In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learned.
The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from ISIS.
Criminal organizations, some with ties to the Russian KGB's successor agency, are driving a thriving black market in nuclear materials in the tiny and impoverished Eastern European country of Moldova, investigators say. The successful busts, however, were undercut by striking shortcomings: Kingpins got away, and those arrested evaded long prison sentences, sometimes quickly returning to nuclear smuggling, AP found.
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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he's trying to plant in people's minds the idea that they should rush a shooter in a situation like the Oregon community college attack.
Carson has come under criticism for saying that if he were there, he would have tried to stop the gunman who killed nine people. Carson said Tuesday he "would not just stand there and let him shoot me." His advice: everybody overwhelm a shooter so fewer are killed.
On Wednesday, Carson told CBS his remarks had been questioned and called insensitive because people are too quick to "set up battle lines" over every comment instead of solving problems.
An Australian toddler seriously injured in a car accident got a second chance at life following a “miracle” surgical procedure.
The 16-month-old Jaxon Taylor was riding in the car along with his mother and older sister last month when they were engaged in a head-on collision that pulled the boy’s head and neck apart, an internal decapitation, 7 News Melbourne reported.
“The second I pulled him out, I knew that his neck was broken,” Jackson's mother, Rylea Taylor, told the station. Her daughter received abdominal injuries in the accident.
The boy was airlifted to a hospital in Brisbane and ended up under the care of Dr. Geoff Askin.
Jaxon underwent six hours of surgery, which consisted of attaching a halo to his skull, then holding him completely still as his vertebrae were reattached using a tiny piece of wire and finally grafting together the vertebrae with a piece of his rib, according to 7 News Melbourne.
College rankings are in no short supply, from U.S. News & World Report to Princeton Review to the international Times Higher Education. But one set of newly released rankings are chosen by a different kind of experts: College students themselves. Instructor-ranking site
Rate My Professors' 2014-2015 college lists
include best universities, top junior and community colleges and — of utmost importance — hottest professors. Topping the list for highest rated universities is University of Mississippi in Oxford while Santa Barbara City College in Southern California leading the ranking for junior and community colleges.
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Doctors Without Borders is calling for an independent fact-finding mission under rules of the Geneva Conventions into a U.S. air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that killed at least 22 people.
"We are calling on President Obama to consent on the fact-finding mission in order to send a strong message that the U.S. is committed to upholding the Geneva Convention,” MSF Executive Director Jason Cone said.
The medical aid group, known by its French language acronym MSF, said its call would mark the first time such a fact-finding mission would be commissioned under the Conventions.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Cone also revealed on September 29 MSF officials shared the hospital's coordinates with U.S. officials because of area-fighting, adding that it is protocol to share these coordinates.
Authorities warned residents along South Carolina's coast Wednesday to prepare for more flooding as water from swollen rivers made its way towards the Atlantic, NBC News reported.
Some residents of Georgetown were getting ready by stacking sandbags or moving their possessions as rivers crest upstream, causing the potential for more flooding in an area where water was a foot deep or more over the weekend.
"This is not over," said Derrec Becker, spokesman for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. "This is still a very dangerous situation and will be over the coming days ... all of the water from the system has to go somewhere."
Meanwhile, an evacuation order for about 1,000 homes close to the Beaver Dam, near Columbia, was lifted Wednesday morning. Authorities had worked overnight to stabilize the dam after a sinkhole formed nearby.
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A 2-year-old girl was injured Tuesday in far suburban Chicago when she was caught under a riding lawn mower being driven by her great-grandmother, authorities said.
Police said the child was playing in the yard in southwest suburban Plainfield just after 2 p.m. while her 64-year-old great-grandmother mowed the lawn on a riding lawnmower.
The great-grandmother attempted to back up when she felt a “thud” and heard the child screaming, according to Will County Sheriff Deputy Chief Tom Budde.
An 800-pound Cranston, Rhode Island, man who was kicked out of a hospital for ordering pizza is living out of his father's SUV and needs a new home. According to NBC affiliate WJAR, Steven Assanti, 33, recently spent 80 days at Rhode Island Hospital in an effort to get his weight down to 550 pounds. However, Assanti said he was kicked out when he ordered a pizza, violating his care plan.
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Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel said Wednesday it will permanently ban all employees from playing any daily fantasy sports for money and begin an internal probe following reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to unfairly valuable data before winning $350,000 in a FanDuel contest.
Expect to see plenty of Batman and "Star Wars" characters, minions, superheroes and maybe even Donald Trump out trick-or-treating in your neighborhood on Halloween, according to those who are tracking this year's top costume trends. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween survey, an estimated 68 million Americans will don costumes for the holiday. Adults are most likely to go out as witches, and children are most likely to dress as princesses.
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It's been one year since Louise Troh's life went from blissful happiness to bitter sorrow in just a matter of days when her fiancé died of Ebola. On Sept. 20, 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan – known as Eric to family and friends – arrived in Dallas from Liberia to be with Troh. They'd met 20 years earlier at a refugee camp, but had not seen each other in 16 years. Duncan died of Ebola just days later.
The super PAC urging Vice President Joe Biden to run for president is launching its first television ad. Draft Biden says it's spending upward of $100,000 to air the 90-second ad on national cable networks. The ad uses audio from a speech Biden gave in May at Yale University in which he recalls the car crash that killed his wife and daughter just after he was first elected senator in 1972. Biden hasn't announced whether he'll enter the 2016 race. The super PAC is legally barred from coordinating with a campaign.
A jury will be chosen to hear the case of a Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and killing his math teacher.
Philip Chism, who is being tried as an adult, was 14 when he was charged in the 2013 death of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, a teacher at Danvers High School.
Ritzer's body was found in the woods near the school. Prosecutors said she had been raped and her throat had been slit with a box cutter.
Defense attorneys have said they plan to use a mental health defense.
A New Jersey woman undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer said the state Motor Vehicle Commission would not let her use an old driver's license photo taken before the treatment. Joanne Jodry, of Neptune City, told the Asbury Park Press she wanted to renew her driver's license last week at the Freehold office and was told she couldn't keep an old photo showing her with long, blond hair.