Before pulling the trigger, the professor was thoughtful. Mark J. Bird had been at the College of Southern Nevada for more than two decades in the department of human behavior. He had a feel for the rhythms of the school day, the timetables of when students filled the hallways or were tucked into classrooms. But as the 69-year-old arrived at the campus west of the Las Vegas Strip on Aug. 28, the sociology professor was not there to deliver a traditional lesson.
The sexual orientation of two puppets has long been the subject of curiosity. And now a longtime "Sesame Street" writer has added more reason for speculation. Mark Saltzman, who wrote for several episodes of the children's program over 13 years, said in a recent interview that when he wrote for Bert and Ernie, he thought of them as gay.
WASHINGTON - The woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee - a demand that came as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans increasingly rallied to the defense of the embattled Supreme Court nominee.
BEIJING - China said Tuesday it would retaliate for President Donald Trump's latest tariff salvo, risking further U.S. trade actions that could result in what some analysts are calling an economic Cold War. By next week, the United States and China appear likely to be on the brink of slapping tariffs on their entire goods trade, which exceeds $635 billion annually.
DALLAS - A Texas day care owner is accused of medicating small children, strapping them to car seats using ligatures tied around their necks and keeping them in a dark closet in her home, authorities said. Authorities said Rebecca Anderson admitted that she gave the children Tylenol "to make them stop crying and to make her job easier," then kept them confined for up to seven hours each day, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Anderson, 60, of Mesquite, has been charged with nine counts of endangering a child, according to court documents.
Pope Francis's once-overwhelming popularity in the U.S. has taken a major hit since a new report on sexual abuse was released in August, according to two new polls.
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday passed a short-term spending bill that would keep the government running through Dec. 7, aiming to avert a government stutdown and put off a fight over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall until after the midterm elections.
Netflix won the most Emmy awards of any TV network Monday night, capping a sudden and dramatic rise to the top of the entertainment industry for a company that got its start as a DVD-by-mail operation. Netflix earned seven awards during the prime-time presentation of Emmys and 23 overall, both records for the streaming giant. Its biggest prizes came for "The Crown,'' a period drama about the British royal family, and "Godless,'' a Western miniseries.
WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday that next week's hearing regarding accusations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be limited to two witnesses: the Supreme Court nominee and his accuser. During a radio interview, Grassley said that Kavanaugh has agreed to participate in Monday's hearing but that his staff has not heard from Christine Blasey Ford.
A 45-year-old American woman shattered a two-decade-old cycling speed record Sunday, pedaling 183.9 mph across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in the slipstream of a specially designed racecar. The record for paced cycling speed was previously held by Dutch rider Fred Rompelberg, who hit a top speed of 167 mph in 1995.