Sadly, that's exactly what happened to upstart airship Hybrid Air Vehicles, when its massive Airlander 10 aircraft crashed into the ground Wednesday in England. The Airlander 10, or as the Brits prefer to call it, the "Flying Bum," was successfully airborne for 100 minutes before it attempt to land at its base at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England. In a statement, Hybrid Air Vehicles said it would be investigating why and how the incident took place.
Iran's naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country's territorial waters, the Iranian defense minister said Thursday, remarks that came after an incident this week involving a U.S. warship. The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Hosein Dehghan as saying that "if any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it's an invasion, we confront." He added that Iranian boats patrol to monitor traffic and foreign vessels in its territorial waters. U.S. Navy video of the incident obtained by The Associated Press shows American sailors on the Nitze firing flares and sounding the warship's horn as the Iranian boats approached.
A powerful earthquake shook central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 159 people dead and a trail of destruction across several mountain villages packed with holidaymakers. Amid scenes of carnage, dozens of emergency services staff and volunteers were preparing to work through the night in the hope of plucking more survivors from the ruins. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had earlier said at least 120 people were killed in the earthquake.
The Clinton Foundation, the family philanthropy of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, should shut down or transfer operations to another charity despite its good work to avoid perceptions of "pay-for-play," The Washington Post and USA Today said in editorials on Wednesday. Despite plans announced earlier this week to reorganize the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton wins the Nov. 8 election, USA Today said the global charity must close for the Democratic candidate to avoid any appearance of unethical ties. "The only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," the paper's editorial board wrote.
The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is under assault, while security forces exchange gunfire with the attackers. Massoud Hossaini, a photographer for The Associated Press, tweeted that he is trapped inside. The American University of Afghanistan opened in 2006, and was a pet project of former first lady Laura Bush, who helped launch the institution on a 2005 visit to Kabul, the capital.
The humanitarian group's USA executive director Jason Cone says they decided not to negotiate for the American hostage's freedom. Kayla was about Doctors Without Borders vehicle when she was captured by crisis in Syria.
After receiving intense backlash from consumers, lawmakers, and health advocates over the skyrocketing price of emergency allergy treatment EpiPen—the costs increased as much as 600% in just nine years—pharmaceutical giant Mylan plans to cover some of that cost for certain patients. Mylan says it will provide some patients with a savings card that will cover up to $300 for a two-pack of EpiPens. The drugmaker claims that for patients who were previously paying the full amount of the company’s list price for EpiPen, the savings card will essentially save them 50% in out-of-pocket costs.
Of all the rumors bouncing around the automotive world, perhaps none is quite as perennial as the story that Mazda will resurrect the rotary-powered sports car from the grave. According to the report, which comes to us from Japanese website Holiday Auto by way of Autoblog, the new RX-9 will be powered by a 1.6-liter twin-rotor Wankel engine assisted by a turbocharger. The report also states that Mazda engineers are shooting for a curb weight of 1,300 kilograms—a hair less than 2,900 pounds, in imperial units.
Radford’s account, which was compellingly retold by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan in their recent book The Inner Lives of Markets, explains that, in the absence of paper money, prisoners had to pick another currency to enable their transactions: cigarettes. “A ration of margarine might be bought for seven cigarettes, the equivalent, for instance, of one and a half chocolate bars, and so on,” Fisman and Sullivan write. Be they in wartime Bavaria or modern-day America, a surprising number of prisoners have lived in systems whose internal economies have centered on tobacco.
The Colorado Rockies are huge, and so are the grilles on Ford's new line of Super Duty trucks. After spending two days with a range of different Super Duty trucks—spanning the heavy-pickup canon from two-door work truck to crew-cabbed dual rear wheel rigs capable of towing more than 30,000 pounds—it was difficult not to walk away from the display with a feeling that Ford knows what it's doing when it comes to trucks. Ford has already sold more than 460,000 F-Series trucks this year.
A U.N.-authorized investigation has concluded that both the Assad regime in Syria and the Islamic State have used chemical weapons in Syria in recent years, “the first time that the United Nations has officially assigned blame for the use of outlawed weapons in Syria’s five-and-a-half year conflict,” FP’s Colum Lynch reports. The Syrian government carried out at least two chemical weapons attacks in 2014 and 2015, while ISIS shelled a Syrian village with mustard gas in the summer of 2015, according to the report.
