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Stranger spends days in water to find couple's lost engagement ring

A good Samaritan with a metal detector helped a couple recover a ring that was accidentally dropped into a Missouri pond earlier this month in a marriage proposal gone awry. A video of the proposal went viral after Seth Dixon got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend of four years, Ruth Salas, on a wooden bridge over Kansas City’s Loose Park Pond, The Kansas City Star reported....
Former PE teacher arrested again, accused of sexually assaulting student 

Former PE teacher arrested again, accused of sexually assaulting student 

For the second time in a month, a former Georgia middle school physical education teacher was arrested on allegations she sexually assaulted a student.  Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, of Blairsville, Georgia, has been accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old high school senior in 2015, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation release.  >> Read more trending news ...
Ex-agent sentenced for sharing FBI secrets with married mistress

Ex-agent sentenced for sharing FBI secrets with married mistress

A now-retired Atlanta FBI agent was sentenced to probation on charges that he shared confidential law enforcement information with his married mistress. In pleading guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge, Ken Hillman admitted that he allowed the woman and her now-former husband to participate in undercover child sex sting operations. Hillman ran a joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children...
Deaf advocates say police must improve after fatal shooting

Deaf advocates say police must improve after fatal shooting

The Oklahoma Association for the Deaf said Friday that police have reached out since an officer fatally shot a deaf man in Oklahoma City, but that more needs to be done, including teaching officers to recognize the deaf and learn to visually communicate with those who can't hear. "I feel it is necessary to approach the police force as a deaf community and seek more training on dealing with the...
Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent

Senate bill would make online political ads more transparent

Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications. The bill by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would try to fill what they call a "major gap" in election advertising transparency. In a letter obtained...
Can brain disease explain Aaron Hernandez's behavior?

Can brain disease explain Aaron Hernandez's behavior?

Former football star Aaron Hernandez' brain was riddled with damage from a degenerative brain disease linked with head blows, but that doesn't necessarily explain the troubles that plagued his young life. The diagnosis comes from a Boston University researcher who has studied hundreds of brains from football players, college athletes and even younger players, donated after their deaths. Dr. Ann McKee...
Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home

Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home

Walmart is testing a new grocery delivery service -- one where you don’t have to be home to receive your order. >> Read more trending news  The retail giant announced Friday it has partnered with smart lock startup August Home to create a program where a delivery person can enter a customer’s home and put away groceries. Delivery drivers would be given a one-time...
Ann Coulter says she won't attend Berkeley free speech event

Ann Coulter says she won't attend Berkeley free speech event

When computer science major Lindsay Nichols considers the possibility of a "Free Speech Week" featuring right-wing firebrands at the University of California, Berkeley, the first word that comes to her mind is "annoyance." Biology student Kyeong Kim agrees. She's all for free speech but the prospect of more political clashes and the disruptions they bring draws a big shrug. "...

Abu Ghraib ex-inmates' lawsuit moves ahead in federal court

After nine years of fits and starts, dismissals and reinstatements, a federal lawsuit filed by one-time inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq against civilian interrogators who worked there is moving ahead. "We're not dismissing this case. It's going to go forward," U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said at the conclusion of a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria...

Batman comic series to feature scenery from Portland, Maine

Holy hometown, Batman! A highly anticipated Batman comic book series will have some locations that might look familiar to Maine residents. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland City Hall, Old Port's cobblestone streets and various red brick buildings will be a part of Gotham in DC Comics' "Batman: White Knight." The artist and writer is Sean Murphy, who recently moved to Portland. He...
Former leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Former leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Former leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group Mahdi Akef, who had been detained since 2013, has died of complications from cancer and other health issues at age 89, a Brotherhood spokesman said Friday. Talaat Fahmy said Akef's family had requested he be released from custody because of his medical condition but the request was declined by an Egyptian court. He said Akef had cancer, heart...
Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say

Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say

A Kentucky man is accused of burglarizing a funeral home and stealing from a dead man awaiting burial, according to police. James Neal Sullivan, 35, of Cecilia, is charged with third-degree burglary in the Sept. 13 incident at Watson & Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield, a small city about 75 miles southwest of Louisville. The Leitchfield Police reported that a man broke into the funeral home around...
NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock

NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft swung by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex passed within 10,711 miles (17,237 kilometers) of the home planet early Friday afternoon — above Antarctica. It used Earth's gravity as a slingshot to put it on a path toward the asteroid Bennu. Osiris-Rex should reach the small, roundish asteroid next year and, in 2020, collect...
Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride

Raccoon jumps on moving Colorado police van, takes a ride

A Colorado Springs police officer heading to an accident scene in a van got a big surprise when a raccoon jumped onto the front windshield of the vehicle and stayed there until the officer pulled over. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2hojjpi ) that officer Chris Frabbiele was responding to an accident scene in a large van used by police to investigate crashes when the raccoon landed on its...
California man gets life terms for killing 8 in hair salon

California man gets life terms for killing 8 in hair salon

A California man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a 2011 shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked. Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, received eight consecutive life terms in a courtroom packed with victims' relatives who wore buttons and shirts printed with photos of those killed. Many...
ACLU sues St. Louis over treatment of protesters

ACLU sues St. Louis over treatment of protesters

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis on Friday over what it called "unlawful and unconstitutional action" during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a white former police officer in the death of a black man. The suit accuses police of misconduct by using chemical weapons, interfering with video of police activity and violating...
Man thanks officers who saved his life from flesh-eating bacteria

Man thanks officers who saved his life from flesh-eating bacteria

It was an emotional moment when a man got to thank officers for saving his life.  WSBTV’s Linda Stouffer was there the moment Alan Avery was able to hug and embrace the DeKalb County officers.  It was a year ago that Avery called to report someone breaking into his home five times. “It’s not normal for someone to call back to back to back 911,” said DeKalb County...
Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

A tired and discouraged Rosa Maria Almonte cleaned steel pots with bleach inside her darkened cafe as her daughter cooked up rice, beans and pork chops on a gas stove to feed people desperate for a hot meal in their storm-ravaged city. She has run El Buen Cafe for 21 years and seen some tough times, but the damage from Hurricane Maria, with no running water, no electricity and the prospect of a grinding...
End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts

End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts

Television programming for some California viewers was interrupted for about a minute Thursday with a disturbing message warning of the end of the world. “Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” a voice in the alert said, according to the Orange County Register. The alert interrupted Cox and Spectrum broadcast customers in Orange County around 11:05 a.m. The cause of the...
Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax linked people to a fake online site that mimicked the link for its own site on its massive Sept. 7 security breach that affected 143 million Americans. After the breach, which involved Social Security numbers and other key identifying information, Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that directed people to information on the hacking incident and links to sign up for free credit...
What is the Graham-Cassidy health care bill and what does it mean for you?

What is the Graham-Cassidy health care bill and what does it mean for you?

Update 2:13 p.m. ET -- The Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week. Previous post: Next week, the Senate will likely vote on a new health care bill, one, like the others that failed earlier this year, aimed...
Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Former FBI director James Comey was heckled and jeered throughout a speech at Howard University Friday by a group of protesters chanting "no justice, no peace'' — a loud, contentious standoff that didn't end until he finished his remarks. The scene — a former senior government official being shouted down and trying to speak over angry demonstrators — marked a...
Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will face an inspector general's investigation into his reported use of chartered jets for at least two dozen flights in recent months at taxpayer expense. A spokeswoman for HHS Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson told The Washington Post on Friday that the agency will request records of Price's travel and review the justification made by Price and his...
1-year-old dies after father attempts to treat cough with steamy shower

1-year-old dies after father attempts to treat cough with steamy shower

A 1-year-old baby has died in New York after his father attempted to treat a chronic cough by leaving the child in a steamy bathroom.  >> Read more trending news  Mordechai Halpern, of Brooklyn, New York, was found unresponsive at his parents’ home on Thursday morning after his mother discovered him alone in a bathroom at the residence. According to WPIX, Mordechai&rsquo...
Trump weighing options as travel ban nears expiration date

Trump weighing options as travel ban nears expiration date

President Donald Trump is weighing the next iteration of his controversial travel ban, which could include new restrictions on travelers from additional countries. Trump's ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority nations is set to expire this coming Sunday, 90 days after it took effect. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president impose new, more targeted restrictions to replace...
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

