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Severe Turbulence Sends Passengers Flying from Their Seats

Severe Turbulence Sends Passengers Flying from Their Seats

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) — A South African Airways flight has landed safely in Hong Kong Wednesday after the aircraft was struck with severe turbulence that left 20 people injured, the airline said.According to a statement from the airline, medical personnel met the plane at the Hong Kong airport to assist the 17 passengers and three crew members injured on Flight 286, which had departed Johannesburg Tuesday.An infant was among the injured passengers, the airline said, and two of the people onboard sustained serious injuries. Some of the injured have already been released from the local hospitals treating passengers and crew in Hong Kong.The turbulence occurred as the aircraft flew over Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. Interior panels of the aircraft were damaged and the plane’s cabin was cracked during the incident.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Israel Launches Airstrikes After Telling Gaza Residents to Flee

Israel Launches Airstrikes After Telling Gaza Residents to Flee

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israel launched a new round of airstrikes Wednesday, targeting senior Hamas officials in the enduring conflict with militants in Gaza.The airstrikes come as the death toll for the nine-day conflict reached 208, all but one of them Palestinians, many of them civilians and children. At least 1,550 people have been injured in Gaza since fighting broke out last week, health officials say.Hamas countered by firing rockets. Many of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s so-called Iron Dome missile defense system.Before Wednesday’s airstrikes, tens of thousands of residents in Gaza received phone calls and leaflets advising them to evacuate their homes.“The evacuation is for your own safety,” the leaflets read. “You should not return to the premises until further notice. Whoever disregards these instructions and fails to evacuate immediately, endangers their own lives, as well as those of their families.”The latest Israeli barrage comes one day after Israel’s Cabinet approved a cease-fire measure proposed by Egypt. But after Hamas rejected the terms of the cease-fire and fired 47 rockets at Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unleashed his military again.”Hamas chose to continue fighting and will pay the price for that decision,” Netanyahu said.The battle has broken a two-year lull in hostilities between Israel and Hamas and was triggered by the slaying of three Israeli teens and revenge burning death of a Palestinian teen. Angry protests escalated to rocket launches and retaliatory air strikes.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lawmakers Elect Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

Lawmakers Elect Speaker of Iraqi Parliament

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — Iraq’s parliament overcame weeks of deadlocks Tuesday by picking a new speaker.Although there’s still plenty of work ahead to form a new government, the selection of Sunni moderate Salim al-Jubouri signals that lawmakers are making some attempts to get around serious differences amid the threat of Islamic extremists seeking to take control of Baghdad and southern Iraq.As dictated by the Iraqi constitution, the speaker was destined to be a Sunni. Next comes the selection of a Kurdish president and, ultimately, lawmakers will pick a new prime minister from a Shiite bloc.Whether that will be incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has yet to be seen, given his unpopularity with Sunnis and Kurds, along with Maliki’s refusal to form a unity government to band together against the Islamic State.Although returning Maliki to power would demonstrate some continuity, parliament also runs the risk of completely disenfranchising Sunnis and Kurds if he wins another term as prime minister.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Civilian Deaths Outpacing Armed Casualties in Gaza and Israel

Civilian Deaths Outpacing Armed Casualties in Gaza and Israel

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The fatality count in the ongoing attacks between Israel and Gaza rose Tuesday, following the failure of the proposed cease-fire agreement. The first Israeli casualty was reported since the violence started on July 7 and the number of both civilian and non-civilian Palestinian fatalities continued to grow.The United Nations Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released Palestinian fatality figures at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Jerusalem, which stated that 192 people have been killed in Gaza since attacks began.Those individuals were classified into groups of 143 civilians, 30 members of armed groups, and 19 individuals whose affiliation was undetermined at the time of the release.
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Israel Hammers Rocket Launchers, Tunnels in Fresh Gaza Barrage

