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Delta pilot turns plane around to get family to funeral

Published: Thursday, December 31, 2015 @ 1:21 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 31, 2015 @ 1:21 PM

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A Phoenix family is thankful after Delta pilot turned around before takeoff to make sure they could get to a funeral.

Nicole Wibel and her family were traveling to Tennessee to bury their father, whose final wish was to be buried in his hometown.

Their first flight was delayed 90 minutes at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, leaving them only 10 minutes to get to the gate to the connecting flight in Minneapolis, Fox 10 reports.

The flight was the last one of the day.

The plane was starting to taxi when the family got to the gate.

"I was just crying. I couldn't believe we were going to miss that flight,” Wibel said.

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Wibel’s brother, Rick Short, said an airline worker said there was nothing she could do.

“(She said) the tower wasn't going to let them pull back in and my sisters and mom were sitting there in tears and I'm sitting there screaming through the glass. All of a sudden (there was) another phone call.”

Short was screaming and waving his hands when the pilot saw them.

Once the pilot saw the family’s desperation and heard they were going to their father’s funeral, he turned around.

“We are very, very thankful for those pilots," Wibel said.

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23-foot python swallows woman whole, reports say

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

Woman Swallowed Whole By Python

A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole.

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According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a "snake with a bloated belly" and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported.

Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then "found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris said.

Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python.

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This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service.

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Small earthquake detected in Mexico City after national team beats Germany 

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:01 AM

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 17: Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images)
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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 17: Mexicans celebrate at the Angel of Independence after the Mexico National Team victory over Germany in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images)(Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

Fans cheering the national team’s win over Germany created an “artificial quake” that tipped the Richter scale, according to reports

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Seismologists at two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up readings when Hirving Lozano scored 35 minutes into Mexico’s 1-0 upset over defending champion Germany Sunday, according to USA Today

Officials at the California Earthquake Center told USA Today the induced quake likely generated a 2 on the Richter scale and would have gone unnoticed by the public if it were a typical earthquake. 

Germany became the third defending champion to lose in its opening match in the last 16 years. Mexico next plays Korea Republic June 23. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3 dead after Osaka hit with massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:56 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:35 AM

Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018.  A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (Kyodo News via AP)
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Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. There were no immediate reports of injuries. (Kyodo News via AP)(Yohei Nishimura/AP)

A massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck outside Osaka Monday morning, leaving at least three dead and 300 injured.

According to The Associated Press, the dead included two elderly men and a 9-year-old girl killed at school when a wall fell.

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The quake registered around 8 a.m. with an initial strength of 5.9, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

 

There was no tsunami threat however morning commutes were disrupted as trains were not running and power was out to many homes, according to the Japan Times

Kansai Electric Power Co. said nuclear plants in Fukui Prefecture were operating normally.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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Laura Bush, Melania Trump speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:41 AM

Feds Say 1,500 Immigrant Children Missing, They’re Not Responsible

Two first ladies are weighing in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico.

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Former first lady Laura Bush criticized the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration as "cruel" in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday.

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"I live in a border state," Bush wrote. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart."

According to The Associated Press, the policy, which started last month, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children. 

>> Reports: 1,500 immigrant children missing, feds say they’re not responsible

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso," Bush continued. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

She added: "In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can."

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First lady Melania Trump also shared her thoughts on the issue Sunday.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

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