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  • ‘They’ named as Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year

    The nonbinary pronoun “they” has been named Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. The American English dictionary revealed that searches for the term have risen by 313% in the last year. The definition of “they” as a nonbinary pronoun was added to the three other separate definitions of the word in September. Merriam-Webster said in a statement that the word of the year winner was determined by data. Key moments cited by the dictionary publisher where searches spiked were January’s Paris Fashion Week featuring nonbinary model […]

  • New England Patriots admit to inappropriately filming Bengals’ sideline

    The New England Patriots are once again embroiled in controversy. This time, they’ve been accused of recording the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the team’s game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. ESPN was first to report on the story. The Bengals are due to play the Patriots Sunday. “We are aware of the incident, and we are aware it is being investigated by NFL Security,” the Bengals said in a statement to CNN Sports. “We will have no further comment.” The Patriots organization released […]

  • Virginia newlyweds on honeymoon in New Zealand badly burned in volcanic eruption

    RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Newlyweds Matthew and Lauren Urey were seriously hurt Monday when a volcano erupted on White Island in New Zealand, relatives confirmed to WTVR. The Richmond, Virginia couple were on a Royal Caribbean cruise for their honeymoon.  Matthew left his family a voicemail informing them he and Lauren were both badly burned, relatives said, but their family only confirmed their whereabouts Monday afternoon local time.  Family members received a call from Royal Caribbean shortly after the voicemail asking […]

  • CDC advises people to throw out salad kits due to E. coli outbreak

    The CDC is warning customers about a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits. As of December 9, eight people from three states were infected with the strain identified in the outbreak, the CDC said. Three were hospitalized, including one person who developed kidney failure. There were no deaths. This outbreak is caused by a different strain of E. coli than the other current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California region, which […]

  • 5-year-old Alabama boy shot and killed when family got into fight, police say

    A five-year-old boy was shot and killed in Alabama when his family got into a fight Saturday, police said. Two family members pulled weapons and began shooting at each other during a fight when Tanarius Moore was struck around 2:30 p.m., a statement from Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said. Moore suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to a hospital where he later died, Williams told CNN. Although Williams would not specify how the suspects were […]

  • Bystanders spring into action after man tries to steal woman’s wheelchair from beneath her

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — The day after Thanksgiving, a man in reindeer slippers tried to steal a woman’s wheelchair right from under her on a light rail car in Phoenix, authorities said. But a group of bystanders stepped in to help and successfully wrestled the wheelchair back from him. The Phoenix Police Department shared security footage of the incident on Facebook. On Saturday night, they announced that a suspect, identified as 26-year-old Austin Shurbutt, had been taken into custody. Shurbutt was […]

  • Pete Frates, who helped popularize the Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 34

    (CNN) – A man who helped inspire a multimillion-dollar movement to help find a cure for ALS has died. Pete Frates, 34, was one of the most recognizable faces of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation that swept the Internet in 2014 and raised more than $115 million for ALS research. “Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates,” his family announced in a statement released by Boston College. He was 34 years old and died peacefully “after a […]

  • Baby born deaf squeals with joy after getting hearing aids

    When the video starts, 4-month-old Georgina silently stares at the camera. Then her mother says, “OK, so we’ve just turned your hearing on. Can you say hello to everybody?” Georgina’s response is immediate — and heart-melting. She enthusiastically squeals a long, high-pitched “hi” of her own. When she turns her head, you can see the hearing aids in her tiny ears. Paul Addison, Georgina’s dad, posted the video on Twitter because he wanted the world to know the joy his […]

  • Russia out of 2020 Olympics, 2022 World Cup due to doping scandal

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions — notably the Olympics and the World Cup — for four years over doping non-compliance. WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC) had suggested several sanctions because of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) failure to cooperate fully during probes into Russian sport. WADA’s executive committee decided to uphold the recommendations at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday. Russian whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was influential in […]

  • California church’s nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees separated in cages

    CLAREMONT, Calif. – A California church is displaying a nativity scene depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages to draw attention to the conditions faced by migrants seeking asylum in the United States. The Claremont United Methodist Church, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, posted the photo on its website showing the three held in separate cages topped with barbed wire. The baby Jesus is wrapped in a silver foil blanket. Lead Pastor Karen Clark Ristine spoke with CNN affiliate […]

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