Riggs, a neuropsychologist and mom of three, died two days after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, according to her obituary.
Joe Biden has slammed Facebook for allowing the spread of an “objectively false” ad. The clip has already been viewed on Facebook millions of times.
King Carl XVI Gustaf stripped the children of their royal highness status amid questions about the cost of the taxpayer-supported monarchy.
Melissa Antenucci, of Boca Raton, told ABC-affiliate WPBF 25 News that she was horrified when she accidentally found the Facebook group online. "It's horrible," Antenucci said. Antenucci says that many of the group's targets were children with disabilities.
The state, known for its sunny beaches, is reportedly fast running out of the precious commodity due to erosion from storms and tides, a rising sea level and man-made structures like jetties that have been built on beaches, causing sand to build up on only one side of the structure. "It is quite a concept but unfortunately it's true," Jerry Scarborough of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told NBC News of the sand scarcity. According to the New York Times, communities who live along Florida's Atlantic coastline have been replenishing their beaches by dredging up off-shore sand for decades.
A 7-year-old boy was left thunderstruck this week after a bear wandered into his family's Florida home and settled down to take a nap in the shade of their back patio. The AP reports that the boy was at his Naples, Fla., home with his babysitter when they spotted the sleeping bear.
A World War II veteran who has been credited with supplying the American flag raised at Iwo Jima has died. According to the Los Angeles Times, Alan Wood, who was a 20-something Navy officer during the war, died at his Sierra Madre, Calif., home on April 18. On Feb. 23, 1945, as the bloody Battle of Iwo Jiwa raged on, a group of soldiers raised the Stars and Stripes on Mt. Suribachi.
Debi Austin, a California woman who appeared in an infamous anti-smoking ad in the 1990s, has died after a long battle with cancer. According to the Associated Press, Austin died Friday in a Los Angeles-area hospital. “We are saddened by Debi’s death.
A California preschool is reportedly closing its doors amidst allegations of sexual activity among its young students. According to KABC-TV, at least two young boys say they received oral sex from a five-year-old girl on the premises of the First Lutheran Church of Carson School, where the three children are students. Richard McCarthy, the father of one of the boys, told the news channel that his four-year-old son had "often received oral sex at school" from the young girl.
A Manhattan building that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy last year may have lost more than its physical facade during the storm. According to the New York Daily News, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn alleged this week that the building, located at 92 8th Avenue, was an "illegal hotel full of European tourists" -- a secret that she says was uncovered when the building was being evacuated. As Sandy swept through New York City on Oct. 29, the facade of the 8th Avenue building had collapsed due to the force of the storm.
More than two months after Superstorm Sandy swept through the Northeast, leaving behind a trail of unprecedented devastation, some New York City residents are reportedly still struggling to get back on their feet, with many of them suffering through the winter cold without heat. According to Gothamist, which cites a recent survey released by New York Communities for Change (NYCC) and the office of NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, nearly one-fifth of residents in the badly hit Rockaways neighborhood in Queens are still not living in their own homes. In addition, one-third of residents in that area are without heat, and two-thirds are "living with mold or have paid out of their own pockets for mold removal and remediation" following the superstorm.
The 124th Rose Parade will kick off Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, 2013 at 8 a.m. PST. On Monday morning, CBS News reported that eager spectators have already begun to nab their favored spots along the parade's 5.5 mile route in Pasadena. The five-and-a-half mile Rose Parade route begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena.
The emergence of the tragic story of a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who died in a Miami nursing home last year is casting a harsh spotlight on the ongoing dispute between Florida's state health care regulators and the U.S. Department of Justice about the unnecessary "warehousing hundreds of children with disabilities" in nursing homes.
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Hurricane Sandy has killed at least 24 New Yorkers, including an off-duty police officer who drowned rescuing his family, a 13-year-old Staten Island girl who was crushed by debris, and an elderly woman whose oxygen machine lost power, the Associated Press reports. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the storm had left at least six dead in New Jersey. In New York City, stories of heroism and tragedy are beginning to emerge.
A 234-pound baby walrus is coming to town! According to the Associated Press, an orphaned 15-week-old walrus named Mitik, who was rescued from the ocean off Alaska earlier this year, will arrive in the city this Thursday, where he'll be making a new home at the New York Aquarium. Mitik will arrive at an important moment for the Brooklyn aquarium.
The NYPD has identified Jeffrey Johnson, 58, as the gunman responsible for the shooting outside the Empire State Building in New York City on Friday morning. Johnson reportedly shot a 41-year-old former colleague to death before randomly shooting others on the Fifth Avenue side of the building at about 9 a.m. At least nine people were wounded in the shooting but those injuries are not believed to be life threatening, police said. According to reports, Johnson was recently fired from his job at Hazan Imports, where he worked as a designer of women's accessories.