New York man trying to set a free diving record died Sunday after he surfaced from a depth of more than 200 feet.
Nicholas Mevoli, a 32-year-old from Brooklyn, hoped to reach 72 meters (236 feet) with one breath of oxygen and without the assistance of fins.
When he surfaced, he flashed the OK sign and then lost consciousness 30 seconds later, organizers said.FULL STORY
James "Whitey" Bulger, the convicted Boston mobster whose rise and fall was as convoluted as any Hollywood script, goes before a judge Wednesday with prosecutors calling for him to be locked away for life.
The 84-year-old Bulger was found guilty of racketeering, extortion and money laundering in August after a rancorous two-month trial, with a federal jury linking him to 11 killings. Federal prosecutors have urged District Judge Denise Casper to hand down a life sentence for the longtime fugitive, calling him one of the city's "most violent and despicable criminals."FULL STORY
For Muslims around the world, Eid al-Adha is a time of celebration, marked with visits from far-flung relatives, gift-giving and elaborate feasts.
But this year, the joyous occasion was marred with bomb blasts and deaths in violence-plagued Afghanistan and Iraq, and in civil war-wracked Syria.
In eastern Afghanistan, a bomb placed under a stage killed the governor of Logar province as he was delivering an Eid speech inside a mosque.
In addition to Gov. Mohammad Arsala Jamal, the blast killed 15 others, police said.
In Iraq, at least eight people were killed and 19 others wounded when a bomb exploded outside a mosque in central Kirkuk, Iraqi officials said.
The bomb went off as worshippers were leaving the mosque, police said.
And in Syria, where a bloody civil war continues to claim lives daily, three children were killed in an explosion that anti-government activists blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
For the second time in two days, dry ice placed in a container exploded at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night.
The explosion took place just before 8:30 p.m. at the Tom Bradley International terminal, said Los Angeles Police Detective Gus Villanueva.
"The investigation is in its infancy," he said, adding that there's "no nexus to terrorism at this point."
On Sunday, dry ice in a plastic bottle exploded in an employee restroom at the airport, causing a brief shutdown of Terminal 2, the FBI said. No injuries were reported, and Terminal 2 resumed operations after a brief evacuation.FULL STORY
A Los Angeles International Airport terminal was shut down briefly Sunday evening after an unspecified incident.
FBI agents were investigating the incident in Terminal 2, said airport spokesman Nancy Castle.
Authorities did not say what happened, but airport operations director Barry Rondinella said it "looks like it was a mistake and not an actual explosion."FULL STORY
At least 13 people were killed when Typhoon Nari pounded the Philippines over the weekend, the country's disaster management agency said.
The typhoon struck the country's north Saturday, displacing more than 43,000 people in 11 provinces, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
The deaths reported were due to falling trees, electrocution, mudslides, drowning and collapsed structures, it said. Three fishermen remain missing, and 1,900 passengers are stranded at different ports.FULL STORY
he latest chapter in Amanda Knox's long legal battle begins Monday in Florence, Italy, with a retrial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
But Knox, 26, who has expressed concern about returning to a country where she spent four years behind bars, will not be in the court.
She was convicted in 2009 of murdering Kercher, a 21-year old British exchange student who was found stabbed to death in November 2007 in the villa the two young women rented in the central Italian university town of Perugia.
The convictions of Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were overturned in 2011 for "lack of evidence."
After her acquittal, Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle where she has been living since.
But Italy's Supreme Court decided last year to retry the case, saying the jury that acquitted Knox didn't consider all the evidence, and that discrepancies in testimony needed to be answered.FULL STORY
A court in eastern China sentenced Bo Xilai - the former rising star of the ruling Communist Party who fell from power amid a scandal involving murder, betrayal and financial skullduggery - to life in prison Sunday after being found guilty on charges of bribe-taking, embezzlement and abuse of power.FULL STORY
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday night ordered three reviews into security clearances in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings, including into whether red flags were missed on gunman Aaron Alexis' clearance.
In the statement, Mabus said there will be a review of "the service record and performance of former Sailor Aaron Alexis. This review is designed to determine the degree to which his conduct on and off duty in the Navy did or did not meet the threshold for the sustainment of his security clearance and fitness for duty."
A second review will be conducted of the "requirements and processes in place that do or do not require contracting companies to inform the Navy in the event those companies choose to review an employee's security clearance.
And a third review, expected following today's wider review ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will be into "the entire process and procedures under which security clearances are granted, validated and renewed in the Navy."
Mabus wants particular attention paid to "the threshold at which conduct issues demand a review of one's clearance privileges."FULL STORY
ou were more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark - maybe even at the same time - than win Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.
But then again, you're not Mystery Ticket Holder in Lexington, South Carolina.
Millions played, hoping against hope, defying the odds, dreaming the dream of winning the $400 million estimated jackpot.
But there was only one winning ticket that hit the jackpot.
One that spit in the face of the formidable 1-in-175,223,510 odds.
One that drew the winning numbers: 7, 10, 22, 32, 35 and Powerball 19.FULL STORY
In another clear sign that the severely strained relations between the two sides is slowly improving, North Korea has agreed to a proposal from the South that they resume the reunion of families separated in the 1950-53 Korean War.
The meetings would take place on September 19, during the Chuseok harvest festival, the North Korean news agency KCNA reported Sunday.FULL STORY
The trial of Bo Xilai, a former darling of the all-powerful Communist Party, will begin Thursday, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said.
Authorities claim Bo abused his official state position to seek financial benefits, resulting in "huge losses to the nation and the people."
He is charged with bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, the Jinan Intermediate People's Court said SundayFULL STORY
We're keeping an eye on five high-profile cases this week. We may see a verdict in one (the Whitey Bulger trial), a sentence in another (the Bradley Manning case) and more fireworks in a third (the Nidal Hasan court-martial).
Also this week, the lawyer for a teen whose Facebook post landed him in jail will argue that the case be thrown out. And we wait to see if a grand jury indicts former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez.FULL STORY
Insurers Lloyd's of London is offering a reward of up to €1 million ($1.3 million) for information that will lead to the recovery of the jewels stolen from an exhibition in the French resort city of Cannes last month.
"A reward of up to €1 000 000 pro rata is offered to the first person who provides information which leads to recovery of the goods. Offer subject to certain conditions," the insurer said in a statement Tuesday.
The robbery took place July 28 at a jewelry exhibition in the luxury Carlton Hotel - the third gem theft around the city since May.FULL STORY
Fears that al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in the coming days prompted the United States to close 22 embassies and consulates for a day Sunday - an unprecedented move.
The closures Sunday stretch across a swath of North Africa and the Middle East, from Mauritania to Oman.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan, both majority Muslim nations, also are affected.
Normally, Sunday is the start of the work week in those countries.
The shutdowns could extend beyond Sunday, a senior State Department official said.
A U.S. global travel alert is also in place.FULL STORY
An eastern Pennsylvania police chief who went on a profanity-laced video rant against those who disagreed with him on gun laws has been suspended for 30 days without pay.
The punishment wasn't for his diatribe though.
The borough council in the coal town of Gilberton said that police Chief Mark Kessler used "burough property for non-burough purposes without permission" when he made the video where he's seen shooting semiautomatic and automatic weapons.FULL STORY
Chilean authorities will exhume the body of poet Pablo Neruda on Monday to determine whether he died of prostate cancer or was killed.
Neruda died on September 23, 1973, just 12 days after a right-wing military coup ousted socialist President Salvador Allende and brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. Neruda, a Communist Party member, criticized the coup and Pinochet. Twelve days later, he was dead.FULL STORY