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Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know
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Austin Powers 'Mini-Me' actor dies at 49
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Waffle House shooting witness describes scene: 'My heart was beating, my limbs weren't working'
2018-04-22 21:00:04 At least four people were killed and several wounded after a shooting at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tenn. According to an eyewitness, many more could have died if not for the 'hero' who wrestled the gun from the shooter. USA TODAY. NASHVILLE — The gunman said nothing before opening fire with an assault rifle and killing four people at an Antioch Waffle House   Read More ...
Barbara Bush Laid to Rest at Presidential Library
2018-04-22 20:46:19 (HOUSTON) — Former first lady Barbara Bush has been laid to rest at her husband’s presidential library in Texas. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says the ceremony was “a very brief but poignant and beautiful ending to a very moving and incredible day. It would have been exactly what Barbara Bush wanted.” About 1,500 people attended a private funeral earlier Saturday in Houston for the wife of former President George H   Read More ...
Police identify woman shot to death in south Houston on way back from buying dinner at the store
2018-04-22 20:04:13 Updated 11:44 am, Sunday, April 22, 2018 A woman was killed Saturday night when she was attacked by a stranger in south Houston on her way home from buying dinner. Tiffany McKnight was returning from the store around 10:30 p.m. when a man approached her as she sat in her car outside the Reed Parque Townhomes in the 2500 block of Reed   Read More ...
Police investigate murder-suicide in Tulsa 
2018-04-22 20:02:36 Oklahoma police are investigating a murder-suicide in Tulsa after a 44-year-old man reportedly shot and killed a 34-year-old woman before turning the gun on himself. Officers said the investigation began around when officers were called to investigate a missing person. The woman's husband reportedly told police that she had disappeared. Police said someone called them after seeing Facebook posts from another man depicting violent acts against the woman, leading them to the east Tulsa home   Read More ...
The world’s oldest person dies at 117
2018-04-22 20:00:14 At 117, Nabi Tajima was older than modern-day Australia, and everyone else known to live on the planet. Tajima, born Aug. 4, 1900, in Araki, Japan, and recognized as the world’s oldest person, has passed on that mantle. She died Saturday, having been hospitalized since January, the Associated Press reported, and was the last known person born in the 19th century   Read More ...
Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?
2018-04-22 19:01:35 One crowded Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, led Nashville resident James Shaw Jr. to the restaurant where a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning, killing four people. Shaw acted quickly to disarm the gunman and toss the rifle over the counter at the Antioch restaurant, an action police said saved several lives, The Tennessean reported. Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said he was at a fraternity house party in Antioch on Saturday night and decided to go to a Waffle House with some friends, the newspaper reported   Read More ...
Search ongoing for gunman after 4 killed, 4 injured in shooting - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 19:01:27 ANTIOCH, TN (WSMV) - Murder warrants have been issued by Metro Police for the suspect that killed four people and injured four others in a spree shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday morning. Police are still looking for the suspect, identified as 29-year old Travis Reinking of Treemont, Ill. He was last seen walking south down Murfreesboro Pike with black pants and no shirt   Read More ...
Afghan suicide bombing kills at least 50
2018-04-22 19:00:32 An Afghan police officer walks outside a voter registration center which was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 22, 2018. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, said the suicide bomber targeted civilians who had gathered to receive national identification cards.   Read More ...
Pelham fire destroys home, causes brush fire
2018-04-22 19:00:17 PELHAM - A fire destroyed a home Saturday and the embers ignited nearby vegetation, creating a large brush fire. The fire was reported at about 5:30 p.m. on 123 Pacardville Road. No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries, Pelham Police said. The fire was extinguished relatively quickly. Firefighters from Amherst, Belchertown and Shutesbury Fire departments assisted Pelham in putting out the flames, police said   Read More ...
Boston police officers save stabbing victim's life after man found injured near the TD Garden
2018-04-22 19:00:13 Boston police officers saved a stabbing victim's life Saturday after they discovered a 26-year-old man bleeding from the leg near the TD Garden. Officers working a traffic detail at the TD Garden were flagged down by a person who found the stabbing victim around 7 p.m. The stabbing victim was located in the area of 205 Portland St., police said. The man was bleeding from the leg from an apparent stab wound   Read More ...
2 California brothers found dead in parked SUV were shot
2018-04-22 18:45:38 BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Southern California investigators say two brothers found dead along with another man inside an SUV were shot to death. Coroner's officials said Saturday that 21-year-old Jan Amiama and 23-year-old Lucas Amiama died from gunshot wounds to their heads. The brothers from Bakersfield and a third man were found dead April 17 inside the vehicle parked in an industrial area of Burbank   Read More ...
Sgt. Sean Gannon funeral: He was the 'Tom Brady of our department,' says Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson
2018-04-22 18:00:24 Remembering Sgt. Sean Gannon, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said that the young officer was the "Tom Brady of our department." At Gannon's funeral service Wednesday, the Rev. Paul Caron added: "He was our star, too, and always will be." The thirty-two-year-old Gannon was fatally shot last Thursday while serving a warrant in what turned into an hour-long standoff with the suspect who also shot Gannon's K-9 partner, who is recovering   Read More ...
Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter
2018-04-22 17:48:24 Some fast thinking by a Waffle House patron in Antioch, Tennessee, saved numerous lives after a man opened fire at the restaurant, The Tennessean reported. Police said the suspected shooter, believed to be Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House. James Shaw Jr., 29, was sitting in the Waffle House when the gunman opened fire, The Tennessean reported   Read More ...
2 men die in Lake Havasu boat crash; Woman critically hurt
2018-04-22 17:46:07 LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say two men are dead and a woman critically injured in a boat crash on Lake Havasu near the Arizona-California border. Mohave County Sheriff's investigators say the large boat was traveling at high speeds before crashing Saturday in the lake's south basin and then sinking. They say the two men have been identified as 57-year-old Brad Kloepfer and 69-year-old Paul Selberg   Read More ...
A joyful reunion with birth parents leads to incest, murder - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 16:47:34 DOVER, N.Y. (AP) - The ex-wife of a man who police say killed three people and himself after an incestuous marriage to his biological daughter says he had an explosive temper, a history of abusive behavior and legally owned at least four guns. Alyssa Pladl told The Associated Press in an interview about her troubled marriage to Steven Pladl (PLAY'-dul). Police say that on April 12, 43-year-old Steven Pladl killed his biological daughter, 20-year-old Katie Pladl, and her adoptive father in New Milford, Connecticut, then killed himself in nearby Dover, New York   Read More ...
NC man charged with murder in heroin overdose death - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 16:47:31 MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man remains behind bars, charged with murder in the death of a man killed by a heroin overdose. Dare County officials said Sunday that 32-year-old Tyrique Lazara Wise remains behind bars on a $550,000 bond. He faces charges of second-degree murder and related drug crimes. Detention center officials didn't know if Wise has an attorney   Read More ...
4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought
2018-04-22 16:47:01 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Nashville say four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter, who then took off his coat and fled the area   Read More ...
Police seek suspect after 4 shot dead in Nashville Waffle House
2018-04-22 16:45:01 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four people were killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee early Sunday, according to police, who credited a bystander with saving many lives by wresting a weapon away from the gunman. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said via their Twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. They said they named him as a person of interest because the pickup truck that the gunman used to drive to the restaurant was registered to him   Read More ...
4 People Dead After Shooting in Nashville Waffle House
2018-04-22 16:01:06 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Police in Nashville say four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter, who then took off his coat and fled the area   Read More ...
On Earth Day, you shouldn't feel guilty about your plastic trash
2018-04-22 16:00:11 This year's Earth Day is focused on ending plastic pollution, but the problem isn't you or me. Asian countries and messy fishermen are destroying the world’s oceans. I may be the most biased writer about plastic on the planet. When I was growing up, plastic was practically a sibling. My father was an executive of Dow Chemical, then makers of dozens of kinds of plastic, including the Saran Wrap most readers have in their kitchen   Read More ...
St. Matthews bladesmith wins grand prize on History Channel's 'Forged in Fire'
2018-04-22 16:00:07 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local man's hobby turned part-time profession has caught fire, landing him on national television, and as a result, a gained following. Behind a garage in his St. Matthews backyard, Collin Sage heats, hits and hones his craft. "This is where the magic happens. As you can see, it's just a backyard and there's a bowl in it and I light fire in there," Sage said   Read More ...
4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 15:47:07 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Nashville say three people are dead and four are injured after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area   Read More ...
'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dead at 49
2018-04-22 15:26:23 Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at 49, his family posted on Instagram Saturday. A representative for Troyer, who was not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed his death to USA TODAY. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the statement read   Read More ...
WWE Hall Of Famer Bruno Sammartino Dies At 82
2018-04-22 15:25:22 Professional wrestler and WWE Hall of famer Bruno Sammartino has died at the age of 82. It's reported that he has not been and good health and has spent the past two months being hospitalized. Vince McMahon, the chairman for the WWE has released a statement on his death is quoted saying "One of the finest men I knew, in life and in business   Read More ...
N.H. bridge named for Marine killed in Iraq
2018-04-22 15:10:20 Associated Press A bridge in Atkinson is being named for a Timberlane Regional High School graduate who joined the Marines in response to 9/11 and was killed in Iraq in 2004. Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel was 29 when he died in Anbar Province, Iraq. His friends and family were at the State House on Friday when Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill to name a bridge in his honor   Read More ...
Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse
2018-04-22 15:10:08 By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press A homeless man is facing a murder charge in what authorities say was a random attack on a California father, who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat on his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse. Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele   Read More ...
Task force formed after racist incidents releases findings
2018-04-22 15:09:14 By STEPHANIE MORALES Associated Press A year after a video showing white students wearing ponchos and sombreros at Cinco de Mayo celebrations angered students of color and set off a series of racist incidents, a University of New Hampshire task force announced some recommendations and steps they’ve taken to address concerns about racism, including hoping the Mexican holiday turns into a day of community service   Read More ...
