Mark and Charlie's Blog

The 911 calls have been released from the shooting of an Oklahoma teenager early New Year's Day. He was shot while playing a prank called "ding dong ditch." On the recording, we hear from both the 14-year-old boy who was shot and the man who shot him, who now faces life in...
In a lab at Progressive Corp.’s suburban headquarters, managers and technicians at the auto-insurance giant watch a colleague drive from his home outside Cleveland to the city zoo. A dot on a computer screen moves along a map overlaid with speed limits, turning red when the...
An armed robbery suspect trying to steal a wallet ends up being shot by a 69-year old homeowner. It happened on Calle San Carlos shortly before 9 PM. We're told the homeowner and his wife were approached by a man with a gun, wearing a hoodie. According to police, the suspect...
Melissa Cook said she was confronted with a harrowing decision: Would she abort a fetus she was carrying for someone else? The 47-year-old Californian had agreed to be a surrogate for a 50-year-old postal worker in Georgia, and she became pregnant last year with three boys. But...
When it comes to repealing Obamacare, the 62nd time is the charm – sort of. The Republican-controlled Congress passed a repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law by a 240-181 vote in the House Wednesday, mostly along party lines, handing Speaker Paul Ryan a dual...
Austin Mayor Steve Adler clarified remarks he made Tuesday about a possible November bond referendum to fund the construction of managed toll lanes on I-35 or a train system. Hours after making the initial remarks, Adler stressed that the specifics of a transportation-focused...
“Emotional support dogs” will now be allowed in student housing at Kent State University, which has settled a civil rights lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department claiming the school discriminated against students with psychological disabilities. Banning pets for all...
A Capri Sun juice pouch mistakenly left in a 10-year-old San Diego girl’s carry-on handbag led a TSA agent to subject the girl to almost two minutes of frisking and extra screening that lasted about an hour, her father said. Liquids exceeding 3 ounces are not allowed in carry-on...
Health insurers in several big cities will take some pain out of doctor visits this year — the financial kind. They’ll offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks. You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or coinsurance. And no expensive deductible to...