Texas Officials Call for Additional Help as Wildfires Spread [VIDEO]
Forest service officials are calling on firefighters from outside agencies to help battle fast-moving wildfires in Texas. In the past week, the fires have destroyed more than 1,000 homes.
Minorities Were Targeted in ‘Revenge Attacks’ Following September 11 [VIDEO]
In the weeks and months following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, many Americans became more patriotic. They tied yellow ribbons around trees, raised the flag, donated blood and enlisted in the military. Others, however, decided to seek revenge, and because their targets were so far away, they opted to hurt anyone who appeared to fit a specific profile. In the past 10 years, the FBI has investi
Selling Shark Fins Could Soon Be Banned in California [VIDEO]
California lawmakers voted this week to ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins, a key ingredient in a traditional Chinese soup.
The World Trade Center Cross May Become a National Monument
Can a country of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Unitarians, Wiccans, Pagans, Native Americans, Agnostics and atheists view a cross as a national symbol? That’s the question New Yorkers will soon have to answer.
What Do Americans Think About Sacrificing Rights to Fight Terrorism After 9/11?
The terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 left an indelible mark on Americans. But even as the first responders climbed through the rubble in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, the country embarked on a “War on Terror.” With that war came years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, indefinite detention of terror suspects without charges or trial, enhanced interrogation techniques, extraordinary
Wildfires Burn More Than 1,000 Homes in Texas, California [VIDEO]
Dozens of wildfires have destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Texas and California in the past week. Fueled by drought conditions and wind gusts from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, the massive Bastrop County Complex fire east of Austin is the most destructive fire of the year, Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd said. Despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters, the blaze has grown to
Britain’s Prince Harry to Train at US Military Bases This Fall
Prince Harry, or Capt. Harry Wales as he is known to his friends, will spend two months in America training on Apache helicopter gunships.
Al Qaeda Losing Power, US Counterterrorism Chief Says
The White House has found the right formula to fight al Qaeda, Homeland Security and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan said.
Headgear Ban Sparks Scuffle with Muslim Women at NY Amusement Park [VIDEO]
A dispute over traditional Muslim headscarves turned violent earlier this week, prompting police to arrest 15 people at a New York amusement park.
Katia Strengthens Into Category 1 Hurricane Over the Atlantic [VIDEO]
As much of the East Coast continues the cleanup from Hurricane Irene, the 11th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has roared to life.
Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Hospitalized After Fasting in Prison
Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs is in critical condition after being rushed to a Texas hospital on Tuesday, a prison official said. The 55-year-old convicted child rapist grew so weakened by fasting that he had to be removed from his solitary prison cell for medical treatment.
US Military Suffers Deadliest Month in Afghanistan in August with 66 Fatalities
August was officially the deadliest month for US troops fighting in the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan.
Hurricane Irene Aftermath — At Least 44 Dead and Millions Without Power [VIDEO]
Cleanup efforts have begun in communities that were devastated by Hurricane Irene over the weekend. Although trucks and supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are en route, access to some areas has been cut off by floodwaters that washed out or damaged roads and bridges. “Irene was gonna land somewhere. We’re not Manhattan, our small streams quickly became big rivers,” Vermont Gov.
Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens at Baghdad Mosque [VIDEO]
A suicide bomber dressed as an injured beggar attacked one of the largest Sunni mosques in Baghdad on Sunday, claiming the lives of at least 24 people. A member of Parliament was among the dead.
Illinois’ Elmhurst College Questions Potential Students About Their Sexuality
“Would you consider yourself a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community?” That’s what Elmhurst College recently asked prospective students on its application form. The private liberal arts school in suburban Chicago, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, is believed to be the first college in the US to ask the question.
Hurricane Irene Leaves Floods and Mayhem in Its Wake Along East Coast [VIDEO]
Before weakening to a tropical storm, the first hurricane of the season hit the Eastern seaboard with torrential rains, strong winds and floods. Hurricane Irene made landfall on Saturday in North Carolina, moved northward along the coast then slammed into Little Egg Inlet, N.J., as a Category 1 storm. Despite predictions, Irene then lost steam as it lumbered toward New England.
Rare East Coast Earthquake Damages National Cathedral, Washington Monument [VIDEO]
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that unnerved millions of people on the East Coast of the United States on Tuesday forced schools in three states to close and damaged several buildings and federal landmarks. At least four aftershocks followed the powerful quake, including a 3.4-magnitude tremblor that hit near the nation’s capital overnight.
Dying Mother’s Last Wish Helped FBI Track Down Fugitive on the Run for Over 30 Years [VIDEO]
The FBI has captured William Walter Asher III, a convicted killer who escaped from prison and spent three decades on the lam. The case broke wide open when Asher’s mother put the word out that she wanted to speak with him one last time before she died.
Hurricane Irene Strengthens, Heads Toward the US [VIDEO]
Authorities along the Atlantic seaboard are closely monitoring Hurricane Irene’s projected path, and preparing for the powerful storm’s arrival later in the week. The first major hurricane of the season became a Category 2 storm on Aug. 22, and could strengthen even more in the coming days.
Amtrak Passengers Warned About Measles Exposure
Passengers who rode on Amtrak’s northeast regional train No. 171 last Wednesday may have been exposed to the measles. Virginia health officials issued the alert after a foreign visitor came down with the highly contagious illness.