Hawaii surfer survives after shark takes bite out of his board
Hawaii surfer survives after shark takes bite out of his board

On Sunday evening, Max Keliikipi was driving home from work when he saw the waves at Makaha Beach on Oahu, Hawaii.

You know fall is coming when you can try Pumpkin Spice Spam
You know fall is coming when you can try Pumpkin Spice Spam

Starting on September 23, the company will begin selling a limited edition run of Pumpkin Spice Spam online. 

You could win $1K and a year of Netflix just for watching 'Friends'
You could win $1K and a year of Netflix just for watching 'Friends'

If you're a "Friends" superfan and have a 25 hours to spare, then this contest is for you.

Chippy: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 08/14
Chippy: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 08/14

After a few weeks in foster care with NBC29's own Sharon Gregory, Chippy is ready to find his forever home.

Wednesday, August 14th 2019, 9:20 AM EDT by Chris Markham
Ohio State University wants to trademark the word 'The'
Ohio State University wants to trademark the word 'The'

The Ohio State University is attempting to trademark the word "the," according to an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Chris Sale reaches 2,000 career strikeouts in record pace
Chris Sale reaches 2,000 career strikeouts in record pace

Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale has reached 2,000 career strikeouts faster than any pitcher in history.

Jimmy John's is buying a Florida 'superfan' a house
Jimmy John's is buying a Florida 'superfan' a house

Jimmy John's announced the "Home in the Zone" contest on Monday.

David Belleville
First date ends with a high-speed chase in Florida
First date ends with a high-speed chase in Florida

A Florida woman's first date with a man ended with a high-speed chase after he ran from police during a traffic stop.

This former airport could get drive-in sex booths
This former airport could get drive-in sex booths

Berlin's former Tempelhof airport has been proposed as a site for regulated sex booths, in a bid to protect the city's sex workers.

Live grenade found during Florida traffic stop
Live grenade found during Florida traffic stop

A Florida man was arrested after he told narcotics officers he had a live grenade in his car. 

FBI agent reunited with kidnapped baby he rescued as a rookie
FBI agent reunited with kidnapped baby he rescued as a rookie

After 22 years of service, his colleagues decided to surprise him by reuniting Sowers with the child he found. 

Florida man says his gun was stolen during masked sex party at his house
Florida man says his gun was stolen during masked sex party at his house

It is unlikely that the gun will be found because the 20 or so people at the party were wearing masks.

Bernie Sanders says he'll reveal whether aliens are real if elected
Bernie Sanders says he'll reveal whether aliens are real if elected

If he's elected in 2020, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said he'll tell the public if aliens are real or not. 

Ron Burgundy hits six late-night shows in hysterical cross-network promotion
Ron Burgundy hits six late-night shows in hysterical cross-network promotion

Each appearance by the San Diego "newsman" was different; in one he performed standup, in another he was a ventriloquist.

This flight attendant pulled a funny fast one on passengers
This flight attendant pulled a funny fast one on passengers

One Southwest Airlines employee literally put herself into the travel fray when it came to jockeying for overhead bin space.

Southwest pilot flew his Vietnam veteran father's remains back to where he last saw him 52 years ago
Southwest pilot flew his Vietnam veteran father's remains back to where he last saw him 52 years ago

Bryan Knight was 5 years old when he said goodbye to his father at an airport in Dallas, Texas, just before he was sent off to the Vietnam War.

David Belleville
Stocked, fly-infested fridge found outside Cape Coral home
Stocked, fly-infested fridge found outside Cape Coral home

A sweet, pungent smell was coming from a fully stocked refrigerator on the lawn in front of a Cape Coral home on SE 6th St on Thursday.

Joanna Bouras
Cats understand their names and are probably just choosing to ignore you, a study suggests
Cats understand their names and are probably just choosing to ignore you, a study suggests

Have you ever wondered whether your cat is ignoring you because it doesn't understand its name? Several researchers from Japan did, so they tried to get to the bottom of it.

Here's how you can get paid $1,000 to eat bacon
Here's how you can get paid $1,000 to eat bacon

Farmer Boys, a West Coast restaurant chain, announced Tuesday they are hosting a contest to find someone who will be their first-ever bacon tester.

Nearly toothless Florida woman bites intruder who forced his way into apartment
Nearly toothless Florida woman bites intruder who forced his way into apartment

A nearly toothless South Florida woman told police she bit a man who forced his way into her apartment. 

Disney to remake 'Home Alone' for new streaming service
Disney to remake 'Home Alone' for new streaming service

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the company will be remaking "Home Alone" for its new streaming service.

Iguana found in Hollywood grocery store
Iguana found in Hollywood grocery store

On a run to the grocery store, Hollywood Professional Firefighters found an iguana roaming the aisles.

Katelyn Massarelli
Florida boy calls 911 to order pizza, gets lesson and a pie
Florida boy calls 911 to order pizza, gets lesson and a pie

The Sanford Police Department said in a Facebook post that the hungry grade-schooler called 911 last Friday.

Looking to book a late vacation? You may be in luck
Looking to book a late vacation? You may be in luck

Resorts and hotels are offering bargains for late summer vacationers as demand begins to slow.

Florida lawmaker files bill to make coconut patties the state candy
Florida lawmaker files bill to make coconut patties the state candy

According to the bill, this includes the chocolate-dipped and nonchocolate varieties.

