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US forces in South Korea receive fake, urgent message telling them to evacuate immediately

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:55

US troops in South Korea have been sent an urgent message telling their families to flee the country. The US Army has now been forced to send out a message telling troops to check any messages and ensure that they are legitimate. Officials have so far not been able to publicly confirm where the messages came from, or whether they are related at all to ongoing tensions with North Korea.


Indonesia raises Bali volcano alert to highest level

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:22

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali to the highest level, and more than 11,000 villagers have left their homes around the mountain, officials said Friday.


What Alabama's GOP Senate Frontrunner Told Me Should Scare The Daylights Out Of You

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:08

I’ve had the opportunity twice over the past several years to interview the current Alabama GOP Senate frontrunner Roy Moore at length and flesh out some of his, um, ideas.


Warnings of crocodile 'power vacuum' in Australian river, after giant 17-foot 'saltie' illegally shot dead

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:58

Australians have been warned to beware of aggressive male saltwater crocodiles fighting it out for dominance, after the death of a giant 17-foot “saltie” created a power vacuum in a river. A manhunt began on Friday for the person who illegally killed the “iconic” reptile, after its carcass was found in the Fitzroy River in central Queensland with a single gunshot wound to the head. The incident sparked an urgent warning from the state government about aggressive behaviour from younger crocodiles in the area, which had been kept in check by the dominant male and were expected to start jostling for dominance. "People need to clearly understand the death of this animal has changed the balance of the crocodile population in the Fitzroy," the environment department's diversity operations director Michael Joyce told Australian media. An investigation has been launched to find the person who killed the 'iconic' crocodile Credit: EPA/ Queensland Police Service "We can expect increased aggressive activity by younger male crocodiles. That's because they will be competing to take the dominant position which is now vacant. Mr Joyce added that he didn't think the crocodile had posed a problem but rather, was "an important part of our ecosystem". "He is a crocodile that does spend a fair bit of time controlling the river and controlling the young animals that are in the river,” he said. The death of the dominant crocodile is expected to create a power vacuum, with younger males likely to aggressively compete with each other  Credit: EPA/ Queensland Police Service In Queensland, the maximum penalty for offenders caught killing a crocodile without authority is A$28,383 (£16,671), with the highest penalty reserved for those who kill “iconic” crocodiles, defined as being greater than 5m (16.4 feet) in length. The offender could also face up to three years in jail if found guilty of animal cruelty. Since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded in northern Australia, reigniting debate about whether to cull them. Giant Crocodile Scares Fishermen in Western Australia 00:30 An average of two people a year are killed by the animals, which can grow up to 7 metres and weigh more than a tonne. The reptile’s carcass was taken to nearby Koorana Crocodile Farm, where it will be buried after an autopsy. The owner of the farm John Leaver said it was the largest crocodile caught in Queensland in 20 to 30 years. The gunshot had caused a large hole in the top of the crocodile’s skull, indicating a large calibre rifle, he said. Asked why the crocodile was shot, Mr Leaver added: “I would say that someone felt very threatened”.


The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:55

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways.


Trump Warns 'Madman' Kim Jong Un 'Will Be Tested Like Never Before'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:37

President Donald Trump called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a “madman” who would be “tested like never before” on Friday morning, hours after the rogue nation threatened to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.


Hurricane Maria: British man dies as partner and children rescued from capsized boat

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:46

A British man has died after a boat he was travelling in with his family was overturned by Hurricane Maria. The unnamed man had been with his family on a boat that sounded a distress call off the coast of Puerto Rico as the storm moved in on Wednesday. The 20ft seas and 115mph winds capsized their vessel, with the extreme weather delaying rescue efforts by the US Coast Guard and a Royal Navy helicopter.


Heartbreak in Puerto Rico: 'We Don't Have Anything'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:54

Puerto Ricans are now returning home to face the devastation from Hurricane Maria.


Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:19

The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity. The island largely lost communications with the outside world after Maria plowed into it on Monday as a maximum-strength Category Five hurricane packing winds of 160 miles per hour (257 kilometers per hour). At least 15 people were killed on the island, with six deaths elsewhere in the Caribbean as the storm continued its destructive path north on Friday.


