• U.S.
    The Wrap

    All 9 Victims in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Victims Identified

    The identities of all nine victims who died with Kobe Bryant aboard a downed helicopter on Sunday morning have been identified by the Los Angeles Police Department and multiple reports.Among those who lost their lives along with Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa, who was a club basketball teammate of Gianna’s. Also aboard the helicopter was Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at an elementary school in Orange County, California.The remaining three passengers were identified on Monday as pilot Ara Zobayan and Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton, 13.Riley Chester, the son and brother of the victims, said on Instagram: “Rest In Peace to the most amazing Mother and sister. I love you Pay Pay and Mom RIP,” accompanied by two heart emojis and pictures of them, per the New York Post.Also Read: Michael Jordan Remembers Kobe Bryant: 'He Was Like a Little Brother to Me'Zobayan was an “instrument rated” pilot, according to KTLA 5 reporter Christina Pascucci, which “means he was rated to fly in fog/clouds.” Several of Zobayan’s friends have identified him as the pilot of the helicopter, per Pascucci.The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter carrying everyone aboard was traveling to a basketball practice at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, when it went down in the nearby foggy hills west of the San Fernando Valley Sunday at about 10 a.m. PT, officials said.Also Read: Grammys Open With Kobe Bryant Tribute at Staples Center: 'Tonight Is for Kobe'The crash caused a wildfire that was contained to the Calabasas crash site, which was not near any homes or major roadways. When authorities arrived at the mountainside area, they found no survivors in the fiery wreckage.Investigators from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner quickly arrived at the scene and personnel from DMEC’s Special Operations Response Team recovered the bodies.Also Read: Kobe Bryant Remembered by Laker Legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-JabbarThe site is still being preserved for federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.Read original story All 9 Victims in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Victims Identified At TheWrap

  • World
    Associated Press

    Aging Iran airliner crash-lands on highway, injuring only 2

    An aging Iranian passenger airliner carrying 144 people crash-landed on a runway and skidded onto a major highway next to an airport Monday, the latest crash in the Islamic Republic as U.S. sanctions bar it from parts or new aircraft. Authorities said two people suffered injuries in the hard landing of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flown by Caspian Airlines in Mahshahr, a city in Iran's oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province. Passengers, apparently in shock, calmly exited the aircraft with their carry-on baggage out of a door near the cockpit and another over the plane's wing, video from Iran's Civil Aviation Network News showed.

  • Lifestyle

    Company Selling Big Stash Of Nissan Skylines

    The cars are currently sitting in a secret Warehouse in Japan. With R32 and R33 Skylines now legal to import into the United States, and the mighty R34 not too far off, Americans are looking for deals on these cars. There’s a secret location in rural Japan where a company called Trust Kikaku has been stashing Skylines, and they’re going for prices you won’t believe.This was all documented by a YouTube user called SAMMIT, a British car enthusiast living in Japan. It starts in a parking lot with more Nissan Skylines than you’ve likely seen in the same spot, and that’s just the beginning. They drive to another, secret location where some Skyline husks sit outside, then enter a building which will take you breath away.Sitting under clear plastic tarps are absolutely gorgeous Nissan R32, R33, and R34 Skylines. There’s the range of models, including non-turbo sedans, some GTT turbo coupes, and just about every color you could imagine. Quite a few of these cars are available for under $10,000, with some as cheap as $2,000.While most of these Skylines aren’t the top-shelf V-Spec models which can easily punch into six-digit asking prices, they’re still impressive. One turbo R34 SAMMIT asks about is supposedly going for about $9,000.It might seem like a dumb idea to buy an R34 Skyline when you can’t legally import it into the United States, but Trust Kikaku has thought of that. Starting at $50 a month, the company offers storage services, so you can buy the car and keep it in Japan until it’s legal to bring into the US.If you already have a Nissan Skyline, the company is also selling all kinds of new stock parts. Basically, this is a Skyline buff’s dream come true.While the rest of the world has been enjoying Skylines for quite some time, we here are just getting a real taste for these cars. They’re a great thing to combat the rise in boring new cars, especially those lifted wagons people try to pass off as SUVs.H/T: The Drive Read More * Take On Adventure In A 1980 Nissan Patrol Long * Drive Some Japanese Goodness With This 1972 Datsun 240Z