NOT REAL: Extremely Racist Black ESPN Reporter Says ALL White People Are NAZIS THE FACTS: ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor Jemele Hill never labeled all white people as Nazis, despite this viral headline from conservative site America's Freedom Fighters. Hill did call President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter, prompting Trump to call for an apology from the network. ESPN has repeatedly...
Investigators reviewing HHS chief's private charter flights

Investigators reviewing HHS chief's private charter flights

Federal investigators are examining Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's recent use of costly charter flights on the taxpayers' dime for official business. The HHS inspector general's office said Friday the agency is reviewing Price's charters to see if they violated government travel regulations, which generally require officials to minimize costs. "We take this matter very seriously...
Clerk suspended 2 weeks at Circle K after shooting robbery suspect

Clerk suspended 2 weeks at Circle K after shooting robbery suspect

It happened in less than 30 seconds. In that instant, Jennifer Wertz thought about her three young children and her disabled mother she cares for at home. Then, Wertz pulled the gun from her pocket, readied it and shot the man pointing a gun in her face where she was working Monday at Circle K. "I'm sick and tired of being a sitting duck,” Wertz told KOAT. “We are not to chase...
Woman arrested after brandishing gun at Kardashian boutique

Woman arrested after brandishing gun at Kardashian boutique

A woman who pointed a gun at employees inside the Kardashian-owned DASH boutique in West Hollywood while screaming about Cuba and then returned hours later to wave a machete at reporters has been arrested, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Friday. Maricia Medrano, 35, was arrested on suspicion of assault and making criminal threats, the sheriff's office said in a statement. Medrano walked...

Istanbul's mayor announces his sudden resignation

The mayor of Istanbul has announced his resignation as head of the city of nearly 15 million people. Kadir Topbas, a member of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, declared he was stepping down during a televised news conference Friday. He did not provide a reason. The resignation, however, came after the 72-year-old Topbas vetoed five zoning plan changes in the city but was overturned by...
Bus driver suspended after allowing ‘hitchhiker,’ dog onto school bus with children

Bus driver suspended after allowing ‘hitchhiker,’ dog onto school bus with children

An Oklahoma bus driver was suspended without pay and has been recommended to be fired after she allowed a woman and a dog onto a bus with dozens of schoolchildren.  >> Read more trending news  Bus driver Katie Chapman, employed by Vian Public Schools for seven years, is accused of picking up a “hitchhiker” and her dog on Sept. 12 and giving the pair a ride to the hitchhiker&rsquo...

Greek court says Syrian refugees can be returned to Turkey

Greece's supreme court ruled Friday that refugees can be returned to Turkey under last year's migrant deal between the European Union and Turkey, rejecting arguments by two Syrian men that Turkey is not a safe destination. In a case with implications for thousands of refugees in Greece — and others planning to enter the country seeking asylum — the court found that deported refugees face...
Death Wish coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Death Wish coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Death Wish Coffee Company, a New York-based coffee producer that advertises itself as maker of the “world’s strongest coffee,” is recalling some of its products over concerns that it could become tainted with the deadly botulin toxin. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a notice issued Tuesday that 11-ounce cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew were being...
First lady does some gardening in White House kitchen garden

First lady does some gardening in White House kitchen garden

First lady Melania Trump, gardener. The former model and Manhattanite traded her stilettos for sneakers Friday to plant, harvest and wash vegetables in the White House kitchen garden with help from local children. "I'm a big believer in healthy eating because it reflects on your mind and your body. I encourage you to eat a lot of vegetables and fruit so you grow up healthy," she told about...
The Latest: Lavrov denies Russian interference in US vote

The Latest: Lavrov denies Russian interference in US vote

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says relations with the United States are suffering because the Obama administration was "small-hearted" and "revengeful" and says Moscow has not seen any "facts" that it interfered in the election that brought President Donald Trump to power. Sergey Lavrov said former president...
Deputies: Men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Deputies: Men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Roberto Augustin had just finished making a food delivery for Uber on Saturday night when he became lost inside a neighborhood in unincorporated Delray Beach, Florida. As Augustin tried to find his way out, he was approached by two armed men riding in a golf cart. “Get out of the car, or we’re going to kill you,” Augustin heard as his body froze in fear. The men, pointing handguns...
The Latest: Turkey says Kurdish referendum plans illegal

