First lady donates inaugural gown to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump knew her inaugural gown would be part of history and she had a clear vision for her look, asking the designer for something "modern, sleek, light, unique and unexpected." The resulting vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown is now part of the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Mrs. Trump officially donated the couture piece Friday at...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump knew her inaugural gown would be part of history and she had a clear vision for her look, asking the designer for something "modern, sleek, light, unique and...

Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns: AP-NORC poll

ATLANTA (AP) — The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favor tighter laws as they have for several years, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The massive...
ATLANTA (AP) — The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such...


The Latest: White House defends chief of staff Kelly

The Latest: White House defends chief of staff Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a dispute over White House condolence calls to military families (all times local): 1:40 p.m. The White House is defending the president's chief of staff after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman who criticized the president's condolence call to the widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger. John Kelly on Thursday criticized Rep. Frederica...
Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case

Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding. The food makers say that once they open their doors for business, they don't get to choose their customers. They say that abiding by laws that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation does not strip them of creative...
John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April

John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April

NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it. "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations" is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday. The publisher quietly signed up the book in February, without any formal announcement. In July...
Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly unequivocally defended President Donald Trump's calls to the families of four fallen soldiers, on Thursday using his credibility as a retired general who lost a son on the battlefield to try to help his boss contain a public relations crisis.  In an extraordinary, emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, Kelly described in painful detail the...
Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country!" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans' promised tax legislation. Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year's end, an ambitious goal that would fulfill multiple...
Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

A federal judge on Thursday shot down former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bid to sweep his criminal record clean.  Arpaio, the controversial former lawman in Arizona's Maricopa County, was granted a pardon by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25. He had been found in criminal contempt after a five-day bench trial earlier this year and faced the possibility of up to six months in jail. After the pardon,...
Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there.  Sen. Maria Cantwell, Wash., the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, offered an budget amendment that would have removed instructions...
Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

The Senate approved the Republican-backed budget Thursday night, a major step forward for the GOP effort to enact tax cuts.  The budget's passage will allow the GOP to use a procedural maneuver to pass tax legislation through the Senate with 50 or more votes, removing the need for support from Democratic senators.  "Tonight, we completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax...
The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Federal Reserve’s inner workings are a mystery to most Americans. Presidents can’t order it around, nor can Congress — that much is generally believed. Along with its reputation for independence, the Fed can seem economically omnipotent.  But in truth, our research shows, Fed independence is largely a myth.  With President Donald Trump having met with the Fed Chairwoman...
Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Sen. John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the runup to the 2016 election with no disclosure required.  But the tech industry, which has worked to thwart previous efforts to mandate such...
The Latest: Ryan says GOP working on 4th tax bracket

The Latest: Ryan says GOP working on 4th tax bracket

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a budget resolution (all times local): 11:15 a.m. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the tax plan pushed by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders will add a fourth tax bracket for high-income people to the three originally proposed. Ryan isn't yet saying what the tax rate would be for the fourth income-tax bracket. The GOP blueprint, which would...
Feud over Trump's condolence call to widow rages on

Feud over Trump's condolence call to widow rages on

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump's displays of compassion for America's war dead sped ahead Friday, a day after White House chief of staff John Kelly made an emotional call for an end to politicizing the "sacred" matter of how a nation consoles the families of slain soldiers. Video emerged that undercut part of Kelly's rebuke of a Florida congresswoman he said...
Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among the...
Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid

Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid "Obamacare" turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low. That finding is based on the latest installment of a major survey, released Friday. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index asks a random sample...
Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. The GOP on Thursday narrowly backed the budget plan, a prerequisite to major tax legislation. The Senate methodically worked through...
Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego

Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top. Another has a surface resembling an expensive brick driveway. Companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the models...
Dog loses love of bomb sniffing, booted from CIA

