In a freewheeling and unusual news conference, even for him, Donald Trump directly called on Russia to find the estimated 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from a controversial private email server she used as secretary of state. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican presidential nominee said, staring directly into the bank of television cameras set up at a golf course he owns outside Miami. It came after Trump faced intense questioning from reporters over his relationship to Russia amid allegations that the country might be trying to influence the outcome of the presidential election on his behalf.
US prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all remaining charges against police in the death of Freddie Gray, an African American whose fatal injury in custody provoked riots in Baltimore, ending the high-profile case without any convictions. The lead prosecutor defended efforts to convict six officers on charges ranging from second degree murder to reckless endangerment, but said "reluctance and obvious bias" from individual police officers had undermined the case, making it probable that the three remaining trials would end in acquittal. The decision from Baltimore's state prosecutor now makes it unlikely that anyone will be punished for what was one of the most inflammatory deaths of unarmed black men blamed on police, fueling a nationwide protest movement.
After Michelle Obama looked to American history Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, when she spoke of what’s it’s like for her to live “in a house that was built by slaves,” Bill O’Reilly had a reaction that likewise looked to history—but not in the same way. The host of The O’Reilly Factor said on Tuesday that though the First Lady was “essentially correct,” the slaves who worked on building the White House, he said, were “well-fed and had decent lodgings.” He followed that up on Wednesday by emphasizing that she was correct and he was merely providing extra facts about that moment in time. Far left loons distort tip about @FLOTUS statement that slaves built White House.
Pilgrims descend on Krakow, Poland to see Pope Francis at the World Youth Day gathering. The world is at war, but it is not a war of religions, Pope Francis said Wednesday as he traveled to Poland on his first visit to Central and Eastern Europe in the shadow of the slaying of a priest in France. The killing of an 85-year-old priest in a Normandy church on Tuesday added to security fears surrounding Francis’ five-day visit for the World Youth Day celebrations, which were already high due to a string of violent attacks in France and Germany. Polish officials say they have deployed tens of thousands of security officials to cover the event. (AP) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has posted what she calls a "chilling letter" from Syria's U.N. envoy saying the army has informed civilians in embattled eastern Aleppo that it has secured safe passage out for those who want to leave.
The crew of Alaska Juris issued a distress alert to the Coast Guard and put on survival suits before leaving their ship at about 11:30 a.m. Alaska time near Kiska Island, about 690 miles (1,100 km) west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. The Coast Guard said it issued an urgent call to ships in the area, and four vessels diverted from their routes to help. All 46 crewmembers were rescued and taken to the Aleutian Island of Adak in Alaska.
Robert Herjavec was so touched by the story of 4-year-old Orange County boy Liam Brenes that he offered to replace the prosthesis that was swiped by heartless thieves on Sunday morning. "He sounds like an amazing person and he still just wanted to do something," Amanda McFarland said.
Authorities identified the remains of one of the thousands of treasure seekers hunting for two million dollars' worth of gold and jewels hidden by 85-year-old millionaire Forrest Fenn. For years now thousands of treasure hunters have been flocking to parts of the west in search at hidden treasure focus on one of those treasure hunters vanished earlier this year but we now know his faith.
California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state's two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. To the south, firefighters made progress containing a huge blaze in mountains outside Los Angeles, allowing authorities to let most of 20,000 people evacuated over the weekend to return home. In Wyoming, a large backcountry wildfire in the Shoshone National Forest put about 290 homes and guest ranches at risk.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is quickly settling into his role as a joyful Donald Trump attack dog. In his first solo outing since securing the Democratic vice presidential nomination—and just hours before he is set to deliver his speech to the Democratic convention—Kaine attended three swing-state delegation breakfasts in Philadelphia, offering brief remarks to the Iowa and Florida contingent and longer remarks to those from his home state in which he criticized his GOP rival at length. “Donald Trump is a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to alliances,” Kaine said, referencing Trump’s comments about U.S. allies.
The official Democratic Party platform is out, and compared with their Republican opponents, the Democrats are calling for fewer constitutional amendments in the near future. The 2016 Republican platform, released last week, asked for five new constitutional amendments: a right to life amendment, a balanced budget amendment, a congressional term-limits amendment, an amendment to let states define marriage, and an amendment to allow parents to direct their children’s education. The Democrats’ platform, which was drafted earlier in the month in Florida, requests two new constitutional amendments.
Indonesia on Thursday rejected mounting international pressure and desperate pleas from relatives to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts who are expected to imminently face the firing squad. The group, including foreigners from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, have been placed in isolation on a prison island where Jakarta carries out executions. President Joko Widodo believes Indonesia faces an emergency due to rising drugs consumption and has dramatically escalated the use of capital punishment, putting to death 14 drug convicts, mostly foreigners, since he took power in 2014.
