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China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost

China is talking with the European Space Agency about collaborating on a human outpost on the moon. The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, disclosed the talks Wednesday in Chinese state media. Further details on what the collaboration could entail were not revealed. The European Space Agency, or ESA, has described its "Moon Village" as a potential international launching...

APNewsBreak: Little change on race in Boston police stops

The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities in their tactics. At least 71 percent of all street level, police-civilian encounters from 2015 through early 2016 involved persons of color, while whites comprised about 22 percent, an Associated Press...
China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor...
Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Under rules enacted during the Obama administration, the likes of Comcast and Verizon — which...
Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

Venezuela is threatening to pull out of the Organization of American States as the socialist government's response to political unrest that has been blamed for 26 deaths in recent weeks draws rebuke from the hemisphere's major powers. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said on state TV late Tuesday that she had been instructed by President Nicolas Maduro to initiate the country's withdrawal from the...
Woman recalls breathtaking water rescue caught on video

Woman recalls breathtaking water rescue caught on video

A woman is speaking out after she was involved in a hydroplaning accident in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that ended with her car fully underwater. Video released Friday showed good Samaritans rescuing the woman trapped upside-down inside the submerged vehicle. Now, she says she is doing well, but her car did fill up all the way with water, so she’s lucky she got out when she did. Christina Hadway...
WTO ruling favors Mexico in US 'dolphin-safe' tuna spat

WTO ruling favors Mexico in US 'dolphin-safe' tuna spat

The World Trade Organization ruled Tuesday that Mexico's tuna industry has been harmed by U.S. "dolphin-safe" labeling rules and says the country can seek retaliatory measures worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision said Mexico's economic damages from the labeling rules amounted to $163 million a year. The Mexican government issued a statement saying it would "immediately...
Woman scares burglar away through security camera

Woman scares burglar away through security camera

A Newton County, Georgia, woman stopped a burglar in his tracks while he was inside her home, and it’s all on video. She had some choice words for him, too, and he clearly got the message. The man broke into her Covington home on April 14 around 5:30 a.m. He checked out the TV, got on the floor to look under a couch and then got an abrupt welcome. “Hello. You better get the f*** out because...
Mother-to-be loses everything in fire, firefighters come to her rescue

Mother-to-be loses everything in fire, firefighters come to her rescue

An expectant mother  was devastated when a fire destroyed her Lauderhill, Florida, apartment, along with baby shower gifts that she needed to welcome her baby girl, but, thanks to her local fire department, she has a new home and everything she needs to welcome her baby. WSVN reported that firefighters with the Lauderhill Fire Department in Florida surprised Nicola Taylor with a baby shower Wednesday...
Trump to order review of national monuments

Trump to order review of national monuments

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days. The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the president to declare...

The Latest: Spicer calls judge's decision 'egregious'

The Latest on a federal judge's ruling that blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities (all times local): 9 p.m. The White House is blasting a federal judge's decision Tuesday blocking President Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. But they say they're confident they'll prevail...
You can now rent dressed up llamas to attend your wedding

You can now rent dressed up llamas to attend your wedding

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you now can have llamas at your wedding. As first noted in Brides.com, Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas will provide llamas (or alpacas) to make a wedding or reception memorable. The non-profit organization specializes in animal-assisted therapy utilizing llamas and alpacas.  The website details what to expect: All proceeds go toward funding...

Wisconsin AG: Undercover campaign videos reveal no crime

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has concluded that secretly recorded videos of a Democratic activist bragging about deploying troublemakers at Donald Trump presidential campaign rallies show no evidence that laws were broken. Conservative activist James O'Keefe and his investigative film group, Project Veritas, released secretly recorded and selectively edited video footage in October of Wisconsin-based...
Kansas Republican becomes newest member of House

Kansas Republican becomes newest member of House

Republican Ron Estes, winner of a closer-than-usual congressional election in Kansas, has been sworn in as the newest member of the House. Estes' race attracted national attention because it was the first congressional election since Donald Trump became president and it was seen as a possible bellwether of the conditions Republicans will face in the 2018 midterms. Estes ended up winning by 7 percentage...

