Jen Betz wondered where the neighbors' children were during the summers. She knew several young girls lived with her middle-aged neighbor Lee Kaplan, who they assumed was their father. But for years, she had felt uneasy. The girls never came out to play in the yard, which was overgrown with weeds. On the rare occasions when Betz did see them, they all wore blue dresses. And there were so many of them.
When a jailhouse letter from Tupac Shakur to Madonna claiming he ended their relationship because she was white surfaced this month on a rock and roll auction website, its origin was a mystery to the public. It was also a mystery to Madonna, who thought the deeply personal letter was tucked among her belongings at home.
MINNEAPOLIS — When Mohamed Noor joined the Minneapolis police force and was assigned to patrol the city's southwest corner, the Somali community there - the nation's largest - threw a party for him to celebrate.
A man took his family out on a boat in New Hampshire on Monday morning, hoping to teach his daughter to water ski. Distracted when the wind took his hat, police said, he ran the 12-year-old over and killed her. Zoe Anderson and her family had come from Colorado to visit relatives in Bridgewater, a small rural community on the shore of Newfound Lake, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. It was just the immediate family who loaded into a small motorboat Monday and set out across the lake: Zoe, her parents and her sister, two years older.
We are a society drowning in doctored photos. Strategically touched-up profiles on dating websites. Magazine covers adorned with pixel-shaved jaws and digitally enhanced busts. Twitter feeds ablaze with images manipulated for maximum outrage. So amid this fakery and our obsession these days with "fake news," just how good are we at separating fact from fiction when it comes to photos? Not good at all, says Sophie Nightingale, who researches cognitive psychology at the University of Warwick in England.
Following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minnesota, the story of her death led news sites back home, where friends demanded a federal investigation, and relatives were left searching for answers. "Tears, confusion after 'peaceful' Australian woman killed by US police," according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "Sydney woman shot dead in US made tough decision after declaration of love," read the headline leading the Sydney Morning Herald site. "Aussie shot 'multiple times' after 911 call," read the headline atop news.com.au.
Elementary school students in one Florida school district are going to find a welcome new - but controversial - policy when they return to school for the 2017-18 school year next month: no traditional homework. They are being asked to do one thing to help them academically: Read for 20 minutes a minute a night. Heidi Maier, the new superintendent of the 42,000-student Marion County public school district in Florida, said in an interview that she made the decision based on solid research about what works best in improving academic achievement in students.
A police officer driving near the waterfront in Corpus Christi, Texas, Wednesday afternoon was waved down and given an unusual tip: an ATM was dispensing handwritten notes scribbled with an existential appeal - "please help." It had to be a joke, the responding officers believed. A Bank of America ATM spitting emergency notes with cash and receipts sounded like an absurdly constructed plot of a gotcha live television show. Then the machine starting talking.
A bald eagle had been eating fish from his pond and hunting small game on his property in Smithfield, Va., and Allen Thacker was not pleased. So on March 13, the 62-year-old tried to scare the bird away with a warning shot from his Remington .22 caliber rifle, according to court records. When that failed, he shot to kill. But the adult male eagle, shot through the pelvis and the left wing, was still alive. So Thacker then drove over the bald eagle, an official national symbol of the United States, with his red Yamaha Big Bear all-terrain vehicle.
WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday was forced to shift from denying contact between the Trump campaign and Russia to defending a meeting that President Donald Trump's eldest son had in the midst of the presidential race with a Russian lawyer purportedly offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton.