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Saturday is National Puppy Day

On the official National Puppy Day Website, the date is observed on March 23, but some animal organizations got an early start on Friday.

  Look up: Northern lights to dip into the Midwest

Man arrested for throwing water on Rep. Steve King at restaurant

  Mueller finishes Russia investigation, submits report to Justice Department

FEMA exposed information of 2.3 million disaster survivors to contractor, government watchdog reports

  Fire reignites at Houston-area chemical plant

  Officials identify suspect who injured ducks with blow darts in SC

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‘Naked’ penguin makes its debut at zoo in Poland

Man executed in 2017 responsible for 1983 murder, prosecutors say, not man convicted in case who died in prison

Spaceflight activates herpes virus in astronauts, study finds

Trump ‘likes Chairman Kim,’ will withdraw North Korea sanctions imposed a day earlier

  Brain injuries from contact sports send thousands of children to ER annually, CDC says

  Blind golden retriever has his own seeing-eye pup

  Trump intensifies effort to discredit Mueller report

Trump's comments came as special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to soon deliver a report to the Justice Department on his investigation into Russian election meddling.

  Mother gets message from daughter days after she died in crash

Kenzie Leeman, 17, was killed while driving home from work Feb. 26. Her car slid off a highway overpass during a snowstorm and fell several feet onto the road below.

  No decision made on R Kelly request to fly to Dubai

A hearing will be held Friday in Chicago. Kelly's attorneys made the request, saying the 52-year-old singer hopes to perform as many as five April concerts in Dubai.

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths up 1,000 percent, CDC says

In the five years from 2011 to 2016, the number of deaths linked to fentanyl grew from less than 1,700 to more than 18,000.

Boston Public Library lounge serves up literary-inspired cocktails

Toddler attacked at daycare after adults left children unsupervised, grandmother says

  Shaquille O’Neal named new Papa John’s spokesman

US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

  Teachers shot ‘execution style’ with ‘projectiles’ during active shooter drills, association says

  Parkland, FL, school shooting survivor takes own life

Man’s decomposing body found in TX apartment closet

Officials said they think the body had been in the closet for months.

  Miller Lite sues Bud Light over corn syrup ads

The lawsuit accuses Bud Light parent Anheuser-Busch of starting a "false and misleading advertising campaign" that said Miller Lite and Coors Light use corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup.

  Investigation underway after man says deputies entered his home without warrant

Cell phone video captured the arrest, which is now being investigated by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

  Imam says New Zealand is broken-hearted but not broken

In a day without precedent, people across New Zealand listened to the call to prayer on live broadcasts while thousands, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, gathered in leafy Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque, where 42 people died.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands recall of dog food due to toxic levels of vitamin D

Hill’s initial recall involved 675,000 cases—or 13.5 million cans—and led to an unknown number of pet illnesses and deaths.

Tyson recalls 69,000 pounds of chicken strips over possible metal contamination

Retail locations across the U.S. received the recalled strips.

  Video shows performers fall during high-wire stunt

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has just released video of Wallenda performers falling after a high wire accident in 2017.

Young country music singer Justin Carter dies after accidental shooting on music video set

Carter was a 35-year-old father of two, who had just released a new video, “Love Affair,” on March 9.

  Tax scams to watch out for this season

It's the height of tax season, and that means you need to be aware of scammers.

  Trump to pull federal research funding from colleges unless they promise to ‘promote free inquiry’

The president's order adds no new obligations for schools but attaches strings to rules they’re already told to uphold.

  Video shows man violently beating woman for blocking his car in parking lot

Austin Shuffield, 30, has been charged in the assault and fired by the Dallas barbershop where he worked.

  Police to reopen investigation into the Atlanta child murders case

From 1979 to 1981- at least 25 young black men and children were killed in the city.

Brexit delayed until at least mid-April, as Britain tries to find clear way forward

The EU is offering a delay until May 22 if Parliament passes an existing Brexit deal, which it has already rejected twice. Otherwise Britain has until April 12 to come up with a new plan to present to the EU.

  Spring into allergy season with these tips to feel better

If you're one of the millions who go through this every year, there are a few things you can do to ease the discomfort.

5 charged in New Mexico terrorism case because they are Muslims, attorneys say

Attorneys for five people facing federal terrorism-related charges following their arrests last summer in a New Mexico compound raid said Thursday their clients are being prosecuted because they are Muslims.

  Diver shoots video of giant stingray in the Gulf of Mexico

A dive trip off the Florida coast spotted the underwater giant that was about 12-feet long from head to tail.

Patriots owner wants prostitution video blocked from public

The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say shows them engaging in sexual acts.

Mom admits plotting girl’s death: ‘I wanted her to go away’

Sara Packer's testimony came at a sentencing hearing for Jacob Sullivan, who pleaded guilty to rape, first-degree murder and other offenses in Grace's death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Sullivan. The defense is seeking life in prison.

Bo Dukes found guilty in Wilcox Co. trial in Tara Grinstead case

A jury found Dukes guilty of all three counts he was facing in Wilcox County in connection to Grinstead’s death.

Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jets

Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board.

Ivanka Trump’s recordkeeping comes into question; lawyer disputes she’s not in compliance

Ivanka Trump doesn't preserve official emails she receives in her personal account if she doesn't respond to them, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings.

  59 graves at Jewish cemetery vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols and language

Police are searching for suspects in the mass vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts.

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Democrats, CNN

A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump.

  Trump says US recognizes Israel’s sovereignty of Golan Heights

President Donald Trump said Thursday that it's time for the United States to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an announcement that signals a shift in U.S. policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister's planned visit next week to the White House.

