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  • Cat causes power outage affecting more than 7,000 customers

    NEW ORLEANS – About 7,500 New Orleans residents were without power Monday morning after a cat got into an Entergy substation and caused a “flash.” Lights went out across Mid City around 9 a.m. after the cat came into contact with a piece of equipment in the substation, according to a tweet by Entergy. Crews began working to restore power soon after the catastrophic outage, according to Entergy. A cat got into a substation that feeds parts of Uptown, Central City, […]

  • Roseanne Barr says her character will die of opioid overdose on ‘The Conners’

    Roseanne Barr said her namesake character will be killed off during the upcoming spinoff ‘The Conners’ in the wake of the controversy surrounding Barr’s derogatory tweets. Barr said in an interview on Brandon Straka’s YouTube show Walk Away that her character will die of an overdose “Oh ya, they killed her,” she said. “They have her die of an opioid overdose.” Barr called the decision  “cynical and horrible.” “She should have died as a hero or not at all,” Barr said in the interview. […]

  • Postal worker admits to stealing over 6,000 letters with cash, checks and gift cards

    WAUWATOSA, Wis. – United States Postal Service inspectors say a postal worker took cash, gift cards and checks from thousands of envelopes addressed to Wisconsin residents. Ebony Smith, 20, admitted to stealing more than 6,000 letters from residents in two Wauwatosa ZIP codes – 53226 and 53213 – according to WITI. It was a special blue envelope that helped catch her in the act. When residents realized their greeting cards with cash inside weren’t getting delivered, the United States Postal […]

  • 25 most unaffordable U.S. metros for renters

    Photo Credit: Pete Niesen / Alamy Stock Photo With rental prices skyrocketing and real wages remaining stagnant, renters across the country are allocating a higher percentage of their spending to housing costs. There are currently over 42 million renter households in the U.S. (36 percent of total households), which represents the highest percentage of renters in more than 50 years. Additionally, many of these renters are categorized as low-income, which has significant implications for urban policy and housing development on a […]

  • 7 dead pit bulls, including puppy, found dumped in trash bags in New York

    NEW YORK — Seven dead pit bulls were dumped in garbage bags in a sump on Long Island, authorities in New York said. Now they are asking the public for help finding whomever did it. The grisly scene was discovered Wednesday at Dietz and South Franklin streets in Hempstead at the location of a New York State Department of Transportation sump, according to the Nassau SPCA. Inside the bags were four females, two males and a 3-month-old puppy. All were pit bulls. […]

  • Ice cream truck strikes and kills 2-year-old Missouri girl

    WENTZVILLE, Mo. — Family members are grieving after an ice cream truck struck and killed a 2-year-old Missouri girl Sunday afternoon, according to KTVI. The girl, identified as Felicity Noelle Karam, was among a group of adults and children in front of her home near the intersection of Rocky Mound Drive and Summer Rain Drive in Wentzville when the truck hit her. Wentzville Police Officer Jacob Schmidt said Felicity stepped in front of the vehicle just as it began accelerating. […]

  • Spa’s ‘vampire facial’ may have exposed clients to HIV

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Health officials are recommending that clients who have received a “vampire facial” or any other type of injection-related service at an Albuquerque spa get tested for HIV and other blood-borne infections, as unsafe practices recently were identified at the facility. The New Mexico Department of Health announced on Tuesday that a client of VIP Spa developed an infection that may have resulted from a spa procedure. Now the department is urging clients to visit the state’s Midtown Public Health […]

  • 20,000 pallets of water meant for hurricane victims found near unused Puerto Rico runway

    CEIBA, Puerto Rico – The stockpile of bottled water stretches down an unused runway in Ceiba. Case after case, pallet piled upon pallet, blue tarps and plastic glinting in the sun. The emergency supplies were brought in by FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which smashed the island and left its residents without power, without roofs and without running water. Federal officials commandeered the area in the far east of the island last fall as a staging ground, collecting […]

  • Wendy’s is giving away free cheeseburgers every day in September

    Wendy’s is giving away burgers every day for the rest of September in honor of National Cheeseburger Day. With the annual celebration on Sept. 18, the fast food restaurant is encouraging customers to grab a free burger by making a purchase of anything else on the menu. It is WednesDave my dudes. Free Dave’s Single with purchase in the Wendy’s app. Because we think fresh beef should be on every hamburger, every dave. — Wendy's (@Wendys) September 12, 2018 In […]

  • Son ‘horrified’ when cryogenic firm cuts off his father’s head

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – If medical science someday gains the ability to bring frozen dead people back to life, scientist Laurence Pilgeram is in for a nasty surprise. According to a lawsuit filed by his son, Kurt Pilgeram, cryogenics company Alcor froze only the elder Pilgeram’s head after his death, when he had signed a contract to have his entire body preserved. The lawsuit states that Kurt Pilgeram was “shocked, horrified, and extremely distressed” when Alcor sent him a package purportedly […]