The Latest: Turkey says Kurdish referendum plans illegal

The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 21:00 Turkey's highest security body has branded as "illegal and unacceptable" plans by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence. A statement issued after a three hour-long National Security Council meeting on Friday that was chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would exert its rights...
Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land

Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land

The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho have forged 10 agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires. Under the deals, Idaho foresters will administer timber sales on about 10,000 acres (40 square kilometers) the federal agency has on its to-do list but can't complete...
Man attacks drug user in truck with ax, police say 

Man attacks drug user in truck with ax, police say 

A man who was fed up with drug use in his neighborhood confronted a person shooting heroin in a parked truck with an ax, striking its mirror, headlight and windshield, police said.  Dante Jewell was on his balcony Tuesday when he saw a man in a Ford Ranger shoot heroin around 6:45 p.m. and called police, according to WXIN. “I just wasn’t having it,” Jewell, a former...
Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery

Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery

Cuba so far hasn't unearthed any information about who or what caused a mysterious series of health incidents that have affected U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana, its top diplomat said Friday. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told the U.N. General Assembly that early results from its investigation have to date "found no evidence whatsoever that could confirm the causes or the origin"...

The Latest: Panel votes against cheaper solar panel imports

The Latest on a trade commission vote on solar imports (all times local): 11 a.m. A U.S. trade panel has found that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to U.S. solar manufacturers. The unanimous vote Friday by the International Trade Commission sets up the possibility that the Trump administration will impose tariffs that could double the price...

Cops: Owner taken for ride when test driver leaves with car

Police in Pennsylvania say a man hoping to sell his car was taken for a ride when a prospective buyer drove away without him and never came back. Police in Carroll Township in York County say the bizarre theft occurred Tuesday night. Investigators say the car's owner advertised it online and met a man interested in buying his red 1995 Acura Integra with a charcoal gray hood. The owner drove the prospective...
The Latest: Cassidy says he'll keep working on health care

The Latest: Cassidy says he'll keep working on health care

The Latest on health care legislation (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A Louisiana senator who helped write the Republican health care bill says he's disappointed in Sen. John McCain's decision to oppose it. GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy says he'll keep working for families that can't afford health coverage. McCain announced his opposition earlier Friday to the bill aimed at repealing much of President Barack...
Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

Funeral for last eyewitness to Pearl Harbor bombing Sunday in Ohio

A Cleveland area native who was believed to be the only Pearl Harbor survivor to visit the 9/11 memorial site in New York was expected to be laid to rest Sunday in this hometown. John Seelie died at age 94 last month and was also believed to be the last eyewitness to see the Japanese attack on Wheeler Army Air Field near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune...
Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped under Trump

Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped under Trump

The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. DeVos has said that Obama's policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had "weaponized" the Education Department to "work against schools...
Stalin's bust unveiled in Moscow as part of

Stalin's bust unveiled in Moscow as part of "Rulers' Alley"

A series of busts of the nation's Soviet-era leaders, including Josef Stalin, were unveiled Friday by a Russian government-sponsored association, in a move that has drawn criticism from those who see it as part of efforts to whitewash his crimes. The Russian Military-Historic Society, an organization founded by President Vladimir Putin and led by his culture minister, unveiled the sculptures in order...

LL Bean publishes outdoors ad only visible in the sunlight

If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors. The company took its mission to get people outside to a new level Friday by publishing an ad in The New York Times in ink that can only be seen when the newspaper is taken outside and exposed to sunlight. The advertising insert features L.L. Bean's new "manifesto" that reiterates its commitment to the outdoors...
Bellefontaine man killed in Logan County rollover crash

Bellefontaine man killed in Logan County rollover crash

A 23-year-old Bellefontaine man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Logan County Friday morning.  State troopers and medics responded to Ohio 292 in Perry Twp., Logan County around 7:25 a.m. on reports of a single vehicle rollover crash.  An initial investigation found a 2004 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Ethan P. Zack, 23, of Bellefontaine, was traveling north on Ohio 292 when he traveled...
Woman watched dogs attack UPS driver, threatened to shoot him, police say

Woman watched dogs attack UPS driver, threatened to shoot him, police say

Five pit bulls trapped a UPS driver on a truck trailer as he bled profusely from their attack, according to a report from Orting Valley Fire and Rescue in Orting, Washington, and it seems that a woman was watching the whole incident while expecting the dogs to kill him. >> Read more trending news  “She also threatened the EMT person with bodily harm, used profanity ... and...

