The head of Yosemite National Park is retiring following employee complaints that he created a hostile workplace by allowing bullying, harassment and other misconduct, allegations also raised in other popular national parks, officials said Thursday.
Superintendent Don Neubacher announced his plans Wednesday, said Andrew Munoz, a spokesman for the National Park Service. It comes less than a week after a congressional oversight committee unveiled that at least 18 Yosemite staffers complained of a toxic work environment.
The employees described "horrific working conditions (that) lead us to believe that the environment is indeed toxic, hostile, repressive and harassing," the park service said in a preliminary report last month.
A Maryland man is suspected of killing his wife in their Hartford County home and then their son in a Washinton suburb, before taking his own life in an apparent double-murder-suicide, police said.
Farhad Siddique, 19, was reported missing to University of Maryland police Wednesday evening. Officers found the bodies of Siddique and his father, 57-year-old Nasir Siddique, in a parking lot on 48th Avenue, less than a mile from the university's College Park campus in Prince Geroge County.
The mayor of a tiny central Pennsylvania town is being asked to resign over racist pictures on his Facebook page, including two depicting apes with captions referring to President Barack Obama and his family.
One image of a wagon full of orangutans refers to "moving day'' at the White House.
Several West York borough council members say they want to see Mayor Charles Wasko leave office.
Wasko didn't respond to a Facebook message and wasn't answering his home telephone Thursday. Reached by the York Daily Record, he used a vulgar term to describe what's "going on up at the borough office.''
The deadly train crash at Hoboken Terminal that killed at least one person, injured up to 100 more and caused significant structural damage to one of New Jersey's busiest railroad stations could have a devastating effect on transportation in the region in the coming days.
Several train lines, light rails and ferry services were suspended to and from the Hoboken Terminal Thursday, impacting the commute of more than 50,000 people who use the major transit hub daily.
Officials have not yet said when service will resume.
A woman died and more than 100 other people were hurt when an NJ Transit train crashed into the station in Hoboken at the height of Thursday's morning rush, leaving twisted piles of metal and cables and causing part of the highly trafficked terminal to collapse.
Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, 34, was the only person killed when train No. 1614 barreled through a platform at Hoboken Terminal at about 8:45 a.m. De Kroon, A Hoboken resident who was standing on the platform, leaves behind a child and husband.
Preliminary reports suggest the crash was either accidental or caused by operator error, according to five law enforcement officials. They stressed it was early in the investigation, though.
National Hurricane Center
Matthew strengthened to a hurricane Thursday afternoon as it swirled westward into the open waters of the Caribbean after hitting islands at the sea's southern entry with heavy wind and rain.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with higher gusts and is moving west at 17 MPH, sitting 190 miles northeast of Curacao.
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American Library Association
The 2016 Banned Books Week is over on Friday but it's never too late to celebrate the freedom to read.
The annual event is promoted by the American Library Association and other organizations. Each year the association releases a list of the top ten most challenged books across the country. These titles are based on the frequency a book has been challenged or removed from libraries or schools in the US.
Take a look of the most challenged books in 2015.
Sky-watchers have seen a harvest moon, the rare super blood moon total eclipse and now a new lunar event is on the horizon.
On Sept. 30, the “black moon” will rise in the sky, but catching a glimpse of it might prove impossible. It's invisible.
Though the term "black moon" isn't recognized by NASA, according to Joe Rao of Space.com, it's an astronomical phenomenon where, every couple of years, the moon is completely blanketed in darkness twice in one month.
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Two sisters from Minnesota were found dead in their hotel room on a paradise island in the Indian Ocean last week, NBC News reported.
Annie Korkki, 37 and Robin Korkki, 42, were vacationing at a $2,000-a-night luxury resort on the Seychelles island of Mahé.
They were found dead on Sept. 22 after an employee at the Maia Luxury Resort and Spa tried to wake them, according to the hotel and local officials.
"There were no marks on them whatsoever," Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St Ange told NBC News. "They had a good time in the day and then they went to their room."
The sisters' brother and mother have traveled to the island to look for answers, St Ange said.
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Helicopter footage from over the scene of a train crash at Hoboken Terminal.
Amnesty International released a chilling report on Sudan's repeated use of chemical weapons on civilians in a remote and inaccessible part of Darfur, NBC News reported.
The 103-page report — "Scorched Earth, Poisoned Air" — features satellite images, survivor testimonies and photographs to corroborate what it says are war crimes in Darfur's Jebel Marra region.
"When the bomb exploded I inhaled the poisonous air, which I am smelling even now," one survivor said — cutting an interview short because he was in too much pain to speak.
According to Amnesty the evidence indicates at least 30 likely chemical attacks have hit the area since the start of the year. The most recent was Sept. 9.
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Hundreds of Israelis, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, have paid their respects to Israel's ninth President Shimon Peres as his body lay in state at the country's parliament on Thursday.
Peres died Wednesday from complications following a stroke. He was 93.
Scores of world leaders are expected to attend Peres' state funeral in Jerusalem on Friday, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and French President Francois Hollande. It is expected to be the largest such gathering in Israel since the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.
Two days after the first presidential debate, top aides and people close to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump admit the candidate's performance was subpar and that he must dramatically improve in his second showdown against Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.
While Trump has been actively spinning his debate performance as a win and insisting that any areas of imperfection were not his fault, his confidants were telling a different story.
The debate was a "disaster" for Trump, according to one source close to the campaign. Also dissatisfied with the debate performance were Trump's children, according to a campaign aide, who said they wish campaign leadership had forced him to take it more seriously.
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