This sinkhole in Mexico has swallowed a house and 2 dogs. And it’s still growing.
Back in May, a farm in Mexico started developing a sinkhole that has since caused the evacuation of a family living in a nearby house, the collapse of that same house and a rescue operation for two dogs that, like the house, were also swallowed up by the sinkhole.
How will Prince Harry and Meghan make their money, now that royal duties are behind them?
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive to attend the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England. As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently completed their North America transition, many things have changed for them, including from where they are getting their income. Harry told James Corden in an interview last week that he had to step back and eventually withdraw from his royal duties, because: “We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health. The reason for the couple removing themselves from their royal duties will likely be one of the hottest topics of the interview. But the couple’s endeavors and expenses will no longer be covered with royal money.
Guinea declares Ebola outbreak, 3 confirmed dead from virus
A medical worker checks the quarantine area of the Matanda Hospital in Butembo, where the first case of Ebola died, in the North Kivu province of Congo Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. A second case and death of Ebola has been recorded in Congo's North Kivu province after a 60-year-old woman died Wednesday, according to officials. Four more people have been confirmed with Ebola, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health. After hearing the news, locals in the capital told the Associated Press they were concerned that the country wouldn’t be able to handle another outbreak. The origin of the infections is still unknown, according to the Associated Press.
2020 in headlines: All the biggest news stories of the year
(2020 Getty Images)On Jan. 9, the World Health Organization first announced news about the deadly coronavirus that had emerged in Wuhan, China. (2020 Getty Images)On March 24, it became official: The Olympics would be postponed. (2020 Getty Images)On May 4, it was reported that giant insects called “murder hornets” were spotted in the U.S., specifically, Washington state. (Getty Images)On Aug. 18, on the second night of the (virtual) 2020 Democratic National Convention, the party officially nominated Biden. (Getty Images)On Oct. 11, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in NBA Finals to win another championship.
WHO: Vaccine program gets access to nearly 2 billion doses
(AP Photo / Carlos Giusti)GENEVA – The World Health Organization program to help get COVID-19 vaccines to all countries in need has access to nearly 2 billion doses of “promising” vaccine candidates, officials said Friday. Of the approximately 12 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines the pharmaceutical industry is expected to produce next year, about 9 billion shots have already been reserved by rich countries. Canada is leading the pack, with around 10 doses reserved per Canadian, according to the science analytics company Airfinity. The U.N.-backed COVAX program needs $6.8 billion more to secure vaccine contracts and ensure delivery of allocated doses. The U.N.'s children's agency UNICEF, which would ship COVAX doses in the developing world, called a meeting this week with more than 300 vaccine procurement officials to go over what may be needed.
Face masks required: Not in all U.S. schools, but it’s happening in Spain
MADRID – Masks will be mandatory for all students in Spain, ages 6 or older, when returning to schools in September because of increased coronavirus cases, the government announced Thursday. Previously, masks were only required for students above age 12 by some Spanish regions. Students will receive a daily body temperature check, must wash hands at least five times per day and classrooms will need frequent ventilation, the government said. That allows localized quarantines if there’s a positive test, rather than closing entire schools. Parents and teachers have expressed concern, with new waves of outbreaks since the country emerged from a strict lockdown.
Snowing cocoa? Chocolate factory glitch dusts Swiss town
BERLIN Residents of a Swiss town got a bit of a shock when it started snowing particles of a fine cocoa powder after the ventilation system at a chocolate factory malfunctioned. The nibs, fragments of crushed cocoa beans, are the basis of chocolate. Combined with strong winds on Friday morning, the powder spread around the immediate vicinity of the factory, leaving a fine cocoa dusting. Factory production was able to continue as normal and the company says the particles were completely harmless to people or the environment. The ventilation system has now been repaired.
Police in one country are using drones to enforce social distancing
Police in Singapore have taken an extraordinary step to ensure people are following social distancing rules. In a 3 1/2-month trial, police have used 22-pound pilotless drones, developed by Israel’s Airobotics, as a way to enforce social distancing and contain the spread of COVID-19, according to Reuters. Airobotics CEO Ran Krauss told Reuters the company is simply helping police maintain normal operations, specifically related to COVID-19. “The pandemic created a situation where it might be difficult for police to maintain,” Krauss said. The trial continues on in the social distancing aspect, according to Airobotics, and Krauss said the company is in talks with other cities to deploy drones.
