Tense finish to San Diego spelling bee

In a nail-biting end to the regional spelling bee on Thursday, Pacific Trails Middle School eighth grader Yash Hande made a comeback after missing a word in the final round to take home first place in the annual contest. By spelling “sphacelated,” which refers to something that has become gangrenous, Yash was named champion of The San Diego Union-Tribune Countywide Spelling Bee. He now advances to the national championship, the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is in its 90th year and scheduled for May 28 to June 4 in Washington, D.C. “I was really nervous,” admitted Yash, 13, the son


Lauren Bushnell Shares Sweet Post for Ben Higgins’ Birthday: ‘You Deserve The World’

Real talk. Lauren Bushnell shared a sweet post to Instagram in honor of her boyfriend Ben Higgins’ 29th birthday on Thursday, March 23. “Happy birthday babe!!!!!” she captioned a photo of the smiling couple posing next to a horse. “I’m so thankful for this life together. Although sometimes rocky you always hold my hand and support me through it, always with a smile on your face. You deserve the world, especially today. 🍾💕.” The Bachelor After the Final Rose: Broken Engagements and More! In the picture, Bushnell, 27, and Higgins, 29, snuggle up together in front of a white wooden


'Stranger Things' romance?

“Stranger Things” co-stars Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton have long been dodging rumors that they are dating. And when TMZ caught up with the stars, their lips remained sealed. Dyer gave a somewhat incoherant answer after she was asked what it’s like when co-stars date. PHOTOS: More Hollywood star pics “Whether people are dating or hanging out, I think that our cast just is cool with each other. I mean, I won’t speak for anybody else but it’s been you know. We’re all one big family,” she told TMZ. As for Heaton, he said, “Some people like to read into


Hawaii judge who blocked travel ban target of threats

The FBI says authorities are aware that the federal judge in Hawaii who ruled against President Donald Trump’s travel ban has received threatening messages. FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said Thursday the agency is aware of reports of threatening messages against U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson and is prepared to help if necessary. Watson blocked the federal government from enforcing its ban on new visas for people from six mostly Muslim countries and its suspension of the nation’s refugee program. He issued his ruling last week hours before the travel ban was to go into effect. The U.S. Marshals Service is


Iraqi prime minister: My country needs more help from the U.S.

Haider al-Abadi is prime minister of Iraq. Two weeks ago, I visited Iraqi troops in western Mosul as they prepared to liberate the last terrorist-controlled neighborhoods in the city. By any standard, they are heroes. I did not ask their religious, regional or ethnic origins. I saw them for what they were: Iraqis standing together against the cruelest killers on Earth. Some of the soldiers I met may have fallen since then in house-to-house fighting. With their sacrifices, our troops have helped to deal a death blow to ISIS, and the terrorist organization is losing its largest stronghold in Iraq


Sydney dog attack leaves man in hospital and dog near dead

Witnesses of a savage dog attack failed to stop and help as a family’s beloved nine-year-old cavalier was mauled and his owner hospitalised during an evening walk. Michael Rhodes was walking Rusty in West Ryde, northwest Sydney, when they were attacked by two Staffordshire bull terriers who had escaped from a backyard. Mr Rhodes was taken to Ryde Hospital and Rusty to the vet who saved the dog from life-threatening injuries. Multiple cars drove past the attack on Parkes Street, and it was only after the dogs ran away that someone offered help. A family’s beloved nine-year-old cavalier was almost savaged


The Galaxy Note7 was an explosive failure. Here's how Samsung could follow it.

The Galaxy Note8 will look to avoid the fiery fate of the Note7 (pictured).Image: brittany herbert/mashable By Brett Williams2017-03-23 21:31:02 UTC Samsung is poised to finally reveal the long-awaited Galaxy S8 next week . But we’re more excited to see how Samsung will follow up the spectacular failure of last year’s Galaxy Note7 — you know, the phone that kept exploding. The only thing we’ve heard so far is that there’s new Note in development and its working codename is—get this—literally “Great.”   A new sketch of a potential Note8 design, along with some specs, was posted to Slashleaks, which


Greatest day of fishing on Chicago lakefront: Burbot & whitefish

Ken Maggiore recorded the greatest day in fishing in the history of the Chicago lakefront on March 22, 2017. No, that’s not overstating the case. At least when it comes to Illinois-record fish.Maggiore caught Illinois’ records for lake whitefish and burbot at Montrose Harbor in the space of a half hour. Ken Maggiore with his 7.5-pound Illinois-record whitefish.Credit: Courtesy Henry’s Sports and Bait Shop “I am still in shock,’’ Maggiore said after having both fish weighed on the certified scale at Henry’s Sports and Bait Shop in Bridgeport. “All my buddies are calling me who left early.’’ Just about as


Orioles' Tyler Wilson aiming to be at his best when it matters most

At this time last year, Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson was riding out a strong spring training that won him his first Opening Day roster spot. It was a success by any standard, and at the time, Wilson was confident he had done everything possible to prepare himself for the upcoming season. But Wilson had never been through the grind of a major league schedule, and though he absorbed every aspect of training to remain strong throughout the season, he hit a wall right before the All-Star break. “I don’t want to do that again,” Wilson said. “That feeling in July


'Heart and soul' of Catholic school surprised with Golden Apple award

Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek nearly fell to the floor Thursday when a room full of howling children surprised her with the Golden Apple Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chinatown. The longtime principal is the first from a Catholic school to receive the award, which honors the performance and leadership of a principal or head of school from the Chicago area. “I don’t know how any moment can top this. I’m so happy and blessed,” she said between sobs. About a dozen 8th-grade students performed a traditional Chinese dragon dance while others waved golden pom-poms and