As the summer beach season opens in the United States, at least one expert is predicting an increase in shark attacks around the world this year that will surpass last year's record number. "We should have more bites this year than last," George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, said in an interview shortly before the Memorial Day holiday weekend that signals the unofficial start of America's summer vacation - and beach - season. In 2015, there were 98 shark attacks, including six fatalities, according to Burgess.
Manuel Feliciano, 50, was taken into custody by sheriff deputies just after midnight on Saturday at his home, where he had barricaded himself inside and fired gunshots, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.
A lawsuit brought by Texas and other states against the Obama administration's policy on bathroom access may move the United States closer to a resolution on transgender rights by putting the issue on a trajectory for the Supreme Court. Conservative officials from 11 states sued the federal government on Wednesday to overturn a directive that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom matching their gender identity instead of being forced to use one corresponding to gender assigned at birth. The country's high court has never ruled on a main question of the lawsuit: Do federal legal protections against sex discrimination apply to transgender people?
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — At least two people are dead and five people are missing after this week's torrential rains in Texas and Kansas, officials said Saturday. The same areas face the possibility of more rain over the long Memorial Day weekend.
ATLANTA (AP) — As colleges face increasing pressure to aggressively investigate reports of sex assaults, some critics say the rights of the accused are being trampled. Now they want federal guidance on the issue to be tossed out.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As the National Park Service kicks off a centennial summer expected to draw record crowds, the agency is seriously considering caps on how many people pass through some of the country's most iconic landscapes and historical sites each day.
(Reuters) - The first tropical storm to threaten the United States this year is expected to slam into the coast of South Carolina during the Memorial Day weekend, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, federal officials said on Saturday. The system, a tropical depression, is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm later in the day, at which time it will take the name Bonnie, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a bulletin. The center warned at 11 a.m. ET that within 24 hours tropical storm conditions could make landfall anywhere from the Savannah River north to the Little River Inlet along coastal South Carolina.
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Handschu barely gave it a thought 45 years ago when she was listed first among plaintiffs in a Vietnam-era lawsuit challenging how New York City police officers conducted surveillance of political activities.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When she became lost in the Maine woods, Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay did what she thought she was supposed to do. She stayed put, pitched her tent and waited for help.
The pilot of a World War Two-era plane was killed at the start of the Memorial Day weekend when his aircraft crashed in the Hudson River off Manhattan after developing engine failure, authorities and local media said on Saturday. The aircraft went down off Manhattan's West 79th Street, a few miles (kms) south of the George Washington Bridge, at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday as the long holiday weekend got underway, New Jersey State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn said. Friday's crash was close to where the pilot of a U.S. Airways jetliner executed a perfect water landing in January 2009 after striking a flock of birds and losing power in both engines.
CHICAGO (AP) — Visitors who come to the Odell Township Cemetery in north-central Illinois this weekend will see something that wasn't around last Memorial Day: The names of men who fought in the Civil War.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Family, friends and colleagues are honoring a slain Utah rail worker Saturday as police investigate whether a father and son accused of tying up five women in a basement were involved in his disappearance.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — The South American country of Suriname has landed a $478 million loan from the International Monetary Fund to boost an economic reform program amid a drop in commodity prices.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota wildlife official is trying to combat a scene she sees several times every summer: A mom and her children show up carrying a box with holes poked in the top and a baby wild animal inside.
PARIS (AP) — France's junior transport minister, Alain Vidalies, says that fuel shortages sparked by nationwide strikes and blockades are easing across France, although he warned that the crisis wasn't over.