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Philippine president's drug war 'spiraling out of control'

Duterte kills 100 suspected drug dealerssPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is spiraling out of control, a top human rights lawyer and opposition lawmakers said on Friday as police confirmed killing more than 100 drug suspects and at least two senators expressed support for a proposed Senate investigation of the killings.

“President Duterte’s war on crime has spawned a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law and without reason,” said Manuel Diokno, chair of the Free Legal Assistance Group.

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Serena Williams wins 22nd Grand Slam singles title,

Serena WilliamsIn her pursuit of one of the most elusive records in tennis, the third time proved the charm for Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Saturday, beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3.

With the victory, her seventh singles title at Wimbledon, Williams claimed her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, equaling the Open Era record held by Steffi Graf.

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'Super bacteria' discovered in Rio's waters as Olympics near

Super Bug in Rio watersA group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off of some of Rio de Janeiro's most stunning beaches, one month before the city is due to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

According to lead researcher Renata Picao, the "super bacteria" entered the city's waterways when sewage coming from local hospitals got channeled into the bay.

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IKEA recalls 36 million chests and dressers after six deaths

Ikea recalls dressersSwedish furniture company IKEA Group [IKEA.UL] is recalling almost 36 million chests and dressers in the United States and Canada but said the products linked to the deaths of six children are safe when anchored to walls as instructed.

The recall covers six models of MALM chests or dressers manufactured from 2002 to 2016 and about 100 other families of chests or dressers that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said could topple over if not anchored securely to walls, posing a threat to children.

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End of California nuclear era: Last plant to close by 2025

california nuclear plants to close by2025California's last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement.

The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups reached an agreement to replace production at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with solar power and other energy sources that do not produce climate-changing greenhouse gases.

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US Senators kill gun control measures

US Senate votes down gun control lawsSenators voted on four measures -- two Democratic and two Republican -- that would have set new rules on background checks and put new controls in place on sales to those flagged on government watch lists. But all four measures had been expected to fail -- based on partisan fault lines in the Senate and previous votes on similar measures after other mass shootings.

"Sadly the expectation is that you are not going to get enough Republican Senators," Florida Sen. Bill Nelson earlier told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day" in reference to the gun control proposals up for votes. "All you need is 14 Republican Senators."

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Southern California wildfire grows to 1,700 acres, evacuations under way

California Sherpa wildfireResidents and visitors near Las Padres National Forest were evacuated Thursday as a wildfire continues to ravage thousands of acres near Santa Barbara.

The so-called Sherpa Fire has consumed 1,700 acres in the areas of Refugio Canyon, Las Flores, Venadito, El Capitan Campground, El Capitan State Park, Ocean Mesa at El Capitan State Park and Refugio Campground. Evacuation centers have been set up in two locations, including one that will take horses and other large animals.

A 15-mile stretch of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County was shut down for several hours into early Thursday morning.

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