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Family of U.S. boy killed by alligator 'overwhelmed' by support

Lane Graves, a 2-year-old boy who was grabbed by an alligator in a lagoon at Walt Disney World, is seen in an undated picture from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Orlando, Florida. Orange County Sheriff’s Department via social media/Handout via Reuters <span class="articleLocation”>The parents of a 2-year-old boy snatched ...

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Whirling ‘fire devil’ spotted as California bush blaze rages (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Emergency services battling the “Sherpa” fire in California say they have contained 45 percent of the blaze, as images emerge of flaming swirls of wind wreaking havoc on the west coast. Astonishing footage of the blaze – which has now been burning for four days – shows fire devils, also ...

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Anti-oil protesters arrested for blocking trains in Washington state

<span class="articleLocation”>Police arrested 21 protesters on Saturday for blocking BNSF Railway Co. [BNISF.UL] freight trains in Vancouver, Washington, on a line that transports oil and coal in the Northwest, protesters and a railroad spokesman said. The Fossil Fuel Resistance Network, conducting its first protest, blocked the tracks for about three ...

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Ex-housekeeper, attorneys accused of trying to extort Waffle House chairman

<span class="articleLocation”>An ex-housekeeper for the chairman of Waffle House and two of her attorneys have been indicted in Georgia on charges they conspired to extort the executive during a four-year legal battle over secretly recorded video of sexual encounters. The indictments are the latest twist in a dispute that began ...

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U.S. advocates see LGBT rights at a watershed after Orlando shooting

In the days following the slayings of 49 people at a gay nightclub, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community pulled together in prayer vigils and benefit drag shows and basked in a broad showing of support many said they had never experienced. For Victor Guanchez, that ...

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Democrats' new line on gun control: Do it for national security

Democrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it’s time to get tough on national security. Shoring up national security has long been a pillar of Republican orthodoxy, as has staunch opposition ...

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Southern California wildfire spreads as blazes hit parched states

<span class="articleLocation”>A wildfire fed by parched land and high winds spread in Southern California on Saturday, prompting hundreds of people to evacuate their homes as the blaze formed destructive columns of flames known as fire tornadoes. The so-called Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County, about 90 miles (145 km) northwest ...

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New York lawmakers vote to legalize fantasy sports games

Fantasy sports moved a step closer to being legal in New York on Saturday when lawmakers approved the daily and season-long games, clearing a path for FanDuel, DraftKings and others to offer them to millions of players in the state. The multibillion-dollar industry, where players draft fantasy teams for sports ...

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Introducing ‘Maxwell’: NASA reveals experimental electric X-plane (VIDEO)

NASA has unveiled plans for its experimental electric plane, designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell,” in the agency’s first addition to the groundbreaking ‘X series’ in a decade. ‘Maxwell’ was introduced Friday at the Aviation 2016 conference in Washington by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden during his keynote address. The hybrid ...

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Mom fights off mountain lion to save young son, suffers barely a scratch

A young Colorado boy is lucky to have survived a rare mountain lion attack after his mother bravely fought off a cougar that had pounced on the five-year-old child. The incredible face-off between mom and wild animal took place on Friday in the Woody Creek approximately 8 miles north of ...

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