×
FOLLOW THE WEEK ON FACEBOOK
July 4, 2018
Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

A woman who climbed onto the base of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday is now in custody after police used ropes to get up to her.

Seven other protesters were arrested earlier after they unfurled a banner reading "Abolish ICE" at the statue's pedestal. The protesters are part of a group named Rise and Resist, organizer Martin Joseph Quinn told CNN, but he said the woman's climb was not planned as part of the demonstration. After the woman scaled the statue, Liberty Island was evacuated.

A law enforcement official told CNN the NYPD did not believe the woman would come down on her own, and that's why they climbed up there using a rope rescue system. Catherine Garcia

June 28, 2018

At least five people were killed Thursday at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, law enforcement officials said.

The Capital Gazette is a local daily newspaper in the city, owned by The Baltimore Sun. The suspect has been described by police as a white male in his late 30s; he is in custody and being interviewed by investigators. Police said the gunman used a shotgun in the attack.

Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Ryan Frashure said that officers arrived at the newspaper's building within about a minute of when they were alerted to the incident, and did not exchange gunfire with the suspect before taking him into custody.

The gunman "shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees," Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis tweeted, adding that he believed multiple people had been killed. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Davis said the scene was "like a war zone." The Week Staff

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout.

June 3, 2018
Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images

The Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted on Sunday, leaving at least seven people dead, 20 injured, and an undetermined number missing.

The volcano is about 27 miles from Guatemala City, and National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas said in the village of El Rodeo, there's a "river of lava that overflowed its bank," and there are "injured, burned, and dead people." Two of the dead are children, who were watching the eruption from a bridge. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from communities near the volcano, and the La Aurora airport has been closed because of the ash. This is Fuego's second eruption this year. Catherine Garcia

May 3, 2018
Kevan Kamibayashi/U.S. Geological Survey via AP

Following several days of earthquakes, the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island began to spew ash and released lava into a residential neighborhood Thursday evening.

Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said mandatory evacuations are underway in the area, affecting about 10,000 people. On Thursday morning, a magnitude 5.0 quake centered south of the Puu Oo crater rattled the Big Island. Catherine Garcia

April 3, 2018
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The suspect in Tuesday's shooting at YouTube headquarters near San Francisco was a woman in her 30s, senior law enforcement officials told NBC News, and it appears the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.

The woman, who died on the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, walked up to an outdoor patio and dining area while people were eating lunch and opened fire, NBC News reports.

Three people were wounded in the shooting and rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, with a 36-year-old man in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman in serious condition, and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition. A fourth person was reported by police to have been injured, but no details have been released on their condition. Catherine Garcia

March 20, 2018
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Authorities in Austin, Texas, responded to an explosion at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city Tuesday night. One person was injured.

The victim is a male in his 30s, and his injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening. The Austin Police Department later tweeted that it was "not a bomb, rather an incendiary device" that went off inside a package, and "at this time, we have no reason to believe this incident is related to previous package bombs." The injured man, a Goodwill employee, took a box of donations "around the corner, and upon looking inside of it, it had two small devices that are artillery simulators that looked like some type of military ordinance or some type of memento," assistant Austin Police chief Ely Reyes said in a press conference late Tuesday. The incendiary device was also described as a flare.

There has been a string of bombings throughout Austin since March 2, and police believe that those incidents are connected. Two people have been killed, and four others seriously injured since the first bomb exploded inside a package. Early Tuesday, a package exploded at a FedEx shipping center 60 miles south of Austin, and the FBI said a suspicious package reported at a FedEx distribution center near Austin's airport "contained an explosive device."

This is a breaking news story, and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

March 14, 2018
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The special House election in western Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district is too close to call, with Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone neck and neck, and Libertarian Drew Miller drawing more votes than the difference between Lamb and Saccone.

With all precincts reporting and many absentee votes counted, Lamb has 49.8 percent of the vote and Saccone has 49.6 percent; Miller is bringing up the rear with 0.6 percent.

Lamb, 33, is a Marine veteran and former prosecutor, while Saccone, 60, is a Republican state lawmaker. The House seat was vacated when former Rep. Tim Murphy (R) resigned after it was reported he asked his mistress to have an abortion. In 2016, President Trump won the district by 20 points. Catherine Garcia

March 11, 2018
New York City Police Department via AP

Five people were killed Sunday evening when a helicopter crashed into New York City's East River and then flipped on its side, authorities said.

There were six people on board the helicopter; one was rescued by a tugboat, and five were "recovered by divers," officials said. During a news conference, FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced the pilot was able to free himself from the helicopter, and of the five deceased passengers, three died at the hospital and two were pronounced dead at the scene.

New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said the helicopter is owned by Liberty Helicopter Tours, and was being used for a private photo shoot.

This is a developing story, and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

See More Speed Reads