African art museum opens in Cape Town; Tutu is early visitor

South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has attended the opening of a museum of contemporary African art in Cape Town. Tutu, who rarely makes public appearances since suffering recent health problems, on Friday walked with a cane into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and cheerfully greeted people. The 85-year-old former archbishop was among dignitaries and others who visited the waterfront...

California TV viewers alarmed by apocalyptic emergency alert

Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2wE42az ) a Lake Forest woman says she was watching HGTV on her Cox Communications cable service on Thursday when the alert flashed across the screen. Video shows the message included the voice of a man warning that "in the...
Reward offered after family's 7 horses, 2 donkeys shot and killed

Reward offered after family's 7 horses, 2 donkeys shot and killed

A reward is being offered for information on the person or people who shot nearly a dozen horses and donkeys in a Mississippi field earlier this week, killing seven horses and two donkeys. “My father-in-law got a call, said that some of his horses had been shot,” Tara Christian told WTVA on Tuesday. “This is cruel, absolutely cruel, to do this to animals. To do this to the poor...
Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup. Miss Turkey organizers said the 18-year-old Itir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China. The organizers said in...
Budget shortfall leads school to ask parents to donate toilet paper, other supplies

Budget shortfall leads school to ask parents to donate toilet paper, other supplies

A budget shortfall sparked a call for toilet paper donations at schools in Washington state, according to the Kent Education Association. >> Read more trending news  “Due to the Kent School District budget crisis, some schools have been unable to purchase paper goods,” read a flyer, which was distributed to parents. “Educators are working to take some of the pressure...
The Latest: EU's Brexit chief welcomes 'constructive' speech

The Latest: EU's Brexit chief welcomes 'constructive' speech

The Latest on British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The European Union's Brexit negotiator is welcoming Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on leaving the bloc but says its content must be turned into action. Michel Barnier said in a tweet that May's Brexit speech was "constructive" but that it "must be translated into negotiating positions...
Autumn Equinox: 5 things to know about the first day of fall

Autumn Equinox: 5 things to know about the first day of fall

Today is the first day of the fall season, as the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of astronomical fall. This year, that happens across North America on Friday afternoon. So as the weather begins to cool across the country, here are some things to know about that season when the leaves change color and the temperature begins to drop. >> Read more trending news  What exactly is an...

Council member gives opponent ABC (already been chewed) gum

A Minneapolis City Council member has given one of her opponents something to chew over — a piece of chewed gum. Twenty-year incumbent Lisa Goodman took the gum out of her mouth and handed it to challenger Teqen Zea-Aida before the start of a candidate forum Tuesday. Goodman asked Zea-Aida: "Would you take my gum, please?" Goodman tells the Star Tribune she couldn't find any paper...
Pakistan: Death toll from India attack in Kashmir rises to 6

Pakistan: Death toll from India attack in Kashmir rises to 6

At least six Pakistani villagers were killed and 26 were wounded in an overnight attack by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said Friday, adding that hundreds of villagers were forced to move to safer places. The Indian army said in a statement that all violations of a 2003 cease-fire agreement in Kashmir have been initiated by Pakistani forces. The disputed Kashmir...
Vodka spill: Truck carrying 40,000 pints of liquor tips over

Vodka spill: Truck carrying 40,000 pints of liquor tips over

Don’t cry over spilled ... vodka? A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pints of vodka rolled over in Interstate 70 in Clayton, North Carolina. And the load was so heavy that when crews tried to put the trailer back on its wheels, the bottles of booze bent the truck’s body, WRAL reported.  >> Read more trending news  Crews had to remove each box of vodka from the truck...
Nutmeg, world's oldest cat, dies at 32

Nutmeg, world's oldest cat, dies at 32

The world’s oldest feline, a 32-year-old cat named Nutmeg, has died. >> Read more trending news  The pampered pet, who had more than nine lives it seems, passed away of old age in the United Kingdom, according to People magazine.  Liz and Ian Finlay first got Nutmeg 27 years ago when their cat brought a stray cat home. The couple named the stray Nutmeg and took...