Israel Hammers Rocket Launchers, Tunnels in Fresh Gaza Barrage

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israel hammered what it called terrorist sites in Gaza Tuesday after ending a brief one-sided ceasefire, taking out rocket launchers, tunnels and weapons depots.The fresh Israeli barrage came as about 125 rockets were fired at Israel since 9 a.m. local time Tuesday. The rockets claimed their first Israeli fatality in the week-long slugfest between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip.The attacks came after Israel halted its naval and air bombardment of Hamas targets for six hours in response to an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire proposal. Hamas rejected the terms of the ceasefire and fired another 47 rockets at Israel, which is when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unleashed his military again.”Hamas chose to continue fighting and will pay the price for that decision,” Netanyahu said in an address to the country Tuesday.The Israeli Defense Forces said that since it resumed its offensive, it has attacked 20 concealed rocket launchers, tunnels, weapons storage facilities and “operational infrastructure.”Israel has massed tanks and troops near Gaza’s border and Netanyahu has threatened a ground invasion, but it’s not clear whether an invasion was about to occur.The fighting has left at least 195 Palestinians dead and more than 1,400 injured, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.There was briefly some optimism that the fighting would stop after the Israeli Cabinet accepted Egypt’s proposal for a cease-fire, but Hamas rejected the proposal.The Egyptian plan called for hostilities to end on Tuesday, followed by negotiations on easing the border blockade of Gaza.But about two hours after the cease-fire initiative should have taken effect, multiple rockets were launched from Gaza, intended for southern Israel. Many of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system.

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Oscar Pistorius’ Family Cites ‘Self Harming Behavior’ After Club Altercation

Oscar Pistorius’ Family Cites ‘Self Harming Behavior’ After Club Altercation

Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius’ family said Tuesday that going to a nightclub where he got into an altercation in the middle of his murder trial was “unwise” and worried that the paralympian known as the “Blade Runner” was increasingly involved in “self-harming behavior.”Pistorius’ uncle, Leo Pistorius, issued the statement after Oscar Pistorius had a confrontation in a club Saturday in which he was alleged to have been grilled about the trial, insulted the family of South Africa’s president and pushed to the ground.Leo Pistorius said “some of the outrageous claims simply cannot stand uncorrected.”The uncle also suggested that the family disapproved of Oscar Pistorius’ trip to the nightclub, saying that going there “whilst his court case is still underway was unwise.”Leo Pistorius added, however, “Those of us closest to him have been witness to his escalating sense of loneliness and alienation. This, we believe, is underlying some of his self-harming behavior.””As a family we are counseling Oscar to find ways of dealing with his feelings of isolation,” the uncle wrote.He said the family believes “that Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself in some of his recent unwise actions and choices.”Oscar Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, early in the morning of Valentine’s Day last year. The legless sprinter insists he shot her through a closed bathroom door thinking she was an intruder. He faces at least 25 years in prison if convicted.A report written by a court appointed psychiatrist who examined Pistorius concluded that the athlete was being treated by a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist and “Should he not receive proper clinical care, his condition is likely to worsen and increase the risk for suicide.”Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, told the court that Pistorius suffers from “post-traumatic stress disorder, and a major depressive disorder.”South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority said Tuesday the club incident will have no bearing on the trial since Pistorius did not violate his bail conditions. South African police are not investigating the incident because no complaint was registered.The statement by Leo Pistorius also challenged the version of events offered by Jared Mortimer, the man who had the confrontation with Oscar Pistorius on Saturday night in the VIP Room. Mortimer has told South African media that Oscar Pistorius poked him in the chest, insulted his friends and the family of President Jacob Zuma.”We wish to categorically state that there is absolutely no truth to this man’s assertions that Oscar, for instance, insulted the president of South Africa,” the statement said. “Oscar was at school with one of President Zuma’s sons and liked him a lot. Oscar also has great appreciation of President’s Zuma’s extraordinary support of the paralympians.”Leo Pistorius added, “My investigations indicate that Mortimer was the aggressor and eyewitnesses confirm this.”
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Amanda Knox’s Co-Defendant Finds Himself Innocent in College Thesis

