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Feds want reimbursement for Gwinnett sheriff’s $70K muscle car

The U.S. Department of Justice is demanding reimbursement for the nearly $70,000 that Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway spent on the high-powered sports car he drives to and from work. In a recent letter to Conway, the DOJ characterized the sheriff’s purchase of a Dodge Charger Hellcat — a 707-horsepower muscle car that some have called the fastest sedan ever built — as &ldquo...


Atlanta Braves could build tallest structure in Cobb

Atlanta Braves could build tallest structure in Cobb

The Atlanta Braves could construct the tallest building in Cobb after winning approval from the Board of Commissioners to increase the maximum height of a proposed office complex next to SunTrust Park. The height restriction was bumped up to 420 feet--about 120 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, including the pedestal. The site is already zoned for commercial use.  BRED Co, LLC, the...
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms outspends Reed on luxury car service, AJC finds

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms outspends Reed on luxury car service, AJC finds

Carey Executive Limousine is one of the largest luxury car services in the world, with fleets of “distinctive Cadillac … sedans, limousines, SUVs, vans and mini buses” in more than 1,000 cities worldwide, according to the company’s website. And the chauffeured car service has a big fan in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. During her first five months in office, Bottoms has booked...
Backers of Eagle’s Landing cityhood to be part of defense in lawsuit

Backers of Eagle’s Landing cityhood to be part of defense in lawsuit

A Henry County Superior Court judge on Tuesday granted three residents’ motion to intervene in a lawsuit aimed at stopping a vote on whether Eagle’s Landing becomes a city. Judge Arch McGarity granted the motion that allows Judy Smith, Vikki Consiglio and Kathryn Gilbert to weigh in on litigation brought by the city of Stockbridge to keep cityhood for Eagle’s Landing off the...
Former DeKalb watershed director files whistleblower lawsuit

Former DeKalb watershed director files whistleblower lawsuit

DeKalb County’s former Watershed Management director has filed a whistleblower lawsuit that accuses top county leaders of mismanagement and corruption. Scott Towler said problems began soon after then-CEO Lee May hired him in late 2015 and continued through his resignation on March 7. He charges in the lawsuit that multi-million dollar watershed management contracts were approved without going...
Gwinnett approves historic transit plan. Now when’s the referendum?

Gwinnett approves historic transit plan. Now when’s the referendum?

Gwinnett took a once unimaginable step Tuesday when its commission voted to formally adopt a new transit development plan, one that opens up the possibility of extending heavy rail several miles into the county. Now officials have to make another potentially momentous decision, and quick: Will they give voters the chance to weigh in on transit expansion this November? Or wait until next...
Gwinnett approves lower millage rate

Gwinnett approves lower millage rate

Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to lower the county’s millage rate, which is used to calculate property taxes. The commission voted unanimously to adopt the “rollback” general fund millage rate of 7.209 mills. Combined with separate rates for police, fire and other services -- all of which remained the same as 2017 -- the county’s overall millage...
Gwinnett takes another step toward bringing heavy rail to county

Gwinnett takes another step toward bringing heavy rail to county

Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners took another step Tuesday toward expanding the county’s transit offerings.  The board, minus absent District 4 Commissioner John Heard, voted to adopt the county’s historic transit development plan, a non-binding study that’s been in the works for more than a year. Building a heavy rail line from the Doraville MARTA station...
First signs of West Nile virus logged in DeKalb County

First signs of West Nile virus logged in DeKalb County

The DeKalb County health department says mosquitoes found in traps in Tucker tested positive for West Nile virus. These are the first known cases of the virus in DeKalb this year, according to a Board of Health press release. No human cases have been reported. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney World doesn’t have mosquitoes. And here’s the...
Restaurants sign on to Fulton County anti-sex trafficking push

Restaurants sign on to Fulton County anti-sex trafficking push

At the urging of Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts, the Georgia Restaurant Association is asking its members to voluntarily post signs in their businesses that tell victims of human trafficking where to go for help. Already, the signs are required to be posted in bars, hotels, bus stations, truck stops and other locations, but not in restaurants. “We want to do our part in making...
DeKalb health officials find first 2018 case of West Nile virus

DeKalb health officials find first 2018 case of West Nile virus

The DeKalb County Board of Health announced Friday that workers trapped a mosquito in Tucker that tested positive for West Nile virus. Here’s why diseases caused by insects are becoming more prevalent Disney World doesn’t have mosquitoes. And here’s the reason What you need to know about West Nile virus It was the first case of West Nile logged in the county this year, the press...
Fans crowd downtown Atlanta for Comic Con, soccer, SEC football

