Bruno Sammartino fled to the mountains of Italy with his family during World War II and came to the United States at 14, weighing just 80 pounds. Within 10 years, he built himself into a 275-pound mound of muscle, whose remarkable strength and relentless, blue-collar style made him one of the most popular professional wrestlers of the 1960s and 1970s. Sammartino, who was once among the highest-paid athletes in the United States, died April 18 at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was 82.
In the hours after Barbara Bush died Tuesday, people from around the world began expressing their condolences and sharing their warm memories of the Bush family matriarch, even if they didn't share her political views. Former president Bill Clinton, the man who once campaigned against her husband, called her "a remarkable woman" with "grit & grace, brains & beauty." Another former president, Barack Obama, said she had "humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit."
A federal jury in Kansas on Wednesday convicted three right-wing extremists of plotting to massacre Muslim refugees living in an industrial town on the west side of the state. Patrick Stein, 49, Curtis Allen, 50, and Gavin Wright, 50, were found guilty on charges of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiring to violate the civil housing rights of others. The men spent months plotting to bomb an apartment building housing Somali refugees and a mosque in Garden City, Kansas, on the day after the 2016 presidential election.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused adult-film actress Stormy Daniels of a "con job" for releasing a sketch of a man she claims threatened her to remain silent about an alleged, decade-old affair with the president. Daniels appeared on ABC's "The View" on Tuesday and released a sketch of a man who she said approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011, shortly after she had sought to sell a tabloid magazine her story alleging a brief affair with Trump.
When the animal control investigator first got the call, he didn't believe it. "What you're saying is just not computing," Jack Breckenridge replied. What he'd been told, Breckenridge recalled Tuesday, was that 33 abused Chihuahuas had just been pulled from an SUV where they seemed to have been living for days. The Ford Expedition was parked outside an apartment building in Montgomery County, Maryland. The conversation - last fall - started a lengthy investigation that has the dogs' former owner facing a July trial on 33 counts of animal cruelty.
Nikki Haley might as well have called the White House a bunch of liars. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday rebuffed White House aides' claims that she bungled an announcement of new sanctions against Russia. After Haley said Sunday that the sanctions were on the way by Monday, the White House appeared to change course and said a decision had not been made. But rather than an admission that President Donald Trump had had a change of heart, word ventured out that Haley had gotten out over her skis.
Former president George W. Bush on Wednesday, April 18, recalled that his mother was strong, lucid and funny when he saw her in the hospital about a week ago, during what he characterized as a "wonderful visit." The former president shared the story about Barbara Bush the day after her death at age 92, during an interview Wednesday morning on the Fox Business channel.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - President Donald Trump expressed optimism Wednesday, April 18, that his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can help make the world safer, and he said his envoy, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Kim have already forged a "good relationship." Tweeting in the early morning before a round of golf with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump confirmed that Pompeo had traveled to North Korea for direct talks, as first reported by The Washington Post.
The pilot's voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board.
A Canadian woman who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars. Melina Roberge, 24, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of the drug into the Sydney Harbour in 2016, following an exotic weeks-long cruise that she and an accomplice documented on social media.