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New Mexico compound suspects plead not guilty to charges they plotted to attack the FBI

New Mexico compound suspects plead not guilty to charges they plotted to attack the FBI

Five suspects who lived on a New Mexico compound pleaded not guilty to charges they conspired to provide material support in preparation for attacks on federal law enforcement officers and members of the military. The defendants, Jany Leveille, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj and Lucas Morton, all pleaded not guilty Thursday, according to…

Admissions cheating scandal illustrates need for more oversight in college athletics, former athletic directors say

Admissions cheating scandal illustrates need for more oversight in college athletics, former athletic directors say

Donna Lopiano, a former director of college women’s athletics, said she wasn’t surprised when she learned about the recent college cheating admission scandal involving students who were allegedly admitted to universities with fake athletic profiles. Universities usually reserve slots for admission under special circumstances, including legacy applicants, children of major donors and students with special…

Nashville police arrest man who allegedly dragged officer with an ATV

Nashville police arrest man who allegedly dragged officer with an ATV

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on assault and other charges for allegedly dragging a Nashville police officer along a street while driving an ATV, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said via Twitter. Walter Moss II was arrested in Springfield, Tennessee, on Wednesday by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, police said. He faces three…

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty

The Florida man accused of sending mail bombs to CNN offices and prominent Democrats pleaded guilty on Thursday in Manhattan federal court to 65 felony counts, including using weapons of mass destruction in an attempted domestic terrorist attack. Cesar Sayoc, 57, admitted in court to having mailed 16 explosive devices to a variety of officials…

Indiana teachers were shot with pellets during active shooter drill, teachers association says

Indiana teachers were shot with pellets during active shooter drill, teachers association says

Several Indiana school teachers were shot with projectiles “execution-style” during a recent active shooter drill, leaving welts, drawing blood and frightening the educators, the Indiana State Teachers Association said. “The teachers were terrified, but were told not to tell anyone what happened. Teachers waiting outside that heard the screaming were brought into the room four…

Branson duck boat service won’t operate in 2019 after deadly sinking

Branson duck boat service won’t operate in 2019 after deadly sinking

The Missouri duck boat service whose vessel sank in a lake last summer, killing 17 people, will not operate in 2019, the company that owns it says. “Due to the ongoing investigations into the tragedy last summer, Branson Ride The Ducks will not operate this season,” Suzanne Smagala-Potts, spokeswoman for Ripley Entertainment, said Thursday in…

CNN served with Sandmann lawsuit

CNN served with Sandmann lawsuit

Kentucky high school student Nick Sandmann has sued CNN for its reporting on a viral video controversy in January. The lawsuit, seeking damages of $275 million, follows Sandmann’s multi-million dollar lawsuit earlier this month against the Washington Post. Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School, was videotaped on the National Mall in Washington D.C.,…

Growing Up Football

Growing Up Football

Most football players in America are younger than high-school age. But there’s very little data tracking exactly how children get hit on the field. Focusing only on pre-high school aged players, the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab has published what they call the first-ever ratings showing how well youth football helmets protect against head injuries. The…

Pilots transitioned to 737 Max 8 with self-administered online course

Pilots transitioned to 737 Max 8 with self-administered online course

Pilots transitioning to the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from older 737 models were given a short, self-administered online course that made no mention of a new system now at the center of two crash investigations, pilots’ unions spokesmen for two American carriers told CNN. Pilots of Southwest Airlines and American Airlines took courses —…

Jimmy Carter just became the oldest living former president ever

Jimmy Carter just became the oldest living former president ever

Jimmy Carter was the first US president to be born in a hospital. On Friday, he marks a new milestone as the oldest living former president ever. At 94 years and 172 days old, Carter has passed the previous record held by the late President George H.W. Bush. “He and Mrs. Carter take walks, and…

Unsolved Atlanta child murders are back under the microscope

Unsolved Atlanta child murders are back under the microscope

Authorities will take another look at the decades-old Atlanta child murders, re-examining evidence in the hopes that technological breakthroughs might point to a definite killer in the cases, most of which were never solved, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Thursday. The point is not to vindicate convicted murderer Wayne Williams, who was implicated as the…

Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says

Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says

The spring flood outlook is not good news for those already devastated by flooding in the Midwest and down the Mississippi River, according to an outlook released Thursday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at…

Shelter-in-place orders lifted in two Texas cities after massive chemical fire

Shelter-in-place orders lifted in two Texas cities after massive chemical fire

A shelter-in-place order for two neighboring Texas cities was lifted Thursday, one day after a massive chemical fire that filled the sky with smoke for days in southeastern parts of the state was finally snuffed out. The city of Deer Park lifted the order at 11:40 a.m. after earlier concerns about “levels of benzene or…

Powerball grows to $625 million after no winners in latest drawing

Powerball grows to $625 million after no winners in latest drawing

Bad news: No one won Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. Good news: Now you have a chance at an even bigger jackpot. There were no winners in the drawing on Wednesday night, so the next drawing will be Saturday. But instead of the previous jackpot of $550 million, Powerball says there will be an estimated $625…

What happens when parents abuse and exploit children for internet fame?

What happens when parents abuse and exploit children for internet fame?

Machelle Hobson’s seven adopted children appeared in “Fantastic Adventures” nearly every week. They tried to steal cookies. They turned into superheroes. They had epic lightsaber battles. With nearly 800,000 subscribers and more than 250 million views on her YouTube channel, Hobson had the potential to make money off the series. It’s unclear exactly how much…