Anger in Mexico as officials admit Frida Sofia, the 'girl trapped in earthquake rubble' does not exist 

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:04

Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. She reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there were others trapped near her. Rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and other tools to reach her. Soldiers and volunteers carry a survivor from the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen School on Thursday Credit:  MARIO GUZMAN/EFE News media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of "Frida Sofia" with a sense of urgency that made it a national drama, drawing attention away from other rescue efforts across the quake-stricken city and leaving people in Mexico and abroad glued to their television sets. But she never existed, Mexican navy officials now say. At least 25 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage at Enrique Rebsamen school following the magnitude 7.1 quake Credit:  MARIO GUZMAN/EFE "We want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl," navy Assistant Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said Thursday. "We never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe - we are sure - it was not a reality." Sarmiento said a camera lowered into the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen school showed blood tracks where an injured person apparently dragged himself or herself, and the only person still listed as missing was a school employee. But it was just blood tracks - no fingers wiggling, no voice, no name. Several dead people have been removed from the rubble, and it could have been their fingers rescuers thought they saw move. Why is Mexico City so earthquake-prone? 01:21 Sarmiento later apologized for being so categorical, saying that if a person is still trapped it could be a child or an adult. "The information existing at this moment doesn't allow us to say if it is an adult or a child," Sarmiento said. "As long as there is the slightest possibility of someone alive, we will continue searching with the same energy." Tuesday's 7.1 earthquake is the worst to hit the city since 1985 Credit: Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency Twitter users quickly brought out the "Fake News" tag and complained that the widespread coverage had distracted attention from real rescue efforts where victims have been pulled victims from the rubble - something that hasn't happened at the school in at least a day. Viewers across the country hung on the round-the-clock coverage of the drama Wednesday from the only network that was permitted to enter. Mexico City's buildings crumble as deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits - in pictures The military, which ran the rescue operation, spoke directly only to the network's reporters inside the site. The Associated Press and others reported about the search for the girl, based on interviews with rescue workers leaving the scene who believed it was true. How to help | Mexico Earthquake The workers had been toiling through the night, and the chance of rescuing the girl appeared to give them hope and purpose despite their exhaustion. Reports about the trapped girl led to the donations of cranes, support beams and power tools at the school site - pleas for help quickly met based on the urgency of rescuing children. It was unclear if that affected other rescue operations going on simultaneously at a half dozen other sites across the city. Women are covered in dust after making it out of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, Credit: Rebecca Blackwell/AP Despite all the technology brought to bear at the school, including thermal imaging devices, sensors, scanners and remote cameras, the mistake may have come down to a few over-enthusiastic rescuers who, one-by one, crawled into the bottom of shafts tunneled into the rubble looking for any signs of life. "I don't think there was bad faith involved," security analyst Alejandro Hope said. "You want to believe there are children still alive down there." Mexico earthquake: Shake intensity Rescuers interviewed by the AP late Wednesday at a barricade that blocked most journalists from reaching the site believed the story of the girl implicitly. Operating on little sleep and relying on donated food and tools, rescuers were emotionally wedded to the story, and the adrenaline it provided may have been the only thing keeping them going. At least 25 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage at Enrique Rebsamen school following the magnitude 7.1 quake Credit: Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency Rescue worker Raul Rodrigo Hernandez Ayala came out from the site Wednesday night and said that "the girl is alive, she has vital signs," and that five more children had been located alive. "There is a basement where they found children." Despite the setback - and the diminishing hopes that anyone was left under the rubble - rescuers appeared unwilling to question the effort. A man is rescued from a collapsed building in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City on Tuesday Credit:  Pablo Ramos/AP "It was a confusion," said Alfredo Padilla, a volunteer rescuer at the school. "The important thing is there are signs of life and we are working on that." In retrospect, the story of "Frida Sofia," had some suspicious points from the start. Officials couldn't locate any relatives of the missing girl, and no girl with that name attended the school. Rescuers said they were still separated from her by yards of rubble, but could somehow still hear her. Children pulled from school rubble in Mexico 01:36 It could have political repercussions: Education Secretary Aurelio Nuno, often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate, had repeated the story about the girl. Hope noted "something similar happened in 1985," referring to the magnitude 8.0 quake that killed 9,500 people. Media quickly reported that a 9-year-old boy had been located in the rubble days after the Sept. 19 quake 32 years ago. Rescuers mobilized in a huge effort to find the boy, but he apparently never existed. "That generated anger against those who had spread the story," Hope said. 


