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Atlanta, GA, United States

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Past articles by Ben:

Here’s the deal with the giant sphere causing a buzz in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, there's a gigantic new sphere of an event venue covered in 580,000 square feet of LED panels, and people have feelings about it. → Read More

Man gets life sentence for raping 9-year-old who then left Ohio for abortion

Gerson Fuentes was sentenced in the rape of a young girl who later traveled from Ohio to Indiana to get an abortion after Ohio's trigger law took effect last summer. → Read More

Famed Alaskan bush pilot and ex-reality show star dies in plane crash

Jim Tweto, star of the Discovery Channel's "Flying Wild Alaska," has died in a plane crash, along with his passenger, Idaho outdoor guide Shane Reynolds. → Read More

Pat Sajak, host of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ says 41st season will be his last

Pat Sajak announced on Twitter that he will step down as the host of "Wheel of Fortune" after four decades at the helm. → Read More

Satellite images show wildfire smoke creeping from Canada across U.S.

Satellite imagery and animations show how wind and weather patterns carried thick plumes of smoke across the United States. → Read More

Texas sheriff recommends charges over Martha’s Vineyard migrant flight

A Texas sheriff’s office recommended a district attorney file criminal charges over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ migrant flight to Martha's Vineyard. → Read More

Robert Hanssen, convicted of spying on U.S. for Moscow, dies in prison

The turncoat American spy whose work for Moscow the FBI dubbed “possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history,” died in prison Monday. → Read More

Third man charged in 2002 killing of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay

The killing of the New York hip-hop legend remains an open case. two decades after a drug deal turned deadly at his studio. → Read More

SpaceX launch torched part of state park, sent debris flying, feds say

The SpaceX Starship explosion above Texas started a 3.5-acre fire and sent debris flying thousands of feet away, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. → Read More

Reporter arrested after broadcast at Ohio governor’s news conference

Evan Lambert, a NewsNation reporter, was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct at a Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) news conference. → Read More

Utah bans TikTok from public devices, joining other Republican states

It's the latest to say it does not trust the Chinese-owned company with data. TikTok says such policies are enacted based on "unfounded, politically charged falsehoods." → Read More

True-crime podcasters help free innocent men after 25 years in prison

Cain Joshua Storey and Darrell Lee Clark of Georgia were exonerated in the 1996 murder of 15-year-old Brian Bowling with the assistance of lawyers, and "Proof." → Read More

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. agrees to $60 price cap on Russian oil; Scholz speaks with Putin

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the war, a presidential adviser said. President Biden said he has no plans to meet Vladimir Putin until Russia signals an intention to end the war. → Read More

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. proposes war crimes tribunal; energy woes continue; White House ‘concerned’ about Paul Whelan

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has proposed establishing a specialized court to investigate and prosecute Russia for war crimes. → Read More

ALS, a rare but deadly disease, can silence anyone. Here’s what to know.

Roberta Flack has ALS, her manager says. The amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has taken away her ability to sing. → Read More

From ‘9 to 5’ to $100 million, Dolly Parton receives Bezos charity award

Parton hasn’t said what she will do with the money, but she has several long-standing philanthropic projects. → Read More

Listeria outbreaks can be deadly. Here’s what to know about them.

A listeria outbreak has been tied to deli meat and cheese. What are symptoms of listeria and which states have cases? Here's what we know about the spread. → Read More

Powerball jackpot hits $1B again. An expert says it’ll happen more often.

The Powerball lottery jackpot has reached $1 billion, partly because lotto companies try to ensure big jackpots, economics professor Victor Matheson said. → Read More

Here are some brands dropping Kanye West (and his antisemitic remarks)

Companies, including Adidas and Balenciaga, have cut ties with the influential musician and fashion designer formerly known as Kanye West after antisemitic remarks. → Read More

Shooter kills two at St. Louis high school and dies after gunfight, police say

A woman and a teen were fatally shot at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. → Read More