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Men accused of using kids to help steal from cars parked at Georgia Aquarium

Surveillance video obtained by WSB-TV Thursday appears to show men using children to attempt to break into cars in the Georgia Aquarium parking garage. Atlanta police said that two men were able to break into cars in the parking garage, stealing cash and credit cards before going on a shopping spree at a nearby Sam’s Club. Police also said boys, who are believed to be under the age of 10, were...
Report: Florida man, 39, batters 78-year-old girlfriend

Report: Florida man, 39, batters 78-year-old girlfriend

A 39-year-old Nassau County, Florida, man has been jailed after his arrest on suspicion of battery on a person over the age of 65.  The Nassau County Sheriff's Office said in a report that David Mann, who lives with his 78-year-old girlfriend, was involved in an argument over an unpaid DirecTV bill.  Mann was very angry when services to the Brycesville home were turned off, the report said...
Chinese plane skids off Manila runway in downpour; all safe

Chinese plane skids off Manila runway in downpour; all safe

A plane from China skidded off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour near midnight then got stuck in a muddy field with one engine and wheel ripped off before its 157 passengers and eight crew scrambled out through an emergency slide, officials said Friday. Only a few passengers sustained bruises but all those aboard Xiamen Air Flight 8667 were safe and were taken to an airport...
Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. In his most detailed comments on the Taliban's assault on the eastern city of Ghazni since it began Aug. 10, Mattis said the Taliban had six objectives in and around the city and...
Property company sues R. Kelly for $203K in damages to homes

Property company sues R. Kelly for $203K in damages to homes

An Atlanta based property management company is suing R. Kelly for damages to two homes he rented near Johns Creek. Fred J. Rushing and Heather L. Johnson — two attorneys with RBBS, LLC — filed the civil suit in the state court of Fulton County on Wednesday on behalf of SB Property Management Global, LLC. The suit claims that Kelly, a Grammy-winning R&B artist who is no stranger to controversy...
Vegas victims' attorneys criticize MGM's legal maneuver

Vegas victims' attorneys criticize MGM's legal maneuver

Attorneys for a group of victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting harshly criticized MGM Resorts International this week over its legal maneuver seeking to consolidate multiple lawsuits stemming from the massacre. The victims' attorneys in court documents filed Tuesday say the casino operator is acting with improper motives in seeking to have the cases combined in one court. They also argue the company...
Video shows woman in Tennessee forced into back of car; police investigating possible abduction

Video shows woman in Tennessee forced into back of car; police investigating possible abduction

Police are investigating after video shows a woman possibly being abducted in Memphis, Tennessee.  According to the Memphis Police Department, officers responded to a complaint around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 4100 block of Delp Street about a woman possibly being abducted.  The person who called police told officers he saw a man and woman in a “physical altercation” in Oakhaven...
Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

An Uber driver from San Francisco is accused of picking up a woman while off-duty and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. Kevin Barillas-Saballas, 30, was charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney's office with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping, imprisonment and criminal threats. Union City Police Lt. Steve Mendez said the woman was intoxicated when either she or...
The Latest: Pentagon puts off military parade until 2019

The Latest: Pentagon puts off military parade until 2019

The Latest on the Veterans Day military parade (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The Defense Department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won't happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019." Manning says the Pentagon had "originally targeted...
Doctors remove contact lens unknowingly stuck in woman’s eyelid for 28 years

Doctors remove contact lens unknowingly stuck in woman’s eyelid for 28 years

Dealing with contact lenses can be a chore. They can be difficult to insert and can even get lost in your eyelid, according to a new report.  Researchers from the United Kingdom recently published an article in the British Medical Journal that revealed how a contact lens became lodged in a woman’s eye for 28 years.  A 42-year-old British woman made an appointment with a doctor...

Trump seeks corporate lawyer for US attorney in California

President Donald Trump plans to nominate a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at a major corporate law firm to the position of U.S. attorney in Northern California, the White House announced on Thursday. David Anderson is a Stanford Law School graduate who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from 1991 to 1992. He went on to serve as First Assistant U.S. Attorney in San...

