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American novelist Philip Roth, whose book “American Pastoral” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1998, has died, his literary agent confirmed to the Associated Press late Tuesday. He was 85.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the agency disclosed for the first time.
New details about the discovery of the San Jose were released on Monday with permission from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian government.
"We've been holding this under wraps out of respect for the Colombian government," said Rob Munier, WHOI's vice president for marine facilities and operations.
Baltimore County, Maryland, Public Safety / Twitter
Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer, authorities say.
An elementary school principal whose daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre says the school district lacks empathy and transparency.
April Schentrup's daughter Carmen was one of the 17 killed on Feb. 14. She told school board members that Broward County Public Schools, where she works and where Stoneman Douglas is located, tried to dock her pay for missed work after her daughter's death. She said that when she tried to ease back into work, the superintendent also told her it was not a part-time job.
Schentrup said no one on the school board sent condolence letters or called her until nearly three months after the shooting, the day after she signed up to speak at Tuesday's meeting.
"60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl said that President Trump made a revealing admission to her while campaigning in 2016, that his continuous attacks against the press, which he derides as "fake news," are intended to "discredit" journalists so the general public wouldn't believe negative stories written about him, according to CBS News.
Stahl made the revelation while speaking to a group of journalists at the Deadline Club Awards Dinner in New York City this week. She said the admission came during an informal off-camera sit-down in July 2016 as she pressed Trump to explain his non-stop barrage aimed at journalists.
Scott Cohen/AP, File
David Weinlick knew he would get married on June 13, 1998. He just didn't know who his bride would be.
Friends came to his aid and picked Elizabeth Runze from among hundreds of interested women. After knowing each other for only a few minutes, Weinlick and Runze said "I do" at a well-publicized wedding at the Mall of America in Bloomington.
The marriage lasted almost 20 years until Weinlick's death from colon cancer on Sunday night. He was 48.
Surveillance video captured a driver using a sledgehammer to smash another vehicle and attack a passenger in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia Tuesday.
Chicago-area relatives of a 31-year-old mother fatally shot inside her Texas apartment say Yesenia Gutierrez died trying to protect her 3-year-old son from armed burglars.
Emotionally overcome, Lorena Gutierrez told NBC 5 Tuesday her family in Blue Island is still in shock over the murder of her older sister Yesenia.
“She was kind, helpful," she said. "She put her kids before anything."
Lacy Atkins /The Tennessean via AP, Pool
A six-member Tennessee Board of Parole is divided on whether to release a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.
Two members of the board voted Wednesday to release Cyntoia Brown, two denied her request for clemency, and two said she should serve 25 years of her sentence. A seventh board member was not present. The decision will ultimately be up to Gov. Bill Haslam.
Brown was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder in the 2004 killing of 43-year-old Johnny Allen. Brown's lawyers have said she was a sex-trafficking victim who killed a man because she feared for her life. Prosecutors said she shot him and robbed him.
The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco opened for business back in January, but the skyline-altering skyscraper was christened with an official grand opening ceremony Tuesday morning.
Stretching into the sky at 1,070 feet, Salesforce Tower is now the tallest building in San Francisco and the tallest office building in California. It is currently the second tallest building on the West Coast, behind the Beverly Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles, which opened last year.
The company celebrated the event by having a dancer from the famous San Francisco musical "Beach Blanket Babylon" sing with a hat showing off the City by the Bay's famous landmarks — which now includes Salesforce Tower. There was also a Michael Jackson cover band
National Park Service
A hiker died after falling from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park Monday afternoon.
The man, who has not yet been identified, was hiking with another person in stormy weather conditions when he slipped and fell off the cables around 4:30 p.m.
Park Rangers were notified and assisted the second hiker who made it down safely.
National Park Service said the two hikers were scaling the steepest part of the trail where rangers recently installed cables to help hikers get to the top of the 8,800-foot rock face.
An Associated Press check of data in some key states has found that the use of involuntary commitment for drug addiction is rising. And in many places, lawmakers are trying to create or strengthen laws allowing authorities to force people into treatment.
But critics, including many doctors, law enforcement officials and civil rights advocates, caution that success stories like Loud's are an exception. Research suggests involuntary commitment largely doesn't work and could raise the danger of overdose for those who relapse after treatment.
And expanding civil commitment laws, critics argue, could also violate due process rights, overwhelm emergency rooms and confine people in prisonlike environments, where treatment sometimes amounts to little more than forced detox without medications to help mitigate withdrawal symptoms.
Galveston County, Harris County sheriff's offices
A 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school should be seen as a "victim" because he may have recently been bullied, causing him to lash out, his father said.
In a phone interview over the weekend with Greece's Antenna TV, Antonios Pagourtzis said he wished he could have stopped the killing Friday at Santa Fe High School. His voice cracked as he described how he told police to let him inside the school so his son, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, could kill him instead. He said he suspects his son was under pressure, perhaps due to bullying.
"Something must have happened now, this last week," he told the station.
Mark Lennihan/AP, File
Amazon bans some customers who return too many products they buy, according to a new Wall Street Journal report, with some people describing being banned for returning products from clothing to cellphones.
CNBC commenter Todd Haselton argues that the appeal of Amazon is that consumers can use it to buy what they like, see if it fits and return it if it doesn't fit.
"If it is going to ding us, then it should give us proper terms so we know when we're at risk of violating its unspoken policies," he wrote.
An Amazon representative didn't explain to him how it flags accounts but said "there are rare occasions where someone abuses our service over an extended period of time" and encouraged people who believe Amazon made an error to contact them directly.
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The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland's Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lurks in the depths.
But now the legend of "Nessie" may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to the lake next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there.
University of Otago professor Neil Gemmell says he's no believer in Nessie, but he wants to take people on an adventure and communicate some science along the way. Besides, he says, his kids think it's one of the coolest things he's ever done.