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  • Yearbook photo shows Baton Rouge police officers dressed in blackface for undercover operation

    BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 25 years ago, two Baton Rouge police officers wore blackface for an undercover operation. This week, the city’s police chief apologized after a photograph of the officers from a department yearbook surfaced online. The photograph from 1993 showed two white officers in blackface wearing sunglasses with the caption “Soul brothers.” One officer had his arms crossed; the other made hand signs. The image first surfaced in the Rouge Collection, a local news site, according […]

  • Woman shot in the face with a crossbow drove herself to the hospital

    CROSS COUNTY, Ark. — An Arkansas man was arrested on felony charges after deputies say he shot a woman in the face with a crossbow. The woman drove herself to the hospital with an arrow piercing the lower left part of her face and coming out the back of her head. The hospital was able to remove it from her face. “It was an odd sight to see someone with an arrow in their face and they’re still conscious and […]

  • African black leopard photographed for the first time in over 100 years, scientist says

    Turns out, the mythical African black leopard really does exist. Biologists shot rare footage of the sleek big cat walking majestically in Kenya – the first time the animal has been photographed in Africa since 1909, says Nick Pilfold, a global conservation scientist at the San Diego Zoo. Pilfold said they captured the footage after months of watching and waiting. His team of biologists had placed remote wildlife cameras to track the leopard population near a conservancy in Laikipia County […]

  • Paramedics push patient nearly a mile on icy streets after ambulance gets stuck

    ST. LOUIS – What seemed like a normal call for two Maryland Heights Fire Protection District firefighter paramedics in St. Louis, Missouri, quickly turned into an unsteady situation unknowingly captured by a stranger. Jon Stillpass and Shaylor Taetz, who have both been working as paramedics and firefighters for about seven years, had to go to extreme lengths to get a patient to DePaul Hospital in wintry conditions. The two had no idea the event was photographed by Carol Parks, one […]

  • The tale of the USB stick found in frozen seal poop gets weirder

    “This is probably the weirdest set of coincidences in my life—ever,” says the owner of a USB stick found in a lump of frozen seal poop. Here’s how it unfolds: In December 2017, sea lion volunteer Amanda Nally found an ailing sea lion on a beach on New Zealand’s South Island and phoned a hotline. While the animal was being examined, Nally spotted the sea lion’s feces, which was collected and sent to a lab, explains the Guardian. When scientists finally got […]

  • Teen defies anti-vaccine parents, gets shots

    NORWALK, Ohio – For many teenagers, turning 18 years old means celebrating at a party but for one Ohio teen it meant going to get a slew of vaccinations he no longer needed his parents’ permission to receive. “For 16 years I haven’t received any vaccinations,” explained Ethan Lindenberger. He says the only shot he received, tetanus, as a toddler was out of necessity. Lindenberger says his parents do not believe in vaccinations unless absolutely necessary. “Her opinions are mostly […]

  • Newborn baby rescued after passerby hears her crying in a storm drain

    DURBAN, South Africa – A baby girl was rescued from a storm drain in Durban, South Africa, after residents heard her crying and alerted emergency services. A bystander had spotted the newborn after climbing down into the drain on Monday, Garrith Jamieson, head of Durban Rescue Care, said in a statement obtained by CNN. Rescue services used a chisel and hammer to break into the drain, Jamieson said. The whole operation lasted nearly four hours. After being located and extricated, the […]

  • Lottery winner claims jackpot wearing ‘Scream’ mask to hide identity

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Some lottery winners want to remain anonymous but one person is going viral for taking that to a whole new level. The winner of the $158.4 million prize (around $1.2 million in U.S. currency) Super Lotto jackpot wore a mask from the 1996 horror movie “Scream” to pick up his grand prize last week, Loop reports. The winner was only identified as A. Campbell and waited 54 days to claim the ticket. A lottery winner wore a Scream […]

  • Iowa firefighters help deliver baby, then shovel new mom’s driveway

    As extremely cold weather descends on much of the United States, one Iowa family had a heartwarming experience they will never forget. Scotty Abram and his expectant wife, Cassy, had just returned home from a Cedar Rapids hospital. It looked like their son, Scotty Jr., was not quite ready to make his first appearance. Just minutes later, after calling first responders, Scotty found himself delivering the baby, Cassy’s aunt Larissa Ruffin told CNN. “EMT arrived about 10 minutes later and […]

  • Toys ‘R’ Us wants to return to the United States

    The new owners of Toys “R” Us want to bring the brand back to the United States. But they can’t say when it will happen. The troubled toy company found another life last month as Tru Kids Brands, roughly half a year after Toys “R” Us closed the last of its stores in the United States. It is now owned by the company’s former creditors. More than 700 American Toys “R” US stores closed last spring. But the company kept […]

