It seems they are everywhere, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the vast tracts of the Sahara, searching the terrain and seas below like glinting birds of prey. Drones have become the emblem of war and intelligence-gathering in the 21st century. And for the first time, Iran has tried to bring down a U.S. drone as it flew off the Iranian coastline in the northern Persian Gulf.
Funeral services were held Friday for a 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot and killed while playing soccer in Gaza a day earlier. A spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry accused the Israel Defense Forces of killing the boy, identified as Ahmed Abu Daqa.
Social media is both friend and foe for China's new leaders.
Novak Djokovic has a smile on his face again -- and not just because of his perfect record at this week's ATP World Tour Finals. At the start of last week, the Serbian tennis star was battling with the news that his father had been taken seriously ill. It badly affected his preparations for the Paris Masters, and he lost his opening match. Srdjan Djokovic was hospitalized with a reported acute respiratory condition, but his condition has since improved.
After his state's coastline took the brunt of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that he expects power to be almost fully restored statewide by Saturday night. "Life will be back -- for most of New Jersey -- to normal come Sunday," he told reporters. More than 175,000 households in the Garden State are still in the dark, and homes with saltwater electrical damage will have to be inspected by electricians before having their power restored.
First Sandy. Then a nor'easter. Residents in this small hamlet at the eastern edge of Rockaway Peninsula are exhausted and on edge. Eleven days after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, flooding nearly all of the Rockaways, they are still cold and in the dark. Huddled beneath blankets and with the car's heat cranked up, 56-year-old Matt Lintonmapp Jr. has spent every night sleeping in his car since Sandy left him homeless. "My place got washed out," he said. "There's nothing left."
A former personal assistant of Waffle House's CEO accused him of forcing her to "perform sexual services," among other degrading acts, during her nine years of working for him, according to an Atlanta police report.
A federal grand jury has indicted 34 alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison-based gang -- including four of its "generals" -- claiming most all of them conspired to participate in racketeering activities on behalf of the white supremacist group and accusing 10 of murder, officials said.
Gerardo Gomez was convicted Friday on 15 of 17 charges related to the 2007 execution-style killings of three college friends, New Jersey prosecutors said. A jury convicted Gomez, 20, of murder, felony murder, robbery and conspiracy charges, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. In August 2007, six attackers, including Gomez surrounded a vehicle carrying four college students near Mount Vernon Elementary School in Newark, assistant prosecutors Thomas McTigue and Romesh Sukhdeo told CNN.
A Denver-area police officer was fatally shot by a colleague who mistook him for an armed assailant early Friday, authorities said.
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the key enforcement provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 should be scrapped as a constitutionally unnecessary vestige of the civil rights era.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether police can take DNA samples from criminal suspects following their arrest, a case based on Maryland law with potentially national implications for the use of a popular investigative tool.