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  • Trump administration gives CDC list of banned words, including ‘science-based,’ ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender’

    Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including “vulnerable” in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post. In a 90-minute briefing on Thursday, policy analysts at the nation’s leading public health institute were presented with the menu of seven banned words, an analyst told the paper. On the list: “diversity,” “fetus,” “transgender,” […]

  • Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions at hearing

    WASHINGTON  – A Trump judicial nominee struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator on Wednesday, including his lack of experience on trial work, the amount of depositions he’d worked on and more. During his testimony, Matthew Spencer Petersen, who currently serves as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, was asked a string of questions by GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana about his experience on trials, including how many depositions Petersen had worked […]

  • Americans are less religious, largely unconcerned about alleged ‘War on Christmas’ poll finds

    Americans are getting a little less religious in their Christmas observance, though the vast majority still celebrate the holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, according to the Pew Center on Religion and Public Life. Pew regularly polls Americans on religious belief and observance, asking the same questions over time in order to follow trends in American religion. Here are some of the results of their poll of 1,503 Americans: In the 2017 poll, 66 percent believe Jesus was […]

  • Couple adopts seven brothers and sisters who were split up in three separate foster homes

    MARIANNA, Fla. — A Florida couple just became a family of nine after adopting seven children – all brothers and sisters and all at once! Sofia and Dashoan Olds said they always knew they might adopt some day, according to Today. The Olds said once they saw a news story about the siblings, it just felt right to adopt. “There was no question, if they allow us to adopt these children, we will do it,” said Sofia. “I like to say […]

  • Former ‘Today’ staffer reveals alleged affair with Matt Lauer

    A former “Today” show staffer has revealed an affair she claims to have had with former host Matt Lauer. Addie Collins Zinone gave a first-person account of the alleged affair to Variety. Zinone, who is now married, said she was 24-years-old when she started working for NBC’s “Today” show following a summer internship. She said Lauer, who was fired last month amid sexual misconduct allegations, began messaging her just a few weeks before she was leaving NBC for a reporting […]

  • Best. Pageant. Ever. Watch as pre-school brawl breaks out over ‘Baby Jesus’

    WHITE PINE, Tenn –  An all-out pre-school brawl broke out over Baby Jesus at a Tennessee church’s Christmas pageant – and it just might be the cutest pageant you’ve ever seen. Two-year-old Teegan Benson was playing the role of the sheep in First Baptist Church of White Pine’s nativity scene. As the children’s choir was singing “Away in a Manger,” Teegan decided it was time to dance with the baby doll playing Jesus, so she grabbed the baby and starting […]

  • Regal Cinemas to start serving Cheetos popcorn

    Could there be a better combination than movie theater popcorn and Cheetos? Luckily for moviegoers everywhere, Regal Cinemas is pairing up with the popular snack to serve Cheetos popcorn. The snack is available in 32 oz. cups and will include both Cheetos-flavored popcorn and actual Cheetos. Humanity has peaked. pic.twitter.com/d4kKr0s2YY — Chris Branch (@cbranch89) November 16, 2017 “We’re excited to give moviegoers a chance to experience Cheetos in an unexpected and delicious new way through our first national theater partnership,” […]

  • 5 years after Sandy Hook, the victims have not been forgotten

    It remains among America’s most heinous nightmares: the lives of 20 little children — dancers and swimmers, pianists and painters, budding readers, little sisters and big brothers — extinguished in a flash of violence inside Sandy Hook Elementary. Taken with them on that chilly Friday in December — just 11 days before Christmas — were six adults felled by the same gunman as they refused to abandon their sacred trust to safeguard the smallest among them. The 20 children and […]

  • A month after a New York woman died, someone used her identity to campaign against net neutrality

    Margaret Mary Basco died on June 9, 2017, at Saint Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. She was 58. And then, just over a month after she died, Margaret Basco submitted a comment to the Federal Communications Commission about its proposal to overturn net neutrality. “The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation,” the comment read. Basco’s story shows how stolen personal data can be weaponized […]

  • Video shows man chasing Colorado seventh-grader, throwing him to ground

    AURORA, Colo.  – A man chased a Colorado seventh-grader and slammed him to the ground after the boy allegedly threw an object at the man’s vehicle, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the boy was among a group of kids walking home from school around 4:30 p.m. near South Sicility Street and East Powers Avenue on Monday. Police said they received multiple calls about the group of kids throwing objects at traffic. After a glove reportedly hit […]

