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Redistricting gives GOP key to political power in Georgia

Once every decade, a peculiar spectacle occupies Georgia’s General Assembly. It’s a time when lawmakers pay little heed to lobbyists, much less constituents. Their focus instead becomes much more primal: protecting themselves, undermining their enemies, and maximizing the strength of their political parties. These internecine struggles derive from the redistricting of congressional and...


Both sides see lessons for Georgia’s 6th District from Montana election

Both sides see lessons for Georgia’s 6th District from Montana election

Republicans in Atlanta’s northern suburbs can sleep just a little bit easier after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte avoided electoral disaster here Thursday evening. But the former technology executive’s single-digit victory in this vast state of only 1 million people - which backed Donald Trump for president by more than 20 percentage points in November - has Democrats enthusiastic that the...
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...
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...
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.
For Army infantry’s first women, heavy packs and the weight of history

For Army infantry’s first women, heavy packs and the weight of history

The first group of women graduated from U.S. Army infantry training last week, but with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was almost impossible to distinguish the mixed-gender squads in the steamy woods from those of earlier generations. That’s just how the Army wants it.  After the Obama administration ordered the military in 2013 to open all...
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...
More schools try yoga despite religious controversy

More schools try yoga despite religious controversy

Despite a backlash by some parents against yoga in a Cobb County elementary school, the ancient Eastern practice has been quietly embraced as a teaching aid by other metro Atlanta school districts. A federal lawsuit says Christian parents pressured Cobb leaders to rid Bullard Elementary School of yoga, triggering an administrative sanction against the employee who introduced it to the school. Research...
A curated life

A curated life

There is no grocery on Home Street.   It would be easy to mistake Grocery on Home for a corner store. Above the threshold to Matt Arnett’s red front door on Home Street in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood is a small, hand-painted sign that reads simply, “Grocery.”  The building was indeed once a corner store, tucked among one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood...
Camp Toccoa reborn: Reviving one of Georgia’s greatest WWII legacies

Camp Toccoa reborn: Reviving one of Georgia’s greatest WWII legacies

TOCCOA — The decades-old warplane, the kind that dropped American paratroopers behind the beaches of Normandy, is not much to look at. It lies in dirty disrepair in a grassy field in this tiny northeast Georgia town, wings in one place, dented fuselage in another. Every single window is busted. Rust is a recurring theme, and the dull silver metal is grimy. But the plane, Hall says with a grin...
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 floating on Lake Lanier

Body found floating on Lake Lanier

A body was found floating on Lake Lanier on Saturday afternoon, a Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman 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, spokesman Stephen Wilbanks said. The body was likely in the water for more than one day, Wilbanks said. It appears to be a man, possibly in his 30s. There were no obvious...
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 at 1-1 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...
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...
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.
Better plan for rain during holiday weekend

Better plan for rain during holiday weekend

Today: High: 86  Tonight: Low: 69 Tomorrow: High: 87 If your plans are to head to the mountains for the Memorial Day weekend or stay in metro Atlanta, there’s a good chance you’ll run into some rain. “Make sure to have an indoor plan in place,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said Saturday morning. Showers could go from northwest Georgia...
Church's Chicken awards three Atlanta students with scholarships

Church's Chicken awards three Atlanta students with scholarships

Graduation season is in full effect as many teens are preparing to enter their first year of college. Luckily, Church’s Chicken is lending a helping hand, because it has awarded a few Atlanta students with scholarships. Jasmine Griffin, Jala Hawkins, and Derek Goshay were among the 240 high school seniors across 15 states who were selected for the $1,000 scholarships toward their college tuition...
GBI: Officer fatally shoots armed man at event hall 

GBI: Officer fatally shoots armed man at event hall 

A Cobb County police officer fatally shot an armed man at an event site early Saturday, according to multiple sources. About 2:24 a.m., an incident occurred at the Elegant Point Event Hall in the 300 block of Riverside Parkway in the Austell area, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement. The situation was a fight at a “sweet 16” birthday party, Channel 2 Action News reported...
Garcia does it with arm and bat in Braves’ 2-0 win over Giants

Garcia does it with arm and bat in Braves’ 2-0 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO – When the Giants intentionally walked Dansby Swanson to put two runners on base with two out in the seventh inning of a scoreless game Friday night with pitcher Jaime Garcia on deck, Braves manager Brian Snitker could’ve brought in a pinch-hitter. He has plenty of times in similar situations this season, and to say with mixed results would be putting it kindly. But with...
PolitiFact checked claims on prisons, leaked emails and Ossoff donors

PolitiFact checked claims on prisons, leaked emails and Ossoff donors

Last week PolitiFact checked out a Senator’s claim about the U.S. prison population, a former House Speaker’s claim about leaked Democratic Party emails and a murder victim, and an ad about donations from California to Jon Ossoff’s campaign for the 6th Congressional District of Georgia. Here are abbreviated versions of our fact checks. Full versions can be found at www.politifact...
Falcons’ offense set tone, now division rivals trying to copy script

Falcons’ offense set tone, now division rivals trying to copy script

The Falcons and their video-game offense last season led the NFL in touchdowns, points and percentage of games in which opposing defenses appeared to either hyperventilate, pass out or say, “To hell with it. I’m out of here.” They wound up in the Super Bowl. It follows that when Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht wrote the word “SPEED” on a grease board in his office...
Pigskin pickin’: Tech and UGA both go 9-3; one wins its division

Pigskin pickin’: Tech and UGA both go 9-3; one wins its division

The Memorial Day weekend brings our annual long-range look at college football, guaranteed to ruin any backyard cookout. Without further ado, we dig in. Alabama will not win the national championship. It’s still the best program with the best coach and the best talent. It will again win the SEC. (I don’t see a challenger arising. Do you?) That said, I’m not sure Jalen Hurts, the...
Novelist Mary Kay Andrews pens beachy-keen cookbook

Novelist Mary Kay Andrews pens beachy-keen cookbook

For Atlanta novelist Mary Kay Andrews , life’s a beach and then you … Well, then you wiggle out of that sticky wet swimsuit and dive into a nice cold bowl of Beyond the Grave Chicken Salad. Or you call some friends, ice down the beer, and fix Low Country Boil: a peel-and-eat mess of crab, shrimp, sausage, fresh summer corn, new potatoes and Vidalia onions....

Cutting property taxes tough, but possible

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But when it comes to property taxes, there’s likely still a way for you to change the outcome for this year. In all Georgia counties except Gwinnett, you still have time to appeal your assessment, though the window for that process is closing fast. How...
Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Phillips making himself right at home with Braves

Brandon Phillips really needs to pick up his game. Admittedly, he has been slacking off. Not giving his all. Disappointing the fans. Even his mother is on his case. “Since I’ve been here,” said the second baseman who joined the Braves this spring, “I haven’t been on Twitter as much as I want to. My mom said, ‘You got to get back on Twitter like you normally do....
Atlanta United: What goes into PKs?

Atlanta United: What goes into PKs?

One of the more exciting moments in a soccer game can often be the one that involves the least amount of action: the penalty kick. The penalty kick can cause an entire stadium of people to hold their breath as they begin to mentally work through the variables: Who will take the kick? Will he go left, right, or cheekily down the middle? Will he go low, middle or high? Will he hit it hard or soft? Will...
Garcia’s return from DL pushed back; Ruiz’s stock rising

