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Figure in Atlanta bribery probe sought to justify income to feds

Less than a month before the first charges were filed in the Atlanta City Hall bribery investigation, an urgent email landed in Rev. Mitzi Bickers’ inbox asking for a stack of her personal financial statements — documentation of the payments made in buying her $775,000 home, and all of her bank deposits from 2011 to 2015. Bickers is a go-to political consultant whose work in 2009 helped...


Take to task for May 29

Take to task for May 29

New item-Briarcliff Road Ricardo Lopez has a big issue with Briarcliff Road. “One confusing and potentially dangerous traffic problem that I encounter on a daily basis is the confusing traffic marking on Briarcliff Road directly in front of my house. Specifically, Briarcliff Road between St. Louis and Briarcliff Place has contradictory markings for the turn lane, which is directly in front of...
Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

• A Taste of Paradise, 4805 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 98/A • JM BBQ House, 2180 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 86/B • Manchuria Garden, 6180 McDonough Drive, Norcross. 81/B • SriThai Kitchen & Sushi, 4500 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. 92/A • Udipi Café, 3300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 88/B
DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

• Las Delicias de la Abuela, 5600 Buford Highway, Doraville. 92/A • Leon’s Full Service, 131 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 100/A • Oak Brewpub, 630 E. Lake Drive, Decatur. 78/C • Rising Son, 124 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates. 91/A • Zyka, 1677 Scott Blvd., Decatur. 94/A
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...
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...
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...
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.
Sunday Conversation with Vic Warmsby

Sunday Conversation with Vic Warmsby

What’s worse than that constant drone of leaf blowers? Not hearing them. An estimated 48 million Americans — one in five — report some degree of hearing loss. To understand life in a muted world, the Miracle-Ear Foundation wants people to join its annual “One Day Without Sound” campaign, taking place this year on Wednesday, May 31. Participants are asked to wear earbuds...
Community Voices: Visit to Hindu temple ‘must-do’ for Gwinnettians

Community Voices: Visit to Hindu temple ‘must-do’ for Gwinnettians

Unable to attend recent talks at the Sanatan Mandir in Norcross about happiness and inspired-living, I had a chat with speaker Jaya Row before she returned to Mumbai. “Every living being is in the pursuit of happiness, yet very few of us achieve it,” Row suggests. Her talks based on the Vedas, ancient Indian scriptures, and the concept of “Give to Gain” outline techniques anyone...
At Issue: What should be done about Sheriff Mann’s incident in Atlanta?

At Issue: What should be done about Sheriff Mann’s incident in Atlanta?

With all that DeKalb County has endured in the last decade or so, charges that the sheriff exposed himself and ran from officers in another jurisdiction probably have many residents quoting Florida Evans of the 70s sitcom “Good Times,” “Damn, damn, damn!” Just in case you haven’t heard, DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann was arrested on the night of May 6 on charges of indecency...
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...
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...
Head to DeKalb County’s hidden beach for Memorial Day weekend

Head to DeKalb County’s hidden beach for Memorial Day weekend

Unpack your suitcases, DeKalb. While your Atlanta neighbors are battling the infamous Memorial Day traffic, you can relax knowing there’s a beach right around the corner.  Pine Lake Beach, tucked away east of Decatur and west of Stone Mountain is the crown jewel of Pine Lake, DeKalb County’s smallest city. With less than 800 residents, Pine Lake has a small-town feel...
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to hold job fair for 120 positions

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to hold job fair for 120 positions

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is hiring.  A job fair will be held May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fulton County Government Center, located at 141 Pryor St.  Applicants are encouraged to dress neatly in business attire and bring a resume.    There are a total of 120 sworn and civilian jobs available.  Fulton County is a “good place to work with great...
DeKalb County pools will open Memorial Day weekend

DeKalb County pools will open Memorial Day weekend

DeKalb County’s pools will open Memorial Day weekend starting Saturday, officials announced.  The seasons runs May 27 through July 30. Select pools will be open on weekends through Sept. 4, the county said.  The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs also offers swim lessons, water aerobics and more aquatic programs. For more information, visit dekalbcountyga.gov/parks...
Gwinnett pools open for Memorial Day weekend

