Daily Archives: February 19, 2018

{FD} Minnesota’s $5 billion case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. Continue reading

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{FD} Facebook top executive’s comments on Russian meddling sparks fury

Facebook’s top executive came under fire Friday on social media after saying the Russians’ main goal of the Internet disinformation campaign was not to sway the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading

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{FD} Michael Moore participated in anti-Trump rally allegedly organized by Russians

Michael Moore, the polemical filmmaker who has long accused President Trump of colluding with Russians, tweeted photographs of himself participating in a protest that was allegedly organized by Russians in November 2016. Continue reading

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{FD} Underpaid Venezuelans skipping out on work to make ends meet

On many days, Ramon Medina has no choice but to skip work to make ends meet. Continue reading

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{FD} Actor Michael Keaton to give Kent State commencement address

Actor Michael Keaton is slated to give the commencement address at Ohio’s Kent State University. Continue reading

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{FD} Killer wants $100G from book deal to go to his kids’ education, Michigan says: Not so fast

The state of Michigan is reportedly looking to pocket more than $100,000 from an inmate’s book sales as compensation for his imprisonment. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 teens wear not-so-discreet disguise to sneak into ‘Black Panther’

Going to the movies can be expensive, so two California guys concocted a plan to only pay half price. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump endorses recent GOP foe Mitt Romney for Utah Senate

President Trump gave his full backing to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying that Romney’s bid for a Senate seat from Utah “has my full support and endorsement!” Continue reading

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{FD} Gray whale returned to ocean after 3 days beached in Mexico

A gray whale has been returned safely to the Pacific Ocean after three days beached on the coast of Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. Continue reading

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{FD} Buffalo gores camper on Southern California island

Authorities say a buffalo has gored a man camping on Southern California’s Catalina Island. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘SNL’ alum Colin Quinn jokes after Valentines Day heart attack

“Saturday Night Live” alum Colin Quinn is exercising his wit days after a heart attack interrupted his busy touring schedule. Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia looks to drop electronic voting machines in favor of paper ballots

A unique effort is underway in Georgia to safeguard elections by taking voting machines back to the future. Continue reading

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{FD} New York Times slammed for ‘sexy’ yoga pants article

A New York Times opinion piece is getting ridiculed online for calling yoga pants “bad for women,” and championing for the return of sweat pants. Continue reading

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{FD} Hero, harasser or both? Shaun White’s newly complex legacy

It was expected to be a coronation: snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang four years after a devastating loss in Sochi and just four months after a nasty fall during practice sen… Continue reading

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{FD} Twin babies found in suitcase in Arkansas ditch, police say

Law enforcement officials in Arkansas are investigating after the bodies of newborn twins were reportedly discovered in a suitcase by a hunter on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Car belonging to missing California Uber driver is found

The car Joshua Thiede was last seen driving in last week was discovered Monday in Los Angeles, as authorities continue to search for the 29-year-old Uber and Lyft driver. Continue reading

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{FD} Model seen returning to scene of alleged kidnapping in Italy

Video footage of a British model leading Italian police to locations connected to her alleged kidnapping has been played at the trial of the man charged with abducting her. Continue reading

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{FD} Oxfam says staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti sex scandal

Oxfam’s report on sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti shows that three staff members intimidated and physically threatened witnesses as the charity investigated the original claims. Continue reading

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{FD} Colorado state rep, Columbine survivor, pushes to end gun-free zones in schools

Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who was a Columbine High School sophomore at the time of the 1999 mass shooting, is hoping this time his ideas finally will be heard and enacted — legislation to remove gun restrictions in schools. Continue reading

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{FD} Colorado congressman, Columbine survivor, pushes to end gun-free zones in schools

Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who was a Columbine High School sophomore at the time of the 1999 mass shooting, is hoping this time his ideas finally will be heard and enacted — legislation to remove gun restrictions in schools. Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia looks to drop electric voting machines in favor of paper ballots

A unique effort is underway in Georgia to safeguard elections by taking voting machines back to the future. Continue reading

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{FD} North Carolina teacher fired after video shows him body slamming student, reports say

A substitute teacher in North Carolina was fired this week after video footage emerged of him apparently slamming a 12-year-old student to the ground. Continue reading

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{FD} Court: Pardoned Peru strongman Fujimori can be tried again

A court in Peru has determined that former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori can be tried in connection with a 1992 massacre despite his recent pardon from a 25-year jail sentence. Continue reading

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{FD} Fergie’s ex husband Josh Duhamel brings flowers following national anthem debacle

Actor Josh Duhamel and singer Fergie announced their divorce roughly five months ago. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea’s failed Olympians hope to avoid dangerous consequences

