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    New 3,200-foot-high glass walkway cracks underneath visitors’ feet

    Walking on a glass walkway suspended 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) up a mountain is supposed to be terrifying — but not this terrifying. Just two weeks after it opened to a nervous public, a walkway in China’s central Henan province was evacuated after cracks appeared. Reports describe visitors running and screaming in panic as they saw the damage on the U-shaped path at Yuntaishan (Yuntai Mountain) Scenic Park. “Just witnessed a historic moment — Yuntaishan’s glass walkway is broken,” wrote […]


    Mom’s online posts about guns, autism paint picture of Oregon shooter’s family life

    ROSEBURG, Ore. – The apparent online writings of the mother of the man who killed nine people at a Umpqua Community College in Oregon discuss guns and the autism spectrum, painting a partial picture of the environment the family lived in, their beliefs and the challenges they faced. Online posts linked to Laurel Harper, mother of the gunman, are limited and incomplete, but they seem to indicate two things: that her son, Chris Harper-Mercer, had a developmental disorder, and that the […]

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    Orphaned baby possum snuggles toy kangaroo, warms hearts

    A baby brushtail possum found abandoned and dehydrated in a suburban neighborhood of Mosman, Australia is making a healthy recovery thanks to a veterinary nurse. The photos of the small marsupial cuddling a stuffed toy kangaroo has softened the hearts of internet users and earned praise for the efforts from the hospital. Nurse Felicity Evans nicknamed the female possum Bettina. The four-month-old was brought to Taronga Wildlife Hospital in September. Bettina received emergency first-aid and, since then, has been cared for […]

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    U.S. to release 6,000 federal inmates as part of prison reform

    WASHINGTON – Later this month, about 6,000 federal prisoners are expected to be granted an early release as part of a mass release from the Bureau of Prisons. Officials say it will be the largest mass release in the bureau’s history and could lead to tens of thousands of early releases in the future. It was triggered by a move by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which lowered sentences for many drug offenders. The commission also made the change retroactive, meaning many offenders […]

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    Dunkin’ Donuts says it will work with stores after police service complaints

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dunkin’ Donuts said Tuesday that it will work with store owners and employees across the country “to reinforce our obligation to serve all of our guests with dignity and respect” after two incidents in which police officers complained they were mistreated. In an incident Friday in Providence, Rhode Island, the local police union said an officer received a cup labeled with the social justice message “#blacklivesmatter,” according to media reports. The Fraternal Order of Police union representing […]

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    Burger King’s Halloween Whopper has unexpected side effect

    MIAMI — You don’t have to go to Japan to try Burger King’s black-bunned Whopper. Burger King is bringing it to the U.S. just in time for Halloween. “Something wicked is coming,” the burger chain on Twitter, with a brief promo video featuring thunder and lightning and a lunar eclipse, with a burger standing in for the moon. But it’s not just the color, insists Burger King. It’s also the flavor, with A.1. sauce baked into the bun. According to […]

  • Photo: Aftermath of the bombing that left 3 staff dead and many poeple wounded

Three MSF staff were killed and more than 30 are currently unaccounted for when the trauma center they were working in was hit several times during sustained bombing around 2.10a local Saturday morning, according to an MSF statement.  Bart Janssens, MSF Director of Operations said: "We do not yet have the final casualty figures, but our medical team are providing first aid and treating the injured patients and MSF personnel and accounting for the deceased.  In a statement e-mailed to media the Taliban allege that American forces carried out the strikes that hit the hospital in Kunduz city.  Since fighting broke out Monday, MSF staff have treated 394 wounded individuals. When the aerial attack occurred Saturday morning 105 patients and their caretakers were in the hospital and over 80 MSF international and national staff present.

    Reports: U.S. forces accidentally bomb Afghan hospital

      KUNDUZ, Afghanistan – A Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan was struck accidentally after Afghan forces called for air support from the American military, Gen. John Campbell, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said Monday. Saturday’s bombardment in Kunduz has sparked international outrage. It killed 12 medical staff members and at least 10 patients, three of them children, Doctors Without Borders said. Another 37 people were wounded, according to the global charity group, which works in conflict zones […]

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    Student spared by Oregon shooter given 2 tasks in exchange for his life, says mom

    ROSEBURG, Ore. – The killer called him “the lucky one.” For reasons he might never understand, Matthew was chosen to live by the gunman in last week’s Oregon community college shooting that left nine people dead. But the 18-year-old had to perform two tasks to save his life: deliver the gunman’s message to police, and watch his classmates get shot right in front of him. The trauma, Matthew’s mother said, has been overwhelming. “He’s different,” Summer Smith said. “He’ll never […]

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    Report: El Faro captain couldn’t beat hurricane due to mechanical problem

    The captain of the missing ship El Faro tried to steer ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, but a mechanical problem left the boat floundering in the storm’s path, the owner of the ship said, according to The Associated Press. Phil Greene, president and CEO of ship owner Tote Services Inc., told the AP that the captain planned to move ahead of Joaquin — with room to spare. “Regrettably, he suffered a mechanical problem with his main propulsion system, which left him […]

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    “I was trying to get out of it alive,” Oregon college shooting survivor recalls deadly rampage

    ROSEBURG, Oregon — Tracy Heu sat in the front row of her writing class Thursday, with her future ahead of her: She was on her way to becoming a licensed practical nurse, living a life of service and providing for her three children. Then the classroom door opened. And her future changed. “He just came in and shot toward the back of the wall,” Heu said of the 26-year-old man who walked into the college classroom firing a single gunshot. […]

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    Billionaire divorce heads to negotiating table instead of court

    NEW YORK — The widely-followed divorce battle between billionaire hedge fund star Ken Griffin and his wife Anne Dias Griffin may not go to trial after all. The power couple entered into settlement talks on Monday, according to the office of presiding Judge Grace Dickler. This hedge fund billionaire owns several of the most expensive apartments in the world — Business Insider (@businessinsider) October 5, 2015 A public trial could be messy for Ken Griffin, the founder and […]