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Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017.

Transgender bathroom ban may end, but transcript irks teen

R.E.M. blasts Trump for retweeting video using song ‘Everybody Hurts’ to mock Democrats

Burglar arrested after mistaking police car for getaway Lyft

Aurora shooting victims ranged from intern to plant manager

Teenager who fired shot in NM school planned to kill ex-girlfriend, others, police say

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

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Evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack, police sources reportedly say

Dashcam video shows SUV going airborne and crashing into police cruiser

Heather Nauert withdraws bid to be UN ambassador, State Department says

Police: Aurora attacker used gun he shouldn’t have owned

Saturday is World Pangolin Day, a time to celebrate one delightfully strange mammal

Go nuts: It’s National Almond Day

  Text messages between police officer, white nationalist, appear to show friendly relationship

The police union said Jeff Niiya was doing his job. The city’s mayor disagrees.

Police ID 5 workers killed in Illinois shooting

Authorities say a human resources manager, a plant manager and an intern were among the five people killed by a fired worker at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois.

The Latest: Police: Aurora attacker shouldn’t have owned gun

Police say the fired worker who killed five people at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, was able to buy the gun he used because an initial background check didn't catch that he had a prior felony conviction in Mississippi.

Canadian nurses trapped in Haiti start GoFundMe for helicopter rescue

The eight nurses are currently trapped in a community an hour away from the airport. They say it’s too dangerous to drive.

Judge halts Air Force’s efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

Union files unfair labor complaint against Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; paper owned by Toledo-based Block Communications

Student distributes ‘n-word pass’ at Wisconsin high school, could face legal trouble

Researchers developed artificial intelligence that can write so well it kind of scares even them

Vatican defrocks former American Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

  Legal fights launched over Trump’s national emergency declaration

Several legal challenges to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency in order to direct funds toward the building of a border wall have began or been promised.

Paralyzed man overjoyed to be reunited with stolen dog

Frank Casanovas, who is paralyzed, went six long days without his Princess, an 8-year-old rat terrier who is much more than just his dog.

Shooter kills 5 at suburban Chicago business; 5 officers wounded

Five people were killed by a gunman at a Chicago-area business on Friday. The gunman is also deceased. Five police officers were wounded.

Trump picks former Alabama official to lead FEMA

President Donald Trump says he will nominate former Alabama official Jeffrey Byard to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

9/11 victims’ fund running out of money, will cut future payments by up to 70 percent

Fund officials estimate it would take another $5 billion to pay pending claims and the claims that officials anticipate will be submitted before the fund's December 2020 deadline.

Drug company exec wore fentanyl spray costume in rap video to motivate opioid sales team

Former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives are charged with scheming to pay doctors bribes and kickbacks in exchange for prescriptions of opioids.

  Police release 2 men questioned in Jussie Smollett case

The Nigerian brothers "have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

'Zombie deer disease’ has impacted wildlife in 24 states

A fatal disease that affects the brains and spinal cords of deer, elk and moose has shown up in at least 24 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

Trump lawyers gave false info on hush money for Stormy Daniels, House oversight committee chairman says

Rep. Elijah Cummings says that the false information was provided to the Office of Government Ethics by Trump's personal attorneys.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Judge places gag order on Trump confidant Roger Stone; investigators have evidence of communication between Stone and WikiLeaks

A federal judge on Friday placed some limits on what longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case brought by the special counsel in the Russia probe.

Tennessee man says victim in serial killer’s sketch is his murdered mother

Anthony Jones said the last time he saw his mother was in 1996. She was later found strangled to death in the Mississippi River.

NFL, Colin Kaepernick settle collusion lawsuit

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid have settled their grievances of collusion against the NFL, said a league representative Friday to the Associated Press.

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border

Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

WATCH: Dog tries to hog all the attention meant for her human sister

A Facebook video shows Caroline with her full-blown jealousy on display as she tries to grab the lion’s share of “dad’s” attention.

Mint copy of Super Mario Bros. video game sells for record $100K

The iconic video game was purchased by a group of collectors.

‘Carlton’ dance can’t be copyrighted, feds say

Alfonso Ribeiro is suing two video game publishers for using the dance without permission in Fortnite and the NBA 2K series games.

3 middle school boys get flowers for every girl at school on Valentine’s Day

Tristan Valentine, Kyan Rice and Lincoln Holmes anted up hundreds of dollars to purchase flowers for all 270 girls at the school.

‘Love mom and dad’: Girl writes what she thinks are her last words on arm during school lockdown

Seven-year-old Vanessa wrote the message ‘in case the bad guy got us and I got killed, you and daddy would know that I love you.’

Presidents have declared emergencies 60 times since 1976 – but Trump’s is unprecedented

It was the 60th time a sitting president had used the National Emergencies Act since it was passed in 1976. However, he used the law in a way no other president has before.

