For those who know something about our nation's environmental laws, images of oil on the Santa Barbara coastline evoke a painful, if iconic, memory -- for Tuesday's spill is not the first to degrade that idyllic locale.
Two women who were inmates at Rikers Island have sued New York City's Department of Corrections and one of its officers, Benny Santiago, in federal court, alleging that he and other officers raped them, infected them with sexually transmitted disease, and threatened and retaliated against them for reporting the attacks.
When I was growing up, one of the things that always made me crazy was my parents' habit of constantly praising other kids in my presence: "Oh, remember Olivia Chang? Did you know she's going to be performing at Carnegie Hall next month? Original composition! She wrote it herself!" Or "Mrs. Lee's son George will be attending Oxford University next year. And he's only 14!" These exclamations would invariably be followed by silence and an evaluating look at me, intended to communicate my utter inability to match the performance of these other children.
Rebels are claiming to have shot down a Saudi Arabian fighter jet on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen, a Houthi military official said, but the Yemeni Embassy in Washington denied the claim as the Saudis remained silent.
An international group of activists, including Gloria Steinem, crossed the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea to bring attention to the need for peace between the two nations. FULL STORY
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his first comments since Ramadi fell to ISIS, blamed the weak state of Iraq's military as one major reason for the city's fall. In an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Carter told CNN's Barbara Starr, "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight."
More than 90 people -- including at least 11 children -- have been "executed" by ISIS fighters in the Syrian city of Palmyra in the last seven days, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told CNN Sunday.
"Right now is not the time to return to your homes," emergency officials warned residents in San Marcos, Texas. Heavy rain has turned streets into rivers and forced hundreds to evacuate. "There are power lines down, debris in the roadways, bridges undermined -- this is not the time to start moving," Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Bell said.
Karlene S. is a 35-year-old Army veteran who served as part of the post-9/11 war against terrorism. A single parent, she has three children, the youngest two diagnosed with ADHD and other ongoing special needs. She herself has health issues, including hypertension and depression. While she has tried to provide for her family by working at Target, she still cannot afford her rent.