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  • Mob slaughters 300 crocodiles in revenge killing

    INDONESIA — Nearly 300 crocodiles were slaughtered in revenge killings by a mob in Indonesia over the weekend. The incident happened shortly after the funeral of a man in his 40s who himself was killed by a crocodile in the Indonesian state of West Papua. The man was on a crocodile farm, probably looking for grass to feed his livestock, when he was attacked by one of the animals Friday, according to a statement from the head of Indonesia’s Natural […]

  • Nearly 100 bodies found at a Texas construction site were probably people forced into labor — after slavery ended

    TEXAS — Months after a Texas school district broke ground on a new technical center, archaeologists there made a surprising discovery: the long-buried remains of 95 people. The first remains were discovered in February in Sugar Land, a suburb southwest of Houston. And now officials have learned who these people probably were — freed black people forced to work in convict labor camps. For over a century, these graves were underground and untouched. But the finding that they likely held […]

  • Highway 1 in Big Sur opens more than a year after California landslide

    BIG SUR, Calif. — California’s scenic Highway 1 south of Big Sur reopened Wednesday more than a year after a major landslide buried the road, transportation officials said. The landslide at Mud Creek in 2017 heaped six million tons of rock and dirt on about a quarter mile section of the coastal highway in the Big Sur region. The highway had already been closed at that spot for months, and at other points, after unusually heavy winter and spring rains caused landslides. […]

  • Study: Having 5 or more babies may increase Alzheimer’s risk by 70 percent

    Women who have given birth five or more times may be 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life than those who have fewer births, according to a new study of more than 3,500 women in South Korea and Greece. Even women without dementia who had given birth five or more times scored lower on a commonly used cognitive test than those with fewer children. The study looked only at women older than 60; the average age of the women tested […]

  • Prime Day was the biggest shopping event in Amazon’s history

    SEATTLE — Amazon Prime Day was a massive success. The company says its self-proclaimed holiday of deals was the biggest shopping event in Amazon history. Sales exceeded Cyber Monday, Black Friday and last year’s Prime Day. Prime members bought more than 100 million products, Amazon said Wednesday. The most popular purchases in the United States were Instant Pots, personal water filters and the 23andMe DNA test. Laundry detergent, smartphones, pans, light bulbs, and video games and consoles were big sellers […]

  • Man in coma following attack after Fourth of July party; admitted to hospital as a ‘John Doe’

    MALIBU, Calif. —  A Malibu, California artist who was attacked by someone while walking home from a party on the Fourth of July remains in an induced coma, according to the man’s wife. Stafford Taylor, 64, has been in the intensive care unit at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood since he was attacked after leaving a friend’s party at Malibu Cove Colony, his wife, Terry, told KTLA. “He texted when he left and said goodbye to the hosts, […]

  • ‘Serial stowaway’ to wear ankle monitor, live at facility as she awaits trial for sneaking onto planes

    CHICAGO — Marilyn Hartman, the 66-year-old Illinois woman who has been nicknamed a “serial stowaway” because of her alleged attempts to sneak onto commercial airline flights, is mentally fit to stand trial, a judge in Chicago ruled Wednesday morning. Hartman’s bail was set at $10,000. Hartman, who will have to wear an ankle monitor, will live at a facility called A Safe Haven in Chicago for people who are awaiting trial. The judge at the fitness hearing ordered Hartman to […]

  • Relax, you are about to get a snake massage

    NEW YORK – A new style of massage is creating quite a buzz online, thanks in part to National Snake Day earlier this week. Some cultures revere the serpents while others simply keep them as pets, but now you can get a snake massage. “Just enjoy them and feel them,” Serpentessa, a snake priestess at Dreaming Goddess in Poughkeepsie, told one of her clients, Pam Kelly, during a recent massage session. Serpentessa guided three boa constrictors, some longer than six feet, […]

  • 9-year-old girl struck, killed by stray bullet while sound asleep in her bed

    PHILADELPHIA — Authorities in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania are investigating the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old girl, who was struck by a stray bullet while she was sleeping in her bed inside her home early Tuesday morning, July 17. The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for Jennifer Trejo’s death. Authorities say Trejo was sound asleep in her bed when she was struck by a stray bullet from a shooting […]

  • Police: Man put baby monitors under co-workers’ beds

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Nashville man is accused of planting baby monitors under his co-workers’ beds. Christopher Neel, 35, is charged with felony wiretapping after being arrested on Wednesday. His co-workers claim they recorded Neel admitting to placing the baby monitors under their beds when they confronted him about it back in March. According to the police report, Neel wrote letters to his co-workers apologizing for his actions. Police said he told one victim he watched someone enter the keycode […]

  • Winds lift beach umbrella, launching it through a tourist’s ankle

    NEW JERSEY — Heavy winds uprooted several beach umbrellas along the Jersey Shore on Monday, and a British tourist was impaled by one of the aluminum stakes. Margaret Reynolds, who was visiting from London, was basking on the beach when the stake of a flying umbrella went through her ankle, according to Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Police Detective Steven Korman. First responders had to use bolt cutters to split the rod on-site so she could be transported to the hospital. […]

  • Having a working mom has benefits for kids later in life, study says

    Growing up with a working mom may have some benefits for both daughters and sons later in life. A team of researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom analyzed data on more than 100,000 men and women across 29 countries to determine whether a mother’s employment status has any link to her children’s outcomes in adulthood. As it turns out, the research suggests that girls raised in homes with working mothers are more likely to grow up to […]