(NBC News) – California Authorities Say Shot From Helicopter Hit Wrong-Way Driver

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A driver who led authorities on a 100-mph freeway chase was struck by gunfire from a San Bernardino County sheriff’s helicopter before dying, the agency confirmed Saturday.

However, the official cause of death will await an autopsy, a Sheriff’s Department statement said. It didn’t indicate how many times the driver was wounded.

Friday’s chase began in Devore, east of Los Angeles, when deputies tried to pull over a man believed to have committed a home invasion robbery there a day earlier, authorities said.

The beige Chevrolet Tahoe instead led deputies on an afternoon chase through neighboring cities at 100 mph or more. The SUV blew through stop signs and red lights, narrowly missed pedestrians and then began heading the wrong way on northbound Interstate 215, according to the sheriff’s statement.

A vehicular chase ended in a head-on collision that closed Interstate 215 in northwest San Bernardino. Calif. NBC Los Angeles

In Muscoy, a deputy opened fire from a helicopter, hitting the SUV several times and wounding the driver, who jumped out of the moving car and ran a few yards before collapsing and dying on the side of the roadway, authorities said.

His name wasn’t immediately released.

The SUV, meanwhile, kept moving and crashed head-on into a Dodge Durango. A man and a 13-year-old boy were treated at a hospital and released but a woman remains hospitalized, the statement said.

She is “recovering from her injuries,” the statement said.

The northbound freeway lanes were closed all night, backing up traffic for miles. The lanes reopened around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Friday’s shooting was the seventh from a sheriff’s helicopter since the mid-1980s, when deputies began receiving regular training in using weapons from the air, spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

The last such incident occurred in 2001 in Apple Valley, she said, but did not immediately have details.

Source: California Authorities Say Shot From Helicopter Hit Wrong-Way Driver – NBC News


(newsmax.com) – Trump Responds: Am I Obligated to Defend Obama? ‘I Don’t Think So!’

Image: Trump Responds: Am I Obligated to Defend Obama? 'I Don't Think So!' (Newsmax File Photo)

By Sandy Fitzgerald  

Republican front-runner Donald Trump wasn’t backing down Saturday morning in the face of growing controversy over his failure to correct a man at a New Hampshire campaign event who called President Barack Obama a Muslim, saying in a series of Twitter posts that he doesn’t think he’s “morally obligated” to protect the president from negative comments.

Starting about 9 a.m., Trump fired off a series of five tweets, which have already attracted thousands of “favorite” marks and retweets:

Trump’s latest controversy began on Thursday at a Rochester, New Hampshire, event when he called a man in the audience member who said: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”

“Right,” Trump said, nodding and not challenging the questioner’s comments, instead saying that “a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there,” and promising to look further into the complaint.

The controversy is growing, reports CNN, because Trump has been one of the most vocal skeptics about the president’s faith and birthplace for years, spurring a “birther” conspiracy theory by demanding the president release his full birth certificate.

He also suggested to Fox News in 2011 that the birth certificate could have “something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is Muslim.”

Obama eventually posted his birth certificate after a press conference ridiculing Trump’s “silliness,” with staffers posting it on the White House briefing room to give reporters a permanent answer, and the document remains on the White House’s website.

But still, Trump did not relent, including in 2012, after Madonna called Obama a “black Muslim” on stage and later said her comments were ironic.

Even this year, Trump commented at an Iowa candidate forum that he doesn’t know if the president “loves America.”

Trump’s campaign manager told CNN on Thursday that the real estate mogul did not hear the first part of the man’s statement at the New Hampshire event, claiming that all he heard was a question about training camps.

“The media want to make this an issue about Obama, but it’s about him waging a war on Christianity,” Trump spokesman Corey Lewandowski told CNN.

Most Trump supporters, however, believe Obama is a Muslim, a CNN/ORC poll  revealed earlier this month, showing that 54 percent of Trump supporters believe Obama is a Muslim, and among Republicans nationwide 43 percent think he’s a Muslim, and 29 percent of Americans also hold that belief.

But that doesn’t mean all Republican politicians hold that view, although they disagree with the president on political issues.

During a town hall meeting in 2008, GOP nominee John McCain took the microphone away from a woman who called Obama “an Arab,” and on Friday, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham slammed Trump for his lack of action, saying Trump missed a “defining moment” by not correcting the speaker.

