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    Man speaks out after Facebook Live heroin overdose

    MEMPHIS — Ronald and Carla Hiers, both in their 60s, had just overdosed after snorting heroin and were unaware of the crowd that had formed around them, some laughing and joking at their state. The group surrounded the couple as they were passed out on a sidewalk in the middle of the day, barely moving. One man, Courtland Garner, broadcast a profane video of the pair live on Facebook while others took photos. The two were just blocks away from […]

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    Oakland fire kills at least 9 people at warehouse party, sheriff fears death toll could grow

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A fire broke out during a party Friday night at a two-story warehouse and artists’ studio in Oakland, killing at least nine people and leaving about two dozen missing, the California city’s fire chief said. Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Graves said he fears the death toll could go much higher. “We are preparing for the worst, which would be about 40 people,” he told reporters. “It may not be that many. These people could be at […]

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    ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who attended WSSU, blasts Colin Kaepernick for not voting

    ESPN and Sirius-XM commentator Stephen A. Smith told CNN’s Michael Smerconish Saturday that quarterback Colin Kapernick’s decision to publicly reveal that he had not voted was “egregious to the highest order.” Despite the firestorm that followed San Francisco 49ers player Kapernick’s decision to protest racial injustice by refusing to stand for the national anthem during football games this year, Smith reminded Smerconish that he had initially jumped to defend him. “The fact is he had every right to protest and […]

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    Student fatally stabs University of Southern California professor, police say

    LOS ANGELES — A student fatally stabbed a University of Southern California psychology professor Friday afternoon, officials said. The professor, identified as Bosco Tjan in a letter released by the university, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Police Department. A 911 call came in to authorities around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Los Angeles police Detective Meghan Aguilar told KABC-TV. When USC officers arrived, they found the victim suffering multiple stab wounds and a male suspect still on […]

  • Oakland fire kills at least 9 people, fire chief says

    Oakland fire kills at least 9 people, fire chief says

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A fire broke out at a mixed residential and work building in Oakland, California, on Friday night, killing at least nine people and leaving about two dozen missing, city Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said. Firefighters responded to reports of a blaze at 1305 31st Ave. around 11:32 p.m., according to the fire department. A large gathering had been taking place at the building Friday night, KRON-TV reported, citing fire officials. “A majority of the fatalities were […]

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

    With no verdict, Michael Slager jury to resume deliberations Monday

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Deliberations will resume Monday morning after the jury in the murder trial of former North Charleston, South Carolina, police Officer Michael Slager told a judge Friday it has been unable to reach a unanimous decision. Slager is charged with murder in the April 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, after a traffic stop in North Charleston. The case appeared headed for a mistrial, but the jury three times went back to deliberate Friday […]

  • The "Clown of Aleppo" Anas al-Basha,  who tried to bring joy to children in the war-torn Syrian city, has been killed in an airstrike.
al-Basha was a 24-year-old director of Space for Hope, an organization that supports schools and centers for children in eastern Aleppo.

    Beloved clown who comforted children killed in missile strike

    ALEPPO, Syria — Happy children dance with a rosy-cheeked clown in a floppy birthday cake hat and oversized orange tie, their Eid celebrations a rare moment of joy amid the horrors of life under siege in Syria. Footage of the July 2015 party, shot by activist group Aleppo Media Center, shows a costumed and face-painted Anas al-Basha at the center of the festivities, bouncing a smiling girl on his hip as music plays and youngsters clap along with the tune. […]

  • A man suspected in the shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight in what appears to be a road rage incident has been released from custody in Louisiana, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said Friday.

    Death of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight came during road-rage incident

    NEW ORLEANS — Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot during an apparent road-rage incident while standing beside a man’s car at a suburban New Orleans intersection, authorities said Friday. McKnight, 28, who played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, and Ronald Gasser apparently became involved in an Thursday afternoon incident on the Crescent City Connection, formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Bridge, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said at a news conference. The […]

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    Winter Storm Warning issued in… Hawaii?

    HONOLULU — A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for parts of… Hawaii? Yes, it does actually snow in the Aloha State. The National Weather Service posted a Winter Storm Warning for the Big Island summits through Saturday. Forecasters say an upper level low combined with a surge of deep moisture will result in bursts of heavy snow across the Big Island summits above 11,000 feet through Saturday afternoon. Heavy drifting snow, freezing fog and southerly winds 10-to-20 mph are […]

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    Young cancer victim’s wish to ‘blow stuff up’ comes true

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation is in the business of making dreams come true — even when the dream is to blow stuff up. And that was great news for Declan McLean-Pauley, a 12-year-old who is in remission from lukemia. He wanted to set off on his journey of recovery with a bang. So, Make-A-Wish Australia teamed up with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). And Declan got to detonate explosive devices during controlled training exercises at the AFP headquarters. Declan also got […]

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    Pastor says car salesman posted his wife’s nude pics to swingers site

    GRAPEVINE, Texas — If you want your private pics to stay private on your phone, you might think twice before buying your next car. “My husband took a photograph of me at a private moment in our home. I never imagined anyone else would see it,” Claire Gautreaux said. It all started when Claire and Tim Gautreaux were trying to buy a car at Texas Toyota of Grapevine in January of 2015, KDAF reports. They downloaded a credit application and gave it […]

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

    Judge tells Michael Slager jurors to keep deliberating

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The judge in the trial of former South Carolina police Officer Michael Slager told jurors to keep deliberating Friday afternoon after they told him they don’t believe they can reach a consensus. Slager is charged with murder in the April 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, after a traffic stop in North Charleston. “You have a duty to make every reasonable effort to reach a unanimous verdict,” Judge Clifton Newman told the jury […]