Content Section
  1. Scorcher Western U.S. Heat Wave Turns Deadly Chris Carlson/AP

    1. Western U.S. Heat Wave Turns Deadly

    Record-breaking temperatures in the western U.S. contributed to the death of at least one Nevada resident and sent scores more to hospitals for heat-related illnesses. Parts of California, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Texas saw temperatures rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. An elderly man in Las Vegas, where temperatures on Saturday reached an all-time high of 118 degrees, was found dead in his apartment, which had no air-conditioning. Near the border of Arizona, at least three people who had been trying to cross the border were found dead, likely because of the heat. 

    June 30, 2013 8:28 PM

  2. Good Luck With That Assange Plans Australian Senate Bid Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

    2. Assange Plans Australian Senate Bid

    This seems sort of anti-anti-establishment, no? WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is planning to run for Australia's Senate under his newly founded WikiLeaks Party, according to reports. Although the party numbers around 2,000 members, Assange's run will be anything but easy. He's still holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and wanted for questioning related to a sexual-assault case in Sweden. And some in the Australian public seem to mistrust the controversial free-speech activist's sudden interest in Australian politics. (One person, asked whether he would vote for Assange, responded with "Hell no.") Still, the WikiLeaks Party is aiming to raise AU$700,000 to bid for candidates in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia. 

    June 30, 2013 9:22 PM

  3. Wildfire 19 Firefighters Die in Arizona Blaze Todd Tamcsin/American Red Cross via AP

    3. 19 Firefighters Die in Arizona Blaze

    A fire raging across 1,300 acres in Yarnell, Arizona claimed the lives of nearly the entire Prescott Fire Department's crew on Sunday, as 19 firefighters were killed, according to an Arizona forestry official who spoke to the Associated Press. The extent of the one survivor's injuries are unknown. About 600 residents from 50 homes have been evacuated because of the fire, which is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike on Saturday night. 

    June 30, 2013 11:19 PM

  4. Tragic Cirque du Soleil Performer Killed During Show Joe Cavaretta/AP

    4. Cirque du Soleil Performer Killed During Show

    A Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil performance turned tragic on Saturday when a performer was killed after a 50-foot fall, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a 31-year-old mother of two, had been an acrobatic performer for more than 22 years, but she fell during the show's final battle scene, after being hoisted into the air by a wire, according to audience members who talked to the Sun. "[She] was being hoisted up the side of the stage and then just plummeted down," spectator Dan Mosqueda said. "Initially, a lot of people in the audience thought it was part of the choreographed fight. But you could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage." Guyard-Guillot was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m. at Las Vegas's University Medical Center.

    June 30, 2013 10:18 PM

  5. NOT SO HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Thousands Protest in Egypt Amr Nabil/AP

    20. Thousands Protest in Egypt

    First anniversary is supposed to be paper, not mass demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands gathered in Cairo and across the country on Sunday as part of a mass protest against President Mohamed Morsi. Opponents called for his resignation, while his supporters held a competing rally at the presidential palace. Sunday marks the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration, and his opponents have spent the past three days in mass protests against his rule. One group attacked the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, throwing stones and firebombs and eventually set the buidlng on fire. Although there are still many Egyptians who believe that Morsi was democratically elected and should carry out his term in office, a grassroots organization called Tamarod claimed to have signatures from 22 million Egyptians calling for his resignation.  Tamarod has vowed to continue its protests until Morsi resigns, but it faces steep odds of being able to hold large rallies: July heat in Cairo is brutal, and Ramadan begins July 8.

    June 30, 2013 7:49 AM

  6. BRIGHT IDEA Obama Announces ‘Power Africa’ Evan Vucci/AP

    6. Obama Announces ‘Power Africa’

    President Obama announced on Sunday a $7 billion aid program called “Power Africa” that aims to bring more electricity to sub-Saharan African. An estimated two thirds of South Africans do not have access to electricity—and that number climbs up to 85 percent in rural areas. It will take an estimated $300 billion to fully supply the continent with power, and the $7 billion U.S. aid will provide not only technical assistance, but also grants and tools for risk mitigation. Meanwhile, Obama is due to visit Robben Island, the notorious prison where South African President Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. Obama does not have any plans to visit Mandela, who is in the hospital.

