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  • Alison Parker and Adam Ward

    Friends remember WDBJ’s reporter and photographer killed by former employee

    MONETA, Va.  — Vester L. Flanagan II, the suspect in the slayings of two WDBJ-TV journalists, died at a hospital Wednesday afternoon of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Franklin County, Virginia, Sheriff Bill Overton told reporters. Flanagan, a former WDBJ reporter, killed two of the Roanoke TV station’s employees live on air before fleeing in a gray 2009 Ford Mustang to Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. There, he ditched the Mustang and drove away in a Chevrolet Sonic that he had rented earlier […]

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    Tesla’s Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ ratings system

    NEW YORK — Tesla’s new Model S P85D is so good it broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system. Consumer Reports rates vehicles on a zero-to-100 scale, but Tesla’s high-performance, all-wheel-drive car scored 103. “Consumer Reports had to make changes to its scoring methodology to account for the car’s exceptionally strong performance,” the magazine said in a statement. To bring the score back in line, the P85D was given less credit for areas in which the Model S already beat other cars but, […]

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    Apple expected to reveal new iPhone at Sept. 9 event

    NEW YORK — The invitations have arrived. Apple’s will hold a press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 9, at which it is widely expected to debut its new generation of iPhones. The new iPhone 6S (or whatever it will be called) is expected to feature several enhancements including a “force touch” display that will reveal extra menu settings when you press down hard enough on the screen. That feature first debuted on the Apple Watch. Apple is also […]

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    State troopers: No gunman at Mississippi State

    STARKVILLE, Miss. —There was no active shooter at the Mississippi State campus and reports of shots being heard are the result of “panic and clutter,” Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chris Turnipseed told CNN on Thursday. A person of interest related to the initial emergency call was taken into custody, he said. There was no weapon on him, Turnipseed said. Mississippi State’s emergency alert system on Thursday warned of a potential active shooter on campus and asked people to seek safety. […]

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    Bread recalled in 11 states due to broken light bulb

    NEW YORK — A broken light bulb is causing a recall of bread in 11 states due to the possibility of broken glass fragments in the bread. The bread is sold under the names Sara Lee, Kroger, Bimbo, Nature’s Harvest, Great Value and L’Oven Fresh. The states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Most of the brands are being recalled in fewer than those 11 states. Bimbo Bakeries USA says there […]

  • General Mills is recalling a "limited quantity" of frozen green beans after a package of them tested positive for listeria. The voluntary recall involves 10-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with the "Better If Used By" dates of April 10 and April 11, 2016, General Mills said.

    General Mills recalls frozen green beans over listeria scare

    (CNN) — General Mills is recalling a “limited quantity” of frozen green beans after a package of them tested positive for listeria. The voluntary recall involves 10-ounce bags of Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans with the “Better If Used By” dates of April 10 and April 11, 2016, General Mills said. No other varieties or production dates of Cascadian Farm products are involved in the recall. “No related illnesses have been reported in connection with this product,” General Mills said […]

  • Chris Martin

    Bus driver’s small gesture scores big with passengers

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A bus driver is being commended for an act of kindness that went a long way on Tuesday, according to WITI. Milwaukee County bus driver Chris Martin says he always try to look out for his riders, WITI reports. “I always try to help out when I can,” Martin told WITI. On Tuesday when Martin dropped off an elderly man he went above his job duty. According to WITI, Martin parked the bus and helped walk the man across […]

  • Several retailers are offering Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costumes featuring variations of the ensemble worn by the transgender trailblazer for her iconic Vanity Fair cover.

    Caitlyn Jenner costumes reduce her to caricature, critics say

    Halloween is a long way off but one costume already has emerged as controversial. Several retailers are offering Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costumes featuring variations of the ensemble worn by the transgender trailblazer for her iconic Vanity Fair cover. Critics say the costume mocks the transgender community and promotes transphobia by reducing Jenner to a stereotype. An online petition singles out pop-up store Spirit Halloween’s version, which includes a white corset and a wig. The petition urges the retailer to stop […]

  • Alison Parker and Adam Ward

    Watch: Authorities speak on Va. reporter, photographer killed during live news interview

    MONETA, Va. – Police say a former WDBJ-TV reporter sought in connection with the on-air slayings of two of the TV station’s employees took his life Wednesday on Interstate 66 in Virginia after police confronted him, a law enforcement official told CNN. Just before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police saw the suspect’s gray Ford Mustang headed east on I-66. With emergency lights activated, a Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop, said police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. The driver refused to stop […]

  • Holmes was formally sentenced to life plus 3,318 years on Wednesday.

    Holmes formally sentenced to life plus 3,318 years

    (CNN) — A Colorado judge formally sentenced James Eagan Holmes to multiple life terms without parole plus thousands of years in prison for the Aurora movie theater massacre that killed 12 and wounded 70. Holmes, a 27-year-old former grad student, received one life term for each person he killed, plus 3,318 years for the attempted murders of those he wounded and for rigging his apartment with explosives. “It is the court’s intention that the defendant never set foot in free […]

  • Alison Parker and Adam Ward

    WDBJ reporter, photographer hailed by colleagues, friends

    ROANOKE, Va. — Reporter Alison Parker was 24. A “rock star.” “The most radiant woman I ever met,” in the words of a colleague. Photographer Adam Ward was 27. Engaged to be married. Ready to “do something else,” according to a station staffer. On Wednesday morning, Parker and Ward, both employees of Roanoke, Virginia, TV station WDBJ, were shot to death while doing a live report from a shopping district near Moneta, Virginia. The person they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, […]

  • Curtis Smith

    White House jumper killed after pulling knife in court

    CHESTER COUNTY, Pa.  — A man who once jumped a fence at the White House was shot and killed at a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday after slashing a sheriff’s deputy with a knife, an official said. Curtis Smith, 34, attacked the deputy at the security entrance to the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester, according to a statement from the office of Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan. A second deputy drew a weapon and shot Smith. “In Chester County, we […]