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NYPD blames Mayor de Blasio in officer shootings

Hours after two NYPD officers were ambushed and shot dead in their squad car, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio condemned anti-police violence as reprehensible. The mayor said, "When a police officer is murdered, it tears at the foundation of our society." But on the way to the podium, de Blasio was met ...

Hugging it out could help you ward off a cold

Who doesn't love a good hug? Hugs can make a bad day better, a happy day happier, and ... prevents illness? Well, sort of. Carnegie Mellon researchers found frequent hugs really might protect people from getting sick.  It all comes down to social support. No surprise here: people who receive a lot ...

Could cheap oil help fix U.S. roads?

Americans have seen a boost in their spending power this winter and it's thanks in part to the free fall in oil prices, which have plunged to a five-year low. (Video via Euronews) And similar to individual consumers, entire countries are deciding how to take advantage of the massive savings on oil.  India may ...

Police identify officer killed in Florida shooting

Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa Bay-area city and that a suspect has been taken into custody. The Tarpon Springs Police ...

How Staples' credit breach compares to a year of hacks

Staples finally confirmed Friday it suffered a months-long security breach earlier this year, which could have compromised more than a million consumer credit and debit cards. Security researcher Brian Krebs first covered the intrusion on his blog in October. Staples’ recent announcement, though, says  between July and September, 115 different stores discovered ...

Why posting 'The Interview' online isn't so simple

After maybe the single most devastating cyberattack in American corporate history, Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled “The Interview." But Sony CEO Michael Lynton said he wasn't giving up, hinting to CNN that Sony may still try and release the movie. “We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered, and we haven ...

Will Cuba give up Assata Shakur, FBI's most wanted woman?

The U.S. and Cuba are pressing reset on diplomatic relations. And here's one of the many questions coming out of this story: Will Assata Shakur be extradited and face life in prison back in the U.S.? "I come from a very strong history, and I simply want to live on ...

Here's why gas prices in the U.S. are so low

Consider it an early Christmas present. This week, gas prices are their lowest since 2009. The average gas price in the U.S. dipped down to $2.43 and there are stations in 24 states selling gas for under $2 per gallon.  This drop in price is thanks to an oil boom. The high supply has pushed ...

Police: Gunman who killed 2 NYPD officers had active warrants in Atlanta

A man who killed two New York City police officers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn Saturday afternoon was believed to have last lived in Georgia, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said. On Saturday night, the suspect's active warrants in Cobb County, Georgia, were confirmed. Police sources said Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the suspect, had warrants for probation ...

Hotel apologizes for serving ‘Apartheid’ cocktail

A hotel in Iceland owned by Icelandair has apologized after the hotel’s bar sparked outrage by serving a cocktail with a controversial name. Until this past week, the bar at the Marina Hotel in Reykjavík featured a drink called Apartheid. The cocktail was made with vodka, stout liqueur, cream and ...

Pizza-making champ creates 99-cheese pizza

The 99-cheese pizza is no longer a culinary impossibility. A chef in Australia has created a pizza using 99 different cheeses as an homage to the Novantanove Formaggio displayed in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie. Chef Johnny Di Francesco melted together 94 different cheeses and chilled the mixture into ...

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 09:  Hello Kitty arrives at the 1st Annual Children Mending Hearts Style Sunday on June 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Children Mending Hearts)

New Hello Kitty plane to land in US next year

It’s time for Hello Kitty fans to start making travel plans. Huffington Post reports that EVA Air has announced a new Hello Kitty plane that will fly a route from Taipei to Houston, beginning in June 2015. The Hello Kitty-themed planes go well beyond an exterior paint job. Passengers will ...

This image released by Columbia Pictures shows James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen in "The Interview." The comedy is set for release in 2014 on Christmas Day. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Sony, Ed Araquel)

Actor who portrays Kim Jong Un in 'The Interview' takes role in stride

Since the recent Sony hack, accusations have been hurled, opinions formed, and desperate measures taken.  Throughout it all, Randall Park has stayed mostly mum, but he undoubtedly plays a big piece in the fallout. Park portrays North Korean leader (and one of the world's most polarizing figures) Kim Jong Un ...

Positive pregnancy tests allegedly being sold online

Positive pregnancy tests are allegedly for sale online by an Oklahoma woman who is marketing them specifically for the holidays. A Craigslist ad called the positive tests “a way to keep your man.” The tests are being offered for $20. Positive pregnancy tests were also found for sale on eBay. ...

Hustler Video announces porn parody of ‘The Interview’

"If Kim Jong Un and his henchmen were upset before, wait till they see the movie we're going to make," Hustler founder and chairman Larry Flynt said as he announced plans to make a pornographic parody of The Interview. The Interview has grabbed headlines because of threats from hackers believed ...

Woman says companies falsely advertised her pictures for diet supplements

A woman says her pictures were stolen, and used without her permission for diet pill and supplement ads. Renee Ross is a mother and professional blogger. A few years ago she chronicled her 50-pound weight loss through exercise and dieting, and posted the before and after photos. About a month ...

Firefighter invents trauma bag he hopes schools, government buildings use

A Georgia firefighter has invented an emergency trauma bag that he says should be a fixture in schools and government buildings. In a mass emergency, such as a school shooting, Cliff Letizia told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik it’s not always easy or safe for first responders to make it to ...

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Social media jumps on Obama's 'James Flacco' slip

President Obama had a slip of the tongue Friday during a press conference, referring to actor James Franco as James Flacco. Joe Flacco is the Baltimore Ravens quarterback and there has long been a debate whether he is considered an "elite" quarterback in the NFL. Social media was quick to ...

Man accused of setting woman’s house on fire for Facebook rejection

A man in Kentucky has been indicted on burglary and arson charges after he allegedly set a woman’s house on fire for rejecting his advances on Facebook. WLKY reports that James Graham, 37, is accused of breaking into the home of Joanie Yount Nov. 28 and setting a box on ...

Jennifer Stegall Edge is accused of biting a teenage driver after what appears to be a case of road rage in Newton County

Georgia woman accused of biting teenager after bout of road rage

An outraged 39-year-old driver was arrested this week after she pursued a teenage driver and bit her when she parked at her Georgia school, sheriff's office deputies said. Jennifer Stegall Edge was angry because she believed the 17-year-old girl had cut her off in traffic, Newton County Sheriff Sgt. Cortney ...

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