Syria: Barrel bombs kill at least 15 civilians in Aleppo, monitor says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

At least 15 civilians are killed in a barrel bomb attack on a rebel-held district of Syria’s Aleppo city.

At least 15 civilians have been killed in a barrel bomb attack on a rebel-held district of Syria’s Aleppo city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says.

The Britain-based group said regime aircraft had dropped two explosive-packed barrel bombs several minutes apart on the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo.

The strikes hit “near a tent where people were receiving condolences for those killed this week in the neighbouring district of Bab al-Nayrab,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

“There was a first barrel bomb and when people gathered and the ambulances arrived, a second barrel struck and there were more deaths,” a reporter in the rebel-held part of the city said.

“One ambulance was completely destroyed,” he added, citing the local civil defence unit.

The Observatory said dozens more were injured in the two strikes and the death toll was expected to rise.

Saturday’s deadly strikes come after 15 people, among them 11 children, were killed in a barrel bomb attack on Bab al-Nayrab on Thursday.

Source: Syria: Barrel bombs kill at least 15 civilians in Aleppo, monitor says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Are biofuels really worse than petrol when it comes to climate change?

Biofuels have been found to be worse for the planet than petrol, but the study doesn’t take the whole picture into account

“When it comes to the emissions that cause global warming, it turns out that biofuels are worse than gasoline. So the underpinnings of policies used to promote biofuels for reasons of climate have now been proven to be scientifically incorrect,” said Professor John DeCicco, co-author of the study, in a statement.

But behind the headlines there was more to this story than was being widely reported.

This is not the first time criticisms have been raised about biofuel. In 2014, the UN warned that growing crops to make biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices. It condemned the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel.

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Park worker falls to her death in Yellowstone canyon – LA Times

 

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Lower Falls of the Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Jim Peaco, National Parks Service (NPS) June 15, 2015; (Photo: Jim Peaco, NPS)

An Ecuadorian woman has fallen to her death at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park.

Twenty-one-year-old Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar was a park concession worker from Quito, Ecuador. She fell into the canyon at Grandview Point around 3:15 a.m. Friday.

Park officials say she fell while socializing with a small group of co-workers near a trail along the canyon rim. Her companions saw her fall and dialed 911.

Rescuers spotted her body in the canyon at first light. They determined the fall was not survivable.

Source: Park worker falls to her death in Yellowstone canyon – LA Times

 

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Donald Trump under fire for comments about shooting death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for national anthem in protest of minorities’ treatment

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Southwest Air Jet Diverted After Damage From Engine Failure – Bloomberg

A Southwest Airlines Co. jet was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin lost pressure due to what federal officials called a rare uncontained engine failure.

The flight landed without incident at 10:40 a.m. New York time, after roughly a half-hour in the air, according to airline data-tracker FlightAware.com. There were no indications of injuries among the 99 passengers and five crew members on board, the spokesman said.

Source: Southwest Air Jet Diverted After Damage From Engine Failure – Bloomberg

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‘Dark twin’ of the Milky Way galaxy discovered – CNN.com

Story highlights

  • A “dark twin” of the Milky Way galaxy has been found in the Coma constellation
  • It could hold clues to solving the scientific puzzle of dark matter, a key ingredient of the universe

(CNN)Welcome to the dark side of the universe. In a direct contrast with the beautifully bright Milky Way galaxy, a “dark twin” called Dragonfly 44 has been discovered 300 million light-years away in the Coma constellation, according to a new study.

Source: ‘Dark twin’ of the Milky Way galaxy discovered – CNN.com

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2 sinkholes open up on Turnpike in Miami Gardens; southbound lanes shut down – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Troopers shut down all southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike in Miami Gardens after, authorities said, two sinkholes opened up on the roadway, Saturday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a water line broke, causing a sinkhole to open up in the far right lane, just north of the Northwest 199th Street exit. Some time later, they said, a second part of the road began to sink in several feet from the first sinkhole.

A 7News viewer sent in cellphone video showing the Turnpike turning into a parking lot as traffic came to a standstill. Hundreds of drivers were trapped for hours on the freeway.

