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Police fatally shoot carjacking suspect near Minneapolis

A man suspected of a carjacking was fatally shot by police in Burnsville, Minnesota, Sunday afternoon, according to a press release from the Burnsville Police Department. The suspect, described as a White man in his 20s, initially crashed a vehicle with stolen plates before carjacking a second vehicle at gunpoint, according to police in Burnsville,…

The US has reported at least 50 mass shootings since the Atlanta spa shootings

The US has reported at least 50 mass shootings since the Atlanta spa shootings

At least three people were killed and two were injured in a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, early Sunday, continuing the long string of similar incidents that preceded it. Since March 16, when eight people were killed and one wounded at three Atlanta-area spas, the United States has had at least 50 mass shootings, according to…

Restaurant offers free burgers for a year if you get a tattoo for life

Restaurants offer freebies all the time, but here’s one that is asking for a permanent commitment. A California-based restaurant chain is offering free burgers for a year to anyone who gets a permanent tattoo — offered for free — bearing the restaurant’s name. Farmer Boys is partnering with a West Hollywood tattoo parlor, The Honorable…

Alma Wahlberg, mother of actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, dies at age 78

Alma Wahlberg, mother of actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, dies at age 78

Alma Wahlberg, the mother of actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, has died, the brothers announced Sunday. She was 78. “My Angel. Rest in peace,” Mark wrote in the caption of a photo of the family matriarch on Instagram. “My mom Alma’s joy for life, love and people — combined with a pride in her humble…

1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting at Ohio vigil, sheriff’s office says

A woman driving by a vigil for a shooting victim was fatally shot in the head Saturday evening, and five others were wounded, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio. The incident happened Saturday in Columbus after a small group gathered for a vigil in the parking lot of a Dollar General store.…

WWII era plane makes emergency landing near Florida beach

WWII era plane makes emergency landing near Florida beach

A World War II-era plane was forced to land off the coast of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Saturday afternoon after it experienced engine failure. Authorities are now working on getting the plane, which was part of an air show, out of the water, according to Cocoa Beach Air Show spokesperson Chris Dirato. The only person on…

Remote workers can get paid $12,000 to move to West Virginia

Remote workers can get paid $12,000 to move to West Virginia

During the pandemic, cities such as Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Natchez, Mississippi, have offered remote workers cash to relocate there, while exotic destinations like Aruba have promoted their islands for stay-at-home jobs. Now, West Virginia wants to pay remote workers $12,000 to move to its country roads. On April 12, Gov. Jim Justice announced a program,…

Morris Brown’s reaccreditation could signal more longevity among HBCUs

It is no secret that at some point, something went very wrong at Morris Brown College. It was a disappointing, though not unfamiliar story. A school with a dedicated faculty and loyal students had run into financial challenges that eventually made it impossible to operate. On April 13, the historically Black college in Atlanta became…

In the age of active shooters, a new mantra has emerged: ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’

In the age of active shooters, a new mantra has emerged: ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’

It’s a nightmare scenario: You’re at a mall, shopping with friends. Or maybe buying some last-minute groceries for dinner. All of a sudden, you hear gunshots. What do you do? It’s a reality many of us struggle to accept, but with the frequency of mass shootings in the United States, experts say it’s something you…

Philanthropist and New York Public Library revivalist Vartan Gregorian dies at 87

Vartan Gregorian, the philanthropist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient whose work revitalized the New York Public Library, died Thursday at age 87 while hospitalized for “testing related to stomach pain,” according to a statement by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian served as the Carnegie Corporation’s president in New York City and the…

These are the victims of the Indianapolis FedEx shooting

These are the victims of the Indianapolis FedEx shooting

Samaria Blackwell dreamed of being a police officer. John Weisert would have celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in the fall. Amarjit Sekhon and Jasvinder Kaur were the backbones of their families and members of Indianapolis’ close-knit Sikh community. Instead of coming home from a normal shift at a FedEx shipping facility in Indianapolis, they and…

Google Doodle celebrates Laura Bassi, one of the first European women to earn a PhD

Google Doodle celebrates Laura Bassi, one of the first European women to earn a PhD

Google takes many opportunities to celebrate trailblazers with its homepage doodles. On Saturday, the search engine featured Laura Maria Catarina Bassi, an Italian physicist and professor who was a pioneer for women in science. Born in 1711, Bassi debated top academics on the history of philosophy and physics by age 20, an impressive achievement given…

Man tops off helicopter proposal with five engagement rings

Man tops off helicopter proposal with five engagement rings

Picking out the perfect engagement ring can be a lot of pressure for someone preparing to propose. A man in Atlanta seemed to have a solution — just propose with five rings. In a video posted to Instagram, William Hunn gets down on one knee and presents five rings to his girlfriend of about a…