Gwinnett pools open for Memorial Day weekend

All of Gwinnett County’s public pools are open for Memorial Day weekend. Admission to Gwinnett’s aquatic facility ranges from $3.50 to $10.50, depending on your age and whether you live in the county. Individuals and families can also buy seasonal or year-round Funcards that allow unlimited admission. Find full details on admission prices at the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department&rsquo...
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...
Popular N. Fulton coffee shop closing in June

Popular N. Fulton coffee shop closing in June

Folks in Milton must travel a little further to find a place like Wilbur & Rudy’s Farmtable. Converted from an old general store, it had become a staple along Hickory Flat Road, offering wine, coffee, locally grown food, home decor and more to its customers. Its owners hoped to bring their vision of a farmer’s market crossed with a coffee shop into a reality. Less than three years...
Cops: Gwinnett man stole car from QuikTrip, set it on fire

Cops: Gwinnett man stole car from QuikTrip, set it on fire

Gwinnett County police have arrested 20-year-old Ricardo Cole, charging him with stealing a car from a QuikTrip and setting it on fire. Video released by the police and Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services shows two men stealing the car from the gas station at 2185 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross. The car was later found ablaze in unincorporated Suwanee.  Cole was identified as...
Lose something on MARTA? The Lost and Found office is better now 

Lose something on MARTA? The Lost and Found office is better now 

If you ever had to visit MARTA’s Lost and Found office before last week, you probably remember a rectangular room, not much larger than a walk-in closet, crammed with forgotten goods. Hopefully, you’ll never lose anything again and won’t have to go back. But if you do, you’ll find a brighter, better and more user-friendly space.  The Reduced Fare and Lost and...
Gang members killed DeKalb grandpa, fiancee ‘execution-style’

Gang members killed DeKalb grandpa, fiancee ‘execution-style’

Christopher “Crisco” Spencer and Vernon “Veto Corleone” Beamon, members of a Crips gang subset, heard about some money they wanted. It belonged to a DeKalb County grandfather of three and his fiancee, the rumors said. The men stalked the couple, tying them up one day last October with ropes and cords, keeping their hands and feet behind their backs. The men killed both victims...
Nurse accused of sexually assaulting sedated patients gets bond

Nurse accused of sexually assaulting sedated patients gets bond

Former Sandy Springs nurse Michael Morgan sat in a Fulton County jail for two weeks after he turned himself in and admitted to injecting a patient with Propofol so he could fondle her while she was sedated. On Friday, Morgan waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges of sexual assault and sexual battery, but was granted a $40,000 bond by a Fulton County judge. A quiet and straight-faced...
Give Back Connection for May 27

Give Back Connection for May 27

Ogeechee Riverkeeper seeks watershed monitors One of the most important roles for supporters of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper is to be extra eyes on the rivers and streams in the Ogeechee watershed. The organization is looking for people to go to that next level? The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is seeking volunteers throughout the watershed to get trained through the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program to help monitor...
Cops: 2 deadly overdoses within hour in same Gwinnett neighborhood

Cops: 2 deadly overdoses within hour in same Gwinnett neighborhood

Gwinnett County police are investigating two fatal drug overdoses that occurred within an hour of each other in the same Lawrenceville neighborhood. At 6:09 a.m. Friday, officers responded to a home on Turtle Creek Way. A  911 caller had reported an unresponsive young man. They found the man, who was later pronounced dead, in the home.  At 6:53 a.m., a second 911 call came in, this...
Atlanta man sentenced for killing man in fight over smoking in home

Atlanta man sentenced for killing man in fight over smoking in home

An Atlanta man charged with murder twice in two years has been found guilty of a lesser crime in the first case, Fulton County officials announced Friday. Dontavis Montgomery, 21, stabbed Nicholas Roberts in the back during a fistfight in January 2015, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. He was found guilty of charges including involuntary manslaughter...
Gwinnett man convicted of killing mistress with wife’s gun

