Former President Barack Obama will travel to his father's homeland of Kenya next month as part of a trip that will include stops in South Africa, Spain and Portugal. Obama will visit Kenya from July 15-16, where he'll attend the inauguration of a youth sports center founded by his sister, Auma Obama. The vocational center in Siaya County aims to provide educational and economic opportunities to help young people serve their communities, and shares a similar mission as the former President's Obama Foundation. read more
A Spanish galleon laden with gold that sank to the bottom of the Caribbean off the coast of Colombia more than 300 years ago was found three years ago with the help of an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the agency disclosed for the first time. New details about the discovery of the San Jose were released on Monday with permission from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian government. "We've been holding this under wraps out of respect for the Colombian government," said Rob Munier, WHOI's vice president for marine facilities and operations. The exact location of the wreck of the San Jose, often called the "holy grail of shipwrecks," was long considered one of history's enduring maritime mysteries. read more
In December the New York Times released the results of an investigation into the US military's monitoring of UFO claims and came up with something totally wild. It was a video released by the Pentagon that shows US Navy pilots tracking the movements of a totally unexplainable aircraft. Now, a local news team from Las Vegas has obtained a military report that offers even more details on the sighting, and the story is somehow becoming even more bizarre than it already was. The report explains in great details how a US Navy aircraft carrier played a strange game of hide and seek with multiple Anomalous Aerial Vehicles (AAVs) that demonstrated flight characteristics that should be downright impossible to pull off. The sightings began on November 10, 2004, and lasted for several days. The objects would appear on the carrier's radar systems for short periods, seeming to hover still, and then fly off at high speeds. read more
A former U.S. Army sniper and two other ex-American soldiers were convicted Wednesday in the contract killing of a real estate agent in the Philippines for an international crime boss who thought the woman had cheated him on a land deal. Joseph Hunter, a onetime sergeant from Kentucky with a Special Forces background, Adam Samia and Carl David Stillwell were found guilty of murder-for-hire and other charges. All three had denied they planned the 2012 execution-style hit -- a case that's provided an inside glimpse into the secret fraternity of private mercenaries willing to kill in cold blood for cash. read more
It's a strange thing in these hyperpartisan times when Congress can pass a major bill with some significant bipartisan support. Republicans can brag that their reform of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, passed by the House Tuesday, will ease the regulatory burden on banks. Democrats who helped the bill pass can say they support community banks, too, and that the main safeguards against a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis still are in place. "It should free up lending at small and midsize banks ... that previously had been hemmed in by regulatory and compliance overhead," says financial analyst Greg McBride. But consumers shouldn't expect a flood of new credit, since it comes during a "mature" phase of the current economic cycle, when banks are generally getting stricter with loans. And banks shouldn't expect any more rollbacks of Dodd-Frank by this Congress. Democratic votes were a must in the Senate, and this was as far as they would go.