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters talks violence at Cleveland community solutions forum
2018-04-22 15:05:18 The event hosted discussions and question and answer sessions with panelists including Dr. Edward Barksdale from University Hospitals; Almitra Gasper, Coordinator of Trainings for Cure Violence City of New York; Vickie Brandon Chrostowski, founder of Edwin's Leadership & Restaurant Institute; and local restaurant owners Claude Carson, Brian Gresham and Akin Africa.   Read More ...
Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in 'Austin Powers' films, dead at 49
2018-04-22 15:05:04 Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" films, has died. He was 49. News of Troyer's death was posted Saturday (April 21) on his professional Facebook page. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the post said. "Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh," the post continued   Read More ...
Arrests made after violent soccer riot in South Africa
2018-04-22 14:00:33 DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Police say two people have been arrested and more arrests are imminent after a violent riot at a South African soccer game on Saturday night, when hundreds of fans ripped up parts of the stadium, invaded the field, and seriously assaulted at least one security guard. Players had to run for the safety of the dressing rooms as the fans swept onto the field soon after the final whistle   Read More ...
Holocaust Museum rethinks FDR’s World War II refugee legacy
2018-04-22 14:00:25 Standing outside the entrance to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibition “Americans and the Holocaust,” which opens April 23, co-curators Rebecca Erbelding and Daniel Greene disagreed on how to grade Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s efforts to save Jewish refugees during World War II. Erbelding, an archivist at the museum, gave FDR a B-minus, while Greene, who teaches at Northwestern University, was stingier with a C-plus   Read More ...
‘You were the reason:’ Barbara and George Bush’s epic love story hailed at her funeral
2018-04-22 14:00:21 Some 1,500 guests filled the pews of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday, including former presidents and first ladies, and family and friends who gathered to celebrate Barbara Bush’s 92 extraordinary years of life. Seated front and center, confined to a wheelchair but sporting socks embroidered with books to celebrate his wife’s dedication to literacy, was Barbara’s husband of 73 years: former president George H   Read More ...
3 people killed after gunman opens fire inside Waffle House in Tennessee
2018-04-22 14:00:20 Three people were fatally shot, and another four people were injured when a man opened fire inside a Tennessee Waffle House Sunday morning, authorities said. The Metro Nashville Police Department said a gunman entered the Waffle House in the Nashville area and began to shoot around 3:25 a.m. Police say a patron inside the restaurant wrestled the rifle away from the gunman   Read More ...
Kabul Suicide Bomber Targets Voter-Registration Center in Deadly Blast
2018-04-22 14:00:16 Updated April 22, 2018 5:17 a.m. ET KABUL—A suicide bomber targeted a voter-registration center in Afghanistan’s capital city on Sunday morning, killing at least 31 people and wounding 55 others, according to Wahidullah Majrooh, a spokesman for the country’s ministry of public health. The attack followed a quiet few weeks in Kabul. It targeted a group of people lining up to register to vote in upcoming parliamentary and district-council elections   Read More ...
Fundraiser for Isaac: His friends are not just spinning their wheels
2018-04-22 13:45:59 SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - A tragic car crash left a Mount Carmel High School student paralyzed from the chest down, and now, the community is rallying to support him. In Friday's Zevely Zone, Jeff went to 4S Ranch where two trainers are giving hope a spin. Isaac Coulapides is an athlete who loves to snow board and surf. Then, everything changed for the Mount Carmel cheerleader last October   Read More ...
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know
2018-04-22 13:19:11 Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events. But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know: 1. When did Earth Day start? The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness   Read More ...
Woman gets 6 years in prison in daughter's beating death - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 13:18:15 BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A woman has been sentenced to six year in prison after authorities say her 6-year-old daughter was beaten to death. Court records show 27-year-old Dajaa Fields pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful neglect of a child in the killing of her daughter, D'Naja in 2015 in Beaufort County. The girl's father was tried on a homicide by child abuse charge last year and was found not guilty   Read More ...
Bicyclist struck, killed in south Charlotte - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 13:18:11 A woman was killed after being struck by a car while riding a bicycle in south Charlotte Saturday. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers responded to a car crash involving a bicycle in the 2200 block of Selwyn Avenue at Bucknell Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located a 2016 Acura SUV and a bicyclist in the road. MEDIC arrived and transported the bicyclist, 55-year-old Stacy Stranick, to Carolinas Medical Center-Main where she was later pronounced dead   Read More ...
Trooper struck by hit-and-run pickup in N Carolina mountains - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 13:18:08 JEFFERSON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a driver struck a state trooper and didn't stop on a road in the North Carolina mountains. The Highway Patrol said the trooper was treated for minor injuries after he was hit on a road in Ashe County south of Jefferson. Authorities say they found security camera images of the pickup truck that hit the trooper from a nearby convenience store   Read More ...
'Austin Powers' star Verne Troyer dies at age 49 - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-22 13:18:05 (RNN) - Verne Troyer, an actor famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" trilogy, has passed away. A statement posted to Troyer's Facebook page announced his death. He was 49 years old. "Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible   Read More ...