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Will Malaysia Airlines Change Its Name?

Will Malaysia Airlines Change Its Name?

Scott Barbour/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is a name change in the works for Malaysia Airlines after two recent disasters? The carrier is reportedly seeking to rebrand its image after the disappearance of Flight MH370 in March and this month’s crash of Flight MH17, which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. Both incidents have made the carrier a symbol for international tragedy, says an International Business Times article. Malaysia Airlines has begun “a public relations offensive, trying to move the carrier’s brand away from tragedy,” the newspaper said.
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Young Israelis, Gazans Live-Tweet Raw But Different Versions of Conflict

Young Israelis, Gazans Live-Tweet Raw But Different Versions of Conflict

David Silverman/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — While the Israeli military and Hamas continue to fire rockets across the Israel-Gaza border Thursday, regular citizens on both sides are using Twitter to launch a war of words about the conflict.Raw accounts of buildings being bombed and rockets going off have become a hallmark of this ongoing conflict, allowing regular people to voice their opinions and the possibility of peace.Israeli citizen Ido Daniel, 27, has been tweeting about Hamas rockets being fired at Israel and intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome.He has also tweeted about Hamas’s tactics in using tunnels and storing weapons at civilian buildings.
 

2 successful #IronDome interceptions above Ashdod & Ramat Gan. Rockets ere fired during Mohammed Deif speech on Hamas TV #IsraelUnderFire
— Ido Daniel (@IdoDaniel) July 29, 2014

 
 

Air raid sirens in central Israel right now. I’m running for cover. #IsraelUnderFire
— Ido Daniel (@IdoDaniel) July 29, 2014

 
His impassioned tweets have led to arguments with those criticizing Israel.
 

It only took them 5 MINUTES to break the humanitarian #ceasefire: air raid sirens now in Ashkelon & Ashdod #IsraelUnderFire
— Ido Daniel (@IdoDaniel) July 30, 2014

 
The first-person accounts and photos that fill Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds have allowed the rest of the world to hear from people most-affected by the conflict.Earlier this week, thousands followed along as 16-year-old Gaza resident Farah Baker tweeted about airstrikes in her neighborhood — posting photos and short videos that allowed people around the world to see the destruction in Gaza first-hand.
 

3:04am it should be too dark but as u can see flares turned darkness into light #Gaza https://t.co/SF3buL7eC1
— Guess what (@Farah_Gazan) July 29, 2014

 
In Gaza City, 24-year-old Mohammed Suliman has been tweeting about how the conflict looks from his side of the border, painting a stark picture of destruction and death around him.
 

I have lived in Gaza for almost all of my life. War is something not new to us. These, however, are the scariest moments we have ever lived.
— Mohammed Suliman (@imPalestine) July 28, 2014

 
 

The newest airstrike next to me targeted a civilian building which belongs to Al Shurafa family. Several families live there. No warning.
— Mohammed Suliman (@imPalestine) July 28, 2014

 
 

We’ve been without electricity for two full days. Managed to secure some fuel to run the generator for a couple hours before I’m off again.
— Mohammed Suliman (@imPalestine) July 30, 2014

 
Suliman, too, has engaged in pointed political criticism. His tweets have been favorited and retweeted thousands of times, showing how a Palestinian in the midst of the conflict can have an significant platform to communicate his views.
 

I’m nauseated by Israeli civilians pathetically whining about Hamas rockets penetrating their walls. Your missiles obliterate whole areas.
— Mohammed Suliman (@imPalestine) July 30, 2014

 
 

Hamas killed zero Israeli children. Israel defended itself murdering 300 Palestinian children. What self-defense. Stop talking about Hamas.
— Mohammed Suliman (@imPalestine) July 30, 2014

 
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Rebels Won’t Let Observers Near Flight 17 Crash Site