GOP senator regrets saying guy in tutu 'kind of asks for it'

A Republican senator from Wyoming said Tuesday he regrets his poor choice of words after telling students a man who wears a tutu to a bar and gets into fights "kind of asks for it." Sen. Mike Enzi said in a statement that his comments at Greybull High School and Middle School last week were about respect, tolerance and the dangers of bullying. "I regret a poor choice of words during...
Man tossing child into frigid waters off Boston caught on camera, charged

Man tossing child into frigid waters off Boston caught on camera, charged

A 29-year-old man was arrested and accused of throwing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old into the frigid waters off Constitution Beach in East Boston on Monday, according to Massachusetts State Police. Mikel Anthony Hilerio dropped his girlfriend off at her job before taking her 4-year-old twin boys to the beach and putting them in the water, troopers said. When the troopers arrived on scene, they...
Panel recommends keeping moratorium on Oklahoma executions

Panel recommends keeping moratorium on Oklahoma executions

A moratorium on executions in Oklahoma should be extended until major changes are made to the state's capital punishment system so that an innocent person isn't put to death, a state commission recommended on Tuesday. The 11 members of the bipartisan Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission agreed unanimously on more than 40 recommendations on topics like forensics, law enforcement techniques, prosecution...
Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline

Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline

A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business. "The milk market is tighter than we expected," said Daniel Smith, a state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection administrator. "It...

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones responds to Chobani lawsuit

Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he's not backing down in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek yogurt giant Chobani. Jones, in a video posted on his Youtube channel Tuesday, said with no proof that billionaire George Soros was behind the lawsuit. Soros, who Jones called a "Nazi collaborator," is not named in the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Chobani...
Idaho: Remains of 2 people found in Oregon Trail badger hole

Idaho: Remains of 2 people found in Oregon Trail badger hole

A fluke discovery of human bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died going west on the nearby Oregon Trail, authorities said Tuesday. Authorities thought one body was at the site in high desert sagebrush steppe discovered by state fish and game...
New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

New issue in executions: Should the death chamber be silent?

The nation's first double execution in more than 16 years raised a new issue involving transparency and the death penalty: Should witnesses be allowed to hear what goes on in the death chamber? A lawyer who watched Monday's executions in Arkansas said he saw an inmate open his mouth several times when it should have been still, prompting another lawyer to claim in a court filing that Jack Jones was...

Senate confirms No. 2 at Justice; will lead Russia probe

The Senate has confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, putting the longtime federal prosecutor in place to oversee a federal investigation into Russian influence in the U.S. elections. The vote was 94-6 on Tuesday. As the Justice Department's No. 2 official, Rosenstein is expected to head the investigation after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said he would step aside...
Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship

Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship

There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and the White House are engaged in familiar partisan brinkmanship...
US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative...
Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

Documents: Teen abused by mom before kidnapping by teacher

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. The mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse and neglect involving several of her children. The girl's father filed for...
Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

Chinese court sentences US businesswoman accused of spying

An American woman detained during a business trip to China was convicted of spying and sentenced Tuesday to 3 ½ years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon. Phan Phan-Gillis has faced an uncertain fate since March 2015, when she disappeared from her group traveling in southern China. She was later accused of espionage, which carries a possible death...
Cute baby photo alert: Mom is a firefighter, dad is a police officer

Cute baby photo alert: Mom is a firefighter, dad is a police officer

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Florida, shared a picture of its newest addition on Twitter on Tuesday. Baby Crnolic's mom and dad both serve Jacksonville, JSO said. Dad is an officer for JSO and mom is a firefighter for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. The photo is courtesy EP Photography-Jacksonville Newborn Photographer: www.epphotoonline.com | Facebook
Florida police help injured dog ‘at death’s door’

Florida police help injured dog ‘at death’s door’

A dog named Hollywood is getting medical care after he was left in critical condition at a South Florida police department.  WFOR reported that a woman left the Yorkie in a chair last week at the Hollywood Police Department. “Basically she just came in and said she had to go to work, said she was busy,” Rose Mone of the Hollywood Police Department told WFOR. “She found it over...
Move over, Unicorn Frappuccino; here’s Starbucks’ Dragon Frappe

Move over, Unicorn Frappuccino; here’s Starbucks’ Dragon Frappe

Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino, which debuted for a limited time from April 19-23, caused quite a buzz on the internet, as customers tried the tart, colorful drink with mixed reactions.  While many people reveled at the unique color- and taste-changing capabilities, others said the drink was sour, and some baristas said the drink was a pain to make.  In the midst of the Unicorn Frappuccino...
Wikipedia founder aims to destroy fake news with online newspaper

Wikipedia founder aims to destroy fake news with online newspaper

According to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, "the news is broken and we can fix it.” >> Read more trending news Wales aims to do just that by launching Wikitribune, an ad-free online news publication financed not by advertising, but by a crowdfunding campaign. In a video announcement for the new site, Wales said the digital age and social media have negatively affected traditional...

