so-called “breatharian” couple, were spotlighted in widely-shared news articles claiming that they are able to survive off “the universe’s energy” and refrain from eating, save a piece of fruit or vegetable broth three times a week. “Humans can easily be […]

  • Chimpanzee dies after falling from branch during fight at Kansas City Zoo

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A violent exchange in a chimpanzee exhibit left an animal dead and the Kansas City Zoo staff mourning his loss, according to WDAF. Zoo regular Harold Miller said he’s spent many mornings walked to the three-acre chimpanzee exhibit. He didn’t realize Wednesday morning he was about to watch Bahati, a chimpanzee, fall about 40 feet to his death. “I heard the chimps making a racket even before I got near to the enclosure,” Miller said. “It […]

  • 10-year-old boy killed by log in surf at Alabama beach

    FORT MORGAN, Ala. – A boy from St. Louis died during a family vacation when rough surf kicked up by a tropical storm sent a large log crashing down on him. The 10-year-old was in Alabama when he was fatally struck in front of his family’s condo Wednesday morning. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office reports that officers initially arrived in the 3100 block of Ponce De Leon Court at around 10:30 a.m. for reports of a possible drowning. His father told investigators that the 10-year-old was only standing a few […]

  • ‘He didn’t really have a face when he got up’: Dog mauls 2 kids sitting in minivan

    LANCASTER, Pa. — Two children are in the hospital after a dog attacked them on a residential street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Police said a 5-year-old pit bull terrier broke through a fence, got inside a minivan, and attacked the kids in their car seats. Neighbors told WPMT they rushed out to help after the dog started attacking the 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. Tom Grab, CEO of Ingrain Construction, tried to help the children’s mother pull the animal off. “You just snap […]

  • Mom shocked after breaking 50-year-old family history of girl babies

    COLUMBUS, Ga. – A mother-to-be in Georgia decided to keep the sex of her baby a surprise, but she had no idea just how shocked she’d be. For Dara Crouch, a 50-year family history of all girls made her certain that she, too, would be giving birth to a girl. “I just knew I was having a girl,” Crouch, 29, told TODAY. But when the day arrived, and out came a baby boy after four hours in labor, her mouth dropped and her eyes […]

  • Iowa mother says counting app saved her baby’s life

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Many people use their cellphones to play games, waste time or check the latest sports scores – but one Iowa woman believes an app she downloaded saved her baby girl’s life. “I haven’t let my mind go there,” said Emily Eekhoff about what could have happened if she hadn’t rushed to the hospital. “They could have been burying our baby instead.” Eekhoff was 33 weeks pregnant when she noticed something had changed. “We were a little […]

  • 62-year-old Denver man beaten to death after trying to stop attack on teens

    DENVER – Police have arrested a man accused of assaulting two random teenagers and then beating a 62-year-old man to death in the middle of a Denver street, according to KDVR. The attacks happened near Curtis and 25th streets at about 4 a.m. on Friday, according to the Denver Police Department. When officers arrived, they found two teens who had been attacked in what appeared to be a random incident. One of the victims had “significant facial injuries,” according to […]

  • Man dies with 109-degree temperature at Las Vegas music festival

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A 34-year-old California man died of an apparent heat-related illness after attending the first night of an electronic music festival. Michael Morse, 34, made the trip to Las Vegas to attend the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with two of his friends, and the family now blames festival organizers for his death, according to a report. “It was the worst call of my life because … this was supposed to be his […]

  • 9-year-old wows crowd with amazing dance moves at Chicago street fest

    CHICAGO – Anyone who thinks they’ve got moves may have to reevaluate after watching this little girl tear up the dance floor at The Taste of Randolph, a Chicago street party. The girl is 9 years old, reported DNAInfo, and a viral video of her moves has been viewed over 270,000 times since she stole the show during DJ Psycho B’s set at the festival Friday. Her footwork, rhythm and seemingly spontaneous moves stunned onlookers as they filmed and danced with her. Comments like “Little […]

  • Doctor accused of child sex abuse wanted to create ‘sexual families,’ court docs say

