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1.3 million gallon sewage spill in DeKalb took 2 weeks to locate

Over the course of two weeks, an estimated 1.3 million gallons of sewage flowed into Shoal Creek at Glenwood Hills Park in Decatur. County watershed analysts noted heightened levels of fecal matter downstream on Jan. 4, CEO Mike Thurmond said Saturday. The source of the spill wasn’t located until Friday and the berm surrounding the pipe was built up to contain it. Large sewage spills in DeKalb...


Mother of child mauled at bus stop sues Fulton County animal control

Mother of child mauled at bus stop sues Fulton County animal control

Nearly a year after her son was mauled to death, Atlanta resident Angelica Braatz sued the Fulton County animal control provider, saying it did not do enough to curtail a pack of vicious dogs that had been seen in the area. Braatz’s son, Logan, 6, was walking to his bus stop with other children and adults the morning of Jan. 17, 2017, when a pack of dogs approached the group, according to a...
New Chick-fil-A opens in Vine City, part of revitalization efforts

New Chick-fil-A opens in Vine City, part of revitalization efforts

Chick-fil-A has opened a new restaurant in Vine City, as part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the Westside area of Atlanta. The new restaurant located on MLK Drive, has provided 90 jobs, seventy percent of which went to Westside residents and also includes a conference room for people to hold community meetings. “This restaurant serves as an investment and a commitment to the Westside, to...
Gwinnett’s snow response: long hours, police calls and salt aplenty

Gwinnett’s snow response: long hours, police calls and salt aplenty

What, exactly, is involved in a preparing for, responding to and recovering from a Southern snow storm? In Gwinnett County, the answer involves (but is not limited to) the following: a couple days off of school, lots of brine, tons and tons and tons of salt, hundreds of police and medical calls, a few fires — and some very long hours. MORE: How much snow did Gwinnett County get? MORE...
Betty Russell Vandiver, former Georgia first lady, died

Betty Russell Vandiver, former Georgia first lady, died

Betty Russell Vandiver, a former first lady of Georgia, died Wednesday in Lavonia. As the wife of Gov. Ernest Vandiver, she championed the founding of Milledgeville’s Central State Hospital, the first state institution for the mentally ill. She had during recent years helped First Lady Sandra Deal in creating “Memories of the Mansion: the Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion...
Fulton County reschedules Thursday transit meeting due to ice

Fulton County reschedules Thursday transit meeting due to ice

Fulton County has rescheduled a transit meeting scheduled for Thursday evening because of icy streets. The meeting, where residents are able to learn about the county’s proposed transit plans, has been rescheduled for Monday. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park. Other meetings are scheduled for...
Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Atlanta city officials had two concerns as they prepared for the first New Year’s Eve Peach Drop at Woodruff Park. First, it was going to be bone-chillingly cold. Second, the event was a soft target — an attractive venue for terrorists, foreign and domestic. As a result, officials told revelers to bundle up and abide by security restrictions. Attendees were subject to search and all...
Snow in Gwinnett: Thursday closings, delays, road conditions

Snow in Gwinnett: Thursday closings, delays, road conditions

As Gwinnett County continued to thaw Thursday, governments and schools were taking precautions to keep drivers off the roads — which were starting to look “pretty good,” authorities said. Gwinnett County Public Schools will remain closed Thursday and students will participate in a “digital learning day.” Georgia Gwinnett College will also remain closed Thursday. Trials...
MARTA switched to weekend schedule, experienced some delays Wednesday

MARTA switched to weekend schedule, experienced some delays Wednesday

All night Tuesday, MARTA trains ran on their tracks, keeping mechanisms warm for the morning commute. But early Wednesday, with many businesses closed and schools out, fewer than 5,000 people decided to use MARTA to get around metropolitan Atlanta — less than a quarter of the normal ridership. So at 7:30 a.m., MARTA officials decided to operate a weekend schedule, with trains running every 20...
DeKalb offices, courts will remain closed Thursday

DeKalb offices, courts will remain closed Thursday

DeKalb County government offices, libraries, senior and recreation centers and courts will remain closed on Thursday because of icy roads and freezing temperatures. Warming centers at these three fire stations remain open: Fire Station 3 at 100 N. Clarendon Ave. in Avondale Estates, Fire Station 6 at 2342 Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, and Fire Station 21 at 1090 Crown Point Parkway in Atlanta. <...
Fulton County government offices, courts will be closed Thursday

