DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discrimination
Democratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process. DeVos was answering questions on the White House budget proposal in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The budget proposal has been criticized by some for making deep cuts to public education to fund school choice voucher programs such as those that DeVos promoted in her home state of Michigan.
Sea Lion Attack: Child Victim?s Father Speaks Out
Trump budget chief faces sharp questions during House hearing
Photos show Manchester bomb designed for maximum damage: report
The bomb used in the Manchester attack Monday packed a powerful charge together with a shrapnel of nuts and screws meticulously arranged for maximum damage, according to photographs published by the New York Times. The Times published eight exclusive pictures, which were unsourced but appeared to be police photographs taken at the Manchester Arena, where 22 people were killed while emerging from an Ariana Grande concert. Initial analysis of the various elements photographed at the scene suggests that suicide bomber Salman Abedi carried "an improvised device made with forethought and care," concealed most likely within a backpack but also possibly in a vest, wrote the paper.
Landslide Buries Stretch of Famous Hwy. 1 at California?s Big Sur
Alabama death row inmate files flurry of last minute appeals
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) ? Convicted murderer Tommy Arthur ? called the "Houdini" of death row by some after escaping seven prior execution dates ? was scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening in Alabama, as his attorneys filed a flurry of last minute appeals.
Overturned tanker causes massive fire in California
Woman jumps onto the hood of moving car to prevent carjacking at petrol station
A Wisconsin woman has become a viral sensation after she jumped on the hood of her own moving car to prevent a carjacking. Melissa Smith, 27, was printing her receipt at a petrol station in Milwaukee when a stranger jumped into her car and began driving away. ?I had my, ?Oh no this isn?t happening to me today moment,?? Ms Smith told local news station WISN 12.
Fear and disbelief at Manchester bomber's mosque
Worshippers at the mosque that the Manchester suicide bomber is believed to have frequented reacted with disbelief on Wednesday and pointed the finger at online radicalisation. Elders at the Didsbury mosque, a Victorian former Methodist chapel, also voiced concern about reports of Islamophobic attacks since the bombing at a pop concert which killed 22 people. "The horrific atrocity that occurred in Manchester on Monday night shocked us all.
Turkish Foreign Ministry rejects U.S. resolution condemning street brawl in Washington
Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected a resolution by senior U.S. lawmakers condemning a street brawl between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington. Spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said the resolution was voted and passed with "a one-sided resolution which distorts the facts" and added the incident, which took place during President Tayyip Erdogan's visit to meet President Donald Trump, was a result of negligence by U.S. authorities.