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Tuesday
May032016

Baby Rescued from Kenyan Building Rubble After Three Days

Bonny Odhiambo/Kenya Red Cross(NAIROBI, Kenya) — A 6-month-old baby girl has been rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building in Nairobi, Kenya, after surviving by herself for nearly 80 hours.

“She appeared dehydrated,” the Kenya Red Cross said in a statement, adding she had “no visible physical injuries” and had been taken for treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Her father, Ralson Saisi Wasike, positively identified the baby as his daughter after being reunited through the Red Cross Tracing Services.

At least 21 people died after a residential building collapsed during heavy rains Friday, while 135 have been injured and 117 have been reported missing, according to the Kenya Red Cross.

The owners of the building are being held for questioning.

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Tuesday
May032016

US Serviceman Killed in Combat by ISIS Forces in Northern Iraq

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. serviceman was killed in Northern Iraq Tuesday by direct fire from ISIS forces that penetrated several miles across Kurdish lines.

The announcement of the third U.S. death in combat against ISIS was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who was in Stuttgart, Germany, to attend the change-of-command ceremony at U.S. European Command.

"I'm getting reports a U.S. service member has been killed in Iraq," Carter said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with that service member's family."

Carter highlighted the combat risks the roughly 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq still face even though they are officially in a training, advise and assist mission. "It shows you it's a serious fight that we have to wage in Iraq," he said.

A U.S. defense official confirmed to ABC News that around 9:30 a.m. local time ISIS forces penetrated the Kurdish Peshmerga front lines near Irbil.

"This morning a U.S. servicemember advising and assisting Peshmerga forces was killed by enemy fire north of Mosul," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement.

"The casualty occurred during an ISIL attack on a Peshmerga position approximately three to five kilometers behind the forward line of troops.”

His identity has not been released.

A Defense official told ABC News that the serviceman was killed by ISIS fire after ISIS forces broke through the Peshmerga lines to his position. In line with his advise-and-assist duties to Kurdish forces, the service member was located away from the front lines.

The official said the ISIS attack was repelled by 23 airstrikes carried out by F-15 jets and drones that had been called in to support the coalition and Kurdish forces.

It is unclear how many Peshmerga casualties resulted from the incident.

This is the third U.S. combat-hostile fire death in Iraq since U.S. forces returned in June 2014. There have been 13 non-hostile deaths in Iraq and in the region associated with the anti-ISIS mission.

In late-March, Marine Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, was killed by ISIS rocket fire on his artillery support base near Makhmour in northern Iraq.

Last October, Army Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler, 39, was killed in a raid in northern Iraq that rescued 70 Iraqi hostages taken by ISIS. Wheeler, a member of the elite Delta Force, was advising and assisting Kurdish forces that launched the raid and was caught in the crossfire that ensued after his team helped repel heavy ISIS fire.


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Monday
May022016

Kerry Discusses 'Out of Control' Syrian Conflict, Plan for Nationwide Ceasefire

John Moore/Getty Images(GENEVA) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian conflict is "in many ways out of control" as he looks to Russia for help in brokering a nationwide cessation of hostilities, according to BBC.

Kerry, who is in Geneva for talks on how to salvage the crumbling Syrian ceasefire, said progress was being made on a plan to stop violence in Aleppo, where more than a week of fighting has killed over 250 civilians. He said fighting needed to stop in order to start negotiating an end to the country's five-year civil war.

"The United Nations Security Council resolution calls for a full country, country-wide cessation, and that all of the country be accessible for humanitarian assistance," he said Monday.

For Aleppo, the U.S. is considering drawing up with the Russians a detailed map that would lay out "safe zones." Civilians and members of moderate opposition groups covered by the truce could find shelter from persistent attacks by Assad's military, which claims to be targeting terrorists. It is so far unclear if the Russians will accept such a plan.

"We are talking directly to the Russians, even now," Kerry said. "The hope is that we will make some progress."

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Monday
May022016

US Cruise Ship Docks in Cuba

iStock/Thinkstock(HAVANA) -- A U.S. cruise ship docked in Havana Monday morning, marking the first time a ship has arrived in Cuba from a U.S. seaport in decades.

