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  • Oklahoma commission recommends death penalty moratorium, extending existing moratorium

    OKLAHOMA – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission recommended a moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma on Tuesday, extending an existing moratorium. Members of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission made the decision unanimously. The panel released its final, 300-plus page report Tuesday. Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry co-chaired the group. He said the volume and seriousness of flaws with the state’s system still needs reform before it can carry out the death penalty. Th extension is one of […]

  • Teen wears Black Lives Matter-inspired dress to prom

    NEW YORK – A Florida teenager wore a dress featuring pictures of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and others to her high school prom. “When someone loses a mother, father or child in unnecessary circumstances, it should not be overlooked but addressed,” 17-year-old Milan Bolden-Morris told CNN after she wore the dress to the Pahokee High School prom on Friday. The dress was designed by Florida-based designer Terrence Torrence. The dress features pictures of 15 African-Americans who were killed […]

  • Jalapeno-flavored chips recalled over Salmonella fear

    Frito-Lay is recalling two jalapeño-flavored potato chip products over fears of Salmonella contamination. The voluntary recall of jalapeno-flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and jalapeño-flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips is due to the potential presence of the bacteria in the seasoning, the company said. The chips affected by the recall were distributed to retail stores and vending machines and have a “guaranteed fresh” date of July 4 or prior. Packets of the chips contained in multipacks with a […]

  • Kidnapped Tennessee teen is withdrawn, jittery, family says

    Elizabeth Thomas, the Tennessee teenager kidnapped by her teacher, was withdrawn and thinner after she was rescued, family members said Monday. “She didn’t look like herself at all. She looked like she was very worn out, very thin. And very jittery,” her father Anthony Thomas said on “Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield” on HLN. “She’s somebody who’s actually more sure of herself, usually all smiles and she’s been sort of the life of the party.” Thomas and Elizabeth’s older sister, […]

  • Twin girls born with different skin colors celebrate 1st birthday

    QUINCY, Ill. – Happy first birthday to two unique sisters! Twin girls from Illinois — Kalani and Jarani Dean — turned 1 on Sunday, a year after their birth received widespread attention. Kalani has light skin and blue eyes, and Jarani has dark skin and brown eyes. The girls’ parents are Whitney Meyer and Tomas Dean, from Quincy, Illinois. Meyer has been posting pictures of the unique pair since they were born last April. While too young to handle their own […]

  • His stepdad said he’d never graduate college. Guess who got the last laugh?

    Sometimes, words meant to discourage end up fueling a person’s ride to success. When Daivon Reeder started college four years ago, he said his stepfather was less than optimistic about his chances. “My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn’t going to graduate,” Reeder wrote in a tweet, now shared thousands of times. Fast forward four years, and Reeder notes his stepdad is in jail and he’s a college grad. My step dad told […]

  • Elizabeth Thomas’ sister: ‘Long, long road ahead of us’

    Elizabeth Thomas, the 15-year-old Tennessee teen allegedly abducted by her adult teacher, is safe and sound and getting back to a normal life. Friends and family are gently interacting with and approaching her as she copes with the aftermath of her ordeal, her sister told a CNN affiliate. “It’s a long, long road ahead of us,” Kat Bozeman told WKRN in Tennessee. “What do you say in these circumstances? You want to ask so many things, but then you know […]

  • Man denied lung transplant due to traces of marijuana dies

    PARK CITY, Utah — Riley Hancey, who was denied a lung transplant from the University of Utah after traces of marijuana were found in his system, has died from complications following a lung transplant surgery at a hospital in Philadelphia, according to his family. Riley Hancey was suffering from a severe case of pneumonia he received around last Thanksgiving that left his lungs collapsed. He needed a lung transplant but was denied a spot on the transplant list at the University […]

  • ‘Happy Days’ star Erin Moran likely died of cancer complications

    Former “Happy Days” child star Erin Moran, 56, likely died from complications of Stage 4 cancer, the Harrison County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Department and medical examiner said Monday in a joint statement. Moran was found dead in her home in New Salisbury on Saturday, authorities said. “A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of Stage 4 cancer,” the statement said. Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending, the statement said, but no illegal narcotics […]

  • Teen admits to killing her grandparents and sealing up their room – then inviting friends over for a party

    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia teen who allegedly confessed to killing her grandparents with her boyfriend, sealing up their room and then hosting a party for unsuspecting friends, also planned to kill several other people WSB-TV reports. According to WSB-TV, Cassie Bjorge, 17, and her boyfriend, Johnny Rider, 18, planned the murders of her grandparents for days and thought out details such as caulking the doors shut in the house to keep the odor of death from being detected outside. […]

  • ‘Too soon’: Co-stars react to death of Erin Moran

    Popular actress Erin Moran, a mainstay on TV from the late ’60s to the mid-’80s and best known for her kid-sister role in the sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56. Authorities in Indiana found her body Saturday afternoon after getting a 911 call at 4:07 p.m. for “an unresponsive female,” the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said. “Upon the arrival, it was determined that the female was Erin Marie Moran-Fleischmann. First responders determined that she was deceased and an […]