Levi’s has a simple request: Come for the jeans, but leave the heat at home. Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh released an open letter Wednesday requesting that gun owners do not bring their firearms into any of their stores when shopping for jeans. “Providing a safe environment to work and shop is a top priority for us at Levi Strauss & Co. That imperative is quickly challenged, however, when a weapon is carried into one of our stores,” he wrote in the letter.
The speed-crazed fools over at Hennessey Performance recently got their hands on a brand-new 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1. To celebrate the car's presence—with just 26 miles on the odometer—the company's head honcho took the muscle car from zero to 173-miles-per-hour...and pit the new 'Maro against Chevy's flagship sports car, the Corvette Z06. The Camaro ZL1, which we first saw in person at the New York International Auto Show in March, is one beast of a machine.
A Washington state police officer responding to a domestic violence call was fatally shot and his fellow officers were still "taking fire" as they removed him from a home, beginning an 11-hour standoff during which authorities say the gunman used two young children as human shields. The fallen officer, Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez, had served with the department since 1999 and was highly respected and experienced, Tacoma Police Chief Donald Ramsdell told reporters Thursday. Dozens of officers had surrounded the home in Tacoma on Wednesday night, urging nearby residents of the working class neighborhood of single-family homes to shelter in place.
Take a look at this week's top news stories, including the president-elect's cabinet choices. Yes we started the week with the loss of one of the world's longest serving leaders and now we're closing it out. Yes it that witness. Was there anything you
U.S. military veterans plan to build a barracks on Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near the Standing Rock Native American reservation. Veterans volunteering to be human shields have been arriving at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the small town of Cannon Ball, where they will work with protesters who have spent months demonstrating against plans to route the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Sioux reservation, organizers said.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Peru killed one person, injured 17 others and damaged dozens of homes, officials said Friday. "Authorities in the district of Ocuviri have confirmed the death of a minor and 17 injured who are now being assisted by medics," the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said on Twitter after Thursday's quake. People are located in safe areas," INDECI had earlier reported, adding that communication with the area had been disrupted.
Ghazal Salim had spent more than two years in slavery under the so-called Islamic State when her chance for freedom finally came. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces prepared for the offensive on Mosul in mid-October, her captor, a Jordanian IS fighter, was also making plans for the battle. Along with Ms. Salim – one of the thousands of Yazidi women and girls taken by IS in 2014 – he took his wife and child from Mosul, where they lived, to Raqqa, the de facto IS capital in Syria.
United Launch Alliance has launched (no pun intended) a new online configurator that lets you design and build the rocket of your dreams on your home computer. To be fair, ULA’s online configurator for its Atlas V rocket—which you can access here—is a little more complex than your average automaker’s build-your-own website.
A suspect was taken into custody after a hostage situation stemming from a bank robbery at a Jacksonville, Fla., bank, authorities said on Dec. 1. Eleven hostages are no longer inside, authorities said, adding that nobody was shot. A bank robbery was in progress earlier this morning when authorities arrived at the scene, and officials said a gunman was then holding hostages inside the bank.
Victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted because of a possible fuel shortage. The move by President Evo Morales came after evidence emerged that the pilot reported the plane was out of fuel minutes before it slammed into a muddy mountainside, killing all but six of the 77 people on board. Among the dead were players and coaches from a small-town Brazilian soccer team that was headed to the finals of one of South America's most prestigious tournaments after a fairy-tale season that had captivated their soccer-crazed nation.
Sherri Papini was reported missing by her husband, Keith Papini, on Nov. 2. “Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see upon my arrival at the hospital nor the details of the true hell I was about to hear,” Keith Papini said of his wife’s condition in an exclusive statement to “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax, plan to gain money of some fabricated race war,” Keith Papini said in a statement directed at those who doubt his claims Tuesday.
Tragedy struck this week at an Iowa Walmart after a pickup truck crashed through the entrance doors, killing three people. With Christmas season just kicking into high gear, the truck smashed straight through to the produce section at the store in Pella on Thursday morning. In addition to the dead, two others were injured in what police are calling a tragic accident.
This Brazilian hometown of the soccer team whose dream season ended in tragedy this week prepared Friday for the sad return of so many whose lives were cut short on an Andes mountainside, hanging origami figures of peace in the team's green and white colors from the fence of the local soccer stadium. As the bodies of the victims killed in the plane crash began the journey home Friday, gravediggers finished preparing the ground at cemeteries in the small city of Chapeco. A memorial service was planned for Saturday in the southern Brazilian city that was home to the Chapecoense soccer club, which was on its way to the finals of one of South America's most prestigious tournaments when the plane went down in Colombia on Monday, killing all but six of the 77 people on board.
