Gunman killed after firing on Austin police HQ

Police tape marks off the scene after authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.(Photo: Jim Vertuno, AP) AUSTIN, Texas — A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to […]

Protesters at Ferguson-area Target call for boycott

In response to the Ferguson grand jury decision, a group of over 100 demonstrators protested police brutality and called for shoppers to boycott Black Friday inside and around a Missouri Target. VPC Source Article from http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/firstcoastnews/usworld/~3/0xKfabNWtWw/

See the coolest holiday windows in NYC

Walking tour of the Big Apple’s festive holiday window displays.(Photo: Denny Gainer, USA TODAY) ‘Tis the season to gawk at festive holiday displays — and this year’s crop of retail facades are sure to draw attention. Stores such as Tiffany, Macy’s and Lord & Taylor have unveiled elaborate displays filled with bright colors, unique characters […]

Record crowd shops Macy’s Herald Square store

Shoppers come through the doors at Macy’s Herald Square in New York on Thursday November 27, 2014. More than 15,000 people showed up on Thanksgiving for the store’s 6 p.m. opening.(Photo: Todd Plitt, USA TODAY) NEW YORK – An enormous, seemingly never-ending crowd streamed throughout Macy’s Herald Square Thursday night in what was likely a […]

6 reason people run for president

Night falls over the White House at dusk on Nov. 24, 2014.(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP) WASHINGTON — Just take a look at Barack Obama’s graying hair: Running for president is hard, and actually being president is even harder. Yet politicians are lining up around the block to consider bids for the presidential nomination in 2016, […]

Beijing passes tough anti-smoking rules in smokers’ paradise

A Chinese laborer smokes a cigarette at a local market in Beijing.(Photo: Kevin Frayer, Getty Images) BEIJING — As the skyline vanished once again under choking smog this week, city lawmakers approved new rules Friday to curb the Chinese capital’s even deadlier haze: indoor smoking. Smoking inside China’s restaurants, bars and other facilities makes such […]

One of Us: Drew Portell’s Eagle Scout project will help feed the hungry

It’s a rare 17-year-old who walks into his neighborhood Winn-Dixie and places an order for $1,000 worth of food. That’s what Drew Portell, a senior at Bishop Snyder High School, did a couple of weeks ago when he visited the Lakewood Winn-Dixie. For his Eagle Scout project, he raised the $1,000 through a crowdfunding campaign […]

Music Review: Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic

From the day I started listening to country music, Tim McGraw has been one of my favorite artists. He has a good vocal range and the ability to make albums with a little bit of everything. By that I mean that he has a mix of up-tempo, nostalgic, and inspiring songs. In my opinion, some […]

Music Review: Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic

From the day I started listening to country music, Tim McGraw has been one of my favorite artists. He has a good vocal range and the ability to make albums with a little bit of everything. By that I mean that he has a mix of up-tempo, nostalgic, and inspiring songs. In my opinion, some […]

Powerful connection between music and memory

Cora, who has dementia, listens to music to help jog her memory.(Photo: WFAA) If you have an aging parent, you may want to put headphones on the top of your Christmas list by the end of this story. There’s a powerful connection between music and memory. So much so, there’s a program named just that […]

Powerful connection between music and memory

Cora, who has dementia, listens to music to help jog her memory.(Photo: WFAA) If you have an aging parent, you may want to put headphones on the top of your Christmas list by the end of this story. There’s a powerful connection between music and memory. So much so, there’s a program named just that […]

Too little sleep poses long-term health risks

A man turns off an alarm clock.(Photo: ODonnell Photograf) We all know what it’s like to get a lousy or short night of sleep: Tempers shorten, snacks become more tempting, attention gets harder to sustain. Researchers are just beginning to understand the long-term consequences of a lifetime of those rough mornings — and it doesn’t […]

Too little sleep poses long-term health risks

A man turns off an alarm clock.(Photo: ODonnell Photograf) We all know what it’s like to get a lousy or short night of sleep: Tempers shorten, snacks become more tempting, attention gets harder to sustain. Researchers are just beginning to understand the long-term consequences of a lifetime of those rough mornings — and it doesn’t […]

Holiday TV calendar: From Frosty to the Grinch

Frosty and his friend set off on a whirlwind adventure in the classic holiday special ‘Frosty the Snowman’ airing Friday.(Photo: CBS) Need to get into the holiday spirit? Here is a selection of seasonal television specials on the networks’ lineups: FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (CBS, FRIDAY, 9 ET/PT): Frosty must high-tail it back to the North […]

Holiday TV calendar: From Frosty to the Grinch

Frosty and his friend set off on a whirlwind adventure in the classic holiday special ‘Frosty the Snowman’ airing Friday.(Photo: CBS) Need to get into the holiday spirit? Here is a selection of seasonal television specials on the networks’ lineups: FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (CBS, FRIDAY, 9 ET/PT): Frosty must high-tail it back to the North […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

Voting ends Monday at noon in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for ‘Best Golf Destination.’ The contest coincided with the 2014 Masters at Augusta National. 20 golf destinations, each of which has at least one supreme public course, were chosen by an expert panel. Panel members were USA TODAY golf writer Steve DiMeglio; pro […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