Dog loses love of bomb sniffing, booted from CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — A puppy lost its love for sniffing out bombs and the CIA lost a recruit. Lulu gained a family. Just a few weeks into her training, the doe-eyed black Labrador with flappy ears just wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors anymore, the agency said. Even food and play couldn't motivate her. Lulu sought a different future. She found one with a loving handler, who adopted...
AP source: Trump calls GOP senators to offer support

AP source: Trump calls GOP senators to offer support

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called three GOP incumbent senators to offer his support after they've come in the crosshairs of former White House adviser Steve Bannon's anti-establishment campaign. Trump made the calls on Wednesday to Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Deb Fischer of Nebraska, all of whom are running for re-election. The calls were...
Jury picked in murder case that stoked immigration debate

Jury picked in murder case that stoked immigration debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury has been selected for the murder trial of a Mexican man whose case set off a national debate over U.S. sanctuary cities and immigration during last year's presidential campaign after he was accused of shooting and killing a woman on a popular San Francisco pier. Six women and six men were selected Wednesday for the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate after jury candidates...
Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over "Obamacare." For consumers, it offers a potential respite from the spiral of rising premiums and dwindling choice. The legislation from Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray...
Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among...
Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Thursday by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more than $100 million to help at-risk communities prevent wildfires and create a pilot program to cut down...
Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrats are at war with themselves in California, where restless activists are challenging party leaders to resist all things President Donald Trump and move further left on health care, the minimum wage and populist issues. The conflict could complicate Democratic hopes of winning as many as nine congressional seats in the state, a cluster that would go a long way toward...
Senators push for more online transparency in elections

Senators push for more online transparency in elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. The bill by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter...
The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the bipartisan health deal in the Senate (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Two leading senators have formally proposed their bipartisan compromise for steadying health insurance markets. The measure has 24 sponsors, half Republicans and half Democrats. The two main authors hope that number will help persuade President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities. "They are close enough now in their capabilities that from a U.S. policy perspective we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving" their objective of being able to strike the United States, Pompeo told a national security forum...
Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington...
Trump on his Puerto Rico response: 'I'd say it was a 10'

Trump on his Puerto Rico response: 'I'd say it was a 10'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave himself a "10" on Thursday for his response to the widespread devastation Puerto Rico suffered after back-to-back hurricanes created a situation that the island's governor described as "catastrophic" as he met with Trump at the White House. More than 80 percent of households in Puerto Rico remain without electricity about a month...
CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil. Pompeo said for talks to move ahead, the Taliban must have no hope of winning on the battlefield in Afghanistan, and that means making it no longer possible...
House panel: 15 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs

House panel: 15 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is demanding that 15 federal agencies fully account for senior officials' travel following reports of costly plane travel by Trump Cabinet secretaries. In letters sent this week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee threatened to subpoena the Agriculture and Justice departments by the end of the month if officials fail to provide all the information...
Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President George W. Bush on Thursday denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics, warning that the rise of "nativism," isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation's true identity. The comments, delivered at a New York City conference hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, amounted to an indirect critique from a former Republican president...
GOP US Rep. Tiberi to resign by January, lead business group

GOP US Rep. Tiberi to resign by January, lead business group

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A senior Republican congressman from Ohio said Thursday that he will resign from his seat to take the helm of a business policy group back home. U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, who has held the seat since 2001, said he plans to leave sometime before Jan. 31. His two-year term was set to end in January 2019. "Leaving Congress is not a decision I take lightly but after a lot of...
Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

President Donald Trump is questioning what he says is a "fake" dossier of allegations about his connections to Russia. Here's his latest tweet: "Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?" The political research firm behind the dossier balked this week at subpoenas from the House Intelligence...
The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times EDT): 9:30 p.m. The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promises for "massive tax cuts and reform." The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code, cutting...
US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing...
Protesters rally against travel ban

