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3 injured when hot air balloon lands on electrical wires – CNN

Sunday, August 16, 2015

(CNN)A hot air balloon landed on power lines in central Pennsylvania, injuring the pilot and two passengers, authorities said. The incident occurred when the pilot was trying to land the balloon in a hay field Saturday night in New Holland. Its top got caught up on the power lines as it was deflating, said Sgt. Mark Willwerth of the New Holland Police Department. “There does not appear to be anything…

Music manager Jazz Summers dies of lung cancer – The Guardian

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jazz Summers, the legendary music manager behind acts including Wham!, the Verve, Snow Patrol, La Roux and London Grammar, has died aged 71 after a two-year bout of lung cancer. Summers’ artists have sold more than 60m albums and 72m singles around the world, including more than 100 top 40 hits. A spokesman for Big Life Management, which Summers co-founded 29 years ago, said: “The music industry has lost one…

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and chaos visit the Iowa State Fair – Washington Post

Sunday, August 16, 2015

DES MOINES — The road to the White House leads from the life-size cow carved from 600 pounds of butter here at the Iowa State Fair to the stand selling $7 grilled pork chops on a stick. There’s where Hillary Rodham Clinton was strolling on Saturday, shaking hands and posing for selfies with sweaty supporters under an unforgiving sun, when the whirring sound of helicopter blades approached, then grew louder, then…

Documents reportedly reveal details behind AT&T-NSA partnership – Fox News

Sunday, August 16, 2015

FILE: In this photo a sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus on in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON –  Under a decades-old program with the government, telecom giant AT&T in 2003 led the way on a new collection capability that the National Security Agency said amounted to a “‘live’ presence on the global net” and would forward 400 billion Internet metadata records in one of its…

Donald Trump: Undocumented Immigrants ‘Have to Go’ – NBCNews.com

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Donald Trump would reverse President Obama’s executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. as president, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd. “We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go,” he said in the interview, which will air in full on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday. Pressed on what he’d do if the immigrants in question had…

FAA trying to determine cause of malfunction that delayed flights – Washington Post

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A major malfunction in the system that routes planes through 160,000 square miles of airspace centered over Washington caused airlines to delay or cancel hundreds of flights nationwide Saturday, and some frustrated passengers won’t reach their destinations until Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was not immediately able to determine what caused the problem. “The FAA is continuing its root cause analysis to determine what caused the problem and…

Donald Trump jury duty: Will he be picked for a trial? – Christian Science Monitor

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Donald Trump will be taking a break from his contentious bid in the 2016 presidential campaign to appear in court this week. The GOP candidate, who has many Republicans “worried about their party,” has been summoned to serve in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday morning, according to Michael Cohen, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization and special counsel to Mr. Trump. “Despite running for President and…

Backers fear Clinton hurt by old weaknesses – Washington Post

Saturday, August 15, 2015

It was supposed to be different this time. After the wounds of 2008, many of them self-inflicted, Hillary Rodham Clinton rebooted for 2016 with a new message, new advisers and new energy. But two dynamics have crystallized this month, suggesting the New Hillary is hobbled by old weaknesses. Once again, worried supporters see signs of a bunker mentality in response to bad news about her e-mail server and other controversies,…

Islamic State leader raped US hostage Kayla Mueller, family told – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 15, 2015

American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State extremist group, U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June. “They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means,” Carl Mueller, Kayla’s father, told the Associated Press on Friday, which would have been his daughter’s 27th birthday. Her death was reported in February. Her mother,…

Donald Trump Called for Jury Duty Amid Presidential Campaign: "I Think It’s Fun" – E! Online

Saturday, August 15, 2015

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Time to fulfill your civic duty, Mr. Trump. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, has been summoned for jury duty in New York City, where he lives. He is to serve in State Supreme Court in Manhattan and plans to report there on Monday morning. “Yeah, I’ll be doing jury duty, can you believe it?” Trump said on Friday night at a campaign event in…

Latest Iowa State Fair attractions: Trump, Clinton, Sanders and a helicopter – Washington Post

Saturday, August 15, 2015

DES MOINES, IA – AUGUST 13: Fairgoers scream while riding the Drop Zone ride during the Iowa State Fair on August 13, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa State Fair is one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the United States. The annual fair, the largest event in Iowa, attracts over a million visitors each year. The fair runs through August 23. (Photo by Justin…

Tianjin Blast Destruction from Above – Wall Street Journal

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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At least 40 migrants suffocated, died aboard boat in Mediterranean Sea – Washington Post

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A handout provided by the Italian Navy of migrants being rescued south of Lampedusa island in the Mediterranean on Saturday. (European Pressphoto Agency) At least 40 migrants died in the hold of a smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea, while 312 others were rescued, the Italian Navy announced Saturday. Those who died had been trapped in the hold of the boat that had begun taking on water; Cmdr. Massimo Tozzi told Reuters that…

Sound Baths Move From Metaphysical to Mainstream – New York Times

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Hillary Clinton Pokes Fun at Email Scandal During Wing Ding Dinner in Iowa – ABC News

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton poked fun at her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state while at a dinner in Iowa Friday. “You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account,” she said at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Wing Ding Dinner. “I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.” Clinton made the remarks to a packed room…

Wind change at China blast site prompts ‘orderly’ evacuation – Reuters

Saturday, August 15, 2015

TIANJIN, China China on Saturday evacuated residents who had taken refuge in a school near the site of two huge explosions, state media said, after a change in wind direction prompted fears that toxic chemical particles could be blown inland. The evacuation came as a fire broke out again at the site of Wednesday’s blasts which killed dozens in an industrial zone in the northeastern port of Tianjin, a warehouse…

Donald Trump forced to take break from campaign trail for jury service – Telegraph.co.uk

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The businessman added in his comments to reporters that he plans to attend the Iowa State Fair this weekend – a traditional stomping ground for presidential contenders seeking to schmooze with voters – where he plans to offer free rides for children in his personal helicopter. “Are we giving helicopter rides? I think so. To the kids,” he told the New Hampshire press conference. The Iowa State Fair is a…

Officials: ISIL leader sexually assaulted American hostage – USA TODAY

Saturday, August 15, 2015

In this May 30, 2013, photo, Kayla Mueller is shown after speaking to a group in Prescott, Ariz.(Photo: Jo. L. Keener, AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, U.S. intelligence officials told her family in June. “They told us that he married her, and we all understand what that means,” Carl Mueller,…

‘Super Nino’ Could Mean Drenching Rains This Fall, Winter – Sentinel Republic

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center says there is a greater than 90 percent chance that El Nino will continue through early 2016 in the northern hemisphere. The readings point to a strong El Nino that could produce the kind of wet winter that California saw in 1982-83 and 1997-98, when almost double the state’s average precipitation fell, forecasters say. “What…

‘Straight Outta Compton’s’ music tracks sample culture’s infancy – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, August 15, 2015

There’s a shot early in the new film about rap group N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” that shows a teenaged Andre Young lying on his back at home, surrounded by records. It’s a quick moment. Albums encircle the artist now known as Dr. Dre, a selection of funk, soul and early rap by James Brown, Roy Ayers, Zapp, Parliament-Funkadelic and others that both inspired the platinum producer as he became a…