In his latest nonfiction book, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” New Yorker writer and bestselling author David Grann investigates the mysterious murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe of Oklahoma in the 1920s. The Osage was a small tribe whose members became some of the richest people in America. Through treaties with the government in the early 1900s, the tribe had retained oil and mineral rights to the land members had been forced to live on in Osage County, Okla. By the 1920s, the oil deposits beneath the land made them rich, but they also became targets.
The leading Democrat on the House committee investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government said that President Trump personally commended his work last week — and was a helpful resource in accessing pertinent documents. Rep. Adam Schiff went to the White House on Friday to view documents regarding possible surveillance of the Trump campaign that Rep. Devin Nunes, House intelligence committee chairman, has called into question. While in the building, Schiff said he and President Trump met in the Oval Office and spoke briefly about Schiff’s work on the committee.
“Her favorite color was blue. Nicole was a very lovable person,” said Weeks, speaking about her 13 year-old daughter at a news conference on February 2.
On Nov. 24, President Obama granted 17 recipients the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is considered to be the highest civilian honor in the nation. Those receiving the honor included Barbra Streisand, Willie Mays, Itzhak Perlman, Steven Spielberg, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan for their work bringing Latin music to a global audience. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric talked with the Estefans about what this honor means to them. Gloria Estefan said, “We really do love this country and we respect it.
By Katie Couric Video Produced by Brian Prowse-Gany I first met Ron Davis when he appeared on my talk show in February 2014. Just days before, 47-year-old Michael Dunn had been convicted of three counts of attempted murder in what had come to be known as the “loud music trial.” The jury had failed to reach a verdict on the first-degree-murder charge in the death of Ron’s son, 17-year-old Jordan. Ron and his ex-wife and Jordan’s mother, Lucia McBath, spoke with me about their son, a popular, athletic, fun-loving teenager who died Nov. 23, 2012, after Dunn fired 10 rounds at Jordan and his three friends following a fight about loud music coming from their SUV in a Jacksonville, Fla., parking lot. The incident ignited public debate over Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law after Dunn claimed self-defense, asserting he felt his life was in danger.
By Steven Shapiro The future is now for the NFL and Yahoo. On Sunday, the league will live-stream a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills to a global audience, across several of the Internet company’s platforms. “It’s a historic moment for Yahoo to actually be able to come in and bid for an NFL game and then live-stream it all around the world,” says Brian Stelter, CNN’s senior media correspondent. The game between the Bills and Jaguars is being played in London, part of the league’s international series, which kicked off in 2007. “All major American sports have become more international,” according to Yahoo Sports writer Eric Adelson.
Would you stop on the streets of New York City if a stranger asked to take your picture? Since 2010, Brandon Stanton has been doing just that — stopping people across the city to take their pictures and have them tell him their stories. It started as a passion project but now has turned into the popular blog “Humans of New York.” Over 15 million people follow it on social media. Stanton, the creator, photographer and author of “Humans of New York,” sat down with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga to discuss his new book, called “Humans of New York: Stories.” Stanton reveals that it wasn’t so easy when he first started asking New Yorkers if he could photograph them. “I’ve photographed more than 20 different countries and nowhere do I get rejected more than in New York City,” he said.
Last year, he called for an end to solitary confinement, the death penalty and life imprisonment. Criminal justice reform advocate Bryan Stevenson, author of the best-selling book “Just Mercy,” says that the pope’s trip to Curran-Fromhold is “enormously significant.” “What does it say about the pope, that he is interested in visiting these particular facilities, full of violence and violent criminals?” Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric asked Stevenson. “I think it’s critically important that the pope wants to revive that, wants to stand next to the people who’ve been cast aside, cast away, thrown away, and say, ‘No — this person’s life has value and meaning.’” Of the 10.2 million prisoners around the world today, 2.2 million are in the United States. America’s prison population is far and away the highest in the world — Russia and China, the next two closest — barely come close.
The heartfelt stops along the pope’s U.S. visit Yahoo news visits all the personal stops that Pope Francis will be making during his U.S. visit including Catholic Charities’ Saint Maria’s Meals Program in D.C., Our Lady Queen of Angels School in New York, and Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia.
By Carly Green As our nation’s power players prepare for Pope Francis’ groundbreaking address to a joint meeting of Congress, a small meal program just a few blocks over waits in similar anticipation. On Thursday, Sept. 24, as part of his whirlwind, six-day trip to the United States, Pope Francis will travel from Capitol Hill to the streets of D.C. to bless the homeless patrons of the St. Maria’s Meals program. Vatican spokesman Father Manuel Dorantes, who is accompanying the pope on his visit, says he’s spreading his message far and wide, practicing what he preaches. “That is where the light of Christ and the message of Christ needs to be brought.” In Washington, where nearly one-fifth of residents live below the poverty line and more than 7,000 are homeless, locals call St. Maria’s Meals a “godsend.” Run by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the program operates out of the back of a food truck, serving hot meals to hundreds lined up along the block.
