More than 20 years after banning prisoners from receiving student aid, some federal and state inmates could be eligible for Pell grant money to take college courses while still behind bars. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the administration’s new Second Chance Pell Pilot program duringContinue Reading

1954-2015 WWE Hall of Famer Roderick George Toombs, a.k.a. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, passed away at his home in Hollywood today at the age of 61, according to TMZ Sports. According to the report, Piper died of natural causes. Piper was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He was scheduled to wrestle atContinue Reading

The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson have agreed to a contract extension, according to Peter King. The deal is worth $87.5 million over four years, a significant pay upgrade for the Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The deal includes a $31 million signing bonus and roughly $60 million in guaranteed money. Wilson wasContinue Reading

The classified emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies and included material related to the 2012 fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, McClatchy has learned. Of the five classified emails, the one known to be connected to Benghazi was amongContinue Reading

BELGRADE, Serbia — The head of Serbia’s state lottery resigned on Thursday following allegations of fraud during a live ticket draw this week. In a live broadcast Tuesday evening, one of the numbers in the winning combination appeared on TV screens before it was actually drawn. That sparked accusations that the numbers hadContinue Reading

Like reservoirs throughout the drought-stricken West, Nevada’s Lake Mead is far below capacity, down more than 60 percent. But even as the drought deepens, tourists are flowing in. Lake Mead gets more visitors than either Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, and some are coming to see the surprising sites that are revealedContinue Reading

Mia Farrow took some Twitter heat Wednesday for joining other angry social media posters and blasting out the business address of the dentist who killed thebeloved lion Cecil in Zimbabwe. Some apparently thought the actress had listed Walter Palmer’s home address in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, calling for her verified Twitter account toContinue Reading

Lex the police dog from central Illinois is far from top dog in drug-sniffing skills. That’s the core finding of a potentially influential new ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which considered the question of how much police should rely on their K-9 partners to justify searchesContinue Reading

The way William Merideth sees it, it’s pretty clear-cut: a drone flying over his backyard was a well-defined invasion of privacy, analogous to a physical trespassing. Not knowing who owned it, the Kentucky man took out his shotgun and fired three blasts of Number 8 birdshot to take the droneContinue Reading

Dispatcher hangs up on 911 caller, teen dies A New Mexico dispatcher has resigned after hanging up on a panicked woman who was trying to save a teenage shooting victim’s life, Albuquerque Fire Department officials confirmed. After authorities were made aware of the June call, dispatcher Matthew Sanchez was reassignedContinue Reading

You might think that conventional radio is becoming less relevant as time marches on, but AT&T begs to differ. It’s requiring that Android phone makers not only include active FM radio chips in their devices from 2016 onwards, but that they switch on chips in as many existing phones asContinue Reading

By Ramona Giwargis San Jose Mercury news Nine days after a woman was gunned down in San Francisco — allegedly by an illegal immigrant felon whom city authorities had released without notifying federal authorities — Mayor Sam Liccardo sent a letter to county officials urging them to reconsider a similarContinue Reading

The country’s antidrug law enforcement agency has expressed its support for the passage of a proposed bill amending the law penalizing wiretapping in the country. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. said the bill amending Republic Act No. 4200, known as Act to Prohibit andContinue Reading

Lacy Peterson’s memorial May 2003 Scott Peterson got a bum trial in 2004, his appeals attorney says in the latest California Supreme Court brief from a case that captured attention around the globe and landed the Modesto fertilizer salesman on death row for the murders of his pregnant wife andContinue Reading

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. The company is counting onContinue Reading

California is bracing for thunderstorms and monsoonal moisture in the next few days, but the weather is not expected to alleviate the state’s historic drought. The storms will carry the risk of lightning and flash floods as well as heatwaves with muggy conditions, putting emergency services on alert. A strongContinue Reading

From Luther Vandross’ early days as a jingle and background singer to his first R&B chart-topper on Epic (1981’s “Never Too Much”) through an ensuing string of R&B/pop hits, the Grammy winner’s silky-soul tenor continues to elicit reverential comments. Its subtly powerful resonance has remained consistent throughout his much-publicized weightContinue Reading

A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment in the case of a May 28, 2014 police raid gone wrong that left an infant critically wounded when a SWAT team blitzed the wrong house in Cornelia, Georgia. Nikki Autry, a former deputy sheriff in Habersham County, Georgia, was indictedContinue Reading

Last month, Google introduced an “Undo Send” option for all Gmail users, allowing anybody to recall messages up to 30 seconds after sending them. However, if 30 seconds isn’t enough time for you to spot an error (or realize that that’s actually a totally inappropriate thing to say to yourContinue Reading

A St. Petersburg man says Starbucks has banned him for life. Rob Rowen got a letter from Starbucks saying he’s been disrupting business and threatening customers. He says it’s all because he’s asked people illegally parked in the handicapped spot to move. “I regret to inform you you’ve been expelledContinue Reading

A Milwaukee man who admitted to a fatal 2013 hit-and-run was ordered out of prison Monday after investigators discovered that he gave a false confession to protect the true suspect — his son. Juan Silva Sr. is expected to be released later Monday or early Tuesday from the Racine CountyContinue Reading

The governing body of the Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to end its decades-long ban on gay scout leaders. The organization’s national executive board, meeting in Texas, concluded that the policy of excluding gay adults “was no longer legally defensible.” The decision was approved by 79 percent of theContinue Reading

“I Will Always Love You” is a song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The country track was released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene (1974). The singer wrote the song, which was recorded on June 13, 1973, for her one-time partnerContinue Reading

A 34-year-old man on Monday was convicted of luring a Modesto girl on Facebook and taking her to Fresno, where she worked as a prostitute. Tryvell Powell, of Fresno, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento. The defendant is scheduled toContinue Reading

A Missouri man was charged Sunday with murdering his 74-year-old father by lying on his head until the man lost consciousness, to prove “how big and bad” he was, authorities said. Kyle Webb, 44, of Grandview, Missouri, is charged with killing Franklin Webb late Saturday night at a home theyContinue Reading

When former NFL wide receiver Bernard Berrian reviewed his home security tape after a burglary in April, he was surprised by what he saw, according to CBS Sports. What he saw was his former college teammate Therrian Fontenot burglarizing his home, writes the news outlet. The two played football togetherContinue Reading

Bobbi Kristina Brown has passed away. The 22-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston had been unconscious after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell home on Jan. 31. Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital, where she was placed in a medically induced coma.Continue Reading

Federal safety regulators are expected to announce a consent order with Fiat Chrysler calling for the automaker to pay a $105 million fine, clean up its recall procedures and repurchase some vehicles, according to news reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a hearing into the company’s safetyContinue Reading

After a heartbroken Averie Mitchell was denied a trip down their water slide while wearing her prosthetic leg, one Oklahoma amusement park is vying to change their company policy. “After talking to the general manager they have not completed their new policy yet, but no one will have to takeContinue Reading

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that she did not use a private email account to send or receive classified information while she was secretary of state, in response to a government inspector’s letter this week. “I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at theContinue Reading

The best-selling smartwatches on the market all have security problems, according to US tech giant Hewlett-Packard. The company tested 10 wearables for security features, such as password protection and data encryption. It found all the watches had at least one area of concern. One security expert said manufacturers needed toContinue Reading

A South Carolina woman was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, more than two years after prosecutors say she hired a teen to kill a man, and he killed the wrong man by mistake. A judge sentenced Karlita Desean Phillips of Greenwood after a jury found her guilty of accessoryContinue Reading