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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This week, the Pentagon held its first ever Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month Event, nine months after the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy officially ended government-sanctioned discrimination against gays serving in the military.
LGBT pride is celebrated every June, commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969 — the start of the modern gay rights movement and remembers the struggles and victories of the movement. Today, this “out and proud” mentality emphasizes a culture and community of diversity, tolerance, fashion and flare.
From drag queens to biker chicks, here’s a look at LGBT pride parades, street festivals, and political rallies around the world this month. Some of the following may not be suitable for young children, so parental discretion is advised.
Patuxent Homestead photographers cover scores of high school sporting events during the school year. They capture hundreds of goals and runs, victories and losses, tears of joy and sadness. Photographers Jen Rynda and Brian Krista each picked six of their favorites from baseball, softball, lacrosse and track, and shared a couple of tips for taking great sports shots. (Below)
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.
Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi was officially declared Egypt’s first freely elected president on Sunday after a run-off vote against ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Morsi supporters erupted in celebration following his victory, while the grief of Shafik supporters settled hard on a nation no stranger to revolutionary results in recent years.
Often misunderstood, the spiritual religion of Vodun — or Voodoo — conjures up images of primitive rituals, animal sacrifices, spirits and curses. But within every religion, lies beauty and mystery in the practices of those who believe.
Considered the birthplace of Voodoo, the coastal city Ouidah attracts followers from across the country as well as Togo and Nigeria who attend religious ceremonies. Getty photographer Dan Kitwood spent time earlier this year in Ouidah, where some 17 percent of Beninese practice the religion.
The photos in the gallery show Egungun spirits from the Nigerian Yoruba Clan. According to Kitwood, these masqueraded dancers depict ancestral spirits of the clan’s past who are believed to visit earth to possess and offer guidance.
“The constant beat of drumming throughout the day and into the night draws people into the secluded courtyards of Voodoo priests to discover secret ceremonies in hidden shrines and temples,” writes Kitwood on his blog.