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  • California police officer shot dead while investigating car accident
     

    California police officer shot dead while investigating car accidentA second officer with the Whittier Police Department and the suspect, a Hispanic man in his 20s, were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, said Lieutenant John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Department. The officers had responded to a traffic accident in Whittier when they determined that one of the cars was registered as stolen.


  • 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Nails An Official 198 MPH Top Speed
     

    2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Nails An Official 198 MPH Top Speed650-horsepower Chevy Camaro actually tops 200 mph with minor adjustments. Gentlemen, start your engines.  


  • Massachusetts police end visits to schools to greet kids
     

    Massachusetts police end visits to schools to greet kidsNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) ? A Massachusetts police department's program that sent officers into elementary schools one day a week to greet and high-five students has been ended because some people complained.


  • ?A Serbian Trap?: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in Belgrade
     

    ?A Serbian Trap?: Freezing conditions in Belgrade are not the biggest problem for refugees in BelgradeA trip along the refugee track within Serbia reveals that the old route through the Balkans is still being used despite strong border control, harsh conditions and frozen temperatures. Despite the existence of camps built by the Serbian state, the migrants are here trying to make their way into European Union countries illegally.


  • Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64
     

    Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria, has died in New York. Churkin collapsed while at work at the Russian mission to the United Nations Monday morning and was rushed to a Manhattan hospital, apparently suffering from heart problems, diplomatic sources said. In a statement announcing his death, the foreign ministry in Moscow described him as an "outstanding diplomat." There was no information on the cause of death.


  • Once Renowned Surgeon Sentenced to Life Behind Bars for Intentionally Maiming Patients
     

    Once Renowned Surgeon Sentenced to Life Behind Bars for Intentionally Maiming PatientsChristopher Duntsch once billed himself as the best neurosurgeon in all of Dallas.


  • Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri
     

    Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in MissouriUNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Vandals have damaged or tipped over as many as 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis, leaving the region's Jewish community shaken and anxious.


  • U.S. judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds
     

    U.S. judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid fundsBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Austin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday halting Texas' plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, saying the state did not present evidence of a program violation that would warrant termination. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said state health officials "likely acted to disenroll qualified health care providers from Medicaid without cause." He said the preliminary injunction will preserve the court's ability to render a meaningful decision on the case's merits.


  • NASA Has Made A Huge Discovery About Planets Outside Our Solar System
     

    NASA Has Made A Huge Discovery About Planets Outside Our Solar SystemExoplanets are widely believed to be the best hope of finding life elsewhere in the universe. 


  • Iraqi forces battling Islamic State about to reach Mosul airport
     

    Iraqi forces battling Islamic State about to reach Mosul airportBy Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli SOUTH OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling Islamic State fighters have fought their way close to Mosul's airport on the second day of a ground offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold in the western side of the city, military statements said on Monday. Federal police and elite interior ministry units known as Rapid Response are leading the charge toward the airport on the southern outskirts of Mosul and plan to turn it into a close support base for the push into western Mosul, commanders have said. The militants are essentially under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 750,000 civilians, after they were forced out of the eastern part of the city in the first phase of the campaign that ended last month, after 100 days of fighting.


  • Shocker! World?s first self-driving car race ends in a crash
     

    Shocker! World?s first self-driving car race ends in a crash

    The world's first race on a professional track involving self-driving cars ended, not surprisingly, with a crash. As part of the Roborace competition held in Buenos Aires over the weekend, one of the two self-driving Devbot vehicles involved in the race slammed into a wall after miscalculating a particularly sharp turn.

    While the Devbot vehicles weren't going all out, they weren't exactly driving at a leisurely pace either. At their best, both cars were driving in excess of 100 MPH, with one reaching a top speed of 115 MPH at one point.

    In addition to racing around the track at high speeds, it's worth noting that each car can communicate with the other as to prevent them from crashing into each other. Unfortunately, the racetrack wall proved to be an insurmountable foe.

    As for the software malfunction that caused the crash, Roborace's Justin Cooke explained what happened in an interview with the BBC:

    One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier.

    It's actually fantastic for us because the more we see these moments the more we are able to learn and understand what was the thinking behind the computer and its data.

    Indeed, for as far along as self-driving software and hardware has progressed, it's clear that there's still a lot of work to be done before self-driving cars can replace human drivers completely across all driving environments.

