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Great White Shark Feeding Frenzy on Whale Carcass at Australia Beach
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2018-09-25    0 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    205 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    181 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.
Air Force Pilots Eject From Plane Moments Before it Crashed in Texas
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2018-09-19    192 views
An Air Force trainer plane crashed near a mall in San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 18, as two crew members safely ejected.

No civilian casualties were reported and a property damage assessment is underway. Flying training has been suspended, pending an investigation.

A student pilot and instructor of the Wing T-6A Texan II aircraft were captured on video around 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday as they parachuted to safety.

The Air Education and Training Command (AETC), which oversees the operations of the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph (JBSA), issued a media release immediately following the incident.

"The crew ejected and is safe with minor injuries reported at the site. Both were transported to the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Medical Clinic for evaluation," the AETC stated. "There were no civilian casualties, and the extent of damage to property has not been assessed."
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Animal Rescuer Braves North Carolina Floods to Save Stranded Dogs
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2018-09-19    4K views
An animal rescue volunteer came to the aid of a number of dogs on Sept. 18 that had been left stranded in the floods in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence.

Keith Benning, who works with the North Dakota-based Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue, filmed a number of dogs that had been left stranded on things like picnic tables, a car, and inside a house. Benning said on Sept. 18 that he had rescued "about 10 dogs so far.”

"All of the 10+ dogs that were rescued yesterday by Keith Benning and his rescue partners John NeeSmith and Marshall Furr are safe. They are being held in a staging area," the non-profit stated in a Facebook post.
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'Be Patient, Be Alert', Trump Urges Ahead of Visit to Flood-stricken North Carolina
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2018-09-19    10 views
U.S. President Donald Trump plans to visit North Carolina on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to witness first-hand the destruction left behind by Hurricane Florence, and to review the ongoing relief effort.

Trump tweeted a video on Tuesday, thanking relief workers for their hard work.

"I just want to thank all the incredible men and women who have done such a great job in helping with Florence. This is a tough hurricane," Trump said.

"Florence has been a nasty one," Trump said. "So the waters are still rising, listen to your state and your local authorities, be patient, be alert, and God bless you."

North Carolina continues to bear the brunt of Florence's deadly deluge, as rivers continue to rise and thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged.

Trump plans to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina at about 10:30 a.m. local time and return to Washington D.C. at 6:15 p.m., according to the White House.
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Flooding in Conway, South Carolina
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2018-09-19    4 views
Video taken by Horry County Emergency Management on Tuesday, Sept. 18, near 16th Avenue in Conway, Horry County, South Carolina, shows extensive flooding.

Authorities said “Our hearts go out to those affected by the flooding in our county, and we hope you know that we are here for you no matter what may come. 

#TeamHorry is out in the streets working to ensure that everyone stays safe and dry, and we’ll be here until everyone goes home. “
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Sheriff Aide’s Quick Thinking Saves Dog Tied to Moving Semi
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2018-09-18    4K views
A tragedy averted thanks to the timely intervention of a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office volunteer who acted quickly after spotting a dog tied to a moving semi.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) said a member of its “Volunteers in Protection” (VIP) program was at a gas station in Ash Fork, Arizona, on Sept. 8, when he noticed a tractor-trailer pulling out with a dog attached to its bumper.

Dashcam footage shows the semi heading in the direction of an interstate highway.

The volunteer immediately switched on his lights, the YCSO said, and drove over towards the cab of the truck to alert the driver that his dog was trailing behind.

The agency said the semi driver was distracted and had forgotten to untie the dog’s leash and take the animal into the cab with him.

“A very grateful owner retrieved his pet and expressed deep appreciation for the VIP’s efforts,” the YCSO said.

No charges are pending against the driver, according to the statement.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said that it is unusual for VIP volunteers to deploy the patrol car lights, as their role is typically to “act only as eyes and ears when they are in the field.” However, the YCSO command staff said it considered this use of lights and siren as justified since it was done “to save this dog from injury or death.”

The YCSO states on its website that members of the Volunteer in Protection program are subject to strict suitability criteria, including psychological tests and a background check. These volunteers assist deputies in different aspects of their patrol, including traffic control, prisoner transport, or crime scene security.

