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Saturday May 26, 2012    09:21 PM
A video of an elderly woman’s skydiving adventure gone horribly awry has gone viral, perhaps serving as a warning literally to look before you leap — or at least to mind your elders when it looks like they actually don’t want to jump out of the plane.

The video was created by The Parachute Center, a skydiving company in Acampo, Calif., as a memento for jumpers to take home after their airborne adventures.

But someone posted it on The Chive, a video site on which a counter said it has been viewed more than 170,000 times. It shows Laverne, an energetic woman who has just turned 80 and has rounded up a crew of female relatives to go skydiving with her. She tells the camera that she’s “rea


Saturday May 26, 2012    09:15 PM
A onetime California high school football star who spent five years in prison on a false rape allegation is hoping that at age 26 he still has a shot at an NFL contract.

"I think that any team that gives me an opportunity will be really impressed with what I can do despite all of what I've been through these past 10 years," Brian Banks said Friday on NBC's "Today" show.

Charges of rape were officially dropped a day earlier after Banks' attorney gave prosecutors a tape in which his accuser said she felt guilty about making up the allegations in 2002.

At the time, Banks was a star linebacker at Long Beach's Polytechnic High School, with plans to play at USC. His dreams of an NFL caree


Friday May 25, 2012    05:30 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Authorities say an upstate New York man angry over getting tossed out of his brother's home poisoned his sibling's two toddlers by pouring bleach in their milk.

Syracuse police say Friday that 20-year-old Aaron Hickman had been living with his brother but got into an argument with him Wednesday night and was told to leave. Before doing so, officials say, Hickman poured bleach into a container of milk in the refrigerator.

Police say the brother's 1- and 3-year-old sons drank the milk Thursday morning and got sick, suffering severe vomiting and diarrhea. The boys were treated at a hospital and were released, according to CBS affiliate WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y.

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Friday May 25, 2012    01:31 PM

Stockton California police on Thursday were searching for two people wanted in a horrific attack on a little dog.

Police said they received a call on Wednesday from a witness who saw a man and a woman attach an M-80 firecracker to a male long-haired dachshund and detonate it.

Animal control officers were called in and the dog was rushed to an area pet hospital.

The suspects were described as an African-American male age 25-30 and an African-American female approximately 20 years of age.

The dog was treated for gashes and internal injuries to his neck and was still recovering Thursday.

"He's making tremendous strides in how he's doing, said veterinary technician Maddy Fawn.


Friday May 25, 2012    12:01 PM
At a college reunion, it's common for alumni to share post-collegiate achievements with each other.

But a report compiled for this year's 50th reunion class at Harvard University contained an unusual entry.

Ted Kaczynski, the so-called "Unabomber" and Harvard alumnus, listed his eight life sentences for a string of bombings that killed three people and wounded 23 others as an "award" in the class of 1962 report.

The Harvard Alumni Association said in a statement Thursday that they "regret publishing Kaczynski's references to his convictions and apologize for any distress that it may have caused others."

The Boston Globe published an apparent photo of the entry, which lists Kaczyn


Friday May 25, 2012    10:26 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday new proposals targeting individuals who sell SNAP cards, commonly known as food stamps, for cash.

The agency said individuals suspected of defrauding the system are requesting a large number of replacement cards.

Food stamp fraud has gone high-tech in recent years, with SNAP cards being sold on Craigslist and eBay, according to the USDA. There also have been attempts to sell the food assistance benefits through the popular social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

Replacement cards are issued to recipients on a case-by-case basis, but increased scrutiny is needed to root out the thieves, the USDA said.

"There are many legitimat


Thursday May 24, 2012    09:41 AM
Six people in Utah who allegedly tortured their roommate for hours -- including stapling his lips together and drilling him with a power tool -- have been arrested.

Jennifer Moses, 30, Lee Carl Moses, 26, David Masters, 55, Paula Masters, 43, Brandon Haggard, 20, and Tracy Jordan, 45, allegedly kidnapped Thomas Chapman, 41, on Saturday night, the Deseret News reported.

According to police, the six -- who all live in the same house in Magna, west of Salt Lake City -- took Chapman at gunpoint to the basement and handcuffed him, bound his feet with tape and tortured him.

The incident began about 9:00pm Saturday and continued until about 4:00am Sunday.

Chapman had his lips stapled to


Wednesday May 23, 2012    12:14 PM
Sexual misconduct by male correctional staff toward inmates at Alabama's Tutwiler Prison for Women is "commonplace" and has resulted in numerous women becoming pregnant while incarcerated, a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice alleges.

Equal Justice Initiative, a private nonprofit organization, filed the complaint about the all-female prison in Wetumpka, Ala., Tuesday after receiving dozens of claims of sexual misconduct involving male staff between 2004 and 2011.

In interviews with more than 50 women incarcerated at the prison, EJI said it discovered "frequent and severe officer-on-inmate sexual violence," ranging from women being coerced into performing sexual favors


Wednesday May 23, 2012    10:38 AM
A California police chief already under fire for sending a cop to a reporter's house to complain about a story had several officers work overtime to hunt for his teenage son's stolen cellphone, authorities said Monday.

The cellphone incident occurred back in January, after Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan's son reported the device missing from his locker at Berkeley High School. The department did not file a police report about the incident, "an oversight that came to our attention when researching your questions," Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, a department spokeswoman, told the San Francisco News.

Sgt. Kusmiss is the same officer Meehan dispatched to a reporter's home after midnight in March


Wednesday May 23, 2012    10:20 AM
Police confirm they have discovered the body of a missing 19-year-old girl who investigators say disappeared after having a verbal argument with her boyfriend. HLN spoke with Euless Police Lt. Eric Starnes who said Valladares’ boyfriend is fully cooperating with the investigation and has not been named a suspect.

A man walking his dog discovered the missing teen’s decomposed body in a wooded area about 150 yards from the apartment complex where she was last seen alive, according to police.

“The body was decomposed, and we cannot tell if there was foul play or if the person died of natural causes,” according to police spokesman Lt. Eric Starnes.

The medical examiner’s office identifi


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