Raqqa, the crucial battlefront in the war against ISIS after the brutal fight to retake Mosul, Iraq, is also ground zero for militants. The Syrian city is the capital of ISIS’ so-called caliphate and holds a particular degree of significance to the terrorist group. Without control over Raqqa, ISIS will quite simply lose any pretense of being considered a state.
"Star Wars" actor John Boyega is calling out fantasy shows like "Game of Thrones" for what he describes as their lack of diversity. "There are no black people on 'Game of Thrones,'" he said in a new cover story for GQ magazine. To be fair, HBO's hit fantasy drama has featured at least two black actors: Jacob Anderson and Nonso Anozie.
A New York teen who said he found an error on this year's geometry Regents examination is hoping the state education department will rescore the test for his fellow students. Benjamin Catalfo, 16, a soon-to-be junior at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York, said he found the mistake two weeks ago, after reviewing the June 16, 2017, New York state geometry Regents exam questions on the website JMAP.org — a resource that includes Regents exams in various formats.
The Republican junior senator who serves with Sen. John McCain representing Arizona described how he learned of his elder colleague's brain cancer diagnosis through a casual comment in a conversation Wednesday.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he plans to continue as attorney general "as long as that is appropriate," a day after President Donald Trump said in an interview that he would not have nominated Sessions if he had known he would recuse himself from any Russia investigation at the Justice Department. "I have the honor of serving as attorney general. Trump criticized Sessions' decision in March to step away from matters related to last year's presidential election in a long interview with The New York Times published on Wednesday, going so far as to express regret over appointing him to lead the Department of Justice.
The big announcement was made this morning on "Live with Kelly and Ryan," where he is the co-host with Kelly Ripa. "I can confirm with absolute confirmation ... that Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of 'American Idol,'" Ripa announced.
One man’s day of fishing on a calm lake turned into a rocky situation when he fell overboard, until a nearby family lept into action. The Doyleston Police Department in Wayne County, Ohio, reported a man was fishing in Dohner Lake in a small boat when he accidentally fell out of the boat. Adam Shannon, 45, told officials he went to pull up the anchor of his small boat and a portion of the old seat broke off, causing him to fall into the water.
The Minneapolis Police Department has released transcripts of the 911 calls placed by a bride-to-be moments before a responding officer shot her to death. Justine Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old Australian native, placed her first call to 911 Saturday night at 11:27 p.m. local time to report what she believed was a sexual assault occurring near her home in Minneapolis' Fulton neighborhood. "I can hear someone out the back and I -- I'm not sure if she's having sex or being raped," Ruszczyk tells the 911 operator, according to the transcript released by police.
Following Sen. John McCain's announcement Wednesday night that he has a brain tumor, lawmakers -- past and present -- from both sides of the aisle sent their well wishes to the Arizona Republican and his family. President Trump said in a statement, "Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family.
The remains found near a debris-filled creek in central Arizona on Wednesday night are believed to be those of a 27-year-old man who went missing after a deadly flash flood over the weekend. The Gila County Sheriff’s office said it located remains near the Shoo Fly Creek that are "believed to be related to the search" for Hector Garnica, who went missing Saturday after torrential rains flooded the Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson, Arizona, where he and his family were celebrating his wife's birthday. Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd called the investigation "open and very complex" at a Wednesday evening press conference where he said the remains would be examined to confirm the victim’s identity.
Jada Pinkett Smith is giving more details about her friendship with late rapper Tupac Shakur. In an interview with SiriusXM’s "Sway in the Morning," the actress revealed that when she and Shakur first met, she was a drug dealer. "One of the things that's very interesting that I've never really said before is that when I first met Pac, when we first met, I was a drug dealer.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has extended invitations to Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to testify publicly on Wednesday, July 26.Both Trump Jr. and Manafort have received the invitations but have not yet accepted, ABC News has confirmed.
Two men, who agreed to speak with "Nightline" in secret, say they were targeted for being gay and had to go into hiding.
Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay has found love on the ABC reality show, but of course, she can't say with whom ... yet. "And you'd think it would get easier, maybe as time goes by, like you're used to it, but no, the more time we spend together, the closer I get to him, and I'm like, 'Uggh!' I'm just ready to tell everyone who he is, [so] everyone can see our love and we can just be out in public in the best way."Lindsay said that now, she and her man have to meet in secret and keep in touch as much as possible.