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A WWII legacy being reborn in mountains of north Georgia

A camp on the side of Currahee Mountain and the men who trained there are perhaps Georgia’s greatest World War II legacies. Now, a dedicated group of volunteers is working to ensure that legacy is not lost.


High pay of tax collectors in DeKalb and Fulton questioned

High pay of tax collectors in DeKalb and Fulton questioned

When Irvin Johnson took over as tax collector in DeKalb County last year, he became Georgia’s second-highest-paid elected official. His compensation of $285,781, inflated by fees charged to 10 cities for preparing their residents’ property tax bills, is more than that received by state Supreme Court justices ($171,404), Gov. Nathan Deal ($139,339) and Attorney General Chris Carr ($139...
Atlanta school plan could transform city — or leave families stranded

Atlanta school plan could transform city — or leave families stranded

Atlanta is in the midst of a complex, expensive effort to improve the city’s worst schools. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, with the school board’s backing, has hired charter school groups to run some schools, while the system closes and consolidates others and spends tens of millions to improve other low-performing schools. But with every school board seat up for election this year...
Braves’ Dickey gives up 7 runs early, Giants cruise

Braves’ Dickey gives up 7 runs early, Giants cruise

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki corrected a reporter Saturday when it was suggested the veteran seemed more comfortable lately catching knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. “It’s a new adventure every time he goes out there,” Suzuki said. “Like (Dickey) said, he can find it in one inning, then lose it, and find it again. It’s pitch to pitch. I always say hopefully it’s nasty...
Gregg Allman’s death means the end of another Brotherhood

Gregg Allman’s death means the end of another Brotherhood

Among the most perfect live albums ever recorded, “At Fillmore East” by the Allman Brothers Band was also the Fillmore’s swan song, recorded just before the New York City venue closed in the summer of 1971. The Allmans continued to play music through the next four decades, beset by tragedy, triumph and personnel changes, and while the Fillmore was never resurrected, another Manhattan...
Opinion: On JFK's 100th birthday, Trump repudiates his legacy

Opinion: On JFK's 100th birthday, Trump repudiates his legacy

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are both over 90, and still with us — making it just barely conceivable that John F. Kennedy might have lived to celebrate his 100th birthday on Monday, if he had not been assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Surely JFK would have noted a contrast between his Jan. 20, 1961, inaugural address and that of his succcessor Donald Trump...
Flashback Fotos: JFK's 1960 campaign in Georgia

Flashback Fotos: JFK's 1960 campaign in Georgia

Photos from the AJC archival collection at Georgia State University: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) stumps in LaGrange and Warm Springs during a swing through Georgia as part of his 1960 presidential campaign.
Acworth goat farm dropped from Cobb parks list amid money concerns

Acworth goat farm dropped from Cobb parks list amid money concerns

A 50-acre goat farm in Acworth many hoped would be bought by the county as a park is no longer up for consideration, its owner says, after the two parties failed to agree on a price. The property is one of four that have been dropped from a list of potential park land as the county struggles to fulfill new Chairman Mike Boyce’s promise to buy more park land. The county’s official position...
In sex abuse cases, Boy Scouts forgo transparency

In sex abuse cases, Boy Scouts forgo transparency

For decade upon decade, secrets of alleged sexual abuse have been collecting dust in the Boy Scouts of America’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, and in state and regional offices across the nation. And the Scouts are fighting hard to keep them locked away. Former Scouts in Georgia and other states, many of them now middle-aged, allege the national organization’s refusal to make public...
Counting on student loan forgiveness? Don't bet on it

Counting on student loan forgiveness? Don't bet on it

Nearly half of college students surveyed earlier this year said they expected to be helped by the federal government's various student loan forgiveness programs. But new government figures suggest that their hoped-for windfall won't be that generous. In a first-of-its-kind public analysis, the U.S. Department of the Education projects that borrowers who next year enroll in loan forgiveness programs...
As metro Atlanta grows, development creeps into existing subdivisions

As metro Atlanta grows, development creeps into existing subdivisions

In the 38 years since Michael Hartley bought his house on a wooded Roswell cul-de-sac, he’s gotten used to the quiet. It helps that his neighbor built only one house on the three lots he owns next door. But that neighbor is ready to move. And he plans to sell his lots to a developer who’d like to extend the cul-de-sac and build another 19 homes in Hartley’s quiet corner of the...
Confederate flag in Henry comes down, and accusations fly