Former federal officer pleads guilty to killing 2 strangers

A former federal security officer has pleaded guilty to killing two strangers and wounding two others during a shooting rampage in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. Sixty-four-year-old Euladio Tordil pleaded guilty to two counts each of murder and attempted murder on Tuesday. He still faces trial in a neighboring Maryland county for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, which preceded the May...
Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Reports: Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush group agrees on deal to buy Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the team to a group of investors that includes New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, according to a report from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon. There are "other details to be worked out," but that deal would have to be approved by Major League Baseball, according to an MLB source...
Judge blocks Trump threat to withhold 'sanctuary city' funds

Judge blocks Trump threat to withhold 'sanctuary city' funds

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits — one brought by the city of San Francisco, the...

New York bowler rolls perfect 300 game in just 86.9 seconds

A New York bowler has rolled a perfect 300 game in less than 90 seconds. Ben Ketola hit 12 straight strikes in 86.9 seconds on April 5 at 281 Bowl in Cortland. The 23-year-old Preble man raced from one lane to the next at the 10-lane facility and registered the strikes using a different ball on each lane. He used Lanes 1 and 2 twice. Ketola is a 225-average, two-handed bowler who works at the bowling...
Deputies: Florida man used neighbor's Wi-Fi to make bomb threats

Deputies: Florida man used neighbor's Wi-Fi to make bomb threats

Authorities have arrested a Florida man accused of using a neighbor’s Wi-Fi to send bomb threats on Twitter, investigators said. Terrance Upham, 43, parked outside of his neighbor’s house Sunday and connected to the man’s Wi-Fi, WFTS reported. The network was not password protected, the news station reported. Deputies told WFTS that Upham then tweeted bomb threats that targeted...
The Latest: Trump to sign executive order on education

The Latest: Trump to sign executive order on education

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 11:45 p.m. President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at minimizing the federal government's role in education. The order will direct the education secretary to conduct a study to identify potential over-reach by the federal government on education issues. That's according to a White House official who spoke on condition...
Officials promoting inclusivity after Trump rise face recall

Officials promoting inclusivity after Trump rise face recall

Three leaders of an Alaska fishing community who sponsored a resolution to promote inclusivity after the election of President Donald Trump are fighting efforts to recall them from office. The recall effort targeting three Homer City Council members is pegged to two resolutions, one supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota in its fight over a pipeline and another aimed at promoting...
Biracial twins who went viral celebrate milestone

Biracial twins who went viral celebrate milestone

Twins who stole hearts across the internet are celebrating their first birthday. Kalani and Jarani Dean are twins, but look very different. Kalani has light skin and blue eyes like her mother, while Jarani has darker skin and brown eyes like her father. The girls celebrated their first year with a castle-shaped cake complete with two princesses. Their mother, Whitney Meyer, told “Inside...
Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

The highest court in the United Methodist Church considered Tuesday whether to invalidate the election of the denomination's first openly gay bishop, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships. The challenge was filed last year to the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman. Church law bars clergy appointments of "self-avowed practicing...
Detective: Durst's wife told neighbor of beating, threats

Detective: Durst's wife told neighbor of beating, threats

The missing wife of New York real estate heir Robert Durst once told a neighbor that her husband had beat her and she feared he would kill her, a retired detective testified Tuesday. Kathleen Durst had climbed out her Manhattan penthouse window in her pajamas and knocked on a neighbor's bedroom window for help, James Varian said at a rare pretrial hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. Prosecutors...