“Thanks to the work these dedicated volunteers do day in and day out and for the actions of this VIP to save this dog,” the YCSO said in the statement.

“They provide valuable support to the various Sections within the Sheriff’s Office and have become an integral part of day-to-day operations,” the YCSO stated on its website.
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Hurricane Florence Dog Rescue
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2018-09-15    47K views
A woman assisted in the rescue of a dog from the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence on Friday, Sept. 14, in New Bern, North Carolina.
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Florence brings 'epic' floods to the Carolinas
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2018-09-15    0 views
Florence barreled into the Carolina coast and moved inland on Friday (September 14), knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leading to the death of five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge "overwhelmed" the town, located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

Officials in the town of 30,000, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

Damaged boats could be seen stranded on New Bern's streets after water began to recede late on Friday.

Some New Bern residents said they stayed in their homes to protect their houses and to help their neighbours.

The affects of the storm were also felt farther inland, where trees fell on homes in Wilson, North Carolina, which is located about 90 miles (145km) from the Atlantic Ocean.

In Wilmington, North Carolina a mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home. The child's injured father was taken to a hospital. In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack. Paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

Two people died in Lenoir County. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

Nearly the entire state could be covered in several feet of water, Copper said during a news conference in Raleigh.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds as of Thursday (September 13), but dropped to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but warned that life-threatening storm surges - in which water is pushed by a storm over land that would normally be dry - and catastrophic freshwater flooding were still expected.
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Florence Flooding Worsening in the Carolinas
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2018-09-15    4K views
FLORENCE IS MOVING SLOWLY-- BUT FLOOD WATERS ARE RISING FAST.

THE STORM IS CRAWLING OVER PARTS OF THE CAROLINAS-- RELENTLESSLY DUMPING LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER.

ALL THAT WATER PLUS DANGEROUS WINDS AND POWERFUL STORM SURGE ARE TURNING SOME TOWNS INTO RUSHING RIVERS.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TRAPPED IN THEIR HOMES AND HAD TO BE RESCUED... ALONG WITH THEIR PETS.

CREWS FROM SEVERAL STATES, SOME AS FAR AWAY AS CALIFORNIA HAVE ARRIVED IN THE CAROLINAS TO ASSIST IN THOSE WATER RESCUES.

THE STORM IS BEING BLAMED FOR AT LEAT 5 DEATHS-- AND OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT NUMBER COULD RISE WHEN THE FLOOD WATERS DROP.

MEANWHILE-- RAIN AND STORM SURGES ARE PUSHING WATER INLAND AND NOT ALLOWING RIVERS TO DRAIN.

AND AS FLORENCE CONTINUES TO HOVER OVER THIS AREA-- FLOODING IS WORSENING BY THE HOUR.

IN MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA
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Florence captured from space after making landfall in North Carolina
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2018-09-15    688 views
Footage released by NASA showed Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station after it made landfall near Wrightsville beach in North Carolina on Friday (September 14), leaving five people dead.

Florence plowed into the Carolinas, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain as it lumbered slowly inland before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

Though Florence's shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and South Carolina in the coming days could leave much of the region under water.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina on Friday and Saturday (September 15), then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.
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Woman Rescues Shelter Animals From Hurricane Florence
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2018-09-14    141 views
A woman who flew to Wilmington, North Carolina, to save her car from Hurricane Florence’s fury decided to turn her drive back into an animal rescue mission.
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European Parliament Votes to Punish Hungary for Breaking EU Rules in Historic First
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2018-09-13    6 views
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday (September 12) to sanction Hungary for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption in an unprecedented step that left Prime Minister Viktor Orban isolated from powerful allies. Rosanna Philpott reports.
The EU has voted to punish one of it's own member states - Hungary, for eroding democracy, the rule of law and breaching EU values.

It's the first ever vote of it's kind, against Hungarian President Viktor Orban.

Right-wing, anti-migrant and eurosceptic.

Since sweeping to power in 2010 he has pressured Hungary's courts and media and blocked its borders against asylum seekers.

He says Muslim refugees pose an existential threat to Europe's Christian civilization.

Though the EU has protested, it has largely failed to stop what critics call his growing authoritarianism.

Wednesday's decision changes that.

