The first known death from the Waldo Canyon fire was reported this morning as firefighters continue a sixth day working to contain the wildfire that has so far burned 18,500 acres, destroyed 346 homes, and forced more than 35,000 people to evacuate.
The Internet is abuzz over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare, ruling 5-4 that the government may impose tax penalties on people who do have health insurance. From celebrities to politicians, here’s what some had to say about the decision over Twitter.
After some initial confusion from this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the centerpiece of President’s Obama health care overhaul law has been upheld, which will require most Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or be subjected to a fine. The photos below present a timeline between August 2009 when President Obama began holding town hall meetings to discuss health insurance reform and today’s Supreme Court ruling.
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Torrential rains and storm surge from Tropical Storm Debby, which has remained nearly stationary off the Gulf Coast of Florida, may produce significant inland flooding over the next couple of days, reported the NOAA’s National Weather Services. While the storm is predicted to reach the Florida panhandle by Thursday, residents struggle to protect their homes and businesses as rain and winds continue to pelt the coastline.
Baltimore Sun video editor Christopher T. Assaf visits the Oval Office after winning the Photography – Sports Action category in the White House News Photographer Association’s ‘Eyes of History’ contest.
FINAL UPDATE: 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego, California correctly spells the french word “guetapens” to win the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship.
For most of us growing up, our dreams of spelling glory are dashed right in the classroom, never making it out to regional competitions and state-wide spelling bees. And no matter how many games of Words with Friends some of us play, we’ll still never be spelling gurus like the 278 kids from around the country who are invited each year to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Once again, with excitement and curiosity, we look forward to watching this year’s crop of young spellers battle it out. Wednesday’s preliminaries are sure to not disappoint with a mix of newbies, three of last year’s finalists — Nabeel Rahman, Arvind Mahankali and Samuel Estep, and the youngest speller to ever compete, Lori Anne Madison, who is only 6-years-old. Only 50 competitors will go on to tomorrow’s semifinals.
In preparation of Thursday night’s finals, let’s take a look at the thoughts, yawns and reactions on the bright faces from today’s preliminaries, along with those of previous national contestants. We’ve also included the winning words and their definitions from 2000-2011.
For many, Memorial Day marks a day of remembrance, honoring military men and women who died while serving their country. It has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. Here are scenes from around the country of Americans remembering the fallen.
UPDATE: Today at 9:56 a.m. eastern time, the SpaceX Dragon capsule was grabbed by a robotic arm from the International Space Station about 250 miles above northwest Australia. The Dragon is carrying 1,200 pounds of cargo for the Space Station crew including food, clothing and science experiments, one of which originated from Maryland’s own Paul Warren, an 11th-grader at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head.
Led by CEO, and PayPal founder, Elon Musk, SpaceX is now the first private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. With its successful launch on Tuesday and subsequent docking later today, the Falcon 9/Dragon capsule has ushered in a new era in space travel now that NASA has retired its fleet of space shuttles.
Festivities for the 25th annual Fleet Week celebration kicked off in New York Harbor yesterday, May 23, 2012. Fleet week began in 1984 to celebrate the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps with a week of ship visitations and military demonstrations. A military flyover on Memorial Day completes the celebration to honor those killed while serving in the military.