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    Homecoming queen dies on way home from prom, swept away in flood waters

    HOUSTON — Alyssa Renee Ramirez’s accomplishments read like a list of many teenagers’ dreams: Homecoming queen. Student council president. Star athlete. Her storied high school career was nearing an end with one final rite of passage: her senior prom. But as Ramirez, 18, was driving home from the prom over the weekend, her car was swept away by floodwater in southern Texas, ending her short but illustrious life. “She did the right things,” her aunt Roberta Ramirez told CNN affiliate […]

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    Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to remove artificial ingredients

    Pizza Hut is getting rid of artificial ingredients from its pizzas. The restaurant chain’s corporate parent Yum! Brands said all artificial colors and flavors will be removed from the pizzas by the end of July. Taco Bell will also follow suit with a similar move soon. Pizza Hut CEO David Gibbs said it was in response to customer demands. “You don’t get the honor of being America’s leading pizza brand without consistently keeping up with the changing needs of today’s […]

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    Dozen missing in Texas floods including mom and two children

    Deluge. That’s the best way to describe the nightmare Houston residents woke up to Tuesday, after over 11 inches of rain fell in some spots overnight and into the next day — inundating byways and highways, slowing first responders, knocking out power and generally bringing the southeast Texas metropolis to a standstill. Two people in Houston died because of the bad weather in the city, Fire Department Sr. Capt. Ruy Lozano told CNN. That raises the overall death toll from […]

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    ‘You don’t belong here’ letter sent to family investigated as hate crime

    Police in New York are investigating a possible hate crime. An African-American family says they received a letter in the mail saying “you don’t belong here.” Painful, racist words anonymously written to one African-American family in Lindenhurst have quickly drawn outrage. “The anger was there, the hurt was there, and then, of course, fear,” said Darcell Copes, who received the letter. The letter shattered the sense of peace Copes and her children thought they found in the Long Island community. “Please leave Lindenhurst […]

  • Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.

    B.B. King was poisoned, his daughters claim

    LAS VEGAS — Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by his closest associates. But the coroner says preliminary autopsy results don’t support that contention. King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, made the accusations in separate, but identically worded, affidavits filed over the weekend. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in their affidavits. “I believe my father […]

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    Charter announces plan to buy Time Warner Cable

    NEW YORK– In a deal that affects one in six American households, Charter Communications on Tuesday proposed a three-way merger with two other cable and broadband providers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. If approved by government regulators, the combined company will stand next to Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon as a media giant that is shaping the future of television-watching and web-surfing. You won’t see any difference in your cable bill right away — but Charter might offer you […]

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    Is it ever okay to snoop on your partner?

    Here’s a scenario to consider: Your partner leaves his cell phone on the dining room table. His texts and emails can be easily accessed with just the touch of a fingertip. Would you look? Have you ever looked? If you said yes, you are definitely not alone. In a 2013 study conducted in the United Kingdom and reported in The Telegraph, 34 percent of women admitted they had looked through the cell phone of a partner or ex-partner without their knowledge. But […]

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    Rock star: I’m ‘obsessed’ with Taylor Swift

    Fresh off his performance with his band the Foo Fighters on David Letterman’s final show, Dave Grohl kept the good times rolling this weekend. Grohl rocked out on guitar in London, joining Paul McCartney onstage for a performance of the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There.” Fans caught footage of the jam session at the first of McCartney’s two concerts at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday. Grohl also confessed his love for another major music star: Taylor Swift. Both were […]

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    Charter set to announce Time Warner Cable acquisition

    NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable has a new potential buyer: Charter Communications. Charter may announce a three-way proposal to buy Time Warner Cable and a smaller cable provider, Bright House, as early as Tuesday, a person close to the talks confirmed on Monday. Charter is the third largest cable provider in the country, and Time Warner Cable is second. Earlier Monday, Bloomberg reported that Charter intends to pay $195 a share for Time Warner Cable. Before the holiday weekend, […]

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    Man stolen as baby reunites with mother 41 years later

    SANTIAGO, Chile — It was a hug kept on hold for more than 41 years. The hug of a mother and son whose lives were abruptly separated four decades ago. Nelly Reyes had been waiting for hours in the international arrivals lounge at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, holding a hand-made red poster board sign that said “Lovingly waiting for Travis, your mother Nelly and family.” A granddaughter in her early 20s and a 10-year-old grandson keep her […]

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    Police: Driver with 2-year-old child, meth arrested after 100 mph chase

    CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. — Two men are facing criminal charges after a high-speed police chase with a 2-year-old child in their car that ended in Clackamas County. Oregon State Police said at 7:19 p.m. Saturday a trooper saw a car speeding northbound on Interstate 5 in northern Marion County. The trooper stopped the 1998 Mercedes and said that as he approached the vehicle, the driver sped away. The trooper returned to his car and pursued the suspect northbound, with speeds topping […]

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    WATCH: Parachutist crashes into power line, survives scary landing

    WINCHESTER, Tenn. — What was supposed to be a patriotic display turned into a harrowing sight when a parachutist crashed into a power line Saturday. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall was on display at Winchester City Park and a parachute demonstration from veteran jumpers was scheduled as part of Memorial Day festivities. “We jumped from an airplane at 8,000 feet and attempted to land in the designated area,” said Derek Slade, the team captain for the Flying Like You Stole […]

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