News

Lincoln Memorial vandalized with green paint

Lincoln Memorial vandalized with green paint

A U.S. Park Police officer stands guard next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the memorial in Washington, Friday, July 26, 2013, after the memorial was closed to visitors after someone splattered green paint on the statue and the floor area. Police say the apparent vandalism was discovered early Friday morning. No words, letters or symbols were visible in the paint. Photo: Associated Press/Scott Applewhite

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – National Park Service workers were removing paint on Friday that had been splattered on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, closing the popular attraction until later in the day, a U.S. Park Police officer said.

The officer said green paint had been tossed on the white marble statue of the 16th president that looks onto the National Mall, and that the memorial will reopen when it had been removed, likely later in the morning.

Park Police detectives are investigating the incident, he said.

Latest Headlines

in Music

Slipknot, Judas Priest, Korn and dozens of their friends to invade ‘Knotfest’ this fall

14-overlay10

The two-day festival includes 50 of rock's biggest bands.

in Viral Videos

This is one way to (not) cut a watermelon

11-overlay7

Don't ask this guy to make a fruit salad.

in Viral Videos

How to hold a baby

13-overlay14

We all know a guy who could use this "instructional video."

in Sports

Wimbledon gates swing open in bright sunshine

wimbleton

The All England Club gates swung open a week later than usual for the start of the 129th Wimbledon Championships.

in Sports

WATCH: Matz makes big debut with Mets

20-overlay10

Welcome to the big leagues: Steven Matz drove in four runs on three hits and tossed 7 2/3 strong innings to earn the win in his debut.