Collision happened late Tuesday morning in southeastern Italian countryside
Two trains collided head-on about 15 kilometers south of Adriatic Sea
Pictures from the scene in the Puglia region showed both trains were on the same track about 15 kilometers south of the Adriatic Sea, apparently headed toward each other.
Images distributed by firefighters there showed the smashed remains of train cars and a large area of scattered, twisted metal at the impact site about 7 kilometers east of the city of Andria.
One train was headed from Andria to Corato, while the other was headed in the opposite direction, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
Giuseppe Corrado, deputy president of the Barletta-Andria-Trani province, said at least 20 people were killed. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for an investigation into the collision.
“There will be a full inquiry to find out who is responsible for this crash, and what has happened,” Renzi told reporters Tuesday in Milan.
The rescue and recovery effort is ongoing, he added. A hospital in Andria was asking the public for blood donations for the injured through a local news website.
Renzi planned to visit the crash site on Tuesday evening, an Italian government website said.
The state-run rail company FS Group offered condolences and said both trains were operated by the private company Ferrotramviaria SpA, which runs commuter rail services in the area.
“The employees of the Italian FS Group are close to the victims’ families, the wounded and colleagues at Ferrotramviaria,” the FS Group said.
Details on what led to the crash weren’t immediately available.
The wreck happened in a relatively remote area. Local authorities took to social media to ask for any doctors and medics in the area to go to the crash site to help the injured.
“It’s not an area that’s easily accessible. The closest highway is miles away,” CNN contributor Barbie Nadeau said.
CNN’s Dominique Heckels, Livia Borghese and Gisella Deputato contributed to this report
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Chilling cell phone video surfaced Tuesday of two Louisiana cops killing a 37-year-old man selling music outside a Baton Rouge convenience store after an anonymous caller claimed he had a gun.
The police gunfire sparked impassioned protests that continued past midnight outside the store — 24 hours after authorities shot Alton Sterling during a fatal 12:35 a.m. encounter. More than 100 demonstrators shouting “no justice, no peace” clogged the street, setting off fireworks and blocking an intersection to protest Sterling’s death.
Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, La. on Tuesday.
The grim 48-second cell phone video of the killing outside Triple S. Food Mart shows two police officers tackling and wrestling a heavy-set man in a red shirt against the hood of a car before throwing him to the pavement.
“He’s got a gun,” one officer cries while the pair pinned Sterling to the ground.
“You f—–g move, I swear to God,” the other cop yells, before the two draw their weapons. The terrified bystander turns the camera phone away as five shots ring out — two of which a coroner said struck Sterling in the chest and back.
Protestors gather at the intersection of N. Foster and Fairfields after Sterling’s death.
“They shot him?” a man’s startled voice says in the video. “Yes,” a woman replies between sobs.
Officers responded to the store about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after an anonymous caller said a man selling CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun, said Baton Rouge Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.
In Louisiana, gun owners are allowed to carry weapons without a permit as long as they’re over 18 and not felons.
It’s unclear how Sterling obtained the weapon. His rap sheet dates back two decades with several drug, firearm, theft and assault arrests. He was sentenced to five years to prison for marijuana and weapon possession in 2009, the Advocate reported.
The owner of the store had no knowledge of an argument outside his store that led to the initial 911 call.
He later saw officers pull a gun from Sterling’s pocket after the shooting and acknowledged Sterling bought the firearm days earlier for protection after learning other disc sellers in the region had been robbed.
Abdullah Muflahi owns the store where Alton Sterling was shot and witnessed the event.
(Maya Lau / The Advocate)
“He was screaming, ‘What did I do,’ ‘What’s going on,” Triple St. Food Mart owner and witness Abdullah Muflahi told the Daily News.
Police confiscated the store’s surveillance footage that Muflahi said would have captured every second of the violent death outside his store.
Muflahi watched police kill Sterling, a father of three children and his friend of six years, he said. Sterling died steps from where he allowed him to peddle music daily.