Voting ends Monday at noon in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for ‘Best Golf Destination.’ The contest coincided with the 2014 Masters at Augusta National. 20 golf destinations, each of which has at least one supreme public course, were chosen by an expert panel. Panel members were USA TODAY golf writer Steve DiMeglio; pro […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

According to Tyler Kupper with USA TODAY, Ponte Vedra’s TPC Sawgrass has “the hardest 18th hole in golf; it requires a perfect drive to a tough approach.” With a golf history dating back to the installation of the first course in 1928, Ponte Vedra has become one of the great golf capitals of the Eastern […]

World’s best golf destinations: Vote for your favorite

According to Tyler Kupper with USA TODAY, Ponte Vedra’s TPC Sawgrass has “the hardest 18th hole in golf; it requires a perfect drive to a tough approach.” With a golf history dating back to the installation of the first course in 1928, Ponte Vedra has become one of the great golf capitals of the Eastern […]

Ripley’s wants you to name its two-headed turtle

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The newest member of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! menagerie gives life to the saying “two heads are better than one.” The museum is holding a contest to name the red-bellied slider turtle with polycephaly (the condition of having two heads), according to a release from Ripley’s. The odds of […]

Ripley’s wants you to name its two-headed turtle

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The newest member of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! menagerie gives life to the saying “two heads are better than one.” The museum is holding a contest to name the red-bellied slider turtle with polycephaly (the condition of having two heads), according to a release from Ripley’s. The odds of […]

Powerful connection between music, memory helps dementia patients

Cora, who has dementia, listens to music to help jog her memory.(Photo: WFAA) If you have an aging parent, you may want to put headphones on the top of your Christmas list by the end of this story. There’s a powerful connection between music and memory. So much so, there’s a program named just that […]

Powerful connection between music, memory helps dementia patients

Cora, who has dementia, listens to music to help jog her memory.(Photo: WFAA) If you have an aging parent, you may want to put headphones on the top of your Christmas list by the end of this story. There’s a powerful connection between music and memory. So much so, there’s a program named just that […]

5 apps to get the best prices this holiday season

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street carry full shopping bags on December 17, 2013 in London, England. As Christmas Day approaches, London’s central shopping districts attempt to lure shoppers into stores with last minute deals in an effort to pull sales away from online outlets. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)(Photo: Bethany […]

5 apps to get the best prices this holiday season

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street carry full shopping bags on December 17, 2013 in London, England. As Christmas Day approaches, London’s central shopping districts attempt to lure shoppers into stores with last minute deals in an effort to pull sales away from online outlets. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)(Photo: Bethany […]

Explosions hit mosque in northern Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria (CNN) – Three explosions rocked a mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, worshipers there said. The blasts happened after people gathered there for Friday prayers. Information about casualties or what caused the explosions wasn’t immediately available. Kano is one of the areas in northern Nigeria where the Islamist militant […]

Explosions hit mosque in northern Nigeria

KANO, Nigeria (CNN) – Three explosions rocked a mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Friday, worshipers there said. The blasts happened after people gathered there for Friday prayers. Information about casualties or what caused the explosions wasn’t immediately available. Kano is one of the areas in northern Nigeria where the Islamist militant […]

Pope Francis calls for religious tolerance in Turkey visit

ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) – Pope Francis called Friday for religious tolerance and dialogue to counter extremism in the Middle East as he met with Turkey’s leaders on the first day of a rare papal visit to the predominantly Muslim country. Speaking in Ankara alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Pope called on people of […]

Pope Francis calls for religious tolerance in Turkey visit

ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) – Pope Francis called Friday for religious tolerance and dialogue to counter extremism in the Middle East as he met with Turkey’s leaders on the first day of a rare papal visit to the predominantly Muslim country. Speaking in Ankara alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Pope called on people of […]

UN weighs in on Ferguson grand jury decision

(CNN) – The events in Ferguson, Missouri, are a “tragedy,” but the United Nations Committee Against Torture “has to respect the decision” of authorities not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, committee member Alessio Bruni said Friday. Bruni made his comments at a news conference about the release of a committee report […]

UN weighs in on Ferguson grand jury decision

(CNN) – The events in Ferguson, Missouri, are a “tragedy,” but the United Nations Committee Against Torture “has to respect the decision” of authorities not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, committee member Alessio Bruni said Friday. Bruni made his comments at a news conference about the release of a committee report […]

St. Johns Town Center restaurant named one of Florida’s ‘Best New’

According to Florida Trend, Jacksonville is home to one of the state’s best new restaurants for 2014. In its annual Golden Spoon Awards edition released this week, the magazine named Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails among 21 of the state’s “Best New” restaurants, offering the following accolades: “Mais oui, ne c’est pas, Bistro Aix. Tom Gray is […]

St. Johns Town Center restaurant named one of Florida’s ‘Best New’

According to Florida Trend, Jacksonville is home to one of the state’s best new restaurants for 2014. In its annual Golden Spoon Awards edition released this week, the magazine named Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails among 21 of the state’s “Best New” restaurants, offering the following accolades: “Mais oui, ne c’est pas, Bistro Aix. Tom Gray is […]