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US intercepts Russian bombers and fighters near Alaska

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By Suzie Liu

Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — American planes intercepted two Russian TU-95 bombers accompanied by two SU-35 fighters that flew close to the Alaska coast Tuesday night, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

A U.S. official said the Russian aircraft had flown within 50 nautical miles of the Alaska coastline. American territorial airspace begins 12 nautical miles from shore.

The intercept occurred around 5 p.m. local time, according to Capt. Scott Miller, a NORAD spokesman.

Two Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers were accompanied by two SU-35 “Flanker” fighter aircraft as they entered the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) that stretches 200 miles from the U.S. coastline. The U.S. requires aircraft to identify themselves when they enter the Alaska ADIZ.

The Russian aircraft were always in international airspace. A U.S. official said the Russian aircraft had come as close as 50 miles to the Alaska coastline before turning back.

The four Russian aircraft were intercepted by two F-22 Raptor fighters that were already airborne on a previously scheduled flight.

Miller described the interaction with the Russian aircraft as “professional,” which has historically been the case in encounters with Russian military aircraft off of Alaska.

The last time Russian fighter aircraft flew alongside Russian bombers was in 2014, the peak year for Russian military flights near Alaska. Miller said it’s not uncommon for the Russian military to use a combination of aircraft for training flights near Alaska.

But those flights ceased in 2015 after a stand-down of Russia’s TU-95 long range bomber fleet following a series of fatal crashes.

The flights resumed in April, when Russian military aircraft flew four flights near Alaska in four consecutive days during the week of April 17.

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Chris Rock comes clean about his divorce and infidelity

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By Stephen Iervolino

Getty ImagesJohnny Louis(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Rock is not holding back about his infidelity and subsequent divorce from his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock. Looking back at his past transgressions, the comedian-actor says he was “a piece of s***.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rock explains that after his divorce, he had to “reset” his entire life.

“Getting divorce, you have to f****** start over,” he tells the magazine. “You get to reset. It’s not a breakdown, but something in your life broke down.”

As part of his reset, the comedian has embarked on his first stand-up world tour in nine years, which he jokingly calls his “alimony tour.”

When asked about his past indiscretions, Rock admits he cheated on his wife because he felt like he could, as the breadwinner in the family.

“I was a piece of s***,” he says, admitted he was unfaithful with three women. However, the comedian is now singing a different tune, admitting he was wrong in hurting his family.

“Your significant other, if they really love you, has a high opinion of you,” he explains. “And you let them down.”

As far as the future, Rock has found love with CSI: Miami actress Megalyn Echikunwoke [pr: Etch-ih-ka-WOO-key], but he wants to get right with God as well.

“I wanna find some peace, ’cause people usually find that peace in a horrible time,” he said. “Why does that have to be? Maybe I can find God without being in shambles. Maybe I can reach a higher plain spiritually without being in a near-death experience.”

Read Rock’s full interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone.

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Source:: Entertainment News


[Press Release] Governor Abbott And Dr. Hellerstedt Call On Local Officials To Take Action Against Zika

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Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt today sent a letter to County Judges and Mayors across the state asking for their continued assistance in combatting locally-transmitted Zika viruses in Texas. …read more

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16 children in hospital, motorist dead, after school bus crash in Las Vegas

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By David Rind

ABC News(LAS VEGAS) — Fifteen children aboard a school bus were taken to the hospital and the driver of a car killed after a collision in Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday morning. A child in the car was also hospitalized.

None of the students in the accident, involving a small car and a Clark County School bus with 48 middle schoolers on board, were in critical condition, Clark County School District Police said.

The accident left the driver of the car dead and a child from that car in critical condition, police said.

“This could have been worse,” Capt. Ken Young of the Clark County School District Police Department said at a press conference. “We’re happy to report that all students have been accounted for. …
either at the school or with their parents or at the hospital.”

All students on board attend Dr. William Bailey Middle School in Las Vegas, according to the Clark County School District.

Members of the district’s “Crisis Response Team” will be at the school to provide support for students, the district said.

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Firefighters rescue riders stranded on roller coaster in Oklahoma City, no injuries

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By David Rind

foto76/iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Thrillseekers found themselves stranded Thursday on a roller coaster at the Frontier City theme park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, though no riders were injured, the fire
department said.

After the Silver Bullet roller coaster stalled out at the top of a hill, firefighters and theme park workers helped passengers down, the Oklahoma City Fire Department said.

The 19 riders are all safe on the ground, the fire department said.

The fire department earlier tweeted video and photos of the rescue.

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