TIME Crime

Manhunt Underway for Cop Killer in Memphis

Slain officer named as Sean Bolton, 33

A manhunt was underway for a suspect who fatally shot a Memphis police officer during a traffic stop on Saturday evening, according to officials.

Memphis Director of Police Services Toney Armstrong said police were notified at around 9:18 p.m. local time (10:18 p.m.) that an officer had been shot. The officer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but later died from multiple gunshot wounds.

“The suspect responsible is still at large and officers are in the area attempting to locate him,” police said.

The slain officer was identified by the police department as 33-year-old Sean Bolton …

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TIME wrestling

Wrestling Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper Dies at 61

He was known for his battles with Hulk Hogan

The wrestling entertainment legend known as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at his Hollywood, California, home, law enforcement officials said Thursday. He was 61.

The cause of death appears to be natural, officials said. Piper’s agent, Jay Schacter, confirmed the death to Variety, and told the publication Piper died in his sleep Wednesday night.

Piper, whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, joined World Wrestling Entertainment in 1984; before that he wrestled in the NWA.

After joining the WWE became a star and was known for his battles with Hulk Hogan, according to the entertainment company.

Piper grappled with Hogan…

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TIME weather

This Is the World’s Hottest City Today

Displaced Iraqis carry donated food at al-Takia refugee camp in Baghdad on July 30, 2015.
Khalid Mohammed—AP Displaced Iraqis carry donated food at al-Takia refugee camp in Baghdad on July 30, 2015.

The mercury hit 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Baghdad, and it feels even hotter

Tens of millions of Americans have been suffering under a blistering heatwave this week, with temperatures reaching into the high 90s. But they won’t get any sympathy from the people of Baghdad.

The Iraqi capital was the hottest city on the planet Friday — with the mercury hitting an unbearable 120 degrees Fahrenheit, according to The Weather Channel. And it has felt as hot as 159 degrees.

While many in the U.S. would not tolerate the summer season without air conditioning, people in the Iraqi capital say they have to put up with as little as six hours of electricity per day…

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TIME fire

Officials Are Looking for People Who Flew Drones Over California Wildfires

The drone operators could be prosecuted for murder if the drones caused delays that led to deaths of any firefighters or civilians

Officials want to know who flew drones near several wildfires in California’s San Bernardino mountains, causing firefighters to temporarily ground their flame-battling planes.

The reward for someone who identifies the drone operators? $75,000.

“In the most recent fire, the North Fire, we saw cars and trucks burning on the freeway, we saw homes burn, and we saw families running for their lives,” Jorge Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement.

“We want to know who was flying drones, and we want them punished,” he said. “Someone knows who they are, and there is $75,000 waiting…

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TIME Donald Trump

Donald Trump Thinks He and Vladimir Putin Would Get Along Just Great

"I think I would get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so."

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said he is confident he would “get along very well with Vladimir Putin,” despite the contentious relationship the Russian president has had with the United States in recent years.

“I think I would get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so. People say, ‘What do you mean?’ I think I would get along well with him,” Trump told reporters in Glasgow, Scotland, where he is attending the women’s British Open being played at a golf course he owns.

“He hates Obama, Obama hates him. We have unbelievably bad relationships. Hillary Clinton was…

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TIME France

France Sends Extra Police to Port City as Migrant Crisis Worsens

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Thibault Camus—AP Police officers block migrants along a road to prevent their access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais, northern France on July 29, 2015.

More than 2,000 migrants tried to rush the Eurotunnel which leads to Britain in just one night

CALAIS, France — Police beefed up security in this port city at the center of Europe’s escalating migrant crisis, seeking to stem a flood of illegal border crossings from France into the U.K.

France dispatched 120 extra police to Calais after officials said Wednesday that more than 2,000 migrants tried to rush the Eurotunnel which leads to Britain in just one night. One migrant was killed — the ninth since June. Around 37,000 have been blocked at the Channel Tunnel this year.

When night fell on Wednesday, flashing police lights dotted the horizon. Officers patrolled on foot and formed lines near the fences…

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TIME A Year In Space

Mysterious Red Lines Spotted on Saturn’s Moon

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Tethys, one of Saturn's moons

Scientists aren't sure what they are

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has discovered strange red lines stretching across the surface of Saturn’s icy moon Tethys.

What are they? Scientists aren’t sure. They could be areas of exposed ice with chemical impurities, according to NASA, or the result of gas being released from within the moon.

“The red arcs must be geologically young because they cut across older features like impact craters, but we don’t know their age in years,” said Cassini imaging scientist Paul Helfenstein. “If the stain is only a thin, colored veneer on the icy soil, exposure to the space environment at Tethys’ surface might erase …

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TIME weather

Heat Wave Affects Millions of Americans This Week

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Spencer Platt—Getty Images A woman relaxes by the East River on a sweltering hot afternoon in New York, on July 28, 2015.

Heat warnings are in effect from St. Louis to Memphis to Philadelphia

Millions of Americans were battling a heat wave Wednesday, facing blazing temperatures and thick humidity which will make the summer scorcher only feel worse.

Excessive heat warnings were in effect from St. Louis down the Mississippi River and past Memphis — into northeastern Louisiana and including Philadelphia. In total, around 35 million people will be under some sort of heat advisory on Wednesday, according to The Weather Channel.

The sweltering heat is expected to last unusually long, Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said.

“Most of the country over the next week will see temperatures of 90 or higher,” Roth said. “There’s not…

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TIME History

Scientists Discover Identities of Earliest Founding Fathers

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Chris Maddaloni—Roll Call Photos / Getty Images Melissa Mederos, 10, from Miami, Fla., looks at the Baptism of Pocahontas by John Gadsby Chapman in the Rotunda of the Capitol.

Their bodies were discovered by the church where Pocahontas and John Smith married

Smithsonian scientists announced Tuesday that they’ve discovered the identities of four bodies buried at the historic Jamestown church where John Smith and Pocahontas got married.

The men, Rev. Robert Hunt, Capt. Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, and Capt. William West, were all leaders who played a role in the Jamestown settlement.

Scientists identified the men by using historical records and chemically analyzing the bones to figure out what the men ate and where they were from. They used 3-D technology to locate the exact grave sites of the men.

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TIME Crime

New York Prison Worker Reveals How She Became Embroiled in Escape Plan

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G.N. Miller—Getty Images Joyce Mitchell, left appears with her lawyer Stephen Johnston before Judge Buck Rogers in Plattsburgh City Court on June 15, 2015 in Plattsburgh, New York.

She told investigators that she performed sexual acts on one of the prisoners

Prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two inmates escape, told investigators that she performed sexual acts on one of the men and sent X-rated selfies to the other and knew the duo planned to kill her husband, police documents show.

Mitchell, 51, told investigators that inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat nicknamed her husband, Lyle, “the glitch” and gave her small round pills to drug him with, according to statements obtained by NBC News that give dramatic new details of the breakout plot…

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