Today in History for May 24th

Today in History for May 24th

Highlights of this day in history: Samuel Morse opens America's first telegraph line; Four men sentenced for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; Britain's Queen Victoria born; The Brooklyn Bridge opens; Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan born. (May 24)

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'Bully' bombshell sets phones ringing

'Bully' bombshell sets phones ringing

PREMIER Daniel Andrews stood grimly before a press pack yesterday to deliver a bombshell about one of his ministers who had only been in the job for six months.

Arrests in Cleveland as policeman cleared over shooting deaths

Arrests in Cleveland as policeman cleared over shooting deaths

A US police officer was cleared of all charges in the 2012 shooting of two unarmed black suspects, sparking riots late Saturday that saw at least three arrests, police said. The protests in Cleveland broke out minutes after Michael Brelo, a white...

'Catastrophic' Flooding Hits Oklahoma, Texas

'Catastrophic' Flooding Hits Oklahoma, Texas

Flash floods forced more than 1,000 evacuations and numerous rescues across Oklahoma and Texas, as officials warned of "historic" rising waters still to come on Sunday.

Women activists denied bid to walk across DMZ dividing Koreas

Women activists denied bid to walk across DMZ dividing Koreas

International women activists have been denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, but allowed to cross by bus.

Irish gay marriage vote: archbishop says church needs reality check

Irish gay marriage vote: archbishop says church needs reality check

A top Irish Catholic leader said that the Church needs a "reality check" after the vote to approve gay marriage.

Throttle Dolls: a bikie gang with a difference

Throttle Dolls: a bikie gang with a difference

Like the tribe of heroines in George Miller's movie, Sydney's newest bikie gang, The Throttle Dolls, is "girls-only".

UFC 187: Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort Octagon Interviews

UFC 187: Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort Octagon Interviews

UFC middleweight champion Chris "The All-American" Weidman talks to Joe Rogan inside the Octagon after his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in Las Vegas. Belfort also chats with Rogan to give his thoughts on the fight.

QPR's Rio Ferdinand is astounded by reaction to his wife's death

QPR's Rio Ferdinand is astounded by reaction to his wife's death

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been astounded by the levels of support he received from football fans following the death of his wife.

The Chinese cuisine everyone should try

The Chinese cuisine everyone should try

"When the mail from San Pellegrino arrived for the first time, we ignored it," says Colin Cheng, one of the chefs behind 28 Hubin Road.

Google Internally Testing Android M as Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC)

Google Internally Testing Android M as Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC)

With less than week left until Google I/O, the first details on the next version of Android that's supposed to go on official at the conference continue to leak online. We have already reported on some of the new features that Google plans to launch in the upcoming version of the mobile opera

Windows Hello Debuts in Windows 10 Build 10125

Windows Hello Debuts in Windows 10 Build 10125

Windows Hello was announced by Microsoft earlier this year as a feature that could make passwords obsolete and make Windows 10 more secure, and starting with build 10125, it finally becomes available for testing. Windows 10 build 10125, which is reportedly being tested by partners as we speak

Division II softball roundup

Division II softball roundup

From staff reportsCalifornia-Pa. earns pair of 1-run wins California University of Pennsylvania used a late two-out rally and a strong pitching performance to win two games in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Oklahoma City on Saturday. Cal U (43-12) first defeated Central Missouri 7-6

Heavy rain causing flooding across Oklahoma City metro-area, state

Heavy rain causing flooding across Oklahoma City metro-area, state

FROM STAFF REPORTSHeavy rainfall and tornadoes Saturday even ing caused evacuations, damage and severe flooding from western to central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City and surrounding cities' fire departments responded to more than 100 ve hicles stuck in high water Saturday evening as more than three inche

Emma Caldwell murder: Law chief tells police to reinvestigate killing more than 10 years on

Emma Caldwell murder: Law chief tells police to reinvestigate killing more than 10 years on

SEVEN weeks after the Sunday Mail revealed the identity of a forgotten suspect, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has told Police Scotland to launch fresh inquiry.

N.S.A. And Other Matters Leave McConnell's Senate In Disarray

N.S.A. And Other Matters Leave McConnell's Senate In Disarray

WASHINGTON — The sleepy United States senators thought they were done voting. But then, around 1 a.m. on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and presidential candidate, marched spryly to the Senate floor to let it be known that, no, he would not agree to ext

Your Dreams: Lauren Lawrence analyzes readers' dreams

Your Dreams: Lauren Lawrence analyzes readers' dreams

When I was 21, I had a dream that my childhood friend and I were 13 years old again on bicycles in front of his driveway.

Australia's Guy Sebastian nails Eurovision performance, wins fifth place

Australia's Guy Sebastian nails Eurovision performance, wins fifth place

In Australia's first — and perhaps, only — time participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, singer Guy Sebastian belted his single "Tonight Again," winning the country a well-deserved fifth place. Australia was offered a wildcard entry into the 60-year-old event, and Sebastian had to

Stroud Life published Transfer gossip: Is Saido Berahino on his way to Liverpool?

