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Lottery Mystery Grips Tiny Irish Island

Bere Island, a small island off the coast of Ireland's County Cork, only has around 180 residents—and one of them is believed to have a big secret. A ticket winning a $600,000 jackpot in the Euromillions lottery was sold on the island, and, much like in the plot...

Wisconsin Mom Says Swearing at Son Is Free Speech

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deciding whether a mother's profane tirade against her 14-year-old son for burning popcorn amounted to free speech. Ginger Breitzman, 44, argued this week that her language wasn't inciting violence or a true threat and therefore is protected speech, the Milwaukee ...

'Dotard' Trends on Twitter After Kim Insults Trump

Kim Jong Un delivered several insults to President Trump in a rare statement issued in his own name early Friday—including one that a lot of people had to look up. "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire," Kim said, according to North Korea's...

Cops: Stop Calling 911 About Halloween Display

Police in Greene County, Tennessee have asked the public to stop calling 911 about a Halloween decoration that may be a tad too early—and too realistic. The sheriff's department has notified the public that what looks like a body crushed by a garage door is a puppet stuffed with...

Gatorade Agrees to Stop Disparaging Water

Gatorade has agreed not to make disparaging comments about water as part of a $300,000 settlement reached Thursday with California over allegations it misleadingly portrayed water's benefits in a cellphone game where users refuel Olympic runner Usain Bolt. The game, downloaded 30,000 times in ...

Survivor of Flash Flood That Wiped Out Family Speaks

As water rushed around him, Cesar Garcia clung desperately to a tree and his 1-year-old daughter, hoisting himself above the debris-filled creek that had swept the pair downstream and killed 10 of his family members . "All I could think of was like, 'Hold on to my baby.' If I...

Mormon-Owned BYU Ends 6-Decade Ban

Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: "It's happening." The move sparked social media celebrations from current and ...

Jordan Peele Developing Nazi Hunter Show

Jordan Peele, star of Comedy Central hit Key and Peele and creator of the smash hit horror-farce Get Out , is developing a TV drama about Nazi hunters. The Hunt , set in the 1970s, is the first project to come out of Peele's overall TV development deal with Sonar Entertainment. Insiders...

Kim Jong Un Issues Rare Statement in His Own Name

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will "pay dearly" for his threats, the AP reports. Kim said that Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country." He...

There Is No Missing Child in Destroyed Mexico School

A little girl said to have been found alive under the rubble of a school destroyed in this week's huge earthquake had become a symbol of hope amid massive devastation, but it turns out no such little girl exists after all. "We have done an accounting with school officials and...

'Classic Trix' Is Already Back

Trix is back to its old tricks: The colorful cereal will once again be made with artificial dyes and flavors, nearly two years after they were banished from the cereal, the AP reports. Food maker General Mills said Thursday that Classic Trix will return to supermarket shelves in October. But...

Aaron Hernandez Had CTE

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was suffering from "severe" CTE when he killed himself, according to a postmortem brain exam conducted at Boston University, Sports Illustrated reports. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is caused by repeated blows to the head and frequently affects football ...

'She Just Wanted Some Candy': Instead Girl, 4, Is Dead

Yanelly "Nelly" Zoller was trying to find candy in her grandma's purse when she stumbled upon a gun, accidentally pulled the trigger, and fatally shot herself in the chest. The Florida 4-year-old was at her grandparents' home Sept. 14 when the tragedy occurred; her father, Shane, arrived to pick ...

Illinois Mom Wakes to House Fire That Masked a Horror

An Illinois mother of two woke to the sound of her smoke alarm going off in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. But Pamela Ringenberg couldn't find her phone to call 911—nor could she find her husband and two young sons. The Bloomington Police Department says there was a...

FEMA Makes Unfortunate Mistake With Phone Number

The Army Corps of Engineers has a helpful program in place called Operation Blue Roof in which Florida residents hit by Hurricane Irma can get sturdy tarps to protect their belongings until their roofs get fixed. Those interested can go to the website or call 1-888-BLU-ROOF. They should not, ...

Some Good News in Watchdog's Count of World's Nukes

The global number of nuclear warheads dropped last year, but it seems China, India, North Korea, and Pakistan are expanding the size of their atomic arsenals, a Swedish arms watchdog said Thursday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says that as of January 2017, the United States, ...

Satellite Images Reveal How Massive Rohingya Exodus Is

Massive, makeshift refugee camps are sprawling over farms and open land in southern Bangladesh as more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims flee violent attacks in their predominantly Buddhist homeland of Myanmar. In a matter of weeks, thousands of temporary shelters have been erected in the Bangladesh ...