Protesters rally against travel ban

Muslim Americans had planned to gather in the nation's capital to protest President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on Wednesday, the day it was scheduled to go into effect.  But late Tuesday, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked its implementation, saying that it "plainly discriminates based on nationality." A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt to portions...
The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The tax reform framework released three weeks ago by the White House and Republican congressional leadership has lofty goals: Simplify the tax code; provide relief for middle-class families; cut taxes for businesses; end many narrowly focused special tax benefits; and keep the reformed tax code “at least as progressive” as the existing one.  Many of the policies proposed in the framework...
Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Enraged and rattled by the political brawl over military mourning, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly returned this week to the one place he could go clear his head — Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, some of the saddest ground in America. There, amid the memorials to the recent war dead is Grave 9480, the final resting place of Kelly's son, Robert, a Marine...
Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

The defendant was elsewhere, stirring and twittering in his new city, his name rarely spoken — just the title sufficed — but always top of mind inside an overstuffed Manhattan courtroom.  “The president” is a businessman, the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the judge. “The president” refuses to leave the marketplace. This is hardly a fair fight, the logic...
3 men arrested in shooting after white nationalist Richard Spencer speech at UF

3 men arrested in shooting after white nationalist Richard Spencer speech at UF

Three men who are reportedly supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested on Thursday in connection to an incident where a shot was fired, deputies said. William Henry Fears, 30, Colton Gene Fears, 28, and Tyler Tenbrink, 29, each face charges of attempted homicide, the Gainesville Sun reports. Tenbrink faces an additional charge of possession of a weapon, public records...
Family’s dog thought to be euthanized turns up at former vet employee’s house

Family’s dog thought to be euthanized turns up at former vet employee’s house

The Levys grieved twice for Caesar. The family’s beloved miniature pinscher suffered from chronic health conditions and was taken to the Briarwood Veterinary Hospital to be euthanized, according to The Star-Ledger. However, five months later the family got an anonymous tip that the dog was still alive and living with the vet technician. "You charge me to put him down and then sneak...
Woman claims airline misled her after leg surgery

Woman claims airline misled her after leg surgery

A 20-year-old Massachusetts woman who has been fighting a rare disease said an airline failed to fulfill its promise to accommodate her after a recent leg surgery. The surgery was the 14th for Jacynda Pena, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Her symptoms include loose joints, stretchy skin and abnormal scar formation, which causes her to be in chronic pain at times. Her family bought her Frontier Airlines...
Sugar can fuel cancerous cells, study says

Sugar can fuel cancerous cells, study says

Different types of foods have been linked to cancer, including saturated fats and processed meats. Now scientist say sugar can fuel the disease, too.  Researchers from universities in Belgium recently conducted a nine-year experiment, published in Nature Communications, that revealed how sugar stimulates the growth of tumors.  They explained that healthy cells receive energy through...
Northern Michigan University offers marijuana studies degree

Northern Michigan University offers marijuana studies degree

A new program at Northern Michigan University gives students a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the business and science of marijuana. >> Read more trending news  The four-year degree program, formally called Medical Plant Chemistry, is in its inception this semester. About a dozen students are currently enrolled in the program, and more and more students are showing interest...
Former Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license accused of asking student to touch his genitals

Former Gators quarterback Chris Leak loses teaching license accused of asking student to touch his genitals

A former Florida Gators quarterback did not contest allegations that he asked an underage student to touch him inappropriately. Edgewater High School football coach and art recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid allegations that, on Sept. 5, 2015, he received...
Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King’

Who was Sgt. La David Johnson? 7 things to know about the fallen soldier, ‘Wheelie King’

The mother of fallen U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson said Wednesday that during a call with her son’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, President Donald Trump said the soldier “knew what he signed up for.” Trump has since denied he said those words and told members of the Senate Finance Committee, “I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who...
La Niña expected to bring mild winter to US

La Niña expected to bring mild winter to US

This winter won’t likely bring any extreme snow or cold in New England, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Based on the conditions in the Pacific Ocean running cooler than average (also known as La Niña), which Deputy Director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center Mike Halpert said are similar to those observed last year, the forecast for this...
The magical Orionid meteor shower is back and will peak overnight — When, where and how to see it

