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  • Lawyer for boy, 17, fatally shot by officer says he ‘posed no immediate threat to anyone’

    EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Hours after being sworn in, a suburban Pittsburgh officer fatally shot an unarmed 17-year-old who ran when police stopped a vehicle that was suspected to be involved in an earlier shooting, authorities said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office and a family attorney identified the victim as Antwon Rose II of Rankin, who  died at a hospital. He had been a passenger in the car, which authorities suspected of being involved in a shooting earlier Tuesday in a […]

  • Twin brothers who died the same day in France during WWII, reunite 74 years later at Normandy

    FRANCE — On June 19, 1944, Julius and his twin brother Ludwig Pieper were on a vessel bound for Utah Beach on the Normandy coast of France — 13 days after D-Day — when it struck a mine and sank. The two Nebraska brothers, both Radiomen 2nd Class in the US Navy, were among the 117 sailors to die in the wreck. But while Ludwig Pieper’s remains were identified soon after, those of Julius Pieper weren’t found. Officials declared him […]

  • Elvis Presley’s abandoned private jet is up for auction

    NEW MEXICO — There’s no engine, the cockpit’s a mess and the velvet seats have lost their plush. Restoring this plane will require a heap of cash and a hunk of burning love. But when there’s a chance to own Elvis Presley’s customized private jet, fans might be willing to overlook the rust that comes with sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 36 years. The 1962 Lockheed JetStar 1329 was owned by the snake-hipped rock ‘n’ roll star […]

  • The 11-year-old girl divorcing her 38-year-old husband

    Khartoum, Sudan — Amal is 11 years old and seeking a divorce. The young Sudanese girl was in elementary school when a 38-year-old man asked for her hand in marriage. Her father accepted the proposal, and Amal (not her real name) was immediately wed. In Sudan, child marriage has been woven into the fabric of the country’s culture, driven by tradition and poverty. More than a third of girls there are married before their 18th birthday, according to a 2017 UNICEF report, […]

  • ‘Near-death trauma:’ 8 passengers sue Southwest, Boeing over deadly engine failure

    MANHATTAN — Eight passengers who survived the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing after an engine failed in midair earlier this year filed a lawsuit against the airline Tuesday. The passengers cite injuries including hearing loss and post traumatic stress disorder, according to the lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed in New York because the flight originated at La Guardia International Airport. A few passengers in the lawsuit cite marriages ruined […]

  • ’29 pounds of love:’ Very large cat named Chubbs whose rescue made headlines finds his furever home

    PASADENA, Calif. — Chubbs, the 29-pound cat whose rescue made recent headlines, will soon be going to a new home after he was adopted early Wednesday afternoon, June 20. It didn’t take long for the cat to find an owner. A couple adopted the butterball feline within the first 30 minutes of a media event for his adoption. “Oh my goodness, I’m very happy,” Yvette Viola said while stroking the cat at the event. “I think he’s going to be […]

  • Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language and showed the world what great apes can do, has died. She died Tuesday in her sleep at age 46, The Gorilla Foundation said in a statement. “Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy,” the release said. “She was beloved and will be deeply missed.” The western lowland gorilla was born at the San Francisco Zoo in 1971 […]

  • Weapons reveal how this 5,300-year-old ice mummy lived — and died

    Although he’s older than the Giza pyramids and Stonehenge, the 5,300-year-old mummy of Otzi the Tyrolean Iceman continues to teach us things. The latest study of the weapons he was found with, published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday, reveals that Otzi was right-handed and had recently resharpened and reshaped some of his tools before his death. They were able to determine this by using high-powered microscopes to analyze the traces of wear on his tools. The upper half of the […]

  • Sunscreen 101: Your guide to summer sun protection and sunburn care

    NEW YORK — Whether you’re preparing for a day at the beach or an outdoor picnic this summer, make sure to put sun protection on your to-do list. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and UV light exposure is its most preventable risk factor. But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, over a third of adults reported having a sunburn, the skin’s natural response to UV damage, in the […]

  • 70 superheroes to attend funeral for slain deputy, a comic-con fanatic

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. —  When two slain Kansas City deputies are laid to rest Thursday, June 21, the stadium is expected to be filled with law enforcement from around the country — but there will also be dozens of superheroes in the crowd. That’s because Deputy Patrick Rohrer, who was killed along with Deputy Theresa King June 16 while transporting a prisoner, was a comic-con fanatic. So were Rohrer’s kids. In a store full of superheroes shopping for sick children […]

  • Real estate tycoon’s son guilty in torture, mutilation of live-in girlfriend weeks after baby born

    LOS ANGELES — A Canadian real estate tycoon’s son who wrote a graphic novel that features gruesome killings was convicted in Southern California Wednesday, June 20 in the torture and mutilation of a live-in girlfriend who had given birth to their child weeks before. A Los Angeles jury found Blake Leibel, 37, guilty of first-degree murder, torture and aggravated mayhem in the slaying of Iana Kasian. Deputies discovered the 30-year-old’s naked body in the blood-spattered master bedroom of couple’s West […]

  • Tinder parent company buys majority stake in dating app Hinge

    TEXAS — Match Group, the company that owns a number of dating websites and apps, now owns a 51% stake in millennial-focused, long-term dating app Hinge. Match has the right to purchase all the remaining shares of Hinge within the next year. Additional terms of the deal were not included in a press release issued Wednesday. The company did not respond to requests for additional comment. The move puts Hinge under the control of the same umbrella company that owns […]