The Adonia ship, run by Carnival, left from Miami Sunday. The historic trip represents a new step in normalizing U.S.-Cuban relations.

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Monday
May022016

Marines Investigate Possible Misidentification in Iconic Iwo Jima Photo

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Marine Corps is reviewing whether one of the six men photographed raising the flag on Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic photos of World War II was misidentified in 1945. The review was prompted by the work of two amateur historians who have reviewed other photographs taken the day of the flag raising that suggest Navy Corpsman John Bradley was not one of the six men photographed raising the flag on Mount Suribachi.

"The Marine Corps is examining information provided by a private organization related Joe Rosenthal's Associated Press photograph of the second flag raising on Iwo Jima," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

"Rosenthal's photo captured a single moment in the 36-day battle during which more than 6,500 US servicemen made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation and it is representative of the more than 70,000 US Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen that took part in the battle," said the statement. "We are humbled by the service and sacrifice of all who fought on Iwo Jima."

The Omaha World-Herald was first to report that the Marines had launched a review of the evidence collected by Eric Krelle of Omaha, Nebraska, and Stephen Foley, of Wexford, Ireland. Their work was profiled by the newspaper in 2014.

The famous photo taken on Feb. 23, 1945, captured the second raising of a flag on Mount Suribachi, supposedly to replace a smaller flag raised earlier that day with a larger one.

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's photograph quickly became popular and has since become a symbol of the Marine Corps, a large sculpture of the flag raising near Arlington Cemetery in Arlington overlooks the nation's capital and is a popular tourist destination.

After taking the photo, Rosenthal did not track down the names of the six men who raised the flag. That was left to the Marine Corps, who were pressed to identify them after the photo gained in popularity and was used as part of a major war bond drive.

The Marines identified the six men as Marine Privates Harlon Block, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Michael Strank and Navy Corpsman John Bradley. Block, Sousley and Strank were killed in the fighting that carried on for another month on Iwo Jima after the photo was taken.

In its 2014 story, the Omaha World-Herald said that during an extended recovery from hernia surgery, Stephen Foley began reading books about the Battle of Iwo Jima. His attention soon focused on the photo of the flag raising that was on the cover of one of the books. He noted discrepancies in the clothing associated with the figure identified as Bradley when he began seeing other photos of Bradley that day that had been posted on the internet.

Among other things, he noted that the man identified as Bradley, the second man from the left seen erecting the flagpole, was wearing uncuffed pants that hung down over his boots and wore what appeared to be a soft utility cap under his helmet.

Other photos taken the same day as the flag raising show Bradley's pants were cuffed above his shoes and does not show a soft cap under his helmet.

Foley later sought the help of Krelle, who runs a website about the history of the 5th Marine Division, which fought at Iwo Jima.

Based on a review of other photos taken at Mount Suribachi, the two men said they are confident that the man identified as Bradley was another Marine private, Harold Henry Schultz, who died in 1995.

The lives of the six men identified as the flag raisers was the focus of the best-selling book "Flags Of Our Fathers" written by Bradley's son, James Bradley, in 2000. The book was later adapted into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Monday
May022016

Prince Harry, Justin Trudeau Launch 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Prince Harry met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Toronto on Monday to launch the 2017 Invictus Games.

Harry was there for the countdown to the third Invictus Games, a sports event similar to the Olympics with wounded veterans, which will be held in the provincial capital of Ontario in September 2017.

More than 600 competitors from 16 nations will participate in the 2017 games.

The fifth in line for the British throne told wounded veterans at the Royal York Hotel that he was first inspired to back the Invictus Games when he was riding home on a military flight with three badly wounded soldiers in 2008, according to CBC.

He then said he realized the healing power of competition when he saw a wounded athlete competition in Colorado.

"Seeing so many men and women competing against each other with huge beaming smiles made me realize how powerful this concept was," he said according to CBC. "Sport is what made the difference. Sport could help these guys fix their lives and those around them."