“You need to look the guy in the eye and say, ‘listen, I don’t agree with you, I don’t appreciate what you said,'” the South Carolina senator told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on her news program Friday. You just go right at him and say ‘you know, I don’t buy this idea about President Obama being a Muslim.'”

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(bangkok post) – No European country ‘can be exempt’ from taking in refugees: Hollande

A young boy looks at a police officer as his family cross the Croatian-Slovenian border in Rigonce on September 20, 2015

TANGIERS (MOROCCO) – No European country can get out of taking in refugees who have the right to asylum, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday, amid a growing row over how to fairly distribute a massive influx of migrants across the continent.

The re-distribution “must involve all European countries — no one can be exempt or we would no longer belong to the same union built on values and principles,” Hollande said during a visit to Morocco, ahead of Wednesday’s EU crisis summit on a contentious proposal to spread 120,000 refugees across member states.


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(steelers.com) – Week 2 Steelers VS 49’s Final Steelers 43 SF 18



(4:20) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short left to 83-H.Miller for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. 7-B.Roethlisberger pass to 84-A.Brown is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.


(10:32) (Field Goal formation) 9-P.Dawson 47 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-86-K.Nelson, Holder-5-B.Pinion.


(8:11) (No Huddle) 34-De.Williams left guard for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. 7-B.Roethlisberger pass to 83-H.Miller is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.


(5:52) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass deep middle to 88-D.Heyward-Bey for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


(2:00) (Shotgun) 34-De.Williams up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


8-J.Scobee extra point is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.


(13:22) (Shotgun) 7-C.Kaepernick pass short left to 81-A.Boldin for 14 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner was in bounds ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.


9-P.Dawson extra point is GOOD, Center-86-K.Nelson, Holder-5-B.Pinion.


(10:32) 34-De.Williams up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.


8-J.Scobee extra point is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.


(9:55) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 7-C.Kaepernick pass deep middle to 82-T.Smith for 75 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. 7-C.Kaepernick pass to 82-T.Smith is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.


(7:49) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 7-B.Roethlisberger pass short left to 84-A.Brown for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.


8-J.Scobee extra point is GOOD, Center-60-G.Warren, Holder-4-J.Berry.

(WSVN-TV) – New Zealand zookeeper fatally attacked by Sumatran tiger

(Nick Reed/New Zealand Herald via AP)(Nick Reed/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A veteran New Zealand zookeeper was attacked and killed by a Sumatran tiger Sunday inside the animal’s enclosure.

Police said they were called to the Hamilton Zoo at 11 a.m. after reports that 43-year-old Samantha Kudeweh had been attacked by one of the zoo’s five tigers. Police said she died at the scene.

The zoo asked all visitors to leave and said it was closing its doors until Thursday. Authorities are investigating to determine exactly what happened.

Zoo visitor Adam Rich told The New Zealand Herald that he saw the tigers Sunday morning and noticed a female zookeeper opening up a gate to allow them access to an outdoor enclosure.

He said that about 45 minutes to an hour later, zoo staff approached him and asked him to leave. He said they were offering everyone a refund.

“They seemed a bit panicky,” Rich said.

Kudeweh was a senior member of the staff and had been a zookeeper for more than 20 years, according to police.

A biography on the zoo’s website described her role as curator, responsible for organizing what animals the zoo obtained and how it looked after them.

“For me the best thing about my role is the opportunities to interact with other species one to one, but there is a downside and that is having to say goodbye to animals,” Kudeweh wrote on the site. “That part never gets any easier.”

The zoo is owned and operated by the Hamilton City Council.

Council spokesman Jeff Neems said the tiger that attacked Kudeweh is named Oz and is the zoo’s only adult male tiger.

He said Oz was currently safely contained inside his enclosure. He said he had no comment on whether the animal was likely to be put down.

Neems said the public was never in danger during the incident and that all animals had remained contained in their enclosures.

“Our focus at this time is on providing the adequate support for our staff and family members who have been affected by this tragic incident,” the council said in a statement, adding that it would not comment on what went wrong until all investigations had been completed.

Neems said the zoo has 128,000 visitors each year, making it about the fourth most popular zoo in New Zealand. He said that he didn’t know how many visitors were at the zoo during the incident.

The zoo states on its website that it is home to over 600 native and exotic animals set on 25 hectares (62 acres) of grounds.

Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered, with less than 400 of the tiger subspecies still living in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

A veteran New Zealand zookeeper was attacked and killed by a Sumatran tiger Sunday inside the animal’s enclosure.

