Now Playing
105.5 WDUV
Last Song Played
Continuous Lite Favorites
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
105.5 WDUV
Last Song Played
Continuous Lite Favorites

news

200 items
Results 11 - 20 of 200 < previous next >

Feds to investigate escape of tiger found prowling metro on Georgia interstate

Federal authorities will investigate whether charges should be filed against an entertainment company and the owner of an escaped circus tiger found wandering the interstate south of Atlanta.

>> Read more trending news

In an email, Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said state officials have handed over the probe to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He said multiple states were involved and USDA oversees wild animal regulations. 

The USDA will look at whether charges should be filed against Feld Entertainment, the owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus, and big cat trainer Alexander Lacey.

Feld Entertainment was transporting Suzy, a 6-year-old Bengal tiger owned by Lacey, from Florida to Tennessee on Sept 6. when she escaped from the truck carrying 14 big cats. Suzy was shot and killed after wandering loose around a suburban Atlanta neighborhood and attacking a terrified dachshund named Journey. 

Florida woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device

A Sanford, Florida, woman is facing charges after authorities said she placed a GPS tracker on her ex-boyfriend’s car in order to stalk his every move.

>> Read more trending news

Investigators said the victim became suspicious after the suspect, Erica Capps, would show up at the homes of friends he was visiting.

He said the stalking lasted two months.

Authorities said Capps’ behavior began to escalate with each surprise visit.

Investigators said it started Sept. 19 when Capps showed up at his friend’s house in Altamonte Springs and texted him to go outside.

When he did, he saw Capps was there and she began an argument for being at his female friend’s home.

The same thing happened when the victim visited another friend’s home on Oct. 18 in Maitland and at a Best Buy in Sanford a couple of weeks later.

Capps also showed up at a Walgreens on Nov. 8, according to an arrest affidavit.

The report said she also sent him screen shots of his location and places he had visited recently to question why he was there.

“That caused him a significant amount of distress and then ultimately he was able to check his vehicle and discovered that a tracking device had actually been put on it,” said Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Bob Kealing.

Capps was arrested over the weekend, but has been freed on bond.

Bob Brown of Spy Geeks said the tracking devices are easy to install.

“These are both under my vehicle. Magnetically placed,” he said.

He posted video on his website on how to find a GPS tracker on a car.

He said it’s the most commonly asked technology question.

“People buy them for all sorts of reasons, but they’re supposed to track their own car or their kids’ car. That’s legal. Anything else would be illegal,” said Brown.

Brown said using a live tracking unit involved a monthly fee.

Capps will be arraigned on the charges next month.

Charlie Rose suspended from CBS, PBS over sexual harassment allegations 

CBS News and PBS have suspended award-winning journalist Charlie Rose after allegations from eight women that the longtime talk show host and host of “CBS This Morning” sexually harassed them dating back to the 1990s until 2011, according to the Washington Post.

>> Read more trending news

“Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously,” a CBS  spokesperson said in a written statement, the Post reported.

Rose, 75, made unwanted sexual advances and allegedly groped women who worked on his show “Charlie Rose The Week,” which aired on PBS, but was produced by an independent company, and Bloomberg TV. He’s also accused of appearing naked in front of some of the women.

Both PBS and Bloomberg have pulled his show.

“PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations. We are immediately suspending distribution of ‘Charlie Rose,'” a PBS spokesperson said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.

>> Related: Former Boston news anchor accusing Kevin Spacey of assaulting her son, in latest allegation

“PBS does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.”

The women involved in the accusations against Rose ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the alleged incidents.

Rose issued an apology on Twitter, calling his behavior “inappropriate .”

“I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken,” he said.

Rose is the latest in a string of powerful men publicly accused of inappropriate behavior toward women over the past three decades, beginning last month with rape accusations and sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

>> Related: 3 women accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape: report

Also on Monday, New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended after a report that he behaved inappropriately with female journalists.

President Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terrorism

President Trump took his tough rhetoric on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the next level by stating his intention to list the country as a state sponsor of terror.