The magical Orionid meteor shower is back and will peak overnight — When, where and how to see it

The dazzling Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak overnight and you don’t want to miss out on the much-anticipated celestial event. The annual shower has been called “one of the most beautiful showers of the year” by Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, and is a popular celestial event for stargazers everywhere. Here are 11 things you need...
Halloween-costumed men rob bank, police say

Halloween-costumed men rob bank, police say

Oviedo police are searching for three men they said wore Halloween masks and costumes to rob a bank. The men walked into the Trustco Bank at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday with guns and robbed the bank tellers, then forced them into a back room to open a safe, police said. The men then fled in an older model tan or gold Ford Explorer, police said.
Masked man uses hatchet to attack man on lawnmower

Masked man uses hatchet to attack man on lawnmower

Police say a man attacked his neighbor with a hatchet while wearing a Halloween mask. Their houses sit right next to each other on Morgan Road. Penn Township police say the two men have been fighting for years, but on Wednesday, it was taken to a whole new level.  Ronald Postreich is accused of taking a rusty hatchet, putting on a Halloween mask to disguise himself and then attacking his next...
Police warn of 'HITMAN' text scam

Police warn of 'HITMAN' text scam

A text message scam known as "HITMAN" has been affecting Pennsylvania and other surrounding states.  Whitehall police put out a warning after someone reported receiving a text message from an unknown sender claiming he was hired to kill her but wished to spare her life. >> Read more trending news Replying to the text message will let scammers know they've reached a live person...
Adorable CIA bomb-sniffing puppy retires early

Adorable CIA bomb-sniffing puppy retires early

An adorable 18-month-old black Labrador named Lulu retired from the CIA Wednesday.  Lulu, who was in the fall 2017 puppy class, was learning how to detect explosive odors, but the job just wasn’t for her. So, she dropped from the program, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.  “Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives. Even when they could motivate...
Extra crispy: KFC only follows 11 people and they’re either Herbs or Spices

Extra crispy: KFC only follows 11 people and they’re either Herbs or Spices

Genius. Marketing Genius. That’s it. That’s all it is. A Twitter user cracked a not-so-secret mix for KFC. No, it’s not the 11 herbs and spices the fast-food chicken icon uses in its recipes. It’s the six Herbs and five “Spices” that the company’s Twitter account follows. Let that sink in. >> Read more trending news The official Twitter account has only...
Paul Ryan’s zingers at Trump spice up fundraiser

Paul Ryan’s zingers at Trump spice up fundraiser

When Paul Ryan, the House speaker, rose to deliver the keynote address at the Al Smith charity dinner Thursday night, he immediately let it be known that he wouldn’t shy away from jokes about a president who doesn’t react well to jokes.  “Enough with the applause,” he told the annual white-tie gathering of New York’s political and Catholic elite, which raises money...
7-year-old girl 'traumatized' after having head shaved at state-run program

7-year-old girl 'traumatized' after having head shaved at state-run program

A mom is furious after she found out her 7-year-old daughter’s head was shaved clean at a state-run program for kids with behavioral needs. Denise Robinson’s daughter Tru lives at Little Heroes Home in Dracut, Massachusetts. The biracial girl used to have long locks, but Robinson said the haircut was made without permission and now her is dealing with trauma from the ordeal in addition...
Teacher put duct tape over 5th-graders’ mouths, school officials say

Teacher put duct tape over 5th-graders’ mouths, school officials say

A substitute teacher at Maxdale Elementary School in Killeen, Texas, was removed from campus on Thursday after putting duct tape over the mouths of 10 fifth-graders for several minutes. Killeen Independent School District spokesman Terry Abbott said in a statement on Thursday afternoon that three other students also put duct tape over their own mouths as a result of the teacher’s actions. &ldquo...
Irwin family returning to Animal Planet 20 years after ‘Crocodile Hunter’

Irwin family returning to Animal Planet 20 years after ‘Crocodile Hunter’