Source: New Zealand zookeeper fatally attacked by Sumatran tiger – WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

(daily star) – Alabama church shooting: Three hurt as man opens fire 

Man opens fire in a church shooting newborn baby, woman and pastor

THREE people have been shot inside a church in Alabama.

Church in Alabama where gunman opened fireOASIS JOURNALHORROR: The church where the gunman opened fire

A woman – said to be the suspect’s girlfriend – her newborn baby and pastor have all been hurt.Dallas County District Attorney, Michael Jackson, says James Minter was arrested after the shooting on Sunday (September 20) at the Oasis Church in East Selma, Alabama.

Jackson says the shooting stems from a domestic issue between Minter and the woman and that race was not a factor.

The victims were taken to hospital but their condition is unknown.

Charleston shooter Dylann RoofGETTYCHARLESTON SHOOTER: Dylann Roof killed nine people in a church in June

The incident brings back harrowing memories of the .Gunman Dylann Storm Roof, 21, opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina killing nine people in a racially motivated mass murder.

Roof was arrested the next day when cops pulled his car over.

Proescutors have been calling for him to face the death penalty.

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(reuters) – Republican candidate Carson says Muslims unfit to be U.S. president

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday said Muslims were unfit to be president of the United States, arguing their faith was inconsistent with American principles.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The remarks by Carson, who is near the top of opinion polls for the crowded field of Republican candidates, followed a controversy that erupted when front-runner Donald Trump declined to challenge anti-Muslim comments made by a supporter on Friday.

Carson said he thought a U.S. president’s faith should be “consistent with the Constitution.”

Asked if he thought Islam met this bar, the retired neurosurgeon said: “No, I do not.”

Carson gave up some ground in a CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday, slipping to third place from second with 14 percent of support. Sixteen Republicans are seeking the party’s nomination for the U.S. presidential election in November 2016.

The CNN/ORC poll showed Trump, a real estate mogul and former reality TV star, continues to lead the contest with the support of 24 percent of registered voters, down from 32 percent in a previous poll. bit.ly/1OnmXrB

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina surged into second place with 15 percent support, just above Carson.

Carson’s comments drew scorn from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another presidential candidate though one who garnered under 1 percent support in the CNN/ORC poll.

“I think Dr. Carson needs to apologize,” Graham said, saying the comments were particularly offensive to U.S. soldiers who are Muslim.

But other Republicans tread more softly around the issue, highlighting its salience among some voters. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who had 4 percent support in the CNN/ORC poll, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that a president’s religion shouldn’t matter but he understood the rise of anti-Islamic sentiment because “we were attacked by people who were all Muslim.”

A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll conducted in January in Iowa, the first state to vote in the nominating contest, showed 39 percent of Republicans see Islam as inherently violent. Thirteen percent of Democrats held that view. buswk.co/1NFcUwB

Ohio Governor John Kasich, another laggard in the polls for Republican nominees, told NBC he didn’t know if a president’s religion mattered.

Speaking to NBC on Sunday, Trump was asked whether he’d accept a Muslim president, and replied: “Some people have said it already happened.”

(Additional reporting by Alistair Bell and Eric Walsh; Editing by Ros Russell and Eric Walsh)

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(trib.com) – King of Beers: Makers of Budweiser, Miller eye global merger

Budweiser beer is for sale March 5 at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewer and the makers of Budweiser, announced Wednesday its desire to buy No. 2 SABMiller, creating a beer maker with annual sales of $73.3 billion, more than three times its closest rival, Heineken Holding.

LONDON — The makers of Budweiser aren’t satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer — and the maker of long-time rival brand Miller Genuine Draft.

The deal would create a multinational behemoth valued at around $275 billion with annual sales of $73.3 billion, more than three times its closest rival, Heineken.

AB InBev already claims six of the world’s most valuable beer brands, which besides Budweiser include Corona, Stella Artois and Beck’s. Taking over Miller in the U.S. would likely draw objections from regulators worried the deal might stifle competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.

But whereas a lot of the attention will focus on the best-known brands in the U.S. and Europe, AB InBev’s sights are on other countries. As profits wane in the Americas, AB InBev wants to expand into Africa.

Enticingly, SABMiller has a huge presence in Africa, the next beer frontier.

