British climber becomes 10th casualty this season on Mount Everest – New York Daily News

British climber Robert Haynes becomes the 10th casualty this season on Mount Everest.

Source: British climber becomes 10th casualty this season on Mount Everest – New York Daily News

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Dressbarn is going out of business, to shut all 650 stores

The announcement comes amid a wave of store closures across the country this year.

Ascena Retail Group said Monday it’s winding down its Dressbarn business and plans to shut all 650 or so of the women’s clothing stores in order to focus on its more profitable brands.

Ascena, which also owns apparel chains Ann Taylor and Loft, said the decision wasn’t an easy one. But the “Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment,” Dressbarn CFO Steven Taylor said in a press release.

Source: Dressbarn is going out of business, to shut all 650 stores

House explosion kills man, woman, injures son | WPXI

MOUNTAIN TOP, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a house explosion in northeastern Pennsylvania has claimed the lives of a man and woman and sent their son to the hospital with injuries.

State police at the Hazleton barracks say 66-year-old Ester Rupp Hedgepeth and 77-year-old Eugene Hedgepeth were killed. Their 20-year-old son was found lying on the ground outside the home. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not deemed life-threatening.

Source: House explosion kills man, woman, injures son | WPXI

2 die in Utah helicopter crash – CNN

(CNN)Two people died in a helicopter crash Friday in a mountainous area of north-central Utah, authorities said.

The helicopter went down north of Alpine, a community about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said.
Both people aboard were killed; their names were not immediately released.
Authorities began searching Friday afternoon after a relative of someone aboard reported the helicopter overdue. It had taken off from eastern Utah’s Uintah County, the sheriff’s office said.

Source: 2 die in Utah helicopter crash – CNN

US weather: Nation’s midsection braces for rain, wind and hail as dozens of tornadoes are reported – CNN

Texans are scrambling for cover Saturday as reports of tornadoes roll in and much of the central US readies for heavy rain, strong winds and large hail.

CNN)Texans are scrambling for cover Saturday as reports of tornadoes roll in and much of the central US readies for heavy rain, strong winds and large hail.

More than 70 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather from Texas to southern Minnesota, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. That total on Sunday jumps to 80 million under threat as storms are predicted to move into the Great Lakes area.
A tornado destroyed two homes Saturday morning in Comanche County, Oklahoma, southwest of Oklahoma City, said Ashleigh Hensch, an emergency management spokeswoman there. A tornado in Abilene, in central Texas, caused “widespread damage,” CNN affiliated KTXS reported.

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake – Panama-Costa Rica Border Region on Sunday, 12 May 2019 – information : 158 experience reports / VolcanoDiscovery

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake  - Panama-Costa Rica Border Region on Sunday, 12 May 2019

May 12 19:32: Magnitude recalculated from 6.1 to 6.0.

Date & time: Sun, 12 May 19:24:49 UTC – 4 hours ago
Magnitude: 6.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.6°N / 82.79°W  (Panama)
Nearest volcano: Baru (41 km)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 6.3*10^13 J (17.5 GWh / 15080 tons of TNT / 0.9 atomic bombs equivalent) [learn more]

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Source: Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake – Panama-Costa Rica Border Region on Sunday, 12 May 2019 – information : 158 experience reports / VolcanoDiscovery

Myanmar passenger jet lands safely after landing gear fails – ABC News

A Myanmar National Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at Mandalay International Airport using only its rear wheels after the front landing gear failed to deploy

A statement on the airline’s Facebook page explained that the plane’s EICAS — Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System — indicated a failure of the front landing gear to deploy. The pilot tried a backup emergency procedure to pull down the wheels but that was unsuccessful. The aircraft did two fly-bys past the tower for air controllers to check visually whether the wheels had deployed.

Source: Myanmar passenger jet lands safely after landing gear fails – ABC News

3 sets of human remains found in rubble of Virginia gas station explosion

Rescue crews have been combing through the rubble for three to five people who might have been at the site before the Saturday morning blast.

Four injured in the explosion were taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital hospital.

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State police opened a criminal investigation at the behest of local authorities. However, Garletts emphasized that every investigation by his bureau is a criminal inquiry until the facts prove otherwise.

Source: 3 sets of human remains found in rubble of Virginia gas station explosion

Tanker collision leaves thousands of gallons of gas product leaking into Houston shipping channel – ABC News

A collision between a massive tanker and two oil barges has resulted in as much as tens of thousands of gallons of a gasoline product leaking into a shipping channel near Houston.

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the accident, which took place about 3:30 p.m. local time, in the Houston Ship Channel, near Bayport, Texas. A 755-foot tanker collided with a tug pushing two barges filled with 25,000 gallons of reformate each.

Source: Tanker collision leaves thousands of gallons of gas product leaking into Houston shipping channel – ABC News

Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange | WIRED

One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges got hit, as thieves nabbed $40 million of bitcoin—along with two-factor user codes and API tokens.

BINANCE IS ONE of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges. As of Tuesday, it’s now also the scene of a major cryptocurrency theft. In what the company calls a “large-scale security breach,” hackers stole not only 7,000 bitcoin—equivalent to over $40 million—but also some user two-factor authentication codes and API tokens.

Theft has long been endemic to cryptocurrency; hackers stole more than $356 million from exchanges and infrastructure in the first three months of 2019 alone, according to a recent report from blockchain intelligence company Ciphertrace. But it’s less common to see an established exchange like Binance get hacked—and for the attackers to get so much other information along the way.

Source: Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange | WIRED

Mon Incline REOPENS| TribLIVE.com

The incline has been out of service since Feb. 4 to repair damage caused by flooding. On Jan. 19, a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority water main that runs along Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington broke, flooding the upper station and forcing it to close for five days.

Two weeks later, that same water main broke in two separate locations causing extensive damage.

“I want to thank the residents and businesses in the Hilltop communities, especially those in Mt. Washington, who have been extremely patient over the last three months,” Port Authority of Allegheny County Development Officer David Huffaker said in a news release. “Closing the incline for an extended period of time certainly was difficult, but for safety reasons had to be done.”

Inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry authorized the reopening of the incline Thursday afternoon

Source: Mon Incline set to reopen Friday | TribLIVE.com