Rebels Won’t Let Observers Near Flight 17 Crash Site

UPDATE: On Thursday, OSCE SMM monitors reached the MH17 crash site for the first time in almost a week, accompanied by several Dutch and Australian experts.  They used a new route to access the crash site after turning away each day amid fierce fighting in the region.
A Russian team of experts also arrived in Kiev Thursday with plans to reach the wreckage, according to Russian media reports.
A rebel leader was quoted by Interfax Thursday denying reports Wednesday that seperatists had placed mines around the crash site cutting off access to investigators.
(UNITED NATIONS) — Pro-Russian separatists are still keeping international observers away from the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed two weeks ago, killing all 298 on board.A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was not allowed to visit the site Wednesday.United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that it is imperative that observers access the crash site to investigate key evidence.Furthermore, the bodies of some victims have not been located and it’s feared the hot weather will deteriorate their remains.Adding to the crisis are fears that anti-government rebels have booby-trapped the area with land mines that would put the lives of observers in danger.It has been alleged by Ukraine, the U.S. and other Western nations that the rebels shot down Flight 17 with a surface-to-air missile provided by Russia.However, a poll conducted in Russia found that 82 percent of respondents feel Ukraine’s military downed the passenger jet.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Fantasy Reality Series “The Quest” Premieres Thursday

New Fantasy Reality Series “The Quest” Premieres Thursday

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — The creator of The Amazing Race and an executive producer of The Lord of the Rings have created The Quest, a new fantasy reality series debuting Thursday on ABC that requires 12 contestants to wear medieval warrior outfits and compete in physical competitions as they navigate a scripted mythology to vie for the title of One True Hero.The contestants are transported to the mystical kingdom of Everealm, which is actually a location in Austria, where they must complete challenges to save the kingdom or face elimination one by one.The Quest doesn’t have a traditional host. Instead, the contestants, dubbed Paladins, interact with actors playing roles in an ongoing story.The show also features an array of magical creatures that are brought to life through animatronics, special effects and prosthetic makeup.The Quest airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.
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Facebook Brings Free Internet to Mobile Users in Zambia

Facebook Brings Free Internet to Mobile Users in Zambia

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(PALO ALTO, Calif.) — It’s not just owning a smartphone that’s expensive — it’s the data plan.Facebook introduced an app Thursday that will give mobile users in Zambia free, limited access to the Internet.The app is part of Facebook’s collaborative Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring Internet access to the two out of three people worldwide who aren’t already online.Users in the African nation, who are Airtel subscribers, will get free mobile access to a slew of basic services, including AccuWeather, Google, Wikipedia, and of course, Facebook, without incurring any data charges.“We hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise,” the Facebook announcement said.According to the social network, 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, meaning the lack of infrastructure isn’t a barrier to getting new users online.At the Mobile World Conference this past February, Zuckerberg said the biggest barrier to getting people online is “the question of why you would want to spend your money.”“You have never had access to the Internet so you don’t even know why you would want it,” he said. ”In the U.S. we have 911 to get basic services. Similarly, we want to create a basic dial tone for the Internet. Basic messaging, basic Web information, basic social networking.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Alicia Keys Is Pregnant Again!

Alicia Keys Is Pregnant Again!

ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) — Alicia Keys is pregnant with baby No. 2!The Grammy-winning singer, 33, announced the news on her Instagram account, with she and her husband since 2010, Kasseem Dean, known widely as Swizz Beatz, both wearing white and embracing her baby bump.”Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!!” she revealed.

Thursday is also the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary.Keys continued to gush, “You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”Keys and Beatz have a 3-year-old son Egypt. Beatz also has three more children from previous relationships.Last October, Keys told ABC News that she would wait a bit to have her second child. “That’s down the road, definitely down the road,” she said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

What Would Happen if Ebola Landed in the US

What Would Happen if Ebola Landed in the US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The current Ebola virus outbreak is already the worst on record, with 1,323 infected in three countries across West Africa. Of those infected, 729 have died, including top Ebola doctors in Liberia and Sierra Leone.While the staggering numbers of the infected and dead are frightening, an outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely to be as devastating as the hardest hit areas in Africa, health officials said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies have multiple safeguards in place to contain the deadly virus from turning into a wider epidemic.The safeguards have already been put into place after an American doctor in Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola. His family was visiting the U.S. before he was diagnosed and are under “fever watch” to ensure they do not develop the virus, health officials said.Two American health care workers have been infected with the virus in Liberia and one person with a dual American-Nigerian citizenship died after flying from Liberia to Nigeria. While none of those infected landed in the U.S., the chance of that occurring is a growing concern for health officials.Earlier this week, the CDC issued a level 2 warning ordering Americans visiting countries affected by the Ebola outbreak to practice “enhanced precautions” by avoiding people who appear to be ill or show signs of the disease.Despite enhanced safeguards from both local governments and the CDC, multiple experts said it’s likely that at least one person infected with Ebola will land in the U.S. at some point during the outbreak.But once an infected passenger lands here, there are multiple ways for the disease to be contained, CDC officials said.”It’s true that anyone with an illness is just one plane ride away from coming to the U.S.,” said John O’Connor, a spokesman for the CDC told ABC News earlier this week. “But we have protections in place.”Throughout airports across the country, employees have been trained to spot the early signs of Ebola, including fever, sore throat, and muscle weakness. At 20 U.S. airports including JFK Airport in New York City, CDC quarantine teams are ready to isolate and treat any passenger that has worrying symptoms before they enter the country, officials said. If a crew realizes a passenger is sick while en route, the plane’s captain can call ahead and have CDC officials meet the plan on the tarmac. Flight attendants can also move the passenger to a more isolated area.If an infected passenger is identified after landing, the CDC would work to identify others who traveled with them and monitor them as well. While Ebola can be a terrifying virus, experts said it is unlikely to pass between plane passengers. The virus is not airborne, meaning a person would have to be in close personal contact with a contagious person or touch an infected surface to contract the disease.And a person is only contagious once they have started to show symptoms. The virus is spread through bodily secretions, including blood or urine, and a person is likely to be more contagious as they become more symptomatic as the virus multiplies.There is also the chance that an infected passenger will arrive even before they develop symptoms and know that they are sick. One particularly worrying fact is that the incubation for the virus is on average eight to 10 days but can be as long as 21 days, which means a traveler arriving in the U.S, from West Africa can appear healthy for weeks before showing symptoms. The CDC has warned U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for signs of patients with Ebola by looking for early warning signs, including fever or muscle weakness and by taking into account their recent travel history.If a doctor in the U.S. suspects at all that a patient is infected with Ebola, they would immediately be directed to call the CDC and isolate the patient. Special protective gear would be used by hospital workers, including maintenance workers, to protect themselves from infection.Dr. Stephen Morris, a professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said that the group of people at the biggest risk for Ebola are health care workers or those in close contact with the infected person such as a family caregiver.”The only way a person will get it is through infected secretions,” said Morris. “The chances from getting it [from sitting next to someone] is very, very small.”If an infected person is identified then their family would either be isolated or monitored to ensure they are also not infected with the disease. The family of an American doctor who was infected with the disease in Liberia have remained on fever-watch, according to the CDC, but are not isolated in a hospital.
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Weekly Jobless Claims Jump to 302,000

Weekly Jobless Claims Jump to 302,000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After falling in the previous week, claims for unemployment benefits jumped in the fourth week of July, according to the Labor Department’s latest report released Thursday.For the week ending July 26, the department said claims increased by 23,000 to 302,000.  The previous week, claims stood at 279,000, revised down by 5,000 from 284,000.The four-week average was also adjusted, falling by 3,500 to 297,250 — the lowest level for this average since April 2006 when it was 296,000.The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting this week’s figures.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Inflatable Frog Censored After Comparisons to China’s Ex-Leader

