National News

A tiny kinkajou sneaked into a Florida home and attacked a man

A tiny kinkajou sneaked into a Florida home and attacked a man

A feisty, fruit-loving kinkajou fought its way into a Florida home, leaving scores of leg bites in its wake. Michael Litersky of Lake Worth spotted a kinkajou, exotic cousin of the raccoon, hanging out on a fence outside his girlfriend’s home, so he left out pieces of watermelon for the wide-eyed creature, according to a…

Colin Kaepernick reveals what led him to risk his career kneeling for social justice

Colin Kaepernick reveals what led him to risk his career kneeling for social justice

It was ultimately a means of taking on police brutality and systemic racial injustice, but former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick says his decision to kneel in protest during the pregame National Anthem began with one man. Mario Woods. “The discussion happened shortly after the execution of Mario Woods,” Kaepernick told Paper magazine, a publication focusing…

Former Ohio judge and politician Lance Mason pleads guilty to killing ex-wife

Former Ohio judge and politician Lance Mason pleads guilty to killing ex-wife

A former Ohio trial court judge and politician pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder in the 2018 death of his ex-wife. Lance Mason, 51, entered guilty pleas to aggravated murder; murder; felonious assault; violating a protection order; and grand theft in the death of Aisha Fraser. “I wish to take responsibility for the crimes I committed,”…

Pit bulls maul and kill a 9-year-old girl in Detroit

Pit bulls maul and kill a 9-year-old girl in Detroit

A 9-year-old girl was mauled to death by dogs on Monday while playing in a Detroit neighborhood, police said. The girl, who has been identified as Emma Hernandez, was in an alley when the three pit bulls attacked her, according to a Detroit Police spokeswoman. Witnesses tried to save the girl and police said that…

Brands are beefing about who has the best chicken sandwich, and it’s a mess

Brands are beefing about who has the best chicken sandwich, and it’s a mess

Welcome to 2019, when everything is made up and brands fight on Twitter about which has the best chicken sandwich. If you didn’t know, many fast food franchises offer chicken sandwiches. Some people prefer the pickle-crowned Chick-fil-A original. Others opt for Wendy’s or Church’s or whatever they need to buy at the next highway exit…

A crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training

A crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training

When the cast of a Canadian production of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” took their final bow after a recent show, the audience didn’t make a single sound — not even a woof. A polite crowd of about a dozen future service dogs attended an August performance at Ontario’s Stratford Festival as part of their training.…

What’s next for Eric Garner’s family now that the NYPD officer has been fired

What’s next for Eric Garner’s family now that the NYPD officer has been fired

The officer accused of killing Eric Garner more than five years ago was fired on Monday, but members of the Garner family said that change still must come. “Yes, he’s fired, but the fight is not over,” said Garner’s daughter, Emerald Snipes Garner. Snipes Garner thanked NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill for firing officer Daniel Pantaleo…

Al Jackson, original New York Met, dies at 83

Al Jackson, original New York Met, dies at 83

One of the original New York Mets has died. Former pitcher and lifetime Mets figure Al Jackson died Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, at the age of 83. The lefty pitcher saw the Flushing franchise at their first — and at their worst. Jackson took the mound for the Mets’ inaugural season in 1962.…

Police release sketch, video of suspect in Cal State Fullerton stabbing death

Police release sketch, video of suspect in Cal State Fullerton stabbing death

Police on Tuesday released a sketch and video of a suspect who apparently sought out a retired California State University Fullerton administrator and stabbed him to death on campus. Surveillance video released by police showed the suspect running near the crime scene and leaving a parking lot in a black 4-door sedan with black wheels…

Phoenix police must now document each time they point their gun at someone

Phoenix police must now document each time they point their gun at someone

Phoenix police officers must now document every instance in which they point a gun at a person — a decision that the city long considered but now has been made after recent public outcry about aggressive police tactics in Arizona’s capital. From now on, Phoenix officers must fill out a form when an officer points…

2 children in 2 states died on the same day after being left in hot cars

2 children in 2 states died on the same day after being left in hot cars

Two children died on the same day in two different states after being left in hot cars. A 21-month-old boy was found on Friday in a vehicle in Booneville, Mississippi, according to a statement from Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey. Ramey said although the vehicle was in a parking lot between a daycare and an…

The El Paso shooting suspect is on suicide watch

The El Paso shooting suspect is on suicide watch

The suspect in the deadly shooting in El Paso, Texas, has been placed on suicide watch based on the recommendation of medical staff at the jail, El Paso County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Leslie Antunez told CNN on Tuesday. Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, is being held at the El Paso County Detention Facility without bond…

2 Proud Boys members were found guilty of assault in a brawl with Antifa

2 Proud Boys members were found guilty of assault in a brawl with Antifa

Two members of the Proud Boys have been convicted on multiple charges for assaulting members of Antifa during a fight last year. A Manhattan jury convicted Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 39, on Monday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced in a news release. Both are members of the Proud Boys, a far-right…