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  • Man ate Louisiana State University student's pet fish, cops say

    January 10, 2019 2:17 PM 127

    A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after admitting he ate a woman’s pet betta fish in a Louisiana State University dorm room more than two years ago, police said. The incident occurred in October 2016 after a woman allowed Maxwell Taffin, then 18 years old, and two of his friends to stay in her dorm during the weekend of the LSU-Ole Miss football

  • The school using giant book murals to encourage reading

    January 10, 2019 1:10 PM 124

    For many students, this week saw the end of the Christmas break and a return to school. However, one school in Illinois, US, has taken a novel and eye-catching approach to motivating its students in the new year. Students of Mundelein High returned to find six floor-to-ceiling book covers lining the corridor of the school's English department. The vinyl

  • Ohio teen shot in head 'horsing around' during game of Russian roulette: police

    January 10, 2019 8:47 AM 122

    An Ohio teen was “horsing around” when he was shot in the head while playing Russian roulette, police said. Akron police said the 17-year-old boy was injured around 1 a.m. Saturday inside a home. He was playing the deadly game with another teen boy, 16, and a 20-year-old man when he was shot. “They were horsing around with a handgun,” said Lt. Rick Edwards

  • Two people stabbed, one of them fatally, at workplace near Houston

    January 10, 2019 7:58 AM 123

    One person was fatally stabbed and another was injured Wednesday at a workplace near Houston, reports said. (Google Maps) Two people were stabbed -- one of them fatally -- on Wednesday evening in a workplace outside Houston, reports said. Waller County sheriff's deputies were called to Orizon Industries, a steel fabrication company, near Brookshire around

  • Raleigh police officer shot in face responding to suspicious-car call: report

    January 10, 2019 5:06 AM 114

    A police officer in North Carolina was shot in the face Wednesday night while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle -- and two people were in custody in connection with the case, reports said. The officer was not identified but was reportedly shot multiple times, Raleigh's WTVD-TV reported. The officer was responding to the call in southwest

  • Amazon removes ‘offensive’ products containing Islamic text

    January 10, 2019 4:28 AM 117

    Amazon removed home goods that included doormats and bath mats featuring verses from the Quran from its website last week. (Associated Press) Doormats featuring verses from the Quran were promptly removed from Amazon last week. The Council on American-Islamic Relations complained to Amazon on Jan. 3 about more than a dozen bathroom and outdoor mats, which

  • U.S. judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Weinstein

    January 10, 2019 1:39 AM 120

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday dismissed actress Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The judge said, however, that Judd could proceed with a defamation claim in the civil lawsuit. Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual

  • Dustin Ackley returning to Mariners with minor league deal

    January 10, 2019 12:18 AM 106

    SEATTLE -- Former No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley is returning to the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal after spending the past two seasons in the minors with the Los Angeles Angels, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced

  • House passes bill that would end shutdown, but Senate unlikely to take up

    January 9, 2019 10:16 PM 107

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies, but without any money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. By a vote of 240-188 along mostly partisan lines, the House passed the bill and sent it to the Republican-controlled Senate

  • Mets, Travis d'Arnaud agree to $3.5 million deal

    January 9, 2019 9:39 PM 111

    NEW YORK -- Catcher Travis d'Arnaud got a $40,000 raise from the New York Mets to $3,515,000 despite missing nearly all of last season following Tommy John surgery. D'Arnaud, who turns 30 on Feb. 10, has been on the disabled list in five straight seasons as injuries limited him to 366 major league games, an average of 73 per season. He was 3-for-15 (.200) with one homer