• Puppy named after fallen officer heads home

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A twenty-seven year veteran with the Prince George's Police Department has a new member of his family – a nine week old puppy named Colson. The puppy, jet black except for a white belly, is named after Ofc. Jacai Colson, a detective with the Prince George’s Police Department killed by friendly fire after police say a gunman ambushed their district three station on March 13.

  • Watch Queen Elizabeth Drop the Mic in a Royals-Obama Twitter Showdown

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The White House and Kensington Palace are both talking some major smack over the upcoming Invictus Games, a competition for wounded veterans. Friday morning, First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a video from her official account of her and President Obama looking stern. “Hey Prince Harry, remember when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?” the First Lady asks, arms crossed. “Careful what you wish for,” the President says, before an American serviceman behind him says, “Boom.” Prince Harry struck back with a trump card in his video: the sass of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

  • Every Belgian to Get Iodine Pill In Case of Nuclear Disaster

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The Belgian government says it will distribute iodine pills to all its citizens in case of an accident at one its aging nuclear reactors. The BBC reports that Health Minister Maggie De Block announced an update of rules that previously required the pills — which prevent radioactive material from entering the thyroid, reducing the risk of cancer among those exposed to radiation — to be given to those living within 12 miles of nuclear power plants. The radius where pills will be distributed has been increased to 62 miles, which means all of the country when nuclear reactors across the border in the Netherlands are taken into account.

  • Teen claims gender discrimination in school's hair length rule

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    TOMBALL, TX (KTRK/CNN) - Outside Tomball Memorial High School Monday, 17-year-old Mickey Cohen recorded his mother cutting his hair. It's a Facebook post that's been viewed nearly 200,000 times. "My school is making me cut my hair," Mickey Cohen said. "I'm not a bad kid. but because of hair I've been put in ISS and left out of all my classes." It's important, he said, to show what he believes is discrimination at the school.

  • Wisconsin City to Fine Parents If Child Is a Bully

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Police in one small Wisconsin city are going to new lengths to prevent bullying: fining parents if their child is caught picking on others. The new ordinance in Shawano means parents of children acting as “bullies” could be fined hundreds of dollars if they don’t intervene, according to NBC affiliate NBC26 in Green Bay. Under the ordinance, police work with the Shawano School District to identify bullies and notify parents, who then have 90 days to intervene. If they don’t, and the child continues to bully, the parents could be fined $366. If the child bullies again within one year, they could be fined $681.

  • Teen took Snapchat photos while crashing Mercedes at 107 mph. Now her victim has sued Snapchat.

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Christal McGee was behind the wheel of her father’s white Mercedes, 18-years-old and on her way home from work on a Thursday night in September 2015, when she pulled out her phone and opened the app. Snapchat has a filter that allows users to record their speed of travel, and she wanted to see how fast she could go. So McGee accelerated, then accelerated some more, reaching 113 miles per hour on a suburban road outside Atlanta where the speed limit is 55. She didn’t see Maynard Wentworth, an Uber driver just starting his shift that night, until it was too late. She hit him at 107 miles per hour.

  • More than half a tonne of ancient Roman coins found in Spain

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Construction workers have found 600 kilograms of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials say. "It is a unique collection and there are very few similar cases," said Ana Navarro, head of Seville's Archeology Museum, which is looking after the find. Dating back to the late third and early fourth centuries, the bronze coins were found inside 19 Roman amphoras, a type of jar, in the town of Tomares near Seville.

  • Avalanche fears over unauthorised Everest helicopter flights

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Helicopter firms are carrying out unauthorised sightseeing flights over the upper reaches of Mount Everest, Nepalese officials say. Sherpas have expressed concerns that vibrations caused by the helicopters could trigger avalanches. Tourist flights are not allowed to places above Base Camp which is at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,600ft).

  • VW and Shell try to block EU push for electric cars

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    VW and Shell have united to try to block Europe’s push for electric cars and more efficient cars, saying biofuels should be at heart of efforts to green the industry instead. The EU is planning two new fuel efficiency targets for 2025 and 2030 to help meet promises made at the Paris climate summit last December. But executives from the two industrial giants launched a study on Wednesday night proposing greater use of biofuels, CO2 car labelling, and the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) instead.

