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  • ‘I’m not an extortionist:’ Woman at center of Kevin Hart scandal speaks

    LOS ANGELES — A woman who has been linked to actor Kevin Hart in an alleged extortion plot held a press conference Wednesday to say that she, too, is a victim. With her attorney Lisa Bloom, Montia Sabbag faced cameras Wednesday and said she was in an “intimate relationship” with the actor about a month ago and unknowingly photographed in the process. Sabbag said she had nothing to do with a reported attempt to extort money from Hart. “I’m not […]

  • Pres. Barack Obama slams Senate GOP health care proposal

    NEW YORK —  Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday there are no practical benefits to a bill Republicans are considering to replace the Affordable Care Act. Speaking in New York,Pres.  Obama said the bill would increase costs and strip coverage from vulnerable Americans. “When I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress, for the 50th or 60th time, with bills that will raise costs, reduce coverage and roll back protections for older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions … it is aggravating,” […]

  • Our 9 favorite hidden features in iOS 11

    Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 is now available as a free download. The redesigned software packs in big changes and minor tweaks, some you may never even see. The update is available on smartphones as far back as the iPhone 5S. (For iPad compatibility, see here). Or you can wait and buy an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, which hits stores on Friday, or hold off for the iPhone X coming later this year. Here are our 9 […]

  • Watch the moment children found alive in collapsed school after earthquake

    MEXICO CITY — Rescuers searched for survivors through the night after Tuesday’s powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states, killing scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings. At least 217 people died in Mexico City — the country’s capital — and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said. Previously, authorities had said that as many as 248 people had died. The death toll was later revised. President Enrique Peña Nieto said 22 bodies were found […]

  • Seismologist: What caused Mexico’s latest earthquake

    Another deadly earthquake struck deep under Mexico. Shortly after noon on Tuesday, an earthquake violently shook the area around Mexico City, collapsing numerous buildings into dust, killing more than 100. The greatest impact was in densely populated Mexico City, but the shaking was even more intense in Puebla, closer to the epicenter. The shaking energy was generated at the earthquake’s source, 30 miles deep, for just 20 seconds, but the waves reverberated for much longer, up to a minute or […]

  • “A gift is on the way:” Oops! Amazon mistakenly sends out baby registry emails

    MILWAUKEE — Finding out that someone has bought you a present is almost always awesome. Unless that gift is for your unborn child and you are, as far as you know, not expecting. Amazon sent out some very confusing emails on Tuesday, telling a large number of customers that someone had bought an item off their baby registry. Many of the recipients did not have a baby registry — let alone a baby gestating or any plans to have or adopt […]

  • Category 5 Maria strengthens on way to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

    Conditions in the US Virgin Islands deteriorated Tuesday evening as Hurricane Maria’s ripping winds began to batter the Caribbean island, hours after the storm obliterated parts of Dominica and killed at least one person in Guadeloupe The Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 175 mph (281 kph) will smash into the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning. Residents of Puerto Rico, who were spared some of Irma’s wrath when that hurricane’s core passed north of […]

  • Hackers breached Equifax payroll service in March, months before major breach

    Hackers breached an Equifax payroll-related service in March, months before the company said criminals accessed the personal records of 143 million people. On Monday, Equifax said the March incident was unrelated to the recently disclosed hack that occurred between May and July 2017. “The criminal hacking that was discovered on July 29 did not affect the customer databases hosted by the Equifax business unit that was the subject of the March event,” Equifax said in a statement. Security breach disclosure laws require […]

  • South Carolina students punished for ‘rape’ photo at high school football game

    ANDERSON, S.C. – Four South Carolina high school students have been punished for sharing a picture on social media that appears to advocate sexual assault. The image shows the Westside High School students spelling the word “rape” with letters spray painted on their chests. The incident occurred Friday at a football game during the school’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Every touchdown from that game would also benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital through the program “Touchdown Against Cancer.” Kyle Newton, […]

  • “Rapid intensification” Fuels major hurricanes 4 times in 1 month in 2017

    MIAMI — It usually takes several days to a week for a tropical storm to grow into a hurricane. But if conditions are just right, a powerful major hurricane can develop in just hours. The process, known as “rapid intensification,” has happened four times in the last month with hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and now Maria. A normal year would only see around two storms rapidly intensify. A storm undergoes rapid intensification when its maximum sustained winds increase at least […]

  • Pumpkin spice will soon be available on a… pizza?!

    WAUWATOSA — Every year, when fall begins, food establishments nationwide brace themselves for the hit they’ll take when all of their customers flock to coffee shops and bakeries for that coveted pumpkin spice treat. Move over Starbucks, Villa’s got you beat! Villa Italian Kitchen, a quick-service pizza brand, is jumping on the bandwagon and demanding its piece of the pie – with the intro of the first-ever Pumpkin Spice Pizza. A delicious marriage of a classic cheese pizza and all […]

  • Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says

    Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated nearly 300 sets of mothers and children in Mexico and tested the children twice for cognitive development over the course of 12 years. Fluoride is not added to public water supplies in Mexico, but people are exposed through naturally occurring fluoride in water and fluoridated salt and supplements. The study found […]