Pilot makes emergency landing on highway and it was all captured on trooper's dashcam
Pilot makes emergency landing on highway and it was all captured on trooper's dashcam

A small airplane with engine trouble made a thrilling emergency landing Thursday to join the morning rush hour commute just outside Seattle.

Fort Myers K-9 officer receives custom-fitted protective vest
Fort Myers K-9 officer receives custom-fitted protective vest

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. donated the vest to K-9 Balor and his partner, Officer Jari Sanders on Wednesday. 

Kyra Shportun
WATCH: Woman kicks officer in groin during broken tail light traffic stop
WATCH: Woman kicks officer in groin during broken tail light traffic stop

After refusing to sign the $80 ticket the officer was giving her, Hamil drove off, prompting the officer to chase her until she eventually pulled over in another parking lot. 

Late wife's wedding ring returned to man who lost it on vacation thanks to social media
Late wife's wedding ring returned to man who lost it on vacation thanks to social media

Since his wife's death from colon cancer in 2016, Patrick Waddell of Harrisburg, North Carolina, has always carried their wedding rings with him.

Woman turns 107 and shares her secret to longevity: 'I never got married'
Woman turns 107 and shares her secret to longevity: 'I never got married'

A woman who celebrated her 107th birthday on Wednesday shared her secret to living a long life: stay single.

Man gets hundreds of job offers after handing out his résumé on the side of the road
Man gets hundreds of job offers after handing out his résumé on the side of the road

He printed out 200 copies of his résumé and hit the streets in search of work last week.

'Cripple Threat' comedian turns his hardships into hilarity
'Cripple Threat' comedian turns his hardships into hilarity

He went from performing gigs in small bars to performing on the big stage for America's Got Talent this spring

Vanessa Bein
Report ranks Fort Myers as one of 'the most fun places to live in the U.S.'
Report ranks Fort Myers as one of 'the most fun places to live in the U.S.'

Fort Myers finished 15th, which is five spots ahead of Orlando.

Devin Turk
A black moon is coming on Wednesday. Here's what that means
A black moon is coming on Wednesday. Here's what that means

The phenomenon is occurring again in North America on July 31 -- the first one since 2016.

'Friends' NYC pop-up shop planned for show's 25th anniversary
'Friends' NYC pop-up shop planned for show's 25th anniversary

Here's some news that will certainly make many a "Friends" fan (central) perk up: A pop-up experience themed around the beloved NBC sitcom will open in New York in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of its 1994 premiere.

Baby shark for breakfast? It's better than it sounds
Baby shark for breakfast? It's better than it sounds

The limited-edition cereal will include berry-flavored loops and marshmallows, Kellogg's said in a news release.

Nevada isn't equipped for the storming of Area 51
Nevada isn't equipped for the storming of Area 51

More than 1 million people have responded to the internet post calling for people to “Naruto run” at 3 a.m. into the remote U.S. Air Force test area in the Nevada desert.

Disney beats its own record for highest grossing year, it's only July
Disney beats its own record for highest grossing year, it's only July

Disney set the record for the highest-grossing year for a studio ever, and it's only July.

Port Charlotte woman finds a 7-foot alligator in pool early Saturday morning
Port Charlotte woman finds a 7-foot alligator in pool early Saturday morning

One Port Charlotte woman got a rude awakening from an unwanted guest in the pool early Saturday morning.

Zach Barrett
Hungry bear looking for late-night snack steals dumpster
Hungry bear looking for late-night snack steals dumpster

A bear was caught on surveillance video sniffing around for a late-night snack in Lyons, Colorado.

A petition to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October is picking up steam
A petition to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October is picking up steam

The petition, launched last year by the nonprofit Halloween & Costume Association, argues that moving the date of Halloween will lead to a "safer, longer, stress-free celebration."

Florida boy with MD is sworn in as honorary Broward County deputy
Florida boy with MD is sworn in as honorary Broward County deputy

Zach Knight, the newest honorary member of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, was sworn in on Wednesday.

Goose gets stuck in pizza delivery driver's car grille
Goose gets stuck in pizza delivery driver's car grille

A pizza delivery driver in Vermont said he was "freaking out" for a while after hitting a goose waddling across the road.

Walmart can now deliver booze straight to your door
Walmart can now deliver booze straight to your door

Seven Southwest Florida locations are participating in the service.

Emma Green & Zach Barrett
Drunk Florida man leaves Wendy's after crashing into a car, then strips naked at the hospital
Joseph Ojo
Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum to headline concert during QBE Shootout
Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum to headline concert during QBE Shootout

The QBE Shootout in Naples will feature some big names in the country music world this year.

David Belleville
Woman arrested after giving fast food worker swig of cognac
Woman arrested after giving fast food worker swig of cognac

Authorities say a woman in the drive-thru of an Oregon Taco Bell poured Hennessy cognac into the mouth of an employee - then was arrested by a police officer who happened to be behind her in line.

Stunning spiral galaxy spotted by Hubble more than 70 million light years away from our solar system
Stunning spiral galaxy spotted by Hubble more than 70 million light years away from our solar system

More than 70 million light years away from our solar system is a stunning spiral galaxy recently observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

SpaceX will launch Nickelodeon slime and an Adidas soccer ball into space
SpaceX will launch Nickelodeon slime and an Adidas soccer ball into space

In the name of STEM education, the children's television network is launching a publicity campaign that includes placing a package of slime in a SpaceX Dragon capsule and flying it to the orbiting laboratory this week.

