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Saudi bus crash kills 35 foreigners in holy city of Medina

  • The privately chartered bus collided with a heavy vehicle, the Medina police spokesman said.
  • The victims were Arab and Asian expatriates, he added.
  • The Prophet Mohammed's mosque is in Medina, making it the second-holiest site in Islam after Mecca.
  • The injured have been transferred to al-Hamna Hospital and authorities are investigating the cause of the collision, according to SPA.

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A man was sentenced to 15 years for cocaine possession in Oklahoma. It was powdered milk

  • Cody Gregg was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to court records.
  • His guilty plea was the result of an August arrest and charge of trafficking illegal drugs.
  • After a lab report showed a negative test for drugs, he withdrew his plea, court records show.
  • Gregg, 26, told the judge that the powered milk was from a food pantry, according to the paper.
  • It said he was riding his bike on August 12 when an officer tried to stop him because he had no rear lights.
  • He pedaled faster then jumped off his bike and fled, and officers found the white powder in his backpack, the paper said, citing an affidavit.
  • He was released Friday after being in jail since his arrest in August, the paper said.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at age 68

  • He died of "complications concerning longstanding health challenges," his office said in a statement.
  • The Democratic congressman has represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996 and served as the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is one of the committees involved in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
  • This story is breaking and will be updated.

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Indian hospital staff suspended after ants found crawling over dead patient's eyes

  • New Delhi (CNN) - Three nurses and two doctors have been suspended in India's central Madhya Pradesh state after ants were found crawling on the body of a recently deceased patient in a local hospital.
  • A 50-year-old man who was suffering from abdominal tuberculosis, died on Tuesday morning.
  • Soon after his death, nurses at the Shivpuri District Hospital covered his body with a bed sheet while they informed his family.
  • His family arrived at the ward soon after, where his wife discovered ants crawling around his eyes.

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The ant that moves at 108 times its body length each second

  • Harald Wolf, a professor at the University of Ulm, Germany, and his colleagues found that the Saharan silver ant, Cataglyphis bombycina, can reach speeds of 0.855 meters per second with its high-frequency strides.
  • He added that their speed surprised his research group, given that they have such short legs compared to their cousins, the desert ant -- Cataglyphis fortis.
  • This seems a wise strategy in an area where sand temperatures can reach up to 60°C (140°F), according to Wolf's team.
  • Sarah Pfeffer, a scientist at the University of Ulm who worked on the project, said the team had to look for digging ants or follow a foraging ant back to its nest.
  • "Insect research rather classically has provided some ideas for walking robots -- how they might be used for coordinating their legs," Wolf said.

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The 'blob': Paris zoo unveils unusual organism which can heal itself and has 720 sexes

  • Meet the "blob," an unusual organism which will go on display to the public on Saturday at the Paris Zoological Park, as part of a first-of-its-kind exhibition intended to showcase its rare abilities.
  • And it can also split into different organisms and then fuse back together, according to the a press release from the Zoological Park.
  • A year later, it was able to remember that behavior, according to her research.
  • It is also capable of solving problems, such as finding the shortest way to exit a labyrinth and anticipating changes in its environment, according to scientific researchers at the Zoological Park.
  • Scientists initially grew the blob in petri dishes, feeding it oatmeal, its favorite food, according to a video published by the Zoological Park.

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DejaVu: Caching versus Memoization

  • The main problem was “tearing” - a coexistence of different time slices in a one render(output) - some component might see the new State, while others might still see the old.
  • Problem with PUSH - if there is more than one change - consumer might be called more than one time, causing temporary inconsistencies as well as DejaVu. Caching versus Memoization - we are deriving data, one from each other, in a synchronous way, which is a PULL pattern, and the result is free from the problems above.
  • With different hooks updating independently you may, and will get temporary inconsistencies within a single component, leading to the (temporary)undefined behavior or even (temporary) broken state.
  • I was quite pathetic​ in my attempts to solve some state problems with hooks, until I've accepted - there no is such thing as an ideal tool.

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Angry commuters clash with climate protesters disrupting London travel during peak rush hour

  • Four people have been arrested so far due to the "obstruction incidents at Stratford and Canning Town," according to the British Transport Police (BPT).
  • The Jubilee line, meanwhile, is experiencing widespread delays due to "a customer incident," according to the Transport for London site.
  • Just this week, London became the first city to prohibit Extinction Rebellion from staging protests.
  • Police cleared activists from makeshift camps in Trafalgar Square and other sites in London, where Extinction Rebellion has congregated since its "International Rebellion" protest began last week.
  • Extinction Rebellion decried the London ban as "erosion of democracy," and called for greater attention to the climate crisis as hand.
  • The day after the ban was announced, the movement's co-founder, Gail Bradbrook, climbed atop the entrance of the UK Department of Transport while other activists glued themselves to the building below.

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Universal is using Alibaba technology to try and beat Disney in China

  • Hong Kong (CNN Business) - Universal has teamed up with tech giant Alibaba, a move that could be a big boost to the entertainment company's efforts to lure Chinese costumers to its upcoming Beijing theme park.
  • Visitors to the Beijing theme park -- set to open in 2021 -- will be able to use Alipay's facial recognition technology to enter, pay for meals and merchandise, and rent lockers at the park.
  • Universal Beijing visitors will also be able to use Alibaba's food delivery platform, Koubei, to get food and drink recommendations and order meals at the park online to avoid waiting in line.
  • Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin wanted to crush Disney's business in China with his own theme parks.

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A newborn was found wrapped in a plastic bag in Indiana

  • All 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have some sort of safe haven legislation to protect newborns and provide parents with an alternative to criminal abandonment, according to government agency Child Welfare Information Gateway.
  • In each state, a hospital is considered a safe location while some allow newborns to be left at a fire station or a police station.
  • At least 16 states and Puerto Rico mandate that babies be left only at a hospital, emergency medical services provider or healthcare facility.
  • Arizona, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Puerto Rico allow churches to act as safe havens, but someone has to be present at the time the infant is left.
  • In 10 states, the baby must be transferred to the hospital if received at a facility that does not provide medical care, the government agency says.

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