For Franken, a rising trajectory, and then the accusations

"Many of you have jobs, many of you have families," Sen. Al Franken told Virginia Democratic leaders gathered on the eve of what seemed an uncomfortably close gubernatorial election. After an expectant pause, he leaned into the microphone and added, "Ignore them." Franken was jokingly beseeching activists to get out the vote the following day, in what ended up as a surprisingly...
"Many of you have jobs, many of you have families," Sen. Al Franken told Virginia Democratic leaders gathered on the eve of what seemed an uncomfortably close gubernatorial election. After an...

Education Dept. wants to narrow civil rights work in schools

The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident...
The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated...


Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram. The company said Wednesday it will launch a portal to let people see which accounts of the Internet Research Agency they followed between January 2015 and August 2017. The tool will be available by the end of the year. But it won't show users if they merely saw — or even "...
Menendez attorney: Hung jury supported friendship defense

Menendez attorney: Hung jury supported friendship defense

The fact that the jury in the trial of Sen. Bob Menendez couldn't reach a verdict and was apparently in favor of acquitting the Democrat and a wealthy friend supported the defense's theory that their friendship carried more weight than the criminal allegations, a defense attorney in the case said Wednesday. In the first extended comments by the defense team since last week's mistrial, Jonathan Cogan...
Democrats face hot-potato politics of sexual predation, too

Democrats face hot-potato politics of sexual predation, too

Democrats have been quick to support the "me too" chorus of women — and some men — who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and name names. But now "me too" stains the Democrats, too, putting them in an awkward place as they calibrate how forcefully to respond. Allegations against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are part of the...
Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident...
Pence visits injured service members at military hospital

Pence visits injured service members at military hospital

Vice President Mike Pence gave thanks Wednesday for medical professionals who help service members overcome injury, saying during an early Thanksgiving visit with some of those who care for the wounded that they give their best to America's best." Trump and his wife, Karen, met privately with five Army members hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. They later...
Rand Paul's wife speaks out on 'blindside attack' on husband

Rand Paul's wife speaks out on 'blindside attack' on husband

The wife of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says her husband hasn't taken a single breath without pain since what she calls "a deliberate, blindside attack" by a Kentucky neighbor earlier this month. Authorities say the Republican was attacked Nov. 3 by Rene Boucher while mowing his lawn. Kelley Paul writes in an essay published by CNN that her husband suffered six broken ribs and fluid in his lungs...
The Latest: Roy Moore thanks Trump in new fundraising appeal

The Latest: Roy Moore thanks Trump in new fundraising appeal

The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Republican Roy Moore is touting President Donald Trump's near-endorsement of him in a new fundraising email to supporters. The Republican Senate candidate from Alabama sent out a fundraising appeal Wednesday night touting Trump's criticisms of Democrat Doug Jones. Trump referenced...
Poll: Many want to avoid political talk this Thanksgiving

Poll: Many want to avoid political talk this Thanksgiving

Pass the turkey — but maybe hold the politics. The already-fraught topic now includes allegations of sexual misconduct against politicians of various political stripes. From GOP President Donald Trump to Democratic Sen. Al Franken, politicians past, present and aspiring stand accused of sexual misconduct and that could keep tensions high at the holiday table. More than a third of Americans dread...
Trump cracks down on crime, but not on the police who fight it

Trump cracks down on crime, but not on the police who fight it

Six years ago, a police officer in this city in eastern Washington was convicted of beating a disabled man to death and trying to cover it up. After other alarming episodes involving Spokane officers came to light, the city asked federal officials to suggest changes to the Police Department as part of an Obama-era policing program.  Ever since, use of force by officers has declined, as have complaints...
As her last day with the Fed nears, Janet Yellen looks back on her first

As her last day with the Fed nears, Janet Yellen looks back on her first

Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, made a relaxed appearance at New York University on Tuesday night, answering questions about her life in economics and her time at the Fed one day after she announced plans to leave the central bank next year.  Yellen said nothing new about the Fed’s policy plans for the coming months, leaving unaltered the widespread expectation that the Fed...
Second judge blocks Trump’s transgender ban in the military

