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Alligator climbs front door of South Carolina home

An unusual visitor came to the front door of a South Carolina home Monday morning. Gary Rogers told ABC-affiliate WCIV that he was walking his dog when construction workers stopped working to watch an alligator walk through the yards of two homes. Rogers shot video with his cellphone as the reptile headed ...

An Oklahoma teacher wants parents and lawmakers to step up and take more active roles in students' education. (Facebook/Steven E. Wedel)

Teacher's powerful open letter urges parents to love their kids as he does

An English teacher at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, wrote an open letter to the parents of his students, urging them to "love your children the way we love your children." >> Read more trending stories   In the letter, Steve Wedel, 49, reproaches parents and "inept" and "uncaring" lawmakers ...

JetBlue gives passengers free flights for crying babies on board

Discount airline JetBlue found a way to make passengers love, instead of loathe, crying babies on a plane. Normally, being seated near a crying baby on a cross-country flight is a bad thing, but hundreds of people benefited from it on a recent flight to California. >> Read more trending ...

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Man dies after falling in water at Hollywood Casino in Mississippi

A guest died after falling into water at Hollywood Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, according to the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office. >> Read more trending stories   The incident happened Sunday, May 1. Deputies were called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies were told a man had fallen into ...

Zika cases approach 100 in Florida

Florida’s number of Zika virus cases is nearing 100, with its U.S.-leading total rising to 96 Friday following the disclosure of two new Central Florida cases. >> Read more trending stories   Both cases were related to travel to Caribbean and South American nations that have had outbreaks of the mosquito-borne ...


Mother's Facebook post lands her in court

A mother in Roswell, New Mexico, had to answer to a judge concerning a post she put on Facebook.

Jeanette Garza Alvarez asked if parents of children who went to her son's middle school had heard about rumors of a shootout older students were planning, KRQE reported.

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The mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur, has died at the age of 69. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California confirmed to WSB-TV that Shakur died May 2.

Photos: Notable deaths 2016

A look at some of the people in the public eye whom we lost in 2016.

In this Sept. 13, 2005, photo, Afeni Shakur-Davis tells the crowd at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts that God has taken the sting out of death. (Credit: Renee’ Hannans Henry)

Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, dies at age 69

The mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur, has died at the age of 69. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department in California confirmed to WSB-TV that Shakur died late Monday night. >> Read more trending stories Afeni opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center ...


Florida man tries to escape officers by diving into ocean, swimming away, police say

A Florida man accused of exposing himself to people on Miami Beach attempted to escape custody by diving into the ocean, police say. The man, identified as Adacia Howard Douglas, was seen “doing inappropriate things” and exposing himself to beachgoers on Miami Beach on Sunday, WTVJ reports. According to a witness, he exposed himself to ...

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' as told by emoji is too cute for words

In advance of the unofficial "Star Wars" holiday, May 4. (May the Fourth - get it?), Disney has released a new video: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as told by emoji. And, frankly, it is too cute for its own good.  >> Read more trending stories   Taking stabs (too ...

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Real-time primary updates: Indiana

Voters go to the polls in Indiana Tuesday, where a win for Donald Trump could effectively end the race for the Republican nomination for president.   It is likely that a win in the Democratic and Republican primaries there will cement the nominations for GOP front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic leader ...

Don’t waste money on expensive gifts when these 5 DIY decorations will make Mom feel so special

With these easy DIY projects, you will have everything you need to transform Mom’s space into a beautiful wonderland of pretty flowers and thoughtful details. Set the tone for Mother’s Day by surprising her with a decorated kitchen or dining room for the full effect. She will be so overjoyed with ...

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Freebies, deals for educators abound on Teacher Appreciation Day

Tuesday, May 3, is Teacher Appreciation Day, and businesses are celebrating by offering educators some great deals and steals. >> Click here or scroll down to see where you can cash in on some freebies and discounts. >> RELATED VIDEO: Jobs that pay more than teaching >> Read more trending ...

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Make your donations count today for 'Give Local America'

They help their community, now is the day that you can help nonprofits. May 3 marks Give Local America, a one-day crowdfunding event to help charities in your community. >>Click here to find a Give Local America event in your area The day brings in big money for non-profits.  In ...

Larry Wilmore, the guest host from Comedy Central, speaks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

7 things to know now: Indiana primary; Obama not offended by comedian; Jerry Sandusky

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. What to know now: 1. Indiana primary: Will the vote in Indiana end the Republican primary season? It could, if New York businessman Donald Trump pulls out a victory in the state. Or at least it could make ...

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WATCH: High school softball team loses championship while they celebrate

In sports, the worst-case scenario is always a possibility. But in Texas, members of the Wylie High School softball team probably never could have imagined what happened during a district championship game. Wylie had a 6-2 lead over McKinney North High entering the bottom of the seventh inning in their April ...

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Newlywed dies after mistaking cancer for a pulled muscle

Friends and family were devastated and shocked by Clare Daly’s sudden death. Daly, 29, had just gotten married to her husband, Paul. In the summer of 2015, she started to feel an an ache in her muscle. She thought it was a pulled muscle. She underwent physiotherapy, but when things only ...

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A grieving mother wants to warn you about this rare but deadly amoeba

Jennifer McClain's daughter, Kelsey, died last year shortly after celebrating her 24th birthday at a resort along the Colorado River.  "I have two other daughters, but it doesn't matter. I miss her horribly," McClain told KGTV.  Newsy's partners at KGTV report doctors originally believed Kelsey had developed bacterial meningitis after she lost the ...

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'Paw-ternity' leave? Some UK employers offering paid time off for pet owners

Just days after author Meghann Foye sparked a social-media firestorm after suggesting in the New York Post that childless workers should receive time off for "meternity," another unlikely group is making headlines for getting their own version of paid family leave. According to Public Radio International, a few employers in the United Kingdom have started ...

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina speaks during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Cruz chose Fiorina as his running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Donald Trump wants Carly Fiorina to know chivalry isn't dead

Ted Cruz’s new running mate may be causing him more harm than good — at least when it comes to fending off jabs from Donald Trump. Carly Fiorina had a bit of a klutz moment Sunday when she fell off stage while introducing Cruz and his family at a rally. Fiorina was ...

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