Current News



Scientists fly across the country to see how germs spread on airplanes

Current News / News & Features /

If you're the type of traveler who worries about catching the flu or another dreaded disease from a fellow airline passenger, a new study should put your mind at ease.

If a plane takes off with one infected flier, it is likely to land on the other side of the country with only 1.7 infected fliers, researchers found.

What you really need to ...Read more

Nikolas Cruz's brother arrested, accused of trespassing at Stoneman Douglas High

Current News / News & Features /

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Zachary Cruz, the brother of the man who killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested Monday, accused of trespassing at the Parkland school, officials said.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said Zachary, 18, rode his skateboard at 4:30 p.m. across the campus where his older ...Read more

Calif. congressional candidate, a Navy vet, says prior service should be required to run for office

Current News / News & Features /

SAN DIEGO -- Former Navy SEAL Josh Butner is under fire for comments he made taking a shot at his Democratic opponent for Congress, saying, "It should be a requirement to have served to even run."

The comment came in an interview with Voice of San Diego.

"When you look at anybody for any political office you should look at their past ...Read more

Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy and will pursue a sale

Current News / News & Features /

LOS ANGELES -- Harvey Weinstein's embattled movie studio -- once a premier maker of award-winning films -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy more than five months after sexual misconduct allegations against its co-founder sent the company spiraling out of control, the company's board said late Monday night.

The filing, submitted in Delaware, ...Read more

Trump-Sessions relations at crossroads after attack on Mueller

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's aides are watching for two key encounters this week to see if Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally extricated himself from the danger of being fired, in part by ousting the former No. 2 official at the FBI, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Sessions' standing improved after his Friday night ...Read more

A data mining company allegedly used Facebook to distort users' reality

Current News / News & Features /

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many Facebook users rely on the social network to figure out what's going on in the world. But what if the world Facebook shows them is wildly distorted?

That's the question raised after a former employee of a data mining firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign alleged the company used Facebook to bombard ...Read more

Tillerson's firing seen delaying push to resolve Qatar crisis

Current News / News & Features /

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Rex Tillerson's abrupt firing as secretary of state last week will likely undermine the latest U.S. push to resolve a nine-month standoff between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance, viewed by the Trump administration as a distraction from efforts to curb Iran's regional influence.

Shortly before President Donald Trump...Read more

Brother of Parkland shooter charged with trespass at school

Current News / News & Features /

MIAMI --The brother of confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz was arrested Monday after deputies said he trespassed on the school's Parkland campus.

Zachary Cruz, 18, was warned several times not to be on school grounds, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.

"Defendant Cruz surpassed all locked doors and gates ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

Current News / News & Features /

Trump adds conservative lawyer to his legal team

WASHINGTON -- Joseph DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney and occasional commentator on Fox News, will join President Donald Trump's legal team, his attorneys announced Monday, signaling a more confrontational approach to the investigation headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

DiGenova ...Read more

3 people remain in hospital after FIU bridge collapse; one is fighting for life

Current News / News & Features /

MIAMI -- Three people remain hospitalized at Kendall Regional Medical Center -- one still in critical condition -- after they were injured by the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University when it collapsed last week, a hospital spokesperson told the Miami Herald Monday.

The 950-ton concrete slab cracked and fell Thursday afternoon, ...Read more

Brock Turner's appeal arguments 'all lack merit,' prosecutor says

Current News / News & Features /

DAYTON, Ohio -- California's attorney general responded to Brock Turner's appeal effort in a filing made public Monday, arguing the Ohio sex offender was not deprived of due process during his 2016 trial.

In the 95-page court brief reviewed by the Dayton Daily News, the state's attorney said Turner's "claims of error all lack merit" and "could ...Read more

Hawley, who won't say if he'd back McConnell as leader, still takes his money

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will headline a fundraiser for Missouri's Josh Hawley, a Senate candidate who won't back the Kentucky Republican for leader.

Still, the fundraiser for Hawley, the Missouri attorney general, is the latest evidence of an improved political scenario for McConnell's efforts to keep GOP control of...Read more

Florida woman accused of killing mother; eyes were found on a cardboard box

Current News / News & Features /

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A blood trail along a living room floor grew heavier in the kitchen and led to the garage of a Royal Palm Beach home. There, detectives say, was the body of Francisca Monteiro-Balla, 55, who had been slashed in her head, arms, chest and stomach.

Placed on top of a cardboard box: Monteiro-Balla's eyes, which had been ...Read more

For triumphant Putin, more muscle-flexing likely, especially on international stage

Current News / News & Features /

MOSCOW -- A day after his not-at-all-surprising landslide win in Russia's presidential election, Vladimir Putin slipped comfortably into a favored role Monday: that of the magnanimous victor.

In an ornate conference room deep inside the Kremlin, with golden draperies as a backdrop, the 65-year-old leader, now set to remain in power until at ...Read more

Actress Cynthia Nixon confirms she will run for governor of New York

Current News / News & Features /

NEW YORK -- After dropping hints for days and huddling with powerful political consultants, actress Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she will run for governor, all but guaranteeing a spirited election season for New Yorkers.

The former "Sex and the City" star began her campaign in cinematic fashion -- posting a video showing Nixon dropping ...Read more

Pentagon picks Missouri firm to build legal-meeting site at Guantanamo

Current News / News & Features /

A Missouri firm that specializes in providing prefabricated buildings to the U.S. military has won a contract to provide a $235,156 pop-up site for defense lawyers to meet with six captives at Guantanamo.

The Pentagon announcement awarding the contract to Hunter Saak of Jonesburg, Mo., included a sketch of the proposed wheelchair-accessible, 30...Read more

Senate pushes ahead with bill to pursue internet sex traffickers

Current News / News & Features /

Lawmakers championing a bipartisan bill to make it easier to go after sex trafficking on the internet are on the verge of victory.

In the Senate, it's a large coalition led by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The current law "was enacted back in 1996, 22 years ago when the internet was in its infancy," Portman ...Read more

Supreme Court turns down gerrymander appeal from Pennsylvania's GOP

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to block a new election map for Pennsylvania that gives Democrats a chance to win four or more congressional seats in November.

The justices turned down a second and final appeal from Pennsylvania's Republican leaders, who defended the gerrymandered districts that had given them a steady 13-5 ...Read more

15 children killed in airstrike on school in Syria, monitor says

Current News / News & Features /

BEIRUT -- At least 15 children were killed late Monday when an airstrike hit a school shelter in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, a conflict monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said planes believed to be Russian hit the school shelter, which was being used by civilians.

"Usually regime planes ...Read more

Supervised injection sites aimed at cutting opioid overdoses risk wrath of DEA, prosecutors

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- A handful of cities could soon face a legal showdown with the Trump administration over their efforts to open "supervised injection facilities" where drug addicts can shoot up with powerful illegal drugs while trained personnel stand by to prevent fatal overdoses.

In an effort to stem its growing opioid death rate, San Francisco ...Read more