• Black Lives Matter leader Charles Wade charged with sex trafficking

    Black Lives Matter leader Charles Wade charged...

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Charles Wade, a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer and co-founder of Operation Help or Hush, was arrested last month and charged with human trafficking and prostitution. Mr. Wade was arrested at a Howard Johnson Inn in College Park, Maryland, on April 25. Police said he was residing in a motel room where he allegedly pimped a 17-year-old girl, The Daily Caller reported Thursday.   Mr. Wade was held on seven counts relating to felony human trafficking and prostitution. He was bailed out shortly after his arrest, according to a statement he released on Twitter Wednesday.

  • Edward Snowden warns CIA ‘never destroys something by mistake’

    Edward Snowden warns CIA ‘never destroys...

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Edward Snowden has responded to reports the CIA inspector general’s office “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate 'torture report' with a stinging rebuttal: “When the CIA destroys something, it's never a mistake.”   An intelligence agency was quoted by Yahoo News as saying CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file containing the report, before "inadvertently" destroying a disk with the document on it.   The 6,700 page report detailed controversial “enhanced” interrogation methods deployed by the CIA at overseas prison sites. These included waterboarding and sleep deprivation. Another copy exists elsewhere at the CIA but the destruction of the copy at the inspector general’s office was never confirmed to the public, according to Yahoo's report.

  • New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins name

    New poll finds 9 in 10 Native Americans aren’t...

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Nine in 10 Native Americans say they are not offended by the Washington Redskins name, according to a new Washington Post poll that shows how few ordinary Indians have been persuaded by a national movement to change the football team’s moniker. The survey of 504 people across every state and the District reveals that the minds of Native Americans have remained unchanged since a 2004 poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found the same result. Responses to The Post’s questions about the issue were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations. Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.

  • Nile crocodiles slither into South Florida

    Nile crocodiles slither into South Florida

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    FORT LAUDERDALE — Step aside, Burmese python — you may no longer be Florida's scariest invasive species.   Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they say it's possible more of the man-eating reptiles are still out there, although no one can say for sure.   The big question now: How did they get to Florida?

  • Security Guard Allegedly Assaulted Trans Woman for Trying to Use Women's Bathroom

    Security Guard Allegedly Assaulted Trans Woman...

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    A security guard at a Giant Food grocery store in Washington, D.C., has been charged with simple assault for allegedly pushing a transgender woman out of the store after trying to use the women's restroom, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.   The incident happened around noon on Wednesday when Ebony Belcher -- who identified herself as a trans woman to ABC affiliate WJLA -- went to use the women's bathroom at a Giant grocery store in the city, according to a statement by Metropolitan Police Officer Tisha Grant filed with the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.   A security guard -- identified to ABC News by a police spokeswoman as 45-year-old Francine Jones -- then approached Belcher and told her "she could not use the [women's] bathroom," the statement said. A verbal altercation ensued, during which Jones used a homophobic slur and told Belcher, "(you) need to get out of here," the statement continued.

  • Man Says All 4 Wheels of SUV Fell Off After Being Serviced at Bakersfield Jiffy Lube

    Man Says All 4 Wheels of SUV Fell Off After...

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    A man’s Facebook post about an alleged “bad brake job” at a Jiffy Lube in Bakersfield that resulted in his vehicle being totaled has gone viral.   Carl Brewer’s ordeal began when he took his Toyota 4Runner to be serviced at the chain’s Oak Street location for a routine brake replacement on May 12 after dropping off his toddler, he told local television station KERO Wednesday.   The technician replaced the brakes, then took the SUV out for a test drive.

  • Pizzly or grolar bear: grizzly-polar hybrid is a new result of climate change

    Pizzly or grolar bear: grizzly-polar hybrid is...

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Climate change is known for swelling the oceans and fueling extreme weather, but it may be also causing the curious emergence of a new type of bear in the Arctic.   A bear shot in the frigid expanse of northern Canada is believed to be a grizzly-polar bear hybrid, a consequence of the increasing interactions between the two imposing bear species. Hunter Didji Ishalook originally thought he’d shot a small polar bear but he said it was a “half-breed” – a position backed by several bear experts. The bear was shot near the small community of Arviat, located on the Hudson Bay within Canada’s Arctic region.

  • Firefighters Rescue Naked Man From Iowa Business's Chimney

    Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Carrie Sapp teased her husband, Brad, about being afraid of ghosts when he said he heard someone whisper "get out of here" while he was sorting cans at his Iowa recycling business. Of course it wasn't a ghost. It was a naked man in the chimney.  Sapp said she was working the next morning at the Carroll Redemption Center when she heard a man yell for help from the chimney. She told the Daily Times Herald ( http://bit.ly/1XBTQEI ) that the man explained, "I was playing hide-and-seek with my cousin. ... Don't call the cops!"   The police were called, as was the fire department, which eventually managed to free the soot-covered, naked man.

  • UW-Madison suspends SAE fraternity over racial slurs

    UW-Madison suspends SAE fraternity over racial...

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    University of Wisconsin-Madison has suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity through Nov. 1 after an investigation found chapter members repeatedly used racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs, and then ostracized a black member who told them to stop,  according to documents  released by the university, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

  • The neverending road trip

    The neverending road trip

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    It's one thing to to talk about quitting your job to hit the road. It’s another to actually do it and set out to traverse the entire world, one continent at a time. And, it’s a whole other world to load your wife, your two children, ages 9 and 4, into your DIY-modified 2003 Land Rover Defender 130 to drive until, well, the money runs out. That’s what Graeme Bell, 41, began with wife, Luisa, 40, and their children, Keelan and Jessica back in 2009 after Luisa’s adventurous father unexpectedly passed away. Feeling the weight of impermanence, they decided it was now or never. In the seven years since, they have logged more than 100,000 miles, driven through 30-odd countries, and tried to live on the equivalent of £40 per day.