Fulton County government offices, courts will be closed Thursday

Fulton County government offices will remain closed on Thursday. In a statement, the county said the decision was made due to freezing temperatures and icy road conditions. The closure affects courts in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, and jurors should not report for duty. In addition to government offices, libraries, health centers and arts centers will be closed in the county. Other than public safety...
MARTA will run on modified schedule Thursday due to cold weather

MARTA will run on modified schedule Thursday due to cold weather

MARTA will end bus service at 10 p.m. Wednesday, and will modify its Thursday service to deal with winter weather. Roads are expected to re-freeze overnight, said Stephany Fisher, a MARTA spokesperson. Bus service will end early to keep drivers and passengers safe; Wednesday morning, 25 buses slid on ice or got stuck in snow before picking up passengers. Rail service will continue until 2 a.m...
Clayton County picks new chief of police from department ranks

Clayton County picks new chief of police from department ranks

After filling in as Clayton County’s top cop for the past four days, Kevin Roberts was named Clayton Chief of Police on Tuesday in unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners. Roberts, a deputy chief in the department, succeeds interim Police Chief Joseph Woodall, who declined to pursue the top job and retired last Friday. Roberts was named interim chief after Woodall’s departure. &ldquo...
Henry County special election sends two to state General Assembly

Henry County special election sends two to state General Assembly

Brian Strickland of McDonough is moving from the State House to the State Senate after winning the Jan. 9 special election for the District 17 Senate seat, while Geoffrey Cauble took the most votes to capture Strickland’s former District 111 House seat. The House district lies entirely in Henry County, while the Senate district includes portions of Henry, Rockdale and Newton counties. The special...
Roads passable in South Fulton, though people still asked not to drive

Roads passable in South Fulton, though people still asked not to drive

Fulton County roads are passable in South Fulton, a county spokesperson said, but people are still being encouraged not to drive. Icy spots persist, particularly in shady areas and on bridges and overpasses, said Jessica Corbitt, a Fulton County spokesperson. Fulton County only treats roads in the city of South Fulton and the Fulton Industrial area. On Wednesday morning, Corbitt said two sand spreaders...
DeKalb government offices closed due to snow

DeKalb government offices closed due to snow

DeKalb County government offices and buildings are closed today as snow blankets streets and frigid temperatures continue. Libraries, senior centers, and recreation centers are all closed today, in addition to the county courts. Garbage pick-up, already cancelled Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, will be delayed another day. Three DeKalb fire stations that served as overnight warming...
Snow in Gwinnett: Closures and delays abound, roads icy and unsafe

Snow in Gwinnett: Closures and delays abound, roads icy and unsafe

UPDATE: Read the story linked here for information on Thursday closings and delays around Gwinnett. Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta remained snow-covered Wednesday afternoon. — and roads were still dangerous, officials said.  “There isn’t anywhere that is safe to drive at the moment,” Gwinnett police Sgt. Jake Smith said around 8 a.m....
Fulton County government closed Wednesday for inclement weather

Fulton County government closed Wednesday for inclement weather

All Fulton County government offices will be closed Wednesday, due to the potential for ice and snow. All courts in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit will also be closed, and jurors should not report. For updated information about closings, see www.fultoncountyga.gov or @FultonInfo on Facebook and Twitter.
Metro Atlanta governments, others shelter homeless during cold weather

Metro Atlanta governments, others shelter homeless during cold weather

Six people have died of hypothermia since Dec. 1, the social impact director for Central Atlanta Progress said Tuesday, as he urged those without residences to seek shelter in the coming days. Channel 2 Action News meteorologists were predicting a mix of rain and snow Tuesday evening, then high temperatures in the 20s, with low temperatures in the teens through Thursday. Low temperatures...
Former MARTA exec sentenced to 33 months in $500,000 scheme

Former MARTA exec sentenced to 33 months in $500,000 scheme

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former MARTA executive to 33 months in prison for his role in a scheme that cost the agency more than $500,000. Joseph Erves, 53, MARTA’s former senior director of operations, admitted orchestrating a false invoice scheme that led the agency to pay for maintenance work that was never performed. Tuesday, he expressed remorse for his actions and asked the...
Whistleblower cases cost Fulton taxpayers $575,000, and counting

Whistleblower cases cost Fulton taxpayers $575,000, and counting

It was a brazen scheme by a mid-level Fulton County employee to help fund a side business with taxpayer money. Nicola Hosier, a former financial systems supervisor in the Human Services Department, used her county-issued credit card to buy linens, chairs, place settings, appliances, silverware, champagne flutes and other items for her private event-planning business, Exquisite Events Atlanta LLC,...
Cobb government to close early, open late due to possible snow

