Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Santa Maria, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)It was well past lunch on a highway in California near the start of Memorial Day weekend, and the
A woman is feared dead after being seized by a crocodile during a late-night swim at a beach in northern Australia as her friend struggled to save her, police said Monday. The women went for a stroll on Thornton Beach on Sunday evening in the far north of Queensland state before making a fateful decision to take a dip in an area known to be infested with crocodiles. Senior Constable Russell Parker said the women -- Australians visiting the area -- were in the water when one of them was grabbed, with her friend desperately trying to drag her to safety.
Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children's birthday party, a spokesman for Paris' fire service said. Another group of people at a children's soccer match in western Germany were also hit by lightning Saturday afternoon, leaving three adults seriously injured. The birthday group had sought shelter under a tree at Park Monceau, a northwest Paris park popular with well-to-do families, when a lightning bolt touched down, according to Paris fire service spokesman Eric Moulin.
By Patpicha Tanakasempipat KANCHANABURI, Thailand (Reuters) - Wildlife authorities in Thailand on Monday raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking. The Buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi province west of Bangkok has more than 100 tigers and has become a tourist destination where visitors take selfies with tigers and bottle-feed their cubs. The temple promotes itself as a wildlife sanctuary, but in recent years it has been investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.
Brazilian police announced Friday that they had identified several of the estimated 30 men suspected of involvement in the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl. Whether it will prompt the kind of reforms seen in India in recent years, remans to be seen. The Brazilian teen was visiting her boyfriend in the Sao Joao area of Rio de Janeiro when the rape occurred last weekend.
A fresh photo of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his "last chance". The photo, which received widespread coverage in Japanese media Monday, shows freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who has been missing for almost a year, wearing an orange shirt, his hair and beard grown long. Japanese public broadcaster NHK and other media showed the photo.
Across America and around the world, towns and cities commemorate veterans of the United States Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in America and has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. (Getty
Thieves dug a series of small pits looking for artifacts from the Union Army's nine-month blockade of Richmond and the neighboring city of Petersburg, targeting a field where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died, the agency said. The looters were likely to have found uniform buttons, buckles, bullets and other small metal objects that are difficult to trace, Chris Bryce, chief of interpretation and visitor services at the battlefield, told Reuters on Saturday. "This kind of aberrant behavior is always disgusting but it is particularly egregious as Memorial Day weekend arrives, a time when we honor the memories of our friends and family," said Lewis Rogers, superintendent of Petersburg National Battlefield, in the statement posted on Friday.
A couple who got lost in Pennsylvania while driving to New York entered the property of a nuclear plant by cutting a chain at a gate, apparently in a quest to get back on the right road, authorities said. The Chesapeake, Virginia, couple were driving from Baltimore on Friday night when they got onto an access road at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, owned by Exelon. The driver told police he didn't see two "No trespassing" signs when he cut the chain on the gate, The York Daily Record (http://bit.ly/27XVuF5) reported.
Iraqi forces thrust into the city of Fallujah from three directions on Monday marking a new and perilous urban phase in the week-old operation to retake the jihadist bastion. The drive to recapture the first city to be lost from government control in 2014 came as fighting also raged in neighbouring Syria, leaving huge numbers of civilians exposed. Led by the elite counter-terrorism service (CTS), Iraq's best trained and most seasoned fighting unit, the forces pushed into Fallujah before dawn, commanders said.
Few things in space are as sloppy as a solar system—and few solar systems are as sloppy as ours. Monday will be one of those times, when Mars makes an unusually close pass by Earth, drawing nearer—and looming larger—than at any time since 2005. As Earth zips around in the solar system’s No. 3 lane, for example, it sometimes finds itself on the complete opposite side of the sun from Mars, putting the two planets as much as 249 million miles (401 million km) apart.
The former two-time governor of New Mexico is officially running for President. While Donald Trump celebrates effectively winning the Republican nomination now the party has selected its presidential nominee that. Odds are he's never even heard of Gary Johnson.
The Texas zoo and birthplace of a western lowland gorilla that was shot after a boy fell into its exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo says it's deeply saddened by the animal's death. The 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, and officials there say he was hand-raised. Zoo officials shot Harambe on Saturday afternoon after a 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla's exhibit.
