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  • Lava from Hawaii volcano creates tiny new island

    Lava that’s still flowing from the Kilauea volcano has now created a tiny new island off the coast of Hawaii. The island of lava appeared Thursday, just offshore from the northern edge of the Big Island, the United States Geological Survey said. A Hawaii Volcano Observatory crew noticed it during a Friday morning flight. The island is part of the lava flow that extends underwater away from the coastline, the agency said. It thinks underwater pressure pushed the lava flow to the surface. This is […]

  • Common blood pressure drug recalled for possible cancer link

    A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a week after 22 other countriesrecalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk. Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the ingredient are involved, according to the FDA. The US recall includes the the versions of valsartan that are made […]

  • Barbara Coombes (Greater Manchester Police)

    Daughter sentenced for killing father after finding child porn of herself

    MANCHESTER, England – A UK woman has been sentenced to prison for murdering her father and burying him in the garden—but only after she found his stash of child pornography that included images of herself. After pleading guilty to manslaughter, fraud, and false representation, Barbara Coombes received a nine-year sentence this week. UK authorities only learned about the 2006 murder in January when 63-year-old Coombes walked into a police station and confessed, reports the Guardian. Authorities then uncovered the body of […]

  • Obama, Biden now a crime-fighting duo

    Bill Clinton may have helped write a crime thriller this summer, but Barack Obama is now the hero of one—along with his trusty sidekick, Joe Biden. Author Andrew Shaffer is out with a new book called Hope Never Dies in which a fictional Obama and Biden team up to solve a mystery, and it’s billed as the first in a series featuring the crime-fighting duo, per this USA Today review. It is, in the words of Thu-Huong Ha at Quartzy, “a deeply silly piece of fan fiction,” […]

  • Arkansas man wants to stay in jail so that he won’t abuse drugs and alcohol

    ST. FRANCIS COUNTY, Ark.  — This may sound strange, but an Arkansas man actually wants to be in jail. That’s because being locked up stops him from abusing drugs and alcohol. For most, jail is a punishment. For Shawn Henderson, it’s a refuge. The 46-year-old was arrested Wednesday afternoon for throwing rocks through windows at Madison Elementary School. Henderson reportedly told a deputy he wanted to go to jail because he’d be safe and not able to abuse drugs and […]

  • They thought a squirrel was eating their tomatoes. But it was the mailman

    When their tomatoes began disappearing, a family in Montreal assumed it was the work of a squirrel. But when they checked their security camera, they saw the tomato thief was none other than their mailman. Now, they want an apology. Rob Morin told CNN that he and his wife regularly grow fruit in hanging baskets outside their home in the Mount Royal neighborhood and said he expected the culprit to be a squirrel. “Each year we hang out tomatoes and […]

  • Chuck E. Cheese’s jumping on ‘Pay Your Age’ bandwagon after Build-A-Bear chaos

    Didn’t get to Build-A-Bear? Chuck E. Cheese’s is jumping on the ‘Pay Your Age’ bandwagon. Massive crowds led Build-A-Bear to cancel its ‘Pay Your Age’ event Thursday. During the event, customers were told they could pay their current age for any make-your-own furry friend. In a Facebook Post Friday, Chuck E. Cheese’s said parents can pay their child’s age to get 30 minutes of All You Can Play. The offer is available only Friday at participating locations where the Chuck […]

  • Honey Smacks salmonella cases reach 100

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 27 more people have gotten sick in a multistate outbreak of salmonella illness linked to recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June. Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on […]

  • Virginia teen suffers third-degree burns from Giant Hogweed plant

    RICHMOND, Va. – Doctors have discharged a Virginia teenager who received burns from an invasive Giant Hogweed plant. Alex Childress was working a landscaping job clearing vegetation near Spotsylvania on Tuesday when he felt intense burns originally thought to be caused by a sunburn. Childress’ father, Justin, said they later discovered his pain was caused by a brief encounter with sap from the Giant Hogweed plant. “Alex continued working throughout the day once he got it on his face,” Justin […]

  • ‘Trump Baby’ balloon takes flight in London protests

    LONDON – A giant balloon of “Trump Baby” in a diaper took flight over Britain’s Houses of Parliament Friday, kicking off a day of widespread protests against the US leader’s controversial visit to the UK. The orange-hued blimp was inflated in Parliament Square at about 9.30 a.m. as a crowd of onlookers cheered. As the air filled the six-meter (20-feet) ballon, it rose slowly into the air. It flew at a height of about 30 meters (98 feet) for two […]