Second judge blocks Trump’s transgender ban in the military

A second federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s proposed ban on transgender troops Tuesday, saying President Donald Trump’s announcement of the ban in a series of tweets this summer was “capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified.”  In a preliminary injunction, Judge Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for Maryland halted a policy that would have discharged...
Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

President Donald Trump started off his first day of Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday by resuming his taunts of the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an "ungrateful fool." In a series of tweets fired off before dawn, the president complained yet again that LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, hasn't given him credit for the release of his son...
What you need to know about a repeal of net neutrality

What you need to know about a repeal of net neutrality

For you and me, the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules can be boiled down to two questions: What might happen? And whom do you trust?  Here’s our guide for internet users looking for answers.    The net neutrality rules were passed in 2015 during the Obama administration when Democrats controlled the FCC.  The goal was to adapt regulations...
“Hi Drumstick.” Trump pardons a turkey, and likes it.

“Hi Drumstick.” Trump pardons a turkey, and likes it.

It began with a familiar pledge: President Donald Trump’s audience, he promised, was going to be very proud of him.  “Hi, Drumstick,” Trump called out Tuesday, preparing to exercise his least controversial executive authority. “Oh, Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy.”  It ended with characteristic introspection.  “I feel so good about myself...
New US sanctions target North Korean, Chinese companies

New US sanctions target North Korean, Chinese companies

The Trump administration has imposed new sanctions on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies. The Treasury Department also has designated a North Korean corporation involved in exporting workers overseas. Tuesday's action is the administration's latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of revenue. It comes a day after...
Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement

Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement

A political action committee supporting Senate candidate Roy Moore is fundraising off President Donald Trump's near-endorsement of the Alabama Republican, who is facing new allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct in the closing weeks of the campaign. A Thanksgiving-themed email with the subject line "Giving thanks for YOU and OUR PRESIDENT!" applauds Trump, who on Tuesday discounted...
Judge's ruling doesn't end legal fight over sanctuary cities

Judge's ruling doesn't end legal fight over sanctuary cities

President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities faced a big setback when a federal judge ruled it was unconstitutional. But the legal fight over so-called sanctuary cities is far from over. Here's a look at Monday's ruling and what other battles loom: WHAT DID THE JUDGE SAY? U.S. District Judge William Orrick rejected...
Conservatives knew 'family values' pol had secret gay life

Conservatives knew 'family values' pol had secret gay life

As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including "committed natural marriage," the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office. The office encounter was the final straw that last week ended his political rise as a self-proclaimed Christian conservative, which had taken...
Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations

Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations

Silent for more than a week, President Donald Trump all but endorsed embattled Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Tuesday, discounting the sexual assault allegations against him and insisting repeatedly that voters must not support Moore's "liberal" rival. The president said he would announce next week whether he will campaign for Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec...
Moore targeted by fellow Republicans' comments in new ad

Moore targeted by fellow Republicans' comments in new ad

The words of prominent Republicans are being used against Alabama's GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in a campaign ad, as Moore's camp on Tuesday continued to go on the offensive against the media and the women accusing him of sexual misconduct. Six women have accused Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Two have...
Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

President Donald Trump wielded his pardon power Tuesday to spare a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster, joking that he would also let last year's turkey pardons stand despite his penchant for overturning Obama-era orders. In a brief and humorous White House ceremony, Trump extended the annual presidential tradition of pardoning turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, an act of leniency that prolongs...
The Latest: Conyers acknowledges settling staffer complaint

The Latest: Conyers acknowledges settling staffer complaint

The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers (all times local): ___ 1:25 p.m. Rep. John Conyers is acknowledging his office has settled a harassment complaint involving a former staffer but denies the allegations against him. The Detroit Democrat said Tuesday in a statement that his office "resolved the allegations" ... "for an amount that equated to a reasonable...
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro gets ticket for speeding at 119 miles per hour

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro gets ticket for speeding at 119 miles per hour

Jeanine F. Pirro, the high-octane host of a Fox News Channel show, was given a summons on Sunday for driving 119 mph in upstate New York, according to the State Police.  Pirro, a former Westchester County district attorney who now hosts the Fox News television show “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” said in a statement that she was unaware that she was going nearly double the speed limit...
Trump, Putin discuss Syria, NKorea, more in hour-plus call