    June 30, 2013 7:53 AM

  7. #STANDWITHWENDY Davis: ‘These Are Matters of Personal Liberty’ via YouTube

    7. Davis: Perry Is ‘Bullying’ Women

    Can’t stop, won’t stop is pretty much what Wendy Davis is saying. The Texas state senator said Sunday that she will not stop fighting her state’s strict abortion bill—despite Gov. Rick Perry’s call for a special legislative session, where supporters of the bill are likely to outnumber the foes. She said that Perry was "bullying" women to to step up the political ladder. “These are matters of personal liberty,” Davis said on NBC’s Meet the Press. Davis vowed to keep up the fight on Monday, saying “I just refuse to say I believe it will happen … I believe in the power of democracy and I’m going to fight it with every fiber I have to keep it from passing.” Davis’s 11-hour filibuster on Tuesday prevented a bill from passing that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and close nearly all of the state’s abortion providers, although Perry has called a special legislative session to pass the bill.

    June 30, 2013 12:50 PM

  8. HOORAY Pride Parades Hit Major U.S. Cities Ivan Pierre Aguirre/AP

    8. Pride Parades Hit Major U.S. Cities

    It was lovely day for a parade in New York and several other cities across the country. From New York to Chicago to Seattle, major cities erupted with displays of tolerance and love. This year's parades were made even sweeter by the Supreme Court’s ruling this week that threw out the Defense of Marriage Act. Edith Windsor, 84, whose lawsuit led to the granting of federal marriage benefits by the Supreme Court in the landmark case last week, was a grand marshal of New York's festivities. The parade in the Big Apple kicked off at noon on Fifth Avenue and concluded at Christopher Street, by the historic Stonewall Inn.

    June 30, 2013 12:22 PM

  9. MIRACLE Helicopter Lands in NYC’s Hudson River John Minchillo/AP

    9. Helicopter Lands in NYC’s Hudson River

    A sightseeing helicopter made an emergency landing in New York City’s Hudson River on Sunday—and miraculously, all four passengers and the pilot made it alive. The aircraft lost its engine power and was forced to make the emergency landing just before noon, near Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The pilot and the passengers, who were Swedish tourists, activated lifeboats stored on board, and civilian boaters, NYPD Harbor and Aviation, and FDNY rescuers showed up shortly afterward. “Ten feet above water, and it just went down,” said witness William Parra. “There was a huge splash.”

    June 30, 2013 1:49 PM

  10. Ignorance Is Bliss J.Lo Says Sorry for Partying With Dictator Lopez performs on March 23. (Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP)

    10. J.Lo Says Sorry for Partying With Dictator

    She didn't know, she swears! A representative for Jennifer Lopez says the singer would never have traveled to Turkmenistan to sing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow if she had known about the country's human-rights issues. Lopez performed on Saturday night in the country described by Humans Rights Watch as "one of the most repressive in the world," but a statement from J.Lo's team to the Associated Press says the event was hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp. and was not a political event. Stick to  the block next time, Jenny.

    June 30, 2013 8:55 PM

  11. GOING ROGUE Sarah Palin Open to Leaving GOP Carolyn Kaster/AP

    11. Sarah Palin Open to Leaving GOP

    But who would headline CPAC then? Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin suggested on Twitter on Saturday that she’s open to leaving the Republican Party for the so-called Freedom Party with conservative talk-show host Mark Levin. After receiving a question via Twitter for a Fox News panel, Palin said she “loves the name” of the Freedom Party, and she could see a mass exodus from the Republican Party “if the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform.” Oh, Sarah: don’t tease the GOP like this, it’s been a rough year for them.