Fans crowd downtown Atlanta for Comic Con, soccer, SEC football

Some were downtown for their fixes of sci-fi, comics or horror. Others whetted their appetites for fall and the near-religion of Southern sports — college football. Tens of thousands more sought the thrills of another kind of football — as in fútbol, soccer, the beautiful game. From Comic Con to the pre-season kickoff to SEC football to World Cup and Atlanta United soccer,...
Gwinnett to vote on transit plan that includes MARTA-like heavy rail

Gwinnett to vote on transit plan that includes MARTA-like heavy rail

Gwinnett leaders are expected to vote next week on the formal adoption of the county’s new transit development plan — a plan that, among other things, suggests extending MARTA or MARTA-like heavy rail as far into the county as the Gwinnett Place area. If the plan is adopted, it would serve to start the clock on the county commission’s decision about whether or not to hold...
Atlanta real estate agent admits bilking investors of millions

Atlanta real estate agent admits bilking investors of millions

An Atlanta real estate agent once honored with the Governor’s International Award has admitted defrauding clients out of more than $22 million. In U.S. District Court on Thursday, Emily Moerdomo Fu pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with a scheme that involved embezzlement, inflated sales prices, phantom property sales and unauthorized loans. The victims were Chinese residents who wanted...
Some Fulton public defenders given 1,000 cases a year, group complains

Some Fulton public defenders given 1,000 cases a year, group complains

Fulton County’s public defender’s office is “stretched so thin” that many poor defendants end up convicted of crimes, or spending time in jail, because they don’t have adequate representation, according to a letter from the Southern Center for Human Rights. The letter, sent to county commissioners last week, also said public defenders aren’t given sufficient workspace...
Three Atlanta sports teams suspend Papa John’s affiliation

Three Atlanta sports teams suspend Papa John’s affiliation

Three Atlanta sports teams are reevaluating their partnerships with Papa John’s after the company’s founder admitted to using racist language.   The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United suspended their relationship with Papa John’s Pizza following reports John Schnatter used a racial slur during a conference call in May, a group representing the teams announced Thursday....
Norcross firm to settle suit accusing it of misleading customers

Norcross firm to settle suit accusing it of misleading customers

A Norcross company that once tangled with television personality Dr. Oz in a dispute over its dietary supplements now says it will settle a federal class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading consumers. Private Label Nutraceuticals sold products labeled as green coffee extract and carrying an image of a trim waist with a tape measure around it. But a lawsuit by a day spa owner in California alleged...
Brookhaven may hold referendum on more money for parks 

Brookhaven may hold referendum on more money for parks 

If the Brookhaven City Council signs off, local voters will see a questions on the November ballot asking for permission to use property tax dollars to improve the city’s park system. Taxes would not increase under the proposal, the city said, because an expiring county parks bond and savings under EHOST will offset the new parks bond millage rate. The projects that would be financed...
Fulton Election Board: Top manager didn’t know he was consultant’s agent

Fulton Election Board: Top manager didn’t know he was consultant’s agent

Fulton County Election Board members expressed concerns on Thursday about “electioneering” having occurred inside the home of a high-ranking manager at the county’s election department and ordered the department’s staff to consider new policies to prevent similar situations. The board’s action followed revelations that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ campaign...
DeKalb commissioners approve payout after police shooting, jail death

DeKalb commissioners approve payout after police shooting, jail death

The families of two men whose deaths were blamed in part on shortcomings with DeKalb County law enforcement will receive six-figure settlements to end years of litigation, according to court documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners agreed to pay $475,000 to the wife and children of Dirk Smith, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county, then ...
New vision, but still no takers for Confederate monument in Decatur

New vision, but still no takers for Confederate monument in Decatur

The Rev. George Tatro had a vision: What if the Confederate monument that now stands in downtown Decatur, stirring up so much consternation, could be moved to the grounds of a church. What if it were one component in a permanent installation meant to facilitate conversations on social justice, to remind Americans of where we’ve been. In the end, Tatro’s congregation decided Memorial...
Atlanta judge spends lavishly on gifts, stationery and party invites

Atlanta judge spends lavishly on gifts, stationery and party invites

An Atlanta Municipal Court Judge spent thousands in public money on lavish gifts, a party hosted by former Mayor Kasim Reed and luxurious stationery, including gold-seal letterhead. Terrinee Gundy, appointed by Reed to the bench in 2013, spent money budgeted for her courtroom on three “flame of excellence” sculptures made of glass that cost a combined $1,800; engraved envelopes and other...
Fulton County leaders urge action against elections official

Fulton County leaders urge action against elections official

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday urged the elections director to take action against a senior employee accused of a potential conflict of interest. Ralph Jones Sr., the director of the registration division, was listed as the registered agent for the company RJ Mays Consulting, which did more than $3,600 worth of business for Keisha Lance Bottoms’ mayoral campaign. In his role for...
Fulton County commissioners are frustrated with election connection

