• Woman who married her birth father is laid to rest, along with their baby, after shocking murders

    In a sad conclusion to a disturbing relationship, a woman who married her birth father and gave birth to their child was laid to rest this past weekend, along with her baby and her adoptive father, after investigators said the birth father killed them all in a murder-suicide. Steven Pladl, 42, was found dead in early April in his vehicle in Dover, N.Y., several miles from the New Milford, Conn., murder scene where Katie Pladl and her adoptive father, 56-year-old Anthony Fusco, were discovered. In 1995, Steven Pladl was 20 when he met a 15-year-old girl named Alyssa on the Internet. Alyssa Pladl said in an interview last week that they put the girl up for adoption when she was 8 months old.

  • Florida man knocks out a girl while her parents pump gas, cops say

    St. Petersburg A man punched a 13-year-old girl inside a RaceTrac convenience store, knocking her unconscious as her parent pumped gas outside, Pinellas deputies reported. Kolbe Wayne Smith, 27, of St. Petersburg now faces charges of aggravated child abuse, violation of probation and resisting arrest without violence. According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office release, Smith and the victim were in the store on the 2500 block of 54th Avenue N about 3 p.m. Saturday. He did not know the girl and punched her in the face unprovoked, deputies said, causing her to lose consciousness and fall to the floor. Other customers prevented Smith from leaving the store until deputies arrived. Smith then

  • One of the most worrisome predictions about climate change may be coming true

    Two years ago, former NASA climate scientist James Hansen and a number of colleagues laid out a dire scenario in which gigantic pulses of fresh water from melting glaciers could upend the circulation of the oceans, leading to a world of fast-rising seas and even superstorms. Hansen’s scenario was based on a computer simulation, not hard data from the real world, and met with skepticism from a number of other climate scientists. But now, a new oceanographic study appears to have confirmed one aspect of this picture - in its early stages, at least. The new research, based on ocean measurements off the coast of East Antarctica, shows that melting Antarctic glaciers are indeed freshening the ocean

  • Here's how much the average family has saved for retirement at every age

    Nearly half of Americans are at risk of retiring broke. That's according to a survey by GOBankingRates, which found that 42 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 tucked away for their golden years. Another report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), using 2013 data, also found that many Americans are highly unprepared for retirement. The EPI looked at the mean and median retirement savings of working-age families, which it defines as those with wage-earners between 32 and 61 years old. The mean retirement savings for these families is $95,776 in 2013 dollars. That sounds considerable but, as the EPI points out, that number doesn't tell the whole story. Since so many families have zero

  • The Latest ‘Sister Wives’ Drama Reveals the Hardships of a Polygamist Family

    In a monogamous marriage, two people form a legally binding bond. If polygamy were legal in the United States, a husband could legally marry more than one husband or wife simultaneously. Even though it’s against the law, Sister Wives star Kody Brown has multiple wives. And things aren’t going so well with the one he’s been with the longest. It’s impossible to live a drama-free life when you’re part of a family featuring a husband, four wives, and 18 children. The latest drama reveals the hardest part about polygamy: continuing to love each other when things fall apart. Kody and Meri have struggled with their relationship for awhile The couple were once legally married but officially divorced

  • Anthony Bourdain’s Journey Deep Into the Heart of Trump Country: ‘I Was Utterly Disarmed’

    For Bourdain, his focus began to shift from the culinary to the cultural in July 2006, when he and his crew found themselves trapped in Beirut during the Second Lebanon War, a 34-day military conflict between the Israel Defense Forces and Iran-funded Hezbollah terrorists. The second-season finale to No Reservations, the previous iteration of Parts Unknown, documented that chaotic, war-torn week in Beirut, and earned an Emmy nomination. It was the center of my life for thirty years and I’ll always look at the world through that prism, but it is not the only thing,” Bourdain tells me. Parts Unknown’s Season 11 premiere takes the tattooed ex-New York City chef deep into the heart of Trump country: West Virginia.