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  • Washington Wizards hire Kristi Toliver as WNBA player blazes trail

    As a child, Kristi Toliver dreamed about becoming the first woman to play in the NBA. This week she became a pioneer in the sport a different way. Toliver has joined the NBA’s Washington Wizards as part of the assistant coach/player development staff, making her the first active WNBA player working as an NBA assistant coach. “This dream has been a long time coming,” Toliver said Tuesday. A 10-year WNBA veteran, Toliver joins Becky Hammon and Nancy Lieberman as women who have […]

  • Big Bird puppeteer retiring from ‘Sesame Street’ after nearly 50 years

    Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” since the program’s 1969 premiere, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the roles. The news was made public via Sesame Street’s official Twitter account. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” Spinney said in a statement. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all, we’re a […]

  • First Lady’s Melania Trump’s plane forced to return to airport due to smoke in cabin

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — First lady Melania Trump’s plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews Wednesday after a “mechanical issue” that led to smoke in the cabin. According to the press pool traveling with Trump, about 10 minutes after the plane took off, reporters could see a thin haze of smoke and the smell of something burning. The plane landed safely. Reporters were brought wet towels and told to hold them over their faces if the smell became too […]

  • YouTube’s brief outage causes social media meltdown

    A collective “What the heck?” swept the World Wide Web Tuesday night as users of video giant YouTube couldn’t get content to play for about an hour. “Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues,” the California-based company tweeted before the problem appeared to be resolved. “We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.” Some users were met […]

  • Most burger chains fail on annual antibiotics report card

    Twenty-five of the top US burger chains were graded on their antibiotic policies in a collaborative report released Wednesday. Only two chains received As, Shake Shack and BurgerFi; the other 23 got a D minus or F. “It’s really exciting to hone in on beef because we know that Americans love burgers. It’s one of the most favorite foods in our country, and taking a closer look at what is and isn’t happening when it comes to responsible antibiotic use in that sector seemed particularly important,” […]

  • ‘There is no God,’ says Stephen Hawking in final book

    There is no God — that’s the conclusion of the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking, whose final book is published Tuesday. The book, which was completed by his family after his death, presents answers to the questions that Hawking said he received most during his time on Earth. Other bombshells the British scientist left his readers with include the belief that alien life is out there, artificial intelligence could outsmart humans and time travel can’t be ruled out. Hawking, considered one of the […]

  • Lady Gaga thanks her ‘fiancé’ during speech

    A bride is born? Lady Gaga has apparently confirmed her engagement to boyfriend, Christian Carino, by referencing her “fiancé, Christian” during a speech Monday at Elle’s 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration. The “A Star Is Born” actress wiped away a tear as she spoke and thanked “all the loved ones” in her life who take care of her every day. Gaga and Carino, a talent agent, have been low-key about their relationship since they were first spotted together in […]

  • Canada legalizes recreational marijuana

    Recreational marijuana is now legal all over Canada. As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, adults will be allowed to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public, according to a bill that passed the Senate in June. They will also be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households and make products such as edibles for personal use. Consumers must be at least 18 years old, and the production, distribution or sale of cannabis products is an […]

  • A high-ranking Saudi officer with ties to the crown prince oversaw journalist’s deadly interrogation, sources say

    A Saudi mission that resulted in the apparent death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was organized by a high-ranking officer with the General Intelligence Presidency, Saudi Arabia’s main intelligence service, three sources familiar with the case told CNN. One of those sources described the officer as close to the inner circle of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It is unclear whether the crown prince authorized an interrogation, abduction or killing. Several officials CNN spoke with said the mission could […]