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  • Man who allegedly killed 63-year-old woman raped and burned her, prosecutors say

    Seattle, WA (KCPQ/KZJO) — Prosecutors say the man who killed 63-year-old Jennifer Ayers in her Lake City house last week bound, tortured and raped her before setting her on fire in an attempt to hide evidence of the rape. Michael A. Giordano, 23, was charged with aggravated first-degree murder Wednesday, and bail was set at $10 million. According to court documents obtained by Q13 News: Giordano confessed the killing to police, telling him he picked Ayers at random based mostly on […]

  • Tide Pod Challenge: YouTube, Facebook combat phenomenon by removing ‘dangerous’ posts

    NEW YORK — YouTube and Facebook are trying to stop the spread of the Tide Pod Challenge, a bizarre and dangerous phenomenon in which social media users eat laundry detergent packets on camera. YouTube, which is owned by Google, says it’s taking down clips that show people taking bites of the pods. The videos have become an online craze among teenagers, prompting widespread health and safety warnings. “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have […]

  • Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

    MOSCOW — Even thermometers can’t keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia’s remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas this week. In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles east of Moscow — students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school was canceled Tuesday throughout the region and police ordered parents to keep their children inside. In the village of Oymyakon, one […]

  • Nestle is making a pink KitKat from ruby chocolate

    JAPAN — KitKat fans are about to get their first taste of ruby chocolate. Nestle is launching the new flavor — KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby — in Japan and South Korea on Friday. It will also be available online. Ruby chocolate was unveiled in September by Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut and is made using special “Ruby” cocoa beans. Nestle said it offers “a new taste experience, a kind of berry flavor made from the all-natural Ruby cocoa bean with a characteristic pink […]

  • Garbage collectors open library with abandoned books

    (CNN) — A library in Ankara gives new meaning to the notion that books are timeless. Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills. The library, located in the Çankaya district of Ankara, was founded after sanitation workers started collecting discarded books. For months, the garbage men gathered forsaken books. As word of the collection spread, residents also began donating books directly. Initially, the books were only for […]

  • This is the cognitive test that President Trump passed

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Before President Donald Trump’s physical examination on Friday, Dr. Ronny Jackson had decided he wasn’t going to perform a cognitive assessment. Jackson said he didn’t feel the test was necessary. But the president requested he be tested, anyway. “He actively asked me to include that in it so we did,” Jackson said Tuesday while speaking to reporters about the results of the president’s physical. Trump has faced several questions about his mental fitness to be president. Last week a […]

  • Trump hotels swarmed with ‘s—hole’ reviews on Yelp

    Five days ago, the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC had an average Yelp rating of 4 out of 5 stars. As of today, that average had dropped two full stars after hundreds of reviews describing the hotel as a “s—hole” were posted with the lowest-possible one-star rating. Almost 800 reviews describing the hotel using the expletive were posted between Thursday and Monday, according to New Knowledge, a company that tracks the spread of misinformation online. The reviews follow reports […]

  • NY governor plans to change state tax code to get around new cap on deductions

     New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the federal government just lobbed an “economic missile” at New York by limiting tax filers’ state and local tax deduction. And he urged the state’s lawmakers Tuesday to take action now to avoid it. “Change our tax code in a way that thwarts that attack,” Cuomo said Tuesday in his 2018 budget address. The purpose of the attack, in his view, is to subsidize the trillions in tax cuts contained in the new federal […]

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    Poll: Is a school policy banning ‘best friends’ appropriate?

    ENGLAND — Schools in England are banning a common concept around the world, and especially with children: best friends, CNN affiliate WPMT reports. According to Business Insider, Thomas’s Battersea, the school where Prince George attends, bans kids from having best friends. Instead, teachers encourage all students to form bonds with one another to avoid creating feelings of exclusions among those without best friends. A parent whose child attends the school explained the concept on a talk show called “Loose Women.” “There’s a […]

  • Trump is in ‘excellent’ health, White House doctor says

    Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who last week declared President Donald Trump in “excellent health,” provided more details of the President’s medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday. Trump weighs 239 pounds, the White House physician said on Tuesday. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, Trump falls just within the “overweight” range on the body mass index. Trump and his doctor discussed his diet and exercise during last week’s physical and set a goal of losing 10-15 pounds. […]