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NY dad, jealous of the attention his cancer-survivor daughter received, pleads guilty to killing her

A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing his 22-month-old daughter with a wooden baseball bat before burning her body and dumping her remains in an upstate waterway.<p>Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Lawrence pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a plea deal with Onondaga County prosecutors. …

Crime

Michael Phelps ends record-breaking career with 23rd Olympic gold medal

Even Michael Phelps couldn’t imagine an ending this good.<p>In his final race before retirement, the most decorated Olympian in history led the U.S. to victory in the 400-meter medley relay at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Saturday.<p>Phelps finished a career that spanned five Olympics with 28 medals, …

Brazil
Latin America

Italy, despite injured captain, tops US in men's volleyball

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One by one, as best they could, Emanuele Birarelli's teammates made their way over to him for a hug or handshake.<p>Their captain lay on the sideline with his right ankle elevated and freshly taped. He was injured in the third set of Italy's 28-26, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23 victory …

Italy

Pokémon Go players outraged after maps shut down by game update

Sites and apps that allow trainers to locate specific Pokémon have been shut down after game update removes nearby tracking<p>Pokémon Go players are up in arms after an update to the game removed a feature that helped locate nearby Pokémon and forced third-party maps of Pokémon locations to shut …

Cat revived by firefighter

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not something you see often at the scene of a fire -- a firefighter giving a cat oxygen and saving its life.<p>A picture posted on the Baltimore City Fire Department Facebook page shows the cat rescue after a fire Saturday morning.<p>Crews were able to get the fire under control within 40 …

CNN

Jason Weingart's storm chasing – in pictures

Encountering lightning storms and erratic tornadoes are all in a day’s work for Jason Weingart, who has been chasing massive storm systems across America since 2009. Danger is unavoidable in the storm-chasing business and Weingart contends with lightning bolts containing anywhere between 100m and …

Progress Made Against Wildfire North of L.A., While Big Sur Blaze Grows

Firefighters have made a lot of progress in beating back a huge wildfire that has been raging outside Los Angeles since Friday. But farther north, another blaze continued to grow amid high temperatures, fire officials said.<p>The so-called Sand fire in the Angeles National Forest north of L.A. remains …

Irfan Khan

Zimbabwe activist Evan Mawarire is freed

Jubilant scenes have engulfed Zimbabwe's capital after news of the release of "This Flag" movement leader Evan Mawarire. The popular pastor had urged …

Best photographs of the day: a Tenerife festival and Mud Day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including a Mud King and Queen, and Tenerife’s patron saint of fishermen

Memorial for victims of Dallas shooting grows – in pictures

One day after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers in Dallas, a makeshift memorial at the police headquarters keeps growing with flowers and notes from mourners

Students' end-of-year artwork 2016

As part of our Students Express series, we asked you to share your end-of-year artwork. We have received hundreds of your paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures. Here are some of our favourites<p>View all submissions

Best photographs of the day: lightning strikes and floating piers

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including monsoon thunderstorms and Ramadan prayers

Samsung's 'Smart Glow' reinvents the notification LED

One of the perks of owning an Android phone is that manufacturers often include a notification LED that tells you when you have missed calls, tweets or text messages that need a response. Samsung has installed them in its mobile devices from time to time, but it may soon ditch them altogether in …

Hedge funds are asking for a tool to stop another LendingClub disaster — this company is building it

Global Debt Registry (GDR), founded in 2006, provides third-party, independent verification of consumer loan data for banks and other lenders. It is currently piloting a tool that provides the same service for marketplace and other online loans.<p>Marketplace lending refers to platforms like …

Morgenthaler

DNA Helps California Mom Reunite With Son 21 Years After Kidnapping

In 1995, Maria Mancia came home from work to find her 18-month-old son, Steve, missing.<p>She soon made an unsettling discovery: The boy's father, Valentin Hernandez, had kidnapped him and ransacked her California home. Documents and heirlooms, including Steve's baby pictures and even an ultrasound …

Crime

FireEye Caught Sneaky Malware Targeting Siemens Industrial Systems

Here’s a worrisome observation: Hackers are learning to design malicious software that goes after critical infrastructure and evades capture.<p>Computer …

Michelle Obama: 'In America we don't build walls to keep people out'

First lady delivers withering attack on Trump, without mentioning him by name, in soaring final commencement speech as first lady to City College of New York<p>Michelle Obama has delivered a withering attack on Donald Trump, warning a graduating class of New York students, and through them America, …

Extremism