Fact: Some major American charitable organizations give just a few pennies away for every dollar donated. In fact, a year-long investigation by CNN, the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting just released the report’s findings, and the numbers are guaranteed to bring out your inner cynic. Read More
The body of missing teacher Terrilynn Monette was recovered today in her car, which was submerged in a Louisiana Bayou. Monette disappeared on March 12, 2013 after drinking with her friends at a local bar in celebration of a “Teacher of the Year” award.
Terrilynn Monette taught second grade at Woodland West Elementary School in Harvey, Louisiana — a small, poverty-stricken neighborhood in New Orleans. Read More
Gloria C. MacKenzie is a Tallahassee, Florida, resident, 84 years old, and now the sole winner of the second-largest lottery jackpot in the history of the game. MacKenzie claimed the $590 million jackpot on Wednesday and opted for the cash payout of $370 million. The AP reports the 84-year-old Florida woman actually let another customer go ahead of her at her local Publix supermarket where she purchased four Powerball tickets, one of which was the only ticket to produce the jackpot numbers. While the $590 million Powerball numbers were read on May 18, 2013, MacKenzie took two weeks to get her affairs in order before she claimed the prize. Winners have up to 60 days to identify themselves and provide proof of their lottery win. The AP says MacKenzie had lawyers and a financial advisor review the Powerball lottery paperwork. Said Lottery spokesman David Bishop, "They had clearly been preparing for this. TheyRead More
Leila Fowler was killed on April 27, 2013. She was just 6 years old. She was stabbed to death at her home in Northern California. Prosecutors say her 12-year-old brother is not only responsible for Leila’s death but that he murdered her. The middle school boy — who remains unnamed because of his age — plead not guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder charges. The case will now head to trial in juvenile court. Read More
Just before 11 p.m. EST, gunshots rang out across the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus. Students and residents are on lockdown as police search the area for the perpetrator who fatally wounded an MIT police officer. Read More
The annual TIME 100 issue hit newsstands this morning, and while the magazine picked a few expected candidates — like adolescent advocate for women’s rights Malala Yousafzai — there were also a few surprising choices. Read More
In West, Texas — a town of about 2,700 people — an explosion at a local fertilizer plant has killed a least three people and injured hundreds more. The explosion took place about 20 miles north of Waco, Texas.
Reuters reports the explosion took place around 8 p.m. CST and demolished “numerous buildings, including a school and a nursing home.” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara commented on the extreme devastation, “…I’ve never seen anything like this.” He went on, “It looks like a war zone.” Read More
Another crisis was set to take place Tuesday in Washington D.C. but was narrowly averted — an envelope with the extremely potent toxin Ricin was stopped before it reached its addressee: Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi). Read More
A Boston Marathon explosion killed two people and injured at least 100 more in a violent blast near the Boston Marathon finish line. The Boston Globe reports witnesses heard two large blasts just before 3 p.m. EST. Read More
One of the most popular American airlines was the subject of some very bad press Sunday night. US Airways faces a discrimination lawsuit after they denied boarding to two first-class passengers — both of whom were black — unless they each changed to business casual attire. Read More