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    Cannabis company says CBS won’t air its Super Bowl ad

    States are increasingly legalizing marijuana, but the drug still isn’t mainstream enough to convince CBS to let a cannabis company run a Super Bowl ad in 2019. Acreage Holdings, a US-based cannabis firm that made a splash last year when it added former House Speaker John Boehner to its board, told CNN Business that CBS rejected its proposed 30-second commercial. George Allen, president of Acreage Holdings, said the ad focused on how medical marijuana has helped people cope with pain, […]

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    Woman accused of abandoning blind, deaf dog in Walmart parking lot

    WADSWORTH, Ohio – A woman accused of abandoning a dog in a Walmart parking lot will soon be sentenced. The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals received a call about the dog, named Agnes, in November.  Wadsworth police called them and said a dog was found abandoned in a box near the clothing donation bin. The pug was taken back to the SPCA’s animal shelter, according to WJW. The woman accused in the crime, Rita Swartz, reportedly […]

  • Unpaid worker wreaks revenge on newly built hotel

    The finishing touches were just being put on the new Travelodge hotel in Liverpool when “some idiot in a mini digger decided to drive through the middle of the building.” That’s the gist of a story out of the UK, where police are now on the hunt for a man witnesses say was angry because he hadn’t gotten paid. The Guardian reports the man showed up at the almost completed hotel in a red backhoe, smashed straight into the interior, and proceeded […]

  • Democratic congressman calls Trump ‘grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’

    The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus called President Donald Trump “the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event Monday. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat, compared Trump to a leader of the Ku Klux Klan during an event hosted by the National Action Network in New York. “These are challenging times in the United States of America — we have a hater in the White House, a birther in chief, the […]

  • Stop the robocalls: Tips to block scammers for good

    Robocalls happen day and night, ringing your cellphone, your landlines and wasting your time. Although many of us are on the national and state “Do Not Call Lists,”  tech experts say most spammers and scammers rarely pay attention to that list, according to WNEP. According to experts, billions of robocalls happen each year. Many scammers use “neighbor spoofing — a tactic that generates a number on your caller ID that is from your area code. Here are some tips for stopping […]

  • Parts of Niagara Falls have frozen, leaving majestic views

    NIAGARA FALLS – It’s so cold, parts of Niagara Falls are frozen. The winter storm that has blanketed the Midwest in snow and turned the Northeast into a deep freezer has now brought the falls’ rushing waters to a halt in places. View this post on Instagram Fully embraced the snow day w/ my bf Michael Cera. Sorry, he doesn’t have insta, so you’ll have to believe me A post shared by Emma Grafham (@nostalgikid) on Jan 21, 2019 at […]

  • 27-year-old arrested after threatening to kill women because he’s a virgin, police say

    PROVO, Utah – A 27-year-old man was arrested in Provo, Utah, Saturday after police say he made threats of violence towards women because he did not have a girlfriend and was still a virgin. According to court documents released by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, in the early morning hours of Saturday, dispatch officials with the Provo Police Department were contacted by police in Colorado about 27-year-old Christopher Wayne Cleary. Police in Colorado said that Cleary had been posting threats […]

  • Puppy wakes up after being euthanized, earns a second chance at life

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – An overcrowded Oklahoma shelter chose a puppy to be put down, but in a strange turn of events the medicine didn’t take.  When the veterinarians walked in the pup was still awake and now the dog is getting a second chance to find a new home. “He’s a miracle dog, absolutely,” Kylie Jo Mitchell, a worker at Kings Harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter, told WQAD.  “I’ve never heard of anything like this ever, this is a […]

  • Bangladesh’s ‘tree man’ is back in the hospital and needs more surgery

    A Bangladeshi man who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease known as “tree man” syndrome is back in hospital and faces more surgery after the condition returned after multiple operations in 2016. Abul Bajandar, a 28-year-old father from a small town in southern Bangladesh, made headlines three years ago when he underwent a series of complex operations to remove lesions which resemble tree branches from his hands and feet. Bajandar has been living with the disease, epidermodysplasia verruciformis, for more […]

  • Cat survives long slide down frozen dam spillway

    HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. – Two members of the Army Corps of Engineers rescued a cat that found itself stranded on an Indiana spillway on Wednesday. The Huntington County Sheriff’s Office says it’s unknown how the feline got there, because there’s no way to access the area, but it’s possible it had fallen off of State Road 5 or was thrown off. “The cat was clearly in distress and retreated to the very top of the spillway area and lodged itself […]

