Victor Pratt knows a thing or two about rattlesnakes, as he made clear to reporters last week, after regaining consciousness in a Phoenix hospital. Always has. He played with rattlers all the time as a child, he told NBC News 12. Later on, he learned how to cook them. "You cut the heads off. They taste just like chicken," he said, a mic clipped to his hospital gown - a bit hard to understand because his face had swollen up.
A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City, toppling buildings and extinguishing lights as thousands of people fled. The temblor was the nation's second major earthquake this month, and struck 32 years to the day after a temblor with an 8.0 magnitude killed thousands in the city. The disaster closed the airport and stopped trading on the Mexican stock exchange.
A Tennessee university president has apologized for offending African-American students with a table centerpiece that included stalks of cotton - a piece of Southern-style decor that is raising questions about cultural and racial sensitivity.
When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don't drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates. Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.
President Donald Trump took to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and, in his maiden speech there, called the leader of North Korea "Rocket Man," decried "loser terrorists" and said certain parts of the world are "in fact, going to hell." But Trump's perhaps oddly chosen colloquialisms masked what was an astounding escalation of his rhetoric when it comes to North Korea. Just to be clear: The president of the United States threatened to wipe a country of 25 million people off the map.
As Hurricane Maria bore down on Dominica on Monday evening, some of the most revealing updates about the storm's havoc came in the succinct, prayerful Facebook posts of Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of the tiny Caribbean island nation. Earlier in the day, Skerrit had warned residents that the looming hurricane would be one of the most dangerous storms to pass over Dominica and ordered schools and nonessential government services to close; he urged private businesses to do the same.
An Ohio firefighter appears to have put his job in jeopardy by posting offensive comments to Facebook. Until last week, Tyler Roysdon suited up as a volunteer firefighter in Franklin Township, a small town in southwestern Ohio, about 40 miles north of Cincinnati. But, according to station WHIO, a recent Facebook back-and-forth caught the 20-year-old writing that in a burning building he would chose to save a dog before an African American because "one dog is more important than a million [expletive]," he wrote, using the n-word.
A group of prominent scientists on Monday created a potential whiplash moment for climate policy, suggesting that humanity could have considerably more time than previously thought to avoid a "dangerous" level of global warming.
Donald Trump Jr. has asked to give up Secret Service protection for himself, telling friends he wants more privacy, according to two people briefed on the decision. It's a rare move for a member of the president's family to forgo security detail, in part because adult children are counseled by the Secret Service that they are quickly seen as targets for those railing against their famous parent.
The wicked 2017 hurricane season is set to deliver its next two punishing blows from Hurricanes Maria and Jose. In both the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast of the Northeast United States, conditions are set to deteriorate rapidly through Wednesday as these storms arrive.