As North Koreans return home this week from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, possibly without any medals, Olympians hope to avoid the gulags — a fate the losers of the 1966 World Cup are believed to have experienced. Continue reading

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{FD} Gulf cartel boss captured in Mexican state bordering Texas

Mexican marines have captured an alleged top boss of the Gulf drug cartel in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida shooting survivors recall acts of heroism during deadly gunfire

A football coach using his body as a shield, a teacher stuffing 19 students into a closet and a janitor’s directions may have saved countless lives during a deadly school shooting in Florida last week. Continue reading

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{FD} Blac Chyna sex tape a ‘criminal matter’ according to her lawyer

After a sex tape involving Blac Chyna leaked on the internet Monday, the reality star plans to go to the cops. Continue reading

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{FD} Rep. Tom Rooney won’t seek re-election to Congress

Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney won’t seek a sixth term in Congress. Continue reading

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{FD} Free concealed carry classes offered to teachers by Ohio sheriff in wake of Florida shooting

Police officers from across the U.S. have had different responses to last week’s deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida. But one sheriff, in particular, has captured the country’s attention with his unique offer: free conceal and carry classes. Continue reading

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{FD} Hungary is last front against ‘Islamization’ of Europe, prime minister says

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban used his annual state of the nation speech to ramp up anti-immigration rhetoric Sunday, warning that pro-migration European governments have “opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Is… Continue reading

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{FD} What celebrities really weigh

Whether they’re curvy or teeny-tiny, we give them all credit for being honest. Continue reading

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{FD} Texas teen accused of setting her dad up to be carjacked at gunpoint

In a bizzare twist, a 17-year-old girl is being accused of setting up a plan to carjack her own father at gunpoint. Continue reading

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{FD} Michelle Obama tweets ‘Black Panther’ review, but it takes two tries

Marvel’s “Black Panther” continues to hit at the box office and has caused such a cultural phenomenon that former First Lady Michelle Obama made a rare post on Twitter to sing its praises, although it took her two tries. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new congressional map, which could benefit Dems

Pennsylvania’s high court issued a new congressional district map for the state’s 2018 elections Monday, the latest attempt to carve out voting boundaries in time for the state’s May 15 primary. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end

The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Officials say they’ve made some gains against a wind-driven wildfire in rural central California that’s threatening hundreds of buildings. Continue reading

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{FD} Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon celebrates win with tattoo you’ll never see

For a guy who sits down on the job, Austin Dillon picked a strange way to commemorate his Daytona 500 victory. Continue reading

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{FD} Make-a-Wish grants leukemia patient her dream of having a backyard pirate ship

The Make-a-Wish Foundation made a little girl’s seafaring dreams come true, gifting five-year-old Leona Evans her very own backyard pirate ship. Continue reading

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{FD} Model who helped bring down Harvey Weinstein will return to the runway for Fashion Week

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian model who helped bring down now-disgraced movie moguel Harvey Weinstein by reporting his sexual misconduct in 2015 to police, is finally getting her career back after her name was dragged through the mud. Continue reading

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{FD} Autistic boy gets birthday surprise from ‘Army guys’ he ‘idolizes’

An autistic boy got a surprise visit from the Army for his 9th birthday. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman faked being a federal agent to get Chick-fil-A discount: cops

A Georgia woman was so desperate for a discount at Chick-fil-A that she impersonated a federal law enforcement officer — even telling managers she was working undercover, according to authorities. Continue reading

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{FD} More U.S. babies dying of suffocation, often in bed

The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants, a U.S. study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Fergie admits national anthem performance was kind of a mess

Fergie opened up Monday about her national anthem performance that caused NBA All-Stars to laugh, and critics on social media to mock the undeniably unusual rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Continue reading

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{FD} Florida shooting sparks reactions from Republican senators on gun control

From mental health options to stronger background checks, here’s what 15 Republican senators have said about the Florida school shooting and gun control. Continue reading

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{FD} UberEATS driver in custody after customer killed in Atlanta

Atlanta cops are searching for a food delivery driver Monday after a man who ordered from UberEATS was killed in a shooting over the weekend, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Minnesota’s $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump asks why Obama didn’t ‘do something about Russian meddling’

President Trump on Monday followed other Republican leaders in questioning why the Obama administration “failed to act” on the intelligence that Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics began in 2014. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new election map

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is imposing a new congressional district map for the state’s 2018 elections, meeting its deadline to do so and likely setting up a challenge from Republicans. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge grants $300M loan for Puerto Rico power company

A federal judge has approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico’s power company that officials say will help keep it operating until late March. Continue reading

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{FD} Experts: Vast underwater archeology site imperiled in Mexico

Mexican experts say the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system “is probably the most important underwater archaeological site in the world,” but is threatened by pollution. Continue reading

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