Trump, Putin discuss Syria, NKorea, more in hour-plus call

President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call on Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on the agenda, the White House said. Trump called it a "great call" Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida. Noting the length, he said he and Putin spoke "very strongly...
Trial begins for six charged with rioting during Trump inauguration

Trial begins for six charged with rioting during Trump inauguration

During the opening minutes of the trial of six people charged with rioting during President Donald Trump's inauguration, a Washington, D.C., prosecutor described the scene as storefronts were smashed and a car set afire.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff told jurors about a cafe owner whose shop windows were shattered by rocks, forcing her to close her business for days. She described...
ANALYSIS: From Charlie Rose to Donald Trump: 7 thorny questions for Washington on sexual harassment

ANALYSIS: From Charlie Rose to Donald Trump: 7 thorny questions for Washington on sexual harassment

Mega-journalist Charlie Rose. The New York Times' Glenn Thrush. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., again. The floodgates are open as (mostly) women are emboldened in this post-Harvey Weinstein era to share their stories of powerful men in politics, entertainment and elsewhere leveraging their power for sex.  Since Washington is supposed to set the tone for the rest of society, having their own accused...
White House: Trump didn’t mean what he said about leaving UCLA players in jail in China

White House: Trump didn’t mean what he said about leaving UCLA players in jail in China

At a briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response to a criticism" by LaVar Ball when he tweeted of Ball's son LiAngelo and two UCLA teammates that he "should have left them in jail" in China. Sanders repeatedly claimed that Trump was "happy to intervene" on the players' behalf...
Billionaire Steyer light ups Times Square with ads seeking Trump impeachment

Billionaire Steyer light ups Times Square with ads seeking Trump impeachment

Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist and Democratic mega-donor, said he's heading to the heart of New York City for the next step of his $20 million ad campaign urging the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  "We're putting a couple of large billboards in Times Square calling for the impeachment of the president," Steyer said Monday in an interview. "We legitimately...
ANALYSIS: Will your taxes go up or down? The five biggest questions on the GOP plan

ANALYSIS: Will your taxes go up or down? The five biggest questions on the GOP plan

The No. 1 question I get from readers lately is: How likely is the Republican tax plan to become law?  Compass Point, a research firm, puts the odds of the tax-cut bill making it to President Donald Trump's desk at 65 percent. Goldman Sachs, the investment bank that has a lot of alums in the White House, is telling clients the odds are now at 80 percent.  "The tax reform debate is moving...
Why Sen. Al Franken could be in a lot more trouble now

Why Sen. Al Franken could be in a lot more trouble now

Is Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., a serial groper?  That's the question inevitably raised now that a second woman is saying Franken grabbed her inappropriately, this time when he was taking a photo with her in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.  He "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear," Lindsay Menz...
CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them. Both organizations stressed the importance of providing a safe, professional workplace. Rose joins a lengthening list of media figures who have lost jobs because...
LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball "is unaccepting...
The Latest: US slaps new sanctions on NKorean, Chinese firms

The Latest: US slaps new sanctions on NKorean, Chinese firms

The Latest on the U.S. declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (all times local): 2 p.m. The United States has issued new sanctions on four Chinese trading companies and a Chinese national said to have conducted hundreds of millions of dollars in business with North Korea. The Treasury Department also designated six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 vessels as part...
Haitians relieved to stay in US for now, upset status to end

Haitians relieved to stay in US for now, upset status to end

Yolnick Jeune couldn't sleep for days, anxious over the fate of a program that has staved off the deportations of both herself and tens of thousands of other Haitians in the U.S. Then, President Donald Trump's administration this week announced one last 18-month extension of the Temporary Protected Status that has allowed her to work and provide for her five children, including a 7-year-old, U.S.-born...
Melania Trump, son Barron receive White House Christmas tree

Melania Trump, son Barron receive White House Christmas tree

Melania Trump and son Barron joined in a time-honored tradition of receiving the official White House Christmas tree, which will become the showstopper for a president who has vowed to put Christmas back at the center of the winter holidays. A military quartet played holiday tunes Monday as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot (5.9-meter) Balsam fir from Wisconsin up the White House driveway...
US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began issuing permits Oct. 20 for lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016 and 2018. The agency is also currently studying...
US readies new sanctions against North Korea, individuals

