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  • Brothers save woman, dogs trapped in sinking minivan: ‘We got to get the lady out’

    HENRICO COUNTY, Va.— Neighbors are celebrating two brothers who pulled a woman and two of her three dogs from a minivan before it was swept into a raging creek in Henrico County Thursday evening. Michael and Wesley Shook came upon the scene as the Rocky Branch creek along  Hermitage Road off Staples Mill Road rose quickly as Tropical Storm Michael dumped inches of rain across the area. “I seen the van submerged and we decided we were going to pull in and […]

  • Nearly 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients, a new analysis of US Food and Drug Administration data found.

    Nearly 800 dietary supplements contained unapproved drug ingredients, study finds

    Nearly 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients, a new analysis of US Food and Drug Administration data found. More than one unapproved pharmaceutical ingredient was found in 20% of those supplements, the study published Friday in JAMA Network Open showed. The presence of prescription medicines, often at unknown concentrations, means these supplements are essentially “unapproved drugs” that could be harmful to users’ health, according to the study authors. “These products have the potential […]

  • Elizabeth Warren releases DNA test with ‘strong evidence’ of Native American ancestry

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released the results of a DNA analysis showing she has distant Native American ancestry, in an apparent attempt to pre-empt further questions and attacks should she run for president in 2020. Warren first faced scrutiny for her purported Native American heritage during her 2012 Senate race. But President Donald Trump has revived and amplified the controversy as he eyes Warren as a possible rival, frequently mocking her with the nickname “Pocahontas.” But Warren now has documentation to back […]

  • Teacher who revealed Stephen Miller ate glue in class is suspended

    Some found a recent story about White House senior aide Stephen Miller hilarious; others condemn it as “reprehensible.” The Los Angeles Times reports the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, meanwhile, is trying to figure out exactly what it’s going to do about Nikki Fiske, a longtime teacher in the district who revealed a short but borderline snarky snippet about Miller in the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. Fiske, 72, was Miller’s third-grade teacher (there’s a pic of the class at THR), and in addition to spilling that the […]

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    Hackers accessed personal information of 30 million Facebook users

    Almost 30 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and email addresses were accessed by hackers in the biggest security breach in the company’s history, Facebook said on Friday. The attackers accessed even more details on 14 million of those users, including the area where they live, their relationship status and their religion. The new details come two weeks after Facebook first announced that attackers had access to 50 million users’ accounts — meaning they could have logged in as those users. Facebook said […]

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    Facebook removes another 800 pages and accounts ahead of midterms

    Facebook on Thursday, just weeks before the US midterm elections, announced that it had removed more than 800 pages and accounts that the company said violated its rules “against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The company made the announcement in a blog post which said that “increasingly” spam networks have started using “sensational political content — regardless of its political slant — to build an audience and drive traffic to their websites.” “And like the politically motivated activity we’ve seen, the ‘news’ […]

  • ‘There’s nothing left here anymore’: Hurricane Michael leaves Mexico Beach, Florida, in Ruins

    Mexico Beach, Florida, is not just destroyed. For the most part, it’s not there anymore. From a helicopter, you can see many of the homes and hotels that populated this beachside town of about 1,200 are gone. A few houses and other structures remain standing, but they’re the exceptions. Hurricane Michael’s wind and storm surge ripped up buildings like posies and carried them inland. Where homes once stood, offering premium views of the Gulf of Mexico, a few boards lay scattered […]

  • Medieval re-enactor impaled on own lance in freak accident

    The Society for Creative Anachronism is mourning equestrian marshal Peter Barclay—or, as they knew him, Master Terafan Greydragon. The 53-year-old Virginia resident was fatally injured by his own lance at an event in Williamstown, Kentucky, while competing in an equestrian game, NBC Washington reports. His brother, John Barclay, said in a Facebook post that the accident happened when Barclay’s metal-tipped lance, which was not used for jousting, “hit the ground and flipped,” fatally impaling him under the sternum in a “freak accident,” […]

  • Millennials blamed for declining American cheese sales

    American cheese has been a staple in U.S. kitchens for decades, but Bloomberg reports that its fortunes appear to be heading south. The story also sees one big reason why: Millennials aren’t interested in buying or eating the processed stuff, preferring instead natural cheeses that taste more distinctive even if they are pricier. Chains such as Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, and Panera Bread are either ditching American cheese—a champion melter—or at least offering alternatives. It’s “an ingredient we’re looking to less and less […]

  • Man accused of kidnapping, raping woman he matched on Tinder may have more victims, police say

    LOGAN, Utah – A Utah man has been arrested on charges that include rape and kidnapping after he allegedly assaulted a woman he invited to his home after matching on Tinder. Wyatt Dean Martin, 21, was booked on charges of rape, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, according to KSTU. Police are investigating at least two other similar cases against Martin and […]

