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save money on your wedding: 15 tips to help slice your budget

the national average wedding cost is growing each year, but here's how you can beat the trend.  (istock) if you're planning a wedding and your savings is slowly dwindling as a result, you're not alone.according to the knot, these days, couples spend an average of $35,329 on their wedding. but making your day special doesn’t have to break the bank, or leave you starting your marriage in debt. plus, a penny saved on the one-day event can be a penny earned for a down payment on a house, or a more adventurous honeymoon.and when you cut costs with some diy-solutions — or avoid some of the traditional but expensive ideas a wedding planner may suggest — you just might give your wedding a more unique, personal touch.so while the cost of the average wedding is risin...





'happy days' star marion ross says softball kept the cast together over the years

closevideoin her new memoir, 'happy days' star marion ross credits the show's lasting success to the close-knit cast. saying that softball kept the cast together over the years.before marion ross found fame as the beloved all-american mom in “happy days,” she was struggling to make ends meet.it was 1968 and the actress was having trouble finding work in hollywood. so when the opportunity came to appear in an uncredited role of a passenger in the 1970 film “airport,” she didn’t think twice.the now 89-year-old recently chronicled her journey to stardom in a new memoir titled “my days: happy and otherwise.”“they were hiring all kinds of actors who were down on their luck,” ross told fox news. “they paid them not even minimum wage — below minimum… i didn’t have any...





6 tricks to make great pizza at home

make the perfect pie at home.  (istock) replicating restaurant pizza at home is pretty impossible, but with a little know-how, you can make pies that are almost as good as your favorites. here, some tips from the pros.go for the dough“go to your favorite pizza place and see if they’ll sell you a raw dough for $3 or $4,” says anthony falco, formerly the pizza czar at roberta’s in bushwick, and now an international pizza consultant. if you’re making your own dough, let it rise slowly in the fridge overnight, instead of quickly in a warmer area. “you’re going to get much better depth of flavor,” falco says.can itmost times of the year, canned tomatoes are the way to go. falco recommends buying a 28-ounce can of jersey fresh crushed tomatoes, and blend...





pakistan says indian fire kills 2 villagers in kashmir

islamabad –  pakistan's foreign ministry says indian troops have fired across the frontier between the two countries in the disputed kashmir region, killing two civilians and wounding two others.ministry spokesman mohammad faisal says indian troops thursday targeted the villages of thub and banchiran on the pakistani side of the line of control with mortars and other weapons. army officials said pakistani forces returned fire and it was unclear if there were any casualties on indian side.there was no immediate comment from india.the nuclear-armed rivals routinely blame each other for starting any skirmishes and insist they are only retaliating.pakistan and india have fought two of their three wars since 1947 over their competing claims to kashmir, which is split between them, and both ...





welltower: 1q earnings snapshot | fox news

toledo, ohio –  toledo, ohio (ap) _ welltower inc. (well) on thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. the results missed wall street expectations.the real estate investment trust, based in toledo, ohio, said it had funds from operations of $368.2 million, or 99 cents per share, in the period.the average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by zacks investment research was for funds from operations of $1 per share.funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the reit industry. it takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization.the company said it had net income of $437.7 million, or $1.17 per share.the senior housing and health care real estate investment trust posted revenue of $1.1 billion in the period, topping street forec...





ethiopia raises cry for britain to return 'looted' artifacts

addis ababa, ethiopia –  the hair of a long-dead emperor is among the artifacts ethiopia's government is demanding be returned from britain, as more countries seek to reclaim heritage they say was taken decades, even centuries, ago.ethiopia's minister for culture and tourism, hirut woldemariam, told the associated press that the display of human parts on websites and in museums is inhumane. he said ethiopia has written to the relevant officials in britain demanding the return of the items and is waiting for a reply. he said ethiopia will use whatever legal and diplomatic instruments are necessary to secure their return.the outcry in ethiopia comes as the victoria and albert museum in london displays some of the items in a new exhibit about the 1868 british expedition to what was then ...





