At least a dozen climbers with Greenpeace were dangling from a Portland, Oregon, bridge on Wednesday morning — and threatened to do so for days — in protest of Shell's scheduled launch of a ship for Arctic oil exploration.
"The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell's way as long as possible," the environmental organization said in a blog post.
The stunt on the St. Johns Bridge comes after protesters gathered in a Portland park Tuesday evening, and planned to drop kayaks in the water in a bid to stop the Royal Dutch Shell from leaving port. The ship was scheduled Wednesday to depart for Alaskan waters.
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A longtime Philadelphia congressman was indicted Wednesday in a racketeering case stemming from the alleged misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal, charitable and campaign funds after his failed 2007 run for mayor.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, 58, and four associates were charged with bribery; conspiracy to commit wire, honest services, bank and mail fraud; money laundering and other charges.
Rio de Janeiro conjures clear images of sun, samba and soccer. Organizers of the Olympics that start a year from now hope that's what people remember after the games — not images of polluted water, inefficient transportation and incomplete venues. With one year until South America's first games open on Aug. 5, 2016, here is a quick look at the state of Rio's preparations.
A man who says he was injured when he was struck by a runaway roulette ball at the Maryland Live! casino in Hanover has filed a lawsuit. Leander Stocks filed the suit against the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies. The casino's website says it's owned and operated by an affiliate of that company. According to the lawsuit, Stocks was struck just above his left eye by a roulette ball in December 2013.
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National Park Service officials say they captured a Burmese python over 18 feet long along a popular wildlife-watching trail in Everglades National Park. The 18-foot-3-inch python was caught July 9 along the tram road at Shark Valley in the park. The paved loop is used by cyclists and trams taking visitors on wildlife tours through the wetlands.
An Eastern Shore tradition celebrated by Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague" is marking its 90th year.
The highlight of the week will be the annual swim of the tough little ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, early Wednesday. A group of volunteers called the "Saltwater Cowboys" rounds up the ponies and leads them through the passage at slack tide.
An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he is "very disappointed" by the NFL's decision to uphold his four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.
Sylva Stoel sparks a discussion about gender-specific dress code on Twitter following an incident where she was sent home from work for violating the J.C. Penney employee dress code.
A 44-year-old mother of eight arrested on a shoplifting charge for the third time in recent weeks died in a Westchester County holding cell Monday, according to officials and a published report.
The nation's youngest convicted murderer has been released from a Florida prison after serving 16 years of an 18-year sentence.
Florida Today reports that 29-year-old Curtis Jones was released from the South Bay Correctional Facility on Tuesday.
In 1999 Jones — then 12 years old — was arrested and convicted of second-degree murder along with his 13-year-old sister, Catherine Jones, after plotting to kill a male relative who they said sexually abused them. They also planned to kill their father and his girlfriend, Sonya Nicole Speights. Home alone with Speights, they decided to kill her first. They shot her, panicked and fled into the woods near their Brevard County home. They were arrested the next day.
One of Pakistan's most-feared Islamist militant leaders and 13 of his associates were gunned down during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so notorious in Pakistan that frightened judges hid their faces from him and even offered him tea and cookies in court. He is believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites. Ishaq, who is believed to be either 55 or 56, had been detained by police two days earlier on suspicion of being involved in the slaying of two Shiites, police officer Bakhtiar Ahmed said.
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The governor of the nation's top cheese-producing state visited the capital of cheesesteaks on Tuesday and ordered two topped with American, skipping the customary Cheez Whiz but avoiding the blunder of a former presidential candidate who was ridiculed for wanting his with Swiss. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Geno's Steaks owner Geno Vento he's had cheesesteaks with Cheez Whiz in Philadelphia before and would have been dripping the orange goo if he ordered his the usual way.
The alleged gunman who was killed by police after firing several shots outside of a popular Los Angeles Studio City shopping district last week was identified on Tuesday.
The gunman was identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department as Seth Raines. No other details about the shooter was released.
Around 35 million people will be under a heat advisory Wednesday, facing blazing temperatures and thick humidity which will make the summer scorcher only feel worse, NBC News reported
Excessive heat warnings were in effect from St. Louis down the Mississippi River and past Memphis — into northeastern Louisiana and including Philadelphia. The sweltering heat is expected to last unusually long, Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said.
The northwest will see temperatures 10-20 degrees above average, with record-setting heat likely on Thursday and through the weekend. The northeast will see highs 5-10 degrees above average, Roth said.
The most dangerous heat is forecast for Missouri and Memphis, with predictions that the heat index could climb to 110. Texas and Florida, too, will see temperatures top 100 degrees.
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Smithsonian scientists announced Tuesday that they've discovered the identities of four bodies buried at the historic Jamestown church where John Smith and Pocahontas got married.
The men, Rev. Robert Hunt, Capt. Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, and Capt. William West, were all leaders who played a role in the Jamestown settlement.
Scientists identified the men by using historical records and chemically analyzing the bones to figure out what the men ate and where they were from.