California deputy shoots into car to free trapped bear

A Northern California deputy fired several beanbag rounds into a back car window to free a trapped bear that had likely been searching for snacks. El Dorado County Sheriff's spokesman Anthony Prencipe said Thursday that officers were called after the bear was seen rummaging through a Honda Civic in South Lake Tahoe. In a video, the caller says the bear did not seem very happy and that it looked huge...
Rescue says Bruno the cat is 'too cool to be homeless'

Rescue says Bruno the cat is 'too cool to be homeless'

An Illinois animal rescue group is hoping to find a home for one cool, chubby cat. >> Read more trending news  Bruno is a 7-year-old grey polydactyl who is big, both in size and personality, according to a Facebook post Wednesday by Wright Way Rescue. He weighs 25 pounds, but is on a diet. Bruno is very chatty, according to his rescuers. The rescue group says Bruno has some quirks. He likes...
Mormon president: Don't use 'Mormon' or 'LDS' as church name

Mormon president: Don't use 'Mormon' or 'LDS' as church name

The faith has the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently made a documentary about its members called "Meet the Mormons" and uses "Mormon" in its official website addresses. But on Thursday Mormon church President Russell M. Nelson said he wants people to stop using "Mormon," or "LDS" as substitutes for the full name of the religion: The Church of Jesus Christ...
Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Pennsylvania bishops mostly silent on prosecutor's challenge

Reeling from a landmark grand jury report on child sexual abuse, the leadership of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church is under pressure to support a change in state law to give those victims — now adults — a temporary opportunity to file lawsuits on decades-old abuse claims. So far, it has been avoiding the topic. It is a change in state law that bishops have successfully fought in recent...
Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

Bishops request Vatican investigation as abuse crisis grows

Responding to what it calls a "moral catastrophe," the leading body of U.S. Catholic leaders said Thursday it would ask the Vatican to investigate the scandal involving a former cardinal who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with children and adult seminarians. The request by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for an investigation into the actions of Theodore McCarrick came as...
2 inmates use drain pipe to escape jail, officials say

2 inmates use drain pipe to escape jail, officials say

Two inmates used a drain pipe to escape late Wednesday from the Troup County Jail, the sheriff’s office said. >> Read more trending news  Security camera images showed Thomas Christopher Cuddington and Eric Calvin Bell, both 28, “climbing down from a drain pipe” at the front of the Sheriff’s Office about 10:59 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stewart Smith said...
Military parade ordered by Trump could cost $92 million

Military parade ordered by Trump could cost $92 million

The Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump would cost about $92 million, U.S. officials said Thursday, citing preliminary estimates more than three times the price first suggested by the White House. According to the officials, roughly $50 million would cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment, personnel and other support for the November parade in Washington. The remainder...
Snapped utility pole in Dayton crash means hours-long power outage

Snapped utility pole in Dayton crash means hours-long power outage

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.: Service has been restored to all but 22 Dayton Power & Light customers affected by a crash this evening that snapped a utility pole, DP&L spokesman Tom Tatham said. A car crashed into the pole and landed on its top around 5:25 p.m. on Otterbein Avenue near Stanford Place in Dayton. The outage affected 100 customers, not 224 as originally reported, Tatham said. Crews are working to...
The Latest: Jury sends 4 questions to Manafort judge

The Latest: Jury sends 4 questions to Manafort judge

The Latest on the trial of Paul Manafort (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has submitted a note to the judge with four questions. The questions came as the jury began deliberations Thursday. One question asked for a redefinition of "reasonable doubt." Others dealt with the list of exhibits, filing rules for foreign bank...