Cobb government to close early, open late due to possible snow

Cobb County government is closing early Tuesday and opening late Wednesday in anticipation of freezing weather and possible snow. Government buildings, including libraries, will close at 6 p.m. this evening and open at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. The decision was made in an effort to reduce travel time on potentially dangerous roads. The transportation department spent Tuesday treating bridges and other ...
Gwinnett warming center will stay open through Thursday morning

Gwinnett warming center will stay open through Thursday morning

UPDATE: The Gwinnett County warming center at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will stay open through Thursday morning, a county spokesman said.  The center, located at 182 Hunter St. in Norcross, served four people overnight, spokesman Joe Sorenson said.  Snow and ice forced many closures in Gwinnett on Wednesday and roads remained dangerous. For the latest on Gwinnett County&rsquo...
Gwinnett will seek $2.5M to cover Tropical Storm Irma expenses

Gwinnett will seek $2.5M to cover Tropical Storm Irma expenses

Gwinnett County will ask for as much as $2.5 million in federal and state grants to help cover the cost of cleaning up after Tropical Storm Irma.  Irma struck parts of Florida and Georgia over several days in September. In Gwinnett, it knocked down hundreds of trees and utility lines and left tens of thousands without power.  More from subscriber site myAJC.com: A year later, Gwinnett&rsquo...
5 things to know: The Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal

5 things to know: The Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal

It’s been about a year since contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr. admitted to paying more than $1 million in bribes to a still unnamed person under the belief some of the money would go to people with authority over city contracts. A second contractor, Charles P. Richards Jr., also admitted paying bribes.  Throughout 2017, the cash-for-contracts scandal has brought...
Ex-Gwinnett shelter manager loses appeal in wrongful euthanasia case

Ex-Gwinnett shelter manager loses appeal in wrongful euthanasia case

The now-former manager of Gwinnett County’s animal shelter lost an appeal tied to his criminal convictionfor euthanizing a court-protected dog. Curt Harrell, who unexpectedly resigned as the shelter’s manager in October, was found guilty in March of criminal contempt of court and ordered to pay a $500 fine. The charge was related to the death of a dog named Ricki, which Harrell...
Atlanta purchasing chief gets 27 months for role in federal bribery case

Atlanta purchasing chief gets 27 months for role in federal bribery case

Adam Smith, the city of Atlanta’s former top purchasing official, was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for his part in the city’s cash-for-contracts scandal following an emotional hearing in which supporters and even the government asked for leniency in light of his cooperation and acceptance of responsibility.    Smith admitted in November to taking at least...
MLK Day events require road closures

MLK Day events require road closures

WSB Radio has a list of road closures caused by Martin Luther King Jr. Day events today. They include: 10th Street in both directions for the MLK Day 5K “Let Freedom Run,” which began at 8 a.m.; Auburn Avenue in both directions for the King Week Holiday march and rally, which begins at 2 p.m.; Portions of Hood Avenue, Highway 85 and Highway 54 in Fayetteville for the MLK Jr. Day parade...
Warmer temps for MLK Day ahead of Arctic front

Warmer temps for MLK Day ahead of Arctic front

Today: Cold start. Warming through the afternoon. High: 47 Tonight: Clear skies. Light winds. Low: 28 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies become overcast. Light flurries possible in the early evening. High: 51 Martin Luther King Jr. Day started off with a chilly morning, but temperatures will rise throughout the day, WSB meteorologist Karen Minton said. “It’s going to warm a little bit...
A year later, Gwinnett’s ‘racist pig’ saga still reverberates

A year later, Gwinnett’s ‘racist pig’ saga still reverberates

It’s now been a year since Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter posted on Facebook. It’s been a year since Hunter used his personal — but public — page to call civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig.” It’s been a year, too, since Hunter referred to Democrats — which make up nearly half of his constituency — as &ldquo...
Fear and confusion as Peachtree Corners tweaks its ‘city lite’ charter

Fear and confusion as Peachtree Corners tweaks its ‘city lite’ charter

Gwinnett County’s largest and most populous city has a charter problem — and a whole lot of folks who are concerned about what that means for the future of the community pitched as a so-called “city lite.” Five-plus years ago, when proponents were pushing for Peachtree Corners’ creation, the city was promoted as a place that would keep government small and taxes...
Gwinnett officially has its first-ever Latino mayor

