Top Stories

Subscribe to Top Stories feed Top Stories
The latest news and headlines from Yahoo! News. Get breaking news stories and in-depth coverage with videos and photos.
Updated: 15 hours 15 min ago

Clashes after Argentine lawmakers reject bill to legalize abortion

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:42

Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure. After the vote, small groups of protesters clashed with police, throwing firebombs and setting up flaming barricades. Police officers responded with tear gas.

Volkswagen announces bigger, better Grand California camper

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:22

Volkswagen has just revealed a bigger, better version of the California, called the Grand California. This model will be no surprise to camper van enthusiasts, because it's essentially a production version of the California XXL concept that made its debut last year.

Death toll rises to 319 from Lombok earthquake, as 5.9-magnitude aftershock causes panic among evacuees 

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:59

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from an earlier quake topped 300. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among the wreckage from Sunday's quake. It was the strongest of some 355 aftershocks that have rattled the island since Sunday, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok's Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed. A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms. An Indonesian woman cries next to her children shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9 Credit: ADEK BERRY/ AFP "We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong," witness Sri Laksmi told AFP. "People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic." The aftershock comes just four days after a devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions in the north and west. An Indonesian man tries to calm a woman shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9  Credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP The death toll from the first earthquake rose dramatically on Thursday.  "The latest update is that 319 people died," said Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. A further 1,400 are seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced. 'Exceptionally destructive' Local authorities, international relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north of Lombok, which bore the brunt of the quake. Aid begun trickling into some of the most isolated regions, officials said midday Thursday, but many people displaced by the quake still lack basic supplies. In some parts of northern Lombok, survivors can be seen standing on the road with cardboard boxes asking for donations and food. "We are still waiting for assessments from some of the more remote areas in the north of the island, but it is already clear that Sunday's earthquake was exceptionally destructive," Christopher Rassi, the head of a Red Cross assessment team on Lombok, said in a statement. "I visited villages yesterday that were completely collapsed." Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team look for victim of the recent quake in Tanjung on Lombok island on August 9 Credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and mosques were levelled by the quake, which struck on Sunday as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island. There are fears that two collapsed mosques in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers. Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage of one mosque in Lading Lading village, while at least one body has been spotted under the rubble in Pemenang. Authorities are gathering information from family members with missing relatives to determine how many more people may have been in the buildings when they collapsed, national search and rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told AFP. Waiting for aid  Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. Many frightened villagers are staying under tents or tarpaulins dotted along roads or in parched rice fields, and makeshift medical facilities have been set up to treat the injured. Evacuees in some encampments say they are running out of food, while others are suffering psychological trauma after the powerful quake, which struck just one week after another tremor surged through the island and killed 17. There is a dire need for medical staff and "long-term aid", especially food and medicine in the worst-hit areas, government officials said. Some evacuees have complained of being ignored or experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters. A man inspects the ruin of his house destroyed by an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia Credit: Firdia Lisnawati/ AP "There has been no help at all here," said 36-year-old Multazam, staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village. "We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby," he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine. The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island. A field hospital has also been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung. Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients had broken bones and head injuries. "We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place," Wibowo told AFP. Aid groups say children are particularly vulnerable, with many sleeping in open fields and suffering illnesses from lack of warm clothing and blankets.

Death toll rises to 259 from Sunday's quake in Indonesia's Lombok island

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:59

The number of confirmed deaths from a strong earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday has risen to 259 and would rise as more victims are found in the rubble, the disaster mitigation agency said. This number will continue increasing as rescue teams continue to find victims under collapsed buildings," the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

Video: The mountain where classic Land Rovers are life and death

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:13

In brand’s 70th year, a team from Solihull visits town of Maneybhanjang to witness how classic Land Rovers are relied on when no other vehicle can manage

Trump Is Piling Sanctions on Iran. Here's How the Tactic Could Backfire

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:10

The U.S. remains an economic superpower, but there are now many more countries with the strength and resilience to shrug off U.S. pressure.

Kids' travel nightmare

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:07

Two angry Florida parents are asking why an airline neglected to notify them after their unaccompanied children's flight was diverted to different destination. ABC News' Maggie Rulli reports.

Graham Worried Democrats Will Win '10 Or 12' More Seats Than They Need To Take The House

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:19

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Wednesday that Democrats, riding a blue

Running against Bernie in 2020: It's easier than you think

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 05:00

Right now, at a time when Democrats are frantically searching for the anti-Trump, Bernie is starting to look strangely like a reverse image of the president, instead.

Court rejects appeal of ex-Stanford swimmer against sexual assault conviction

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:07

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A California court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a former Stanford University swimmer who was found guilty of sexual assault and served a sentence that many say was too lenient. Brock Turner, then 19, was arrested in 2015 after two fellow students at the Northern California university saw him outside a fraternity house on top of an unconscious woman. The Sixth District Court of Appeal in California ruled that the "argument lacks merit" and that there was "substantial evidence" to convict Turner, a court document showed.

Trevor Noah: Trump Immigration Moves Hitting Close To Home

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:02

The president's attitude toward immigrants was weighing heavily on Trevor Noah

Former Bush Aide: Trump’s ‘Loopy Ways’ Put Him At Massive Risk In A Mueller Sit-Down

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 23:53

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Wednesday that an

Devin Nunes: GOP Can’t Impeach Rosenstein Without Risking Kavanaugh Nomination

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:44

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) suggested at a fundraising dinner last week that

Gates, star witness against Manafort, concludes testimony

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:29

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's protégé wrapped up his testimony Wednesday after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.

Canada PM does not back down on rights defense in Saudi spat

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:12

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday refused to apologize for calling out Saudi Arabia on its human rights record, after Riyadh said it was considering further punitive measures against Ottawa over its criticisms of the kingdom. Tensions have been high between the two countries since Monday, when Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy and froze all new trade and investments. Riyadh also said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, while state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to Toronto.

Police Chief Pens Heartbreaking Letter After Learning Son Allegedly Attacked Sikh Man

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:11

A 71-year-old Sikh man was violently assaulted in Northern California during

Alaska ranger recounts hanging from rope above crashed plane

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:25

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A National Park Service mountain ranger didn't dare unhook a rope connecting him to a hovering helicopter as he stood on the nose of a wrecked airplane on a mountainside in Alaska's Denali National Park.

New Mexico child abuse suspects accused of training children for shootings

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:53

Five adults charged with abusing 11 children at a New Mexico compound, where they were found ragged and starving, were training those children to use firearms to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents on Wednesday. The principal suspect, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, also was charged with abducting his 3-year-old son from his home in Atlanta last December, prompting a cross-country manhunt that led authorities to the compound they raided last Friday north of Taos, New Mexico. The 11 children found alive, ranging in age from 1 to 15 years old, were placed in protective custody.

NYPD: Dad fled to Thailand after tossing dead baby in river

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:29

NEW YORK (AP) — A Bronx dad fled to Thailand after carrying his dead 7-month-old baby around New York City in a backpack and tossing his body into a river near the Brooklyn Bridge and other tourist spots, police said Wednesday.

This Is What a California Wildfire Looks Like From 30,000 Feet

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:56

Many wildfires are sweeping across California, and photos and videos have captured the devastation