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  • Slain officer identified in London attack: 48-year-old married father with 15 years of service

    BRITAIN — Keith Palmer left for work on Wednesday, March 22nd expecting to return home. Instead, he was one of four people killed in Britain’s most lethal terror attack since the 2005 public transit bombings. The assailant was shot dead near London’s Houses of Parliament after the chaotic rampage. The suspect drove a car through crowds of people, injuring dozens before crashing into a fence outside the Parliament building. Witnesses said he got out of his car brandishing a knife […]

  • 5 dead, including assailant, in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament

    LONDON — A man killed four people, including a police officer, outside the UK Parliament on Wednesday in what British police are looking at as an act of “Islamist-related terrorism.” Scores more people were hurt when the attacker plowed his car through a crowd of people on a bridge over the River Thames, got out of his vehicle and fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer, a 15-year-veteran who was unarmed, on the grounds of Parliament. An armed officer shot the assailant […]

  • Butterbeer ice cream hitting shelves for Harry Potter fans

    ORWIGSBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania ice cream maker is courting Harry Potter fans with a new flavor based on Hogwarts’ favorite drink, “butterbeer.” Yuengling’s Ice Cream notes that J.K. Rowling once described butterbeer as tasting “a little bit like less sickly butterscotch.” With that in mind, Yuengling’s says the new butterbeer variety combines buttercream and butterscotch ice cream. Yuengling’s says “the result is magical decadence that will transport you to another place and time.” President David Yuengling says the company […]

  • Phone device tests male fertility with 98% accuracy, study shows

    A new smartphone attachment can evaluate a man’s semen and determine his level of fertility with up to 98% accuracy, a new study has showed. The new technology — consisting of an external accessory in which sperm samples are inserted and an app that analyzes them — could make testing as straightforward as a home pregnancy test, the scientists say. More than 45 million couples were estimated to be infertile globally in 2010, about 15% of all couples worldwide. Men […]

  • WWII vet wins lottery on 94th birthday

    Ervin Smolinski has a birthday tradition — he gets lottery tickets as presents. It started when he began buying his family tickets as birthday presents, and they started returning the favor. For his 94th birthday, the WWII vet’s goodwill effort turned into $300,000 of cold, hard cash. “Every month, I buy some instant tickets and send them as gifts to family members who have birthdays that month,” Smolinski told MLive. “It’s turned in to a bit of a tradition, and […]

  • Tourists stranded on London Eye during terrorism incident

    Tourists riding the London Eye were stranded on the iconic attraction Wednesday when the area was locked down after a terrorism incident near the UK Parliament. Lucas Rengifo was visiting from Madrid and could see police and emergency crews respond to the attack from his perch on the Ferris wheel. He said passengers were told that there was an incident on the ground. “We thought that it was a car accident until we saw the vans and the Ferris wheel […]

  • Garth Brooks gushes about the ‘love of his life’

    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are still doing “the dance.” “I can’t believe this really exists. I can’t believe there’s somebody in this world that no matter how many times you get to be with them, all that does is make you want to be with them more,” he told Rare Country. “For the first time, forever isn’t long enough. That’s crazy, but I’m the lucky guy that found that.” Brooks and Yearwood married in 2005, after years of friendship. […]

  • Spring breakers save people from devastating house fire

    Most teenagers go to Florida on spring break to relax and enjoy a little freedom. Two Alabama teenagers will remember their trip for the lives they saved. Ford Cleveland and Porter Simpler, both of Montgomery, went out in search of donuts Monday morning when they saw flames climbing up the side of a vacation home in Blue Mountain Beach. Ford whipped out his phone and called in the address to 911, he told CNN affiliate WSFA. “My friend ran up […]

  • Starbucks to add 240,000 jobs worldwide by 2021

    NEW YORK — Starbucks plans to hire 240,000 more people globally by the year 2021. That includes 68,000 jobs in the United States. The company announced its plans for a hiring spree at its annual shareholders meeting Wednesday. It marks the final shareholder event that Howard Schultz will attend as CEO before he’s replaced by Kevin Johnson on April 3. The announcement comes as Starbucks is heavily focused on growing its business abroad. It’s currently opening one store per day […]

  • Sears has ‘substantial doubt’ that it can survive

    NEW YORK — After years of huge losses and store closings, the future is officially in doubt for Sears and Kmart. Sears Holdings, the holding company for the two iconic retail brands, warned investors late Tuesday that it can’t promise it will stay in business. It included the language in its annual report while insisting it might still turn things around. “Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,” […]

  • 9 deaths and rare cancer linked to breast implants, FDA says

    Nine deaths have been reported to the US Food and Drug Administration, stemming from a rare cancer that is associated with breast implants. The extremely rare cancer, called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) affects cells in the immune system and can be found around the breast implant. It can be found in the skin or lymph nodes, and is not a type of breast cancer. “All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very […]

  • Chinese officials warned US bomber flying near South Korea

    WASHINGTON — Chinese officials warned a US military aircraft flying near South Korea Sunday, telling its pilots that they were illegally operating in Chinese airspace and ordering the American plane to leave, a US defense official told CNN. The pilots of the US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber aircraft responded to the Chinese air traffic controllers, saying that they were conducting routine operations in international airspace and did not deviate from their flight path, the official added. The US plane […]