Gwinnett officially has its first-ever Latino mayor

Gwinnett County officially has its first-ever Latino mayor.  Rey Martinez, a business owner and former city councilman, was sworn in Thursday night as the new mayor of Loganville. The city is split between Gwinnett and Walton counties.  Gwinnett County is one of the most diverse communities in the state and in the entire Southeast but, until November, none of its municipalities had...
Rally goal: turn Women’s March into movement aimed at election

Rally goal: turn Women’s March into movement aimed at election

A year ago, the Women’s March in Washington and 673 sister events worldwide including one in Atlanta brought millions of people to their feet to protest Donald Trump’s election. On this year’s anniversary, organizers hope to bring those people to the polls. Rather than commemorating the anniversary with another march, Atlanta organizers are holding a Power to the Polls rally on Saturday...
DACA residents await immigration plan as government shutdown looms

DACA residents await immigration plan as government shutdown looms

Yehimi Cambron missed class this week to fight for her life. The DeKalb County teacher was among immigrants and activists in Washington, putting a full-court press on legislators to pass the Dream Act, which would add protections for undocumented residents brought to the United States as children. Their efforts, planned over the past few weeks, took place as the contentious national debate about whether...
Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency

Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think Smith deserves a reduced sentence, go to myAJC.com.
Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations

Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations

Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim Reed fired him Feb. 21 — just before FBI agents confiscated...
Atlanta rappers T.I., Killer Mike named to mayor’s diverse transition team

Atlanta rappers T.I., Killer Mike named to mayor’s diverse transition team

As Atlanta’s new mayor shapes her agenda, a wide variety of people will advise her, including activists and recording artists, CEOs and philanthropic leaders. Thursday, Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled the names of more than 38 prominent Atlantans who will advise her during her first 100 days in office and beyond. Among them: Home Depot Chief Financial Officer Carol Tome, UPS CEO David Abney, Delta...
Former Fulton County jail employee files lawsuit claiming harassment

Former Fulton County jail employee files lawsuit claiming harassment

A former employee at the Fulton County jail filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, claiming that she was bullied after acting as a whistle blower. Tracey Cunningham said in the suit that she was forced to retire from her job at the county after 16 years because of the emotional stress caused by retaliation and harassment. She last worked as a lieutenant, supervising food services and the...
Lori Henry, new mayor of Roswell, signifies shift in the city

Lori Henry, new mayor of Roswell, signifies shift in the city

It’s a time of change in Roswell. The new mayor, Lori Henry, is just the third new person to be elected to the post in 50 years — and the first female mayor in Roswell’s history. Residents also elected four new council members, and the other two are in their first term. It’s a great opportunity for a fresh start, and that’s what Henry’s seeking. She has a vision...
Hunter threatens suit, demands $5 million over ‘racist pig’ punishment

Hunter threatens suit, demands $5 million over ‘racist pig’ punishment

The Gwinnett County commissioner reprimanded after calling Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig” on Facebook is threatening a federal lawsuit — and demanding $5 million — over the punishment he received. Commissioner Tommy Hunter wrote his controversial posts about Lewis, a civil rights icon and United States representative from Atlanta, on Jan. 14, 2017, amid...
DeKalb officials say security costs have skyrocketed after gun law

DeKalb officials say security costs have skyrocketed after gun law

DeKalb County officials say the cost of providing security in government buildings is ballooning, mainly due to more requests for armed guards from department heads. Some commissioners and Police Chief James Conroy blamed a 2014 state law that allows more civilian firearms in public places. Because of that, they say, agencies are requesting armed guards as a security precaution in high traffic...
Atlanta’s SEC office gets a new leader

Atlanta’s SEC office gets a new leader

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has named a new regional director of its Atlanta office. Richard Best, director of the SEC’s Salt Lake City office, will replace Walter Jospin, who is stepping down at the end of this month, according to a news release. Best will lead a staff of more than 160 enforcement attorneys, accountants, compliance examiners and other specialists who take on...
Fulton County property tax collections continue to come in

Fulton County property tax collections continue to come in

By the end of the year, Fulton County had drained its reserves, but had collected more than twice the property tax money it needed to to ensure the local government would remain solvent. The reserves will be replenished next month, said Sharon Whitmore, Fulton County’s chief financial officer. And $40 million that was borrowed from two accounts will also be repaid — at least some of it...
Police: Maine man punches himself in face to avoid sobriety test 

