Inside a Catholic church in New Mexico, a 7-foot tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary appears to be "weeping," according to church leaders.
On July 18, 157 years ago, the Battle of Blackburn's Ford was fought during an extremely hot and humid afternoon. The battle occurred several miles south of Centreville, Virginia, near where present-day Route 28 crosses Bull Run. There were 83 casualties for the Union and 68 casualties for the Confederacy during the small but fierce battle, which lasted a few hours.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, who has been under fire for not aggressively confronting Russian President Vladmir Putin over election interference, on Wednesday said he believes Russia is no longer targeting the United States. "Thank you very much, no," Trump said in response to a question from a reporter about whether Russia is still targeting the United States. He also asserted that no president has been tougher on Russia than him. "I think President Putin knows that better than anybody, certainly a lot better than the media." Trump told reporters.
WASHINGTON - The Russian woman arrested this week on charges of being a foreign agent had ties to Russian intelligence operatives and was in contact with them while in the United States, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Maria Butina, 29, also was also engaged in a "personal relationship" with an American Republican consultant only for business purposes and had offered sex to at least one other person "in exchange for a position within a special interest organization."
WASHINGTON - James Comey, the FBI director fired last year by President Donald Trump, is urging voters to support Democrats in this year's congressional elections. Comey, until recently a Republican, argued on Twitter on Tuesday night, July 17, that the GOP, which controls both chambers of Congress, has failed to provide an adequate check on Trump. "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall," he wrote. "Policy differences don't matter right now. History has its eyes on us."
"Watch out! Shots fired!" Officer William Umana shouted through his radio to his fellow Las Vegas police officers pursuing a black SUV containing two shooting suspects. Police later said Fidel Miranda and Rene Nunez fired 34 rounds at officers in Las Vegas on July 11. Officers pursued the pair after they shot a man at a carwash.
Walter Carr sent his friends a flurry of increasingly pleading text messages. The college student's car had broken down, and he was supposed to begin his new job as a mover the next morning -- at a home 20 miles from his apartment near Birmingham, Ala. He struck out finding a ride, but he wasn't about to miss his first day of work at a moving company called Bellhops. Carr, 20, needed the work. He mulled his predicament and concluded there was only one option: He would walk it.
CHIANG RAI, Thailand - With a routine of digging, breaks for water and meditation, a group of young Thai soccer players and their coach stayed alive while trapped in a flooded cave without any food for nine days before they were found by two British divers in a remarkable search-and-rescue operation that gripped the world.
Today the city of Sugar Land is a sprawling suburb southwest of Houston, home to Imperial Sugar Co., shopping malls and endless cul-de-sacs. But, more than a century ago, it was a sprawling network of sugar cane plantations and prison camps. Sugar Land was better known then as the Hellhole on the Brazos. From sun up to sun down, convicts who were leased by the state to plantation owners toiled in the fields chopping sugar cane sometimes until they "dropped dead in their tracks," as the State Convention of Colored Men of Texas complained in 1883.
More than three years before she was arrested on the accusation of being a covert Russian agent, Maria Butina gave a guest lecture to about a dozen students munching pizza in a setting far removed from the country's political world: a public university in Vermillion, South Dakota. The next month she spoke to about 20 business-minded students at a public high school in Sioux Falls. And that summer, she talked to a crowd of teenagers at a politically oriented summer camp organized by South Dakota Republicans.