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2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

World
The strongest storm on Earth in 2018 barreled through the northern Philippines before dawn on Saturday, bringing with it ferocious winds and torrential rain. Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, made landfall in Cagayan province on northeast Luzon island at 1:40 a.m. local time, according to the country's weather agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. It's estimated that the tropical cyclone put at least five million people at risk. Mangkhut, considered the strongest storm on the planet so far this year, was the 15th to hit the Philippines. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center U.S. Navy-U.S. Air Force command, located in Hawaii, had downgraded Mangkhut from a "super typhoon," when it had peak wind speeds of 180 mph, prior to landfall ...
Driver plows through Chinese square, at least 9 killed

Driver plows through Chinese square, at least 9 killed

World
Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A man drove his car through a busy public square in China's Hunan province on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more. As many as 43 people were injured when a red SUV suddenly plowed through crowds of people in Binjiang square in the city of Hengyang at 7:40 p.m. local time, The South China Morning Post reported. A 54-year-old male suspect was arrested at the scene and police are investigating the incident. Police said the suspect, Yang Zanyun, had a criminal record and served time in prison for arson and drugs related offenses, the BBC reported. A local government statement declared the incident a "deliberate, malicious case of driving with intent to injure," although it wasn't immediately clear if it was terror-releated. Let's block a...
Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

Astronaut quits halfway through training, 1st in 50 years

Technology
For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said his departure is effective Friday and that he is leaving for personal reasons that the space agency cannot discuss due to privacy laws. Kulin was among 12 new astronauts chosen last summer from a record 18,300 applicants. Kulin, 34, was working as a senior manager at SpaceX when selected and said at the time he was hoping to fly on a vehicle he helped design. SpaceX and Boeing are developing NASA's first commercial crew capsules, due to launch within the next year. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and an ice drille...
Washington Redskins reportedly ink backup QB Colt McCoy through 2019

Washington Redskins reportedly ink backup QB Colt McCoy through 2019

Sports
Washington Redskins backup quarterback Colt McCoy signed a contract extension on Thursday that will keep him with the team through the 2019 season. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the contract is worth "up to $ 7 million" with "void and buyback provisions" that would allow the team or McCoy to walk away from the deal with little to no risk. McCoy has been the Redskins' backup quarterback since 2014. For his career, McCoy has a 60.3 completion percentage with 5,586 yards, 25 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 78.9 quarterback rating. He was drafted in 2010 by the Cleveland Browns, where he played three seasons before playing one season for the San Francisco 49ers prior to joining the Redskins. Let's block ads! (Why?) Sports News - UPI.com
Fan falls through bus stop in London celebrating England’s World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden

Fan falls through bus stop in London celebrating England’s World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden

Sports
TIMBER! Try not to laugh too hard watching this chap take an unfortunate tumble literally through a bus stop in London However you choose to celebrate England reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup, please do so in a responsible manner. Gareth Southgate’s men are guaranteed to equal their best ever World Cup finish since 1990, after victory over Sweden on Saturday secured their place in the last four in Russia. England will play their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 where they will face the winners of the Russia v Croatia game Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli sent Sweden packing in Samara in a what was an emphatic performance. While the majority of English fans at home are celebrating by drenching themselves in over-price...