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Former Vice President Joe Biden urged Cornell University graduates to resist the allure of technology during his commencement speech on Saturday. Speaking a day ahead of the students’ official graduation, Biden pleaded for more empathy among the younger generation as they prepare to enter the workforce. “The people I’ve known who are successful and happy are the people who treat others with the same dignity that they demand for themselves,” Biden said. “To do that...
SACRAMENTO — A 60-year-old man is dead after a suspected drunk driver caused a chain-reaction accident at a red light Friday night. Around 9:30 p.m. a 25-year-old male driver in a 2005 Ford F250 hit the rear of 2012 Honda Fit waiting at a red light on Elkhorn Boulevard and Watt Avenue. That car then hit the back of a 2011 Nissan Versa and they hit the back of a 2000 Acura Sedan. The right front passenger in the Honda Fit suffered fatal injuries. Four others at the scene were taken to local...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A publicist for rock legend Gregg Allman says the organist and singer for The Allman Brothers Band has died. He was 69. Ken Weinstein confirmed Saturday that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. In March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year. After years of substance abuse, Allman contracted hepatitis C and underwent a 2010 liver transplant. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was rai...
The woman who was chained inside a shipping container by South Carolina serial killer Todd Kohlhepp will receive a $25,000 reward for assisting investigators with the case. The news came on Friday — the same day Kohlhepp, 44, pleaded guilty to the seven murders he was accused of, according to local CBS affiliate WLTX. In exchange for his plea, Kohlhepp will be spared from the death penalty but will spend the rest of his life in prison. Kohlhepp held Kala Brown captive for more than two mo...
(SAN DIEGO) — Deborah Crosby touched her father’s flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War. Deborah Crosby, now 58, was only six when she was sent home from the first grade to learn her father was presumed dead, though his body had not been found....
(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — A publicist for rock legend Gregg Allman says the organist and singer for The Allman Brothers Band has died. He was 69. Ken Weinstein confirmed Saturday that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. In March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year. After years of substance abuse, Allman contracted hepatitis C and underwent a 2010 liver transplant. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was r...
(CNN) — Two South Carolina men each face a harassment charge after pictures surfaced on social media showing them pouring beer down the throat of an alligator, authorities said. Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, both of Ridgeland, are accused of harassing wildlife, the state’s Department of Natural Resources said in a news release. Two men are facing charges after feeding an alligator beer and then posting it on Snapcha The incident took place on Wednesday in ...
(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Hall of Fame Pitcher Jim Bunning, who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85. Bunning’s death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning’s family. Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the Ameri...
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat, The Associated Press has learned. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming administration’s options with Russia as it developing ...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally with bills aimed at limiting how much private businesses can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Democrats control all levels of state government, and leaders have vowed to resist Trump administration policies at every turn. Immigration is among their key issues, but most legislation so far has been aimed at limiting wh...
NEW YORK (AP) — Take a seat, “Thor.” Scattered plans among Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to host women-only screenings of the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie have produced both support and some grumbling about gender discrimination. Various locations have taken to social media in response, including the operators of the Brooklyn theater promising on Twitter to funnel proceeds from women-only screenings in early June to Planned Parenthood. And by women only, they mean staff, to...
President Donald Trump said Saturday he would make a decision on the Paris Agreement on climate change “next week” following months of intense speculation and lobbying on both sides of the issue. The announcement came as Trump departed this year’s G-7 summit in Italy without endorsing the landmark global warming deal which has support from nearly 200 countries, a move that put him in conflict with his counterparts from the world’s other leading democracies. I will ma...
The audience, cast and crew of Woyzeck, which includes Star Wars’ John Boyega, were among hundreds of people evacuated from the Old Vic Theatre in London after a security alert Saturday. The scare was initially documented online as theatergoers tweeted news of their evacuation. The Old Vic subsequently confirmed the reports in a tweet of their own, writing: “We have been evacuated as a precaution; audience safety is our priority. We are liaising with the Met Police.” Approxima...
(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s Supreme Leader has said that Saudi Arabia is a “cow being milked” by the United States. A Saturday report by the semi-official Fars news agency quotes Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying that Saudi Arabia trades its wealth with “pagans and enemies.” “The stupid Saudi government thinks it can attract the friendship of enemies by giving them money,” said Khamenei. Khamenei added that bastion of Islam Saudi Arabia ...
Amid mounting questions at the White House about Russia, three prominent members of President Trump’s family — his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and Eric’s wife, Lara — have ramped up their engagement with the Republican Party’s national political operation, having met privately with GOP leaders to share their concerns and outlook. Their most […]
An airline passenger was arrested Thursday after he opened the plane’s galley door as it was taxiing and jumped onto the tarmac at a North Carolina airport, authorities said. Tun Lon Sein was seated on American Airlines Flight 5242 just before takeoff, when he suddenly stood from his seat and attempted to open the aircraft’s main door before he was halted by a flight attendant, whom he then tried to bite, federal air marshals said in a criminal complaint, according to CNN. Followin...
(NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily) — President Donald Trump on Saturday said his maiden first trip abroad was a “home run” and he vowed to overcome the threat of terrorism, concluding a grueling five-stop sprint that ended with the promise of an imminent decision on the much-discussed Paris climate accord. Trump ended his nine-day trip with a speech to U.S. troops in Sicily, where he recounted his visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and Italy and his work to counter te...
(WEST POINT, N.Y.) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says this week’s terror attack in Manchester, England, underscores the need for institutions like the U.S. Military Academy. Mattis told the 950 graduating cadets at West Point on Saturday that they are joining the ranks of those whose mission is to protect the innocent from terror. He says they must never permit perpetrators of terror to define “our sense of normal.” Twenty-two people were killed in a bombing at a concer...
(LONDON) — Hundreds of people have been evacuated at London’s Old Vic Theatre during a performance and police say they are on the scene. Theatergoers tweeted that a matinee performance of “Woyzeck” starring John Boyega was halted by theater staff and audience and cast were told to leave. Photos showed police tape cordoning off the area around the theater, near the city’s busy Waterloo Station, which handles both trains and the tube. Police say officers are at the t...
(LONDON)— British Airways canceled all flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the rest of Saturday as a global IT failure caused severe disruption for travelers on a busy holiday weekend. The airline said it was suffering a “major IT systems failure” around the world. It didn’t say what was causing the problem but said there was no evidence of a cyberattack. BA said terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick had become extremely congested. It urged passeng...