US bishops will ask Vatican to investigate McCarrick scandal

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is inviting the Vatican to play a key role investigating the scandal involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with minors and adult seminarians. The conference president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, said a full investigation is necessary "to prevent a recurrence, and so help to protect minors...
61-year-old man bitten by shark off Cape Cod

61-year-old man bitten by shark off Cape Cod

A 61-year-old man was bitten by a shark Wednesday off Long Nook Beach in Truro. >> Read more trending news  A Medflight was called in to take the victim to the hospital with "deep puncture wounds" to the hip and torso area, and he was rushed to Tufts Medical Center. His name and condition have not been released. Robert Weinstein, the chairman of the board of selectmen for the...
Colorado man who pleaded for return of missing wife, daughters arrested in deaths

Colorado man who pleaded for return of missing wife, daughters arrested in deaths

A Colorado man who for days pleaded publicly for the return of his pregnant wife and two young daughters has been arrested and charged with killing them, police said.  Christopher Lee Watts, 33, of Frederick, was arrested just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night in connection with the slayings of his wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Shanann Watts, 34, was...
Senate confirms more Trump judges

Senate confirms more Trump judges

President Donald Trump has put more judges on the circuit courts this far into his first two years than other administrations had, thanks to Senate Republicans. The Senate on Thursday confirmed two more of Trump's nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been approved this session of Congress. The judges confirmed Thursday — U.S. District Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum...
Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

Remains found in New Mexico desert tunnel are missing boy

Forensic investigators said Thursday they identified the remains of a Georgia boy whose father is accused of abducting him and performing purification rituals on the child as he died at a remote New Mexico desert compound. The cause of the child's death remained unknown. The body of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj (ahb-DOOL' GAH'-nee wah-HAJ') was found Aug. 6 in an underground tunnel. It was so severely decomposed...
2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

The remains of a Marine lost since the early days of World War II have been buried in Philadelphia, more than 70 years after he was killed. Dominic Ragucci had thought that the body of brother Emil was swept out to sea during a battle on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. On Tuesday, the 86-year-old and his family finally held a funeral after the remains were recovered and brought back to the U.S. He was...
US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts to cut down small trees and underbrush and set controlled fires to remove trees that serve as fuel for catastrophic...
U.S. doesn’t know where as many as 1,500 immigrant children are, Ohio Sen. Portman says

U.S. doesn’t know where as many as 1,500 immigrant children are, Ohio Sen. Portman says

Sen. Rob Portman expressed astonishment at Trump administration officials Thursday who seemed unable to say for certain the whereabouts of as many as 1,500 immigrant children who entered the United States on their own during the past few years. At a Senate subcommittee hearing, Portman, R-Ohio, seemed frustrated that “no one’s responsible” in the government for knowing whether sponsors...
Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump name has been so studiously avoided that when the trial judge said "Mr. Trump" during a morning hearing Thursday...
GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's political opponents on the right and left seized Thursday on his comment that America "was never that great," with Republicans buying him a bus ticket to Canada and intra-party rival Cynthia Nixon accusing him of trying and failing to sound like a progressive. The Democratic governor's allies, meanwhile, rallied around Cuomo, saying his comment was merely an...
Synthetic marijuana, aka K2, linked to nearly 100 overdoses within 48 hours

Synthetic marijuana, aka K2, linked to nearly 100 overdoses within 48 hours

Nearly 100 people have overdosed on drugs within the last 48 hours in New Haven, Connecticut, the city’s police chief told WTNH. >> Read more trending news  There were 76 reported overdoses on Wednesday and at least 19 more on Thursday, authorities said. On Wednesday, first responders were treating to up to six overdoses at one time, CBS reported. While toxicology reports are pending...
Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror." In a written statement using uncharacteristically strong language for the Holy...
Jaguar Land Rover Classic selects Georgia for first U.S. facility 

Jaguar Land Rover Classic selects Georgia for first U.S. facility 

European luxury car manufacturer Jaguar will build a new facility in Savannah, creating 75 new jobs. >> Read more trending news  The Chatham County facility will cater to owners of classic Jaguar and Land Rovers, and other auto enthusiasts. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. Announcing the deal Wednesday morning, Gov. Nathan Deal said the facility adds to the state&rsquo...
Police investigate Rite Aid robbery in Springfield

Police investigate Rite Aid robbery in Springfield

Police are investigating a robbery at the Rite Aid on South Limestone Street in Springfield this afternoon. The robbery was reported around 3:50 p.m. and it’s unclear whether a weapon was shown during the incident, investigators said. Initial emergency dispatch traffic indicated the robber was a skinny man who appeared to be in his early 20s wearing a black hoodie with a Nike logo on the shirt...
AP NewsBreak: No plea deals in Oakland warehouse fire case

