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California firefighter dies while battling blaze near Yosemite National Park California firefighter dies while battling blaze near Yosemite National Park
A firefighter helping to battle a forest fire near Yosemite National Park has been killed when his bulldozer rolled over, authorities confirmed Saturday. Braden Varney, 36, leaves behind a wife and two children, according to CalFire, the statewide fire authority. Varney was a heavy equipment operator for CalFire, and authorities Saturday morning said his bulldozer rolled into a ravine while ...
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Muslim swimmers asked to leave public pool in Delaware Muslim swimmers asked to leave public pool in Delaware
WILMINGTON, Delaware — It's the fourth year Tahsiyn A. Ismaa’eel has taken children, participants in her summer Arabic enrichment program, to Wilmington's Foster Brown public pool. But this year marked the first time some of her elementary schoolers were asked to leave the pool, Ismaa’eel said — supposedly because they were wearing cotton shirts; shorts; and hijabs, or headscarves. The pool ma...
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Trump on meeting the queen Friday: She has 'a great and beautiful grace about her' Trump on meeting the queen Friday: She has 'a great and beautiful grace about her'
LONDON — Even amid his bomb-throwing comments about British politics in a tabloid newspaper interview, there was one subject President Donald Trump treated with exemplary graciousness: the queen. Trump described Queen Elizabeth II as “a tremendous woman” in an interview with The Sun, ahead of his teatime meeting with the monarch at Windsor Castle on Friday. "I really look forward to meeting ...
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Trump administration reunites 57 immigrant children with parents after missing court-imposed deadline Trump administration reunites 57 immigrant children with parents after missing court-imposed deadline
The Trump administration claims it completed the first round of reunifications Thursday of families separated at the border, but it will be up to a federal judge to decide whether government officials moved fast enough to comply with his order. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw imposed a series of deadlines for the administration to reunite nearly 3,000 children separated from their parents, most...
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Hurricane Chris threatens East Coast with dangerous rip currents through weekend Hurricane Chris threatens East Coast with dangerous rip currents through weekend
Hurricane Chris continued to race out into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday. Other than some rough seas along the East Coast, it poses no threat to the USA, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm could clip Newfoundland, Canada, late Thursday, dumping up to 6 inches of rain and causing flash flooding. As of 5 p.m. EDT, Chris had winds of 90 mph and was moving to the northeast at 25 m...
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Chicago mayor claps back at Illinois governor after activists shut down expressway Chicago mayor claps back at Illinois governor after activists shut down expressway
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't have time for critics on Saturday. After thousands of demonstrators shut down Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway calling on elected officials to address gun violence in the city, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, objected to Emanuel's support of the protests. In a tweet, Rauner said he was "disappointed" in the mayor for allowing the protests to stop traffic. "I am ca...
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US jobs growth stronger than expected US jobs growth stronger than expected
US employers added a higher-than-expected 213,000 jobs last month, extending the US economy's long-running growth streak. The manufacturing sector helped power the gains, adding 36,000 jobs, but the retail sector shed 22,000 positions. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4% from 3.8%, as the strong labour market encouraged more people to look for work. However, the annual increase in avera...
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Man suffers 'catastrophic' injuries to both hands using illegal fireworks in Maryland Man suffers 'catastrophic' injuries to both hands using illegal fireworks in Maryland
A 21-year-old Maryland man severely injured both of his hands Tuesday attempting to launch a firework out of a mortar during an outdoor party. Anne Arundel County firefighters found illegal fireworks purchased in Pennsylvania at the home where the man improperly handled the explosive. "The victim held a mortar tube in his hand and dropped a lit mortar into the tube with the other hand. The...
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Lawsuit linking Trump to leak of Democratic emails tossed out on procedural grounds Lawsuit linking Trump to leak of Democratic emails tossed out on procedural grounds
A federal judge in Washington has tossed out a lawsuit claiming President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian agents and WikiLeaks to publish emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. However, Judge Ellen Huvelle wrote that her ruling was "not based on a finding that there was no collusion between defendants and Russia during the 2016 presidential election." The r...
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Drop that phone: It's now illegal to hold your mobile device while driving in Georgia Drop that phone: It's now illegal to hold your mobile device while driving in Georgia
It's now illegal to hold your phone while driving in the state of Georgia, part of a sweeping hands-free law that went into effect Sunday. Reading from a phone or using it to record video is banned, too, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, including at stoplights. Those caught breaking the rules — even tapping "play" on a Spotify playlist while not parked — face a $50 fine, wh...
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