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    Nine burned when ‘malfunctioning’ fireworks go into crowd

    (CNN) — Errant fireworks shot into a crowd at a Fourth of July celebration near Vail, Colorado, Friday night, caused nine people to suffer minor burns. Avon town manager Virginia Egger said that 17 minutes into the 23-minute show, “a shell apparently exploded in its tube rather than firing correctly into the sky.” In videos posted on social media, you can hear the “oohs” and “ahhs” at the town of Avon’s fireworks display quickly turn into ‘whoas!,” and “what is […]

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    Stonie ends Joey Chestnut’s 8-year reign at Nathan’s hot dog contest

    NEW YORK (CNN) — Down goes Chestnut. Long live the “Megatoad.” For the first time in nearly a decade, the world’s hot dog king is someone not named Joey Chestnut. Matthew “Megatoad” Stonie devoured 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York on Saturday, beating longtime champion Chestnut’s tally of 60 and winning his first mustard yellow belt. At 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds, Stonie beat his own record of […]

  • New York City firefighter Carmelo Mercado accepts his reward

    New York firefighter wins $5 million lottery

    NEW YORK — New York City firefighter Carmelo Mercado retired after suffering lung ailments from his time working at ground zero after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A former member of Battalion 49 in Astoria, Queens, Mercado, 63, received a surprise reward for his bravery on Thursday: the $5 million top prize from a Cash X100 scratch-off lottery ticket. “I’m now a part of the New York lottery family,” Mercado said at news conference. Mercado’s career ended after 9/11 […]

  • Employees often wonder if they should sent a friend request to their boss or coworkers.

    Should you become Facebook friends with your coworkers?

    NEW YORK — Techtiquette answers your burning questions about the proper way to use technology in social situations. Dear Hope, My friend has a hard and fast rule about being friends with her coworkers on Facebook: Don’t do it, and maybe never do it, even if you or they leave the company. I just graduated from college, and am in my first full-time job. Should I follow her advice? Or is it OK to be friends with them online? What […]

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    New bubble wrap is ‘unpoppable’ – but why?!

    Stuffed beside the terrible birthday gift your grandma mailed was always the one redemption: Bubble Wrap. That instantly amusing piece of packaging is losing its pop — literally. Sealed Air, the company that created the material in 1960, introduced a version that will no longer pop, according to the Wall Street Journal. Instead, air will shift in columns of bubbles. The new design comes in sheets, allowing more to be stored and shipped at one time — yes, packages of […]

  • A mom says she is outraged that the school would charge her this much for a copy of emails regarding her son.

    School charges mom $77,000 to access emails about her son

    GOODRICH, Mich. — A mother said she was given a $77,000 price tag when she tried to get information from her son’s school. She said the school is essentially refusing to honor a request she has every legal right to make. The controversy surrounds emails regarding that woman’s son, who has an intellectual disability, according to WNEM. When this parent of a Goodrich school’s student got the bill she didn’t believe it. Now she’s thought about what they want to […]

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    Washington Navy Yard: Police say ‘all clear’ after lockdown

    WASHINGTON  —  Federal law enforcement has given the “all clear” at the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday morning, after a lockdown forced workers to hold-in-place and filled the Southeast D.C. neighborhood with police and ambulance vehicles. The U.S. Navy tweeted that the facility was under lockdown around 8 a.m. EDT. The complex is the site of a 2013 shooting where 12 people were killed. DC Police said in a statement around 10:15 a.m. that the search of the Navy Yard […]

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    Cops hate this iPhone case, issue warning

    NEW YORK — Police are up in arms over an iPhone case that’s shaped like a gun. “Most kids carry their cell phone in their back pocket, and if someone reaches for it, in my mind they’re reaching for a gun,” said Al Della Fave, a retired New Jersey state trooper and firearms instructor. Dellla Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey, shared a Facebook photo of the iPhone case that he found on a […]

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    Man, 68, pulled underwater by 7-foot shark off NC coast; trail of blood on sand

    OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. — A 68-year-old man was pulled under the water by a shark Wednesday in the Outer Banks — this time on Ocracoke Island. The man was swimming outside the first breaker about 25 feet offshore, directly in front of the lifeguard stand, when he encountered a gray shark about 7 feet long, Hyde County officials said. A lifeguard saw the shark pull the man under the water. He suffered several bites to his rib cage, hip, lower […]

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    Graphic photo of dead escaped prisoner Richard Matt surfaces

    NEW YORK — After convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt pulled off their brazen escape from an upstate New York prison, their relationship quickly began to sour, according to a law enforcement official briefed on Sweat’s interviews with investigators. Editor’s note: A photo obtained by CNN shows escaped Clinton Correctional Facility inmate Richard Matt after he was shot and killed by law enforcement on June 26, 2015.  Scroll down to view the photo. (WARNING: Some may find photo content disturbing.)  […]

  • After 54 years without formal diplomatic relations, the United States announced on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, it would be reopening an embassy in Cuba. The former U.S. embassy, closed in 1961 can be seen in the center of this photograph 9 photo courtesy of CNN)

    U.S.-Cuba relations: 10 questions on the embargo, embassies and cigars

    WASHINGTON — Havana is getting its first U.S. embassy in more than half a century — but don’t pack your bags just yet. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the two countries are formally reestablishing diplomatic ties with the opening of embassies in each other’s capitals, marking the most momentous step in the diplomatic thaw Obama initiated with Cuba in December. It puts the U.S. on a path of access to the island that many Americans tourists might like to […]

  • TURNBURRY, SCOTLAND - JUNE 08:  Donald Trump Visits Turnberry Golf Club, after its $10 Million refurbishment, on June 8, 2015 in Turnberry, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

    Macy’s dumps Donald Trump

    (CNN) — Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate’s recent controversial remarks created a public uproar. The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries “killers and rapists.” In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination. “We are disappointed and distressed […]