'cry closet' may help utah students overcome stress of final exams

closevideouniversity of utah students get cry closet for finals week.students at the university of utah will have the opportunity to relieve stress during finals week by locking themselves in the school’s cry closet for a short period of time.a student’s tweet about the cry closest went viral tuesday.the small room in the middle of the marriott library on the salt lake city campus features a narrow door with dark lining, a plush floor and stuffed animals inside, according to fox13 salt lake city.“a safe place for stressed out students,” a note on the door reads. "this space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10 minute break.”jana cunningham, the school’s communications specialist, told the station that the cry closet is mainly for stud...





google swaps gun emoji for a water pistol

(credit: emojipedia) following the lead of several other big tech companies, including apple, samsung, and twitter, google has changed the gun emoji on its platform to a water pistol.according to emojipedia, the update is rolling out to android devices now. apple in 2016 became the first company to swap out its gun emoji for a toy version while samsung and twitter both did so this year. facebook-owned whatsapp released its own batch of emojis last year and, taking cues from apple, included a squirt gun instead of a weapon from the start.google's decision may be seen as a political statement, but emojipedia says the change is likely intended to "minimize cross-platform confusion." the site pointed to a 2016 statement from google product manager agustin fonts who, when quest...





florida private schools hired felons as teachers, prompting investigation: report

several private schools in florida hired felons as teachers, prompting a state investigation, a report says.  ((.)) state officials in florida have launched an investigation into three private schools in the orlando area that hired felons as teachers.the probe by the state department of education was prompted by a recent report in the orlando sentinel citing three cases in which felons were hired.one woman landed a job at winners primary school in orlando in november 2016, only one month after being released from prison following a conviction for medicaid fraud, department of corrections records show.   in another case, a man was hired by southland christian school in kissimmee, despite being denied employment at another private school only one mile away. he had...





crash of world war ii-era plane kills 2 civilians at naval air station

a civilian-owned aircraft crashed wednesday shortly after takeoff from naval air station kingsville, killing both people aboard.  (navy photo by kevin clarke) two people died wednesday when a civilian-owned vintage aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from a south texas naval air station.the single engine t-6 texan crashed just after noon at naval air station (nas) kingsville, station spokesman kevin clarke told the corpus christi caller times.the yellow and green plane was carrying a pilot and one passenger, who were visiting an employee at the airfield.their identities weren't released, pending family notification.the vintage training aircraft had just taken off when it went down, clarke said. navy emergency personnel sprayed the burning wreckage with foam a...





venue for koreas summit a symbol of division

panmunjom, korea –  this week's summit between the leaders of north and south korea will occur at a border littered with mines and laced with barbed wire, a cold war reminder of a division that dates to the end of world war ii.the talks will take place at panmunjom, a village inside the 248-kilometer (154-mile) -long demilitarized zone that was created at the close of the 1950-53 korean war. bloodshed and gunfire have occasionally occurred here, but it's also been a venue for numerous talks.during a recent media tour, in a typical panmunjom scene, nine tall south korean and u.s. soldiers, all wearing mirrored sunglasses, stood rigidly and gazed toward the north, while several helmeted north korean soldiers marched only several meters (feet) away from them.on the southern side of the v...





geologists say north korea's nuclear test site has collapsed

beijing –  research by chinese geologists shows the mountain above north korea's main nuclear test site has collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation.the findings by the scientists at the university of science and technology of china may shed new light on north korean president kim jong un's announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program ahead of planned summit meetings with south korean president moon jae-in and u.s. president donald trump.nuclear explosions release enormous amounts of heat and energy, and the north's largest test in september was believed early on to have rendered the site in northeastern north korea unstable.chinese authorities have said they've detected no radiation risk from sa...





clinton cursed about 'disgusting' trump during debate prep, book claims

oct. 9, 2016: republican presidential nominee donald trump listens as democratic nominee hillary clinton answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate at washington university in st. louis.  (reuters) hillary clinton went on a “f***-laced fusillade” against “disgusting” donald trump during a 2016 debate preparation session amid her frustration of appearing inauthentic to voters, a new book about the presidential campaign claims.new york times reporter amy chozick released her new bombshell book, “chasing hillary: ten years, two presidential campaigns, and one intact glass ceiling” on tuesday.the new york times’ lead 2016 clinton campaign reporter admits crying after trump’s victorythe inside story of the campaign det...





european central bank head to sift mixed signs on economy

frankfurt, germany –  investors are waiting to hear what the european central bank's president, mario draghi, makes of recent conflicting data about where europe's economy is headed.draghi holds a news conference thursday after a meeting of the bank's 25-member rate-setting committee. no changes are expected in interest rates or monetary stimulus settings.attention will focus instead on draghi's assessment of recently weaker indicators such as industrial production and more resilient ones such as surveys of business managers. analysts say draghi will likely be reluctant to give hints about when the bank will end its main bond-buying program, which is slated to run at least through september.the betting is that the bank will put off such clues until the june 14 or july 26 meetings.