US readies new sanctions against North Korea, individuals

The Trump administration readied new sanctions Tuesday on North Korea, a day after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in a move to put additional pressure on Pyongyang's nuclear program. North Korea has joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on America's terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Un's...
Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported Monday. The website reported that Conyers' office paid the woman over $27,000 to settle the complaint under a confidentiality agreement. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had...
Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

Jurors will consider dueling arguments Tuesday that either a homeless man killed a woman at a San Francisco pier by accident or while playing a sick game. Lawyers offered both portraits Monday in closing arguments at the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. The defense was scheduled to finish arguments on Tuesday, and jurors could begin deliberations that same day. Garcia Zarate is charged with...
New Mexico candidate denies past harassment allegations

New Mexico candidate denies past harassment allegations

A rising star in the Democratic Party who gained national attention for tackling poverty in New Mexico said he will not drop out of the race for lieutenant governor despite renewed scrutiny of past allegations that he sexually harassed women. Statehouses nationwide are dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct in a wave of claims against powerful people in politics, entertainment, business and...
Don’t forget safety while shopping on Black Friday, police say

Don’t forget safety while shopping on Black Friday, police say

Holiday shopping mania can make it easy to forget some common-sense rules to keep you and your belongings safe. Police recommend these tips before hitting the stores on Black Friday: 1. Remove valuables from view: After a successful shopping run, you should place and secure all holiday packages in your trunk, away from prying eyes. Thefts are crimes of opportunity, and thieves wait and watch...
This app could reduce the dangers of concussions in young athletes

This app could reduce the dangers of concussions in young athletes

Startup of the week: Who they are: PRIVIT What they do: Their app seeks to keep young athletes safer by helping coaches and trainers report and properly treat concussions and other injuries and medical conditions. Why it’s cool: There’s been plenty of buzz recently about the dangers of concussions in impact sports — including the link between playing in the NFL. and the degenerative...

The future is here: Augmented reality apps to use on iPhone or iPad

With the release of an updated mobile operating system in October, Apple’s new augmented reality platform is ready for take-off. The first generation of AR apps is available in Apple’s App Store, allowing millions of iPhone and iPad users to view three-dimensional computer-generated graphics on top of a user’s real-world view. With iOS 11, anyone with an iPhone 6 or more current...

Why I’m skipping wireless charging on my iPhone 8 Plus

I’ve had the iPhone 8 Plus for about a month now, and while on launch day I thought I’d be most excited about wireless charging, I’ve found I’ve abandoned my wireless charger in favor of fast charging. I’ve come to like wireless charging when I’ve used Samsung’s phones, as it’s quite speedy, but Apple has limited its Qi wireless charging to only accept...
Rock out with sporty-designed headphones

Rock out with sporty-designed headphones

Listening to a Tom Petty music marathon is great, but making it better in my world was hearing the legendary music on the Soul X-TRA over-the-ear wireless (Bluetooth) headphones. The headphones smooth sound, comfort, and the sporty design were all much appreciated. The sound is promoted as “Advanced HD drivers and circuitry design for a balanced bass and clear mids and highs,” which I...
All data moving across Wi-Fi networks could be susceptible to hacking

All data moving across Wi-Fi networks could be susceptible to hacking

Home and corporate Wi-Fi networks — and all the data, photos and messages transmitted across them — could be vulnerable to hackers, according to a computer security researcher in Belgium. The vulnerability is in WPA2, the main protocol that protects Wi-Fi networks. Hackers can use a technique known as key reinstallation attacks, or Krack for short, to intercept information sent over networks...
CNET: Best wireless Bluetooth headphones of 2017

CNET: Best wireless Bluetooth headphones of 2017

Old headphones sounding a little flat these days? Or maybe you’re just tired of untangling wires all the time? Here are four great headphones that will solve both problems and leave you smiling. ——— Bose QuietComfort 35 Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/bose-quietcomfort-35/#ftag=CAD187281f CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding) The good: The Bose QuietComfort...
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2017: What time, what channel, which balloons will be there?