Earth sees its second-hottest July on record, says NOAA
ROANOKE, Va. While the Roanoke Valley saw a record stretch of 90 heat in July, the planet as a whole was closing in on record heat for the month too. Across the GlobeAccording to NOAAs National Centers for Environmental Information , July 2020 was the second-hottest (July 2019 was the hottest) across the globe and was the hottest on record for the Northern Hemisphere. Year-to-date, this has also been the second-hottest year on record across the globe. July fell within the top-10 hottest for 14 other states, with cooler-than-average temperatures observed in parts of the Plains and Rockies. States like Massachusetts, Rhode Island Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have seen their second-hottest year-to-date (January to July) on record.
PHOTOS: Beirut explosion leaves behind unspeakable damage
Photo by Daniel Carde (Getty Images)Scenes in Beirut, Lebanon following an explosion near the city's port area on Tuesday. Photo by Daniel Carde (Getty Images)Scenes in Beirut, Lebanon following an explosion near the city's port area on Tuesday. Photo by Daniel Carde (Getty Images)Scenes in Beirut, Lebanon following an explosion near the city's port area on Tuesday. Photo by Daniel Carde (Getty Images)Scenes in Beirut, Lebanon following an explosion near the city's port area on Tuesday. Photo by Marwan Tahtah (Getty Images)Scenes in Beirut, Lebanon following an explosion near the city's port area on Tuesday.
Bahamas to ban American travelers starting Wednesday
If you were planning a vacation to the Bahamas, we have some bad news for you. The Bahamas is closing its borders to travelers from the United States starting Wednesday, according to WKMG. Once arriving on the islands, travelers will be forced to quarantine for 14 days. The Bahamas had just opened back up to international tourism three weeks prior to this new order. We are trying to open parts of our economy and our society while promoting and requiring health measures to protect lives.For more information on Bahamas travel restrictions, click here.
Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. New visas would not be issued to students at schools planning to provide all classes online, which includes Harvard. The rule creates a dilemma for thousands of foreign students who stayed in the U.S. after their colleges shifted to remote learning last spring. They say the rule is consistent with existing law barring international students from taking classes entirely online. Federal officials say they are providing leniency by allowing students to keep their visas even if they study online from abroad this fall.
More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule
The lawsuit challenges a recently announced directive saying international students cannot stay in the U.S. if they take all their classes online this fall. If the judge does not suspend the rule, colleges across the U.S. will have until Wednesday to notify ICE if they plan to be fully online this fall. They collectively enroll more than 213,000 international students, according to the brief. International students typically pay the highest tuition rates and rarely are eligible for scholarships. Under the new rule, international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools operate entirely online this fall.
Saharan dust; what does it mean for us?
ROANOKE, Va. – Saharan dust plumes emerge from Africa frequently. True Color satellite imagery of Saharan Air Layer around 8 a.m. Tuesday (College of Dupage)However, for some of you, this is new. WHAT IT IS NOTWhile this plume of Saharan dust is more pronounced than others, it doesn’t warrant some of the hype it’s garnered on social media. That is far different from what is happening with the Saharan Air Layer. PROSThe Saharan Air Layer (SAL) is a layer of dry, dusty air thousands of feet above that travels from east to west into the tropics multiple times a year.
These basic functions prove challenging on International Space Station -- here’s how astronauts cope
Here are answers to five questions about what “basic” life is like for astronauts on the ISS. As if they are going to a restaurant, astronauts can choose which food items they want off of a menu. On the ISS, astronauts use liquid soap, water and no rinse shampoo. Given the microgravity means, there is no up or down, and astronauts can sleep in any orientation, according to NASA. The station has small crew cabins with sleeping bags that astronauts sleep in.
This week, the world lost Ravi Zacharias: A look inside his life
This week was a sad one for Christians around the world, as advocate, author and apologist Ravi Zacharias died Tuesday of sarcoma. Here are notable facts about the life of Zacharias:He was an atheist until a suicide attempt changed his life. He attempted suicide by swallowing poison, but he survived, and his life completely changed while at an Indian hospital, according to the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries website. At age 19, Zacharias won a preaching contest, and his life in ministry was off to a flying start. Celebrities, politicians and church leaders around the world paid tribute to Zacharias this week on Twitter.
