(TEHRAN, Iran) — Russia has stopped using an Iranian air base for launching airstrikes on Syria for the time being, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday, just hours after the Iranian defense minister criticized Moscow for having “kind of show
Locals and law enforcement in one European city have spent the last six years dealing with a a mentally ill Austrian woman who has allegedly scratched 1,000 cars—yet due to a legal loophole, the police are unable to do anything to stop her from further
Donald Trump may regret some of his recent public comments that have “caused personal pain.” But conservative commentator Ann Coulter, author of a new book boosting Donald Trump’s candidacy, is refusing to back down from her attacks on the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier. Indeed, Coulter accused the father of wanting Sharia to be enforced in the U.S. On Monday, Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff asked Coulter if she regretted anything about the tweet, other than misspelling journalist Fareed Zakaria’s last name in a comparison to Khan.
A small group of protestors holding ‘White Lives Matter’ signs staged a demonstration outside the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People building in Houston on Sunday. Holding Confederate flags and assault rifles, the group of nearly 20 people gathered in Houston to protest against the NAACP for failing to condemn the perceived role of Black Lives Matter in relation to the deaths of white police officers. “We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,” group member Ken Reed, donning a ‘Donald Trump 16’ cap, told the Houston Chronicle.
Matt Graves told authorities his son, Lane Graves, was making sand castles near the water’s edge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort about 8:30 p.m. on June 14 when an alligator bit the boy’s head and dragged him into the water, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s final investigative report on the incident. Lane Graves, who was about 37 inches tall and weighed about 30 pounds, was standing in ankle-deep water, fetching a bucket of water for his sand castle, right before the attack. “I saw it come out to get him,” Matt Graves told investigators, according to the report.
Recent reports claim ride-hailing app Lyft has been quietly trying to sell itself recently, engaging in talks with everyone from current partners General Motors and Didi Chuxing to arch-rival Uber—as well as tech bigwigs such as Apple, Google, and Amazon. The potential sale chat went further with GM, which paid $500 million for a chunk of Lyft several months back, than with any of the other companies, according to the Times. Uber's failure to close a deal with its pink-hued foe may stem in part from the lowball offer the ride-sharing titan made to its smaller competitor.
By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles (425 km) from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard, acting spokesman for Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the case involves a woman without a significant travel history, indicating the virus was contracted locally. “We don’t know where it originated, and we are doing appropriate testing and medical surveillance.” Florida Governor Rick Scott said the state department of health has begun door-to-door outreach in Pinellas County, testing individuals to find other cases.
WikiLeaks' giant data dumps have rattled the National Security Agency, the U.S. Democratic Party, and the Saudi foreign ministry. In two particularly egregious cases, WikiLeaks named teenage rape victims. "They published everything: my phone, address, name, details," said a Saudi man who told AP he was bewildered that WikiLeaks had revealed the details of a paternity dispute with a former partner.
It’s currently back-to-school season and John Oliver marked the occasion by focusing his main story on Last Week Tonight on charter schools. “Charter schools unite both sides of the aisle faster than when a wedding DJ puts on ‘Hey Ya,’” he joked. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run and occasionally controversial institutions, and the U.S. currently has 6700 of them, educating nearly three million students with wildly different results in in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
Akhtar, a former lawmaker, will take over as mayor from the city’s central prison, where he has been held for more than a month. The party’s control of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, whose members elect the mayor and are set to do so on Wednesday, makes it all but certain that he will be the city’s new leader.
Tesla has announced a new set of two-year lease deals for the Model S and Model X. According to an email Tesla sent out, a two-year lease deal has been one of the most frequently-requested items for the company's cars. The deal, which applies to the entry-level vehicles equipped with the 60-kWh battery pack, enables interested parties to snap up a Model S for $593 per month or a Model X for $730/month for a 10,000-mile-per-year lease.
Authorities say Lorena Barrera was in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles Friday when she reportedly climbed a three-foot wall that keeps visitors back from the precipice. While making her way to the cliffside, authorities believe the 21-year-old tripped over her flip-flops before tumbling 100-feet to her death, KCBS reports. Barrera's body was discovered at the bottom by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The Pentagon warned the Syrian regime Monday it is prepared to shoot down planes threatening US-led coalition forces in northern Syria, but stopped short of declaring a no-fly zone. US military officials reacted furiously last week after jets from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad targeted Kurdish forces and coalition advisers fighting Islamic State jihadists around the northeastern city of Hasakeh. It was apparently the first time the coalition scrambled jets in response to regime action, and possibly the closest call yet in terms of Syrian forces wounding coalition advisers.
