October 18, 2017

A 37-year-old man suspected of killing three coworkers in Maryland earlier in the day was captured Wednesday evening in Delaware, police said.

Authorities said Radee Labeeb Prince walked into Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood, Maryland, shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday and shot five people before fleeing. Three were killed, and two remain in serious condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The owner of Advanced Granite Solutions said Prince had worked there for four months as a machine operator. After the shooting, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters the incident was "one of the most heinous acts we've ever seen in our county."

Prince is suspected of shooting an additional person less than two hours later in Wilmington, Delaware. Police there said Prince "had beefs" with the victim, who was shot twice and is expected to survive. Prince has an extensive criminal record, with 15 felony and four misdemeanor convictions in Delaware, ABC News reports. Catherine Garcia

June 15, 2017

Lyle Jeffs, a leader of the polygamist Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was arrested without incident Wednesday night in South Dakota after being on the lam for close to a year.

Jeffs, 57, was one of 11 members of the Mormon offshoot sect charged last year with felony conspiracy to defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and felony conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors say the men demanded that FLDS members hand over their SNAP cards, or use them at stores controlled by the FLDS so the benefits could be converted to cash. A tipster led police to a marina in Yankton, South Dakota, where Jeffs was living out of a Ford F-150 truck, the FBI said. Earlier this week, Jeffs came into a local pawn shop and made $37 by pawning two pairs of pliers; the owner told The Associated Press that Jeffs showed his ID, went by the name Jeffs Lyle Steed, and appeared to be nervous and "acting like a freak."

Jeffs, who is being held without bond and will be sent back to Utah, is the younger brother of the FLDS's imprisoned president, Warren Jeffs, who was once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. Warren Jeffs was also arrested while on the run, and later convicted of sexually abusing two girls he married as plural wives. He is serving a sentence of life plus 20 years in prison. Catherine Garcia

June 4, 2016

Editor's note: Muhammad Ali, one of the world's greatest boxers and one of the 20th century's biggest personalities, died on June 3, 2016 in Phoenix, after being hospitalized for respiratory problems. This article was originally published on Feb. 25, 2014.


It's hard to imagine a time when Muhammad Ali was the ultimate underdog.

But 50 years ago today, when Ali, known then as Cassius Clay, stepped into the ring with heavyweight champion Charles "Sonny" Liston, pretty much everyone thought the younger, less experienced Clay would be walloped.

Clay shouts at Liston during the weigh-in. | (Bettmann/CORBIS)

But Clay did not go down. Instead, Liston withdrew from the bout after the seventh round, citing a shoulder injury. Clay's subsequent celebration — jumping around the ring, shouting, "I'm king of the world!" and being restrained by his trainers — has become the stuff of legend, turning a relative unknown into the fighting force known as Muhammad Ali.

(Whether the fight was legitimate is another story altogether. The Washington Times acquired documents from the FBI suggesting the mob may have leaned on Liston to throw the fight.)

Let's take a look back at the fight that shook the boxing world:

Clay whips a right to Liston's head. | (AP Photo)

Liston misses a long left. | (Bettmann/CORBIS)

Liston drives a mean right to Clay's chin. | (Bettmann/CORBIS)

Clay throws a straight left to Liston's face. | (AP Photo)

Liston ducks low and weaves to escape a punch. | (AP Photo/stf)

Bobbing and weaving. | (AP Photo)

Clay's handlers hold him back after he defeats Liston, becoming the new heavyweight champion of the world. | (AP Photo)

Muhammad Ali shouts, "I am the greatest," as he leaves the ring. | (AP Photo)

Sarah Eberspacher

January 15, 2015

As a photographer in late 19th-century Nebraska, Solomon D. Butcher was a rarity.

Mack Downey Ranch in Georgetown, Custer County, Nebraska, 1903. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

Born in Virginia in 1856, Butcher moved West with his family in 1880. Although he quickly failed as a homesteader himself, he recognized early on that what his fellow settlers were doing represented an important moment for America. 

 Settlers moving into the North Loup River Valley of Nebraska in 1886. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

 James Pierce. Pierce had, as a kid, run away to sea, where he spent 12 years cruising the Pacific in pursuit of sperm whales. He abandoned his life on the water to take a Minnesota homestead, which failed. In 1880 he moved to Nebraska and established the Sommerford post office, named in honor of his English wife's hometown. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

Having spent some time as a photographer’s apprentice before his move, Butcher invested in his own photographic equipment. With some financial help from his father, he began traveling around Custer County, Nebraska, in 1886 photographing the homesteaders at work. He took photos through the turn of the century in and around his newly adopted home state.