Mother’s Day is more than just an event in May
While the second Sunday in May is the most common day Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world -- the United States and Canada are two of 96 countries to celebrate Mother’s Day that day -- other countries honor their mothers during other days and months. Bulgaria, Romania, SerbiaThese three are among 20 countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on International Women’s Day, which is March 8. United Kingdom, Ireland, NigeriaThese countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent, or “Mothering Sunday.”Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, IraqAlong with 16 other countries, these nations have their Mother’s Day on March 21, the same day as the spring equinox. France, Dominican Republic, SwedenThe last Sunday of May is when these countries celebrate Mother’s Day. RussiaThe world’s largest country celebrates Mother’s Day the last Sunday of November.
Dancing Australian zookeeper goes viral
AUSTRALIA – An Australian zoo is livestreaming animal enclosures for those at home. But it’s the zookeeper’s dance that has everyone entertained. At first glance you might miss it. But look a bit closer. in the bottom right corner is keeper Adam busting some moves!
Can you fathom no St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at pubs in Ireland?
A St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland without celebrations at local pubs? Yes, it is true, and just the latest example of how serious the coronavirus pandemic has become. The Irish government sent a release Sunday asking all pubs be closed from Sunday night until March 29 to help quell the spread of the coronavirus. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations surely will be affected around the world, and it’s hard to imagine you can’t even go to a pub in the heart of Ireland anymore to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But that once again emphasizes the seriousness of the pandemic and the sacrifices so many are making.
California firefighters return from battling Australia fires
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – As the wildland firefighters, fresh off a long flight from Australia, strode into a Los Angeles fire station Wednesday morning, Marvin Schober got his GoPro camera ready. Firefighters from Australia previously deployed to Northern California in 2018 to help with wildfires. Angeles National Forest sprawls over more than 1,090 square miles (2,823 square kilometers) of the San Gabriel Mountains, which form a wilderness backdrop to metropolitan Los Angeles. Engineer Johnny Summers said Angeles firefighters will now spend the winter doing prescribed burns in the forest. The Angeles firefighters said the crash occurred when they had a day off and they learned about the deaths at a briefing the next day.
Shakira’s meme-worthy tongue trill is actually called a zaghrouta -- and it’s culturally significant to the singer
Shakira may have created the best new meme of 2020, but there’s cultural significance behind the tongue trill that instantly became iconic Sunday night. There were hit songs, lasers, sexy backup dancers, guitar solos and Lopez on a stripper pole absolutely living her best life. Most people know that Shakira is Colombian, but her father is Lebanese, and the tongue flick she did is actually called a zaghrouta, which is a traditional Arabic expression of celebration and happiness. This is called zaghrouta. https://t.co/bixdVn34vF — Bozi Tatarevic (@hoonable) February 3, 2020Chiming in because I know everyone will be making jokes about this for days — this is a popular Arab tradition, called zaghrouta, used to express joy at celebrations.
Unexploded WWII bomb sparks evacuation in London's Soho
LONDON – Police cordoned off one of the busiest areas of central London on Monday after what’s thought to be an unexploded World War II bomb was dug up at a construction site. The Metropolitan Police force said “suspected World War II ordnance” was uncovered in Dean Street in Soho, an area packed with shops, restaurants, bars and offices. An area covering several blocks of the tightly packed neighborhood was cordoned off while police assessed the device. The German air force dropped thousands of bombs on the British capital during the war, killing tens of thousands of people. Bombs left over from the conflict are still occasionally uncovered during construction work.
More harm than good: Compassion is noble, but what does Haiti really need, 10 years after quake?
“Deep down, I know there was an element of trying to get a pat on the back,” Albert said. “That’s when they completely blew me away with their response.”What the community leaders essentially told Albert and Zelaya was this: Thanks for your efforts and compassion, but you actually did more harm than good. The experience was such an eye-opener that it led Albert and Zelaya to a greater purpose and mission. “That goes back to the negative aid that is undermining the natural development of the Haitian people,” Albert said. The two discovered that nearly 80% of Haitian teachers haven’t been properly trained, and 60% of kids dropped out of classes during elementary school.