judge sides with ex-exotic dancer in fight over deceased customer's benefits: report

veronica beckham said she shared an “everlasting friendship” with a former hbo executive who died and left her as his main beneficiary, the new york post reported  (veronica beckham/twitter) the lawyer for the family of a former hbo executive who left a former stripper $223,000 after he died said he is reviewing a judge's decision to side with the ex-dancer.the new york post reported that micky liu, a former information technology director, became friends with veronica beckham, 34, in july 2014. the two met at the scores club in atlantic city, n.j.beckham said the two never had a sexual relationship, but what the dancer called an “everlasting friendship,” the report said.liu’s family, however, claimed that beckham preyed on liu, who was living alone in ne...





the latest: police take serial killing suspect by surprise

sacramento, calif. –  the latest on a serial killing and rape case in california (all times local):6:15 p.m.a california sheriff says a former police officer accused of being a serial killer and rapist was taken by surprise when deputies swooped in and arrested him as he stepped out of his home.sacramento county sheriff matt jones said deputies planned to arrest joseph deangelo when he left his home on tuesday rather than burst in or knock on the door of the suburban home.jones said deangelo appeared surprised that he was being arrested in decades-old crimes and appeared to briefly contemplate some sort of plan.jones said deangelo then told deputies he had a roast in the oven.jones said deangelo was taken into custody without incident.___5:30 p.m.a man accused of committing serial killi...





victims voice relief after arrest in serial killing case

sacramento, calif. –  jane carson-sandler's morning in 1976 turned from innocence to terror when a masked man broke into her home and entered the bedroom where she lay snuggled with her 3-year-old son.he confronted them with a butcher knife and shone a flashlight in her eyes before tying them up.she said she was paralyzed by fear, afraid the man would kill them. when he untied her ankles, she knew he would rape her.before assaulting her, he moved her son from her side, but she doesn't know where. after it was over, he put her son back in bed next to her.carson-sandler voiced relief after police arrested joseph james deangelo and identified him on wednesday as the serial killer who committed a string of killings and rapes in the 1970s and '80s in california.carson-sandler, now 72, wan...





ex-cop arrested in sadistic crime spree from '70s and '80s

sacramento, calif. –  a man once sworn to protect the public from crime was accused wednesday of living a double life terrorizing suburban neighborhoods at night, becoming one of california's most feared serial killers and rapists in the 1970s and '80s before leaving a cold trail that baffled investigators for more than three decades.former police officer joseph james deangelo, 72, was arrested at his home after dna linked him to crimes attributed to the so-called golden state killer and he initially was charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges, authorities said.the culprit also known as the east area rapist, among other names, is suspected of at least 12 slayings and 50 rapes in 10 counties from northern to southern california. the armed and masked prowl...





rudy giuliani takes over talks with mueller on possible trump interview

closevideoformer new york city mayor will serve as liaison between president trump and the special counsel investigation; chief white house correspondent john roberts reports from west palm beach, florida.rudy giuliani, the newest arrival to donald trump's legal team, has taken over talks with special counsel robert mueller about a possible interview of the president, fox news has learned.the negotiations between giuliani and the mueller team have been called ongoing. the president is said to remain skeptical of the idea of an interview, but has not ruled one out.in a statement to fox news, giuliani said his objective "is to end this investigation and distraction from the critical issues facing our president as quickly as possible. the president has produced 1.2 million documents that is...





rival koreas' leaders face high stakes at historic summit

seoul, south korea –  it may lack the punch of president donald trump's vow to unleash "fire and fury" and north korean leader kim jong un's "nuclear button" boasts, but the stakes will be high on friday when kim and south korean president moon jae-in sit down on the southern side of the no man's land that forms the world's most heavily armed border.kim may never abandon the nuclear weapons that he claims are all that stand between him and annihilation, but if the koreas and the united states are going to begin stepping away from what, until a few months ago, looked like a real possibility of nuclear war, then kim and moon must lay the foundation with a successful summit of their own. the fate of a planned trump-kim meeting, possibly next month, is also linked to what happens fr...