Prince Harry and Trudeau also attended a sledge hockey game at Ryerson University's Mattamy Athletic Centre alongside Toronto Mayor John Tory, as sledge hockey will be included in the Invictus Games for the first time next year.

"It was a very easy decision once we handed the Games over to Canada," the prince said according to CBC.

Harry will next head to Orlando ahead of this year's games that start on Sunday.

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Monday
May022016

British Father's T-Shirt Sparks Conversation About Parental Equality

Courtesy of Al Ferguson(CANTERBURY, England) -- A British father's T-shirt with the words "Dads don't babysit. (It's called 'parenting')" emblazoned across it has sparked an online conversation about the perception of fathers.

Al Ferguson, of Kent, United Kingdom, told ABC News he's posted a photo of himself wearing the shirt several times on Facebook. But when he uploaded the same shot last week, it took off for some reason, earning thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.

The father of three is thrilled by the attention, since it's his personal mission to push back against negative stereotypes about dads on his website, The Dad Network.

"It's all about parental equality really," he explained. "I'm a really big advocate for moms and they're wonderful but I think dads get a raw deal. I just want us all to be perceived the same."

Ferguson, 28, said he's been victim to some parenting stereotypes. He recalled a time when he was with his children and someone assumed he was taking the day off from work.

"And I'm thinking, 'Well no, I'm a stay-at-home dad and I look after my family.' And it's the assumption that I'm looking to stop," he added.

Ferguson said he hopes the T-shirt, which was designed by the National At-Home Dad Network, is a fun and lighthearted way to change perceptions, especially since he considers being a father "an honor."

"The best thing is watching them grow and develop and change and become little people," he said, "and the best part is that you have influence over that."

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Monday
May022016

SpaceX Updates Falcon 9 Rocket Capabilities

SpaceX(NEW YORK) -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket can carry nearly twice as much into orbit than was previously listed, according to an update on the company's website over the weekend.

The rocket, which has been used to send the Dragon spacecraft on cargo runs to the International Space Station and launch satellites into orbit, can now launch up to 50,265-pounds into low earth orbit, according to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk. The realization was determined after additional testing.

The new metrics are only for expendable missions, according to Musk, meaning rockets the company tries to land back on Earth will have to carry 30 to 40 percent less payload. SpaceX also says the Falcon 9 can carry up to 8,860-pounds of cargo to Mars.

The company gave an update on its Falcon Heavy rocket, which has yet to fly. The $90 million rocket, which has 27 Merlin engines, can launch up to 29,980-pounds on a journey to Mars. SpaceX announced last week the company is targeting its first Mars mission for 2018.

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Monday
May022016

Solar Impulse Plane Begins First Leg of US Flight Path

KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Solar Impulse plane took off in darkness from San Francisco Monday morning for the first leg of its journey across the United States.

The solar-powered plane is expected to finish the 720-mile journey Monday night when it lands at Phoenix Goodyear Airport. While the early-morning darkness may seem less than ideal for a plane that is powered by the sun, Solar Impulse is equipped to fly day and night because of solar-energy stored in batteries on the aircraft.

The plane weighs over 5,000 pounds; about the same size of a truck. Solar Impulse arrived in San Francisco last week, marking the completion of its Pacific Ocean crossing.

The trip began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, with stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan, before flying over the Pacific Ocean and reaching Hawaii in July 2015.

Solar Impulse was grounded in Hawaii after the plane's battery system sustained damage during the Japan-to-Hawaii leg of the trip. After at least two planned stops in the United States, Solar Impulse will fly from New York to Europe, according to the project's website. The final leg, which will be from either Europe or Northern Africa to Abu Dhabi, is expected to take 120 hours and be completed this summer.

Pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard began the pioneering project with the goal of highlighting clean energy.

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Monday
May022016

Happy Birthday, Princess Charlotte! Inside Her Adorable 1st Year

Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge turns 1 Monday.

