President Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to U.S. military personnel who served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he wound down as commander in chief. "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful.
Thirty-eight people were killed in a fire at a home for senior citizens in China's central Henan province, state media said, the latest disaster in a country with a poor record on work safety. The fire broke out late on Monday at the "privately-owned Kangleyuan rest home in Lushan county", the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, citing local authorities. The cause of the fire, which injured another six people, was unclear, Xinhua said.
(Reuters) - Nevada officials said on Monday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age 89, after two of his daughters leveled accusations that the blues great was murdered. The Clark County, Nevada coroner's office said in a posting on Twitter that it had taken jurisdiction over King's body, and that autopsy results would take a minimum of six to eight weeks. "Our coroner takes jurisdiction over #BBKing body, performs autopsy.
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