  • ‘Sweetest dog ever’ found tied to abandoned home

    RICHMOND, Va. — Rusty, the three-legged dog, is about to get a new lease on life. One week ago, Richmond Animal Control officers found Rusty tied-up outside an abandoned home in east Richmond. He was suffering from a gruesome injury. “We don’t know what happened. It was an injury of some kind that had never been treated,” Richmond Animal Care and Control director Christie Chipps Peters said. “The leg had essentially rotted off, and the only thing that was holding […]

  • Woman wrapped bungee cords around dogs’ muzzles to stop their barking, police say

    ANKENY, Iowa – An Iowa woman is facing animal neglect charges after police say she used bungee cords to tie her dogs’ muzzles in an attempt to keep them from barking. A criminal complaint says 27-year-old Elisa Andres went to the Animal Rescue League on October 2nd and surrendered three of her dogs. The ARL staff noticed there were ligature marks around two of the dogs’ muzzles. They say the dogs were dropped off in a wire kennel that had […]

  • Melania Trump says women ‘need evidence’ if they say they’re victims

    First lady Melania Trump said victims who make accusations of sexual misconduct “need to have really hard evidence” in a recently taped interview, echoing a statement she made in October 2016 amid allegations against her husband. “If you accuse (someone) of something, show the evidence,” Trump said in a sit-down interview with ABC News that took place in Kenya last week during her first major solo trip to Africa. Trump also said she supports women, but she echoed her husband, President Donald Trump, adding […]

  • Their store’s grand opening was this week. Hurricane Michael left it in ruins

    After Hurricane Michael‘s shrieking winds and crashing waves died down, Brandon and Sydni Troupe drove to their neighborhood in Panama City, Florida, to look at the damage. When they pulled up, ripped shingles, mangled cars and twisted street signs were scattered everywhere. A massive tree trunk sat on debris of a building they’d spent a year renovating into a family-friendly kids’ store. Its grand opening was set for this weekend. “I wished I was dreaming,” Brandon Troupe said of seeing their […]

  • Astronauts survive emergency landing after booster fails on Russian rocket

    Astronauts on board a Soyuz rocket heading to the International Space Station survived an emergency landing following a booster failure, a Russian space official said Thursday. “The crew landed,” Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said on Twitter. “All are alive.” The rocket was transporting NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos for a six-month stay on the ISS. NASA and Roscosmos said search-and-rescue teams were in contact with the crew and en route […]

  • States revolted – and Miss America punished them

    Cross Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper at your peril, apparently. As individual states called for the two leaders of the Miss America Organization to step down in advance of last month’s pageant, little was said by the women, who act as the chairwoman and CEO, respectively. Now, action: Four states have had their licenses terminated by the organization in what the AP calls a “purge of rebellious state officials.” Those states—Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and one undisclosed one—will have to relinquish any bank […]

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    Man stabbed at haunted house by friend who thought knife was a prop

    Halloween is James Yochim’s favorite time of year: “I get really excited about going to haunted houses.” His Friday night at Nashville Nightmare in Madison—a sprawling attraction with four haunted houses, an escape room, and scary cast members running around with fake weapons—might dull the thrill, however. Yochim says a thin man with skull makeup, assumed to be an actor, approached his friend, Tawnya Greenfield, asking if Yochim was “f—ing around with her,” per BuzzFeed. When she jokingly said yes, the […]

  • Officers reunite with choking infant they saved

    When baby Audrey stopped breathing on September 30, three deputies rushed to help her. On Sunday, they were by her side again. “It was unbelievably heartwarming to be invited back, and amazing to see how far she has progressed since last Sunday,” said Deputy Jonathan Zacharkiw, according to a statement from the Clackamas County, Oregon sheriff’s office. When Deputies Zacharkiw, Dan Olson and Jonah Russell first met baby Audrey, she was pale and unresponsive. Audrey was just a week old when […]

  • Family turns awkward ‘#HimToo’ tweet into something good

    The sons of a woman who sent an awkward viral tweet are defusing the situation with laughter — and a little bit of debunking. On Monday night, a relatively benign political tweet from a random mom on Twitter exploded into a huge meme. Her tweet featured a photo of her son, along with a message that seemed to criticize recent national conversations about sexual assault and accountability. “This is MY son,” the now-deleted tweet read. “He graduated #1 in boot […]

  • Hurricane Michael now ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Category 4 storm hours before landfall

    Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm as it moved toward the Florida Panhandle, where it could blow ashore as the strongest storm to hit the United States this year. Michael intensified from a Category 3 storm early Wednesday, hours before its expected landfall in the afternoon. If it makes landfall as a Category 4, it’ll be the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. It would also be the strongest storm in […]

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    Forest rangers turn to Calvin Klein for help hunting man-eating tiger