By Brian Prowse-Gany The excitement is palpable at the East Harlem parochial school Our Lady Queen Of Angels. Principal Joanne Walsh has her hands full, not only with the new school year but with preparing students and staff for a surprise visit from the holiest of guests. On Friday, Sept. 25, Pope Francis will visit the school on Manhattan’s East 112th Street, where he will personally meet 24 lottery-winning third and fourth graders from Our Lady Queen of Angels and three other nearby schools that are also among the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York.
The festival, which is a celebration of faith, was the catalyst to Salt and Light Television, Canada’s first national Catholic television network. “We look at things from a Catholic perspective, but we’re looking for human interest stories — stories that tell the reality of the situation of people,” Sebastian Gomes, a producer at Salt and Light told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. The network was founded by Italian businessman Gaetano Gagliano nearly 13 years ago, and airs programming in numerous languages including English, French and Cantonese. “We produce documentaries, we have quite an extensive blog, we put out a magazine once or twice a year,” said Deacon Pedro Guevara Mann, a producer at Salt and Light.
Being a rat is not accepted.” Kevin Weeks knows a thing or two about the criminal world, and rats. He was a longtime associate of Boston gang leader James “Whitey” Bulger, whose long and violent criminal career is the subject of the new film “Black Mass.” Weeks spoke with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his decades as a partner in crime to Bulger, who’s now serving life in prison after spending years evading the FBI while on America’s most wanted list. The film, which stars Johnny Depp as Bulger, tells the story of Whitey’s rise to power as a crime lord, all while hiding the fact from his associates, including Weeks, that he was an FBI informant.
By Kaye Foley It has been 10 years since Ashley Smith’s life was changed for the better in the most unexpected way — by being held hostage. COMPLETE INTERVIEW Smith recounted her harrowing tale in her 2005 book, “Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero.” Now, it’s the inspiration for the new film, “Captive,” which comes out on Sept. 18. In early 2005, Smith, a widowed meth addict and mother who had lost custody of her daughter, was struggling to find her purpose in life.
By Kaye Foley Growing up in Kenner, La., a suburb of New Orleans, Jon Batiste, the new bandleader for The Late Show, has deep roots in the Crescent City. He and his family left New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Katrina and lived in Texas for a couple months.
By Jenny Dubin To watch the full interview scroll to the bottom of the article. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. After the levees broke in New Orleans, 80 percent of the city flooded and at the time no one was sure if the city could come back. For the first time since 1960, more people are moving into New Orleans than moving out, and it’s now one of the fastest-growing cities in America, attracting a young, educated, entrepreneurial class.
Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga speaks to Brian Grasso, a freshman at Duke University who has created quite a stir by saying he’s not comfortable with everything on his summer reading list. Grasso says he isn’t going to read the graphic novel “Fun Home” because he believes it would compromise his “personal moral Christian beliefs.“
By Steve Shapiro FDA APPROVES “Pink Pill” for Women The Food and Drug Administration has approved flibanserin, which will be marketed under the name Addyi, for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction. Thirty-year-old Katherine Campbell says she suffers from the condition also known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder or HSDD. It was there one day, gone the next,” Campbell tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. Experts in the field say it’s related to brain function. “We know there is this area of the limbic system that is associated with the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine that is functioning differently in the women with HSDD,” says Leah Millheiser, MD, director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford School of Medicine. Pharmaceutical company Sprout has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration for years to approve its drug, which now becomes the first of its kind for this problem. “Flibanserin is a novel, non-hormonal pill to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women,” says Sprout CEO Cindy Whitehead.
They are the biggest celebrities you’ve never heard of — if you’re over that certain age (like, maybe 17) when youthful enthusiasm can lead to a Beatlemania-like fandemonium. And for the past six years, this new breed of stars has been gathering at VidCon, a convention for the unconventional world of vlogs and Vines
By Joe Lago The Sports Illustrated reporter who tweeted that women’s sports are “not worth watching” might have a challenge coming to him in the form of a feisty Women’s World Cup champion and tournament MVP. In an interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric on Thursday, Carli Lloyd of the world champion United States women’s national team responded to the controversial comment by SI’s Andy Benoit during the World Cup by describing just how “empowering” women’s sports can be- even be superior to men’s sports when it comes to the soccer pitch. “I think that what we do out on the field is oftentimes a little bit better than what men do,” said Lloyd, who won Golden Ball honors as the Women’s World Cup’s top player. I’m a competitor and would always offer a challenge.” “Maybe you could challenge Andy Benoit,” Couric said with a laugh.
By Brian Prowse-Gany High anxiety. It’s that time of year when many high school seniors find out where they may be spending the next four years. Some will be celebrating the fact that they are “the chosen,” while others will be bitterly disappointed. The bad news used to be in a telltale thin envelope.
By Steve Shapiro Lynsey Addario has a perspective on the world very few people will ever understand. In an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Addario tells many of the stories that fill her new memoir: “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.” “Every story takes its toll on me and leaves an impression on me,” she says. Addario came of age as a photographer in the years after 9/11. She traveled throughout the Middle East as the “war on terror” raged on.
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay says he may have been “naive” in thinking a photo he took on New Year’s Eve wouldn’t attract much attention. “I didn’t see anything in the message that I quite frankly even thought would be all that controversial.” McLay told Couric. The police chief had been in a coffee shop talking to members of the community about race and law enforcement issues when members of an activist group called “What’s Up?!