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  • It's time to brush up on your photo editing skills. Instagram is rolling out a feature that will let people get a closer, more intimate look at your pictures. Appropriately called Zoom, the new addition will let people zoom in on photos and videos in their feeds. The move is a welcomed one for avid Instagram users; one that feels intuitive for those used to zooming in on mobile photos.

    A pope, a pop star and the heart emoji: What was hot on Instagram this year

    A Pope and a pop star ruled Instagram this year, but they weren’t the only popular figures on the social media platform. Olympic icons, caffeinated hashtags, Oscar-winning actors and smiley faced emojis also pleased the crowd. Here’s what else we learned cruising through Instagram’s 2016 list of the most popular hashtags, emojis, celebrities and moments: 1. Instagram newbies Pope Francis makes history again. The pontiff isn’t just shaking things up at the Vatican, he also made his mark on social […]

  • A Washington County man appears with his companion parrot in a mugshot after bringing it to court on Monday. (Washington County Jail/KPTV)

    Parrot poses alongside male companion in Oregon mugshot

    Washington County, OR — A Washington County man appears with his companion parrot in a mugshot after bringing it to court on Monday. Washington County Court Clerks say Craig Buckner was at the courthouse on Monday for violating a release order. Buckner thought he would get a “turn yourself in” sentence and decided to bring along his companion parrot. When Buckner went into court, he told the parrot to wait for him out in a tree in the courtyard of […]

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    Is this dog, wearing a sweater and blue pants, yours? Cops want to know

    BELLEVUE, W.A. — We finally have an answer to the age-old question: How would a dog wear pants? Apparently, just on its hind legs. But don’t expect it to be too happy about it. Cops in Bellevue, Washington, found a dog at a local park wearing a full fall ensemble – and a “very angry” frown. Is this your dog? Caught by Officer at Robinswood Park. Was wearing a sweater and blue pants, and very angry. Contact @VCAPetHealth Issaquah — […]

  • Tristan Willmott is not your typical high school basketball standout. At 3'5", it's not the sophomore's ball-handling skills that make him sparkle, it's his height. (CNN)

    Teenager with rare genetic disorder shoots and scores

    HILLSBORO, N.H. — Tristan Willmott is not your typical high school basketball standout. At 3’5″, it’s not the sophomore’s ball-handling skills that make him sparkle, it’s his height. “When I saw Tristan come in, I thought he was somebody’s little brother,” said Andrew Jones, junior varsity basketball coach at Hillsboro-Deering High School in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Tristan, 15, has a rare genetic disorder called Mulibrey nanism, a form of dwarfism that impedes growth and affects the muscles, liver, brain and […]

  • Josh Marshall noticed his young son, who's battling brain cancer, was self-conscious about the scar left behind on his head after a surgery. So in June 2016, Marshall got a tattoo that matches his son's scar. 
(St. Baldrick's)

    Child’s cancer returns months after father got matching scar tattoo following son’s brain surgery

    KANSAS — A little boy who received a lot of attention back in June when his father got a tattoo matching the horseshoe-shaped scar left on his son’s head following brain surgery is again battling cancer. In June, a young boy named Gabe received life-saving brain surgery. But he felt self-conscious about the horseshoe-shaped scar that was left behind. His dad, realizing the impact it was having on Gabe, got a tattoo on his head to match his son’s incision. […]

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: A general view of The Palace Theatre, following the first preview of the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play last night, on June 8, 2016 in London, England. The new Harry Potter play follows on from the British author J.K. Rowling's acclaimed series of books about a boy wizard. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

    Harry Potter is coming to Broadway

    LONDON — Broadway, get ready for some magic. Harry Potter is coming to town. The creators of the hit play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ are in exclusive talks with the Ambassador Theatre Group to bring the show to The Lyric Theater in New York. The group is planning to spend millions of dollars preparing the Lyric for the show, the play’s producers said. The renovation would bring the number of seats down to 1,500 from 1,900 to create “a […]

  • The FBI has added a name to its list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Marlon Jones, a member of a Jamaican narcotics ring, is accused of fatally shooting four people in Los Angeles. (FBI)

    Man with ties to tri-state added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list

    NEW YORK — The FBI has added a name to its list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. Marlon Jones, a member of a Jamaican narcotics ring, is accused of fatally shooting four people in Los Angeles. “Jones has violent tendencies and may attempt to flee internationally,” the FBI said. ” He has ties to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands and Jamaica.” Los Angeles police said the shooting happened late in the night of October 15 […]

  • BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Trump to nominate Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defense secretary

    OHIO — President-elect Donald Trump will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense, he announced Thursday in Cincinnati at the beginning of his post-election tour. “We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell anybody,” Trump said at his rally, adding later, “They say he’s the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have and it’s about time.” Mattis, 66, would […]

  • Thousands of residents and visitors have been evacuated from Sevier County after dangerous wildfires spread rapidly through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge beginning Nov. 28, 2016. (Tennessee Highway Patrol/Twitter)

    Tennessee fires kill 7 people, destroy or damage more than 700 buildings

    GATLINBURG, Tennessee — The death toll from raging wildfires fires in Sevier County, Tennessee, climbed to seven after authorities recovered three more bodies at a residence, officials said Wednesday. Authorities are working to identify all the victims and will notify their families as soon as possible, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said. He said he thinks the three latest victims were adults. “All of us are praying for those families and are very distressed at the loss of life in this […]

  • Trevor Cates, walks through the smoldering remains of the fellowship hall of his church, the Banner Missionary Baptist Church as he inspects damage after a widfire Nov. 29, 2016, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

    Fourth person killed in Tennessee wildfires, another 4 dozen injured: mayor

    GATLINBURG, Tennessee — James Wood’s mother was telling him on the phone that the wildfire that had roared into Gatlinburg had ignited her home. Then he lost the connection. He hasn’t heard from his mom, Alice Hagler, since that Monday night. Hagler is one of several people said to be missing after wildfires scorched roughly 15,000 acres in a resort-heavy area of eastern Tennessee, showered residents with embers and forced tourists to evacuate from their accommodations. The fires, which spread with […]