Cops: 8-year-old girl helps drive drunken Pennsylvania man

Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911. WPXI-TV (http://bit.ly/2xk4UAM ) reports the bizarre incident involving 24-year-old Kevin Cook happened on Sept. 3 in Darlington Township, Beaver County. That's where township police say in a criminal complaint that someone reported seeing the child driving and...

The Latest: Migrant death toll off Turkey rises to 15

The Latest on the flow of migrants toward Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Turkey's coast guard has increased to 15 the death toll of migrants who drowned when their boat capsized in the Black Sea. Authorities initially reported that four had died and 20 were missing. The coast guard later said that 15 bodies were recovered and 40 were rescued. Authorities are still searching for up to 15 migrants...
Soldier saves woman from fiery crash

Soldier saves woman from fiery crash

Talk about the right person being at the right place at the right time.  A man with 15 years in the military, and who works for the National Guard in Charlotte, happened to be traveling home when he saw a head-on collision. Staff Sgt. Cory Hinkle pulled over to help. He found a woman, later identified as Brandy Guin, not able to get out of her vehicle as the gas spilled over the road. Hinkle...
Newcomer to Swiss executive body chosen as foreign minister

Newcomer to Swiss executive body chosen as foreign minister

The newest member in Switzerland's seven-member executive body is set to become the Alpine country's next foreign minister. The Federal Council has chosen free-market proponent Ignazio Cassis of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland to become head of the Department of Foreign Affairs after he joins the council on Nov. 1. The Swiss government said Friday that Cassis has decided not to speak publicly...
Donatella Versace pays joyous tribute to brother Gianni

Donatella Versace pays joyous tribute to brother Gianni

On the third day of Milan Fashion Week, past and present merged at Donatella Versace's joyous, celebratory, healing runway tribute Friday to her brother Gianni Versace, 20 years after his slaying in Miami. And it culminated with her own reckoning with how she has born the weight of her brother's creative legacy. The show brought together the supermodels that Gianni Versace helped create — Carla...
The Latest: UK police charge man with London subway blast

The Latest: UK police charge man with London subway blast

The Latest on the London subway bombing investigation (all times local): 1:20 p.m. British police have charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week's bomb attack on the London subway. The Metropolitan Police force says Ahmed Hassan is accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station a week ago. He was arrested Saturday at the port of Dover, departure...
AF Marathon participation down; race seeks answers

AF Marathon participation down; race seeks answers

Faced with fewer people running this year, Air Force Marathon organizers may consider changes to the series of races to push up numbers on the starting line in 2018. The marathon, a series of races with 5K and 10K contests and half- and full-marathons, may add a new race of a shorter distance, and increase opportunities to participate in more than one event, according to marathon director Rob Aguiar...
What ‘SSSS’ means if you see it on your airplane ticket

What ‘SSSS’ means if you see it on your airplane ticket

Most of us probably don’t know what any of those codes mean on your boarding pass, but there’s one that you won’t want to see when you’re flying. It’s a simple series of repeated letters, SSSS, and it means that you’ll be subject to additional screenings. >> Read more trending news  The SSSS is an acronym for Secondary Security Screening Selection. You...
Trump: Russia probe a 'hoax,' media was 'greatest influence'

Trump: Russia probe a 'hoax,' media was 'greatest influence'

President Donald Trump on Friday called allegations of Russian election meddling a "hoax," and insisted the media was the "greatest influence" on the 2016 campaign. Trump's tweets early Friday appeared to respond to Facebook's announcement that the social media giant will provide to congressional investigators the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency. "The Russia...
Uber stripped of London license

Uber stripped of London license

London stripped Uber on Friday of its license to operate beginning at the end of September, a move that will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news  Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber’s conduct posed risks to public safety and it would not renew its license when it expires on Sept...
Why Yoda caused a social studies textbook to be pulled from classes

Why Yoda caused a social studies textbook to be pulled from classes

You wouldn’t think Yoda would cause such a problem, but a social studies textbook had to be pulled because of the green Jedi. It was all because of a photo mistake, and no one knows how it happened. The photo in question shows Yoda sitting next to the former king of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal, The New York Times reported. The image was created by artist Abdullah Al Shehri. He used a real photo...