  • Teen birthrate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks

    Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The birthrate among American teenagers, at crisis levels in the 1990s, has fallen to an all-time low, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decline of the past decade has occurred in all regions in the country and among all races. But the most radical changes have been among Hispanic and black teens, whose birthrates have dropped nearly 50 percent since 2006. Theories on the reasons for the dramatic shift include everything from new approaches to sex education to the widespread availability of broadband Internet. But most experts agree on the two major causes.

  • Your house plant could soon charge your phone

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    When Mother Nature came up with photosynthesis, she likely wasn’t expecting any USB cords to be involved. Alas, there’s no stopping progress. A European startup company is currently developing an intriguing gizmo that will let you charge your phone with your potted plant. The system, called Bioo Lite, harnesses the power of photosynthesis and generates electricity using only water, soil and any common house plant. (We might have suggested the name Power Plant, but hey — nobody asked us.)

  • Snapchat users are watching 10 billion videos a day

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Snapchat is an app that keeps its users interested, consistently releasing new features and improvements that keep it relevant and entertaining. It comes as no surprise then that users watch a collective 10 billion videos a day on the app, Bloomberg reported Thursday and Snapchat confirmedBloomberg similarly reported numbers in February stemming from a meeting with investors, saying Snapchat videos reach  8 billion  every day. That's a rapid increase in a short amount of time, and falls in line with recent polls showing Snapchat as the most popular app among teens.

  • This homemade hoverbike is the future of personal aviation

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    The Internet's favorite crazy i nventor has created a rideable hoverbike, and while it doesn't go much higher than a couple feet, it's a pretty innovative creation. YouTuber Colin Furze, famous for his homemade Wolverine claws , jet-powered bicycle and recent thermite launcher , embarked on his first-ever flying project as requested by fans. He created the hoverbike, a seatless, brake-less contraption powered by two motorized propellers in place of wheels. He only shows it off in short bursts, so you probably can't fly it down to your local store to buy bread.

  • Suspect in massive 2012 Creek County cigarette-caused wildfire arrested nearly 4 years later

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    SAPULPA — A Bristow man who is accused of flicking a lit cigarette that ignited nearly 60,000 acres in Creek County in 2012, destroying hundreds of homes, has been arrested. Billy Cloud, 40, was booked into the Creek County Jail about 4:30 a.m. on a charge of third-degree arson, or, in the alternative, unlawful burning of grass and woodlands during a burn ban. His bail is set at $40,000, jail records indicate. Creek County Sheriff’s Sgt. Les Vaughan said Cloud was arrested during a warrants sweep Wednesday, along with suspects in several unrelated cases.

  • Lego's 2,704-piece Porsche is not a toy

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Lego's new Porsche 911 GT3 RS set is gorgeous, desirable and not a little bit scary — which sums up actual car quite well. Three years in the making, the intimidating set joins the Danish toymaker's Technic line, highly complex model kits whose parts number in the thousands.

  • Beatles legend Ringo Starr looks even younger than his son

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    RINGO Starr appears to have defied the ageing process as he now looks even younger than his son.

  • Airplane Captain Surprises Son With Flight Back From Deployment

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    A soldier returning from deployment got quite a sweet surprise thanks to a clever plan from his father. Capt. Mario Lopes, a Washington D.C .-based pilot with United Airlines , learned that his son, First Lt. Mario Lopes, was scheduled to return from Kuwait on April 14. When Lopes learned that there was an opportunity to pilot a military flight to Norfolk, Virginia, on the same day, he knew he had to seize it.

  • Officials: NCAA could pull tourney sites from N.C.

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    North Carolina must prove to the NCAA that its host arenas will provide a discrimination-free zone or risk losing NCAA tournament games in 2017 and 2018, multiple officials told ESPN.

  • Tennessee Enacts Law Letting Therapists Refuse Patients On Religious Grounds

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that allows mental health counselors and therapists to refuse to treat patients based on religious objections or personal beliefs, NPR reports.

  • Will The Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

    Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Lately, it's been a political guessing game of which Donald Trump is going to show up. In the past 24 hours alone, the whiplash between what rival-turned-uneven-surrogate Ben Carson called the "two different Donald Trumps" was on bold display, NPR reports.




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