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2017: What time, what channel, which balloons will be there?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has signaled the start of the holiday season for nearly 100 years. It draws 3 million people in person in New York City, and more than 50 million on television.  There are stars who sing and dance, marching bands and balloons. Big balloons. This year’s version of the parade is set to go off Thursday in New York City with a cast of more than 8...
Mama June proves she kept her weight loss promise 7 months later

Mama June proves she kept her weight loss promise 7 months later

Seven months after losing 300 pounds on “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” Mama June Shannon is here to prove she’s still keeping the weight off! The 38-year-old reality star was spotted out and about in Atlanta this week while Christmas shopping and was happy to show off her slim figure. Dressed in athletic wear leggings and a long-sleeved gray shirt, she was all smiles while proving...
Joe Barton apologizes for graphic photo circulating online

Joe Barton apologizes for graphic photo circulating online

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, issued an apology Wednesday after a sexually explicit photo of him made the rounds on social media. Barton reportedly sent the photo to a woman he was involved with after he and his now ex-wife had separated. “While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” he said, according to The...
Progress slow at SpaceX’s planned spaceport

Progress slow at SpaceX’s planned spaceport

More than three years ago, SpaceX founder Elon Musk gathered with state leaders at this remote South Texas beach to trumpet it as the future location of the world’s first commercial spaceport.  But so far, the only liftoffs from the shifting dunes are being achieved by seagulls and pelicans. SpaceX — the Hawthorne, Calif., company started by Musk with the aim of reducing the...
Pastor of three young children found dead day before Thanksgiving

Pastor of three young children found dead day before Thanksgiving

Tennessee authorities are investigating the death Wednesday morning of a Memphis pastor . Quentin Barlow, 36, was found dead in his home on the day before Thanksgiving from unknown causes. Barlow’s cousin, Samantha Westbrook, said she received the bad news in a phone call from her cousin. “We’re grieving, we’re hurting, but our faith and trust remains in the Lord,” Westbrook...
Writer Emily Lindin closes her Twitter after sexist tweets

Writer Emily Lindin closes her Twitter after sexist tweets

Teen Vogue’s Emily Lindin has more than 23,000 followers on Twitter but, unless you’re in that crowd, you won’t be seeing her tweets any time soon. On Tuesday night, Lindin locked down her account after a wildly unpopular tweet earned her the scorn of what seems like just about all of social media. And that’s a lot of scorn. Lindin wrote: “Here’s an unpopular...
Not everyone’s happy that the Girl Scouts now say girls 'don’t owe anyone a hug'

Not everyone’s happy that the Girl Scouts now say girls 'don’t owe anyone a hug'

A new consent initiative from the Girl Scouts of America is drawing the fire of people who say the organization has gone too far and assumed too much about the long-term ramifications of the behavior of girls at a young age. “Holidays and family get-togethers are a time for yummy food, sweet traditions, funny stories, and lots and lots of love,” begins the post, entitled “Reminder...
Woman helps raise more than $40,000 for homeless veteran who gave her his last $20

Woman helps raise more than $40,000 for homeless veteran who gave her his last $20

A New Jersey woman has helped raise more than $44,000 for a homeless man who helped her when she was in a time of need.  >> Read more trending news  Kate McClure was driving on I-95 in Philadelphia recently when her car ran out of gas. According to PhillyVoice.com, McClure got out of her car to walk to a gas station when she was approached by a homeless man, identified only as...
Reporter finds black widow spider nestled in Christmas tree at grocery store

Reporter finds black widow spider nestled in Christmas tree at grocery store

A news reporter in San Antonio made a potentially dangerous discovery in a Christmas tree at a local grocery store: a black widow spider. San Antonio-Express reporter Paul Stephen was shopping at an HEB grocery store Tuesday when he picked up a small Christmas tree and noticed the venomous arachnid, according to the newspaper. "I saw the spider, snapped the requisite Instagram pic, put it...
Young woman vanishes after online date, family fears the worst

Young woman vanishes after online date, family fears the worst

A 24-year-old Lincoln, Nebraska, woman has been missing for several days following a date with someone she met online, and now police are calling the circumstance surrounding her disappearance “concerning.” Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Jeff Bliemeister spoke to local media Tuesday and urged residents to continue looking for Sydney Loofe as the department conducts interviews and pieces together...
Black Friday 2017: Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon deals, store hours, ads and more

Black Friday 2017: Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon deals, store hours, ads and more

  It’s almost go time. Sure, you have a turkey and all the fixins’ to fix, family to visit with and football to watch, but you also have sales to attend, deals to get and shopping to get over with. With holiday shopping barking at the door like a pack of wolves, here's a quick guide to the best deals, store hours, ads and shopping apps.  Good luck! Bass Pro Shops – 8 a...
How much will you have to exercise to burn off that turkey dinner?