Kensington Palace released four new photos of Princess Charlotte at Prince William and Kate's home Amner Hall in Norfolk to mark the toddler's first birthday. The photographs were taken by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge in April.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to be able to share four new photographs of Princess Charlotte," a Kensington Palace spokesman said in a statement. "The Duke and Duchess are very happy to be able to share these important family moments and hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."

The fourth in line to the British throne is shown walking, or nearly walking, in a couple of the photos. The Duke and Duchess released a similar photograph of their son Prince George when he was walking at the same age.

The first daughter, and second child, of Prince William, 33, and Kate, 34, was welcomed into the world last year as a cherubic 8-pound, 3-ounces newborn. Princess Charlotte, as she is known, has grown into an adorably happy baby who was recently seen smiling on the lap of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The world has seen glimpses of Charlotte in official photographs released by the royal family. Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have given us glimpses of Charlotte's life through their own words.

Take a look back at a doting Prince William and Kate's excitement throughout Charlotte's first year.

'I Feel Very, Very Lucky'

Kate gave her first solo interview in March to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday and revealed she was thrilled that her fifth great-grandchild was a little girl.

"The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here,” Duchess Kate said. "It's very special having a new little girl."

The duchess added, "I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister."

Duchess Kate herself took the first official photos of Princess Charlotte. The series of four photos, released last June, showed Prince George holding his baby sister at the family's Norfolk country home, Anmer Hall.

 
'A Little Joy of Heaven'

Prince William spoke movingly in July about the first two months with Charlotte.

“It has been fantastic and she has been a little joy of heaven. But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He’s a little monkey," William told the U.K.'s The Telegraph.

William reflected on juggling his children, work, and royal responsibilities.

"Obviously, at some point there is going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life, but at the moment I'm juggling the two of them and a young family and I'm enjoying the challenge," he said.

'Concentrating Very Much on My Role as a Father'

In a very personal interview with the BBC’s Royal Correspondent Nick Witchell in April, Prince William spoke movingly about fatherhood and the importance of his family at this point in his life.

“I’m concentrating very much on my role as a father," William said. "I’m a new father and I take my duties and my responsibilities to my family very seriously and I want to bring my children up as good people with the idea of service and duty to others as very important."

'Ladylike' and 'Delightful'

Prince William described Princess Charlotte as being very "ladylike" at six months while Prince George very "lively." He called both of his children "delightful."

'Getting Bigger'

"Charlotte is getting bigger and getting on well with her noisy big brother," Duchess Kate told well-wishers in Wales of 6-month-old Charlotte.

'Very Easy, Very Sweet'

Speaking at a charity event in February, Prince William joked about a rambunctious Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

"No broken bones yet but they're trying. Running around, pushing things, jumping," he said. "Please tell me it gets easier."

"Charlotte is very easy, very sweet but all the fathers say, 'Just you wait. When they get to 9, 10, 11, they go crazy,'" William added. "I'm looking forward to it. There will be some drama."

'The Villa Fan'

Just weeks after Charlotte's birth, Prince William spoke to BBC Sport about his love for soccer and joked about having a hard time letting his children pick their own favorite teams instead of his favorite, Aston Villa.

“The responsible thing would be to say, to let [George] make his own mind up, but I think I might be quite biased," William told BBC Sport.

“It'll probably end up being that Charlotte is the Villa fan and George will go and support someone else!” William said, referring to his newborn daughter.

A group of female soccer players -- who presented William with a soccer jersey for Charlotte -- said the new dad reported being up at night with Charlotte.

"He was saying he's obviously really enjoying being a father and Princess Charlotte is actually keeping him up and probably why his eyes are looking a little bit tired,” England's women's team captain Steph Houghton told the U.K.’s The Telegraph.

'Strong Family Values'

Famed photographer Mario Testino called the opportunity to photograph Princess Charlotte's christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the queen's Sandringham estate an "amazing experience."

"What impressed me the most was the energy of the family, and of that between the Duke and Duchess. One sees how solid they are together and one gets a sense of their strong family values," he said in a statement. "It was incredible to be able to document four generations of the British Royal Family together -- the monarch and three heirs to the throne -- and very heartwarming to see the close relationship between them all."

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