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  • 167 people paid it forward at McDonald’s drive-thru

    SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — 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 said. “She looked back and saw a father with four little kids, with a couple of Happy Meals and such,” Hammonn […]

  • Climate change could lower the quality of your coffee

    What will it take for people to care about climate change? For some, the thought of a crummier cup of coffee in the morning just might do it. A new study finds that Ethiopia, the world’s fifth-largest coffee producer, could lose up to 60% of its suitable farming land by the end of this century because of climate change. The study, published Monday in Nature Plants, found the combination of low rainfall and rising temperatures could have substantial effects on […]

  • Barbie’s boyfriend Ken gets diverse makeover

    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. Although 10 new […]

  • Police shouted ‘get back’ before fatally shooting pregnant mother of 4

    SEATTLE — As an encounter between two Seattle police officers and a mother of four escalated, one of the cops yelled, “Tase her!” The other officer replied, “I don’t have a Taser,” according to an audio of the police shooting. After repeatedly yelling, “Get back,” shots rang out. Charleena Lyles, 30, a pregnant mother of four was shot and killed by police after she confronted officers with a knife on Sunday. Her death outraged her family and community members who […]

  • Philando Castile shooting: Dashcam video shows rapid event

    RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — What’s most shocking is how fast it happened. It took just 40 seconds for an ordinary traffic stop to turn deadly — from a police officer saying “Hello, sir” to him firing seven shots at a seated motorist. But the police dashboard camera video released Tuesday adds a visceral element to what police witnesses had described — unnerving even in the context of other police shootings and after a video taken by Philando Castile’s passenger went […]

  • Brussels Central Station terror attack: Suspect shot after failed bombing

    BRUSSELS — A suspect was shot at Brussels Central Station Tuesday after a failed bombing that Belgian authorities are calling a terrorist attack. A “small explosion” occurred in the station around 8:30 p.m., Belgium Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt said in a news conference Tuesday. “The suspect was neutralized by soldiers,” Van Der Sypt said, characterizing the incident as a terror attack. No civilians were injured in the attack, he said. Authorities do not know if the suspect […]

  • Trump to China: Thanks for trying with North Korea

    WASHINGTON — For months, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and top aides have staked any progress dealing with North Korea’s burgeoning nuclear program on China’s involvement. On Tuesday, Trump upended much of that work in 140 characters, tweeting that Chinese efforts have “not worked out.” While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June […]

  • Tropical Storm Cindy to flood Gulf Coast

    The system swirling in the central Gulf of Mexico has reached tropical storm status and gained a name: Cindy. It was earlier called “Potential Tropical Cyclone Three” before it developed a well-defined center of circulation Tuesday afternoon, the threshold at which it can be called a tropical storm. But tropical storm watches and warnings had already been issued for portions of the Gulf Coast. That was done Monday afternoon, even though there wasn’t yet a named storm, thanks to new […]

  • Russian fighter jet flies five feet from US spy plane

    WASHINGTON — A Russian Su-27 fighter jet flew within five feet of a US Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft on Monday over the Baltic Sea, according to a US official, an encounter that was assessed to be “unsafe.” The Russian plane was armed and flew “erratically,” the official added, noting that the maneuvers were deemed unsafe due in part to the proximity of the aircraft. Fox News was first to report the incident. Meghan Henderson, a spokesperson for European Command […]

  • Couple accidentally donates $100K to Goodwill — then takes it back

    ZANESVILLE, Ohio — 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 a duffel bag. Inside the bag was $97,004, a living will and marriage certificate. At first, they thought the cash was fake, employee Kelsey Croy said. “It was so much cash […]

  • Tiger Woods ‘receiving professional help’ to manage medications

    Tiger Woods says he’s receiving “professional help” to manage medication for back pain and a sleep disorder. The golfer’s admission comes three weeks after he was arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence. The 14-time major champion was taken into custody by police on Memorial Day, with the golfer later citing an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medication. The 41-year-old Woods, who is recovering from a fourth back operation since April 2014, said in a statement Monday: “I’m […]

  • Pregnant mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife

    SEATTLE — A pregnant mother of four was shot and killed by Seattle police after she confronted officers with a knife, authorities said Sunday. The dead woman was identified as 30-year-old Charleena Lyles by family members — who said she had four children and was expecting a fifth. Police Sgt. Mark Jamieson said two officers went to Lyles’ address after she called to report a burglary. “We were here to meet with one of the residents. Typically, that would be […]