  Man brings massive steer into Petco to test ‘all leashed pets are welcome’ policy

Oliver Browning and Shelly Lumpkin put the policy to the test this week when they brought Oliver, an African Watusi steer, into a Petco about 20 miles northeast of downtown Houston.

  Woman arrested after police find father living with hundreds of rats

Catherine Ann Vandermaesan faces animal cruelty and Officials also impounded dogs, cats and rabbits from the home.

  Facebook exposed millions of passwords in plain text

Facebook says there is no evidence that employees had abused access to this data.

  Residents fret about TX chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Authorities lifted Thursday's order to remain indoors after several hours, saying tests showed the elevated levels of benzene in the air had cleared.

Thinking of getting a puppy for National Puppy Day? That could set you back $1,500

On average, new puppy parents spend about $1,500 in initial costs for their pet, according to a Rover.com survey.

  Will Trump let up on McCain attacks? GOP senators hope so

A few GOP senators spoke out this week against a new round of Trump's complaints about the Arizona senator, who died in August of brain cancer . One Republican called the president's ongoing commentary "deplorable." Others, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, pointedly used the word "her

Lawsuit alleges jetBlue pilots drugged, raped female crew members

One of the women suing alleges she was raped by one pilot, while the second woman says she was not assaulted because she threw up.

Dozens of dead animals once again found in woman’s freezer

Animal Control Supervisor Meghan Conti says the dead animals had been stored in freezers or in a plastic container in the garage, where they decomposed beyond recognition.

  Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook. Experts plan a briefing on their flood forecast at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Family will pay $52,500 for a Disney princess nanny

In what they admit is a “slightly unusual request,” a UK family is looking for a part-time nanny to care for their twin 5-year-old girls as a different Disney princess every month.

  R. Kelly asks judge if he can fly to Dubai to earn money for child support and legal fees

The motion said Kelly is scrambling to pay child support, legal fees and everyday expenses because of the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record contract, as well as the removal of his songs from streaming services.

  ‘You’re talking 1,000s’: Poisonous toads invade Florida community

Residents of Palm Beach Gardens have a massive outbreak on their hands. They expect the problem to grow in the coming weeks.

Medical worker sexually assaulted sedated patient, AZ authorities say

Police said in June of 2018, the worker was taking a female sedated patient to a recovery facility.When she woke up, she said he was assaulting her.

  NCAA tournament: Let the games begin - in earnest

What more could you want on the first real day of the dance?

  Feds give employers easier path to dump retiree pensions

That decision reverses Obama-era guidance that banned the practice of offering lump-sum payments to seniors. Pensions provide a guaranteed monthly income for as long as an employee lives in retirement.

  2 Mormons released from Russian detention

They were taken into custody nearly three weeks ago accused of illegally teaching English.

  Owner of Flintstone house plans to fight ‘eyesore’ lawsuit from city

Neighbors say the house can stay, but 15-foot dinosaurs must go.

Texas woman sues Olive Garden, claims stuffed mushroom severely burned her

The lawsuit claims the woman took one bite of the mushroom appetizer, and it burned her mouth before lodging in her throat and leaving her unable to breathe.

Hidden cameras livestreamed nearly 2,000 hotel guests in South Korea

Police arrested two men Wednesday in an alleged scheme where secret cameras were placed in 42 hotel rooms in 30 properties.

  ADHD patients on amphetamines like Adderall might be at greater risk of psychosis, research finds

While the overall risk for psychosis is very low, more than twice the amount of patients in an amphetamine group in the study were affected by psychosis compared to those in a methylphenidate group.

Drinking hot tea doubles risk of cancer, study says

According to the University College of London, hot drinks in general are an established risk factor for cancer. (Source: CNN)

  Teacher forced preschoolers to stand naked in closet as punishment, Illinois police say

Two teachers have been placed on administrative leave, one for the alleged discipline and the other as an alleged witness who did not report the actions.

  After mosque attacks, New Zealand quickly bans assault weapons

The government is now working on a large-scale buy-back plan to encourage owners of the banned weapons to surrender them.

  Body of 5-year-old girl with autism recovered days after she fell in CA river

With the recovery of the little girl’s body, there is some closure, amid grief, for her family.

  Powerball jackpot now at $625 million, 4th largest in lottery’s history

With no jackpot winner Wednesday or in the rest of 2019, the Powerball grand prize just keeps on growing.

  Homeowner puts up nude mannequins to get back at neighbor

An anonymous neighbor complained that Jason Windus’ new fence wasn’t at regulation height and caused a visibility issue.

  Flooded Iowa communities surviving with trucked-in water

The surging waters have damaged hundreds of homes in the Midwest and been blamed for at least three deaths — two in Nebraska and one in Iowa.

  Starbucks going green by testing compostable cups

On the outside, the compostable cup looks just like Starbucks’ current paper cup. But on the inside, Starbucks has replaced the plastic liner with a biodegradable one.

Woman sues Harvard to get photos of slave ancestors she says school has ‘shamelessly’ profited from

Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for "wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation" of images she says depict two of her ancestors.

  Trump: Let Mueller report come out, ‘let people see it’

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as "ridiculous."

Catholic priest accused of groping woman during last rites

A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of groping a woman in home hospice care while giving her last rites.

Christian bookstore LifeWay announces it will close all 170 of its store locations

The company's CEO said LifeWay had hoped to keep some stores open, but that market projections showed it wasn't a viable option.

  Pentagon to probe if acting defense secretary used office to help Boeing

The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co.

  IN mom says teen bullies shaved her son’s head and eyebrows, posted video online

The family of the boy said it’s important to bring awareness about bullying to light. They hope what happened to the child doesn’t happen to any child ever again.