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Headlines: Sunday, October 21, 2:00 PM
A tourist train in Taiwan derailed Sunday, killing at least 18 passengers and injuring at least 168 others.The Puyuma express train with 366 passengers on board derailed in Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday afternoon as it was traveling from New Taipei to Taitung.Most of the victims died on the train while some others died as a result of their injuries after the injured victims were taken to four nearby hospitals for treatment, director of the TRA Lu Chieh-sheng said.The TRA initially said the death toll was as high as 22, but later confirmed the four other deaths were the result of double calculation at hospitals.The crash was the deadliest of its kind since 30 people were killed and 130 injured when a train derailed and plunged into a river near the city of Hsinchu in 1981.An American woman was reportedly among those injured, as the train service is popular with tourists. There weren't immediately any other reports of foreign nationals being killed or injured in the crash.The Taiwan Railway Administration said all of the train's eight carriages derailed from the track while five were left overturned.Lu said the cause of the crash was under investigation, as the driver of the train told local media he felt something on the track as the train was going around a bend.A passenger on the train said she heard strange sounds and saw unusual signs on the information screen system and that the driver had applied the emergency brakes multiple times before the crash.The Yilan County government said search and rescue operations at the site of the crash would continue through the night until all passengers are found."We are still trying to clear the site and check if more passengers are stuck inside the train," Lu said.
U.S President Donald Trump said he believes Saudi Arabia lied in their account of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.In an interview with The Washington Post late Saturday, Trump backed down from his assertion that Saudi Arabia's account of the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi's death at the country's Turkish consulate was credible."Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies," Trump said. "Their stories are all over the place."Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributing columnist, has not been seen since visiting the Saudi consulate Oct. 2 to get documents for his planned marriage.Saudi Arabia initially said Khashoggi left the embassy unharmed although security camera footage captured his entry, but not his exit, but on Friday confirmed he was killed in a brawl at the consulate.Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R- Tenn., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, S-S.C., have expressed skepticism regarding Saudi Arabia's explanation."First we were told Mr. Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement. Now, a fight breaks out and he's killed in the consulate, all without knowledge of Crown Prince," Graham wrote on Twitter. "It's hard to find this latest 'explanation' as credible.Khashoggi's friends have demanded Saudi Arabia provide his body for a funeral and Turkish officials believe he was dismembered and say there are audio and video recordings as proof.Trump told The Washington Post he was aware of the claims that recording of the events inside the consulate existed, but he hasn't been given the opportunity to review such recordings."I've heard all about the videos or the tapes. Nobody would get it faster than me. Nobody has been able to show it," he said.During a rally in Istanbul on Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will announce details of Trukey's investigation into the case on Tuesday."We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth," Erdogan said.Trump said he didn't believe Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be replaced, adding he hasn't received information that he was responsible for Khashoggi's death and his father, King Salman "does not know about it.""Nobody has told me he's responsible. Nobody has told me he's not responsible. We haven't reached that point. I haven't heard either way," he said. "There is a possibility he found out about it afterward. It could be something in the building went badly awry. It could be that's when he found about it. He could have known they were bringing him back to Saudi Arabia."Trump added it was too early to say how or if he would sanction Saudi Arabia, noting the country's history of purchasing military equipment from the United States and assisting U.S. operations in the Middle East."I would love if he wasn't responsible," Trump said. "I think it's a very important ally for us. Especially when you have Iran doing so many bad things in the world, it's a good counterbalance to the world. Iran, they're as evil as it gets. They're probably laughing at this situation as they see it. Iran is as evil as it gets."Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin echoed Trump's sentiments, agreeing it was too soon to discuss sanctions."It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred," he said.Mnuchin said will participate in a meeting in Riyadh this week to combat terrorism financing with government officials from Saudi Arabia and other Middle East partners.
