Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel wins Miss Universe pageant
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – R’Bonney Gabriel, a Texas fashion designer, model and sewing teacher, has been crowned Miss Universe. The 71st Miss Universe pageant was held in New Orleans on Saturday night. At the moment of the winner’s dramatic reveal, Gabriel closed his eyes and shook hands with runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel. She beamed when her name was called. Booming music played and Gabriel was presented with a bouquet of flowers and crowned with a tiara. Competition officials say Gabriel is the first Filipino American to win Miss USA. The rights to the pageant, which was once partially owned by former President Donald Trump, were bought by a Thai business tycoon and transgender activist for $20 million last year.
When tornadoes hit, survivors hid in tubs and shipping containers
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MARBURY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama mechanic took refuge in a shipping container when a tornado decimated his business and killed two neighbors. A woman hid in a bathtub with her 2-year-old son and over the phone told her mother, “If the house is broken, I’ll be in the tub area.” The harrowing stories of survivors of Thursday’s storm surface as residents comb through the debris wrought by tornadoes and gale force winds that have killed at least nine people in Alabama and Georgia. Survivors described chaotic scenes unfolding as the storm churned toward them, with people rushing into shelters and sheds as the wind dropped.
University student stabbed to death on bus for being Asian
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — A 56-year-old woman has been charged after an 18-year-old Indiana University student was repeatedly stabbed in the head in an attack on a public bus, the school says, because the victim is Asian. Bloomington Police said the victim told investigators she was standing and waiting for the exit doors to open on Wednesday afternoon when another passenger began hitting her on the head. Bus surveillance footage showed no interaction between the two women prior to the attack. Police later arrested Billie R. Davis, who is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.
Egypt says that an ancient royal tomb was excavated at Luxor
CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian authorities say archaeologists have unearthed an ancient tomb in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, known for its treasures dating back to the time of the pharaohs. Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said an Egyptian-British mission on Saturday found the royal tomb at an ancient site on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, 650 kilometers south of the capital from Cairo. He said initial investigations indicated the tomb appeared to belong to the 18th dynasty of Pharaonic Egypt, dating from 1550 B.C. to 1292 BC was enough
Andrew Tate case: Romania tows away luxury cars and other assets
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Romanian authorities have arrived at a compound near Bucharest to tow away a fleet of luxury cars and other assets worth an estimated total of $3.9 million in an investigation into Andrew Tate. The divisive social media personality is arrested in Romania on human trafficking charges. Romania’s National Agency for Unavailable Asset Management said in a statement on Saturday that it had removed a total of 15 luxury cars, 14 designer watches and multi-currency cash. The agency said the total value of the goods was estimated at 3.6 million euros ($3.9 million).
The claim to mammoth bones brings treasure hunters to the New York River
NEW YORK (AP) – Several groups have flocked to the waterway off Manhattan in search of treasure. This comes after a guest on podcast host Joe Rogan’s show made the claim that a boxcar’s worth of prehistoric bones were shipped from Alaska to New York City in the 1940s. Despite the lack of evidence to back the claim, treasure hunters have used boats, scuba and technology like remote-controlled cameras to search in recent weeks. They hope that the murky water hides some treasures like the tusks of the woolly mammoth.
Tornadoes rock historical civil rights community in Alabama
Zakiya Sankara-Jabar’s cellphone buzzed relentlessly during a deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes across parts of the southern United States. Text messages and calls from loved ones in Alabama, many of whom were hysterical, brought her devastating news. In Selma, family members’ homes were damaged but were structurally intact. But just one town away, other relatives lost everything. Her family has called the area home for generations, and they have deep ties to Selma, a town steeped in civil rights history. Now Selma is a majority black, working-class town recovering from a natural disaster, in a region that has suffered from economic depression and lack of public resources for decades.
Storm-swept California is getting more wind, rain and snow
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Storm-hit California is getting more wind, rain and snow, causing flooding concerns, causing power outages and making travel dangerous. Rainbands of gusty winds started in the north on Saturday and spread south, with more storms expected to follow early next week. Flood warnings have been issued for portions of counties north and south of San Francisco Bay. The tiny community of Felton Grove in Santa Cruz County on the San Lorenzo River has been evacuated. In Sacramento County, an evacuation order was issued for residents of a semirural area along the Cosumnes River. A backcountry avalanche warning has been issued for the central Sierra Nevada, including the greater Lake Tahoe area.
The school searched the first grader’s backpack before the teacher fired
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A school principal says administrators at the Virginia school where a first grader shot and killed his teacher last week learned the child may have had a gun in his possession before the shooting, but the 9mm – pistol he had brought with him had not been found despite searching his backpack. School system superintendent George Parker told parents in an online meeting Thursday night that a school official was briefed on the gun before the 6-year-old shot the Richneck Elementary teacher, in Newport News. A spokesman for the school system said the student’s backpack was searched immediately after receiving the tip. Police said Friday they were not informed of the tip before the shooting.
NFL regular season ratings are down 3% compared to last season
The NFL’s regular season ratings were down 3% from last season, which was not unexpected as “Thursday Night Football” switched from Fox and NFL Network to airing exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The 272 regular-season games averaged 16.7 million viewers across television and digital platforms. The league also said 185 million fans watched games at some point during the 18 weeks. Despite the decline, it’s the third-highest average since 2016. Last season, it averaged 17.1 million.
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