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  • 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. […]

  • ‘Jeopardy’ deducts money from contestant who said ‘Gangster’s Paradise’

    A mispronunciation cost a contestant on this year’s first episode of “Jeopardy!” over $3,000. The clue was “A song by Coolio from ‘Dangerous Minds’ goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.” Contestant Nick Spicher hit his buzzer and was pretty confident about the answer. His question was initially accepted. But shortly after, Alex Trebek took it back due to an extra syllable and a hard ‘r.’ Even though Spicher lost that question, he did win the […]

  • ‘Swatting’ victim’s mother to police: Please let me see my son

    Nearly a week after police shot and killed a Kansas man while responding to a prank call, the victim’s mother pleaded with authorities to allow her to see her deceased son. Lisa Finch wrote in a letter to the Wichita, Kansas, mayor and police chief that she doesn’t know where they’re keeping his body and that she wants to give her son “a proper funeral service and burial.” She questioned “why Wichita City leadership is compounding our grief and sorrow, […]

  • Children ordered to sleep next to dead brother who was killed over a cookie

    SEFFNER, Fla. —  Detectives have charged a man with first-degree murder after they say he threw his 6-year-old stepson against a wall and beat him to death at a Seffner motel. Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, has been charged with felony first-degree murder for the death of his stepson, 6-year-old Brice Russell, according to WFTS. According to the arrest affidavit, an employee at the Masters Inn in Seffner called authorities to report loud yelling in a room which sounded like an adult […]

  • California high school soccer coach charged with human trafficking of teen girls

    SACRAMENTO — A soccer coach at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, investigators told KTXL. Investigators say deputies got a call early Christmas morning from a teen girl who said she was the victim of sexual assault and human trafficking. She told deputies she was hiding in the backyard of a home near Sacramento, and the man forcing her into performing sex acts was waiting for her nearby. Sacramento Sheriff’s investigators […]

  • Alcohol level in air at college party registers on breathalyzer

    BETHESDA, Md. — Police in Maryland say there was so much alcohol being consumed at a fraternity party that the air inside the off-campus home registered a .01 on a breathalyzer, according to WJLA. Montgomery County Police told WJLA around 70 people, predominantly American University students, were at the party when police knocked on the front door. The windows were covered with insulation and trash bags and liquor bottles littered the floor, according to police. Court documents state the home […]

  • NASCAR team owner Richard Childress shoots at masked burglars

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing, fired shots at three people who were attempting to break into his home, according to WGHP. On Sunday night, Childress heard a crash at a door on the lower level of his home, according to authorities. Childress armed himself with a handgun and went to investigate. He fired shots at three suspects, the sheriff’s office said. A window glass beside a door knob on the lower level of the […]

  • FDA takes on homeopathic drugs with potential safety risks

    The US Food and Drug Administration plans to go after homeopathic remedies that are unsafe for consumers and offer unproven benefits in the treatment of serious illnesses, such as cancer and asthma, the agency announced Monday. The proposal takes a firmer grip on homeopathic drugs, which are sold in the US without proof that they are safe and effective, as with formal FDA drug approval. Currently, no homeopathic drugs are FDA-approved. “People may be placing their trust and money in […]

  • Trump to make his debut in Hall of Presidents at Disney World on Tuesday

    ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump will make his debut in the newly updated Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World on Tuesday, Disney has confirmed. Following a yearlong refurbishment, the attraction will reopen to guests on Tuesday. “The epic theatrical production was envisioned by Walt Disney himself to honor the country by honoring the presidents of the United States,” Disney said in a news release. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the animatronic Trump “moves his head back and forth” […]

  • Chick-fil-A opens on a Sunday to feed passengers stranded at Atlanta’s airport

    ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A broke its golden rule, but it was for a good cause. The Atlanta-based fast food chain is well-known for being closed on Sundays. But when a major power outage crippled Hartsfield-Jackson airport, Chick-fil-A provided food for the thousands of stranded passengers. Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy personally helped hand out sandwiches. A fire in a Georgia power underground electrical facility damaged two substations serving the airport — including the system that provides backup power. The power came back […]