Source: 2 sinkholes open up on Turnpike in Miami Gardens; southbound lanes shut down – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

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TRAFFIC: Prep work this weekend for final phase of Liberty Bridge project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – The final phase of the Liberty Bridge deck replacement work for this year starts Monday. Prep work will close the inbound (northbound) Liberty Bridge and Tunnel from 8 tonight through 5 a.m. Monday.

Source: TRAFFIC: Prep work this weekend for final phase of Liberty Bridge project | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Former WVU football player charged with robbing four banks in Pittsburgh, Crafton | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – A former West Virginia University football player was charged with robbing four banks in Pittsburgh and Crafton over the past seven weeks after he was arrested in Squirrel Hill on Thursday afternoon during what police believe was an attempt to rob a fifth bank. Allegheny County Police said Friday that Cleo K. “Boo” McLee Jr., 32, of Stowe was charged with robbery, terroristic threats and receiving stolen property in connection with the Aug. 22 robbery of a Dollar Bank branch at the Crafton-Ingram Shopping Center.

Source: Former WVU football player charged with robbing four banks in Pittsburgh, Crafton | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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NFL: Players are encouraged but not required to stand for national anthem | ProFootballTalk

Twenty years ago, the NBA suspended a player who refused to stand for the national anthem. The NFL will not be doing the same thing. “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem,” the NFL said in a statement issued Saturday, in response to the controversy that emerged…

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Colin Kaepernick has since said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Source: NFL: Players are encouraged but not required to stand for national anthem | ProFootballTalk

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Far-right anti-Islam activists scale Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in protest | Daily Mail Online

The protesters unfurled a banner reading ‘Secure Borders – Secure Future’ on the iconic monument as crowds of tourists milled around beneath them. Police said 15 people were briefly detained.

 

  • Protesters unfurled a banner reading ‘Secure Borders – Secure Future’ 
  • Police said 15 people were briefly detained over the protest 
  • Police spokeswoman said protesters belonged to Identitarian Movement
  • Berlin Mayor Michael Muller described the protest as a ‘disgusting’

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Source: Far-right anti-Islam activists scale Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in protest | Daily Mail Online

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Splashdown! SpaceX Dragon home from ISS

The capsule carrying 3,000 pounds of cargo, including a dozen mice, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean before noon EDT.

A SpaceX Dragon capsule that helped prepare the International Space Station for future commercial astronaut flights has returned to Earth after a stay of more than a month.

A robotic arm released the unmanned capsule packed with 3,000 pounds of cargo at 6:11 a.m. EDT. The capsule then fired thrusters several times to move a safe distance away from the station orbiting about 250 miles up.

Source: Splashdown! SpaceX Dragon home from ISS

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Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com – COLUMBUS, Ohio — Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. Over one-third of those deaths — 1,155 — were fentanyl-related, which more than doubled from the previous year and increased from just 75 in 2012.

Source: Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Police Break Up Zimbabwe ‘Mega-Demonstration’ In Defiance Of Court Order : The Two-Way : NPR

Police fired tear gas and deployed water cannons to disperse a demonstration, that represented a united opposition front against longtime ruler Robert Mugabe.

The protest was organized by at least 18 opposition parties, as the BBC reports, and demonstrators were “calling for electoral reform ahead of polls in 2018.” Mugabe has ruled the country since 1980 and plans to run again.

Source: Police Break Up Zimbabwe ‘Mega-Demonstration’ In Defiance Of Court Order : The Two-Way : NPR

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Fighters, residents leave besieged Damascus suburb Daraya – Al Arabiya English

This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Local Council of Daraya City, shows Syrian citizens gather with their belonging as they prepare to evacuate from Daraya, a blockaded Damascus suburb, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 (File Photo: Local Council of Daraya City via AP)

Fighters in the Damascus suburb of Daraya began to leave with their families and other residents under an evacuation deal

Source: Fighters, residents leave besieged Damascus suburb Daraya – Al Arabiya English

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Joey Fatone’s Fat One’s Sparks Shooting Scare

Shoppers at the Florida Mall got a surprise from Joey Fatone on Thursday — and not the good kind.

