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  • Firefighters Show Why You Shouldn’t Park in Front of a Hydrant

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – After finding a car illegally parked in front of a hydrant, a group of firefighters decided to teach its owner a lesson. The New Jersey firefighters responded to a house fire in Hamilton Township on Thursday, CNN affiliate WPVI reported. When they reached the scene at about 1 a.m., flames were coming from the top floor of the home but an Acura sedan was blocking the hydrant they needed to use to put it out. So, […]

  • WHO Classifies ‘Gaming Disorder’ as Mental Health Condition

    WASHINGTON — Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about “digital heroin,” likening the flashing images to one of the world’s most addictive substances. Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced “gaming disorder” as a new mental health condition included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, released Monday. “I’m not creating a precedent,” said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance […]

  • iPhones Will Share Your Exact Location With 911

    Your smartphone knows your location well enough to send a car to where you’re standing in a busy city, map a morning run through the woods, or navigate inside an airport. But if you call 911 from that same mobile phone, emergency responders will only have a vague sense of where to send an ambulance, fire truck, or police car. The difference in distances can be the difference between life and death. Apple is rolling out a new feature in […]

  • 22 Injured in Shooting at New Jersey Art Festival

    TRENTON, N.J. — Twenty-two people, including a teenager, were injured early Sunday in a shooting at a 24-hour art festival in Trenton, New Jersey, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said. Police identified the suspect as Tahaij Wells, 33, who is believed to have been killed by police, prosecutor Angelo Onofri said. Wells had just been released from prison on homicide-related charges, Onofri said. Officials have also charged Amir Armstrong, 23, on weapons offenses. “It absolutely could have been worse given […]

  • What it’s like inside the former Walmart in Texas where 1,400 immigrant children are held

    The strangeness of the largest migrant children’s center in the United States, near the border with Mexico, shows up in the details. Here, there are 1,469 boys, ages 10 to 17, housed inside the 250,000-square-foot shell of a former Walmart superstore. None of the 313 bedrooms have doors. Or ceilings, so that children lying in their beds look up past where their walls end to the scaffolding of the superstore roof high above. The hundreds of children neatly lined up […]

  • Minimum wage won’t let you afford a 2-bedroom rental anywhere in the U.S., report says

    There’s not a single state, county or metropolitan area in the entire United States where a full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour can afford a modest 2-bedroom apartment. And if those workers wanted to? They’d have to work 122 hours a week. Every week. All year. This is according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, or NLIHC, which calls attention to the gap between low-income wages and the high cost of rent […]

  • Buy your very own California ‘ghost town’ for just $925,000

    Why buy a house when you can buy an entire town? A 19th century ghost town in California, that includes an abandoned hotel, church and bunkhouse, came on the market earlier this month. Cerro Gordo, which means “fat hill,” sits south of the Sierra Nevada, on over 300 acres of land. The abandoned mining town had been in family hands for decades, but they felt it was the right time to sell it, said real estate agent Jake Rasmuson. The […]

  • Child ‘Hugs’ Sculpture. Now Parents May Be Stuck with $132,000 Bill

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Two parents may be stuck with a $132,000 bill after their child damaged a sculpture inside the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, according to KSHB. The child’s mother, Sarah Goodman, said the incident happened during a wedding reception last month. Surveillance video shows the child hug the sculpture, then seconds later, it fell. “We heard a bunch of commotion and I thought, ‘Whose yelling at my son?’” Goodman explained. “This glass mosaic torso […]

  • Candidate Sprays Himself in the Face with Pepper Spray for Campaign Ad

    DENVER, Co. — There are plenty of videos on YouTube of people spraying themselves in the face with pepper spray — but most of them aren’t congressional campaign ads. Levi Tillemann, a Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 6th congressional district, on Denver’s east side, did just that, according to KCNC-TV. Tillemann’s video has had hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube that he hopes translate into votes. “Trust me. This will stop anyone in their tracks,” Tillemann says just before he sprays […]

  • McDonald’s to Scrap Plastic Straws in UK and Ireland

    McDonald’s has joined the fight against plastic pollution by switching to paper straws at its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The change, which will begin to take effect in September, follows trials of paper straws at select locations. The US fast-food chain said a majority of its customers supported the move away from plastic. “Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their […]

  • Banksy Print Stolen From Toronto Exhibit, Police Say

    TORONTO, Canada — A surveillance video shows a man with half of his face covered, cautiously entering an art exhibit in Toronto and then darting away clutching a Banksy print. The theft of the Banksy print called “Trolley Hunters” was reported Sunday to police. On Thursday, Toronto Police released the surveillance video. “Trolley Hunters” was part of more than 80 original works in “The Art of Banksy” exhibit, curated by his former art dealer, Steve Lazarides. The show was not endorsed by Banksy and […]

  • Initiative to Break California Into 3 States to Go on November Ballot

    An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November’s general election. Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California — subject to approval by US Congress. The proposal by venture capitalist, Tim Draper to break up California in a campaign called “Cal 3,” received more than 402,468 valid signatures — surpassing the amount required by state law. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla […]