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DOC Technical Advisor Dr. Dave Lundquist discusses whale strandings in New Zealand
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2018-11-30    2 views
Dr. Dave Lundquist, the DOC's Technical Advisor for Marine Species and Threats, talks about the series of whale strandings that have taken place in New Zealand during November 2018.
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Police Captain at Scene of Bar Shooting Says 'at Least Six Victims'
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2018-11-08    104 views
Police Captain at Scene of Bar Shooting Says 'at Least Six Victims'
A Ventura County Sheriff’s captain told reporters near the scene of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, early on November 8, that there were at least six people injured inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, including an officer.
The police officer said that he did not know the status of the injured people, whether the included the perpetrator, or whether the “threat was neutralized.”
The incident was first reported shortly before midnight at the Borderline Bar & Grill on Rolling Oaks Drive.
The Ventura County Fire Department said multiple ambulances were requested.
Credit: Jeremy Childs via Storyful
Police Captain at Scene of Bar Shooting Says 'at Least Six Victims'
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2018-11-08    2 views
Police Captain at Scene of Bar Shooting Says 'at Least Six Victims'
A Ventura County Sheriff’s captain told reporters near the scene of a shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, early on November 8, that there were at least six people injured inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, including an officer.
The police officer said that he did not know the status of the injured people, whether the included the perpetrator, or whether the “threat was neutralized.”
The incident was first reported shortly before midnight at the Borderline Bar & Grill on Rolling Oaks Drive.
The Ventura County Fire Department said multiple ambulances were requested.
Credit: Jeremy Childs via Storyful
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Gunman Used Smoke Grenades and Shot at Least Six at California Country Music Bar
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2018-11-08    2K views
A gunman opened fire at a country music bar in the city of Thousand Oaks, California, injuring multiple people.

At least six people were shot at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday, Nov. 7, according to The Associated Press, including a deputy sheriff and a doorman.

The shooter reportedly stormed into the venue wearing a black trench coat, armed with smoke grenades and a firearm with a high-capacity magazine.

A sheriff's captain said that the threat was still active and the shooter was still at large after opening fire.

A witness told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that he saw a security guard get shot, adding that the gunman appeared to use "a big handgun" and smoke grenades.

"The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place," a different witness told KABC. "I saw him point to the back of the cash register ... and he just kept firing. I ran out the front door.

"There was probably three or four [shots]. I hit the ground. I look up -- the security guard is dead. Well, I don't want to say he was dead, but he was shot. He was down."

The Ventura County Fire Department tweeted: "Please stay away from area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined. Multiple ambulances requested."
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Mom Says Woman Tried to Kidnap Her 9-Week-Old Baby at Kansas Target
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2018-11-04    239 views
A Kansas mother said a woman tried to kidnap her 9-week-old baby as she shopped at Target store in the Kansas City area.

Rachel Youngs told WDAF reporters that she at the Target store on Shawnee Mission Parkway getting groceries on the morning of Friday, Nov. 2, when the disturbing incident allegedly took place.

Youngs said an unknown woman with a dog approached her in the baby section. The woman seemed friendly at first, Youngs recounted, and told her she thought her 9-week-old baby was adorable.

“I made a comment on how cute her dog was, and she went around to the front of my cart and made a comment about how cute my baby is,” Youngs said. “She made a comment saying, 'Yeah, I'll trade you my dog for your baby,' and I thought she was just joking,” Youngs said.
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Demolition Begins At Kansas Waterslide That Killed 10-Yr-Old Caleb Schwab
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2018-11-01    239 views
The demolition of a waterslide that killed a 10-year-old boy in Kansas City has begun after being delayed for over two years due to ongoing criminal cases following the child's death.

The Verruckt slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City commenced on Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Wyandotte Daily reported, following the slide's closure in Aug. 2016 in the aftermath of the tragic accident.

Caleb Schwab was killed while going down the slide when he struck a metal rod that held a safety net in place.
Baby-Faced Criminal Jailed For Running Over a Police Officer
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2018-11-01    2K views
A teenage criminal who terrorised a local community and bragged about his lawbreaking lifestyle on social media has been jailed for four years after mowing down a police officer in a stolen car.

Baby-faced Kash Parkinson stretched out and yawned as he was handed down the jail sentence on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court, the Manchester Evening News reported.
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CCTV Shows Thief Breaking Into Ambulance While Paramedics Treat Patient
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2018-10-31    0 views
Police are looking for a man who broke into an ambulance in Birmingham and stole the crew's belongings while they treated a patient at a nearby property.

Officials at the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) have released security camera footage of the Oct. 28 break-in.