Confederate flag in Henry comes down, and accusations fly

The local Civil War museum in Henry County says a lone county commissioner, an African-American woman in office for six months, bullied it into closing its doors. But Commissioner Dee Clemmons says all she asked was that the Nash Farm Battlefield Museum in Hampton move a few Confederate flags, and she’s mystified as to why the museum decided to close in response.
Trek through post-Super Bowl psychological valley awaits Falcons

Trek through post-Super Bowl psychological valley awaits Falcons

In the wake of the most historic collapse in Super Bowl history, the Falcons, individually and collectively, must take a long walk through a psychological valley. Some have started and completed the trek. Others have put it off. Others will just try to move on to the 2017 season unabated. The Falcons are set to start Phase 3 of their offseason program with OTAs (non-contact practice) on Tuesday. After...
Despite stress, fatigue, frustration, ‘I have so much to teach them’

Despite stress, fatigue, frustration, ‘I have so much to teach them’

It was just past 7 on a recent Friday evening and Audrey Smith, sitting on the living room rug in front of the television, was on her fourth yawn. Smith planned that evening to finish cutting 11 flags of Spanish-speaking countries to hang in her classroom. Her boyfriend, Jose Velez, completed the task for his weary girlfriend. Smith, 26, a first-grade teacher at Gwinnett County’s Baldwin Elementary...
Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District starts Tuesday

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District starts Tuesday

Early in-person voting starts Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, kicking off the official countdown to the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The nationally watched race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price covers a district that includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Only voters in the 6th District can cast a ballot (don&rsquo...
Georgia lawmaker uses power of the purse to influence colleges

Georgia lawmaker uses power of the purse to influence colleges

Some call him the 20th member of the Board of Regents. He regularly uses his political power to influence policies he doesn’t like at Georgia’s colleges and universities, whether they be public or private. Kennesaw State, Georgia Tech, Georgia Gwinnett and Emory have all felt his wrath. He is Earl Ehrhart, a veteran state House member whose committee helps decide how much is budgeted for...
Decatur schools plan pre-K center on site south of downtown

Decatur schools plan pre-K center on site south of downtown

Decatur Superintendent David Dude has announced that the city school system will put a new early childhood learning center on the three acres City Schools Decatur will purchase just south of downtown for $4.2 million. The new pre-K school won’t happen for another three to five years, however. On the same night Dude announced the purchase early this month, the school board voted to reconfigure...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: By the numbers

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 3-1 win over NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. 2 Consecutive wins for Atlanta United for the second time this summer. - 2 Shots for NYCFC’s David Villa. - 2 More goals for Miguel Almiron. - 3 Goals on three shots in the first half for Atlanta United. - 5 Goals for Almiron in the past two games. - 7 Goals this season for...
Braves’ Phillips leaves game with knee contusion

Braves’ Phillips leaves game with knee contusion

SAN FRANCISCO – As Braves players finished eating from the postgame spread and started dressing for the bus to the airport and flight to Anaheim, second baseman Brandon Phillips limped from the training room to his locker in shorts, his right knee wrapped from about six inches above to six inches below the joint. Right fielder Nick Markakis saw him and asked Phillips, “Kneecap?”...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 7: Got down low to his left to deny a good shot in the 36th minute. … Solid punch on a shot in the 80th minute … Nothing he could do on NYCFC’s goal. … Finished with two saves and his distrubtion was good for the second...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: 5 observations

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: 5 observations

Two more goals by Miguel Almiron and another by Hector Villalba led Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Almiron has scored five goals in the past two games to power the Five Stripes (5-4-3) to a second two-game winning streak this season. Atlanta United also improved to 3-2 at home and had its fifth consecutive sellout. Playing without...
High school boys soccer player of the year

High school boys soccer player of the year

Achievements: Scored a school-record 27 goals this season, named Gwinnett County Striker of the Year and led Meadowcreek to the program’s first state title. Position: Striker Height/Weight: 5-foot-6, 138 pounds Class: Sophomore College choice: Undecided. College choices: I have not gotten that far in my process, yet. I am focused on finding my role with my Meadowcreek teammates, although my...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Man of the match

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Man of the match

My man of the match for Atlanta United following Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: MIGUEL ALMIRON Why: He scored two more goals, giving him five in the past two games and seven for the season. He leads the team. His goals on Sunday came in the 16th minute and 23rd minutes. “Playing with Julian (Gressel), Tito (Hector Villalba) and Yamil...
Atlanta United defeats NYCFC 3-1

Atlanta United defeats NYCFC 3-1

Two more goals by Miguel Almiron and another by Hector Villalba led Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Almiron has scored five goals in the past two games to power the Five Stripes (5-4-3) to their second two-game winning streak this season. The team also improved to 3-2 at home. Playing without manager Gerardo Martino, who was serving...

