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  • Explosion at FedEx Near San Antonio Could be Linked to Austin Blasts, FBI Says

    An explosion occurred overnight inside a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, FBI San Antonio spokeswoman Michelle Lee said. Based on preliminary information gathered at the scene, there could be a connection with the four recent Austin explosions, Lee said.

  • Austin Explosion May Have Been Triggered by Tripwire, Police Say

    An explosion that injured two men Sunday night could’ve been triggered by a tripwire, said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, after a fourth blast in the Texas city in little over two weeks. Authorities are working under the belief that the latest incident is connected to the previous three explosions in the city, Manley said. At this point, information is preliminary, he said early Monday morning, and police have yet to fully process the scene. Manley said “it’s very possible” […]

  • 9/11 Hero Who Saved Hundreds Dies of Cancer at Age 45

    NEW YORK  —  After terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a New York ferry captain who later became a city firefighter helped evacuate hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan. He was Thomas Phelan, 45, one of the many heroes who came to the city’s rescue after the attack. Phelan died on Friday, authorities said, one of the thousands of victims of cancer linked to the 9/11 attack. Phelan worked for Circle Line Statue of Liberty ferry […]

  • Police Name 4 of Those Who Died in Florida Bridge Collapse

    FLORIDA  —  Three bodies were removed Saturday from the site of this week’s collapse of an unfinished pedestrian bridge in South Florida, and workers who’ve toiled day and night to find them hope to recover the rest by the end of the day, officials said. Authorities have said they believe at least six people were killed in Thursday’s collapse near Florida International University, including the three recovered Saturday and one who died in a hospital. Miami-Dade police have identified four […]

  • Arkansas Student Says He Was Paddled for Gun Control Walkout

    ARKANSAS  —  Students across the United States are serving detention or in-school suspension as discipline for walking out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence. But a student at Greenbrier High in Arkansas says he was punished a different way. Wylie Greer told CNN that only he and two other students walked out, and while they were sitting outside the school building, the principal approached and asked if they knew “there would be consequences” for their action. They said yes, Greer said, […]

  • Snapchat Loses $800 Million After Rihanna Responds to Offensive Ad

    Rihanna is the latest celebrity to send Snap’s stock sliding. The singer tore into the app on Thursday for allowing an offensive ad to appear on its platform. Her remark sent Snap’s stock down nearly 4%, erasing nearly $800 million from its market value. Snap’s stock opened slightly down Friday. The ad in question was for the mobile game “Would You Rather?,” and it presented users with two options: “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.” Brown pleaded guilty in 2009 […]

  • At Least 6 Killed After Florida Bridge Collapse

    A pedestrian bridge suddenly collapsed onto the road below near Florida International University, crushing cars and killing at least six people Thursday. Hours after the bridge collapsed, officials said early Friday that the rescue mission is now a recovery operation. Emergency crews worked overnight in what Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zavaleta called a “very slow process” in order to preserve evidence and the safety of possible victims and rescuers, because of unstable conditions at the bridge. At least nine people […]

  • Wells Fargo’s CEO is Getting a 36% Raise After the Bank’s Nightmare Year

    Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan got a 36% raise after one of the darkest years in the bank’s history. At his own recommendation, Sloan isn’t receiving a cash bonus, according to filings late Wednesday. The CEO cited “significant but incomplete progress on addressing compliance and operational risk-management issues.” That’s one way to describe the series of scandals that have rocked Wells Fargo for the past year and a half, prompting unprecedented sanctions in February from the Federal Reserve. In fact, […]

  • Astronaut’s DNA No Longer Matches Identical Twin’s After Time in Space, NASA Finds

    Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your genes. Preliminary results from NASA’s Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s genes did not return to normal after his return to Earth two years ago. The study looks at what happened to Kelly before, during and after he spent one year aboard the International Space Station through an extensive comparison with his identical twin, Mark, who remained on Earth. NASA has learned that the formerly identical twins […]

  • Students Across Country Walk Out to Demand New Gun Laws

    In an unprecedented show of unity and political solidarity, waves of students marched out of class Wednesday to demand stricter gun laws and an end to school massacres. The National School Walkout took place across the country at 10 a.m. in each time zone. The protest was sparked by last month’s school massacre in Florida and fueled by years of anger about what many say are inadequate gun laws. This is what the school walkouts look like “This is not […]

  • Stephen Hawking, Renowned Scientist, Dies at 76

    Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76. Considered by many to be the world’s greatest living scientist, Hawking was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies. With fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein’s theory […]

  • A 6-Year-Old Indiana Boy’s Lemonade Raises $7,000 for the Family of a Slain Deputy

    KOKOMO, Indiana  —  It’s well below freezing in Kokomo, Indiana, but business is brisk at 6-year-old Malachi Fronczak’s lemonade stand. He has raised $7,000 dollars since last week — all of which will go to the family of a local sheriff deputy killed in the line of duty. Deputy Jacob Pickett was fatally shot while chasing a suspect Friday.  At a memorial for the officer where people left tokens of respect, Malachi dropped off a hand-written note and a lemonade. […]