Garcia’s return from DL pushed back; Ruiz’s stock rising

SAN FRANCISCO – Adonis Garcia’s scheduled return from the disabled list has been pushed back several days, and when he’s back there will be a division of labor at third base between him and rookie Rio Ruiz, who’s earned playing time in the Braves’ view. That was the gist of manager Brian Snitker’s comments before Friday night’s game at San Francisco, the opener...
Dustin Peterson, Aaron Blair lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Dustin Peterson, Aaron Blair lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Braves prospect Dustin Peterson had three RBIs and Aaron Blair earned his third win as Gwinnett beat Syracuse 6-2 Friday in Triple-A play in Lawrenceville. Blair also had an RBI for the Braves (24-22). Pitching on his 25th birthday, Blair (3-3) tossed six strong innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. Blair’s ERA stands at 5.40.  Peterson...
Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks into NCAA quarters

Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks into NCAA quarters

Georgia Tech junior Christopher Eubanks fairly breezed into the quarterfinal round at the NCAA singles championships in Athens Friday. Eubanks, seeded fifth in the tournament, took care of Texas’ Yuya Ito 6-3, 6-0 to advance. He is the first Tech player to reach the NCAA singles quarters since Bryan Shelton, the former Tech women’s coach now at Florida, made it that far in 1988. Shelton...
Mom, 86, escapes barricaded room, smelling of urine; couple charged

Mom, 86, escapes barricaded room, smelling of urine; couple charged

Bong Le was wrapped in a blanket and smelled of urine when officers found her under a tree not far from her home Wednesday evening, police said.  Just hours later, her daughter, Katie Son, and son-in-law, Christopher Huynh, were charged with elder abuse.  Gwinnett police were called to the 3500 block of Rosecliff Trace in Buford after neighbors spotted Le there.  The 86-year-old had...
Grandfather gives for gift 2,000 letters written since grad’s birth

Grandfather gives for gift 2,000 letters written since grad’s birth

A Gwinnett County high school student received a present Friday that has been nearly 18 years in the making. John Eades started writing letters to his granddaughter the moment he saw his wife hold her, Channel 2 Action News reported. The first letter was written the day Victoria was born, he said, and now there are nearly 2,000. “I don’t know why, but something told me to write her a letter...
Medicine mix-up leads local mayor to police confrontation

Medicine mix-up leads local mayor to police confrontation

A local mayor said he failed to read a warning on his prescription medication and suffered a bad reaction after drinking alcohol. That reaction disoriented Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart, who tried to get into a vacant house next door to his when his nephew dropped him off after dinner, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Lockhart told Channel 2 he didn’t read the no-alcohol warning in an...
Atlanta United benefits from finely crafted Grant Field turf

Atlanta United benefits from finely crafted Grant Field turf

Atlanta United, one of the fastest teams in MLS, has a home track to match. The expansion team speeds about Bobby Dodd Stadium on a surface that is pool-table flat and shaved close to the league-minimum length. “I think it’s a really great field,” said midfielder Kevin Kratz, who has played the majority of his career on the manicured pitches of Germany. “They had to renew it...
Fired firefighters sue Cherokee County for $2 million

Fired firefighters sue Cherokee County for $2 million

Two Cherokee County firefighters who were fired last year are suing the county for no less than $2 million, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Former captains Chuck Foster and Mike Malone were employed with Cherokee County for 21 and 26 years, respectively. Last year, they were part of an investigation that began in October into allegations of misconduct. The former captains say in the lawsuit...
Woman accused of leaving paralyzed man in the middle of the street

Woman accused of leaving paralyzed man in the middle of the street

It’s not clear why Sandra Keith allegedly removed Lamont Peterson from her car.  The two were in Keith’s car about 1:30 a.m. Friday when she removed the physically disabled man and left him in the middle of Summit Lane in Riverdale, Channel 2 Action News reported. Peterson is paralyzed from the waist down.  If you ask Peterson, he’ll tell you a few different stories...
20 dogs removed from home where dogfighting is suspected

20 dogs removed from home where dogfighting is suspected

A man was arrested and 20 dogs were removed from a Rockdale County home where neighbors suspected a dogfighting operation.  Robert Thomas is accused of starving and abusing animals in his Conyers home on Mariner’s Way, Channel 2 Action News reported. Rockdale County investigator Michael Meyers told the news station they are taking the neighbors’ concerns about dogfighting seriously...
Cops: Teens fired at motel clerk when she couldn’t open safe, then led police on chase