The heat wave is causing sunflowers to bloom early
The heat wave is causing sunflowers to bloom early

Sunflower tourism is blazing hot this time of year. And in some places, the nationwide heatwave is causing these photogenic flowers to pop their heads up earlier than usual.

Tuesday, July 23rd 2019, 8:35 AM EDT
Watch Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in the trailer for 'Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'
Watch Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in the trailer for 'Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, Southwest Florida.

Scientists discovered a new species of tiny sharks that glow in the dark
Scientists discovered a new species of tiny sharks that glow in the dark

Sharks are known to stalk and sniff out prey before they attack. But all this newly discovered shark species has to do is glow in the dark, and the prey comes to them.

Great white shark jumps out of the water as fishermen reel in catch
Great white shark jumps out of the water as fishermen reel in catch

A group of fathers and sons out fishing got more action than they anticipated when a great white shark leapt out of the water next to the charter boat and stole a fish off one boy's line.

A man escaped a high-rise on fire by climbing down it in true "Spider-Man" style
A man escaped a high-rise on fire by climbing down it in true "Spider-Man" style

Did Philadelphia's friendly neighborhood "Spider-Man" just escape an apartment fire?

David Belleville
Tom Cruise soars in 'Top Gun: Maverick' trailer
Tom Cruise soars in 'Top Gun: Maverick' trailer

The trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick," the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 hit movie that helped solidify star Tom Cruise's heartthrob appeal, is ready to fly.

Five Florida guys arrested at a Florida Five Guys, for real
Five Florida guys arrested at a Florida Five Guys, for real

Stuart police officers responded to a fist fight inside the burger joint involving five males.

Emma Green
Mr. Bagel: SPCA Pet of the Week 07/17/2019
Mr. Bagel: SPCA Pet of the Week 07/17/2019

Mr. Bagel is this week's Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Featured Pet of the Week.

Wednesday, July 17th 2019, 9:09 AM EDT
Florida man catches wife cheating, cuts off lover's penis with scissors
Florida man catches wife cheating, cuts off lover's penis with scissors

A man was arrested on Sunday after breaking into his wife's lover's home and cutting off his penis with a pair of scissors, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office

Kyra Shportun
Check out this massive python here in Florida, which could soon be a world record setter
Check out this massive python here in Florida, which could soon be a world record setter

There's no better way to celebrate World Snake Day than by looking at a massive, slithering reptile.

After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day
After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day

When married couples or family members die following the death of a loved one, the second death is often attributed to a broken heart.

Girlfriend threatens boyfriend with box cutter over song lyrics
Girlfriend threatens boyfriend with box cutter over song lyrics

The victim told police Cortney R. King did not like the lyrics of the song he was singing along to in his bedroom.

Drunk man sends injured baby bird to a wildlife rehabilitation center in an Uber
Drunk man sends injured baby bird to a wildlife rehabilitation center in an Uber

The orphaned baby bird, a lesser goldfinch, was less than two weeks old.

Luke Skywhiskers: SPCA Pet of the Week 07/10/2019
Luke Skywhiskers: SPCA Pet of the Week 07/10/2019

Luke is this week's Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Featured Pet of the Week.

Wednesday, July 10th 2019, 9:04 AM EDT
Florida man shows deputy his butt, then drinks a beer
Florida man shows deputy his butt, then drinks a beer

Brian Arrigo is now facing several charges including possessing an open container and exposure of sexual organs in a public area

Vanessa Bein
10-year-old leaps into action, ties honor guard member's shoelace during parade
10-year-old leaps into action, ties honor guard member's shoelace during parade

It's not the best look for a member of an honor guard to have untied shoes. Thankfully for one honor guard member in Texas last week, a 10-year-old boy was looking out for him.

The shocking moment lightning struck a boat in South Boston
The shocking moment lightning struck a boat in South Boston

As powerful storms rolled through Massachusetts on Saturday, one person caught the exact moment a boat owner got extremely unlucky.

Like your coffee spiked? Pabst Blue Ribbon has the can for you
Like your coffee spiked? Pabst Blue Ribbon has the can for you

Pub stalwart Pabst Blue Ribbon announced this week that it's making an alcoholic vanilla iced coffee in a can, an attempt to appeal to consumers from a "range of lifestyles," the company said.

Woman accused of leaving $5K 'revenge' tip on boyfriend's credit card
Woman accused of leaving $5K 'revenge' tip on boyfriend's credit card

It happened at Clear Sky Cafe, a beachside staple for tourists and locals alike in Clearwater.

Dad's drone captures images of shark swimming near his kids
Dad's drone captures images of shark swimming near his kids

A father captured video of a shark swimming dangerously close to his children as they swam off Florida's Atlantic Coast.

Wisconsin man gets jail for clogging women’s toilets
Wisconsin man gets jail for clogging women’s toilets

Prosecutors say Beeman told police he gets urges to do odd things.