AP NewsBreak: No plea deals in Oakland warehouse fire case

A Northern California district attorney has reversed course and says she will no longer consider plea deals to resolve the only criminal case filed in connection to a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley informed the judge presiding over the case that she now wants the...
University honors students who found love in elevator in '72

University honors students who found love in elevator in '72

Philadelphia's Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator. Sharyn Rubin and Eric Schlesinger briefly met on move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, while she was moving in and he was operating a dorm building elevator. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Rubin formally introduced herself a few days later at a college mixer, walking up to Schlesinger and saying, "Hi...
Woman caught in flood called 911, family: I'm going to drown

Woman caught in flood called 911, family: I'm going to drown

When her camper began filling with water from the pre-dawn flash flooding inundating a Finger Lakes campground where she was staying, Rene Halligan had just enough time to call 911 and then her daughter and boyfriend, telling them she didn't think she'd survive. But she did, despite being trapped inside her camper and then being swept away by a torrent of debris-filled water that deposited her into...
Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

Montana's Democratic governor was in Iowa on Thursday railing against money's corrupting influence in government and talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he continued to deflect questions about his plans for a 2020 presidential run. Gov. Steve Bullock's speech at the Iowa State Fair marked his third trip to the Hawkeye State this year and comes a week before he travels to another early-voting...
Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news about President Donald Trump. But he can't promise he won't smoke an occasional joint. Johnson, who served...
Good Samaritan helps woman, 74, who was attacked in Piggly Wiggly parking lot

Good Samaritan helps woman, 74, who was attacked in Piggly Wiggly parking lot

Brenda Stinson was walking to her car Wednesday with her groceries from Piggly Wiggly and medicine from the pharmacy when the man came out of nowhere. >> Read more trending news  He grabbed Stinson, 74, and tried to steal the money she kept in a brown bag in her pocket, she told The Birmingham News. "I just thought I wasn't going to be here no more,” Stinson told the...
AP Interview: Los Angeles mayor: Trump doing 'racist things'

AP Interview: Los Angeles mayor: Trump doing 'racist things'

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, considering a 2020 presidential run, said Thursday that President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other promises. In an interview with The Associated Press, the two-term Democratic mayor who already has visited the important presidential election states of Iowa and New...
Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Dems say they'll sue if they don't get Kavanaugh documents

Senate Democrats said Thursday they will file a federal lawsuit next month if government agencies deny their requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's days as an aide to President George W. Bush. The threat represents Democrats' latest attempt to focus the public — and perhaps more importantly, senators — on potential game-changers they hope are hidden in millions...

US and Chile agree to cooperate on cyber security

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chilean counterpart have signed an agreement pledging closer cooperation in combating cyber threats. Mattis and Defense Minister Alberto Espina held a signing ceremony Thursday after meeting to discuss a range of security issues, including military exercises and cooperation in science and technology. Cyber defense is a topic of growing interest throughout...

Mattis aide to be nominated to head US Southern Command

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that his senior military assistant, Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller, will be nominated to serve as the next head of U.S. Southern Command. Mattis made the statement to members of a Chilean government delegation before attending a signing ceremony for an agreement on cyber cooperation with Chilean Defense Minister Alberto Espina. The nomination was publicly announced...
Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to make officials move more quickly to protect the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas. The recent grieving of one whale for her dead calf and scientists' extraordinary attempts to save another from starvation highlight the urgency of their plight, the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said as it filed...
FDA approves first generic EpiPen competitor

FDA approves first generic EpiPen competitor

A generic version of the life-saving allergy drug EpiPen was approved Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration.  >> Read more trending news  The new drug, from Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, can now automatically be substituted at the pharmacy counter for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. prescriptions, The Washington Post reported.  This comes during back-to-school season, one of...

Moscow bristles at US sanctions on Russian company

Russia has warned that the latest U.S. sanctions against a Russian company accused by Washington of breaching international restrictions on North Korea could undermine denuclearization talks with Pyongyang. The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three companies from China, Russia and Singapore accused of helping North Korea dodge international sanctions. It said the Russian...