  • Brenda Emile and Miller Costello

    Death penalty sought for couple charged with murdering 3-year-old daughter

    OGDEN, Utah – The state of Utah filed a notice Tuesday stating they are seeking the death penalty in the case of a couple accused of murdering their 3-year-old daughter and trying to conceal the injuries with makeup. Miller Costello and Brenda Emile were arrested in July of 2017 after the couple’s 3-year-old daughter was found dead.  Police said at the time there was evidence of abusive trauma. Authorities also removed a younger sibling from the couple’s home. The pair […]

  • PayPal tells dead woman she is ‘in breach of contract’ because she died

    “You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased.” That’s the very real message a British man received three weeks after informing PayPal of his wife’s May 31 death from cancer at age 37. “What empathy-lacking machine sent this?” Howard Durdle, 40, first wrote on Facebook, sharing the letter threatening legal action over Lindsay Durdle’s $4,200 debt, which her widower says her estate couldn’t cover, per Inc. “As soon as […]

  • World’s longest fingernails finally cut after 66 years

    They were only fingernails, but to Shridhar Chillal, cutting them off probably felt a bit like cutting off his own hand. That’s because for 66 of his 82 years, Chillal, of Pune, India, has been growing the longest fingernails ever recorded on a single hand, his left. They together stretched about 30 feet, or the length of a bus, before he finally had them cut on Wednesday. Beginning with his curling, 6.5-foot long thumb nail, the nails were removed with […]

  • Preschooler wrote own obituary before dying of rare cancer

    VAN METER, Iowa – For nine months a set of parents from Iowa watched their son battle a rare form of pediatric cancer. Last week, 5-year-old Garrett Matthias died. Once doctors told the family Garrett’s cancer was terminal, they knew they could not put off learning of how their son wanted to be remembered. “We never necessarily talked about his funeral, so we never had the conversation with him that he was going to die but we had a lot […]

  • Trump wants new paint job, cushier bed for Air Force One, report says

    WASHINGTON – Air Force One is reportedly not to Donald Trump’s taste. The president wants a bigger, cushier bed and a “more American” look for his aircraft, now painted what he calls a “Jackie Kennedy color,” Axios reports. Air Force One last underwent a redesign under the John F. Kennedy administration, which opted for a color scheme of white and blue—JFK’s favorite color, reports the Sun. But during a February meeting with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg about a $4 billion program to replace two 747-200B […]

  • Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Adult film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested in Ohio early Thursday and faces three counts of illegally touching a patron at a sexually oriented business, court records show. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted that his client was taken into custody at a strip club in Columbus. “She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a nonsexual manner! Are you kidding me?” Avenatti tweeted. “They are devoting law enforcement resources to […]

  • Shark bites Instagram model during Bahamas photo shoot

    California native Katarina Zarutskie grew up doing water sports and had seen photos online of people swimming with nurse sharks, which Exuma Online deems “typically harmless to humans.” But the 19-year-old Instagram model and University of Miami student still had a frightening experience with one during a Bahamas trip last month, and she tells BuzzFeed she feels “very, very blessed and fortunate” she came out of it relatively OK. The BBC reports she’d finished lunch one day on Staniel Cay with her boyfriend and his family when they […]

  • Arrest made in beating of 91-year-old who reportedly was told to ‘Go back to Mexico’

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A week after a 91-year-old Mexican man says he was beaten with a concrete block in Southern California, a woman has been arrested in connection with the assault, authorities said. Laquisha Jones, 30, was arrested Tuesday night in Los Angeles on suspicion of beating Rodolfo Rodriguez last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. She was being held on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $200,000. ‘I just passed […]

  • Daycare owner charged with failing to report sex crimes against kids

    LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Miss. — A Mississippi daycare owner was charged with crimes against children after she allegedly failed to report that her husband was sexually abusing kids at her daycare. Sherry Westmoreland was arrested on Monday. She was charged with six counts of failing to make a mandatory report and six counts of contributing to the delinquency or neglect of a minor, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. Sherry Westmoreland’s husband, John Westmoreland, was charged earlier this month after he […]

  • Mom donates kidney to 8-year-old she met at Vacation Bible School

    CONNERSVILLE, Ind. – A mother of five in Indiania made a life-saving donation to an 8-year-old after the two met at Vacation Bible School. “They asked all the kids ‘What are your goals in life?’, and she was 8 at the time,” Kari Woods told WXIN. “When they asked her, she said she wanted to live to be 10.” Woods was a volunteer at Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2017 when she learned 8-year-old Abby Steinard was suffering […]

  • Zsa Zsa dies weeks after being dubbed ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’