Gwinnett man convicted of killing mistress with wife’s gun

A Gwinnett County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his mistress with his wife’s gun, the county district attorney’s office announced. Rickey Williams was found guilty of aggravated assault and felony murder on Thursday after a three-day trial. Williams had been “having an affair” with Lynette Karim in the summer of 2015, multiple witnesses testified...
Nuestra Comunidad: ‘Heroes’ of I-85 overwhelmingly Latino

Nuestra Comunidad: ‘Heroes’ of I-85 overwhelmingly Latino

Over a month has passed since the devastating I-85 bridge collapse, resulting in a closure that created a gridlock nightmare for metro Atlanta commuters and a major headache for local authorities. Contractor C.W. Matthews had the enormous task of rebuilding the portion of the bridge that collapsed – presumably the result of a fire set by an indigent man – with completion expected by Memorial...
Gwinnett Fire looking for suspected arsonist after apartment fires

Gwinnett Fire looking for suspected arsonist after apartment fires

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services is looking for a suspected arsonist after two gasoline fires were set in an apartment breezeway. Two small fires were set in a breezeway at Brentwood Down Apartments in Lilburn on May 16. The fires did not cause significant damage or reach a large size. One fire was doused by a sprinkler and another was stomped out by a police officer who was called to the...
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...
Forsyth school board gives first-round budget OK

Forsyth school board gives first-round budget OK

Forsyth County Board of Education members are well on their way to having a 2018 FY budget in place, as they gave tentative approval to the plan recently. The proposed operational budget of nearly $405 million provides for an unchanged mill level of 17.3. It also presumes a healthy growth in the district’s tax digest-8.3 percent is estimated at this point-with state revenue jumping by about...
Alleged gang members arrested in connection with Gwinnett drive-by

Alleged gang members arrested in connection with Gwinnett drive-by

Two alleged gang members have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured an 8-year-old in Norcross. Jonathan Augustine Yanez-Gomez, 18, and Kevin Ortiz, 17, (listed as Kevin Corrales in jail records) have been charged with aggravated assault. Both Lawrenceville residents are believed to be members of the Surenos/Sur 13 gang, Norcross police said. Yanez-Gomez, Ortiz, Ricardo...
Update: Workers tied up by masked gunmen at downtown Decatur restaurant

Update: Workers tied up by masked gunmen at downtown Decatur restaurant

"It deeply saddens us that two individuals would attack our community with such a senseless, harmful act,” the owners said in a joint statement. “Luckily, no one was physically hurt.” It started when a man approached a female employee outside after closing, according to a police account. He pointed a handgun at her, forced her to her knees and started asking questions....
This is the worst tourist trap in Georgia, according to yet another ranking

This is the worst tourist trap in Georgia, according to yet another ranking

There are few labels worse than being pegged as “overrated,” but one Atlanta attraction has, unfortunately, been dubbed Georgia’s biggest tourist trap. Business Insider’s INSIDER team put together a state-by-state listing of attractions they deemed “blatant attempts to make money” or “plain weird,” and included popular attractions such...
Lawsuits say MARTA was negligent in West Lake shooting

Lawsuits say MARTA was negligent in West Lake shooting

Two lawsuits filed this week claim MARTA was negligent in an April 13 shooting aboard one of its trains. The incident left one man dead and three people injured. A Clayton County man, Chauncey Lee Daniels, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in connection with the incident. According to police, Daniels fatally shot Zachariah Hunnicutt, 38, on a train at the West Lake station....
City of Covington unveils new city logo

City of Covington unveils new city logo

The city of Covington recently unveiled its new logo, designed to depict the city’s goal of being the south’s premier destination to live, work and play. Featuring three modern, distinct icons in separate boxes, the logo consists of a large tree symbolic of an active lifestyle and recreation opportunities, the skyline of the Covington Square representing commerce and a historical house...
You’ve been warned: The worst times for Atlantans to drive Memorial Day weekend