Fulton County commissioners are frustrated with election connection

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday expressed frustration that a senior elections official had been the registered agent for a consulting firm that did business for an Atlanta mayoral candidate. “It’s not enough to avoid an actual impropriety,” Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington said. “You need to avoid the appearance.” Ralph Jones, Sr. oversees the registration...
Cobb moves on ‘Brunch Bill’ expanding Sunday alcohol sales

Cobb moves on ‘Brunch Bill’ expanding Sunday alcohol sales

Cobb voters could have the opportunity this November to decide whether local bars and restaurants can start serving alcohol on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. instead of 12:30 p.m. Earlier this year, Georgia passed the so-called “Brunch Bill,” allowing towns and counties to hold their own vote on the rule. On Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners approved a resolution calling for a referendum...
Cobb raises water rates, takes millions for general fund

Cobb raises water rates, takes millions for general fund

Cobb Commissioners voted to raise water rates this week as the board continues transferring millions of dollars from the water fund to the general fund to make up funding gaps. The increase will amount to about an extra $4.80 per month per household, according to Stephen McCullers, the director of the water system. McCullers said the agency’s costs have gone up 25 percent since its...
Property taxes expected to rise in Fulton County and cities

Property taxes expected to rise in Fulton County and cities

With higher Fulton County property values, it’s likely residents will see higher bills this fall. Last year, property values increased an average of 13 percent in the county, before commissioners voted to freeze them at 2016 levels. This year, residential values are up even higher than 2017 levels: on average, an additional 11 percent in Atlanta and 19 percent in the rest of the county...
DeKalb commissioners approve 2018 millage, increase for most cities

DeKalb commissioners approve 2018 millage, increase for most cities

Right before the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved millage rates on Tuesday, member Kathie Gannon asked for one last assurance that no one’s tax rate would go up this year. Presiding officer Jeff Rader chose his words carefully. “The net impact is that the millage rate for unincorporated DeKalb will remain at the same level,” he said. What he didn’t mention is that commissioners...
State reminds distracted driving violators: Warnings won’t last forever

State reminds distracted driving violators: Warnings won’t last forever

A little more than a week into Georgia’s new hands-free driving law, state officials said enforcement efforts are going as planned: far more warnings than citations for behind-the-wheel violators, more education than punishment while everyone learns to adjust. But authorities also want to remind people that there’s no formal grace period written into the law — and that...
DeKalb County budget director takes job with Atlanta Public Schools

DeKalb County budget director takes job with Atlanta Public Schools

Jay Vinicki recently resigned as budget director for DeKalb County to take a similar job with Atlanta Public Schools. Vinicki joined APS in late May, and his title is executive director of budget services. He worked as director of DeKalb’s Office of Management and Budget for nearly 11 years. Before that, he was operating budget manager at Gwinnett County. In his resignation letter, Vinicki...
Atlanta mayor’s campaign paid firm registered to election official

Atlanta mayor’s campaign paid firm registered to election official

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ campaign paid a consulting firm registered to a senior official in the Fulton County elections department during last year’s runoff election. According to records obtained by Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the campaign paid more than $3,600 to RJ Mays Consulting, whose registered agent is Ralph Jones Sr., registration chief...
DeKalb County: Vote on millage, midyear budget scheduled for Tuesday

DeKalb County: Vote on millage, midyear budget scheduled for Tuesday

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote Tuesday on new millage rates that could increase what property owners in most municipalities pay. CEO Michael Thurmond has proposed raising the general fund millage, although the total millage that homeowners in unincorporated DeKalb, Stonecrest and Tucker would pay would remain the same. However, the remaining DeKalb homeowners in 11 other...
Proposed Cobb tax increase galvanizes residents for and against

Proposed Cobb tax increase galvanizes residents for and against

Cobb residents are divided over whether the county should raise taxes to fill a widening budget gap.  When faced with a similar problem last year, commissioners agreed to use $21 million in one-time money. One of county’s rating agencies took notice, and issued a warning to Cobb.  Now, Commission Chairman Mike Boyce has proposed an increase in the amount of taxes collected on...
Beltline scraps sale of land for big project at Piedmont Park

Beltline scraps sale of land for big project at Piedmont Park

Plans for a mixed-use development at the busy corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive at Piedmont Park appear to be dead after two city of Atlanta agencies halted the process of selling public land needed for the project. On Wednesday, Atlanta Beltline CEO Brian McGowan sent a letter to developer Jeff Fuqua informing him that the agency and Invest Atlanta, the city’s development arm, decided...
Mother of man featured in opioid campaign: ‘God’s in this somehow’

Mother of man featured in opioid campaign: ‘God’s in this somehow’

