WASHINGTON - An American citizen fighting for Islamic State in Syria surrendered to U.S-backed forces earlier this week, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the American had surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed alliance of mostly Arab and Kurdish fighters. The officials did not give the exact location of the surrender nor the current location of the American.
LIMA, Peru - The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Paris and the 2028 edition to Los Angeles following a vote in the Peruvian capital. Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924 while Los Angeles will also organise its third Games after 1932 and 1984. There were no other candidates for either the 2024 or 2028 Games and the votes were a formality. IOC President Thomas Bach said the votes for both cities were "unanimous."
The Cleveland Indians equaled an American League record 20th straight win on Tuesday when they beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 to continue their amazing streak. Ace pitcher Corey Kluber tossed a complete game shutout to set off a celebration at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Cleveland's run ties the 2002 Oakland Athletics whose own 20-game run inspired the movie 'Moneyball', which focused on the team's use of analytics to recruit players and overcome a restricted budget.
WASHINGTON - Two key U.S. senators on Monday, Sept. 11, asked Equifax Inc to answer detailed questions about a breach of information affecting up to 143 million Americans, including whether U.S. government agency records were compromised in the hack.
A total of nine people died in a shooting in Plano, Texas, including the shooter who was killed by an officer, the city's police chief said on Monday. The shooter and seven victims died in and around a home on Sunday and two other victims were taken to a hospital, Plano Police Chief Gregory Rushin said at a news conference. One of the victims taken to a hospital later died, Rushin said. Police had previously said eight people were killed in the incident, including the shooter.
LOS ANGELES - Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash on Friday in New Jersey, his label confirmed. He was 50. According to a statement issued by Average Joes Entertainment, the crash took place at approximately 1 p.m. in Medford, N.J. Additional details of the crash are currently unknown.
MEXICO CITY - Minutes before midnight, warning sirens blared across this earthquake-anxious capital. This, in itself, was not unusual. Temblors are common here, and in recent years Mexico City has held annual disaster drills, revamped building codes and installed sophisticated sensors to be ready for an emergency. Many residents still have keen memories of the calamitous 1985 earthquake that killed at least 5,000 people here and left a quarter-million homeless.
CHICAGO - Monsanto Co pushed Arkansas on Thursday to allow farmers to spray crops with the company's dicamba herbicide, linked to damage on plants across the U.S. farm belt. In July, Arkansas temporarily banned the use and sale of dicamba after farmers complained the herbicide was drifting away from where it was sprayed and hurting crops that could not withstand it. Arkansas previously had blocked Monsanto's dicamba herbicide, XtendiMax with VaporGrip, because the company did not provide testing data that state officials wanted. A dicamba herbicide from BASF was approved.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, siding with Democrats over his fellow Republicans, said he agreed on Wednesday, Sept. 6, with lawmakers to pass an extension of the U.S. debt limit until Dec. 15, potentially avoiding an unprecedented default on U.S. government debt. After meeting with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House, Trump said he also agreed on a funding bill until mid-December that would avert a government shutdown, and disaster aid for Hurricane Harvey victims.
EDINBURGH, Scotland—Basketball legend Dennis Rodman said on Wednesday, Sept. 6, he had skied and sung karaoke with his friend North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and would like to "straighten things out" amid a nuclear standoff with the United States. Rodman has paid several visits to Kim in the isolated state but the two rarely discuss politics, the retired National Basketball Association star told British TV show "Good Morning Britain."