By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Shark attacks killed three people worldwide in 2014, a dramatic drop from 10 fatalities seen a year earlier, researchers found in an annual global tally released this week. Two of the deaths occurred in New South Wales in eastern Australia, and the other in South Africa's Eastern Cape, according to the data, submitted by scientists around the world and cataloged at the University of Florida. It said about half took place off Florida's eastern coast, where smaller sharks mistake swimmers for prey in hit-and-run attacks, then quickly leave. "It's pretty amazing," said researcher George Burgess, who oversees the database called the International Shark Attack File, based at the university.
The U.S. Democratic Party has chosen Philadelphia as the site of its 2016 national convention to nominate a presidential candidate, the Democratic National Committee said on Thursday. The Democratic convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016. The Republican gathering is scheduled to be held in Cleveland the week before Democrats meet. "In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia's deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering," DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City, once notorious for high crime, broke a record on Thursday with no murders reported for 10 straight days, police said. The historic calm achieved at 12:01 a.m. Thursday comes on the heels of a notable year - murders in New York City in 2014 fell to an all-time low of 328, the fewest since the New York Police Department started keeping reliable records in 1963. "Everybody is behaving," said Sergeant Daniel Doody of the New York City Police Department. This year's notable zero comes in the wake of Mayor Bill de Blasio's struggle to mend a serious rift between City Hall and the country's biggest police force.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have wanted to put Hugo Selenski away on murder charges ever since they searched his northeastern Pennsylvania yard in 2003 and found the bodies of a missing pharmacist, the pharmacist's girlfriend, and at least three other sets of human remains.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The American woman taken hostage by Islamic State militants was determined to get to Syria and learned Arabic so she could perform aid work and advocate for causes in the Middle East, friends say.