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  • 29-year-old man credited for saving lives during Nashville Waffle House shooting

    NASHVILLE — A 29-year-old man is credited for saving several lives after he disarmed a man who opened fire on a Nashville Waffle House on Sunday morning. Four people were killed in the shooting and several others were wounded. The carnage stopped only because of the heroics of a customer who heard the gunshots and hid near the restaurant’s bathrooms. Police said the customer, identified by a relative as James Shaw Jr., monitored the gunman’s moves from afar and jumped […]

  • Verne Troyer, ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers movies, dies at age 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. “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 towards spreading that […]

  • How 4/20 became ‘Weed Day’

    There is something in the air today. Maybe you’ve noticed. April 20, or 4/20, is known as “Weed Day” in some circles because the date corresponds with a numerical code for marijuana. Yes, it seems arbitrary. So how did the number 420 come to represent smoking pot? First, let’s get the myths and rumors out of the way: The legend of the California penal code Some claim the number is drawn from the California criminal codes used to punish the use or distribution […]

  • ‘It’s an invasion:’ Tumbleweeds take over California town, trapping residents in homes

    VICTORVILLE, Calif. — A California town has been overrun with tumbleweeds. Strong winds, with gusts topping 50 mph, have been blowing the prickly plants into neighborhoods in the High Desert town of Victorville, California. When the tumbleweeds hit an obstacle, like a fence or even a house, they start piling up. City workers were using pitchforks and heavy equipment to clean up the mess on Tuesday, but mounds of tumbleweeds covered windows and doors and even blew onto the roofs […]

  • Hickenlooper on 2020 presidential run: ‘This summer we’ll see how it begins to feel’

    DENVER — With the end of his second term in sight, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is weighing his political future and said he’ll see how a potential presidential run feels this summer. Hickenlooper, a Democrat who was re-elected as governor in 2014 and is term-limited, will leave office after 2018. He told David Axelrod on “The Axe Files“, a podcast from The University of Chicago Institute of Politics, that he wants to take some time to sit down and think […]

  • Indiana woman’s future in doubt after leaving packing plant to become unwitting ISIS bride

    DAMASCUS, Syria — For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS’s so-called Caliphate. A holiday is what her husband, Moussa Elhassani, promised her when she went to Hong Kong in 2014, she said. The couple were planning to move to Morocco to start a new, cheaper life, she […]

  • Marijuana’s effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, research says

    NEW YORK — Marijuana is notorious for slowing certain cognitive functions such as learning, memory and attention span, but research in young people suggests that these cognitive effects, while significant, may not persist for very long, even among chronic users. The meta-analysis, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, combines data from 69 previous studies that look at the effects of heavy cannabis use on cognitive functioning in adolescents and young adults. It found that those young people who identified as heavy marijuana […]

  • Love letter from George H.W. Bush to Barbara from World War II goes viral

    HOUSTON — In 1943, George H.W. Bush was more than 40 years away from becoming the 41st president of the United States. He was 19 and serving in the Navy during World War II. He was also deeply in love with his fiancee, Barbara Pierce, who would go on to be a beloved first lady. A handwritten letter from Bush to his bride-to-be is housed at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, and it offers an […]

  • Full-time nurse with no sponsors shocked the Boston Marathon with second-place finish

    BOSTON — Desiree Linden made history at this year’s Boston Marathon as the first American woman to win the storied race since 1985. What was more shocking, though, was the runner-up in the women’s field Monday. In her second career marathon race, Sarah Sellers wasn’t listed as one of the elite runners. According to The Wall Street Journal, she doesn’t have any sponsors. Still, Sellers crossed the finish line in 2:44:04, a little more than 4 minutes behind Linden’s time (2:39:54), qualifying […]

  • Starbucks to close all U.S. stores to conduct racial-bias education for employees

    SEATTLE — Starbucks said Tuesday it will close its more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training to its nearly 175,000 workers. The announcement comes after two black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks store, sparking protests and calls for a boycott on social media. Starbucks said the stores will be closed on the afternoon on May 29. Its corporate offices will also be closed at that time. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson met […]

  • Boy with autism builds world’s largest Lego Titanic replica

    PIGOEN FORGE, Tenn. — The world’s largest Lego replica of the doomed Titanic liner was built over 700 hours — 11 months — by a 10-year-old boy from Reykjavik, Iceland, who is on the autism spectrum. It will make its American debut Monday at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Brynjar Karl Bigisson, now 15, built the replica with 56,000 Lego bricks. It’s 26 feet long and 5 feet tall. Brynjar remembers playing with Legos for hours when […]

  • Carrie Underwood makes powerful return to the stage after injuring her face

    LAS VEGAS — Carrie Underwood gave her first public performance since an accident in November left her with a broken wrist and a facial injury. The singer, who appeared fully recovered, gave a powerful delivery of her new single “Cry Pretty” at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. The crowd responded with a standing ovation that lasted nearly a minute. Underwood shared on her website in January that she had fallen on the porch of her Nashville, Tennessee, home, resulting […]