Australian cyclist gives thirsty koala water
As wildfires continue to scorch parts of Australia, threatening the koala population, one thirsty koala got some TLC. Anna Heusler was riding her bike Thursday with a group of cyclists when she spotted this koala sitting in the middle of the road. Heusler stopped and the koala climbed on her bike. She offered it water and it was clearly thirsty. According to the Australia Zoo, there were only about 40,000 to 100,000 koalas remaining after “uncontrolled habitat destruction.”The animals are now considered endangered.
Up to 30% of koalas may have died in bush fires
BRISBANE, Australia – Koala populations are at risk -- and a large portion may have died in the Australian wildfires. The Federal Environment Minister said Friday that up to 30% may have been killed in the bush fires in New South Wales. She says wildfires have torched up to 30% of their habitat. The environment minister said Australia is working with koala experts. According to the Australia Zoo, there were only about 40,000 to 100,000 koalas remaining after “uncontrolled habitat destruction.”The zoo said bush fires, habitat clearing, dog attacks and road accidents have contributed to the loss of koalas.
12 killed, dozens hurt after jetliner crashes in Kazakhstan
MOSCOW – A jetliner with 98 people aboard struggled to get airborne and crashed shortly after takeoff Friday in Kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people, authorities said. Fifty-four people people were reported hospitalized with injuries, at least 10 of them in critical condition, officials said. Authorities quickly suspended all Bek Air and Fokker 100 flights in Kazakhstan while the investigation got underway. The plane continued to gain altitude, shaking quite severely, and then went down,” Aslan Nazaraliyev told The Associated Press by phone. Dozens more in Almaty lined up at a local blood bank to donate for the injured.
Australian couple finds wedding rings lost in trash
STONNINGTON CITY, Australia – An Australian couple accidentally tossed their diamond wedding and engagement rings into the trash. The unidentified couple was renovating their Melbourne home when they dropped off their garbage at a collection center over the weekend. Trash collectors and city council workers plowed through 30-tons worth of trash. They eventually found the pink bag that had the rings. Stonnington City Council spokesman Jim Carden called it a “fairy tale outcome.”
Indian Navy welcomes first female pilot
INDIA – The Indian Navy has welcomed its first woman pilot, with Sub Lieutenant Shivangi taking control of an aircraft in another significant milestone for the country’s armed forces. Shivangi completed her basic training in 2018 at the Indian Naval Academy and was brought to Kochi, in southwest India's Kerala state, to train with the Indian naval air squadron, the INAS 550. The Indian Navy has positions for 735 pilots, with about 644 currently filled, according to Indian Ministry of Defense figures. There are also two other women who are set to become navy pilots on December 21. The Indian Navy has accepted women into its ranks for decades in the medical field, Warrier said.
Dog helps keep stray kittens warm on cold Canadian night
ONTARIO – This dog is getting some love on the internet after a shelter post described how she was found keeping five kittens warm on the side of a road on a cold night in Canada. Someone notified a shelter, and an animal control officer picked them up. The kittens have been taken in by a foster family because they’re not old enough to be adopted yet. The dog, now named Serenity, will be ready for adoption on Dec. 3. Contact the Pet and Wildlife Rescue of Ontario, Canada if you’re interested.
Woman saves koala from Australian brush fires
LONG FLAT, Australia – This little fella was rushed to the hospital, after being rescued from a brush fire in Australia. A viral video shows the koala bear crossing the road and getting stranded near the flames. But then, a woman rushed in, using her own shirt to wrap up the koala and move it out of harm’s way. She doused the koala with water, as it squealed in pain from its burns. The koala has been treated for his burns and is still in “very serious condition.”
Boy gets word his letter to father in heaven was delivered
A 7-year-old Scottish boy addressed a letter to his father in heaven, left it for his postman and received a heartwarming reply. Just weeks after Jase Hyndman dropped the letter in the mail, he received confirmation from postman Sean Milligan with Royal Mail that his letter had made a safe delivery. "This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects on the route to heaven ... " Milligan wrote. “However please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered.”Jase's mother, Teri Copland, took to Facebook to show her gratitude for the postman's response, thanking him for his effort and saying that he "just restored my faith in humanity." A few weeks ago my 7 year old son posted this card to his dad in heaven and today he got a lovely reply from the postman... Posted by Copland Teri on Wednesday, November 28, 2018The BBC reported that Jase was overwhelmed after receiving Milligan's letter, telling his mother, "Dad really got my letter, Mum.”