An iron gate from Dachau concentration camp in Germany with the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan has been found in western Norway two years after it was stolen, police said on Friday. "The gate is in okay condition and will be returned to German authorities as soon as practical," police in the western city of Bergen wrote in a statement. Police got an anonymous tip that led to the find and a source said no arrests had been made.
Opposition candidate Adama Barrow hailed a "new Gambia" after he pulled off a stunning presidential election victory, putting an end to the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh. Official results earlier showed Barrow, a businessman and political unknown until six months ago, comfortably winning Thursday's poll with 45.54 percent, capping a remarkable rise to prominence. Jammeh took 212,099 votes (36.66 percent) and third party candidate Mama Kandeh 102,969 votes (17.80 percent), the Independent Electoral Commission said.
By Ali Abdelaty CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic state has told its members to stop using internet-based communication apps like WhatsApp and Telegram on smartphones, suspecting they are being used by the U.S.-led coalition to track and kill its commanders. Until recently, the hardline group used such apps to chat with members and supporters outside its main areas of control in Syria, Iraq and Libya -- including, say French officials, the assailants who staged attacks across Paris a year ago, killing at least 130 people. A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State positions since 2014, when the group proclaimed a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
Former American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon, has been evacuated by plane from the South Pole for medical reasons, officials said Thursday. Aldrin, 86, was visiting the South Pole as part of a private tourist group when his health deteriorated, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators said on its website. It said he was taken as a precaution on the first available flight to McMurdo Station, a U.S. research center on the Antarctic coast.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman said, the first such contact by a president-elect since President Jimmy Carter adopted a one-China policy in 1979. An official of the Taiwan's representative office in Washington could not confirm the call but said it would be "historic" and the first contact between U.S. and Taiwanese leaders since diplomatic ties were severed in 1979 and Washington established official ties with Beijing.
On paper, the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation's northernmost town is now official. A local Alaska Native corporation filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday that claims city officials rushed the process with insufficient outreach to the public. Plaintiffs also maintain the new name isn't even the area's traditional place name, and they also note the name change would come at a steep cost to the city in public expenditures to change signs, contracts and other documents to reflect the new name.
When it comes time to select your real estate agent, whether you're buying or selling a home, you should have many questions regarding the agent's knowledge of the market, skills as a professional and ability to advocate for you as a client. Many in the industry recommend one particular question to pose in an interview: Do you work full time in real estate? Working full time in real estate doesn't guarantee better service, but fewer hours can be limiting for a profession that requires ongoing education, training and practice.
A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy will be tried as an adult for the killings of his mother and his 8-year-old brother, who were shot to death in their sleep, police said Thursday. Jacob Remaley has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and
Family members of a Houston-area high school student who killed herself are rallying for tighter laws against cyberbullying. Brandy Vela's family says cyberbullying pushed the 18-year-old over the edge, leading her to shoot herself in the chest Tuesday afternoon at the family's Texas City home as family members watched. "I heard someone crying," Brandy's 22-year-old sister, Jacqueline Vela, told KPRC-TV (http://bit.ly/2gS7QII) of Houston, "so I ran upstairs and I looked in her room, and she's against the wall and she has a gun pointed at her chest and she's just crying and crying and I'm like, 'Brandy, please don't.
Less than one week after being crowned World Champion for the first time in his career, Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement from Formula 1. Rosberg’s retirement is a total shocker, both abrupt and unprecedented. Rosberg spent this past season under a microscope, as the rivalry between his side of the garage and that of his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, reached outright warring.
Afghan security forces have lost control over a small percentage of the terrain they previously held, but are getting better at repelling the Taliban overall, a top US general said Friday. Kabul now directly controls about 64 percent of the country's population of 30 million, General John Nicholson, the chief US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said -- down slightly from 68 percent he cited earlier this year. The Afghans now no longer under government control are not in the hands of the Taliban, but live in areas that are being "contested," he said.
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Carnival Corp's Princess Cruise Lines will plead guilty to seven felony charges for polluting the seas and deliberate acts to cover it up, and pay a record $40 million criminal penalty, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The charges against Carnival's Santa Clarita, California-based Princess unit stem from "illegal dumping of oil contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship," the department said in a statement on the company's "deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up." Shares of Carnival, the world's largest cruise operator, were down more than 2 percent at $50.29 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange after the announcement. The Caribbean Princess had been making illegal discharges since 2005 using bypass equipment - including a so-called "magic pipe" - to circumvent pollution-prevention equipment that separates oil and monitors oil levels in the ship's water, the department said.