KABUL, Afghanistan - Just after 8 a.m. Monday, April 30, a familiar boom filled the air and rattled windows across the Afghan capital. Local news photographers, reporters and cameramen grabbed their gear and rushed to cover the latest suicide bombing in a long and bloody conflict. Though never without risk, it was the kind of incident they were used to - and rather competitive about reaching first.
The Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park can spout 300 feet of scalding water into the air, a feature of the world's tallest active geyser. That is known. What isn't known is why is the geyser has erupted three times in the past six weeks, including one event on Friday in an unusual pattern that hasn't occurred since 2003. The spike in activity has puzzled scientists who closely monitor Yellowstone - the crown jewel of the national park system that rests on top of a violent supervolcano measuring 44 miles across.
Someone in southwestern Oregon is either an exceptionally terrible shot or intentionally maiming wild deer with arrows. Either way, state wildlife officials and law enforcement are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever has been responsible for a curious sight in the Oregon wilderness: live deer roaming around with arrows stuck in them.
TOKYO - If anyone were to win the Nobel Peace Prize for the current effort to solve the North Korean nuclear problem, it should be President Donald Trump. That's what South Korea's president said Monday, April 30, when it was suggested he himself should be in line for the award. President Moon Jae-in has gone out of his way to flatter Trump and credit him for creating the environment that has brought about the remarkable diplomatic rapprochement now unfolding.
T-Mobile and Sprint, the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively, agreed to a nearly $27 billion merger Sunday, April 29, that could dramatically reshape the U.S. telecom industry while testing the appetites of consumers and regulators alike for further corporate consolidation.
CAIRO - The headquarters coordinating the activities of American ground forces in Iraq closed down on Monday, April 30, marking the end of major combat operations against the Islamic State, said U.S. officials. Deactivating the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Baghdad also signifies "the changing composition and responsibilities of the Coalition" to defeat Islamic State, according to the United States Central Command statement.
President Donald Trump on Monday, April 30, suggested that his upcoming meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un could take place on the border with South Korea, saying it would a better location than in a "third-party" country. Trump said last week that a site for the historic meeting had been narrowed to two or three possible locations, with speculation focusing on other countries in the region.
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. -The crew of the research vessel Shearwater has been out on the water for six frigid hours with almost nothing to show for it. On deck, two coverall-clad observers brace themselves against the biting wind and snow, alert for the white plume of a spout or the fleeting wave of a tail. On the bridge, marine biologist Charles "Stormy" Mayo searches, too, his brow furrowed in a deepening frown. It is early April, and these plankton-rich waters should be full of hungry animals. But all he can see are dark gray waves and dull, cloudy sky.
MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. - There are ginseng farms in this remote corner of Wisconsin where phones are answered in Mandarin. Others have opened storefronts or retrofitted spare rooms to welcome busloads of Chinese tourists and business people. This rural area built an important local industry as a purveyor of a premium product for China's rising middle class, where its ginseng is sold in boxes bearing the American flag and the line, "Something Special from Wisconsin."
President Donald Trump mocked a physically disabled reporter during the 2016 campaign, and plenty of people think he just mocked disabled people again. At a ceremony for Olympic and Paralympic athletes Friday at the White House, Trump slipped in an aside that it was "tough to watch too much" of the Paralympics. "And what happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me," he said. "And I watched -- it's a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could. It was really fantastic, and I want to thank you."