Cops: Teens fired at motel clerk when she couldn’t open safe, then led police on chase

When a motel clerk didn’t have the key to open a safe, police say two teenagers fired shots before leading Coweta County sheriff’s officials on a chase.  Demondre Goodman, 17, of Atlanta, and Chivas Feast, 19, of College Park, face an armed robbery charge after police say the two walked inside the Super 8 on U.S. 29 in Newnan on Thursday and demanded money, Newnan police spokeswoman...
Food contractor for U.S. forces in Iraq pays $95M in Atlanta case

Food contractor for U.S. forces in Iraq pays $95M in Atlanta case

A Kuwaiti defense contractor has agreed to settle criminal and whistle-blower claims pending in federal court in Atlanta with a $95 million payment and a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge. Agility Public Warehousing had been accused of defrauding the U.S. government out of tens of millions of dollars involving food-supply contracts between 2003 and 2010. Agility was the prime vendor to feed U.S...
Boy says mom beat him with broom, stomped on his stomach

Boy says mom beat him with broom, stomped on his stomach

A Cobb County mother was jailed after her 5-year-old son said she beat him with a belt and a broom, hit him in the head and stomped on his stomach. Nakeisha Lashay Logan of Mableton faces first-degree child cruelty, battery and family violence charges in connection with an alleged May 17 attack. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile victim, said during a forensic interview...
Foul play suspected in woman’s disappearance

Foul play suspected in woman’s disappearance

Police in southeast Georgia suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 72-year-old woman. Officers went to the Glynn County home of Linda Mansfield about 11:23 a.m. Tuesday, police said in a Facebook post. They didn’t find her, but they called the situation “suspicious.” Police found evidence of foul play, according to the post. No other details about the scene were released...
Opinion: The unfinished symphony that’s Morehouse College

Opinion: The unfinished symphony that’s Morehouse College

In his book, “Strength to Love”, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “one of the most agonizing problems within our human experience is that few, if any, of us live to see our fondest hopes fulfilled. The hope of our childhood and the promises of our mature years are unfinished symphonies.” It is a rare privilege to serve as a college president, let alone at one’s Alma...
College student sexually assaulted during evening jog, police say

College student sexually assaulted during evening jog, police say

Authorities are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a University of North Georgia student while she was on her evening run.  The assault occurred between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday along the Lake Zwerner reservoir trail in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County sheriff’s Lt. Chris Pfrogner said.  The 19-year-old victim described the man as having a beard with short brown hair...
ESPN’s Mike Clay projects 10 wins for Falcons in 2017

ESPN’s Mike Clay projects 10 wins for Falcons in 2017

ESPN’s Mike Clay has been tweeting a series of NFL team projections this week, ranging from their won-loss record to a game-by-game breakdown and individual stats. Earlier this week, he touched on the Falcons. Clay expects quarterback Matt Ryan’s numbers to dip a bit, with 4,509 yards, 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, vs. his 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and 7 interceptions during his...
Woman who killed Atlanta drag queen with silicone injection heads to prison

Woman who killed Atlanta drag queen with silicone injection heads to prison

A Florida woman who in March admitted her role in the death of a popular Atlanta drag queen is heading to federal prison, officials said Friday.  Deanna Roberts illegally injected four people with silicone not intended for use on humans and not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. One of those people, 45-year-old Lateasha Shuntel...
Video shows naked man wandering Miami airport

Video shows naked man wandering Miami airport

A naked man was caught on camera Friday wandering around Miami International Airport.  Someone filmed the incident on their phone and posted it to Twitter, showing the man walking around the terminal wearing only black socks as he waved to passersby. A woman told WPLG she saw the man starting to take his shirt off and she “got scared.”  Police officers detained the man and...
The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80