Police: Maine man punches himself in face to avoid sobriety test 

Police have accused a Maine man of punching himself several times in the face to avoid a Breathalyzer test, The Bangor Daily News reported. Police suspected Brian Fogg, 27, of Belfast, to be intoxicated when they were called to a residence on Jan. 13 and found Fogg’s vehicle stuck in a ditch, police said. Belfast police said Fogg and a homeowner had gotten into an argument, and Fogg...
College student dies after on-campus shooting at Wake Forest

College student dies after on-campus shooting at Wake Forest

A 21-year-old student from Winston-Salem State University was shot and killed early Saturday after a fight broke out during a party at Wake Forest University, police said. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m., WXII reported. It took place on campus during a Delta Sigma Theta sorority party at The Barn, police said. Najee Ali Baker, 21, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, where...
Pizza shop owner sues when store confused for one where assault occurred

Pizza shop owner sues when store confused for one where assault occurred

A Pennsylvania pizza shop is being targeted, but its owner says it is a case of mistaken identity. Customers upset about a viral video in which a former manager allegedly assaulted a woman have been calling Original Milano's in Oakland -- but the video was taken at Pizza Milano. Ben Sciulli is the owner of the Original Milano's Pizza. He wants to make it clear that his family business is not affiliated...
TV film crew arrested for allegedly trying to bring fake explosive to airport

TV film crew arrested for allegedly trying to bring fake explosive to airport

Television film crew members were arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday for allegedly trying to pass a piece of luggage containing “all the makings of an improvised explosive device,” ABC News reported. The film crew members, who claimed to be working the CNBC show “Staten Island Hustle,” were detained by Transportation Security Administration officials...
These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut

These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut

Plenty of big cities aren’t on Amazon’s long short list of 20 places it’s still considering for a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs. While the Seattle-based giant kept Atlanta in the running, here are some of the notable cities that aren’t: Phoenix San Diego Charlotte Detroit Cincinnati San Francisco Houston Montreal Kansas City
Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed

Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed

An autopsy on former major-leaguer Roy Halladay showed that he had amphetamines, morphine and a sleep aid in his system when he died in a plane crash off the west coast of Florida, The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. Halladay, 40, died Nov. 7 from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor, according to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office. The two-time Cy Young...
Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Amanda Mattuchio said her parents use a fake can of Campbell's Tomato Soup to hide their cash. Unfortunately, they stored it alongside real soup cans in their kitchen. “The bottom would unscrew and it had $2,500 in it and it was a combination of $100 and $50 bills,” she said. “The neighbor upstairs asked them if they had any canned goods they wanted to donate to the senior center...

Ibuprofen appears to mess with male hormones. Should you be worried?

In recent decades, prompted by concerns that men’s sperm quality is declining, researchers have looked at things they suspect of potentially disrupting the body’s endocrine system - from chemicals in water bottles to WiFi laptops to wearing tight underwear instead of boxers. You can add ibuprofen to the list. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,...
So what’s high blood pressure?

So what’s high blood pressure?

When headlines about new blood pressure guidelines pinged across my phone recently, I remembered a man my inpatient team had admitted to the hospital not long ago. He had gotten up in the middle of the night to use the toilet and passed out, hitting his head on the floor. The first people to find him described him twitching, so he initially got a battery of tests to determine whether he was having...
Lifestyle changes for better blood pressure

Lifestyle changes for better blood pressure

If you’re worried about high blood pressure, there are some things you can do beyond taking appropriate medication. The American Heart Association (AHA) points to some not-so-difficult lifestyle changes to delay or lower high pressure and reduce the risk of illnesses associated with it, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Here’s some of what the AHA recommends: - Get regular...
5 reasons not to diet in 2018, and what to do instead

5 reasons not to diet in 2018, and what to do instead

January, a.k.a. National Dieting Month, is once again upon us. Before you sign up for another a restrictive eating plan that has been designed by someone who doesn’t even know you, here are five reasons to opt out of diet culture this year. 1. Diets don’t work. Anyone who says they have found the proven way to lose weight and keep it off is selling snake oil, and counting on repeat customers...
Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season alters mass in this state

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season alters mass in this state

Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord's Prayer. The diocese is also discouraging parishioners from shaking hands while greeting each other during the passing of the...
Deputies: Florida man tries to order burrito from bank, gets charged with DUI

Deputies: Florida man tries to order burrito from bank, gets charged with DUI

Police in Florida arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after authorities said he attempted to order a burrito from a Bank of America after confusing it for a Taco Bell, according to multiple reports. Records from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office show authorities arrested Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, on Wednesday. The manager of the Bank...
White supremacists responsible for most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says