>> Read more trending news

“Today, the U.S. is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. (This) should have happened a long time ago — should have happened years ago,” the president announced while speaking at a Cabinet meeting.

Trump said North Korea “has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil.”

He also spoke about the late 22-year-old University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who died after spending a year and a half in a North Korean prison.

Warmbier was arrested at Pyongyang International airport in January 2016 after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster. He was charged with “anti-republic activities” and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.

The Trump administration secured the college student’s release at the beginning of June 2017, and he was medically evacuated from the country back to the United States. He returned in a coma — which North Korean officials alleged that he slipped into after taking sleeping pills for botulism while in prison, though experts in the United States have treated that story with skepticism — and died just a few days later.

There is a question of whether or not Warmbier’s death could be classified as “willful killing, torture, or inhuman treatment,” which would place North Korea in violation of agreements such as the Geneva Convention.

The State Department currently lists three countries as state sponsors of terrorism: Iran, Sudan and Syria.

“Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act,” the State Department explains on its website. Countries that fall under those designations may face certain sanctions, which include “restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.”

Any person or country that trades with those listed by the department as state sponsors of terrorism may also face penalties by way of sanctions.

Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un have not had a close relationship by any means.

The world leaders feuded publicly earlier in the month after Kim Jong-un called Trump an “old lunatic.” Trump responded by insinuating that the leader was “short and fat.”

While on a two-week foreign policy trip in Asia, Trump said the United States’ policy of “strategic patience” in dealing with North Korea was over. He made his comments in a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump’s tough rhetoric toward Kim reflects an earlier sentiment he expressed while calling Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man.”

“Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won’t fail,” he wrote on Twitter.

While many focus on North Korea’s foreign policy technique of saber rattling, the country’s approach to domestic policy is also under scrutiny. The recent death of a defector raised additional questions about the state of the North Korean people’s health.

About a week ago, an unnamed North Korean soldier abandoned his post and began to run toward South Korea. It was the third defection of a North Korean soldier this year. He was shot more than 40 times by his fellow soldiers.

South Korean soldiers were able to crawl to the area where he lay and rescue the man. He was transported, in a helicopter belonging to the United Nations Command, to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

A surgeon who operated on the defector made a disturbing discovery in his digestive tract.

“In my over 20-year-long career as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a textbook,” said Lee Cook-jong while explaining the flesh-colored parasites he found.

Parasitic worms, some over 1 foot long, in the man’s body put a spotlight on detrimental, government-backed approaches to health and agriculture in the country. Experts have pointed to North Korean farmers’ use of “night soil,” or human excrement, as fertilizer to explain the presence of the worms, which have been discovered in other defectors.

There is a perception in the country that “night soil” makes food taste better. The method has even been personally backed by Kim Jong-un himself.

“Although we do not have solid figures showing health conditions of North Korea, medical experts assume that parasite infection problems and serious health issues have been prevalent in the country,” explained Choi Min-Ho, a professor and parasitic specialist at Seoul National University College of Medicine.

Judge Jeanine Pirro caught driving 119 in a 65 mph zone

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro received a speeding ticket for driving 119 mph in a 65 mph zone in upstate New York Sunday.

>> Read more trending news

The former Westchester County district attorney was stopped by a trooper on Sunday afternoon in Tioga County driving more than 50 mph over the speed limit, The Hill reported. A state police spokesman says he doesn’t know what type of car Pirro was driving or whether she had any passengers.

Pirro said in a statement through Fox she was traveling to see her sick mother.

“I had been driving for hours to visit my ailing 89-year-old mom and didn’t realize how fast I was driving,” Pirro said. 

“I believe in the rule of law, and I will pay the consequences.”

Pirro is host of the Fox News Channel show “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

>> Related: Another Fox News employee gone after making insensitive remark to a black coworker

Under New York law, she could lose her license for driving more than 40 mph over the posted speed limit.