The Golden Gate Bridge turns 80

The Golden Gate Bridge marks its 80th year Saturday.  The iconic bridge opened to pedestrians on May 27, 1937, and opened to vehicular traffic the next day. The Golden Gate Bridge, which took over four years to construct, was an engineering marvel of its time. The bridge continues to be one of the country's most recognizable landmarks.
Georgia 6th: Montana victor calls for help defeating ‘liberals in Georgia’

Georgia 6th: Montana victor calls for help defeating ‘liberals in Georgia’

Republican Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters after being declared the winner at a election night party for Montana’s special House election (Photo by Janie Osborne/Getty Images) Republican Greg Gianforte, who won Montana’s special election despite an election-eve assault charge, sent a fundraising plea Saturday calling for conservatives to “keep the momentum against them down...
Legendary musician Gregg Allman dies at 69

Legendary musician Gregg Allman dies at 69

Legendary southern rock musician Gregg Allman has died, according to a posting on his official website. He was 69. The statement on the official website reads in part: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.” >> Read more trending news The musician had...

Opinion: Honoring our heroes, their loved ones this Memorial Day

The last Monday in May is a solemn one, particularly for those whose loved ones have sacrificed their lives for our nation’s freedom. Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day, and it was proclaimed in 1868 by Gen. John Logan, who had been a Northern commander in the Civil War. The day was intended to honor those who laid down their lives to defend their country in the Civil War...
Jim Bunning, former U.S. senator, baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 85

Jim Bunning, former U.S. senator, baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 85

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning died Friday at the age of 85, his family announced on social media. Bunning had suffered a stroke in October, WCPO reported.  Before representing Kentucky for two decades in Congress, serving terms in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Bunning played professional baseball from 1955 to 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in...
Police: 'Movie money' being used to defraud Florida retailers

Police: 'Movie money' being used to defraud Florida retailers

The “money” looks real and feels real, but to the right of Benjamin Franklin’s head, the $100 bill reads, “For motion picture use only.” Despite the warning, a manager at Forever 21 at the Treasure Coast Square in Jensen Beach was fooled Wednesday by the $100 bill someone used to pay for $93.81 worth of women’s clothing and accessories, the Martin...
Homeless teen graduating high school with 4.0 GPA

Homeless teen graduating high school with 4.0 GPA

A Texas teen has overcome tremendous odds to graduate high school with a perfect grade-point average. Joshua Reddick, 18, will receive his diploma from Haltom High School Sunday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Reddick spent much of the last four years homeless, moving from motel to motel room, or crashing on the couch at friends’ homes. >> Read more trending news Reddick's mother...
Opinion: OK, maybe there really WAS collusion

Opinion: OK, maybe there really WAS collusion

(AP) In December, Jared Kushner reportedly asked the Russian ambassador to establish a secret backchannel, using secure Russian diplomatic equipment, between the Trump transition team and Russian officials, the same Russian officials who had just helped to elect his father-in-law as president of the United States.
Man transforms home's roof into American flag

Man transforms home's roof into American flag

A man in New Mexico intent on displaying American pride 365 days a year embarked on a striking home improvement project that has the whole neighborhood talking. Rick Gabaldon told KOB that he came up with the idea of transforming the roof of his house into an American flag about two years ago. The red, white and blue roof is nearing completion, and has taken about a month to build. Gabaldon says...
Pilot's remains back on US soil from Vietnam after 52 years

Pilot's remains back on US soil from Vietnam after 52 years

Deborah Crosby touched her father's flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War. Deborah Crosby, now 58, was only six when she was sent home from the first grade to...
Muslim man sues Little Caesars for $100M over 'halal' pizza dispute

Muslim man sues Little Caesars for $100M over 'halal' pizza dispute

A Muslim man in Michigan is suing Little Caesars for $100 million, claiming he was served a pizza labeled "halal" that contained pepperoni made with pork. The halal label means the pizza should be prepared in a way that follows Islamic law, and shouldn't contain pork. >> Read more trending news The lawsuit was filed by Mohamad Bazzi Thursday and seeks class-action status, The Detroit...
8-foot alligator found under conveyer belt in Florida