White supremacists responsible for most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says

Far-right extremists – particularly white supremacists – were responsible for more than half of the deaths attributed to extremists in the United States last year, according to a report issued this week by the Anti-Defamation League. Twenty of the 34 extremist-related killings in 2017 were carried out by far-right extremists, more than double the number that group was responsible for in...
Flu virus spread by breathing, study finds

Flu virus spread by breathing, study finds

Most people believe that the influenza virus is spread through the coughs and sneezes of infected people, but new research published Thursday suggests that the flu virus is spread more easily than previously thought. Medical professionals believe that the virus is spread most often by “droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk,” according to the Centers for Disease Control...
5 questions every woman in her 40s should ask her doctor

5 questions every woman in her 40s should ask her doctor

Women who are in their 40s are in many cases reaching a new stage in their lives. Your children may be more independent, and you might have a well-established career. It can also be a time of change, when it's easier to gain weight, and you may start to see the first signs of menopause. Being informed about the changes you may face during your 40s is an important way to protect your health for many...
Man arrested after stealing idling car with toddler inside

Man arrested after stealing idling car with toddler inside

A man is accused of stealing a woman's car Thursday night with her 2-year-old son inside. D'Jerry Cassamajor faces several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle, child abuse and kidnapping. Police said Cassamajor stole the woman’s Hyundai Santa Fe after she left it running and walked into the Super Wok restaurant in north Charlotte to order food.  After realizing her car and child...
New England, Jacksonville firms make whiskey wager for AFC title game

New England, Jacksonville firms make whiskey wager for AFC title game

The "whiskey wagers" are flying back and forth between distilleries in New England and Northeast Florida ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars. It began with Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, challenging the St. Augustine Distillery Company to a whiskey wager on Facebook. The stakes: The...
Iowa police charge 2 juveniles with destroying half-million bees

Iowa police charge 2 juveniles with destroying half-million bees

Iowa police arrested two juveniles Wednesday, charging them with alleged vandalism that destroyed more than a half-million bees at a Sioux City honey business last month, The Sioux City Journal reported. The minors, 12 and 13, were not identified by police. They were charged on three felony counts -- criminal mischief in the first degree, agricultural animal facilities offenses and burglary...
Driver runs onto freeway to avoid car crashing into tow truck

Driver runs onto freeway to avoid car crashing into tow truck

A Michigan tow truck driver working to load a crashed vehicle was nearly hit by another car that lost control in slick conditions. On Wednesday morning at 10:30, the tow truck driver was working to load a vehicle that had been involved in a crash onto a truck.  A Michigan State Police officer was behind the tow truck, and on cruiser cam, the officer can be heard asking for another cruiser...
DA: Captive siblings limited to one meal a day, one shower a year

DA: Captive siblings limited to one meal a day, one shower a year

The 13 siblings taken from a California home after they were held captive by their parents were allowed to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower once a year, a prosecutor said Thursday. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said that David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were charged with 12 counts of torture, CNN reported. Hestrin said that David Turpin also was...
Texas' 'Tourniquet Killer' executed via lethal injection

Texas' 'Tourniquet Killer' executed via lethal injection

Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” became the nation’s first prisoner executed in 2018, KTRK reported Thursday. Anthony Allen Shore, 55, who admitted to killing a woman and three girls in the 1980s and ‘90s, was executed by lethal injection, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Shore received his nickname because of his method of using handmade tourniquets to...
'Brace': Passengers have rough, scary landing at Dallas airport

'Brace': Passengers have rough, scary landing at Dallas airport

Flight attendants routinely instruct passengers on emergency procedures before a plane takes off, and it is a necessary but tedious monologue. However, passengers on an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Dallas were paying close attention Wednesday, when they were told to brace for impact as their plane made an emergency landing because of mechanical issues. “Keep your heads down,&rdquo...
Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach

Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach

The Little Ripper turned out to be a lifesaver for two Australian swimmers caught in churning surf. Australian lifeguards were testing a new drone during a practice session at a beach in New South Wales when they received a call about two swimmers caught in 10-foot swells, according to Surf Life Saving New South Wales and The New York Times. Lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan, who was operating...
Rapper Kodak Black arrested in South Florida

