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Police gather outside the Omni hotel on Sunday morning in downtown Austin, where two people are dead, including one person shot by police officers.

Austin police kill 2 overnight, including person who killed hotel guest

Three people were killed in overnight shootings including two people shot by Austin police officers, according to preliminary reports. At the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown Austin, Texas, authorities said officers shot and killed a suspect who they said fatally wounded a hotel guest. Officials said the shooting happened in the lobby. ...

'Sailing' spiders prove escaping from them is futile

Arachnophobes: If you thought there was an ocean wide enough to keep spiders away, guess again.  Researchers at the University of Nottingham's Spider Lab found some species of spiders are like tiny Magellans, in that they can "sail" across the ocean to colonize new areas. Their study is published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.  To ...

Police: Teen on kneeboard struck, killed by impaired boater on Fourth of July

A 17-year-old girl was killed in a boating accident on Lake Norman near Mooresville, North Carolina, on Saturday night, officials said. The girl was on a kneeboard when a pontoon boat hit her from behind and ran over her, officials with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission said. Officials said the driver ...

'Sister Wives' polygamous trio file for marriage license after Supreme Court ruling

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, a Montana polygamist featured on the reality TV show "Sister Wives" has applied for a license to marry a second wife. According to The Associated Press, Nathan Collier, 46, and his partners, Victoria and Christine, applied for the ...

SoBe apologizes for 'Help Me' joke messages under bottle caps

Beverage company SoBe is apologizing after some customers expressed outrage over a joke message under its bottle caps. According to BuzzFeed, several social-media users posted photos of SoBe caps bearing the message, "Help me. Trapped in SoBe factory." >> Read more trending stories <div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/sobe-apologizes-for-help-me-joke-messages-under-bo/embed?header=none&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script ...

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Must-see: Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick sell New York townhouse for $18.25M

Celebrity power couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have finally sold their New York townhouse for a cool $18.25 million. According to Curbed, the pair took a loss on the Greenwich Village home, which they purchased for $19 million as an investment property in 2011. They renovated the townhouse ...

WATCH: Condoleezza Rice, violinist Jenny Oaks Baker play touching version of 'Amazing Grace'

Will Condoleezza Rice soon be topping the music charts? The former secretary of state and violinist Jenny Oaks Baker marked the Fourth of July holiday by releasing a touching version of the song "Amazing Grace." >> Click here to watch the video "Amazing Grace has always held a special place ...

Official: At least 14 injured in North Carolina beach house deck collapse

A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beachhouse as a family got set to take a group photo Saturday evening, leaving at least 14 injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities said. Emerald Isle Police Chief Jeffrey Waters said an emergency call came in at 6:59 p.m. Saturday ...

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Man poses as armored truck employee, walks out of Walmart with $75,000

Police said a man walked out of a Walmart with more than $75,000 after pretending to be a Loomis armored truck employee. The man went into the store at 10:38 a.m. and told employees he was there to pick up the deposit. He was given the money and walked out. ...

Jayln Rippy, 5, died after a sturgeon leaped on her while boating with her family in Florida.

5-year-old killed by jumping sturgeon in Florida

A 5-year-old girl was killed by a leaping sturgeon as she was boating with her family Thursday on the Suwanee River in Florida. Jayln Rippy died in the accident. Her mother Tanya Faye and brother Trevor were injured and both will need facial surgery, according to WTSP. The family has ...

Teen reunited with mom after more than a decade apart

This is what more than a decade of separation looks like when it comes to an end. Hope Holland met her son Jonathan at the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday more than 15 years since his father abducted him and fled the country. (Video via KGTV) "It's a miracle!" Holland told our ...

Girl's petition helps change boys-only robotics class

An all-boy club for anything sounds weird to many of us nowadays, but that's exactly what was going on ... in a library of all places.  The Timmins Public Library in Ontario denied letting girls into a summer session on robotics. That was until this Change.org petition by Cash Cayen went online and got over ...

Hillary Clinton comments on ‘Humans of New York’ gay teen photo that Facebook removed

A poignant photo posted on the Humans of New York Facebook page has received over a half-million likes in just a day, after Facebook removed the initial post for undisclosed reasons. The subject of the photo is a teenager who appears distraught, and is accompanied with the quote, "I'm homosexual ...

Professional fireworks show mishap injures 9 people in Colorado

A fun family outing quickly turned frightening for several people watching a town-sponsored fireworks display in Colorado. The fireworks mishap took place at the Salute to the USA show in Avon. A public statement from Avon officials indicates that a shell may have exploded inside a tube instead of in ...

Hot dogs are on display during the official weigh-in for the Nathan's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at City Hall park in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

4 things to know about the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest

What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with hot dogs. Lots of them. Contestants sparred with their mouths at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn, NY Saturday. Here’s a quick guide of what to know: How did the hot dog eating contest ...

Magic Kingdom guests snap photos of lightning over Cinderella’s Castle

Mother Nature had a show of her own at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom this holiday weekend. Strong storms moved through the area Friday afternoon with lightning creating a dramatic light show in the sky. >> Read more trending stories  Stephanie Shultz, along with other Magic Kingdom attendees, said they snapped ...

There’s a skeleton driving a Jeep in Kentucky

A mechanic with a rigged car and an offbeat sense of humor is making people do a double-take as he drives around town. That’s because Andrew Johnson has altered his Jeep to make it appear as if a skeleton is behind the wheel. The prank started two Halloweens ago, according ...

Shelter workers warn pet owners of firework danger

Quick facts: Many shelters expect to see an influx of animals during the Fourth of July weekend. Shelter employees said animals often run away because of the sound created by fireworks. Experts say to bring pets somewhere safe for the night. Many Americans will set off fireworks over Fourth of ...

Internet horrified by photo of giant 'Texas Redhead' centipede that feasts on lizards, toads

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the insects. A photo posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook page of a giant redheaded centipede, also known as the Texas Redhead, has quickly gone viral.  The giant centipede is pictured on a broom at Garner State Park, and as the name ...

Jindal poses with gun at campaign stop, met with online mockery

Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal posted a photo of himself holding and admiring a weapon while at a campaign stop in Iowa Friday. Jindal’s photo caption reads: “My kind of campaign stop; Capital Armament in Sibley.” >> Read more trending stories  According to the company’s Facebook page, ...

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