Inflatable Frog Censored After Comparisons to China’s Ex-Leader

WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) — China’s newest celebrity is a large inflatable toad floating in the middle of a Beijing pond, but mentions of the giant frog have disappeared from some of China’s news and social media sites after some netizens pointed out similarities to Jiang Zemin, China’s retired leader.The 72-foot-tall inflatable golden toad has been the center of attention at Beijing’s Yuyuantan Park this summer. Children clustered around the lake, waiting to take photos with it. A toad is a good luck sign in China, with tales of them being able to spit out gold coins. “Wealth-beckoning toad” statues have long been popular in Chinese homes and businesses.But reports of the yellow toad on China’s official Xinhua News Agency and Sina, a popular Internet portal, have disappeared.The reports disappeared after Chinese internet users compared the toad to Jiang, former Chinese president and ex-head of the ruling Communist Party. One netizen even photoshopped the toad wearing a large pair of square, dark-rimmed eyeglasses, something the former president is often seen wearing.This is not the first time references to toads were made about the former party leader. During Jiang’s 13-year-long rule in China from 1989 to 2002, Chinese people have sometimes referred to him privately as “hama jing,” a toad that has assumed the form of a human.No official reasons were given for the disappearances. A Xinhua official who works in the editing office and declined to identify himself told ABC News that the Xinhua agency handles hundreds of articles a day, and he knows nothing about why the reports disappeared. Another administrative official, who also declined to identify herself, declined to answer questions regarding the reports on the toad altogether. Xinhua’s website simply said, “Sorry, this news has been deleted.”Other sites have not taken down posts making the comparison, including Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.It seems that the over-sized amphibian has a serious message. At the entrance of the park, an information board explains that the inflatable frog is called “fuxing chan,” or “revival-bringing toad,” echoing Chinese president Xi Jinping’s “Chinese dream” of “national revival.”Others, however, have mocked the frog. Poet Qingshan from Tianjin wrote a poem that described the inflatable toad as “empty,” “useless,” and “dependent on a gust of gas.”Mega-sized inflatable animals became a nationwide fad in China after a giant rubber duck attracted huge crowds when exhibited in Hong Kong last year. Created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the duck inspired imitations in several Chinese cities. Wuhan, Shenzhen, Foshan, Tianjin, and Dongguan have all “quacked up” their own versions of the duck.Hofman’s yellow duck has also been subjected to online censorship in China. Last year, a photoshopped version of the famous Tiananmen Square “tank man” — the protester who famously confronted a tank — appeared online, with the man confronting a row of yellow ducks rather than Chinese Army tanks. Subsequently, the term “Big Yellow Duck” was blocked during last year’s anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Packers Reward GM Ted Thompson with Contract Extension

Packers Reward GM Ted Thompson with Contract Extension

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) — One of the best general managers in the NFL is sticking around a little longer as the Green Bay Packers are rewarding Ted Thompson with a contract extension.
Thompson’s new deal is being called “a multi-year contract extension” and he will remain in charge of the football operations. His original deal was set to expire after the 2016 season.
“The more you think about it, the more you think how nuts are you that you’d walk away from something like this,” Thompson said. “It’s important to me. It’s not my family, but I’ve got a lot of really good friends here and co-workers that I enjoy coming to work with every day.”
Thompson is entering his 10th season as the Packers general manager, and the team has gone 86-57-1 in the regular season and 6-5 in the postseason. They also won the Super Bowl XLV.
Thompson’s first draft pick came in 2004 when he selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers 24th overall.
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Tennessee Teen, Once Bitten, Now Scared of Brown Recluse Spiders