He suffered many setbacks over the years and never saw financial success. In 1913, desperate for money, Butcher sold his entire collection of photographs to the Nebraska State Historical Society for only $600. While it wasn’t a great haul for the photographer, it’s a boon for the rest of us who now have access to his more than 3,000 photographs of the homesteading families of Nebraska.

 Sadie Austin was well-educated and noted for her refinement, including her accomplishments as a pianist. But she was also able to put on a split skirt and help the cowhands. She could sit a horse well and was noted for her shooting ability. She was the best-known cowgirl in Cherry County. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

 The Shores family, near Westerville, Custer County, Nebraska, 1887. Jerry Shores was one of a number of former slaves to settle in Custer County. He took a claim adjacent his brothers’, Moses Speese and Henry Webb (each had taken the name of his former owner). | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

Butcher’s photographs are some of the only images available from this time and place. But they are also unique to the canon of early American photography because of their perspective. Butcher’s subjects understood that these images were for more than just friends and family, that they were historical documents. Their poses and stern gazes reflect that weighty importance. They were not meant to look pretty, but instead to tell future generations what life was like as a homesteader.

 Sylvester Rawding brought his family to Nebraska in the 1880s. In 1886, they brought their lunch outside on a muddy day so that photographer Solomon Butcher could capture the family on film. Sylvester was a Union Army Civil War veteran, wounded during a skirmish near Mobile, Alabama. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

 Ned Dunlap, known as Kearney, Nebraska's only real cowboy, 1902. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

One of the most striking features of these photos is the pride the homesteaders show. Many of those photographed were the first landowners in their family. Homesteaders often lined up their most prized possessions in the photos to show the scope of their ownership.

One woman, reportedly embarrassed by her sod house, requested that the family be photographed with her pump organ instead. They dragged the organ out into the yard — farm animals and wagons can be seen in the background — then dragged it back into the house after the photo was taken.

 David Hilton Family. Mrs. Hilton and her eldest daughter were adamant that they not be photographed in front of their sod house, because they wished to send copies of the picture to friends and relatives elsewhere. But they did want to be seen with their new pump organ, so they made Mr. Hilton and the photographer drag the organ out of the house for the photographs, then drag it back in again. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

 Omer Madison Kem family near Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska, 1886. Omer Kem enjoys the distinction of having been the only Nebraskan elected to the United States House of Representatives (1891-96) while living in a sod house. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

"These are folks who look at the world around them, see the sweat they've put into it and think, 'yep, this is pretty good,'" says historian John E. Carter and author of Solomon D. Butcher: Photographing the American Dream.

Because of this difference in composition and style, Butcher’s photographers offer historians more accurate clues into what life was like during this time in the newly established American West.

"Solomon Butcher is one of America's most important photographers because he photographed the laboratory in which a truly American culture was forged," says Carter.

 The Chrisman Sisters, 1886: Lizzie Chrisman filed the first of the sisters' homestead claims in 1887. Lutie Chrisman filed the following year and the other two sisters, Jennie Ruth and Hattie, had to wait until 1892, when they came of age, to file. | (Nebraska State Historical Society)

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*Find out more about Solomon Butcher and the collection at the Library of Congress.* Shannon Geis

January 9, 2015

Sumatran tiger cubs and their parents in their enclosure at the London Zoo. | (REUTERS/Toby Melville)

A worker at a copper refinery in Ventanas, Chile. | (REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido)

John Boehner kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after being re-elected as House speaker at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. | (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Russian Cossacks, dressed in traditional uniform, guard the territory outside the Kazan Cathedral in Stavropol, Russia. | (REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko)

Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Myanmar. | (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Mourners in New York City honor those who died in the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. | (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A crew member waits for the passenger stairs in the doorway of Air Force One upon the arrival of President Barack Obama at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C. | (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

A Palestinian boy looks out through a hole in his family's house, which witnesses said was damaged by Israeli shelling during the July-August fighting between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza militants, in Gaza City. | (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. | (REUTERS/Amit Dave)

Law enforcement officers stand, with some turning their backs, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on a video monitor outside the funeral for NYPD officer Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York. | (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

An image released by NASA this week shows the Hubble telescope's photograph of the iconic Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation." | (REUTERS/NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team)

A girl looks on among Afghan women lining up to receive winter relief assistance donated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kabul. | (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)

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January 8, 2015

"Hey, hey, hey!"