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    Pregnant Indiana mother passes out behind wheel with child in backseat after shooting up heroin

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Police arrested a pregnant mother in Evansville, Indiana after they found her passed out behind the wheel at a stoplight with her young child in the backseat. Natalie Onay, 22, faces charges of child neglect, possession of a narcotic, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a syringe, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to WXIN. Police responded to a report of a woman passed out behind the wheel near the intersection of North Governor Street and […]

  • Cheerleader who knelt during national anthem wakes up to racial slur on dorm room door

    STORM LAKE, Iowa  –  Between December 8th and December 11th, a handful of students at Buena Vista University woke up to racial slurs written on their dorm room doors. You may remember Alyssa Parker, the Buena Vista Cheerleader who took a knee during the national anthem and later quit the team when they were mandated to stand. After a long night of studying for finals on Sunday night, the criminal justice major and her roommate, Emerald Jones, were awakened in […]

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    Couple loses two homes in two months to California wildfires

    Dr. Antonio Wong and his wife remember falling in love with their first home, a 3,000 square-foot beauty in Southern California they’ve owned for more than a decade. “You have your first love, your first home, your first car,” said Wong, 50, an anesthesiologist. They rented out their Ventura home when they moved out of state in 2008. But California drew them back. In May of this year, Wong and his wife, Pratima, 48, bought their second home in the […]

  • USA Today bashes Trump as ‘not fit to clean the toilets’ in Obama’s presidential library

    USA Today isn’t known for its blistering opinion pieces. Which makes the one the paper’s editorial board just published on President Donald Trump all the more savage. “With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office,” reads the editorial. “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.” The reference here is Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning in […]

  • Tax overhaul could mean major changes to your paycheck

    If Republicans succeed in passing a tax overhaul by Christmas, the law could mean major changes for your take-home pay – not all of them welcome. But those changes probably won’t be reflected in your paycheck in time for the New Year. The American Payroll Association, whose members represent 17,000 employers, warned lawmakers Monday that they were creating a “herculean task” for companies and payroll service providers by leaving them such a short time to start implementing the new provisions, which […]

  • Jimmy Kimmel makes emotional return with baby son after his heart surgery

    Late night audiences were given two Kimmels on Monday night. Jimmy Kimmel‘s young son, Billy, made an appearance on his father’s late night broadcast, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after undergoing a second heart surgery last week. “Hi, I’m Jimmy. This is Billy,” Kimmel said holding his son, who was born in April with a serious heart issue. “He’s fine everybody. He may have pooped, but he’s fine.” As he choked up during the show, the host joked that “Daddy cries on TV, […]

  • Laid up with ‘man flu’? It’s real, researcher claims

    Don’t doubt it: “Man flu” is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was “tired of being accused of overreacting.” With many respiratory diseases, a man is more susceptible to complications than a woman, plus his immune system may be naturally weaker, according to research published Monday in the BMJ medical journal. “Man flu” is a term used to chide men who are suspected of exaggerating their symptoms when sick from a cold or other minor illness. “It’s a frequently heard […]

  • Man rents food truck to feed the homeless

    WATERBURY, Conn. – Christmas is around the corner, but for Jaspal Singh the cheer came a little bit sooner. “In the spirit of the holiday I want to do something special,” Singh told WTIC. Singh has been working in Waterbury for around five years. In that time he says the community has embraced him as one of their own. Singh observed how many of his surrounding community members go to sleep hungry. So he did something about it.​ On Saturdays Singh rents […]

  • Young boy’s emotional Facebook video about bullying goes viral

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A young boy’s emotional video about another round of bullying he endured is going viral. Keaton Jones, a middle school student, tearfully explained how he was bullied to his mother and asks why people bully others. She caught the moment on video: This is Keaton Jones. He is amazing. I hope those who bullied him get what’s coming to them. And soon. pic.twitter.com/qgRObI0rto — Jamie O'Grady (@JamieOGrady) December 9, 2017 One of the first to respond to […]

  • Veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog’s stomach

    EDMOND, Okla. – A veterinarian in Oklahoma has quite a tale to tell after removing 21 pacifiers from a dog’s stomach. The veterinarian at Gentle Care Animal Hospital said he had to share the story because “this was the most fascinating and exciting surgery I have ever done…” A local couple recently had a baby and were wondering what was happening to all of their child’s pacifiers. One day, the child’s grandmother saw the dog, Dovey, jump up on the counter and […]