The move comes after footage aired by the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) showed young inmates allegedly being abused by guards. Following a national outcry, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered a royal commission to investigate the mistreatment of children in detention. The government is also planning to move detainees out of the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre — the facility featured in a report by the ABC program Four Corners — and possibly into former immigration holding centers, the Guardian reports.
A suicide bomber riding an empty livestock truck laden with explosives blew himself up Wednesday in a crowded district in the predominantly Kurdish town of Qamishli in northern Syria, causing massive destruction and killing 44 people in a new attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Residents and activists describe a huge explosion in the western district of the town Kurds call the capital of their self-declared autonomous enclave in northern Syria. Most of the victims were civilians, who were lingering in the district that also houses a station for the Kurdish security forces.
By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A driver killed in the May 7 crash of a Tesla Motors Inc car while using Autopilot driving-assist software was exceeding the speed limit, U.S. highway safety investigators said on Tuesday in a preliminary report that did not state a probable cause. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said its preliminary findings showed the Model S was traveling at 74 miles per hour (mph) in a 65-mph zone at the time it struck a semi-truck near Williston, Florida. Joshua Brown was killed when his vehicle drove under the tractor trailer.
Police officers in the U.S. are more likely to stop or arrest black, Hispanic and Native American people than they are to stop or arrest non-Hispanic white people, a new study finds. The researchers also found that more blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans were killed and injured by police over the study period than non-Hispanic whites. "Both blacks and white Hispanics are four times as likely to be killed by the police as white non-Hispanics are," said lead study author Ted Miller, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Maryland.
Archaeologists have found the location of a long-sought Spanish fort on the South Carolina coast at the site of what was once the first capital of Spanish Florida. A release from the University of South Carolina says the site of San Marcos, one of five forts built during the 21-year history of the early settlement of Santa Elena, has finally been located on Parris Island near Hilton Head Island. University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter and Victor Thompson of the Center for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Georgia, have conducted research for the past two years to find the site of the 1577 fort.
Plummeting economies in Venezuela and Brazil are expected to drag Latin America into negative growth again this year, the U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported Tuesday. The commission projected a 0.8 percent slide in the region's overall gross domestic product for 2016 , a bit worse than last year's 0.5 percent dip. It said global growth remains slow, with low prices for Latin American commodities and financial uncertainty fed in part by the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union.
Donald Trump sensationally challenged Russia on Wednesday to hack into Hillary Clinton's emails as a furious Democratic campaign accused the Republican nominee of inviting foreign spies to meddle in the US presidential election. At a sweeping news conference, the New York billionaire tried to undermine his White House rival, astonishingly implied that Vladimir Putin used a racial slur against President Barack Obama and promised a heyday of US-Russian relations under a Trump presidency. Attacking Clinton as she prepares to accept her party's formal nomination, Trump turned his guns on a previous email scandal dating back to her time as secretary of state and more than 30,000 emails deleted on grounds of being personal and not related to her job.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law, Aparecida Schunck, has been kidnapped in Brazil. Australia's Herald Sun claims the ransom is the highest ever demanded in Brazil's history. Schunck, 67, was reportedly captured in the Interlagos region of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
A Connecticut convict on death row for killing a mom and her two daughters during a violent 2007 home invasion has been resentenced to life in prison following a ruling that the death penalty is unconstitutional. Joshua Komisarjevsky, 35, was resentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of release Tuesday, making him the third death row prisoner to be spared lethal injection after the state Supreme Court’s ruling last year that it was in violation of state's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Hayes and Komisarjevsky tied up and tortured the family as they tore through their home in search of cash and valuables, prosecutors said during their trials.
Many across the western U.S. who glanced up Wednesday night saw fiery streaks shoot across the sky, and experts said it was remnants from a rocket China launched in June. The debris passed over parts of California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Idaho, and prompted a number of social media posts of people asking about the meteor-like occurrence. Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center, told the Los Angeles Times that the debris was part of the Long March 7 Rocket that China launched on June 25.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to face the media in Berlin, said the four assaults within a week were "shocking, oppressive and depressing" but not a sign that authorities had lost control. Merkel repeated her rallying cry from last year when she opened the borders to people fleeing war and persecution, many from Syria, which brought nearly 1.1 million migrants and refugees to Germany in 2015.
By Tulay Karadeniz, Gulsen Solaker and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania but whose movement has a wide following in Turkey where it runs a large network of schools, has denied any involvement in the failed putsch. Western governments and human rights groups, while condemning the abortive coup in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured, have expressed concern over the extent of the crackdown, suggesting President Tayyip Erdogan may be using it to stifle dissent and tighten his grip on power.