“His hand was not in his pocket, nor did he have the gun in his hand,” he said, defending Sterling’s final moments.
A cop was seen on video using a stun gun on Sterling before the shooting.
“While he was laying there dying, the cop went inside his pocket to pull the gun out.”
Police have not confirmed whether Sterling was in possession of a gun.
“I think they really handled it the wrong way,” Muflahi added.
The officers were wearing body cams during the shooting, but the recording devices apparently came loose and were dangling from their chests during the incident, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely told the Advocate, a Baton Rouge newspaper.
At least one dashcam caught the killing on tape.
Sterling’s death at the hands of police comes almost two years after Staten Island resident Eric Garner died after being placed in a police chokehold.
Garner, 43 and black, was allegedly selling loose cigarettes on July 17, 2014, when white cop Daniel Pantaleo put the asthmatic man in a banned chokehold and he died after saying he could not breathe. The sickening takedown was captured on video obtained exclusively by the Daily News.
Demonstrators shouted “no justice, no peace” in the wake of Sterling’s shooting.
(Travis Spradling / The Advocate)
The death of Garner and other black men in police custody has given rise to protests around the country, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.
Baton Rouge police officials said two uniformed officers involved were placed on administrative leave following the killing, which is standard procedure in shootings.
“It just didn’t make sense for someone to become so angry that’s suppose to protect our lives and take this young man’s life,” Vereta Lee, a family friend of Sterling’s, told WAFB. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
The arm grab that supposedly never happened just landed Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski under arrest.
Lewandowski turned himself in to police in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday morning and has been charged with misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident at a March 8 news conference. Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative Breitbart News website, accused Lewandowski of grabbing and yanking her arm as she tried to ask the Republican presidential front-runner a question.
Washington Post reporter Ben Terris witnessed episode and described it in a March 10 story.
As security parted the masses to give him passage out of the chandelier-lit ballroom, Michelle Fields, a young reporter for Trump-friendly Breitbart News, pressed forward to ask the Republican front-runner a question. I watched as a man with short-cropped hair and a suit grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way. He was Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s 41-year-old campaign manager.
Fields stumbled. Finger-shaped bruises formed on her arm.
“I’m just a little spooked,” she said, a tear streaming down her face. “No one has grabbed me like that before.”
She took my arm and squeezed it hard. “I don’t even want to do it as hard as he did,” she said, “because it would hurt.”
The Trump campaign has repeatedly denied that Lewandowski touched Fields, even as video emerged that appeared to show the grab. A clearer video was released by Jupiter Police on Tuesday.
An arrest report indicates that the video was captured by a security camera at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., where the billionaire real estate mogul addressed the media after primary victories in Michigan and Mississippi. The investigating officer, Marc Bujnowski, wrote that “the video parallels with what Fields had told me, in that Trump was walking towards the exit of the ballroom, taking questions and signing autographs.”
Fields is seen on video, holding her phone up to Trump, appearing to ask him a question. Trump had looked in her direction, and then Lewandowski extended his left arm out, stepping between Trump and another male subject believed to be U.S. Secret Service. After extending his arm out, Lewandowski appeared to reach for Fields’s left arm with his left hand, allowing him to get closer to Fields. Lewandowski then grabbed Fields’s left arm with his right hand, causing her to turn and step back. This motion cleared a path for Lewandowski to walk past Fields, allowing him to catch up and get closer to Trump, who was walking during this entire incident.
Bujnowski wrote that police obtained footage on March 12.
Yet in an interview with the Post last Wednesday at Mar-a-Lago, Lewandowski continued to deny that he had any physical contact with Fields, or had even met her or Terris.
“I’ve never met Ben Terris before — spoke to him on the phone, never met him — and this particular woman, I also had never met, nor had I ever spoken to her on the phone. The notion that — just the premise that Breitbart is going to ask Mr. Trump a question that he can’t handle, and I’m so concerned what this question might be — on its face, that is just an egregious notion.”
Lewandowski added that he “didn’t see anything happen.”
