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.
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.
The AP examined the social media feeds of more than 50 current and former campaign employees who helped propel Trump through the primary elections. Most come across as dedicated, enthusiastic partisans, but at least seven expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims.
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.
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.
Five days after an explosive wildfire in Southern California drove thousands from their homes, authorities lifted all evacuation orders on Sunday to allow them to return.About 82,000 people were ordered to leave their properties Tuesday when the fire
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.
On Sunday, he took command of the U.S. war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, tasked with retaking the cities of Mosul and Raqqa, working with (or around) the Russians in Syria, trying to keep Iraqi and Kurdish forces from pointing their guns at one another, and avoiding aerial dogfights between American and Syrian warplanes over Syria’s crowded skies.
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.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto plagiarized nearly a third of his 1991 undergraduate law thesis, according to a report published on Sunday by one of Mexico's leading investigative journalists. Of the 682 paragraphs that made up the 200-page thesis, titled 'Mexican Presidentialism and Alvaro Obregon,' 197, or 28.9 percent, were found to be plagiarized, the report said. The article and accompanying video were published on the website of journalist Carmen Aristegui, whose investigative team revealed in 2014 that Pena Nieto's wife was in the process of acquiring a luxury home from a government contractor.
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.
Zachary Todd Anderson, 25, who was friends with the young girl’s parents, was staying overnight in the family’s home when he disappeared with 5-year-old Alayna Ertl and her father’s truck, police said. Authorities tracked the truck to a cabin Anderson owns about 90 minutes north of Alayna’s Watkins, Minn. home, and found Anderson alone in a wooded area about a quarter mile away, according to a statement from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Anderson told the officers where to find Alayna’s body in a “swampy wooded area a few hundred yards from the cabin,” the statement said.
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.
Iran wants to forge a "new path" in its relations with Cuba by tightening ties, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday at the start of a Latin American tour. "It's a very opportune moment to extend our relations," he told journalists at the start of a meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. "We have always been on the side of the great Cuban people in the face of the atrocities and unjust sanctions they have faced, and vice versa," he said, in an apparent reference to Cuba's long history of enmity with the United States.
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
Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual. The North’s “first-strike” units are ready to mount retaliatory attacks on South Korean and U.S. forces involved in the drills, according to the statement, carried by Pyongyang’s state media.
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
(Reuters) - A system about 300 miles south-southwest of the southern Cape Verde islands is developing into a tropical depression and has a near 100 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday
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.
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.
San Francisco police are searching for a relic believed to trace back to 325 AD that went missing from a Catholic church on Thursday. Sunday mass at saint double its Catholic Church a time for prayer and reflection but today there was sad news for parishioners. Believed to contain a fragment of the true cross the true cross is a relic that goes back.
Authorities have lifted all evacuation orders affecting thousands of people, less than a week after a wildfire raged through mountainous terrain in Southern California and consumed hundreds of homes and other buildings. As firefighters advanced on the blaze, evacuation orders were gradually lifted. Johanna Santore, 63, her husband and their 10-year-old granddaughter were among the last permitted to return home, though they already knew they didn't have much to get back to.
Israel said Monday it staged dozens of strikes on Gaza in response to rocket fire from the strip, causing limited casualties but sparking a war of words with Turkey. "We conducted strikes against several dozen targets in the Gaza Strip" on Sunday, an army spokeswoman told AFP. Palestinian medical officials said four people were wounded by Israeli aircraft and tank fire after a rocket fired from Gaza hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot, without causing any casualties.
If you stayed home from work to watch the ABC Supply Pocono 500 – or, as it was referred to on TV, just the Pocono 500, as apparently ABC Supply didn’t ante up enough to the TV network to get a shout-out from the commentators – you saw a pretty good race with an almost-surprise ending. There were also tributes to Bryan Clauson, three-time Indy 500 starter who was killed in a midget car crash several weeks ago.