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  • Southwest Airlines victim was ‘thoughtful leader’ in New Mexico

    Jennifer Riordan, a well-known leader in New Mexico and big-hearted altruist, died Tuesday when a Southwest Airlines jet engine failed midair and its debris blew up window, CNN affiliate KOAT reported. Riordan, 43, was making her way back home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when a terrifying episode ensued about 20 minutes after the plane left New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Several passengers had to pull her back into the plane when she was sucked out of the shattered window. She died at a Philadelphia hospital […]

  • Toys ‘R’ Us rejects bid from Bratz CEO

    Toys “R” Us has rejected a bid from the billionaire toymaker behind Bratz dolls and Little Tikes. Isaac Larian placed a $675 million bid for 200 of the remaining 735 Toys “R” Us locations in the United States, and almost all of more than 80 locations in Canada. Toys “R” Us is still considering other offers, but it’s not clear whether those would keep US stores open. Sources with knowledge of the matter say the bid was too low. Larian, […]

  • Former first lady Barbara Bush dead at 92

    HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, according to a statement released by the office of George H.W. Bush. Bush had been suffering for some time and was in and out of the hospital multiple times in the last year while battling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure. A source in mid-April said she was in failing health and had decided to not go back into the hospital. […]

  • Gray whale found stranded died after becoming entangled in crab trap

    LONG BEACH, Wash. — A young gray whale that was found stranded on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington state died after becoming entangled in lines from a crab trap, KPTV reports. NOAA Fisheries said the whale was reported to the West Cost Marine Mammal Stranding Network on Friday. A necropsy was completed on Sunday by researchers. Ropes from a crab trap were wound through the whale’s mouth, around one of its pectoral flippers and its tail, according to NOAA Fisheries. The research […]

  • Parents of Sandy Hook victims file lawsuit against Alex Jones

    AUSTIN, Texas — Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who has repeatedly suggested the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, was sued on Tuesday by three parents whose children were killed in the 2012 massacre. It’s the first legal action taken against Jones for the false claims he has made about Sandy Hook. The two lawsuits, were filed by Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, and Neil Heslin. Their respective 6-year-old sons, Noah Pozner and Jesse Lewis, […]

  • 1 killed as Southwest jet makes emergency landing after apparently blowing an engine in flight

    Passengers aboard a Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday heard an explosion before seeing oxygen masks drop from the ceiling and a woman sucked toward a broken window in the plane, a witness said. One person died in the incident, according to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt. The person has not been identified. “Everybody was going crazy, and yelling and screaming,” passenger Marty Martinez said of the flight, which left New York and was forced to make an emergency […]

  • New viruses, superbugs found in study of New York house mice

    NEW YORK — House mice don’t carry door keys, but they can freely enter any residence in New York City, from low-rent studios to penthouse suites. A yearlong assessment of the city’s residential mouse population found that what many of these rodents do carry are previously unseen viruses as well as bacteria capable of causing life-threatening human illness. Some of the bacteria were even antibiotic-resistant. “Mouse droppings may contain harmful bacteria that are difficult to treat with common antibiotics,” said […]

  • Starbucks will close 8,000 US stores May 29 for racial-bias training

    SEATTLE — Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson called the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia store last week “reprehensible” and promised to take action so that it doesn’t happen again. A store manager called the […]

  • Stormy Daniels releases sketch of man who allegedly threatened her over Trump affair

    Stormy Daniels released a composite sketch on Tuesday of the man she alleges threatened her in 2011 and is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can identify the perpetrator. The disclosure of the drawing and the announcement of the monetary reward on ABC’s “The View” mark yet another theatrical twist in the dramatic public feud between the porn star and President Donald Trump. Daniels alleges that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and that she signed […]

  • The IRS’ online filing system is having problems … on tax day

    It’s tax day — and the IRS is experiencing technical difficulties. The service that taxpayers use to file online is partly down, according to Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “On my way over here this morning, I was told that a number of IRS systems are unavailable at the moment,” Kautter said at a Congressional hearing Tuesday morning. “We are working to resolve this issue and taxpayers should continue to file their returns as they normally would.” In a statement, […]

  • This Texas military town has nearly closed the black and white homeownership gap

    David Michael Jones can’t resist describing the house he bought a year ago in a suburb of Killeen, Texas — it’s 2,800 square feet, set up on a hill, with a formal dining room and an enormous master bedroom that includes a bathroom big enough to do cartwheels in. “To me, I’m on top of the world,” says Jones, 68, a reverend and father of nine. “It’s my world, but I’m on top of it.” Jones credits his ability to […]

  • She survived cancer three times. Hypothermia wasn’t going to stop her from finishing the Boston Marathon

    BOSTON — Thought a cold rain and hypothermia were going to stop Mary Shertenlieb from finishing the Boston Marathon? You obviously don’t know her. She’s battled and beat cancer — three times — after all. So when she had to stop running the marathon Monday after about 15 miles of it, there was no doubt in her mind she was going to finish. And finish she did. Several hours after stopping because she was showing signs of hypothermia, Shertenlieb crossed […]