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30-year-old man fatally attacked by dogs in Houston, Texas

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The Houston Police Department is investigating after a man was possibly killed by dogs in northwest Houston.

Houston police said the incident occurred on the 5500 block of Sheraton Oaks Drive.

When officers arrived, they found a 30-year-old man still being attacked by a dog in a backyard.

Officials said the officers approached and one of the dogs charged at the officer. The officer fired his weapon once and struck one of the dogs. At that point, the dogs ran through a fence.


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Six dead and more than 250,000 without power as storm hits southern US

A lone driver makes their way through icy road conditions at the LBJ 635 Freeway and North Dallas Tollway interchange on Tuesday.
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A lone driver makes their way through icy road conditions at the LBJ 635 Freeway and North Dallas Tollway interchange on Tuesday.
Watches and warnings stretch from Texas to Tennessee and Mississippi, causing traffic delays and flight cancellations

Dangerous road conditions from bands of sleet and snow were blamed for six deaths as a winter storm snarled traffic across parts of the US, forcing the cancelation of flights and leaving hundreds of thousands without power in several southern states.

Watches and warnings stretched from Texas to Tennessee and Mississippi. Several rounds of mixed precipitation, including freezing rain and sleet, were in store for many areas throughout Wednesday, meaning some regions could be hit multiple times, forecasters said.

"It actually looks like it's going to be getting worse again across Texas, it is already a pretty big area of freezing rain across western and south-western Texas," said Bob Oravec, National Weather Service lead forecaster in Camp Springs, Maryland.

Oravec said the winter weather was expected to move north-east across parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas into western Tennessee and northern Mississippi, before starting to end.


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The largest 2-day snowstorm total in recorded history for the Teton Range, Wyoming (41 inches)

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50" IN 50 HOURS
Yesterday, Owen Leeper & I went up high to greet the sun.

The sun didn't bring much warmth.

NOAA reports showed wind chills of -50ºF and air temps of -18ºF.

The Tetons just received the most snow they've ever recorded in any 2 day period.

41″ in 48-hours
50″ in 50-hours.
52″ storm total.


Comment: Further south in the same state: Storm dumps 7 FEET of snow over weekend at Snowy Range, Wyoming


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Heavy snow shuts down border highways in Baja California, Mexico

A lone car navigates a snowy highway near La Rumorosa, Baja California.

A lone car navigates a snowy highway near La Rumorosa, Baja California.
The fifth winter storm of the season has hit northwestern Mexico, causing heavy snow in Baja California that has shut down highways and forced local schools to close.

The Centinela-La Rumorosa highway, the main route along the U.S. border, was temporarily closed in both directions on Tuesday morning, after heavy snowfall that started on Monday night in the town of La Rumorosa in the municipality of Tecate. Local authorities have set up a temporary shelter and are coordinating with the Red Cross to provide assistance to those who need it.

As of shortly before 11 a.m. local time, the state transportation ministry announced that the Centinela-La Rumorosa highway was open in both directions. The La Rumorosa-Tecate free highway was also open in both directions while the La Rumorosa-Tecate tollway remained closed, the ministry said.


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Terrifying moment avalanche hits Himalayan tourist ski resort, killing 2 skiers and burying 21 others under snow in Kashmir, India

Horrifying footage shows a wall of snow roaring down a mountainside and towards the group of skiers, sending them running for safety

Horrifying footage shows a wall of snow roaring down a mountainside and towards the group of skiers, sending them running for safety
This is the terrifying moment an avalanche swept through a Himalayan ski resort in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing two Polish skiers and burying 21 others under piles of snow.

Horrifying footage shows a wall of snow roaring down from the 14,400ft peak of Mount Apharwat and towards the group of skiers, sending them running for safety.

But a total of 21 foreign tourists and their two Kashmiri guides were caught in the massive avalanche and buried under the snow as they were skiing high in the mountains near the tourist resort town of Gulmarg, local police said.

High-altitude rescue teams rushed to the site on snow scooters and retrieved the bodies of the two Polish skiers, police officer Amod Nagpuri said.


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Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocks southern Philippines: USGS

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A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines on Wednesday, the US Geological Service said, with local authorities warning of aftershocks and possible damage.

The quake struck at 6:44 pm (1044 GMT), near Monkayo municipality in Davao de Oro province on Mindanao island.

There were no immediate reports of major damage.

"It was quick and lasted for 15 to 20 seconds," said police Corporal Lucita Ambrocio, who is based in the nearby municipality of New Bataan

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Girl killed in dog attack in Milton Keynes, UK

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A four-year-old girl has died in a dog attack in Milton Keynes, police said.

Officers attended a house on Broadlands in Netherfield on Tuesday evening after it was reported a dog had attacked a child in the back garden.

Thames Valley Police confirmed the girl died at the scene and the animal had been "humanely destroyed".

A spokesman for the force described the attack, which happened at about 17:00 GMT, as a "tragic incident". No arrests have been made.


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Two eruptions recorded at Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano

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Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted twice on Tuesday, January 31, with authorities cautioning residents to stay alert for expected ash fall in surrounding municipalities.

Footage captured by a fixed camera in San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Mexico, shows the moment the eruption occurred at 12:29 am Tuesday morning, followed by a second eruption at 6:59 am.

The National Civil and Protection Service said the "moderate explosion" shot "incandescent fragments" almost 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) from the crater rim.

Credit: Nicola Rustichelli via Storyful


Attention

Footage captures boulder nearly crush woman inside Honolulu home

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No one inside the home was injured, as damage can be seen to the walls inside the residence, January 29, 2023.
Footage captures boulder nearly crush woman inside Honolulu home

A massive boulder crashed into a Hawaii home over the weekend, narrowly missing a woman inside, dramatic footage shows.

The video captures the unsuspecting woman walking down a hallway inside her hillside Honolulu house when the boulder breaks through a wall mere feet away from her, creating a trail of destruction.

Officials said the boulder, which is five feet high and wide, broke through the home's cinderblock wall, living room and then another wall before it settled in a bedroom near midnight Saturday, Hawaii News Now reported.

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Ultra-rare 'rainbow clouds' light up the Arctic Circle like auroras in stunning new photos

Rare clouds that give off bright, multi-colored light like an aurora were recently spotted at multiple locations in the Arctic. But what causes them?
Rare Clouds
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Bright multi-colored clouds shining in the night sky above Mount Jökultindur in Iceland on Jan. 25.
The dark skies in the Arctic Circle recently shone with ethereal multi-colored light. But this jaw-dropping spectacle was not caused by auroras. Instead, the iridescent rainbows were caused by clouds of tiny ice crystals floating higher in the atmosphere than is normally possible.

The clouds, known as polar stratospheric clouds (PSC), only form when the lower stratosphere reaches temperatures below minus 114 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 81 degrees Celsius). Normally, clouds do not form in the stratosphere because it is too dry, but at these extremely low temperatures "widely-spaced water molecules begin to coalesce into tiny ice crystals" that form into clouds, Spaceweather.com reported. This means PSCs can form much higher up than normal clouds, between 9.3 and 15.5 miles (15 to 25 kilometers) above the ground.

As sunlight shines through these crystal clouds, it gets scattered, creating multiple different wavelengths of light, which has inspired the PSCs nickname, "rainbow clouds." Due to the extreme altitude of the clouds sunlight can hit the crystals and scatter above an observer even if the sun is beyond the horizon, which is when these clouds appear brightest.