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Damir Yusupov, 41, the captain of Ural Airlines A321, walks to attend a news conference in Ramenskoye, just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. (AP Photo/Vladimir Shatilov)
August 16, 2019 - 7:01 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled plane in a corn field after birds hit both engines said Friday that a quick landing was his only chance and he was not afraid of handling it. The experienced captain, 41-year-old Damir Yusupov, said when one of the plane's...
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In this video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television, a Russian Ural Airlines' A321 plane is seen after an emergency landing in a cornfield near Ramenskoye, outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The Russian pilot was being hailed as a hero Thursday for safely landing his passenger jet in a corn field after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)
August 15, 2019 - 3:02 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian pilot whose passenger jet lost power in both engines after colliding with a flock of gulls shortly after takeoff Thursday managed to land in a cornfield smoothly enough that only one person was hurt seriously enough to be hospitalized. The quick thinking of the captain, 41-...
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August 15, 2019 - 1:16 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A teen surfing off the Hawaii island of Oahu escaped a shark attack uninjured, but his board didn't. KHON-TV reports 16-year-old Max Keliikipi was waiting for a wave Sunday evening near Makaha Beach when he spotted what he thought was a turtle fin. It wasn't. The teen says the shark...
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August 15, 2019 - 1:13 pm
MOCKSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police department is evicting its pet cat named Sgt. Butters, and some residents are mounting a campaign to bring him back. The Winston-Salem Journal reports the Mocksville Police Department's resident feline needed a new home after concerns were raised...
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August 15, 2019 - 11:19 am
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges. Florida prosecutors say a Charlotte County sheriff...
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Cheryl Hayashi uses a microscope to work on a spider in her lab at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Hayashi has collected spider silk glands of about 50 species, just a small dent in the more than 48,000 spider species known worldwide. (AP Photo/Jeremy Rehm)
August 14, 2019 - 11:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spiders use to make their webs. Some...
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Dr. Paul Scofield, senior curator natural history at Canterbury Museum, holds the fossil, a tibiotarsus, top, next to a similar bone of an Emperor Penguin in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Scientists in New Zealand say they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of a human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
August 14, 2019 - 7:15 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They said the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood...
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August 14, 2019 - 5:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Who's a good dog? The American Kennel Club says there are a million of them. The club is announcing Wednesday that a Bernese mountain dog named Fiona recently became its 1 millionth "canine good citizen." That includes dogs past and present. Fiona and owner Nora Pavone (puh-VOHN')...
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August 14, 2019 - 5:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Who's a good dog? The American Kennel Club says there are a million of them. The club is announcing Wednesday that a Bernese mountain dog named Fiona recently became its 1 millionth "canine good citizen." That includes dogs past and present. Fiona and owner Nora Pavone (puh-VOHN')...
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August 13, 2019 - 7:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have arrested a man on suspicion of deliberately running over and killing two wild peacocks in northwest Los Angeles. KABC-TV says 61-year-old Floyd Belton turned himself in on Tuesday and is facing two counts of animal cruelty. He was being held on $80,000 bail. It's not...
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