The former boy bander’s upcoming hot dog stand Fat One’s was undergoing a routine fire inspection when six balloon popping noises erupted over the PA system, sparking a shooting scare.

RELATED: Joey Fatone to Open a Hot Dog Stand in Orlando

Deputies for the Orange County Fire Inspector told ABC mall goers were informed that the test was going to take place but that didn’t stop people from going into “panic mode.”

Source: Joey Fatone’s Fat One’s Sparks Shooting Scare

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National Guardsman rushes to help collapsed customer at Greensburg restaurant | Local News – WTAE Home

A private first class with the Pennsylvania National Guard is being congratulated — and teased — by fellow soldiers for helping a man who collapsed at Dino’s Sports Lounge.

PFC Fred Vandenheuvel, 25, was eating dinner with some coworkers at Dino’s Sports Lounge in Greensburg on Wednesday night when he noticed that a man in his 50s had fallen to the ground.

VIDEO: Watch Ashlie Hardway’s report

“He actually collapsed in the restaurant,” Vandenheuvel said. “He seemed like he was unconscious. He wasn’t responding to anything. That’s when I called 9-1-1 and updated the medics while they were en route.”

Vandenheuvel said the man was breathing and had a pulse, so he tried to keep him alert until police and emergency medical technicians arrived.

Source: National Guardsman rushes to help collapsed customer at Greensburg restaurant | Local News – WTAE Home

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GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton – POLITICO

Looking past Election Day, Republicans sketch plan to stymie a President Hillary Clinton agenda.

Hillary Clinton has managed to win support from Republicans without conceding any part of the progressive economic agenda she outlined during the Democratic primary.

But with fall approaching and momentum on Clinton’s side, Democrats and Republicans alike are looking over the horizon to a thornier reality: if elected, Clinton would likely become the first Democrat since Grover Cleveland to enter office without control of both houses of Congress.

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Source: GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton – POLITICO

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Marvin Kaplan dead: Alice and Top Cat actor dies at 89 | EW.com

Marvin Kaplan, the veteran character actor known for appearing in the sitcom Alice and performing voice work on the animated seriesTop Cat, died in his sleep Thursday morning in Burbank, California. He was 89.

Theatre West announced the news and said in a statement, “We loved Marvin. He will truly be missed.”

Kaplan played Henry Beesmeyer, a phone company employee who frequented Mel’s Diner, on Alice, which ran from 1976 to 1985. In the early ’60s he voiced the turtleneck-clad pink feline Choo-Choo inTop Cat, a role he would also reprise for a 1987 TV movie.

Source: Marvin Kaplan dead: Alice and Top Cat actor dies at 89 | EW.com

 

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Strong storm that prompted tornado warning brings down trees, power lines | WPXI

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. – Downed trees and power lines were among the aftermath of a strong storm Thursday night that prompted a tornado warning in Butler County.
The warning was issued around 9:45 p.m. and was canceled just after 10 p.m. Thursday.
Channel 11’s Mike Holden found at least four trees and a power line down in Evans City.
Firefighters said they’re anticipating additional reports of downed trees as the system moves out of the city.

Source: Strong storm that prompted tornado warning brings down trees, power lines | WPXI

 

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Attorney questions mental capacity of Laurel Mountain man accused of killing girlfriend | TribLIVE

Randall, 60, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Angela Marie Cavalero. He is accused of beating her 29 times in the head and face with a hammer and a wine bottle during a domestic dispute. Her body was found six days after the beating, police said.

Source: Attorney questions mental capacity of Laurel Mountain man accused of killing girlfriend | TribLIVE

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At least 11 police officers dead, 78 injured in Turkey car bomb attack | Fox News

Kurdish militants on Friday attacked a police checkpoint in southeast Turkey with an explosives-laden truck, killing at least 11 police officers and wounding 78 other people, the state-run news agency said.

Source: At least 11 police officers dead, 78 injured in Turkey car bomb attack | Fox News

 

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