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Merriam-Webster has expanded its dictionary, adding over 250 new words and definitions to keep up with the times. One of the new words has created headlines this year: “alt-right.” The dictionary defines alt-right as a “right-wing, primarily online political movement or grouping based in the U.S. whose members reject mainstream conservative politics and espouse extremist beliefs and policies typically centered on ideas of white nationalism.” Merriam-Webster also decided to get spicy with their new words by including “sriracha,” CBS Philadelphia reports. “New vocabulary is the spice of life, and among this group of new additions is sriracha — the pungent hot pepper sauce now appearing on even diner counters where only ketchup formerly reigned,” said Merriam-Webster. Propelled by their widespread use in our increasingly internet-savvy society, Merriam-Webster also added “ransomware” and a new definition of “troll” to the dictionary. “Frequently (but not necessarily) internet-related we have a new sense of troll meaning ‘to harass, criticize, or …

Sean Spicer surprised Emmy audiences Sunday night when he appeared on stage during host Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue. The former White House press secretary poked fun at his inauguration crowd size claims when Colbert called on him to confirm how big the Emmys audience was. Emmy winners 2017: full list “What really matters to Donald Trump is ratings. You gotta have the big numbers,” Colbert said. “Unfortunately at this point we have no way of knowing how big our audience is. I mean is there anyone who can say how big our audience is? Sean, do you know?” Spicer, accompanied by a rolling podium emblazoned with the presidential seal and “The Emmys,” appeared on stage and said, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys. Period. Both in person and around the world.” During his first White House press briefing on President Trump’s inauguration, Spicer said nearly the exact same words: “This was the …

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Even in the real estate craziness of Silicon Valley, the sale of a modest four-bedroom home in a quiet California neighborhood has stirred up quite a buzz. CBS San Francisco reports it’s not unusual for bidding wars to erupt over homes in the Bay Area. Over-asking offers are more the norm than the exception. But what happened at one home in Sunnyvale has raised the anxiety of many home buyers. The home was listed for $1,688,000. After seven days, the home sold for $2,470,000. Bidding on the property had become quite heated as 20 different buyers put in offers. “There were lots of people who gave very good, high prices” for the property, Keller Williams agent Dave Clark — who represented the sellers in the deal — told the San Jose Mercury News. A look at the kitchen inside a home in Sunnyvale, Calif., that sold for nearly $800,000 above its listing …

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Even in the real estate craziness of Silicon Valley, the sale of a modest four-bedroom home in a quiet California neighborhood has stirred up quite a buzz. CBS San Francisco reports it’s not unusual for bidding wars to erupt over homes in the Bay Area. Over-asking offers are more the norm than the exception. But what happened at one home in Sunnyvale has raised the anxiety of many home buyers. The home was listed for $1,688,000. After seven days, the home sold for $2,470,000. Bidding on the property had become quite heated as 20 different buyers put in offers. “There were lots of people who gave very good, high prices” for the property, Keller Williams agent Dave Clark — who represented the sellers in the deal — told the San Jose Mercury News. A look at the kitchen inside a home in Sunnyvale, Calif., that sold for nearly $800,000 above its listing …

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Pope Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip Sunday by honoring a fellow Jesuit who ministered to African slaves and urging Colombians today to follow his lead in working for a more peaceful future. Francis’ visit to Cartagena got off to a rocky start when he bonked his head on his popemobile when it stopped short amid swarms of well-wishers. Francis, who had only a hip-high bar to hold onto, lost his balance and suffered a bruised, black left eye and a cut on his eyebrow that dripped blood onto his white cassock. The cut was quickly bandaged with a butterfly patch and Francis carried on without incident with his program, sporting a shiner that got increasingly dark as the day wore on. The highlight of the day was a very personal stop for the Jesuit pope: He prayed at the tomb of St. Peter Claver, the 17th century missionary who ministered to …

Arlene Kelsch was scanning her flooded backyard Sunday morning when she spotted two beady little black eyes staring back at her. The woman from Missouri City, Texas, thought it was just a speck of dirt on a piece of wood, floating in the nearly 10 feet of water that poured into her fenced-in yard as Tropical Storm Harvey, downgraded from a hurricane, dumped historic levels of rainfall on the area. “There was just enough movement so you could see the curvy eyeball and you knew something was different about it,” Kelsch told CBS News. She quickly realized it wasn’t a log at all — it was an alligator. Missouri City is just a short distance outside of the Houston metro area, so many people were surprised by Kelsch’s discovery. But it’s nothing new for Kelsch. “There’s a lot of deer and wildlife around here,” said Kelsch, who lives near Lake Olympia. “When springtime rolls around, you …

SAN DIEGO — A California teenager charged with smuggling a Bengal tiger into the United States told a judge Thursday that he bought the animal on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, where several of the endangered animals have been spotted this year. Luis Eudoro Valencia was charged after border officials said they found the furry cub early Wednesday lying on the floor of a car heading from Mexico to California. Valencia, a U.S. citizen who lives in Perris, California, told the court that he had purchased the tiger for $300 from someone he met in the Mexican border city who was walking a full-sized tiger on a leash.  The cub was found during an inspection at San Diego’s Otay Mesa border crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.    CBS affiliate KFMB-TV reports Valencia failed to declare the tiger cub to authorities.    U.S. Fish Wildlife Service officials took custody of the cub and were …

OCEAN CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey man’s wedding anniversary was made even more meaningful after his missing ring was found in Ocean City by a woman and her son. CBS Philadelphia reports Mickey Walsh was vacationing near the beach with his family on Aug. 13, 2016, when a wave knocked the symbolism of his marriage right off his finger. “I was playing in the waves and I noticed it was off my hand,” Walsh said. “I always take it off when I go into the ocean. For whatever reason, I didn’t do it that time. I pretty much thought it was a lost cause.” It took a year for the ocean’s current to carry the ring north. Last Thursday, 11-year-old Daniel Barr spotted the ring on the beach. The discovery spawned an all-out search for the owner. “He even walked up and down asking if anyone lost a ring,” said Kristen Barr, who helped …

A group of firefighters in the U.K. saved a group of piglets from a large barn fire and were rewarded with sausages made from the rescued swine. BBC News reports 18 piglets and two sows were saved from a farm in Wiltshire in February after 60 tons of hay caught fire. Firefighters from the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service battled the blaze, which was started by an electrical issue. The piglets were given a brief stay of execution but met their inevitable fate six months after the fire. Rachel Rivers, the manager of the farm, told BBC News the pigs were slaughtered and turned into sausages, which were delivered to the firefighters. “I’m sure vegetarians will hate this,” Rivers said. Eighteen piglets and two sows were saved from the fire in February. The firefighters barbecued the sausages at the Pewsey fire station, calling them “fantastic.” The firefighters posted images of the barbecue to …

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A one-armed Maine man accused of startling neighbors by going for a stroll wearing a clown mask and brandishing a machete says it was supposed to be a prank. Thirty-one-year-old Hollis resident Corey Berry pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal threatening and weapons charges. Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative when they arrested him last month. They say he had a machete taped to the stump of his amputated arm and was wearing a mask to copy previous clown sightings. Police say Berry was first spotted in Hollis but then fled into the woods. They say he was taken into custody when he re-emerged. Corey Barry

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