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  • Rand Paul stops unanimous passage of 9/11 first responders funding bill

    WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Rand Paul objected Wednesday to an attempt to pass the bill funding 9/11 first responders’ health care unanimously, arguing passing such a long-term bill without offsetting the cost would contribute to the national debt. The delay presents another hurdle in the dramatic fight to secure funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s continued reassurances that the fund would be fully funded. After comedian and fund advocate Jon Stewart gave emotional testimony last month […]

  • Trump’s ‘ideology is racism’: Former Texas judge leaves Republican Party

    A former Texas judge and longtime Republican announced this week she has left the Republican Party, denouncing President Donald Trump’s “ideology” of “racism” on the heels of Trump’s racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color. “President Trump is the worst president in the history of this country,” Elsa Alcala wrote in a Monday Facebook post, saying she will vote in the Democratic primary next year for the first time in more than 20 years. Alcala wrote, “At his core, his ideology is racism. […]

  • Virginia mother denies leaving baby in hot car, calls death ‘accident’

    RICHMOND, Va. — The mother of a 10-month-old girl who died Tuesday after being left in a hot car said what happened was an accident. The mother identified the victim as Luciana Kaye Diaz, the youngest of her four children. WTVR sources said Diaz suffered cardiac arrest Tuesday and died on the way to the hospital after she had been left in a hot car by her mother, who WTVR is not identifying at this time. The mother said she was shopping […]

  • ‘That’s it! You’re dead!’: Pennsylvania man accused of biting woman during argument

    CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — A 28-year-old Enola man has been charged with simple assault and harassment after a July 5 domestic incident in East Pennsboro Township. Liam Weed, of Tory Circle, is accused of biting a woman and telling her, “That’s it! You’re dead!” during an argument, according to East Pennsboro Township Police. The victim then struck Weed in the head with a glass bottle to get him off of her, police said. Weed was taken into custody and faces […]

  • Indiana burglary suspect left wallet at crime scene, police say

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — A man accused of breaking into a garage to steal thousands of dollars in tools made it easy for police to find him. Columbus police said Chaz G. Berger, 24, left his wallet at the crime scene. Officers responded Tuesday morning to a home on Pearl Street after a homeowner said someone broke into his garage and took $4,000 in tools along with other items. The homeowner also handed over a wallet that Berger had dropped during […]

  • For Apollo 11’s moon landing anniversary, the Washington Monument was made to look like a rocket

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Monument just got even more iconic. On Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the 555-foot national symbol lit up with an image of the moon-bound shuttle blasting into space. The 363-foot projection of the Saturn V rocket will appear for two hours every night during the anniversary of the mission that put the first two humans — both Americans — on the moon. On Friday and Saturday, the celebration of this historical milestone will […]

  • Red giant stars create new way to measure how quickly the universe is expanding

    The universe is expanding, but the rate of that expansion is proving to be elusive. A new measurement of the universe’s expansion rate falls between two previously established rates, leading to more questions than answers. About a century ago, Carnegie Institute of Science astronomer Edwin Hubble made the discovery that the universe had continued to grow after the Big Bang. But the rate of that expansion, deemed the Hubble constant, is difficult to determine. Objects in the universe can act […]

  • Eric Garner’s family demands justice as officer won’t face federal charges in chokehold death

    NEW YORK — “I can’t breathe.” Five years ago, Eric Garner uttered his last words during a confrontation with the NYPD. Officers were attempting to arrest Garner on charges he sold loose, untaxed cigarettes outside a Staten Island convenience store. He refused to be handcuffed, and officers took him down. Garner is heard on bystander video saying “I can’t breathe” at least 11 times before he falls unconscious. He later died. “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for police […]

  • To help save the planet, cut back to a hamburger and a half per week

    Americans will need to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40 percent – 22 percent for Europeans – for the world to continue to feed the 10 billion people expected to live on this planet in 2050, according to a new report. That means each person could have about a burger and a half each week. This calculation comes from the World Resources Institute, a global research nonprofit that supports better use of natural resources to sustain a growing […]

  • Apple unveils disability-themed emojis in push for greater diversity

    Apple will introduce disability-themed emojis in a move designed to “bring even more diversity to the keyboard.” The emojis, which were unveiled to coincide with World Emoji Day, will include a guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg. They will be available to use later this year. “Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard,” an Apple spokesperson […]

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    House of Representatives orders Pentagon to investigate whether ticks were once used as biological weapons