German passenger jet makes safe unscheduled landing on Crete

Greek explosives disposal experts are checking a German Condor Airlines passenger jet flying from Egypt that made a safe unscheduled landing on the southern island of Crete after reporting a potential bomb threat. Military officials say the Boeing 757 jet was escorted to Chania airport by two Greek air force F-16 fighters scrambled after the pilot reported the threat, and landed without incident late...
Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was 'trigger happy'

Prosecutor: Officer who shot black teen was 'trigger happy'

A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and "trigger happy" when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer's murder trial. Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver's actions were unreasonable on the night he fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last year...
Argument over Aretha Franklin ends in shooting in Virginia: report

Argument over Aretha Franklin ends in shooting in Virginia: report

An argument over who played Aretha Franklin in a movie turned violent Thursday morning when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other one, according to the Suffolk police and WTKR. Police were called around 10:45 a.m. to the scene of the reported shooting, at the intersection of East Washington and Liberty streets. Authorities said two men were arguing when one of them pulled out a firearm...
Mom warns of tick bite paralysis after 2-year-old couldn’t stand

Mom warns of tick bite paralysis after 2-year-old couldn’t stand

A mom in Tennessee is warning other families after a scary situation happened with her toddler.  Cayla Bailey’s 2-year-old daughter, Natalie, woke up Sunday and wasn’t able to stand, WRCB reported. “When I bribed her with food and she wouldn’t stand or walk, I knew that something was absolutely wrong. That’s when we went straight to the emergency room,” Cayla...
The Latest: Kudlow: Chinese economy is 'terrible'

The Latest: Kudlow: Chinese economy is 'terrible'

The Latest on news that the United States and China are resuming trade talks, raising hopes for the resolution of a dispute between the world's two biggest economies (all times local): ___ 1:42 p.m. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says the Chinese economy "looks terrible." Asked by President Donald Trump to assess China's prospects at a cabinet meeting, Kudlow on Thursday asserted...

FCC chair: White House called about Sinclair-Tribune deal

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, said Thursday that a White House official called to talk about a proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. Ajit Pai told a Senate panel that Don McGahn, the White House counsel, called for a "status update" on the agency's action on the deal. He said McGahn "saw something...
Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019

Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019

The Defense Department said Thursday that the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won't happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military and the White House "have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019." The announcement came several hours after reports that the parade would cost about $92 million, according to U.S. officials citing...

Russian court frees from jail 2 teenagers in extremism case

A court in the Russian capital has released two teenagers jailed on extremism charges and put them under house arrest, in a case that has sparked public outrage. Thursday's ruling by Dorogomilovsky District Court comes a day after hundreds of women carried soft toys across Moscow during an unauthorized "Mothers' March," pushing for the release of the 18-year-old Anna Pavlikova and the 19-year-old...
US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

US officials: Ex-IS fighter accepted in US as refugee

An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was arrested in California on Wednesday and will be extradited to Iraq under a treaty with that nation, U.S. officials said. He...
Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke, who was enveloped in seconds as he tried to evacuate residents on July 26. Three videos released...
Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "She not only provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement, Aretha's music transcended race, nationality and religion...
Georgia's Kemp wants verifiable voting, but not right away

Georgia's Kemp wants verifiable voting, but not right away

Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp says Georgia's aging electronic voting machines should be replaced, coming around to a position critics say he's resisted for eight years as the state's top elections official. There's just one thing — Kemp says it can't be done in time for his own election this November. The secretary of state is asking companies for proposals to implement new machines...
Recording: Omarosa offered $15,000 a month to be 'positive'

Recording: Omarosa offered $15,000 a month to be 'positive'

Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday released another secret audio recording that she says proves President Donald Trump wanted to silence her after firing her from the White House. In the recording played on MSNBC, Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump offers Manigault Newman a job earning $15,000 a month. The job wouldn't require her to report to any particular office or have a specific set of duties...
Aretha Franklin used her voice to ‘deliver music for social justice’

