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  • Hunt continues for armed teacher accused of kidnapping student

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six days without a credible tip — that’s how long authorities have been digging for answers in the alleged abduction of a 15-year-old girl by a teacher at her Culleoka, Tennessee, high school. A lawyer for Elizabeth Thomas’ father said the teen’s alleged abductor is armed, dangerous and “obviously a man who is not in control of his faculties.” On Saturday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation updated its Amber Alert explaining how little has turned up since […]

  • Waiter fired for asking diners for proof of residency

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A California waiter was fired after asking patrons at a Huntington Beach restaurant for proof of residency when they ordered a drink. The exchange happened at the Saint Marc pub-café on March 11, according to CNN affiliate KABC. “The fact that he said, ‘I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you,’ was completely unacceptable,” Diana Carrillo wrote on Facebook after visiting the Pacific Coast Highway restaurant last Saturday with two friends. In […]

  • Paris Orly Airport: Father of gunman says son ‘not a terrorist’, blames drugs and alcohol

    PARIS — The father of the man shot dead at Orly airport in Paris after attacking a French solider insisted Sunday his son was “not a terrorist.” Ziyed Ben Belgacem held a gun on a female soldier while shouting: “I am here to die in the name of Allah … There will be deaths,” before two of the soldier’s comrades shot him dead Saturday, a prosecutor told reporters. But speaking to France’s Europe 1 radio, Belgacem’s father denied his son […]

  • Humpback whales are behaving strangely and scientists want to know why

    Humpback whales are suddenly hanging out in massive, densely packed “super groups” and scientists are trying to figure out why. It’s a curious phenomenon that’s been spotted off the coast of South Africa by researchers and the general public. Their meet-up spot is far away from where humpback whales usually summer in the Antarctic. The groups swell from 20 to 200 and they are focused on one thing — feeding. “When you’re in a small boat with 200 humpback whales […]

  • Man fatally wounded by deputy; family says Facebook Live captured chaos

    CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. — Authorities in Tennessee are investigating the shooting death of an unarmed man by sheriff’s deputies, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. Rodney James Hess, 36, of New Orleans was streaming on Facebook Live when he was shot Thursday afternoon, his family said in their own Facebook posting. Rodney Hess’ video does not show the officers shooting and his relatives asked any witnesses to come forward. Hess was shot after Crockett County sheriff’s deputies approached his sport […]

  • Jimmy Breslin, larger-than-life New York newspaperman, dies

    NEW YORK — Jimmy Breslin, the prolific Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and champion of New York City’s working class, died Sunday morning at age 88. Breslin’s death was reported by his longtime employer, the New York Daily News. The newspaperman’s physician, William Cole, told CNN that Breslin died at 8 a.m. because of complications from pneumonia. “He was a force of nature,” said Cole. Initial reports, including the Daily News’ own, reported Breslin’s age as 86. “There’s a funny story […]

  • Islam to surpass Christianity as the world’s biggest religion by the end of the century

    Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion – and not just in Muslim majority nations: 10% of all Europeans are projected to be members of the Muslim faith by 2050, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. The study estimates that from 2010 to 2050, Muslims will have increased across the world by 73%, followed by Christians who are projected to grow by 35% during the same time period, and Hindus at 34%. That means that Islam — currently […]

  • Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll legend, dead at 90

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Missouri — Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was found dead Saturday at a residence outside St. Louis, police in St. Charles County said. Berry, 90, wrote and recorded the rock standards “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.” A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at a residence around 12:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) Saturday and found an unresponsive […]

  • Person arrested outside White House after jumping bike rack

    WASHINGTON — A person jumped over a bike rack in front of the White House on Saturday, briefly putting the complex into an escalated security posture, two law enforcement officials told CNN. The person, who never made it to the White House fence, was taken into custody and is being questioned, the sources said. One of the sources said the process worked the way it was supposed to, with the person being apprehended quickly after making it over the bike […]

  • Wife urges ex-teacher to surrender as search continues for man, teen girl

    A former Tennessee teacher has been added to the state’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list after being charged with aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl. Authorities say Tad Cummins, 50, kidnapped Elizabeth Thomas, a freshman at the high school where Cummins taught until this week. The girl is in imminent danger, they said. Cummins also has been charged with sexual misconduct with minor. The teacher’s wife delivered an emotional appeal Friday for her husband to turn himself […]

  • Don’t kill that spider! Spiders feast on 400-800 million tons of insects every year

    The next time you see a spider crawling around your house, look at the bright side. It’s probably feasting on a bunch of other insects and providing you with free pest control. A new study released on Tuesday says that spiders eat an estimated 400 to 800 million metric tons of insects every year. For comparison, the entire human population consumes about 400 million tons of meat and fish every year. “Our estimates for spiders appear to be of the […]

  • Government calls for border wall to be 30 feet high, ‘aesthetically pleasing’ on U.S. side

    WASHINGTON — It should be tall, climb-resistant, difficult to penetrate and blend into the landscape. Those are among the requirements for the US-Mexico border wall released by the federal government late Friday, kicking off a bidding process that will lead to one of the largest government construction projects in US history. “The wall design shall be physically imposing in height,” Customs and Border Protection outlined in the notice for contractors. That means 30 feet tall, although the officials wrote that […]