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Joe Biden joins presidential race

He launched his presidential campaign with a video posted to YouTube that said the "soul of this nation" is at stake.

  School administrator accused of drawing on boy’s head with marker over dress code issue

  Woman arrested after complaining to Frontier Airlines about vomit in daughter’s seat

‘Children of a Lesser God’ writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole

  Remains found wrapped in plastic believed to be missing 5-year-old boy; Parents charged

  Texas executes avowed racist in black man’s dragging death

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  Kentucky water plant worker finds ‘giant’ crayfish

US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years

You can stay in a giant potato for $200 a night

  High school newspaper battles with district over story about student in adult entertainment industry

  Body cam video shows deputy punching man handcuffed to hospital bed

  Trump forms battle plan for post-Mueller probes: Just say no

California court is latest to weigh Manson follower’s parole

A California appeals court on Wednesday questioned whether it has jurisdiction to decide on parole for Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten or whether the issue becomes moot after the governor weighs in.

  New sleep, physical activity and screen time guidelines for children under 5 recommended by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization, the United Nations’ public health agency, has released its first set of guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for children under the age of 5.

Facebook anticipates an FTC privacy fine of up to $5 billion

The company set aside $3 billion in its quarterly earnings report Wednesday as a contingency against the possible penalty but noted that the "matter remains unresolved."

  Girl born without hands wins national handwriting contest

Sara Hinesley has no hands, but she won a handwriting contest for how well she writes cursive, with the help of an artificial arm.

Tampon-shaped speakers help unborn babies listen to music

  Houston girl dies after fight outside middle school

Computers to blame for rise in sitting time, study shows

Daycare worker charged over video of child being taunted with scary doll

  E. coli outbreak spreads to 10 states

Netflix: What’s coming and going in May

WATCH: Little girl tumbles as she runs to hug Stitch, so he falls too

Little Emily was in a rush to see Stitch at Disneyland in California.

  Beyonce’s father to develop Destiny’s Child stage musical

The musical is expected to premiere in Houston, which happens to be Beyoncé’s hometown, next year.

Woman killed when she falls into meat grinder at work

Authorities say Greninger may have been standing on a set of wheeled stairs prior to the fatal accident.

Gray Television partners with Grand Ole Opry for new TV network

The programming will be broadcast as diginet and on OTT (over-the-top) channel apps that will feature country music artists and their hobbies and love of music.

Parents arrested after children found in modified cribs secured like ‘dog crates’

Prosecutors have removed charges of child endangerment. Mercadies Irene Williams and Ramon Alberto Zendejas still face misdemeanor meth possession and firearms charges. Both are held on $10,000 bail.

  Man arrested after impersonating ICE agent, taking cash from construction workers, deputies say

Patrick Mullany would handcuff workers inside homes and allegedly take money for fees. He is facing charges of robbery, false imprisonment and impersonating a police officer.

Planned Parenthood: States should oppose Trump ‘gag rule’

A lawsuit filed by attorneys general in 20 mostly Democrat-controlled states opposes a Trump administration proposal to prohibit family planning clinics funded by the government's Title X program from making abortion referrals.

Advocate against drunken driving, who was severely burned in 1999 crash, dies of cancer

In 1999, 20-year-old Jacqui Saburido suffered third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body in a car crash caused by a drunken driver. She later became an advocate against drunken driving.

  Skydiver reunited with prosthetic leg that flew off at 10,000 feet

The skydiver promised deputies he would use a tether during his next jump to make sure the prosthetic doesn’t fall off again.

  Teen fatally shoots postal worker who intervened in fight with mother, police say

The postal worker used Mace on the 17-year-old, who was fighting with his mother, so the teenager shot the man in the stomach, according to court documents.

  GRAPHIC: Charges dropped against Florida teen whose rough arrest was caught on video

The deputies involved have since been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

  As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers.

Babe Ruth jersey expected to fetch record $4.5 million at summer auction

A rare Babe Ruth jersey could set a world record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold.