Trump, Australia prime minister to meet next month in NYC

President Donald Trump plans to mark the 75th anniversary of a World War II naval battle by visiting the USS Intrepid. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Trump will also meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the floating museum in New York City on May 4. U.S. and Australian naval and air forces fought the Japanese during the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought May 4-8, 1942....
Children's remains found in badger hole

Children's remains found in badger hole

Skeletal remains found earlier this month by Idaho Fish and Game officers appear to belong to a pair of children, Elmore County sheriff’s deputies said Monday. It was not clear how long the children had been buried before their remains were found April 15 in a badger hole just north of Mountain Home. Deputies initially only believed the remains belonged to a single child. “It is clear...
Tarek and Christina El Moussa to resume 'Flip or Flop' despite divorce

Tarek and Christina El Moussa to resume 'Flip or Flop' despite divorce

“Flip or Flop” is coming back. >> Read more trending news According to The New York Post, the home improvement reality series has signed on for another season amid the public divorce between Christina and Tarek El Moussa. The future of the HGTV series was in jeopardy after the former couple announced their split in December 2016. Reports at the time claimed that ...

Official: White House names new Secret Service director

The White House on Tuesday named a retired Marine major general as the new director of the Secret Service. Randolph Alles will oversee an agency that for years has been beset with a series of high-profile embarrassments. Alles, who was in the Marine Corps for 35 years, has been the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection and previously oversaw the agency's air and marine division...
States combat rising number of laser strikes on aircraft

States combat rising number of laser strikes on aircraft

Michigan is poised to join a growing list of states that are making it a crime to attack aircraft with lasers, which endanger pilots and passengers. Legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate would make it a five-year felony to intentionally shine a laser at an aircraft, similar to a stiff federal law. The bills could soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder. Twenty of the 22 states with such statutes have...
US criticizes Turkey for striking Kurds in Iraq, Syria

US criticizes Turkey for striking Kurds in Iraq, Syria

The Trump administration sharply criticized Turkey on Tuesday for attacking Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq, accusing the U.S. NATO ally of failing to coordinate the airstrikes with the American-led coalition against Islamic State militants. The State Department and Pentagon both described the United States as "deeply concerned" by the strikes and said the objections were raised directly...
Lawmakers: Flynn likely broke the law; what is the emoluments clause?

Lawmakers: Flynn likely broke the law; what is the emoluments clause?

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law when he failed to disclose income he earned from Russia and Turkey, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday. Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, along with ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, told reporters Tuesday Flynn failed to ask for permission to speak at a 2015 event in Russia or register to...
The Latest: Official estimate could upend Trump tax plan

The Latest: Official estimate could upend Trump tax plan

The Latest on President Donald Trump's tax plan (all times local): 2 p.m. A new congressional estimate could upend President Donald Trump's tax plan even before he releases it. Trump is scheduled to unveil the broad outlines of a tax overhaul Wednesday. As part of the plan, he would propose a massive cut in the corporate income tax, reducing the top rate of 35 percent to 15 percent. The official budget...
Recall: 42K pounds of ready-to-eat chicken undercooked

Recall: 42K pounds of ready-to-eat chicken undercooked

DECATUR, Ala. -- More than 42,000 pounds of chicken are being recalled after several people complained that the ready-to-eat chicken was undercooked, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. In a recall notice, officials said WFSP Foods in Decatur, Alabama, received several customer complaints concerning chicken shipped to a distribution...

Congressional organization denies credentials to Breitbart

The panel that approves media credentials to cover Congress declined to grant permanent credentials to Breitbart News Network, LLC. The Standing Committee of Correspondents voted unanimously Tuesday to table an application from Breitbart and declined to extend temporary credentials beyond May 31. News organizations seeking credentials for its reporters must be editorially independent of any institution...

Senator: Trump won't let NKorea build missile to reach US

A senior Republican senator says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. "If I were North Korea, I would not underestimate President Trump's resolve to stop them from getting a missile to hit our homeland," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters...
Beyoncé launches 'Formation' scholarship for college women

Beyoncé launches 'Formation' scholarship for college women

Beyoncé is celebrating the anniversary of the release of her critically acclaimed album “Lemonade” by awarding scholarships to four “Formation scholars” at four universities. >> Read more trending news The singer announced the scholarships today on her website. According to the website, the scholarships were created to “encourage and support young women who...
DeVos tours Virginia school to stress needs of military kids

DeVos tours Virginia school to stress needs of military kids

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday highlighted the need to help the children of military families transition into new schools as their parents are moving from one assignment to the next. DeVos visited Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, to mark the Month of the Military Child. During a tour of the school she read a book to children about a mother who serves in the military. She...
FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat, diagnose or prevent cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says these products , mostly sold on websites and social media sites, can be harmful, waste money and result in people not getting approved, effective treatments. The pills, creams and teas are untested and...
Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

Lawyers for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez formally asked a court on Tuesday to dismiss his first-degree murder conviction now that he has died. Under a long-standing Massachusetts legal principle, courts customarily vacate the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals are heard. Legal experts say the doctrine holds that it is unfair to defendants or their survivors if a conviction is...