How much will you have to exercise to burn off that turkey dinner?

How many burpees does it take to burn off a dollop of gravy? How far must you run to negate a slice of holiday pie? The Daily Burn tallied the caloric cost of a Thanksgiving feast, and the results might make you second-guess that decision not to sign up for the local turkey trot. According to the Daily Burn’s helpful infographic, the turkey trot will take care of one slice of pie. That&rsquo...
Jimmy Fallon, Maroon 5 pull street performing prank in NYC subway station

Jimmy Fallon, Maroon 5 pull street performing prank in NYC subway station

An oddly familiar-looking band of street musicians treated New York subway commuters to a jam session, and it turns out it was made up of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and James Valentine and “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon in disguise. Disguised as buskers -- people who perform in public for donations -- the trio performed a rousing rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Love...
Michael Jordan replaces family’s signed jersey stolen from home after fire

Michael Jordan replaces family’s signed jersey stolen from home after fire

A family received a surprise from NBA legend Michael Jordan after one of his signed jerseys was stolen from their home when it burned down in October. Officials with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said the family was forced out of its Rock Creek, Wisconsin, home on Oct. 11 when it caught fire.  Authorities said a family member went to the house on Nov. 2, after the fire, and noticed two...
New York AG investigating fraudulent net neutrality comments to FCC

New York AG investigating fraudulent net neutrality comments to FCC

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that his office is investigating tens of thousands of comments posted to a notice of the FCC’s proposed change to net neutrality rules after learning that they were made by impersonators. The investigation was launched six months ago, after researchers and reporters learned that the comment process, which is integral to the agency&rsquo...
Wendy Williams said she was groped on live TV, fans named names

Wendy Williams said she was groped on live TV, fans named names

Wendy Williams has her own story about workplace sexual harassment, but the talk show host is trying to keep mum about who it involves. While discussing the recent slew of sexual assault allegations against veteran journalist, Charlie Rose, Williams, 53, revealed that her least favorite guest on her show was one who had groped her on live television, Inside Edition reported. “My worst guest...
Police: Man clubs mom with rifle over stolen deer meat 

Police: Man clubs mom with rifle over stolen deer meat 

A Vermont man was charged over the weekend with assaulting his own mother for taking deer meat that belonged to him, police said.  Zachary C. Merriam, 21, of Pittsford, is charged with first-degree aggravated domestic assault, according to the Vermont State Police.  Police officials told the Rutland Herald that troopers spoke Saturday afternoon to Merriam’s mother, who said...
Restaurant to open doors to ‘Thanksgiving orphans’

Restaurant to open doors to ‘Thanksgiving orphans’

A restaurant in Maryland is forgoing dinner with family in the comfort of home to serve a feast to “Thanksgiving orphans” “Thanksgiving orphans” are those who have nowhere to go; no friends or family to visit for the holiday, WRC reported. >> Read more trending news But Galazio Restaurant, in La Plata, Maryland, will open its doors with the help of volunteers to...
Ohio woman overdoses during sex, police say

Ohio woman overdoses during sex, police say

A woman who was found snoring by police overdosed during sex with her boyfriend early Wednesday, police said. >> Read more trending news Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, Dayton police and medics responded to the 400 block of Sheridan Avenue. A concerned man, the woman’s 28-year-old boyfriend, called 911 after his girlfriend overdosed during sex, the police report reads. She was found by...
Self-inflicted injuries on the rise among middle school girls, study says

Self-inflicted injuries on the rise among middle school girls, study says

Adolescence can be difficult. But it seems to be especially challenging for middle school girls, with them visiting the emergency room for self-inflicted injuries more than any other group, according to a new report. Researchers from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed a 15-year study that explored the trends...
Meghan McCain secretly marries conservative analyst Ben Domenech

