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    Delta pilot orders pizza for delayed flight stuck on tarmac

    PHILADELPHIA — Diverted because of bad weather in Atlanta, a Delta Air Lines pilot and airport crew turned to the classic solution for many a grumpy passenger: pizza. As torrential rains swept through Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, some flights were delayed arriving at the world’s busiest airport — and Delta’s home base. A 2 p.m. Delta flight from Philadelphia to Atlanta was diverted to Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the storms in Atlanta. Pizza delivered to the aircraft via baggage cart […]

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    Rick Santorum poised to seek White House again

    PITTSBURGH — Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who mounted an unexpectedly strong bid for the Republican nomination in 2012, is poised to make another bid for the White House. Santorum is expected to launch formally launch his campaign Wednesday evening in Pennsylvania. He told ABC News on Wednesday morning that he is in the race. For a politician who won the Iowa caucus in 2012 and was able to keep his campaign — fueled by support from Christian conservatives […]

  • At least 31 dead, 13 missing in storms that hit Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico

    HOUSTON — The storm may have passed, but the full scope of the tragedy is just starting to emerge. As floodwaters slowly recede in Texas, more bodies surface — many found in vehicles swept away by raging currents. By Wednesday morning, at least 18 people were found dead in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as 13 in northern Mexico from the same storm system. But at least 13 people are still missing. And the effort to find them continues to […]

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    FIFA officials arrested, will face corruption charges in U.S.; Swiss open criminal probe

    ZURICH — FIFA, the powerful and polarizing governing body for soccer, came under prosecutorial assault on two fronts Wednesday. Acting on an indictment by the U.S. Justice Department, Swiss police arrested several top FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, during an overnight raid in Zurich on charges of corruption Wednesday. The U.S. investigation targets alleged wrongdoing that spans 24 years. U.S. prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 14 people on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud and racketeering. They include […]

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    Criminals use IRS website to steal data on 100,000 people

    NEW YORK — A “sophisticated” organized crime syndicate used the IRS website to steal tax forms full of personal financial information on 104,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. Until the IRS discovered this latest data leak, its website provided a service called “Get Transcript.” It’s an easy way to download several years of tax forms for tasks like applying for a mortgage, or college financial aid. An unnamed cybermafia used this app to download forms full of personal information. They […]

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    Daughters claim B.B. King was poisoned

    LAS VEGAS — Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by his closest associates. But the coroner says preliminary autopsy results don’t support that contention. King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, made the accusations in separate, but identically worded, affidavits filed over the weekend. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in their affidavits. “I believe my father […]

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    Emotional photo of Marine praying with soon-to-be wife goes viral

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A U.S. Marine’s emotional moment with his future bride was caught on camera — and the picture has gone viral. It shows Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood holding the hand of his future wife, Maggie Earwood around a door frame. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray for their marriage together before the ceremony on Saturday. But he didn’t want to jinx things by seeing maggie before she walked down the aisle. So the two decided to take a moment […]

  • In response to the state's severe drought, Caltrans is launching a statewide educational campaign on the state's highways, urging all Californians to conserve water. Beginning today, California's more than 700 electronic highway signs will display a water conservation message. (Photo: CNN)

    Drought turns Californians against water bottling companies

    NEW YORK  — As California residents are forced to cut back their water use, some are outraged that companies bottling water there aren’t asked to do the same. They’ve made a scapegoat of big names like Nestle, which operates five water bottling plants in California. Dozens of activists protested outside two of the plants last week and online petitions have garnered thousands of signatures demanding Nestle halt its bottling operations. In fact, there are 110 water bottling plants in the […]

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    Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to remove artificial ingredients

    NEW YORK — Pizza Hut is getting rid of artificial ingredients from its pizzas. The restaurant chain’s corporate parent Yum! Brands said all artificial colors and flavors will be removed from the pizzas by the end of July. Taco Bell will also follow suit by removing artificial colors and flavor, and also trans fats, by the end of 2015. Pizza Hut CEO David Gibbs said it was in response to customer demands. “You don’t get the honor of being America’s […]

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    ‘Come back, daddy:’ 4-year-old boy has heartbreaking plea at grave of Marine father

    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. — Memorial Day isn’t just an extra day off. For many families, it’s a day to remember loved ones who died serving the country. Many gathered Monday at Arlington National Cemetery to remember their fallen loved ones — and 4-year-old Christian Jacobs was among them. He came to be with his father, Sgt. Christopher James Jacobs, who served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jacobs died in a training accident in 2011 when Christian was only […]

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    Homecoming queen dies on way home from prom, swept away in flood waters

    DEVINE, Texas — An 18-year-old Texas girl was killed on her way home from prom when she was swept away by raging flood waters. Alyssa Ramirez was Devine High School’s homecoming queen, a cheerleader, a tennis player and a member of the volleyball team. “She was a good person. She was always competitive,” Amber Contreras told KABB. Now, those closest to the 18-year-old are mourning her loss. Just hours before her death, Alyssa was attending her senior prom. On her way home, […]

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    Is it ever appropriate to snoop on your partner?

    Here’s a scenario to consider: Your partner leaves his cellphone on the dining room table. His texts and emails can be easily accessed with just the touch of a fingertip. Would you look? Have you ever looked? If you said yes, you are definitely not alone. In a 2013 study conducted in the United Kingdom and reported in The Telegraph, 34 percent of women admitted they had looked through the cellphone of a partner or ex-partner without their knowledge. But […]