    While the DevBot vehicles are designed such that they "can be driven by a human or a computer", the versions used in the race over the weekend did not have any humans inside. Photos of the crash can be seen here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSbSUeKEj00


  • Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia comments
     

    Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after controversial pedophilia commentsOn Feb. 21, 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos announced his resignation as an editor at Breitbart News. The writer and commentator has been facing backlash since a video of him making controversial comments about pedophilia surfaced.


  • Philippines: framework of South China Sea pact possible soon
     

    Philippines: framework of South China Sea pact possible soonBORACAY, Philippines (AP) ? The Philippines' top diplomat said Tuesday it remains to be seen whether China will cooperate fully in ongoing efforts to craft a legally binding pact designed to prevent aggressive behavior in the disputed South China Sea.


  • Shark kills bodyboarder on Reunion island
     

    Shark kills bodyboarder on Reunion islandSaint-André (France) (AFP) - A 26-year-old man bodyboarding off of Reunion island was killed by a shark on Tuesday, local officials said, in the latest attack in the waters of the Indian Ocean holiday destination. It was the 20th recorded shark attack on the island since 2011, eight of which have been fatal, despite efforts by local authorities to install nets and warn locals and tourists about the dangers. The man, a former shark spotter from the island once employed by the local surfing association, was pronounced dead after the shark bit through a major artery in his leg off the eastern coast near Saint-Andre.


  • Cop Helps Girl, 10, With Math Homework After She Messaged Police Department on Facebook
     

    Cop Helps Girl, 10, With Math Homework After She Messaged Police Department on Facebook"I'm having trouble with my homework. Could you help me?" 10-year-old Lena wrote in a Facebook message to the Marion, Ohio Police Department.


  • Man who discussed attack like Dylann Roof's to stay in jail
     

    Man who discussed attack like Dylann Roof's to stay in jailFLORENCE, S.C. (AP) ? Benjamin McDowell will remain in jail for at least a little while after the FBI said the convicted felon wanted to buy a gun to use in a hate crime similar to the South Carolina church shootings two years ago.


  • EPA's Scott Pruitt enters a hotbed of anti-Trump resistance: his own agency
     

    EPA's Scott Pruitt enters a hotbed of anti-Trump resistance: his own agencyUsually, new administrators at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are welcomed at headquarters without too much fanfare. That is, until today.  Scott Pruitt ? the new EPA administrator nominated to the position by President Donald Trump ? gave his welcome address to his agency Tuesday after garnering more "no" votes on the Senate floor than any other EPA nominee since the agency was founded in 1970.  SEE ALSO: One of the shortest bills ever was just introduced in Congress, it's basically just 'KILL THE EPA' In taking on the job, Pruitt is facing a daunting challenge: stiff resistance from within the agency itself, with current and former employees having protested his nomination, with some taking the nearly unheard of step of openly advocating for senators to vote "no" when it was brought to the Senate floor.  For some scientists in the agency, his first speech was probably the equivalent of Voldemort himself walking into Hogwarts and assuming the top job. Faces in @EPA crowd watching Pruitt be confirmed = Hogwarts student expressions when Umbridge becomes head of school. @jk_rowling ? Perrin Ireland (@experrinment) February 21, 2017 Pruitt openly doubts mainstream climate science findings, including that human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of global temperature increases. Pruitt was confirmed only hours after a judge in Oklahoma ordered the release of nearly 3,000 emails between Pruitt and fossil fuel companies from his time as attorney general. Those emails are due to be released by the end of the day on Tuesday. Pruitt quoted Muir's famous "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread" line in 1st speech to @EPA staffers. Clearly never read full passage: pic.twitter.com/MvrafpFEd6 ? Tim Sohn (@tfsohn) February 21, 2017 In his first speech to agency employees on Tuesday, Pruitt spoke of federal environmental regulations as needing to be tailored for the benefit of regulated parties, rather than to protect the public.  ?Regulations ought to make things regular. Regulations exist to give certainty to the regulated,? he said. Pruitt clearly aims to shrink the agency's mandate and footprint, and is expected to quickly move to reverse the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which regulates global warming-pollutants emitted from coal-fired power plants, along with a landmark water pollution regulation.  As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times, including in opposition to the Clean Power Plan. Pruitt did little to antagonize the EPA rank and file in his speech, saying, "civility is something that I believe in very much." But he also didn't say much that would immediately quell the internal resistance to him, either. ?This environment in which we live today, forgive the reference, but it is a very toxic environment,? he said. ?I seek to be a good listener.? Pruitt even went so far as quoting famous naturalist John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club, in his comments.  "We need to be open and transparent" says Scott Pruitt, new EPA administrator who refused to release emails btwn his office and industry ? Natasha Geiling (@ngeiling) February 21, 2017 In response, the Sierra Club put out this blistering statement: "John Muir is rolling over in his grave at the notion of someone as toxic to the environment as Scott Pruitt taking over the EPA." A lot is at stake if and when Pruitt and the Trump administration move to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. The Obama administration had turned to the EPA to lead the charge on global warming, and without other rules to drive down emissions, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan would jeopardize America's ability to meet the emissions targets it agreed to under the Paris Climate Agreement.  Pruitt did not mention climate change, or any other specific environmental challenge, in his speech, instead giving general nods to the need to return more of a role for environmental protection to the states.  ?We can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment,? he said. While his tone was conciliatory, Pruitt still has his work cut out for him in winning over rank and file staff members. One longtime EPA employee, who wished to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak to the press, said there were two notable absences in Pruitt's speech. The first was the lack of any mention of public health, which is part of the agency's mission.  In addition, the EPA staff member said it was "super condescending" to have Pruitt explain "obvious fundamentals of doing our jobs," such as following the laws set forth by Congress. "Really we have follow the statutes? Work well with states? You don't say." If you are a federal employee, scientist or citizen scientist who sees climate science and policy shifts at federal agencies and wishes to alert the media, we want to hear from you. Please send an email from your personal email account to science@mashable.com. You can also contact science editor Andrew Freedman via the secure messaging app Signal, with detailed information in his Twitter bio, or at afreedman@protonmail.com. BONUS: 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, continuing a three-year streak


