Decomposing body found in tractor-trailer parked at Pa. Sheetz for days

Police in western Pennsylvania are investigating after the decomposing body of a man in his 30s or 40s was found inside a tractor-trailer parked at a Sheetz convenience store.

WJAC-TV in Johnstown reports that officials estimate the dead man had been inside the truck for four or five days. It was not clear why police were not called to investigate the truck, parked at a busy Sheetz store, any sooner.

Source: Decomposing body found in tractor-trailer parked at Pa. Sheetz for days

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Car bomb hits Afghan bank in restive Helmand province, 29 dead says governor

Dozens of civilians and members of the security forces were waiting to collect their monthly salaries.

The car detonated in the parking lot of the New Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, where dozens of people, both civilians and security personnel, had gathered.

The weekend marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and ushers in several days of celebration.

Source: Car bomb hits Afghan bank in restive Helmand province, 29 dead says governor

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Wrong-way driver killed in N.J. Route 55 crash

The crash occurred about 2:47 a.m. on Route 55 at milepost 38.7 in Franklin Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said.

A Ford F-150 was driving southbound in the northbound lanes when it stuck a dump truck. The unidentified driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene, the driver of the dump truck suffered minor injuries, said Flynn.

It happened about 2:45 a.m. in Gloucester County.

Source: Wrong-way driver killed in N.J. Route 55 crash

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The World’s Population May Near 10 Billion By 2050 | Time.com

(UNITED NATIONS) — India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a U.N. report said Wednesday.

The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.

Source: The World’s Population May Near 10 Billion By 2050 | Time.com

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Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall near Texas-Louisiana border | abc13.com

This is a tropical storm that Travis Herzog is categorizing as “strange” because of how uncertain the timing of its landfall has been while you were sleeping.

Winds associated with the storm have dropped to 45 mph, and rains are now pushing inland for areas east of Houston.

So far, we have not seen any watches or warnings and there are no reports of damage for communities around the Houston area.

It appears Houston will dodge those flooding rains we’ve been concerned about over the last few days.

Source: Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall near Texas-Louisiana border | abc13.com

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Coaches fired after taking school bus on a ‘beer run’ | WPXI

TISHOMINGO, Okla. – Two high school basketball coaches in Oklahoma have been fired for using a school bus to make a beer run.
Tishomingo High School basketball players were attending camp at Connors State College.  Kyle Miller is one of the players and said, “It sort of just disappointed us all.”
A school board member confirms the boys’ basketball coaches were fired for using a school bus drive to a local convenience store to purchase alcohol.
“We noticed that the school bus was gone but he had told us to stay in our dorms and so we proceeded to do that and we just didn’t find anything out until the next day,” said Miller.

Source: Coaches fired after taking school bus on a ‘beer run’ | WPXI

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Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’ – BBC News

Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.

They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years’ time and send people to Mars by 2025.

Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give humanity a sense of purpose.

Source: Hawking urges Moon landing to ‘elevate humanity’ – BBC News

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Allegheny County makes list of medical marijuana permits awarded

Pennsylvania on Tuesday awarded permits to 12 applicants to grow and process medical marijuana, a landmark as the state aims to make the drug available to patients sometime next year.

The Health Department named the entities scattered across the state that were selected from 177 applicants. The first round of permits for 27 dispensary permits should be announced by the end of next week.

Source: Allegheny County makes list of medical marijuana permits awarded

 

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Husky Houdini Strikes Again: Dog Rescued From Roof for a Third Time | WNEP.com

NANTICOKE — A dog in Luzerne County took loneliness into his own paws Monday afternoon. He would not let anything hold him back from taking a perch on the roof to look for his owners.Maverick the dog sure lives up to his name. He has busted open the second-floor window with his powerful paws not once, not twice, but three times now!

Source: Husky Houdini Strikes Again: Dog Rescued From Roof for a Third Time | WNEP.com

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PennDOT Releases New Pennsylvania Driver Licenses

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — PennDOT is updating Pennsylvania’s driver licenses and state-issued identification cards beginning this year.

The announcement was made Tuesday.

PennDOT says it worked for nearly two-years with the company MorphoTrust USA on the planning, execution, and design of the new cards.

The agency says the new design has more to do with security enhancements and less to do with aesthetics.

Source: PennDOT Releases New Pennsylvania Driver Licenses

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U.S. forces shoot down Iranian drone over Syria as fighting escalates – LA Times

The armed Shahed-129 drone was destroyed by a U.S. F-15 fighter jet around 12:30 a.m. local time. The drone was approaching a small military base at the Syrian town of Tanf that U.S., British and Norwegian special operations forces use as a staging ground to train and equip rebel groups fighting the Syrian government and Islamic State militants.

Source: U.S. forces shoot down Iranian drone over Syria as fighting escalates – LA Times

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Handel wins Georgia special election – POLITICO

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Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s special election, holding off the most well-funded House candidate in history and deflating Democrats who yearned for a special election rebuke to President Donald Trump.

Handel, who previously served as Georgia’s secretary of state, had 52 percent of the vote to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s 48 percent when the Associated Press called the race late Tuesday night after a six-month campaign in which Republicans hammered Ossoff as an ill fit for a traditionally conservative district.

Source: Handel wins Georgia special election – POLITICO

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North Korea JFK ‘Mugging’ Actually a Homeland Security ‘Bust’

North Korea’s JFK “mugging” claim – that its delegation was roughed up there by U.S. agents who grabbed a legal “diplomatic package” – has been countered by the Department of Homeland Security saying three North Koreans were confronted at the airport but they had no diplomatic status.

According to the North Korea state-run KCNA, the North Koreans at John F. Kennedy International Airport were part of its United Nations delegation and they were attacked by U.S. authorities who “made a violent assault like gangsters,” per the New York Daily News.

Source: North Korea JFK ‘Mugging’ Actually a Homeland Security ‘Bust’

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14 passengers injured on United flight from Panama to IAH due to turbulence | abc13.com

Paramedics have been called to assist passengers onboard a United flight from Panama City, Panama to George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Source: 14 passengers injured on United flight from Panama to IAH due to turbulence | abc13.com

 

United issued the following statement to ABC13 about the incident:

“United flight 1031 experienced turbulence while en route from Panama City, Panama to Houston. Paramedics met the aircraft to provide medical care and initial reports are that nine customers and one crew member were transported to the hospital for evaluation. Our thoughts and concerns are with those who were injured and our team is reaching out directly to our customers to provide further care and support.”

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Brussels Central Station terror attack: Suspect dead after failed bombing – CNN.com

A suspect was fatally shot at Brussels Central Station Tuesday after a failed bombing that Belgian authorities are calling a terrorist attack.

Story highlights

  • Threat level remains at 3, a “possible and likely threat”
  • The incident was a failed bombing, senior Belgian counterterrorism official says

Source: Brussels Central Station terror attack: Suspect dead after failed bombing – CNN.com

 

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