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg calls for online voting, universal basic income

In his commencement address to Harvard, his sort-of alma mater, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pitched ideas including online voting and universal basic income and urged the class of 2017 to tackle a number of societal challenges, including climate change and disease. MORE: Oprah Winfrey’s commencement address at Agnes Scott College “How about stopping climate change before we destroy...
Teheran hopes current road prowess trumps past West woes

Teheran hopes current road prowess trumps past West woes

SAN FRANCISCO – When Julio Teheran faces the Angels in Monday’s series opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, it will be the 26th different team he’s faced in his major league career and 24th stadium. The Braves veteran will try to make sure his performance mirrors his previous road starts this season rather than many of his other starts against teams in the West. Teheran is 1-4 with...
Atlanta United starting 11 vs. NYCFC

Atlanta United starting 11 vs. NYCFC

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game at NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann Right fullback Tyrone Mears Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Left fullback Greg Garza Holding midfielder Carlos Carmona Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron, three goals last week. Right midfielder Julian...
A break for Braves Monday? Angels star Mike Trout hurts thumb

A break for Braves Monday? Angels star Mike Trout hurts thumb

Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels left Sunday’s game in Miami shortly after spraining his left thumb while sliding head first into second base in the fifth inning. There was no immediate timetable regarding his return. Trout stole a base on the play and yelled in pain as he rose. He was examined by a trainer and stayed in the game and took the field in the...
Atlanta United player called into USMNT camp

Atlanta United player called into USMNT camp

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan was one of 27 players called into the U.S. men’s soccer team’s training camp ahead of three matches in June. Guzan has yet to train or play with Atlanta United. His season with Middlesbrough in the England’s Premier League ended last week. He will join the team in late June, but can’t play until the MLS summer transfer window opens on July...
Michael Vick says he hasn’t talked to Falcons about 1-day return

Michael Vick says he hasn’t talked to Falcons about 1-day return

Few people likely thought Michael Vick would ever be an Atlanta Falcon again -- in any capacity for any length of time. But the quarterback apparently has given it a lot of thought. A day after telling an Atlanta radio station that he has talked with the Falcons about signing a one-day contract and officially retiring with the team, Vick clarified by saying he has not spoken with anyone from...
Cobb sailor planned surprise visit home before fatal crash in Okinawa

Cobb sailor planned surprise visit home before fatal crash in Okinawa

Savannah Cagle meant to be at home to solemnly pay respect to the fallen military members this Memorial Day. Instead, the Navy is planning a military funeral to be held Friday. The 20-year-old and her boyfriend, Airman 1st Class Gabriel Antonio Fuentes-Lebron of Florida, were killed in a motorcycle crash last week. Her father, Alan Cagle, said that when Savannah’s body returns home...
Drowning victim pulled from Lake Allatoona; had been missing since Friday

Drowning victim pulled from Lake Allatoona; had been missing since Friday

Game wardens from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources pulled the body of a 55-year-old woman, missing in Lake Allatoona since Friday, from the water Sunday afternoon. Just after 12:30 p.m., divers located and recovered the body Rhonda Tibbs near Park Marina on Lake Allatoona. Tibbs, who officials say was from Smyrna, was last seen at around 10 p.m. Friday night on the dock at the marina. ...
Toddler drowns in family pool

Toddler drowns in family pool

Family members on Sunday are mourning the death of a 3-year-old girl who drowned in a private swimming pool in Cartersville, police said.  “The incident appears to be a tragic accident,” Cartersville police spokesman Lt. M.E. Bettikofer said.  A 911 call was made from the Waterford Drive home when the toddler was found in the residence pool unconscious and not breathing. Emergency...
Downed tree causes damage in Midtown

Downed tree causes damage in Midtown

Today: Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then cloudy skies this afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 86 Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms early, then cloudy skies after midnight. Low 68 Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. A few storms may be severe. High 83   Stormy weather moved out Sunday morning and temperatures...
‘Folty’ gives up 5 runs early, Braves lose to Giants

