• Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them,…

    AFP
  • Wounded woman testifies in Nevada about trespass killing

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A female trespasser who survived a shooting in a vacant Nevada duplex testified Wednesday that the property owner entered the unit and opened fire without provocation, wounding her three times and killing a man on the floor next to her.

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  • Police: Malnourished, abused 5-year-old Michigan girl dies

    PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A malnourished, abused 5-year-old girl has died, police said Wednesday, and authorities have removed another severely malnourished child and two other apparently healthy children from the southeastern Michigan home where she was found.

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  • Kansas man missing for 23 years found submerged in car

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - The body of a man missing since 1992 has been recovered from the driver's seat of a car submerged in a Kansas lake, authorities said on Tuesday. Fremont O'Berg, who was 57 when he disappeared, was found alone in his 1981 Chevrolet Citation automobile in…

    Reuters
  • Tracy Morgan settles suit with Wal-Mart over fatal crash

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

    Associated Press
  • U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. The release last week of the…

    Reuters
  • French barman sentenced after man drinks 56 shots and dies

    Clermont-Ferrand (France) (AFP) - A French barman received a suspended jail sentence Wednesday after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death. Renaud Prudhomme, 56, broke the in-house shots record last October at Starter, a bar…

    AFP
  • Tattoos Can Cause Serious Adverse Reactions

    About 1 in 10 people who get tattoos experiences problems with the tattoo, including infection, itching, swelling and redness, according to a small study in the June issue of the journal Contact Dermatitis. Many people in the study had complications that lingered for years after the tattoo was…

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    Photos of the day - May 27, 2015 (32 photos)

    A view of the booth of investment and construction company Morton during the ARCH Moscow 2015 International Exhibition of Architecture and Design, the military cap worn by Prince Philip (obscured) adds an unexpected dimension to the crown worn by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she travels in a…

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  • Police Dog Rescues Deputy After He's Ambushed By 3 Men

    Deputy Todd Frazier was traveling along a remote stretch of Highway 90 in Pearlington, Mississippi, on Monday when he saw a blue Lincoln Town Car at a deserted rest stop, said Sheriff Ricky Adam of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. The driver of the vehicle looked as if he wasn't moving, so…

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  • Denzel Washington's daughter Olivia makes NYC stage debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many other aspiring actresses, Olivia Washington is paying her dues at a small, off-Broadway theater. Unlike so many other aspiring actresses, she's not relying on her famous dad.

    Associated Press
  • California woman missing for two weeks found alive in car, husband dead

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A California woman who went missing two weeks ago after she and her husband set off for a Mother's Day gathering has been found alive in a remote area where the couple's car was stranded, although her husband did not survive, police said on Tuesday. Dianna…

    Reuters
  • Whale washes ashore in 12th recent death in California

    POINT REYES STATION, Calif. (AP) — Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.

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  • Texas floods spur drug purges from waiting ships: police

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The storm system pelting Texas with torrential rains this week has caused a stream of illegal drugs to wash up on the shores around Galveston, near a backed-up Houston Shipping Channel, police said on Wednesday. With fewer ships coming into port where entry…

    Reuters
  • Prosecutor: Fiancee pushed paddle away from doomed kayaker

    GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman charged with killing her fiance pushed a floating paddle away from him as he struggled in the cold, choppy Hudson River after his kayak capsized, then waited 20 minutes to call for help, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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    Cleveland police shooting settlement agreement (43 photos)

    Cleveland agreed to overhaul its police department under the supervision of an independent monitor in a settlement announced Tuesday with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and other abuses by officers. The announcement came three days after a white patrolman was…

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  • Did GOP create ISIS? Why Rand Paul says so

    Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky, who is a candidate for his party's 2016 presidential nomination, has created a national brand as a man unafraid of challenging party orthodoxy.

    Christian Science Monitor