Greyhound bus accidentally drives 114 miles in wrong direction

Passengers aboard a Greyhound bus bound for New York City from Cleveland were left fuming Thursday after mechanical problems and a surprise detour kept the bus in Ohio. The bus left Cleveland more than three hours behind schedule, passengers told News 5 Cleveland. It was supposed to leave at 2:30…

Woman gets 3 years for involvement in beating of special needs man

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman involved in a beating of a mentally disabled teen that was shown on Facebook Live has been sentenced to three years in prison. Twenty-five-year-old Tanishia Covington learned her sentence Friday after pleading guilty to a hate crime, intimidation and aggravated battery. Covington apologized in court…

Florida deputy arrested on child porn charges

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s deputy is facing charges of receiving child pornography through the Canadian-based social media messaging app Kik. Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Orange County Deputy Kevin Hutchinson was being interviewed Thursday as part of an investigation he transmitted child pornography when they found files he received…

Temple frat house suspended after 2 students allege sex assaults

PHILADELPHIA — A Temple University fraternity house where two teenage students said they were sexually assaulted has been suspended, and police are investigating. A 19-year-old student reported she was assaulted at Alpha Epsilon Pi’s fraternity house in February by one of the fraternity’s members, police Capt. Mark Burgmann said on…

Dad holding daughter in his lap fatally stabbed in restaurant

LOS ANGELES — A homeless man was charged Friday with murder in a random attack on a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse. Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of…

Suspect says ‘sorry’ after shooting at high school leaves one injured

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A gunman carrying a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire at a Florida high school, wounding one student as other students and teachers piled desks and cabinets against classroom doors to make barricades. The 19-year-old suspect was later arrested and apologized as he was led…

Off-duty LAPD officer charged with murder in fiery DUI crash

LOS ANGELES — An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was charged Friday with murder in a fiery freeway crash that killed three members of a family. Edgar Verduzco, 27, also was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in connection with the Sept. 26 crash. Verduzco appeared in…

Clintons felt Jeb Bush was biggest GOP threat, new book says

Hillary Clinton lamented that “they were never going to let me be president” on election night in 2016, a new book detailing her White House bids claims. The Daily Beast obtained book excerpts of “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.” The book reportedly references…

Kite bombs hit Israel from Gaza City thanks to heavy winds

Palestinian terrorists flew kites attached with firebombs into Israel on Friday. The kites — each with Molotov-cocktail-like bombs tied to their tails — were floated over border fences from Gaza City and other areas. They are a new tactic in violent Palestinian border protests that have ignited clashes with Israeli…

Ex-teacher avoids jail time after admitting to sex romps with students

A former substitute teacher must register as a sex offender, but she avoided prison time after being sentenced Thursday on charges involving sexual contact with students. Madeline Marx, 24, did receive five years of probation on each of two counts of sexual battery, according to Cleveland.com. If she violates the…

Trump slams OPEC for ‘artificially’ high oil prices

President Trump slammed OPEC on Friday, accusing the bloc of 14 oil-producing nations of inflating oil prices when gas prices in the US are already the highest in nearly three years. “Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully…

‘Canadian Warren Buffet’ makes $237M bid to acquire Toys ‘R’ Us

Billionaires are dueling over Geoffrey the giraffe. Prem Watsa, the “Canadian Warren Buffet,” has filed a stalking-horse bid, to acquire the Canadian Toys ‘R’ Us unit for $237 million. The offer, which will form the opening bid in a possible auction set for next week, is roughly $22 million more…

Harvey asks judge to force Weinstein Co. to hand over files

Harvey Weinstein wants to “exonerate himself.” The pervy producer asked a Bankruptcy Court judge on Friday to order the Weinstein Co. to hand over personal e-mails and files so he can defend himself against civil and criminal investigations in Los Angeles and New York. The bankrupt Weinstein Co. violated the…

Quarterly iPhone sales may dip thanks to weak demand in China

The weather may be getting warmer, but iPhone sales are cooling off. Sales of Apple’s popular smartphone will fall roughly 15 percent in the current quarter — thanks to weaker demand in China, one Wall Street analyst said Friday. Apple iPhone sales in the quarter ending June 30 will fall…

