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.
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.
The information filed Monday was part of a list of more than a dozen expert witnesses that prosecutors intend to call in Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial later this year. Roof, 22, is charged in the June 2015 deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church.
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.
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.
US Vice President Joe Biden promised unwavering commitment to NATO's collective defence Tuesday as he sought to reassure Baltic allies spooked by a resurgent Russia and White House hopeful Donald Trump. "Let there be no doubt -- America's Article 5 commitment is rock solid and unwavering," Biden said, referring to a cornerstone of NATO that an attack on one member state is considered an attack on all. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, sparked ire last month among Baltic and eastern NATO members ruled by Moscow during the Soviet era when he questioned the alliance's key Article 5 collective security guarantee.
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.
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.
U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the "serious distraction" he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police. "I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall," Feigen said in a statement Tuesday on the website of his lawyer in Austin, Texas. The 26-year-old Feigen said the group left the French House party around 5 a.m. in a taxi to travel back to the Athlete Village.
"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".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success" that put the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday. North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Wednesday which flew about 500 km (300 miles). The South Korean government and experts said the launch showed technical progress in the North's SLBM program.
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 rumors were true: Tesla has officially unveiled a new disturbingly-quick model called the Model S P100D. The new battery means the latest Tesla also has an extended range of 315 miles, as rated by Environmental Protection Agency standards, which gives it the longest range of any electric car on the market. Going forward, Tesla's SUV, the Model X, will also be offered with the larger 100-kWh battery pack.
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.
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.
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 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.
The alleged ringleader in the killing of two Palestinian policemen has died in custody after being beaten by security forces, a senior local official said on Tuesday. The officers were killed in the West Bank city of Nablus last week when gunmen opened fire on security forces. Ahmed Halawa, the alleged leader of the attackers, was arrested by police overnight and taken to the city's Jneid prison, Nablus governor Akram Rajub told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
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.
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.
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.
A Missouri woman who was beaten to death outside the Illinois hospital residence where she was being treated for breast cancer will be buried Tuesday. Police said Shannon Vincel, of Springfield, Missouri, was hit over the head around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 as she and another patient waited for a hospital shuttle outside the Cancer Treatment Centers of America facility in Zion, Illinois. "Why would anyone just walk up and beat a girl from behind, without warning and just beat her to death?" said Anita Adam, Vincel's mother.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton holds a 16-point lead over Republican rival Donald Trump among likely voters in Virginia, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The former Secretary of State leads the New York businessman 48% to 32% in a four-way race that includes Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, results from the latest Roanoke College Poll show. In a two-way matchup, Clinton leads by 19 points, with 55% support compared to Trump’s 36%.
A Minnesota mom is furious after she says she and her young son were surrounded by multiple police officers and TSA agents all because her son has a pacemaker. Ali Bergstrom and her 9-year-old son Chille were boarding a flight in Phoenix to fly back home to Wyoming Saturday when she says they were surrounded by TSA agents. The youngster, who wants to be a pilot, is an avid traveler and usually asks for an alternative screening at TSA.
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