You’ve been warned: The worst times for Atlantans to drive Memorial Day weekend

Atlanta commuters may want to prepare for a rough holiday weekend this year. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 39 million Americans are expected to travel 50 plus miles away from home this weekend. That’s one million more travelers leaving home during this year’s Memorial Day holiday (May 25 to May 29) compared to last year and the highest...
Confederate flag in Henry County comes down, and accusations fly

Confederate flag in Henry County 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. » Tell us about your experience of race in Georgia » More coverage of how we experience race in Georgia  But Commissioner Dee Clemmons says all she asked was that the Nash...
Fayette County seat open on joint development board

Fayette County seat open on joint development board

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications to fill an unexpired term on the Coweta, Fayette and Meriwether County Joint Development Authority. The three-member volunteer board usually meets quarterly on the second Friday of the month to help facilitate business projects among the three counties. Applicants must be taxpayers residing in Fayette County and should have some familiarity...
Suwanee will connect Ruby Forest to George Pierce Park

Suwanee will connect Ruby Forest to George Pierce Park

The Suwanee City Council took next steps this week toward creating a trail connection between Ruby Forest subdivision and George Pierce Park. The proposed trail will include construction within the park itself. As a result, Gwinnett County requires the city to enter into an intergovernmental agreement granting permission for this project. Suwanee’s city council action this week approved that...
Suwanee turns down request for convenience store

Suwanee turns down request for convenience store

The Suwanee City Council recently turned down a request for a zoning change to allow for a convenience store with gasoline pumps. The 2.2-acre site is at the southeast corner of the intersection of Scales Road and McGinnis Ferry Road at one of the entrances to Suwanee Station subdivision. The request included for a 7,000-square-foot building would have included a 5,000-square-foot convenience store...
Temporary shutdown set for Forsyth park

Temporary shutdown set for Forsyth park

A popular southern Forsyth County park will be shut down temporarily. Chattahoochee Pointe Park at 5790 Chattahoochee Point Drive in southern Forsyth will close Tuesday for about one week as workers coat the park trail with a polymer product. The work has been planned for a while but needed the right outdoor temperature to be done. Park officials said the M10+50 product is a durable, long-lasting...
Cobb airport will receive its first fire station

Cobb airport will receive its first fire station

A new fire station will be built at Cobb County International Airport – McCollum Field. The initial phase was approved recently by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners by paying $54,250 to Croy Engineering for the station’s site plan design. Currently, the Cobb County Fire Department provides fire and rescue services to the airport, using structural firefighting vehicles assigned to...
John Williams serenaded with his biggest hits, a cappella style during Harvard’s commencement

John Williams serenaded with his biggest hits, a cappella style during Harvard’s commencement

Hearing the “Star Wars” theme or the song from “Indiana Jones” never gets old for some and members of Harvard’s Din and Tonics a cappella group put a new spin on the iconic instrumentals in front of the music’s creator, John Williams. >> Read more trending news Williams was at the Ivy League university for Harvard’s commencement on Thursday. He was not...
WATCH: Bugler plays ‘Taps’ during 2016 Memorial Day sunset over Gettysburg

WATCH: Bugler plays ‘Taps’ during 2016 Memorial Day sunset over Gettysburg

Historian Steven W. Sears calls the Battle of Gettysburg the “largest” and “costliest” campaign of the Civil War. Between the Union and Confederate forces, more than 57,000 men were lost, including 9,600 dead. >> Read more trending news To remember those who fell at that Pennsylvania battlefield in July 1863, and to honor all veterans who gave their lives for their country...
Memorial Day not about thanks, but remembrance

Memorial Day not about thanks, but remembrance

Memorial Day is a solemn holiday, intended to honor those veterans who died while serving. It’s not the same as Veterans Day, which honors the service of people who have worn the uniform. >> Read more trending news It may seem like hair-splitting, but Navy veteran Like Visconti insists there is a difference between honoring a fallen veteran and saying “Thank you for your service...
‘Jetsons’ movie ready to blast off production