The footage shows an unidentified man wearing a hoodie approach the ambulance to investigate. The thief leaves, but comes back moments later and breaks a side window in the ambulance. He then leans inside and steals a number of items.

Authorities are appealing to the public for help identifying the thief.

"It really does make you question the morals of some people," said Nathan Hudson, the WMAS Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, in a statement.

He called the theft "despicable" and said it affected the ability of the ambulance crew to respond to an emergency and thus put citizens at risk.

“I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people," Hudson said. "This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired; money which would’ve been better spent elsewhere in the service to help respond to patients."

Ambulance crewmembers had a number of items stolen, including an iPhone. Paramedics were treating a patient in the vicinity while the thief committed the crime. They returned to the vehicle to find the driver's window had been smashed and their personal belongings stolen.

"Can you identify this individual who broke into an ambulance & stole personal belongings while the crew were treating a patient in a nearby property?" reads an appeal to public tweeted by @OFFICIALWMAS, the official Twitter account of the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Georgia Man Put Baby on Top of Stolen Gun During Traffic Stop, Police Say
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2018-10-30    80 views
Police in Georgia said a man pulled over in a traffic stop placed a three-month-old baby on the floor of the car—on top of a stolen handgun.

Detavis Madison, 24, was allegedly driving with his infant daughter in his lap down Scenic Highway on Oct. 29 when Snellville Police officers pulled him over, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Madison allegedly told officers there wasn't anyone else inside the vehicle, but when they looked inside they found his daughter sitting on the car's floorboards, Channel 2 Action News reported. He then told them he was about to change the infant's diaper.

When officers lifted the baby up, they said underneath her they found a stolen .40 caliber Glock model 22. A search of the car revealed an extended magazine capable of holding 30 rounds.
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Major Flooding in Venice, Italy, Leaves Streets Deserted
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2018-10-30    1K views
Major Flooding Leaves Venice Streets Deserted
Venice faced the worst flooding in a decade as high tide and high winds swamped landmarks and streets in the northern Italian city on Monday, October 29.
These videos show knee-deep water in Saint Mark’s Square.
Sunday’s Venice Marathon was re-routed to avoid the area due to the high water level, though runners still faced racing through ankle-deep water, according to Euronews. Video and photos shared on social media showed homes and businesses in the tourist hotspot swamped by up to five feet of water while six people were killed storms that swept Italy earlier this week.
Credit: Vivi Venezia via Storyful
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Drowning Kangaroo Rescued by Rosebud Police Officers in Australia
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2018-10-28    860 views
Two Australian police officers jumped into the sea to rescue a drowning kangaroo.

Sergeants Christopher Russo and Kirby Tonkin responded to numerous calls that a kangaroo was in the water in the Mornington Peninsula area, south of Melbourne, on Oct. 27, according to Belinda Batty of the Rosebud Police.

"The kangaroo had made it back to the beach upon their arrival and had been covered in a blanket by a member of the public," Batty said.

But as the officers were monitoring the animal, "it decided to turn around and hop back into the surf."

"It began to swim but got into difficulty in the swell and breaking waves," she said, adding that the kangaroo went under water several times and began to drown.

The officers dragged the unconscious animal out of the water and performed CPR in an effort to resuscitate the animal.

The kangaroo is now recovering after the dramatic rescue.

Sgt Tonkin said it was a "good feeling", according to the Herald Sun, adding "every life is worth saving and we just did what we could."

The kangaroo was wrapped in blankets and taken to Rosebud Police Station, where it was assessed by a local Wildlife Centre.

"We will let him recover at his own pace but he has a paddock full of grass and lots of water to drink and he seems very happy with that," said Michelle Thomas, director of the local Animalia Wildlife Shelter, according to the Herald Sun.

Local resident Mia Grant saw the kangaroo bounce across the road towards the beach. "I saw him swimming and started filming but he suddenly got caught in the backwash of the waves so we got him out and waited for police," she said, according to the report.

For some reason the animal became frightened and bolted back into the sea.

"He had less than a minute… he went under and as he came up you could see foam coming out of his nose. He was drowning," Sgt Russo said.

"I grabbed his tail and Kirby cradled his head and dragged him onto the beach and cleared his lungs to get the water out of him. Then we just started to push on his chest and he started breathing again and I could feel a heartbeat."

Grant was full of praise for what the officers did. "You see a lot of bad things and to see someone so instantaneously race in after an animal gives you faith in humanity," she said.

Officers took the marsupial to the local police station.

"The roo is currently being cared for but is said to be in good spirits and lucky to be alive given the amount of salt water he inhaled," Batty said.

