The asteroid is in a horrible orbit and has a 1% chance of striking Earth in just eight years. And — thank goodness — it doesn’t really exist.
It’s a fictitious asteroid that’s the focus of a realistic exercise devised for scientists and engineers from around the world who are attending the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference being held this week outside Washington, D.C.
A real asteroid of this size, should it ever hit the planet, could wipe out an entire city.
“This is a threat that could happen, even though it’s extremely unlikely,” says Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who created this realistic simulation. “Our goal here is to go through all of the steps that we would have to go through.”
He says a lot has been learned from three previous drills held at past international conferences and from other asteroid exercises that have been separately conducted by officials at NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
A woman was arrested Tuesday morning after her SUV crashed into two police vehicles following a chase in Beaver County, authorities said.
“She definitely posed a threat the several times she went through areas. There were people moving on the side of the streets that I could see while we were chasing her,” Aliquippa police Sgt. Steven Roberts said.
The woman arrested was wanted on multiple arrest warrants in the county, police said, and she appeared to be intoxicated. Officials said she refused to take a blood test or Breathalyzer.
And here’s the suspect’s SUV. Aliquippa Police tell me she had a strong smell of alcohol on her breath when they finally got her to stop. She had multiple prior warrants out for her arrest. It all started as a call for a road rage incident, turned into police pursuit. @WPXI pic.twitter.com/1PrwT1tp3k
— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) April 30, 2019
After the woman’s SUV hit the police vehicles — one from Center Township and the other from Aliquippa — additional police vehicles helped block her in, officials said.
The woman is facing charges, including two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.
No injuries were reported.
The Beaver County woman also hit this Aliquippa cruiser. She will be charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. 1 count for the Aliquippa car, 1 count for Center car.@WPXI pic.twitter.com/yiiyqtnfkJ
— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) April 30, 2019
State police in Indiana County are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman who stopped to render aid at the scene of a fatal crash.
The crash happened April 19 on State Route 286 in Center Township.State police are asking anyone with information to call 724-357-1960.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that the number of measles cases in the nationwide outbreak has hit 704. The majority of these cases have been seen in children under the age of 18 who have not been vaccinated. Dr. Jon LaPook joins CBSN’s Elaine Quijano to discuss just how dangerous and infectious the disease can be.
Waterloo police said there is a $6,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person who shot her.“We are also asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in this area or has a trail/surveillance camera in this area to contact the Waterloo Police Department Investigations Division at 319-291-4340, Option 7,” the department said.
The power struggle between embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition met its most bold action on Tuesday when Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust the socialist leader.
Emboldened crowds took to the streets of Caracas after the 35-year-old lawmaker and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers appeared in an early morning video showing him promoting the “final phase” of his putsch to oust Maduro.
“The armed forces have taken the right decision,” Guaido said. “With the support of the Venezuelan people and the backing of our constitution, they are on the right side of history.”
“We are committed to ensuring that the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock is marked with a festival deserving of its iconic name and place in American history and culture,” Woodstock 50 LLC said in a statement. “Although our financial partner is withdrawing, we will of course be continuing with the planning of the festival and intend to bring on new partners. We would like to acknowledge the State of New York and Schuyler County for all of their hard work and support. The bottom line is, there is going to be a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival, as there must be, and it’s going to be a blast.”
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MEXICO CITY — A man in northern Mexico had to be rescued after he accidentally trapped himself in a hole that he dug so he could spy on his former girlfriend in violation of a court order to stay away from her, authorities said Sunday.
The Sonora state attorney general’s office said the 50-year-old man had spent days digging the hole in Puerto Penasco, a town on the Gulf of California, only to become trapped and require assistance to get out.
The man had been ordered to stay away from his former girlfriend due to domestic violence charges and he is now in jail, authorities said.
The demonstration is aimed at shutting down the Phi Psi chapter at the private liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia. On Monday morning, about 30 students were sitting at the college-owned building, which is mainly used for Phi Psi parties and other social activities. As many as 100 protesters were there over the weekend.
“We’re trying to force the college to make the right decision on this,” senior Morgin Goldberg, 22, said.
No movie in the U.S. has ever posted an opening weekend higher than $300 million. No movie anywhere has made more than $1 billion worldwide in the five days since it opened.
Burger King’s test of a vegetarian version of its signature Whopper was such a success, the chain is planning to roll the Impossible Whopper out nationally this year.On April 1, Burger King started testing the vegetarian burger, using a plant-based patty from Impossible Foods. The test took place in St. Louis and “went exceedingly well,” a spokesperson for Restaurant Brands International, Burger King’s parent company, said. The spokesperson added that the sales of the Impossible Whopper are complementary to the regular Whopper.
CLEVELAND, Va. — Authorities say five men have been rescued from a cave in southwest Virginia where they became trapped after heavy rains.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management search-and-rescue coordinator Billy Chrimes said Sunday evening that all five men were taken to hospitals after being pulled from the cave Sunday.
Chrimes said they were suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion.
Police were called about 9:30 p.m. after a pedestrian was struck and his body was found on Universal Road.
The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd where people were gathered for cookouts on a street in Baltimore, wounding seven people including one of them fatally, the city’s police commissioner said.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the gunfire erupted after 5 p.m. on a block in the city’s western district of brick row homes. Harrison said a man approached a crowd on foot and began firing in what he called “a very tragic, very cowardly shooting.” Speaking at the scene afterward, Harrison said the shooting appeared “extremely targeted,” but he didn’t provide a possible motive.
Authorities say one of three men stabbed in an Erie club over the weekend has died.
The Erie Times-News reports that the county coroner’s office says the 34-year-old man was pronounced dead shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday at UPMC Hamot. Deputy Coroner John Maloney says an autopsy is planned Monday.Officers responding to The Culture in downtown Erie found a lot of blood at the scene and a trail of blood from the club to the sidewalk outside. Police were then told that three stabbing victims had been taken to UPMC Hamot by private vehicles.
Maloney said a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old man were treated and one was admitted to the hospital. One victim was wanted on an arrest warrant. Police were questioning several people in the stabbings.
With Joe Biden’s official declaration that he’s running for president, his campaign website is now confirming that his first rally with supporters will come Monday at the Teamster Temple Union Hall of Local 249 on Butler Street in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The former vice president has been a frequent visitor to Pittsburgh, including at the city’s Labor Day parades.
His campaign says Biden’s message will be a “discussion on his plan to build a middle class where everyone comes along.”PITTSBURGH —