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    “Thanksgiving Grandma” Text Goes Viral

    Wanda Dench, AKA Thanksgiving Grandma, is still trying to process how she became a Twitter sensation. It all started with the best of intentions: a group text to her grandsons. “I said basically Thanksgiving my house, this date, this time let me know if you’re going to come,” Dench said, adding “I got a text asking who is this and I said it’s Grandma!” 17-year-old Jamal Hinton, who was on the receiving end of Dench’s text, thought at first it […]

  • MOBILE, AL- AUGUST 21: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R)  Mobile during his rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on August 21, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. The Donald Trump campaign moved tonight's rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

    CBS: Donald Trump offers Jeff Sessions attorney general post

    WASHINGTON, DC- President-elect Trump has offered Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions the post of attorney general, says sources directly involved in the selection process. As attorney general, the Alabama senator will be in the post of the nation’s top prosecutor. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general has set off jockeying for his seat in Alabama, leaving the state’s embattled Republican governor, who faced an impeachment push after affair allegations, to choose a successor. The rush to […]

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    USGS: 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattles Oklahoma

    CUSHING, Okla. – An earthquake rattled the state of Oklahoma Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. CBS affiliate KOTV reported that the 5.3-magnitude earthquake happened at 7:44 p.m. CST. Its epicenter was reported about one mile west of Cushing, and 53 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was less than four miles deep, KOTV reported. The earthquake felt by many @ 07:45 pm CST was 1.9 miles W of Cushing, w/ a prelim. magnitude of 5.3. https://t.co/tbXttGFb1D #okquake […]

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    Man arrested after driving through police officers at Phoenix gas station

    PHOENIX, Ariz. – Police have released the video of a man who drove through a group of officers as they were standing outside a Phoenix gas station early Tuesday morning. According to Phoenix police, the incident occurred just before 2 a.m.at an area QuikTrip gas station. Three officers were hurt after 44-year-old Marc LaQuon Payne reportedly drove his vehicle at the group, before hitting a patrol car and the front of the store. Two officers suffered serious injuries, but they […]

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    Charges dropped in Chandra Levy murder case

    (CNN) — Prosecutors have dismissed murder charges against a man accused in the death of Chandra Levy, a Washington, D.C., intern whose 2001 disappearance created national headlines. Federal prosecutors said they can no longer prove a case against Ingmar Guandique because of “recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week,” Bill Miller, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, said in a news release. He did not specify what the developments were. Guandique was sentenced […]

  • Viewers looking to stay connected to the happenings at the 2016 Republican National Convention can watch wall-to-wall coverage through the new CBS Apple TV app.

    ​CBS News launches new Apple TV app

    (CBS News) – CBS has launched a new Apple TV app designed exclusively for tvOS, featuring an interface that spotlights CBSN‘s always-on, original streaming news coverage and curated video playlists. In addition, the app opens up exciting new native advertising opportunities for showcasing custom content. Users can tell Siri on Apple TV (4th generation) “Watch CBS News” to immediately launch the new CBS News app and start the full-screen, CBSN live stream with no authentication required. The app’s focus on […]

  • This artist's impression shows a view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture. Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets.

    This strange new planet has 3 suns

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Imagine a planet with triple sunrises and sunsets every day for part of the year, and nonstop daylight at other times. Astronomers revealed such a place Thursday: a strange new world in the Constellation Centaurus that has not one, not two, but three suns. What’s more, a year there lasts half a millennium from Earth’s perspective. Discoverer and lead author Kevin Wagner said he’s thrilled “to have seen such a beautiful part of nature that nobody […]

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    “Spooked” cow kills 8-year-old Massachusetts boy working with father

    GEORGETOWN, Mass. — A cow trampled to death an 8-year-old boy at his father’s home in Georgetown early Saturday afternoon, officials say. The incident happened outside a Jewett Street home shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office. The badly injured boy was rushed to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport where he was pronounced dead, reports CBS Boston. Investigators say the boy’s father owns about 20 cows. In the “George Carter Memorial Fund” GoFundMe fundraising page, it […]

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    Teenager accused of planning terrorism acts in Arizona

    TUSCON, Ariz. – A Tucson man has been arrested for threatening to commit acts of terrorism on Arizona government buildings. A spokeswoman for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said Mahin Khan appeared before a Phoenix judge Saturday morning. He was ordered held without bond in Maricopa County Jail. CBS affiliate KPHO reported Khan, who just turned 18, was arrested at his home in Tucson on Friday. Spokeswoman Mia Garcia told CBS News Khan faces two counts of conspiracy to commit terrorism […]

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    Louisiana mom could face felony charges after punishing sons for robbery

    BATON ROUGE (CBS News) – A mom from Louisiana has found herself in trouble with the law, and at the center of a national debate over how she recently chose to discipline her children. Thirty-year-old Schaquana Spears wanted to show her three sons some tough love by whipping them for breaking into a neighbor’s home. “I was being a mother who loves her kids, who wants to protect her kids, and steer them in the right direction.” According to police […]

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    Firefighters face “perfect storm” in Western wildfires

    GOLETA, Calif. (CBS News)– Firefighters in the Western U.S. said Saturday they were up against a “perfect storm” as hot, dry conditions — even triple-digit temperatures in some places — were fanning at least a dozen large fires. North of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara County was under a state of emergency Saturday as the Sherpa Fire destroyed more than 7,800 acres. Lighter winds allowed crews to perform “burn-out” operations late Friday night and contain 45 percent of the fire. Firefighters […]

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    War veteran saves dozens during Orlando nightclub shooting

    ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS News) – A U.S. Marine is being credited for saving dozens of people at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning. He says he recognized the sound of the military-style AR-15 when Omar Mateen opened fire in the club. Imran Yousef is a bouncer at the nightclub. He never saw the gunman, but was making his rounds after last call at the bar. He says he barely missed coming face-to-face with Mateen. Yousuf, a 24-year-old Hindu, served as […]