The animal is recovering in a shelter
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Rome Escalator Accident Injures 20 Russian Soccer Fans
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2018-10-24    1K views
An escalator in a Rome metro station packed with CSKA Moscow soccer fans broke on Tuesday (October 23), injuring at least 20 people as they were flung down the stairs, Italian police said.

Seven people was seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica station. None of the injuries was reported to be life-threatening.

State television RAI broadcast a video of the incident that showed the escalator suddenly speed up, leaving people in a tangled crush at the bottom, unable to jump free.

The station was full of Russian fans headed towards Rome's Olympic Stadium where CSKA Moscow were to play AS Roma in the Champions League.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi visited the metro station and said the local transport authority had opened an investigation.

Italian media said some soccer supporters were trapped between the metal plates of the steps.
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Police Divers Find Submerged Car Amidst Recovery Efforts After Deadly Floods in Mallorca
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2018-10-23    20 views
Recovery efforts continued in Mallorca, Spain, on Oct. 22, after the region was hit by severe flooding earlier in the month.

This footage was shared by Guardia Civil, who said they located a car submerged in 10 feet (3 meters) of water around 820 feet (250 meters) from the shore.

The final death toll from the floods reached 13 on Oct. 17, following the discovery of the body of a nine-year-old boy. The car he had been traveling in with his mother and sister was swept away by the flood, according to The Local.

The mother and the sister survived.
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Jenny Craig chicken wraps recalled due to potential listeria and salmonella
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2018-10-23    0 views
Jenny Craig frozen chicken wraps are being recalled due to concerns of contamination by listeria and salmonella.

Officials said that about 174,207 pounds of chicken wrap products that contain vegetables that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes are subject to the recall, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Consumers are urged to check if they have any of the recalled products and get rid of them.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” officials stated in a release.

USDA officials have classified the recall as Class 1, meaning the health risk is high.

SK Food Group, located in both  Groveport, OH and Reno, NV, is the supplier of the recalled product. The recalled items were shipped directly to consumers through catalog sales in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The frozen, fully cooked chicken wrap items under recall were produced on various dates from Oct. 15, 2017, through Oct. 15, 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. 45367” or “EST. 20552” stamped on the product centerfold.

Officials said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions because of people eating the recalled Jenny Craig products. They advised anyone experiencing symptoms of illness or injury to consult a doctor.

USDA sources said the problem was discovered Oct. 14, 2018, when SK Food Group was notified that the vegetables used to make their chicken wrap products were being recalled by their vegetable supplier following concerns about listeria and salmonella.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Pregnant women with the infection can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

In healthy people, listeria may cause short-term symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, nausea, severe headache and stiffness.

Food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial food-borne illnesses.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

Most people recover from salmonellosis without treatment.

Older adults, infants and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

Officials urge anyone concerned that they may be suffering from salmonella or listeria related symptoms to contact a healthcare provider.
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Taiwan Train Derailment in Yilan County Leaves '17 Dead and 101 Injured'
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2018-10-21    1K views
A train has derailed in Taiwan, killing at least 17 and injuring some 126 others, according to Taiwan's railway administration.

Puyuma Express 6432 went off the rails in Taiwan's north-eastern county of Yilan, near Taipei, at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, according to the Straits Times, citing the semi-official Central News Agency.

The train is believed to have come off the tracks close to Xinma station, close to the town of Su'ao about 70km (43 miles) from the Taiwanese capital Taipei, the BBC reported.

At the time of reporting, an estimated 30 to 40 passengers remained trapped inside the overturned train carriages.

Footage captured at the site of the accident showed derailed train carriages laying on their side or heaped on top of one another. People can be seen standing nearby, looking on in shock.
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Atlanta Man Attacks Dog and Threatens Owner in Unprovoked Incident
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2018-10-18    42 views
Atlanta police are on the lookout for a suspect who allegedly kicked an area woman's dog, before saying he would harm her and threatening "to rip the dog's head off."

"I was shocked, and I was terrified, and felt so unsafe," dog owner Amy Goggins told Fox5 reporters, adding that the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, in front of the Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street in midtown Atlanta.

Goggins said that as she and her pet were walking down the sidewalk, out of nowhere a stranger kicked her dog in the head.

"My reaction was to start screaming and crying and he started threatening us. He said he would hurt me, and next time he saw me, he would rip the dog's head off," the woman said.

Goggins insisted the attack was completely unprovoked.

"My dog and I were just walking and minding our own business and the dog was right in front of me. He wasn't in this man's path, or he wasn't barking at him or anything," she said.

The Atlanta woman called the police immediately after the alleged attack.

She said her six-year-old Pomeranian mix suffered minor bruises and will be fine.

