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Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zoo
News ImageThe lions had been held together at the zoo for eight years, producing three cubs in 2015, and zookeepers had never before noticed any aggression between the two, the zoo said in a statement issued on Friday. "We know it's a rare occurrence but it can occur in the wild and in human care," David Hagan, curator of the Indianapolis Zoo, told WTVR Channel 6 television. Zoo staff were alerted by "an unusual amount of roaring" coming from the lion pen on Monday and arrived to find the 12-year-old female lion Zuri in a fight with the 10-year-old male lion Nyack.
Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:16:06 -0400
U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday
News ImageThe next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The Mega Millions is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, along with several other lottery games including one called Powerball.
Sun, 21 Oct 2018 04:27:20 -0400
Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earners
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump said the administration was studying a tax cut for middle-income earners that could be rolled out some time around the beginning of November, just before pivotal congressional elections. Trump mentioned the proposed tax cut in the same week the U.S. government ended the 2018 fiscal year with a $779 billion deficit, the Treasury Department said on Monday, as previous Republican-led tax cuts squeezed revenues. The deficit figure was the highest in six years.
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:53:04 -0400
New York witches aim hex at Supreme Court's Brett Kavanaugh despite death threats
News Image"It gives the people who are seeking agency a little bit of chance to have that back," Madara said. Seated at a desk phone among bird skulls and crystal balls at Catland Books, the occult shop she co-owns, Madara said the Kavanaugh hex is expected to be the most popular event the store has hosted since its 2013 opening, including spells aimed at President Donald Trump. Madara declined to provide details of what the latest ritual will entail.
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:12:02 -0400
U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday
News ImageThe next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The current jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:10:10 -0400
Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared river
News ImageDozens of environmental activists cycled from Montenegro's capital to the Albanian border on Saturday to protest over the neighboring nation's construction of a dam on the Cijevna river that flows through both countries. As governments hurry to meet renewable energy goals set by the Paris climate change agreement, plans to build almost 3,000 small hydro-power plants have sparked protests across the Balkans this year.
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 09:04:21 -0400
Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections
News ImageA U.S. indictment charging a Russian national with playing a prominent role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" to influence the U.S. midterm elections suggested that Russian influence operations have become more sophisticated since a campaign to impact the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation started in 2014 that amplified news articles and social media posts by pushing them wider and posted links to domestic media with specific messages attacking individuals and political parties, among other tactics. Court documents cited examples of advice the group's organizers gave operatives on how to position: - An article on former U.S. Senator John McCain's opposition to building a wall on the Mexican border.
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 06:30:18 -0400
Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home
News ImageThe remains of more than 60 infants and fetuses were found stashed in a Detroit funeral home, police said on Friday, calling the discovery "deeply disturbing." The incident comes about a week after the badly decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home in the Michigan city. No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said. Unrefrigerated boxes containing about 36 sets of remains were recovered from the Perry Funeral Home along with another 27 sets of remains in a freezer, police said.
Sat, 20 Oct 2018 00:38:43 -0400
USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case
News ImageThe University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. More than 400 women have since accused Tyndall of sexual abuse, some in a federal lawsuit covered by the settlement and others in state lawsuits that are still pending.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:18:18 -0400
Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael
News ImageIn total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:16:12 -0400
'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner
News ImageThe indictment on Friday of a Russian woman on charges of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections shows the need for "guardrails" on social media, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said. "It is critical for Congress to step up and immediately act to employ much-needed guardrails on social media.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:41:48 -0400
Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion
News ImageThe winner of such a prize would be worth more than Vera Bradley Inc and easily have enough money left over to buy a full set of the company's trademark paisley purses and luggage. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:18:14 -0400
Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter
News ImagePresident Donald Trump reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year, even as he came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations. Trump's praise for Greg Gianforte, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who pleaded guilty to an assault charge for the incident involving the reporter, coincides with an international outcry over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Any guy that can do a body-slam, he's my guy," Trump told a political rally in Missoula, Montana on Thursday night, referring to Gianforte.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:41:34 -0400
USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case
News ImageThe University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. Hundreds of women have since then accused Tyndall of sexual abuse.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:56:54 -0400
Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad
News ImageThe woman who left the child, a friend of the mother, was initially suspected of child abandonment after video, shared widely on social media, showed her hoisting the toddler by the arm to a stranger's house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring on Thursday, authorities said. "The suspect in the video dropped the child off after the father had left the residence and at the wrong address," Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "The female in the video then left location without verifying anyone was home or who she was releasing the child to," Spencer said.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:47:27 -0400
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