The woman who died after a 35-foot fall from a zip line course in Bear Wednesday afternoon disconnected herself from safety measures, according to a statement from the company that runs the course, released as Delaware State Police investigators searched for more information Thursday. Tina Werner of Felton, Del., was visiting the Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure Wednesday when she fell from a platform while waiting to descend on a zip line, state troopers said. Werner, 59, was trying out the zip line as part of her bucket list, according to her daughter.
Among the survivors of the devastating earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday are nuns, priests and a lucky few who also escaped unscathed from earlier quakes. Some witnessed their houses collapse into debris and dust, while the homes of others are still standing but deemed too unsafe to live in. At least 250 have been killed and rescuers are frantically searching Thursday for those still trapped in the rubble.
Take a look at some of the survivors of the tragedy, their stories of escape and how they're coping.
The wheels on the bus go round and round – all the way to $2 million. Retired bus driver Roy Pittman happened to be riding a bus when he scratched a winning Illinois Lottery $2,000,000 Jumbo Bucks ticket. “I was on the bus going home from the store when I scratched my ticket,” he told the Illinois Lottery. “When I realized I won $2 million, I started shaking.”
The nonprofit that supports the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul said the school would reopen following the attack that killed 14 people on Wednesday, NBC News reported.
"AUAF is dedicated to its educational mission in service to Afghanistan and has no intention of giving into terror," the Friends of the American University in Afghanistan said in a statement, using an acronym for the learning institution.
Militants detonated a car bomb outside the university's gate and stormed the complex with guns in a 10-hour attack that ended Thursday morning.
Fourteen people — seven students, one professor, three police and two security officers — were killed. One attacker died in the car bomb blast and two militants were killed by police, authorities and a hospital official said. Forty-eight people were injured and taken to hospitals, according to a medical official.
The university in Afghanistan is not affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C.
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A U.S. Navy ship fired several warning shots near an Iranian “fast boat” on Wednesday, according to a senior Department of Defense official, NBC News reported.
The USS Squall and the USS Tempest were operating in close formation with a Kuwaiti Navy ship when the Iranian boat came dangerously close. The Iranian vessel passed between the two American ships at one point, coming within a couple hundred yards of the two ships.
The U.S. fired flares and attempted radio communication, but both were unsuccessful. The Squall fired a few shots into the water as a deterrent.
The U.S. rarely fires warning shots, according to the defense official.
On Thursday, Iran's defense minister said those Iranian vessels were just doing their job and that the American ships crossed into Iran’s maritime region. The U.S. asserts that the ships were in international waters at the time.
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Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half.
Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will be reduced through a savings card that will cover up to $300 for an EpiPen 2-Pak.
The company said it's also doubling eligibility for its patient assistance program, which it said will get rid of out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and underinsured patients and families.
Patients will also be able to order the injected emergency medicine for severe allergic reactions directly from the company, to help lower costs.
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It took 66 years, but Joe Hutchinson finally got his Purple Heart. In August 1950, the Army veteran was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Korea. The belated recognition came Wednesday, thanks to the efforts George Nepereny, who lives near Hutchinson in the Florida Panhandle. He tells the News-Herald that Hutchinson, now in his 80s, is a "real patriot." Hutchinson says he's honored.
Wondering what "alt-right" means? There's a hashtag for that — but the results might not be pretty.
People in the niche conservative movement are using the hashtag #AltRightMeans not only to define the philosophy, but also to slam Muslims, immigrants in the U.S. illegally and others they see as a threat to their vision of America.
Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to know if any of the more than two dozen law enforcement officials implicated earlier this year will face criminal charges. The woman, who turned 19 on Thursday and says she works as a prostitute, told The Associated Press that she informed internal affairs investigators months ago that she had sex with three Oakland police officers and a Contra Costa County deputy before her 18th birthday. In all, she said she has had sex with about 30 law enforcement officials, mostly during the past year. She said she received money during a few encounters and often traded sex for protection from arrest and tips on prostitution stings.
A charter plane pilot was abruptly grounded Thursday at a Michigan airport after police discovered he was allegedly too drunk to fly, NBC News reported.
The captain of the plane notified the Cherry Capital Airport tower in Traverse City that there was something wrong with his co-pilot as he prepared to land.
When police arrived, the co-pilot was at the controls and preparing to take off for Bedford, Massachusetts, with a dozen passengers on board.
The co-pilot, who was not named, was fired from Talon Air. Police said he was arrested after registering a blood alcohol content of .30 — four times the legal limit for driving a car.
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Swimmer Ryan Lochte has a new sponsor — Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops — that says customers should give Lochte "a second chance" after a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics. Lochte had lost four major sponsors Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren, over what happened in Rio. Lochte initially said he and three swimming teammates were robbed after their taxi was pulled over by armed men posing as police. But video showed the athletes getting into a confrontation with armed security guards at a gas station. Lochte has apologized.
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A Chicago university’s dean wants the class of 2020 to know they should be prepared to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Incoming freshman at the University of Chicago were sent a letter from Dean of Students John Ellison informing them the university “does not support so-called ‘trigger warnings.’”
Ellison said in the letter that “freedom of inquiry and expression” is one of the university’s “defining characteristics,” before reaffirming that freedom of expression does not mean “freedom to harass or threaten others.”
She became the face of Italy's earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive.
In an interview Thursday at the mother house of her religious order, the 35-year-old nun recounted how she thought she would die when her convent walls collapsed. She texted her friends asking that they pray for her soul, only to be rescued by a man she has called her "angel."
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The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics.
The World Health Organization announced the findings Thursday in its weekly situation report on Zika.
Before the Games, some medical experts expressed concerns the Games might cause the virus to spread faster than normal by drawing large numbers of foreign athletes and visitors who might carry it back home. The virus can also be spread through sex.
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Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, officials said Thursday.
It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they were shot, Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee said.
The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab for autopsies.