The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in the southern state of Georgia. Theodore VanKirk, also known as "Dutch," died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. VanKirk flew nearly 60 bombing missions, but it was a single mission in the Pacific that secured him a place in history. He was 24 years old when he served as navigator on the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb deployed in wartime over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.
The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. "I wouldn't say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks," Chicago attorney Joseph Siprut said. "It's changed college sports forever."
A humanitarian group says a British Columbia doctor who recently returned from a trip to West Africa to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak is not under any kind of quarantine, contrary to initial reports. Samaritan's Purse had told CTV News that Dr. Azaria Marthyman, who returned to Victoria on Saturday after spending several weeks in Liberia, had voluntarily placed himself under quarantine at home as a precaution. "He decided that it had been a couple of pretty exhausting weeks in Liberia and contacted his staff and said, 'Would you cancel my appointments for the week? The initial report appeared to underscore the dangers faced by health-care workers treating patients during the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor to oversee 15 campuses. Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011. He would replace Francisco Cigarroa, the first Hispanic person to serve as Texas system chancellor, who is stepping down after five years. With nine academic and six health campuses, the Texas system has more than 215,000 students, about 90,000 employees and a $14 billion budget.
At first, Craig Premack, 59, thought he was hearing firecrackers near Spences Bridge while he was taking part in a 600-kilometre, two-day cycling event called the Cache Creek 600. "But then my right forearm just blew up," Premack said at a police news conference Tuesday. Premack said the bullet entered his right forearm, just below his elbow. Premack said he slowed the bleeding with a tourniquet he fashioned out of a pair of pants, and hoped his cycling buddies would soon come by.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and bestselling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. A federal jury sided with Ventura in his lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who was killed last year in Texas. Though Ventura honed a tough-guy reputation as a pro wrestler and action movie actor, he maintained the legal battle was about clearing his name among his beloved fellow Navy SEALs, not about losing a supposed fight. "He's certainly grateful for the verdict, but his reputation with an entire generation of young SEALs may never be repaired," Olsen said, adding, "It is a victory in the sense that the jury did tell the world that Chris Kyle's story is a lie and was a fabrication."
The CEO of the international organization that represents the world's air carriers has targeted military and intelligence agencies, saying they have a moral duty to ensure that innocent people are not put in harm's way. "All these agencies of government, including intelligence or military defence agencies, have as their overriding responsibility the safety and lives of innocent people," Tony Tyler of the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday. He made the comment at a joint news conference where ICAO, the UN body that governs civil aviation, announced it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The plane was shot down in mid-July by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine.
By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked. Twitter, which has battled to reverse a steady decline in its once-heady pace of growth, surpassed targets for virtually every metric Wall Street scrutinizes. Before Tuesday's after-hours surge, Twitter had lost about 40 percent of its market value since the start of 2014. "The expectations going in had become quite low," said Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia.
The City of Montreal wants to standardize bike path rules across the cityÂ that right now vary from borough to borough.Â â€‹ The city councillor who heads the executive committeeÂ onÂ transportation issues says theÂ plan will make it clear what modes of transportation will beÂ allowed on bike paths. Salem saidÂ thatÂ regular bicycles, inline skatesÂ and motorized wheelchairs willÂ be allowed on bike paths under the new rules.
Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating blows that left the packed territory's 1.7 million people cut off from power and water and sent the overall death toll soaring past 1,200, Hamas' shadowy military leader remained defiant as he insisted that the Islamic militants would not cease fire until its demands are met. The comments by Mohammed Deif in an audiotape broadcast on a Hamas satellite TV channel cast new doubt on international cease-fire efforts. Aides to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Egypt was trying to bring Israeli and Palestinian delegations together in Cairo for new talks in which Hamas would be presented this time as part of the Palestinian team.
A 9-year-old U.S. girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she walked with her father has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Oceana Irizarry's father also was killed Sunday. The two were walking along a Florida beach when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems. Ommy Irizarry, a U.S. Army sergeant celebrating his ninth anniversary with wife Rebecca, died at the scene.