  • The 5 Most Promising Exoplanets ... So Far
     

    The 5 Most Promising Exoplanets ... So FarAs we wait for NASA to reveal its latest findings on planets beyond our solar system, here is a list of some of the most potentially habitable exoplanets discovered so far.


  • Fresh ceasefire appears to hold for now in eastern Ukraine
     

    Fresh ceasefire appears to hold for now in eastern UkraineBy Pavel Polityuk AVDIYIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists appeared to be respecting a new ceasefire attempt on Monday after international powers called for shelling to stop and for the withdrawal of banned heavy weapons. In recent weeks, the area around the government-held town of Avdiyivka has seen some of the heaviest artillery fire of the past two years, refocusing global attention on a simmering conflict that has strained relations between Russia and the West. Violence has since lessened, but the close proximity of the opposing sides and continued use of heavy weapons prompted the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to call on Sunday for renewed efforts to implement the terms of the much-violated Minsk peace agreement of 2015.


  • Women's life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nations
     

    Women's life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nationsBy 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said Wednesday. South Korea is not only the first country in the world where women may live past 90 on average, it is also the one on track to log the biggest jump in longevity, they reported in The Lancet medical journal. Other developed countries are not far behind: the longevity of French and Japanese women are more likely than not to stretch past 88 years.


  • 10 Universities Where TAs Teach the Most Classes
     

    10 Universities Where TAs Teach the Most ClassesThe U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search. At some research universities, a teaching assistant -- usually a graduate student -- might either serve as the main instructor for an undergraduate course or provide support to the professor.


  • Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans
     

    Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bansBOSTON (AP) ? With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.


  • For over three years, Kim murder suspect lived mystery life in Malaysia
     

    For over three years, Kim murder suspect lived mystery life in MalaysiaChong Ah Kow said he facilitated Ri's working visa by stating in supporting documents that he was a product development manager in the company's IT department earning 5,500 ringgit ($1,230) per month. "It was just a formality, just documents, I never paid him," Chong, a Malaysian, said in an interview.


  • Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the world
     

    Los Angeles named the most gridlocked city in the worldLos Angeles has topped the INRIX Global Congestion Ranking to be named the most gridlocked city in the world. Los Angeles took the number one spot after the results revealed that in 2016 drivers in the city spent 104 hours in congestion during peak time periods, followed by Moscow (91 hours), New York (89 hours), San Francisco (83 hours) and Bogota (80 hours). The US was also named the most congested developed country in the world, with the country accounting for 11 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion and with drivers on average spending 42 hours a year in traffic during peak times.


  • Brazil's race to save drought-hit city
     

    Brazil's race to save drought-hit cityThe shrunken carcasses of cows lie in scorched fields outside the city of Campina Grande in northeast Brazil, and hungry goats search for food on the cracked-earth floor of the Boqueirao reservoir that serves the desperate town. After five years of drought, farmer Edivaldo Brito says he cannot remember when the Boqueirão reservoir was last full. Brazil?s arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water.


  • Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrants
     

    Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrantsHELSINKI (AP) ? When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun.


  • Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young people
     

    Elderly woman finds £5 note worth £50,000, donates the money to young peopleFinding out that the fiver in your wallet is worth thousands of pounds is a dream-come-true for some ? but not everyone. A Northern Irish woman who discovered a rare £5 note worth £50,000 ($62,317) has given the note to charity because she says she has no use for the money.  SEE ALSO: Some lucky duck got a £5 note 'worth £50,000' in a Christmas card The note is one of just four ultra-rare notes worth £50,000 in circulation in the UK. The note ? which is engraved with a special Jane Austen inscription ? is the third one to be snapped up, leaving just one left. The woman who discovered the note contacted the gallery founded by Graham Short ? the artist who engraved the notes ? stating her wish to donate the note to charity. "£5 note enclosed, I don't need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people," reads the letter sent to the gallery by the donor, who prefers to remain anonymous.  Image: graham short "The lady who found the note has surprised us all by sending it to the gallery and asking that it be used to help young people," reads a blog post on Short's website.  According to the post, the proceeds from the note will be donated to children's charity Children in Need.   "Currently contacting outlets connected to Children in Need to try and give this to a good cause so we honour the request of the lucky woman who originally discovered the note," the post continues. BONUS: This keychain can take away that annoying jingle your keys make


  • Iran Launches ?Advanced? Rockets In Military Exercise
     

    Iran Launches ?Advanced? Rockets In Military ExerciseThe launches during the annual three-day military exercise took place a day after U.S. senators indicated they could impose further sanctions against Tehran.


  • Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'
     

    Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SAfrica killings'Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. "This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria," a senior presidential aide on foreign affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in an emailed statement. There was no independent verification of the claimed number of deaths, which may have been the result of wider criminal activities rather than anti-immigrant sentiment.


  • As he turns 93, Mugabe dismisses corruption allegations
     

    As he turns 93, Mugabe dismisses corruption allegationsBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - As he celebrated his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe brushed aside persistent allegations of corruption against senior officials, saying rumour-mongers were merely targeting "big fish" in his administration. In comments to be aired on state media on Tuesday, the world's oldest leader said he would act if shown evidence - even though graft scandals involving ministers and even members of his own family are regular fare in local newspapers. People have not come out and actually said here is a case against a big fish," Mugabe said in the pre-recorded interview.


  • 1,000 protesters greet Mitch McConnell at Kentucky speech
     

    1,000 protesters greet Mitch McConnell at Kentucky speechLAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) ? Nearly a thousand people have crowded behind a chain link fence to try to catch Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attention as he made his first stop on a tour of Kentucky during the congressional recess.


  • Philippine minister stands by call to shut mines as review begins
     

    Philippine minister stands by call to shut mines as review beginsBy Manolo Serapio Jr MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' environment minister said on Monday she stands by her decision to shut more than half the country's operating mines and bar mining in watershed zones as an inter-agency panel began a review of her actions. Members of the government's Mining Industry Coordinating Council will scrutinize the affected mines to ensure due process was followed and consider the impact on jobs and the economy after an outcry by the mining industry in the world's top nickel ore supplier. The council cannot overturn her orders, but its findings could feed into a decision by President Rodrigo Duterte, who has said he will review the planned closures after initially throwing his support behind his environment minister.


  • Hillary Clinton Finally Stepped in to Advise President Trump
     

    Hillary Clinton Finally Stepped in to Advise President TrumpAfter months of passive tweets, Hillary Clinton finally called on POTUS speak out against anti-Semitic attacks. President Trump employed Breitbart News chairman, Steven Bannon, as chief Whitehouse strategist, leading some to believe he's encouraging anti-Semitic behavior.


  • 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATIC
     

    2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATICA perfectly restrained chauffeur-mobile.


  • Far-right firebrand quits Breitbart over pedophilia remarks
     

    Far-right firebrand quits Breitbart over pedophilia remarksSerial provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative firebrand and staunch fan of President Donald Trump, resigned Tuesday from the right-wing news site Breitbart amid a storm triggered by comments in which he seems to condone pedophilia. The 32-year-old Briton had already lost a book deal and a speaking engagement after a video was leaked on Twitter over the weekend in which he defends men having sex with children as young as 13. Facing the media at a news conference in New York -- after a 24-hour furor he described as "humiliating" -- Yiannopoulos announced he was stepping down as tech editor for the conservative US site.