    Vets with tranquilizer darts, drones, and even a powerful breed of hunting dogs haven’t been able to track down and take out a dangerous tiger in India suspected of killing 13. So now, forest rangers near Pandharkawada are turning to a bottle of something they hope will make the tigress “roll and cheek-rub” and send her into “absolute heaven.” That would be Calvin Klein’s Obsession cologne, the latest weapon in the hunt for the tigress named T1, who has been eluding searchers for months, […]

  • Teacher’s simple chart explaining consent to third graders gains attention online

    With the recent news about the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the term “consent” has become part of the national dialogue. It also can be confusing. So one California teacher, worried that her students may not understand the concept, created a simple chart to explain it. Liz Kleinrock, a third-grade teacher at Citizens of the World Charter School in Los Angeles, calls her explainer “All About Consent.” View this post on Instagram Everything about Kavanaugh in the […]

  • Police arrested the pair, identified only as "Juan Carlos N." and his wife "Patricia "N.," during an investigation into the disappearance of three women and a two-month-old baby.

    Couple arrested with body parts in stroller may have killed up to 20 women, Mexican officials say

    A couple arrested in Mexico while pushing a baby stroller filled with human body parts may have killed up to 20 women, according to the chief investigator on the case. The man and woman were detained Thursday in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec on suspicion of murdering 10 female victims. However, the male suspect has since claimed that they are responsible for twice as many deaths. Police arrested the pair, identified only as “Juan Carlos N.” and his wife […]

  • Mississippi marching band staged halftime skit depicting students pointing guns at police

    A Mississippi school district has apologized and a high school band director has been suspended after the band staged a halftime skit that depicted police being held at gunpoint. The controversial skit came as the Forest Hill High School band from Jackson performed Friday during a football game against Brookhaven High School to the south. It shocked many at the game in Brookhaven, where just six days earlier two police officers were killed in a shootout with a suspect. “I […]

  • Over 120 missing children found safe during human trafficking sting

    DETROIT — Over 120 missing children were found safe during a one-day human trafficking sting in Michigan. Operation MISafeKid was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service, Michigan State Police and several other agencies on Sept. 26 in Wayne County. It was a missing juvenile sweep to identify and recover missing children from the area with emphasis on locating victims of sex trafficking. Authorities began investigating all missing child cases prior to the operation. They then began investigating the children’s whereabouts […]

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    Former Lovin’ Spoonful band member pleads guilty to child porn charges

    HARRISON, Ark. – Former Lovin’ Spoonful musician Jerry Yester, best known for playing piano on the band’s 1960s hit “Do You Believe In Magic,” has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Yester, 74, reached a plea deal Friday in Boone County Circuit Court, admitting to eight counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. Yester is free on a $35,000 bond, but he’s due back in court Dec. 21 for a sentencing hearing. His […]

  • Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 2 as it bears down on Gulf Coast

    Hurricane Michael is threatening more than 300 miles of the Gulf Coast, prompting emergency declarations in more than 100 counties from Mobile, Alabama through the Florida Panhandle and into the state’s Big Bend region. Residents in those areas are being warned to prepare for Michael to make landfall Wednesday as a “dangerous major hurricane,” bringing damaging winds, and life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding. “#HurricaneMichael isn’t heading to any one town…” the National Weather Service tweeted Monday. “There are warnings for more […]

  • Yellowstone geyser erupts, pours out trash dating back to 1930s

    When Ear Spring erupted at Yellowstone National Park Sept. 15th, it was already notable—it was, as Live Science puts it, the geyser’s “most violent display since 1957.” But even more notable was what came out with the water that spewed up to 30 feet in the air: 80 years worth of trash. After the eruption, officials wrote on Facebook, park employees “found a strange assortment of items strewn across the landscape around its vent,” from dozens of coins that people threw in to […]

  • Bride takes wedding photos alone to honor firefighter fiancé killed by drunk driver

    DAVIESS COUNTY, Ind. – September 29, 2018 was going to be the happiest day of Jessica Padgett’s life. She was supposed to marry her fiancé Kendall Murphy. But her hopes and dreams of spending a lifetime with Kendall were shattered on November 10, 2017. The Montgomery volunteer firefighter was killed by an alleged drunk driver while helping a crash victim in Daviess County. Kendall’s death was devastating to many members of the community who remembered him as an incredibly kind man […]

  • Mother meets daughter she kept a secret for 52 years

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 73-year-old Valerie Leatherwood had been waiting 52 years to see someone special. “I ended up with this phone call a couple months ago from a daughter that I thought I’d go to my grave not telling anybody about,” Leatherwood told KTXL. Five decades ago, 20-year-old Valerie was working at a nursing home in Minnesota when she unexpectedly got pregnant. She says her supervisor, a nun, sent her to nanny away from home to hide the pregnancy. Five […]