Finnish police: Likely suicide attempt outside parliament

Police in Helsinki think two people stabbed themselves in the stomach on the steps outside the Finnish parliament in an apparent suicide attempt. Police say they do not suspect any crime had been committed outside the Eduskunta assembly in downtown Helsinki. On Twitter, police said Friday both were taken to hospital. The men's nationalities and their condition were not immediately known. In August...
Romanian leader cancels visit to Ukraine over language law

Romanian leader cancels visit to Ukraine over language law

Romania's president has canceled a visit to Ukraine next month to protest a law that critics say would infringe on the rights of ethnic minorities there. In remarks late Thursday in New York where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly, President Klaus Iohannis said his announcement was "an extremely ... tough diplomatic signal." Iohannis also said he had called off an imminent...

First UN expert on gender identity resigns

A spokesman for the U.N.'s Human Rights Council has confirmed that its first independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity has resigned for "personal reasons." Spokesman Rolando Gomez confirmed the authenticity of a letter published Sept. 12 by the Washington Blade, the oldest LGBT newspaper in the U.S, in which Vitit Muntarbhorn informed the council president about his resignation...
L'Oréal heiress, world’s wealthiest woman, dies at 94

L'Oréal heiress, world’s wealthiest woman, dies at 94

Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L'Oréal cosmetics dynasty ranked as the world’s richest woman, died Wednesday, NPR reported. She was 94. In March, Forbes placed Bettencourt’s net worth at $39.5 billion. Bettencourt and her family were the largest stakeholders of L'Oréal, owning 33.1 percent of the company, the Financial Times reported. Bettencourt's...
GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program. "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," McCain said in a statement, referring to the bill by Sens. Lindsey Graham of...
The Latest: US: NKorea bomb test would draw tough response

The Latest: US: NKorea bomb test would draw tough response

The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local): 2:40 p.m. A senior U.S. diplomat says a North Korean hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific would be an "unprecedented act of aggression" by the communist nation. Susan Thornton is acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific. She told reporters Friday that such a weapons test would be "outrageous"...

Greece makes measles vaccination appeal amid European spike

Health authorities in Greece have issued a public appeal to participate in vaccination and booster shot programs following a spike in measles cases in the country amid an outbreak in Europe. The Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that 166 cases had been reported in the country in 2016-17, with an increase in recent days. More than 17,000 measles cases have been reported in...

Syrian refugee in Estonia jailed for setting wife on fire

An Estonian court has sentenced a Syrian refugee guilty to 10 years in prison for setting his wife on fire. The Baltic News Agency says a court in Tallinn ruled Friday that the 20-year-old Kovan Mohammad was guilty of grievous bodily harm when committing the crime on March 7. BNS, the region's largest news agency, said an unnamed 22-year-old Syrian woman sustained burns on 70 percent of her body in...

German court sends ax attacker to psychiatric hospital

A German court has sent a man who randomly attacked passengers with an ax at Duesseldorf's main train station in March to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely. The defendant, a 37-year-old from Kosovo, faced eight counts of attempted manslaughter in a trial at the Duesseldorf state court. But news agency dpa reported that judges ruled Friday he was suffering from schizophrenia at the time of the March...
Mom, children living in fear after burglar caught in the act

Mom, children living in fear after burglar caught in the act

A Brockton woman tells Boston 25 News she is living in fear knowing that the person who broke into her home is still on the loose. Renee asked to use only her first name out of fear. She says she grabbed a broom to go clean her 9-year-old son’s room, but when she went through the door she noticed something was off. >> Read more trending news “I said why is the Playstation on the...

