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  • Chris Smith became a single dad when his girlfriend died. The Browns cut him this week

    Cutting an NFL player is rarely an easy decision. But this one was harder than most, when the Cleveland Browns waived defensive end Chris Smith this week. “It is always difficult to cut someone and, in this instance, it was even more difficult, yes,” Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters Wednesday. In September, Smith’s girlfriend Petara Cordero died in a car accident just weeks after giving birth to their daughter, Haven Harris Smith. “I still remember the morning that […]

  • Man in $400,000 GoFundMe scam case pleads guilty and agrees to 5-year sentence

    NEW JERSEY (CNN) – A man who was the instigator behind a false feel-good story that raised more than $400,000 as part of a GoFundMe scam plead guilty Friday in New Jersey court, according to prosecutors. Mark D’Amico, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree misapplication of entrusted property in Burlington County. “We are pleased that this defendant accepted responsibility for his role in this scam,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a statement. “He will be required to make […]

  • The UPS hijacking ended in a hail of bullets in rush-hour traffic. Police now face questions about their response

    MIRAMAR, Fla. — The scene was a nightmare: After a long, televised police chase of a hijacked UPS truck ground to a halt at a jammed South Florida intersection, gunfire erupted seemingly from everywhere Thursday evening — with vehicles stopped at a traffic light serving as officers’ impromptu shields. Gunfire exploded toward and from the truck. A bystander crouched on a median, then scrambled away as officers closed in. My friend sent me this 🤯 pic.twitter.com/E5SjLOSbyY — Kevin Reinoso♛ (@kevinreinosoo) December 6, […]

  • A 5-year-old boy’s entire kindergarten class showed up for his adoption hearing

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — A boy in Michigan showed up at the courthouse in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday for an adoption hearing with his foster parents, and he had a crowd of unusual supporters. Five-year-old Michael’s entire kindergarten class sat in the audience behind him waving big red hearts mounted on wooden sticks to show their support. Michael’s adoptive father told CNN his favorite part was when the judge asked everyone present in the room to explain what Michael […]

  • A model was disqualified from Miss World for being a mother. Now she’s pushing back

    Veronika Didusenko had only been Miss Ukraine for a few days before she was stripped of her title for having a child and having been married. Now, the model is taking legal action against the UK-based Miss World organization, which determines the rules for affiliate pageants like Miss Ukraine, alleging that its rules are discriminatory. “The Equality Act (2010) protects against discrimination on the basis of certain protected characteristics, including marriage, maternity and sex,” British human rights lawyer Ravi Naik, […]

  • A seasonal UPS employee confessed to stealing nearly $2,000 worth of packages

    MIAMI (CNN) – A seasonal worker for UPS has been arrested following accusations of package theft. Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr. has been charged with third-degree theft, which is a felony. According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Reggin was hired as a seasonal worker to help a full-time driver unload packages. On Monday, Reggin helped unload approximately 5,500 packages at a company in Northeast Miami-Dade, the police said. While the other UPS employee was not looking, Reggin grabbed several boxes and […]

  • Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, 4 dead

    An armed robbery at a Florida jewelry store Thursday led to the hijacking of a UPS truck and a massive police chase that ended in a fatal shootout in Broward County. Four people were killed — the two robbery suspects who stole the truck, the UPS driver and a bystander at the end of the chase, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said. The first call police received was a silent holdup alarm at 4:17 p.m. from Regent Jewelers […]

  • Tennessee murderer put to death by electric chair

    Lee Hall, convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend nearly three decades ago, was executed by the state of Tennessee on Thursday night, the Department of Correction said. Hall was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. CT. He had chosen the electric chair over lethal injection. He was the fourth person to be electrocuted by the state since November 2018 and the first since Stephen West was executed in August. GOP Gov. Bill Lee had said Wednesday that he would not prevent Hall’s execution. “The justice […]

  • Uber releases safety report revealing 5,981 reports of sexual assault

    Uber released its highly-anticipated safety report on Thursday revealing, among other details, that it received 5,981 reports of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018. Among those, there were 464 reports of rape. Uber first pledged to release the report nearly a year ago in response to a CNN investigation that found at least 103 Uber drivers in the United States had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers in the previous four years. The drivers were arrested, wanted by police, or had […]

  • As a school shooting unfolded, a teen opened her mosque doors to shelter fleeing students

    Thanks to a Wisconsin student’s quick thinking, about 100 students were able to take shelter at her mosque during a school stabbing and shooting on Tuesday. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Oshkosh chapter mosque is across the street from Oshkosh West High School, where police said a 16-year-old student stabbed an officer with an “edged weapon” before being shot by the officer. Surveillance video from the mosque shows the moment one of its members, Duaa Ahmad, a high school student at […]

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