Amanda Knox’s Co-Defendant Finds Himself Innocent in College Thesis

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) — Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito was awarded a degree in information technology Tuesday with a thesis that studied his own name on social networks and analyzed his legal case.Sollecito and Knox were recently convicted for the murder of Knox’s former roommate, Meredith Kercher. The former lovers have spent four years in an Italian prison and have been convicted, found not guilty and convicted again in a trial and two appeals. Knox and Sollecito are appealing their latest conviction.Sollecito was awarded a degree in information technology from Verona University, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.His thesis for the degree analyzed social media, including mentions of his name and his case. Sollecito, who wrote the thesis in English and defended it orally in Italian, concluded that his name was more often linked to the word “innocent” than “guilty,” ANSA reported.“I did an experiment on myself” he told ANSA.Knox, 27, and Sollecito, 30, had been dating for about a week in November 2007 when Kercher was found with her throat cut in the bedroom of the Perugia cottage that she shared with Knox and two Italian women. The case became an international sensation and both Knox and Sollecito have written books about their ordeal.Sollecito is facing a 25-year prison term if his conviction is upheld by Italy’s supreme court. Knox, who is living in Seattle, has been sentenced to 28.5 years in prison.
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Large Suicide Attack Kills Dozens in Afghanistan

Large Suicide Attack Kills Dozens in Afghanistan

iStock/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — A large suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday morning left at least 41 people dead, including six children and two policemen.Sixty-seven others were also wounded when a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle loaded with explosives in a busy marketplace in the province of Paktika. Tuesday’s attack was one of the biggest ones on Afghan civilians in years.According to the United Nations, attacks on civilians have spiked this year — up 25 percent — with nearly 5,000 civilians killed or wounded since the beginning of the year.
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Israel Hasn’t Asked for Access to US Arsenal Stored in Israel

Israel Hasn’t Asked for Access to US Arsenal Stored in Israel

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Should Israel find itself low on ammunition, it can tap into a stockpile of a billion dollars worth of American weapons stored in Israel by the United States for emergencies. So far, Israel has not requested access to the stockpile during the current hostilities with Hamas in Gaza.The little-known stockpile is officially known as War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel (WRSA-I) and has been maintained inside Israel since the 1990s by United States European Command. It is a congressionally approved program that has grown in scope in recent years.The location of the stockpile as well as the types and quantities of ammunition it stores are classified. However, a Congressional Research Service report from April says “the United States stores missiles, armored vehicles and artillery ammunition” in the stockpile.A U.S. defense official says “this program consists of U.S. owned and U.S. managed ammunition stockpiles in Israel for use by either U.S. or Israeli forces.” Though the weapons in the stockpile belong to the United States, they are essentially for Israel’s use when they ask for it should they run low on certain stocks of ammunition in emergency situations.The official said Israel has not requested to use ammunition stored in this stockpile as it did during the 2006 war with Hezbollah.The size and scope of the arsenal has grown since it was first established in the 1990s. It initially held $100 million worth of ammunition, but by 2010 Congress had authorized $800 million worth of ammunition to be stored there. The defense official says the amount of ammunition in the stockpile is now worth about $1 billion.Israel’s access to the American ammunition can be done fairly quickly once there is presidential approval.“If the president authorizes release to Israel, an ‘emergency’ Foreign Military Sales case is processed by the DoD [Department of Defense] and the ammunition is sold to Israel,” said the official.Use of the stockpile in case of an emergency “is defined and authorized by the president,” said the official. The transfer of the munitions to Israeli control “can take place in a matter of hours of a presidential authorization.”The Congressional Research Service Report says “the government of Israel pays for approximately 90 percent of transportation, storage and maintenance costs associated with the WRSA-I program.”
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US Hunts for Al Qaeda-Trained Norwegian Bomb-Maker

