'Dr. John,' funky New Orleans 'night-tripper' musician, dies aged 77 of heart attack
'Dr. John,' funky New Orleans 'night-tripper' musician, dies aged 77 of heart attack

The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died

Colorado school shooter killed classmates because they repeatedly mocked his gender identity, says he wanted 'everyone to suffer'
Colorado school shooter killed classmates because they repeatedly mocked his gender identity, says he wanted 'everyone to suffer'

Written summaries of police interviews with the two suspected shooters portray 16-year-old Alec McKinney as the leader of the attack, enlisting 18-year-old Devon Erickson in the plan to kill the students who bullied McKinney, who identifies as male.

Iran shoots down US drone over Strait of Hormuz, says aircraft entered Iranian airspace
Iran shoots down US drone over Strait of Hormuz, says aircraft entered Iranian airspace

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace, while two U.S. officials said the downing happened over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz

Dogs evolved special muscles to make 'puppy dog eyes', seem appealing to humans: Study
Dogs evolved special muscles to make 'puppy dog eyes', seem appealing to humans: Study

The researchers believe dogs, over their relatively short 33,000 years of domestication, developed new eye muscles to communicate with people

Parents of kids killed in Sandy Hook massacre score a win in fight against hoaxers
Parents of kids killed in Sandy Hook massacre score a win in fight against hoaxers

Newtown parents have scored a win in their growing battle against conspiracy theorists, as the father of a six-year-old killed at Sandy Hook won a defamation suit against authors who claimed the school shooting never happened

NXIVM founder Keith Raniere found guilty on all counts, convicted in sex cult case
NXIVM founder Keith Raniere found guilty on all counts, convicted in sex cult case

A jury in federal court in Brooklyn took less than five hours to find Keith Raniere guilty on all counts of sex-trafficking and other charges accusing him of coercing women into unwanted sex using systematic shame and humiliation

33K pounds of cocaine worth over $1bn on the street seized in the US at Philadephia port
33K pounds of cocaine worth over $1bn on the street seized in the US at Philadephia port

Authorities said the haul could have been worth more than $1 billion on the street. The US attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced the massive bust on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, saying that law enforcement agents found the cocaine on a ship at the Packer Marine Terminal.

Trump kicks off 2020 re-election bid at Florida, opens rally with comments about fake news and old foe Hillary Clinton
Trump kicks off 2020 re-election bid at Florida, opens rally with comments about fake news and old foe Hillary Clinton

President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second term.

Tsunami warning issued after powerful quake jolts northwest Japan
Tsunami warning issued after powerful quake jolts northwest Japan

All seven reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata were off line and no abnormalities were reported.

In historic shift, Vatican to consider married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon
In historic shift, Vatican to consider married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon

In addition to ordaining married men, the debate also called for the synod to identify 'the type of official ministry that can be conferred on women.'

Federal officers kill masked gunman in shootout after he opens fire on Dallas courthouse
Federal officers kill masked gunman in shootout after he opens fire on Dallas courthouse

The attack began at about 8:40 a.m., and three officers from the Federal Protective Service who were stationed at the building confronted the gunman

Former Egypt president Mohammed Morsi dies in court moments after saying he has 'many secrets'
Former Egypt president Mohammed Morsi dies in court moments after saying he has 'many secrets'

Egypt state TV said the 67-year-old was attending a session Monday in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died

Gloria Vanderbilt, 'poor little rich girl' heiress and mother of Anderson Cooper, dies at 95
Gloria Vanderbilt, 'poor little rich girl' heiress and mother of Anderson Cooper, dies at 95

Her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, said Vanderbilt died at home with friends and family at her side. She had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer

Amanda Knox says she was painted as a 'sex-crazed femme fatale' while on trial for roommate's brutal murder
Amanda Knox says she was painted as a 'sex-crazed femme fatale' while on trial for roommate's brutal murder

She arrived in Italy on Thursday for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her 21-year-old British roommate Meredith Kerche on November 1, 2007

Man sentenced to 24 years in deaths of two girls, aged 8 and 10, who were found mummified inside car at Colorado farm
Man sentenced to 24 years in deaths of two girls, aged 8 and 10, who were found mummified inside car at Colorado farm

The bodies of the sisters were found in a car parked on a San Miguel County farm near Norwood in southwest Colorado in September 2017. Authorities said they died of heat, dehydration and starvation

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen who made them NFL champions dies at age 75
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen who made them NFL champions dies at age 75

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, Bowlen was the first owner in NFL history to have his team win 300 games — including playoffs — in three decades

Brenton Tarrant, accused of killing 51 people at 2 New Zealand mosques, pleads not guilty to all charges
Brenton Tarrant, accused of killing 51 people at 2 New Zealand mosques, pleads not guilty to all charges

Tarrant smirked as his lawyer, Shane Tait, entered the not guilty pleas, but otherwise showed little emotion during the hearing at the Christchurch High Court

Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping down as White House press secretary, Trump announces on Twitter
Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping down as White House press secretary, Trump announces on Twitter

Sanders is one of Trump's closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the few remaining on staff who worked on his campaign

Cuba Gooding Jr. surrenders to NYPD while denying groping allegations
Cuba Gooding Jr. surrenders to NYPD while denying groping allegations

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lawyer said Thursday security video will exonerate the actor from allegations he groped a woman at a New York City night spot

12 white San Francisco police officers sue city claiming race, gender bias in promotions
12 white San Francisco police officers sue city claiming race, gender bias in promotions

The lawsuit challenges a test-scoring method that the city adopted in 1979 in response to a lawsuit from a group representing black and female officers, who alleged discrimination in hiring and promotions.

Man arrested in murders of three women in Dallas, including a transgender woman
Man arrested in murders of three women in Dallas, including a transgender woman

Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 33, has been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths, including last month's slaying of 23-year-old transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker

Maine governor signs bill to legalize medically assisted suicide, hopes it will be used sparingly
Maine governor signs bill to legalize medically assisted suicide, hopes it will be used sparingly

Oregon was the first state to legalize such assistance, in 1997, and it took over a decade for the next state, Washington, to follow suit. While still controversial, assisted suicide legislation is winning increasing acceptance in the US, and this year at least 18 states considered such measures.

Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino says she is a 'survivor of date rape' in tearful press conference
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino says she is a 'survivor of date rape' in tearful press conference

The Oscar-winning actress, who was one of the first women to accuse the film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, choked up during a news conference at the state Capitol with Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Ex-Stanford coach becomes 1st person sentenced in college bribery scam, avoids prison time
Ex-Stanford coach becomes 1st person sentenced in college bribery scam, avoids prison time

John Vandemoer is the first person to be sentenced in the case that exposed the lengths that some wealthy parents will go to get their children into the nation's top schools

GUILTY: Charles Chase Merritt who bludgeoned business partner, his wife and two little boys to death with sledgehammer breaks down at verdict
GUILTY: Charles Chase Merritt who bludgeoned business partner, his wife and two little boys to death with sledgehammer breaks down at verdict

A jury convicted 62-year-old Charles Chase Merritt for the first-degree murders of business associate Joseph McStay, McStay's wife Summer, and the couple's three and four-year-old sons

Alabama governor signs bill allowing chemical castration of certain child sex offenders before they are released on parole
Alabama governor signs bill allowing chemical castration of certain child sex offenders before they are released on parole

The measure applies to sex offenders convicted of certain crimes involving children younger than 13.Under the measure, certain offenders must receive the medication before they are paroled from prison.

Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. convicted of raping 58-year-old homeless woman in San Diego last year
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. convicted of raping 58-year-old homeless woman in San Diego last year

The jury also found the 35-year-old former tight end guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women, but jurors found him not guilty of one count of a lewd act. Winslow faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts.

OJ Simpson says 'life is fine' for him 25 years after murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend
OJ Simpson says 'life is fine' for him 25 years after murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend

After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, Simpson says his life now is fine.

1 killed, 5 injured after construction crane topples onto Dallas apartment building during thunderstorm
1 killed, 5 injured after construction crane topples onto Dallas apartment building during thunderstorm

Crews searching the Elan City Lights building found the body of a woman inside after the crane collapsed and ripped a large gash into the side of the five-story structure, stated a fire official

Two children, aged 2 and 6, killed in Michigan after drunk driver hits Amish horse-drawn buggy
Two children, aged 2 and 6, killed in Michigan after drunk driver hits Amish horse-drawn buggy

Authorities say two other children were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and that a woman also suffered serious injuries

Hillary Clinton announces death of younger brother Tony Rodham, 65
Hillary Clinton announces death of younger brother Tony Rodham, 65

Clinton remembered her brother as a kind and generous person who could walk into a room and "light it up with laughter." She didn't say how he died but said he was survived by his wife, Megan, and three children, Zach, Simon and Fiona.

Former Minneapolis cop who shot 911 caller sentenced to over 12 years in prison
Former Minneapolis cop who shot 911 caller sentenced to over 12 years in prison

Mohamed Noor was convicted in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the US and Australia.

Former Mouseketeer Dennis Day's body was found at home in April after actor was reported missing, police confirm
Former Mouseketeer Dennis Day's body was found at home in April after actor was reported missing, police confirm

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's office identified the body, although they were unable to use dental records or DNA because of the condition of the remains.

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Spotify deal to produce podcasts exclusively for the music streaming platform
Barack and Michelle Obama sign Spotify deal to produce podcasts exclusively for the music streaming platform

The Obamas launched Higher Ground in 2018 with an initial partnership with Netflix. The idea was to raise new, diverse voices in the entertainment industry. The Spotify partnership seeks to expand the conversation.