Meghan McCain secretly marries conservative analyst Ben Domenech

Meghan McCain has tied the knot. The co-host of ABC’s “The View” exchanged nuptials on Tuesday with conservative analyst Ben Domenech, 35, in a secret Sedona, Arizona, ceremony on her family’s ranch Tuesday.  “Meghan McCain and Ben Domenech were married at the McCain family lodge in Sedona, Arizona,” a representative  for McCain told People in a statement...
WOW Air selling flights to Europe for $99 for Black Friday

WOW Air selling flights to Europe for $99 for Black Friday

WOW Air could fly you to Europe for as low as $99. >> Read more trending news  If Black Friday sales on electronics don’t excite you, maybe a cheap flight abroad will.  Wow Air is offering discounted one-way flights from airports in Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh to destinations like Amsterdam, London, Dublin and Reykjavik, Iceland. The catch? The select discounted...
Lesbian couple beaten, held captive for days over borrowed car, police say

Lesbian couple beaten, held captive for days over borrowed car, police say

Three Indiana men and a woman have been booked on more than 30 separate criminal charges in connection with the alleged beating and kidnapping of a married lesbian couple. One of the men, Kenneth Allen Braswell, 32, is charged with raping one of the women, according to Indianapolis jail records. Braswell is also charged with criminal confinement, kidnapping, battery with a deadly weapon, battery...
Puppies take stress out of holiday airport travel

Puppies take stress out of holiday airport travel

An airport in Pennsylvania is helping travelers forget the stress of travel this Thanksgiving.  >> Read more trending news More than a dozen puppies were at Harrisburg International Airport this morning for flyers to relax before walking down the jet bridge to their awaiting planes. The 17 puppies are actually service dog puppies that help relieve stress, and melt a few hearts heading into...
Gabby Douglas accuses former team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse

Gabby Douglas accuses former team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse

Team USA gymnastics member Gabby Douglas came forward with her own allegations against team doctor Larry Nassar, saying she, like her teammate Aly Raisman, was sexually abused. Douglas issued a statement via Instagram on Tuesday claiming she was sexually abused by Nassar.  “First, I want to reiterate my apology for responding the way I did to a comment that one of my teammates posted...
Cancer survivor and the doctor that saved him climb Mount Kilimanjaro together

Cancer survivor and the doctor that saved him climb Mount Kilimanjaro together

Four years ago, Ken Brown, of Chicago, received news that would change his life forever. He was told he had a five percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, WGN reported. >> Read more trending news But Brown wasn’t alone. He had the help of Dr. Malcom Bilimoria, who was able to help cure Brown of his life-threatening disease. “I could see when...
Texas trooper who took photo with Snoop Dogg sues officials a second time

Texas trooper who took photo with Snoop Dogg sues officials a second time

A Texas state trooper is suing 18 different Department of Public Safety officials a second time, alleging that they retaliated against him after he sued them the first time and that documents about him were tampered with. Trooper Billy Spears was reprimanded in the spring of 2015 for taking a photo with rapper Snoop Dogg. Spears was reprimanded because the rapper has several drug-possession...
Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter responds to rape allegations made by singer Melissa Schuman

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter responds to rape allegations made by singer Melissa Schuman

Former Dream singer Melissa Schuman accused Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys of raping her in 2002 and alleged that his legal team silenced her in a Sunday blog post, according to a report from Rolling Stone.  In the graphic and lengthy post, Schuman explained that her management team set her up with Carter after he took interest in her. However, she had a boyfriend at the time, so...
3-strikes felon sentenced to life in prison is released early, now charged with murder

3-strikes felon sentenced to life in prison is released early, now charged with murder

A convicted felon sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison under Washington state's three-strikes law has been charged with shooting and killing a man earlier this month. The life sentence of Stonney Marcus Rivers, 50, was commuted by then-Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2013 during her final days in office. Rivers was released from prison in early 2015. On Nov. 2, police officers were called...
Trump slams 'ungrateful fool' LaVar Ball in tweets

Trump slams 'ungrateful fool' LaVar Ball in tweets

President Donald Trump escalated his feud with NBA personality LaVar Ball in a pair of tweets Wednesday, calling Ball an “ungrateful fool” and taking full credit for getting Ball’s son and two of his UCLA basketball teammates back to the U.S. after the trio was accused of shoplifting in China. “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn&rsquo...
Your Android device is sending your location data to Google even if the service is disabled

