Small plane crashes near Mount Everest; 1 killed, 2 injured

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A small plane carrying only crew members and cargo crashed near Mount Everest on Saturday, killing one of the pilots, Nepalese officials said. The two other crew members were injured. The plane hit a mountain about 20 meters (66 feet) below the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest, said government administrator Umesh Pandey. The plane was carrying two pilots and an air hostess. They were all Nepali nationals. Pandey said all three on board were taken to a local hospital. Related ArticlesMay 21, 2017 Fort Collins mountaineer Jim Davidson reaches Mount Everest summit May 21, 2017 Three climbers die on Mount… Read More

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Southern California beach closed again due to sharks

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — A section of Southern California coast has been closed again after at least four sharks were spotted close to shore. Officials in San Clemente say the water is off limits Sunday from one mile (1.6 km) north to one mile (1.6 km) south of the city beach’s pier. Closures were ordered in the same area a week ago after two dozen great whites were seen, including one about 10 feet (3 meters) long. Juvenile great whites, typically under 8 feet (2.4 meters), are common along Southern California, where they feed on small fish. As they get larger, white sharks start feeding on bigger marine mammals, a… Read More

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Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert raised to red

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months has erupted again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet (10,668 meters) high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes. Ash can harm and stop jet engines. Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos is a threat airliners operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet (6,096 meters). After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised to red, the highest level. The agency says a person on nearby Unalaska Island reports seeing a large… Read More

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Muslims thankful for support after rant, deadly attack

By GILLIAN FLACCUS PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Muslims in Portland, Oregon, thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women — one wearing a hijab — who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant. “I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander … that we stand together here as one,” Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday. The two young women “could have been the victims, but three heroes jumped in and supported them,” he said. A fundraising… Read More

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S.Korea military: North Korea fires unidentified projectile

By Foster Klug and Hyung-jin Kim, The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Monday fired an unidentified projectile off its east coast, South Korea’s military said, in what is likely the latest test-launch of a ballistic missile as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the U.S. mainland. A statement by the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch came from around the eastern North Korean coastal town of Wonsan, but the agency didn’t say what type of projectile was fired or if it was successful. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, without citing a source, said the projectile is believed to be a… Read More

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Muslims thankful for support after deadly Portland attack

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Muslims in Portland, Oregon, thanked the community for its support and said they were raising money for the families of two men who were killed when they came to the defense of two young women one wearing a hijab — who were targeted by an anti-Muslim rant. “I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander … that we stand together here as one,” Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday. The two young women “could have been the victims, but three heroes jumped in and supported them,” he said. A… Read More

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