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Within the next two years, gene editing could become routine, experts say, allowing parents-to-be to create "designer babies."Originally intended to help protect people from genetic diseases such as sickle cell anemia, cancer and dementia, gene editing could conceivably be used for other pur…

Hackers are already wreaking havoc with the new Disney+ streaming service.Usernames ad passwords were found for sale online for as little as $3, according to The Associated Press. An annual Disney+ subscription runs $69.99.After barely a week in operation, there are already 10 million Disney…

A Washington city will soon begin taxing guns and ammunition.The city council in Tacoma voted to levy the tax beginning in July, TV station KIRO reports. Nearby Seattle has had a similar tax since 2016.There will be a $25 tax on firearms, a 2-cent tax per round of ammunition that is .22 cali…

Chick-fil-A says it is no longer making contributions to a pair of Christian charities that critics said were anti-LGBTQ.The fast-food chain confirmed Monday that it has stopped giving money to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Both organizations have opposed same-…

WOOSTER, OHIO — Maybe the deer just wanted to get out of the cold.Or perhaps it was trying to get a head start on some holiday shopping.In any case, a young doe caused quite the ruckus Wednesday afternoon when it wandered into Walmart on the city’s North End.“As we made our way up front to c…

The very first criminal charge against Jeffrey Epstein was soliciting a prostitute.That charge came in spite of the testimony of a minor. A 14-year-old girl was the only victim to speak before the 2006 grand jury.Epstein’s original prosecutor, Barry Krischer, could have ended the case in the…

Texas state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, dropped an envelope containing cocaine at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in September, a moment officials say they caught on camera, an affidavit says.Nevárez, who announced last week that he would not seek reelection next year, said in …

Numerous dives and sonar images uncovered what divers believe is a submerged plane, a more than 70-year-old, Grumman F4F Wildcat in the murky St. Johns River.It’s taken about three and a half years of dives, where Tommy Keisler and his team have recovered pieces of the plane including plotte…

A 9-year-old Texas boy has been severely disciplined for bringing black pepper to school to season his lunch.Toni Clark says her son, Colin, a fourth-grader at Porter Elementary School, just north of Houston, was suspended for two days and will be required to spend 15 days at an alternative …

More Americans than ever before are expected to travel for Thanksgiving this year.Between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2, the Transportation Security Agency says its workers will screen 26.8 million passengers at the nation's airports, up 4% from the past year.Nov. 27, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving,…

A woman using a shopping cart at a Texas Walmart on Wednesday suffered cuts to her hand because there was a razor blade stuck under the handle, police said.The incident happened at a store in Cedar Park, northwest of Austin.The woman was taken to a hospital, according to a Cedar Park police …

OKEECHOBEE — Authorities say a Florida police officer fatally shot a service dog while responding to a man suffering from a seizure.An Okeechobee police statement says the shooting happened Monday night.Police say two officers approached a man suffering from medical issues on the side of a r…

A $75 Costco coupon currently making the rounds on social media isn't real, the retailer says.The coupon has been shared on Facebook thousands of times in recent days, according to CNN Business."While we love our fans and our members, this offer is a SCAM, and in no way affiliated with Costc…

A South Carolina man claims he found three bags of pot in a glass of sweet tea he ordered at McDonald's.Parrish Brown says it happened when he went through the drive-through at a location on Hilton Head Island.He asked for "extra lemon," according to TV station KTBC. That, Brown believes, wa…

Active shooter drills, which periodically occur at schools across the nation, might be doing more harm than good.Some even include actors playing gunmen and the sounds of simulated gunfire, according to NPR. That, experts say, is traumatizing many students."(T)he analogy that I use is we don…

Plugging a space heater into a power strip could have catastrophic results, firefighters warn.With cold temperatures affecting most of the country, Umatilla County Fire District 1 in Oregon posted an alert in hopes of keeping people safe."These units are not designed to handle the high curre…

"My mom is trying to kill me."That's what 911 operators in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas, heard when they answered an emergency call on Oct. 21. Audio from that call was just released by authorities.On the other end of the line was a 7-year-old boy who had reportedly been stabbed 25 time…

