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Water main break floods Upper West Side in Manhattan, car damaged in sinkhole

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SUV caught in sinkhole on Amsterdam Avenue, NYC
A water main break on the Upper West Side flooded nearby streets and basements, cut water to multiple apartment buildings, and sent an SUV plunging into an Amsterdam Avenue sinkhole.

The water line ruptured along Amsterdam, between 89th and 90th streets, on Monday night. The avenue was still closed between 88th and 91st streets Tuesday morning. M7 and M11 buses were diverted and traffic was pushed away.

A white BMW SUV was only partially visible at the 90th Street intersection, half of its body sunk beneath crumbled asphalt.

DEP crews were able to reroute the flow of water around at 11:30 p.m. but still needed to repair the broken water main ahead of the Tuesday morning rush. Crews were still working on the fix just before 6 a.m. Con Edison was at the scene as a precaution in case of any gas leaks.

The fire department checked basements in the area and found a number of them inundated with 5 to 6 feet of water.


"Be afraid!" UK churches warned to prepare for ISIS attacks

© Toby Melville / Reuters
Terrorism experts fear supporters of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) will target churches in the UK after extremists attacked Catholic priests in Indonesia and France in recent weeks.

New counter-terrorism advice urges churches to prepare for similar attacks, including learning how to identify a semi-automatic weapon, how to challenge a suspicious person and how to take cover in the event of gunfire.

Religious institutions are described as "easy targets" in the new measures, which are being issued amid fears an attack "is coming."

The guidelines, called Counter Terrorism Advice for Churches, urge church leaders to be on alert for attackers, who are likely to be armed with knives.

Comment: The Western security services have finally had their wish come true. With people going off for random reasons, terror attacks happening all over the world, and the security services manufacturing false flags, people are scared, even justifiably so, to a degree. Sure, you're probably still more likely to die from heart disease, but the news-catching quality of these events has an effect on public perception. And when people face a threat they identify as coming from some external enemy, they naturally turn toward their corrupt leaders for protection, despite the fact that those very leaders created the threat in the first place.

Eye 2

Mylan CEO announces $300 generic EpiPen at 'only' 3x original price

In another attempt at quelling public outcry over the skyrocketing price of the lifesaving EpiPen, maker Mylan has announced that it will begin selling a generic version of its allergy medication injector ‒ at the low, low cost of $300.

EpiPen administers a quick dose of epinephrine to counter a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. The easy-to-use injector is made by West Virginia-based Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which bought the rights to it in 2007. Since then, the price of the EpiPen has ballooned, going from $100 to $600.

On Monday, Mylan unveiled the generic version, noting that the auto-injector's "list price of $300" for each two-pack carton "represents a discount of more than 50 percent to the Mylan list price."

"We understand the deep frustration and concerns associated with the cost of EpiPen to the patient, and have always shared the public's desire to ensure that this important product be accessible to anyone who needs it," CEO Heather Bresch said in a statement. "Our decision to launch a generic alternative to EpiPen is an extraordinary commercial response."

The generic version will be identical to the branded one ‒ at both the 0.15-mg and 0.30-mg dosages ‒ and will be launched in "several weeks," after the company completes labeling revisions.

Comment: More background in this particular Big Pharma price-gouging operation.

Alarm Clock

'Loud noises' prompt rumors of active shooter at LAX, mass evacuation as passengers panic

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Traffic fills airport streets, passing the Los Angeles International Airport.
Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) frantically fled their terminals following reports of an active shooter on Sunday night. However, the LAPD has since confirmed that "loud noises" were responsible for the panic.

Multiple calls coming from multiple terminals suggested there were sounds of shooting at LAX, and police were quickly dispatched to the scene.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said people were possibly barricaded in bathrooms inside terminal 6, Culvercity311 reported on Twitter.

A report from LA County Scanner's Twitter account said the shooting was taking place at Terminal 8.

Comment: Looks like the American public has been brought to the proper pitch of fear and anxiety.


Fire breaks out at 28-storey Abu Dhabi skyscraper: Third major UAE skyscraper blaze in 2016

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Smoke rises after a fire broke out in a building at Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 30, 2016.
A skyscraper was engulfed in smoke as a massive fire swept through the 28-storey building currently under construction.

