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  • Animal feces found in counterfeit makeup sold as MAC, Kylie and other brand names

    LOS ANGELES – Officials found bacteria and animal waste in $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics seized during a bust at Los Angeles’ Fashion District, police said. A task force hit 21 locations in the Santee Alley shopping area Thursday and found that all of them were selling counterfeit name-brand makeup, Detective Rick Ishitani told KTLA. Photos tweeted by LAPD Captain Marc Reina showed the makeup stands selling brands like Anastasia, MAC, and Kylie. A similar bust was conducted last February […]

  • 14-year-old swimmer born with one arm and no legs inspires coaches, teammates

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – As far back as Gabe Marsh can remember he’s loved the water.  The Alabama teen competes for the Scottsboro swim team, despite being born without legs and just one arm. “He’s a good kid, he always works hard.  When he’s here he is always smiling and having a good time,” Scottsboro swim coach Mark Richard said.  “All of his teammates really like him a lot.  When he started coming his mom was like hey, he has no disabilities.” […]

  • Former TV producer charged with murder in 2015 death of her sister

    LOS ANGELES – A former television producer has been charged with murder after her deaf and partially-blind sister was found dead in 2015, according to authorities. Jill Blackstone, who worked on The Jerry Springer Show, The Tony Danza Show, Divorce Court and others, was arrested at a Baltimore hospital. She faces extradition to Los Angeles on a murder charge and three counts of animal cruelty, according to the Los Angeles Times. In March, 2015, her 49-year-old sister, Wendy Blackstone, was […]

  • Substitute teacher ran ‘fight club’ during math class, police say

    MONTVILLE, Conn. – A former substitute teacher was arrested Thursday for starting a “fight club” at a Connecticut high school, according to police. Instead of supervising Montville High School students as they studied, 23-year-old Ryan Fish is accused of encouraging students in his class to fight while others watched. Fish was arraigned in Norwich Superior Court Thursday on four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of breach of peace, according to […]

  • Man who escaped from Oklahoma prison 37 years ago has been captured

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A man who escaped from an Oklahoma prison 37 years ago has been captured, according to KFOR. Officials say U.S. Marshals with Oklahoma City and Houston arrested Stephen Michael Paris, 58, Thursday morning in Houston. Paris was one of Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ “Most Wanted,” for his 1981 escape from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center. U.S. Marshals adopted the cold case approximately six weeks ago when investigators discovered an obituary of Paris’ mother, which listed a son […]

  • 14 killed in tourist hot spot Cancun during bloody 36-hour span

    CANCUN, Mexico – Violence rocked Mexico’s most popular tourist town, leaving 14 dead and five more injured in a 36-hour span, Noticaribe reports. The deaths and injuries were the result of six separate incidents between the morning of April 4 and the evening of April 5. Nine people were killed on April 4 alone. In the past decade, the highest number of people killed in a single day in Cancun was five. #AYER MATAN A OTRA MUJER EN CANCÚN: Hallan cuerpo […]

  • Four people found dead, including father-daughter couple charged with incest, their baby

    KNIGHTDALE, N.C. — A North Carolina man accused of impregnating his biological daughter is believed to have killed her, their infant son, and her adoptive father before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide spanning three states, according to the suspect’s defense attorney. Steven Walter Pladl, 42, and Katie Rose Pladl, 20, were charged with incest after Katie gave birth to their son in September 2017, according to WTVR. On Thursday, officers found the first body at 106 Earlston Court […]

  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher arrested for leaving loaded gun in public bathroom

    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been charged after a man found his gun in a public restroom Sunday and fired it, according to authorities. Sean Simpson, 43, a chemistry teacher at the Florida school where 17 students were shot to death on Feb. 14, faces once count of unsafe storage of a firearm, court records show. Simpson is accused of forgetting to take his Glock 9mm with him when he left a […]

  • Boy who didn’t come back from heaven sues own publisher

    Alex Malarkey calls it “one of the most deceptive books ever,” even though it bears his byline and that of his late father. The 20-year-old Ohio man, left paraplegic after a 2004 car crash in which his father, Kevin Malarkey, was driving, co-penned with his dad The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven after he emerged from his coma two months after the accident. In the 2010 book, he claimed a near-death experience in which he visited heaven and met Jesus, angels, […]

  • Nikolas Cruz and his brother might have $1 million in bank, attorney says

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nikolas Cruz could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, his public defender said Wednesday as the Florida school shooter appeared at a hearing to determine if taxpayers will pick up the tab for his defense. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and flanked by five Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Cruz looked down as his defense team addressed the court. At least another 15 deputies looked on from various spots in the courtroom. Attorney Howard Finkelstein pleaded […]