In a central Indiana city where trees were sheared off at their stumps by one of several tornadoes in the region, residents began the hard work Thursday of cleaning up destroyed or damaged homes and businesses. The EF3 tornado that swept through the south side of Kokomo, Indiana, on Wednesday afternoon packing winds as high as 152 mph toppled a Starbucks coffee shop and tore apart numerous homes. One of them belonged to 45-year-old Mark Martinez, who was out picking up his daughter from school and returned to find everything but the bedrooms on one side of his house destroyed.
By Manuel Mogato and Andrew R.C. Marshall MANILA/BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Philippine police report on an anti-drugs campaign that has killed 1,900 people in seven weeks shows an openness and even pride in an escalating body count that has horrified rights activists and unsettled allies such as the United States. The bloody campaign, launched when President Rodrigo Duterte took office, has reduced crime and won public support, said the report presented to a Senate hearing in Manila on Tuesday. "The government's war on drugs is highly appreciated and supported by the public," the report said.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke out against the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit in France as he headed to Paris Thursday for talks with his French counterpart. It's as simple as that," he told the London Evening Standard newspaper. The highest administrative court in France was Thursday considering a legal appeal against the ban in one of the towns, Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice in the south of France.
More than 60 years after a World War II-era aircraft carrier sunk to the bottom of the sea, the word "Independence" could still be made out on its surface. By exploring the wreck with robotic subs, scientists are getting their first look at this decades-old ship, which was a target during atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the 1940s. The exploration is already revealing secrets: Scientists operating the underwater robot discovered a fighter plane within the sunken aircraft carrier that, according to records, should not have been there.
Painkillers containing illegally made fentanyl, a synthetic drug up to 100 times more potent than morphine, are responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in the United States, health authorities said Thursday. Pop legend Prince, who died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl in April, is the latest high-profile victim of the addictive and often-counterfeit pills that are sweeping the nation. A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found "substantial increases in fatal synthetic opioid–involved overdoses, primarily driven by fentanyl-involved overdose deaths" in multiple states since 2013.
Dion Leonard, an ultra-marathoner who lives in Scotland, fell in love with a little yellow dog he met while tearing across China’s Gobi Desert in a grueling, 155-mile race. After going on a few false alarm visits, Leonard fully expected the latest sighting to be wrong as well.
Hope Solo’s career with the United States’ Women’s National Team is coming to an end. The talented but oftentimes controversial American goalkeeper was given a six-month suspension by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, and according to a press release, the suspension stemmed from “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.” The organization also terminated her contract, according to Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated. US Soccer has also terminated Hope Solo's national team contract.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The last survivors of a Gaza zoo, where dozens of animals died of starvation and children petted stuffed carcasses, left on Wednesday for sanctuary outside the Palestinian territory. Economic hardship deepened by war with Israel brought death to most of the menagerie of 200 at the privately owned complex in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the enclave. Israel, which maintains tight restrictions on its border with Hamas Islamist-run Gaza, allowed the animals through the frontier and dubbed the transfer "Operation Safari".
“Sometimes when these kinds of things happen, it can seem too much to bear, but what I want the people of Louisiana to know is that you’re not alone on this,” he said. The president praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its efforts coordinating a federal response, which he said has already reached $127 million in assistance.
Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere. More firefighters headed to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, where large, growing wildfires have closed or threaten key roads and forced the evacuation of a large campground during a busy stretch of the summer tourist season.
With the possible exceptions of maple syrup and ice hockey, nothing symbolizes Canada quite like “mounties,” the police officers who patrol on horseback Canada’s rugged frontiers and historically wore scarlet tunics, riding boots, and flat-brimmed campaign hats. Now, some of those mounties will also be allowed to wear hijabs, in line with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to welcome people of different faiths into government service. “This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option,” a spokesman for Canada’s public safety minister told the news wire service Agence France-Presse.
To some Democrats, it looks like a political stab in the back. This week, a leading gun-control group that was founded by a former Democratic member of Congress endorsed two Republican incumbent senators. If that weren't bad enough, the endorsements came in toss-up races that Democrats would dearly love to win.
Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town. The air and ground offensive -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict -- made rapid progress towards Jarabulus with rebel fighters already proclaiming victory by the late afternoon just 14 hours after it started. "Jarabulus is completely liberated," Ahmad Othman, a commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group, told AFP from the scene, while another rebel spokesman said IS fighters had fled towards Al-Bab to the southwest.
A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Wednesday for throwing scalding water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery. Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Martin Blackwell, 48, guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the February attack on Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk said the evidence was overwhelming and that Blackwell had behaved in a soulless and malicious way.