Aretha Franklin used her voice to ‘deliver music for social justice’

February 16, 1968 was the middle of a stunning 18-month period when Aretha Franklin would score four Top 5 albums and nine Top 10 singles.  She was returning home for a concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit, where Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh had declared the date “Aretha Franklin Day.”  It was also when Martin Luther King Jr. made a surprise appearance. He came on stage before a crowd of...
Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

Washington cardinal entangled in two sex-abuse scandals

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, is facing a storm of criticism and calls for his resignation after becoming entangled in two major sexual abuse scandals roiling the church that he has served with distinction since 1966. A scathing grand jury report this week on rampant abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses accused Wuerl of helping to protect some child-molesting priests...
Woman, 83, recovering after being attacked by elk

Woman, 83, recovering after being attacked by elk

A woman is recovering after trying to help an elk calf through a fence and getting injured by its mother.  >> Read more trending news  Jeri Longenbaugh was awakened by her dogs barking around 2 a.m. Aug. 10 and found an elk calf was inside her fenced yard, KNXV reported.  Longenbaugh, 83, went outside to unlatch the gate and coax the calf out but was soon confronted by its...
GOP divide emerges over Trump's Space Force

GOP divide emerges over Trump's Space Force

Two House Republican leaders are backing President Donald Trump's proposed Space Force, but key Republicans in the Senate aren't sold on the idea, setting up a debate over establishing and paying for a new branch of the military. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told The Associated Press the proposal is a "smart way" to address growing investments by China and others in space...
 Aretha Franklin: What is pancreatic cancer?

 Aretha Franklin: What is pancreatic cancer?

Aretha Franklin died Thursday in Detroit from complications of pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from her publicist. “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit," the statement read. Here is a look at...
Aretha Franklin sang for three presidents’ inaugurations, including Barack Obama

Aretha Franklin sang for three presidents’ inaugurations, including Barack Obama

At best, presidents of the United States only get two inaugurations. For Aretha Franklin, there were no such limitations. Franklin sang for three different presidents’ inaugural events -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Former president George H.W. Bush gave her the highest award available to citizens of the United States.  >> Read more trending news  Franklin&rsquo...

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers

President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said he's directing Sessions to file a separate lawsuit, rather than joining existing lawsuits filed by states affected by the spread of the often-lethal, highly-addictive drugs. Trump is asking Sessions...
Big question for Wisconsin Senate race focuses on megadonor

Big question for Wisconsin Senate race focuses on megadonor

A week after accusing a billionaire donor of attempting to buy a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat, Republican nominee Leah Vukmir is now hoping to persuade the same Illinois businessman to open his wallet for her campaign against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Vukmir's change of heart comes after she won Tuesday's divisive and expensive Republican primary over Kevin Nicholson, the preferred candidate of...
11-year-old boy suffers stroke after complications with chickenpox, report says

11-year-old boy suffers stroke after complications with chickenpox, report says

Experts are warning parents about the dangers of chickenpox, after a healthy 11-year-old boy suffered a stroke due to a complication with the infection. >> Read more trending news  The boy’s mother took him to a doctor after noticing he developed weakness on his right side, according to a recent medical report published in the Journal of Pediatrics.  The stroke appeared...
Woman diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer won’t let wedding wait

Woman diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer won’t let wedding wait

A Wisconsin couple were getting all of the wedding preparations done, but something wasn’t right. Caroline Ward wasn’t feeling well and was feeling pain in her lower abdomen.  After going to the hospital, she found out she had stage 4 ovarian cancer, just months before her fall wedding to Ben Olsen.  “[Doctors] went in and found out I have a huge tumor on my left ovary...