  • Tennessee mother credits 2-year-old daughter with saving her life

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee mother says she has her daughter to thank for being alive after she collapsed two weeks ago. Melissa Leach told WREG her daughter Emma Grace will sometimes sleep in her room with her when she wants “mommy time” or is feeling restless. Those nights, her fiance will sleep in Emma’s room. Emma’s family describes her as a “Southern sass pot.” Like most 2-year-olds, she’s not yet potty-trained and is still mastering her ABCs – but she […]

  • Graphic video shows car slam into man attending vigil for hit-and-run victim

    LOS ANGELES – A pedestrian was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon during a vigil for a bicyclist who was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver a day earlier at the same location in South Los Angeles, video from the scene showed. Now Los Angeles police are looking for the drivers and vehicles involved in both hit-and-run crashes. Pedestrians and cyclists had gathered at the intersection of Normandie and Manchester avenues for the vigil remembering cyclist Frederick Frazier, 22, who […]

  • Baby found dead in suitcase left near New Jersey train tracks

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A baby was found dead in a suitcase left near train tracks in New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The gruesome discovery was made about 12:40 p.m. underneath the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge in Jersey City, just off Broadway, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said. The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and police continue to investigate. The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and Port Authority Police are on the scene investigating the body of an infant found just off the […]

  • Taylor Swift fan robs Connecticut bank to impress singer, police say

    ANSONIA, Conn. — A Connecticut man accused of robbing a bank just wanted to impress singer Tayor Swift, police said. Ansonia police arrested 26-year-old Bruce Rowley in the April 5 incident; he faces charges of robbery in the second degree and larceny in the fourth degree. Police said Rowley’s arrest came after two people identified him as the person who robbed the Webster Bank at 200 Division Street in Ansonia the day before. “After identifying Rowley as the person involved in […]

  • Feds find $2M worth of meth hidden inside Disney dolls

    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Authorities seized about $2 million in meth from inside 500 Disney figurines, WSB-TV reported Tuesday. Federal authorities say the meth, which was hidden inside wax Disney dolls, originated in Mexico and was destined for Atlanta. The bust was one of the biggest in Gwinnett County. Robert Murphy with the Drug Enforcement Administration said another load containing genuine ceramic figurines was intercepted. The load was believed to be a decoy. It’s not clear who manufactured the meth-laced dolls; […]

  • ‘Selfless’ 28-year-old dies trying to save her beloved dog on highway

    STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Friends and family are mourning a 28-year-old Virginia woman who was killed Saturday night while trying to catch her dog after it ran onto the highway. Family members told WTVR that 28-year-old Kate Mason had a natural urge to protect people and animals, which tragically led to her death. Virginia State Police said the incident happened just before 10 p.m. along I-95 less than a mile from the exit for Route 627 in Stafford County. Police […]

  • Father punches man he says tried to drag 3-year-old daughter out of park

    AUBURN, Calif. – A father said he used his fists to stop a would-be kidnapper from dragging the man’s 3-year-old daughter out of a park in Auburn, California. Witnesses who were at the North Auburn Regional Park around 7 p.m. told deputies the suspect, 26-year-old Yonel Hernandez-Velasco, was acting strangely Saturday before he allegedly accosted the man’s little girl. A group of boys said Hernandez-Velasco tried twice to buy their basketball. According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, when they rejected him he showed […]

  • ‘I have no idea why it’s there’: Large rock bedevils drivers of Utah city

    ROY, Utah – A sedan perched on top of a large rock is usually not a common site – unless you live in the Utah city of Roy. “I’ve seen one accident, and my son has seen another,” Connie Scarborough told KSTU while running errands Monday afternoon. The rock is placed on a median on the backside of a shopping center. Its location makes it difficult to know why it was placed there, or whether the city or property managers are […]

  • Drivers warned of ‘sliders’ targeting women at gas stations

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Police are warning gas station customers in one California city to be on the lookout for thieves who have recently been taking wallets and purses from people’s vehicles as they were pumping gas. One of the incidents occurred in Simi Valley, in the greater Los Angeles area, and two others occurred in nearby communities, the Simi Valley Police Department stated in a news release issued last week. The thieves are targeting women who are alone and […]

  • Fisherman’s monster catch breaks North Carolina record

    MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — A Delaware fisherman broke a North Carolina state record in March by landing a hulking tuna fish. Retired Army General Scott Chambers was fishing off Oregon Inlet when he snagged an 877-pound bluefin tuna. After fighting the fish for two-and-a-half hours, Chambers was able to reel it in. Check out this new state record bluefin tuna! The 877-pound giant was caught last month off Oregon Inlet. Read more about it here: https://t.co/unRnlkoaXq pic.twitter.com/ehGyalvvC6 — N.C. DEQ […]