“The days of big profits in the U.S. are gone,” said Jonny Forsyth, a global drinks analyst for Mintel, the market research firm. “They have to position themselves in the big beer growth market for the next 10 years.”

Shares of SABMiller rocketed about 20 percent higher on news of the approach, pushing its market value to around $90 billion. Shares of AB InBev rose 6 percent.

The companies are being pushed into consolidation by eroding market share and competition, ironically, by the little guy. Craft beers now make up 11 percent in volume in the U.S. market, Mintel said.

AB InBev and SABMiller are themselves products of this consolidation trend. In every way, they are thinking big.

“We are driven by our passion to create a company that can stand the test of time and create value for our shareholders, not only for the next 10 or 20 years but for the next 100 years,” Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito and chairman Kees J. Storm wrote in a letter to shareholders. “Our mindset is truly long term.”

But Africa, where home brew still dominates, offers a chance to grow. And that’s where SABMiller — the one-time South African industrial conglomerate — offers a foothold.

The former South African Breweries expanded in the early 1990s when Nelson Mandela’s release from prison led to a lifting of sanctions on South Africa and allowed the company to expand abroad.

Though the European beer market was dominated by the likes of Guinness and Heineken, SAB took advantage of the opening offered by the fall of the Berlin Wall to sweep into Eastern Europe and buy brewers on the cheap. Its expansion also stretched to other African countries including Mozambique, and to Asia.

The company bought Czech brewer Plzensky Prazdroj, maker of Pilsner Urquell, in 1999, U.S.-based Miller Brewing Co. in 2002 and Foster’s of Australia in 2011. Today the company employs about 69,000 people in more than 80 countries, from Australia to Zambia, Colombia and the Czech Republic.

AB InBev is likewise the product of many mergers. Its current form emerged from a 2008 takeover of U.S. icon Anheuser Busch Cos. by Brazilian-Belgian brewer InBev. The company has operations in 25 countries and makes more than 200 beers.

SABMiller, now based in London, said Wednesday that it “will review and respond as appropriate to any proposal which might be made.”

If the deal were to happen, it would create a company with 31 percent of the global beer market, said Harry Schuhmacher, editor of Beer Business Daily, a trade publication. That would dwarf the next biggest player, Heineken, which has 9 percent of the global market.

Under U.K. takeover rules, AB InBev has until 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 to make an offer for SABMiller or walk away.

SABMiller sold 8.56 billion gallons of lager, soft drinks and other alcoholic beverages in the year ended March 31. AB InBev sold 12.13 billion gallons.

In the case of a deal, the sheer size of the combined company is expected to push regulators to require the sale of some brands to ensure fair competition. That could be the case for Miller in the U.S.

“Anytime you have the No. 1 and No. 2 merging, it’s going to be looked at closely,” said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business who studies antitrust issues.

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(ibtimes.com) – ‘Once Upon A Time’ Season 5 Spoilers: Executive Producers Tease LGBT ‘Love Story’

Once Upon A Time LGBT relationship
“Once Upon a Time” executive producers have revealed they will introduce an LGBT relationship in Season 5, but won’t say whether it will involve Jamie Chung’s character Mulan (pictured here). Once Upon a Time/Facebook

“Once Upon a Time” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis revealed that fans will see a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender “love story” in Season 5. While it was previously revealed Mulan (Jamie Chung) is a lesbian, Horowitz and Kitsis won’t say whether the same-sex romance will involve the female warrior or another character.

“We know that [LGBT] community have been big supporters of the show, and we would love to be able to tell a love story that reflects that,” Kitsis said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It is something that we’re going to do this year.”

Horowitz added: “We want the show to reflect the world as it is now. Whether that’s going to be with any particular character, we’re not going to say … It’s something we think is due and important to do on the show.”

During Season 3, it was revealed Mulan was in love with Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger), but never told her because the sleeping beauty said she was pregnant with Prince Phillip’s (Julian Morris) baby. The last time fans saw Mulan was shortly after Aurora revealed her baby news and Mulan joined Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and his Merry Men.

However, Chung took to Twitter Tuesday to tell fans she was reprising her role as Mulan in Season 5. It’s unclear how soon “Once Upon a Time” will introduce the LGBT storyline, but we do have a few details about the Season 5 premiere.