Passengers aboard an American Airlines flight could only sit, watch and hope for the best Monday as their jet skidded off a snowy runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.No one was seriously injured. There were 38 passengers and three crew members aboard.The Embraer 145 was arriving…

A Virginia man was so determined to become a police officer that he dropped nearly 200 pounds to meet the requirements.Romar Lyle says that, at one point, he had a 54-inch waist and weighed more than 400 pounds. Lyle says he knew he wouldn't have been able to pass the mandated tests, accordi…

Parents leaving behind kids strapped into their car seats, often with fatal results, happens all too often.Now, one nation is doing something to hopefully prevent that from ever occurring again.After a recent death, Italy is now requiring alarms that emit audio and visual alerts when a child…

A substitute teacher was fired and faces an assault charge after being caught on video beating a 16-year-old student in a Texas high school classroom, authorities said.Video posted to Twitter shows the substitute punching the student in the face and stomping on her head at Lehman High School…

An Arctic blast next week will likely break countless records, forecasters say.USA Today reports a cold front will push its way across the country, from the central U.S. to the East Coast, beginning Sunday."The National Weather Service is forecasting 170 potential daily record cold high temp…

Already have your Christmas tree up? Odds are you're happier than most folks, according to a new study.Researchers found that decorating early for the holidays has a number of mental health benefits. For starters, it lets neighbors know you're especially friendly, they learned. That can come…

An investigation is under way after 10 people in Oklahoma who thought they were getting flu shots were apparently injected with insulin instead and wound up hospitalized.It happened Wednesday at Jacquelyn House, a group home in Bartlesville. Eight of the people treated were patients at the f…

A proposal from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, one of several Democrats vying for the party's presidential nomination, would keep schools open until 6 p.m.Harris' Family Friendly Schools Act aims to better align school hours with the hours parents work.Under her plan, schools would open by 8 a.m. …

A rare vision of tiny Mercury gliding across the molten face of the sun greets Monday morning in a cosmic pageant that won’t be seen again until 2032.The journey of Mercury, the smallest planet in the solar system and nearest to the sun, begins at about 7:35 a.m. Eastern, traversing the sun’…

A teen who won $100,000 on "Jeopardy!" has donated a chunk of cash to cancer research in honor of host Alex Trebek.Trebek has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and said in a recent interview that he didn't expect to live much longer. He recently resumed chemotherapy.Avi Gupta, 18, says he's looked u…

Authorities in Texas continue to find illegal credit card data skimmers at gas stations across the state.It's an issue affecting consumers nationwide.The latest case, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture, happened Wednesday at a gas station in Austin. The skimmers, which can stea…

Popeyes says it has no plans to stop selling its new chicken sandwich despite recent acts of violence at some locations.The sandwich was an instant hit, becoming so popular earlier this year that the chain actually sold out and had to temporarily remove them from the menu. They returned over…

There's little Republicans and Democrats agree on but, when it comes to preventing animal cruelty, they stand united.Following approval in the House last month, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously this week to make animal abuse a federal crime, sending the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture…

Could a shorter workweek be in your future?Microsoft says its saw a 40% increase in productivity when it had employees work four days a week, instead of the usual five. The test, conducted in Japan in August, gave workers Fridays off, in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday.Workers were…

Parents of infants are being warned not to use inclined sleepers.The advisory from the Consumer Product Safety Commission comes after a study, published last week, showed that at least 73 infant deaths between 2005 and 2019 were linked to the products.Orlando TV station WESH reports that, in…

Neighbors near Abe Court and Running River Road in East Arlington, a suburb of Jacksonville, have stopped setting their morning alarms.For the past few days, they’ve been woken up by the croaking of an Asian Hawaiian rooster that one resident is claiming as his emotional support animal.The c…

NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS — A small plane crashed into a Massachusetts cemetery Monday afternoon, killing the pilot.The crash occurred some time around 3:30 p.m. The plane took off from New Bedford Regional Airport, according to Mayor Jon Mitchell, who held a press conference at Rural Cemet…