    Zsa Zsa, whose bodacious tongue recently won her the 30th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, died in her sleep, the English bulldog’s owner said Tuesday. Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, delivered the sad news about the 9-year-old dog. “I’m in shock still,” she told CNN sister network HLN. “I haven’t even processed her winning and fame.” A news release announcing Zsa Zsa’s victory in late June in Petaluma, California, said: “Nine years young with a swaggering tongue, Zsa Zsa delivered […]

  • Man harasses woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, saying it’s ‘un-American’

    CHICAGO – An Illinois park is investigating after a woman accused one of its police officers of standing by as a man harassed her for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, saying it was un-American. Mia Irizarry says she was trying to celebrate her 24th birthday in the Forest Preserves of Cook County last month when the man approached her asking her why she was wearing the sleeveless Puerto Rico flag shirt, which also had “Puerto Rico” written below the […]

  • 101-year-old celebrated Fourth of July on a jet ski

    WALKER, Mich.– At 101 years old, a Michigan man says his secret to a long life is keeping busy and even hopping on a jet ski once in a while. Bill Knottnerus, who says he’s proud of his age, was seen cruising around Whitefish Lake this Fourth of July. “I loved it out there, oh yeah. My son says ‘Now don’t go too far away,'” Knottnerus tells WXMI. “I just pushed the old button and away we went.” The centenarian says […]

  • Good Samaritan stops man from beating dog in the street

    NORMAN, Okla. – A bystander stepped in when he saw a man allegedly beating his dog in the street. Robert Wilson was driving when he saw Dennis Ross and his dog in the middle of a neighborhood in Norman, Oklahoma. “The guy had the dog by the collar, and he hit it a couple times,” Wilson told KFOR. He had to do something about it. “I stopped, rolled my window down, said, ‘Dude, dude, what are you doing? Let go […]

  • Southwest Airlines dropping peanuts from its flights

    Get your free peanuts while you can. Beginning Aug. 1, Southwest Airlines will stop serving the complimentary snack offered on flights since the airline’s founding in the 1960s, according to a rather wistful Monday statement. “Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest’s history and DNA,” the airline says, per the San Francisco Chronicle, adding the “difficult decision” was made “to ensure the best on-board experience for everyone, including customers with peanut-related allergies.” Several other airlines have already removed peanuts from flights […]

  • $400,000 Lamborghini Huracan goes up in flames after minivan rips off gas pump nozzle

    KIRKWOOD. MO – “Not one, but two,” says the person shooting video of a pair of exotic sports cars fueling up at a Missouri gas station. Moments into the video, the van on the opposite side of the blue Lamborghini pulls off with the fuel hose still attached. “I’ve seen people drive away from pumps and make mistakes, but never seen something to that extent with that much money being destroyed,” customer Thomas George said. The driver of the red […]

  • Australian rangers capture massive crocodile after 8-year search

    Wildlife rangers in northern Australia captured a massive 600 kilogram (1,300 pound) crocodile after first spotting it nearly a decade ago. The crocodile, estimated to be more than 60 years old, was found lurking near a boat ramp in the Katherine River. At 4.71 meters (15.45 feet), the croc is the longest-ever trapped in the region. The previous record holder was a 4.6 meter-long croc captured in 2011. Though the average saltwater crocodile is about 5 meters (17 feet) long, according […]

  • Mom is only survivor of car crash that killed husband, 4 daughters

    TOWNSEND, Del. – The sole survivor of a horrific Delaware car crash is Mary Rose Trinidad, whose husband and four children all died in the Friday accident, People reports. Trinidad was admitted to hospital with serious injuries and is currently in stable condition and alert. Dead on the scene were Mary’s husband, 61-year-old Audie Trinidad, and their daughters Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and Allison and Melissa, who were 13-year-old twins. Audie and his wife were restrained in the front, but the girls were not. […]

  • Former teacher convicted of sex with student arrested on suspicion of selling meth

    PROVO, Utah – A former Utah teacher who was convicted of raping an underage student has been arrested on suspicion of selling methamphetamine. According to a court document filed by Utah Adult Probation and Parole, Sarah Lindsay Lewis was arrested by members of the Major Crimes Task Force on July 2nd for allegedly selling narcotics from her car in Utah County. She was in possession of 12 ounces of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, according to court documents. Along with the drug […]

  • At least 10 dogs die when van breaks down during dog rescue operation

    SARDIS, Miss. — A rescue operation to transport about 50 dogs from Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Minnesota went awry Friday when the operation’s black van broke down. A truck driver traveling north to Pennsylvania pulled over when he saw dozens of kennels out along the side of the road. Jessie Soto told WREG he was horrified to realize at least 10 were dead. Southern Pines Rescue group director Ginny Sims said the van left Hattiesburg around 1:30 Friday afternoon. Sims said […]