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Texas officials release video in Sandra Bland's jail death

Video released of Bland's deathTexas authorities released a three-hour video on Monday taken from outside a jail cell where an Illinois woman arrested during a traffic stop was found dead.

The video from a motion-operated camera shows there was no activity for 90 minutes in the hallway leading to the cell where authorities say 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found hanged on July 13, three days after her arrest.


Multiple Oklahoma earthquakes felt in South Central Kansas

Oklahoma earthquakesSeveral reports are coming into our newsroom from people who say they felt an earthquake. We've heard from people in Wichita, Derby and as far west as Dodge City, who say they felt the quake.

"All of a sudden it started shaking and it went on for a good five or six seconds. First I felt it a little bit then the glasses behind me started rattling and I was like whoa whoa what's going on, then it was over with," said Rick Patterson, who lives in Park City, Ks.
The magnitude 4.4 quake was recorded 15 miles to the east, northeast of Cherokee, Okla. at 3:15 p.m.


Creationists Take Down Another Top Professor

Creationists win againAnother evangelical denomination has voted Darwin and his champions off the island.

In a story becoming all too familiar, another pro-evolution faculty member has been forced to leave his evangelical institution. Jim Stump, longtime professor of philosophy, productive scholar, and popular, award-winning teacher at Bethel College in Indiana, resigned his position in June because of pressures put on the college by its sponsoring denomination, the Missionary Church.

The issue, once again, was evolution. Most members of the Missionary Church reject Darwin’s theory of evolution in favor of a literal interpretation of the creation story in the Book of Genesis.


U.N. Security Council Votes Unanimously In Favor Of Iran Deal

UN Security CouncilThe United Nations Security Council has unanimously endorsed the nuclear deal struck between Iran, the United States and five other world powers, the AP and Reuters are reporting.

Under the terms of the deal, the toughest sanctions put in the place against Iran by the world body would be dismantled in exchange for restrictions on some of the country's nuclear activities.


Barge carrying 1M gallons of Naphtha petroleum catches fire off Galveston coast

Naphtha barge fireA barge carrying about 1 million gallons of the Naphtha petroleum product caught fire after a collision off the coast of Galveston, Texas, early Monday.

The incident began at about 1:20 a.m. on the Bolivar Peninsula section of the Intracoastal Waterway shipping channel, after a tugboat carrying a barge lost power and collided with another vessel. A rupture aboard one of the barges caused the fire.


U.S. helicopter 'friendly fire' incident kills eight Afghan soldiers

US Friendly fire kills AfghanisAt least eight Afghan Army soldiers were killed and five were wounded after two U.S. helicopters attacked a military checkpoint the country's Logar province on Monday.

The attack happened at 6:40 a.m. local time, according to Mohammad Rahim Amin, district chief of Baraki Barak.

"The outpost was completely destroyed; it was fired upon a lot," Amin told The New York Times. "The bodies were in bad shape."


International Scores killed as blast rips through Turkish town near Syria border

Turkish town attacked

At least 27 people have been killed and nearly 100 hospitalized following an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc on the Syrian border, the Interior Ministry in Ankara has said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but an official told the Reuters news agency that “initial evidence” suggests that the assault was a suicide attack carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


North Carolina police officer to face trial for killing unarmed black man

Jonathan Ferrel officer chargedJury selection is set to begin Monday in the manslaughter trial of a North Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in one of a series of killings that have sparked a fresh debate on race and justice in the United States.

The case dates back to the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 14, 2013, when a 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player, Jonathan Ferrell, wrecked his car and went looking for help in a subdivision outside Charlotte, provoking a 911 call from a young woman who was surprised to find him knocking on her door in the middle of the night and feared a home invasion.


Searching for ET: Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life

HawkingRenowned physicist Stephen Hawking has joined a Russian billionaire to launch a major new effort to listen for aliens in the search for extraterrestrial life.

Hawking has offered his support to tech entrepreneur Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Initiatives project — a $100 million quest to see if extraterrestrial intelligence exists. Milner, who made a fortune through investments in companies like Facebook, said the power and innovation of Silicon Valley could be harnessed to search the entire Milky Way and 100 nearby galaxies.


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