  • Eye doctors offering free eye exams for NFL referees after New Orleans Saints loss

    NEW ORLEANS — Eye doctors are offering free eye exams for NFL referees after the New Orleans Saints loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. An eye care business in Covington, La. is offering free exams for the officials: “We will GLADLY provide no cost eye exams to all NFL officials prior to next season to prevent the atrocity that occurred tonight,” Louisiana Family Eyecare posted on Facebook. “We would hate for someone else to feel our pain.” […]

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    The top 26 billionaires own as much as 3.8 billion other people – $1.4 trillion

    The world’s billionaires are growing $2.5 billion richer every day, while the poorest half of the global population is seeing its net worth dwindle. Billionaires, who now number a record 2,208, have more wealth than ever before, according to an Oxfam International report published Monday. Since the global financial crisis a decade ago, the number of billionaires has nearly doubled. The annual study was released ahead of the yearly World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together some of […]

  • Toddler walks toward police with her hands up as her dad gets arrested

    In a video that went viral on social media, a barefoot toddler gets out of a vehicle and walks toward police officers with her hands up. It looks as though she’s standing in the street without anyone trying to help her. But more video, this time from a Florida police officer’s body camera, tells a very different story. Tallahassee officers responding to a reported theft by an armed man on Thursday pulled over a suspect’s truck, police said. Among those […]

  • New video shows different side of encounter between Native American elder and teens in MAGA hats

    A video that shows white high school students in Make America Great Again hats and shirts mocking a Native American elder shocked the country, leading to widespread denunciations of the teens’ behavior. It was a moment in a bigger story that is still unfolding. A new video that surfaced Sunday shows what happened before and after the encounter Friday in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. In the new video, another group taunts the students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky with […]

  • Buddhist poker player makes enlightened move after winning $671K at tournament

    Buddha wasn’t talking about high-stakes poker when he said “Develop the mind of equilibrium,” but it’s advice that seems to be working out pretty well for Scott Wellenbach. The 67-year-old Canadian, who converted to Buddhism as a young man, won $671,240 at a poker tournament in the Bahamas Wednesday and plans to give it away, as he does with all his winnings. Wellenbach, who works as a translator of Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist texts, jokes to the CBC that his deal with […]

  • 68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets recalled after consumers find wood inside

    Perdue Foods is recalling 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets sold nationwide over fears of wood contamination, federal health officials say. The ready-to-eat chicken nuggets were produced on Oct. 25, 2018, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The nuggets are gluten-free and have an expiration date of Oct. 25, 2019, and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” on the label. They were shipped to retail locations nationwide. “The problem was discovered when the firm received three […]

  • Teen pulls more than 50,000 golf balls from ocean near golf courses

    Two years ago, a central California teen began what NPR calls a “Sisyphean task”—hauling hundreds of pounds of golf balls off the ocean floor, only to have them reenter the sea as golfers from five nearby golf courses (including Pebble Beach) hit them right back in. Alex Weber was just 16 when she first discovered the shocking sight while free diving. “You couldn’t see the sand,” she says, noting the seafloor was “completely white” from the sheer number of balls. And thus […]

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda changes lyrics to blast fan filming Hamilton show

    Lin-Manuel Miranda made an impromptu edit to one of the numbers in his acclaimed Hamilton Wednesday night after he spotted a woman filming a performance in Puerto Rico. While performing One Shot, Miranda noticed the audience member pointing a camera at the stage, the BBC reports. So, thinking (or rapping, actually) on his feet, he slipped a new line into the song: “I’m a get a scholarship to King’s College, I probably shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish, lady Filming in the […]

  • AeroMexico offers discounts to Americans who have Mexican DNA

    In 2017, about 35 million American citizens traveled to Mexico, visiting beachy spots such as Puerto Vallarta to historic sites such as Chichen Itza. But as political tensions flare between Mexico and its northern neighbor the United States, one airline decided to be proactive. AeroMexico, the country’s national carrier, unveiled a program called “DNA Discounts,” which offers discounts on flights to Americans who can show by taking a test that they have Mexican DNA. The amount of the discount depends […]

  • FBI employees turn to food banks, outside work as shutdown drags on

    As the government shutdown stretches towards a fifth week, FBI field offices across the country are opening food banks to help support special agents and staff struggling without pay. In Dallas, Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, the FBI has set up or planned for areas where employees can drop off non-perishable food items for other employees to pick up, according to multiple law enforcement officials. On the West Coast, at least two FBI field offices are considering establishing food banks […]