  • Dog intentionally set on fire after being tied to pole in Virginia park

    RICHMOND, Va. – An investigation is underway after a dog was set on fire while tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park Sunday evening. The male pit bull with a camo collar was covered in accelerant and intentionally set on fire around 7:30 Sunday night at the park, according to Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC). The shelter says witnesses saw an adult man wearing multiple layers of pants run from the scene towards Belvidere Street. The dog, now […]

  • Teen Ohio State fan dies after 6-year battle against cancer he named ‘Michigan’

    BELLVILLE, Ohio – A teenage boy from Bellville, Ohio who loved the Ohio State Buckeyes and fought cancer by labeling his disease “Michigan,” has passed away. Grant Reed was diagnosed with brain cancer in May 2012 at 11-years-old, the Columbus Dispatch reports. At that age, Grant was reportedly encouraged by staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to name “the enemy,” which was a tumor the size of a tennis ball next to his brain stem. Grant reportedly told his father, Troy Reed, “I’m going […]

  • Russian parents scared to send children to school after ‘mass invasion’ of polar bears

    Parents in a remote Russian archipelago are scared to send their children to school after a “mass invasion” of polar bears into residential areas, state news agency TASS reported. Novaya Zemlya, located off Russia’s northeastern arctic coast, has been swarmed by dozens of polar bears since December. The region’s largest settlement, Belushya Guba, with a population of about 2,500 people, has reported more than 50 sightings. Local administrator Alexander Minayev said bears had attacked people and entered buildings. A state of […]

  • Illinois firefighter with down syndrome quits department over bullying

    SANDOVAL, Ill. – An Illinois volunteer firefighter with down syndrome says he quit the department because he was bullied. 33-year-old Jason Eagan became a volunteer firefighter in Sandoval in 2016. There was debate when he first applied, but he passed the physical test and completed all the paperwork so the fire department could not refuse him. Eagan’s sister Kristin Sian wrote on her Facebook account Thursday that Eagan quit due to harassment. She says that several firefighters allegedly made fun of Eagan, […]

  • Olive Garden offering breadstick bouquet for Valentine’s Day

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Looking for a special way to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day? Well, Olive Garden has the perfect bouquet for your breadstick-loving sweetheart. The company is selling breadstick bouquets to make your Valentine’s Day a bit more savory. Sounds like a sign to us! ✨ See you soon? pic.twitter.com/KBemgN1pJD — Olive Garden (@olivegarden) February 9, 2019 The bouquet isn’t actually a menu item, but to create one you just order breadsticks to-go from your local Olive […]

  • Internet reacts to first look at Will Smith as Genie in Aladdin: ‘Nightmare fuel’

    A new “Aladdin” trailer debuted during the Grammy’s Sunday night and if reaction on the internet is any indication, Disney might want to rework the animation for Will Smith’s “Genie” character before it hits theaters on May. On Twitter, one man wrote, “I’m sorry but Will Smith as the Genie in #Aladdin is nightmare fuel. Also, he’s just gonna use his regular Will Smith voice? I'm sorry but Will Smith as the Genie in #Aladdin is nightmare fuel. Also, he's […]

  • Another byproduct of this extreme cold: ghost apples

    The Great Cold Snap of 2019 has given us a ton of terms we didn’t know we needed: Frost quakes. Snow squalls. Steam fog. Now we can add another one to the list: ghost apples. Andrew Sietsema was pruning apple trees in an icy orchard in western Michigan when he came across some. “I guess it was just cold enough that the ice covering the apple hadn’t melted yet, but it was warm enough that the apple inside turned to complete […]

  • Delta, Coke blasted over ‘creepy’ new napkins

    Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola say they were just trying to encourage a little “old school flirting.” Complaining passengers had a different take: “creepy.” The companies have pulled Diet Coke napkins that encouraged people to write down their phone number on them and hand them to their “plane crush,” reports Fox News. “Because, you’re on a plane full of interesting people and hey… you never know,” reads the napkin. “Unintentionally creepy” is a complaint voiced by one passenger, and another tweet being widely cited in […]

  • 6-year-old girl fighting cancer fulfills her dream of becoming a police officer

    Abigail Arias is a little girl who had a big dream: to become a police officer. And on Thursday, that dream came true when she was officially sworn in as an honorary officer in Freeport, Texas. The 6-year-old has Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer in children. “The chemo and radiation hasn’t worked and basically the family is now leaving it in God’s hands and praying for a miracle,” Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey Jr. told CNN. “They basically […]

  • Tailgate wrap showing bound and gagged woman sparks outrage

    FENTON, Mo. – An image on the back of a truck in Missouri has a lot of people talking. It shows a woman restrained and scantily dressed. While some are offended by the image, the man who bought it and put the tailgate wrap on his truck says people are overreacting. In the picture, a woman has her hands and feet bound and her mouth gagged. Susan Cunningham saw it as she was driving on Highway 141. “It was offensive. […]