Goggins added the encounter has left her more anxious.

"It has caused me to be more vigilant of where I walk and who I pass," Goggins said.

The incident has put other area dog walkers on alert.

"Getting hit or beat or taken advantage of by some random person is very concerning," Jenae Register told Fox5 reporters.

Goggins has posted on social media about the frightening encounter and hopes raising awareness will help keep people safer.

"Being more aware, having a better sense of awareness-- just making sure you look around," advised Register.

Goggins worries the man who allegedly kicked her dog may be suffering from mental health issuses.

"I feel sorry for him to know what kind of state he might be in to do this kind of thing, and I do hope that we can find help for him."

The suspect remains at large.
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Khabib Jumps Out Of Cage To Fight Conor McGregor’s Team, Arrests Made
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2018-10-07    49K views
haos erupted after Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight title with a submission victory over Ireland's Conor McGregor on Oct. 6 with members of the Russian fighter's support team arrested after an all-in brawl broke out after the bout.

Nurmagomedov ended McGregor's attempt to win back the title when he sealed a brutal submission victory with a rear naked choke hold in the fourth round, sparking a massive brawl.

Fights broke out in and around the cage, with a red-shirted fan landing several blows on McGregor before security intervened. Both fighters were escorted from the arena by police and security.
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Florida Man Tasered After Being Pulled Over on Stolen Tractor
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2018-10-04    1K views
A Florida sheriff's deputy tasered a man who became aggressive after he was pulled over in Washington County while riding a stolen tractor.

Officials from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office released footage of the incident, which shows a violent altercation that ended in a fleeing suspect getting tasered and hitting the pavement.

Charles Nicholas McNeil was behind the wheel of a tractor that police allege he stole from a 71-year-old man, when he was stopped on Sept. 28, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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Florida Man Tasered After Being Pulled Over on Stolen Tractor
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2018-10-04    0 views
A Florida sheriff's deputy tasered a man who became aggressive after he was pulled over in Washington County while riding a stolen tractor.

Officials from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office released footage of the incident, which shows a violent altercation that ended in a fleeing suspect getting tasered and hitting the pavement.

Charles Nicholas McNeil was behind the wheel of a tractor that police allege he stole from a 71-year-old man, when he was stopped on Sept. 28, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
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Police Release Video of Deadly Shootout in Baltimore Alley
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2018-10-02    89 views
Baltimore police have released video of a shootout between a man and two officers, leaving one of the policemen wounded and a suspect dead.
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Indonesian Leader Steps Up Hunt for Survivors as Quake Toll Passes 1,200
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2018-10-02    18 views
Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for reinforcements in a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island, as the official death toll rose above 1,200 on Oct. 2, and looting fueled fears of lawlessness.

Officials fear the toll could soar, as most of the confirmed dead had come from Palu, a small city 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta, while some remote areas have been cut off since Friday's 7.5 magnitude quake triggered tsunami waves.
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Flight Aborted at JFK After Fire Broke Out in Landing Gear
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2018-10-02    241 views
Firefighters scrambled to douse the flames on an aircraft that aborted a takeoff at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Oct. 1, after the plane’s landing gear caught fire.

Passengers were evacuated from the aircraft using mobile stair ramps.

Credit: Port Authority PBA via Storyful


Officials reported no injuries.
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Dozens of Children Injured in School Bus Crash in Texas
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2018-09-30    319 views
Dozens of children involved in a school bus rollover on a Texas highway on Saturday, Sept. 29, were injured.

Norman Public Schools released the following statement:

Saturday afternoon, two buses were transporting Cleveland Elementary fifth-grade students on an annual field trip to SeaWorld. One bus carrying female students was involved in an accident in Lampasas, Texas. As a precaution, all students involved in the accident have been transported to nearby medical facilities. Two individuals are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. District officials have been in close communication with students’ parents and local law enforcement. Student safety is our top priority and we are thankful for the emergency responders who have quickly responded to the scene. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.
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Russia Ups Ante in Arctic Arms Race With Supersonic Missile Deployment
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2018-09-26    251 views
The Russian military has deployed anti-ship missiles in the Arctic, in a sign that—if necessary—the nuclear power intends to protect its claims in the resource-rich region by force.

A video released by the country's defense ministry on Sept. 26 showed multiple launches of supersonic P-800 Onyx missiles, which are part of Russia’s Bastion coastal defense complex.

The ministry said the launches were a part of tactical drills by the North Navy Fleet.

A North Navy Fleet spokesperson told Interfax the missiles system had been delivered to a base on Kotelny Island, in eastern Siberia, to take part in the drills.