‘Jetsons’ movie ready to blast off production

A piece of our childhood may be coming to the big screen. Warner Bros. has tapped director Conrad Vernon to helm its planned animated film “The Jetsons,” Variety reported. >> Read more trending news Vernon has co-directed hits like “Shrek 2” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” He also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” films. “The Jetsons&rdquo...
J.K. Rowling updates fans on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

J.K. Rowling updates fans on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

J.K. Rowling has updated fans on the status of the latest movie in the Harry Potter universe. >> Read more trending news  The author announced on Twitter that she has finished writing the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” NME reported. Rowling whet the appetites of the Potter faithful in February when she gave them a sneak peek of the script. Filming...
Bear wanders into Walmart parking lot in Kentucky

Bear wanders into Walmart parking lot in Kentucky

Some late-night shoppers in Kentucky were surprised to  be greeted by a  black bear in the parking lot. >> Read more trending news  A bear was spotted in a Walmart parking lot in Somerset around 1:30 a.m. Monday, WLEX reported.. Police and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials were called to the scene to lure the bear into the woods. Until they arrived, several shoppers tried...
Climber rescued from crevasse on Mount Rainier

Climber rescued from crevasse on Mount Rainier

Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park rescued a climber Sunday, the day after she fell into a crevasse while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier. >> Read more trending news The climber was rescued from 12,300 feet elevation on the Emmons Glacier, on the mountain's east side, by the park's A-Star B3 helicopter.  A party of three had climbed the mountain Saturday morning and were...
Police: 16th person arrested in Manchester bombing

Police: 16th person arrested in Manchester bombing

British police have arrested a 16th person in connection with last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, Reuters reported Monday. >> Read more trending news The 23-year-old man was arrested in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, "on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act", Greater Manchester Police reported on its Twitter feed. Since the bombing outside Manchester Arena...
Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert code raised to red

Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert code raised to red

An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months erupted again Sunday, Bloomberg reported. >> Read more trending news The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes, Bloomberg reported. After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was...
Memorial Day sign at Kansas restaurant goes viral 

Memorial Day sign at Kansas restaurant goes viral 

For Memorial Day, it was the perfect sign of respect. The photo of a sandwich board outside Mayberry’s Bar & Grill in the northern Kansas city of Washington that pays tribute to the American servicemen who have lost their lives fighting for their country has gone viral.  >> Read more trending news “We have 619,300 reasons to be closed on Monday,” is written in chalk...
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...
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...
Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter meet at ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere

Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter meet at ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere

Two are more wonderful than one. Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter met, embraced and posed for photographs at Thursday’s premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Hollywood, ETOnline reported. >> Read more trending news Carter, 65, made the Wonder Woman character famous during its television series run from 1975 to 1979. Gadot is starring in the movie version, which debuts nationally on...
Girl turns Justin Trudeau’s office into a pillow fort

Girl turns Justin Trudeau’s office into a pillow fort

A 5-year-old girl who got to be prime minister for a day in Canada put Justin Trudeau to work, directing him in building a pillow fort, the Huffington Post reported. >> Read more trending news When Bella Thompson won a CBC Kids’ contest, she went to Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, and made her unique request. Trudeau obliged, rearranging his desk to build the shelter...
Father fashions feeding tube to match son’s

Father fashions feeding tube to match son’s

A Virginia man continues to show support for his young son, who was born with a congenital heart defect, by sharing a photo of himself and the 3-year-old boy wearing feeding tubes. >> Read more trending news Robert Selby, whose son Chace requires a feeding tube, fashioned one of his own and glued it on to match his son in the Instagram photo, WTVR reported. “This was actually a picture...
Obama meets with Prince Harry in London

Obama meets with Prince Harry in London

Former President Barack Obama was welcomed to London’s Kensington Palace by Prince Harry on Saturday, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news "They discussed a range of shared interests including support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations," Kensington Palace said in a statement. They also discussed...
Man causes delay of TV newscast in New Mexico

