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  • Settlement reached in Michael Brown civil lawsuit

    The family of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, has reached a settlement in its wrongful death lawsuit against the city. While the details of the settlement were not disclosed to the public, US Federal Judge Richard Webber called the settlement, “fair and reasonable compensation.” Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. The incident sparked outrage and protest across […]

  • O.J. Simpson parole hearing set for July

    O.J. Simpson may be one step closer to becoming a free man. Simpson will have a July 20 hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole to decide whether he will be released from prison, according to parole board spokesman David Smith. If paroled, he could be released as early as October, Smith said. The former football star has served nine years in prison at Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in the Nevada desert. Perhaps the nation’s most famous inmate, […]

  • Deliberations continue in trial of Milwaukee ex-cop who fatally shot Sylville Smith

    Less than a year after the police shooting death of Sylville Smith sparked days of unrest in a northwest Milwaukee neighborhood, a jury resumes deliberations Wednesday in the reckless homicide trial of the former officer who fired the fatal shots. Dominique Heaggan-Brown, 25, could face 60 years in prison if he’s convicted. Body-camera video from another officer — which was played for the jury last week — showed that Heaggan-Brown shot a second bullet into Smith’s chest after the suspect […]

  • 167 people paid it forward at a McDonald’s on Father’s Day

    INDIANA – One simple act of kindness can spark a chain reaction of charity — and a McDonald’s drive-thru in Indiana proved it on Father’s Day. It started when a woman in downstate Scottsburg noticed a dad with small kids in the car behind her as she paid at the cashier’s window, Tammi Hammonn, a manager at the McDonald’s, told CNN. “She looked back and saw a father with four little kids, with a couple of Happy Meals and such,” […]

  • Family of teen who died from brain-eating amoeba sues water park

    Exactly one year after her death, Lauren Seitz’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit over a deadly amoeba she picked up during a trip to a North Carolina water park. The 18-year-old died June 19, 2016, after she was exposed to Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that can cause a rare and deadly brain infection. The lawsuit alleges the water park, US National Whitewater Center, and its builder, Recreation Engineering and Planning Inc., were grossly negligent and reckless and should […]

  • Barbie’s boyfriend Ken gets diverse makeover

    NEW YORK – Barbie underwent a massive makeover in 2016 but, this year, is Ken’s time to shine. On Tuesday, Mattel unveiled a collection of diverse Ken dolls. Barbie’s iconic boyfriend is now available in three body types – slim, broad and original – and seven different skin tones. You can also choose from eight different hair colors, nine hair styles – including a man bun – and various eye colors. Fashion styles range from athletic wear to business attire. […]

  • Here’s what we know about the three US citizens who remain imprisoned in North Korea

    American college student Otto Warmbier only intended to spend five days sightseeing in North Korea in 2016. Instead, he spent 17 months there in detention where his family believes he was tortured into a vegetative state. On Monday, less than a week after returning to the United States with severe brain damage, his family announced Warmbier had “completed his journey home.” The 22-year-old died Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his family at his side. The North Korean government said […]

  • Teacher donates $4.7 million to community organizations after her death

    DE WITT, Iowa –  A De Witt native’s generosity will pump more than $4.7 million into academic and service organizations in Iowa and Minnesota. As Iowa corn rises on this century-old Clinton County farm, there are gifts from the girl who grew up here. Donna Helble, 68, died in March without any immediate family. But the longtime educator’s mission at Winona State University carries on. “Donna was a very special and giving person,” recalled her colleague, Debbie Block, director of […]

  • Data of 198 million voters leaked online by analytics firm

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Personal information of almost 200 million registered U.S. voters was accidentally exposed online due to an improperly configured security setting, security firm UpGuard revealed on Monday. The leaked information, compiled by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics and two other Republican contractors, included names, birth dates, addresses, voter registration details and social media posts. UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery discovered the open database of 198 million voters on June 12, and it was secured on […]

  • A couple donates $100,000 to Goodwill – accidentally

    A couple in Ohio accidentally dropped off a duffel bag containing almost $100,000 at an Ohio Goodwill. Thanks to a couple of honest employees, they got back every dime. The employees at the Zanesville, Ohio Goodwill were going through donations last week when they came across the duffel bag. Inside the bag was $97,004, a living will and marriage certificate. This couple donated $100,000 to Goodwill… by accident. Thanks to honest employees, they got back every dime — […]

  • Baby born on flight to India gets free plane tickets for life

    NEW DELHI – An Indian airline just gave a newborn child a birthday gift his parents will find hard to top. Jet Airways said it will give free flight tickets for life to a boy who was born on one of its flights between Saudi Arabia and India. The child’s mother – whose identity the airline didn’t reveal out of respect for her privacy – went into labor prematurely on Sunday at an altitude of 35,000 feet, Jet Airways said. […]