The Irwin family is returning to TV and Animal Planet 21 years after “The Crocodile Hunter” premiered in 1996. In a Wednesday news release, Discovery Communications said Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will be working on TV projects on Animal Planet, which is owned by Discovery Communications. The Irwins are carrying on the legacy of their late patriarch, Steve Irwin, who...
Magician David Blaine accused of rape by former model Natasha Prince, report says

Magician David Blaine accused of rape by former model Natasha Prince, report says

Magician David Blaine has been accused of rape by Natasha Prince, a former model, according to a report from The Daily Beast. The outlet says Prince told them Blaine raped her at a private London home in 2004. Prince told the outlet she met Blaine at a nightclub in June or July of 2004. The next day, she said she got a text from Blaine inviting her to his friends’ place for drinks...
Protesters disrupt white nationalist's speech at the University of Florida

Protesters disrupt white nationalist's speech at the University of Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Richard Spencer came to the University of Florida hoping to spread his white nationalist ideas, but his speech was instead quickly drowned out Thursday by a hailstorm of chants, shouting and mockery. At one point, Spencer said, "You know that what I am saying here will change the world." At another point, he described the audience as a mob. People chanted, "Black...
Grandfather, 73, hauls in 12-foot, 620 pound gator

Grandfather, 73, hauls in 12-foot, 620 pound gator

A 12-foot, 620-pound monster was captured by a gator-catching grandfather from Chester County, South Carolina. "I shot him with a crossbow," Joe Houston said. It took that crossbow, a harpoon and a gun to land the enormous catch.  "We knew he was a monster. We knew he was a big one, but we didn't know he was that big," Houston said. Houston is not your average 73-year-old...
Touch a venomous asp caterpillar; get ready to scream

Touch a venomous asp caterpillar; get ready to scream

An asp caterpillar, also known as the southern flannel moth caterpillar, found mostly in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, delivers a painful punch, if you touch it. It’s tempting (really, really tempting) to touch, pick up, pet or poke this furry looking  caterpillar.” If you do, experts with the Austin Zoo warn, you will most definitely regret it.  National Geographic identifies...
See the trailer for ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ special

See the trailer for ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween’ special

A new animated Halloween special with the music of Michael Jackson is coming just before the holiday. Entertainment Weekly reported that CBS released a trailer for “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” Wednesday. The trailer was posted on the official Michael Jackson Twitter page. The special features the voice work of actors Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons, Brad Garrett, Alan Cumming...
ACLU: Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional

ACLU: Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that an Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional. The statement was released after Stuart Public Schools enacted a policy requiring all students, staff and spectators to stand for the national anthem, prohibiting any form of protest. The Hughes County school's policy was announced amid a nationwide conversation about kneeling during...
Police officer rescues kitten and raccoon found cuddling in dumpster

Police officer rescues kitten and raccoon found cuddling in dumpster

An animal control officer with the Knoxville Police Department responded to a call that could have been taken out of a Disney movie. KMBC reported that Officer Nick Powell responded to a call about an animal stuck in a dumpster in Knoxville, Tennessee. “When Officer Powell looked inside the dumpster he located two unusual companions -- a kitten and a baby raccoon -- cuddled in the corner keeping...
There’s now a Harry Potter wizarding school in Central Texas

There’s now a Harry Potter wizarding school in Central Texas

Feeling bummed about never receiving your Hogwarts letter? Well, you may be able to live out your Harry Potter dreams after all. >> Read more trending news Worthwich School’s annual Worthwich Wizarding Weekend, described as a “3-day magical retreat to Worthwich School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,” is taking place in Killeen, Texas, Oct. 27-29. And yes, it’s eerily similar...
Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart has spent billions buying up websites like Jet.com and ModCloth, and investing in new technology as it goes head-to-head with Amazon.com. Now, the world's largest retailer is setting its sights on virtual reality. Imagine this, says Katie Finnegan, who heads Walmart's tech incubator: You need a tent for your next camping trip. If all goes to plan, you could one day virtually swoop in to your...
Critics say  Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Critics say Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Environmentalists in San Francisco and Los Angeles are concerned about the effects of one feature at local Museum of Ice Cream locations: sprinkles.  Critics say the plastic pieces are littering California streets blocks from the pop-up museums as they’re carried out on the clothes of museum visitors. The plastic material becomes litter and has the potential to end up in the water, a danger...
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship may have hit another milestone

