May 2, 2018

Roller coaster stalls, leaving dozens hanging midair

ABC News(OSAKA, Japan) -- More than 60 thrill seekers were left hanging in midair for about two hours on Tuesday when a roller coaster stalled at a Universal Studios amusement park in western Japan. Riders on the Flying Dinosaur were suspended upside down, some 100 feet off the ground, when the ride made a sudden emergency stop, according to local media reports. The 64 passengers were safely removed by park staff through an emergency passage, according to NHK. There were no injuries were reporte..
May 1, 2018

Vatican Cardinal Pell to stand trial on sex assault charges

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cardinal George Pell was ordered to stand trial on decades-old sexual assault charges on Tuesday, making him the most senior official to be tried in the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. Pell, who serves as Pope Francis' chief financial adviser, pleaded not guilty before an Australian magistrate. He was ordered to appear in court again on Wednesday. The charges against Pell were first announced last June. Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington ..
May 1, 2018

US backed rebels in Syria resume fight against ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S.-backed rebel force in Syria says it will resume its offensive to defeat ISIS in the country. The renewed offensive comes months after the fight against ISIS in eastern Syria stalled after Kurdish fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces headed to western Syria to help fight off a Turkish military incursion against other Kurdish forces in Afrin Province. But with Turkish forces taking Afrin in mid-March, SDF forces have began trickling back to..
May 1, 2018

Dispute over gay marriage-themed cake in Northern Ireland returns to Supreme Court

iStock/Thinkstock(BELFAST) -- A Northern Ireland bakery run by evangelical Christians has launched a new appeal to overturn two previous rulings that they discriminated against a customer who requested a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan in 2014. Gareth Lee placed an order at the Ashers Baking Co. in May 2014 for a cake depicting Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie, along with a motto supporting equal marriage, for an event marking International Day Against Homophobia. The bakers refunded ..