A Carnival cruise devolved into near-anarchy during its 10 days in the South Pacific, with some passengers locking themselves inside their cabins, others kicked off the ship and security guards brawling with vacationers in a bare-knuckles melee.
As much of the country was gripped Wednesday by horrific images from the mass shooting at a Florida high school, two dozen senior Trump administration officials worked frantically into the night to thwart what they considered a different national security threat.
PARKLAND, Fla. - On a day when Parkland began burying its young dead, a dozen people stood on a street corner holding up "More Gun Control" signs as passing drivers honked and shouted in support.
Gillian Beard shivered and cried outside the National Rifle Association headquarters Friday night, as she stood among strangers and mourned the killing of her best friend, one of the 17 victims gunned down this week at the high school in Parkland, Florida.
MUNICH - U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster acknowledged Saturday that evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was "incontrovertible" but said Moscow's campaign to divide the West through subterfuge was failing. "It's just not working," he said. The comments, a day after the Justice Department indicted 13 Russians for interference in the election that catapulted Donald Trump to the White House, follow months of efforts by the president to cast doubt on assertions of Moscow's meddling.
Cara Lucy O'Connor has a concern. Pluto used to be one of the nine planets in the solar system, and it isn't anymore. That's not right, said the little girl from Ireland. So Cara, with the help of her teacher, wrote a letter to NASA hoping to persuade the space agency to "make Pluto a planet again." "I listened to a song and at the end of it the song said "Bring Pluto Back" - and I would really like that to happen," Cara wrote.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea - At the center of an arena still pulsing with life, under the watch of a hundred cameras and the parents who had winced and ached at every near-miss, John Henry Krueger found a place to rest his head Saturday night. He slid down the wall where his coach watched, fell to his knees, and pressed his head to the ice. The training decisions that tested his family and the health scares that tested his will found their places in that mental folder labeled "worth it."
WASHINGTON - The hackers, he suggested, may have been Chinese. Or some 400-pound guy sitting in his bed. Again and again, he insisted, Russian interference was a hoax - a fiction created by Democrats as an excuse for losing an election they should have won.
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's special counsel announced the indictment Friday of a notorious Russian troll farm - charging 13 individuals with an audacious scheme to criminally interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Internet Research Agency, based in St. Petersburg, was named in the indictment as the hub of an ambitious effort to trick Americans into following Russian-fed propaganda that pushed U.S. voters toward then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and away from Democrat Hillary Clinton.
WASHINGTON - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, under pressure over his handling of allegations of domestic abuse against a top aide, has approved an overhaul of how the White House manages security-clearance investigations, acknowledging missteps but putting the onus on the FBI and the Justice Department to now hand-deliver updates and provide more information. The five pages of proposed changes, signed by Kelly on Friday, were obtained by The Washington Post.