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  • There’s a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans — but no one knows how to get on it

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and is bed-ridden. He’s waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now he can’t even get the oxygen he needs. There is help available for the 18-year-old — right offshore. A floating state-of-the-art hospital, the USNS Comfort, could provide critical care, his doctor says. But nobody knows how to get […]

  • Trump claims he and McConnell are ‘closer than ever before,’ despite Bannon’s primary war

    WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump said Monday he feels “closer than ever before” to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man he’s publicly criticized for his handling of the GOP agenda and on whom the President is relying for getting a legislative accomplishment in the first year of his term. “We have been friends for a long time,” Trump said from the White House Rose Garden with the Kentucky Republican at his side. “We are probably now, despite what we […]

  • First-seen neutron star collision creates light, gravitational waves and gold

    For the first time, two neutron stars in a nearby galaxy have been observed engaging in a spiral death dance around one another until they collided. What resulted from that collision is being called an “unprecedented” discovery that is ushering in a new era of astronomy, scientists announced Monday. “We can now fill in a few more tiles in the jigsaw puzzle that is the story of our universe,” said Laura Cadonati, deputy spokeswoman for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and […]

  • AirAsia staff accused of ‘screaming’ as flight plummets 20,000 feet

    PERTH, Australia – Passengers aboard an AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali Sunday have criticized the flight crew for allegedly screaming when the plane rapidly descended 20,000 feet, following an apparent pressurization issue in the cabin. “The panic was escalated because of the behavior of the staff, who were screaming and looked tearful and shocked,” passenger Clare Askew told CNN affiliate Seven News Australia after the plane turned around and landed safely back in Perth. “We look to them for reassurance and […]

  • Weinstein Co. says it is in sale talks

    NEW YORK — The flailing Weinstein Co. may have a buyer. On Monday the movie and TV studio announced a financing deal with Colony Capital that will help it stay afloat. Weinstein Co. said it is negotiating with Colony Capital “for a potential sale of all or a significant portion of the company’s assets.” For the past eleven days the company has been dragged down by co-founder Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandal. Weinstein was fired by the board on October […]

  • Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only 2 survivors

    ​​​ A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster. Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, but this year almost all the seabirds’ babies starved to death, a situation one expert described as “Tarantino does Happy Feet.” The World Wildlife Fund said unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony in East Antarctica had forced the adult penguins to travel further than […]

  • Drone crashes into passenger plane in Canada

    QUEBEC CITY, Canada — A drone crashed into a commercial airplane in Canada, the first time such an incident has occurred in the country, the government said Sunday. A plane operated by charter airline Skyjet was approaching Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport on Thursday when a drone struck one of its wings, according to local media reports. There were six passengers and two crew members aboard the plane. “I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and […]

  • Explosion on Louisiana oil rig injures 7

    LOUISIANA — An explosion hit an oil platform on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana Sunday night, injuring seven people and possibly leaving one person unaccounted for, according to Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni. Nearby residents reported hearing what sounded like a “sonic boom” coming from the lake at 7:19 p.m. local time, at which point the city’s fire department was dispatched to investigate, said Ben Zahn, mayor of the city of Kenner. The platform, which is a storage and transfer structure […]

  • New Jersey man finds $24 million lottery ticket in an old shirt — just in time

    Everyone has that spot in their house or car where they let the mail and receipts pile up. For 68-year old Jimmie Smith, it was an old shirt hanging in his closet. Stuffed in its pockets was a stack of unchecked lottery tickets. “I always told myself, ‘I’ll check them when I have the time,'” the New Jersey man said. It’s a good thing he did. Because had he waited two days longer, he’d have lost out on $24.1 million. […]

  • Tillerson says he’s ‘fully intact’ despite Corker’s ‘castrate’ comment

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he’s “fully intact” despite Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker’s comments suggesting President Donald Trump’s tweets and foreign policy comments “castrate” the secretary’s diplomatic efforts. “I checked,” Tillerson told CNN’s “State of the Union.” I’m fully intact.” Corker told The Washington Post in an interview last week that Trump’s public statements on foreign policy undercut his Secretary of State — creating “binary” scenarios for the United States on the world stage. “You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary […]