Recent Articles
  • ‘It’s an invasion’: Tumbleweeds take over California town, trapping residents in their homes

    VICTORVILLE, Calif. – A California town has been overrun with tumbleweeds — lots and lots of tumbleweeds. Strong winds, with gusts topping 50 mph, have been blowing the prickly plants into neighborhoods in the High Desert town of Victorville, California. When the tumbleweeds hit an obstacle, like a fence or even a house, they start piling up. And boy have they been piling up. City workers were using pitchforks and heavy equipment to clean up the mess on Tuesday, but […]

  • Indiana woman’s future in doubt after leaving packing plant to become unwitting ISIS bride

    For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS’s so-called Caliphate. A holiday is what her husband, Moussa Elhassani, promised her when she went to Hong Kong in 2014, she says. The couple was planning to move to Morocco to start a new, cheaper life, she says, and needed […]

  • Manhattan nanny found guilty in deaths of two children in her care

    (CNN) — A New York nanny accused of murdering two children she was trusted to care for has learned her fate in a Manhattan courtroom. Yoselyn Ortega was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for stabbing Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, to death in their Upper West Side home in Manhattan in October 2012. Ortega showed little emotion when the counts were read. She kept her head up and looked […]

  • Report: Bed Bath & Beyond is in serious trouble

    (CNN Money) — Bed Bath & Beyond … hope? The struggling retailer issued a lousy outlook last week, sending the stock to a nearly 10-year low. Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s cut its rating on Bed Bath & Beyond late Tuesday to a BBB- level, the lowest that S&P still considers investment grade. S&P warned that it could soon downgrade Bed Bath & Beyond’s bonds to junk, if “the company cannot stabilize operating performance in the face of continued […]

  • Southwest Airlines victim Jennifer Riordan was ‘thoughtful leader’ in New Mexico

    (CNN) — Jennifer Riordan, a well-known leader and altruist from New Mexico, died Tuesday when a Southwest Airlines jet engine failed midair and its debris blew up a window. Riordan, 43, was making her way back home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when a terrifying episode ensued about 20 minutes after her plane left New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Passengers had to pull her back into the plane when she was sucked out of the shattered window. She died at a Philadelphia […]

  • Supreme Court debates whether to allow states to tax all online sales

    (CNN Money) — The Supreme Court is considering a case that could force consumers to start paying sales tax on all of their online purchases. During arguments in South Dakota vs. Wayfair Tuesday, the justices debated whether online retailers must collect sales tax on purchases made even in states where they do not have a “physical presence,” say in the form of an office, warehouse or distribution facility. The answer to that question could carry a pretty hefty price tag. […]

  • T-Mobile fined $40 million for ‘false rings’

    (CNN Money) — T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $40 million fine over accusations that the company tried to cover up poor rural cell service with “false rings.” The settlement, announced Monday by the Federal Communications Commission, also requires T-Mobile to implement a “compliance plan” to improve address the issues. The company says it stopped using the false ring tones last January. False ringtones are used to make is seem like someone isn’t answering the phone when in fact the […]

  • Shark attack halts Australian surfing competition

    A shark attack on a surfer in Australia has forced the temporary suspension of an international surfing competition. The victim, a man in his 30s, was bitten on the leg by a shark off Gracetown in Western Australia on Monday morning. He managed to paddle back to shore and a rescue helicopter ferried him to hospital. Surf photographer Peter Jovic told the ABC news he had witnessed the attack. “[I] saw the guy who had been attacked get separated from […]

  • Carrie Underwood makes powerful return to the stage after injuring her face

    Carrie Underwood gave her first public performance since an accident in November left her with a broken wrist and a facial injury. The singer, who appeared fully recovered, gave a powerful delivery of her new single “Cry Pretty” at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. The crowd responded with a standing ovation that lasted nearly a minute. Underwood shared on her website in January that she had fallen on the porch of her Nashville home, resulting in a broken wrist […]