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  • Dick’s Sporting Goods to destroy all guns pulled from shelves

    PITTSBURGH — Dick’s Sporting Goods will be destroying all the guns and accessories that it stopped selling in late February. In a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier this month, a company spokeswoman said they are “in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories” associated with the policy change. The retail giant will be destroying the assault-style rifles at the company’s distribution centers and the remaining parts will be sent to a salvage company to be recycled. Dick’s first […]

  • Former Schlitterbahn executive charged in death of 10-year-old who died on water slide

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — An executive at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City was charged in connection with the death of a 10-year-old boy who died on a water slide in 2016, according to WDAF. Tyler Austin Miles is charged in connection with the death of Caleb Schwab, 10, who died while riding the Verrückt water slide. The attraction, which was built in 2014, was once promoted as the world’s tallest water slide at 168 feet, 7 inches. It has since been […]

  • Iowa family found dead inside vacation condo in Mexico

    CRESTON, Iowa — A family of four reported missing after they did not return home on Wednesday from their vacation in Mexico have been found dead inside their vacation condo, according to WHO-TV. In a police press release, officers confirmed the four members of the family were found dead inside the condo. Investigators do not suspect foul play at this time. “Autopsies are being performed in Mexico and results are pending,” Creston police said in a statement. The family was […]

  • March Madness could cost employers $4 billion in productivity

    March Madness isn’t just a tournament title — it’s also an accurate description of office productivity during the NCAA Tournament. You would be hard-pressed to find another annual event that costs employers an estimated $4 billion annually. According to a 2017 report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a job placement center out of Chicago, Illinois,  51 million office workers join office pools during March Madness. Based on the country’s average hourly wage of $25.35, the outplacement consultancy firm estimates […]

  • Dog dies after United flight attendant insists woman put carrier in overhead bin

    NEW YORK — A dog died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant apparently insisted a woman put the puppy in an overhead bin, according to multiple reports. The incident, first reported on The Points Guy blog, happened on Monday night when the attendant apparently told the woman to put the TSA-approved pet carrier in the overhead bin. “The flight attendant told the passenger that her bag was blocking part of the aisle,” […]

  • Tim McGraw collapses on stage during concert

    Dublin, Ireland — Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed onstage Sunday night during a performance in Ireland, according to Rolling Stone. “Tim McGraw was suffering from dehydration in Dublin this evening at the C2C show. He was attended to by local medical staff on-site and will be fine,” a representative for McGraw said in a statement. “He and Faith thank everyone for their love and support and look forward to seeing their Irish fans again soon.” McGraw reportedly had just finished […]

  • Dog deemed ‘unadoptable’ makes history as first deaf K9 officer in Washington

    SEATTLE — A dog once deemed “unadoptable” has achieved an amazing first in Seattle. Ghost, a pit bull mix, is the first deaf K9 officer in the state’s history. KIRO reports Ghost had a rough start in life after being found homeless and deaf in Florida at three months of age. He had high energy and was indifferent to humans and needed extra help communicating. Ghost was scheduled to be euthanized until Swamp Haven Humane got involved. Workers found Olympic […]

  • Missing baby found dead after disturbing text prompts Amber Alert

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Investigators in Oklahoma said the 7-month-old baby who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found dead, according to KFOR. Authorities issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday, saying they believed the baby was in “imminent danger.” Authorities found the body of Jody Minjarez hours later, according to KFOR. The child’s father, 31-year-old Victor Minjarez, was taken into custody, according to police. According to KFOR, police responded to a domestic assault at a home on Lakecrest […]

  • McDonald’s is making a big change to its burgers

    Frozen beef is out. Fresh beef is coming to McDonald’s Quarter Pounders and other select burgers on the menu. McDonald’s announced Tuesday that Quarter Pounders in every US store except for ones in Hawaii and Alaska will have fresh beef without added preservatives starting in May. McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipe burgers will also have fresh beef patties. The change does not apply to Big Macs and regular hamburgers and cheeseburgers. “The switch to fresh beef quarter-pound burgers is the most […]

  • Disney announces opening date for ‘Toy Story Land’ at Disney World

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Woody, Buzz, Jessie and their friends will come to life at Walt Disney World in Florida this summer. The upcoming Toy Story Land will officially open to guests on June 30, Disney confirmed on Friday. The upcoming 11-acre land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will include two new attractions and a new entrance to the existing Toy Story Mania attraction. Guests will “shrink” to the size of toys while riding the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and […]