Some businesses won’t take cash, citing efficiency

There’s growing trend of “cashless businesses” requiring credit card or smartphone app payment only.

Parents, police outraged over the 48-Hour Challenge

It's called the 48-Hour Challenge. Kids disappear, and to complete the challenge, they stay hidden for 48 hours.

Trump says he’s declare emergency to build border wall

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Weld to challenge Trump for GOP nomination

Fiscally conservative but socially liberal, the 73-year-old Weld ran on the Libertarian party ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in 2016.

Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg back at work

The 85-year-old Ginsburg missed six days of arguments and three private conferences as she recuperated from the December surgery.

Looking to save a little more? Downsize to cut housing costs

Downsizing or “rightsizing” may be the right fit for you.

Conservative students receive death threat after ‘Build the Wall’ post

Tyler Toomey said his group has received much support since the incident. Police are investigating.

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Relax like a ‘Fixer Upper’ host: Joanna Gaines launches a line of home goods for Anthropologie

Joanna Gaines has launched a new line of home goods for Anthropologie that includes rugs, pillows and candles.

Report: Payless to file for bankruptcy, close all stores

Payless is planning to file for bankruptcy later this month and close all of its 2,300 stores, according to a report in Reuters, who cited people familiar with the matter.

ICE halts force-feeding of immigrant detainees

The dramatic reversal comes as public pressure was mounting on ICE to halt the practice, which involves feeding detainees through nasal tubes against their will.

‘Literally rotted to death’: Ex-nursing home workers face neglect charges in 2 deaths

Seven nurses were indicted by a grand jury and face 34 charges overall, including manslaughter and gross patient neglect.

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even may be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer’s.

Man who killed mountain lion with bare hands explains how he won ‘wrestling match’

Travis Kauffman, 31, admitted, “There was a point where I was concerned I wasn’t going to make it out.”

3 boys bought flowers for every girl at their school on Valentine’s Day

Three middle school students in Kansas made sure every girl and every woman at their school had a special surprise on Valentine's Day.

Eeeek! Tarantula with huge horn on its back discovered

Think you’ve already seen the scariest spider imaginable? This one says ‘Hold my beer.’

Personal servings of cookie dough are on sale at Sam’s Club; treat yourself!

Sam’s Club is selling yogurt-sized cups of cookie dough; a pack of eight costs $8.98.

Tinder-inspired app created to help cows find the perfect match

Moooove over, FarmersOnly.com!

’Productive’ US-China trade talks end in Beijing

Business groups and economists said this week's talks were too brief to resolve the fight that companies and investors worry will chill already weakening global economic growth.

A couple grew a cabbage as big as a person

They managed to keep out wallabies, possums, slugs and butterflies for nine months using wire fencing and a fine net.

Wet and wild weather strikes West Coast, threatening floods and mudslides

More than 30 million people are under threat from storms, and it could be a few days before things ease up.

Disbelief after blind man and guide dog are left in the road by hit-and-run driver

Stephen Murphy and his guide dog Amelia were walking home and crossing the street when they were hit by a driver, who then took off. He now has a broken nose, broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and a crushed knee.

Guy goes out alone for Valentine’s Day, convinces onlookers he’s been stood up, gets dinner paid for by sympathetic couple

A man posted on Twitter about his plan to see if could get a free dinner if he he looked depressing enough alone at an Outback Steakhouse on Valentine's Day.

Nickelodeon reviving ’90s classics ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ and ‘All That’; ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spinoffs also on the way

The network on Thursday announced a new slate of shows, some of which should bring back fond memories for millennials.

Trump installs new golf simulator in White House

It cost Trump about $50,000 of his own money and allows him to play virtual rounds of golf.

Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

Stretching Your Dollar: New student loan proposals could impact your paycheck

Student loan debt is a growing problem in this country.

Chicago police, Fox dispute reports about Smollett attack

The reports surfaced as investigators were questioning two "persons of interest" who were captured on surveillance cameras in the area where Smollett says the attack occurred.

White House releases Trump’s annual health report

President Trump's annual physical concludes he's in "very good health overall," even though he's gained four pounds, making him clinically obese.

Florida man arrested after threatening to blow up schools on anniversary of Parkland mass shooting, police say

Florida police took a man into custody after they say he threatened to blow up two schools in Miami-Dade County, where his ex-girlfriend's children attend classes, on the anniversary of the Parkland shootings.

EPA to regulate cancer causing chemicals in drinking water

Millions of Americans are exposed to contaminated drinking water.

William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general

The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm William Barr, who previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993.

Michael Avenatti says he has new video evidence against R. Kelly

Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday he has given Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

Florida man caught on camera licking doorbell

According to a news release and video from Ring, the latest licker approaches the home with a stack of papers and seems to be attempting to convey some sort of message.

4 ways to cut your tax bill by April 15

Tax pros say there are still a few maneuvers you can make to lower your tax bill before the April filing deadline.