Man causes delay of TV newscast in New Mexico

Saturday night’s newscast at a New Mexico television station was delayed when a man attempted to break into the facility, station officials said. >> Read more trending news On its Facebook pace, KOB in Albuquerque apologized for the delay. Just before 10 p.m., a man began pounding on the front door of the station. Officials called the police, but in the meantime the man gained access...
101-year-old Alabama man gets high school diploma

101-year-old Alabama man gets high school diploma

Thursday night’s graduation ceremony at an Alabama high school included a man who finally earned his diploma after 84 years. At 101 years old, John Presley Motes graduated with Goshen High School’s Class of 2017, but he is older than his classmates — and also older than the school officials who handed him his diploma. Motes was born in Pike County, Alabama, on Sept. 10, 1915, according...
U2 makes post-concert stop at Whataburger in Houston 

U2 makes post-concert stop at Whataburger in Houston 

After another grueling concert on the road, U2 can be forgiven for acting in mysterious ways. The Irish rock ’n’ roll band finished their show in Houston on Wednesday night and decided to eat at a local Whataburger, KDFW reported. >> Read more trending news After arriving, members of the band posed for photographs with some police officers, including Adam Clayton, who was...
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. ...
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...
Report: Tillerson declines request to hold event marking Ramadan

Report: Tillerson declines request to hold event marking Ramadan

According to two U.S. officials, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news Since 1999, secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month. Tillerson...
Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18

Afghanistan car bomb explosion kills 18

At least 18 people were killed and six others were injured Saturday in a car bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan, CNN reported Saturday. The attack occurred near a bus station in the city of Khost, said Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry. There has been no claim of responsibility.
Green Bay named country’s ‘drunkest city’

Green Bay named country’s ‘drunkest city’

During the 1960s, Green Bay, Wisconsin, was known as Titletown because of the success of the NFL’s Packers, winners of five league titles and the first two Super Bowls. >> Read more trending news Green Bay can add another title now. According to 24/7 Wall St., a Delaware-based financial news and opinion company, the city is rated as the drunkest city in America. "The excessive...
John Kasich shows off pop culture savvy on ‘The View’

John Kasich shows off pop culture savvy on ‘The View’

John Kasich famously referred to himself as the “only adult on the stage” during a presidential debate last year, but the Republican governor of Ohio also knows how to connect with teens, thanks to his pop culture knowledge. >> Read more trending news On Thursday, Kasich appeared on “The View” and gave his opinions about the Katy Perry-Taylor Swift feud, surprising the...
Man crashes truck into Nevada brothel

Man crashes truck into Nevada brothel

A man backed a tractor-trailer through the gate of Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch early Thursday, crashing it into the front door of the brothel featured in the “CatHouse” reality television show, CBS News reported.  >> Read more trending news Brian Brandt, 40, of Reno, was arrested and faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, property destruction and possession...
Missouri bride’s 92-year-old uncle is her ‘something blue’

Missouri bride’s 92-year-old uncle is her ‘something blue’

A Missouri bride wanted to include “something blue” for her wedding earlier this month.  >> Read more trending news She got it in a touching way, as her 92-year-old uncle participated in her service on May 13, in his Marine Corps dress blues. Alison Ferrell of Cape Girardeau wanted to include Bill Lee Eblen in her ceremony. But Eblen, a sergeant in the Marines who served during...
Bank forecloses on ‘Extreme Makeover’ homeowner in Michigan

Bank forecloses on ‘Extreme Makeover’ homeowner in Michigan

Nearly nine years ago, Arlene Nickless had her home rebuilt on national television. By Monday, she must turn in her keys and leave. >> Read more trending news  Designers with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” — helped by hundreds of volunteers — built her family's home in 2008 after the death of Tim Nickless, her husband of 18 years. But keeping up payments...
Chipotle restaurants caution customers about possible hacks