US Hunts for Al Qaeda-Trained Norwegian Bomb-Maker

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A Norwegian citizen allegedly trained as a bomb-maker by one of al Qaeda’s most lethal affiliates on Tuesday became the latest addition to the U.S. State Department’s list of designated terrorists.Anders Cameroon Ostensvig Dale traveled to Yemen in 2008 in order to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) where he was taught “to make bomb-belts, improved explosive devices, and larger explosives used in car bombs,” the U.S. State Department said on its website. Dale apparently left Yemen several times before his “final trip” there in 2011.Top U.S. officials have previously said that AQAP represents the greatest threat to the homeland of all al Qaeda affiliates. The group is believed to include the terror group’s master bomb-maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, the man the U.S. believes to have been behind creative bomb plots including the failed cargo bombs and a foiled plan to hide a bomb inside the body of an al Qaeda operative.Two years ago, a high-ranking official told ABC News al-Asiri was trying to train a new wave of bomb-makers — “as many people as he can.” An administration official at the time said he was training others in case he was “taken off the battlefield.”“He is not the only bomb-maker in AQAP to worry about,” the official said in 2012.Western security officials have feared terrorist recruits with Western passports for years — most recently those joining al Qaeda rival ISIS in Iraq — because of their ability to travel more freely in Europe and the U.S.
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More Than a Dozen Dead in Moscow Train Derailment

More Than a Dozen Dead in Moscow Train Derailment

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — At least 20 people are dead and over 150 more injured after a Moscow subway train derailed during the Tuesday morning rush hour. Authorities say terrorism did not play a role in the accident and are blaming a power surge for triggering an alarm that caused the trains to stop abruptly. Hundreds were stranded between two stops, making the rescue in of the system’s deepest underground tunnels especially difficult.
Wednesday has been declared a day of mourning in Moscow.
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More Than a Dozen Dead in Moscow Train Derailment

More Than a Dozen Dead in Moscow Train Derailment

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — At least 15 people are dead and dozens more injured after a Moscow subway train derailed during the Tuesday morning rush hour. Authorities say terrorism did not play a role in the accident and are blaming a power surge for triggering an alarm that caused the trains to stop abruptly. Hundreds were stranded between two stops, making the rescue in of the system’s deepest underground tunnels especially difficult.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

More Than a Dozen Dead in Moscow Train Derailment

More Than a Dozen Dead in Moscow Train Derailment

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — At least 15 people are dead and dozens more injured after a Moscow subway train derailed during the Tuesday morning rush hour. Authorities say terrorism did not play a role in the accident and are blaming a power surge for triggering an alarm that caused the trains to stop abruptly. Hundreds were stranded between two stops, making the rescue in of the system’s deepest underground tunnels especially difficult.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Iraqi Army Infiltrated with Extremists from Both Sides

Report: Iraqi Army Infiltrated with Extremists from Both Sides

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. mission in Iraq to find a quick solution to the onslaught of Islamic extremists has been compromised by the infiltration of Sunni and Shiite radicals into the national army.According to a story in The New York Times, the lives of American military personnel would be in danger if they attempt to advise Iraqi forces because of spies either affiliated with Sunnis attempting to overthrow the government or Shiite militiamen with ties to Iran.The Times, which garnered the information from U.S. officials familiar with a classified report, also learned that just half of Iraqi units would be able to follow the advice of U.S. commandoes if a decision is made to retake territories now in the control of the Islamic State.Adding to the quandary faced by the White House and the Pentagon is the growing reliance of the national army on Iran, which has either trained Shiite militias or supplied advisers from its vaunted paramilitary Quds Force.Should the U.S. back off on direct military help, the Times said, Baghdad’s dependence on Tehran may not be enough alone to defeat the Islamic State.On the other hand, the U.S. is also wary of sending more than the several hundred advisers currently in Iraq, fearing that it will wind up being a slippery slope to reestablishing a military presence in a country where more than 4,000 American soldiers were killed from 2003 through 2011.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Israeli Software Developer Wishes His App Wasn’t Needed