The family of a 19-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a married couple to death and attempted to bite a victim’s face off expressed their sympathies Monday to the families of the victims. Austin Harrouff‘s family say that the Florida State University student “is not the person some are making him to be for their own purposes,” in a statement obtained by People. Wade and Mina Harrouff expressed their “deepest sympathy for the pain and suffering” caused by their son.
Germany is planning to urge its citizens to stockpile food, water and other supplies in the event of a catastrophe or armed attack. According to a report by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), citing the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper, the move would be the first of its kind since the end of the Cold War. The mood in Germany has been unsettled recently following a number of horrific incidents.
Tasked with shoring up union support for Hillary Clinton, running mate Tim Kaine turned Monday to someone he knew was up to the task: His dad. The Democratic Virginia senator brought his father, Al Kaine, with him to the ironworkers' union national convention. The senior Kaine owned a small union-organized iron working shop in the Kansas City area, and his presence lent a personal touch to the senator's remarks.
President Barack Obama returned from vacation Sunday, ready for a busy fall season and more battles with Congress over Zika funding, the federal budget and $400 million the administration paid Iran this year for the never-completed sale of military equipment. Obama is also expected to campaign doggedly throughout October to help elect Democrat Hillary Clinton as president. A theoretically rested president returned to the White House after a 16-day getaway to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, with his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and their dogs. He played 10 rounds of golf and went out to dinner eight times. Throughout Sunday, scores of residents lined roads to watch and wave as the motorcade crisscrossed the island on the last day of Obama’s final vacation there as president. Signs posted around the island’s various towns thanked the family for coming. (TIME)
A surreal video that purports to show thousands of Pokémon Go players in Taiwan stampeding after a Snorlax — a relatively rare creature in the Pokémon pantheon — could, if confirmed, be indicative of just how all-consuming the smartphone game has become
The announcement by McAuliffe, a Democrat, came a month after the high court blocked an executive order issued in April that had restored voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences. The order was seen as a possible aid in tipping Virginia, a swing state in this year's presidential election, in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The little girl who miraculously survived in an air pocket under a capsized boat after it overturned in Florida has reunited with her rescuers. Tammy and Brian Bossard, the parents of 23-month-old Kennedy, expressed their gratitude as the rescue team from the Cocoa Beach Police Department who saved the young girl’s life visited her at their home. The family was on the vessel near Orlando with their daughters, Kennedy, who's almost 2, and Charlotte, just 9 months.
Turkey’s armed forces have begun attacking ISIS targets as well as U.S.-supported Kurdish forces across the border in Syria, shortly after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday pledged to rid the region of ISIS militants. On Tuesday, Turkey’s military fired 40 shells at ISIS targets in northern Syria after mortar shells hit the Turkish border town of Karkamis, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Activists of a key Pakistani political party clashed with police and ransacked a private television station in the southern port city of Karachi on Monday, leaving at least one man dead and seven others injured. The violence erupted soon after the powerful exiled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, gave a telephone address to his supporters in which he castigated the media for not giving due coverage of his workers. Hussain's activists, who had just ended a week-long hunger strike over a government crackdown against them, attacked the ARY station after his address from self-imposed exile in London.
A 10-foot snakeskin found on the bank of the Presumpscot River in Maine on Saturday has put the town on the lookout for what may be a giant python on the loose. Residents of Westbrook, Maine have reported scattered sightings of what they’ve named “Wessie,” a giant snake, over the past few weeks, but those reports had died down until the Saturday discovery. The Westbrook Police said in a Facebook post that experts would determine the snake’s species using a sample of the skin.
High school students who perform well in school, have better test scores and complete higher-level classes are more likely to move to and work in markets where there are more college-educated people in the workforce, according to a new study. In the report, presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, researchers looked at data from 14,825 sophomores in more than 1,000 U.S. high schools who were first surveyed in 1980, then four more times until 2014, when they were about 50 years old. The researchers wanted to understand how cognitive skills, school performance and college preparation influenced where people moved between high school and middle age.