Stroud Life published Transfer gossip: Is Saido Berahino on his way to Liverpool?

Saido Berahino gave another nudge to his many admirers with his two-goal show against Chelsea on Monday. It looks increasingly likely that he will be on his way out of West Brom at the end of the season with Liverpool appearing to be the most likely destination. Brendan Rodgers is desperate for more

Stroud Life published Open air pool heralds summer's arrival

Stroud Life published Open air pool heralds summer's arrival

The first swimmers of the season have braved the unheated waters of the outdoor pool at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud.Fortunately visitors to the leisure centre have been lucky with plenty of sunshine, but the water will most likely still be quite cold.The pool will now remain open for the

Protests after Ohio patrolman found not guilty in two deaths

Protests after Ohio patrolman found not guilty in two deaths

Police in riot gear made more than a dozen arrests as crowds protested the acquittal of a white Ohio patrolman who fired through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that killed the two unarmed black...

Spy: Sam Raimi directs Lucy Lawless in new zombie series

Spy: Sam Raimi directs Lucy Lawless in new zombie series

Hollywood movie legend Sam Raimi has been in Auckland to direct Lucy Lawless in her new role in US TV series Ash vs Evil Dead .The series is a spin-off from the famed director's cult Evil Dead movie franchise - and sees legendary...

NZ-shot film Slow West 'not a traditional Western'

NZ-shot film Slow West 'not a traditional Western'

Directed by a Scot, shot in the South Island and set in America, critically acclaimed new Western Slow West is an international production in every sense. Australian Kodi Smit-McPhee ( The Road ) and German-Irish Michael Fassbender...

Critically endangered spider tortoise hatches at Smithsonian?s National Zoo

Critically endangered spider tortoise hatches at Smithsonian?s National Zoo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian's National Zoo says for the first time a rare spider tortoise has hatched at its Reptile Discovery Center. The zoo says the tortoise hatched May 10 at an off-exhibit area and appears to be doing well. The zoo says if it continues its progress it will be on exhibit

I was stone deaf for 39 years – hearing for the first time was a miracle

I was stone deaf for 39 years – hearing for the first time was a miracle

Jo Milne, 40, from Gateshead, defied the odds when she underwent an eight-hour, high-risk operation to experience hearing for the first time…

Hawaii groups protest Monsanto, plant coconut trees

Demonstrators spent Saturday planting coconut trees and waving signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto.

Several arrests made as protesters flood Cleveland streets after officer's acquittal

A Cleveland cop cleared Saturday on state charges in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire could face federal charges.

Several arrests made as protesters flood Cleveland streets after officer's acquittal

Police in riot gear made several arrests Saturday as protesters stormed the streets of Cleveland after a judge found a city police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a barrage of police gunfire.

Pilates put Murray in Paris picture

If Andy Murray is to make his maiden Roland Garros final, he will have done it with the help of a new training regime.

Fresh air strikes and ground fighting in Yemen

Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels as fighting raged on the ground in the south of the country, witnesses said.The air raids pounded arms depots under the control of the Shiite Huthi rebels in the locality of Ghula, in Omr

Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return

Addis Ababa (AFP) - Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous country, holds its first general election on Sunday since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi, whose successor Hailemariam Desalegn is all but certain to stay in office.Over 36.8 million Ethiopians have registered for Sunday's polls, but an

Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border

Paju (South Korea) (AFP) - An international group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing on Sunday of one of the world's most militarised borders between North and South Korea.The group of 30 activists rode by bus through the demilitarised zone (DMZ)

Cedenio dominates Merritt at Ponce Grand Prix

Ponce (Puerto Rico) (AFP) - World champion LaShawn Merritt settled for second place  behind rising star Machel Cedenio in the 400m at the Ponce Grand Prix athletics meeting.Trinidad and Tobago's Cedenio, the 2014 world junior champion, won the one-lap race in 44.97sec, while America's Merritt, winn

Azerbaijan to use special equipment for high pressure drilling in Caspian Sea

Azerbaijan will become one of the first countries to apply special equipment for high pressure drilling on the prospective structures in the Caspian Sea, said the message posted May 21 on the Rigzone portal.

Terrorists take up arms against Aust: PM

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has indicated new counter-terrorism laws that could strip people of their citizenship will go before parliament this week.

Ukraine Separatists: Car Bomb Kills Rebel Commander, 6 Others

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say a top rebel commander and at least six colleagues have been killed in a car bombing in a self-proclaimed rebel republic near the Russian border. A press service for the separatist Luhansk territory said Oleksiy Mozgovoy, the commander of a key rebe

Partisan review: An extreme experiment in home schooling

Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman's Partisan shapes a fresh, gritty take on the coming-of-age tale.