Israeli Software Developer Wishes His App Wasn’t Needed

Ari Sprung(JERUSALEM) — For people who follow “RedAlertIsrael” on the “Yo” app, the number of push alerts over the past few days indicating predicted rocket attacks in Israeli territory have been staggering.The serious new use for the whimsical “Yo” app — which shows a barrage of reported rocket attacks — is meant to complement the existing Red Alert Israel app developed by Ari Sprung and Kobi Snir.Sprung, a Jerusalem-based software developer, told ABC News over email that he first put his tech expertise to work two years ago when he coded late at night with Snir to create the Red Alert Israel app.Earlier this month, the duo realized they could find a use for the “Yo” app.Thousands of subscribers from around the world can receive alerts from both apps, however Sprung said if they were in Israel, they would “hear a loud siren that is going up and down, lots of people running for shelter.””You obviously have the hugely successful Iron Dome that is literally knocking missiles out of the sky that are targeted at Israeli women and children, and then you have efforts like ours which is helping to keep people informed and notify them when they must run and seek shelter,” he said.Sprung said the information for the apps comes in coordination with the Israeli Defense Forces, however he declined to share more information due to security concerns.While tech may be playing a “huge role” in the operation, Sprung said he would welcome the day he didn’t have to work on something so grave.”I wish I could unpublish the app in the near future,” he said.
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Egyptian Plan to End Israeli-Palestinian Air War Reportedly Rejected by Hamas

Egyptian Plan to End Israeli-Palestinian Air War Reportedly Rejected by Hamas

David Silverman/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — The militant group Hamas has reportedly rejected a proposal by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry designed to stop its week-long air war with Israel, resulting in scores of fatalities, virtually all on the Palestinian side. Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli Security Cabinet accepted the plan but would respond with force if Hamas continues firing rockets into Israel.The Egyptian government presented its initiative Monday that calls for a cease-fire beginning Tuesday, a 48-hour cooling-down period and talks that would result in a more concrete truce.Ultimately, Hamas wants Palestinian prisoners released and an easing of border restrictions, while the Israelis seek to dismantle the group’s weapons ability. Even before Hamas’ denunciation of the peace proposal, it was unclear what each side would agree to should talks take place.So far, at least 185 people in Gaza have died, many of them civilians, with 1,100 people reported wounded. Israel, with its seemingly impenetrable missile shield, has suffered no deaths.Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to Cairo to discuss particulars of the plan by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, which is taking no sides in the dispute.In other developments, Hamas claimed Monday that it sent homemade drones over Israel after Israel said that it had shot down a Palestinian drone flying along the coast.Meanwhile, Israeli troops have amassed at the border of Gaza, awaiting word for a possible land offensive that could wind up being long and costly for both Israel and the Palestinians.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Egyptian Plan to End Israeli-Palestinian Air War Reportedly Rejected by Hamas

Egyptian Plan to End Israeli-Palestinian Air War Reportedly Rejected by Hamas

David Silverman/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — The militant group Hamas has reportedly rejected a proposal by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry designed to stop its week-long air war with Israel, resulting in scores of fatalities, virtually all on the Palestinian side. Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli Security Cabinet accepted the plan but would respond with force if Hamas continues firing rockets into Israel.The Egyptian government presented its initiative Monday that calls for a cease-fire beginning Tuesday, a 48-hour cooling-down period and talks that would result in a more concrete truce.Ultimately, Hamas wants Palestinian prisoners released and an easing of border restrictions, while the Israelis seek to dismantle the group’s weapons ability. Even before Hamas’ denunciation of the peace proposal, it was unclear what each side would agree to should talks take place.So far, at least 185 people in Gaza have died, many of them civilians, with 1,100 people reported wounded. Israel, with its seemingly impenetrable missile shield, has suffered no deaths.Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to Cairo to discuss particulars of the plan by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, which is taking no sides in the dispute.In other developments, Hamas claimed Monday that it sent homemade drones over Israel after Israel said that it had shot down a Palestinian drone flying along the coast.Meanwhile, Israeli troops have amassed at the border of Gaza, awaiting word for a possible land offensive that could wind up being long and costly for both Israel and the Palestinians.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Israel Says It Downed Drone as Gaza Death Toll Climbs

