This swim by a cancer survivor just broke a world record
- Sarah Thomas, an open water marathon swimmer from Colorado, completed the record-breaking feat at around 6.30am Tuesday morning, more than 54 hours after she set off from the British port of Dover.
- Despite the length of the swim, Thomas said that she "knew what to expect from the currents and the weather and the cold," and was "very prepared for the amount of time" she was going to be in the water.
- Thomas' planned route was around 80 miles in length, but she ended up swimming more than 130 miles after being pulled off course by strong currents.
- Tuesday's feat is not the first time Thomas has completed a Channel crossing; she first swam across the world's busiest shipping route in 2012, completing the challenge in 11 hours 22 minutes.
- Washer told CNN that he met Thomas through marathon swimmer Elaine Howley.
Man arrested in 2016 death is 'serial killer' linked to at least three other slayings, police say
- Though Hayes has been charged only with 32-year-old Rachel Bey's March 2016 strangulation death in Palm Beach County, Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said Hayes will be charged in at least three killings in that city: those of Laquetta Gunther, 45, in 2005; Julie Green, 34, in 2006; and Iwana Patton, 35, in 2006, all of whom were shot in the head.
- Patton's body spent a long time in the woods after her killing, complicating efforts to collect DNA, the chief said, but ballistic evidence in her death -- namely, a casing from a .40-caliber firearm -- links hers to the other Daytona Beach killings.
- Following the death of Bey, whose battered body was discovered by road crews along State Route 710, police obtained DNA from a sexual assault kit and put it into a law enforcement database, where they got hits on the three Daytona Beach murders, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Capt.
A whale washed ashore in Maryland and citizens attempted to push it back into the water
- The sperm whale was about 15 feet long and had been alive when it came onto the beach Sunday morning, DNR Capt.
- Sperm whales spend most of their time in deep waters and have been listed on the Endangered Species Acts since 1970, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- Whales become stranded most often when they are ill or injured, NOAA says.
- In videos, the whale is about half submerged in the water and surrounded by onlookers.
- Onlookers tried to push the whale away from the beach, the aquarium statement said.
- The Ocean City Beach Patrol told CNN that conditions of the beach Sunday morning included 2- to 4-feet waves and nothing out of the ordinary.
- In Florida in July, crowds of people tried to help rescue crews save five distressed pilot whales in Redington Beach near St. Petersburg.
Homeland Security officials launch investigation after a hand-drawn swastika was found in one of their buildings
- Homeland Security officials are investigating an incident in which a swastika was drawn on the third floor of a building from the department's St. Elizabeth campus in Washington, DC.
- The incident, which was first reported by CNN on Friday, prompted the department to issue a statement condemning the act.
- Emails reviewed by CNN showed that employees in the building were notified of the incident through an email from Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy on Friday.
- The message prompted a response from another employee, who unintentionally replied to everyone in the email chain.
- The swastika has been found in other federal workplaces in recent months.
- A group of US Marines posed to create the symbol using their boots, and posted a picture to an Instagram account.
- The Marine Corps has since launched an investigation into a Marine reservist based in Palm Beach, Florida.