Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an African-American who only officially became a Republican last year, has found an opening in the wide-open race in which 13 candidates are running for the White House. In polls, Carson outperforms most of his fellow candidates, who often have much bigger media profiles, much more political experience and in many cases have track records as governors or senators.
Greece announced early Monday it will shut banks for a week and impose capital controls, pleading for calm after anxious citizens emptied cash machines in a dramatic escalation of the country's debt crisis. Banks will be closed until July 6 -- the day after a referendum on bailout proposals -- with a 60-euro ($65) limit on ATM withdrawals, but foreign tourists, a vital engine of the Greek economy, will be exempt from the restrictions, a decree published in the official government gazette said. The drastic measures to protect Greece's banking system against the threat of mass panic came after the European Central Bank said it would not increase its financial support to Greek lenders, despite early signs of a chaotic bank run.
David Sweat, one of two New York state inmates who escaped from prison three weeks ago, was shot by police near the Canadian border and rushed to a local hospital on Sunday, two days after his accomplice was killed, authorities said. Some 1,300 members of law enforcement took part in the search through the forests and bogs of northern New York. Sweat, 35, was shot twice and taken into custody in the town of Constable, 23 miles (37 km) north of Duane, where his accomplice was fatally shot on Friday, authorities said.
The nation's top court said on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to wed, handing a victory to the American gay rights movement. Paxton said in a statement that hundreds of public officials in Texas were seeking guidance on how to implement what he called a lawless and flawed decision by an "activist" court.
By David Adams CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - In the midst of mourning the nine victims gunned down at a historic African-American church in Charleston earlier this month, retired nurse Vickie Countryman found herself shopping for an upcoming wedding. Countryman, 60, was stunned when she learned that one of the massacre victims was the assistant's cousin. "Her parting words to me were: 'It's okay, we're going to be okay'," said Countryman.
A convicted murderer who escaped from a maximum-security New York prison three weeks ago has been shot and captured, authorities and media said Sunday, two days after his fellow escapee was shot dead. David Sweat was wounded just two miles (three kilometers) south of the Canadian border and taken to the hospital, several television networks reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed on Twitter that Sweat had been captured.
Law enforcement teams battled driving rain in upstate New York on Sunday in their manhunt for an inmate who escaped from a maximum security prison more than three weeks ago, after police shot and killed his accomplice on Friday. Convicted murderer David Sweat, 35, was still at large after pulling off an elaborate scheme to break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles from the Canadian border. The manhunt has focused on the remote, heavily wooded area near the border in northern New York since Sweat's accomplice Richard Matt was shot dead by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Malone, about 27 miles (43 km) northwest of Dannemora.
An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to the International Space Station. "The vehicle has broken up," said NASA commentator George Diller, after NASA television broadcast images of the white rocket falling to pieces. The disaster was the first of its kind for the California-based company headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, who has led a series of successful launches even as competitor Orbital Sciences lost one of its rockets in an explosion in October, and a Russian supply ships was lost in April.
By Zoubier Souissi SOUSSE, Tunisia (Reuters) - Hundreds of armed police patrolled the streets of Tunisia's beach resorts on Sunday and the government said it will deploy hundreds more inside hotels after the Islamist militant attack in Sousse that killed 39 foreigners, mostly Britons. Thousands of tourists have left Tunisia since Friday's attack, which has shocked the North African country that relies heavily on tourism for jobs and foreign currency revenues. Britain's Foreign Office warned late on Saturday that Islamist militants may launch further attacks in Tunisia after a gunman opened fire on the Imperial Marhaba resort in the deadliest such attack in Tunisia's modern history.
Shots were fired at a gay pride event in San Francisco, leaving one man injured, city police said. The incident was believed to have occurred when several groups of men unrelated to the pride event "got in a verbal argument near or inside the venue," the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement. The pride spectator who was shot was believed to be "unrelated to the dispute", SFPD officer Carlos Manfredi told AFP.
Witnesses described the scene at a Taiwan water park as "hell" after a ball of fire ripped through a crowd, with authorities putting the number of injured at more than 500 on Sunday, almost 200 of them seriously. The number of those injured in the blast late Saturday, which came as coloured powder being sprayed on the partygoers ignited, more than doubled as authorities began to track down victims who had taken themselves to hospital or been ferried there by others. One male student who sustained minor injuries described the scene as "hell".