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  • ‘They’ named Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year

    The nonbinary pronoun “they” has been named Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. The American English dictionary revealed that searches for the term have risen by 313% in the last year. The definition of “they” as a nonbinary pronoun was added to the three other separate definitions of the word in September. Merriam-Webster said in a statement that the word of the year winner was determined by data. Key moments cited by the dictionary publisher where searches spiked were January’s Paris […]

  • Dog bites, kidney infections and food poisoning – meet the man who ran a marathon in every country

    (CNN) – Close to 17,000 runners took part in this year’s Athens Marathon, but no one had undertaken a journey to the start line quite like Nick Butter. Butter’s real race had begun 674 days previously in the -25-degree cold of Toronto. Athens, the final stop of his attempt to run a marathon in all 196 countries in the world, was merely a sprint finish. What he endured between those two events was enough to crush the spirit of even […]

  • Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dead at 61

    Singer Marie Fredriksson died Monday after a 17-year battle with cancer, her management company has confirmed. The 61-year-old was a successful solo artist in her native Sweden before joining with Per Gessle to form Roxette, the act that went on to achieve global fame. The duo’s breakout single was “The Look,” reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989. Another single, “It Must Have Been Love,” became a smash hit after featuring in the soundtrack of the 1990 […]

  • CDC investigating E. coli outbreak likely linked to salad kits

    The CDC is warning customers about a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits. As of December 9, eight people from three states were infected with the strain identified in the outbreak, the CDC said. Three were hospitalized, including one person who developed kidney failure. There were no deaths. This outbreak is caused by a different strain of E. coli than the other current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the […]

  • A 5-year-old Alabama boy was shot and killed when his family got into a fight, police say

    A five-year-old boy was shot and killed in Alabama when his family got into a fight Saturday, police said. Two family members pulled weapons and began shooting at each other during a fight when Tanarius Moore was struck around 2:30 p.m., a statement from Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said. Moore suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to a hospital where he later died, Williams told CNN. Although Williams would not specify how the suspects were […]

  • 1 seriously injured in 50+ vehicle crash in Iowa

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa State Patrol is working to clear some of the more than 50 vehicles involved in a crash on I-80 westbound near Altoona Monday morning, in hopes of getting at least one lane of traffic opened up. Sgt. Alex Dinkla says one person was seriously injured in the crash, which happened around 11:00 a.m. No other reports of injuries have come in to the Iowa State Patrol. According to Dinkla, crews are working to clear […]

  • Pete Frates, one of the men who popularized the Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 34

    (CNN) – A man who helped inspire a multimillion-dollar movement to help find a cure for ALS has died. Pete Frates, 34, was one of the most recognizable faces of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation that swept the Internet in 2014 and raised more than $115 million for ALS research. “Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates,” his family announced in a statement released by Boston College. He was 34 years old and died peacefully “after a […]

  • Virginia newlyweds on honeymoon burned in volcanic eruption

    RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Newlyweds Matthew and Lauren Urey were seriously hurt Monday when a volcano erupted on White Island in New Zealand, relatives confirmed to WTVR. The Richmond, Virginia couple were on a Royal Caribbean cruise for their honeymoon.  Matthew left his family a voicemail informing them he and Lauren were both badly burned, relatives said, but their family only confirmed their whereabouts Monday afternoon local time.  Family members received a call from Royal Caribbean shortly after the voicemail asking […]

  • In New Zealand, McDonald’s new McVeggie burger is not strictly vegetarian

    (CNN) – McDonald’s New Zealand has launched its McVeggie burger, but there’s a catch that could leave meat-free patrons dismayed: It’s not strictly vegetarian. The McVeggie, served with cheese and garlic mayonnaise, includes a patty made of potato, corn, carrot and onion. So far, so good. However, a disclaimer from the fast food company on its website advises that the burger is “not vegetarian due to our cooking method,” with the patty cooked with the same equipment used by staff to fry chicken. “With […]

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