Barack Obama broke the internet after tweeting Biden a #BidenMeme

Guys, we are living in weird times, and as much as we want to say Twitter is dying, it’s proving to be a meaningful social media that we still can’t get away from. I mean, if you told me that Lavar Ball and Donald Trump were going to be in a Twitter war in 2017, I would have told you that you were crazy.

>> Read more trending news

Well, let’s focus on the good part of Twitter, mainly Barack Obama’s Twitter.

Now we always know Barry O will Tweet exactly what America needs to hear; he is a master at that. Now some may need to take a class from him, but that is especially true today.

Today is Joe Biden’s birthday, and what better way to say HBD than a Tweet, right? Well we all love some great #BidenMemes, and Obama really came through on this one.

Now it’s only been a few hours since Barack made a funny but it already has over 177,000 retweets. It’s safe to say everyone lost their minds a little bit…

This comes after the weekend where Chance The Rapper and the SNL crew sung “Bring Back Barack” and made us all wish for four more years. Well at least we have some funny tweets to hold us over until Michelle…

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip unveil 70th anniversary portrait

As Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip prepare to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this week, the royal couple released their latest anniversary portrait on Saturday.

>> Read more trending news

“To mark The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th Wedding Anniversary, new photographic portraits have been released worldwide,” The Royal Family wrote on Instagram alongside the new photo.

“The portraits, by British photographer Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, were taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November. In this first release, The Queen and His Royal Highness are framed by Thomas Gainsborough’s 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years,” the caption said.

The photographer recalled snapping the beautiful portrait, saying, “I feel very honored and privileged to have been asked to contribute to this very special occasion. My vision for the image was to capture an intimate and natural portrait of the Queen and Duke to celebrate their landmark anniversary. The Queen and the Duke were very happy and relaxed, which made it a pleasure. I feel the images showcase their strength and unity.”

The Queen and Prince Philip wed Nov. 20, 1947, in Westminster Abbey. After lavish affairs for their past anniversaries, the couple reportedly plans to tone things down this year as they become the first royal couple to make it to the seven-decade mark. Instead, they’ll celebrate with a small group of friends and family during a private dinner at Windsor Castle on Monday night.

These are the best gift cards of the 2017 holiday season

With the holiday season in full swing, many are relying on gift cards to make shopping a little simpler. But which ones are the best?

>> Read more trending news

WalletHub recently conducted some research to find out, and iTunes, Starbucks and Walmart were the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively.

The personal finance site determined its results by comparing the 50 most popular options across five major categories: how popular the cards are; how much of a discount you can get when you buy them; how much you can sell them for; how much people like the retailer; and shipping fees. 

The reason iTunes, Starbucks and Walmart came out on top was their free shipping and high popularity score. All three also had high resale values. 

» RELATED: Black Friday 2017: Best Buy ad deals on laptops, TVs and more just leaked

Here’s snapshot of the best three gift cards. 

iTunes

Popularity ranking: 4

Shipping fee: $0

Average buyer discount: 5.15 percent

Average resale value of $100 gift card: $77.75

Retailer rating out of 5: 3.03 

Starbucks

Popularity ranking: 6

Shipping fee: $0

Average buyer discount: 7.74 percent

Average resale value of $100 gift card: $76.27

Retailer rating out of 5: 2.57 

Walmart

Popularity ranking: 3

Shipping fee: $0

Average buyer discount: 2.00 percent

Average resale value of $100 gift card: $84.92

Retailer rating out of 5: 2.13

Overall, Amazon was the most popular, Dunkin Donuts offered the best average buyer discount at 24.83 percent and Netflix had the highest average resale price at $86.11.

Curious about the other findings? Take a look at the top 10 gift cards below and read the full report here

Top 10 gift cards

1. iTunes

2. Starbucks

3. Walmart

4. Victoria’s Secret

5. Target

6. Amazon

7. Best Buy

8. Chipotle

9. Fandango

10. Sephora 

7 tips for buying the best artificial Christmas tree this season

If you are dreaming of a lovely, needle-free Christmas tree, you are in luck.

>> Read more trending news

Gone are the days of stiff, flimsy, plastic trees. Artificial trees are now more realistic than ever before, and they are growing in popularity.

