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.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is planning a Thursday morning meeting with Latino and African-American activists at his Manhattan headquarters in Trump Tower. The activists are fellows from the Queens, N.Y., office of the Republican Leadership Initiative, a program designed to train young, diverse recruits to be campaign field operatives. Multiple GOP sources confirmed plans for the meeting and characterized it as part of Trump’s outreach efforts in the African-American and Latino communities.
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.
Motor vehicle deaths are on the rise this year, in a trend that’s not likely to reverse anytime soon, safety advocates said. “Our complacency is killing us,” Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, said in the report.
Sadly, that's exactly what happened to upstart airship Hybrid Air Vehicles, when its massive Airlander 10 aircraft crashed into the ground Wednesday in England. The Airlander 10, or as the Brits prefer to call it, the "Flying Bum," was successfully airborne for 100 minutes before it attempt to land at its base at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England. In a statement, Hybrid Air Vehicles said it would be investigating why and how the incident took place.
An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called “the worst zoo in the world” and hoping to grant them a better life abroad. Most of the animals are destined for an animal sanctuary in Jordan while the tiger is headed to a refuge in South Africa. The animals’ removal effectively closed the long-troubled zoo.
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.
Instant noodles are usually thought of as the go-to meal for broke college students. According to research presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, ramen—known in penitentiaries as “soups”—has replaced cigarettes as the most popular form of prison currency. Michael Gibson-Light, a University of Arizona doctoral student and the lead author of an unpublished study about the issue, attributes the rise of ramen to “punitive frugality.” That’s what happens when prisons cut inmate care costs and the responsibility of paying for food and commissary items shifts to prisoners and their families.
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.
The United States has sent about 100 troops to the Afghan city of Lashkar Gah to defend it from Taliban forces, which have seized several neighboring districts and now threaten to overtake the capital of Helmand province. The soldiers will provide training and support to Afghan troops, the Associated Press reported, citing an announcement by U.S. forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland on Monday. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook also confirmed the deployment at a press briefing on Monday, ABC News reported.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has bragged about his influence with politicians, urged Gov. Rick Scott to give a judgeship to a Florida attorney whose work appears at odds with Trump's hard-line stance on immigration, newly released emails show. The emails posted online late last week by the Scott administration show Trump recommended that the governor appoint Jose Izquierdo, a well-regarded attorney who had backing from several other South Florida Republicans. "Dear Rick: A friend of mine recommended this gentleman for a judgeship in Broward County.
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.
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.
"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".
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.
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.
The mother of the so-called "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch is now working as a bartender in Texas to make ends meet. Read: 'Affluenza' Mom Indicted on Money Laundering and Hindering the Apprehension of a Felon Charges Tonya Couch has been spotted at a bar
In just three weeks, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, U.S. News will release the 2017 edition of the Best Colleges rankings. The new edition will include rankings of the four big categories -- National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges -- all available on usnews.com. U.S. News groups colleges into categories, based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, to compare schools with similar missions.
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.
Officials say about 50 people have been evacuated from campgrounds and lodging because of a wildfire in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming. The fire made a 5-mile run Monday, forcing the closure of a 10-mile stretch of road that leads into Yellowstone's South Entrance. In neighboring Yellowstone, a fire burning near the West Entrance Road grew bigger Monday and a new team of fire managers was being brought in to help, although the fire was not being actively suppressed yet.
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.
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.
Mirman was a victim of sepsis, an often deadly reaction to certain infections that can quickly race through your body, shutting down vital organs. More than a million people in the U.S. develop sepsis each year, and more than 250,000 deaths a year are linked to it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While many cases are linked to infections contracted in hospitals, doctor offices, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities, a report out today from the CDC says that nearly half are community-acquired, meaning from infections people contract in their homes, schools, playgrounds, and elsewhere.
By Chris Prentice NEW YORK (Reuters) - A pair of fatalities from lightning strikes over the weekend lifted the U.S. death toll from such accidents this year to 29, the most since 2010, the National Weather Service said on Monday. The latest lightning-related deaths occurred in Colorado and Michigan on Friday, the NWS said in a report. "People are outside, enjoying beaches in the summer time," said John Jensenius, an NWS lightning safety specialist based in Gray, Maine.
Nigeria claimed on Tuesday that its air force had killed a number of senior Boko Haram militants, possibly including the group’s elusive and notorious former leader, Abubakar Shekau. Government planes attacked the fighters in the village of Taye inside