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University explains why it named a training course #StopWhitePeople2K16

Officials with New York's Binghamton University said they were trying to be ironic when they named a training course for the upcoming school year "#StopWhitePeople2K16." >> Read more trending stories The training course was apparently meant to spur discussion about diversity, not demean any specific race. "The premise of this session ...

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 22:  A man plays Pokemon Go game on a smartphone on July 22, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese version of the game app Pokemon Go was released on July 22, 2016. Japan McDonalds' 3,000 restaurants in Japan will be turned into Pokemon gyms in collaboration with the fast-food chain.  (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Driver distracted by 'Pokemon Go' kills pedestrian in Japan

A Japanese farmer playing "Pokemon Go" while driving struck a pair of pedestrians earlier this week, killing one in Japan's first reported death linked to the wildly popular augmented-reality game, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending stories Keiji Goo, 39, was driving a small truck in Tokushima prefecture, ...

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Arrest made in murder of two nuns in Mississippi

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has arrested a man in connection with the murder of two nuns in Durant, Mississippi. Kosciusko resident Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68. >> Related: 2 ...

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Judge blocks UNC from enforcing bathroom law

On Friday, a judge ruled the University of North Carolina can't stop two transgender students and one employee from using bathrooms matching their gender identity — for now. The judge ordered a narrow injunction for just those three people until the court makes a final decision on the state's bathroom ...

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Top French court overturns burqini ban

A top French court has overturned a controversial ban on Muslim-friendly burqini bathing suits. >> Read more trending stories The Council of State ruled Friday that a ban imposed in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs and individual freedom." But the decision ...

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Al Roker on Ryan Lochte: NBC refutes reports that execs are upset

The heated debate "Today Show" weatherman Al Roker and reporter Billy Bush had about U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte's Rio incident went viral as the Olympics ended last week. It drew viewers to the NBC morning program, but according to gossip site Page Six, NBC executives are "embarrassed" by the argument. ...

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A New Hampshire beach will be topless this weekend

Go Topless Day is headed to Hampton Beach for a second year. Beachgoers will be topless all day Sunday, according to the event’s Facebook page. >> Read more trending stories The event will take place in more than 300 cities across the country as part of the “Free the Nipple” movement. Participants aim ...

Woman with Down syndrome retiring from McDonald's after 32 years

After 32 years, a woman will retire from working at the Needham McDonalds.  Freia David, who has Down syndrome, has worked at the Chestnut Street McDonalds since she was a young girl.  >> Read more trending stories David has worked at the fry station over the years and got the job ...

Wife listens to entire 4-hour rescue of big-rig driver after interstate crash

WSOC has learned that Jackson Musyoka, of Flower Mound, Texas, is the driver who was trapped for nearly four hours inside his tractor-trailer Thursday on Interstate 85. Firefighters and rescuers worked in the heat and in poison oak for hours to save Musyoka, who officials said lost his leg in the ...

Parents say school slavery game is demeaning

A slavery educational activity game is no longer part of the lesson plan at a Cobb County school and the teacher responsible is now facing disciplinary action. Delores Bunch-Keemer knew something was wrong when her 10-year-old granddaughter came home from Cheatham Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. "She was very concerned. I ...

Krispy Kreme launches new peanut butter treat

Peanut butter lovers have a new doughnut to try at Krispy Kreme. The popular doughnut chain has announced the Reese's Peanut Butter Krispy Kreme doughnut Monday on its Australian website. >> Read more trending stories The AU Review reported that the new menu item is filled with Reese's peanut butter ...

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Students learn chemistry via beer-testing lab

A college professor is using beer to inspire chemistry students. University of Southern Maine professor Lucille Benedict told the Portland Press Herald it can be challenging to keep students engaged in chemistry, so she started using beer as a testing medium. Benedict oversees the school's new Quality Assurance/Quality Control and ...

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FDA says to check all blood donations for Zika

The Food and Drug Administration now recommends that all blood donations in the U.S. be screened for the Zika virus. The FDA previously advised screening only in areas with active Zika transmission, like parts of Florida and throughout Puerto Rico. But the agency's acting chief scientist said in a statement Friday, "As new ...

Florida man arrested, accused of punching child's teeth out

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly punching an 11-year-old girl in the face. Timothy Korman, 35, allegedly hit the girl in the face with a closed fist and an open hand, causing her to lose three teeth, acording to the police report. He’s also accused of squeezing her ...

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‘Modern-day dinosaur' found in Florida waters

A Florida fisherman got a humongous surprise recently when the 700-pound fish he’d hooked turned out to be a critically endangered prehistoric monster. While filming an episode for extreme fishing show "BlacktipH Fishing," producer Joshua Jorgensen hooked a 17-foot sawfish, not realizing at first what he was getting himself into. ...

People aren't buying soap bars anymore -- here's why

Americans are not interested in using bars of soap in the shower anymore, according to a new report. The Washington Post reported that 55 percent of consumers are no longer using soap bars, according to research firm Mintel. >> Read more trending stories Today reported that Mintel's research said that ...

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Mother gives her life to save drowning child

A mother died in Utah on Tuesday after deputies said she dove in a lake to save her 2-year-old son, who fell off a moving houseboat. The Denver Post reported that Chelsey Russell, 33, leapt after her son when he fell into Lake Powell in San Juan County, Utah, on ...

Police escort fallen officer's son on first day of school

The beginning of the school year can be tough on families, but for the Scherlens, it’s especially difficult this year because one special member of their family is missing. Amarillo police Officer Justin Scherlen, 39, died earlier this month during a family trip. The cause of death is believed to ...

Teen who fought for medical-marijuana use in schools dies week after starting high school

A Colorado teen who helped usher in the use of medical marijuana for students in that state’s schools is being remembered for his smile, his charm and his bravery in the face of debilitating illness. Jack Splitt died Wednesday at his home in Lakewood, Colorado. He was 15 years old. ...

Flowers lie in front of John Stevens’ home on Southeast Kokomo Lane in Tequesta, Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Stevens and Michelle Mishcon were found dead after being attacked by Austin Harrouff Monday night at the home. The 19-year-old Florida State University sophomore fatally stabbed the two while walking home, authorities said. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

What we know and don't know about Florida face-biting case

More than a week after Michelle Mishcon and John Stevens were killed in their southern Martin County home, Florida, much remains unknown about what led to the seemingly random, but unusually brutal, stabbings. The couple often kept their garage door up, said Stevens’ brother-in-law, Doug Maddox, with a seat open ...

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