  • Suspected poacher mauled, eaten by lions in South Africa

    KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa — Police in South Africa said Monday that a suspected poacher was mauled and eaten by pack of lions near Kruger National Park over the weekend, AFP reported. Very little remained of the victim’s body when it was found at a private game park in the northern province of Limpopo, where poaching had taken place in recent years. “It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by […]

  • Boy trapped inside claw machine rescued by firefighters

    TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A young boy had to be rescued from a claw-style vending machine at a restaurant in Florida on Wednesday. Firefighter Jeremy House was eating dinner at Beef O’Brady’s in Titusville when he heard someone yell to call 911. The boy got stuck inside the machine while trying to retrieve a prize, according to a Facebook post by Titusville Fire and Emergency Services: “Often times we say to ourselves that you never know what the next shift will bring. […]

  • Trooper: ‘It’s called an acceleration lane, people!”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – “It’s called an acceleration lane, people. When you get on the interstate, you got to accelerate … ” Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner’s message to drivers about the proper way to enter a highway has gone viral. Trooper Ben says if the speed limit on the highway is 60 mph, you should be going 60 mph when you merge from the acceleration lane to the highway. “You’ve got to accelerate to be at the same […]

  • Best commercial of the night? Eli Manning lifts Odell Beckham, Jr. in ‘Dirty Dancing’ tribute

    Was it the best commercial of the night? NBC’s broadcast of the Super Bowl — the year’s biggest television event — included a commercial from the NFL featuring Eli Manning lifting Odell Beckham, Jr. during a “Dirty Dancing” tribute. It’s not the only moment that has people talking on social media. NBC suffered a brief hiccup early in the second quarter when the screen went to black. The announcers tossed to a commercial break, so viewers didn’t know what had […]

  • Man with concealed pistol stops brutal attack on Utah police officer

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A man with a concealed handgun is credited with stopping a brutal attack on a Utah police officer on Friday, according to KSTU. A Utah police officer approached the suspect, Paul Douglas Anderson, after he saw him stealing items from a charity’s donation bin. When the officer approached Anderson, the suspect refused to take his hands out of his pockets. Moments later, Anderson attacked the officer and repeatedly punched him in the face. Derek Meyer was driving […]

  • Maryland children beaten, forced to eat dog feces for months, police say

    Three children were beaten, forced to eat dog feces and locked in the closets of a Maryland home for months, Maryland State Police said. The children — ages 8, 9 and 10 — were assaulted with “an electronic control device” and beaten by two women using belts and extension cords, police said. Amanda R. Wright, 29, and her girlfriend, Besline Joseph, 25 were arrested Wednesday at their home in Mardela Springs, Maryland, and charged with multiple counts of child abuse. […]

  • NFL player Edwin Jackson killed by suspected drunk driver

    INDIANAPOLIS — Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and a 54-year-old man died after they were struck by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning near Indianapolis. Indiana State Police told WXIN the two men were standing near a stopped vehicle in the emergency lane on I-70 when they were struck by a vehicle. A state trooper discovered the wreckage just west of Holt Road shortly before 4 a.m. As the officer slowed his vehicle to stop for the crash, police say […]

  • Student paid stripper to visit middle school in Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas — A student at a middle school in Texas paid a stripper to visit campus on Thursday, school administrators confirmed to the American-Statesman. According to the paper, the woman went went to the provided address around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. When she arrived and discovered it was Grisham Middle School, she called the front office and explained what happened. According to Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, a spokeswoman for Round Rock Independent School District, the woman did not enter the school. The […]

  • Researchers develop new blood test to screen for early-stage cancer

    Scientists have made progress on developing an experimental blood test that could detect many types of cancer in their early stages, and possibly even their locations in the body. The noninvasive blood test was shown to detect the presence of common tumors of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung and breast, according to a study published in the journal Science on Thursday. This blood test, called CancerSEEK, could cost less than $500, which is comparable to or lower than other screening tests, […]

  • The Cheesecake Factory’s famous ‘Brown Bread’ is coming to grocery stores

    Bread lovers, rejoice. The Cheesecake Factory’s famous “Brown Bread” will be sold in grocery stores and online. There are three types bread that will be sold — dinner rolls, mini baguettes, and a sandwich loaf. Customers will get a first-hand look at the mysterious ingredients which reportedly include cream cheese, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and powdered sugar. According to Pop Sugar, the bread is a permanent product launch and not a “limited” offering. The Cheesecake Factory already sells cheesecake mixes, chocolate, […]