  Woman accused of setting fire to Ohio courthouse, having explosive device in apartment

Detectives said inside the suspect's apartment they found what was later confirmed by the Columbus bomb squad as an improvised explosive device, along with components to make more.

  Looming wave of sex abuse cases poses threat to Boy Scouts

Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts' finances to the point where the organization is exploring "all available options," including Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But now the financial threats have intensified.

  Border militia leader planned assassinations of Hillary Clinton, Obama, Soros, complaint says

His arrest follows widespread criticism after videos surfaced of their members carrying firearms and detaining groups of immigrants crossing the border.

  Dems clash with Trump officials on subpoenas, tax returns

The treasury secretary says he is consulting with the Justice Department "due to the serious constitutional questions raised by this request and the serious consequences that a resolution of those questions could have for taxpayer privacy."

Men invite elderly woman to eat with them when they see her dining alone

The woman’s name was Eleanor. She had lost her husband of 60 years and the following day would have been their 60th anniversary.

  Woman’s ex-boyfriend accused of hiding in her attic for weeks

She did have an active PFA (Protection From Abuse order) against the suspect, but on Saturday night the woman said she found him standing in the middle of her bedroom. She said he grabbed her by the face, and she fought him off.

Walgreens to only sell tobacco to people 21 and older

The move comes weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration criticized Walgreens for selling tobacco to more minors than any other pharmacy chain

Mars lander picks up what’s likely 1st detected marsquake

InSight's quake monitor recorded and measured the faint signal April 6, and scientists announced the finding Tuesday.

  Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged

The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn't have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn't within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500.

  Woman shows her behind, unleashes racist tirade on African American family on Easter Sunday

Jessica and Kevin Hollinger were charged with disorderly conduct among other charges.

  Family faces homelessness in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath

For Martha Bartlett and her family, there’s nowhere to call home. Assistance has run out and their new place isn’t ready yet.

Boy thrown over balcony at Mall of America showing signs of recovery

The boy plunged 40 feet when a stranger threw him over the third floor balcony.

  The 2019 flu season is the longest in a decade, CDC says

According to the CDC, at least 36 million cases of influenza have been reported this season

  Father accused of shooting 2-year-old son in the face with a shotgun

The boy's father at first tried to shoot the toddler in the head with a pistol, but the gun malfunctioned.

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

The lawsuit from Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed Tuesday, contends that Smollett’s lawyers continued to make false statements about the brothers even though they knew the accusations weren't true.

Precious pup gets head stuck in cinder block

St. Johns County Fire and Rescue got the call when the dog’s owner couldn’t free her.

  Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

Deciding what gets included is a painstaking process involving the Springfield, Massachusetts-based company's roughly two dozen lexicographers, said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster's editor at large.

US expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3 million vehicles

Vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Fiat Chrysler from the 2010 through 2019 model years are included in the probe, which was revealed Tuesday in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

‘Young and The Restless’ honors Kristoff St John

The show begins a special four-episode farewell to the Neil Winters character Tuesday.

K-9 stuck with more than 200 porcupine quills

Odin, the K-9 deputy, was taken to a vet and treated. His condition is unknown at this time.

  City gives homeowner 10 days to remove thousands of boxes from yard

The town of Salem will remove the boxes and bill Michael Bates if he doesn’t address the problem.

  President Trump to pay state visit to Britain in June

The palace said Tuesday that Trump and his wife, Melania, have "accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom." The visit will take place from June 3-5.

  Video: Woman saved from submerging vehicle just before it sinks

The vehicle was going under fast, with the woman still trapped inside.

  Man buys paper for grandson’s school after learning it ran out of supplies

When Walter Buse found out Falcon Hill Elementary needed paper, he went shopping. “You'd think I carried in a basket of gold the way they acted at the office,” he said.

  Woman arrested in puppy dumping caught on video; 38 dogs found at her home

Authorities say if not for a good Samaritan who found them, the puppies may not have survived, due to the temperature being in the mid-90s.