Chipotle restaurants caution customers about possible hacks

Chipotle Mexican Grill is ramping up its security measures after hackers using malware stole customer payment information in March. >> Read more trending news On Friday, the restaurant chain announced that most of its 2,249 restaurants were affected, company spokesman Chris Arnold said. According to the chain’s website, the breach happened between March 24 and April 18. Malware collected...
Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit concert

Ariana Grande announces Manchester benefit concert

Ariana Grande has broken her silence and has announced that she will put on a benefit concert for those affected by last week’s terror attack during her Manchester concert. >> Read more trending news Time, date and location information was not released in Friday afternoon’s tweet. The concert will be in honor of those killed and injured and will help raise money for the victims,...
Homer Simpson to be ‘inducted’ into Baseball Hall of Fame 

Homer Simpson to be ‘inducted’ into Baseball Hall of Fame 

Homer Simpson will get his day at Cooperstown on Saturday as he will be inducted into “inducted” into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 years after the “Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”aired on Fox. >> Read more trending news  “Homer at the Bat” aired on Feb. 20, 1992, and featured the voices of Ken Griffey Jr.,...
Pennsylvania man sets Plinko record on ‘The Price Is Right’

Pennsylvania man sets Plinko record on ‘The Price Is Right’

A Pennsylvania man was feeling pretty chipper on “The Price Is Right,” as he won a record $31,500 playing Plinko on the daytime show, TMZ reported. >> Read more trending news  In the segment that aired Thursday, 23-year-old Ryan Belz of Millerton was animated from start to finish as he dropped five Plinko chips down a zigzag maze to win cash prizes of various amounts up...
NYC substitute teacher charged with hate crime

NYC substitute teacher charged with hate crime

A New York City substitute teacher was charged Thursday morning with a hate crime after he  yanked an 8-year-old student's hijab off her head, police said. >> Read more trending news  Oghenetega Edah, 31, was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of aggravated harassment as a hate crime and endangering the welfare of a child, WPIX reported According to the criminal complaint...
Manchester crowd sings ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

Manchester crowd sings ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

The moment when a crowd of Manchester residents joined a woman to sing a rendition of the Oasis song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” has gone viral. >> Read more trending news The impromptu performance came at the end of a nationwide minute’s silence to honor the 22 people who were killed in Monday’s bombing at Manchester Arena, the Guardian reported. About 400...
N.J. school district’s anti-bullying director fired for alleged bullying

N.J. school district’s anti-bullying director fired for alleged bullying

A New Jersey school district’s anti-bullying director was fired last week for allegedly trying to threaten a student to keep quiet about an altercation between the director and a 16-year-old girl, the New Jersey Herald reported. >> Read more trending news Ron Rivera, 55, a retired New Jersey State Police captain who also served as the security director for the Vernon Township School...
Sextuplets born to couple trying to conceive for 17 years

Sextuplets born to couple trying to conceive for 17 years

After 17 years of trying to have children, a Nigerian couple welcomed sextuplets earlier this month at a Virginia hospital, WTVR reported. The three girls and three boys were successfully delivered by cesarean section at VCU Medical Center  in Richmond on May 11 by a 40-person team, according to VCU News. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant...
UK police arrest 9th man in Manchester bombing probe

UK police arrest 9th man in Manchester bombing probe

Police in Great Britain investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday, The Associated Press reported Friday. >> Read more trending news The name of the man arrested Friday and those of the eight previous detainees have not been released. No one has yet been charged in the...
S.D. teen with brain cancer allowed to graduate

S.D. teen with brain cancer allowed to graduate

A 17-year-old South Dakota student with brain cancer will be allowed to walk with her class at graduation on Sunday after school officials reversed their decision, the Rapid City Journal reported. >> Read more trending news Originally, Meridith Erck was told by the Rapid City School Board that she could not participate in graduation ceremonies for Central High School because she was six...
Texas man gets 5-year sentence for killing girlfriend’s daughter

