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Sept. 20 (UPI) — Rescue teams frantically sifted through debris of a flattened schoolhouse in Mexico City Wednesday, in a race to find dozens of children who remain unaccounted for, just hours after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit. The powerful quake struck Tuesday afternoon in Chiautla de Tapia, a small town in Puebla state 80 miles south of Mexico City, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake collapsed an elementary school and killed nearly two dozen children there, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said at the Enrique Rebsamen school in southeastern Mexico City. Surrounded by desperate parents, he added that as many as 30 others remained trapped in the fallen building. Four adults died at the school and others are missing. Eleven people were rescued there overnight, officials said. A volunteer rescue worker, Pedro Searrano, said sounds could be heard from the building as he and other rescuers worked. It was unknown if they were cries …

North Korea reportedly owes New York City $156,000 in parking tickets. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured.(Reuters) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has the cash for lavish caviar lunches — but he isn’t putting any toward his country’s mountain of Big Apple parking tickets. North Korea’s diplomatic mission to the United Nations owes New York City more than $156,000 from 1,300 unpaid parking tickets, making them one of the biggest scofflaws in the city, NBC 4 reported. The unpaid tickets date back to the 1990s. A North Korean diplomat named Jong Jo told the outlet there must be an error because the city has the right to withhold parking privileges for diplomats if they have more than three unpaid tickets. “It’s not true,” Jo said. “It is false. Whenever we have a ticket, we pay. Because, you know, if we have three tickets the city does not allow us to renew their …

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Police say they have “so many questions” in response to a unique traffic stop that was conducted in late August, which involved a motorcyclist traveling in a panda suit. CBS Minnesota reports a concerned driver called 911 earlier in the summer to report the motorcyclist’s vision appeared to be obstructed by a panda suit as they wove through traffic no-handed. The biker exited the freeway before a trooper could locate him. But on Aug. 31, dispatchers found him on traffic cameras. He was subsequently cited for reckless driving. The panda head was confiscated. Authorities reminded riders to make sure they can see and can be seen by other vehicles. “Halloween’s not for more than a month. And even if Halloween was today, this would not be OK or legal, in case you were wondering,” the state patrol said. “A panda head will not protect you in a crash like a DOT-approved helmet would.”

Facebook is tightening controls on its advertising targeting tools, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg announced in a statement acknowledging that the ability for advertisers to target “Jew haters” until last week was “totally inappropriate and a fail on our part”. The policy change follows an embarrassing report by ProPublica on Thursday that the company’s ad-buying system allowed advertisers to target users interested in antisemitic subjects. Subsequent reporting found additional bigoted terms in Facebook’s system that could be used to target advertisements. “The fact that hateful terms were even offered as options was totally inappropriate and a fail on our part,” Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post. “We never intended or anticipated this functionality being used this way – and that is on us. And we did not find it ourselves – and that is also on us.” The announcement and mea culpa come amid increased scrutiny of Facebook’s advertising tools. On 6 September, Facebook acknowledged …

Two for one: bright radio sources at the heart of NGC 7674 A pair of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) could be orbiting each other in a galaxy that is 400 million light-years from Earth – according to astronomers in India and the US. The binary system appears to have a combined mass of about 40 million Suns and the black holes are separated by just over one light-year. The observation appears to back up a theoretical prediction linking galactic radio emissions to the presence of a binary SMBH. Today there is only one confirmed sighting of a binary SMBH, in a radio galaxy called 0402+379. This object is 750 million light-years away and the two SMBHs have a combined mass of 15 billion Suns and are separated by about 24 light-years. Compact and closer Now, Preeti Kharb and Dharam Lal at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics in Pune and David Merritt at the Rochester Institute of Technology have …

I run across a lot of statistics in my job. It comes with the territory. But I saw one a few days ago that truly shocked me. Here it goes: Seven in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. That’s a sobering thought. Millions of workers haven’t put away the first dime from their paychecks in either an IRA or 401( K ). And the majority of the population only has a few hundred dollars in the bank. That’s barely enough to cover an unexpected expense like a fender bender or broken air conditioner. In fact, most respondents said they would be forced to use a credit card for such an event. Nobody wants an unexpected bill to cause real financial hardship. That’s why most financial gurus recommend keeping an emergency fund equal to at least three months’ salary. But many workers have barely managed to save three days’ salary, let alone three months. …

8:23 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The issues NFL ownership have had regarding commissioner Roger Goodell’s extension have been resolved and the deal is “getting papered right now,” a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN. It could take days or maybe weeks to finalize, but the contract is “getting done,” according to the source. The source confirmed that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had raised issues about the deal and wanted to open up the search during the process. ESPN previously reported that Jones had argued persistently for months to the committee that other owners believe Goodell makes “way too much money” and demand a pay-cut and a radical change in the formula that compensates the commissioner, as well as other employees of the league office. “That’s what he tried to do,” the source said, “but he got shot down.” A conference call on Wednesday of the compensation committee …

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election has asked the White House for documents on a range of subjects including President Donald Trump’s firing of the FBI director and his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The Times reported that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office had sent the White House a document outlining 13 areas of interest about which investigators were seeking additional documentation. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined a request by Reuters to comment on the matter. Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling requests from Mueller’s office, told Reuters, “Out of respect for the special counsel and its process, the White House does not comment on exchanges between the special counsel and the White House.” “The White House remains committed to cooperate fully with the special counsel,” Cobb said. The subjects in the request by Mueller’s office …

Sept. 20 (UPI) — India’s Tata Steel and Germany’s ThyssenKrupp have signed a memorandum of understanding to merge their European operations on Wednesday, a statement from the Indian company said. The statement from Tata Steel notes that the venture would be focused on quality and technology leadership and supplying premium and differentiated products to their customers, with an estimated annual revenue of around $18 billion. The headquarters will be in Amsterdam with more than 48,000 employees. “The strategic logic of the proposed joint venture in Europe is based on very strong fundamentals,” said N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Steel., “I am confident that ThyssenKrupp Tata Steel will have a great future.” However, about 4,000 layoffs are expected due to too much production capacity and not enough demand. ThyssenKrupp CEO Heinrich Hiesinger said, “Even with the joint venture it will not be possible to avoid job cuts.” The next step will be to negotiate definitive detailed …

Pedro Quedaza, 49, was arrested Wednesday for sexually assaulting an underage girl. Quedaza was previously known for having the winning ticket in a $338 million Powerball lottery in 2013.  (Passaic County Prosecutor’s office) A former bodega owner from New Jersey, best known for his massive lottery win in 2013, has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a minor, the Wayne Patch reported. Pedro Quezada, 49, was arrested Wednesday for sexually assaulting an underage girl for approximately three years while she was between the ages of 11 and 14, Passaic County Prosecutors said in a statement. The former bodega owner was the winner of $338 million in the Powerball lottery in March 2013. Quedaza decided to take the lump sum, leaving him with about $152 million after taxes. At the time he told reporters, “I felt pure joy and happiness because I can help my family.” Prosecutors said, at this point in the investigation, it appears the girl was …

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