United States

In images: Colorado ravaged by gigantic forest fires

Nearly 11,000 people were evacuated from their homes Sunday in Colorado, where fighefighters are battling some of the worst wildfires in a decade. About twenty houses and a thousand acres went up in smoke over the weekend. The fires continue to threaten densely-populated urban centres. Watch videos...


Anger grows over NYC police's 'stop-and-frisk' policy: 'You feel targeted because of your race'

Outrage is growing in New York City over the use of “stop-and-frisk,” a controversial policing tactic that allows officers to stop and search anyone they consider suspicious. Many argue that this practice leads the police to disproportionately target New Yorkers who are black or Latino. Read more...

The “99 percent” take on Bank of America at shareholders meeting

The Occupy movement may be less visible than it was last fall, but the activists that comprise the loose network are working hard to re-energize their troops now that protest-friendly weather is back – notably with a series of demonstrations targeting big banks’ shareholders meetings. On Wednesday, they descended on the headquarters of the United States’ second-largest bank, Bank of America, which was holding its annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more…

Racist slurs, protests highlight racial tensions over Trayvon Martin death

While driving on a Michigan motorway in the Detroit area late one evening, our Observer rolled past a work site where a single sign stood near the shoulder of the road with the words “Trayvon A N*****” lit up in bright yellow block letters. Shocked, she stopped her car and snapped a photo of the slur. Read more…

Eyewitness videos of devastating tornadoes in Texas

Tornadoes swept over multiple towns near Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday destroying dozens of houses and injuring at least 12 people. Locals filmed these terrifying forces of nature, as well as their aftermath, on their mobile phone cameras. Watch videos...


Mobile phone videos show airplane passengers tackling pilot who 'had breakdown'

Amateur videos filmed Thursday inside a JetBlue flight from New York City to Las Vegas show the plane’s captain being pinned to the ground after he started acting erratically. Read more...