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More than 1,000 pilgrims evacuated during Saudi hotel fire

Saudi fireMore than 1,000 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia were safely evacuated from a hotel in Mecca after a fire broke out on Thursday ahead of the hajj, emergency officials said.

Authorities said the blaze started on the eighth floor of an 11-story hotel in Mecca's Aziziya neighborhood.

Saudi civil defense officials said two pilgrims were being treated for injuries from the fire.


Altice to buy Cablevision for $17.7B to expand in the U.S.

Altice to buy CablevisionAltice, a European telecom company controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, has agreed to buy U.S. cable operator Cablevision in a deal valued at $17.7 billion, according to a person familiar with their talks.

Not including Cablevision's debt, Altice will pay about $10 billion in cash -- or $34.90 per share -- for the Bethpage, N.Y.-based company that is controlled by the Dolan family, the source said, speaking anonymously because the deal is still not completed.  An announcement could be made tomorrow.


Chile earthquake: 8.3-magnitude quake strikes off coast

Chile earthquakeA powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's coast on Wednesday, according to a preliminary assessment from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake's epicenter was about 55 kilometers (34 miles) west of Illapel, Chile, USGS said. It occurred around 7:54 p.m. (6:45 p.m. ET) and had a depth of 33 kilometers (20.5 miles).


Officer involved in arrest of elderly black man holding golf club fired

Cynthia Whittach firedA Seattle Police officer who was under investigation after video surfaced of her arresting a 69-year-old man who refused to drop a golf club he was carrying on a city sidewalk has been fired, reports CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.

A video of the July 2014 encounter was recorded by the patrol car's dashboard camera and released by the Seattle Police Department in January.

The video showed officer Cynthia Whitlatch pulling her cruiser up to a corner where the man, William Wingate, was standing, and yelling at him to drop the golf club.She told him he had swung it at her, and that audio and video recordings from her cruiser would back up her allegations.


Exxon Ignored Its Own Climate Science

Exxon ignored own cliate scienceAt a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world's use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.

"In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black told Exxon's Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later.


Obama Invites Ahmed to White House Astronomy Night

Ahmed MohamedPresident Obama tweeted in support of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas 14-year-old whose homemade clock got him arrested in Irving, Texas, on Monday.

"Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."



U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to open all jobs to women

Navy ad Marines open all jobs to womenIntegration of the sexes in the U.S. Armed Forces took a giant leap as U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced both the Navy and the Marine Corps will now allow women to hold any job they offer.

The move comes after a series of measures by top U.S. military officials to study how such integration could be possible. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for a reviews of integration obstacles by October 1.


CIA declassifies trove of Cold War-era intelligence memos

CIAThousands of pages of CIA intelligence briefs that presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson came to heavily rely upon are being made public for the first time.

The documents released Wednesday offer a rare peek into the real-time intelligence the White House received during the Vietnam War and other major events of the 1960s. In all, roughly 19,000 pages of daily CIA briefings have been partially declassified.


Oklahoma delays Richard Glossip execution amid evidence concerns

Richard Glossip caseAn appeals court agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys asked for time to review new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard the other man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.

Richard Eugene Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where he worked. His co-worker, Justin Sneed, was convicted of fatally beating Van Treese and was a key prosecution witness in Glossip's trials.


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