NEW YORK | Caregiver charged with attempted murder in newborn stabbings

NEW YORK — A 52-year-old caregiver was charged in the knife attack on five people, including three newborn babies, at a home that was apparently being used as an unlicensed nursery for new mothers and their children. Yufen Wang, of Flushing, Queens, was arraigned Monday on charges of attempted murder and criminal possession of a … Continue reading NEW YORK | Caregiver charged with attempted murder in newborn stabbings

SAN FRANCISCO | Instagram co-founders resign from social media company

SAN FRANCISCO  — The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off “to explore our curiosity … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Instagram co-founders resign from social media company

PHILADELPHIA | Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard. The character’s debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including “Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans” and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. Twitter users created memes with Gritty taking … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments

GEORGETOWN, S.C. | After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

GEORGETOWN, S.C.  — Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven’t flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. She will spend Tuesday with sandbags, watching the nearby river rise from Florence’s heavy rains … Continue reading GEORGETOWN, S.C. | After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast

CHICAGO | Defense pathologists questions accuracy of teen’s autopsy

CHICAGO  — A defense expert in the trial of a white police officer charged with murder in the death of Laquan McDonald on Monday criticized the official autopsy results in testimony that seemed to contradict what video of the 2014 shooting shows. Forensic pathologist Shaku Teas testified that she believes at least 12 of the … Continue reading CHICAGO | Defense pathologists questions accuracy of teen’s autopsy

LONDON | Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duopoly

LONDON — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were far from the auditorium by the River Thames when Luka Modric broke their decade-long grip on FIFA’s award for the world’s best player. Football’s biggest individual accolade was handed to the 33-year-old playmaker on Monday night in recognition of a year when he led Croatia to its … Continue reading LONDON | Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duopoly

SEATTLE | Athletics clinch playoff berth with Rays’ loss to Yankees

SEATTLE— The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth in four years Monday night, earning at least an American League wild card when the Tampa Bay Rays lost to the New York Yankees. Following three straight last-place finishes in the AL West, the A’s found out just a couple of minutes after the first pitch … Continue reading SEATTLE | Athletics clinch playoff berth with Rays’ loss to Yankees