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    No joke: 5-year-old billed for missing friend’s birthday party

    PLYMOUTH, England — No one likes getting bills, but one bill has a family completely shocked. Alex Nash, 5, was invited to a friend’s birthday party at a ski and snowboarding facility, according to the Plymouth Herald. Alex’s parents responded to the invitation and indicated Alex would attend the party. Alex’s parents later realized they already had other plans for that day and he did not attend the party. The boy’s father said he did not have contact information for […]

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    Boaz woman charged with making terrorist threat against school

    ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Boaz woman has been arrested for making a terrorist threat toward an Etowah County school. Barbara Beth Bowen, 39, was arrested Thursday.  She is accused of making a threatening statement toward a local school and faculty member.  Bowen posted the statement to a social media site, and admitted to investigators she is the person who made and posted the statement. “These incidents are taken very seriously in this day and time. Throughout the country […]

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    Family finds prehistoric beast while digging pond in backyard

    BELLEVUE, MI (CNN) – Imagine you’re digging in your yard and you find a prehistoric beast!    That’s what happened to a west Michigan family. In November, Eric Witzke was having a pond dug in his backyard in Bellevue Township.  It was a simple project that soon opened up a prehistoric portal. “It was amazing to see these bones and see the size of these bones coming up out of the ground,” Witzke said. Contractor and neighbor Daniel LaPoint, Jr. […]

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    Boy who ‘came back from heaven’ admits story was a lie; book pulled from shelves

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A boy who said he went to heaven and came back to earth now admits he made the entire story up. Alex Malarkey, 6, and his father Kevin were in a serious car crash in 2004.  Alex ended up in a coma for two months. The two wrote a best-selling Christian book, “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven,” which was released in 2010. When he woke up, Alex described in detail meeting Jesus and the […]

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    Illinois woman accused of trying to murder her children with poisoned apple juice

    SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — Bond has been set at $1.5 million for an Illinois mother accused of attempting to murder her two children with poisoned apple juice. Krystle El Khatib, 29, of Schiller Park, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to murder her children because she was angry with their father, according to WHNT News 19’s sister station, WGNTV. Prosecutors told WGNTB El Khatib crushed up benzodiazepine pills, an anti-anxiety drug, into some apple juice, and forced her 9-year-old son and […]

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    Some roads and bridges slick, please use caution

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The Tennessee Valley is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 6PM. At 1:10pm, Huntsville Police issued an advisory that Cecil Ashburn Drive, Green Mountain Road, & Monte Sano Boulevard have reduced visibility due to heavy fog. Roads were slick and icy Thursday morning, but no adverse driving conditions (other than wet, sloppy roads and poor visibility) have been reported since mid-morning.  Temperatures are above freezing, and that should keep us wet at the ground instead of icy […]

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    Surprise! Receptions erupt after popular band Maroon 5 crashes the wedding

    LOS ANGELES, CA – One of the most popular bands in the country crashed several Los Angeles area weddings last month. Maroon 5 set out to surprise several brides and grooms, and did they ever! The band performed the song, “Sugar,” for the unsuspecting guests.

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    GREAT VIDEO: Hippo launches itself out of water toward safari boat

    KAFUE NATIONAL PARK, Zambia — A safari tour operator captured some incredible footage of a hippo launching itself out of the water right at his speed boat. Michael Varndell posted the video to his Facebook page on Tuesday.  He manages a tour company in Zambia, and shot the video in Kafue National Park, q13fox.com reports. The video begins with a shot of ripples in the water at distance from the boat. As the boat moves so do the ripples, closer […]

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    Man charged with arson in fire at church on Winchester Road

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) – A man is being held in the Madison County Detention Center on a second-degree arson charge after a fire at a local church Tuesday morning. Julius Irvin Smith is charged in the incident.  His bond is set at $15,000. Smith was arrested after an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, ATF and State Fire Marshal’s office. Crews responded to a fire outside of Gracepointe Baptist Church at 2940 Winchester Road just after 6 a.m. […]

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    Huntsville Utilities closes part of Oakwood Ave. due to leaking gas main

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Utilities crews are working to make emergency repairs to a leaking gas main.  They have closed both eastbound lanes of Oakwood Avenue from Church Street to Buford Avenue. This is just in front of HEMSI’s main office.  The issue was reported at 10:55 a.m. Police are re-routing east bound traffic to the turning lane.  There’s no word on how long the work will take. Please avoid driving in this area if possible.  If you must […]

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    Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theatres on May 1, 2015.

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    Gadsden woman charged with chemical endangerment of twins; tested positive for opiates

    ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Gadsden woman is charged with chemical endangerment of twins.   Investigators say Courtney Starr Hyfield-Parker, 26, tested positive for opiates. One infant was stillborn, and the other was rushed to a Birmingham hospital. Hyfield-Parker is accused of “exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony,” investigator Bobby Bryant said. Parker’s bond is set at $30,000.  She will be supervised by Etowah County Community […]


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