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  • NYC streets go car-free for Earth Day

    NEW YORK  — New Yorkers are used to a lot of traffic. All day, every day streets are filled with cars, but for one day, busy streets will be car-free. In celebration of Earth Day, 30 blocks of New York City will only be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Broadway will be closed to car traffic between Times Square and Union Square. Within those streets, several programs and activities will be made available […]

  • Michael Jackson’s famous moonwalk shoes are going up for auction

    The black loafers that Michael Jackson used to perform his signature moonwalk for the first time on stage are going up for auction. The star owned the Florsheim Imperial leather shoes and wore them while rehearsing his performance of “Billie Jean” for the “Motown 25” TV special in 1983. That rehearsal marked the first time the King of Pop performed his famous backward-sliding dance move on stage, according to GWS Auctions. “Anything related to Michael Jackson is extraordinary, and to have something […]

  • How Pokemon Go helped a missing man with dementia get home safely

    COVINGTON, KY — In the pixelated universe that’s existed inside generations of handheld devices, Pokemon are pretty handy: They can light up a dark room, carry their trainers across the ocean and even act as feathery air travel for one. In the real lives of players such as Navy veteran Allison Hines, they’re mostly a fun distraction. Hines, who plays the smartphone game “Pokemon Go,” makes it part of her daily routine to check in at a Pokestop — a real-world […]

  • Colin Kaepernick named Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience

    Amnesty International awarded Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his public protest against racial and social injustice. “The Ambassador of Conscience award celebrates the spirit of activism and exceptional courage, as embodied by Colin Kaepernick,” Salil Shetty, the human rights group’s secretary-general, said in a statement. “He is an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.” The award is Amnesty International’s highest honor, according […]

  • Syracuse University suspends fraternity after ‘extremely racist’ video emerges

    Syracuse University has suspended a professional fraternity after video footage surfaced showing members exhibiting “extremely racist” behavior, according to the university’s chancellor. Videos purport to show members of Theta Tau, an engineering fraternity, repeatedly using racial slurs and simulating sex acts. Chancellor Kent Syverud called the behavior “offensive” in a statement to the campus community Wednesday. “They include words and behaviors that are extremely racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, and hostile to people with disabilities,” Syverud said. The university will review the Greek […]

  • Verne Troyer, ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers films, dies at 49

    Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in two of the Austin Powers comedy films, has died at the age of 49, according to statements posted to his social media accounts. Troyer was 49. “Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh,” a statement posted to his social media said. “Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked […]

  • Ice swim racing is not for the faint of heart — literally

    Plunge into water at near-freezing temperatures, and your body goes into extreme distress. Your skin screams signals of pain. You can’t breathe, because your chest is cramping up. Talking is nearly impossible. Your heart is pounding. Fear mounts — as it should. Without any protection, you may lose consciousness in under 15 minutes. You’ll be dead within an hour. Or … you can start racing! That’s the idea behind the Open Scandinavian Championship in Winter Swimming, which takes place every year […]

  • PD: Phoenix man arrested after running over 21-month-old son

    PHOENIX, Az. — A man has been arrested after police say he ran over his child Thursday evening in Phoenix. Just before 6 p.m., Phoenix police responded to a call at a home near Interstate 17 and Northern Avenue after a 21-month-old child was struck by a vehicle. Police say that 49-year-old Richard Hamilton, the child’s father, was moving a truck on his property when he didn’t see Samuel Hamilton, his 21-month-old son, who had gotten near the truck. A […]

  • Barbara Bush to be laid to rest in private funeral Saturday

    Family and friends will gather Saturday to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. Bush, only the second woman in US history to have had a husband and son elected President, died Tuesday at the age of 92 at her home in Houston. She had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and decided against seeking additional medical help earlier this week after a series of hospitalizations. According to Mrs. Bush’s […]

  • Justice Department opens investigation into wireless carriers

    The U.S. Justice Department is probing some of the leading wireless carriers and an industry group over possible coordination to make it harder for customers to switch carriers. The Justice Department sent a letter in February to the four major national carriers as well as to an industry standards-setting group, GSMA, seeking more information, a person with knowledge of the inquiry told CNN. Not all four are necessarily under investigation, the source cautioned. The New York Times reported Friday that the Justice […]

  • ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ assembling for possible historic box office

    Marvel has had some big numbers in its decade of blockbuster movies. 18 straight number one openings. Nearly $15 billion in total global box office. Now it has another one in its sights for when “Avengers: Infinity War” opens next week: $248 million. That’s the record for biggest domestic opening in history, a title currently held by 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Beating it will not be easy, but a week before its opening, “Infinity War,” is putting up […]

  • Maldives to open ‘world’s first’ underwater hotel residence

    A luxury Maldives resort is about to take the sleeping under-the-sea phenomenon to a whole new level. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is building a $15 million two-story hotel villa, part of which will sit 16.4 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. The property, believed to be the world’s first undersea residence, is under construction in the South Asian island country and is due to be completed in November. Named the Muraka — or “coral” in the Maldives’ local […]