Kathi Holmes Abraham’s 19-year-old son, Joseph, couldn’t save his own life from opioid addiction, but perhaps — a little more than a year after his death — he can help save others. “His life is not going to be in vain,” said Abraham, a teacher from Lawrenceville, who lost her youngest son after he accidentally took a fatal mixture of heroin and fentanyl in his upstairs...
In jailhouse calls, Josh Pastner’s accusers suggest charges fabricated

In jailhouse calls, Josh Pastner’s accusers suggest charges fabricated

Ron Bell sat in an Arizona jail, stewing and swearing. He was trying to figure out how he could avoid extradition to Georgia for an old probation violation. And, in remarkably vulgar terms, he was blaming this predicament on his girlfriend, the woman he claimed was sexually assaulted by his former friend, Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner. Now, on the telephone, his girlfriend...
Gwinnett argues minority voting concerns are taking care of themselves

Gwinnett argues minority voting concerns are taking care of themselves

Gwinnett officials want to skip the trial in a federal voting rights lawsuit that accuses the county of drawing district lines to dilute minority voting strength, arguing in a new motion that changing demographics render that complaint moot. It’s yet to be seen if the motion — which asks for summary judgment in the nearly 2-year-old case involving how the county’s commission and...
Free laptop access to help with Atlanta library closure starts Monday

Free laptop access to help with Atlanta library closure starts Monday

A week after Fulton County’s Central Library in Atlanta closed for up to two years for renovations, the library system will start a free three-day-a-week laptop program so people in the area can still have access to technology. The Library on the Lawn, at Woodruff Park, will give users access to computers Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free wifi is also available...
DeKalb County: Many property owners could see millage increase

DeKalb County: Many property owners could see millage increase

DeKalb County is charging property owners more for basic government services, contributing to increased millage rates in many cities that may lead homeowners to pay more in property taxes. These higher county millage rates aren’t the only things affecting tax bills this year. Some DeKalb cities like Clarkston and Doraville are also planning to increase their local tax rates. And rising property...
Forest Park lessens possession penalty on small amounts of marijuana

Forest Park lessens possession penalty on small amounts of marijuana

Forest Park has become the latest city in Georgia to reduce fines and eliminate jail time for anyone caught with an ounce or less of marijuana. In a 3-2 vote, leaders of the Clayton County community agreed to make possession of less than an ounce of the illegal drug punishable by a fine of up to $75, but eliminated jail time. The change, however, does not make the drug legal in Forest Park -- it only...
Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities

Fulton County rolls out 911 texting option in five cities

If you have an emergency in Fulton County, there are now more areas where you can text 911 to get help. Earlier this week, the county launched a text-based 911 service for getting help in Union City, Fairburn, Palmetto, Chattahoochee Hills, the city of South Fulton and the unincorporated part of Fulton County, along Fulton Industrial Boulevard. The service joins others in metro Atlanta, including...
Months after tornado, south Fulton residents are still displaced

Months after tornado, south Fulton residents are still displaced

Tracey Stalling thought she’d be home by now. In March, a tornado ripped through her South Fulton neighborhood, separating the stairs from the wall of her home, knocking out windows and sending torrents of rain gushing through light fixtures and vents. For 17 minutes, a terrified Stalling and her two daughters hid in a closet under the staircase while their house shook around them. Almost...
Fulton County property value appeal deadline is Friday

Fulton County property value appeal deadline is Friday

Fulton County homeowners, who have seen large increases in their property values, have until Friday to file any appeals. County officials admitted in the past that the appraiser’s office had failed to keep up with rising values following the recession. Last year, homeowners were shocked by the jumps in their values. In response to their frustration, county commissioners froze...
At least 11 dead in duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, sheriff says

At least 11 dead in duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, sheriff says

At least 11 people have been confirmed dead in a duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri,  according to Sheriff Doug Radar with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office. Six people remain unaccounted for, KY3 reported.  Fourteen people were transported to local hospitals and seven are still being treated, said Radar. The boat capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms...
Does your child have a food allergy? Here's how to tell

Does your child have a food allergy? Here's how to tell

Food allergies are a growing problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in the cases of children, an allergic reaction to something as simple as sandwich could potentially be life-threatening. About 4-6 percent of children in the U.S. have food allergies, and it's important to know whether your child is among this group. The most common food allergies in children...
New Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix gets title, release date

New Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix gets title, release date

You’ve had Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto, but now Joaquin Phoenix is throwing his card on the pile and will portray the “Clown Prince of Crime”- The Joker. Warner Bros confirmed the standalone project and has announced the film’s title and release date. “Joker” is now scheduled to hit the big screen on Oct. 4, 2019, Variety reported. >>...
Man dies after eating raw oysters at Florida restaurant, report says

