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Fajita bandit sentenced to 50 years

April 27, 2018 2:19pm | Megan Wedhorn

In a Texas courtroom last Friday, 53-year-old Gilberto Escamilla, also known as the Fajita Bandit, pled guilty to theft by public servant. This came almost a year after the nine year scam was unraveled by authorities, who accused Escamilla of stealing $1.2 million worth of […]

Cosby found guilty

April 27, 2018 11:04am | Ashley Thunderhawk

Bill Cosby was found guilty Thursday on charges for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby has faces ten years in prison for each count, but a sentencing hearing has not been scheduled yet. Cosby is out on bail, which was set for […]

Wisconsin refinery explosion kills 20

April 27, 2018 10:47am | Ashley Thunderhawk

On Thursday, a Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin exploded and killed 20 people. Witnesses had said that the explosion could be felt from a few blocks away. The fire department evacuated the 180 workers from the building and the police department tweeted to […]

Child suffers from dry drowning

April 26, 2018 2:27pm | Itzel Velazquez

A mother in Florida has warned fellow parents about the dangers of so-called “dry drowning”, following an incident in which her four year old daughter was hospitalized after swallowing pool water. Elianna Grace was blowing water out of a pool noodle toy at her grandparents’ […]

Australian girl saved by dog

April 26, 2018 2:16pm | Megan Wedhorn

A 17-year-old cattle dog named Max is being praised by Australian police for remaining with a three-year-old girl for hours as she spent a night lost in brushland. A few days ago, the girl, whose name is Aurora, was the subject of a large search […]

Kitten baby shower planned

April 26, 2018 2:13pm | Megan Wedhorn

When people think of baby showers, they often think of a get together for an expecting mother. However, the Houston SPCA is hosting a different kind of baby shower, and everyone is invited. The Houston SPCA is holding this baby shower for kittens who need […]

Parents angry over wrist-cutting incident

April 25, 2018 10:55am | Kayla Saenz

Elementary Students at Maryland school cut their wrists using blades out of a  pencil sharpeners a day after a student tried to commit suicide in the restroom. Parents of the students were not notified for nearly three weeks. Seven students at William Paca Elementary School […]

Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones for Defamation

April 24, 2018 10:54am | Kayla Saenz

Three parents whose children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 filed defamation lawsuits last week against right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who claimed the shooting was “completely fake.” The lawsuits outline a number of articles published on InfoWars.com plus broadcasts hosted by Jones in […]

Accidental discovery leads to possible trash solution

April 23, 2018 6:19pm | Iris Valles

Scientists all over the world have been trying to find new remedies for the growing plastic pollution crisis when suddenly they accidentally came up with a workable answer. Researchers studying a newly-discovered bacterium found that with a few tweaks, the bug can be turned into […]

ZTE faces US ban

April 22, 2018 6:09pm | Lilah Adams

The Commerce Department said Monday that Chinese tech company ZTE lied to US officials about violations in US sanctions against North Korea and Iran. The Chinese company agreed a year ago to pay a $1.2 billion fine after the US found it had illegally shipped telecommunications equipment […]