    The US House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects as biological weapons. In an amendment passed last week, the House calls for the Defense Department’s Inspector General to look at whether any such experiments were done between the years 1950 and 1975. The amendment was introduced by New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith who said he was inspired to write it by “a number of books and articles suggesting that significant […]

  • Washington burglary shows why your home security system might not be the best line of defense

    SAMMAMISH, Wash. – More than $50,000 worth of personal items were stolen from a Sammamish home and the burglars were caught on camera – just moments before cutting the cable lines. The thieves were well aware of the security system and how to disable it, leaving one Washington mother wondering if the popular Ring and Nest surveillance systems may not be your best line of defense against criminals. Katie Thurik’s home in a quiet Sammamish neighborhood was burglarized a little […]

  • Standoff suspect surrenders for hamburger in Oklahoma

    POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. – Fast food and good police work saved the day when a standoff ended with the suspect surrendering for a cheeseburger. It happened when Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office deputies said McLoud Police tried to pull Robert Scott over for an illegal turn. Instead of stopping, he allegedly drove home and disappeared into a travel trailer on the property. That’s when other agencies were called into assist, surrounding the trailer with guns drawn. “It’s an unknown inside, we […]

  • Centuries-old Alabama cave may contain secrets of Cherokee tribe on the Trail of Tears

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Almost 200 years after the Cherokee tribe lived in DeKalb County, archaeologists and Cherokee scholars have transcribed the writings they left behind in a cave, uncovering secrets and a rich history. Manitou Cave contains recorded history history people first hear about in classrooms. We learn about the Trail of Tears, and that President Andrew Jackson forced the Cherokee to walk across the country to Oklahoma; we know many died along the way. Near the city of […]

  • Oklahoma firefighters comfort boy during mom’s medical emergency

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s a sweet moment caught on camera. When his mother needed emergency medical attention, a young boy felt the impact of the stressful situation. That’s when Oklahoma City firefighters stepped up in a big way. It started as a fun night out for the family at the Bricktown Canal but, while they were having an Italian dinner at Zio’s, the mother had a medical emergency and her son was scared. “He was obviously a little bit shaken […]

  • The house where Charles Manson’s followers killed two people is up for sale

    LOS ANGELES – From looking at the listing for 3311 Waverly Drive in Los Angeles, a potential home buyer wouldn’t suspect anything bad had happened at the house. The description details a “classic 1920’s Los Feliz gated single story home” with “breathtaking” views. But just 50 years ago, the home was the scene of the grisly murders of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, at the hands of four Charles Manson followers. The couple was killed August 10, 1969, the day after […]

  • Wisconsin residents save golden retrievers from China meat trade

    Milwaukee, Wis. (WTMJ) — Wisconsin residents made some new four-legged friends after saving dogs meant for the meat trade in China. It was all thanks to power of love and one Wisconsin group called Wisconsin Adopt a Golden Retriever. The 30-hour journey to America is only the beginning of what these dogs may have gone through in their short lives. Today, they are healthy and happy thanks to their new foster parents. One-year-old Odin is doing great with Milwaukee’s Lisa […]

  • Nestle introduces a new kind of refined sugar-free chocolate

    Nestle has introduced a new chocolate bar without added sugar as the company tries to stay ahead of changing consumer tastes and trends. The Swiss company announced Tuesday a new KitKat bar that distills its sweet flavor from a cocoa fruit without any added refined sugar. The 70% dark chocolate bar is made using the entire cacao fruit, including the pulp around the cacao bean that is typically thrown away. Using a new patented technique, Nestle is turning the pulp into a powder and adding that […]

  • Tennessee troopers find children locked in back of U-Haul with drugs

    FALL BRANCH, Tenn. – Tennessee troopers arrested three men after law enforcement found three young children were locked in the back of a truck with a stash of drugs, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. A call came in July 10 stating somebody had seen a man load multiple children into the back of a U-Haul truck in the parking lot of a Cocke County welcome center. Law enforcement reportedly spotted a U-Haul in the area […]

  • Spanish police arrest cocaine bigwig with drugs hidden under ill-fitting toupee

    Barcelona, Spain – Drug smugglers have come up with some novel ways of moving their goods around the world undetected, but a recent incident at Barcelona airport involved a surprisingly low-tech approach. A man was arrested after drugs were found underneath his hair piece, according to Spain’s national police. The Colombian national had hidden half a kilogram of cocaine, worth around 30,000 euros ($34,000), under an oversized wig. He was stopped by police officers who noticed him looking nervous as he passed through security after flying […]

