The USS Abner Read had finished one leg of its anti-submarine patrol and was turning to start the next. Off the shore of Kiska, in Alaska's Aleutian chain, the sea was calm, and the moon could be glimpsed behind clouds and mist. It was Aug. 18, 1943. The Japanese had just evacuated the island but left behind a minefield, thought to be 2,000 yards away. But at 1:50 a.m., as the darkened destroyer crept along at 5 knots, its stern erupted in a huge geyser of water.
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released a secret recording Thursday in a bid to bolster her contention that she was offered a $15,000-a-month contract from President Donald Trump's campaign to stay silent after being fired from her job. On the recording, campaign aide Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, can be heard discussing salary considerations and other aspects of a campaign job with Manigault Newman and makes clear that she expects her to be positive about the president.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic version of EpiPen on Thursday, August 16, a move that will bring new competition for the lifesaving allergy injection that helped spark public furor over high drug prices. The new drug, from Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, is the first to be deemed a therapeutic equivalent of the EpiPen epinephrine autoinjector, which means that it can be automatically substituted at the pharmacy counter for prescriptions for EpiPen or EpiPen, Jr.
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of newspaper editorial boards across the country answered a nationwide call Thursday to express disdain for President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media, while some explained their decision not to do so. The same morning, the president tweeted that the "fake news media" is the "opposition party."
Childhood exposure to secondhand smoke is linked to lung disease decades later, according to a study published Thursday, August 16, by the American Cancer Society.
To most of the football-watching public, not much is different about kickoffs during this NFL preseason. The play still looks fundamentally the same, as kickers launch footballs toward distant goal lines, and would-be tacklers race down the field with varying degrees of abandon in search of speedy returners.
For 15 years, a man reportedly piloting trains at Walt Disney World in Orlando kept a dark secret locked away. When Edward Ganster died at 71 in 2014, his wife lovingly recalled her husband as a man of deep faith who enjoyed his job. "He really loved trains," Mary Ganster said in an obituary, the Orlando Sentinel reported this week. "His witness for Jesus was so strong."
ROME - After one of the deadliest structural failures in modern Italy, government officials took aim Wednesday at the company operating a bridge that collapsed in Genoa with calls for resignations and possible state control of highways from the Alps to the Mediterranean. But the disaster that killed at least 39 people and injured more than a dozen also was becoming the first major domestic challenge for Italy's new and inexperienced government. Among the urgent concerns was whether other parts of the country's aging infrastructure could be at risk.
WASHINGTON - Scientists are raising alarms over a Trump administration plan to overhaul two federal offices tasked with food and agriculture research, calling the move a ploy to slash funding to projects on climate change, nutrition and other top concerns.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday, citing "the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior." Brennan has been a leading critic of Trump. Trump is also reviewing security clearances of other former officials including former FBI director James Comey, Sanders said during a regular White House news briefing.