Train carrying toxic gas derails in Tennessee, prompting evacuations

July 2, 2015: Smoke rises from a CSX train carrying flammable and toxic gas in Maryville, Tenn. (AP/Knoxville News Sentinel). MARYVILLE, Tenn. – A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tenness

2 killed, 1 wounded in shooting outside California store

July 2, 2015: Tehama County Sheriffs Office detectives search for evidence and clues at the scene of a shooting in Cottonwood, Calif. (Greg Barnette/The Record Searchlight via AP). Authorities say a man with a rifle killed two people outside a Norther

Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion in largest insurance deal

Health insurer Aetna Inc (AET.N) said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc (HUM.N) for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's (ANTM.N) No.2 insurer ...

5 things you need to know Friday

1. Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after historically-long flight. The sun-powered plane attempting to fly around the world is scheduled to land Friday in Hawaii after an arduous five-day flight across the Pacific from Japan. The Solar Impulse 2 ...

Perry: GOP lost ‘moral legitimacy’ by dropping appeal to black voters

Rick Perry extended an outstretched hand to black voters Thursday, criticizing his own party for championing states' rights while doing too little for civil rights. In a speech before the National Press Club in Washington, Perry appeared to ask for a ...

Arkansas ends budget year with larger surplus than expected

Three months of good tax returns and several pots of one-time money have left the state with a larger surplus than expected, Arkansas finance officials said Thursday. The end of the fiscal year surplus had reached about $191.6 million, state Departme

Mental Health Institutes Effectively Closed, Future Unclear

Two state mental health institutes have been effectively closed, even though an aide says Governor Terry Branstad is still reviewing whether to approve a legislative compromise to continue funding the facilities. Department of Human Servic

Illinois court asked to clarify state payments without budget

CHICAGO Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a court to determine what the state can continue to fund in an absence of an enacted budget for the fiscal year that began on Wednesday, she said on Thursday. That includes a brewing ...

Man Who Climbed White House Fence Sentenced to Time Served

A Maryland man who jumped over a White House fence and was subdued after kicking two guard dogs on the north Lawn in October on Thursday was sentenced to time served and a year of supervised release, the Justice Department said. Domini

George Takei Calls Justice Clarence Thomas A ‘Clown In Blackface’ Over …

George Takei has come under fire this week for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface” over the judge's stance on marriage equality. However, the “Star Trek” actor insists that his comment was not racially motivated. During ...

US Intelligence Agencies Go Back to Old-Fashioned Paper After Massive Hacks

America's spies and HR offices are going old-school to check people for security clearances after last month's two big data breaches — they're using pen and paper. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, and the Office of Personnel ...

Perry: GOP lost ‘moral legitimacy’ by dropping appeal to black voters

Rick Perry extended an outstretched hand to black voters Thursday, criticizing his own party for championing states' rights while doing too little for civil rights. In a speech before the National Press Club in Washington, Perry appeared to ask for a ...

Pope Francis can expect warm welcome and tough questions in South America

The pope's visit to Ecuador and Bolivia shows his commitment to addressing poverty, but where will he stand on Paraguay's 10-year-old rape victim case? Pope francis bolivia. Pedestrians are reflected in a shop window which shows an image of Pope 

Twin blasts kill 10 in northeast Nigeria: police

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Two suicide bomb blasts along a highway in northeast Nigeria killed at least 10 people on Thursday afternoon, state police said, the latest in a string of almost daily attacks by suspected Islamist militants. A female suicide bomb

ISIS publicly smashes Syrian artifacts

(CNN) — ISIS militants reportedly smashed cultural treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, including an artifact dating back to the second century, according to a statement from the group and Syrian state media. A man smuggling at least six ...

BP to Pay Record $18.7 Billion to States Affected by Spill

More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal

China earthquake kills at least four in Xinjiang region

At least four people have been killed and more than 48 injured by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in China's Xinjiang region, according to state media. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 20km (12 miles) northeast of the city

Turkey rushes troops to Syria border

Extra soldiers including special forces take positions on the border in response to heavy fighting north of Aleppo; Turkey PM: No 'near term' plans for incursion. Reuters. Published: 07.03.15, 09:42 / Israel News. Turkey has deployed additional troo

BlackBerry’s upcoming Android phone leaked online

NEW DELHI: In line with recent reports, a purported render of BlackBerry's Android-powered slider smartphone, Venice, has appeared online. Evan Blass, the person behind the popular account @evleaks posted a picture that features a part of the display ...

Elon Musk-Backed Group Attempts to Avert Judgment Day With AI Rules

The Terminator is back, and with him, the running quips (usually tongue-halfway-in-cheek) that the machines are getting closer and closer to taking over. A consortium of artificial intelligence researchers is trying to wrest that narrative away, while ...

How the woolly mammoth thrived in cold

Washington - Woolly mammoths spent their lives enduring extreme Arctic conditions including frigid temperatures, an arid environment and the relentless cycle of dark winters and bright summers. An exhaustive genetic analysis of these bygone Ice A