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It’s easy to nod off to ‘sleep stories.’ Making them is hard

Elizabeth Skipper, a freelance copywriter in Cincinnati, has done something that might make a lot of people jealous. She’s gone to bed with Idris Elba dozens of times. No, not in the flesh. Skipper drifts off to sleep at night listening to Elba’s deep baritone narrating a story via the Calm app on her phone.…

Mandatory wildfire evacuations are ordered for parts of western Los Angeles County

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the area near Topanga Canyon due to the Palisades Fire, a tweet from the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Saturday night. The area affected, at Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, is approximately 20 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. Approximately 750 acres have burned and…

Tiger missing in Houston turned to authorities, police say

The nine-month old Bengal tiger that has been missing for days in Houston was found Saturday and was transferred to the appropriate authorities, officials said. “We are happy to report that the missing tiger seen in a Houston neighborhood last week has been found and appears to be unharmed,” Houston police tweeted. Houston Police Commander…

Arizona mother charged with murder after her two children are found dead in Tempe

The mother of two children who were found dead in a Tempe, Arizona, apartment has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in their deaths, police said Saturday. Police found a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy dead in the apartment after the children’s mother flagged down an officer about 7 a.m. and told…

Rombauer wins Preakness Stakes

Rombauer was the first horse to cross the finish line on Saturday at the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Child reporter who interviewed President Obama dies at age 23

Damon Weaver, who as a child landed an interview with President Barack Obama in 2009, has died at the age of 23, according to a medical examiner. At age 11, Weaver was selected to meet and interview President Obama at the White House to ask questions primarily about education. Weaver died on May 1, according…

Union Pacific train derails in southern Minnesota

A Union Pacific train derailed Saturday afternoon in Albert Lea, Minnesota, according to local authorities. No injuries have been reported among the crew, according to the rail operator. The 50-car train was traveling by Goose Lake when the accident happened, per the Albert Lea Police Department, about 10 miles north of the state border with…

Black bear released into the wild after being burned in Colorado wildfire

An orphaned black bear cub that was suffering from injuries received during Colorado’s biggest wildfire is running free in the Rockies after wildlife officials spent nearly five months nursing him back to health. The yearling bear was released into the wild on May 5 in the mountains in Larimer County near Fort Collins, according to…

Houston police still don’t know where a missing tiger is. Here’s what we do know

It’s a wild story about a wild animal, but you won’t find this tiger tale on Netflix. A Bengal tiger last seen in a west Houston neighborhood on Sunday is still missing, according to police. Investigators have fielded hundreds of calls in connection to the 9-month-old cat named India, police said. But they still don’t…

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