Arctic fox amazes scientists with 2,000-mile trek in 76 days
Arctic fox amazes scientists with 2,000-mile trek in 76 days

A young female Arctic fox has shocked scientists by traveling over 3,500 km (2,175 miles) from Norway to Canada in just 76 days.

Bobcats caught on video fighting in a Port Charlotte tree
Bobcats caught on video fighting in a Port Charlotte tree

The video was recorded Monday evening off O'Hara Drive.

David Belleville
Car-sized wasp nests appear again in 2019
Car-sized wasp nests appear again in 2019

Scientists issued a warning to Alabama residents that thousands of wasps are making the state home in perennial yellow jacket nests. 

Katelyn Massarelli
WATCH: Bear climbs neighborhood wall and scales tree in Naples
WATCH: Bear climbs neighborhood wall and scales tree in Naples

A bear was spotted climbing up and down a neighborhood wall and tree in Naples

Florida woman: Gator crashing into home was a ‘fun thing’
Florida woman: Gator crashing into home was a ‘fun thing’

Who knew that an 11-foot-alligator crashing through the kitchen window of a Florida home would turn out to be a “fun thing?”

A teenage Florida native becomes the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon
A teenage Florida native becomes the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon

American tennis prodigy Cori "Coco" Gauff, 15, just became the youngest player in the Open era to advance through qualifying to reach Wimbledon's main draw where she will play compatriot Venus Williams.

What to drink before bedtime for a good night's sleep
What to drink before bedtime for a good night's sleep

When winding down you might enjoy sipping a beverage before bedtime, but are there any drinks that could be particularly helpful or harmful for quality sleep?

Hungry or thirsty? Bear goes through Fort Myers Brewery dumpster twice
Hungry or thirsty? Bear goes through Fort Myers Brewery dumpster twice

A big bear was spotted going through the dumpster at Fort Myers Brewery Wednesday afternoon

Vanessa Bein
Ancient Europeans lived alongside a half-ton bird nearly 12 feet tall
Ancient Europeans lived alongside a half-ton bird nearly 12 feet tall

Inside a Crimean cave was a gigantic ancient mystery just waiting to be uncovered: a bird so large that it weighed nearly as much as an adult polar bear.

'America's Got Talent' opera star lives in North Port
'America's Got Talent' opera star lives in North Port

'America's Got Talent' contestant Emanne Beasha wowed us all last night on NBC2 with her show-stopping opera performance

Claire Lavezzorio
Teacher fired after recording pornography in Texas classroom
Teacher fired after recording pornography in Texas classroom

El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill says the substitute uploaded the videos to a commercial porn website.

Jelly Belly: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 06/26
Jelly Belly: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 06/26

Jelly Belly is this week's CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week.

Wednesday, June 26th 2019, 9:14 AM EDT by Chris Markham
Body camera video released of 'DUI bride' arrest
Body camera video released of 'DUI bride' arrest

In the video, Young, wearing a white dress, tells the officers "I just want to get to my wedding."

Florida man who killed Pinky the flamingo was killed by a truck
Florida man who killed Pinky the flamingo was killed by a truck

A man accused of causing the death of Pinky, a beloved flamingo at Busch Gardens, was hit by a truck and died, two months before he was to go on trial.

'The Office' star Jenna Fischer visits Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples
'The Office' star Jenna Fischer visits Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples

The actress posted about her visit on Instagram Monday. 

Taylor Crehan
MUST SEE: Florida dad dives into pool to save son from drowning
MUST SEE: Florida dad dives into pool to save son from drowning

A Florida father was caught on camera diving over a fence and saving his son from drowning

SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites
SpaceX launches hefty rocket with 24 satellites

SpaceX has launched its heftiest rocket with 24 research satellites.

Florida crime rate drops in 2018 crime report
Florida crime rate drops in 2018 crime report

The crime rate in Florida fell by 9.0 percent, according to the 2018 Annual Uniform Crime Report.

Katelyn Massarelli
Coffee may help in battle against obesity, diabetes, researchers say
Coffee may help in battle against obesity, diabetes, researchers say

Researchers at the University of Nottingham published a recent study that says drinking coffee could activate the body's fat-fighting defenses.

Katelyn Massarelli
Video apparently shows passenger rejecting Cam Newton's $1,500 offer to trade seats
Video apparently shows passenger rejecting Cam Newton's $1,500 offer to trade seats

Most of us have to deal with limited leg room when we fly. But Cam Newton was willing to pay big money to make sure he was comfortable during his flight.

Caught on Camera: Nuisance coyote leaves a surprise on Florida mom's security camera
Caught on Camera: Nuisance coyote leaves a surprise on Florida mom's security camera

A Florida mom did not expect this response from a nuisance coyote in her yard.

Emma Green
Two milestones in a minute: New Jersey couple weds, then has baby
Two milestones in a minute: New Jersey couple weds, then has baby

The mother-to-be didn't want to list “fiancé” on the baby’s birth certificate.

How an app reminding you of your inevitable death could make you happier
How an app reminding you of your inevitable death could make you happier

Would you pay for an app that reminds you about death five times a day?

Joseph Ojo
WATCH: Lee County deputies dance to 'Baby Shark' for 3-year-old's birthday
WATCH: Lee County deputies dance to 'Baby Shark' for 3-year-old's birthday

Deputies had a special birthday surprise for a 3-year-old on Sunday.

Emma Green
Marijuana-impaired driving on the rise, AAA reports say
Marijuana-impaired driving on the rise, AAA reports say

An estimated 15 million drivers admitted to driving within an hour of using marijuana, according to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Katelyn Massarelli
'Jeopardy!' champion James Holzhauer donated to a cancer walk in Alex Trebek's name
'Jeopardy!' champion James Holzhauer donated to a cancer walk in Alex Trebek's name

ames Holzhauer, the "Jeopardy!" champion who won 32 straight games, earning a total of $2,462,216, has donated a portion of his winnings to a Chicago-area pancreatic cancer walk.

High school loses ACT test answers for 440 rising seniors
High school loses ACT test answers for 440 rising seniors

A North Carolina high school lost ACT test answer sheets for 440 rising seniors who took it on Feb. 20 and March 13. 

Katelyn Massarelli
'Attack squirrel' given meth to stay aggressive
'Attack squirrel' given meth to stay aggressive

An Alabama man denied feeding his pet squirrel meth.

Plane forced to make emergency landing after passenger becomes belligerent
Plane forced to make emergency landing after passenger becomes belligerent

A plane that took off from Pittsburgh headed for Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing in Oklahoma City Tuesday when a belligerent passenger became aggressive

A rare, clockwise-spinning tornado touches down in South Dakota
A rare, clockwise-spinning tornado touches down in South Dakota

South Dakota doesn't get a lot of tornadoes, but a twister there last weekend was particularly rare -- because it was spinning clockwise.

Isaiah: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 06/19
Isaiah: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 06/19

Isaiah was a straykitten, but is now a happy and healthy 9-week-old looking for his forever home.

Wednesday, June 19th 2019, 9:10 AM EDT by Chris Markham
Astronomers have found two new planets that could potentially support life
Astronomers have found two new planets that could potentially support life

Astronomers have pinpointed two planets orbiting a nearby star that meet pretty much every requirement for supporting life.

New poll finds that younger generations are not using deodorant
New poll finds that younger generations are not using deodorant

New polls show that almost 40 percent of younger age groups do not wear deodorant. 

Katelyn Massarelli
Kansas City boy survives knife impaling to his face
Kansas City boy survives knife impaling to his face

A 15-year-old Kansas boy survives knife impaling to the face, and doctors say he's extremely lucky.

Katelyn Massarelli
Accused arsonist caught by her own cameras setting home on fire
Accused arsonist caught by her own cameras setting home on fire

An apparent feud between homeowners led to an alleged arsonist setting fire to her neighbor's Del City, Oklahoma home, and the alleged crime was caught on cameras that she owned.

Maine father committed to showing his blind 3-year-old the world
Maine father committed to showing his blind 3-year-old the world

Nolan Desmond is blind, but his dad refuses to let it stop him from experiencing the world.

Disney raises prices for most annual passes
Disney raises prices for most annual passes

Disney raised prices for most of its annual passes for visitors from in and out of state.

Katelyn Massarelli
It's a bird, it's a plane, no! It's Spiderman power washing a roof
It's a bird, it's a plane, no! It's Spiderman power washing a roof

With great power comes great pressure-cleaning responsibilities.

Emma Green
Report: The government has paid over $1 billion to dead people
Report: The government has paid over $1 billion to dead people

A recent report says the government paid out over $1 billion in benefits to dead people in 2018 alone.

Dave Elias
Man goes viral after offering free 'Dad Hugs' at Pride parade in Pittsburgh
Man goes viral after offering free 'Dad Hugs' at Pride parade in Pittsburgh

When Scott Dittman learned that his friend was going to the Pittsburgh Pride parade to give out embraces with the LGBTQ advocacy group Free Mom Hugs, he thought that it would be nice to give out some dad hugs, too.

Alligator spotted with steak knife stuck in its head
Alligator spotted with steak knife stuck in its head

Wildlife officials plan to go look for the alligator next week to see if they can help it

Vanessa Bein
Perfectly preserved head of 40,000-year-old Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
Perfectly preserved head of 40,000-year-old Ice Age wolf found in Siberia

Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost.

People are rushing to this grocery store for its plastic bags
People are rushing to this grocery store for its plastic bags

They feature embarrassing slogans like "Wart Ointment" and "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium."

Emma Green
Snake stows away in man's bag on trip to Hawaii from Florida
Snake stows away in man's bag on trip to Hawaii from Florida

A snake stowed away in a man's bag and remained undetected until it completed the trip from Florida to Hawaii.

Lady Luck: SPCA Pet of the Week 06-12-2019
Lady Luck: SPCA Pet of the Week 06-12-2019

Lady Luck  is this week's Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Featured Pet of the Week.

Wednesday, June 12th 2019, 9:15 AM EDT
This lobster-stealing seagull photobombed a tourist's Maine excursion, and the photo is wild
This lobster-stealing seagull photobombed a tourist's Maine excursion, and the photo is wild

A woman arrived in southern Maine, found a picturesque lighthouse & a lobster shack within walking distance... little did she know what was coming for her.

Mysterious surveillance video racks up millions of views
Mysterious surveillance video racks up millions of views

A mysterious surveillance video posted by a woman to Facebook has social media users in a tizzy.