Please Stop Calling 911 To Report This Gruesome 'Decapitated Body'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 05:14

Halloween arrived early in one part of Tennessee and sparked a panicked 911 call to police.


Australian police hunt killer of giant crocodile

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:43

A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area. The carcass of a 5.2-metre (17-foot) adult male was found in the Fitzroy River in central Queensland on Thursday with a single gunshot wound to the head, the environment department said. "It is illegal to 'take' and kill a crocodile without authority and police will work closely with (the environment department) to locate the person responsible," Queensland police said.


Meet the Man Predicting the Apocalypse on Saturday

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:30

He also calls out young people for lacking critical thinking skills and being "dumbed down by TV, commercials, sports and so forth."


Poll: GOP tax reform not priority for Americans

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:00

President Trump continues to push tax reform as the GOP's top policy this fall, but it may not be in line with what most Americans want.


How many people are killed by terrorist attacks in the UK?

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 03:12

London has been rocked by a series of terror attack in 2017, with the most recent attack involving a man who drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park. Once again, Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee in response to the attack, condemning the "terrible incident". But despite this string of attacks, relatively few people have been killed by terrorist attacks in the UK in recent years. Victims of terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom Previously, a senior Whitehall source revealed the security services have foiled five attacks in the two months since the Westminster attack. Defending against accusations that MI5 had been repeatedly warned the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was dangerous, the source outlined the scale of the job facing counter-terrorism officials. Partly because of this, the number of people killed by acts of terrorism has remained low compared to other countries - with 49 people dying because of terrorism in the UK since between 2010 and 2017. Terror is killing far fewer people in the UK now than it was in the 1980s Between 2000 and 2017, 126 people have been killed in the UK in terrorist attacks, according to figures from the Global Terrorism Database. Although not on British soil, a further 30 British people were killed in Tunisia when a gunman attacked a hotel popular among Western tourists. This compares to 1,094 deaths in the 15-year period before that, between 1985 and 1999, and a further 2,211 between 1970 and 1984. The worst year for terrorism-related deaths in the UK was 1988, when 372 people died. The majority of these died in the Lockerbie disaster, when 270 were killed as a Pan Am transatlantic flight was destroyed by a bomb. Since 1970, Northern Ireland has seen the most terrorism-related deaths out of any nation in the UK, with IRA-related terrorism plaguing the nation for decades. 1972 saw the peak of this violence, with 353 people killed in Northern Ireland - out of a total of 368 in the whole of the UK.  How does the UK's terror threat compare with the rest of Europe? Since 1970, the UK has faced the most deaths as a result of terrorism in Western Europe - totalling 3,395.  Spain is the next worst-hit, with 1,261 deaths since 1970. 2004 was the country's worst year for terrorism, when 192 people died as Madrid bombings. Victims of terrorist attacks in Western Europe 1988 was the worst year for terror in Western Europe, when 440 people in total were killed in attacks - the majority being killed in the Lockerbie bombing. In 2015, France saw its worst ever attack in Paris when nine terrorists killed 130 people at multiple locations across the capital. Since 2000, there have been seven deaths per year in the UK due to terrorism - which, according to research from BuzzFeed, means you're more likely to be killed by dogs (18 deaths per year), hot water (100 deaths per year) or using your phone while driving (2,920 deaths per year). UK terror threat timeline Despite public concern, the terror threat in Europe is relatively low​ Terrorism is becoming an increasing concern for Europe's people, with the UK's own threat level set at "severe" - but the figures show that Europe is one of the safest areas in the world for terrorist-related incidents. While there have been several large attacks in Western Europe in recent years, the number of people killed by terrorism in this region is relatively low compared to other parts of the world. The Global Terrorism Index found that 38,422 people were killed in terrorist attacks across the world in 2015. The majority of these were in the Middle East and North Africa, where 17,752 died in terror attacks. Sub-Saharan Africa was the next worst-hit, followed by South Asia. Since 1970, the Index has counted 106,539 deaths in this region, out of a worldwide total of 348,759 - compared to 6,400 deaths in Western Europe. 


Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 23:48

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The sky was darkening Thursday afternoon as 10-year-old Sarah Jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother's patio in hopes of capturing rainwater.


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