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'Vice,' 'A Star Is Born,' 'Green Book' Top Golden Globe NominationsThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards on Thursday morning.
Lawyer Says Man Accused In McDonald's Incident 'Acted In Self-Defense'Teenagers say that Lloyd Johnson started to yell at them after a failed attempt to pay for food, and pulled a gun on them.
Top Tot Toys? Blocks & Boxes Recommended Over High-Tech ToysSimpler hands-on toys that parents and young children can play with together are preferable for healthy development.
'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' Voted Most Beloved Holiday ShowA new survey conducted by Marcus Theatres found that the most beloved Christmas show or movie is actually more than a half-century old.
Suicides, Drug Overdoses Pushing Down U.S. Life ExpectancyOverall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
'Roma' Called 2018's Best Picture By New York CriticsAlfonso Cuaron's film is Netflix's most acclaimed release yet, and it's widely expected to contend for best picture at the Academy Awards.
UW President Reprimands Chancellor Over Porn Star SpeechUW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow paid 59-year-old porn actress Nina Hartley $5,000 out of his discretionary fund to speak on campus Nov. 1.
#FacebookDown Erupts On Twitter As Facebook, Instagram Experience OutagesFacebook users report they are receiving a messages that says, “Something went wrong and we couldn’t load your videos,” or, “Service unavailable.”
'Eighth Grade,' 'First Reformed' Net Top Independent Spirit Award NodsDoled out the day before the Academy Awards, the Spirits honor independent film, selecting from nominees with budgets under $20 million.

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Nuns Pilfer Half A Million Dollars From Catholic School To Gamble In VegasTwo longtime nuns at St. James Catholic School allegedly embezzled as much as $500,000 in tuition, fees and donations, perhaps spending some of the money on trips and gambling at casinos.
10-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Mocked At Nail Salon For Short HairA 10-year-old cancer survivor says a recent outing to a day spa turned sour when a trio of nail technicians mocked her appearance.
Homeless Man Finds $17,000, Gives It To Food BankA homeless man in Washington state is being praised for his generosity and honesty after turning in thousands of dollars found in a bag outside a food bank.
Father Of Murdered Teen Denied Visa To Enter U.S. For Her FuneralThe father of a North Carolina teenager who was kidnapped and murdered has been denied a visa to attend her funeral.
5th Grader Says Teacher Put Duct Tape Over Her Mouth For Talking Too MuchA mother in Tennessee says she is "angry" and "hurt" after learning a teacher put duct tape over 10-year-old daughter's mouth for talking too much in class.
Dad Makes Girl Walk Five Miles To School For Bullying On School BusAn Ohio father is making his 10-year-old daughter walk five miles to school in 36-degree weather after she was suspended from riding the school bus for bullying.
Infant Ibuprofen Sold At CVS, Walmart, Family Dollar RecalledThe recalled lots of the product have been found to potentially have higher concentrations of ibuprofen.
School Staffers Help Boy Bullied With His HygieneWhen a 14-year-old Wisconsin boy who was being bullied about his hygiene kept failing to show up for class, staffers at his middle school decided it was time to step in.
300-Pound Woman Admits Crushing Boyfriend To DeathA Pennsylvania woman who weighs about 300 pounds has plead guilty to killing her boyfriend, partially by lying on top of him.