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    Toy set teaches kids about diversity

    NEW YORK – Not all families look alike. So, why should all toys? That’s the question that led Ez Karpf to build a new kind of toy, MyFamilyBuilders. MyFamilyBuilders is a kit that includes 48 wooden pieces of heads, torsos and feet that snap together to form 2,000 combinations of families. With diversity and inclusion top of mind, the kit allows children to build a family that looks like theirs and encourages them to think about other family makeups. The […]

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    Officials: White House jumper killed after pulling knife in Pennsylvania court

    PENNSYLVANIA — A man who once climbed a wall near the White House was shot and killed at a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday after slashing a deputy sheriff with a knife, an official told CNN affiliate WPVI-TV. Curtis Smith entered the lobby of the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester and attacked the deputy sheriff, according to a statement from Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan. Another deputy sheriff drew his weapon and shot Smith. #BREAKING: Curtis Smith "had no […]

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    Century-old message in a bottle washes up in Germany

    More than a century ago, a British scientist named George Parker Bidder dropped 1,020 glass bottles into the sea in an experiment designed to figure out how currents worked at the bottom of the ocean. Now one of those bottles, dropped between 1904 and 1906, has washed up on a German beach — raising hopes it might claim a world record as the oldest message in a bottle ever found. Its finder, a German woman named Marianne Winkler, followed the […]

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    Creepy cloaked figure lights up social media

    Used to be, back in the day, a fella would show up on your door all dressed in white and bring you fresh milk. These days? We get the creepy, cloaked raw-meat delivery … thing. Social media was buzzing this week over a photo out of Gastonia, North Carolina, purporting to show someone dressed in a black robe standing at the edge of a forest. The Gaston Gazette reported that residents believe the photo was taken at an apartment complex. […]

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    Slain gun instructor’s family wants law to ban children from automatic weapons

    One year ago today, Charles Vacca’s children received the horrific news: Their father, a shooting instructor, was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun. Vacca’s children have publicly forgiven the girl. But now, they’ve launched an online petition pushing for legislation to prevent children from shooting fully automatic weapons. A video on the petition’s website features Vacca’s four children, starting with his 12-year-old son, Christopher. “It’s legal for kids my age and younger to shoot Uzis,” […]

  • Beverly Watkins

    Guitarist granny still rocking at age 76

    From outside Blind Willie’s, a small club in Atlanta, a scorching guitar solo can be heard over a blues chord progression. Step inside, and you might be surprised by where the sound is coming from – a 76-year-old grandmother. Beverly Watkins is a longtime fixture on the Atlanta roots music scene. She is a guitarist and singer, still capable of commanding a rock club stage at an age when most people would have resigned themselves to singing in church, which […]

  • Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos were aboard a high-speed train en route to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday, August 21, 2015 when a gunman opened fire. Along with two others -- a French national and a Briton -- they charged, tackled and subdued him, officials said. Photo of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone.

    “He was ready to fight to the end. So were we,” Americans discuss train attack in France

    PARIS, France – A group of childhood friends were honored for their heroic actions on Monday, which likely saved lives. Just three days after subduing a gunman aboard a train that was headed to Paris, Americans Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos received the Legion of Honor, France’s highest recognition. The friends, who met in middle school in California, planned on sightseeing during the summer. It was Sadler’s first trip to Europe and National Guardsman Skarlatos was on a […]

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    Denver puts Chick-fil-A’s restaurant bid on back burner

    NEW YORK – The Denver City Council is taking its time deciding whether Chick-fil-A, whose CEO is publicly opposed to gay marriage, should be allowed to open a restaurant in the city’s airport. The city council has voted to take two weeks “to look at the policies involved” before voting on whether Chick-fil-A would be approved to fry chicken bits in the Denver International Airport. The city council, which made its ruling last week, said on Monday that Denver “has […]

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    Two men charged after threats made to Pokemon event in Boston

    BOSTON — Two Iowa men are facing firearm charges after authorities found weapons and ammunition in their vehicle following social media threats made to attendees of the Pok√©mon World Championships held in Boston, police said Sunday. Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, both of Iowa, were arrested on Saturday and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearm related charges, according to a Boston Police Department news release. Men accused of plans to […]

  • A spate of wildfires scorched parts of Washington state, devouring more than 16,000 acres, in July, 2015. In at least one case, strong winds have forced multiple lighting fires to morph into one, officials said.

    Washington state seeks volunteers to help fight spreading wildfires

    WASHINGTON — Wildfires have consumed more than half a million acres in Washington state — and with firefighting crews stretched thin, state government is taking an unprecedented step. Qualified citizens — not just professional firefighters — are now invited to join the battle against the blazes, the state Department of Natural Resources said on its webpage. Volunteers must have previous firefighting experience, undergo training and work with professional firefighters in the field, the DNR said. They also must own heavy […]

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    Chipotle looking to hire 4,000 new workers in one day

    NEW YORK – Chipotle is going on a hiring spree and wants to bring on 4,000 new employees in one day. On Monday, the company said it’s planning a mass hiring for September 9 that would increase its workforce by about 6.7 percent. On that day, every Chipotle across the U.S. will open early to interview 60 applicants at each location. The new hires will be in entry-level positions that earn an average hourly pay of $10 an hour and […]