• Motorway bridge collapse in Italian city of Genoa
    2018-08-14 16:09:17 UTC

    ROME (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed when a motorway bridge collapsed in torrential rains on Tuesday morning over buildings in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, and the deputy transport minister said the death toll would rise. An 80-meter section of the bridge, including one set of the supports that tower above it,...
  • Nationwide survey: Most Americans are considered lonely
    2018-09-26 21:40:04 UTC

    <blockquote>Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden — Loneliness isn't just a fleeting feeling, leaving us sad for a few hours to a few days. Research in recent years suggests that for many people, loneliness is more like a chronic ache, affecting their daily lives and sense of well-being. Now a n...
  • Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted, shoots lava into sky
    2018-05-04 06:00:22 UTC

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, sending lava shooting into the air in a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes. Hawaii County said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island. Footage shown on loc...
  • Appeals court: Trump latest travel ban is unconstitutional
    2018-02-15 17:34:09 UTC

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is unconstitutional because it discriminates against Muslims because of their religion, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday In a 9-4 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said it examined statements mad...
  • Cape Town’s Critical Water Shortage Disaster Plan “Day Zero”
    2018-01-28 19:46:52 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s police and military will help secure water collection sites in drought-stricken Cape Town if authorities must turn off most taps on what they call “Day Zero,” a date currently projected to fall in the first half of April, the city said Sunday. Hospitals, key economic and industrial areas and densel...
  • Vietnam to evacuate a million people as typhoon approaches
    2017-12-25 19:34:46 UTC

    HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people. Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into Vietnam late on Monday after bringing mi...
  • German 'Wolfskinder': the Forgotten Orphans of World War Two
    2017-11-03 06:17:09 UTC

    They were barefoot and they had lice. It must have been April 1946, but after so many decades, Erika Smetonus isn't entirely sure about the dates. Her mother hadn't survived the war, her father was missing. Smetonus was completely alone when the great expulsion and flight of the East Prussians began and tens of thousands of Germans...
  • US requires all nations to provide extensive traveler data
    2017-07-13 23:30:12 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department will require all nations to provide extensive data to help it vet visa applicants and determine whether a traveler poses a terrorist threat, according to a cable obtained by Reuters. Countries that fail to comply with the new protocols or take steps to do so within 50 days could face ...
    2017-04-20 18:27:08 UTC

    Moscow — The embalmed corpse of Vladimir Lenin has lain in a mausoleum on Red Square since his death in 1924 but now, a century after the revolution he spearheaded, legislation designed to turf him out has been introduced into the Russian parliament. The communist party, which ruled the country until the collapse of the Soviet Union...
  • Trump Targets H-1B Visas Which Are Used Largely By Tech Industry
    2017-04-18 05:04:49 UTC

    U.S. President Donald Trump targets H-1B visas which are used largely by tech industry and will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the U.S. to fill high-skilled jobs. Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of S...
  • AMERICA'S SHAME: Refugees Are Fleeing Into Canada From The U.S.
    2017-03-31 04:12:42 UTC

    By Christinne Muschi and Melissa Fares | <h3>HEMMINGFORD, QUEBEC — A Sudanese man hopped out of a taxi just before daybreak, a duffle bag slung over his shoulder as he headed for the U.S. - Canadian border.</h3> Within seconds, the man, who was braving negative 6 degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) weather, was confronted by...
  • Trump Chaos: Canadian Schools Suspended Future Trips To U.S.
    2017-03-24 18:42:36 UTC

    Canada's largest school board and its national Girl Guides organization have suspended new trips to the United States, citing uncertainty around who is allowed into the country. Toronto District School Board, which oversees more than 250,000 students, decided Wednesday to suspend U.S. trips for students at its schools, spokesman Rya...
  • Searches from Europe for flights to US down by 12 percent
    2017-03-06 09:47:21 UTC

    According to travel search site Kayak (PCLN.O), searches from Europe for flights to the U.S. are down by 12 percent since the elections. Demand for travel to the United States over the coming months has flattened out following a positive start to the year, with uncertainty over a possible new travel order likely deterring visitors, ...
  • California: 15 percent of cars have zero emissions by 2025
    2016-08-12 21:03:52 UTC