‘Folty’ gives up 5 runs early, Braves lose to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – If anyone figured the Braves would catch a break this series with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on the disabled list, Ty Blach had other ideas. Blach, the rookie left-hander filling in for the big lefty, did something of a Bumgarner impersonation by taking a three-hit shutout to the eighth inning in a 6-3 Giants win Saturday night before the 512th consecutive sellout crowd at...
5 things to watch at Falcons OTAs this week

5 things to watch at Falcons OTAs this week

The Falcons will start their organized team activities (non-contact practices), a week behind most other teams because they were cited for excessive contact last season, on Tuesday. The team had three OTA sessions taken away by the NFL. In addition to Tuesday, they will practice on Thursday and Friday, June 5-6 and June 8-9. The mandatory minicamp will be held June 13-15. Training camp is slated to...
Pitcher Garcia puts some Kemp hitting tips to good use

Pitcher Garcia puts some Kemp hitting tips to good use

SAN FRANCISCO – After Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the seventh inning of Friday night’s 2-0 win against the Giants, the left-hander gave credit to Matt Kemp for providing some recent hitting tips. “I don’t hit as much as other (pitchers) do between starts, but I like to talk to the hitting coach and some of the guys,” Garcia...
Dream clamp down to beat Sparks

Dream clamp down to beat Sparks

It’s no surprise that the Dream would have a day like Saturday, when scoring was so often a struggle, but Atlanta put the clamps on the Los Angeles Sparks and topped the defending WNBA champions 75-73 by defending. Emerging scorer Tiffany Hayes put up 24 points, continuing to grow her game in the absence of dynamic scorer Angel McCoughtry as she takes the season off after playing last season...
Braves Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: Jim Bunning was ‘a great American’

Braves Hall of Famer Phil Niekro: Jim Bunning was ‘a great American’

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. He was 85. Known as a no-nonsense pitcher who threw hard and knocked batters down when necessary, Bunning belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era. He became the first pitcher since...
Southern rock titan Gregg Allman dies at 69.

Southern rock titan Gregg Allman dies at 69.

A seminal voice of Southern rock is gone. Gregg Allman, leader of The Allman Brothers Band, died Saturday at his home in Savannah from complications of liver cancer. He was 69. “It’s a sad passing,” said Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta, who knew and worked with Allman for decades. “It’s not only the end of Gregg Allman, but between him and ...
Body found on Lake Lanier identified

Body found on Lake Lanier identified

The body of a Gainesville man was found floating on Lake Lanier on Saturday afternoon, a Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The body was identified as Thomas Wayne Chapman, 36, Deputy Stephen Wilbanks said. A boater discovered the body about 2:30 p.m. just south of Don Carter State Park on the northern end of the lake, Wilbanks said. An autopsy will be performed by the DeKalb County...
Christopher Eubanks stopped in NCAA quarterfinals

Christopher Eubanks stopped in NCAA quarterfinals

Christopher Eubanks’ bid for an NCAA singles title ended in the quarterfinal round Saturday. The Georgia Tech junior lost to Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Athens. After splitting the first two sets with Kwiatkowski, Eubanks was broken early in the third and was not able to break back. Eubanks, who became just the fifth player in ACC history and the first in Tech history...
Is this the best outdoor water park in Georgia? 

Is this the best outdoor water park in Georgia? 

One of Atlanta’s favorite places for wet and wild fun has just been ranked high on the list of America’s best outdoor water parks. USA Today readers ranked Six Flags Hurricane Harbor as the No. 3 outdoor water park, behind No. 1 pick Splashing Safari in Santa Clause, Indiana, and Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo, Iowa, in second place. USA Today offered up  some of America&rsquo...
Former Braves pitcher Alex Wood is 6-0 with Dodgers

Former Braves pitcher Alex Wood is 6-0 with Dodgers

The Braves have made a lot of great trades in the last few years, adding Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, Matt Kemp, Brandon Phillips, Matt Adams and some top prospects. But one deal that hasn’t completely gone the Braves’ way came when they traded left-handed starting pitcher Alex Wood to the Dodgers in a 13-player, 3-team trade that brought  third baseman Hector Olivera to Atlanta...

