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    Cell phones and risk of brain tumors — what’s the real science?

    BERKELEY, Calif. — The city of Berkeley, California, passed a law that goes into effect next month requiring cell phone stores to inform customers about safety recommendations. The move reopened a decades-old debate about whether mobile phones cause brain tumors. The ordinance, called the Right to Know law, will start to require retailers to give customers a handout, or display a sign in the store, telling them about federal guidelines on the amount of radiation that cell phones can emit […]

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    Jail releases more video of Sandra Bland before her death

    HOUSTON — Authorities in Waller County, Texas, released hours of jail video on Tuesday in an effort to knock down the idea that Sandra Bland was dead before she was brought to jail. Bland, 28, was found dead in her cell three days after she was arrested for allegedly failing to use her turn signal on July 10. Officials have said she hanged herself with a plastic bag, but her family and others have questioned that account. “The reason we’re doing […]

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    FDA bans some cilantro from Mexico, cites human feces in fields

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico after an investigation to determine the cause of hundreds of reported intestinal illnesses in the United States dating back to 2012. Since that year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state public health officials, have identified hundreds of outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in the United States associated with fresh cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, the FDA said Monday. Cyclosporiasis is an […]

  • Joyce Mitchell, 51, the woman accused of helping David Sweat and Richard Matt escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in New York on June 5, 2015, pleaded guilty to two charges in the case on July 28.

    Joyce Mitchell pleads guilty to helping NY inmates escape

    NEW YORK — A woman charged with helping two murderers escape from an upstate New York prison last month pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges in the case. Joyce Mitchell, 51, was charged with promoting prison contraband, a felony, and criminal facilitation, a misdemeanor. Before her plea, Mitchell’s handcuffs were removed so she could sign a form to waive a grand jury hearing on her charges. After signing the waiver, she wiped what appeared to be tears from her eyes. […]

  • Cardinals hire Jen Welter as first female NFL coach

    Another barrier has been broken in the NFL — and for women in sports. On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals announced the hiring of Jen Welter to the team’s coaching staff. It is believed that she is the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter will work with the Cardinals’ inside linebackers and will coach throughout training camp and the preseason as a training camp/preseason intern. “Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Cardinals head […]

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    Boy arrested in California missing-girl case after body found in dumpster

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the suspected death of an 8-year-old girl after a body was found in a dumpster in the coastal California city of Santa Cruz, police said. The body, believed to be that of Madyson Middleton, was found Monday in a dumpster on the grounds of the apartment complex where she lived, a day after she was reported missing, Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel said Monday night. Madyson […]

  • Officials suspect tourist paid national park guides $55,000 to hunt lion

    Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe, authorities allege, by a foreign hunter or hunters who paid about $55,000 for the privilege. Cecil was part of an Oxford University research project and wore a GPS collar. He was lured out of a national park with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for 40 more hours, then finished off with a gun, said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The 13-year-old lion’s head was reportedly cut […]

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    Fourth-grader uses science fair project to save grandpa’s life

    ST. LOUIS — A fourth-grader used what she learned during a science fair project to save her grandpa’s life. Sophia Tabors entered her school’s science fair using a project on strokes. “My other grandpa had a stroke and during that stroke I’m like, ‘Well it’d be interesting to find out why strokes happen and what causes them,'” Tabors told KMOV. Tabors won a second place ribbon for her entry on stroke research, but the real reward came two months later when […]

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    Coast Guard search for missing Florida teens is aggressive, but time is short

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In the warm waters off the Florida coast this time of year, the Coast Guard says someone can survive four, maybe five days. Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have been missing since Friday — four days and counting. “People can survive in the water,” Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District, said. “It’s relatively warm, but — again — it’s a dangerous environment, and there’s only so long you […]

  • President Bush speaks with Vice President Cheney and members of his senior staff. The vice president had a few words with the president just before the latter's address to the nation. CIA Director George Tenet watched from the bunker, waiting for Bush to convene a late-night meeting of the National Security Council.

    Shock, disbelief captured in newly released photos of Bush administration on 9/11

    WASHINGTON — Peering at the drawn-out look on former Vice President Dick Cheney’s face and the expressions of other top Bush Administration officials, former 9/11 Commission Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton remembers the feelings of the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks which shaped the nation. “They were serious, somber, saddened, and almost immediately beginning to think ‘How do we respond to this?'” said Hamilton, a former Democratic Indiana congressman and leader in the national security and intelligence communities, in an […]

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    Man allegedly crashes stolen car into church, flees until mother makes him return and take responsibility

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man is in the hospital Monday after he allegedly crashed a stolen car into a south Kansas City church. It happened at 116th and Holiday Drive where members of the Grace Church of Kansas City say they’re thankful no one was seriously hurt. The church was previously known as Word of Life Worship Center. The name of the church hasn’t be updated on the side of the building. On the other side of the wall […]

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    Bobbi Kristina Brown and Whitney Houston: Linked in death as in life

    When superstar singer Whitney Houston died on the eve of the Grammys in 2012, fans expressed concern over the welfare of her then-18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. The public had watched her grow up, the beloved only child of Houston and her ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown. Wherever Houston was, her daughter also seemed to be, from walking the red carpet to singing together on “Good Morning America.” When Houston was found dead in the bathtub at the upscale Beverly Hills […]


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