Mayors grapple with grant threat after meeting with Sessions

Mayors from several U.S. cities threatened with the loss of federal grants emerged from a meeting with the attorney general Tuesday saying they remain confused about how to prove their police aren't prohibited from cooperating with immigration authorities — a requirement for the money. The Justice Department has warned some jurisdictions that they could lose some law enforcement grant money...
Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit. A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke into smiles. Justice Samuel Alito struggled to suppress a laugh. Cellphones and other...
Girl who lost police officer dad secretly buys officer’s meal

Girl who lost police officer dad secretly buys officer’s meal

An 8-year-old New Jersey girl is touching hearts across the country after she secretly paid for the dinner of a police officer she encountered in a restaurant.  Mikayla Raji and her mother, Mimi Raji, were eating in a restaurant in Helmetta Friday night when Jamesburg police Officer Joseph Quinn stopped in to pick up his own meal, according to Jamesburg police officials. Mikayla has a soft...
The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

The Latest on Ivanka Trump's trip to Berlin (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Ivanka Trump has visited the Holocaust memorial in the German capital, meeting with the director at the information center before walking slowly through the downtown Berlin monument. Crowds of people snapped cellphone photos and yelled out "Hi, how are you?" as Trump entered the center to the Memorial to the Murdered...
Seattle crushes rain record, while rival Portland wet too

Seattle crushes rain record, while rival Portland wet too

Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record, and Portland is inching closer to smashing its own record. Seattle measured 44.7 inches (114 centimeters) of rain between October and April, making it the wettest such period since records began in 1895, the National Weather Service in Seattle said. It marks the second year in the row that the city has topped the historic rainfall record for that period...
Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work. Today, premature infants weighing as little as a pound are hooked to ventilators and other machines inside incubators. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is aiming for a gentler...
Former 'Bachelor' Chris Soules arrested for  involvement in fatal crash

Former 'Bachelor' Chris Soules arrested for involvement in fatal crash

Former “Bachelor” Chris Soules was arrested Tuesday after he was involved in a fatal car accident, authorities said. >> Read more trending news According to TMZ, Soules is accused of hitting a tractor-trailer, whose the driver died after the impact. Soules was driving a Chevy pickup truck Monday night near Aurora, Iowa, when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer, authorities...
Stork delivery? Woman gives birth to baby at Nebraska zoo

Stork delivery? Woman gives birth to baby at Nebraska zoo

A woman whose baby was due mid-May went into labor early and gave birth at a Nebraska zoo. Drea Hubbard was born Sunday at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Her mother, Kymica Hubbard, 24, said the birth took about two minutes from when her water broke. "I was having contractions and it was getting closer and closer together and I was telling my husband, 'OK, it's...

Senate panel approves Trump's choice to lead trade office

A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved President Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations, a position that will place Robert Lighthizer in the center of the administration's efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and other pacts Trump has criticized as detrimental to the nation's economy. The 26-0 vote by the Senate Finance Committee now moves...
The Latest: Flynn told DIA about Russia, lawyer says

The Latest: Flynn told DIA about Russia, lawyer says

The Latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local): 1:20 p.m. An attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says that his client told the Defense Intelligence Agency that he would be traveling to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network. Attorney Robert Kelner says Flynn also talked...

Fewer immigrants without status since 2009-report

The number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally fell to 11 million since 2009, largely because of a drop-off in the number of Mexicans without legal status, according to a study released Tuesday. The report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center — using survey data from 2015 — showed the number of immigrants lacking legal status was 11.3 million in 2009. The number of Mexicans in the country...