The first episode, titled “The Dark Swan,” will pick up after Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was swallowed by a cloud of darkness in the Season 4 finale. During the premeire episode, Emma’s family and friends will go searching for her, not realizing she was transported to the Enchanted Forest and is no longer in their “world.” The synopsis also teased that fans will see Ginnifer Goodwin’s character Snow, Josh Dallas’ Prince Charming and Colin O’Donoghue’s Captain Hook team up with an “unlikely ally” to help find Emma.

“Once Upon a Time” Season 5 premieres on ABC Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. EDT.

(NBC News) – Police: Gun Not Pawned at Time of Arizona Freeway Shootings

The gun that police allege was used by a suspect to fire at four vehicles on an Arizona freeway in August was not pawned at the time of the shootings, police said in a report.

Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, was arrested Friday and charged in the first four ofa string of 11 shootings that occurred over two weeks and left Phoenix area drivers on edge.

Merritt said in court Saturday that police have “the wrong guy,” and that his gun had been in a pawn shop for the past two months. “I haven’t even had access to a weapon,” he said.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said in the report that they test fired a gun that Merritt allegedly pawned, and “the test fired bullets were matched to bullets and bullet fragments from the four cases.”

Image: Leslie Allen Merritt Jr.
Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., makes his initial appearance before a judge at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. Rob Schumacher / AP

RELATED: Arizona Freeway Shooting Suspect Denies Being Gunman

Police said in the report that “at the time of the shootings in question the firearm was not in pawn status.” Police also said that Merritt’s social media pages referenced the “I-10 shooter” case.

Merritt’s father, Leslie Allen Merritt Sr., said Saturday night that he believes his son is innocent and urged the public not to rush to judgment.

He said his son is a gun enthusiast and responsible gun owner, and that many people across Arizona — and especially in the Phoenix area — shared posts about the two-week shooting spree online.

“We have no doubt to his innocence,” Merritt Sr. said. “We hope whoever has done this — regardless of who it is — eventually is caught and faces justice for it. We feel for all the people that were subjected to this violence.”

“I would just ask that everybody let this play out in court,” Merritt Sr. said.

RELATED: Arizona Freeway Shooting Suspect Arrested, Held on $1 Million Bond

Eleven vehicles have been shot since Aug. 29. Eight involved bullets and three involved what have been described as “projectiles.” The last confirmed shooting was reported Sept. 10. There have been no serious injuries.

Merritt Jr. was charged in the first four shootings, which involved bullets. Three vehicles were shot on I-10 on Aug. 29 and a car was struck by a bullet on Aug. 30. A 13-year-old girl was injured by flying glass in one of those incidents, but refused treatment.

Merritt Jr. was charged with four counts each of drive-by shooting, intentional acts of terrorism, discharging a firearm within city limits, aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage and disorderly conduct involving a weapon. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Police last week detained a local 19-year-old man who they referred to as a “person of interest” in the shootings, but a judge ordered him released Friday and no charges were filed. He was never called a suspect.


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(reuters) – Violence erupts near hotel in Burkina Faso where mediators are gathered


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Protesters chanted slogans against the presidential guard in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sept. 16, 2015, where the interim president and the prime minister were detained by soldiers loyal to a former longtime leader. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Ambassadors from the U.S. and France in Burkina Faso tweeted that they were safe Sunday morning, as a hostage situation erupted at a hotel in the country’s capital Ouagadougou. “I am with my colleagues, we’re fine. We are not held hostage, we are free,” said French Ambassador Gilles Thibault. Demonstrators stormed the hotel where talks aimed at forging a pact to restore government rule in the country were being hosted, the Associated Press reported, citing local witnesses. The summit was called for after a military coup earlier this month sent the country’s president and prime minister to jail.

A violent clash outside the hotel between pro-military demonstrators and those who support the ousted leaders broke out, leading to a suspension of the talks, according to Reuters. That reportedly led to a conflict inside the hotel. “They invaded the hotel. It was violent,” a witness told Reuters. “They attacked ex-opposition members as they arrived. One had to be saved from the crowd by security forces.”

The witness told Reuters he recognized several of the demonstrators as party militants from the Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP), Burkina Faso’s former ruling party under ex-president Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

The hotel meeting came on the heels another seemingly successful summit between military leaders and intervention forces. Gen. Gilbert Diendere, the leader of the military coup, had reportedly entered a final round of discussions with Senegal’s President Macky Sall on Saturday with the goal of providing a pathway to return interim President Michel Kafando to power.

Diendere, Sall and Benin’s President Thomas Yayi Boni “shut themselves in Sall’s suite for decisive discussions on a plan for ending the crisis that could very likely lead to the return of President Kafando,” the Senegalese president’s office said in a statement cited by Reuters.