  • Amazon increases its monthly Prime membership rate to $12.99

    Amazon has increased its monthly Prime membership fee from $10.99 to $12.99, an increase of 18 percent. Amazon first announced the monthly payment option less than two years ago. This is the first price increase since the monthly option was introduced. The annual membership option, which requires customers to pay a one-time fee of $99, is not increasing at this time, according to Recode. Amazon’s Prime program for students is increasing from $5.49 to $6.49. The standalone Prime Video membership, which […]

  • Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries dead at 46

    LONDON — Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of The Cranberries, has died at 46, her publicist has confirmed in a statement. “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session,” Lindsey Holmes, O’Riordan’s publicist, said in the statement. The statement continued: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.” The singer’s cause of death is not known at this time. The Cranberries […]

  • ‘Wrong button’ pushed during ‘shift change’ blamed for false Hawaii missile alert

    An emergency alert notification sent out on Saturday claiming a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii” was a false alarm caused by an employee pressing the “wrong button” during a shift change, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the initial emergency alert read. While the message caused concern on social media, the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management quickly responded on Twitter, saying, “NO missile threat to […]

  • Teacher handcuffed after questioning superintendent’s pay raise during school board meeting

    KAPLAN, La. — A Louisiana teacher who spoke out about a superintendent’s pay raise during a Vermillion Parish school board meeting on Monday was escorted out and handcuffed by a marshal, according to KATC. Deyshia Hargrave, a middle school language arts teacher, spoke prior to the vote and questioned the school board’s decision to consider a $38,000 raise for Superintendent Jerome Puyau. “I have a serious issue with a superintendent or any person of leadership getting any type of raise,” Hargrave […]

  • Watch Oprah’s inspirational speech during Golden Globes (and read the full transcript)

    Oprah received the annual Cecil B. DeMille award and delivered a memorable acceptance speech during the Golden Globes on Sunday night. Here is the full transcript: “Thank you, Reese. In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history:” The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to […]

  • Virginia woman arrested following her reaction to parking ticket

    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia woman was arrested and charged following her “reaction” to a parking ticket, Henrico Police told WTVR. An officer wrote the parking ticket on Thursday after spotting a vehicle illegally parked on Old Main Street in Rocketts Landing, a Henrico Police spokesperson said. That’s when Danielle Alesia Easley approached the vehicle, according to police. “Easley arrived and indicated she was associated with the vehicle. Easley removed the parking citation, balled it up and threw it […]

  • Romaine lettuce is likely source of E. coli outbreak across 13 states

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce that has sickened at least 58 people in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., seventeen illnesses across 13 states have been connected to the outbreak. The states include: California (3), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), Vermont (1) and Washington (1). According to the CDC, five people in the […]

  • Newly-engaged couple loses engagement ring at Oklahoma Walmart

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The same day Jacob Brewer and his fiancé announced their engagement on Facebook, they went into a local Walmart where they lost the engagement ring, according to KFOR. A New Year’s Day Facebook post announced the new chapter in Jacob and Ana’s life, a proposal for the young couple in their early 20s. In it were the song lyrics “I went to the store and I bought you a ring,” — a ring lost just hours later. […]

  • 5 things you should do (and one thing you should never do) if your pipes freeze

    It is advice your mother gives you each time temperatures dip below the freezing mark: “Make sure to drip your faucets.” Mom is right. Leaving a faucet open during freezing cold weather can help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting — which can lead to expensive home damage. But do you know how many faucets to keep running at one time? And do you know which faucets are most effective when it comes to preventing frozen pipes? “One sink […]

  • Missouri man admits to having sex with 8-year-old, feeding her meth

    WASHINGTON, Mo. — A 48-year-old Missouri man admitted to having sex with an 8-year-old girl and forcing her to eat methamphetamine, police told KTVI. Detective Betsey Schulze, a police spokeswoman, said the incident happened at a hotel on Jan. 1. The suspect, Brett Pendleton, rented a room at the American Inn on East Fifth Street. The man had the child with him, according to KTVI. Investigators said the child’s mother came to the motel room on the evening of Jan. […]