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – A longtime neurosurgeon accused of raping and sodomizing multiple children wanted to impregnate women and create “sexual families,” according to a report. James Kohut, who was arrested last month at his home in Santa Cruz, California, pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of child sex abuse in court Monday, local television station KSBW reported. Prosecutors have alleged that Kohut has been preying on children for the past two decades and that he wanted to impregnate women and […]

  • Georgia inmates credited with saving life of guard during work detail

    POLK COUNTY, Ga. – A group of Georgia inmates are being praised after helping to save the life of a correctional officer, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. On Monday morning, the officer, who was in charge of security for the sheriff’s office, collapsed during a work detail amid high temperatures and 100 percent humidity. The six inmates decided to act – one used the guard’s work phone to call 911 while others removed the correctional officer’s bulletproof vest so they […]

  • Nanny unafraid of ‘haunted house’ could make $64K, take 28 vacation days

    SCOTTISH BORDERS, Scotland – A family in the United Kingdom is looking to hire a live-in nanny and the offer sounds almost too good to be true — until you get to the part that may or may not be true. In exchange for caring for two children, ages 5 and 7, the family is offering a salary of more than $63,000 (£50,000) per year, 28 days of vacation, plus bank holidays, and “a comfortable room with en-suite bathroom and private kitchen.” […]

  • Video shows moment woman picks up rattlesnake, not dog toy

    CALABASAS, Calif. — A Southern California woman was literally rattled when she picked up what she thought was a dog toy – only to find out it was a venomous snake. Carla Portocarerro Rosso and her husband Ariel had just finished soaking in the jacuzzi  at their Calabasas home when the terrifying encounter was captured on surveillance video. Carla, dressed in a robe and flip-flops, was on her way inside when her husband asked her to bring the dog. “She wouldn’t come, […]

  • Teen killed by bear during race texted his mother to say he was being chased

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An annual Father’s Day mountain trail race took a tragic turn for an Alaska family when their teenage son was mauled and killed by a large black bear. The 16-year-old was one of dozens of teens competing in the 1.5-mile race through heavily-wooded terrain along Bird Creek Trail. While running, the teen got separated from the group and sent a text to his mother, who was also participating in the race, saying that he was being chased […]

  • Man accused of lewd act at public pool in New York

    NEW YORK – A man was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a teenage boy at a Long Island, New York pool, authorities said. Wilson Kenney, 33, of Queens, was arrested Sunday at the Forest City Park Pool in Wantagh, Nassau County police said. Kenney was sitting on a park bench when he allegedly began to rub his groin and exposed himself to a 17-year-old lifeguard at the pool, police said. He faces a charge of public lewdness, police said.

  • ‘You’re too big of a girl’: Salon owner accused of refusing pedicures to overweight women

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina woman says she is being discriminated against after being turned away for a pedicure based on her size. Tiffany Nelson said when she walked through the doors of QC Nails for a pedicure, she was told, “No, we’re not doing that anymore for you. Our chairs will break, you’re too big of a girl to sit in our chairs.” “That’s not okay,” Nelson told WCNC-TV. “It’s not okay to body shame people. It’s not okay […]

  • High school student dies during first day at landscaping job

    MASSILLON, Ohio – A student at an Ohio high school died unexpectedly on Thursday, according to WJW. Mitchell Williams was on the first day of his new job, working for a landscaping company. Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell said the 18-year-old was mowing at a property on King Road in Bucks Township. Coworkers called 911 several times, but were unable to hear the dispatcher because of poor cell service, the sheriff said. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the teen dead at the […]

  • 2 children shot outside school during end-of-year picnic

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are questioning persons of interest in a shooting that wounded two school girls at an end of year picnic. The drive-by shooting happened around 2 p.m. near Joseph  Warren Elementary, on the city’s South Side. Two girls, ages 7 and 13, were shot, according to WGN. Authorities say the younger girl was shot in the leg, the older girl was shot in the hand. They were both taken to the hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening. Students […]

  • These are the 10 worst U.S. cities to live in, site claims

    If you’re looking for a new city, you may want to consider these 10, deemed by 24/7 Wall St. as the worst U.S. cities to live in. The site looked at all 551 cities with a population of 65,000 or more, comparing factors including crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, housing affordability, and even access to restaurants and attractions. From there, it came up with the 50 you’d probably want to live in least: Detroit, Michigan: The city has a […]