The University of Texas at Austin is removing four Confederate monuments that it says have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism, the school announced on Sunday. The statues -- which depict confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, former U.S. Sen. John Reagan and former Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg -- were taken down early Monday morning. The news comes in the wake of a deadly outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia -- which began in protest of the planned removal of a monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee -- that left one dead and 19 injured after a car-ramming attack.
The Northwestern University professor and Oxford University financial officer accused of fatally stabbing the professor's boyfriend in a Chicago high-rise allegedly committed the crime as part of a sexual fantasy hatched online, prosecutors said on Sunday. Wyndham Lathem, who was a faculty member at Northwestern's microbiology-immunology department for 10 years, and a second suspect, University of Oxford employee Andrew Warren, were both taken into custody without incident in Northern California on August 4 after a nationwide manhunt. Lathem, 43, and Warren spent more than one week on the run after allegedly killing 26-year-old hairstylist Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, who was found stabbed to death at a Chicago apartment registered to Lathem on July 27.
No one wants to think about Thanksgiving now. Not when there’s still a sliver of summer left.But it’s an absolute must for anyone who will be traveling during the November holiday. Especially those who will head to the airport on the two most popular days of the year to fly. That’s right, the two most popular days of the year to fly are the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving.And since Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 23 this year, the most popular days to fly will be Nov. 22 and Nov. 26. The dates will vary, but it’s always the same combo, Wednesday before/Sunday after. ...
For many people, getting the entire family together -- we’re talking grandma and grandpa, parents, and children -- for a few major holidays each year at home is more than enough. For others (let’s call them Clark Griswold types after the Chevy Chase character in National Lampoon's "Vacation" films), the ultimate fantasy is to wrangle in the troops for an epic trip that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives. To gain professional advice, we interviewed Susan Farewell, founder and owner of Farewell Travels LLC, a Westport, Connecticut-based travel design firm.
The boys are back.Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. -- previously dubbed "The Three Amigos" by retired general David Petraeus -- headed on Saturday to Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, where they went hiking and waded in water. McCain's daughter Meghan joined the trio."The three amigos together again!" tweeted McCain, along with a photo of the casually-dressed, baseball cap-wearing group.McCain, who is battling brain cancer, has finished his first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Meghan announced on Friday. ...
The White House is indeed divided. That's the claim being made by Stephen Bannon in a new interview, following his departure Friday from the White House as President Trump's chief strategist. Bannon, 63, is returning to Breitbart News as executive chairman.
The numbers for the $541.9 million Powerball jackpot were drawn Saturday night -- but there was no winner.The jackpot now jumps to $650 million. Numbers will be drawn Wednesday night. If awarded, it will be the second largest jackpot in Powerball history, and the third largest among lottery jackpots in North America.The numbers drawn Saturday were 17, 68, 19, 43, 39. The Powerball is 13.Last Wednesday, the jackpot was $510 million. That night's drawing failed to produce a winner.The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C. ...
A California paramedic school graduate jumped in to help a choking man in a coffee shop where he was awaiting an interview for a nearby ambulance company. William Stewart was with three other former Sacramento State University paramedic students inside Coastal Peaks Coffee in San Luis Obispo, California. The foursome were waiting to be interviewed by San Luis Ambulance, which partners with the school to supply internships for the students.
Five alleged terrorists were killed in a shootout with police in Spain's Catalonia region early Friday following deadly attacks there that killed at least 14 people and injured more than 100 others, according to Spanish authorities. Among the victims who died is an American citizen, the U.S. Department of State said Friday. Jared Tucker died in the attack in Barcelona, his family confirmed.
Two policemen have died after six law enforcement officers were shot in three different U.S. cities on Friday night, their respective agencies have confirmed. In central Florida, two officers with the Kissimmee Police Department were shot and killed, according to police chief Jeffrey O'Dell. Officer Matthew Baxter, a three-year veteran, died from his wound.
President Trump is cheering his former chief strategist Steve Bannon's return to leading the influential conservative media outlet Breitbart News after his forced resignation from the White House. Trump tweeted from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club Saturday that Bannon may be "even better than ever before" in his return to Breitbart. Steve Bannon will be a tough and smart new voice at @BreitbartNews...maybe even better than ever before.
Dressed in a dark blazer and a polka-dot tie, ABC News' Frank Reynolds anchored the network's live coverage of a total solar eclipse 38 years ago. Although the celestial phenomenon on Feb. 26, 1979 was only visible from the Pacific Northwest, it was the last total solar eclipse over the contiguous United States to take place that century -- and just like this year, the rare event captured the imagination of the nation. This is indeed a special events broadcast of a genuine special event," Reynolds said from ABC News' studio in New York City.
French first lady Brigitte Macron is speaking out about the 25-year age difference between her and husband Emmanuel Macron, France's 39-year-old president. "There are times in your life where you need to make vital choices," Brigitte, 64, tells Elle France's September issue of her relationship with her husband, whom she first met about 20 years ago and married in 2007.
A stabbing in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday that left two people dead and eight others injured is now being investigated as acts "with terrorist intent," Finland's national police announced Saturday morning. "Due to info received during the night, the Turku stabbings are now investigated as murders w/ terrorist intent (2) and their attempts (8)," police tweeted. The suspect is in police custody and is being treated at the hospital, police said.
Sen. John McCain, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, has finished the first round of radiation and chemotherapy treatment, daughter Meghan McCain said Friday. In a statement released July 28, his office said, "In accordance with the guidance of his physicians, Senator McCain is returning to Arizona to undergo further treatment at Mayo Clinic. During that time, Senator McCain will maintain a work schedule.
President Donald Trump on Friday signed the Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act, a move he documented by posting to his social media accounts a photo of the signing at Camp David while flanked by thirteen cabinet members and other staff.The legislation clears the way for construction of a memorial to U.S. service members who have fought in the war on terror. ...