  • U.S. schools are resegregating, report says

    U.S. schools are resegregating, report says

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    WASHINGTON -- Poor, black and Hispanic children are becoming increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers in the nation's public schools, according to new federal data released Tuesday, 62 years after the Supreme Court decided that segregated schools are "inherently unequal" and therefore unconstitutional.   That landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education began the dismantling of the dual school systems - one for white kids, one for black students - that characterized so many communities across the country. It also became a touchstone for the ideal of public education as a great equalizer, an American birthright meant to give every child a fair shot at success.   But that ideal appears to be unraveling, according to Tuesday's report from the Government Accountability Office.

  • Superbugs will 'kill every three seconds'

    Superbugs will \'kill every three seconds\'

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says. The global review sets out a plan for preventing medicine "being cast back into the dark ages" that requires billions of dollars of investment. It also calls for a revolution in the way antibiotics are used and a massive campaign to educate people.

  • Why That Bison Calf in Yellowstone Had to be Euthanized

    Why That Bison Calf in Yellowstone Had to be...

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    A bison calf recently had to be euthanized at Yellowstone National Park after visitors put it in the back of their car, according to park officials.   Now, many are asking, "Why?"   "There are multiple reasons," Charissa Reid, who works for the park's public affairs office, told ABC News today. "First, we want people to understand that our rangers really made a heroic effort to return the calf to the wild. No one ever becomes a park ranger because they want to kill animals. What happened was really unfortunate."

  • England’s chief medical officer warns of ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

    England’s chief medical officer warns of...

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    The “antibiotic apocalypse” may already be upon us. According to Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, 50,000 people are dying every year in Europe and the US from infections that antibiotics have lost the power to treat.   Davies has been at the forefront of the UK’s efforts against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and taken on a global leadership role. She has described the threatened loss of antibiotics to the world as on a par with terrorism and climate change.   As the final report of Jim O’Neill, the economist charged by the prime minister with finding solutions to the crisis, was published, Davies warned that the death toll was already high and our life spans, which once seemed to be forever lengthening, may fall.

  • Chinese Intercept U.S. Military Spy Plane Over South China Sea

    Chinese Intercept U.S. Military Spy Plane Over...

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Two Chinese military aircraft intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday.   Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said that the U.S. maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a "routine patrol" in international airspace on May 17 when "two tactical aircraft from the People's Republic of China" intercepted the U.S. plane. The two Chinese fighter jets were J-11s and flew approximately 50 feet from the U.S. aircraft, a Navy E-P3.

  • Venezuelans barter for leftover medicine as economic crisis deepens

    Venezuelans barter for leftover medicine as...

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Bartering with strangers for leftover prescription drugs in Venezuela has become as commonplace as asking a neighbour for a similarly scarce cup of flour, as the country’s economic crisis morphs into a public health emergency. So desperate is the situation that television and radio stations have taken to broadcasting requests for drugs and medical supplies, and people are turning to social media to seek out life-saving medicine.   “We found the heart disease drug Manidon, which my mum takes daily, using WhatsApp. We bartered the drug for four rolls of toilet paper,” says Carlos Gonzalez, 35, an IT worker whose wife is expecting a baby next month.   “When my mother sees her stock of drugs declining, she starts cutting the pills and taking half a dose. If we can’t find the medicines, there’s nothing we can do. We can’t order over the internet because we can’t transfer funds abroad. The government won’t exchange our bolivars for dollars or euros. People are just riding their luck,” he says.

  • Kindergartner suspended for bringing bubble gun to class

    Kindergartner suspended for bringing bubble gun...

    Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    BRIGHTON, Colo. -- A 5 year-old girl was suspended from kindergarten on Monday for bringing a gun to Southeast Elementary School.   It sounds alarming, but the weapon was a bubble gun, a popular plastic toy sold at stores across Colorado.   The girl’s mother, who goes by Emma, said she was shocked when she got a call from the school telling her she needed to pick up her daughter and take her home.

  • Mom helped 13-year-old stab honor student to death, prosecutors say

    Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    CHICAGO -- A 13-year-old girl and her mother have been charged in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old honor student over the weekend.   15-year-old De’kayla Dansberry was killed Saturday outside the Parkway Gardens Housing Complex at 65th and King Drive on Chicago's South Side, according to WGN.   The 13-year-old suspect faces one count of first degree murder; her mother, 35-year-old Tamika Gayden, has also been charged with first-degree murder and one felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Gayden is believed to have provided the weapon used in the murder.

  • The CIA destroyed a copy of a torture report 'by accident'

    The CIA destroyed a copy of a torture report...

    Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    The CIA inspector general’s office has said it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate torture report, despite lawyers for the Justice Department assuring a federal judge that copies of the documents were being preserved.   The erasure of the document by the spy agency’s internal watchdog was deemed an “inadvertent” foul-up by the inspector general, according to Yahoo News.  One intelligence community source told Yahoo News, which first reported the development, that last summer CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document.

  • New rule expands overtime pay to millions of salaried workers

    New rule expands overtime pay to millions of...

    Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Starting later this year, millions more workers will become eligible for overtime pay.  Under a new rule announced by the White House Tuesday, anybody making a salary of less than $47,476 ($913 a week) will automatically qualify for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week.   That’s roughly double the $23,660 threshold (or $455 a week) that’s currently in place.