Man dies after eating raw oysters at Florida restaurant, report says

A man died from a Vibrio vulnificus bacterial infection after eating raw oysters at a Florida restaurant, health officials say. The 71-year-old man reportedly died two days after eating the raw oysters in a Sarasota restaurant. Health officials have not said which restaurant. "We have an individual that consumed some raw oysters and to the best of our knowledge had no exposure to salt water...
2018 ESPY Awards: Winners list

2018 ESPY Awards: Winners list

Athletes and celebrities have once again come together for the ESPY Awards. The 25th anniversary of the show was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and hosted by Danica Patrick. It’s the first time the show has had a woman host. >> Read more trending news  The best in sports were honored not just for their athleticism, but for contributions to society and humanitarian work...
Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels dropped, report says

Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels dropped, report says

Update 5:30 EDT July 18: The charges against the two strippers arrested with adult film star Stormy Daniels last week in Columbus, Ohio, have been dropped, according to BuzzFeed News. >> Read more trending news  Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda were taken into custody along with Daniels early last Thursday at the Sirens Gentleman’s Club. Daniels, who was charged with three...
New trailer for Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ released

New trailer for Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ released

Fans of Queen are getting another look at the upcoming biopic of the band that created the iconic songs “We are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.” The second trailer released features not only those two hits, but also gives a peek into the movie version of how the band came up with the operatic sections of the film’s namesake “Bohemian Rhapsody.&rdquo...
Bare-chested Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London park on ‘Jurassic Park’ anniversary

Bare-chested Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London park on ‘Jurassic Park’ anniversary

A 25-foot statue of actor Jeff Goldblum, posing open-shirted in a famous pose from “Jurassic Park” has appeared at Potters Field Park in London. It honors the 25th anniversary of the release of the first installment of “Jurassic Park” in the United Kingdom, USA Today reports. The statue depicts Goldblum’s character, Dr. Ian Malcolm, in a famous scene after a...
5 signs your relationship is hurting your mental health

5 signs your relationship is hurting your mental health

Everyone in a relationship knows how easy it is to accuse a partner of something they didn't do. It's their fault, you tell them, whether the spat is about towels on the bathroom floor, an angry mother-in-law or a missed restaurant reservation. Sometimes you know you're wrong the second these words leave your mouth; other times you recognize your mistake in the days to come. But the same people often...
How to know if your child is overweight

How to know if your child is overweight

It's easy to fall in love with your child's chubby cheeks and pudgy legs. But by the age of two, if your toddler is heavier than the other children of the same age, it's possible that he or she may be overweight.  How can you tell the difference between normal baby fat and an actual weight problem? Here's the skinny on excessive weight and obesity in children: According to the Centers for...
Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility, TMZ reports. Williams posted a letter to her fans on her Instagram page on Tuesday. “I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of professionals,” Williams posted. Sources told TMZ that Williams is receiving...
What is autism? Things to know about the disorder

What is autism? Things to know about the disorder

Autism is a disorder that has been around since the 1940s, but still has an air of mystery around it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 59 children in the United States has autism. But with a list of different symptoms and causes, it can be hard to know what you should look for and how to tell if your child might be showing early signs. To help you, here's an overview...
Rugrats return: Nickelodeon green lights series, movie

Rugrats return: Nickelodeon green lights series, movie

Nickelodeon is bringing a part of our childhood back to the small, and big, screen. The children’s television network has given the green light to bring back Chuckie, Tommy, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, better known as “Rugrats,” E! News reported. >> Read more trending news  Nickelodeon announced it will be producing 26 new episodes and a live action movie that...
Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Update 8:08 a.m. EDT July 17: The British royal family has released an additional photo from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” Kensington Palace tweeted Monday. Matt Porteous, who took the photo,...
Grandma was right: Why it's good for your health to be outdoors

Grandma was right: Why it's good for your health to be outdoors

Sure, there are treadmills at climate-controlled gyms and Nintendo's Wii is still going strong with indoor workouts like Zumba Fitness 2. And yet, old-fashioned advice to "go outside and play" is still the best for your health, according to researchers the world over. In one study published by the NCBI, researchers found a decrease in both heart rate and cortisol...
California gas station clerk rescues woman from kidnappers 

California gas station clerk rescues woman from kidnappers 

Fast thinking by a clerk at a northern California gas station helped police rescue a woman who had walked into the store to hide from men she said had kidnapped her, KFNS reported. >> Read more trending news  Surveillance video showed the woman walking into the Triple R Gas and Mart in Waterford around 3 p.m. Wednesday and speaking to Savannah Pritchett, a clerk at the store, ...
Court docs: Man stood over police officer and shot him 10 times

Court docs: Man stood over police officer and shot him 10 times

A man who was sought for driving erratically stood over a Massachusetts police officer and shot him 10 times in the head and chest, according to witness statements recorded in court documents.  Emanuel Lopes is accused of shooting and killing two people Sunday after he was allegedly observed driving a BMW erratically and crashing into another car.  Witnesses told police Lopes was speeding...
Man charged with peeking at girl, 12, at New Hampshire outlet mall dressing room

Man charged with peeking at girl, 12, at New Hampshire outlet mall dressing room

A Massachusetts man was arrested and charged for  looking at a 12-year-old girl over the wall of a dressing room at a store in a New Hampshire outlet mall, WMUR reported. >> Read more trending news Police in Tilton were called to the Tanger Outlet Mall after Eric Muldowney, 30, of Somerville, Massachusetts, was accused of climbing up a wall to look at the girl, who was changing...
Florida suspends payment to toll contractor until system is fixed

Florida suspends payment to toll contractor until system is fixed

Payments to the contractor of Florida’s electronic toll system was suspended Monday until the tolls system is fixed, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. >> Read more trending news The Tampa Bay Times reported that FDOT secretary Mike Dew sent a letter to Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc., which oversees the SunPass toll system in Florida. Dew...
Shooting deaths at mattress stores in Houston are linked, police say

Shooting deaths at mattress stores in Houston are linked, police say

A man found dead at a Mattress One store in Houston has been linked to two other area shooting deaths, including a woman who was discovered Saturday at a Mattress Firm and a 62-year-old woman who was killed Friday, the Houston Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news   Houston police and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office named Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, as the suspect...
Minnesota man charged after large boulder falls off truck, kills 2 women

Minnesota man charged after large boulder falls off truck, kills 2 women

The commercial truck driver who had a large boulder fly off his vehicle in Minnesota, killing a mother and her daughter, was arrested Wednesday, WCCO reported.  >> Read more trending news  Police said Joseph Paul Czeck, 33, of Hastings, Minnesota, failed to stop when the incident occurred in Rosemount on July 9. According to a criminal complaint, Czeck faces four counts of criminal...
Gulf War veteran killed by hit-and-run driver; police seek suspect

Gulf War veteran killed by hit-and-run driver; police seek suspect

A family is pleading for answers after a car struck and killed a Gulf War Navy veteran who was walking against traffic in Washington state. >> Read more trending news Michael Keaton, 61, was on his daily walk in Port Orchard early Saturday morning when he was struck and killed by someone driving a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, police said. The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said it is looking for Ali...
UK woman gets 9 years for killing father after finding child porn of herself, others

UK woman gets 9 years for killing father after finding child porn of herself, others

A 63-year old British woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for killing her father and burying him in her Manchester garden after she found his collection of child pornography that included images of herself, the BBC reported. >> Read more trending news  Barbara Coombes confessed to police in January that she killed her 87-year-old father, Kenneth Coombes, in 2006,...
DNA helps Indiana police make arrest in 1988 murder of 8-year-old girl

DNA helps Indiana police make arrest in 1988 murder of 8-year-old girl

Aided by DNA testing, Indiana police arrested a man in connection to the 1988 rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, WXIN reported. >> Read more trending news John D. Miller, 59, of Grabill, Indiana, was arrested Sunday by Fort Wayne police and charged with the murder of April Tinsley, according to court documents. The girl was abducted from her Fort Wayne neighborhood on April 1, 1988...
Florida man used weather balloon to make suicide look like murder, police say

Florida man used weather balloon to make suicide look like murder, police say

It was a plot straight out of “CSI: Las Vegas.” In fact, it eerily followed the script from a 2003 episode of the fictional crime drama television series. Police said a 71-year-old Florida man staged his suicide in January to look like a murder, buying string, two weather balloons and tanks of helium. Alan J. Abrahamson was found dead by a dog near his $900,000 Palm Beach Gardens home...
When should your baby begin eating real food?

When should your baby begin eating real food?

Just when those on-demand and pumping debates about breastfeeding are starting to fade, conscientious new parents have a whole new set of baby food considerations. When is the best time to start introducing "real" food to a young child's diet?  Should it be rice, oatmeal or barley? Could Grandma possibly be right about this, or should we listen to what the doula recommended? Thankfully...
3 Missouri police officers wounded in Kansas City shootout; suspect killed

3 Missouri police officers wounded in Kansas City shootout; suspect killed

Police in Missouri shot and killed a suspect they said wounded three officers and was a person of interest in the shooting death of a university student, The Kansas City Star reported. >> Read more trending news The man had barricaded himself in a residence, Kansas City police said. The three officers were expected to live, KCTV reported. The suspect was being investigated...
World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was disrupted briefly Sunday when four people dressed in old-fashioned police uniforms ran onto the pitch, The Independent reported. >> Read more trending news The Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the suspension of play at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which occurred during the 52nd minute of Sunday&rsquo...
Florida probation officer accused of sexual misconduct with woman he supervised