Tennessee Teen, Once Bitten, Now Scared of Brown Recluse Spiders

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Most bites from brown recluse spiders go unnoticed, experts say. But not the one that turned Jessica Blessing’s leg blue.Blessing, a 19-year-old home health nurse from Nashville, Tennessee, said she woke up immediately after the tiny spider bit into her leg in bed.“I started itching and when I got up to look at it, I could see it was swollen and blue,” she told ABC News. “Within three hours I was throwing up. I had a 103 fever and chills. It hurt to walk and I was limping really bad.”The bite sent Blessing to the hospital for five days in May, she said, and she still makes weekly visits to the doctor to have dead flesh cut from the wound. She says she’s now terrified of spiders and keeps sticky traps all over the house.But experts say Blessing’s experience is an extreme case.“In rare instances, a brown recluse bite can cause a severe reaction and may even be deadly,” said Bennett Jordan, the staff scientist for the National Pest Management Association. “But in a vast majority of cases — 90 percent — the reaction is very mild.”Rick Vetter, a University of California TK expert on the brown recluse, said rumors of a sharp rise in spider bites are greatly exaggerated and difficult to prove.“Many times it’s a misdiagnosis,” he said, explaining that bacterial infections, diabetes ulcers, poison ivy and a myriad of other medical conditions are frequently mistaken for spider bites. “Unless you actually witness the spider chomping down, you can’t say for sure that’s what it was.”Vetter also said that the vast majority of bites go unreported because most people don’t realize they’ve been bitten. At the same time, he said he’s skeptical about many of the occurrences that are reported to authorities, pointing to the fact that there have been over 850 spider bite reports filed in Florida over a six-year period despite only seventy confirmed sightings of the arachnid in the state in the past 100 years.Blessing’s bite was confirmed by a doctor, and brown recluses are common in the region around Nashville where Blessing lives. The Tennessee Poison Center fields between 50 to 100 brown recluse spider bite claims a year.Linda Rayor, an arachnologist with Cornell University, said it’s unlikely that brown recluse populations are exploding and argued that fear of being bitten is probably arachnophobia at play. She said she doesn’t doubt Blessing’s story, but said she tends to be skeptical about spider bites.“The chances are crazy high in favor of a fly or a mosquito, but people would rather blame the spider,” she said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Girl Hospitalized After Fall During Ringling Bros. Show

Girl Hospitalized After Fall During Ringling Bros. Show

Mario Tama/Getty Images(DALLAS) — A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized after falling to the seating level below during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance Wednesday in Dallas’ American Airlines Center.
Officials with the facility released a statement about the accident to ABC News television affiliate WFAA.“The child’s family was leaving their seats on the front row of the 200 level just before intermission when the child fell to the Plaza Level below,” the statement reads.Fire rescue officers rushed to help, and the child was transported to Children’s Medical Center in unknown condition.The circus is scheduled to continue in Dallas until Aug. 10.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Production on “The Big Bang Theory” Delayed as Contract Negotiations Continue

Production on “The Big Bang Theory” Delayed as Contract Negotiations Continue

Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — The CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory has been forced to delay production of the upcoming eighth season because the five main cast members still are without contracts.  Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have still not reached new deals with Warner Bros. Television, according to The Hollywood Reporter.ABC News obtained a statement Wednesday from Warner Bros. Television that read, “Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory­ — which was originally scheduled to begin today — has been postponed.”The cast was scheduled to participate in their first “table read” of a new episode script on Wednesday. Deadline.com reports there will be no table read for The Big Bang Theory on Thursday as well.  Industry observes note production will likely be delayed until a new deal is secured.Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are negotiating together and are asking $1 million per episode along with a percentage of the show’s profits.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio currently earns $325,000 per episode.  Helberg and Nayyar are negotiating together and are also asking for significant raises. Co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have already agreed to new deals with Warner Bros. Television.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Who Are the “Guardians of the Galaxy?” You’ll Find Out, Says Director