  Nursing home found liable in 82-year-old’s choking death sues family over unpaid fees

A jury awarded $1 million to the 82-year-old’s family after finding a nurse at the facility forgot to put in the man’s dentures and fed him a sandwich, leading him to choke on the food.

  House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyer

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was one of six powerful committee leaders making their case on a conference call Monday with other House Democrats late in the day that they are effectively investigating Trump-related matters ranging from potential obstruction to his personal and business taxes.

  Justices seem ready to OK asking citizenship on census

The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to uphold the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, despite evidence that millions of Hispanics and immigrants could go uncounted.

  Powerful quake hits Philippines, day after deadly temblor

One of the world's most disaster-prone countries, the Philippines has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions because it lies on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire."

Girl, 11, dies from allergic reaction to toothpaste, her mother says

The mother says a dentist unknowingly prescribed the 11-year-old, who had a dairy allergy, a brand of toothpaste that contained a milk-derived protein that triggered a deadly allergic reaction.

  Daughters poked, scratched after needle left behind by rideshare customer, WV father says

With nearly 25 rides given on a busy day, the father and ride-hailing driver says it would be nearly impossible to pinpoint who could have left the needle behind.

  Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings; death toll up to 310

The nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites was Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago.

6 people died in Texas small plane crash, officials say

A man regularly volunteered to fly sick people in remote parts of the country to hospitals in Houston and Dallas was at the controls of a twin-engine airplane that crashed Monday in the Hill Country of Central Texas, killing all six aboard.

Kids who consume less water drink more sugary drinks, study finds

Researchers analyzing a CDC survey of 8,400 children and teens found one out of every five did not drink water the day before the survey. Those kids went on to consume 4.5 percent more calories from sweetened beverages like sodas, sports drinks and juice.

  Florida dog stolen in 2017 reunited with family after being found abandoned in Colorado

The dog was discovered cold and abandoned in a ditch earlier this month in Hugo, CO. She was reunited with her family over Easter weekend.

Brenda Jackson, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s mother, dies after battle with cancer

Brenda Jackson is the wife of the late Dale Earnhardt and the mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Park ranger selfie: Gorillas vogue for camera

A park ranger in the Democratic Republic of Congo snapped a selfie with two gorillas and posted it to the Instagram account for Virunga National Park.

  Part of Generation X? You might need an MMR booster shot

Nearly two decades ago, the measles was declared eliminated in the United States, but there has been a recent upsurge of cases – including adults who thought they were already protected.

  Easter Bunny breaks up Easter night brawl in Orlando

A video shows someone dressed in full bunny gear, wading into the middle of an altercation between a man and a woman and throwing punches until a police officer arrives.

Warren unveils $640 billion college debt forgiveness plan

Among Warren's other proposals is elimination of tuition and fees for two- and four-year public college degree programs, as well as a $100 billion investment in Pell Grants, a federal aid program that requires no payback.

Social Media influencer plotted to take internet domain at gunpoint

Man found guilty of plot to get internet domain at gunpoint could get 20 years in prison

Man catches 170-pound ‘prehistoric’ fish from Oklahoma lake

Zachary Sutterfield of Durant, OK, caught an alligator gar that weighed about 170 pounds and was 6 feet, 9 inches long.

Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

Both programs will need to eventually be addressed to avert automatic cuts should their trust funds run dry. Neither President Donald Trump nor Capitol Hill's warring factions has put political perilous cost curbs on their to-do list.

  'Hiding in plain sight’: Investigators release new sketch, video in case of 2 Indiana girls killed in 2017

Indiana State Police on Monday released a new suspect sketch, new video and new audio related to the slaying of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams, who were killed during a hiking trip.

Trump says Herman Cain withdraws from consideration for Fed seat

Cain is a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza who dropped out of the 2012 presidential race amid allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. The issues resurfaced after Trump said he intended to nominate Cain to the central bank's board of governors.