David Belleville
A boy with autism broke down at an Orlando theme park. This employee saved the day
A boy with autism broke down at an Orlando theme park. This employee saved the day

While Spider-Man was off-duty, a real-life superhero swung into action to comfort Lenore Koppelman's son.

The Naples Zoo reveals gender of lion cubs in adorable video
The Naples Zoo reveals gender of lion cubs in adorable video

The zoo announced last month that 13-year-old Shani and 10-year-old Masambe welcomed three cubs into the world.

David Belleville
Police officer proposes to girlfriend during traffic stop
Police officer proposes to girlfriend during traffic stop

The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office in Georgia shared the moment DeKalb County Police Officer John Heart proposed to his now-fiance, Alexis, on Facebook.

David Belleville
Vans unveils Harry Potter sneaker collection
Vans unveils Harry Potter sneaker collection

The collection, released on Friday, includes footwear, clothing and accessories inspired by and named after the four houses from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and is available to buy in Europe and the US.

April the giraffe is heading into retirement -- and onto birth control
April the giraffe is heading into retirement -- and onto birth control

Five children are enough for internet celebrity April the giraffe, and the 17-year-old is ready to go on birth control.

Veterans honored on 75th anniversary of D-Day
Veterans honored on 75th anniversary of D-Day

You don't need to go to the movies to see the heroes; we have them right here in Southwest Florida.   

Gabrielle Dawkins
Endangered sea turtle released after getting hooked off Fort Myers Beach
Endangered sea turtle released after getting hooked off Fort Myers Beach

A critically endangered sea turtle was released back into the water after getting hooked by a fisherman on Fort Myers Beach on Tuesday.

David Belleville
'World's first' infinity pool with 360-degree views to be built in London
'World's first' infinity pool with 360-degree views to be built in London

The designs for the 600,000-liter pool and 55-story building, named Infinity London, have been unveiled by Compass Pools.

How therapy dogs are lending a paw to help heal Virginia Beach
How therapy dogs are lending a paw to help heal Virginia Beach

It can be hard to talk about, so one organization is providing some floppy-eared listeners who are ready to lend a helping paw.

Stiles: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 06/05
Stiles: CASPCA's Featured Pet of the Week 06/05

Meet Stiles, who is this week's CASPCA Featured Pet of the Week.

Wednesday, June 5th 2019, 9:13 AM EDT by Chris Markham
Tara: Augusta Regional SPCA Featured Pet of the Week 06/05
Tara: Augusta Regional SPCA Featured Pet of the Week 06/05

Meet Tara, who is this week's Augusta Regional SPCA Featured Pet of the Week.

Wednesday, June 5th 2019, 9:09 AM EDT by Chris Markham
Social media could be making you spend more money
Social media could be making you spend more money

A new report by Charles Schwab claims social media could be to blame for less money in your savings or checking account

Dave Elias
'Harry Potter' will soon add 4 new e-books to the wizarding world
'Harry Potter' will soon add 4 new e-books to the wizarding world

Harry Potter fans can soon go four books deeper into the world of wizarding.

David Belleville
'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer donates $10,000 to a charity that helps kids from dropping out of school
'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer donates $10,000 to a charity that helps kids from dropping out of school

"Jeopardy!" champion James Holzhauer is donating $10,000 to an educational charity in Nevada, according to CNN affiliate KTNV.

11-foot gator breaks into Clearwater home
11-foot gator breaks into Clearwater home

Police said the homeowner called them after they found the unwelcomed reptile in their kitchen.

David Belleville
The National Spelling Bee has not one -- but 8 champions
The National Spelling Bee has not one -- but 8 champions


The spelling bee was finally over after it went 20 rounds, which included a run of 47 correct words.

Who saved who? Woman adopts dog featured on Meteorologist Jason Dunning's forecast
Who saved who? Woman adopts dog featured on Meteorologist Jason Dunning's forecast

Meteorologist Jason Dunning helps find Buddy a fur-ever home!

Jason Dunning
The world's smallest baby goes home healthy after months in the hospital
The world's smallest baby goes home healthy after months in the hospital

The smallest surviving baby in the world left the hospital five months after she came into the world at a San Diego, California hospital.

Alligator caught roaming around Estero High School
Alligator caught roaming around Estero High School

The school resource officer was notified about the large reptile and helped remove it from the school

Vanessa Bein
Golden Buzzer: The America's Got Talent audition you have to see, and hear, to believe
Golden Buzzer: The America's Got Talent audition you have to see, and hear, to believe

Lee, who is blind and has autism, stunned the crowd with a flawless cover of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You."

Alex Trebek shares good news after first round of chemo
Alex Trebek shares good news after first round of chemo

In a People Exclusive interview, the game show host said that his doctors are "VERY happy" with the way he's responding to chemo.

Duo attacks Miami Burger King manager after they were denied free french fries
Duo attacks Miami Burger King manager after they were denied free french fries

According to the arrest report, the pair went through the restaurant's drive-thru and asked for free fries, but an employee denied their request

Woman honored for heroic actions that saved her neighbor in Cape Coral
Woman honored for heroic actions that saved her neighbor in Cape Coral

The Cape Coral Police Department awarded a woman the Citizen Commendable Action Coin after she saved her neighbor's life earlier this month.

