"Today my dog, my partner, was killed at point blank," the message began. On Monday, Valley Calderoni and Markie Blackburn, colleagues from an animal rehabilitation center, had taken Calderoni's four-year-old dog, Kaoru, and nine other dogs for a walk that ended near Lake Lucille in British Columbia, Canada. "The hike was amazing; the dogs were so well behaved, training went beautifully," Calderoni wrote on Facebook. As they were finishing up, she began to put the dogs back on leashes. Then the crack of a gunshot turned her day into any dog owner's nightmare.
Neighbors yelled "he can't hear you!" But the two officers kept shouting commands. Sgt. Christopher Barnes and Lt. Matthew Lindsey ordered Magdiel Sanchez to drop a 2-foot-long metal pipe. Instead, the 35-year-old stepped from the porch of the single-story house in suburban Oklahoma City, apparently oblivious to the shouts. With about 15 feet of distance between them, both officers discharged their weapons - one a gun, the other a taser. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday night.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - After mauling Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria delivered a weaker but still punishing blow Thursday to the Dominican Republic with winds near 115 mph and driving rains as the storm carved an arc of misery through the Caribbean. Maria - now a Category 3 hurricane - was expected to gather some fresh strength over open water before taking aim at the Turks and Caicos Islands, which were battered earlier this month by Hurricane Irma on its deadly path toward Florida.
WASHINGTON - The latest Senate Republican drive to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would sharply reduce federal spending on health insurance and cause 34 states to lose such funding, according to an analysis that details the checkerboard of winners and losers the plan would create.
Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions. Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.
In May, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue as he revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was born with a heart defect that required immediate surgery. The operation was successful, but Kimmel was deeply shaken by the experience, which happened amid the debate over replacing the Affordable Care Act. Kimmel delivered a passionate plea about the astronomical costs of health care: "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life."
School bullies threw rocks at their young child, while calling him a monster, a freak and telling him he was ugly - all because he has a condition which causes him to look and sound different. Seven-year-old Jackson Bezzant's self-esteem dropped so much that he wanted to wear a mask to school to cover his face and he talked about killing himself. His parents, Dan and Kelley Bezzant, a divorced couple who live in Ammon, Idaho, didn't know what to do to stop the bullying.
A ninth patient from a South Florida nursing home that overheated during power outages following Hurricane Irma died on Tuesday, according to police. The death of Carlos Canal, the ninth patient, occurred nearly a week after the nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, became the focus of a criminal investigation when the air conditioning failed and eight other patients ultimately died. Police did not immediately release a cause of death, though Canal's daughter told the Miami Herald he died of pneumonia with a fever of 105 degrees.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico City residents worked through the night into the early hours of the morning Wednesday, digging through immense piles of pancaked rubble that had once been high rise buildings searching for survivors of a devastating earthquake that killed more than 200 people across central Mexico - more than half in the capital. They worked in the dark and often with their bare hands, with power out across 40 percent of this city of 20 million and rescue and medical services stretched to their limit.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria roared ashore on Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 80 years while panicked residents fled to high ground and huddled in shelters hoping to withstand powerhouse winds that have already left death and devastation across the Caribbean. "On the forecast track, [Maria] would be the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico history," tweeted Eric Blake, a forecaster at the Hurricane Center.