It took over two hours to bring the blaze, which started at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, under control. Thick smoke billowing from the building could be seen from all over the UAE capital.

Hundreds of workers, residents and people staying in hotels in the surrounding area were evacuated as a precaution, though there have been no reports of any injuries.

Photos and videos of the burning building were shared on social media by concerned locals. This is the fifth such fire to strike a UAE tower in the last 18 months, according to Reuters, and the cause of this blaze has yet to be determined.

Comment: There was another major skyscraper fire in Dubai in July this year, and in March before that. Altogether, this is the 7th major skyscraper fire in the UAE in just 4 years.


Crowdfunding campaign raise £50,000 in bid to force full Parliament vote before initiating Brexit

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May
Supporters of the UK remaining in the EU have launched a crowdfunding effort to legally prevent Tory Prime Minister Theresa May initiating Brexit without a full vote on the issue by MPs in Parliament.

So far 1,400 people have contributed to the People's Challenge crowdfunder, bringing the total revenue to more than £50,000 (US$65,000). Head campaigner Grahame Pigney told the Press Association on Tuesday the campaign is for everyone - pro-EU or otherwise.

"What we're doing is on behalf of everybody - not just experts, not just on behalf of a few people interested in this, but 65 million citizens in the UK," he said.

"They all have these rights. Whether they use them or cherish them, they all have these rights and Parliament needs to make the decision rather than the government in some sectional, political interests.


OKC mother accused of beating daughter to death goes before judge

Juanita Gomez, 49, of Oklahoma City stands accused of First-Degree Murder in the death of her 33-year-old daughter, Geneva.

A judge denied her bond, but she had a lot to say to the judge during her video arraignment, Monday afternoon.

Gomez spent her time before the judge complaining about the jail conditions and also spoke up about not needing a public defender - claiming she already had a lawyer.

"Yes sir he believes in God like me," said Juanita Gomez during her video arraignment. "Yes he's the best in town."


Illinois lawsuit claims pharma company Insys marketed opioid drug at high-volume prescribers

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In a lawsuit filed by the state of Illinois, Insys Therapeutics Inc. has been accused of deceptive marketing practices involving a cancer drug and using "sham" speaking events to target doctors known to frequently prescribe opioid drugs.

The lawsuit filed late last week by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleges that Insys did not market its drug Subsys, designed and approved to manage cancer pain, to oncologists but rather to doctors with a reputation for high-volume approval of opioid prescriptions. Subsys is a spray that contains the synthetic opioid fentanyl; the drug generated nearly $330 million in 2015.

"This drug company's desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients' health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes," Madigan said in a statement. "It's this type of reprehensible and illegal conduct that feeds the dangerous opioid epidemic and is another low for the pharmaceutical industry."

Quenelle - Golden

Brazilian social movements: 'If Rousseff is impeached there will be struggle'

© Pilar Olivares / Reuters
Supporters of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, show a banner that reads "Out Temer" (L) in reference to interim President Michel Temer, during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 29, 2016.
Journalists and political scientists all see this as a way to get Dilma Rousseff out of office. It is clear looking at the composition of Congress, where about 60 percent of members face corruption charges, Michael Fox, producer for TeleSUR English channel, told RT.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Congress in Brazil's capital Brasilia to support suspended president Dilma Rousseff, whose impeachment trial is underway.

On Monday, Rousseff appeared before the Senate to defend herself on charges of financial corruption. She also reiterated that her government, unlike that of the interim president, had been legitimately elected by millions of Brazilian voters.

Before speaking to the Senate, the ousted president was warmly welcomed by her supporters.

Comment: Further reading: The coup against Dilma Rousseff is disastrous for Brazil


Five killed as car bomb explodes outside Somali president's residence, nearby hotels destroyed

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A car bomb went off outside the Somali president's residence in the capital, Mogadishu, killing at least five soldiers, police said, as cited by Reuters. The blast caused the partial destruction of nearby hotels.

"A suicide car bomb exploded outside the presidential palace. So far two hotels opposite the palace are partially destroyed," Major Mohamed Ali, a police officer, told Reuters by phone.

One of the hotels damaged in the blast was Somali Youth League Hotel located some 550 meters from Villa Somalia which serves as the official residential palace and principal workplace of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.