Wild monkey spotted in central Florida neighborhood

Wildlife officials are warning central Florida residents to stay away from wild monkeys after one was spotted in the area. A rhesus monkey was spotted over the weekend in the Orlando suburb of Apopka. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are asking residents to stay away from the monkey and to call a hotline if it's spotted again. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2q0PYRs...
'Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in deadly Iowa crash

'Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in deadly Iowa crash

Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who starred on "The Bachelor" two years ago, was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he caused a deadly traffic accident and fled the scene. Soules, who was portrayed as a wholesome country boy looking for love on season 19 of the ABC reality show, was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that rear-ended a tractor in northern Iowa near Aurora on Monday night...
Man runs into burning building twice to save beer, police say

Man runs into burning building twice to save beer, police say

A man faces obstruction charges after police in South Dakota said he ignored orders from firefighters and ran twice into a burning building to “save” his beer. Sioux Falls police spokesman Officer Sam Clemens told KELO that Michael Casteel, 56, ignored a police officer who tried to stop him on Sunday from running into a burning apartment building. He ran into the building a second...
Third Hernandez suicide note addressed to inmate, lawyer says

Third Hernandez suicide note addressed to inmate, lawyer says

Aaron Hernandez’s friends and family gathered Monday for his funeral as a judge ordered all notes that he left in connection with his suicide be released to his family. A lawyer for a third person has come forward, claiming that one of the notes was addressed to his client. Hernandez was found dead last week in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Corrections Center in Shirley, Massachusetts...
World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure." The campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," by...
Police ambush killer won't take stand in bid to spare life

Police ambush killer won't take stand in bid to spare life

His fate hanging in the balance, a gunman who ambushed two state police troopers at their barracks in 2014 decided Tuesday he would not take the witness stand to try to persuade jurors to spare his life. The defense rested its case after Eric Frein opted not to testify in the penalty phase of his capital murder trial. His lawyers said outside court they didn't want to expose Frein to cross-examination...

Justices revive suit against Indian casino limo driver

A unanimous Supreme Court says that Indian tribes' immunity from lawsuits does not always extend to their employees in incidents that occur far from Indian reservations. The justices ruled Tuesday in a case that involved a limo driver who rear-ended a car on a Connecticut interstate. The court revived a state court civil lawsuit filed by the injured occupants of the car. The case had been dismissed...
The Latest: Trump says he hasn't changed position on wall

The Latest: Trump says he hasn't changed position on wall

The Latest on Congress and efforts to avert a government shutdown by week's end (all times local): 9:45 a.m. President Donald Trump says that he hasn't changed his position on building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump tweeted Tuesday, "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc."...
Trump condemns Holocaust deniers

Trump condemns Holocaust deniers

Pledging to confront anti-Semitism in all its forms and to "never be silent," President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced as accomplices to "horrible evil" anyone who denies that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust. In a speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump also pledged that as president of the United States he will "always stand with the Jewish people...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017

After 18 seasons and more than 600 races behind the wheel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will bring his NASCAR Cup Series driving career to a close at the conclusion of 2017. Today, he shared the news with members of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team. >> Read more trending news  The fan favorite and two-time Daytona 500 champion will discuss his decision in a press conference this afternoon. He...
Boy, 13, dies after dirt bike crash

Boy, 13, dies after dirt bike crash

Jonathan Gonzalez loved being outside. Like many 13-year-olds, the Wellington, Florida, resident loved football, basketball, fishing and just being with friends. On Sunday he told his mother, Maria, he was going outside for a bit. Like she told him every time he’d go out to play, she said “Be careful.” Gonzalez recounted how her son, who died in a dirt bike crash, was adored...
April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced

April the giraffe webcam coming back; Calf’s name to be announced

Fear not April the giraffe fans!  The New York’s Animal Adventure Park announced on Facebook that April’s giraffe cam is coming back soon--and permanently! The camera will be live every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. according to its Facebook post. “A permanent yard cam will go up this season which will also reconnect you to your favorite giraffe family,” the zoo wrote...
Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead

Cop called for noise complaint, joins party instead

A noise complaint turned into a dance party for a police officer in San Antonio, and it was all caught on video. Someone made a complaint that music was too loud when a child’s dance club set up a dance floor. >> Read more trending news But instead of shutting the party down, police joined the teens on the dance floor, showing them the proper way to salsa, KSAT reported. The video is now...
Police: Wife's Fitbit logs steps after husband says she died

Police: Wife's Fitbit logs steps after husband says she died

Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015. Richard Dabate (DAH-bayt) faces murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement charges in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Connie Dabate on Dec. 23, 2015. Authorities say the 40-year-old Dabate told them a masked man had entered their home, shot his wife...