    San Francisco (REUTERS) - A California lawmaker next week will introduce a bill requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2025, her spokeswoman said on Friday. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke said the legislation will help ensure that California's current target of 1.5 million zero emissions vehicles ...
  • Humpback whales feed in San Francisco's Bay
    2016-07-18 22:43:45 UTC

    San Francisco Bay — A group of kayakers captured an incredible sight in San Francisco Bay as a group of humpback whales gathered during a feeding frenzy. Lyrinda Snyderman and Dick Mallory from Petaluma, California were paddling their kayaks on the morning of July 10, when they spotted a flock of birds. The pair approached the scene...
  • Germany: 91-Year-Old Woman Gets Run Over By Train And Survives
    2016-05-27 22:50:49 UTC

    <blockquote><h3><i>A 91-year-old woman has miraculously survived an encounter with a train traveling at 160 kilometers per hour in the northern town of Langwedel. Police said she lay between the tracks and escaped with only minor injuries.</h3></i> Police said the senior was attempting to cross the tracks with her walker on Friday a...
  • Canada welcomes Syrian refugees as U.S. Republicans foment fear against Muslims
    2015-12-11 08:02:17 UTC

    As U.S. Republicans foment fear, oppose Syrian refugees, reject everything that represents Islam, which is reminiscent of the persecution of Jews before WW II, Canada welcomes refugees and shows how to be a civilized society. "This is a wonderful night, where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all ab...
  • African American women kicked off Napa Wine Train file $11m racial discrimination suit
    2015-10-01 18:48:44 UTC

    A group of predominantly African American women who were kicked off the Napa Wine Train in late August -- allegedly for being too loud -- will announce Thursday that they are filing a lawsuit that alleges racial discrimination and seeks $11 million in damages. The move comes despite an apology from the company's chief executive, a p...
  • Great white shark thwarts marathon swimmer's Golden Gate bridge quest
    2015-07-30 20:22:28 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO — Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez was only a few miles away from becoming the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands, when a great white shark got in the way. The marathon swimmer was attempting to finish his 28 mile swim when his 16-year-old daughter, who was in a suppor...
  • Hiker dies after cliff collapses at Point Reyes in Marin County, California
    2015-03-23 03:17:14 UTC

    Mill Valley ( California ) - One hiker was killed and another injured after the cliff at the Arch Rock overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County collapsed into the shoreline 70 feet below, officials said Sunday. A photo released by the <i><strong><a href="
  • A fascinating story of the return of the wolf to Germany
    2015-03-11 07:19:32 UTC

    Berlin — New sightings confirm that wolves are making a rapid comeback across Europe. But the most surprising success story is in Germany, which lacks the infrastructure for wildlife protection despite its strong tradition of environmentalism. “Germany as a whole is becoming affected by wolves,” says World Wildlife Fund wolf expert ...
  • Tips are not optional, they are how waiters get paid in America
    2014-07-09 06:34:25 UTC

    I was a waitress at Applebee's restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke. This didn't even happen at my table. The note was left for another server, who allowed me to take a picture of it at the end of the n...
  • Puerto Rico: Tropical Tax Haven for America's Super-Rich
    2014-06-27 18:57:51 UTC

    It’s 2 a.m. at the La Factoria bar in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, a hipster joint with a sagging couch, tile floors, and Christmas lights that wouldn’t be out of place in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. While Get Lucky plays, tipsy couples slink out the doors onto the colonial city’s cobblestone streets and into this warm April night. At the ...
  • Alleged BA mixup sent US couple to Grenada instead of Granada
    2014-06-25 22:59:42 UTC

    An American couple are suing British Airways claiming the airline ruined their holiday by booking them tickets to Grenada in the Caribbean instead of Granada, Spain. Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday, from Washington DC, say they wanted to travel from the US capital to London and then to Granada. The lawsuit details how the couple re...
  • Young Iranians arrested for being 'Happy'
    2014-05-31 18:50:03 UTC

    It is not the first time the question of Iran's social mores has hit the headlines. Six young Tehranis got into trouble after their contribution to an internet phenomenon – a lip-synched dance to an innocent pop song, Happy – went viral on YouTube. They were arrested, forced to strip naked and perform squats, and then paraded on state ...