The country has been suspended from the African Union as tensions continue to rise. The arrest of Kafando and interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida on Wednesday, less than a month before national elections were due to be held, has largely divided the nation and led to a number of demonstrations and protests.

Disaffected citizens have in recent days taken to the streets of Ouagadougou and other cities, burning tires and erecting barricades to block soldiers loyal to Diendere, Reutersreported Saturday. At least 10 people have died and more than 100 others have been wounded in street clashes with the military since the coup began Sept. 16.

(morning ticker) – Here’s what happens when two supermassive black holes collide

Here’s what happens when two supermassive black holes collide

Two black holes billions of light-years away are about to slam into each other, and it could gives us a front-row seat to an incredible event.

The scientific world is abuzz with news that two supermassive black holes that are circling each other and will collide in slow motion, releasing extraordinary amounts of energy, as we reported recently — but just what happens in this mysterious effect and how it does it affect the space-time fabric?

Scientists have spotted two black holes in the Virgo constellation billions of light-years away, spotting two quasars close to each other that seem to indicate the presence of two black holes circling each other at just a light-week apart, less than the size of our Solar System.

It’s not the first time supermassive black holes have collided in our universe’s history, but rarely has mankind been able to witness it about to happen. Most of the time scientists can only view the after-effects.

First, to understand what is really going on, you have to understand that supermassive black holes are often found at the center of galaxies — almost always, in fact. So when you see two supermassive black holes combining, you’re seeing two galaxies colliding and merging with each other, a tremendous cosmic event that is difficult for us to even comprehend.

The two black holes in particular are well within the galaxy merging process, circling each other at a very close distance, and after a period of time they will collide with each other, release a vast amount of energy and sending ripples through the space-time fabric.

Before this most recent discovery, the closest black hole pair was still 20 light years apart.

By this time, both black holes have entered the point of no return — there is no chance they escape each other’s gravity. No force exists that could possible separate them, and so it is inevitable they will collide to form a bigger black hole.

It’s an extremely violent event, and it’s a good thing we’re nowhere near it when it happens — in fact, since we’re viewing black holes that are billions of light-years away, this event already happened in our distance past, and we are only just witnessing it now.

Scientists don’t have a lot of answers on what happens when two black holes collide, other than that they form a new, larger black hole. After all, we’ve never actually witnessed one, and it certainly would not be possible to do anything but observe one at a great distance with a very powerful telescope.

However, we do know that the surface area of the new black hole will be at least the surface area of those two black holes added together. A law of black hole thermodynamics is that the total surface area of black holes can only increase.

So what exactly is a black hole anyway? Essentially, it’s a geometrically defined region of space-time that exhibits incredible gravitational effects — so great that nothing can escape its pull, not even light.

General relativity holds that a mass that is compact enough can cause space-time to be deformed to the point that it can collapse into a black hole.

Black holes are often formed when massive stars collapse at the end of a life cycle. This black hole can continue to grow as the mass of other stars and other black holes feeds it to become a behemoth, often known as a supermassive black hole. These are usually found at the center of galaxies, the center around which all of the untold amount of stars in the galaxy circle, so great is the gravity of this black hole.

It’s difficult to observe a black hole directly because it is invisible as it gives off no light, so scientists must observe it by how it interacts with other matter and visible light. An accretion disk can be formed when matter falls into a black hole, and it can be blasted out into space in the form of a quasar, which is one of the brightest known objects in the universe. Scientists can use stars orbiting the black hole to come up with some estimates on where it is located and what its mass is.

At the center of a black hole there is something called a gravitational singularity, which is where the space-time curvature suddenly becomes infinite. This single point can be described as having infinite density. Once anything is caught in the event horizon, it cannot escape being dragged into the singularity. It is then crushed into infinite density, and the mass is added to the total mass of the black hole. The immense power of the gravity will stretch out or tear apart anything that reaches this point, which is often called “spaghettification.”

Black holes have entranced the scientific community for decades. They are fundamental to understanding the laws of physics, and the difficult of observing these bodies makes them all the more mysterious.

The popular film “Interstellar” dove into the subject of both space travel and black holes. The film was a hit, grossing nearly $700 million, showing how interested the public was in such scientific questions.


