Caroline Starks, 2, was shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother while he was playing with a .22-caliber rifle he'd been given as a gift.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the family had not realized a shell was left inside the gun. The boy picked up the gun from where it was kept in the corner of the house and it accidentally fired when he began playing with it.
The siblings' mother was home when the shot was fired. The toddler was rushed to Cumberland County Hospital but pronounced dead.
"It's a Crickett," White said. "It's a little rifle for a kid. ...The little boy's used to shooting the little gun."
The boy's gun, given to him last year, was a Crickett Firearms model made by Keystone Sporting Arms and branded as "My First Rifle." The weapon appears in a variety of vibrant kid-friendly colors and designs, and the company website says the rifle aims to "instill safety in the minds of youth shooters."
White said the shooting will be ruled accidental. "Just one of those crazy accidents," he said.
Photos of Rihanna kissing a male fan on the cheek surfaced on Instagram this week and made the rounds on Twitter.
The star had posted multiple photos of her with on-again-off-again boyfriend Chris Brown earlier this month, but after Brown's response, it may be off again.
Brown has since unfollowed Rihanna on Twitter and tweeted his reactions. He posted, "[expletive] is overrated now a days." He followed it with, "Just remember to keep ya [expletive] head up."
No word on whether the couple is officially apart. If they are, Brown's father will be happy.
Rob Kardashian is being sued by a photographer after the reality TV star took her memory card when she tried to take shirtless pictures of him.
TMZ reports Andra Vaik is suing Kardashian for robbery and assault.
The incident took place last month, when Kardashian snapped after he realized a photographer was taking pictures of his shirtless self. According to a robbery report filed by the photographer, Kardashian "snatched part of her camera and took off."
The former DWTS contestant allegedly promised to pay for the card as he took off with it. However, it might be a little too late for that.
Vaik's lawyer told TMZ they're looking to prove that Kardashian's reaction was completely uncalled for.
A six-inch long skeleton with a tiny, elongated head was found mummified in the Atacama Desert in Chile in 2003. Many people suggested it could be extraterrestrial, and others thought it could be an aborted fetus or a primate.
Known as the "Atacama humanoid," new data has shed light on the skeleton's origins. DNA and other tests show the skeletal remains are of a human male, and the individual lived to 6 to 8 years of age.
"While the jury is out regarding the mutations that cause the deformity, and there is a real discrepancy in how we account for the apparent age of the bones … every nucleotide I've been able to look at is human," researcher Garry Nolan, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford School of Medicine, told Live Science. Mitochondrial DNA data point to "the mother being an indigenous woman from the Chilean area of South America."
The remains showed multiple skull deformities, and only ten ribs, as opposed to our usual 12, researchers found. There is so far no explanation for the mutations that caused the deformities, and researchers are uncertain how old the bones are, though they estimate the individual died at least a few decades ago.
"It's an interesting medical mystery of an unfortunate human with a series of birth defects that currently the genetics of which are not obvious," Nolan wrote.
The research was featured in the film "Sirius," a crowd-funded UFO documentary that premiered on April 22. Steven Greer, founder of the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and The Disclosure Project, is behind the film.
The film highlights the movement to get the U.S. government to reveal what it allegedly knows about UFOs, extraterrestrials and the availability of advanced technologies.The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is happening this week with former members of Congress listening to testimony.
Olympic champion Usain Bolt wont be attending this weekend's Jamaican meet because he injured his hamstring, the USA Today reported.
Bolt made the announcement on his personal website on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old runner said he felt tightness in training over the weekend and decided to withdraw from the Jamaica International Invitational, which would take place on Saturday, after consulting with his coach Glen Mills.
Bolt hopes to recover in time to race in the Cayman Invitational on Wednesday, May 8.
Reports claiming that Russia is charging NASA $70 million per seat to fly U.S. astronauts into space arose Wednesday prompting the agency's administrator to blame Congress for the expense.
Vibe reports that ever since the U.S. decided to end its Shuttle Program, Russia became the only means of transportation between earth and the space station.
Following the recent increase in price per seats in an interstellar flight -- from $65 million to $70 million -- NASA administrator Charles Bolden, is urging Congress to pass the bill that would enable the U.S. Shuttle Program.
If Congress does not support NASA's 2014 request for a Commercial Crew Program, the agency will be forced to renew their contract with Russia, which will result in fees of $424 million to send six astronauts into space.
Two twin girls from County Kilkenny, Ireland were born 87 days apart, the Belfast Telegraph reported Monday, in an unusual medical circumstance that one of their doctors called "probably the first of its kind" for Ireland.
After going into labor four months early, Maria Jones-Elliott gave birth to the first of the twins, Amy, last June. At only 1 lb, 3oz, Amy was put on an incubator while doctors unsuccessfully attempted to induce the other baby girl. The Elliotts decided to wait to give birth to the second twin, Katie, who was born naturally nearly three months later.
Dr Eddie O'Donnell, of Waterford Regional Hospital, said that most mothers deliver twins in quick succession.
"There were cases documented as far back as the 1800s of babies born 40 days apart. Two weeks is the longest I've ever seen," he said.
According to the Daily Mirror, the girls set a Guinness World Record for the “longest interval between the birth of twins.
Their mother Maria described the experience as "achingly bittersweet."
"Amy was fighting for life in an incubator and Katie was struggling to survive in my womb," she said. "It was the hardest three months of our lives. But [my husband] Chris kept saying, ‘Where there’s life there’s hope.’”
If you're a Netflix subscriber, you can say goodbye to "Octopussy," "Cruel Intentions" and "Big Daddy."
In what The Atlantic Wire is calling the Great Netflix Instant Vanishing of 2013, 1,794 movie titles will disappear from the company's popular instant streaming video service on Wednesday.
Many of the titles, however, are older classics from the 20th century, so casual movie watchers shouldn't necessarily fret. Instant Watcher has the full list of expiring titles here.
Netflix communications director Joris Evers provided Mashable with the following statement, saying that subscribers can expect the service to add 500 more titles to its catalogue on May 1.
The first episode of Nicole Richie's new reality web series, "Candidly Nicole," debuted on AOL Tuesday, in which the 31-year-old fashionista and television personality talks parenting, life and fashion.
Based on Richie's Twitter feed, the show's first episode follows the wife and mother on a mission to get her lower back tattoo (also known as a "tramp stamp") removed.
"It just means a certain thing, and I don't want to be part of that group," Richie explains in the video, before hanging out in the waiting room with other patients who regret their ink.
In a review of previous studies conducted over 20 years, Canadian researchers found that women who received cosmetic breast implants had a 38 percent greater risk of dying from breast cancer than those without.
The findings, published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday, also concluded that women with implants were 26 percent more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a more advanced stage.
The researchers said that while the findings "should be interpreted with caution," their report suggests that implants could make it harder to screen for tumors.
A representative for the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer told the Guardian that doctors needed more research to fully understand how implants affect breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
"We encourage women attending mammograms to inform their screening service that they have breast implants to ensure that all breast tissue is completely examined," she said.
In a statement (via The Independent), the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said that the findings "should be treated with caution."