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  Man starts fire, shoots at first responders, kills self

Lance Taylor Jacobs, 65, allegedly set fire to his home before killing himself. The fire spread to three homes and damaged another.

Marketside ‘Fiesta Steak’ salads recalled due to salmonella and listeria risk

The salads were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Mega Millions jackpot is up to $970 million as lottery fever intensifies

Combined with Powerball, the two jackpots total $1.4 billion.

CDC warns against Halloween costumes for chickens

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tricking this treat by asking folks not to put their pet chickens in costumes, to keep from being exposed to salmonella.

Woman caught on camera abandoning 2-year-old on stranger’s doorstep

The Montgomery County, TX, Sheriff’s Office said the identities of both the woman and the child are unknown. The entire incident lasted 23 seconds.

Disappearance of giant hammer artwork baffles community

The artist has offered a $1,000 reward for the 800-pound, 20-foot-long piece.

State trooper killed in Columbus Co.; Chadbourn man charged in shooting

A state trooper was shot and killed early Wednesday morning near Whiteville

Man rescued two days after falling down 100-foot mine shaft

Deputies and a rescue team worked for more than six hours to lift the 62-year-old out of the mine shaft.

4-year-old shot in stomach in KS road rage incident

In an apparent fit of road rage, a driver allegedly fired two shots at an SUV with several children under the age of 10 inside, injuring a 4-year-old boy.

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

Canada's decision to legalize marijuana could influence other countries mulling whether to end their own bans on the drug

Powerball jackpot rises to $430 million after no one wins

The jackpot winner will need to match numbers on all five white balls and the red Powerball.

  'This is terrorism’: Former congressman says son’s political opponent a national threat

In a bizarre campaign tactic some are calling racist, a former California congressman said his son's congressional opponent is a threat to national security, based on the actions of the opponent’s father and grandfather.

Boy with diabetes sells pumpkins to get service dog, and donations flood in

Ian Unger, 6, needed a service dog to ride the bus to school like his friends, and came up with a creative solution that literally bore fruit.

Don McGahn out as White House counsel, sources say

Wednesday was White House counsel Don McGahn’s last day at the White House, according to sources familiar with the matter.

With evidence of Russian buildup in European foothold, US military is at the ready

With concern that Russia is upgrading its capabilities at NATO’s doorstep, the U.S. is increasingly on guard.

Florida man gets 40 years for plotting to bomb Target stores

Investigators searched his home, phone and computer and discovered pictures of grocery items he had turned into bombs and articles about stock options.

50-pound nose stolen off family’s porch; kids make plea for its return

Three siblings in Portland, OR, are trying to get back their beloved nose sculpture after it was swiped off their porch.

Two-thirds of Americans can’t pass citizenship exam, survey says

According to the results of a survey released by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation this month, only one in three Americans, about 36 percent, can pass a multiple-choice test consisting of items taken from the citizenship exam, which has a passing score of 60.

Black man had police called on him for talking to son during soccer game

A woman who thought a man was speaking to the soccer game's referee called police after he tried to explain he was only speaking to his son.

Family puts huge ‘Star Wars’ Halloween display in front yard

An Ohio family set up an out-of-this-world Halloween display in their front yard.

Mom hunts down 13-year-old son driving her new BMW to impress girlfriend

Sister creates internet sensation on Twitter after brother takes mom’s BMW to impress his girlfriend.

‘Golden Girls’ themed cereal is now available at select stores

Each box comes with a collectible figurine inside.

Kentuckian walks away with $1 million, Mega Millions Jackpot jumps to $900 million

One lucky Kentuckian doesn’t have to belt out the Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars tune because they are now, in fact, a millionaire.

Vigil held for murdered parents, as search continues for missing WI teen

A vigil was held in Barron, WI, for the murdered parents of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs, as the search continues for Jayme.

Florida woman sets Macy’s underwear rack on fire

The suspect walked into the store’s Paddock Mall location at 10:11 a.m. and wandered around for 45 minutes. Investigators believe at some point, she started the fire at the undergarments rack.

Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt. Maj. John Canley, who saved fellow Marines during Vietnam battle

Canley fended off numerous attacks during the Battle of Hue and repeatedly charged across fire-swept battle grounds to take wounded marines to safety.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp apologizes for ad that mistakenly identified women as sexual assault survivors

Heitkamp says she's working on an internal investigation to find out how the mistake was made.

The Latest: First lady sees newborn victims of opioid crisis

First lady Melania Trump is touring an intensive care unit at a Philadelphia hospital to learn about the care being given to newborns suffering from opiate withdrawal

Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials have said was murdered in the Saudis' Istanbul consulate, to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

New self-lubricating condoms could boost their use and prevent STDs, researchers say

Food and Drug Administration will have to grant permission for real life action testing of the product. (Source: BOSTON UNIVERSITY/ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE)

Canada legalizes recreational marijuana

Canada becomes the second nation in the world to legalize marijuana.

  White woman who barred black man from loft offers defense

Hilary Thornton says 24-year-old D'Arreion Toles was trying to get in the building Friday night while she had the door cracked to let her dog use the bathroom.

Puppeteer who played Big Bird on 'Sesame Street' retiring

The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on "Sesame Street" is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show

Prison’s policy caused death of pregnant officer’s unborn child, judge says

The judge issued a temporary injunction against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Sarah Coogle emerged from court Tuesday supported by family, and the judge, in her lawsuit against her employer.

Infant carriers, baby bath support seats recalled

The infant carriers pose a fall hazard, while the baby bath seats pose a drowning hazard.

First lady’s airplane experiences mechanical issue, returns to Joint Base Andrews

Smoke filled the front of the plane about 10 minutes into the flight. There are no reports of injuries.

Polio-like disease AFM now confirmed in 22 states, CDC says

The CDC has confirmed 62 cases. The average patients is 4 years old.

More than 200 children still in detention after immigrant family separations

Of those 245 kids, most of them are from parents who were removed from the U.S., and only 18 of them are currently set to go back home and reunite with their parents.

‘Horseface’: Trump’s history of insulting women

The president has hurled various insults at his female critics over the years.

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

A new study finds that lately, tornado activity is shifting east away from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas

34-year-old man accused of killing mother because she wouldn’t make him food

Investigators say the suspect was found covered in blood upon their arrival.