53K-acre South Dakota wildfire is 50 percent contained

The Legion Lake Fire has consumed more than 53,000 acres, making it the third-largest wildfire in modern Black Hills history. Photo courtesy of Custer State Park Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A wildfire in South Dakota's Custer State Park that ballooned to more than 50,000 acres in size is 50 percent contained as of Friday morning, fire [...]

2017-12-15T20:15:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Uber driver raped 16-year-old girl, authorities say

Police say Abdoulie Jagne, 58, allegedly committed the crime when giving the teenager an Uber ride.  (Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office) An Uber driver was arrested Thursday in Georgia, accused of raping a 16-year-old female passenger earlier in the week. Abdoulie Jagne, 58, was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail in north central Georgia, Fox 5 Atlanta [...]

2017-12-15T12:58:32+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure. The administration was laying the groundwork for such a drive even before an Islamic State-inspired extremist who was [...]

2017-12-15T12:52:51+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Two men crushed when house being raised after Harvey falls on them

HOUSTON — Two men working to lift a house onto a higher foundation after being flooded by Hurricane Harvey have died when the house fell on them. Harris County emergency officials say the accident happened just after 11 a.m. Thursday when the jacks being used to lift the house collapsed in a suburban Houston subdivision [...]

2017-12-15T12:47:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Changes coming in the tax bill to be released Friday, and some of the reasons for them

AP Reporter Stephen Ohlemacher looks at the details of the tax legislation that's being pushed by President Donald Trump and considered by a conference of … Show more  AP The chief tax writer in the House confirmed Thursday that a bill Republican leaders in Congress hope to send to President Trump next week has a top individual rate [...]

2017-12-15T12:32:54+00:00 December 15th, 2017|

Net neutrality: The FCC voted to end it. What that means for you

Net neutrality - what does it really mean? TIME On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back net neutrality regulations passed by the agency two years ago. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions: Q: What is net neutrality? A: Net neutrality, or open Internet, is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) [...]

2017-12-14T21:40:11+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

Federal Reserve raises interest rates for third time in 2017

Fed chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday "there is less to lose sleep about now" concerning the domestic economy. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo Dec. 14 (UPI) -- With the labor market strengthening and economic activity rising at a solid rate, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced the third rate-hike of the year. The announcement explains that jobs gains [...]

2017-12-14T15:40:24+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

Polygamous leader sentenced to 5 years for food stamp fraud

Lyle Jeffs will serve nearly five years in prison for running a multi-million dollar food stamp scam. Photo by Davis County Jail Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Former polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Wednesday for running a multi-million dollar food stamp scam and fleeing house arrest while awaiting trial. [...]

2017-12-14T15:35:40+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

Baby uses sign language to call for ‘help’ from Santa’s lap

Kerry Spencer@Swilua We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for "help." You're welcome. 12:28 PM - Dec 5, 2017 · Owings Mills, MD  165165 Replies  7,7967,796 Retweets  28,75428,754 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A Utah mother shared a photo of her infant son using American Sign Language to call for [...]

2017-12-13T15:03:07+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

3 Florida men charged in shark-dragging video

Three Florida boaters seen in a viral video dragging a shark at a “high speed” through the water — prompting outcries of “animal lynching” from some activists — were charged Tuesday with felony counts, authorities said. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release said 21-year-old Michael Wenzel and 23-year-old Spencer Heintz of Palmetto, [...]

2017-12-13T14:41:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|