Colombian city urges a break from sex to fight heat wave

Health officials in one Colombian coastal city have a controversial recommendation for residents trying to stay cool during an intense heat wave: Take a break from sex. Santa Marta city health secretary Julio Salas sparked a mix of laughter and disbelief this week when he urged residents of the Caribbean tourist mecca to refrain from sex during the day as part of a list of recommendations, such as...
How Aretha turned ‘Respect’ into a feminist anthem

How Aretha turned ‘Respect’ into a feminist anthem

When Aretha Franklin left Columbia Records in 1966, she was struggling commercially. The label had her singing jazz and other material, including an attempt to cash in on the “The Shoop-Shoop Song,” already a hit for Betty Everett. Columbia provided the arrangements and placed Franklin in front of polished studio musicians, but the combination wasn’t working. After Columbia lost...
In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

In US dispute, a few Turks destroy iPhones in online posts

A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments. In one video , a man collects iPhones from several youths squatting in front of a Turkish flag, lays the devices on the ground and pounds them with a sledgehammer. "For the motherland!" he says...
Pompeo forms Iran Action Group to run policy after nuke deal

Pompeo forms Iran Action Group to run policy after nuke deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday formed a group to coordinate and run U.S. policy toward Iran as the Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the Islamic Republic's behavior after withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Accusing Iran of unleashing "a torrent of violence and destabilizing behavior against the United States, our allies, our partners and,...
I-70 east reopens in Clark County after semi fire

I-70 east reopens in Clark County after semi fire

All lanes of Interstate 70 reopened around 2 p.m. after an earlier semi fire.  The left shoulder of Interstate 70 east has been opened for traffic to get through the scene of a semi fire near the Ohio 41 exit in Clark County.  Lanes on the highway remain blocked while crews remain at the scene. It was not immediately known when the lanes might reopen.  The semi driver told state troopers...

Physician to Queen Elizabeth II killed in cycling accident

A physician to Queen Elizabeth II has been killed by a truck as he cycled through central London. The Metropolitan Police force says 67-year-old Peter Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday morning's accident. University College London Hospitals, where Fisher worked, said he was an expert in homeopathy "and physician to Her Majesty the Queen." Fisher was one of several doctors...
Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace:’ One of her least-known albums

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace:’ One of her least-known albums

There is a good chance that as you read this, you can’t name an Aretha Franklin album.  Sure, you know the hits — “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady,” “Spanish Harlem” and so many more — that carried her from 1967 through the late 1970s, when she dramatically assumed the throne as the Queen of Soul.  >> Read...

Pakistan's ruling party suspends lawmaker for assault

The party of Pakistan's prime minister-designate on Thursday suspended a newly elected lawmaker after a video surfaced online showing him beating up a citizen in the southern city of Karachi. The action by the party of former cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, Tahreek-e-Insaf, was intended to showed that it plans to take such offenses seriously. Khan campaigned on promises he would root out corruption...
Father of 4 killed by stray bullet while waiting for ride home

Father of 4 killed by stray bullet while waiting for ride home

A California husband and father of four was killed early Saturday as he waited for a ride-share driver to pick him up after a night out, police said. Chrystian Valdez Negrete, 40, of Oakland, was struck by a stray bullet around 2 a.m. Saturday in the 4400 block of International Boulevard, The East Bay Times reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police officials told the Times...
Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital. Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to the New Haven Green, where most of the overdoses happened Wednesday. Authorities described a chaotic scene...
Melania Trump to address cyberbullying summit in Maryland

Melania Trump to address cyberbullying summit in Maryland

Melania Trump plans to address a cyberbullying summit in Maryland next week. The White House says the first lady will deliver remarks "addressing the positive and negative effects of social media on youth." She'll also attend a panel discussion with representatives from various social media platforms participating in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit...
Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said that five of them were shot down in the last three days near the Hemeimeem air base. The base in the...
Woman stops feeding ex-boyfriend’s dog after breakup, left it to die, rescue group says

Woman stops feeding ex-boyfriend’s dog after breakup, left it to die, rescue group says

A woman upset over the breakup with her boyfriend, stopped feeding and caring for the dog he left at her house for more than a month.  >> Read more trending news  “Champ” an emaciated mastiff-rottweiler mix, was rescued Tuesday, after a passerby saw the 50-pound dog and called animal control.  The 16-month old dog, which should weigh about 110 pounds, was taken to...
Kudlow: China is sending team to Washington to talk trade

Kudlow: China is sending team to Washington to talk trade

The United States and China are resuming trade talks, raising hopes for a way out of an intensifying dispute between the world's two largest economies. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Thursday that the U.S. team will be led by David Malpass, U.S. Treasury under secretary for international affairs. Earlier, China said it would send a delegation led by a deputy commerce minister...

