Democrats made gun violence one of the biggest issues of their four-day convention on Wednesday night, devoting nearly an hour to the topic. On a night otherwise devoted to President Obama’s primetime speech boosting nominee Hillary Clinton and to introducing her running mate — Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia — to the nation, Democrats set a somber tone for much of the night.
The gunman's bullets that killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge also targeted the country and "touched the soul of an entire nation," Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday at a memorial service for the fallen officers. "We need to heal," said Biden, who was joined at a Baton Rouge church by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, the officers' widows and hundreds of others. Biden spoke directly to the three officers' relatives from the stage.
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.
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged, drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles made steady progress in containing the blaze on Wednesday, after a bulldozer operator helping to fight a smaller wildfire in central California died overnight when his machine overturned. Some 3,000 firefighters battling the so-called Sand Fire in the Angeles National Forest extended containment lines around 40 percent of the 38,350-acre (15,520 hectare) blaze by Wednesday morning, according to fire information officer Sam Wu. The blaze has destroyed 18 homes as it tears through drought-stricken chaparral and brush, spewing out smoke that prompted the South Coast Air Quality Management District to warn residents in parts of Los Angeles County to avoid outdoor activities.
Indonesia Friday executed four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, drawing swift condemnation as Jakarta pushes on with its tough campaign of capital punishment. Ten others expected to have faced the firing squad, including nationals from Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, were not put to death but officials said they would be executed at a later stage. The executions, which saw an Indonesian and three Nigerians face the firing squad, were the first in the country since April last year when authorities put to death eight drug convicts, including two Australians.
Ford has announced via their Performance website today that it will be offering performance upgrade calibrations for the 2015-2017 Mustang GT. The 'performance packs,' as they're called, offer as much as 37 horsepower over stock, and come with a variety of intake-related hardware upgrades. Every level gets a calibration, which includes a no-lift shift feature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and toppled the careers of Baltimore's police commissioner and a Democratic mayor poised for re-election, authorities abandoned efforts to punish the officers involved. The city's top prosecutor was righteous in her rage Wednesday as she made official what was already clear after four failed attempts to prosecute: no one will go to jail for Freddie Gray's death. Earlier in the day, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby had dropped the cases against the rest of the six police officers charged in Gray's death after prosecutors had suffered blow after crippling blow as a judge acquitted three others in rapid succession.
A 4-year-old Southern California boy visiting the beach for the first time had his prosthetic leg stolen but hundreds of people have reached out to help him replace the limb. Liam Brenes of Rancho Santa Margarita and his parents went to Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County on Sunday. Also taken were his clothes and shoes, a camera and other items, including a pair of eyeglasses belonging to one of his brothers, Aiden Brenes.
Past earthquakes that damaged ancient temples perched high in the Himalayas could be harbingers of dangerous quakes to come, new research suggests. "The supporting pillars and temple structures are tilted with respect to their original positions.
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.
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.
Donald Trump told a reporter to “be quiet” on Wednesday after she pressed the Republican nominee over his assertion that he hopes the Russians have Hillary Clinton’s emails. At a press conference in Doral, Fla., NBC News correspondent Katy Tur asked Trump whether this week’s leak of Democratic National Committee emails, which cybersecurity experts believe were obtained by Russian hackers, gave him pause. “It gives me no pause,” Trump said.
When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, the Apple co-founder laid out a rather modest goal for the company's revolutionary smartphone -- to sell 1 million units. With each passing quarter, iPhone sales continued to skyrocket. Indeed, it wasn't until the company's March 2016 quarter that iPhone sales would experience their first year-over-year sales decline.
The Institute of Economics annually produces the Global Peace Index that assesses the levels of peace in 163 independent states and territories. It takes into account factors like terrorism, political security and safety, and the perception of crime. The 2016 rankings of the Global Peace Index are now out. They rank every country in the world, allocating each a ‘Global Peace Index’ score.
The announcement came as Syria’s President Bashar Assad offered a general amnesty for rebels who give up their weapons and surrender to authorities over the next three months. Syrian government forces and allied troops have encircled the main rebel enclave in the city of Aleppo, urging fighters there to surrender.
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.
The city has launched a review of protocols at all of its summer camps after a 7-year-old boy wandered away unnoticed from a camp at a beach and later was found dead in the water. City officials and police are trying to piece together what happened in the approximately 30 minutes between the time Kyzr Willis was last seen Tuesday afternoon and when he was reported missing from the Curley Community Center, Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday. The community center in the city's South Boston neighborhood is where the day camp is held and includes a beach bathhouse where the boy was seen.
With those words, scientists aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus uncovered a marine mystery: a small purple orb tucked halfway under a rock off the coast of California. "None of the known species of California pleurobranch are purple," said Susan Poulton, a spokeswoman for the E/V Nautilus expeditions. It was found on July 18, during an E/V Nautilusexploration of Arguello Canyon, west of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
The Florida health department said on Wednesday it was investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States. The Florida health department said it has identified an additional case of Zika in Miami-Dade County, where it was already investigating a possible case of Zika not related to travel, and another case in Broward County, where it has been investigating a non-travel related case. "Evidence is mounting to suggest local transmission via mosquitoes is going on in South Florida," said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said.
FBI Director James Comey said government and the tech industry need to sort out their differences over encryption before "something terrible happens" that would make productive conversations impossible. Acknowledging that talks will probably have to wait until after a new president takes office next year, Comey said that it's up to the American people — not the FBI or the tech companies — to decide how to resolve the issue. "At some point encryption is going to figure into a major event in this country," Comey said.