Greenpeace reports that its vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, has been boarded by the Russian Coast Guard after a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Russian Arctic.
Ken Norton Sr., the heavyweight fighter who pulled off one of the greatest upsets in boxing history when he beat Muhammad Ali in 1973, has died, the AP, The Los Angeles Times and Reuters are reporting.
In a stinging response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s put-down of “American exceptionalism,” Arizona Sen. John McCain told Russians Thursday that Putin “doesn’t believe in you.”
Mud slides, flash floods and rising waters are proving to be a deadly combination in the mountains near Acapulco, Mexico, where dozens of people have died in recent days as a tropical storm-turned hurricane pummels the area.
The SpaceX Dragon may have gotten there first, but Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus spacecraft is set to become the second private robotic ship to dock with the International Space Station after a Wednesday launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who has lived for years with the progressive and debilitating motor neuron condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, tells the BBC that he favors assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses.
A special federal surveillance court has reaffirmed the constitutionality of a National Security Agency program that collects data about most of the nation’s phone traffic. NPR’s Larry Abramson reports that the court says the records of phone metadata are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.
Chemical weapons were used in Syria “on a relatively large scale” on Aug. 21, says U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who issued a report by U.N. inspectors Monday.
Matson Inc., the shipping company that spilled 233,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor earlier this month, has pledged to pay all the costs stemming from the disaster that has devastated marine life there.
In an operation that took 19 hours, the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia is now in an upright position.