Where 2016 presidential candidates stand on the Confederate flag

Presidential candidates with their eyes on 2016 have begun to share their stances on the Confederate flag as the state of South Carolina wrestles with the divisive symbol. Statements from White House hopefuls have been flowing in since nine black people were killed by a white shooter at a historic church in Charleston Wednesday. Some candidates were seemingly thrust into the spotlight Saturday after 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt … [Read more...]

Amtrak train slams into truck carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon

An Amtrak train headed to Chicago rammed into a semitrailer filled with 70,000 pounds of bacon Friday afternoon, leaving behind a mangled mess of metal and pork product. No serious injuries have been reported from the crash, which occurred at a crossing about 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Wilmington. See also: 3 damaged windows on 3 trains raise suspicions in Amtrak crash The collision overturned the truck and sent its cab flying to the … [Read more...]

Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, dies of brain cancer

Vice President Joe Biden's son has died after suffering from brain cancer, according to a statement released by the White House Saturday evening. Beau Biden, who formerly served as Delaware's attorney general and had a promising career ahead of him in Democratic party politics, lived a life "defined by service to others," Biden said in the statement "The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on … [Read more...]

Moment of truth: Sun-powered plane takes off from China for 6-day journey

A week ago, André Borschberg had a bad gut feeling about piloting the toughest leg of the first around-the-world flight powered only by the sun. But before lifting off in China early Sunday morning local time, his ominous emotions transformed into excitement. Noting that the confidence of the team behind the Solar Impulse flight was palpable, Borschberg said he felt excited about what has been dubbed the "moment of truth," the approximately … [Read more...]

Ben Affleck says he is ’embarrassed’ by slave-owning ancestor

Ben Affleck has expressed regret on Facebook for asking producers of the PBS show Finding Your Roots to omit that he had a slave-owning ancestor during an episode about his family history that aired last fall. The post Tuesday night comes as PBS conducts an internal review into the incident, which became public knowledge after WikiLeaks published hacked Sony emails online "I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who … [Read more...]