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 additional sex abuse charges
R. Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 additional sex abuse charges

R&B singer R. Kelly's lawyer says the sexual abuse case against him is "tough. Everything is against him."

German nurse convicted of murdering 85 patients sentenced to life in prison
German nurse convicted of murdering 85 patients sentenced to life in prison

The 42-year-old nurse during his trial said that he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in some 90 patients because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them.

Ohio physician accused of deliberately giving 25 patients fatal overdoses of fentanyl
Ohio physician accused of deliberately giving 25 patients fatal overdoses of fentanyl

In one of the biggest cases of its kind ever brought against an American health care professional, William Husel was accused of ordering outsize doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Many of the patients who died were on ventilators and receiving palliative care.

Electronic doors hampered police and rescue workers during shooting at Virginia Beach building
Electronic doors hampered police and rescue workers during shooting at Virginia Beach building

Over the radio, they desperately pleaded for the electronic cards and talked of bringing in a sledgehammer, an explosive charge or other means of breaking down the doors.

CMT Music Awards 2019: Carrie Underwood picks up female video of the year for song 'Love Wins'
CMT Music Awards 2019: Carrie Underwood picks up female video of the year for song 'Love Wins'

The Grammy-winning country star will at also perform at the fan-voted show, where she is nominated for the top prize, video of the year.

Cardinal George Pell begins appeal against his convictions on charges of sexually abusing two choirboys in Australia
Cardinal George Pell begins appeal against his convictions on charges of sexually abusing two choirboys in Australia

Cardinal George Pell has been held in a Melbourne prison since he was sentenced in March to six years in jail. He has been held in special protective custody because pedophiles are regarded as being at higher risk of harm from other prisoners.

Leader of La Luz Del Mundo charged with rape of minor, human trafficking and child pornography in California
Leader of La Luz Del Mundo charged with rape of minor, human trafficking and child pornography in California

The church, whose name translates to The Light of the World, has been the subject of child sex abuse allegations for years but authorities in Mexico have never filed criminal charges.

California man serving life imprisonment for joyriding freed after state eases three strikes law
California man serving life imprisonment for joyriding freed after state eases three strikes law

Kenneth Oliver, now 52, was given the life sentence at 29 under California's strict "three strikes" sentencing law for repeat felons. His attorneys say it's unconscionable that he was set to die in prison for nonviolent crimes.

Deputy who 'did absolutely nothing' during Parkland school shooting faces 11 criminal charges related to inaction
Deputy who 'did absolutely nothing' during Parkland school shooting faces 11 criminal charges related to inaction

Scot Peterson was seen on surveillance video rushing with two staff members toward the building where the shooting happened but he never went inside. He was charged with child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury — allegations that carry a maximum prison sentence of nearly 100 years.

New York all set to become the first state in US to ban cat declawing
New York all set to become the first state in US to ban cat declawing

Supporters of a ban in New York include animal welfare advocates, cat owners and veterinarians who argue the practice is cruel and barbaric since it involves the amputation of a cat's toes back to the first knuckle.

San Francisco to consider proposal to force mentally ill drug addicts into treatment
San Francisco to consider proposal to force mentally ill drug addicts into treatment

Mayor London Breed and other supporters of the proposal say the move — known as conservatorship — is necessary to help addicts who are often homeless and suffering from a mental illness, making them a danger to themselves.

Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, 69, denied parole a third time for murdering a grocer and his wife 50 years ago
Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, 69, denied parole a third time for murdering a grocer and his wife 50 years ago

California governor Gavin Newsom overruled the parole board's decision to free the 69-year-old member of the Manson family. He said he was concerned about 'her potential for future violence'.

Lawrence Leathers, Grammy-winning jazz drummer, found dead in the Bronx
Lawrence Leathers, Grammy-winning jazz drummer, found dead in the Bronx

Police say the 37-year-old Leathers was found Sunday in a stairwell outside the apartment he shared with 41-year-old Lisa Harris.

Kevin Spacey makes surprise court appearance in groping case; his attorney slams allegations as 'ridiculous'
Kevin Spacey makes surprise court appearance in groping case; his attorney slams allegations as 'ridiculous'

Spacey's attorneys have stepped up their attacks on the credibility of the man who brought the allegations. In motions filed Friday, Jackson accused the man of deleting text messagesthat support Spacey's claims of innocence.

David Lynch, Wes Studi and Lina Wertmüller to receive honorary Oscars
David Lynch, Wes Studi and Lina Wertmüller to receive honorary Oscars

The awards are intended to recognize individuals who have not yet taken home Oscar gold but have made significant contributions to the industry.

Trump, Melania arrive at Buckingham Palace for private lunch with Queen and Prince Charles
Trump, Melania arrive at Buckingham Palace for private lunch with Queen and Prince Charles

The lunch with the monarch should largely be free of the thorny political issues that await Trump later in his visit to London

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