As the nation celebrates Memorial Day weekend, Chicago braces for what some are predicting will be a violent summer, punctuated by extreme tensions between police and the communities they serve. Now, the agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct in Chicago is planning to release, possibly on June 2, reports and evidence, including audio and video from dashboard cameras and body cameras, plus dispatch calls and 911 calls, from about 100 cases of police shootings and other incidents, according to a memo obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. The Independent Police Review Authority, the agency releasing the evidence, investigates cases in which Chicago police officers fire a gun or stun gun that could hit someone, or incidents where a person dies or is seriously injured in custody, reports The Washington Post.
Latin America's biggest airline LATAM said Monday it will suspend its flights to crisis-hit Venezuela for an indefinite period, following a similar move by German carrier Lufthansa. Chile-based LATAM Airlines group and its Peruvian and Brazilian subsidiaries decided to cut the flights "due to the complex macroeconomic situation that the region is currently going through," it said in a statement. It said challenging economic conditions in Latin America were prompting changes to its domestic and international routes.
Most Americans celebrate Memorial Day with a delicious barbecue. South Florida activist John Sims is leading an effort to turn Memorial Day into Confederate flag-burning day, reported Think Progress on Sunday. Now, he's providing downloadable "Burn and Bury" kits for people unwilling or unable to put forward the cash to purchase a real Confederate flag, with the intention of making the process as easy as possible, according to Think Progress.
The pilot of a World War Two-era plane killed in a crash in the Hudson River off Manhattan on Friday evening was trying to execute an emergency landing, the museum that owned the vintage aircraft said. The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed just south of the George Washington Bridge. The New York Police Department identified a body recovered from the plane as that of William Gordon, 56, of Key West, Florida.
Bonnie, coming four days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, was on course to make landfall in a warning area in South Carolina between the Savannah River and the Little River Inlet. It was packing sustained winds of up to near 40 miles per hour (65 kph), the center said on its website.
Islamic State militants entered a major Syrian opposition stronghold in the country's north on Saturday, clashing with rebels on the edges of the town as the extremist group builds on its most significant advance near the Turkish border in two years — even as it loses ground elsewhere in the country and in neighboring Iraq. The town of Marea, just north of Aleppo city, has long been considered a bastion of relatively moderate Syrian revolutionary forces fighting to topple Assad. The IS assault underlined the weakness of the groups fighting under the loose banner of the so-called Free Syrian Army that have been struggling to survive.
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Amriyat al-Fallujah (Iraq) (AFP) - Eight hands stretch towards the aluminium plate -- it's the first meal of rice this Iraqi family who just escaped jihadist rule in the Fallujah area has had in two years. The tent has just been put up, a sheet of bubble wrap strewn on the gravel as a makeshift rug and the heat is searing but Nasra Najm, her daughter and grandchildren have a smile on their face. Iraqi forces a week ago launched a broad operation aimed at retaking the city of Fallujah, one of IS's most emblematic bastions, in the western province of Anbar.
An Australian woman who died on Mount Everest last week after developing altitude sickness fell ill just 15 minutes short of reaching the summit, and her husband said Sunday that reaching the top “didn’t mean anything” without her beside him. Maria Strydom, 34, had set out to climb the mountain with her husband to prove that “vegans can do anything.” In an interview with the Seven Network on Sunday, her husband, Robert Gropel, said he continued on to the summit after she became ill.
Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, N.C., dressed as a Marine, pauses at his father’s gravestone on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.; A man stands inside a building which was damaged during security operations and clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants, in Yuksekova in the southeastern Hakkari province, Turkey; and, Mother ‘Asita’ watches her one-day-old Hippopotamus calf examine its enclosure at ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. These are just a few of the photos of the day for May 30, 2016. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr!â¨
The California senator discusses the latest in Hillary Clinton's email troubles and her home state's Democratic primary battle on "This Week."
In 2015, more than 300 million people visited all U.S. national park sites — which include lakeshores, seashores, monuments, etc. as well as the national parks themselves — an incredible 14-million-person increase from 2014. In just the 58 national parks that reported visitation numbers from 2015, there was a record-breaking 75.3 million recreational visits. Jeff Olson, a National Parks Service spokesman suggests that the recent increase in visitors is directly linked to national gas prices.
A special court in Senegal sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in jail Monday for war crimes and crimes against humanity, an unprecedented conviction seen as a warning to repressive rulers worldwide. The verdict brings a long-awaited reckoning to relatives of the up to 40,000 people killed and many more kidnapped, raped or tortured during his 1982-1990 term as president of Chad. Habre was guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape, forced slavery and kidnapping, said the president of the court Gberdao Gustave Kam, sentencing him to life in jail.