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship may have hit another milestone

Prince Harry reportedly took his girlfriend of 15 months to Buckingham Palace for a private tea with Queen Elizabeth II, according to reports. On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported that Harry and Meghan Markle arrived to the Palace in a Ford Galaxy with blacked-out windows last week. When they arrived, they were “whisked up to the Queen’s private sitting room” for a one...
Iditarod first: Sled dogs test positive for opioids 

Iditarod first: Sled dogs test positive for opioids 

Sled dogs in the world-famous Iditarod sled dog race tested positive for a banned opioid for the first time since testing of the dogs for banned substances started back in 1994. Race officials, however, are not releasing the name of the musher whose dogs tested positive for the painkiller Tramadol, according to CBS News. Dog teams were tested after the 1,000 mile trek ended in Nome, Alaska...
When you die, you can tell you’re dead, new study says

When you die, you can tell you’re dead, new study says

Curious about the afterlife? A person’s brain is still active after death, so many may be aware that they have died, according to a new report. Researchers from New York University’s Langone School of Medicine are currently conducting a study to explore how the brain functions after death.  To do so, they examined individuals who suffered cardiac arrest but were later revived...
Man killed in shooting was previously shot 10 times in six months, police say

Man killed in shooting was previously shot 10 times in six months, police say

An Alabama man gunned down outside a gas station in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon had previously been shot 10 times in a six-month period.  Antoine “Twin” Collier, 29, of Birmingham, was killed when two unidentified gunmen fired more than 40 bullets in the parking lot of an Exxon service station in the city, AL.com reported. He died on the sidewalk in front of the store. ...
Teen asks friend with Down syndrome to homecoming dance

Teen asks friend with Down syndrome to homecoming dance

A Florida teen probably has made the year for a fellow student and friend. Kyana Chevalier surprised John Zamminer with a proposal to go to homecoming. She held up a sign asking him, “Wanna have a ball with me @ homecoming?!” John who was slightly embarrassed said sure and sealed the deal with a hug, WTVT reported. >> Read more trending news John is a student with Down syndrome....
These are the top 10 happiest places in the U.S.; here’s why

These are the top 10 happiest places in the U.S.; here’s why

The happiest city in the United States just might surprise you, and the reasons it ranks at the top might surprise you even more. According to a National Geographic study, the happiest city in the country is Boulder, Colo. The city has more than 300 miles of bike trails, and that’s one of the reasons Boulder scored the top spot, according to one of the study’s authors Dan Buettner...
Alleged cop-killer smears feces on self in court, halting jury selection in murder trial

Alleged cop-killer smears feces on self in court, halting jury selection in murder trial

A man accused of murdering a New Orleans police officer in 2015 halted jury selection in his trial Wednesday by smearing feces on his face, head and mouth, horrifying potential jurors and courtroom spectators.  Travis Boys, 35, apparently put the feces, wrapped in tissue, in his pocket during a bathroom break earlier in the day, NOLA.com reported. He was seated at the defense table with...
What is Real ID; is your state compliant; what if it isn’t?

What is Real ID; is your state compliant; what if it isn’t?