Jamie Lee Curtis' latest horror movie Halloween is No. 1 in North America, earning $77.5 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.Coming in at No. 2 is A Star is Born with $19.3 million, followed by Venom at No. 3 with $18.1 million, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween at No. 4 with $9.7 million and First Man at No. 5 with $8.6 million.Rounding out the top tier are The Hate U Give at No. 6 with $7.5 million, Smallfoot at No. 7 with $6.6 million, Night School at No. 8 with $5 million, Bad Times at the El Royale at No. 9 with $3.3 million and The Old Man & the Gun at No. 10 with $2 million.
Sharknado and American Pie icon Tara Reid announced via Instagram this weekend that her mother, Donna, has died."Today has been one of the most heartbreaking days of my life," the 42-year-old actress posted Saturday. "My mother Donna Reid just passed away. My heart breaks -- who am I gonna call everyday, what do I do? 2 yrs ago I lost my father and I never felt such a pain. Now I just lost my mom. But the one thing I know is they are together again. Mom & Dad, I love you! RIP, your baby girl Tara."Reid also shared her parents' wedding photo, along with the message.The actress' mom attended the premiere of her movie Sharknado 6 in August."So thankful my mother was able to come down the red carpet with me," Reid wrote on Instagram at the time. "She's been extremely sick just got out of the ICU. It has been a very hard year also with having my father pass away. It truly meant the world to me #iloveyoumom #sharknado6."Reid's father Thomas died in December 2016 at the age of 76, UsMagazine.com said.Donna's age and cause of death were not immediately reported.
Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies and Greg Nicotero attended Saturday's memorial for their former The Walking Dead family member Scott Wilson.Variety said the service was held at California's Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills."Scott made me feel like part of the family as soon as I met him," said Gurira, who has played Michonne since Season 2. "He also taught me to how to smoke a cigar."Callies, who played Lori in the show's first three seasons before her character was killed off, read Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem, "Thou Famished Grave," and Nicotero, who works behind the scenes of the series as an executive producer and special-effects wizard, offered a toast at a reception that followed.Wilson, who played kind-hearted veterinarian Hershel in Seasons 2 to 4, died on Oct. 6, just as it was announced at New York Comic that Wilson had taped a cameo appearance for Season 9 of the The Walking Dead. He was 76 when he lost his battle with leukemia.Wilson's other credits include In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Right Stuff, CSI and The OA.
The Powerball jackpot climbed to $620 million, the third largest in the game's history, after no one identified the six numbers Saturday night.The selected numbers-- 16, 54, 57, 62, 69 with a Powerball of 23 -- would have been worth $470 million, lottery officials said.The next drawing is Wednesday night.One night earlier, the other multi-state lottery game, Mega Millions will draw numbers for at least $1.6 billion. It already is the largest pot in lotto history but can grow depending on volume of ticket sales. The numbers drawn Friday were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7. The largest Mega Millions prize awarded on record was $656 million on March 30, 2012.The previous the largest U.S. payout was $1.59 billion in Powerball in January 2016. The pot was shared by three ticket holders.The last Powerball jackpot payout was Aug. 11 and the previous Mega Millions one was on July 24.The first five balls in Powerball are from a pool of 69 and the Powerball from 26. In Mega Millions, it's 70 ball among the first numbers and one of 25 for the Mega Ball.The Mega Millions odds are 1 in 302.6 million and for Power Ball it's 1 in 292.2 million, according to CNN.Each game costs $2 to play.The drawings are twice a week -- 10:59 for Powerball and 11 p.m. for Mega Millions.The only states not selling lottery tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah.