Reuters Krisztina Than is in Budapest.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) KRISZTINA THAN, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, SAYING:

"The vote was overwhelming 448 representatives out of over 700 representatives voted in favour of this report condemning Hungary. And many of Orban's allies deserted him, voted against him."

But this is only the beginning of a showdown with Orban.

Now, EU states must decide what to do with Hungary.

The most severe punishment is stripping Hungary of EU voting rights.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) KRISZTINA THAN, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, SAYING:

"Even though this vote passed today condemning Hungary for overstepping EU rules on democracy, rule of law and civil rights - it's highly unlikely that hungary would actually be sanctioned - because in the end Poland is likely to veto an sanctions against Hungary."

But even lesser sanctions could backfire and excluding Hungary could empower Europe's far-right and Orban's conservative mandate at home.

Rather than humbling, the vote has galvanised Hungary's leadership.

Orban personally flew to intervene in the debate ahead of the vote.

In a fiery speech vowing he would not give in to blackmail.

That drawing applause in the chamber from French, British and Dutch far-right lawmakers.
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Flash Flooding Swamps Cars in Denver
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2018-09-06    132 views
A powerful thunderstorm struck Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, Sept. 5, lashing the city with rain and hail, and causing flash floods.

Flooding affected Denver’s Lakewood area, with residents Breanna and Spencer Diegel sharing video of a car being swept along by some fast-moving water.

The footage shows Spencer Diegel rushing out of the house to help, after the partially submerged car came to a halt in front of their property.
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UK Authorities Charge Two Russians Over Novichok Poisoning
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2018-09-05    21 views
British authorities have charged two Russians for the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with military-grade poison Novichok.

“Today marks the most significant moment so far in what has been one of the most complex and intensive investigations we have undertaken in Counter Terrorism policing,” said Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the UK’s National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing.

Police identified the suspects as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and released their images.

Police have identified the two suspects as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, but say these are probably not their real names. (Metropolitan Police)
Both are said to be about 40 years old and traveling on Russian passports, although the police noted they were likely using aliases and that these are probably not their real names.

Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign spy service, and his daughter Yulia, were found unconscious on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

Britain blamed Russia for the poisonings and identified the poison as a deadly nerve agents known as Novichok, developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.

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Thousands Mourn East Ukraine's Killed Rebel Chief
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2018-09-02    26 views
The funeral of a pro-Russian rebel leader killed in an explosion last week drew vast crowds of mourners in eastern Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region on Sunday, Sep. 2.
Alexander Zakharchenko was fatally injured in an explosion in a cafe in Donetsk on Friday. Russia's foreign ministry accused Ukraine of his murder, while Kiev blamed his death on separatist infighting.

The official media outlet of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said 200,000 people had gathered for the funeral of Zakharchenko, the republic's leader since 2014. Reuters was unable to verify that figure.

Footage showed long queues of mourners, many carrying red carnations, lining up to pay their respects outside the city's main opera theater, where Zakharchenko's coffin stood.

"I am here because I really respected him. He did everything for the people ... A good person is gone," Anna, a member of the crowd, said through tears.

"He was everything to us. He left fighting for his country. There are no words,” said Natalya, a mourner.

His coffin, draped in the separatist region's flag and the flag of the Russian Airborne Troops, a division of Russia's armed forces, was carried out of the theater to silent applause, footage showed.

It was placed on the gun-carriage of a large artillery weapon, which was then towed past the crowds by a truck.

"I didn't know him personally but he was a leader to all of us," Katya, a young woman attending the funeral, said.

At least five other leading separatist commanders have been killed in unexplained circumstances not connected to front-line combat since the conflict started in 2014, when Russian-backed rebels threw off Ukrainian central rule in an armed uprising.

A shaky internationally-brokered ceasefire has been in force since 2015, halting large-scale fighting, but frequent outbreaks of shooting on the front line between the separatists and Ukrainian forces continue.
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Arrests Made as Rival Protests Divide German City of Chemnitz
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2018-09-02    251 views
Thousands of opponents and supporters of Germany’s liberal immigration policy marched through the eastern city of Chemnitz, where the fatal stabbing of a German man by two migrants has sparked protests and street violence.