A 2005 act that calls for states to install federal standards to issue identification documents has some travelers concerned that soon their driver’s license will not be accepted as proper id when traveling by air. The REAL ID Act, passed after the 9/11 attacks as a measure to fight terrorism, has been rolled out in stages, with Jan. 22, 2018 being the target date for the last stage of the act...
17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

17 states granted extension for REAL ID compliance; Driver's license OK for domestic travel 

Less than a week ago, residents in 22 states were panicking over the possibility that their state-issued ID cards would be insufficient to access domestic flights. Many thought they would need passports to travel between states. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has now approved requests for an extension, granting 17 states more time to provide appropriate, REAL ID-compliant identification...
New mom contracts flesh-eating bacteria, loses arms and legs

New mom contracts flesh-eating bacteria, loses arms and legs

A Canadian woman lost both her arms and legs to flesh-eating bacteria four days after giving birth earlier this year, and now she’s suing the hospital, contending the medical staff was negligent. Lindsey Hubley, 33, a quadruple amputee, underwent a total hysterectomy and spent the first seven months of her son’s life in a hospital, according to CTV. Hubley is suing five doctors...
Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

Roomy interior: Pony evacuated from wildfire in backseat of Honda Accord

When there’s a wildfire inching closer to your property and you have no time to waste, you do what you can to save lives, whether they’re human or animal. Lauren Mesaros had to move three horses from her Northern California property. The problem was that the trailer could hold only two and the fire was a mile away, SFGATE.com reported. >> Read more trending news So instead of leaving...
Who is Richard Spencer? 5 things to know about prominent white nationalist

Who is Richard Spencer? 5 things to know about prominent white nationalist

As co-editor of AltRight.com and president of The National Policy Institute, white supremacist Richard Spencer has risen to become one of the highest profile white nationalists in America. Spencer, who was born in 1978 in Boston, made headlines shortly after the 2016 election when a meeting of the National Policy Institute went viral. In a video clip of the gathering, attendees could be seen giving...
Police: Man stabbed baby in heart, held her for hours before suffocating her

Police: Man stabbed baby in heart, held her for hours before suffocating her

A New Orleans man who told police he killed his 18-month-old daughter because “God told him to do it” stabbed the girl multiple times in the heart then held her as she cried for hours before suffocating her, authorities said.  Mark Hambrick, 45, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, Orleans Parish jail records show. He is being held without...
Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

Enraged parents attack teacher with a brick after cellphone taken from student

Pittsburgh police arrested a woman Thursday accused of assaulting her daughter’s teacher after a parent teacher conference. Suspect Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, allegedly waited for Pittsburgh King elementary school teacher Janice Davis Watkins after school Wednesday. Williams is accused of following Watkins in her car, throwing a brick at her car at a red light, dragging her out of the...
Disneyland runDisney events canceled for foreseeable future

Disneyland runDisney events canceled for foreseeable future

It’s the finish line for Disneyland’s runDisney events. At least it is for now. The division of the Walt Disney Company that puts on the runDisney events has announced that the races held at the Disneyland Resorts in California have been canceled for 2018, The Orange County Register reported. There is no word on when the events will return. >> Read more trending news Disneyland is...
Is there a Planet Nine? More evidence hints at our missing super Earth — 7 things to know

Is there a Planet Nine? More evidence hints at our missing super Earth — 7 things to know

More and more evidence is pointing to the possibility of a ninth planet lingering in our solar system. That’s according to a recent news release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, in which the agency spoke to one of Planet Nine’s most devoted trackers, Konstantin Batygin. Batygin, a planetary astrophysicist at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California...
Who is S. Chandrasekhar? Google honors Nobel-winning astrophysicist 

Who is S. Chandrasekhar? Google honors Nobel-winning astrophysicist 

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, would have been legendary astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar’s 107th birthday. To honor one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century and his important work, Google created a doodle for its homepage, showcasing Chandrasekhar’s most notable contributions: The Chandrasekhar limit. Here are seven things to know about Chandrasekhar and the Chandrasekhar...
Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

A man and his fiancée planned on becoming a family of two, but after their wedding last month they became a family of three after a four-legged wedding crasher broke in on their ceremony. Marília and Matheus had planned on an outdoor wedding last month, but a storm came in so they moved their ceremony to a tent. At the same time, a stray dog was looking for a dry place to wait out the...
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