  • Girl has blunt message for insurance company after brain surgery request denied

    Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. “When my parents told me, I went kind of blank and started crying,” she said. “I cried for like an hour.” Her friends had been lined up to […]

  • Heartbreaking video shows emaciated polar bear struggling to survive

    A heartbreaking video of an emaciated polar bear is going viral online. The video, shot by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, was taken in Canada inside the Arctic Circle. It shows the starving bear struggling to walk, scavenging for anything to eat. Nicklen said he didn’t want the bear to die in vain. In the days since he posted the footage, Nicklen said he’s been asked why he didn’t intervene. “Of course, that crossed my mind,” Nicklen told National Geographic. […]

  • Toddler signals ‘help’ in sign language during photo with Santa

    OWING MILLS, Md. – Every year when Santa comes to town children and their parents line-up to meet the jolly big man – but one Maryland toddler wasn’t having it. Kerry Spencer taught her son the sign for “help” in sign language – and during his photo with Santa he made the sign. “We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for ‘help.’ You’re welcome,” Spencer wrote. We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for […]

  • Man guilty in deadly crash asks judge if he can join Marines instead of going to prison

    CLAREMORE, Okla. – One of two brothers convicted in a deadly hit-and-run crash asked a judge if he could join the Marines Corps instead of serving jail time. Gage Shriver, now 21, Dakota Shriver, now 23, were convicted in September for the deadly crash. In 2015, Noelle New and Maranda Talley were struck by a vehicle while walking to QuikTrip, according to the Tulsa World. New died from her injuries and Talley was critically injured, but did survive. Gage Shriver […]

  • Woman allegedly held down 2-year-old toddler while cousin recorded himself sexually abusing child

    Warning: Details in this story could be disturbing to some. CINCINNATI, Ohio — A sex offender and his cousin in Ohio are facing federal charges after being accused of making child pornography with a  2-year-old toddler with plans to sell the video, federal authorities said Thursday. Cousins Ciera Richter, 25, and Jason Fletcher, 40, were both arrested. According to WXIX, Fletcher’s probation officer found child porn on his phone back in May. A further search of the phone revealed an […]

  • Sailor staged racial vandalism of bunk on aircraft carrier, Navy investigation finds

    NORFOLK, Va. – An investigation into claims of racially-motivated vandalism on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush has revealed that the alleged victim, a Sailor on board the ship, staged the incident himself, according to the Navy. The Sailor, who is not being identified, made a post on his Facebook account in November with several pictures of the alleged vandalism. The pictures show the Sailor’s bunk on board the ship ripped apart, trash thrown around and racist words written […]

  • Chance the Rapper tries his hand as a TV weatherman

    CHICAGO – He can win Grammy Awards, host Saturday Night Live and raise money for Chicago Public Schools – but can Chance the Rapper forecast the weather?! The Chicago native had the “chance” to try his hand as a WGN-TV weatherman Friday during the 15th annual WGN Morning News Toy Drive. All toys collected will benefit Chance the Rapper’s youth empowerment charity SocialWorks. Veteran WGN Morning News weatherman Paul Konrad gave Chance some advice: “I’ve been doing this for 20 […]

  • I bought $250 in bitcoin. Here’s what I learned

    Some people kill time at the airport by browsing duty-free shops. I decided to shop for bitcoin. But first, there are two things you should know about me: I tend to be almost as afraid of losing money investing as I am of flying. On some level, I figured one fear might cancel out the other. So last Thursday, while waiting for a flight to Nashville, I pulled up a popular application called Coinbase that can be used to buy […]

  • Nazi-themed cartoon assignment upsets middle school parents

    GURNEE, Illinois – Parents are raising questions about a controversial homework assignment about Hitler at a suburban Illinois school. “Everyone in the class was given the paper and it tells you all the directions and requirements,” Michael Masterton, an 8th grader at Woodland Middle School told WGN. He said students in his language arts class were given the assignment this week called “If You Give Hitler a Country,” with instructions to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies […]

  • 10-year-old gets multi-organ transplant after waiting for 8 years

    CLEVELAND – A 10-year-old boy is a living miracle after waiting eight years for a multi-organ transplant. “I just thought about it at night; I laid in bed thinking about him being in there all by himself,” Annie Lykins remembers the nights before she decided to take legal custody of Victorious Nera. Victorious, also known as Vic, is a fighter. He was born with Short Gut Syndrome, which almost killed him as a baby and requires him to get all […]