Clashes were averted on Saturday, Sept. 1, as police kept the rival protests from crossing paths and arrested unruly individuals who threatened to break the tense calm.
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Suicide Car Bomber Attacks Government Office in Somalia
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2018-09-02    128 views
MOGADISHU—A suicide car bomb struck a local government office in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday, Sep. 2, police said, destroying the building and a school opposite.

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Man on Horseback Chases Escaped Deer Along Road, Between Cars
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2018-08-31    315 views
A man on horseback was filmed chasing a reindeer down the street of a town in central Russia.

Dashcam footage of the unusual incident showed the deer, with a massive rack of antlers on its head, trotting down the opposing lane of a street in Chelyabinsk on Aug. 30, before coming to a halt at an intersection and appearing to look both ways before proceeding.

The reindeer had earlier broken free from a restraint and fled from a zoo, Russian media reported.
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Meteorite explodes over Chelyabinsk
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2018-08-31    2 views
A large explosion took place in the sky over Chelyabinsk early on February 15, with officials blaming a meteor shower.
This video shows a trail of smoke in the sky.
A loud explosion and the sound of breaking glass are heard at 0.12, and people are seen being evacuated from a building at 2.05.

Credit: Nikita Kyrchikov via Storyful
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Dutch police shoot suspect after stabbing at train station
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2018-08-31    790 views
Police in the Dutch capital shot and wounded a suspect Friday after he stabbed two people at Amsterdam's busy central railway station.

Hours after the incident, police said they were still investigating a possible motive for the attack and weren't excluding any possible scenarios.

Police spokesman Rob van der Veen said the violence happened shortly after noon (1000 GMT; 6 a.m. EDT) at the busy Central Station in downtown Amsterdam when a man walked into a group of people.

"Something happened, we don't know yet what, but during that two people were stabbed and one person with a knife in his hand walked away and he was shot by police," Van der Veen said.

All three people were taken to a hospital. Police didn't release details about their conditions.

Van der Veen said forensics experts were still combing the scene hours after the attack and detectives were investigating the man's motive.

Two platforms were temporarily closed to train traffic, but the station wasn't evacuated. Trams to and from the square in front of the station were stopped as police and emergency services converged on the area. Red and white police tape kept members of the public away from the scene.

Central Station is a busy entry and exit point for visitors to the Dutch capital, with regular trains linking it to the city's Schiphol Airport. Friday is one of the busiest days of the week, with many tourists arriving for the weekend.

Source: AP
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Greyhound Bus Crash Leaves Seven Dead in New Mexico
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2018-08-31    241 views
A blown tire on a semitrailer may be to blame for a deadly head-on crash with a Greyhound bus along Interstate 40 in New Mexico near the Arizona border, according to authorities.

At least seven people were killed, and many of the 49 passengers aboard the Greyhound bus were injured. Authorities couldn't immediately provide an exact count of how many were hurt or their conditions.

New Mexico State Police said the semi carrying produce was headed east on the freeway on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 30, when one of its tires blew. This sent the rig across the median and into oncoming traffic, where it slammed into the Greyhound heading to Phoenix from Albuquerque.

The National Transportation Safety Board and New Mexico state police are investigating.

At least nine bus passengers were being treated at the University of New Mexico Hospital. UNM officials didn't release any details about the patients' conditions.
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Cambodian court jails Australian filmmaker for six years for espionage
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2018-08-31    86 views
A Cambodian court jailed an Australian filmmaker for six years on Friday after finding him guilty of espionage for flying a drone over an opposition party rally.

James Ricketson, 69, was arrested last June after he was photographed flying the drone above the rally organized by the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) before communal elections.

Ricketson was charged with espionage, although it remains unclear for whom he was spying. His family called the court sentence an "absolute tragedy".

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Around 300 Endangered Sea Turtles Killed in Mexico
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2018-08-29    527 views
Some 300 endangered sea turtles were found dead floating in the waters off Mexico's southern coast on Tuesday, Aug. 28, after they were caught in fishing nets.

The deaths come days after more than a hundred of the same species perished due to unknown causes.

The dead olive ridley sea turtles were discovered by fishermen in the southern state of Oaxaca on Mexico's Pacific coast in a sector called the Barra de Colotepec, Oaxaca's civil protection coordinator Heliodoro Diaz told Reuters.

