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  • Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy

    Online reviews have replaced going to a store to lie down on a mattress. That’s why Mattress Firm, America’s largest bed store, has filed for bankruptcy. The chain said it plans to remain in business, but it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to get out of about 700 unfavorable leases. The company said it will quickly close 200 underperforming stores and make decisions about whether to close or maintain the other 500 stores in the coming weeks. It currently […]

  • You will receive a ‘Presidential Alert’ text on Wednesday during national test

    You’ll soon be getting a message on your phone from the President of the United States — whether you are a supporter or not. It’s not a political message, but an emergency test message sent from President Donald Trump as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s system to warn the public in cases of national emergencies. A majority of cell phone users will receive an alert on Wednesday, October 3, with the header “Presidential Alert” and the message, “THIS […]

  • Body believed to be of missing North Carolina boy with autism

    A body believed to be that of Maddox Ritch, the 6-year-old boy with autism who went missing at a North Carolina park, was found Thursday afternoon, officials said. “With heavy hearts we announce a body believed to be 6-year-old Maddox Ritch was found at approximately 1 p.m. off of Marietta Street/Old Dallas Highway in Gastonia,” the FBI in Charlotte tweeted Thursday. “Maddox’s parents have been notified of the discovery. The investigation is ongoing.” The city of Gastonia tweeted that identification […]

  • Teacher claims she was fired over ‘no zeros’ grading policy

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — An eighth grade teacher in Florida claims she was fired because she disagrees with a school policy that states no students can receive a “zero” for failing to complete an assignment, according to WPTV. Diane Tirado started at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie last month as a history teacher. After several students failed to complete an assignment, she learned about a rule in the student handbook that states: “NO ZEROS – LOWEST […]

  • Trump falsely claims 3,000 ‘did not die’ in Puerto Rico, blames Democrats

    Nearly 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump denied this reality as a hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas. “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, […]

  • Woman jumps from moving car to escape fake Uber driver

    LAS VEGAS — Complaints about fake rideshare drivers victimizing customers are on the rise in big cities across the country. When a man posing as an Uber driver allegedly abducted a local woman from the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, she made a brave escape from a moving car. Elizabeth Suarez’ traumatic experience began on a mid-July night at Park MGM. She booked an Uber to take her home after a night out with a childhood friend, according to KTNV. […]

  • Oklahoma woman wakes up to coyote in bedroom

    BIXBY, Okla. — An Oklahoma woman woke up to a coyote in her bedroom early Sunday morning, according to KOKI. The woman said she initially thought her cat and dog were fighting, but when she turned on the light in her bedroom she saw a coyote. She tried to use a golf club to scare the coyote but that did not work, according to KOKI. The woman called police and animal control officers removed the animal without further incident and […]

  • Former ‘ER’ actress Vanessa Marquez shot dead by police

    LOS ANGELES — A woman fatally shot by police conducting a welfare check call in South Pasadena was identified Friday as movie and television actress Vanessa Marquez, according to KTLA. Marquez, best known for her roles in “Stand and Deliver” and “ER,” was shot Thursday after police say she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers who were responding to the residence in the 1100 block of Fremont Avenue. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun, which […]

  • John McCain dead at 81

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — John McCain has died at 81. McCain died one day after his family announced he had stopped treatment for brain cancer. McCain would have celebrated his 82nd birthday on Aug. 29. The office of Senator John McCain released a statement on Saturday. “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States […]

  • Chris Watts case: ‘There’s some secrets there’

    DENVER, Colo. — Denise Mowder has some theories as to why a man who appeared to be a doting father and husband could do what Chris Watts is accused of doing. The associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at MSU Denver and former prosecutor has worked with thousands of victims of family violence, according to KMGH. She said case studies of fathers killing their children show the motive is most often rage, but there are other reasons. “Most were […]

  • Exclusive: Ex-Trump World Tower doorman releases ‘catch-and-kill’ contract about alleged Trump affair

    A former Trump World Tower doorman who says he has knowledge of an alleged affair President Donald Trump had with an ex-housekeeper, which resulted in a child, is now able to talk about a contract he entered with American Media Inc. that had prohibited him from discussing the matter with anyone, according to his attorney. On Friday, Marc Held — the attorney for Dino Sajudin, the former doorman — said his client had been released from his contract with AMI, […]