    June 30, 2013 8:40 AM

  12. FRIENDS LIKE THESE Ecuador: Snowden’s Fate Depends on Russia Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

    12. Ecuador: Snowden’s Fate Depends on Russia

    Where in the world is NSA leaker Edward Snowden? Still holed up in a Moscow airport, waiting to see where he can find asylum. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said on Sunday that his country can’t consider a request for asylum unless Snowden makes it to Ecuador or the embassy in Moscow. That might be difficult given that Russian authorities, who have rejected the U.S. request to extradite Snowden, aren't really allowing him to leave the airport. Russia has said Snowden should pick a destination and depart as soon as possible. Which is also easier said than done. Several other countries have refused to host Snowden, whose passport was revoked, under mounting pressure from Washington, D.C.

     

     

    June 30, 2013 2:36 PM

  13. NOW IT’S PERSONAL Magazine: U.S. Bugged EU Offices Peter Steffen/AP

    13. Magazine: U.S. Bugged EU Offices

    European Union ministers are getting a taste of what it feels like to be American. EU ministers are reportedly “deeply worried and shocked” on Sunday after German magazine Der Spiegel claimed the NSA had bugged their offices and gained access to computer networks. Der Spiegel claims to have seen in part a “top secret” NSA document that leaker Edward Snowden took with him. The document allegedly calls the EU a “target,” and reportedly details how the U.S. bugged offices and gained access to computer networks in Washington and at the United Nations—and the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, the home of the European Council. So how does it feel? “If these reports are true, it’s disgusting,” said Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn.

    June 30, 2013 8:28 AM

  14. HUSH MONEY Report: Michael Jackson Paid Off Victims AP

    14. Report: Michael Jackson Paid Off Victims

    A British newspaper alleged on Sunday that Michael Jackson paid $35 million to over a dozen boys he allegedly molested in a 15-year span. Britain’s Sunday People quoted FBI files, which  contain notes from “private eye to the stars” Anthony Pellicano, who had been commissioned by Jackson himself to investigate the claims. Jackson was acquitted in 2005 of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor, but Pellicano’s report calls Jackson a “serial child predator.” The files name 17 boys allegedly singled out for abuse, including five child actors and two dancers. Wade Robeson, one of the children named in the report who is now 30, recently launched a major lawsuit against Jackson’s estate, saying he was molested at Neverland Ranch in the 1990s.

    June 30, 2013 8:46 AM

  15. HERE’S TO NEVER GROWING UP Avril Lavigne Marries Chad Kroeger Charles Sykes/AP

    15. Avril Lavigne Marries Chad Kroeger

    It wasn’t just gay weddings this weekend. Singer Avril Lavigne married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger on Saturday in Cannes, France, according to Us Weekly. The wedding was described as a “very intimate affair,” with Lavigne’s gay best friend serving as her maid of honor. In a June interview with Nylon magazine, Lavigne said her and Kroeger’s wedding song would be a new track they wrote together—and they would release it after their wedding.

    June 30, 2013 8:49 AM

  16. CONGRATULATIONS Calif. Nixes Anti-Gay Marriage Bid Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

    16. Calif. Nixes Anti-Gay Marriage Bid

    Happy Pride weekend, everyone. California's Supreme Court rejected a bid to halt same-sex marriage, so the weddings will go on as planned—and there's no need to rush. On Saturday San Francisco’s City Hall stayed open staffed entirely by volunteers as hundreds applied for marriage licenses in the wake of Friday’s court ruling that gay marriage can resume. On Friday, the two women who appealed Prop 8 were married at San Francisco’s City Hall. And just outside of City Hall, celebrations for Gay Pride weekend are expected to swell by 20 percent.

    After the Supreme Court's historic gay marriage rulings, proponents celebrated at Stonewall.