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in South Florida

Rapper Kodak Black was arrested Thursday in South Florida, accused of grand theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana and child neglect, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said. Black, 20, whose legal name is Dieuson Octave, also faces two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and two counts of probation violation, the Sheriff’s Office said in its arrest report. Black was...
Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast. The Lyrid Meteor shower will peak over the weekend but the sky might not be ideal. RELATED: Download our free WHIO weather APP to stay informed  Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour....
How to survive a break up with your best friend

How to survive a break up with your best friend

When the Four Seasons sang that bit about "breaking up is hard to do," they clearly meant romantic relationships. Breaking up with a best friend might be even harder. "Friends aren't just icing on the cake of life – they're the cake," psychologist Thelma Duffey stated in Psychology Today. "Our friends are the people we let in. They're the people who can get under...
5 questions every man in his 40s should ask his doctor

5 questions every man in his 40s should ask his doctor

Men are notorious for not wanting to go to the doctor unless they're desperate. But routine doctor's visits – especially when you hit your 40s and beyond – can help you be as healthy as possible. Getting regular care and screenings can help your doctor catch and treat issues while they're in their earliest stages. »RELATED: 4 health questions every man in his 30s should ask his doctor...
Woman shot, killed at Mississippi Walmart by on-again, off-again boyfriend, police say

Woman shot, killed at Mississippi Walmart by on-again, off-again boyfriend, police say

A man is facing a capital murder charge after Starkville police accused him of shooting and killing a woman described as his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend at a Mississippi Walmart where she worked as an optometrist, according to multiple reports. The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart in Starkville. Police Chief Frank Nichols said a man fired several shots...
Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Officials with technology giant Amazon on Thursday announced that the company has narrowed down its list of possible sites for its second headquarters to 20 metropolitan areas. The company said it got nearly 240 proposals from across the U.S. Canada and Mexico. “All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, with Amazon Public Policy. “Through this...
Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now she gets an honorable discharge.

Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now she gets an honorable discharge.

A California woman kicked out of the military 60 years ago for being a lesbian has finally had her rights restored. In 1955, Airman Second Class Helen Grace James was targeted and investigated by Air Force officials for her sexuality, part of a massive effort to remove gay and lesbian service members known as the "Lavender Scare." Now, at 90, and living in California, James filed a federal...
Ann Curry speaks out about Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations in new interview

Ann Curry speaks out about Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations in new interview

Ann Curry has remained tight-lipped since the news broke of Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct, but she spoke about the scandal on “CBS This Morning.” The 61-year-old journalist and producer appeared on the program Wednesday to discuss her new PBS docuseries “We’ll Meet Again” and she was asked to speak on the scandal surrounding her disgraced former co-anchor...
'Potentially hazardous' monster asteroid will fly close to Earth

'Potentially hazardous' monster asteroid will fly close to Earth

A monster space rock classified by NASA as "potentially hazardous" is headed towards Earth. Asteroid 2002 AJ129 – which at 0.7 miles is wider than the tallest building in the U.S. (New York's One World Trade Center) stacked on top itself – is predicted to miss our planet, according to Metro. However, it will pass relatively close when thinking in terms of Outer Space...
Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact. From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter. Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible, since...
Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

The widow of late Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey is suing the New York City hospital that treated her husband before his death in 2016. According to Reuters, Cindy Frey filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence while treating the musician, who had ulcerative colitis, in late 2015. >> Read more trending news  The wrongful death...
11 modern home decorating ideas that’ll transform any traditional space

11 modern home decorating ideas that’ll transform any traditional space

Two rules interior designers consistently remind us about decorating are to keep in mind your home’s original architecture and to try to stay true to your home’s roots. This doesn’t mean going full-blown Victorian with your furniture in a historic terrace home but rather to respect the original bones of the space, look for materials that were found in the era your home was created...
Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut flowers

Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut flowers

For apartment dwellers or anyone planning a party this month, paper-white narcissus are hard to beat. A pot or bowl of these pretty plants in bloom makes a great centerpiece or table decoration that you can put together yourself. Paper-white narcissus brings the garden indoors in winter, even if the bulbs never spent a day outside. They are tailor-made for people who have no garden space but have...
How to save succulents from rot in winter

How to save succulents from rot in winter

Are your succulents turning black? Are they gushy and soft when you touch them? The small accent color plants from warm dry climates slow down with the shortening of days into winter. They stop growing and therefore need no moisture besides what their bodies already hold. Yet water is continually applied, be it by rain or automatic sprinklers or a diligent overwater-er. This demonstrates why the small...
Incorporate some hygge into your home this winter

