2018 supermoons: Wolf moon rises on New Year’s day

Published: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

How To Photograph Super Moons And Other Cosmic Events

Sky gazers are in for a treat in January. The new year ushers in a trio of lunar events, beginning with two supermoons in January, the biggest and first on New Year’s Day.

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The Earth will be closest to the moon on Jan. 1 and will appear bigger in the nighttime sky. 

The January supermoon is also known as the Wolf Moon, named after the wolves that once howled in hunger around Native American villages during January full moons, according to the Old Farmer’s Alamanac.

A supermoon rises over Boston Harbor on September 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

A second supermoon in one month is known as a Blue Moon and that happens on Jan. 31st.

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Also on Jan. 31st, the year’s only North American eclipse just before dawn. The Old Farmer’s Almanac said it should be visible west of the Mississippi and in western Canada.

A supermoon, or perigee moon, rises behind the historic Mount Wilson Observatory on July 12, 2014 at Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles, California. The observatory founded by George Hale houses the 60-inch Hale telescope, built in 1908, and formerly world's largest, 100-inch Hooker telescope built in 1917. The perigree moon appears slightly brighter and larger on its closest orbits to the earth.(David McNew/Getty Images)

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George H.W. Bush hospitalized with blood infection after death of Barbara Bush

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Biography of George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, after attending the funeral of his wife Barbara.

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Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid inspections after deadly engine failure

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:50 AM

Engine Damage Forces Southwest Plane to Make Emergency Landing

Southwest Airlines said it canceled about 40 flights Sunday as it inspects engine fan blades in the wake of an engine failure last week that led to one passenger’s death.

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That’s about 1 percent of Dallas-based Southwest’s daily schedule of nearly 4,000 flights. The airline encouraged passengers to check their flight status. “We anticipate minimal delays or cancellations each day due to the inspections,” Southwest said in a written statement.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has the same type of engines on the Boeing 737s in its fleet and is also adding ultrasonic inspections of the engines, but said it doesn’t expect any operational impact to customers.

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Both airlines last week, in advance of the Federal Aviation Administration’s official release of an emergency airworthiness directive, said they would accelerate the inspections.

The FAA on Friday issued the anticipated directive requiring airlines to inspect fan blades on certain engines within 20 days. The directive draws from information gathered in the investigation of Southwest’s engine failure last Tuesday. The FAA said the inspection requirement is estimated to affect 352 engines in the United States and 681 engines worldwide.

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The CFM56-7B engine that blew on the Southwest flight showed evidence of “metal fatigue,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board. That engine model is on all of Southwest’s 737-700s and 737-800s, which make up the vast majority of Southwest’s fleet.

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Delta has a fleet of about 185 Boeing 737s with the engines, out of a fleet of more than 800 planes of various types.

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Waffle House shooting: How police captured Travis Reinking

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 3:17 AM

Waffle House Shooting: Who is Travis Reinking

Travis Reinking, the man suspected of killing four people during a shooting at a Waffle House outside Nashville, Tennessee, has been arrested.

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Reinking had been at the center of a statewide manhunt for 32 hours until he was caught Monday in the woods near his apartment. 

Nashville police confirmed the 29-year-old was taken into custody Monday afternoon. They tweeted these photos of him in the back of a cop car.

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In a news conference, police said they received a call about a man matching Reinking's description going into a wooded area. When officers arrived, nearby workers pointed them in the direction where the man was seen walking.

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Officers entered the wooded area and walked along pathways.

One of the detectives came across a man. When that man turned around, the detective realized it was Reinking.

Police said the detective drew his gun and ordered Reinking to get on the ground. Other officers quickly surrounded the suspect and he was taken into custody.

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The 29-year-old Reinking looked tired but had clothes, a backpack and identification when Nashville police caught him, authorities said. He surrendered without confrontation, police said.

“When they looked into the backpack they say a semi-automatic weapon with 45 caliber ammunition,” said Lt. Carlos Lara of the Nashville Police Department.

Reinking reportedly slipped through a law enforcement drag net of nearly 200 police, deputies and federal agents. He was able to walk back to his apartment to get clothes and other items, police said.

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The reason why he allegedly opened fire at this Nashville area Waffle House is still under investigation

Reinking was wearing a backpack, which was cut off once he was handcuffed, authorities said. Inside, police said they found a Kimber semi-automatic handgun with .45 caliber ammunition.

A wallet was also inside the backpack, and police used the ID to confirm the man was Reinking, officers said.

“He immediately asked for a lawyer and refused to make a statement,” said Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron.

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For people who work and live near the mass shooting, the capture brought relief. 

Now begins the healing for a community caught in terror, the victims and their families. 

Acting Nashville Mayor David Briley said: “We need to move on as community and do what we can to curb this violence in the future.”

Reinking was taken to a hospital to be examined. From there, he will be taken to the Nashville jail to be booked on four murder charges, according to police.

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Blown Southwest jet engine shows evidence of 'metal fatigue,' NTSB says

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Engine Damage Forces Southwest Plane to Make Emergency Landing

A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine that forced a Southwest Airlines plane to make an emergency landing Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport shows evidence of “metal fatigue,” officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was carrying 144 passengers and five crew members from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field when it made an emergency landing around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. One person was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.

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Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Tuesday that officials discovered during a preliminary investigation that one of the engine’s 24 fan blades was broken at the hub and missing, the Philly Voice reported. Metal fatigue appeared to be the cause of the break, Sumwalt said.

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Officials also found part of the engine’s covering in Bernville, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles west of Philadelphia.

Sumwalt said the investigation into the cause of Tuesday’s incident will likely take between 12 and 15 months.

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“The investigation is very extensive,” Sumwalt said. “We’re just literally at the very, very beginning of the investigation.”

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board examine damage to the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.(National Transportation Safety Board)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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