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  • ‘Good Samaritan’ Beaten, Called a Kidnapper After Helping Lost Child

    Lakeland, FL — A Florida police department is warning people of the dangers of spreading false information after a good Samaritan was mistaken for a kidnapper and had his name and picture spread across Facebook. The man was watching a softball game with friends in Lakeland, Florida, over the weekend when he noticed a 2-year-old girl walking around the sports complex alone, according to a statement from the Lakeland Police Department. Concerned, the man approached the girl and walked with […]

  • Massive ‘Ransomware’ Attack Hits Global Businesses: What You Need to Know

    SAN FRANCISCO — A massive ransomware attack has hit businesses around the world, causing major companies to shut down their computer systems. Researchers are still investigating the software behind the attack, warning that it’s more sophisticated than the WannaCry worm that struck hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe last month. “WannaCry was a tremendous failure. It was a lot of noise, very little money, and everyone noticed it,” said Craig Williams, an expert at cybersecurity firm Cisco Talos. […]

  • Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Dies at 91

    LONDON — The author Michael Bond, creator of the hugely popular children’s character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91. Bond died at home on Tuesday following a short illness, his publisher HarperCollins announced Wednesday in a statement on Facebook, calling him a “giant of children’s literature.” Bond was born in Berkshire, England in 1926 and began writing in 1945, after serving in World War II. He was working as a cameraman for the BBC when he came […]

  • ‘We’re going to continue discussion’; Health Care Bill Vote Delayed

    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will delay the vote on the Republican leadership’s health care bill until after the July 4 recess. McConnell told GOP senators that he wants to make changes to the bill, get a new Congressional Budget Office score and have a vote after the holiday, two sources told CNN. McConnell said that President Donald Trump had invited all Republican senators to the White House on Tuesday afternoon. “We’re going to continue discussion in our […]

  • Army’s Redstone Arsenal on Lockdown, ‘Possible Active Shooter’

    Huntsville, AL — Part of the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal post in northern Alabama was on lockdown for hours Tuesday as investigators tried to investigate reports that a shooter was in one of the buildings. The lockdown remained in effect for the post’s Sparkman Center as of about 1 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) — three hours after the initial alert — the base in Huntsville said on Twitter. But a wider initial lockdown, which had included the rest of the […]

  • ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ Turns 20

    LONDON — Believe it or not, the world almost missed out on Harry Potter. Author J.K. Rowling has told the story of how she received “loads” of rejections before “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (known in the U.S. as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) was finally published on June 26, 1997. Rowling once told fans that she couldn’t even get books published under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, which she used for some thrillers she wrote. But, as […]

  • Supreme Court Hands Trump Partial Travel Ban Victory

    WASHINGTON — Ever since Donald Trump signed the first executive order banning people from seven countries from entering the U.S. on January 27, it’s been nothing but trouble. Within 24 hours of the EO being signed, judges in several states blocked the so-called “travel ban” from going into effect. Trump submitted a second executive order on March 6 taking the number of affected countries to six (Iraq was excluded from the 2nd ban). It was, again, immediately stopped by a […]

  • California Family Buries Man Wrongfully Identified as Son

    ORANGE COUNTY, California — On May 12, Frank Kerrigan buried his son in a plot next to his late wife in California. About two weeks later, Kerrigan received a phone call and a voice he wasn’t expecting. “Are you sitting down? Frankie is alive,” a family friend told the elder Kerrigan, 81, before handing the phone to his 57-year-old son, who is also named Frank. Kerrigan’s oldest child — who is homeless and mentally ill — had visited the home […]

  • ‘Drooling, Snoring, Gassy’ Martha the Mastiff Wins World’s Ugliest Dog

    PETALUMA, Calfornia — There are countless varieties of frightful floofs out there, and in a legendary battle to find the most unsightly oddball of all, one rose above the rest to be crowned World’s Ugliest Dog. Martha, a 3-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff, with excessive flaps of skins, heavy drool, and bright red eyes, took home the grand prize. “She’s a 125-pound, drooling, snoring, gassy, loud and silly girl,” said Shirley Dawn Zindler who is fostering Martha. Once a year, with teeth […]

  • Pakistan Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Kills at Least 135

    KARACHI, Pakistan — A devastating accident involving an exploding oil tanker has left at least 135 people dead in eastern Pakistan, the country’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority said. Smoke billowed from the truck that fell off the road Sunday when the driver lost control in the city of Bahawalpur, police official Mohammad Akhtar told CNN. The explosion came as villagers began to gather around the truck in an attempt to collect oil in containers, Akhtar said. The blast has […]

  • Trump: I Did Not Make Recordings of Comey

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump did not record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he tweeted on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation kick-started by the President himself. “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” Trump tweeted. The statement ended speculation about whether […]

  • Senate Unveils Closely Guarded GOP Health Care Bill

    WASHINGTON — The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors finally became public Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party’s winding efforts to repeal Obamacare. The unveiling of the legislation marks the first time that the majority of the Senate GOP conference gets a comprehensive look at the health care proposal. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week, senators only a handful of days to decide whether to support […]