Incorporate some hygge into your home this winter

By now you have probably heard of hygge, the Danish term for cozy, contentment. While it can be incorporated into the home and year-round, the winter months are certainly the perfect time. Looking for ways to incorporate a sense of hygge this season? Begin by evaluating your whole home and then look for ways to uplift each space. Infuse scents. In nature each season brings a fresh fragrance and scent...
Urban retreat inspired by a special place, and a special connection

Urban retreat inspired by a special place, and a special connection

KEY PENINSULA, Wash. — You can see how an architect and a homeowner might form a genuine friendship as they formulate a design: It’s an intensely intricate process that requires bare-your-soul discussions, high-stakes give-and-take, and a whole lot of together time. In that respect, (architect) Jim Olson and (homeowner) Melissa worked a bit backward in creating her forward-looking home...
Georgia man who set ex-girlfriend on fire sentenced to life in prison

Georgia man who set ex-girlfriend on fire sentenced to life in prison

A Georgia man who poured gasoline on his ex-girlfriend and set her on fire was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility for parole, according to the Clayton County District Attorney’s office.  Mervin Woodard, 40, was found guilty of multiple felonies in the 2016 crime, which left Melita Curtis in a coma for two weeks. Curtis was burned over 25 percent of her body, but survived the...
Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson became physician to the president in 2013, when he was appointed by President Barack Obama. It’s a position that has been around since George Washington became president, but it did not become official until Congress created the title in 1928.  Jackson is the 18th person to hold the position, which is now part of the White House Military Office. His...
White House physician releases official report with details of president’s exam

White House physician releases official report with details of president’s exam

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, the physician to the president, released the particulars of President Donald Trump’s physical exam in an official report Tuesday. It was Trump’s first periodical physical as president and was conducted last Friday at the Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center. The results were released with the president’s consent, Jackson said in...
Nine face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge

Nine face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge

TALLAHASSEE — Nine people are facing hazing charges in connection with the November death of Florida State fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey.          Announced late Tuesday night in an email from the Tallahassee Police Department, arrest warrants were signed for Luke E. Kluttz, 22; Clayton M. Muehlstein, 22; Brett A. Birmingham...
Job posting for 'Chicken Nugget Connoisseur' is clucking good

Job posting for 'Chicken Nugget Connoisseur' is clucking good

If you love Chicken Nuggets, this job will have you clucking in anticipation every day. “Just like a good steak, this opportunity is rare,” the British-based B&M budget retailer posted to its website. The job opening is for a “Chicken Nugget Connoisseur,” and the candidate who gets the job will receive a 25-pound voucher every month to spend on “fresh and frozen...
Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova share photos of newborn twins

Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova share photos of newborn twins

Enrique Iglesias is taking a break from his ulta-private life to share the first photo of one of his twins with the world, and so is his rumored wife, retired tennis star Anna Kournikova. >> Read more trending news  E! News reported that the singer, who welcomed twins with Kournikova in December, shared the first photo of himself snuggling one of the babies on social media on...
Florida grandma trampled by unruly crowd outside theater

Florida grandma trampled by unruly crowd outside theater

A chaotic crowd seemingly fueled by unruly teenagers trampled a 67-year-old grandmother late Jan. 6 as she left a South Florida movie theater. Someone yelled “gun,” Sheryl Cohen said last week, and when she turned to run from the Cinemark’s lobby in Boynton Beach the crowd quickly caught up with her. “I saw people running at me initially, then the next thing I knew I was...
Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette involved in multicar crash

Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette involved in multicar crash

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was involved in a three-car crash Tuesday on I-295 in Jacksonville.  Sgt. Dylan Bryan said Fournette was inside a vehicle involved in the collision. Fournette was able to drive home, a Jaguars spokesman said.  There were no injuries and Fournette was not at fault, officials said.  A driver of a black Buick...
4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

When you're trying to lose weight, you may not give much thought to what you drink, but those calories definitely add up! These "liquid calories" can sabotage your weight-loss efforts, and you may not feel as full as if you'd eaten the same number of calories. Many drinks also provide little to no nutrients and are often loaded with sugar, which can further hamper your weight loss....
Women targeted in Jacksonville Walmart purse snatchings

Women targeted in Jacksonville Walmart purse snatchings

Women in a Florida city are being targeted at Walmart parking lots as they unload groceries, police said. Two women said Monday that a car pulled up beside them and the driver tried to snatch their purses at a Walmart parking lot near the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville.  “I grabbed my purse, put it on my shoulder and grabbed her purse and was holding it in my hand,” Denise Wilson said...
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