David Belleville
Ride On: Tricycle donated to little boy with special needs who had his stolen
Ride On: Tricycle donated to little boy with special needs who had his stolen

The Collier County Sheriff's Office delivered some heartwarming news on Monday.

David Belleville
'Jeopardy' champ James Holzhauer nears Ken Jennings' record
'Jeopardy' champ James Holzhauer nears Ken Jennings' record

James Holzhauer's "Jeopardy" winning streak is still going and he may be on track to surpass Ken Jennings' record earnings in the next month.

It snowed at the Grand Canyon on Memorial Day
It snowed at the Grand Canyon on Memorial Day

So much for that warm, sunny Memorial Day vacation to the Grand Canyon.

8-foot gator removed from Collier County sidewalk
8-foot gator removed from Collier County sidewalk

The Collier County Sheriff's Office and Ray the Trapper have been busy keeping both wildlife and human life safe.

David Belleville
Lion cubs born at the Naples Zoo for the first time in decades
Lion cubs born at the Naples Zoo for the first time in decades

Shani, a 13-year-old lion, gave birth to her first cub on May 13, and then two more the following morning, according to a press release.

David Belleville
Massive underage bash busted before it even gets started in Florida
Massive underage bash busted before it even gets started in Florida

A massive graduation bash turned into a bust in Martin County, Florida thanks to a tip from a school resource officer.

10-foot gator trapped on Immokalee Road in Collier County
10-foot gator trapped on Immokalee Road in Collier County

Deputies and a trapper wrangled a more than 10-foot long alligator on the road in Collier County early Wednesday morning.

Florida teen with down syndrome is crowned prom queen
Florida teen with down syndrome is crowned prom queen

"I felt like I was stepping into Cinderella. It's always been one of my dreams,.

Coca-Cola is bringing back New Coke in honor of 'Stranger Things'
Coca-Cola is bringing back New Coke in honor of 'Stranger Things'

Coca-Cola is hoping a failed product from the 1980s will help it go viral in 2019.

Baby cut from his mother's womb after she was killed opens his eyes
Baby cut from his mother's womb after she was killed opens his eyes

In the photo, taken Sunday by a student pastor, the baby is being held by his father Yovany Lopez.

Billionaire investor promises to pay off Morehouse College grad's student loans
Billionaire investor promises to pay off Morehouse College grad's student loans

Morehouse College seniors got a surprise Sunday when billionaire investor Robert F. Smith announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt for the historically black college's graduating class.

New York police used a photo of Woody Harrelson to arrest his doppelgänger
New York police used a photo of Woody Harrelson to arrest his doppelgänger

Photos of the suspected beer thief looked like Woody Harrelson.

Grumpy Cat, the grouchy-faced furball that launched a thousand memes, dies
Grumpy Cat, the grouchy-faced furball that launched a thousand memes, dies

The furry sensation's family announced her death on Twitter on Friday.

Wow! Monster alligator spotted walking around Sanibel Island parking lot
Vanessa Bein
Age-progressed pictures of most-wanted domestic terrorist suspect released
Age-progressed pictures of most-wanted domestic terrorist suspect released

The FBI released an age-progressed photo of what Donna Joan Borup might look like today.

Cheers! British people get drunk more than anyone else, survey says
Cheers! British people get drunk more than anyone else, survey says

The results of the 2019 Global Drug Survey, published Thursday, revealed that British respondents get drunk more times per year than people from anywhere else.

Hershey’s is replacing the logo on its chocolate bars with emojis
Hershey’s is replacing the logo on its chocolate bars with emojis

The redesign marks the first time Hershey's has changed its milk chocolate bar design since its inception.

Window washers rescued after their out-of-control lift slammed into building
Window washers rescued after their out-of-control lift slammed into building

Emergency crews rescued two window washers Wednesday who were trapped in a material lift basket that was spinning out of control and slamming into the side of Oklahoma City's tallest building.

All Smiles: 'Project Dentists Care' is changing lives with free services
All Smiles: 'Project Dentists Care' is changing lives with free services

Dr. William Truax, or Dr. Bill as he's called, is known for making people smile.

Lisa Spooner
Waiter returns lost $424K check to customer who refused to tip him
Waiter returns lost $424K check to customer who refused to tip him

The woman did not tip her waiter after her meal. After he returned her check worth nearly half a million dollars, she tried to tip him but he graciously declined.

Study claims your Uber or Lyft ride has more bacteria than your toilet
Study claims your Uber or Lyft ride has more bacteria than your toilet

Next time you grab an Uber or Lyft, have your hand sanitizer handy

Snake turns up in washing machine smelling 'like Downy'
Snake turns up in washing machine smelling 'like Downy'

An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family's washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash.

3-legged bear spotted in Seminole County
3-legged bear spotted in Seminole County

Florida wildlife officials say a three-legged bear has been spotted in Seminole County and so far, the bear seems to be doing well.

Trappers wrangle with 9-foot gator near Golden Gate bus stop
Trappers wrangle with 9-foot gator near Golden Gate bus stop

The nine-foot gator was found as kids were waiting at a nearby bus stop!

David Belleville
Watch: Bus driver saves student from speeding car
Watch: Bus driver saves student from speeding car

The teen was headed off the bus when a car whizzed past the bus' door. Fortunately, the driver was able to yank him back into the bus.

Does chewing gum help you lose weight?
Does chewing gum help you lose weight?