  • Don?t Look Now, But There?s Another Greek Debt Crisis Brewing
     

    Don?t Look Now, But There?s Another Greek Debt Crisis BrewingTalks over Athens? debt burden threaten to spill into European election season.


  • The Great Cheese Scare
     

    The Great Cheese Scare"We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this issue has caused,? Sargento Foods Chief Executive Officer Louie Gentine said in a statement.


  • Families flee as Pakistan cracks down along Afghan border
     

    Families flee as Pakistan cracks down along Afghan borderHundreds of families were fleeing from both sides of Pakistan's border with Afghanistan Monday, officials said, as Islamabad continued a violent crackdown on extremists after multiple attacks last week raised fears of a militant resurgence. Pakistan has accused Afghanistan of harbouring the militants who carried out last week's attacks, which killed more than 100 people across the country. The Pakistani military said it used heavy artillery to fire at militant hideouts in Afghanistan Monday, after carrying out airstrikes on both sides of the border over the weekend.


  • Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk
     

    Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monkBy Cod Satrusayang and Aukkaraporn Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand's junta since it took power in 2014. Police said they would try to avoid violence while threatening arrest for followers of the sprawling temple who have defied orders to leave and instead flocked there, hampering the search for 72-year-old Phra Dhammachayo.


  • Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories
     

    Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memoriesCHICAGO (AP) ? Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements.


  • 6 Ways to Take Control of Your Retirement
     

    6 Ways to Take Control of Your RetirementOne of the most unsettling aspects of retirement is that you give up a lot of control in life. Your kids are growing up, becoming independent and ignoring your best advice, and your friends may be slipping away due to illness, infirmity or perhaps they're moving to a retirement mecca. Here are six key areas where you can take steps to improve your retirement.


  • China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China Sea
     

    China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China SeaChina said on Tuesday it opposed action by other countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation that undermined its sovereignty, after a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the contested South China Sea. The U.S. navy said the strike group, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, began "routine operations" in the South China Sea on Saturday amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway. "China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all countries enjoy under international law," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily news briefing.


  • International anti-Trump protests
     

    International anti-Trump protestsDemonstrators in Europe protest the presidency of Donald Trump, during the U.S. President?s Day long weekend. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr


  • Toyota three-wheeling into Geneva
     

    Toyota three-wheeling into GenevaJapanese automotive giant Toyota has confirmed it's bringing a tiny plug-in electric concept car to this year's Geneva Motor Show. Called the i-TRIL, it gives a glimpse of what Toyota imagines is the future of individual urban mobility. As for range, Toyota is yet to confirm how big the battery pack will be, however it has confirmed that the i-TRIL will have a trick suspension setup that will enable it to lean into corners and around bends just like a motorbike.


  • Interracial couple fined for not removing graffiti slur
     

    Interracial couple fined for not removing graffiti slurAn interracial Connecticut couple whose home was vandalized by a racial slur has been fined for failing to cover it up.


  • Storms, tornadoes damage dozens of homes in San Antonio area
     

    Storms, tornadoes damage dozens of homes in San Antonio areaSAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Severe storms that pushed several tornadoes through parts of Central Texas ripped the roofs from homes and damaged dozens of other houses and apartments in San Antonio and toppled auto-carrier cars of a freight train near Austin, authorities said Monday.


  • South Sudan: five things to know
     

    South Sudan: five things to knowSouth Sudan, where the government on Monday declared famine in some parts of the country, is mired in an economic crisis due to a devastating civil war. Independent since 2011, the world's newest country was engulfed by civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his rival and former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup against him. Oil production -- from which South Sudan gained 98 percent of its revenues on its independence five-and-a-half years ago -- has plummeted by more than half and the country is struggling to halt rampant inflation.


  • Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct
     

    Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconductFormer Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Wednesday after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city. Tsang, 72, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005, is the most senior city official ever to be convicted in a criminal trial and the highest ranking one to be put behind bars. The six-week trial at the High Court came as residents lose faith in Hong Kong's leaders after a string of corruption cases fuel suspicions over links between public officials and business figures.


  • Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to rest
     

    Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to restKENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) ? The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.


  • Young Girl Writes Heartbreaking Note to Her Dog's Future Family: 'He Loves Cuddles'
     

    Young Girl Writes Heartbreaking Note to Her Dog's Future Family: 'He Loves Cuddles'"Rhino is a good dog and he loves cuddles [...] Please tell Rhino that I love and miss him every night," the note reads.