A patient acquired Zika virus in the U.S. through sex with a person who had traveled to a place where the virus is circulating, Dallas County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
This is not the first time that the virus has been sexually transmitted, and it most likely isn’t the first time it’s been sexually transmitted in the U.S.
In 2008, two scientists returned to Colorado after months of field work in Senegal, where they’d been bitten by Aedes aegypti, the species of mosquito that transmits Zika virus.
One of them ended up passing the virus to his wife, most likely during intercourse. The couple noticed that the husband’s semen had been bloody for a few days before the wife felt sick. She later tested positive for Zika, even though she had not left the U.S. in years. The pair co-authored a paper on their case, which has been called the first documented case of sexual transmission of an insect-borne disease.
During a Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013, the virus was isolated from the bloody semen of a man in Tahiti. This was a few weeks after he had symptoms, and while his blood no longer contained traces of the virus, his urine did, and his semen contained live virus capable of replicating. The authors speculate that the virus may have replicated in the man’s genital tract.
Similarly, Japanese researchers studying boars infected with a virus in the same family as Zika isolated virus from the urine and semen of boars that was capable of infecting a female through artificial insemination.
Is sexual transmission definitely possible? “Well, it sounds like it,” says Dr. Robert Tesh, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch who studies emerging infectious diseases. But if it is, it’s probably quite rare.
“I know it’s sexy, talking about sexual transmission, but it’s still the mosquito that’s the important vector,” says Tesh, who co-authored the case report from Colorado.
The silver lining is that both the Colorado case and the Texas case happened in the winter, when it’s too cold out for the species of mosquito that transmits the virus to be out and about. So Zika couldn’t have spread to other people by mosquito.
Though the virus has been connected with birth defects in Brazil, in adults the symptoms, if any appear, are often mild and short-lived: rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis and slight fever. The CDC is trying to figure out if an uptick in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a neurological disorder, that was reported by Brazil Ministry of Health is connected to Zika.
Research on a 2013 outbreak in French Polynesia, the largest known, has yielded the most information on which bodily fluids Zika hangs out in, and when.
One study found signs of the virus in the saliva of patients shortly after the onset of symptoms. A small study in New Caledonia detected it in patients’ urine more than 10 days after their first symptoms, and more than a week after it became undetectable in blood.
A third study found the virus in the breast milk of infected mothers, and concluded that two babies who tested positive for Zika virus within days of birth possibly acquired it from their mothers’ bodily fluids during pregnancy or birth.
Tesh says it’s unclear how the virus remains in bodily fluids, but hypothesizes that the virus could hide in white blood cells.
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This hasn’t happened in 33 years, and it won’t occur again for another 18.+ READ ARTICLE
Be sure not to miss tonight’s supermoon eclipse by watching live footage here at TIME.com, beginning at 7:11 p.m. ET (00:11 GMT) and extending into Monday morning.
The supermoon eclipse results from the rare combination of a lunar eclipse, a point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to the earth, and the full moon closest to the fall equinox — all at once. In other words, this is a total eclipse of a super-harvest-blood-moon. It hasn’t happened in 33 years, and it won’t occur again for another 18.
The eclipse will be visible to the naked eye, and the different phases will altogether be over four hours long. The eclipse will take place in stages, with first the penumbral eclipse, when the earth blocks the moon with the outer part of its shadow, then the partial eclipse, and then the full eclipse, when the earth completely blocks the moon from the sun’s light. The darkened moon may appear red during the period of total eclipse in the middle of the event.
If you cannot get to a spot with a moon view, or prefer not to spend almost five hours outside tonight, you can watch the full lunar event here via live stream. The stages of the the supermoon eclipse are at the following times:
Penumbral Eclipse begins — 00:11 GMT
Partial Eclipse begins — 01:07 GMT
Full Eclipse begins — 2:11 GMT
Maximum Eclipse — 2:47 GMT
Full Eclipse ends — 3:23 GMT
Partial Eclipse ends — 4:27 GMT
Penumbral Eclipse ends — 5:22 GMT
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