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene (This story was originally posted at 3:40 p.m. May 27, 2017.) A seminal voice of Southern rock is gone.
Soldier from Gwinnett dies in overseas crash

Soldier from Gwinnett dies in overseas crash

He’d wanted to serve his country since the day we all know now as 9/11, and Etienne J. Murphy was just 6 years old at the time. “I remember everything,” Murphy would say years later. “That was life-changing.” And so in June 2013, Murphy took steps to do exactly that. He enlisted in the U.S. Army. On May 25, SPC Murphy, of Snellville, died during a non-tactical vehicle...
High school girls tennis player of the year

High school girls tennis player of the year

Achievements: Was undefeated at No. 1 singles and helped Walton win its sixth consecutive state championship at the highest level of competition. Won two rounds at women’s pro tournament. Reached quarterfinals at U-18 Super Nationals. Five-star recruit. Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 160 pounds Class: Senior College choice: Signed to play at James Madison Why James Madison: The coach (James Bryce)...
Woman dies after fall at state park

Woman dies after fall at state park

A Savannah woman died Friday after she fell while walking on rocks at a waterfall at a state park in Middle Georgia, an official said. Daniella Flanagan, 38, was walking at High Falls State Park in Monroe County when “she slipped and fell,” said Sgt. Lawson Bittick of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Flanagan’s husband called 911 about 5:45 p.m., the Telegraph of Macon...
Your guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best public pools

Your guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best public pools

The hot, sticky days of summer are rapidly approaching. And while private swim clubs dot the metro Atlanta landscape, there are plenty of nice public pools offering something for everyone — from slides and splash pads for the little ones to swim lanes for serious swimmers. The pale blue waters of a swimming pool can help us beat the heat and have fun at the same time. Many public pools hold...
Child killed, another injured in crash

Child killed, another injured in crash

A child was killed Saturday and another child was injured in a three-car crash in south Fulton County, police said. The incident happened shortly after 9 a.m. at Ga. 92 and Jones Road, according to Fulton County police spokeswoman Partrena Smith. The injured child was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, according to Smith.
Police warn pet owners after finding drugged dog treats

Police warn pet owners after finding drugged dog treats

A resident found pieces of hot dogs and beef sticks stuffed with ibuprofen, which can be fatal to dogs.  Police searched and cleaned the area in which the tainted treats were found, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Service dog missing after lawn mower hits tie-down

Service dog missing after lawn mower hits tie-down

A guide dog for the blind that was recently matched with its handler disappeared shortly after going into service.  Brinkley, a yellow Labrador retriever that was trained through Leader Dogs for the Blind, ran off after getting scared by a lawn mower that hit her tie-down, according to WJRT. Brinkley started working 10 days earlier. Jackie McKeon recently finished a 26-day training...
Pitcher strikes out every batter in perfect game

Pitcher strikes out every batter in perfect game

A softball pitcher completed a perfect game, striking out every batter she faced Friday.  Mia Fiaeta, a sophomore at Cedar Grove High School in New Jersey, struck out the 21 batters she faced in a 4-0 victory, according to the North Jersey Record. "I've never witnessed anything like that before," Cedar Grove head coach Nicole Velardi told The Record. "She really held...
Eighth-graders on DC class trip snub House Speaker Paul Ryan

Eighth-graders on DC class trip snub House Speaker Paul Ryan

When 200 eighth-grade students from New Jersey’s South Orange Middle School took a class trip to Washington, D.C., last week and were offered a chance to be in a picture with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, about half of them said no. ABC7 New York caught up with some of the 100 or so students who decided to stand out of the picture on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Matthew Malespina, one student...

South Korea calls emergency meeting after latest North Korea missile test

North Korea has conducted a successful ballistic missile test, firing a projectile into the Sea of Japan early Monday morning, CNBC and other media report, citing South Korea’s Yonhap news network. Three previous similar tests happened a week ago. The latest missile test is at least the eighth such test this year alone. North Korea has been working on new anti-aircraft weaponry as well...
Postal truck crash sends boxes of medical supplies into creek

Postal truck crash sends boxes of medical supplies into creek

The Washington State Patrol is asking the public to report any shipping packages found along Peshastin Creek after a postal truck crashed and sent its load into the water body. Around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, a Postal Express truck was involved in a collision six miles southeast of Leavenworth. Brian Moore , a spokesman with the Washington State Patrol, sent out a tweet with information about the crash...
SpaceX rocket test sparks Florida brush fire, officials say