“Rocket fire will be launched at a remote target simulating a group of enemy surface ships,” the spokesman was quoted as saying, according to Interfax.

Moscow’s interest in the Arctic stems from the discovery of immense untapped oil and natural gas reserves in the region, as well as from the desire to secure access to the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

“Russia’s future lies in the Arctic,” says Malte Humpert, a senior fellow at the Arctic Institute, The Economist reported. “It will become an essential corridor to extract and transport resources to Asia and Europe.”

The missile deployment comes just days ahead of the expected arrival in the port city of St. Petersburg of the Venta Maersk, a specially strengthened vessel that is the world’s first container ship to venture into the Russian Arctic. The maiden voyage of the Russian ship is reported to be a test run to determine the feasibility of NSR as a shipping route—and a sign of increased interest in the Arctic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a military doctrine into effect in 2014, entrusting Russia’s armed forces with maintaining the country’s strategic interests in the Arctic, according to the Moscow Times.
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Suspect in Baseball Bat Murders of LA Homeless Had Been Deported 6 Times
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2018-09-26    149 views
An illegal alien accused of brutal baseball bat attacks on sleeping homeless men in Southern California that left three dead and several more in critical condition had been deported six times.

Police officials describe 47-year-old Ramon Alberto Escobar a “violent predator,” ABC7 reported, with six felony convictions for burglary and illegal reentry.

Escobar was arrested Monday, Sept. 24, after an attack on a man sleeping on the beach in Santa Monica, and has been linked to three murders and four attempted murders in Southern California.
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‘As Good As It Gets’ Pink Diamond Worth $50 Million Hits Auction
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2018-09-25    456 views
The legendary Christie’s auction house readies to sell the largest and finest pink diamond ever in its history, and estimates the jewel is worth us much as $50 million dollars.

Christie’s International Jewellery Director David Warren told Reuters in London on Sept. 25 that the sale of this 18.96 carat diamond is an extraordinary event for the auction house.

"In 40 years of working at Christie's I've never seen anything like this in my life,” Warren said. “It was a huge surprise when there it was, we saw it and couldn't quite believe that such a stone existed. It has wonderful purity and incredible brightness. It is beautifully cut, but it is the size and the colour that just take your breath away.”

Dubbed “The Pink Legacy,” the unique rectangular-cut gem will go under the hammer on Nov. 13 in Geneva, Switzerland, Christies said in a news release.

https://www.christies.com/features/The-Pink-Legacy-diamond-9398-3.aspx

"The estimate is $30-50 million dollars which is the highest estimate we have placed on any piece of jewellery at any time," Warren added.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewellery at Christie’s, heaped praise on the exceptional jewel.

“The saturation, the intensity of this stone is as good as it gets in a coloured diamond,” he said, according to the release.

“To find a diamond of this size with this colour is pretty much unreal. You may see this colour in a pink diamond of less than one carat. But this is almost 19 carats and it’s as pink as can be. It’s unbelievable.”

Scientists classify diamonds into two main categories—Type I and Type II, with the latter type having a rare, almost homogenous color.

“Pink diamonds fall under the rare Type IIa category of diamonds,” said Kadakia. “These are stones that have little if any trace of nitrogen, and make up less than two per cent of all gem diamonds. Type IIa stones are some of the most chemically pure diamonds often with exceptional transparency and brilliance.”

Christie’s posted an alluring video featuring exquisite close-ups of the gem.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoJN0lQA8rk/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

“We are honoured to be offering for sale The Pink Legacy, a Magnificent Vivid Pink diamond, that once formed part of The Oppenheimer Collection,” the post is captioned.

The Pink Legacy has been awarded the highest diamond colour grading—‘Fancy Vivid—by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the release notes, an honor conferred on but one out of 100,000 diamonds.

“Pink diamonds of any size and depth of colour have always had a special allure. This 18.96 carat emerald cut pink diamond is amongst the rarest of all gemstones,” said Tom Moses, Executive Vice President of GIA.

Fancy Vivid Pink is an even rare category, as diamonds of this particular hue are seldom encountered. In Christie’s 250-year history, only four Fancy Vivid Pink stones over 10 carats have ever come up for auction.

The Pink Legacy, reportedly with no trace of a secondary color and with a balanced saturation, tone and straight pink hue, make this nearly 19-carat behemoth a highly coveted one-of-a-kind.

Christie’s expects it will fetch between $30 and $50 million.

The world auction price per carat for any pink diamond was achieved at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong in November 2017, when “The Pink Promise,” an oval-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond of just under 15 carats, was sold for $32,480,500 — an impressive $2,175,519 per carat.
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Great White Shark Feeding Frenzy on Whale Carcass at Australia Beach
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2018-09-25    1K views
A whale carcass stuck on a beach south of Sydney, Australia has attracted a number of sharks to the inlet, as well as visitors hoping for a closer look.

