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  • Manchester residents honor bombing victims with bee tattoos

    As Manchester heals after the suicide bombing that claimed 22 lives on Monday, people lay flowers at makeshift memorials around the city. Some people write messages in chalk on the ground, which disappear in the rain, only to be replaced hours later with new messages of grief and love. Other people have lined up for hours, choosing to remember the victims by getting something for life — a tattoo of a bee. The bee has long been the symbol of […]

  • New Jersey Muslim group sues for mosque on Ramadan eve

    A Muslim community group in New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Bayonne, alleging anti-Muslim bias as the reason the city’s zoning board denied an application for a mosque. The suit, filed this week on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, comes after a protracted zoning battle in the blue-collar suburb some five miles from New York City. The complaint alleges that Bayonne’s zoning board, under pressure from anti-Muslim protesters, denied zoning variances […]

  • Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

    Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, has died. He was 69. Allman died due to liver cancer complications at his home in Savannah, Georgia, and he was “surrounded by his family and friends,” Michael Lehman, Allman’s longtime manager and close friend, told CNN. He will be buried at Rose Hill cemetery in Macon, Georgia, though […]

  • Air Force veteran pays tribute to fallen heroes by racing in 5K with wheelchair

    Tampa, FL — Right outside the gates of MacDill Air Force Base, Andy Bernt, can only get as close as Gadsden Park to watch the aircrafts buzz by. Twelve years ago, Bernt was forced to retire after he woke up one day and was paralyzed from the chest down. “I went to bed, six hours later, I was paralyzed,” he said. Bernt has spent the last twelve years in a wheelchair after he was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He […]

  • Man shouting ‘anti-everything slurs’ kills 2 in Portland, police say

    A man fatally stabbed two people and injured a third on a commuter train in Oregon’s largest city Friday as people confronted him for “yelling a gamut of anti-Muslim and anti-everything slurs,” a Portland police spokesman said. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was on a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail train in Portland late Friday afternoon when he started yelling what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions,” police said in news release. Christian […]

  • UK lowers terror threat level to ‘severe’ as more arrested

    MANCHESTER, England — Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from “critical” to “severe,” as authorities said major progress has been made in unravelling the plot behind the Manchester bombing. Prime Minister Theresa May said “a significant amount of police activity” and several arrests had led to the level being lowered. But she urged Britons to remain vigilant and said soldiers would remain at high-profile sites throughout the current holiday weekend. The troops will gradually be withdrawn from Monday, […]

  • Egypt shooting: ISIS claims massacre of 29

    The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on Coptic Christians traveling to a remote desert monastery south of Cairo that killed 29. The group’s news agency, Aamaq, said on Saturday that an IS unit targeted the bus the previous day and put the death toll at 32. The discrepancy in casualty figures is not uncommon in the aftermath of major attacks by the militants, who have been waging an insurgency centered at northern Sinai, though attacks on […]

  • Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, dies at 89

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died, his daughter announced on social media. “My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life. I just knew his as the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have. I love you Dad #HailToTheChief,” his daughter Mika, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” wrote […]

  • First look inside Disney’s new ‘Pandora: World of Avatar’

    James Cameron’s “Avatar” was a game-changer for me. Its bioluminescent alien world unfolded around the audience with an immersive 3-D I hadn’t thought possible, even as a lifelong cinephile. As the credits rolled, I walked out of the theater eight years ago in a giddy haze, determined to see it again as soon as possible. I got to relive that feeling this week on Avatar Flight of Passage, a virtual reality thrill ride and the crown jewel of the lovely […]

  • United sorry for falsely accusing gay father of fondling his child

    United Airlines is apologizing again for their treatment of a passenger. Henry Amador-Batten, a gay father flying to his North Carolina home last Saturday, was accused by United flight attendants of inappropriately touching his son on the flight, setting off a police investigation and angering the boy’s fathers. “This is not how anyone deserves to be treated,” Amador-Batten’s husband Joel wrote in a Facebook post for their gay parenting blog DADsquared. “This is not something that should have happened in […]

  • How this couple paid off $200,000 of debt in 2 years

    NEW YORK – It wasn’t too long ago that Sunethra Muralidhara was buried under a mountain of debt. She had taken out loans for undergraduate and law school, which put her about $200,000 in the hole. But she wasn’t too worried about it at the time. She figured her law degree would be worth it and everyone always told her it was “good debt.” “People had me convinced that taking 30 years to pay off the debt was normal and […]

  • America loves fast food, soda and booze

    NEW YORK — It’s only fitting that companies which sell burgers, fried chicken and soda are hitting records just before Memorial Day — the unofficial start to summer and outdoor picnics. (Too bad it’s too cold in New York to hit the beach or pool just yet!) The entire stock market is booming. But stodgy consumer staples companies in the food and beverage business are doing particularly well. Most of the companies have steady sales and earnings growth. Many of […]