Images captured by Reuters showed dozens of dead turtles, many of them in a state of decomposition, lined up through what looked like a mesh or in groups.

The olive ridleys, which are in danger of extinction, measure about 75 centimetres (29 inches) and weigh around 45 kilos (99 pounds). They arrive en masse on Mexico's Pacific coast every year to spawn between June and September, with some arriving as early as May.

The Latin American country, where six of the seven species of marine turtles that exist in the world nest, has a permanent protection program for the reptiles. This includes a complete ban on killing turtles, use of turtle excluder devices in trawl nets, and protection of spawning areas, among other measures that include prison sentences for those who kill them.

Mexico's office of the federal attorney for environmental protection (PROFEPA) said it was investigating the case.

In another case, authorities said they are investigating the deaths of 113 endangered marine turtles - 102 olive ridleys, six hawksbills and five of the species known as prieta, found in a sanctuary in Chiapas state, which borders Oaxaca.
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Fans 'Moonwalk' at Michael Jackson's London Monument for His 60th Birthday
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2018-08-29    143 views
Michael Jackson fans gathered at a temporary monument to pay tribute to the King of Pop, in London, on what would have been his 60th birthday on Wednesday, August 29.

The late 20th-century music icon's record label, Sony Music, erected a giant crown on London's south bank by the River Thames to celebrate his legacy.

British fans Mayah Thomas and Pez Jax met Jackson in 2006, where he accompanied a group of fans to a West End theatre.
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Greek passenger ferry docks at Piraeus after fire; no injuries reported
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2018-08-29    174 views
A passenger ferry with 1,016 people onboard returned safely to the port of Piraeus in the early hours on Wednesday after it reported a fire while en route to Crete, the Greek coast guard said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, a coast guard official told Reuters.

The Eleftherios Venizelos, carrying 875 passengers and 141 crew, was sailing off the island of Hydra when it notified the coast guard around midnight (2100 GMT) that a car parking compartment had caught fire.

It was escorted back to Pireaus after authorities scrambled air and sea assets to the area.

"It was a huge operation and everything went to plan," said Nikos Lagdianos, spokesman for the coast guard.

At Pireaus a Reuters witness saw passengers in lifejackets walking down a sideway stair, while smoke billowed out of the ship. Firefighters were deployed at the pier.

People posted pictures on social media of individuals crowded on decks wearing red life jackets.

"It was difficult to breathe from the smoke," one passenger identified only by her first name, Natassa, told Skai TV. Another reported hearing a 'big noise' before passengers were advised to wear lifejackets and head to assembly areas.

Disembarkation of all passengers was completed around 0700 am (0400 GMT).

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but authorities were investigating the possibility it may have started from a vehicle. There were more than 200 vehicles, including trucks, on the vessel.
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NAFTA talks with US 'very constructive': Canada
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2018-08-29    18 views
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday, Aug. 28, called her her first negotiating session with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer "very constructive.”

Freeland said talks aimed at forging a new North American trade agreement would continue.

"What has really paved the way for what Canada believes will be a good week is the fact that Mexico has made some significant concessions, particularly in the area of labor and of rules of origin on cars," Freeland told reporters outside Lighthizer's office.

Freeland said Canadian officials would meet with Mexico on Tuesday evening before resuming talks with Lighthizer on Wednesday morning.
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Man Left Bloodied After Fall on NY Subway Tracks
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2018-08-25    1K views
A man was left bleeding from the head after he fell onto the tracks at a subway station in New York.

Video taken by a bystander on August 23 at a midtown Manhattan station shows a man laying on the tracks, as an MTA worker wearing a bright yellow safety vest and hardhat approaches to investigate.

The camera zooms in and appears to show the man, who was laying on his back, holding his hands up to his head.

“Really scary moment here,” tweeted gamer Landis Roan, via the account OfficialRoanNYC. “Blood, head trauma, possible concussion.”

It is unclear how the man ended up on the tracks.

One of the bystanders can be heard yelling “Don’t move!” as the victim struggles to get to his feet.

As a crowd on the platform looks on, an MTA worker approaches the victim, who appears to have difficulty standing.

The worker asks the man “Are you ok, sir?” before helping the man get back onto the platform.

The victim was observed with blood streaming down his face. His present condition is unknown.
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