The as-yet undetermined species of whale is estimated to be around 20 meters (66 feet) long and weigh about 40 tons, according to the Nine News report, and has attracted visitors since it became lodged on rocks near Wattamolla Beach on Sept. 17.

Whale welfare group ORRCA confirmed the whale was male but has not yet confirmed the species, according to the report.

The carcass washed up onto the beach on Sept. 24.

Sharks have been feeding off the dead whale for some time, as video taken on Sept. 20 by Benjamin Reid shows.

In the footage, great white sharks can be seen violently splashing near the carcass as they feed.

Shaun Elwood of the National Parks and Wildlife Service speculated on the whale’s cause of death.

“It could be sick, it could not have been in well health, it could have been an old whale, or it could have been hit by a boat. It’s really an unknown,” said Elwood, in the Nine News report.


Two local brothers Jai and Kurt Kiggins also captured video as Jai swam in shark-infested waters.

“Probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. The great white came straight up, like face to face, and then turned and kicked away,” said Kiggins.

“Look, it’s stupid,” said Elwood. “New South Wales Police, New South Wales Maritime, and National Parks and Wildlife Service, we really discourage the public from doing anything like that.”

Jai Kiggins dismissed suggestions his actions were foolhardy.

“I’ve you got the [expletive] to do it,” Kiggins said, “I don’t see why not.”

Kurt Kiggins, the one filming the incident, said that when their mother learned of their intentions, she expressed opposition.

“My mom wasn’t very happy about it, because when I left I told her I was going to do it, so she was stressing out all day,” said Kurt Kiggins.

Officials from the NSW Environment Office were considering whether to tow the whale back out to sea, Nine News reported.

A spokesperson said the whale’s size, as well as the beach’s location, meant disposal options were limited.


Video credit: Benjamin Reid via Storyful
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Dead Fish Cover I-40 as Florence Floodwaters Recede in North Carolina
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2018-09-23    397 views
Firemen from Penderlea hosed off a stretch of North Carolina highway after receding floodwaters from Hurricane Florence left behind a carpet of dead fish.

First responders on Saturday, Sept. 22, came across a mass of fish carcasses strewn across a portion of the Interstate 40 near Wallace, North Carolina, exposed by falling water levels a week after the hurricane-turned-storm made landfall and sparked massive flooding.

"Well, we can add 'washing fish off of the interstate' to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience!" the Penderlea Fire Department said in a Facebook post.
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'Child of Krakatoa' Volcano Erupts 56 Times in Indonesia
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2018-09-23    209 views
A volcano known as the “Child of Krakatoa” erupted over 50 times on Sept. 22, according to meteorologists and geophysics experts.

Staffers at MAGMA Indonesia (Multiplatform Application for Geohazard Mitigation and Assessment in Indonesia) noted in a statement that Mount Anak Krakatau—or “Child of Krakatoa”—erupted 56 times between Sept. 21-22, spewing lava and ejecting dark smoke.

“Crater smoke is thin white to gray, with a thin to thick intensity, reaching a height of 1000 meters (3280 ft). A total of 56 eruptions with a height of 200-300 m (656-985 ft) have been observed, along with black smoke. Night-time footage from CCTV recorded firelights and incandescent flow.”

Thunder sounds and weak tremors accompanied the eruption, MAGMA Indonesia stated, adding that “people / tourists are not allowed to approach the crater within a 2 km (1.2 mile) radius of the crater.”

Reuters aboard the Japanese helicopter carrier JS Kaga encountered the volcano, known for its deadly 1883 eruption, after the ship's departure from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.

They captured one of Anak Krakatau’s eruptions on camera on Saturday, Sept. 22, as it catapulted into the air blobs of molten lava.

Observers at the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) said in a Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) that the volcano posed a level II (CAUTION) threat.


“Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE, Eruption with ash clouds at 22:48 UTC (05:48 local time). The eruption lasted for 115 seconds. Eruption and ash emission is continuing. Ash-cloud moving to south. Best estimate of ash-cloud top is around 1722 FT (538 M) above sea level, may be higher than what can be observed clearly. Source of height data: ground observer.”

The eruption has not caused any disruptions to flights.

Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure (BNPB) said in context of a previous Krakatau eruption that “this is an opportunity for volcano tourism and education, not all countries have volcanoes, Indonesia has 127 active volcanoes or 13% of active volcanoes in the world are in Indonesia.”