  • Pregnant mom of 3 killed in head-on crash with boxer suspected of driving drunk

    HEMET, Calif. – A family is mourning a 29-year-old mother of three, who died along with her unborn child after colliding head-on with a suspected DUI driver over the weekend. Krystil Kincaid was driving her Chrysler minivan north on Warren Road around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a BMW heading southbound veered into her lane and struck her between Devonshire and Esplanade avenues in the Southern California city of Hemet, according to Hemet police. The blue BMW had been driving at […]

  • 16-year-old girl stabbed to death at Michigan high school

    WARREN, Mich. – A 17-year-old girl is in custody after police say she stabbed another student at a Michigan high school, killing her. The deadly fight happened around 8:30 a.m. at Fitzgerald High School in Warren. Police say the 16-year-old victim was stabbed twice in the chest with a steak knife, according to WJBK. A school resource officer performed CPR on the teen and she was rushed to an area hospital, but doctors were unable to save her life. She was […]

  • FDA warns against ‘nitro puffs’ and other foods made with liquid nitrogen

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to avoid eating, drinking or handling foods prepared with liquid nitrogen just before they are sold. According to the FDA, liquid nitrogen can cause severe damage to skin and internal organs if mishandled or accidentally ingested due to the extremely low temperatures it can maintain. “When you eat something that is extremely cold, I’m talking much colder than ice cream, you’re going to get a frostbite-type injury,” Executive Director of […]

  • Video shows teens robbing store, stepping over clerk as he suffers heart attack

    AUBURN, Wash. – A gas station clerk who suffered a heart attack and then was robbed by two teenage suspects is clinging to life at a Washington state hospital, his co-workers said Tuesday. Video surveillance shows 34-year-old Zarif Kelada collapse after telling two teens that they needed to pay for pepperoni sticks they opened and were eating in the store. But instead of calling for help for the collapsed man, the teens nearly walk by while he’s unconscious on the floor, […]

  • Police: Woman escapes knife-wielding man by biting his genitals during rape, barricading herself for hours

    WESTWEGO, La. – Police say a 50-year-old woman spent the night fending off a man who attempted to stab her after she bit his penis while he was allegedly forcing her to have oral sex with him. The victim met 54-year-old John Wesley Patton on the dating app “Plenty of Fish,” according to the Westwego Police Department. Patton met the victim, who had been chatting with him on the app for about a week, at a daiquiri shop on September 7. […]

  • Man allegedly buried dog alive after it didn’t get along with new kitten

    UXBRIDGE, Mass. – Kaylee Belanger’s Facebook post begins with a trigger warning: What follows is the lengthy tale of a dog that was allegedly buried alive, rescued, and euthanized in Massachusetts. The post was made Sunday night, hours after Belanger called the Northbridge Police Department to report that she found the elderly Shih Tzu buried alive in the woods. She ended up there thanks to Richard Piquard, the 24-year-old Whitinsville man who has been charged with animal cruelty in the case. She […]

  • ‘Unbelievable’: Eagle lands on 9/11 flag display

    ANDOVER, Minn. — A Minnesota fire department’s video of a bald eagle that landed on top of a 9/11 display is going viral. The Andover Fire Department was flying a flag over a highway Tuesday to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. That’s when something amazing happened. Andover Fire Chief Jerry Streich showed during a Facebook Live video that a bald eagle had landed on top of the aerial truck helping to hold the American flag. “This eagle just […]

  • Iowa mother tied up three children to ‘control them,’ police say

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines mother is facing a child endangerment charge after police say she tied her three children up as a way to control them. Jessica Henderson, 38, was arrested Saturday. Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department says the investigation began last week when officers were called to River Woods Elementary. The principal at the school told investigators someone provided pictures of Henderson’s three children – ages 9, 5, and 4 – tied […]

  • Woman sentenced to prison for leaving 87-year-old father on floor for 4 days

    GOLDEN, Colo. – A Golden woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday after she left her 87-year-old father on the floor of his home for four days while she went gambling, according to KDVR. Isabella Parker, 48, left her frail father, Ben Parker, on a mat on the floor with no food or water for over 36 hours while she went to Black Hawk to gamble, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The weekly housekeeper found Ben […]

  • Armed neighbor in bulletproof vest captured by doorbell cam, terrifying family

    BOCA RATON, Fla. – A Florida father could only watch his video doorbell app in horror from thousands of miles away as a man armed with a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest prowled in front of his family’s home. “Not being home, not being able to do anything, I felt like I was in the movie ‘Taken,’” Tom D’Errico told the Sun Sentinel. Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, authorities received a 911 call from a teenager inside the Boca Raton […]

  • 11-year-old racing fan with leukemia who wanted decal stickers for casket has died

    SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – An 11-year-old Iowa boy whose final wish was to have his casket decorated in stickers like a race car has passed away. A post on Caleb Hammond’s mother’s Facebook page shared a portion of her message, confirming her son died at 2:00 Monday morning. Caleb was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was nine. After the treatment for his illness was no longer effective, Caleb and his family opted not to continue it. The […]

  • Crack pipe vending machines mysteriously appear, angering residents of New York county

    CORAM, N.Y. — Police have a mystery on their hands after at least three so-called crack pipe vending machines were installed on public property and there’s now a concern that more vending machines are out there. “Who in their right mind would even do something like that — to enable and to encourage somebody to do this?” said Tony Gallo, a Coram resident. Gallo is one of many concerned by the vending machines that have sprouted up across Suffolk County. […]

  • ‘Once in a lifetime’: $11M worth of gold unearthed in just one blast

    KALGOORLIE, Australia – With just one blast, miners in Western Australia unearthed two large quartz rocks containing gold estimated to be worth about $11 million, bringing the cache to the surface over four days. Australian miners often extract just 2g of gold per ton of rock—an expert says the gold particles are often too small to be seen by the naked eye—but in this case, Canadian mining company RNC Minerals says 2,200g per ton was extracted, the BBC reports. “You might go […]

  • Backward leg allows young cancer survivor to dance

    It was a cold morning in early December 2016 when Melissa Unger received a phone call at work that changed her family’s life forever. She heard a physician on the other end say “the words that no parent ever wants to hear, that your child has a mass on her femur and you have an appointment that afternoon with a pediatric oncologist,” Unger said. For the Ungers and their 12-year-old daughter, Delaney, a dedicated dancer since the age of 3, […]

  • 3-year-old hands trooper bag of marijuana during traffic stop

    NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. – A helpful 3-year-old surprised a couple of troopers during a traffic stop by handing over a bag of marijuana, according to the New York State Police. Police pulled over Scott Hill, 26, and Megan Karl, 33, as they drove through New Scotland – about 10 miles south of Albany – on Thursday. One of the troopers had noticed an ashtray with what appeared to be marijuana cigarettes in it and began speaking with Hill, the driver, […]

  • Former ‘Cosby’ star Geoffrey Owens accepts Tyler Perry’s job offer

    Actor Geoffrey Owens has gone from being job-shamed to landing a major Hollywood gig. A representative for Owens told CNN that he has accepted a job offer from Tyler Perry, who tweeted earlier this week that he wanted Owens to appear on his OWN television show, “The Haves and The Have Nots.” Owen’s exact role on the show is unknown, but he’ll appear on multiple episodes. Owens, who rose to fame as Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show” from 1985 to […]

  • Good Samaritan unknowingly stopped to help man hired to kill him: cops

    DELTONA, Fla. – The killing of Carlos Cruz-Echevarria, a 60-year-old Army veteran, seemed random at first. But authorities now say it was all too deliberate. The body of Cruz-Echevarria was found Nov. 11—Veterans Day—near a disabled, stolen car on the side of a Deltona, Fla., road, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He had been shot in the head multiple times. His own truck was gone, later discovered burned some 30 miles away. This week, authorities arrested three suspects in the killing, which they […]

  • Father, stepmother arrested after 3-year-old’s ‘horrific’ burns left untreated for 10 days

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California father and stepmother are under arrest for allowing their young daughter to be badly burned in their apartment and then failing to take her to the hospital for 10 days. Karina Feliz Davis, the toddler’s 25-year-old stepmother, was spending her ninth night in jail on Thursday. Then on Thursday, the 3-year-old’s father, 29-year-old John Lolley, stopped running from a warrant deputies have had out for him and surrendered. They are now facing felony charges for endangering […]

  • Woman badly hurt after mistaking dynamite for candle during power outage

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Connecticut police said a woman was seriously injured after she mistook a quarter-stick of dynamite for a candle, and the exposive blew up in her hand. Police said that after the family at 1248 Lindley Street lost power during a thunderstorm Thursday night, they tried going to Home Depot for emergency lights. Home Depot was closed. The family then remembered that when they bought the house two years prior, there were a couple of what they thought […]

  • Rapper Mac Miller dies at 26, TMZ reports

    LOS ANGELES — Rapper Mac Miller died of an apparent overdose Friday, TMZ reported. The website reported that Miller, whose full name is Malcolm James McCormick, was found Friday around noon at his home in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Miller was 26 years old. #BREAKING: Rapper Mac Miller Has Died at 26. RIP. — TMZ (@TMZ) September 7, 2018 The rapper first rose to prominence as a teenager in Pittsburgh with a series of mixtapes released […]