  • Woman posing as deputy arrested for helping boyfriend escape Arkansas jail

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Deputies have arrested an Arkansas woman who helped her boyfriend escape from a county jail last month by posing as a sheriff’s deputy from Ventura County, according to KFSM. Fayetteville resident Maxine Feldstein, 30, was arrested on Aug. 17 on suspicion of forgery, being an accomplice to third-degree escape and criminal impersonation. Maxine Feldstein, left, and Nicholas Lowe are seen in photos released last week by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Feldstein’s boyfriend, Nicholas Lowe, was at the […]

  • Drone records video of never-before-seen Amazon tribe in Brazil

    An isolated Amazon tribe with no known contact with the outside world has been spotted by a drone flying over the Brazilian jungle, according to the country’s National Indian Foundation. Footage released this week shows several people walking through a wide clearing made in a patch of dense jungle in the Javary River valley, near the border with Peru. One of the figures is carrying a spear or pole of some kind, while four or five others stand near what look […]

  • Dozens of children’s medications recalled due to possible ‘microbial contamination’

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A company that makes homeopathic children’s medicines has recalled 32 products after a small percentage of products tested positive for microbial contamination, according to the FDA. Some of the products made by King Bio (Dr. King’s) between Aug 2017 and April 2018 tested positive for the contamination. “Out of an abundance of caution,” the company has voluntary recalled multiple products. “Administration or use of drug products with microbial contamination, could potentially result in increased infections that may […]

  • Kroger to phase out plastic bags at its stores

    CINCINNATI — Kroger plans to eliminate plastic bags at stores by 2025. The company, which owns a sprawling list of supermarkets including Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, and Ralphs, announced on Thursday that it will gradually transition to reusable bags at its nearly 2,800 locations. QFC, a Seattle grocery chain owned by Kroger, will be the first of the stores to eliminate plastic bags. They’ll be gone at QFC by 2019. Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen said in a release that Kroger […]

  • ‘Redneck woman’ singer Gretchen Wilson arrested after ‘disturbance’ on flight

    WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Country singer Gretchen Wilson was arrested at a Connecticut airport on Tuesday after she became “belligerent” while being questioned about a disturbance on a flight, according to WTIC. Wilson was charged with breach of peace after a “minor disturbance” on an incoming flight at Bradley International Airport.  Troopers told WTIC Wilson became “belligerent” on the tarmac while being questioned about the incident. Wilson’s bond was set at $1,000 and her first court appearance is set for […]

  • Toddlers survive alone for days after car crash kills their mother

    CAMDEN, Ark. — A 3-year-old boy and his 1-year-old brother were on their own — possibly for days — after surviving a single-vehicle crash that killed their mother in south Arkansas. The older of the two boys was found Monday morning after authorities received a 911 call about a boy who was seen walking by himself in a rural area on a state highway near Camden, Arkansas, Ouachita County Detective Nathan Greeley told CNN. The boy was covered in cuts […]

  • ‘LazyTown’ Robbie Rotten actor Stefan Karl Stefansson dies after cancer battle

    Stefan Karl Stefansson, the Icelandic actor best known for his role as Robbie Rotten on “LazyTown,” has died at 43 from an aggressive bile duct cancer, his family has confirmed. Stefansson played the villain on the children’s show from 2004 to 2014. The show filmed in Iceland and aired in over 180 countries. Stefansson was first diagnosed with cancer in 2016. In March, he announced his cancer had returned and was considered inoperable. Stefansson’s wife, Steinunn Olina, said the family would […]

  • Colorado husband ‘involved’ in affair, claims wife strangled daughter: affidavit

    GREELEY, Colo. — A murder suspect told police in Colorado he strangled his pregnant wife in a rage after he saw her on a baby monitor strangling the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Celeste, according to court documents obtained by KDVR. Chris Watts said the couple’s other daughter, Bella, 4, was already “sprawled out” on the bed and blue in the couple’s bedroom, according to an arrest affidavit from Frederick police. Watts confessed to burying his wife, Shanann Watts, 34, near two […]

  • Animal crackers uncaged after 116 years

    The animals have been uncaged. After 116 years, the animals shown on the front of Barnum’s Animals, the animal cracker packaged and sold by Nabisco, are no longer shown in cages. The gorilla, giraffe, lion, zebra, and elephant are instead shown roaming a grassland field. The change comes following a 2016 complaint from PETA. “Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and the public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco […]

  • Missing 20-year-old college student, Mollie Tibbetts, found dead in Iowa: sources

