Divorced Saudi women win right to get custody of children
Mothers in Saudi Arabia can now retain custody of their children after divorce without filing lawsuits, according to Saudi Information Ministry the kingdom is breaking ranks with several other countries in the region that heavily favor male guardianship.
Auschwitz death camp guard, dies at age 96 before starting prison sentence
Oskar Groening, the death camp guard known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” died on Friday — before he was able to start his four-year prison sentence, according to multiple reports Monday. He was 96.
28% drop in US student visas to Indians in 2017
The total number of F-1 student visas issued by the US fell by 17% from 417,728 in 2016 to 393,573. Indians accounted for the largest drop— from 65,257 in 2016 to 47,302 in 2017.
Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter
Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow. According to the Groundhog Day tradition, we’re in for six more weeks of winter.
CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said.
Train carrying GOP lawmakers hits truck
An Amtrak train carrying Republican lawmakers to their annual policy retreat crashed into a large truck in rural Virginia on Wednesday, killing one of the truck’s passengers.
Sears lays off roughly 220 corporate workers ‘effective immediately’
Sears Holdings on Wednesday laid off 220 employees primarily at the company’s corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, effective immediately.
Video game player may lose decades-old Guinness World Record over cheating accusation
After 35 years on the books, the longest-standing video game record is no more. After months of debate, forum posts, and evidence provided by multiple sources, the fastest completion time for Atari 2600 racing game, Dragster, has been thrown out.
Couple finds worms in their feet after a beach vacation
Dozens of parasitic worms were found burrowing in the feet of a young Canadian couple after a recent trip to the Dominican Republic.
Handheld device sequences human genome
Scientists have assembled the most complete human genome to be mapped with a single technology using a new pocket-size portable DNA sequencer, which they say could one day make genome mapping quick and simple enough to do at home.
Child playing with stove accidentally started Bronx blaze that killed 12 people
A fire that broke out in a Bronx apartment building Thursday night was started by a child playing with a stove, New York’s fire commissioner said Friday.
Rose Marie, actress and showbiz legend, dies at 94
Rose Marie, as she was known, had quite a career as an entertainer — it spanned nine decades. On Thursday she died in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94.
Van drives into shoppers in downtown Seattle, at least four injured
Four people were taken to a hospital after a van jumped onto a downtown Seattle sidewalk, hit pedestrians and crashed into a building on Thursday, the Seattle Police Department said on its Twitter feed.
Woman accused of destroying Warhol paintings worth $500000 each during first date with Houston lawyer
Lindy Lou Layman, a 29-year-old Dallas woman, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief for destroying three original paintings and two abstract sculptures at the attorney’s house.
Nepal’s last dancing bears rescued by wildlife groups in dramatic overnight raid
A dramatic rescue of two sloth bears was carried out overnight by the Jane Goodall Institute of Nepal, World Animal Protection and Nepali police.
Jim Nabors, the Cheerful Gomer Pyle on Two TV Series, Dies at 87
Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and on his own sitcom before retiring the wide-eyed, countrified character at the height of his popularity, has died. He was 87.
Apple launches study to identify irregular heart rhythms with the Apple Watch
Apple has launched a new app today that will allow the company to gather irregular heart rhythm data from the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor.
A doctor who won’t use a computer loses her license to practice medicine
Anna Konopka, a doctor in New London, New Hampshire, refuses to practice what she calls “electronic medicine.” She doesn’t know how to use a computer, and she handwrites her patient records and keeps them in file cabinets.
Matt Lauer fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace’
Matt Lauer has been terminated for “inappropriate workplace behavior,” NBC News chairman Andrew Lack wrote in a memo to staff that was read at the top of the Today show Wednesday.
England dealing with a 50-year spike in scarlet fever
After decades of decreasing scarlet fever incidence, a dramatic increase was seen in England beginning in 2014. Investigations were launched to assess clinical and epidemiological patterns and identify potential causes.
Google CEO makes fixing hamburger emoji his top priority
A Twitter storm started when a user pointed out that Google’s burger emoji had the cheese below the burger pattie. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, weighed in saying Google will “drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday,” he joked.
Woman killed after boy jumps off of overpass and lands on her SUV
Marisa Harris, 22, of Olney, Maryland, was driving on eastbound I-66 when the boy jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass and landed on her SUV about 4:18 p.m., state police said.
Drug company founder John Kapoor arrested for alleged opioid scheme
John Kapoor, 74, was taken into custody in Phoenix, Arizona. Kapoor is the billionaire founder and former CEO of the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics. He faces charges including racketeering, conspiracy, bribery and fraud.
10-year-old boy leads cops on a high-speed chase
A 10-year-old Cleveland boy stole a car belonging to his mother’s boyfriend and led police and state troopers on a 45-mile high-speed chase that topped 100 mph. He was finally blocked in by troopers after he drove into a ditch to avoid spike strips.
Brother of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock arrested
Bruce Douglas Paddock, 58, brother of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock, has been arrested in North Hollywood on suspicion of possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, according to authorities.
University of Tokyo invents quantum computer circuit that can process more than 1 million qubits
Japanese scientists have invented an approach to quantum computing that renders a far larger number of calculations more efficiently than existing quantum computers.
