Joel Shannon, USA TODAY

Joel Shannon

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Recent articles by Joel:

Fire crews stop progress of brush fire that sent smoke billowing near Hollywood sign

One firefighter was injured fighting the blaze, the Los Angeles Fire Department said Saturday night. → Read More

'Absolutely heartbreaking': Missing college student found dead in Georgia park

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said at a news conference that the body of 21-year-old Alexis Crawford was found Friday at a park in Georgia. → Read More

Forgot your password? That's because common password advice is bad, experts say

For years, experts recommended crafting complex passwords in an attempt to foil hackers. But that's now a bad strategy for protecting yourself online. → Read More

Boat trapped for 101 years near edge of Niagara Falls moves after Halloween night storm

Overnight severe weather and heavy currents resulted in the iron scow, which had been trapped for 101 years, moving significantly downriver. → Read More

Boy who went viral for taking school photo in hot dog suit gets visit from Wienermobile

Jake Arsenault, 9, got a special visit from an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. He has been "relishing" the attention since his hot dog costume went viral. → Read More

On a dare from dad, boy wears hot dog suit for 4th-grade photo. The image went viral

Nine-year-old Jake Arsenault's mom suggested he wear an old hot dog halloween costume for his school photo. On a dare, he did. → Read More

6 wild elephants die after falling from waterfall in Thailand, reports say

The Thai elephants may have been trying to save each other from dangerous falls where a similar incident occurred in the past, reports say. → Read More

Bernie Sanders: Billionaires shouldn't exist. Mark Zuckerberg doesn't disagree

The Facebook CEO offered a defense of philanthropy, but conceded "no one deserves to have that much money." → Read More

Top weather forecasting official dies in rough surf after rip current warning was issued

William Lapenta, 58, died Monday after lifeguards pulled him from the surf off the North Carolina coastal town of Duck, local officials said. → Read More

Some tea bags release billions of tiny plastic particles when steeping, study says

The tea bags studied, often used for premium teas, were found to release microscopic plastic particles at high levels. → Read More

Princeton grad who killed dad after his $1k weekly allowance was cut gets 30 years to life

Thomas Gilbert Jr. was convicted three months ago of shooting his father, Thomas Gilbert Sr., a wealthy hedge fund manager. → Read More

Boy, 13, fatally attacked at middle school. His organs will save lives, family hopes

The student, identified as Diego by police, was pronounced clinically dead Tuesday night. His family hopes to donate his organs, police say. → Read More

Greta Thunberg wins 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for her 'inspiring' climate change advocacy

The announcement comes the same day as Thunberg made headlines for scolding "haters" in a viral Twitter thread aimed at critics. → Read More

Man dies delivering underwater proposal, says fiancée who never got to say 'yes'

Kenesha Antoine says Steven Weber proposed to her as she stood inside their underwater hotel room and he swam outside it, holding a handwritten note. → Read More

San Francisco declares NRA a 'domestic terrorist organization' in resolution

The resolution calls for San Francisco to examine its ties to the National Rifle Association and urges other governments to adopt similar legislation. → Read More

Live videos, webcams show Barry's landfall in New Orleans and the Louisiana coast

Live feeds from New Orleans and the Louisiana coast give a glimpse of conditions on the ground as Barry is predicted to make landfall as a hurricane. → Read More

'All-white company' wrongly accused immigrant author of racism, $13M lawsuit claims

Jordanian-American author Natasha Tynes is suing book publisher Rare Bird Lit. Inc. for the company's actions amid a social media shaming scandal. → Read More

A 'woman of God,' a Scottish music lover: These are the victims of Virginia Beach shooting

Virginia Beach Police said 12 people were killed in the mass shooting and at least four more were wounded. An officer was among those injured. → Read More

'Virgin birth': A captive anaconda became pregnant by herself and gave birth to two babies

Anna, a female anaconda, gave birth to two babies without sexually reproducing with a male snake, Boston's New England Aquarium has announced. → Read More

This stamp lets you put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill in an act of 'civil disobedience'

After Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the delay of a Harriet Tubman $20 bill, some are turning to a stamp in an act of civil disobedience. → Read More