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Bye, Bye, Big Bird: 'Sesame Street’s' original Big Bird puppeteer retiring after 50 years

(NEW YORK) -- Caroll Spinney, the man who originated Big Bird on Sesame Street, is leaving the show after nearly 50 years. The New York Times reports that Thursday will be the 84-year-old’s last day on the job. Since 1969, Spinney has played the part of the gentle giant Big…... Read More

Garth Brooks will star in a new CBS primetime TV special on Sunday, December 2.  Called Garth: Live at Notre Dame!, the special will document the superstar's October 20 concert at Notre Dame Stadium at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.  It's the first live concert ever held at…... Read More

(COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C.) -- A veteran state trooper in North Carolina was shot dead while making a traffic stop early Wednesday, authorities said.The deadly confrontation unfolded when Kevin Conner, an 11-year veteran, stopped a pickup truck for speeding in Columbus County just after midnight, the North Carolina Department of Public…... Read More

CBS is hoping you’ll make a date with Faith Hill after next year’s Super Bowl. Faith’s new talent competition show, The World’s Best, is set to premiere on Sunday, February 3 at approximately 10 p.m. ET after Super Bowl 53. Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles, and The Late Late Show’s James Corden join Faith on the judging panel.…... Read More

(WASHINGTON) -- A plane carrying first lady Melania Trump was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff Wednesday after reports of a "burning smell" by members of the press on board the flight.One reporter said there was “a thin haze of smoke and smell something burning.”The smell quickly became stronger…... Read More

(LOS ANGELES) -- More praise for Crazy Rich Asians is on the way. The hit movie comedy -- the first Asian-American-led studio release since 1993's Joy Luck Club and starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh -- will be honored at the 22nd annual Hollywood Film Awards next…... Read More

(KERCH, Crimea) -- At least 18 people, most of them young, were killed and over 40 injured in a bomb and shooting attack at a college in Crimea that local officials said was carried out by a student.The attack occurred at a state polytechnic college in the Black Sea city…... Read More

(DALLAS) -- A weather pattern stalled over Texas has produced the worst flash flooding since 1935 in Llano County in the central part of the state. The area got as much as 13.24 inches of rain in just the past two days.The Llano River rose from about 10 feet to…... Read More

(BARREN, Wisc.) -- Community members in western Wisconsin gathered for a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, bringing together family members, friends and neighbors who are all praying for a missing girl's safe return.Attendees were given blue and green ribbons to honor 13-year-old Jayme Closs, a day after the teen vanished from…... Read More

(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- The family of Lauren Phelps, who was brutally murdered by her husband last year, spoke out in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday to warn other families about the signs of domestic violence.Matthew Phelps, an aspiring pastor, told police that he’d taken too much…... Read More

(WASHINGTON) -- When retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley is awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Wednesday, it will be 50 years after the heroism he displayed during the bloody "Battle of Hue" in the Vietnam War.Normally, a recipient must be presented the medal within…... Read More