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    Man says couch saved his life in crash

    COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. — A bus crashed into a man’s house while he was taking a nap. The bus came through Randy Schmitt’s front window Friday night while he was sleeping on the couch. The bus pushed the couch, with Randy, out the side of the house. Randy walked away with only bruised shins and some cuts on his face. “I don’t know if the couch can be saved but it saved me,” he said. One person on the bus […]

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    1st meeting of Chicago community policing panel

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department hopes to take another step toward improving its community relations today. The city’s new Community Policing Advisory Panel held its first meeting this morning at police headquarters. Superintendent Eddie Johnson hosted the event. The panel was created to develop a strategy for more police engagement in the city’s high-crime neighborhoods. Later Tuesday, Johnson sat with a panel of activists from Youth for Black Lives and fielded questions on police accountability. The students had concerns […]

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    14-year-old scientist is youngest on Forbes famed 30 under 30 list

    MASON, OH — A freshman in high school is the youngest person to be named on the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list. Maanasa Mendu is 14-years-old. She invented a device that converts sunlight, wind and rain into renewable energy. Maanasa was inspired by a trip to visit family in India, where many people live without electricity or clean water. Maanasa has applied for a patent for her device.

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    911 dispatcher takes call about a fire from her own home

    MADISONVILLE, Texas — A 911 operator had to remain calm when a call came in about a fire at her own home. Layla Wray was working the overnight shift last Friday when the call came in. She recognized her daughter’s voice but still worked to dispatch crews and make sure everyone was out safely. Her husband and a deputy rescued the family’s dogs and a litter of puppies. No one was injured. Layla kept her composure but did have to put […]

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    Cinnabon deletes, apologizes for Carrie Fisher tweet after backlash

    Cinnabon is apologizing for a tweet it sent out after the death of Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher. The original tweet showed a picture of Princess Leia drawn with cinnamon powder and cinnamon rolls as hair. The caption read, “RIP Carrie Fisher. You’ll always have the best buns in the galaxy.” There was immediate backlash and the post was deleted. And the award for "Most Tasteless Brand Reaction To A Celebrity Death" goes to @Cinnabon. #fox5dc pic.twitter.com/XCraFJTZX2 — Jim Lokay […]

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    Man shot to death while warming up his car in southern suburbs

    MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. — Police in south suburban Midlothian are investigating the shooting death of a man in his car Wednesday morning. Officers were called to an apartment complex in the 3300 block of West 147th Street around 7 a.m. The victim was found dead in the driver’s seat of his car. Several bullet holes could be seen on the outside of the car. Neighbors say the man was warming up the vehicle to drive his wife to work. No arrests have […]

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    4.0 Kansas State student drops out, calls college a ‘scam’

    OLATHE, KS — A college freshman with a 4.0 GPA and a scholarship is getting a lot of attention after dropping out of school. Billy Willson quit Kansas State University because he believes higher education is a scam. Willson says he doesn’t want to graduate with thousands of dollars in student loan debt just to learn about things he will never use in real life. Willson posted his story on Facebook and has received thousands of comments. In a tweet, […]

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    Teacher at charter school in Milwaukee suspended over KKK assignment

    MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A teacher at at charter school in Milwaukee has been suspended for giving students an assignment to defend the Ku Klux Klan. The teacher sent the assignment home to parents in advance. 7th graders at Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) would be watching the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” and writing a persuasive paper defending Klan members on trial. The assignment said the goal of the paper is not to teach students the Klan was […]

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    Dog found after woman’s car stolen with him inside

    CARY, Ill. — A dog was reunited with his family in the northwest suburbs tonight. Hillary Kaplan’s  dog was inside her car when it was taken from the Jewel/Osco in Cary Tuesday night. Bruiser, a brown, long-haired, Chihuahua/Pomeranian, was found Thursday afternoon. A man walking his dog in Wayne, Illinois spotted Brusier and took him to an animal control. He’s now back home and with his family, which also includes three dogs, and a cat.

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    Father claims battery on child’s tablet exploded

    COLFAX, Calif. — A father is warning other parents about what he calls an exploding tablet. Mike Tanza’s son received the Orbo Junior Tablet for Christmas two years ago. He took the tablet out of a closet this week to give to his baby daughter. Tanza said the battery expanded so much it broke the tablet and left battery acid on the screen. Tanza says he contacted the seller through Amazon and was told it was too late to get […]