  • Gas prices could jump 14% this summer, forecast says

    Summer driving will be more expensive this year. Thanks, OPEC. Prices at the pump are likely to be 14% higher than last summer — an average of $2.74 per gallon, the US government estimated on Tuesday. The price of oil has climbed because of efforts by OPEC and Russia. Brent crude, the global benchmark, surged 3.5% on Tuesday to $71.04 a barrel, the highest since late 2014. That’s already above the EIA forecast of $63 for this summer, suggesting gas […]

  • Semitrailer full of beer kegs overturns, falling off Pennsylvania highway exit ramp

    BENSALEM, Pa. – A tractor-trailer carrying empty beer kegs fell off an exit ramp in Bucks County, Pennsylvania Tuesday. The truck and its payload spilled onto the roadway below. According to authorities – the 18-wheeler lost control on an I-95 overpass and plunged onto the northbound lanes. Bensalem Fire Rescue on the scene of a Tractor Trailer accident NB I-95 at Cornwells Parking Ride. pic.twitter.com/n5GevQEMs0 — Bensalem Fire Rescue (@Bensalem_Fire) April 10, 2018 A driver in one car then slammed […]

  • California family disappears after leaving on spring break road trip

    KLAMATH, Calif. – Friends and relatives are asking for help in an ongoing search for a family of four from Southern California that left on a spring break road trip late last month but hasn’t been seen or heard from since April 5. Sandeep Thottapilly, 42, of Valencia, took his family up the West Coast on a trip to Portland, Oregon, on March 30. They were planning to stop in San Jose on their way back, but contact was lost […]

  • ‘It’s a miracle’: Couple unhurt after woman’s wallet stops bullet

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis woman is crediting her wallet with saving her life and that of her husband after it stopped a bullet Thursday. She said her husband had picked her up from her shift at a hospital, and they  were pulling into their Hickory Hill apartment complex when they heard several gunshots. “We heard a loud pop noise,” said the woman, who wanted to remain anonymous. Unhurt, they parked and got out of their car to see what had happened. […]

  • Popular merengue singer knocked out, attacked with machetes in New York City

    NEW YORK — A group of teens beat a well-known merengue singer in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan Saturday night, knocking him out and leaving him with knife wounds. Javier Gutierrez, a 43-year-old merengue artist from New Jersey who goes by Mala Fe, was in a van at 180th Street and Audubon Avenue on his way to meet with other musicians. A group of teens in the street refused to move and one of them broke the vehicle’s rear window, […]

  • Mom, boyfriend accused of beating 4-year-old to death over spilled cereal

    PHILADELPHIA – A Pennsylvania mother and her boyfriend are accused of beating a 4-year-old boy to death for spilling his cereal, KYW reports. Lisa Smith, 19, and her 26-year-old boyfriend, Keiff King, have been charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 22 death of Tahjir Smith. Paramedics found the 4-year-old unresponsive inside a home in Willow Grove, a suburb of Philadelphia. Lisa Smith, the boy’s mother, initially told police she was walking home from a local mall when Tahjir […]

  • 1 death, 265 illnesses in 8 states linked to salmonella-tainted chicken salad

    DES MOINES, Iowa – One person has died following an outbreak of salmonella traced to chicken salad sold at Fareway Stores across the Midwest. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak appears to be over, but not before 265 people in eight states were infected by the food that was recalled in February. Ninety-four hospitalizations were reported, and one Iowan died as a result of the contamination. Bill Marler, an attorney with the Food […]

  • Applebee’s hostess accused of stealing from mother of 9-month-old during birthday celebration

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia Applebee’s hostess, on the job less than a month, was arrested and charged with stealing from a customer, according to WTVR. Ashley Jones, 23, was celebrating her birthday with friends and her infant son Sunday at the Applebee’s near Midlothian Turnpike and Robious Road in Chesterfield. After their meal, Jones walked back to her car and realized she had left her wallet on the table. “I knew exactly where it was, leaning against the […]

  • Russian woman ’embalmed alive’ after hospital mix-up

    ULYANOVSK, Russia – A Russian woman reportedly died after a routine procedure when hospital workers mistakenly injected her with a drug used to preserve dead bodies. Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 28, underwent surgery last month at a hospital in Ulyanovsk, in western Russia, to have ovarian cysts removed, according to state-owned television station RT. During the March 15 operation, however, medical personnel gave Fedyaeva what should have been saline, but turned out to be formalin, which contains formaldehyde, according to Russia’s Tass news agency. Formalin […]

  • Oklahoma middle school teacher confesses to raping student

    CLINTON, Okla. – An Oklahoma middle school teacher has been arrested for raping one of her students, officials said. Keri Hoffman, 35, an algebra teacher at Clinton Middle School, was arrested Sunday for multiple counts of rape involving a student, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports. State officials say Hoffman and her husband drove to the Clinton Police Department on Saturday, where she confessed to having a sexual relationship with one of her 15-year-old students. Hoffman reportedly told authorities […]