Archives for July 2015

Lea Co. crash kills two

State police have released more information on Wednesday’s fatal crash.

They say it involved three vehicles on Route 380 between Roswell and Tatum.

The troopers claim a gray Ford pickup heading west veered into the eastbound lane. That truck hit a semi tractor trailer and a passenger car.

The collision sent the truck and the passenger car into flames.

State police the drivers of both those vehicles died at the scene. Their bodies have gone to the medical investigator’s office for identification.

The driver of the semi did not have any injuries.

The troopers say the investigation continues, but they believe speed, inattention, and alcohol all contributed to this.

Firefighters in Jersey paying it forward after waitress picks up check

A waitress in New Jersey covered the tab for a pair of firefighters.

NBC’s “Today” show reports she actually wrote them a thank you note on their bill.

One of the firefighters posted a photo of the note to Facebook, urging people to eat at this diner.

He later learned she had a GoFundMe page to raise $17,000 to buy her father a wheelchair accessible van.

The firefighter asked for help for her, and a thousand people donated a total of $67,000 towards that goal.

Mumps outbreak centered around University of Illinois

Health officials keep monitoring a mumps outbreak around the University of Illinois.

Most of the state’s cases center in Champaign County and have to do with the campus.

While the campus has experienced several smaller outbreaks over the years, this accounts for the largest one in a decade.

The number of cases may rise with students returning for the fall soon.

Buffett donates $1B — again

Warren Buffett has just given $2.8 billion to foundations that work on global health, college scholarships, poverty, and opportunities for children worldwide.

Forbes has identified this summer as the tenth consecutive one that he has donated over a billion dollars to charity.

Intelligence sources believe MH370 deliberately went off course

American intelligence officials believe someone deliberately took the missing Malaysian Airlines plane off course.

Sources in the intelligence community say an initial assessment suggested someone in the cockpit changed the course of Flight 370.

This revelation has surfaced as authorities continue determining whether or not debris that has washed up on an island in the Indian Ocean belongs to the plane.

Flight 370 vanished from radar a year and a half ago as it traveled from Malaysia to China.

South Korean town sends money to N.J. to fix Korean War monument

The curtain has come off a refurbished monument in Jersey City, N.J.

It honors local Korean War veterans.

The unveiling follows some vandalism that had defaced it in October.

The Jersey Journal reports when word of vandalism reached a city in South Korea, it sent $100,000 to pay for repairs.

Hurricane tracking towards Hawaii

Hawaiians have their eyes on a hurricane in the Pacific.

Guillermo has strengthened into a category one storm.

It has winds of 80 miles per hour, and it may get stronger over the next few days.

It remains 1,700 miles away from the Big Island, but it may move that way.

How it affects Hawaii’s weather at this point remains unclear.

Owl stares down deputy in Colorado, causes stir on Twitter

A showdown between law enforcement and nature has gone viral on Twitter.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado has tweeted photos of one of its deputies in a standoff with a pint-sized owl.

Good News Network reports the deputies had patrolled near a campground as they met the owl in the middle of a road.

On its Twitter account, the sheriff’s office says it flew away safely after some “curious head twisting on both sides.”

Judge orders NFL, players union to resolve Deflategate

A federal judge has challenged the National Football League and its players union to resolve the dispute over Deflategate.

He has ordered all parties to start working on what he calls “a mutually acceptable resolution.”

This same judge soon reviews the appeal from the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady of his four-game suspension.

Report: Linking debris to MH370 may take over a week

It may take a week, possibly longer, for investigators to determine whether or not part of a plane’s wing belongs to Flight 370.

The debris has surfaced on an island in the Indian Ocean.

A French official tells The New York Times that this object now ships to France for testing.

The report says American investigators have concluded that this flap has come from a Boeing 777.

The only 777 missing: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The plane had 239 people on board when it vanished a year and a half ago.

It started its trip in Malaysia, but it never reached China.