MAGMA Indonesia said that Anak Krakatau has experienced an increase in volcanic activity since June 18, 2018.
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Man Fleeing Police Gives Up Because of Swarming Mosquitoes
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2018-09-23    50 views
Police in Wisconsin said they caught a suspect after he hid in a cornfield but later gave himself up because he couldn’t stand the mosquitoes.


Deputies said they responded to a call that a man had stolen alcohol from a Piggly Wiggly store in the town Campbellsport, Fond du Lac county.

Store manager Kevin Harvey told WDJT-CBS reporters that he recognized a man placing bottles of booze into a cart at the Piggly Wiggly as the same individual that had previously stolen alcohol there on four occasions.

Surveillance video reportedly captured the suspect on Tuesday, Sept. 18, as he swiped three bottles of Jagermeister.

Harvey chased the man out of the store, it was reported, but the suspect leapt into a getaway car driven by John Wilson, and fled.

Police chased the getaway vehicle, and the suspect rolled out at some point during the pursuit.

Wilson stopped the car after evading the police for about three miles, ran into a cornfield and hid.

Deputies established a perimeter.

Campbellsport Police Department Chief Thomas Dronbrook said the mosquitoes were out in full force.

"As soon as the sheriff's department arrived that's the first thing I asked for, if he could give me some spray because it was crazy," Dornbrook said.

Within an hour, Wilson emerged from hiding with his hands up.


"When we handcuffed him he asked us to wipe his forehead because he had 15-20 mosquitoes on his forehead at that time," the chief said.

While normally frustrating, itchy, any annoying painful; these mosquitoes ended up being a great crime solving sidekick.

“I tease Sergeant Zitlow, he along with a million mosquitoes helped capture the guy," said Dornbrook, according to CBS.

Wilson faces charges that include evading the police, and obstructing an officer of the law.

The thief remains at large.
Football Game Cancelled as Air Ambulance Lands on Pitch After Man Falls Ill
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2018-09-23    426 views
A football match in England was called off on when a volunteer went into cardiac arrest and had to be airlifted by a helicopter.

Fans captured footage of the air ambulance as it came in for a landing on the field on Sept. 22 at the Oakwell stadium in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.

The game between Barnsley and Burton Albion, two British football teams, had been due to kick off at 3 p.m., but was cancelled.

Nigel Clough, manager for Burton Albion, said "when it was announced the game was called off all the crowd were applauding respectfully as they realize it's the right decision.”

Stephen Croft suffered a heart attack prior to kick-off and emergency medical services were called in. Air ambulance crewmembers loaded Croft onto a stretcher and transported him to Sheffield Norther General Hospital.
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Customer Pours Iced Coffee on 7-11 Store Counter in Dispute Over Cost
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2018-09-21    22K views
Police in Suffolk County appealed to the public for help to identify a woman who poured iced coffee over a counter at a 7-Eleven store in Mastic, New York, in a dispute over the price of the drink.
Suffolk County Police shared footage of the incident, which they said occurred at a 7-Eleven store on Montauk Highway on August 30. The woman can be seen arguing with store clerks before throwing the liquid on the counter and walking out of the store.

The coffee damaged approximately $200 worth of cigarettes stored under the counter and the woman was wanted on suspicion of criminal mischief, police said.

Credit: Suffolk County Police via Storyful
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Georgia Police Seize Drugs Disguised as Candy
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2018-09-21    27 views
Duluth Police seized what drug agents estimate could be $10,000 to $15,000 worth of ecstasy pills that look like candy for children, and are concerned the dealers marketed and sold the drugs to local youth.
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Conor McGregor Offers Khabib Whisky And Calls His Manager 'Terrorist Snitch'
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2018-09-21    183 views
Conor McGregor sipped whiskey and boasted he would need just one round to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov and reclaim the UFC lightweight title during a typically wild news conference to promote his return to the octagon on Thursday.

McGregor repeatedly referenced the infamous April incident when he threw a metal dolly through the window of a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters, leading to his arrest and eventual guilty plea.

During the staredown, Abdelaziz obviously said something that wasn't to McGregor's liking. Naturally, he responded in typically considered and rational fashion.

"Shut your mouth, Ali Abdelaziz," he said.

"You terrorist snitch! I know a lot about you as well, you mad man. I know a lot about you as well!
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The Moment a Woman Gives Her Baby Away to Complete Stranger at Russian Airport
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2018-09-20    4K views
Russian investigators said two women were facing human trafficking charges after a young mother gave away her newborn baby to a complete stranger that she met online.

Representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation released video of the child transfer, which took place at an airport in the city of Omsk, according to local media reports. Security cameras captured the moment the little baby was given away.

