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    The great pumpkin shortage of 2015?

    Good grief, it’s the great pumpkin shortage Charlie Brown. Pumpkin crops were are down by about a half this year and the harvest concluded this week, much earlier than normal. That won’t make it hard to find the pumpkin you’ll need for a jack-o-lantern on Halloween. But don’t wait to get your canned pumpkin to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Libby’s, the unit of Nestle that has an estimated 80% of the canned pumpkin market, says that it thinks it […]

  • Mark Pollock is  blind and an accident as an adult left him paralyzed. But he never let his physical setbacks stop him. Here Pollock is competition training with a hand-bike in Norway in 2010. Although he was blind, sports became a passion for him.

    Blind, paralyzed adventurer takes new steps with the help of a ‘robotic exoskeleton’

    As a young boy growing up in Northern Ireland, Mark Pollock dreamed of being Superman one day. Like his childhood comic hero, action and adventure have filled Pollock’s life, but also tragedy. He is blind, and an accident as an adult left him paralyzed. But he never let his physical setbacks stop him. “Whenever I put my Superman costume on as a kid, I didn’t have X-ray vision. I had desperately short sight and had to wear big. thick glasses […]

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    Whole Foods recalls cheese because of listeria risk

    NEW YORK — Whole Foods is recalling some of its cheese because of possible listeria contamination. Whole Foods said the recall applies to cut, wrapped and weighed Papillion organic Roquefort cheese. The company announced the nationwide recall this week after sampling by the FDA found listeria monocytogenes in a wheel of the cheese. The FDA says that listeria can cause people to get so sick they have to be hospitalized. For particularly vulnerable people, the illness can be fatal. The people […]

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    Police say confrontation between students sparked Northern Arizona University shooting

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The shooting overnight at Northern Arizona University was the result of a confrontation between two groups of students, the school’s police chief, Gregory T. Fowler, said Friday. A student pulled a gun and shot four others, Fowler said. One person died and three were injured during the shooting. The shooter is in custody, and the school was not on lockdown, university spokesman Cindy Brown told CNN. It happened in a parking lot next to the Mountain View residence […]


    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star, Ellen Pompeo, says on social media that Daniel Craig ‘needs a reality check’

    Most actors would be thrilled to have a longstanding gig. Daniel Craig, perhaps not so much. At least one fellow performer appeared less than thrilled with Craig’s recent reported remarks that he was over playing James Bond . “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo tweeted a response to the British actor, who told Time Out London, “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than think about doing another Bond film. “I’m over it at the moment,” Craig told the […]

  • Michael Slager is charged in the death of Walter Scott.

    North Charleston reaches $6.5 million settlement with family of Walter Scott

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The family of the late Walter Scott and the city of North Charleston, S.C., have reached a $6.5 million settlement. The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement on Thursday night. Scott was fatally shot on April 4 by former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager after being pulled over, reportedly for a broken brake light, and later struck in the back as he was running away from police. Slager was later charged with murder in […]

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    Albino teen attacked for her body parts gets reason to smile again in the U.S.

    LOS ANGELES — Bibiana Mashamba loves to dance, run and jump — all the attributes of a thriving teenager. But at age 16, all that has taken a back seat as she struggles to walk following a merciless attack that nearly killed her. “At 11 at night, some robbers came into our room,” Mashamba says, recalling the terrifying day six years ago near the city of Mwanza in her home country of Tanzania. The robbers wanted something much more precious […]

  • The Frying Pan Tower, a restored Coast Guard light station 34 miles of the United States North Atlantic Coast, is a fully functioning hotel. The isolated hotel offers solitude to its guests.

    34 miles off North Carolina coast, ocean hotel offers true escape

    ATLANTIC OCEAN — Leaning back in his hammock, Garry Bickett looks over at his brother, Bill. He reflects on the day and the beauty of the sun setting across the North Atlantic Ocean. “This is it, right here,” Garry says. Bill smiles back in agreement. The Bickett family loves the water. Garry and Bill say they were raised with fishing poles in their hands and their feet in a boat. Fishing became more than a pastime as they aged, too. […]

  • In rural Conetoe, North Carolina, Richard Joyner has brought a bounty of food to what was a nutritional desert.

    North Carolina man among CNN’s Top Ten Heroes of 2015

    Meet ten truly remarkable individuals whose passion to help others has changed the world. They are CNN’s Top Ten Heroes of 2015. Each will receive $10,000 and be recognized at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” a globally broadcast event that airs Sunday, December 6. Below, in random order, find out what drives each of them and what sets them apart. Click here to vote for the Hero who inspires you the most. Your vote helps choose which of the Top […]

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    Billy Joe Royal, popular singer from 1960s, dies at North Carolina home

    MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — Musician Billy Joe Royal, the voice of 1960s pop hits including “Down in the Boondocks” who resurfaced as a country star in the 1980s, died at age 73. Royal died in his sleep Tuesday in his home in Morehead City, North Carolina, friend and tour partner Ronnie McDowell said. McDowell, a childhood friend, said the two were scheduled to start touring after Thanksgiving. There was “never a nicer guy on the planet than Billy,” he said. […]

  • Actress and singer Selena Gomez stops to speak to CNN on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.

    Selena Gomez reveals rehab stint was for lupus diagnosis, chemotherapy

    Pop singer Selena Gomez has revealed in Billboard that her diagnosis with the autoimmune disease lupus was behind a recent hiatus from the spotlight. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” Gomez told the magazine in a cover story coming out Thursday. Rumors swirled around the 23-year-old singer when she canceled part of her tour back in 2013. About 1.5 million Americans have lupus, and […]

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    Amazon’s ‘Handmade’ looks to challenge Etsy

    NEW YORK — Crafters of the world rejoice! Amazon has launched an Etsy-style online store called “Handmade.” Amazon Handmade now sells jewelry, furniture, stationery, pottery and other products from artists, artisans and crafters from around the world. Amazon Handmade, which launched Thursday, has categories like home décor, kitchen & dining, and bedding. All products are “factory-free and must be made by hand,” according to Amazon. Some of the funkier products include a glass wine stopper sculpted to look like The […]


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