The call comes through a crackling radio and it's a siren to the residents of Barrow, Alaska, a city located above the Arctic Circle at the northernmost tip of the state. The call means only one thing — fishermen have caught a bowhead whale and it's time for residents to gather by the shore.

Fredrick Brower, center, helps cut up a bowhead whale caught by Inupiat subsistence hunters on a field near Barrow. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Barrow is home to the Inupiat, one of Alaska's native communities, who rely heavily on the annual fall whaling season, The Associated Press writes. Skin and blubber from a bowhead whale — one of the world's largest mammals — can keep a family fed much more effectively than the overpriced grocery stores that fly in food and mark up the cost accordingly.

And so down to the shore the Inupiats go, along with officials who inspect the legality of the catch. Once they get the OK, everyone pitches in on the arduous and grisly job of butchering the massive whale. Using knives and hooks, the residents divide up the catch, a gift from the nearby Chukchi Sea. Below, a look at this 1,000-year-old hunting tradition, very much alive and celebrated in the great white North.

Molly Pederson, right, and daughter Laura Patkotak take a selfie in front of the captured whale. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help butcher the catch. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

An Inupiat whaler looks on as the bowhead whale is hauled onto shore. Each fall, whaling is done in small boats and with few crew members. Once a whale is caught, it is pulled ashore by the tiny boats, an effort that often takes hours. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A boy holds on to the baleen of the whale before the butchering begins. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A cutter takes a break and drinks a soup of boiled bowhead whale meat and blubber. As workers continue with the cutting and hooking of the whale blubber, others prepare the soup to warm the crews. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Kendra Aiken stands wearing a parka made by her grandmother, in front of the whale. Children of Barrow too small to help are still brought down to the whale, while family members explain the process. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A cutter slices through skin and blubber. Following tradition, a section of the skin and blubber will be reserved for the captain of the boat, who will open his home to the community for a feast in the coming days. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A light running on a generator illuminates a man as he passes by the giant bones of the whale in a field near Barrow. Whale bones are coveted by many in Barrow, often used to adorn the grave sites of loved ones. | (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Sarah Eberspacher

January 6, 2015

In a forest outside of Bangui, Central African Republic, men make their living hunting tiny, delicate creatures. With trained eyes, they spot the butterflies, swoop in with huge nets, and capture the dancing insects in a way that preserves each specimen's unique beauty. The day's catch is then sold to artists.

Butterfly hunter Didier Memikata, 48, gathers a haul of butterflies. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

Mosaics made from the butterflies' wings are a popular art form in the country. The two-dimensional works tell visual stories by layering the appendages that once gave the insects flight. The resulting, almost sculptural pictures are both vibrant and heartbreaking. Below, images of the hunters and artists who make these living tiles.

A finished work of butterfly wing art is displayed, representing historic figures in Central African Republic's history. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

Dieupourvoit Dack, 20, hunts for butterflies in Botimbo village, south of Bangui. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

Butterfly hunter Devigny Ndakpa-Dack, 52, holds his prize. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

An artist cuts up butterfly wings for mosaics in Bangui. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

An apprentice works on a mosaic. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

Didier Memikata holds out butterflies he caught in Botimbo village. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney)

A finished work of butterfly wing art, showing the Central African Republic flag, is displayed in Bangui. | (REUTERS/Joe Penney) Sarah Eberspacher

January 2, 2015

Two polar bears recline in the snow at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna. | (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader)

A member of Indonesia's Red Cross organization prepares coffins for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, at the main hospital in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia. | (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

A monarch butterfly rests on a visitor's hand at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California. | (REUTERS/Michael Fiala)

Finland's Lauri Asikainen soars through the air during a trial jump at the Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. | (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

A Buddhist monk participates in Nyigma Monlam (world peace) prayers at the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. | (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Sergei Selekh plays with his 6-month-old tamed wolves on the outskirts of Gaina in Belarus. | (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to the New York City Police Academy graduating class. | (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a storage oil tank in the port of Es Sider in Ras Lanuf, Libya. | (REUTERS/Stringer)

Pedro Guevara of Mexico celebrates after he beat Japan's Akira Yaegashi during their WBC boxing light flyweight title bout in Tokyo. | (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

A woman runs through Victoria Park at sunrise in Leicester, England. | (REUTERS/Darren Staples)

People toss confetti over Times Square from a hotel balcony after the clock strikes midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations in New York. | (REUTERS/Keith Bedford)

An Indian Air Force soldier stretches the arms of her colleague during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. | (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

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