  • Legendary great white shark filmed swimming with divers off Hawaii

    A great white shark, believed to be one of the largest on the planet, has been spotted by divers as it fed on a whale carcass off the coast of Hawaii. The divers, who captured remarkable footage of the encounter, say the shark is Deep Blue – a 20-foot-long female. The creature approached the team’s boat to scratch herself on Tuesday, and was flanked by two “dancing” dolphins as she swam, diver Ocean Ramsey wrote on Instagram alongside a picture […]

  • Terrifying video shows worker jump as semi pulls live wire from burning pole

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A terrifying moment for a utility worker in a bucket truck was captured on video. A power pole caught on fire just before 3:30 a.m. near E. 152nd St. I-90 was closed in both directions from Eddy Rd. to E. 156th St. It continued to burn until it snapped around 5:15 a.m., according to WJW. A utility worker was working on the hanging wires when a semi drove by, yanking the wires from the dangling section of the […]

  • Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about proposed Moscow project, report says

    President Donald Trump personally directed his longtime former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project, two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter told BuzzFeed. The law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed that Trump directed Cohen to claim negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended months earlier than they actually did. The law enforcement sources told BuzzFeed that Cohen confirmed to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that Trump issued the order to […]

  • ‘A lack of respect’: Netflix hit ‘Bird Box’ used actual footage from disaster

    The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, says she was appalled to discover that footage of the most horrific day in her town’s history was presented as fiction in two Netflix productions. Footage of the 2013 runaway train disaster that killed 47 people and destroyed most of the small town’s downtown core appears in the Netflix film Bird Box and in an episode of the science fiction series Travelers, the BBC reports. The clips were used to illustrate news coverage of fictional disasters. A lot of people are still […]

  • Diabetic federal worker forced to ration her insulin during government shutdown

    A furloughed federal worker who is diabetic said she resorted to rationing her insulin medication because “the thought of having more debt was scarier than the thought of dying” in her sleep. “I thought, no end in sight for the shutdown. I can’t afford an ambulance bill. I can’t afford to go to the emergency room right now, because I know there’s more bills coming our way,” Mallory Lorge explained on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” Lorge, a U.S. Fish and […]

  • Man jumps from Royal Caribbean ship, gets banned for life

    A 27-year-old from Washington has been banned from Royal Caribbean ships for life after video posted online shows the man leaping from the 11th deck of the cruise ship while it was docked in Nassau, Bahamas. Nick Naydev, 27, posted video on Instagram that shows him jumping from the ship. Naydev said he could “barely walk for 3 days” after bruising his neck and tailbone when he struck the water, according to Fox News. Royal Caribbean issued a statement after the […]

  • Subway rider searching for good Samaritans who resuscitated him on train

    NEW YORK CITY – What started out as a typical day for Abraham Puthota turned into anything but that. On Dec. 6th, the engineer was at the end of his morning commute from his home in Harriman, New York to Penn Station when he boarded a Queens-bound E-train. “I was playing a game on my phone and that’s the last thing I remember,” Puthota told WPIX. The 64-year-old slipped into cardiac arrest and collapsed in a nearly packed subway car. […]

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    Suspect has unlikely story of how 11-year-old had his baby

    A 33-year-old man accused of raping and impregnating an 11-year-old girl claims it was all the work of a piece of cloth. Robert Cronin of Niskayuna, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to predatory sexual assault against a child on Wednesday—the same day he told WTEN‘s Anya Tucker that the girl became pregnant only after touching a piece of clothing on which he’d ejaculated. “Do you understand why it would be hard for people to understand the reasoning behind this conception that you’re […]

  • This is what Cardi B has to say about the government shutdown

    Cardi B is upset and worried. And she wants the world to know. In a profanity-laced video, the rapper on Wednesday night addressed the government shutdown that has gone on for 26 days — the longest in the nation’s history. “I just wanna remind you that it’s been a little bit over three weeks,” she says in the video. “Trump is now ordering … federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid. … This is serious. Our country is in a hellhole right […]

  • Michael Cohen paid thousands to rig polls in Trump’s favor, report says

    President Donald Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen paid the head of a small technology company thousands in 2015 to rig online polls and elevate Cohen’s character to benefit Trump’s presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. According to the paper, Cohen paid John Gauger, the owner of RedFinch Solutions LLC, between $12,000 and $13,000 for activities related to Trump’s campaign, including “trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Mr. Trump’s favor” and creating a Twitter account called “@WomenForCohen” that “praised […]