Trump lashes out after newspapers respond to his attacks

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the press as newspapers nationwide launch a coordinated rebuttal to his attacks against what he calls "fake news." Trump tweets: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political...
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies: A look back at her legacy

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies: A look back at her legacy

The Queen is gone. Aretha Franklin, the groundbreaking soul singer whose voice is firmly rooted in music history, died Thursday, Aug. 16, in her longtime home of Detroit. She was 76. Throughout a career that made songs such as “Think,” “Rock Steady” and Otis Redding’s “Respect” everlasting jukebox smashes, the woman christened by Rolling Stone as the...
‘Thank you, Aretha’: Fans, friends remember the ‘Queen of Soul’

‘Thank you, Aretha’: Fans, friends remember the ‘Queen of Soul’

Musicians, fans and friends of Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” are honoring her legacy after news of her death Thursday. Franklin’s publicist said she died at her home in Detroit, according to The Associated Press. She was 76. >> Read more trending news  Fans are remembering Franklin’s singular presence, stage command and legendary performances. Franklin&rsquo...

Scottish neo-Nazi jailed for 12 years for bomb-making bid

A Scottish man with far-right views has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to build a bomb that prosecutors say could have caused carnage. A search of Peter Morgan's home found explosive substances, propellants, fireworks and a bottle with ball bearings and nail-gun cartridges attached, as well as neo-Nazi paraphernalia. Foster was convicted last month of terrorism and explosives...
Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc

Federal officials are investigating Ohio State University's response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will examine whether Ohio State has responded "promptly and equitably" to students' complaints, including claims that school...
Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin dies at 76

The "Queen of Soul," legendary singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin, died Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist said in a statement. She was 76. Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit from “advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type,” publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said in a statement. “In one of the darkest moments of our lives...
High school principal puts in laundry room to curb bullying

High school principal puts in laundry room to curb bullying

Could clean clothes be the key to stopping bullying? In one high school in New Jersey, the answer is yes. Akbar Cook, the principal at West Side High School, said that he just wanted to make sure that kids don’t miss school because of being bullied and that some were being picked on because of dirty clothes, WABC reported. Some students couldn’t afford to keep their school uniforms...
Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them. He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up to watch cartoons. "Last night, I had every light in the house on. I was hoping that I would just get ran over by the...
UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom. The statement by the U.N.'s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention comes as Rajab is serving a five-year prison sentence for tweets he sent, a case widely criticized internationally...
The Latest: Trump tweets support for pastor jailed in Turkey

The Latest: Trump tweets support for pastor jailed in Turkey

The latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 2:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling on jailed pastor Andrew Brunson to serve as a "great patriot hostage" while he's being held in Turkey. Tweeting on Thursday, Trump says: "Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years" and is criticizing the country for "holding our wonderful Christian Pastor...

Vienna authorities ban eating on subway trains

Authorities in Vienna have decided to ban passengers from eating in the Austrian capital's subway trains. But they don't plan to punish offenders, at least to start with. The Austria Press Agency reported that city councilor Ulli Sima announced the blanket ban Thursday. It will be introduced Sept. 1 on the U6 line and extended to the other four lines on Jan. 15. Authorities initially considered banning...
Man who shot cop released from prison by mistake; error unnoticed for 2 years

Man who shot cop released from prison by mistake; error unnoticed for 2 years

A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 15 years in prison for shooting an off-duty police officer, but the man served barely one year in prison before he was released – by mistake. A representative of the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office told WSB-TV investigative reporter Mark Winne that last week, the state Department of Community Supervision notified the office that...
New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

The new leader of Amnesty International says many world leaders, especially President Donald Trump, are rolling back gains made in respecting human rights, with the Trump administration's separation of families at U.S. borders "one of the worst atrocities" seen in a long time. "The presidency of Donald Trump is a major challenge for the people of the U.S. and the people of the world...
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