One study concluded that chewing gum suppresses appetite, especially the desire for sweets, and reduces snack intake.

MUST SEE: Photographer snaps pictures of snake inside alligator's mouth at Florida nature reserve
MUST SEE: Photographer snaps pictures of snake inside alligator's mouth at Florida nature reserve

They said the snake tried its best to get away from the gator, but the gator prevailed, and had the snake for lunch

Vanessa Bein
One Last Wish: Man marries his love hours before he dies of cancer
One Last Wish: Man marries his love hours before he dies of cancer

In a little more than 48-hours, the eastern Iowa community came together for the ceremony.

Swarming bees lead to delay at start of Giants-Reds game
Swarming bees lead to delay at start of Giants-Reds game

The game started almost 20 minutes late.

Meghan Markle gives birth to first baby, a baby boy
Meghan Markle gives birth to first baby, a baby boy

The baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces

Soldier visiting Hawaii national park falls into active volcano
Soldier visiting Hawaii national park falls into active volcano

The 32-year-old solider visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park fell from a 300 foot cliff at Kilauea caldera's edge after losing his footing.

'Jeopardy!' contestant ties for the 2nd longest winning streak in the show's history
'Jeopardy!' contestant ties for the 2nd longest winning streak in the show's history


James Holzhauer won his 20th game of "Jeopardy!" Wednesday, which means he now ties for the second-longest winning streak in the show's history.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner married by Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner married by Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas

News of the wedding emerged after US DJ Diplo posted a series of videos on Instagram.

Instagram is testing hiding your likes
Instagram is testing hiding your likes

On Tuesday, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app announced it is running a test in Canada starting later this week that hides the total number of likes on photos and videos.

Florida man posts phony 'Secretary Wanted' sign after breaking into business
Florida man posts phony 'Secretary Wanted' sign after breaking into business

Jeffrey Bellomo, 28, allegedly broke into Custom Pools by Precision Inc. off of Tamiami Trail on Saturday and quickly made himself at home.

David Belleville
Seagull's debut on London traffic cam goes viral
Seagull's debut on London traffic cam goes viral

London's traffic authorities shared a video of the bird photobombing a local traffic camera.

Duo impersonates officers to try to break partner out of jail
Duo impersonates officers to try to break partner out of jail

A duo from DeSoto County is accused of impersonating law enforcement officers to try to break someone out of jail.

David Belleville
'Game of Thrones' epic battle sets viewership record
'Game of Thrones' epic battle sets viewership record

"The Long Night" broke the record set by the season premiere just two weeks ago when 17.4 million viewers tuned in.

Knock, knock! Florida woman finds gator at her front door
Knock, knock! Florida woman finds gator at her front door

A Florida woman came home to an unwanted guest at her front door.

Google the name 'Thanos' from 'Avengers: Endgame' for a special treat
Google the name 'Thanos' from 'Avengers: Endgame' for a special treat

Easter may be over, but Google has a special "Avengers: Endgame"-themed "Easter egg" in honor of the blockbuster film.

Netflix may have to say goodbye to 'The Office' and 'Friends'
Netflix may have to say goodbye to 'The Office' and 'Friends'

Some of the greatest American sitcoms of our generation, from "The Office" to "Friends," could be leaving Netflix, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Your boss' bad mood really does affect the rest of the office
Your boss' bad mood really does affect the rest of the office

Negative emotions can be detrimental to the office: they can hurt productivity, morale and quality of work and can increase absenteeism.

Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds
Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

Person in Easter Bunny costume gets into fight in Orlando
Person in Easter Bunny costume gets into fight in Orlando

In one of the more bizarre videos you're likely to see, a police officer had to step in to break up a fight involving... The Easter Bunny?

Man arrested for using pet iguana as a weapon at Perkins restaurant
Man arrested for using pet iguana as a weapon at Perkins restaurant

An odd scene that left an iguana injured and a man behind bars played out at an Ohio restaurant on Tuesday.

DuckTales: Cape Coral officers rescue two ducklings trapped in storm drain
DuckTales: Cape Coral officers rescue two ducklings trapped in storm drain

The police department released body cam footage of the rescue on Wednesday morning.

David Belleville
Shocking video shows a utility worker escape death during severe weather
Shocking video shows a utility worker escape death during severe weather

A utility worker in New Jersey narrowly escaped death last weekend during severe weather, and it was all caught on video.

David Belleville
Fort Myers police raise $11.5K to feed students during summer break
Fort Myers police raise $11.5K to feed students during summer break

While many kids often look forward to summer break, for others, it means going without a regular meal.

David Belleville
WATCH: First Star Wars Episode IX trailer released
WATCH: First Star Wars Episode IX trailer released

The first trailer from the final installment of Skywalker Saga of Star Wars was released Friday.

Florida man hacks into Western Union computers and steals $32K
Florida man hacks into Western Union computers and steals $32K

The man got access to the computers by pretending to print out his flight itinerary from a thumb drive

How 'Game of Thrones' conquered TV with drama and dragons
How 'Game of Thrones' conquered TV with drama and dragons

Those uninitiated in the "Game of Thrones" phenomenon must surely wonder what all the fuss is about, especially as the HBO drama becomes increasingly difficult to avoid in the build-up to its series finale.