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2 killed in California shooting near IRS office

Two others were wounded seriously.

      
 

 

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Snowy owls have arrived in New York City

At least seven snowy owls have been spotted around the New York City area. These owls from the Arctic are drawn to the freezing temps.
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WDBJ team pays touching tribute to fallen journalists

After a reporter and photographer were gunned down on air, the WDBJ news team took time in their broadcast to remember what made Alison Parker and Adam Ward so special.

      
 

 

Despite drought, California has record high crop revenue

High-value crops such as almonds, pistachios and wine grapes are the reason.

      
 

 

Tropical Storm Erika heads for Caribbean, Florida

Tropical Storm Erika is forecast to hit Florida next Monday.

      
 

 

National Toilet Paper Day: 5 quirky tidbits about toilet paper

Happy National Toilet Paper Day! The only time you think about toilet paper may be when there’s a two for one deal in the grocery store, but now, like all things, there’s a day devoted to TP.

      
 

 

Famed Texas surgeon Dr. James 'Red' Duke dies at 86

Trauma surgeon known as much for Texas twang and big red mustache as his medical skills.

      
 

 

Fund for parks, forests, trails set to expire

Conservation advocates are worried about the looming expiration of a fund for buying park and forest land and funding local recreation projects.

      
 

 

Houston church keeps Hurricane Katrina evacuees united

A congregation sown from the seeds of Hurricane Katrina planted itself in Texas — more than 300 miles away.

      
 

 

Frat in trouble for 'freshman daughter drop off' banner

Officials at Old Dominion University are investigating three controversial banners hung outside a home where several members of the Sigma Nu Fraternity allegedly live. The banners said things like “freshman daughter drop off.”

      
 

 

2 arrested in plot to fly contraband into prison with drone

Pair tried to sneak drugs, tobacco and porn into maximum-security prison, officials said.

      
 

 

Tearful survivors remember theater shooting victims

Colo. theater shooter being formally sentenced to life in prison without parole

      
 

 

Driverless Trucks Could Improve Work-Zone Safety

With hundreds of people killed in work-zone crashes each year, a Pennsylvania company demonstrates a new driverless truck that it says could help enhance worker safety. (Aug. 24)

      
 

 

What's the most honest city in America?

Honest Tea names Atlanta most honest city in America.

      
 

 

More single women are 1st-time homeowners

Single women are buying homes at nearly twice the rate of single men.

      
 

 

Americans hailed as heroes acted on 'instinct'

Three Americans hailed as heroes for their daring efforts on a train in France said they were ready to fight to the death.

      
 

 

Breast cancer survivors show strength with tattoos

Breast cancer survivors increasingly find empowerment through body art

      
 

 

National Zoo: 2nd Panda Cub 'Very Healthy'

National Zoo officials in Washington, D.C. say they are now in the process of swapping out each newborn panda cub in order to help the mother raise the twins. (Aug. 23)

      
 

 

Rebuilt playgrounds revive joy for Gulf Coast kids after Katrina

10 years after Katrina, Operation Playground has built 173 playgrounds in the Gulf Coast region

      
 

 

From obesity to duplicity: Jared's fall to Earth

Jared Fogle had it all, but traded it for a chance to abuse children