Kimmel-Cassidy Feud Over 'Indefensible' Bill Hits Night 2

Jimmy Kimmel's tirade against GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his new health care bill reached a second night on Wednesday. Kimmel, whose son was born earlier this year with a serious heart condition , railed on Cassidy for lying "right to my face" on his show in May about protecting pre-existing...

Dead Woman Had Temp of 109.9 in Nursing Home Tragedy

As far as euphemisms go, "resting in bed" is an extreme one. That's how a staffer at the Florida nursing home where eight people died after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air-conditioning described an 84-year-old in a entry made in the patient's log—after the patient had died. The New...

Acclaimed 3-Star French Chef: I Want Out of Michelin

To receive a Michelin star, let alone three, is a coveted honor for most chefs. But Sebastien Bras isn't most chefs, announcing Wednesday he wants his restaurant, Le Suquet in Laguiole, France, out of the famous guide due to the pressure, the Guardian reports. The three-star chef made his wishes...

SEC: Our Filing System Got Hacked

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that a cyber breach of a filing system it uses may have provided the basis for some illegal trading in 2016. Chairman Jay Clayton said a review of the agency's cybersecurity risk profile determined that the previously detected "incident" was ...

N. Korea: 'Parade Goes On' Despite 'Barking Dog'

North Korea has joined a host of other countries in condemning President Trump's speech at the UN . Trump's Tuesday speech, in which he vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if the country threatened the US or its allies, amounted to "the sound of a barking dog," Ri Yong-ho said from...

Officials: Puerto Rico 'Destroyed' by Hurricane

"Once we're able to go outside, we're going to find our island destroyed," Puerto Rico Emergency Management Director Abner Gomez Cortes warned after Hurricane Maria lashed the island Wednesday, destroying hundreds of homes and turning roadways into rivers. The National Weather Service has issued a ...

Report: Manafort Offered Putin Ally 'Private Briefings'

Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Russian campaign meddling appears to be steaming ahead: The special counsel has sent the White House details on 13 areas where investigators are seeking more information and want documents, the New York Times reports. The areas include Trump's firings of FBI ...

US, Syria Will Soon Be Only Holdouts on Paris Accord

When President Trump announced earlier this year that the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord, much of the coverage pointed out that only Nicaragua and Syria were also in the "no" camp. That group just got a little smaller: Nicaragua plans to sign the accord, leaving the...

Cops: $338M Powerball Winner Sexually Assaulted a Child

A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a child. Pedro Quezada was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the AP reports. Passaic County prosecutor Camelia Valdes said the child was between 11 and ...

Young Girl Hospitalized by Foul Ball at Yankees Game

Players and fans were shaken Wednesday after a foul ball hit a young girl in the face during a game at Yankee Stadium. The game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins was delayed for several minutes while the girl, who was...

Woman Would Take Jail Over Taking Down Trump Signs

A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. Susan Reitman's signs say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get Over It." But the code enforcement officer in Rockland has notified her that the signs violate a local ordinance, because they are bigger...

Cops: $338M Powerball Winner Sexually Assaulted Child

A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a child. Pedro Quezada was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the AP reports. Passaic County prosecutor Camelia Valdes said the child was between 11 and ...

Families Blame Tom Cruise for Deadly Plane Crash

Tom Cruise and American Made director Doug Liman are partly to blame for a plane crash that killed two pilots during filming in Colombia, according to a lawsuit from the pilots' families. The families blame Cruise and Liman for deciding to make a "high-risk, action-packed motion picture" and say ...

Starbucks Robbery Suspect Plans to Sue Customer

A California man who tried to rob a Starbucks armed with a knife and a fake gun is now planning to sue the man who stopped him, according to his parents. Ryan Flores, 30, was stabbed repeatedly with his own knife in a fight with customer Cregg Jerri, 58, who...

Young Girl Hospitalized by Foul Ball at Yankees Game

Players and fans were shaken Wednesday after a foul ball hit a young girl in the face during a game at Yankee Stadium. The game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins was delayed for several minutes while the girl, who was hit by a 105mph line drive...

Woman Would Rather Go to Jail Than Take Down Trump Signs

A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs.Susan Reitman's signs say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get Over It." But the code enforcement officer in Rockland has notified her that the signs violate a local ordinance, because they are bigger...

One of the Best Online Comments Ever, Explained

The Cut has finally gotten the full story behind what many consider the best comment ever left on a recipe article—or, maybe, any article at all. Behold, the comment, left two years ago by Sydne Newberry on the New York Times article relating Katharine Hepburn's brownie recipe : "This has...

Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria: 'Total Devastation'

Puerto Rico could be without electricity for four to six months after the island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday, the mayor of San Juan tells NBC News . A spokesperson for the governor's office who describes the situation as "total devastation" adds to CNN : "We are 100% without ...

Company Will Front Your Down Payment. Here's the Catch

A new startup is willing to spot you up to $50,000 for a down payment on a house—provided you're cool with a string of strangers coming into your new home for the first few years. KING 5 reports Loftium launched Monday in Seattle. It was started by 29-year-old...

Girl's Wiggling Fingers Give Rescuers Hope at Collapsed School

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Wednesday afternoon that up to 30 people are still trapped inside the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen School in Mexico City, CNN reports. It's unclear how many of the missing are still alive. The school, which houses children as young as kindergarten, ...

California Sues Trump Over His Border Wall

No one gets to ignore the laws," Xavier Becerra says. "Not even the president of the United States." The California attorney general sued the Trump administration Wednesday over the president's proposed border wall, which Becerra says violates myriad environmental laws, the Los Angeles Times ...

Woman in Kevin Hart Scandal Comes Forward

On the heels of comedian Kevin Hart's Instagram video about someone seeking financial gain from a mistake he made, a woman came forward Wednesday and said she was "involved" with the box office star a month ago but is not an extortionist. Montia Sabbag said that since images of her...

Government: Weiner Should Do Prison Time for Teen Sex Crime

Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner is more than a serial digital philanderer—he's a danger to the public who deserves two years in prison for encouraging a 15-year-old girl to engage in online sex acts, prosecutors told a judge Wednesday. The AP reports a Manhattan judge is scheduled to sentence...

Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Ignored Orders. He Was Deaf

Police fatally shot a 35-year-old deaf man Tuesday night in Oklahoma City while neighbors screamed at officers that the man couldn't hear their commands, the New York Daily News reports. Police say Magdiel Sanchez's father was behind the wheel of a car that hit an object and didn't stop. When...

Linda Hamilton Announcement Means the Gang's All Here

Brace yourself for plenty of "she'll be back" quips: Linda Hamilton will have a role in the new Terminator flick being produced by James Cameron, who hasn't had a part in the franchise since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day . They'll be joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger for what the Guardian ...

Battle to Host Amazon's New HQ Gets Prickly

Amazon has rejected the 21-foot saguaro cactus that southern Arizona economic leaders planned to send as a gift to CEO Jeff Bezos, in a bid to attract the company's second headquarters. "Unfortunately we can't accept gifts ," an Amazon tweet read. Amazon says it is instead donating...

Anthony Bourdain Has Advice About Ordering Food on Plane

Anthony Bourdain is both a renowned chef and a frequent traveler, which would seem to make him well qualified to offer advice about what food to order when on a plane. The answer? Don't order food at all, he tells Travel and Leisure . You're not digesting your food on the...

'Lack of Credibility' Proving an Issue for Spicer

The Emmys helped Sean Spicer "rebrand," according to CNN —but apparently not enough. The five major news networks have passed on the opportunity to have the former White House press secretary as an exclusive paid contributor, reports NBC News . Spicer's representatives had brought the proposal to ...

Cop Returns to Highway, Finds Woman's Lost Ring

The words "above and beyond" come to mind. A police officer came to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire, per the AP . Police in Paramus said Kimberly Garcia realized when she got home on Sunday...

Clinton Again Notes US Firm's Role in Tainted Kenya Vote

Hillary Clinton is clarifying: She doesn't intend to contest the 2016 election. The issue made headlines this week after Clinton told NPR that she wouldn't rule out challenging the legitimacy of the outcome if investigators prove Russia played a major role. In a followup talk with Mic , Clinton ...

Hurricane Maria Plows Into Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is braced for what is expected to be its fiercest storm in almost a century. Hurricane Maria made landfall Wednesday morning near the town of Yabucoa as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane packing winds of around 155mph, according to the National Hurricane Center , per USA ...

Kimmel Scorches Senator: He 'Lied Right to My Face'

Jimmy Kimmel delivered a blistering monologue Tuesday night against the latest GOP plan to repeal ObamaCare, calling out one of its authors in particular. "I don't know what happened to Bill Cassidy," said Kimmel, who unexpectedly entered the health care debate earlier this year when he spoke of his ...

World Reacts to Trump's UN Address

President Trump's extraordinary speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday has met with strong reactions from other countries—especially the ones he singled out for criticism. Cuba's Foreign Ministry says the country's UN delegation has "voiced a strong protest" against Trump's ...