How big-name concerts forced the NFL to juggle its schedule

The NFL is the world’s most powerful entertainment machine, but even it can’t mess with stars like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift or Beyoncé. Thirteen superstar concerts at NFL stadiums this fall forced the league to juggle its schedule to make sure teams didn’t play at home the same weekend as…

CDC warns people to avoid ‘all types of romaine lettuce’ amid E. coli outbreak

Following an E. coli outbreak in 16 states, officials are expanding their warning, advising people to avoid buying “all types of romaine lettuce” grown in Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an updated statement on Friday urging consumers not to buy or consume romaine lettuce “unless you can…

Sessions told White House he’d probably walk if Rosenstein is axed: report

Jeff Sessions reportedly told the White House that he would find it difficult to remain as attorney general — and would likely walk — if President Trump were to fire his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, in the middle of the Russia investigation. He made the veiled threat last week during…

Teen who says he keeps pythons to protect his cash arrested

This Florida teen’s snakes protect his money — but can’t keep him out of jail. Christopher Hungria, 19, was busted after skipping a court appearance Wednesday on charges for having the unregistered pythons at his Hollywood home, news station WPLG reported. The teen — who can be seen on social…

Judge accused of lying during murder investigation

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A state judicial board has filed a complaint accusing a judge in southwestern Illinois of lying to investigators when they questioned him about a suspect in a murder who had been his roommate. The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board complaint submitted this week with the Courts Commission could…

Putin’s pen sells for $77,170 at auction

Putin finally proved he can do the write thing! A crystal-encrusted pen that Russian President Vladimir Putin used to ink political deals sold at an auction for a cold hard $77,170 in cash, according to a report Friday. Putin’s black Parker pen — which is embossed with the Russian coat…

North Korea announces it will suspend nuclear, missile tests

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un made the surprise announcement Friday that the country will suspend all nuclear and missile tests — in advance of an anticipated summit with President Trump. The president immediately praised the move on Twitter, with a statement that called the nuke ban a positive move…

Kangaroo killed by tourists tossing bricks to make it hop

A kangaroo was killed at a zoo in China and another injured after being pelted by tourists with bricks — in a bid to see them hop, a report says. The marsupials were targeted on two separate occasions, with the most recent incident coming in March. They had been minding…

4 plead not guilty in drinking death of frat pledge after hazing ritual

BATON ROUGE, La. — Four young men pleaded not guilty Friday to criminal charges in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge. Matthew Alexander Naquin, 20, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, was arraigned on a negligent homicide charge in the September 2017 death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver,…

Man convicted of killing girlfriend, stuffing body in closet

SYCAMORE, Ill. — A northern Illinois judge has convicted a DeKalb man of beating and stabbing his girlfriend to death and then hiding her body in a closet. DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert found 22-year-old Michael G. Kulpin guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and other charges in the June 2016…

Parents outraged after preschool bans use of ‘best friend’

GEORGETOWN, Mass. — A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term “best friend.” Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown. The little…

Inmate hangs himself hours after being linked to decades-old cold case

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Prison officials in Maryland say an inmate hanged himself in his cell hours after he was publicly linked to a decades-old disappearance. Fifty-one-year-old Fernando Asturizaga was declared a “person of interest” last week in the 2000 disappearance of Alison Thresher. She was a copy editor at the…

Pilot who was hauled off plane is charged with trying to fly drunk

A British Airways pilot allegedly four times over the drink-fly limit has been charged after he was hauled off a plane. Julian Monaghan, 49, was arrested in January and led from the Boeing 777 in handcuffs after fellow crew members reportedly noticed he stank of booze. Airline colleagues called 999…

YouTube ran ads for big firms on Nazi, pedophilia channels

YouTube has been accused of showing ads from multinational companies on channels promoting extremism, Nazis and even pedophilia. The likes of Adidas, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and Under Armour are among the 300 firms who unwittingly helped these channels, a CNN investigation revealed. Other channels found to be running high-quality commercials…

African king changes his country’s name

JOHANNESBURG — Breathe easy, Switzerland: The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland is changing its name. King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday. It appears to be as easy as that, as the king is an absolute monarch. Many African countries…

Royal Navy tails Russian warship amid rising tensions

A Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry sailed through the English Channel on Friday — where it was closely followed by the Royal Navy in another sign of heightened tensions between the two countries. The 423-foot Russian ship cruised close to the English coastline and past the Dover Straight while the HMS…