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  • A regular patron at the Washington, D.C., restaurant Blue 44 left a $2,000 tip on a $93.23 tab on Monday night.

    Customer loved the gumbo so much he left a 2,145% tip

    WASHINGTON — The gumbo at Blue 44 must be pretty good. Like $2,000 good. A regular patron at the Washington, D.C., restaurant left a $2,000 tip on a $93.23 tab on Monday night. “I looked and adjusted my glasses; that’s a lot of zeroes,” said owner Christofer Nardelli, on his reaction when first seeing the receipt. Nardelli said he and Blue 44 Chef James Turner e-mail with the patron periodically. “My chef keeps him updated on when we are going […]

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    ‘Abused Emojis’ created to help kids talk about abuse

    NEW YORK — Abused Emojis is a new iOS app and keyboard that aims to help kids and teens communicate difficult situations through images. The idea was developed by Bris, a Swedish non-profit which manages a helpline for children and teenagers. The organization says the app is intended to reflect and extend the kind of work Bris does. “Every day we have contact with hundreds of kids through phone, chat and mail conversation,” Bris explains on its site. “Many of […]

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    Dog adopts lamb rejected by mother

    MANITOBA, Canada — A baby lamb at a small farm in Canada has found a surprising new family after being rejected by its mother. Stormy the lamb was born May 17th on a farm in Canada, and her mother immediately rejected her. Luckily the lamb was not alone for long.Tammy, the farm owner’s one-year-old golden retriever, stepped in and bonded with Stormy.The two animals are now pretty much inseparable. “I was outside working all day, and I’d turn around and […]

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    Live anthrax inadvertently sent by U.S. military

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Four lab workers in the United States and up to 22 overseas have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples in the past several days. CNN learned on Wednesday a Maryland-based lab received the live samples, which prompted an across the board urgent review to see whether any other live anthrax has been shipped. Officials are concerned because samples left over at the lab […]

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    Delta pilot orders pizza for delayed flight stuck on tarmac

    PHILADELPHIA — Diverted because of bad weather in Atlanta, a Delta Air Lines pilot and airport crew turned to the classic solution for many grumpy passengers: pizza. As torrential rains swept through Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, some flights were delayed arriving at the world’s busiest airport — and Delta’s home base. A 2 p.m. Delta flight from Philadelphia to Atlanta was diverted to Knoxville, Tenn., because of the storms in Atlanta. Pizza delivered to the aircraft via baggage cart seemed […]

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    Cyber criminals use IRS website to steal data on 104,000 people

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A “sophisticated” organized crime syndicate used the IRS website to steal tax forms full of personal financial information on 104,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. Until the IRS discovered this latest data leak, its website provided a service called “Get Transcript.” It’s an easy way to download several years of tax forms for tasks like applying for a mortgage, or college financial aid. An unnamed cybermafia used this app to download forms full of personal information. […]

  • Soccer's powerful, polarizing governing body found itself on the defensive on two fronts Wednesday, one a Swiss investigation into World Cup bidding and the other a sweeping, stinging U.S. indictment homing in on what America's top justice official called "corruption that is rampant, systemic and deep-rooted." (photo courtesy of CNN)

    FIFA: US indicts 14 for corruption, Switzerland opens separate probe

    (CNN) — Soccer’s powerful, polarizing governing body found itself playing defense on two fronts Wednesday, one a Swiss investigation into World Cup bidding and the other a sweeping, stinging U.S. indictment homing in on what America’s top justice official called “corruption that is rampant, systemic and deep-rooted.” Swiss authorities raided FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on Wednesday, the same day they announced an investigation into the last two awarded World Cup bids — to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 — […]

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    Is it ever appropriate to snoop on your partner?

    Here’s a scenario to consider: Your partner leaves his cell phone on the dining room table. His texts and emails can be easily accessed with just the touch of a fingertip. Would you look? Have you ever looked? If you said yes, you are definitely not alone. In a 2013 study conducted in the United Kingdom and reported in The Telegraph, 34% of women admitted they had looked through the cell phone of a partner or ex-partner without their knowledge. […]

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    Texas flooding: Teen dies driving home from prom as Houston gets deluged

    (CNN) — Alyssa Renee Ramirez’s accomplishments read like a list of many teenagers’ dreams: Homecoming queen. Student council president. Star athlete. Her storied high school career was nearing an end with one final rite of passage: her senior prom. But as Ramirez, 18, was driving home from the prom over the weekend, her car was swept away by floodwater in southern Texas, ending her short but illustrious life. “She did the right things,” her aunt Roberta Ramirez told CNN affiliate […]

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    Charter announces plan to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — In a deal that will affect one in six American households, Charter Communications on Tuesday proposed a three-way merger with two other cable and broadband providers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. If approved by government regulators, the combined company will create a new national player in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. Time Warner Cable’s stock, which closed at $171.18 last Friday, was up 11% in pre-market trading on Tuesday. Charter will pay $195.71 per […]

  • Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night, May 14, 2015, his daughter said. He was 89. King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital earlier in May, 2015 after suffering from dehydration, his daughter, Patty King said. His dehydration was caused by Type II diabetes.

Photo: B.B. King performs at The White House on February 22, 2012, for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during Black History Month. (photo courtesy of CNN)

    B.B. King’s daughters claim he was poisoned

    (CNN) — Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by his closest associates. But the coroner says preliminary autopsy results don’t support that contention. King’s daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams, made the accusations in separate, but identically worded, affidavits filed over the weekend. “I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death,” they said in their affidavits. “I believe my father was […]

  • Amarillo, Texas, police officers make an emergency water rescue of a stranded motorist after heavy rain showers flood much of the city. (Michael Schumacher/The Amarillo Globe News via AP)

    Record rains cause massive flooding across Texas, Oklahoma

    SAN MARCOS, Texas — Flooding from record-setting rains in Texas and Oklahoma swept away hundreds of homes and left at least three people dead. “We do have whole streets that have maybe one or two houses left on them, and the rest are just slabs,” said Kharley Smith, emergency management coordinator in Hays County, Texas. Crews are still surveying damage, she told reporters Sunday; between 350 and 400 homes in the Texas county are gone, and more than 1,000 were […]