A portion of the Interstate 85 highway collapsed in Atlanta on Thursday due to a fire under the bridge, the city's fire and rescue agency said. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the incident but Atlanta Fire and Rescue said on Twitter that all lanes were blocked and that residents should avoid the area. It was not immediately clear what was burning under the bridge, but local TV images showed bright orange flames and thick black smoke billowing into the sky above the freeway as a line of cars stood halted on either side.
North Carolina on Thursday repealed a law restricting bathroom use for transgender people, hoping to bring back businesses and sports leagues that boycotted the Southern state because they saw the year-old measure as discriminatory. However, the new law replacing the old one bans cities in the state from passing their own anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people until 2020, drawing scorn from civil rights advocates and casting doubt on whether boycotting businesses will return to the state.
The No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Communications Inc has been buying streaming rights from television network owners ahead of a nationwide launch of an online TV service, according to people familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to sell a package with dozens of channels this year, the sources told Reuters. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
JAKARTA - An Indonesian farmer has been found dead inside a 23-foot python after being reported missing on his failure to return home from work on a palm plantation. Village officials cut open the swollen body of the snake in a graphic video taken by a resident of Mamuju, on the eastern island of Sulawesi, the site of the incident. The victim's legs, encased in rubber boots, emerge as the snake is pulled apart.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - North Carolina's Senate on Thursday approved a bill to retool a law banning transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities, a measure that had triggered boycotts by companies and sports leagues. However, the measure was roundly criticized by civil rights advocates, and it was not immediately clear if businesses and the sports leagues would reverse their boycotts of the Southern state.
Fast food giant McDonald's Corp said on Thursday it would make its popular "Quarter Pounder" hamburgers with fresh beef, prepared when ordered, by mid-2018 in most of its U.S. restaurants. Investors and analysts say the move could bolster sales but that it would also require restaurant operators to make changes to cooking routines that could slow service. McDonald's U.S. restaurants have suffered four straight years of traffic declines, resulting in 500 million lost transactions since 2012.
Bedbugs in hotel rooms and aggressive peacocks are some of the creatures behind an uptick in animal-related insurance claims filed by U.S. businesses, according to a study published on Thursday, March 30, by insurer Allianz SE. U.S. claims involving bedbugs increased 50 percent between 2014 and 2015, from 66 to 99, according to Allianz. The insurer has already counted 70 bedbug claims through September 2016, heading for a total that could surpass the previous year's, said Larry Crotser, the chief claims officer for the insurer's Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty unit.
LOS ANGELES - The accountancy firm behind the biggest blunder in Oscar history is staying in the picture. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Wednesday it has decided to retain the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) despite a backstage envelope mix-up that led to the wrong film being announced the winner of the best picture Oscar last month. But a third accountant will be added to the PwC staff on the Oscars night and backstage tweeting, photos and posting to other social media will be banned.
President Donald Trump had fighting words on Thursday for conservatives in his own Republican Party who helped block a healthcare bill last week, saying he would oppose House Freedom Caucus members in 2018 elections if they did not get on board. "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Trump said on Twitter.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, a Minnesota native, will receive his Nobel Literature Prize diploma and medal in the next few days in Stockholm, where is he due to perform this weekend, the secretary of the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday. The Academy's decision to give the bard of "Blowin' in the Wind" the literature p