    BROOKLYN, Iowa — Nearly a month after she was reported missing, Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts has been found dead, according to WHO-TV. Greg Willey of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa told WHO-TV a close friend of the Tibbetts’ family called him Tuesday morning and told him the body of Mollie Tibbetts has been found. Investigators had been searching for clues and conducting hundreds of interviews in the search for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbets. It’s still unclear what happened to the […]

  • Colorado suspect says he killed wife after he saw her strangling daughter, affidavit says

    GREELEY, Colo. — In an arrest affidavit, Christoper Watts claims that he caught his wife, Shanann Watts, strangling one of their daughters to death before he strangled her in “a rage,” according to KDVR. The document says Christopher Watts was “actively involved” in an affair with a co-worker which he admitted to after initially denying the affair, according to prosecutors. According to the document, Shanann Watts arrived home from a work trip at 2 a.m. Christopher Watts said that he […]

  • Teen struck by lightning says he’s waiting for his superhero ‘powers’

    EL MIRAGE, Ariz. — An Arizona teen said he is now waiting for some new “powers” after he survived being struck by lightning earlier this month. Josiah Wiedman and Javier Tapia were talking through a park near Phoenix on Aug. 9 when they were struck by lightning. The pain’s pretty much gone for Javier Tapia, but the worry and the fear are still there, according to KPHO. After all, potentially millions of volts of electricity went through him and his […]

  • Netflix testing commercials, insists they are not commercials (and how to opt out)

    Netflix wants you to believe a commercial is not a commercial. The popular streaming service recently started testing video promotions between episodes and movies. A company spokesperson also pushed back on the term “commercials,” and insisted the “personalized recommendations” are for other shows and movies on Netflix. Some Reddit users, who were apparently part of the test, said they were unable to skip the video promos. Other users said they did see a “skip” button.” In a statement to CNN, Netflix […]

  • Prosecutors face Monday deadline to file charges against Colorado husband in deaths of wife, daughters

    DENVER — Authorities in Colorado face a Monday afternoon deadline to file formal criminal charges against Chris Watts, who is suspected of killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two young daughters. Chris Watts, 33, was arrested last week on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a human body, police said. He is being held in the Weld County Jail without bond, with his next court appearance scheduled for Tuesday. Under Colorado […]

  • The first Kwik-E-Mart store from ‘The Simpsons’ is now open

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Cowabunga! Fans of “The Simpsons” now can slurp a Squishee, munch a Heat Lamp Hot Dog, and gulp Lard Lad Donuts — Mmm, donuts! — at the world’s first permanent real-life Kwik-E-Mart store. It’s designed like a favorite location from the long-running animated TV series, and it opened Friday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Other items for sale include memorabilia associated with Bart Simpson, his parents, Homer and Marge, sisters Lisa and Maggie and the rest of the […]

  • Florida alpaca dies after eating Doritos, Cheese Nips and peanuts

    FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. — A community alpaca in Florida has died after someone repeatedly fed the animal Doritos, Cheese Nips, and peanuts, according to officials at Creekside Animal Hospital. “It is with a heavy heart that we want to inform our clients and friends… that our youngest alpaca that was born out on the shared field over a year ago has passed away,” the hospital wrote on Facebook. According to the statement, an unknown man who drives a blue car would […]

  • Colorado baby born at 18:18 on 8-18-18

    LOVELAND, Colo. — A girl born in northern Colorado over the weekend has a pretty special birthday. Luciana Castillo was born Aug. 18, 2018. “She was two days late, actually,” her mother Erika Crespin told KDVR. Lucy must have been waiting specifically for the 18. The date she was born, 8-18-18, is a palindrome, meaning it is the same forward as it is backward. “When we were getting ready to push I was like ‘At least she’ll be born on […]

  • Former doctor guilty of raping heavily sedated patient will serve no prison time

    HOUSTON — A former doctor found guilty of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve prison time, according to the Houston Chronicle. On Friday, Shafeeq Sheikh was sentenced to 10 months of probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The judge, Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken, was required by law to follow the sentencing recommended by jurors, according to the paper. In 2013, a woman checked into Ben Taub Hospital after complaining of […]

  • Video shows armed suspect chasing man into his Missouri home

    ST. LOUIS —  A St. Louis homeowner got quite the unwelcome surprise when an unknown gunman tried to make his way inside, according to KTVI. The homeowner told KTVI he was headed to work when he realized he forgot something and came back home. “As I unlocked the door, something prompted me to turn around,” said the homeowner, who wants to remain anonymous. A blue Chevy Impala was parked in front of his house and two men exited the vehicle. Moments […]