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  • Cracker Barrel bans an anti-gay pastor from holding an event in one of its stores

    Cracker Barrel says it will not permit a Tennessee pastor who has made death threats against gay people to hold an event in one of its stores. The company, which is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee, just east of Nashville, said it condemned his “statements of hate and divisiveness.” Grayson Fritts, the pastor who doubles as a county police detective, had planned an event at a Cracker Barrel in Cleveland, Tennessee, for his congregation, the All Scripture Baptist Church, on June 29. When […]

  • 2 people have died hunting for treasure in the Rocky Mountains

    ROCKY MOUNTAINS, Colo. — Thousands of people have been on the hunt for treasure in the Rocky Mountains since a man hid a chest with gold and rare objects there nearly a decade ago. But Montana law enforcement issued a warning to treasure hunters on Tuesday that it could be a deadly pursuit. “In the last couple years, two people have died, two have been rescued near death, several have had run-ins with local and federal law enforcement, and one […]

  • David Ortiz was not the intended target in murder-for-hire plot, prosecutor says

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – David Ortiz was not the intended target of the murder-for-hire plot that led to the former Red Sox star being shot, authorities in the Dominican Republic said Wednesday. Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodríguez Sánchez told reporters that a friend of Ortiz, Sixto David Fernandez, who was seated at the player’s table, was the target of the bungled hit. Fernandez and Ortiz were wearing similar clothes. “The fact that David Ortiz wasn’t the target doesn’t change anything,” Rodriguez […]

  • Rare, clockwise-spinning tornado touches down in South Dakota

    South Dakota doesn’t get a lot of tornadoes, but a twister there last weekend was particularly rare — because it was spinning clockwise. The National Weather Service says the anticyclonic tornado only lasted for about 45 seconds on June 15. That was long enough for it to knock down seven trees at a farmstead outside of Estelline, which is about 80 miles north of Sioux Falls. Only about 1% of tornadoes that hit the Northern Hemisphere rotate in a clockwise […]

  • When a photographer went to cover a trial, he came face to face with a gunman instead

    DALLAS – It was a normal Monday morning for Dallas newspaper photographer Tom Fox, until it wasn’t. The Dallas Morning News staff photographer had just arrived at the Earle Cabell Federal Building to cover a trial when he saw the gunman. The man was dressed in a black mask and black tactical gear, running toward the courthouse carrying a large rifle, multiple magazines of ammo strapped to his waist. “I just kept thinking, ‘He’s going to look at me around that corner […]

  • Panera Bread testing out new ‘dinner-centric menu’

    Panera Bread isn’t typically on top of people’s minds when it comes to dinner. It wants to change that. The restaurant chain announced Wednesday it’s testing out a new a “dinner-centric menu” that consists of flatbreads, bowls and side dishes. Panera is best known for its bagels, pastries and sandwiches. But dinner sales range between a quarter and a third of its business, and it hopes that the new menu could help grow that part of the day. The 10 new […]

  • Company wants other states to join the 14 that allow lemonade stands without permits

    Grab those extra pennies and dimes, because it’s almost the official start of summer, which means kids are getting ready for peak lemonade stand season. There’s one thing that could stop them from opening up shop on those hot neighborhood streets though: the law. Only 14 states allow unpermitted lemonade stands, according to Country Time. So if you’re not in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island or Connecticut, those adorable kids selling […]

  • Hershey’s is giving its best candy bar a Reese’s makeover

    Hershey’s had a problem: It was making a critically acclaimed candy bar that barely no one was buying. Something had to change. It was time to act. The Take5 bar, made of chocolate, caramel, peanuts, pretzels and peanut butter, is basically a candy-lover’s dream. It just topped the Los Angeles Times’ candy bar power rankings. Yet only 3% of US households purchased a Take5 bar last year. Hershey decided that the issue was the green and black label. It didn’t stand out, […]

  • All but four US states celebrate Juneteenth as a holiday

    When Gov. Tom Wolf puts pen to paper later Wednesday, Pennsylvania will become the latest state to officially recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Pennsylvania will join 45 other states and the District of Columbia in either marking the day as a state holiday or observance. That leaves just four states that don’t recognize the holiday: Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth — a blending of the words June and nineteenth — […]

  • Star Wars fanatics are spending $25,000 for a custom droid at Disneyland

    It seems no price is too high for some “Star Wars” fans. When Disneyland opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in May, a wave of new merchandise came with it. Among the $200 lightsabers and $400 stormtrooper helmets, one item stands out: A $25,000 droid-building experience. The life-size custom “Astromech Unit” droids, which stand 3.5-feet tall, are mirror images of the ones in the iconic films. And in addition to selecting the color scheme and design, the lucky customers get to […]

  • Med school grad vanishes after celebrating at a club in Mexico, family says

    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Family members are looking for an Arkansas man who disappeared in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara after a friend with whom he was last seen, they say, was found dead. Jessy Pacheco of Van Buren, Arkansas, was in Guadalajara to graduate from medical school, relatives say. According to CNN affiliate KSFM, Pacheco walked in his graduation before he and his pal went to a club, Strana, to celebrate Saturday night, his family says. Pacheco’s buddy was […]

  • Astronomers have found two new planets that could potentially support life

    The Teegardan planet discoveries are part of a larger effort by astronomers to locate potentially life-supporting planets in order to refine observation and research technology.

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