Who Are the “Guardians of the Galaxy?” You’ll Find Out, Says Director

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters Friday, and the movie has been generating massive buzz — and positive reviews.
Based on a relatively obscure comic that launched in 1969, the movie was considered a gamble, as its titular quintet of unlikely heroes — Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax, the Vin Diesel-voiced tree-man Groot, and Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon — aren’t as familiar to most people as say The Hulk or Spider-Man.Guardians director and co-writer James Gunn tells ABC News Radio, “Making a movie with characters that people weren’t as familiar with was actually pretty freeing. Because I got to create them from the ground up for the cinematic universe. And yes I love Marvel comics, and so there was a lot of the spirit of those comics that I wanted to keep. But I also had the freedom to do what I wanted in film form.” While the summer box office numbers are down around 20 percent compared to last year, ABC News Radio asked Gunn if Guardians could rescue Hollywood’s bottom line as well as the galaxy. It isn’t a fair question, the filmmaker says.
“Disney’s doing pretty amazingly well this year, that’s who this movie’s going to help. It’s not going to help all the other studios that are out there making movies that aren’t making any money.”The movie, which also stars Michael Rooker, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan and Lee Pace, has already been given the go-ahead for a 2017 sequel.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Penélope Cruz Clarifies Gaza Genocide Statement

Penélope Cruz Clarifies Gaza Genocide Statement

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) — Penélope Cruz has issued a statement in an effort to clarify an open letter she signed with husband Javier Bardem that described Israel’s military action against the Gaza Strip as “genocide.”According to E! News, the open letter, which was published Tuesday in several Spanish newspapers and also signed by director Pedro Almodovar, stated that “Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air.”  The letter claimed Palestinians are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”  The letter called for an end to “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army in the Gaza strip against Palestinian civilians.”In her clarifying statement, Cruz explains, “I don’t want to be misunderstood on this important subject. I’m not an expert on the situation and I’m aware of the complexity of it.”  She goes on to write, “My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza. I am hopeful all parties can agree to a cease fire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace…I believe in a civilization that can be capable of bringing the courage to have a world where humans can live side by side.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

One Killed, Three Injured in Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot

One Killed, Three Injured in Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot

Courtesy: msmidnite Instagram(SAN DIEGO) — The pilot who crashed into a San Diego parking lot after clipping a Target store was pulled from the plane’s wreckage by a civilian rescuer as flames had gotten as close as the seat right behind her, her rescuer told ABC News.The plane went down in a fireball in a shopping center parking lot around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after a bounced landing at the nearby Montgomery Field municipal airport caused the plane to crash in the parking lot, according to authorities.An 80-year-old passenger in the plane later died of her injuries in a hospital.The plane’s 52-year-old pilot, who was not identified, was unable to clear the Target building and smashed into the parking lot. Jeremy Dunkleberger rushed to her rescue.“I said, ‘We’ve got to get you out of here,’” Dunkleberger told ABC News. “She said, ‘Well my leg is broken. It’s broken real bad.’”“I said, ‘I know that, but we’ve got to get you out of here.’ I said, ‘The seat behind you is on fire,’” Dunkleberger said.The two women were both taken to a hospital, where the passenger later died from her injuries.San Diego ABC station KGTV reports the plane was registered to a man named William Logan and that it was his wife and her mother who were on the plane.Radio communication between the pilot and the air traffic control tower shows the pilot’s concern.”Oh my God, I’m not getting any altitude here,” the pilot says in the audio recording. “I’m full throttle. I’m going down.”
Two witnesses to the crash suffered injuries on the ground, according to Fire Department spokesperson Lee Swanson.
The FAA and NTSB will investigate the cause of the accident.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kim Kardashian Blasts Adrienne Bailon for Comments About Rob K.

Kim Kardashian Blasts Adrienne Bailon for Comments About Rob K.