SpaceX rocket test sparks Florida brush fire, officials say

A SpaceX static rocket fire test ignited a brush fire in the Merritt Island National Wildlife refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The rocket test-firing occurred early Sunday afternoon on launch pad 39A, SpaceX said in a tweet. Fish and Wildlife officials said the blaze is 2 acres at this time on a small island near the launch pad.  Firefighters are using a helicopter to drop water...
WATCH: Massive crash at Indy 500 sends car airborne, landing in fiery explosion on track 

WATCH: Massive crash at Indy 500 sends car airborne, landing in fiery explosion on track 

  A major crash at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday sent a race car airborne, careening out of control, before landing in pieces on the track.  The drivers of the two cars involved, Jay Howard and Scott Dixon, were fine, but the violent smash-up caused moments of panic in the pits and in the stands.  Horrified crew members and spectators gasped as Howard lost control, slamming into Dixon&rsquo...
Woman charged for paying minor up to $300 for sex encounters, police say

Woman charged for paying minor up to $300 for sex encounters, police say

A Florida woman is facing charges, accused of paying a child under the age of 15 up to $300 for sexual encounters. Suspect Rebecca McGraw, 38, was arrested on Thursday and is facing five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor under the age of 15, Port St. Lucie police said.  Investigators said McGraw admitted to at least five sexual acts with the victim. She remained in the St. Lucie...
Sen. Tim Kaine’s son charged for role in pro Trump rally riot

Sen. Tim Kaine’s son charged for role in pro Trump rally riot

  Former Democratic vice presidential candidate US Sen. Tim Kaine’s son is facing charges for his alleged role in a riot that broke out at a pro Trump rally in Minnesota earlier this year. Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, whose father, Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-VA), was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election, was charged on Friday with three misdemeanor counts, including...
Missing woman lost at sea still puzzling authorities, husband questioned in disappearance

Missing woman lost at sea still puzzling authorities, husband questioned in disappearance

On Tuesday night, a neighbor watched out the window of her condo west of the city as official-looking men wearing powder-blue latex gloves searched Lewis Bennett’s car and questioned him as he stood nearby. Neighbors say they last saw Isabella Hellmann weeks before Bennett, her newlywed husband, says he left with her on a two-week romantic sailing jaunt through the Tropics — one that ended...
8 dead in shooting spree in rural Mississippi, suspect arrested after manhunt

8 dead in shooting spree in rural Mississippi, suspect arrested after manhunt

Mississippi authorities have a suspect in custody in the overnight shooting deaths of eight people, including a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy. Alleged shooter Willie Cory Godbolt, of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi, about 70 miles outside Jackson, has been arrested and charged in the killing spree, investigators said. The Clarion-Ledger reported that Godbolt’s murder spree started late...
Kidnapping survivor, author, advocate Elizabeth Smart shows off new baby

Kidnapping survivor, author, advocate Elizabeth Smart shows off new baby

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has posted photos of her new baby boy on Instragram. The photos feature her husband Matthew Gilmour, daughter Chloe, 2, and newborn son James. “These people are my whole world,” Smart wrote in a caption of a family portrait. “Whenever I look at them I realize how fortunate I am. I hope I never forget what a blessing a safe, healthy, happy family...
4 children, mother kidnapped at gunpoint found, police still searching for suspect

4 children, mother kidnapped at gunpoint found, police still searching for suspect

An Amber Alert in Tennessee for four children and their mother is over after authorities located the family, according to a Facebook post from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The family was  kidnapped at gunpoint in Lexington early Sunday morning.  Investigators are still searching for the suspect identified as Octavious Crout, 28. Investigators say Crout abducted Amanda Manley Crout...
Top-seeded Kerber stunned in first round of French Open 

Top-seeded Kerber stunned in first round of French Open 

Angelique Kerber became the first top-seeded women’s player in the Open era of tennis to lose in the first round of the French Open, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday.  >> Read more trending news Makarova was successful against Kerber’s serve and took advantage of the No. 1 seed’s numerous mistakes to earn the victory. The momentum seemed to turn toward...
Study: Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Study: Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to their needs than fathers with toddler sons, according to a study published in an American Psychological Association journal. >> Read more trending news  Behavorial Neuroscience journal. Fathers of young boys engaged in more rough-and-tumble play and used more achievement-related language, while fathers of daughters...
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