The death toll from the Philippines’ war on drugs initiated by new President Rodrigo Duterte has risen to nearly 1,800 in the seven weeks since he took office, far higher than originally believed, the country’s police chief revealed during a Senate hearing Monday. Ronald dela Rosa, the head of the Philippine National Police, told a Senate committee that 712 people have been killed since Duterte was sworn in on June 30, Reuters reported.
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.
At this moment, a crew of submariners belonging to famed nautical explorer Dr. Robert Ballard's Corps of Exploration is exploring the wreck of the USS Independence off the coast of California. The Independence was an American aircraft carrier that served in the Second World War, fighting at Leyte Gulf and surviving Japanese torpedoes before becoming part of a fleet bombed repeatedly in the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests. Ultimately, the now-radioactive Independence was towed back to port in California, loaded with barrels of more radioactive waste, and scuttled off the coast in the shark-filled depths of the Pacific near the Farallon Islands.
Terror attacks, worker strikes and floods have caused a dramatic dip in Paris tourism, which has cost the French capital nearly $850 million in lost revenue, officials said. The hit is so bad that the head of the Paris region’s tourist board wants to create a rescue plan. “It’s time to realize that the tourism sector is going through an industrial disaster,” Frederic Valletoux said in a statement to the BBC.
By Sam Karlin BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - More than 3,000 Louisiana residents were still in emergency shelters as record flood waters receded on Monday, while government officials weighed options for temporary housing after the state's worst disaster since Hurricane Katrina. The extent of the damage prompted the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend a grace period to renew lapsed flood insurance policies for parts of Louisiana for the first time since Katrina in 2005.
The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is under assault, while security forces exchange gunfire with the attackers. Massoud Hossaini, a photographer for The Associated Press, tweeted that he is trapped inside. The American University of Afghanistan opened in 2006, and was a pet project of former first lady Laura Bush, who helped launch the institution on a 2005 visit to Kabul, the capital.
Three children, including a 3-month-0ld baby, and a man died early Tuesday after a fire broke out in a Chicago apartment building, officials said. The blaze spread through the second and third floors of the three-story complex about 1:30 a.m., causing several people to leap from the building, the Chicago Tribune reports. Police said a man suspected of starting the fire has been taken into custody, according to NBC Chicago.
The Colorado Rockies are huge, and so are the grilles on Ford's new line of Super Duty trucks. After spending two days with a range of different Super Duty trucks—spanning the heavy-pickup canon from two-door work truck to crew-cabbed dual rear wheel rigs capable of towing more than 30,000 pounds—it was difficult not to walk away from the display with a feeling that Ford knows what it's doing when it comes to trucks. Ford has already sold more than 460,000 F-Series trucks this year.
No greater gift exists than the gift of love — especially the love of a hunky firefighter. Ivena "Ivy" Smailes celebrated her 105th birthday last Wednesday like the queen she is. Smailes had previously asked workers at the Addison Court Care Home in Crawcrook, England, to bring her a pack of "hunky firefighters" for her birthday.
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.
Gaza's last tiger left the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave Wednesday with monkeys, emus, a porcupine and other animals from a zoo dubbed the "world's worst", heading for a new life in South Africa and elsewhere. Laziz (Cutey in Arabic) the tiger and the 15 other remaining animals from the Khan Yunis zoo were driven on a trailer in cages to the Erez crossing before dawn, an AFP journalist said. The animals crossed the border en route to sanctuaries and zoos in South Africa, Jordan and Israel for "a better quality of life", the Israeli army said in a statement.
The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. German tuner GeigerCars has tuned a Dodge Viper ACR to a ridiculous 765hp. Expect to pay an additional $48,000 to upgrade your Viper ACR from insanity to frothing madness.
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.
David Becker, 18, a former three-sport athlete from East Longmeadow High School in western Massachusetts, escaped jail time even though prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence. Becker admitted in court last week to sexually assaulting two 18-year-old women as they slept after a party, and an initial charge of rape was amended to indecent assault and battery, according to court records. Becker also agreed to undergo treatment and evaluation as a sex offender and submit to drug and alcohol screenings for two years.
"We had every type of politician on," said Bill Geddie, former longtime executive producer of "The View." If I had to pick one song to describe "The view," it's" let's give them something to talk about".
For years, Wanda Witter has lived on the streets in Washington, D.C., trying to persuade officials that Social Security owes her more than $100,000. Witter moved to the District of Columbia in 1999 to seek work after losing her job as a machinist in New York years earlier, according to The Post (http://wapo.st/2bJAgEr ). In 2006 she decided to draw Social Security benefits.
At the annual Pebble Beach concours, new cars tend to pale before the classics. This cherry-red stretch of billionaire’s taffy recalls history’s most over-the-top coupes, even as it couches a modern Tesla threat with electric drive, ultra-fast charging, and an interior that adjusts to human vital signs. Unveiled at Mercedes’ Star Lounge, a shanked drive off the third tee of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links, the boat-tail Maybach coupe thumbs its lengthy nose at critics who see the current Maybach S600 sedan as merely a tarted-up S-Class—even if the tart in question starts from $190,000.
“We continue to expect the slight revenue decline in the first half to be offset by slight growth in the back half,” Chief Financial Officer Corie Barry said in a statement. Best Buy said sales rose for home theater systems, major appliances and computing products, as well as smartwatches, but declined for mobile phones and gaming. Best Buy also forecast revenue of $8.8 billion to $8.9 billion for the third quarter, while analysts on average were expecting $8.77 billion.
A U.S. service member has been killed and another injured in Afghanistan, just one day after commanders sent 100 troops to aid and train Afghan security forces in Lashkar Gah on a temporary basis. Six Aghan soldiers were also injured in the attack, and the wounded service member is currently in stable condition. “On behalf of all of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, as well as Resolute Support, our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved,” said Gen. John Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, who sent the troops to Helmand.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe. Under the EU-Turkey agreement, Ankara agreed to take back one Syrian who made it to Greece in return for being allowed to send one from its massive refugee camps to the bloc in a more orderly redistribution programme. The deal also pledges billions of euros in EU aid for Turkey, visa-free European travel for Turkish citizens and accelerated EU membership talks.
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.
The FBI is investigating a stabbing in Virginia on Saturday, after Roanoke County police said witnesses heard the attacker yell “Allah Akbar” while assaulting a man and a woman with a knife, the Washington Post reported. Wasil Farooqui, 20, fled the scene but was arrested when he arrived at the same emergency room where the victims sought treatment, the Post reported. The FBI is investigating the incident.
The Aug. 18-22 poll showed that 45 percent of voters supported Clinton, while 33 percent backed Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, has led Trump, a New York businessman, throughout most of the 2016 campaign.
The father of a Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World last June reached into the animal's mouth in an attempt to free his son's head from the reptile's jaw, according to a final report on the death released Monday by Florida's wildlife agency. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report said that the 7-foot alligator bit 2-year-old Lane Graves' head as the boy bent down at the edge of a lagoon gathering sand for a sandcastle at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and that the boy died from a crushing bite and drowning.