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  • California proposes a plan to tax text messages

    California regulators want to tax text messages to increase funds for programs that bring connectivity to underserved residents. A new surcharge proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wouldn’t be a per-text tax, but a monthly fee based on a cellular bill that includes any fees for text-message services. Most carriers offer a flat fee option for texting, and already charge a similar fee for other services included in the bill — such as phone calls. The exact structure […]

  • Family’s Bible untouched in truck fire

    VINITA, Okla. — A Vinita, Oklahoma family is counting its blessings after an intense fire engulfs a pickup truck just feet away from their home. How the fire started is a mystery, but what remained in the ashes is something the family said was a divine message. Steven Gaut and his five children, mesmerized by what remains of their only form of transportation. “I felt like crying honestly and it’s hard for a grown man to cry,” Gaut said. With […]

  • ‘Worst we’ve ever seen’ – Rescued dog at shelter needs pain pills

    MONMOUTH, Ill. — A new animal shelter in Monmouth, Illinois is seeing a lot of firsts, and one of them is a dog with a pain pill prescription. Wiar Rescue received two new dogs from Kirkwood Animal Control in Illinois, who malnourished and diagnosed with mange. Mange is a skin disorder caused by parasitic mites that mammals can get when their fur is in poor condition. “It’s the worst we’ve ever seen, and the worst the vet has ever seen,” Dan […]

  • Spend the night in the world’s tallest treehouses

    It’s the stuff of childhood dreams. As the sun begins to break through the darkness in Laos’ Nam Kan National Park, the cries of wild, black-crested gibbons echo through the jungle air. Crawling out of our mosquito-net covered beds, perched high in wooden treehouses that tower over the jungle floor, we grab our binoculars for a closer look as these lively animals leap through the trees in the distance, the leaves around them shaking wildly as the branches bounce up […]

  • He survived the Holocaust, only to be struck and killed by a car in Oregon

    A Holocaust survivor who was trying to make sure the world never forgot what happened fell short of finishing his life’s work. Alter Wiener, a 92-year-old from outside Portland, Oregon, was struck and killed by a car on Tuesday evening, Hillsboro Police said. Wiener had been walking just before 5 p.m. when a driver hit him, Hillsboro Police Sergeant Eric Bunday said Wednesday. He was walking outside the crosswalk and wearing dark clothing on the rainy night and the driver […]

  • Santa ripped off beard, cursed at children during Christmas festival meltdown

    ST. IVES, England – Organizers of a Christmas event have apologized to outraged parents after a fire alarm reportedly prompted Santa Claus to burst out of his grotto, rip off his beard and scream at children to “get the f**k out.” The incident occurred at an event in the English town of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire on Sunday, when an alarm at a nearby but unconnected event caused an evacuation of the building, organizers said. While parents and children were already […]

  • Email bomb threats target Waukesha County businesses; statewide intelligence center investigating

    WAUKESHA COUNTY — Waukesha County businesses have been the target of multiple email bomb threats, according to the sheriff’s office. The Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC) says they are monitoring an influx of email-style bomb threats sent to government and private businesses across the state. The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office says the emails want money in the form of bitcoins in order to keep the bombs from detonating. The WSIC is unaware of any legitimate events resulting from the threats at […]

  • Taylor Swift reportedly used facial recognition at concert to try and ID stalkers

    Taylor Swift reportedly has no shortage of stalkers, and an expert says she used facial recognition to try and identify them. Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues including Madison Square Garden in New York and the Forum in Los Angeles, told Rolling Stone magazine a special kiosk was set up at Swift’s Rose Bowl show in May. He said fans were able to view rehearsal clips at the kiosk, while at the same […]

  • Eczema patients at 36% higher risk of suicide attempts, study says

    Eczema is a common skin condition that can pack a profound psychological punch: People with eczema are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts than others without the condition, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin disease that’s chronic and inflammatory — meaning it involves an immune system reaction. It affects 18 million adults (more than 7%) and 9.6 million children (13%) in the United States, according […]

  • California proposes plan to tax text messages

    California regulators want to tax text messages to increase funds for programs that bring connectivity to underserved residents. A new surcharge proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wouldn’t be a per-text tax, but a monthly fee based on a cellular bill that includes any fees for text-message services. Most carriers offer a flat fee option for texting, and already charge a similar fee for other services included in the bill — such as phone calls. The exact structure […]

  • Scientists think this exotic fish hitchhiked from Japan to California in tsunami debris

    MONTEREY, Calif. — Divers swimming in the cold, murky waters of Monterey Bay, California, say they’ve spotted a fish that’s a long way from home. It’s called a barred knifejaw, and it’s native to Japan, Korea and China. The distinctive black-and-white striped fish, also known as a striped beakfish or Ishi Dai in Japan, has been spotted several times in the kelp beds at Breakwater Cove near Monterey. “It can’t be mistaken for any local fish,” said Nicholas Ta, who […]

  • Ellen DeGeneres considering ending her talk show

    Ellen DeGeneres is considering ending her run on daytime talk. DeGeneres told the New York Times in a new interview that she’s mulling what to do once her contract comes to an end in 2020. DeGeneres renewed her deal in 2016 but had been “close to declining” the offer that would have kept her in front of daytime audiences through Season 17, according to the Times. The comedian and host reportedly is torn between advice given to her from two significant people […]