Israel Says It Downed Drone as Gaza Death Toll Climbs

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — The military wing of militant group Hamas claimed Monday that it sent homemade drones over Israel, after Israel said that it had shot down a Palestinian drone flying along the coast. Hamas’ Al Qassam Brigades boasted on Twitter that the drones carried out “three missions over Israeli military bases” and a “specific mission over Israeli war ministry.” The group claimed to have domestically built three different kinds of drones for surveillance and bombing missions.The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that Israel brought down was targeted with a Patriot missile, the Israeli military said, near the southern city of Ashdod. There’s no evidence the small downed drone was armed, a senior Israeli military intelligence official told ABC News, adding they believe it was launched for the benefit of media attention.Israel has not commented on Hamas claims that more than one drone flew over Israel.With a price tag of well over $1 million each, “using a Patriot to shoot down a UAV is like using a shotgun to kill a fly,” ABC News military consultant Steve Ganyard said.Israeli drones are a constant presence in the skies over Gaza, buzzing loudly as they watch and attack targets in the Strip. But the Palestinian drone is a new turn in this conflict, now entering its second week.At least 187 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched operation “Protective Edge,” the Palestinian Health Ministry says, with around 1,300 wounded. On Sunday afternoon, a United Nations report said that 80 percent of those killed so far have been civilians and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate ceasefire.

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Costa Condcordia Shipwreck Re-Floated for Towing

Costa Condcordia Shipwreck Re-Floated for Towing

Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — Remnants of the Costa Concordia cruise ship are prepped for the vessel’s final journey after crews raised the Italian ship from an underwater platform Monday. The vessel, which struck an island off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, is set to be towed away from the area in a process that is expected to take at least four days.
The crash killed 32 people, with one body still unrecovered from the disaster. Italian officials say the search for the victim will resume once the ship is removed. The stakes are high, however, as fuels and chemicals are still onboard. If the vessel should break apart, it could prompt a potential environmental disaster with pollution. Operations to bring the ship above water included pumping air into the luxury liner, forcing seawater out and raising one deck at a time. Crews will begin the next steps in towing, traveling two miles per hour with the help of tugboats, to drag the Costa Concordia to a port more than 190 miles away for scrapping. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Oscar Pistorius Involved in Club Scuffle

Oscar Pistorius Involved in Club Scuffle

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius, currently on trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend, was involved in an argument at a trendy Sandton nightclub in South Africa, his rep confirmed Monday.The incident took place at the VIP Room on Saturday night, a venue known for its high-end clientele and A-list guests. Pistorius’ media representative Anneliese Burgess has confirmed that there was an altercation, but denied it was a case of a “bar brawl,” as some media outlets reported. Jared Mortimer, who was the other party to the squabble, told EWN that Pistorius was drunk and insulted his friends before poking him in the chest. Mortimer said he pushed the athlete backwards off his feet and onto a chair when bouncers intervened to stop an all-out brawl. “We can confirm that Oscar was at the said venue with one of his cousins. They sat in a quiet booth in the VIP section when they were approached by an individual who has now been identified as a Mr. Mortimer,” said Burgess. “The individual, according to my client, started to aggressively interrogate him on matters relating to the trial,” Burgess added. “An argument ensued during which my client asked to be left alone. Oscar soon thereafter left the club with his cousin. My client regrets the decision to go to a public space and thereby inviting unwelcome attention.”The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.
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