Black bear cub makes brief escape at Ohio zoo before capture
Reports: Authorities feared terrorism, explosives at PulseMIAMI (AP) ? Law enforcement officials immediately suspected terrorism and adjusted their staging areas due to fears about an explosive device as they responded to reports of shots fired at a gay nightclub in Orlando, according to sheriff's office incident reports released Saturday.
Deadly California wildfire has destroyed 150 homes, more threatened
A massive wildfire burning out of control in the foothills of central California has left at least 150 homes in ruins and damaged another 75, officials said on Saturday, warning that more residents may be forced to flee the advancing flames. The so-called Erskine fire, which broke out on Thursday some 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Bakersfield in Kern County, has already claimed two lives, sent three firefighters to the hospital and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. More than 1,100 firefighters have been deployed to battle the blaze, which has blackened some 35,700 acres and was zero percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.
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PGA Tour cancels Greenbrier Classic amid West Virginia flood
Iceland elects president in vote eclipsed by football fever
Iceland voted in a presidential election Saturday -- expected to see newcomer Gudni Johannesson cruise to victory on a wave of anti-establishment sentiment -- although the country was more excited about its team's Euro football debut. Johannesson, a 47-year-old history professor and political commentator who has never held public office, only decided to run after the so-called Panama Papers leak in April which detailed offshore accounts and implicated several senior Icelandic politicians, including the prime minister who was forced to resign. Johannesson has vowed to restore Icelanders' faith in the system after years of public anger toward politicians for miring the country in scandals and financial woes.
Pete Rose added to Reds' Hall of Fame in long-awaited moment
CINCINNATI (AP) ? Pete Rose joked about his hair and his age. He reminisced about all those wins with the Big Red Machine. There was one thing that the hits king was determined not to do when he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame.
West Virginia's worst flooding in a century has killed 23
West Virginia's worst flooding in a century has killed at least 23 people, and the three most devastated counties will receive federal disaster aid and other counties may as well, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said on Saturday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a major disaster declaration for individual assistance such as medical help and housing in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, Tomblin said. West Virginia's death toll from flooding is the highest for any U.S. state this year, with 15 deaths reported in Greenbrier County in southeast West Virginia, where the heaviest rain fell, and six in Kanahwa County, officials said.
Merkel sees no need to rush Britain into quick EU divorce
By Michael Holden and Paul Carrel LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Saturday to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold. Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons' decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent shockwaves around the world, with far-right demands for a similar vote in Slovakia underlining the risk of a domino effect. With the referendum decision finally made on Thursday and Prime Minister David Cameron having announced his resignation, European politicians and institutions felt free to shower demands on Britain over its future outside the world's largest trading bloc.
Five questions for Britain and Europe after Brexit voteBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Following are answers to key questions on what will happen next in Britain's relations with the European Union following its referendum vote to leave: 1. Although it provides a sketchy legal framework for a two-year period of withdrawal (see below), many believe it will take longer to establish a new trading relationship between Britain and the EU. Some fear the process will become bitter, disrupting the economy and European affairs across the board.