Tom Price apologizes for private-charter flights, pledges to repay taxpayers nearly $52,000
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he will write a personal check to the federal government for his costs of traveling on private jets and will permanently halt his use of charter flights.
Anthony Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting with teenager
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, facing the most severe penalty yet in connection with his sexting scandal.
Supreme Court cancels travel ban oral arguments
In an unexpected announcement, the Supreme Court said it will not hear oral arguments on the travel ban as scheduled on October 10.
Bob Dole hospitalized at Walter Reed
A spokeswoman says former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is hospitalized for low blood pressure.
Texas city loses drinking water amid Harvey flooding, chemicals ignite at plant
There were reports of “pops” and “chemical reactions” at a crippled chemical plant and the collapse of the drinking water system in a Texas city.
FDA designates MDMA as “breakthrough therapy” for PTSD
After years of lobbying and experimental research, the FDA has granted “breakthrough therapy” status for the drug MDMA as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Prince William, Prince Harry pay tribute to Princess Diana before 20th anniversary of her death
Prince William and Prince Harry paid tribute to their late mother, Princess Diana, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death with a poignant visit to the Kensington Palace memorial garden created in her honor.
US shoots down ballistic missile in test amid recent tension with North Korea
The United States conducted a successful missile defense test that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the US Missile Defense Agency.
Anheuser-Busch halts beer production and sends water to Hurricane Harvey victims
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the beer-maker’s emergency water program has sent over 155,000 cans of drinking water to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Arlington, Texas, to help those in need.
MTV Moonman will now be ‘Moon Person’
In a recent interview with the New York Times, MTV President Chris McCarthy said the network’s iconic Moonman trophy has been discontinued. From now on, the metallic figurine will go by “Moon Person” instead.
FDA seeks a reduction in nicotine in cigarettes
The U.S. F.D.A. will focus on reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive, while also making other nicotine products — including patches and gum — safer, agency officials said Friday.
Trump vows to destroy MS-13 gang
President Donald Trump traveled to Long Island on Friday to discuss efforts to combat the violent MS-13 gang, telling law enforcement “don’t be too nice” and warning immigrant criminals he is seeking to deport them.
North Korea successfully tests another missile
North Korea has fired another intercontinental ballistic missile, the U.S. Department of Defense says. The missile, which launched just before midnight local time, traveled approximately 620 miles.
1 billion people use WhatsApp daily
Facebook recently announced in its Q2 2017 earnings call that messaging app WhatsApp now has 1 billion users every day.
A 19-year-old woman in Minnesota has been charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting her boyfriend in a YouTube stunt
A 19-year-old woman in Minnesota has been charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting her boyfriend as the couple attempted to record a YouTube stunt, authorities said.
State Department defines ‘close family’ as travel ban takes effect
Visitors from six nations will be denied visas to the United States under guidelines that take effect Thursday night unless they can prove very close family ties to someone already in the country or an institution such as a workplace or university.
President Trump takes a swipe at Amazon and The Washington Post on Twitter
President Trump penned on Twitter, “The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying Internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!,”
3 Chicago officers indicted in Laquan McDonald’s shooting death
Three current or former Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on state felony charges of conspiracy in the investigation of the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
CNN Fires Comedian Kathy Griffin over Trump Beheading Picture
CNN announced via Twitter that they have fired Kathy Griffin from their annual New Year’s Eve program, which she co-hosted with anchor Anderson Cooper.
7th-grader Becomes Baltimore’s First National Chess Champion
12-year-old Cahree Myrick has been crowned the first individual national youth chess champion in the history of Baltimore. “This is a big deal,” says Steve Alpern, the league’s commissioner. “To win it with a perfect score is pretty incredible.”
U.S. Congress’ Russia Investigation Now Includes Trump’s Personal Attorney
One of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, has now become a focus of the expanding congressional investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 campaign.
White House Communications Director Stepping Down
Amid swirling speculation about a possible Trump staff shakeup White House communications director Mike Dubke said on Tuesday that he is leaving the administration.
UK Terror Level Raised to ‘Critical’
Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the terror threat in the UK to its highest level for the first time in a decade. She also activated Operation Temperer, which allows military personnel on the streets to free up police resources.
Russia Says Edward Snowden Can Stay As Long As He Likes
Former NSA contractor and U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden can stay in Russia until he decides to leave, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said. The former NSA contractor has been living in Russia since 2013.
Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
The Republican-led Senate on Friday gave Donald Trump the biggest triumph of his young presidency, confirming his Supreme Court nominee over strong Democratic opposition and restoring a conservative majority on the highest U.S. judicial court.
Donald Trump Promised ‘Clean Coal,’ But It Doesn’t Exist
“There is no such thing as ‘clean coal,’” said Travis Nichols, of Greenpeace. “It’s a myth used by the industry to get taxpayer money in order to prop up a dying industry. Coal miners deserve a just transition, not snake oil and empty promises.”
Passenger Dragged Off United Airlines Plane Wins Settlement
The Kentucky doctor dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago earlier this month has received a financial settlement from the airline. Lawyers for Dr. David Dao, 69, say a condition of the payout is that the “amount remain confidential.”