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Florida’s floodwater is full of poop bacteria — but a marine biologist says there's a bigger threat

Florida's floodwater is full of bacteria.<p>In the wake of hurricane Irma, more than 28 million gallons of treated and untreated sewage spilled into 22 counties across the state, according to pollution reports filed with the state's Department of Environmental Protection.<p>To put it simply, "the sewage …

Floods

Rebel Wilson wins record £2.7m payout in Australian libel case

A magazine publisher is found to have defamed the actress by claiming she had lied about her age, real name and childhood events.<p>Australian actress …

Cancer: Novel cell death technique may be better than chemo

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy are typically used to treat cancer, but they do not work for all patients with the disease. In a new …

40-year campaign to exhume baby's body produces empty coffin

Lydia Reid believed that the remains of her son Gary, who died at the age of seven days, were missing. She has been proved correct<p>A mother who campaigned for more than 40 years to find out what happened to her dead baby’s remains has found out his coffin was buried without a body inside.<p>Lydia Reid, …

Archaeology

Whisper, the Once-Hot Anonymous Chat App, Just Lost Its Entire Board

Its competitors crashed and burned. Is Whisper headed for a similar fate?<p>The hype cycle for anonymous chat apps appears to be coming to an end. Secret, which had received $35 million in funding, shuttered in 2015. Earlier this year, gossip app Yik Yak, which was once valued at $400 million, sold …

New Zealand to increase military personnel in Afghanistan by three

Just days after the United States said it would increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and ask its allies to do the same, New Zealand on Friday announced an extra three non-combat military personnel, boosting its military commitment to 13.<p>US President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his strategy to …

Girl in Slender Man stabbing case pleads guilty to lesser charge

MILWAUKEE — One of the two Wisconsin girls charged in the 2014 Slender Man stabbing, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge and will proceed to trial only on whether her mental condition should make her legally responsible.<p>Anissa Weier's attorney and prosecutors announced the resolution Monday …

Crime

Man says he killed stepdaughter because 'it wasn't dinner time'

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan man had already admitted stabbing and killing his 5-year-old stepdaughter. But a police detective wanted to know more — he wanted to know why.<p>Thomas McClellan had told Detective Charles Buckland that he spent part of the day arguing with Victoria King — his stepdaughter …

Crime

Airline CEO predicts a future where 'we will pay you to fly'

The Icelandic carrier and its bright fuchsia planes have made waves with stunningly low prices.<p>In January, WOW launched a sale for $69 one way tickets from the US to Europe. In June, the airline followed up with a sale for $55 trans-Atlantic tickets.<p>These sales have helped bring awareness to the …

Travel Industry

Republican Lawmakers Take A Raise Away From St. Louis Workers

GOP statehouses around the country are blocking local progressive policies through "preemption" laws. Missouri may be the most glaring case yet.<p>Two months ago, Cynthia Sanders got a raise at her janitorial job, from $8.30 to $10 per hour, after St. Louis passed a law raising its minimum wage. The …

APNewsBreak: Nevada to force agencies to unveil US reviews

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval plans to require state agencies to disclose all U.S. reviews after he learned from The Associated …

Health Care

'Affluenza' teen's dad convicted of pretending to be officer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The father of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck has been found guilty of …

Crime

Former Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to decade in prison

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced to ten years in federal prison Monday after a judge found him guilty on charges of racketeering, fraud and money laundering.<p>Fattah was found guilty of misspending government funds and charity money to fund his …

Netflix explained why its movie selection has gotten so skimpy

On Monday at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference in New York, Sarandos was asked about the perceived sparseness of Netflix's movie offerings. "No matter what, we end up with about 1/3 of our watching being movies," he responded.<p>Sarandos cited two contrasting examples: the US and …

In China, American Apparel courts controversy — but not over what you'd expect

American Apparel is no stranger to controversy. The Los Angeles-based clothing company has endured scandals regarding its risque advertisements and allegations of sexual harassment by its founder, Dov Charney.<p>Now, it has found itself in hot water over a different issue: Chinese sovereignty.<p>Tan …

Abducted Jogger Sherri Papini and Her Family Focus on Future: ‘We’re Never Going to Forget’

Life is understandably scary now for Sherri Papini, the California mom who in early November, mysteriously vanished for 22 days after she left her …

North Carolina man pleads guilty to plotting Islamic State attack

(Reuters) - A 20-year-old North Carolina man accused of murdering his neighbor and offering to pay someone to kill his own parents pleaded guilty on Tuesday to plotting mass shooting attacks in the name of Islamic State.<p>Justin Sullivan admitted to one count of attempting to commit an act of …

San Francisco Muni hacker gets hacked back

Revenge is sweet, but irony is sweeter. Apparently, the hacker who infiltrated San Francisco’s Muni transportation system late last week fell victim to his own horrible personal cyber hygiene.<p>According to security reporter Brian Krebs, a separate individual infiltrated the Muni hacker’s own email …

Here Are the Only Times the U.S. Government Can Revoke Your Citizenship

President-elect Donald Trump suggested Tuesday morning in a tweet that anyone who burns an American flag should suffer “consequences” such as having …

Lil Wayne Announces His ‘Funeral’ Project That Promises To Satisfy Long-Suffering Fans

It’s not <i>Tha Carter V</i>, but Lil Wayne has a little something something up his Trukfit sleeve for his long-suffering fans. The rapper appeared on <i>The Nine Club With Chris Roberts</i> skateboard podcast recently and revealed he recorded a new project that’s going to lead to a lot of slow singin’ and …

Japanese skating rink featuring frozen fish causes a stink

A skating rink with thousands of dead fish frozen underneath the ice has been forced to close its doors after causing outrage among its customers.<p>About 25 different kinds of fish were inserted into the new attraction at the Space World theme park in Kitakyushu, Japan, with some arranged into words …

TV shows are getting smacked by big viewership drops

The "golden age" of TV shows might appear to be in full swing still, and it certainly is in terms of output. The industry is on pace to handily beat the 409 scripted shows released in 2015, continuing an upward trend.<p>But there's a problem: people aren't tuning in, at least in the same numbers. For …

TV shows

Suspected Indonesia militant was making bombs 'more powerful than Bali devices'

Rio Priatna Wibawa, 23, is a university dropout radicalised by firebrand cleric Aman Abdurrahman, police say<p>Indonesian police have said a suspected Islamic militant arrested earlier this week was making explosives more powerful than those used in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.<p>Rio …

LUFTHANSA STRIKE: 115,000 passengers affected on second day

The airline had already scrapped nearly 900 flights that affected 100,000 passengers on Wednesday after pilots staged a walkout in a row over pay and working conditions.<p>Further disruptions are expected on Friday, as the pilots' Cockpit union has called for the industrial action -- its 14th since …

London police seek to link overdose deaths to serial killer

<b>London (CNN) —</b> London police are reviewing the deaths of dozens of men who used sex-enhancing drugs amid concerns that cases previously dismissed as drug overdoses may be additional victims of serial killer Stephen Port.<p>Port, 41, was found guilty of murdering four gay men and drugging and sexually …

Eight’s smart mattress can start brewing your coffee when you hit the snooze button

It knows when you are sleeping, it knows when you’re awake ♪<p>Most smart bed products help you gain insight on how to get a better sleep, but few help you actually get up and grab your morning coffee. Now there’s a smart mattress you can program to start your coffee machine while it nudges you …

The Hatchimals Black Market Is Already Crazy Expensive

We're nearing peak Hatchimania.<p>Hatchimals, this year’s hottest holiday toy, is almost universally sold out at major retailers. But desperate parents …