Cruel Intentions and Anger Management actress Selma Blair announced this weekend that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August.Blair, 46, described on Instagram Saturday what life is like as she struggles with the disease, which attacks the central nervous system.She said she was moved to speak out after an experience she had during a wardrobe fitting for her upcoming television series Another Life last week."The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show, but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself," Blair wrote.She continued: "I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don't know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best."The actress also thanked her celebrity friends Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Elizabeth Berkley for their support."I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself," she said.Shortly before her diagnosis, Blair celebrated two years of sober living.She made headlines in June 2016 when she was removed from an international flight in Los Angeles.Blair apologized in a statement to Vanity Fair, explaining she had mixed alcohol with medication."I made a big mistake yesterday," the star said. "After a lovely trip with my son and his Dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret."Blair, who is parent to 6-year-old son Arthur with Jason Bleick, said in a post in May that she "fell apart" in a "very public" way. She told fans she is "now winning" her battle with alcoholism, depression and anxiety.Her other credits include Hellboy and the TV projects Heathers and The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
One man was arrested and another is at-large in the fatal shooting of an Atlanta-area police officer who was shot answering a call about a suspicious vehicle, authorities said Sunday.Antwan Toney, 30, died Saturday afternoon after being transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Ga., the Gwinnett County Police Department posted on Twitter.Toney, who joined the department nearly three years ago, was responding with other officers to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School around 2:30 pm., police said.They located the vehicle and shots were fired as they approached it. One of the shots struck Toney and other officers returned fire, police said.The vehicle fled the scene but respondering officers found it crashed a short distance away with as many as four suspects fleeing the scene on foot.Shortly after midnight, the county police announced Isaiah Pretlow, 19, of Snellville, had been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Tafahree Maynard, 18, of Snellville, remained at large on charges of aggravated assault and felony murder.Police Chief Butch Ayers described Toney as "very jovial, very dedicated to his job and to serving his community."He is the first Gwinnett officer killed in the line of duty since 1993.So far this year nationwide, 45 officers have been killed by gunfire -- the same number as were killed nationally in all of 2017, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page
A floor collapse in an apartment complex's clubhouse in Clemson, S.C., early Sunday morning, injuring 30 people, according to police.The first floor collapsed into the basement of the Woodlands of Clemson Apartments, Clemson police Chief Jimmy Dixon told WHNS-TV. The apartment complex is 3 miles northeast of Clemson University.The collapse was reported around around 12:30 a.m.No one was entrapped and the injured were transported to three hospitals although none of the injuries were life threatening, Dixon said in a report by WYFF.A private party had leased the clubhouse.The collapse occured as attendees danced in unison, Woodlands Property Management President Tal Slann told CNN. He said the clubhouse was built in 2004.The complex, which caters to students, is a townhome- and garden-style condominium community, according to its website.
Tropical Storm Vicente and Willa, expected to become a hurricane, will impact Mexico next week, forecasts show.Both tropical storms were brewing in the eastern Pacific Ocean south of Mexico Saturday, AccuWeather reported, with potential to bring storm surge, damaging winds, flooding and mudslides to western and southwestern Mexico next week. The two storms could also shake up the seas making it dangerous for swimmers and surfers to enter the water in Acapulco, Zihuatenejo and Manzanilla.Tropical Storm Vicente was located about 95 miles west of Tapachula, Mexico on Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 25 miles.No coastal watches or warnings were in effect for Vicente, but the NHC noted that "interests along the southeastern and southern coast of Mexico should monitor the progress of Vicente."Vicente is expected to strengthen slightly over the couple days, the NHC said."Willa, on the other hand, is moving into an environment conducive for rapid strengthening and can become a major hurricane by midweek," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker said.Walker added that the impact from both storms will be seen by the middle of next week and Willa, in particular, "can then make landfall as a hurricane in Sinaloa or Nayarit around Thursday."Willa was located about 305 miles south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, and the expectation that it will become a hurricane on Sunday, the NHC said.Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 45 miles.Willa is expected to strengthen rapidly because it's in an area of low wind sheer, The Weather Channel reported, and could reach major hurricane status.With Willa and Vicente, the 2018 Northeast Pacific hurricane season has hit a new record for the most seasonal Accumulated Cyclone Energy, Meteorologist at Colorado State University Philip Klotzbach said in a Twitter post.