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University of Utah student is missing after late-night Lyft ride from airport

A University of Utah student who took a late-night Lyft ride from the airport last week has not been seen since, Salt Lake City police said. After visiting family, Mackenzie Lueck, 23, arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport on June 17 and then took a Lyft to an address in North Salt Lake, Utah,…

Watch out world, a new ugliest dog has been crowned

This contest isn’t about beauty. Instead, these four-legged dynamos compete on their lack of cuteness all in an effort to win the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. The competition was ruff — 19 dogs battled it out for the crown before a winner was selected on Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center in…

Severe weather brought flooding and a tornado to the Midwest. It also killed one person

Severe weather plagued several states throughout the Midwest over the weekend, killing one person and damaging at least one building. Vickie Darnel, 64, died from drowning Sunday after she drove into a flooded creek crossing in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, according to Lt. Kera Philippi, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Philippi says that Darnel’s…

2 dead after church charter bus coming from Colorado conference crashes

Two people are dead after a church charter bus heading home from a conference crashed in Colorado Sunday. The bus was carrying 10 children and five adults, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Blake White. The group was returning to New Mexico from Denver when the bus apparently hit an embankment under a bridge,…

Judith Krantz, romance novelist, dies at 91

Judith Krantz, whose best-selling romance novels told racy tales of the rich, died of natural causes Saturday, her publicist said. She was 91. Krantz is known for her novels “Mistral’s Daughter” (1983), “I’ll Take Manhattan” (1986), “Scruples” (1978) and “Princess Daisy” (1980). She’s sold more than 80 million copies of her novels, and they’ve been…

Man charged after woman, 2 toddlers found dead inside Staten Island home

A 36-year-old man has been charged with murder in the deaths of a woman and two toddlers who police found inside a smoke-filled home on Staten Island, New York police said Sunday. Police officers went to the house on Palisade Street around 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday after receiving a 911 call about an assault in…

An Oklahoma woman drowned after her car was swept away by floodwaters

Severe flooding in Oklahoma led to the death of a 64-year-old woman early Sunday. Authorities said Vickie Darnel died from drowning after she drove into a flooded creek in Le Flore County, near the Arkansas state line. Her car was swept away by the floodwaters, according to Lt. Kera Philippi, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway…

Robert Friend, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, dies at 99

Retired US Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Friend, one of the last surviving members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, has died, his daughter said. He was 99. Friend’s daughter told CNN affiliate KCBS her father was surrounded by friends and family when he died Friday in California. The cause of death…

Charlottesville car attacker pleads for mercy in sentencing memo

The man who drove into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally two years ago has pleaded for mercy and asked for a sentence less than life imprisonment in his federal hate crimes case. In a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court Friday, James A. Fields Jr. said the court should not…