The 25-year-old mother can be seen in the video holding the baby, who is wrapped in a bright pink blanket. She is accompanied by an unidentified woman carrying a red or pink bag. The companion at one point makes contact with a woman, while the mother walks over to the side.
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Strawberry Needle Saga: More Cases Recorded, $100,000 Reward Offered for Culprit
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2018-09-20    201 views
Queensland police announced on Friday, September 14, that the number of strawberry brands with reported needle contaminations had risen to six, prompting the state government to offer a $100,000 reward for information about the culprit.

On Sunday, September 9, Brisbane man Hoani Hearne was the first unlucky consumer to report a sabotaged berry. He accidentally swallowed a fragment of needle after eating a strawberry and was forced to visit the emergency room experiencing severe abdominal pain.

On Tuesday, September 11, a woman in Gladstone contacted police after her 9-year-old son bit into a needle embedded in a strawberry.

Police addressed media on Wednesday, September 12, saying they believed the berries originated from one grower in southeast Queensland, affecting only two brands. There were suspicions the needles had been planted by a disgruntled ex-employee.

After a growing number of cases were reported across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, police said they believed copycat crimes were taking place, causing six brands to be affected. Farmers were reportedly devastated to take such a huge hit to sales at an already difficult time of year.

In these videos and images, Chantal Faugeras crushes ‘Delightful’ brand strawberries purchased from a Coles in Wingham, New South Wales, finding needles within.

Credit: Chantal Faugeras via Storyful
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DC Jogger Stabbed to Death in Apparent 'Random' Attack
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2018-09-20    2 views
Police in Washington D.C. are desperately searching for a suspect after a woman was stabbed to death while jogging just a few miles from the White House.

Wendy Karina Martinez, 35, stumbled into a Chinese restaurant in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 19, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the neck, police said.

“There were customers in the carry-out at the time,” said Chief Peter Newsham of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

“She collapsed, they tried to provide medical assistance to her,” Newsham said. “Unfortunately she was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.”

Martinez tried to warn people inside the restaurant about her attacker, witnesses said, but the suspect had already fled the scene, according to ABC.

“A single assailant stabbed her,” Newsham said, adding that “it is more likely a random act than anything else, but we're going to look at all possibilities.”

"It's horrible to see something like this happen in the city," he said, adding that the area is considered to be a "very safe neighborhood.”
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Surveillance Video of DC Jogger Stabbing Person of Interest
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2018-09-20    39 views
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide. Investigators seek the public's assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in a Homicide which occurred in the 1400 block of 11th Street, NW, on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at approximately 7:56 PM. The subject was captured by a nearby surveillance camera.

DO YOUR PART TO HELP PREVENT AND SOLVE CRIME. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community. Ref. CCN #18-157-742.

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.
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Hero Operator Uses Backhoe to Keep Roof Down in Storm Ali
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2018-09-20    251 views
Locals in the Irish town of Galway used a backhoe excavator to keep the roof of a bed & breakfast to blow away in the ferocious winds of Storm Ali.

A man identified only by his first name Diego (@diamoarr) shared the video filmed by his sister @cilladiamond on Sept. 19, which shows JCB operator Graham Heanue maneuvering the backhoe into place as the roof of Renvyle’s Castle House B&B heaves and buckles in the heavy winds.

“Neighbours to the rescue, managed to prevent the roof from blowing off and onto a busy street where it would have surely caused accidents and injuries,” Diego captioned the post.
Jet Airways Passengers Bleed From Ears as Pilots 'Forget' Cabin Pressure
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2018-09-20    2K views
Pilots of a Jet Airways flight “forgot” to turn on a cabin pressure switch and had to make an emergency return to the airport after passengers started to bleed from their noses and ears.

The Boeing 737 aircraft, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely. At least 30 passengers suffered ear and nose bleeds, NDTV reported.

Passengers on board Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur captured video of the incident, showing frantic passengers and oxygen masks dangling from the ceiling.

An official with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told CNN affiliate CNN News 18 that the crew allegedly forgot to press a button to pressurize the cabin. "During the climb, the crew forgot to select the bleed switch due to which cabin pressurization could not be maintained, and oxygen masks got deployed," the official said.

Jet Airways said in a statement that Thursday morning's flight had turned back "due to loss in cabin pressure" and "regretted" the inconvenience caused to its passengers.

"The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai. All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc," the statement said. Jet Airways also said the cockpit crew has been taken off duty and that an investigation had been launched into the incident.

Passenger Darshak Hathi tweeted a video of the interior of the cabin as air pressure dropped and oxygen masks came down.
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