Texas man gets 5-year sentence for killing girlfriend’s daughter

A Texas man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday, KSAT reported. >> Read more trending news Matthew Carrillo was found guilty Tuesday in the 2012 death of Kayla Garcia. The 28-year-old could have been sentenced to a maximum of life in prison. According to trial testimony, the girl suffered massive blunt force head...
Alabama executes man for 1982 murder

Alabama executes man for 1982 murder

Tommy Arthur, who escaped seven previous execution dates, was put to death by lethal injection for his conviction in a 1982 murder-for-hire, AL.com reported. Alabama correctional officials said the 75-year-old inmate was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. Friday. The execution began about 11:50 p.m., 10 minutes before the death warrant was to expire, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner...
Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana

Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana

Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's open U.S. House seat Thursday night and apologized to the reporter who accused the Republican of “body-slamming” him, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Gianforte had earned 50.8 percent of the vote to lead Democrat Rob Quist, who polled 43.8 percent, CNN reported...
JFK’s daughter, grandchildren pay tribute in video

JFK’s daughter, grandchildren pay tribute in video

The centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birthday is Monday, and in an early Memorial Day tribute, his daughter and grandchildren reflected on the life of the 35th president and the impact he had on their lives.  >> Read more trending news At the start of a video created by the JFK Library, Caroline Kennedy said she has thought about her father “and missed him every day of my...
Man finds 2.78-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

Man finds 2.78-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

A Montana man promised his wife a diamond for Mother’s Day, and he sure delivered the goods. >> Read more trending news Wendell Fox discovered a 2.78-carat champagne-colored diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas on May 13, ABC News reported. Staff at the park confirmed the discovery, calling it the second-largest one found at the Murfreesboro park this year. "...
Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Jamie Foxx reveals Oprah saved him, staging an intervention before his Oscar win for ‘Ray’

Actor Jamie Foxx revealed during a radio interview this week that Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention when Foxx was partying too much after completing his Oscar-winning turn in “Ray” in 2004 and before the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony. >> Read more trending news  During an interview with DJ Howard Stern, Foxx, 49, explained he was on a binge, “gallivanting,” &ldquo...
Tattooed 'Joker' accused of flashing gun at cars

Tattooed 'Joker' accused of flashing gun at cars

A man with facial tattoos in the style of the Joker comic book villain and the green hair to match is accused of pointing a gun at cars Tuesday in southwest Miami-Dade, Florida. WFOR-TV reported that police were called about a man flashing a gun at cars near SW 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard. Police spotted and questioned Lawrence Sullivan, 29, who fit the description of the popular Batman...
WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

A Florida man’s unceremonious meeting with the ground after being shot with a stun gun was caught on camera.   Carlos Sierra, a 26-year-old homeless man, was on the run from Surfside police in Miami-Dade County after authorities said he stole a bicycle from a condominium's parking garage, WFOR reported. When officers arrived to find Sierra with the bike in his hands, he dropped...
Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

A popular “do-it-yourself” charcoal mask that has been trending all over the internet could cause serious damage to your skin, according to a dermatologist. "It might be dangerous if you like all three layers of your skin," Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist in Tampa, Florida, said in an interview with WFTS.  Many people have taken to YouTube to show users the painful...
Kim Kardashian deletes social media post on Manchester attack after fiery backlash

Kim Kardashian deletes social media post on Manchester attack after fiery backlash

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has removed a photo of herself and Ariana Grande from social media after an intense backlash over the posting, which was intended to show sympathy for the victims of the Manchester concert bombing and Grande, but instead caused a social media uproar. Kardashian posted the photo of herself and Grande having a good time and smiling at another concert event on Twitter and...
Lance Armstrong engaged to longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen

Lance Armstrong engaged to longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen

Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong is getting married to longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen.   Armstrong, 45, popped the question Tuesday evening at Lake Austin. In a photo posted to Armstrong’s Instagram account, Hansen sits on his lap with a sparkling engagement ring on her finger while the sun sets in the background. The photo was taken by Austin photojournalist Elizabeth Kruetz...
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