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(USA Today) – Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton to headline Sunday talk shows

Donald Trump is the subject of a new biography. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM, AFP/Getty Images)


Presidential politics will dominate the Sunday talk shows as the leading candidates are scheduled to make their pitches for their party’s nomination.

Days after Republican rivals took shots at frontrunnerDonald Trump, they’ll take to the shows to try to make up ground in the polls.

Trump will be making the rounds at several shows, talking about the debate and an exchange at a town hall meeting in which he failed to correct a man who calledPresident Obama a Muslim.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, the leader among Democrats, will make her first Sunday talk show appearance in nearly four years.

• Meet the Press: Trump appears on the NBC show and will be joined by Republican rivals Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Jamie Diamon, the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, will also talk Trump, China and the 2016 campaign.

• CNN’s State of the Union: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be joined by fellow presidential hopeful Kasich. Trump, too, is scheduled to drop by.

• Fox News Sunday: Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO who performed well by most accounts during last week’s debate and has been gaining ground in polls, will be interviewed. The U.S. visit of Pope Francis will be previewed by the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and Father Thomas Rosica.

• ABC’s This Week: Trump will be appear with another GOP contender, FloridaSenator Marco Rubio.

• CBS’ Face the Nation: Hillary Clinton will be interviewed. That show will also feature an appearance by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, another Republican hopeful.

• WUSA9 Capital Download: USA TODAY’S Susan Page and WUSA’s Derek McGintywill interview David O’ Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the United States, and Ben Domenech, publisher of TheFederalist.com. Their political roundtable will feature Jeff Mason of Reuters and Janet Hook of The Wall Street Journal.


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(washington post) – Activists: Al-Qaida fighters kill 45 Syrian army prisoners

BEIRUT — Members of al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria have shot dead at least 45 soldiers captured from a base in northwestern Syria last week, activists said Saturday.Such killings of captured troops have been a common practice of the Islamic State group. However al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front, has not carried out such mass killings in the past.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 56 soldiers were killed in the Abu Zuhour air base that was captured by the Nusra Front and other militant groups on Sept. 9.

Mohammed Kanaan, an activist based in Syria, said the Nusra Front shot dead 45 soldiers, adding that the “executions” took place Friday on a runway in the air base.

The capture of the Abu Zuhour base was the latest in a series of setbacks for President Bashar Assad in Syria’s bitter civil war, now in its fifth year. Syria’s embattled president has acknowledged the losses, saying the army has had to relinquish some areas in the north to be able to better defend core areas seen as more critical to the government.

The capture of Abu Zuhour also made Idlib the second of Syria’s 14 provinces to completely fall out of Syrian army control. Earlier this year, militant groups captured the provincial capital, also called Idlib, as well as other towns and villages.

The Observatory said the latest killings raise to 71 the number of government forces that have been killed since the capture of the air base.

The Nusra Front, which is a top rival of the Islamic State group, and other Islamic insurgents now control nearly all of Idlib province, except for the predominantly Shiite villages of Foua and Kfarya, which pro-government militiamen hold.

Nusra Front fighters and their allies began a large offensive against the two villages on Friday, deploying at least seven suicide bombers and firing hundreds of shells into Foua and Kfarya, according to the activists and the Nusra Front’s Twitter account.

The Nusra Front released photos from the outskirts of the villages showing what it said were fortifications that were captured by the militants.

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(KDKA) – Mold Suspected In Third UPMC Patient Death

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — UPMC announced Friday night that a third transplant patient has died and mold is suspected to have contributed to the patient’s death.

The latest patient died Thursday night at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, which is next door to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland. That’s where two heart transplant patients with mold infections had previously died.

Dr. Steven Shapiro, UPMC’s chief medical officer, said the Montefiore patient’s death “was probably related to a mold infection, and we are sampling everything, from air, to linens, to equipment, to try to find the source, so we can fix it.”

Dr. Shapiro added that UPMC was working with the Allegheny County Health Department, the state Health Department and the CDC to get to the bottom of the mold problem.

He said that UPMC had started putting all of its transplant patients at both hospitals on a new, anti-fungal medication, mainly as a precaution.

In the two earlier deaths of heart transplant patients, one had been infected with the fungus last year, the other was infect this past June.

UPMC has since shut down its cardiothoracic unit at Presbyterian Hospital, where mold was discovered after an environmental cleanup was done and 18 other patients in that unit were re-located.

Source: Mold Suspected In Third UPMC Patient Death « CBS Pittsburgh

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