    June 30, 2013 1:14 PM

  17. BOOK EXCERPT

    17. Topsy the Elephant Was Innocent

    If Topsy was innocent, then why was she electrocuted? The Daily Beast's Michael Daly's new book Topsy explores the life of the ill-fated elephant, who was put to death for being a "serial man-killer." Topsy—who really only killed one man who threw a cigar in her mouth in ten years—was electrocuted at Luna Park in Coney Island in 1903. It was a way for Thomas Edison to vent his anger after losing the "War of Currents" against George Westinghouse. Topsy was gentle, even at the end.

    June 30, 2013 2:15 PM

  18. HATEFUL Russian Gay Pride March Turns Violent AFP

    18. Russian Gay Pride March Turns Violent

    Russia’s Gay Pride March in St. Petersburg turned violent on Saturday when anti-gay protesters attacked activists, with several dozen arrested—but because “gay propaganda” is illegal. Officials in St. Petersburg deemed the march illegal, since spreading “homosexual propaganda" is prohibited under the country's laws. The anti-gay-marriage protesters threw rocks and eggs at the marchers and yelled slogans like “Sodomy will not pass.” Only eight anti-gay protesters were arrested out of dozens, according to a law-enforcement source.

    June 30, 2013 2:25 PM

  19. TERRIFYING Three Kids Struck by Lightning Dr. Scott M. Lieberman/AP

    19. Three Kids Struck by Lightning

    Three children were injured on Saturday when they were struck by lightning at an Indianapolis summer camp. One child was critically injured, police said. Officer Kendale Adams said the children’s ages and genders were not being released. The children were campers at Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish camp, in the north side of the city.

    June 30, 2013 8:38 AM

  20. NOT SO HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Thousands Protest in Egypt Amr Nabil/AP

    20. Thousands Protest in Egypt

    First anniversary is supposed to be paper, not mass demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands gathered in Cairo and across the country on Sunday as part of a mass protest against President Mohamed Morsi. Opponents called for his resignation, while his supporters held a competing rally at the presidential palace. Sunday marks the first anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration, and his opponents have spent the past three days in mass protests against his rule. One group attacked the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, throwing stones and firebombs and eventually set the buidlng on fire. Although there are still many Egyptians who believe that Morsi was democratically elected and should carry out his term in office, a grassroots organization called Tamarod claimed to have signatures from 22 million Egyptians calling for his resignation.  Tamarod has vowed to continue its protests until Morsi resigns, but it faces steep odds of being able to hold large rallies: July heat in Cairo is brutal, and Ramadan begins July 8.

    June 30, 2013 7:49 AM

  21. Awkward J.Lo Headlines Dictator's Birthday Party John Shearer/Invision/AP

    21. J.Lo Headlines Dictator's Birthday Party

    Jenny, did you learn nothing from Hilary Swank?! Fresh from celebrations from her induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jennifer Lopez flew to a resort town in Turkmenistan to headline leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s 56th birthday party, according to reports. The Central Asian state is known mostly for "vast gas reserves and a dismal human rights record," but that didn't put a damper on the party. J.Lo reportedly spent her time there "[dancing] with half-naked backing dancers" and later wearing traditional Turkmen clothes for a rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President."

    June 29, 2013 7:35 PM

  22. FATAL Southwest Heat Wave Kills One Julie Jacobson/AP

    22. Southwest Heat Wave Kills One

    Temperatures in the Southwest topped 100 on Saturday as forecasters warned the extreme heat could last for days. In Las Vegas, where temperatures reached 115 degrees, an elderly man was found dead in his un-air conditioned house on Saturday from a cardiac arrest believed to have been from the heat. Las Vegas paramedics said they responded to two other heat-related medical calls, a callback to the 2005 heatwave that killed 17. Flights at Phoenix airports were halted on Saturday after the temperature hit 119 degrees—planes are certified to take off only up to 118 degrees. Excessive heat warnings have been issued for large parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona through Tuesday night.

    June 30, 2013 7:57 AM