  • Business

    China Death Toll at 80, More Cases Emerge Globally: Virus Update

    (Bloomberg) -- The novel coronavirus spread further as China reported an increase in fatalities and infections, and the country extended the Lunar New Year holiday by three days until Sunday.China’s President Xi Jinping on Saturday ordered a faster response, sending teams into hard-hit areas to push local officials to strengthen prevention and containment. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is visiting Wuhan Monday as the government comes under pressure to combat an epidemic that shows little sign of slowing down.About 2,744 cases in China, at least 80 deaths: Tracking the outbreakTrack business and travel disruptionsQuickTake: Learn more about the virusRead about the global race to contain this killer bugHere are the latest developments:Australia cases rise but won’t halt flights from China (12:32 p.m. HKT)Confirmed cases rose to five - four in New South Wales and one in Victoria. One of the cases in NSW is not related to travel from Wuhan but from contact with a confirmed case in another Chinese province, the state’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant told reporters.Mongolia closes border to halt virus spread (11:42 a.m. HKT)Mongolia has closed border crossings for auto vehicles and pedestrian traffic from Monday to halt the spread of novel coronavirus, Reuters reports, citing state-media Montsame. Schools have been shut till March 2 and the government has called for all public gatherings to be canceled.Hong Kong confirms eight virus patient (10:37 a.m. HKT)The number of those affected with novel coronavirus has increased to eight.Hong Kong stops work on proposed quarantine center (10:16 a.m. HKT)The Hong Kong government halted work to use a housing estate as a possible coronavirus quarantine facility, after violent protests at the site showed outbreak fears becoming a new source of unrest for the city.A few hundred protesters in surgical masks initially barricaded a road in the Fanling district to object to a proposal to use the unoccupied Fai Ming housing development as an emergency medical facility. Some said the site was too close to their homes, while others complained that approved applicants risked losing their flats in the estate should it be implemented.China reports increase in number affected (9:30 a.m. HKT)Confirmed cases rose to 2,744 on the mainland, the National Health Commission said Monday.China reports rise in Hubei deaths (8:19 a.m. HKT)Another 24 people have died in Hubei province, according to China’s CCTV. The latest information brings the total death toll in mainland China to 80.The report said 371 new cases have been confirmed in the province as of Jan. 26. Wuhan, which is at the center of the virus outbreak, is located in Hubei.China CDC advises extending holiday (5:01 p.m. HKT)Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters that the agency is advising that the Lunar New Year holiday ending Jan. 30 be extended due to the virus. The decision will depend on how the situation develops, he said.Beijing will lengthen the winter break for schools from kindergarten to college, People’s Daily reported, citing the city’s education bureau.China says pathogen’s transmission is increasing (4:25 p.m. HKT)Chinese authorities on Sunday told reporters the virus isn’t yet under control despite aggressive steps by authorities to limit movement for millions of people who live in cities near the center of the outbreak. Officials said information on the new virus is limited even though the pathogen was identified relatively quickly, and its transmission is increasing.The government said it will hold daily press briefings on the situation.China bans wildlife trade (2:36 p.m. HKT)China banned the shipping and sale of wild animals starting Sunday and said it will quarantine breeding sites. Trade will be forbidden in markets, supermarkets, restaurants and online, the market supervision administration, agricultural ministry and forestry bureau said in a statement.It also warned people against consuming wild animals. The new coronavirus was first found in people who shopped or worked at a so-called wet market in the central city of Wuhan, where live animals were sold.China has tightened controls on the sale of exotic animals, considered nourishing in some parts of the country, though some are still sold surreptitiously.(An earlier version was corrected to fix a wrong timestamp)To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Jeff Sutherland in Tokyo at jsutherlan13@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, Bhuma ShrivastavaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • World

    Australia's rainy respite from bushfires seen ending

    A recent respite for Australian firefighters that brought rains and cooler weather is set to end, meteorologists warned on Monday, with hot conditions forecast for later this week raising a risk that blazes may start spreading again. More than a week of solid rain in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, the three states most affected by the fires, has more than halved the number of blazes, but above average temperatures were set to return by the weekend. "Unfortunately, the reprieve may be short-lived with a blast of heat likely late this week in some areas," the New South Wales Bureau of Meteorology said on Twitter.