BARCELONA, Spain - Spanish police were searching Friday for the man who swerved his van onto Barcelona's iconic Las Ramblas promenade, killing at least 13 people and unleashing the worst terror attack on Spain in more than a decade. Authorities had three people in detention, but the main suspect remained the target of a massive manhunt even as the nation began to mourn for the international group of victims struck dead as they wandered Barcelona's tourist heart.
LONDON - A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 13 people dead and more than 50 injured scattered along a stretch of tree-shaded sidewalk. Authorities described the incident as a terrorist attack. Joaquim Forn, the interior minister of the Catalan regional government, confirmed the casualty toll in a Twitter message. Some of those injured were in serious condition, raising the possibility that the death toll could rise.
Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist, seemed to take issue with President Donald Trump on North Korea, attacked white supremacists as "clowns" and "losers" and described his efforts against administration rivals in an unusual interview Wednesday with The American Prospect, a progressive magazine. The interview with magazine co-editor and columnist Robert Kuttner was initiated by Bannon, Kuttner said, in an Anthony Scaramucci-style phone call out of the blue in response to a column Kuttner had written on China.
President Donald Trump on Thursday mourned the loss of "beautiful statues and monuments" in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville during a white supremacist demonstration protesting the planned removal of a statue depicting Confederate military commander Robert E. Lee. "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You..... - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017"
Let the stench frenzy begin. A year after the U.S. Botanic Garden produced a goliath-size titan arum, or corpse flower, the conservatory on the eastern end of the Mall is displaying three together, which may be a first in the botanical world. Call them the three muskyteers. The emerging blooms are positioned in the conservatory's Garden Court. The first may bloom by Thursday or Friday, the others shortly afterward, although that is an educated guess by the growers. The garden has a live video stream on its website.
Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all. The new moves go beyond censoring individual stories or posts. Tech companies such as Google, GoDaddy and PayPal are now reversing their hands-off approach about content supported by their services and making it much more difficult for "alt-right" organizations to reach mass audiences.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that the Charlottesville, Virginia, car attack could be prosecuted as a hate crime, saying that federal authorities "intensely" probing the case could ultimately decide to prosecute the driver in a number of different ways. Sessions cautioned that no federal charges were imminent as officials are still conducting an investigation into the deadly attack that killed one woman Saturday and injured 19 others.
Shoppers are heading back to Target. In addition to large-scale investments in technology - and a 32 percent increase in online sales - the big-box retailers said it's also seeing more customers shopping the old-fashioned way. As a result, second-quarter sales grew 1.6 percent, marking the first increase in more than a year.
ESPN launched a 28-hour programming marathon to promote fantasy football Monday, and it wasn't long before a related segment caught some people's attention. Playing off the "auction" format of selecting fantasy teams, the network interspersed its coverage with a more elaborate version, in which a fast-talking auctioneer got the bidding going on a number of well-known NFL players.
Durham County, North Carolina, officials said Tuesday they arrested a woman in connection with the vandalism and toppling of a Confederate statue in North Carolina. A 22-year-old woman was charged with participation in a riot with property damaging exceeding $1,500 and inciting others to riot, which are both felonies, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said. She was also charged with two misdemeanors of damage to property and disorderly conduct by injury to a statue, CNN reported.