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Thursday, December 08, 2016

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95. Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week.


Santa Claus isn't exactly known for his trim figure, but that didn't stop him from fat-shaming a nine-year-old.

While sitting on Santa's lap, a North Carolina boy said that the noted cookie-lover decided to dispense diet advice, suggesting he lay off the hamburgers and french fries.

Anthony Mayse said he walked away in tears after meeting Santa over the weekend in Forest City, North Carolina.

"It affected me so bad that I was crying until I went to bed that night. And I would to say to him, like my mama said, you don't wanna disrespect a nine-year-old," Anthony told news station WLOS. "Even though, what shape and size you are, it doesn't matter."

He later tore up the photo of him and the less-than-jolly Santa.


WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - DEVELOPING: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 was reported off the coast of Northern California on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake was centered about 102 miles (165 kilometers) in the Pacific Ocean west of Ferndale, California.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - BREAKING: Authorities have charged two juveniles for starting an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, local District Attorney General James Dunn and Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced charges at a news conference Wednesday.

Dunn said the juveniles face aggravated arson charges for the fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Nov. 23. The fire spread to the Gatlinburg area, causing widespread damage. They're being held in the Sevier County juvenile detention center.

They said the juveniles are from Tennessee, but not Sevier County. Officials said state law prevents releasing more information about them.

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - BREAKING: Authorities have charged two juveniles for starting an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, local District Attorney General James Dunn and Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced charges at a news conference Wednesday.

Dunn said the juveniles face aggravated arson charges for the fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Nov. 23. The fire spread to the Gatlinburg area, causing widespread damage. They're being held in the Sevier County juvenile detention center.

They said the juveniles are from Tennessee, but not Sevier County. Officials said state law prevents releasing more information about them.

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