Your Android device is sending your location data to Google even if the service is disabled

If you want to keep your location private, just disable the service, right? Wrong. Android devices are sending cell tower location data to Google even if a user has opted out, according to a new research. Quartz recently released the report, revealing that information is also being sent if a device has been reset to factory default settings. It happens every time a device with cellular data or a wi-fi...
Babies understand what words mean before they can even talk, study says

Babies understand what words mean before they can even talk, study says

If you believe babies only understand “goo goo” and “gah gah,” think again. Infants actually know what words mean before they begin talking, a new report says. Researchers from Duke University recently conducted a study, published in the Proceedings of the National Sciences, to explore how early infants comprehend speech and sound.  To do so, they examined...
MUST SEE: House being moved winds up stuck on road

MUST SEE: House being moved winds up stuck on road

Officials were working to remove a house that was stuck in the middle of a rural Iredell County road in North Carolina Wednesday morning. State troopers told WSOC that the house was in the process of being moved when the truck carrying it went off the roadway and got stuck. >> Read more trending news Deputies said the home was about a half-mile from its destination when the trailer hauling it...
Parents upset after Toys R Us cancels orders; company hasn't refunded money

Parents upset after Toys R Us cancels orders; company hasn't refunded money

Parents in the Pittsburgh area are upset after their Toys R Us orders were canceled because of a website glitch. The toys were purchased with coupon codes that either should not have have been made public or were flat-out frauds.  >> Read more trending news A Washington County woman claims the company still hasn't given her her money back. When she called Toys R Us, she says she was told...
Boys, 6, who have beaten leukemia become ‘pilots for the day’

Boys, 6, who have beaten leukemia become ‘pilots for the day’

Houston Pirrung and Jack Kirkbride are battle buddies in their fight against childhood cancer. Now, with pint-sized personalized flight suits, the two 6-year-olds got to become military battle buddies. Houston and Jack are both fighting leukemia. Last week, though, their dreams came true when they became pilots for a day, taking the oath and getting their wings at Joint Base Andrews, The Washington...
Influx of students from Puerto Rico after hurricane putting strain on system

Influx of students from Puerto Rico after hurricane putting strain on system

Hurricane Maria destroyed most everything in Puerto Rico, including the island’s schools.  By one estimate, up to 300,000 children will head north to the U.S. mainland to get an education over the next two years. >> Read more trending news Hundreds of children have arrived in Massachusetts so far, and it’s putting a strain on school systems that are already stretched thin. Orlando...
'Bikini baristas' in court battle over dress code law

'Bikini baristas' in court battle over dress code law

The city of Everett, Washington, is looking to crack down on the dress code of “bikini baristas,” but the baristas are not backing down. The baristas are arguing that their skimpy costumes fall under freedom of expression. In recent court filings, the city claimed the coffee stands have a history of prostitution, sexual assault and exploitation. One of Everett's...
Fallen soldier's pictures used in fake social media and dating profiles

Fallen soldier's pictures used in fake social media and dating profiles

The family of a fallen Massachusetts soldier is once again fighting to defend his identity from complete strangers using his pictures on fake social media accounts and dating sites. Lisa Haglof, who helps manage the Facebook memorial page for her brother, Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Pucino, told Boston 25 News she recently began receiving messages from people informing her Pucino's pictures and name...
Overturned tractor-trailer spills bags of salad along Florida Turnpike

Overturned tractor-trailer spills bags of salad along Florida Turnpike

A tractor-trailer overturned early Wednesday, spilling bags of salad along Florida's Turnpike in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported shortly before 3 a.m. on the road's southbound lanes, north of State Road 417, troopers said. Investigators said at least one person was injured, but it's unknown how severe the injuries. >> Read more trending news The road blockage...
17 retail horror stories that show working Black Friday is the worst

17 retail horror stories that show working Black Friday is the worst

Retail workers put up with long hours, pushy customers and crowded stores during the holiday season. For many people, working in retail is a rite of passage — often the first job teens work during high school or college. In Ohio, the retail industry supports one in four jobs. We asked our readers to share your good and bad memories and experiences during your time working in malls...
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