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Five years after massacre, Pulse nightclub owner laments that not much has changed

Five years after massacre, Pulse nightclub owner laments that not much has changed

Barbara Poma, owner of the former Pulse nightclub, woke up on the five-year anniversary one of the worst mass shootings in US history to news of more mass shootings. “There is a gun violence problem. There is a hate problem,” said Poma, the founder and executive director of the OnePulse Foundation, a local nonprofit created…

Airplane discovered at the bottom of a California lake could be from 1965 crash

Airplane discovered at the bottom of a California lake could be from 1965 crash

Workers testing underwater surveying equipment say they found the wreckage of a small airplane deep underwater in California’s Folsom Lake -— and they may have solved a 56-year-old aviation mystery. Sonar images show the outline of the plane, covered in a thick layer of silt, about 160 feet below the lake’s surface, Seafloor Systems environmental…

Baby raccoon stuck in sewer cover freed by firefighters

Baby raccoon stuck in sewer cover freed by firefighters

It may be the saddest yet cutest photo you see all weekend. Firefighters in Michigan rescued a baby raccoon Tuesday after it got its head stuck in a sewer cover. Harrison Township Firefighters Local 1737 posted on Facebook that crews used multiple tools to free the animal. The raccoon did not have any injuries, the…

Delta passengers and crew subdue off-duty flight attendant on Atlanta-bound flight

Delta passengers and crew subdue off-duty flight attendant on Atlanta-bound flight

An off-duty Delta Air Lines flight attendant apparently commandeered the intercom on an Atlanta-bound flight Friday night, leading to a scuffle that forced the plane to land in Oklahoma City, an airline spokesman said. Crew members and passengers of Delta Flight 1730 subdued the man after he assaulted two flight attendants and, according to Oklahoma…

Chicago shooting leaves one dead, nine wounded

Chicago shooting leaves one dead, nine wounded

Police are looking for two gunmen in a shooting in Chicago early Saturday that sent 10 people to the hospital, where one woman died. People were standing on a sidewalk in the city’s South Side when two men approached and opened fire, police said. The woman who was killed, 29, was shot in the abdomen…

Five shot in Dallas, including 4-year-old girl

Five shot in Dallas, including 4-year-old girl

Dallas police are investigating a shooting that injured five people Friday, including a 4-year-old girl. Around 4:45 p.m., police responded to reports of shooting among two groups of people “involved in a disturbance regarding an unknown matter,” police said in a website post. The child was taken to Children’s Medical Center and is in stable condition, police…

For many tribal nations, the pandemic also brought an increase in population

For many tribal nations, the pandemic also brought an increase in population

Soon after the coronavirus began spreading in the United States, it became clear that the pandemic would hit parts of Indian Country hard. But as they emerge from the worst of the crisis, several tribal nations have seen one positive trend unfold: An increase in population. The Navajo Nation saw its numbers of enrolled citizens…

One arrest made in Austin, Texas, mass shooting that injured 14 people

One arrest made in Austin, Texas, mass shooting that injured 14 people

Authorities have arrested one person in connection with the mass shooting overnight in downtown Austin, Texas, that left 14 people injured, Mayor Steve Adler’s office said. Two of the people injured were in critical condition, Austin Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at a press briefing Saturday. There was no information immediately available surrounding the…

Westminster Dog Show: Time, schedule and what you need to know

Westminster Dog Show: Time, schedule and what you need to know

For many people, it’s just another cute dog show, but for the serious dog lovers, the 145th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is no joke. And if you love going awwww over your furry friends, here’s what you need to know: What is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show…

1 killed, 7 others wounded in a shooting in Savannah, police say

1 killed, 7 others wounded in a shooting in Savannah, police say

A 20-year-old man was killed and seven others wounded in a Friday night shooting in Savannah, Georgia, according to police. In a news conference Saturday, Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter revised the number of victims down to eight total and clarified that the victims’ ages ranged from 18 months to 33 years old. Initial reports…

Cape Cod diver left with a whale of a tale after a humpback spat him out

Cape Cod diver left with a whale of a tale after a humpback spat him out

A Cape Cod lobster diver is safe Friday, following a fluke encounter with a humpback whale that nearly made him the leviathan’s lunch. Michael Packard was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Friday, when the capital cetacean caught him unawares. “I got down to about 45 feet of water, and all of a sudden…

7 high school graduates finally received their diplomas — 52 years later

7 high school graduates finally received their diplomas — 52 years later

A high school in Maryland held a special ceremony to finally give seven students their diplomas 52 years after they graduated. Some students from the class of 1969 at La Plata High School were punished for being part of a sit-in that occurred the same year. “The graduation came on the heels of student unrest,…

Security officer ‘ambushed’ and killed by bank robbers in Indiana, authorities say

Security officer ‘ambushed’ and killed by bank robbers in Indiana, authorities say

A security officer was shot and killed by two suspected bank robbers in Gary, Indiana, Friday afternoon, authorities said. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the security officer was “ambushed” and killed outside the Midwest Bank by the suspects who were armed with a handgun and a rifle. Authorities believe the suspects then entered…

Alton Sterling’s children settle with city of Baton Rouge for $4.5 million

Alton Sterling’s children settle with city of Baton Rouge for $4.5 million

The five children of Alton Sterling have settled with the city of Baton Rouge for $4.5 million, according to a statement from their attorneys. Sterling was shot and killed by one of two police officers who confronted him outside a convenience store in July 2016. Cell phone video showed Sterling pinned to the ground by…

Dartmouth medical school drops cheating sanctions against students

Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine has dropped all sanctions against 17 students accused of cheating on online exams this spring, according to an email from Dean Duane Compton to students this week. “Upon further review and based on new information received from our learning management system provider, I have decided to dismiss all the…