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Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.<p>…

Donald Trump

First drone rescue at sea

The first lifeguard drone has rescued two swimmers off the coast of Australia.<p>Teens Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler were caught in a riptide in heavy seas north of Sydney when the coastguards became aware of their predicament.<p>A drone was scrambled within minutes and sent to just above the …

Drones

Sessions questioned in Russia probe, Trump may be up soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for hours in the special counsel's Russia investigation, the Justice Department said, as prosecutors moved closer to a possible interview with President Donald Trump about whether he took steps to obstruct an FBI probe into contacts …

World Leaders

Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars' Surface

Locked away beneath the surface of Mars are vast quantities of water ice. But the properties of that ice—how pure it is, how deep it goes, what shape …

Space

Deadly storm causes Dutch and German transport chaos

<b>Eight people including two firefighters have been killed in storm-related accidents as hurricane-strength winds tear across northern Europe.</b><p>Both firefighters were helping with clean-up efforts in Germany when they died.<p>Many of those killed, in the Netherlands and in Germany, were hit by falling …

Weather

Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations

WASHINGTON — Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, in an emotional speech on the Senate floor, announced on Thursday that he would resign from Congress, the most prominent figure in a growing list of lawmakers felled by charges of sexual harassment or indiscretions.<p>At turns defiant and mournful but …

Ghost ships wash up in Japan with skeletons on board

<b>Tokyo (CNN) —</b> At least four ships have washed up on Japan's west coast this month, some with bodies on board, and while authorities haven't confirmed their origin, signs suggest they're from North Korea.<p>Eight skeletons were found in the hull of one wooden boat that washed ashore on Miyazawa beach …

Rowing

Officials raise Iran-Iraq earthquake death toll to at least 530

Iran declares national day of mourning and newspapers publish front pages in Kurdish to show solidarity with affected region<p>Iranian officials have raised the death toll from Sunday’s earthquake of 7.3 magnitude on its border with Iraq to at least 530, making it the deadliest in the world this …

The disease that could change how we drink coffee

For years, researchers in Colombia have been engaged in a little-known battle against a disease that could disrupt coffee drinking everywhere.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>If you landed in Bogota in the 1960s, one of the first things …

Coffee

Delhi pollution crisis prompts city-wide emergency measures

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> The Delhi government is scrambling to introduce a series of city-wide emergency measures, as the capital braces for yet another day of heavy pollution.<p>The severity of the pollution has led city chiefs to implement a total ban on trucks entering the capital, as well as temporarily …

Pollution

Hurricane warning for northern Gulf Coast as Nate to strike Saturday night, New Orleans at risk

<i>(This article was last updated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday based on the latest National Hurricane Center advisory.)</i><p>Intensifying Hurricane Nate is closing in on the northern U.S. Gulf Coast. Southeast Louisiana, including vulnerable New Orleans, lies in the path – although the worst conditions may end up …

Weather

Italian police arrest 37, seize $13 million in Mafia blitz

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have seized 11 million euros ($13 million) in assets and arrested 37 people, including two Carabinieri officers, accused in a Sicilian Mafia extortion racket involving fruit, fish and drugs.<p>Police said one victim was the owner of a swank Via Veneto restaurant in …

Stampede on crowded Indian pedestrian bridge leaves 22 dead

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the Friday morning rush, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32 others, Indian officials said.<p>Police were investigating what caused the stampede on the bridge, which led …

India

Australia to use drivers license photos to create facial recognition database

<b>(CNN) —</b> Australia will use its citizens' drivers license photos to compile a nationwide facial recognition database in the name of fighting terrorism, much to the chagrin of privacy advocates.<p>Described as a National Facial Biometric Matching Capability by the Australian government, it will allow …

Surveillance

Hurricane Irma Could Slam Into United States As Category Five Storm

Something wicked this way comes. It’s the peak of Atlantic hurricane season right now, and as a result, plenty of them are coming in pairs – and it …