Recent Articles
  • California fires: Almost 6,000 buildings destroyed, 36 people killed

    Reinforcements from other regions are helping firefighters contain more of the largest wildfires devastating Northern California, though strong winds expected over the weekend could challenge those gains, a fire chief said Friday. Meanwhile, officials are making grim discoveries — victims burnt beyond recognition — as they search blackened ruins of some of the 5,700 homes and business that have been destroyed. “Some of (the remains) are merely ashes and bones,” Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said at a Thursday news […]

  • 9-year-old girl spreads love to Hurricane Irma victims

    Nine-year-old Madeline Fox is at it again. After raising more than $4,000 last year for victims of Hurricane Matthew, which hit the southeastern US coast, Madeline wants to spread love to survivors of Hurricane Irma. “I’m raising funds to help with medical care, replace buildings, to get more food and more resources.” she told CNN. Madeline and her family live in Florida, where Hurricane Irma plowed through last month. So again, it is personal. “It’s our family getting hurt and […]

  • Woman dies in husband’s arms while hiding in swimming pool from California wildfires

    When a wildfire engulfed their hilltop rental house without warning, Armando and Carmen Berriz took shelter in a swimming pool, their mouths and noses poking out of the water to gulp the smoky air. The longtime married couple were there for hours overnight, breathing and praying together, as the blaze roared around them. Once the fires finally passed, Armando Berriz climbed out, shaken but alive. Carmen, his wife of 55 years, didn’t make it. “Everybody loved her,” Monica Ocon said […]

  • Freed Taliban hostage family on way home to Canada via London

    A couple freed from militant captivity in Pakistan were on a flight to London on Friday, a Pakistani military source said. Joshua Boyle, a Canadian, boarded a flight in Islamabad with his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children, the military source with direct knowledge of the arrangement told CNN. They will fly on to Canada from London, the source said. Boyle and Coleman were held for five years by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network in Afghanistan. Their three children […]

  • Texas inmates pool $53,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

    Thousands of inmates in Texas have been visiting their prison’s commissary — not for a can of Sprite or a roll of tissue paper, but to donate money to Hurricane Harvey victims. In one month, 6,663 inmates raised more than $53,000, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark told CNN. At prison commissaries, inmates use funds from electronic accounts to buy food, personal hygiene products and miscellaneous items such as paper and pens. Family and friends can put money […]

  • Social Security recipients to receive boost to monthly check

    WASHINGTON – Millions of Americans will get a boost to their Social Security checks next year. The government announced a 2% increase to Social Security benefits Friday morning. The bigger checks aim to help offset rising prices. The average monthly check is estimated to increase to $1,404 in January — a $27 increase from $1,377 a month. Millions of Americans rely on Social Security to help make ends meet, and many have been struggling in the face of higher prices on essentials […]

  • IRS temporarily suspends its contract with Equifax

    The IRS has temporarily suspended its $7 million contract with Equifax following reports of new security issues. The tax agency said late Thursday that it’s putting the deal on hold “as a precautionary step.” “During this suspension, the IRS will continue its review of Equifax systems and security,” the agency said in a statement, adding that “there is still no indication of any compromise of the limited IRS data shared under the contract.” Earlier Thursday, Equifax had to take down […]

  • President Trump threatens to pull out of Iran nuclear agreement if it isn’t strengthened

    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement if Congress and US allies do not agree to strengthen it, throwing the future of the deal into doubt as he unveiled a tough and comprehensive new policy toward the Islamic Republic. “As I have said many times, the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trump said in a major speech at […]

  • A man finds a $24 million lottery ticket in an old shirt — just in the nick of time

    Everyone has that spot in their house or car where they let the mail and receipts pile up. For 68-year old Jimmie Smith, it was an old shirt hanging in his closet. Stuffed in its pockets was a stack of unchecked lottery tickets. “I always told myself, ‘I’ll check them when I have the time,'” the New Jersey man said. It’s a good thing he did. Because had he waited two days longer, he’d have lost out on $24.1 million. […]

  • Man finds tree burning from the inside out as he searches for escape routes from California fires

    SONOMA, Calif. – Matthew McDermott was trying to get out of town. The Sonoma, California, resident was desperately searching for an escape route Monday as wildfires that had ignited the night before raced through parts of Northern California and began to surround the area where he lived. He’d been driving around all night, and was in the nearby town of Schellville, when he saw something that stopped him in his tracks — a tree full of fire. Bright orange and […]

  • Home of ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz destroyed in California fires

    The home of Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, was lost in the wildfires that are ravaging Northern California this week, his son Monte Schulz said. Schulz’s widow Jean, 78, was evacuated from their split-level home in Santa Rosa on Monday shortly before the fire reduced it to rubble, Monte Schulz told CNN. She is safe and staying with family, he said. “The things that they lost in there are irreplaceable,” said Monte Schulz. “It’s not just the memorabilia. […]