Russian sub fires cruises missiles at militants in Syria

A Russian submarine in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at al-Qaida-linked militant positions in northwestern Syria on Friday, a day after militants wounded three Russian troops in the area, the defense ministry said in Moscow. The ministry said the missiles strikes from the Veliky Novgorod submarine earlier in the day targeted militants, ammunition depots and fortifications in Syria's northwestern...
France renews half of senators' seats, a test for Macron

France renews half of senators' seats, a test for Macron

On Sunday, France will elect nearly half its Senate, in a vote that is expected to illustrate the slide in President Emmanuel Macron's popularity since his election earlier this year. A look at what's at stake for his government and upcoming reforms. ___ THE ELECTION The election involves around half of the Senate — or 171 of the chamber's 348 seats. The senators, who will be elected for six-year...
In new setback, Uber to lose license to work in London

In new setback, Uber to lose license to work in London

Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a severe blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. The company, which has been beset by a litany of scandals over its management style — from accusations of sexism to the illegal use of software to trick regulators &mdash...
China: Trump bank ban statement 'not consistent' with facts

China: Trump bank ban statement 'not consistent' with facts

U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that Beijing told its banks to stop dealing with North Korea is "not consistent with the facts," a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Friday, but he gave no indication what steps China might be taking. The spokesman, Lu Kang, said Beijing complies with U.N. Security Council resolutions. The council has told member countries to ban most activity...
US says it's troubled by Rohingya crisis, Myanmar response

US says it's troubled by Rohingya crisis, Myanmar response

The top U.S. diplomat for Southeast Asia said America remains deeply troubled by the ongoing crisis and allegations of human rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled government security operations in recent weeks. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy, speaking Friday in a conference call from Bangkok, said while...
Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and hinting at a frightening new weapon test. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a U.S. president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes and raising the international...
Florida pastor uses ham radio to get information from Puerto Rico

Florida pastor uses ham radio to get information from Puerto Rico

A Florida pastor with a heart for helping is going old school to get information from Puerto Rico. >> Read more trending news An antenna coming out of his window, strung through the trees up over his house, is connecting Ian Thomas to the unreachable. Early Thursday morning, his ham radio was silent.  "And by 9:30, things started jumping. And then we were talking to Puerto Rico,&rdquo...
Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by US, Russia

Lawyer: Hacker in Spanish custody sought by US, Russia

Russian authorities are fighting the extradition of an alleged Russian hacker from Spain to the United States, the suspect's lawyer said Friday, in the latest move by Moscow to block U.S. prosecution of suspected Russian cybercriminals. Pyotr Levashov, a 37-year-old known as one of the world's most notorious hackers, was arrested earlier this year while vacationing with his family in Barcelona on...
British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

British police on Friday charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week's bomb attack on the London subway. Ahmed Hassan was accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station on Sept. 15. The Metropolitan Police force said Hassan is charged with attempting to "murder persons traveling on a District Line train" and of using a chemical compound...
The Latest: Spanish prosecutor seeking sedition charges

The Latest: Spanish prosecutor seeking sedition charges

The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A chief prosecutor has asked Spain's National Court to consider investigating for sedition demonstrators who led thousands earlier this week to protest a police crackdown on preparations for an independence referendum. The complaint was not directed at any one person or group but names the Catalan National...

Texas asks court to allow its ban on 'sanctuary cities'

With immigrants and their advocates chanting and beating drums outside, a federal appeals court heard arguments Friday on whether it should allow a Texas law aimed at combatting "sanctuary cities" to immediately take effect. Under the law, Texas police chiefs could face removal from office and criminal charges for not complying with federal immigration officials' requests to detain people...
Poland, Hungary leaders persist with anti-migrant policies

Poland, Hungary leaders persist with anti-migrant policies

The leaders of Poland and Hungary insisted Friday that they will stick to their anti-migrant policies in defiance of the European Union and warnings of sanctions. The refusal by either government to back a EU plan designed to ease the migration pressure on countries such as Greece and Italy has prompted the bloc's executive Commission to open up infringement procedures against the pair. Following...

Syrian activist, journalist daughter found dead in Turkey

A Syrian activist and her U.S-born journalist daughter have been killed in their home in Istanbul, relatives and Turkish media said Friday — the latest victims of attacks targeting Syrian activists in Turkey. The bodies of 60-year-old Orouba Barakat, from Idlib in northern Syria, and her only daughter, 23-year-old Halla Barakat, were discovered late Thursday, state-run Anadolu Agency reported...
Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

Spain will deploy police reinforcements to Catalonia to help maintain order if an independence referendum pledged by Catalan officials but opposed by the national government goes ahead, officials said Friday. The measure came amid rising tension between Spanish and Catalan authorities over the planned Oct. 1 ballot. Civil Guard police this week arrested around a dozen regional government officials...
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