In fact, about 80 percent of homes will opt for an artificial tree compared to only 20 percent of Americans going for a real, live tree, according to the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA).

So how do you find the most authentic tree and get the most bang for your buck? Here are seven tips for buying a quality faux tree from Jen Sypeck, an Atlanta based trend expert and product development consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with Home Depot, Home Decorators Collection and Pottery Barn.

Ask yourself: does the tree look realistic?

Does the tree look full? Look at both the tips and branches. If you are looking at a tree in a store, note that sometimes the trees might not be fully fluffed. So if you find a tree that is not to your fullness liking, play around with a few branches to see if, with a little care, you are able to achieve the full look you are going for. Needles made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) look more realistic than those made from plastic, while needles made from PE (polyethylene) are even more life-like.

Making an investment. Just as fake trees can be found in all sizes, they can also be found in all price ranges. The quality of the tree and additional accents will affect the pricing. And there is a vast range depending on size, features and quality. Example, a 7 feet tall, prelighted PVC tree can range from $99-$1,500. Regardless of budget there is a faux tree out there for you. Depending on your budget, try to invest in the “showcase” tree in the house. In other words, if you are setting up multiple trees throughout your house and need to scale back the budget, spend less on the trees not front and center.

Determine your style. Going with a faux tree gives you lots of options. Are you looking for a traditional just-cut-from-the-farm tree, a snow swept tree, or a glamorous, bold metallic tree, there is a tree to fit your personal decorating style.

Determine the size. You need to consider the clearance for a comfortable walkway in the room where tree will be set up. In addition to the walkway clearance, you also need to be aware of the ceiling height. (Sypeck likes to have at least a 1 foot of space between the top of a tree and the ceiling, and if you have a tree topper you’ll need to factor that into height equation as well) The good news is sky is the limit with faux trees — they come in all shapes and sizes.

To prelight or not? It’s a yes for Sypeck. The time during the holidays is precious and seems to always be on the fast forward mode so any chance to simplify and get some time back, she says go for it. Technology has even made its mark on trees. If you want to go back and forth each year on white lights and multi-color lights, don’t fret, there are now trees that have dual lights so you don’t even have to choose one over the other.

If you choose a prelighted fake tree, look for one that is labeled “continuous on” or “with burn-out protection.” This means that if a single bulb on the strand burns out, the rest of the lights stay on.

Other things to consider…

Check the wires. Sypeck always wants wires from the lights and the trunk to be hidden (invisible) making it one of her top considerations on her faux tree buying checklist.

Will it hold the ornaments?

Feel the sturdiness of the tips and branches to ensure they will hold the weight of your ornaments.

Chicago police officer creates safe haven where children can go after school, weekends

Officer Jennifer Maddox sees and hears violence day in and day out. She recently decided that instead of just reacting after the fact, she was going to do something to prevent it too.

Maddox now provides a safe haven for kids in the Parkway Gardens apartment complex in Woodlawn, Illinois, WFLD reported.

>> Read more trending news

In a small, cramped basement, down a short set of stairs, something miraculous is happening. Forty children in kindergarten through sixth grade who live in subsidized housing projects are taking part in a program called Future Ties.

“I discovered that there wasn’t any safe spaces or any spaces for the young people to go after school or on the weekends,” said Maddox, a 21-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.

With a small budget plus money out of her own pocket, Maddox uses volunteers and paid staff to provide homework help, activities, meals and even meditation after school, five days a week.

“We know there is a lot of crime and violence that happens in the area. And so the kids know when they come here, this is a safe space for them to come after school,” Maddox said.

Maddox is now one of 10 finalists for CNN’s “Heroes of 2017” award. She says if she wins the award -- and the $100,000 that comes with it -- she’ll put the money back into the program, which has a waiting list right now of more than 40 children.

“To try to expand and make it bigger so that we can do more programming for the youth and the teens year-round, ‘cause we really need it,” Maddox said.

See more at WFLD and CNN

200 items
Results 11 - 20 of 200 < previous next >