Tragedy, drama as storms sweep through Southeast – CBS News

ATLANTA – Severe storms that moved across the Southeast Tuesday into Tuesdsay night left at least one person dead and tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, reports CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV.

A man was killed when a tree fell on his house in Jackson County, northeast of Atlanta. But another was freed after a fallen tree pinned him to his mattress in Hall County, Georgia, also northeast of Atlanta.

Source: Tragedy, drama as storms sweep through Southeast – CBS News

North Korean missile explodes seconds after launch

The failure will reassure allies worried about the speed of the country’s missile development.

TOKYO – A North Korean missile fired Wednesday morning exploded within seconds of launch, the South Korean and American militaries said, a reassuring sign for allies worried about the speed at which the country’s weapons program has been progressing.

The attempted missile launch comes at a time of heightened tensions in the region, with the United States and South Korea conducting joint military exercises aimed at countering the North Korean threat and the Trump administration clearly signaling it is prepared to use force to stop the Kim regime.

Source: North Korean missile explodes seconds after launch

Reddit plans a profile page redesign reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter 

Reddit has been trying to make its site more accessible to a wider pool of users, and today the company is planning to show off one of the ways it plans to do that: by making the service a little bit more like Facebook and Twitter.

From today, Reddit is going to start offering users a new profile page design that will let them make posts directly to the pages themselves (not just communities), and Reddit users who are logged in will be able to follow the profile for new posts.

The news was made public in a post in Reddit itself last night, which noted that the new profile view was reported to have been tested out first with a “few redditors” starting Tuesday the 21st. It was further confirmed in smaller detail with a short item on Reuters quoting Alexis Ohanian, the company’s co-founder.

Source: Reddit plans a profile page redesign reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter (updated)

Rockville High rape case draws attention at White House briefing

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about the case, said local officials need to reexamine their policies.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer landed Maryland in the middle of the nation’s emotionally charged debate over immigration policy Tuesday, decrying the rape of a Rockville High School student, allegedly by two undocumented immigrants, and urging state and local officials to reexamine laws and procedures to reduce the likelihood of such an incident happening again.

“The president recognizes that education is a state-run and a ­local-run issue, but I think it is cause for concern what happened there,” Spicer said in response to a reporter’s question about the case. “And I think the city should look at its policies, and I think that this is something authorities are going to have to look at.”

Source: Rockville High rape case draws attention at White House briefing

Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament | Reuters

An assailant was shot outside the British parliament by armed police, the leader of the House of Commons said on Wednesday after loud bangs were heard and a Reuters photographer saw at least a dozen injured people on a nearby bridge.

A parliamentary official earlier said two people had been shot outside parliament and the building was in lockdown. The House of Commons session was suspended and members of parliament who were in the chamber were told to remain there.

Police said they had been called to an incident at Westminster Bridge, officers were on the scene and it was being treated as a firearms incident.

A Reuters reporter inside the building said medical staff were treating two people inside the gates of the parliamentary estate.

Nearby Westminster underground train station was closed at the request of police.

Photographs by Reuters staffer Toby Melville showed two people lying on Westminster Bridge, bleeding heavily.

(Reporting by Toby Melville and UK bureau, writing by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Stephen Addison)

Source: Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament | Reuters

 

Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students | WPXI

Hempfield SD officials investigating racist video involving young students

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Officials are investigating after several middle and elementary school students in Westmoreland County appeared in a racist video that was posted on social media.

The video includes several boys who danced and made obscene gestures while a homemade rap song played, calling the song’s target “the whitest black man I know.” One boy wore what appears to be a Klansman’s hood made of paper, while another waved a toy gun.

Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Barbara Marin said in a statement that a school police officer and the district’s administration worked to identify all of the children involved.

“We will not tolerate this type of racial intimidation and harassment,” Marin said in her statement.

In a letter sent to parents (CLICK HERE to read), Marin confirmed that the video was created at home by Hempfield middle and elementary school students. A student who does not attend school in the district posted the video on Twitter.


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Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem : Parallels : NPR

Jesus’ tomb has been freshened up in time for Easter. “This monument today is free,” said Antonia Moropoulou, who led the Greek team that handled the renovations.

“I would venture to say that if this intervention hadn’t happened now, there was a very great risk that there could have been a collapse,” said Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, a nonprofit in New York that helped raise funds for the $4 million project.

Source: Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem : Parallels : NPR

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Former astronauts will get health care. Pence will run the National Space Council. Trump doesn’t want to be an astronaut.

The bill more or less aligns with the budget blueprint Trump laid out last week. NASA won’t face the same cuts as other science and medical agencies, which stand to lose huge portions of their budget under the president’s proposal. Sending humans to Mars by the 2030s remains NASA’s long-term goal, and Congress will continue to fund the construction of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule for that mission.

Source: Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

Mysterious Radio Bursts Could Be Aliens Powering High Speed Solar Sails

First observed in 2007, fast radio bursts (or FRBs) are random short-lived flashes of radio emission from deep space that last for only a few milliseconds. To date, less than two dozen of these have been detected mostly through powerful radio telescopes such as the Parkes Observatory in Australia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

Scientists believe that fast radio bursts originate from extremely distant galaxies billions of light years away. Nobody knows, however, what (or who) are causing these.

Source: Mysterious Radio Bursts Could Be Aliens Powering High Speed Solar Sails

Analysis | Trump inherits the Iraq War. But what will he do?

The Iraqi prime minister’s visit to Washington raises more questions than answers.His visit was drowned out in the American news cycle by feverish coverage of hearings on Capitol Hill regarding Russian meddling in last year’s election. Sensing the moment, Abadi gestured to the national conversation, joking while sitting alongside Trump that he had nothing to do with wiretapping the then-candidate’s phones. (Earlier in the day, FBI director James B. Comey had confirmed that his agency had found no evidence to support Trump’s allegations about wiretapping.)

Source: Analysis | Trump inherits the Iraq War. But what will he do?