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ sets record with Emmy nominations

    Forget the Iron Throne. The cast of “Game of Thrones” now has their eyes some Emmys — 32 to be exact. The HBO drama walked away with double digit Emmy nominations Tuesday, setting a new record for most nominations earned in a single year by any drama series. This year’s nominations included one for best drama and a slew of individual nominations for cast members including Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie. This […]

  • A sorority canceled its convention because of Hurricane Barry. Members donated 17,000 meals to storm victims

    NEW ORLEANS – As Hurricane Barry approached Louisiana, Delta Sigma Theta sorority scrambled Friday to wrap up its national convention early to escape the storm’s impacts in New Orleans. But the service organization and its caterer, Centerplate, weren’t about to let the meals that had been prepared for members go to waste. The group donated 17,000 meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana, which will store them in a cooler through the storm, and then give them to residents who weather […]

  • Woman hunts down thief who stole her car, steals it back

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) — Danielle Reno isn’t an investigator, and she doesn’t work for the police department, but she used her best sleuthing skills to bring her car back home. “Did I park somewhere else? No. I know I parked here. Somebody stole my car! And it was all downhill from there,” Reno, car theft victim, said. It was a full investigation for Reno. She filed a police report for her missing 4Runner, then took things into her own […]

  • Florida man caught hiding heroin, crack in his buttocks, deputies say

    FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested after deputies reportedly found him hiding drugs in a very personal place. According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy pulled Derick McKay over for speeding July 11. When he started talking to McKay, he noticed that he seemed nervous and that there was a smell of marijuana. McKay claimed he didn’t have anything illegal in his custody, but deputies investigated further. After he was brought to jail for driving on […]

  • A deputy pulled over a car for speeding. That traffic stop saved a 12-day-old baby’s life

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. – When Deputy Will Kimbro stopped a car for speeding last month, he didn’t know he would end up saving a newborn’s life. The dramatic episode, which took place during a routine patrol in Berkeley County, South Carolina June 11, was caught on a newly released video recorded by the officer’s body camera. As Kimbro stopped the vehicle, the driver got out of the car and shouted that the baby stopped breathing after drinking from a bottle, […]

  • Couple says botched floor installation forced child to spend final days in hospice instead of at home

    BRIGHTON, Colo. — A Brighton couple says a botched floor installation forced their 14-year-old daughter to spend her final days in hospice instead of at home. A year after the 14-year-old’s death, they still haven’t reached any resolution with the companies responsible for the floor. Kelly Kniss said it’s a struggle every time she discovers another blemish in her floor. “It’s just a reminder of how awful it was a year ago.  It’s just a trigger,” she said. She and her […]

  • Police: Husband mistakes wife for intruder, fatally shoots her

    YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an overnight fatal shooting in Ypsilanti Township. Investigators told WXYZ a 30-year-old man mistook his 31-year-old wife for an intruder and shot her. It happened Thursday morning around 2:30 inside the couple’s shared home. The couple’s two young children, ages two and four, were inside the home at the time according to police. According to investigators, the couple suspected an attempted home invasion earlier in the day. “So […]

  • Parents charged with child abuse for missing follow-up appointments after baby had liver transplant

    Santa Fe, NM (KOAT) — A child who had a liver transplant missed several doctors’ appointments and didn’t get his medication, and now his parents are charged with child abuse. According to court documents, Kyla and Jason Witterman were arrested Monday for failing to take their 1-year-old son to his medical appointments after he had a liver transplant in April 2018. Court documents said the boy’s parents also didn’t give their son his medications, which transplant experts say is critical […]

  • Man accused of hurling incendiary devices at Washington ICE facility fatally shot by police

    An armed man was fatally shot early Saturday during a confrontation with police after he hurled incendiary devices at a Washington state immigration detention center, Tacoma police said. The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. local time outside the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Northwest Detention Center, where the man attempted to set the building and parked cars on fire, according to police spokeswoman Loretta Cool. Authorities did not immediately identify the man who was armed with a rifle, saying in […]

  • WWE superstar arrested by Myrtle Beach police

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Myrtle Beach police arrested a wrestling superstar Saturday morning at a downtown hotel, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reports. Jeffrey Hardy, 41, was charged with public intoxication by Myrtle Beach police. Officers received a call at 11:30 a.m. and responded to the Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations to a report about an intoxicated man, Cpl. Thomas Vest said. Hardy was arrested without incident and booked into Myrtle Beach jail, Vest said. Public intoxication can result in a fine […]

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