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Sheriff: Woman faked being kidnapped so she could steal car

Authorities say a North Carolina woman pretended she had been kidnapped so she could take advantage of a Good Samaritan and steal his car.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

141-year-old fruitcake is a Michigan family’s heirloom

Some families pass down jewelry, watches or even recipes. But a Michigan family has its own heirloom: a 141-year-old fruitcake.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records

The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that …


Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat

As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boyz, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Wandering camel, cow, donkey to be featured in live Nativity

A camel, cow and donkey that were found roaming together along a Kansas road have been booked to appear in a Christmas Nativity scene.


Man found eaten by alligator actually died of meth overdose

Florida officials say a man who was found partially eaten by an alligator in June actually died of a meth overdose.


Anonymous donations pay off $70K in Alabama Walmart layaway purchases

Walmart shoppers in Alabama got a happy holiday surprise when donations paid off $70,000 in layaway purchases at two stores, the company said Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Post offices to be named for Marilyn Monroe, Ritchie Valens

President Donald Trump has signed resolutions renaming two post offices in the Los Angeles area in honor of Marilyn Monroe and rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens.


Vermont police chief admits anonymously trolling critic on Twitter

The police chief in Vermont’s largest city used an anonymous Twitter account to troll a government critic, he admitted this week.


Trump calls impeachment vote ‘embarrassment’ to nation

President Donald Trump declared Friday’s House committee vote to impeach him ”an embarrassment to our country“ and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

U.S. cancels planned tariffs on China

President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Sunday as part of a modest interim agreement …


Lawmakers want former Ky. Gov. Bevin’s pardons investigated

Outrage over a spree of pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spread to the state capitol Friday as two lawmakers asked the incoming attorney general to investigate the orders, …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: ‘Hoax’

Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

U.S., China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war.


Salvadoran woman marks 1 year in sanctuary near White House

Yoga. Meditation. English. These are some of the skills Rosa Gutierrez Lopez has learned since Dec. 10, 2018, when she became the first unauthorized immigrant to get refuge inside a …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Mother tells judge her daughter on life support is ‘sassy’

The mother of a 10-month-old girl on life support testified Thursday that her daughter is “sassy” and enjoys cartoons, as a Texas judge considered whether a Fort Worth hospital can …


Lonesome duck: Dating ad seeks match for man’s grieving bird

BLUE HILL, Maine – There’s no Tinder for waterfowl, but that didn’t stop a Maine bird owner from trying to find a match for a mourning duckling. One of Chris …


Bel-Air’s ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ mansion sells for about $150 million, a new California price record

A Los Angeles mansion built in the 1930s and seen in the credits for the TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies” has been sold for about $150 million, the highest home …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Couple who bought $120k banana art sense it will be iconic

A Miami couple who bought a headline-grabbing banana duct-taped to a wall have acknowledged the absurdity of the artwork, but say they believe it will become an icon and plan …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

FCC votes to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

The Federal Communications Commission is setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Official: Jersey City attack was ‘fueled’ by anti-Semitism

New Jersey authorities say the two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

House panel delays historic Trump impeachment vote

The House Judiciary Committee has debated into the evening, moving deliberately toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Trump criticizes climate activist Thunberg after Time honor

President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection …


Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate alone Wednesday and signaled that it expects to keep low rates unchanged through next year.


Mom charged after police say she abandoned special needs son

Atlanta police charged a mother with cruelty to children Wednesday after her special needs teenager was found abandoned at a downtown hospital, cold, confused and unable to say who he …


Weinstein could face jail, bail hike over monitoring issues

Harvey Weinstein’s bail was increased from $1 million to $5 million on Wednesday over allegations he violated bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor.


Firm hands out $10M in holiday bonuses to 198 employees

A commercial real estate developer is handing out a total of $10 million in bonuses to its 198 employees.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Parents of girl who fell to her death sue cruise company

The Indiana parents of a toddler who fell to her death out of an open cruise ship window in Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Royal Caribbean Cruises, accusing …