ISTANBUL, Turkey—Jordan Matson, a U.S. military veteran who quit his job to fight the Islamic State, was wounded in battle shortly after getting to Syria
But rather than discourage other Americans from coming to the front lines, the 28-year-old from Wisconsin instead turned to Facebook, becoming an intermediary between Kurdish forces and Americans eager to join the battle against jihadi militants.
SYDNEY — Gough Whitlam, the long-lived 21st prime minister of Australia, died on Tuesday aged 98.
Whitlam was the only prime minister to be alive in the lifetime of all 27 Australian prime ministers. The first prime minister of Australia, Edmund Barton, died in 1920, while the second, Alfred Deakin, passed away in 1919. Young Whitlam graced the world with his presence in 1916.
HONG KONG — The pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are as colorful and polite as ever. Their sprawling site outside government offices in the area of Admiralty has turned into an encampment of bright green, blue, yellow, orange tents. Cheerful origami umbrellas are everywhere.
But in the past few days, the mood around the protests, which are now well into their third week, has turned decidedly more bitter – and a solution to the stand-off still seems far off.
Playing endless hours of video games could turn you into a millionaire
The world of competitive gaming has turned the hobby into a lucrative sport. Countless tournaments have sprung up over the years, offering gamers the chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing rounds of Dota 2 or StarCraft.
LOS ANGELES — After successfully evading the tabloid spotlight for months, Amanda Bynes was arrested Monday for driving under the influence of drugs, Mashable has confirmed.
Bynes was picked up at 3:45 a.m. PT Monday in the San Fernando Valley community of Sherman Oaks, California, after her white Mercedes-Benz stopped in the middle of an intersection once the light had turned red, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement. Her arrest, on Van Nuys Boulevard just north of Riverside…
A monster storm struck Mexico’s vacation paradise overnight as Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula, directly hitting Cabo San Lucas
Thousands of residents and tourists in Mexico’s beachside towns hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms as the powerful and sprawling Category 3 hurricane rolled through an area that is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — It’s the most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling: the $2.4-billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel Monday. The casino itself will shut early Tuesday morning.
Revel is shutting down a little over two years after it opened, aiming to revitalize Atlantic City’s struggling gambling market
But mired in its second bankruptcy in two years, Revel has been unable to find anyone willing to buy the property and keep it open as…