  • Mom holds heartwarming gender reveal party for transgender son

    There were balloons, confetti and a big teddy bear – all the usual trappings of an extravagant gender reveal photo shoot. But this Kentucky mom’s celebration had a twist: it was a gender reveal for her 20-year-old transgender son. “He thought I was insane,” Heather Green told CNN. “How do you tell people your daughter is now your son? But not only now your son, but has always been your son.” Last September, the son, Adrian Brown, told Green he’d be transitioning. […]

  • Lae Best and Benjamin Worster

    Two Florida men accused of plotting to groom and rape a 3-year-old girl

    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida — Two men have been arrested after police discovered a series of text messages in which the two men discussed plans to groom and rape a 3-year-old girl in Florida. Lafe Best, 37, was arrested Tuesday and is in the Volusia County Branch Jail without bond. He is charged with conspiracy to commit sexual battery on a child. He was arrested in connection to a different case involving his friend and sexual partner, Benjamin Worster, 39, according […]

  • Sarah Silverman arrives at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

    Sarah Silverman calls out radiologist: ‘That was my last mammogram with this dude. Or any dude’

    There was nothing funny about what happened to comedian Sarah Silverman when she went for her latest mammogram. In an emotional post on Instagram Wednesday, Silverman wrote that she had a “sh—y time” at her mammogram appointment. “I have to get an ultrasound after my mammograms because I have dense breasts and this radiologist — the same man I had last year — I do not like him,” she wrote. She said that he opened her gown and “put gel […]

  • Frozen cat thawed out after being found unresponsive in Montana snow bank

    You’ve got to be kitten me right meow. Fluffy the cat was literally dethawed after she was found buried in snow, her fur matted in ice. The very lucky cat is now back home. Her owners discovered her buried in the snow near their Kalispell, Montana, home on January 31. They rushed her to the Animal Clinic of Kalispell just in time. “She was essentially frozen,” said Andrea Dutter, executive director, told CNN. The northern Montana town was experiencing, well, […]

  • Photo from VMI's "The Bomb" publication in 1968

    GOP Va. senator was managing editor of VMI yearbook filled with racism

    NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia Senator and Republican Majority Leader Tommy Norment is listed as the managing editor of the 1968 Virginia Military Institute yearbook which includes photos of people wearing blackface and captions that include racial slurs, according to WTKR. One of the photo captions says: “Four years ago New Market’s revenge on VMI ambled through stoop-n**** arch in his first attempt to evade the system.” On a page for the editors in the yearbook, Norment described his work on […]

  • Woman who helped find shelter for homeless during polar vortex gets $50,000 on ‘Ellen’ show

    LOS ANGELES — A Chicago woman who led an effort to get hotel rooms for homeless people during the polar vortex was recognized on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” With the help of social media, real estate developer Candace Payne was able to book 72 rooms for five nights. She helped more than 120 people. Ellen DeGeneres surprised her with two checks from Walmart, totaling $50,000. Payne says she will use the money for her new non-profit to provide homeless people […]

  • Son surprises father by acknowledging his last radio call before retiring from Arkansas Highway Police

    As Arkansas Highway Police Corporal Roy Martin signed off for the last time before retiring Tuesday, he was surprised to hear who took his final call. Martin’s son, Corporal Billy Martin of the Arkansas State Police, answered his father’s “10-7,” code for “out of service,” and “10-42,” code for “ending tour of duty.” The Arkansas State Police posted video of the exchange on their Facebook page. Roy Martin had no idea his son would be on the other end of […]

  • Abdulbasir Faizi was reported missing on December 29, 2010.

    Canadian police went to arrest a man they suspected of murder. They found a man tied to his bed.

    When Toronto police moved to arrest a man they suspected of being a serial killer last year, they found a man tied to his bed. Alive. Police then searched the suspect’s hard drive for evidence. There, they discovered eight folders labeled with the names of different men. Each folder contained photos of the men — some alive and some dead and some with their naked bodies posed in fur coats or with unlit cigars. There was a ninth folder, too. […]

  • Gucci apologizes after social media users say sweater resembles blackface

    Gucci has apologized and discontinued selling a sweater that social media users said resembles blackface because of its design. In a Twitter post Wednesday, the Italian luxury brand said it “deeply apologizes for the offense caused by the wool balaclava jumper.” The top, which is no longer on the company’s website, is a black turtleneck sweater that pulls up over the bottom half of the face with a cut out and oversized red lips around the mouth. “We can confirm […]

  • Attack on Obama mannequin at NYC sex shop leaves workers in shock, suspect under arrest

    NEW YORK – A man angered by a Barack Obama mannequin in a New York City storefront shattered the shop’s window and physically attacked the former president’s likeness, witnesses said. Now that man faces prosecution, and the store – an adult novelty shop – has to decide if it will replace the presidential display, which had also included a mannequin of President Donald Trump. “It just broke him,” said Corine Lew, manager of the Manhattan Romantic Depot, about what happened […]

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