8-foot alligator found under conveyer belt in Florida

Workers at Port Canaveral found an 8-foot gator hiding under a conveyor belt Friday. Employees at Ambassador Services aren’t sure how the alligator ended up in the cargo area and on their jobsite. “They were walking parallel toward the conveyor, and they were just down toward the warehouse when they heard a hissing and snarling sound,” said Ambassador Services employee Mike Noyes...
Texas teachers give 'most likely to become a terrorist' award to 13-year-old

Texas teachers give 'most likely to become a terrorist' award to 13-year-old

Seventh grader Lizeth Villanueva has been in her school's academic honors program for two years. She gets good grades and has never been a discipline problem. Yet on Tuesday, her teacher gave her a "most likely to become a terrorist" award.  It was supposed to be a joke, part of a mock end-of-the-year awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Texas, near Houston...
2-year-old girl, 16-month-old boy found dead in hot car

2-year-old girl, 16-month-old boy found dead in hot car

Two children in Texas have died after they were locked in a hot car Friday as temperatures soared to 96 degrees, according to police. A 16-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl were killed, police said. Their identities were not released. Deputies from the Parker County Sheriff's Office were called to a home west of Lake Weatherford shortly after 4 p.m., police said. The children's mother told police...
U.S. death rate from Alzheimer's rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer's rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just put out a grim report about Alzheimer's disease in the United States. Death rates from Alzheimer's climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 million people 65 years and older have the disease — a wretched and fatal form of dementia...
WATCH: Cat nurses orphaned puppies at shelter

WATCH: Cat nurses orphaned puppies at shelter

A cat named Miracle is nursing newborn puppies at the Okefenokee Humane Society. On Monday, a man brought seven puppies to the humane society, saying he couldn’t care for them. He said his dog, the puppies’ mother, had been shot and killed by a neighbor. That person told police the dog tried to attack him and his children and he had to shoot it. The dog’s owner said she just gave...
UK lowers security level from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’

UK lowers security level from ‘critical’ to ‘severe’

Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said. >> Read more trending news Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other...
Turkey issues arrest warrant for NBA star Enes Kanter

Turkey issues arrest warrant for NBA star Enes Kanter

The Turkish government issued an arrest warrant for Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, accusing him of being a member of a terror group, according to The Daily Sabah, a pro-government Turkish newspaper. >> Read more trending news Kanter was detained at a Romanian airport over the weekend because his passport was canceled by Turkey. Kanter documented the experience on Twitter. ...
Siblings die in car crash on the way to friend's graduation ceremony

Siblings die in car crash on the way to friend's graduation ceremony

Two Florida teens were killed and another was critically injured when authorities say their car ran a red light and collided with another car. 18-year-old Pepe Salgado and his sister, 15-year-old Frinzi Salgado-Diaz, died following the Thursday afternoon crash just south of Plant City.  Florida Highway Patrol says the siblings' cousin, 18-year-old Edilberto Nava-Marcos, was making a left turn...
British Airways says computer glitches causing delays

British Airways says computer glitches causing delays

Computer problems are causing long lines and flight delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the BBC reported Saturday. Airline officials apologized for the "global system outage" and said they were "working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible." >> Read more trending news  Heathrow Airport said it was "working closely" with British Airways...
Iguana foils robbery at Indiana pet spa

Iguana foils robbery at Indiana pet spa

An Indiana sheriff is thanking an iguana for taking a bite out of crime. >> Read more trending news  Warwick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said someone broke into the Groomingdale’s Pet Spa in Newburgh on Tuesday night and attempted to steal the owner’s pet iguana, Princess Ursula, WFIE reported. Apparently, the iguana had other ideas. “The Iguana took offense to...
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