A Florida woman who is eight months pregnant used an AR-15 to shoot and kill one of two intruders who were terrorizing her family, authorities say.The incident happened Wednesday in Lithia, which is about 25 miles southeast of Tampa, according to TV station WHNS.Jeremy King told Bay News 9 t…

Well-known evangelist Franklin Graham is selling "Pray for 45" T-shirts to show support for President Donald Trump during the impeachment process.Graham has called the inquiry, led by Democrats, an "attempt to tarnish" Trump, our nation's 45th president, according to the Raleigh, North Carol…

You own an old car you love but wish it had modern infotainment options like navigation, Bluetooth audio, and hands-free calling. Here’s how to do it for under $30.One of the biggest advancements in automotive technology over the past decade has been the propagation of phone-based in-vehicle…

Would you pay a stranger to cuddle with you? A Florida mother and daughter are banking on it.Jade Eitzmann and her daughter Joni opened Cozy Up, a professional studio where patrons can pay to be cuddled, Jacksonville TV station WFOX reports.Since opening for business in October, Eitzmann has…

Many things evolve over time. The pizza box, though, hasn't been one of them.Until now.Pizza Hut is looking to innovate, replacing square pizza boxes with round ones.Business Insider reports the chain conducted a one-day test recently using the new boxes at a location in Phoenix.Zumo, a food…

Car Talk and BestRide joined forces to ask pet owners what they drive to determine whether pets have any influence in their choice of automobile. The results, analyzed by Harvard mathematicians Dan Fortunato and Jordan Hoffman, say absolutely.Car Talk and BestRide wanted to know what kind of…

Retailers are duking it out like never before, rolling out all sorts of time-savers in hopes of earning your business.The latest example: Walmart said this week that is debuting drive-up alcohol pickup at about 2,000 of its stores in 29 states, including California, Florida and Texas. (See t…

Students at a California middle school who called the suicide hotline number listed on their ID cards were instead connected to a phone-sex line.A typo is to blame.It happened at New Vista Middle School in Lancaster, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.Janene Lavelle didn't believe her daugh…

A central Florida man was finally reunited with his dog Zoe that disappeared two and a half years ago, WOFL-TV reports.Patrick Bartee's parents were dogsitting Zoe when she ran off at a store.“Zoe saw some kids, and she jumped out. She loves children. She jumped out and ran to the children,”…

A man accused of fatally stabbing his stepmother three years ago after she gloated over a Dallas Cowboys victory, and who later told police he’s glad she died, is on trial this week in Texas.Travis County prosecutors attempting to secure a murder conviction against Pontrey Jones, 23, advised…

An Australian woman got creative to avoid those pesky airline baggage fees.In the end, though, she still wound up paying $60.Travel writer Rebecca Andrews, whose blog can be found at becandrews.com, recently found herself with an overweight carry-on bag. Her solution? Fake a pregnancy."I hav…

Owners of older iPhones and iPads must perform a crucial update by Sunday, or they could be stuck with an inoperable device.Apple alerted owners about the upgrade this week. It affects people using an iPhone 5 or a fourth-generation iPad (WiFi and cellular) running iOS 10.3.4 or an iPhone 4S…

A North Carolina sheriff is urging parents to keep an eye out for THC-laced candy this week.Ahead of Halloween, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office says it has already seized 28 pounds of marijuana edibles, according to TV station KCEN.In most cases, the edibles are brought in from states w…

Southwest Airlines is vigorously denying allegations that pilots placed a camera in an airplane lavatory.Images from the camera were allegedly viewed by an iPad in the cockpit, according to a lawsuit flight attendant Renee Steinaker recently filed.Steinaker says she noticed the iPad on a fli…

A Pennsylvania physician sick of dealing with insurance companies is trying a new approach to providing health care.Dr. Timothy Wong has launched the iHealth Clinic in the Pittsburgh area, where he's now seeing patients for a $35 flat fee, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.By not taki…