Florida probation officer accused of sexual misconduct with woman he supervised

A probation officer in Florida was arrested on a charge that he had sexual relations with a woman under his supervision, WFLA reported. >> Read more trending news Jeffrey Thomas Desimone, 40, of Tarpon Springs, was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of sexual misconduct, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. The woman — whose name was redacted...
3 killed when bus, 3 vehicles collide on New Mexico interstate

3 killed when bus, 3 vehicles collide on New Mexico interstate

Three people were killed and 22 were injured in a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles early Sunday on a New Mexico interstate, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said. >> Read more trending news  The crash, which involved the bus, a semi trailer, a passenger vehicle and a pickup truck, closed I-25 in both directions, KOAT reported. The interstate was closed...
Missing Oregon woman whose Jeep plunged down Big Sur cliff found alive

Missing Oregon woman whose Jeep plunged down Big Sur cliff found alive

A 23-year-old Oregon woman missing for more than a week was found Friday, injured but alive after her vehicle plunged nearly 200 feet down an oceanside cliff south of Big Sur, The Mercury News of San Jose reported. >> Read more trending news  Angela Hernandez of Portland was found by authorities after they responded to a report of a white 2011 Jeep Patriot with Oregon plates “over...
Thai cave rescue: Boys, coach to be discharged from hospital Thursday

Thai cave rescue: Boys, coach to be discharged from hospital Thursday

Roasted pork, steamed rice, steak, sushi and KFC. That's what the 12 rescued Thai boys and their soccer coach will seek out after they finally leave the hospital next week.        » RELATED: Thai cave rescue: 5 things you should know    Doctors say the boys will be released from the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital on Thursday after donning...
Credit card companies urge gas stations to update skimming security

Credit card companies urge gas stations to update skimming security

A gas technician said flat keypads on gas pumps are the least secure and easiest to skim credit card information from gas pumps. >> Read more trending news The problem is such a concern that credit card giants Visa and Mastercard are putting pressure on gas stations. By 2020, gas stations across the country have to either upgrade their security equipment or eat up credit card processing...
New wheelchair allows Massachusetts boy, 12, with cerebral palsy to enjoy beach

New wheelchair allows Massachusetts boy, 12, with cerebral palsy to enjoy beach

A 12-year-old Massachusetts boy with cerebral palsy got the red carpet treatment as he rolled up to the beach in a special kind of wheelchair. >> Read more trending news  Dave Foss and his son, Will, haven't been able to make the trip to the beach for years, even though they live just two miles away. Will's cerebral palsy normally prevents him from enjoying the beach, with the rocky...
Checkmate: Kentucky governor's comments about chess team irk residents

Checkmate: Kentucky governor's comments about chess team irk residents

Comments by the governor of Kentucky about a West Louisville chess club have some social media posters wishing he had kept his comments in check. In a promotional video he tweeted, Gov. Matt Bevin said the club was “not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.” The West Louisville Chess Club "primarily targets" young children...
Passengers report bleeding ears after Ryanair flight loses cabin pressure

Passengers report bleeding ears after Ryanair flight loses cabin pressure

A Ryanair flight bound for Croatia from Dublin made an emergency landing late Friday after the Boeing 737's cabin lost air pressure.       » RELATED: What is K2: Synthetic marijuana K2 causing ears and eyes to bleed      Passengers reported a “pop,” then darkness and a rapid descent. Flight tracking services showed flight...
Registered sex offender accused of performing sex act on child, police say

Registered sex offender accused of performing sex act on child, police say

A California man, a registered sex offender, was arrested Thursday, accused of performing a sex act on a child at a San Diego hotel, KNSD reported. >> Read more trending news Douglas Richard Madruga, 66, of San Diego, is accused of performing a lewd act on a child under 14 years old, police said.  Officers on Tuesday responded to a call of a man harassing children at the pool of the...
Homeless, disabled Indiana man beaten, robbed of $9

Homeless, disabled Indiana man beaten, robbed of $9

A disabled, homeless Indiana man was beaten and robbed in Indianapolis on Wednesday, with thieves getting away with $9 as bystanders watched, WXIN reported. >> Read more trending news Charles Jones, 65, said he was sitting in a wheelchair outside a Circle K convenience store when he was accosted. “I’m too old to let thugs beat me up,” Jones told WXIN. “I have...
It's not your imagination: airline restrooms are getting smaller

It's not your imagination: airline restrooms are getting smaller

If the restroom on your next flight seems a bit snug, don't assume you've picked up a few pounds. U.S. airlines increasingly are putting smaller lavatories on their planes -- and the economics of the decision means they're probably here to stay.  » RELATED: How old are the planes your favorite airline flies? As labor costs rise and fuel prices surge, airlines are taking advantage of...
Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dead at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dead at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first of entertainer Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of their three children, died Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 101. >> Read more trending news  Her death was announced on Twitter by her daughter Nancy, who tweeted “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my...
Belligerent billy goat locks horns with Oklahoma police