Deputy wrangles feisty alligator in central Georgia

An alligator has been apprehended at a park in central Georgia after a sheriff's deputy wrestled the creature. The Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2p0pt00) that Bibb County Sheriff's deputy Clay Williams and Animal Welfare officer Bruce Rozier were dispatched to round up the 4-foot alligator Monday morning in Macon. Footage from the deputy's body camera shows Williams straddling the reptile and holding...
Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law

Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said Tuesday. The congressmen also raised new questions about fees Flynn received as part of...
Tamir Rice lawyer releases videos ahead of officer hearings

Tamir Rice lawyer releases videos ahead of officer hearings

An attorney for the family of Tamir Rice said Tuesday he provided videotaped interviews of the two white officers involved in the fatal shooting of the 12-year-old black boy to news organizations to show inconsistencies in the officers' statements as the city ponders whether to discipline or even fire them. The interviews contain no new significant details about the shooting. It's unclear when Cleveland...

3 men convicted in Swedish rape livestreamed on Facebook

A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. The Uppsala District Court said one of the men was given a sentence of 27 months for rape and assistance to rape. The others were given respectively one year — which was halved because he was a minor at the time of the crime — and six months. Two...
France's Le Pen says the people revolting against the elite

France's Le Pen says the people revolting against the elite

Far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen said Tuesday that people are revolting against the elite and predicted that could translate into a "very big surprise" when ballots are cast May 7 in France's final round to choose a new leader — and it will be her. Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist candidate who is her rival in the upcoming vote, sparred in successive...
Russia steps in after Ukraine cuts power to rebel-held east

Russia steps in after Ukraine cuts power to rebel-held east

In a move that further cements Russia's control over parts of eastern Ukraine, Russian officials announced Tuesday they will begin supplying electricity to separatist-controlled areas after the Ukrainian government cut off power because of a heavy backlog of unpaid bills. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the decision as a humanitarian mission helping to keep an estimated 3 million people...

Stuck cow pulled from muddy ditch by Florida deputies

Sometimes a law enforcement officer's duty involves rescuing a cat from a tree. In one Florida county, it also can involve rescuing a cow. Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies on Monday rescued a cow that was stuck belly deep in a muddy ditch. The sheriff's office said on Facebook (http://bit.ly/2ctSN7h ) that deputies used a front-end loader from the cow's owner to pull the animal out so she could...
Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location

Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location

You never know what could be stashed away in a dusty records office.  Two researchers do know and they made the discovery of a lifetime, thanks to a one-line entry in a catalog from a records office in England, The Washington Post reported. The entry read “Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America.” >> Read more...
Greece rejects new Turkish extradition bid for servicemen

Greece rejects new Turkish extradition bid for servicemen

A Greek court has rejected a new Turkish extradition bid for three of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece by helicopter after last year's failed military coup in Turkey. Greece's supreme court has already ruled that none of the eight men should be extradited as they wouldn't get a fair trial in Turkey, and that their lives might be in danger there. The decision has prompted anger from Turkey...
New campaign will focus on the right time to turn car seats around

New campaign will focus on the right time to turn car seats around

Most parents turn their child’s car seat facing forward too early, according to a new study by baby brand Chicco. The study shows that 72 percent of parents say they are uncomfortable talking to other parents about keeping their children riding in a rear-facing position, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news  The American Academy of Pediatrics says all infants...
The Latest: Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise'

The Latest: Le Pen sees French presidential vote 'surprise'

The latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says there could be a "very big surprise" when the French cast their ballots May 7 in the final round to choose a new leader, and she wins. Le Pen said on TF1 TV on Tuesday that "there is a revolt of the people against the elite" seen in Britain's Brexit...
Police ‘arrest’ goats on the lam

Police ‘arrest’ goats on the lam

Things can get a little wild in Maine.  Just ask the police in Belfast who had to answer the call to “arrest” a couple of trespassing goats. >> Read more trending news  The goats, named Louis and Mowgli, were picked up by Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick after he received a call from a woman who had trapped them in her garage. They had walked up to the woman’s home and...
Pope pays to rent beach space for disabled youths

Pope pays to rent beach space for disabled youths

The papal almsgiver has made a donation, in the name of Pope Francis, to cover the annual rent for a beach area near Rome used by disabled youths. The Madonnina, an association that runs the beach establishment near Rome without barriers for the disabled, in a statement Tuesday announced the donation for the area just outside the town of Fiumicino. No money figure was cited. Past charity initiatives...
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