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) — One thing’s for sure, Kim Kardashian is protective over her only brother, Rob. After his ex-girlfriend, Adrienne Bailon blasted him in a Latina magazine interview, Kim decided to fight back.Bailon, who dated Rob from 2007 to 2009 and appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, said in the magazine that being “stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career. I probably realized that too late — not that it would’ve affected my decisions in terms of who I dated, but it would’ve affected my decision to appear on the show.”Kim spat back Wednesday, tweeting: “Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian.” “#LetItGoooooLetItGoooooo (FROZEN VOICE),” Kanye West’s wife continued, before adding, “So sad when people try to kick my brother when he is down #FamilyForever.”Bailon also said in Latina that people still aren’t sure why her and Rob broke up. “It’s common knowledge that he cheated on me,” Bailon clarified. “It always bothered me that people were like, ‘Pero, why couldn’t you forgive him?’ Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, ‘You’re disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you.’ But women, we’re supposed to be like, ‘He messed up. He made a mistake.’”Bailon said she’s now happily dating Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago, whom she’s been with for five years. The Real co-host added that she’s even considering marrying him. “If by some miracle we started taping The Real in New York tomorrow, I’d marry him, like, right now,” she told Latina. “I want a family. I see my sister and she’s on her second baby, and I’m like, That’s success. Having a family — I can’t wait for that.”The Real returns on Sept. 15.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“The Bachelorette’s” Andi and Josh Planning to Move in Together…Later This Year

“The Bachelorette’s” Andi and Josh Planning to Move in Together…Later This Year

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman and fiance Josh Murray are planning to move in together, but not immediately.The couple tells People magazine they’re just “enjoying being engaged” and probably won’t move in together until later this year. They both live in Atlanta.”We pretty much have been living with each other for these two months,” says Josh, a 29-year-old former professional baseball player. “We’ve been over at each other’s houses all the time.””That’s important for us, especially because of how quickly we got engaged. I’ve learned so much about him in the past two months and I love him more now than I did when I got engaged,” says Andi, a 27-year-old former assistant district attorney.”It has definitely been a season of ups and downs, but just knowing that it’s Josh and I in the end makes it all worth it,” she added.The couple plan to wed in spring…in front of ABC cameras, of course.  Andi is okay with having her nuptials on TV. “As long as I get to marry him…and they have to show the reception,” she said.”We’d have so much fun at the reception,” Josh added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Girls” Star Allison Williams to Portray Peter Pan in NBC’s Live Musical

“Girls” Star Allison Williams to Portray Peter Pan in NBC’s Live Musical

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Girls star Allison Williams is set to star as Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live musical production.The network announced Wednesday that the actress, who is also a classically trained singer, will take on the titular character in Peter Pan Live!, which NBC will air on Dec. 4. “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” the daughter of NBC anchor Brian Williams said in a statement. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?”Williams will star opposite Christopher Walken, who is portraying Captain Hook.Peter Pan Live! is NBC’s follow-up to its hit production of The Sound of Music, which starred Carrie Underwood.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” Takes a Bite Out of Twitter

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” Takes a Bite Out of Twitter

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) — Sharknado 2: The Second One — the sequel to SyFy’s campy unexpected hit — aired on the cable channel Wednesday night, and also made a splash, as expected, on social media. While the original attracted plenty of attention from celebrities tweeting about the shark-filled shlock-fest, this installment was filled with famous names that joined Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Mark McGrath, and Vivica A. Fox in cameo roles.
Helping fight the carnivorous meteorological event this time around were Andy Dick, 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Al Roker and Matt Lauer, Will Wheaton, Kelly Osbourne, Billy Ray Cyrus, Judd Hirsch, Shark Tank entrepreneur Damon Dash, and Jared Fogle from those Subway commercials.
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The sequel brought the sharks to New York City, and the snark back to Twitter. Here are some stars’ reactions:Luke Bryan – “Can’t believe we are watching #Sharknado2″Marlee Matlin – “OMG #Sharknado2TheSecondOne There are just no words..not even SIGNS. LOL”Judah Friedlander – “Thank you @SharknadoSyfy the Academy just texted me. Just got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for 2015.”Will Wheaton – “If Tara Reid doesn’t end this movie with a chainsaw for a hand, I don’t even know why we got out of bed today.” [Spoiler alert, she does]Richard Roeper ‏- “Most unbelievable thing about this whole movie: Matt Lauer cutting to ‘regularly scheduled programming’ after slaying a shark on live TV.”Roger Corman – “The shark is a Jungian archetype. But not shark in a tornado. Jung has no idea what that means.”

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