Belligerent billy goat locks horns with Oklahoma police

Kevin is one baaaad goat.  A goat in northwestern Oklahoma enjoys hanging out at bars and staring down local police, KFOR reported. He also got into enough trouble that he was placed under house arrest. >> Read more trending news  “He’s just a normal goat. Eats a lot, does what goats do “ Doug Murrow, the goat's owner, told the television station. The goat&rsquo...
Lava forms small piece of land off Hawaii's Big Island

Lava forms small piece of land off Hawaii's Big Island

Geologists confirmed Friday that a small island has formed off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii thanks to the volcanic eruptions at Kilauea, Hawaii News Now reported. >> Read more trending news The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirmed that the small island, measuring 20 to 30 feet in diameter, was located just a few feet off Kapoho, where lava from fissure No. 8 has been flowing...
Maryland officials investigate Russian investor's link to state elections software

Maryland officials investigate Russian investor's link to state elections software

Officials in Maryland are investigating a Russian investor’s involvement with a local software vendor that maintains part of the State Board of Elections’ voter registration system, The Sun of Baltimore reported Friday. >> Read more trending news The registration system, ByteGrid LLC, is financed by AltPoint Capital Partners, whose largest investor is Russian oligarch Vladimir...
These small steps can produce big results to your health

These small steps can produce big results to your health

To be sure, great healthcare is a big part of keeping citizens fit. Yet each of us individually has a big part to play as well. As health care moves from go-see-the-doctor-when-you’re-sick mode to I-want-to-feel-as-good-as-I can-every-day model, we have some work to do. No matter where we live, say experts, a few simple steps can reap big rewards to our health…if we practice them most...
Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests

Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests

Medical tests save lives. Discovering diseases before they become more serious can mean the difference between life and death. But many Americans say they don’t have time to see a doctor, live too far from a medical facility or are so uncomfortable with examinations that they avoid tests altogether. These challenges have created a demand for home-based medical tests. The market is exploding...
Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

Robin Shine Maddox has racked up $160,000 in charges for biopsies, chemotherapy, medications and scans since being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Now the 55-year-old Mt. Airy resident looks forward to finishing treatment and being able to call herself a cancer survivor. But even then, she’ll be among the one-fourth of Americans under age 65 who could be uninsurable on the individual...
The numbers that matter most in staying healthy

The numbers that matter most in staying healthy

Health often seems like a numbers game. What’s your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don’t matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter. I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians...
High-heeled Crocs cause uproar on Twitter

High-heeled Crocs cause uproar on Twitter

It’s Friday the 13th, which can bring about bizarre events -- including Crocs’ launch of a high-heeled version of its divisive shoe. The Cyprus Heel, which mixes the classic Crocs look with an open toe and chunky heel, is now for sale on Amazon. >> Read more trending news  Prices range from $80 to $225. The shoes come in various colors including black, white and pink. There...
Does a checklist add too much pressure for first day of kindergarten?

Does a checklist add too much pressure for first day of kindergarten?

They have picked out the perfect backpacks and matching lunchboxes. The lists of school supplies have been purchased, labeled and stacked, and they’re ready to head to class. But is your new kindergartner really ready to head to school? In 2016, a Reddit user, identified as Lucas Hatcher by "Today," posted a photo of a kindergarten checklist on the website. He titled...
Watch: Will Smith, Ciara join ‘In My Feelings’ challenge dance-off in epic fashion

Watch: Will Smith, Ciara join ‘In My Feelings’ challenge dance-off in epic fashion

Will Smith just upped the game in the #InMyFeelings challenge on social media. It’s part of the latest craze to sweep the internet, inspired by Drake’s hit “In My Feelings” from the “Scorpion” album. >> Read more trending news  Originally dubbed #DoTheShiggy on Instagram, over 2.3 million tweets have been shared, dedicated to the #kikichallenge, #DoTheShiggy...
Central Florida girl, 9, reported missing

Central Florida girl, 9, reported missing

A 9-year-old Florida girl was reported missing Thursday afternoon in Marion County, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported.  >> Read more trending news Deputies said Chelsea Phillips was last seen after being dropped off by her school bus near U.S. 301 at about 2 p.m. Thursday near her home in Citra. A news release said Chelsea “left in an unknown direction...
North Carolina police shoot, arrest suspect in armed robbery 

North Carolina police shoot, arrest suspect in armed robbery 

North Carolina police shot and arrested a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Salisbury, police said.  >> Read more trending news The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.  Salisbury police Chief Jerry Stokes said when authorities arrive, officers encountered a suspect who had taken several employees hostage.  Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect....
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