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Three-alarm fire rips through 115-year-old Philadelphia church

Philadelphia firefighters have brought under control a three-alarm blaze that caused parts of a 115-year-old church to collapse in the Parkside section of the city Tuesday.

The fire broke out at the Greater Bible Way Temple at around 2:47 p.m. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel told reporters during the firefight that between 75 and 100 firefighters and 30 to 40 pieces of equipment were dispatched to contain the blaze as plumes of smoke and fire shot out of the steeple and roof.

“This is an active firefight,” Thiel said. “We are still very worried in an old building like this, we are worried about collapses, so there are parts of the building that have already collapsed into it. We have parts of the building that have collapsed into the street.”

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Firefighters responded within three minutes and were able to begin an “exterior attack against heavy fire through the church,” Thiel said. “They did an incredible job, the first arriving battalion chief and all the companies getting here and circling the church, being able to get some heavy caliber water streams in place. You can see we have a lot of aerial master streams in place, and that’s really what’s kept us… has let us hold this fire.”

Philadelphia City Councilmember Jannie Blackwell told Fox 29 that workers were making repairs to the roof when the fire broke out. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

Thiel said the church was evacuated and added that some nearby residences might need to be evacuated. One person was rushed to the hospital from a building next door, but no further details about the patient’s condition were available.

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Firefighters using “heavy caliber water streams” in an attempt to put out a massive fire at the Greater Bible Way Temple on Tuesday.

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The Philadelphia Fire Department announced on Twitter shortly after 6 p.m. that firefighters had the flames under control. The department added that personnel would remain on scene throughout the night to douse hotspots.

“This is still an active firefight. We’ll certainly be here all night,” Thiel said. “If you’re having any breathing difficulties, or you have any reason that you think you might need help, call 911.”

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NYT columnist Bret Stephens gets brutally mocked over response to ‘bedbug’ Twitter jab

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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens was the butt of the joke on social media Tuesday after he responded to a Twitter user who called him a “bedbug.”

After it was reported Monday that the Times Midtown Manhattan offices were infested with bedbugs, George Washington University associate professor David Karpf had some fun at Stephens’ expense, tweeting, “The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens.”

Despite getting little attention among other Twitter users, Stephens took issue with it and reached out to Karpf, as well as his employer, according to an email Karpf shared on Twitter.

“Someone just pointed out a tweet you wrote about me, calling me a ‘bedbug,'” Stephens wrote in the email. “I’m often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people – people they’ve never met – on Twitter. I think you’ve set a new standard.”

The Times columnist went on to invite Karpf to his home, meet his wife and children, and then “call me ‘bedbug’ to my face.”

“That would take some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part,” Stephens told the college professor. “I promise to be courteous no matter what you have to say. Maybe it will make you feel better about yourself.”

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Stephens clarified that his offer was a “standing invitation” and that Karpf was welcome to bring his significant other.

On Tuesday, Stephens defended his response on MSNBC and insisted he wasn’t trying to get Karpf fired from the university.

“There is a bad history of being analogized to insects that goes back to a lot of totalitarian regimes,” Stephens said.

The controversy sparked an avalanche of mockery and the hashtag “#Bretbug began trending on Twitter.

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Critics panned Stephens’ appearance on MSNBC.

“Stephens’ whole ‘I didn’t copy his boss on the email to get him in trouble’ BS is in many ways the wimpiest part,” radio show host Buck Sexton reacted.

GWU Provost Forrest Maltzman invited Stephens to give a talk at the university on “civil discourse in the digital age.” He also made clear that the university was not taking action against Karpf.

“His opinions are his own,” Maltzman told Stephens. “Our commitment to academic freedom and free speech are integral to GW’s mission.”

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The op-ed columnist announced Tuesday morning he was deactivating his Twitter account.

“Time to do what I long promised to do,” Stephens began his last tweet. “Twitter is a sewer. It brings out the worst in humanity. I sincerely apologize for any part I’ve played in making it worse, and to anyone I’ve ever hurt. Thanks to all of my followers, but I’m deactivating this account.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Pete Davidson goes off on college students who broke no-cellphone rule, tells them to ‘f—ing grow up’

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Pete Davidson suffered a major lapse in judgment Monday night when he berated students while performing at a university in Florida.

The “Saturday Night Live” mainstay broke into an impromptu rant against millennials when students violated his no-cellphone rule during a welcome-back comedy show at the University of Central Florida.

“That’s what’s f—ed up. You were the one filming. That’s right, we’re embarrassing. That’s why the world is going to end in 25 years because you’re all f—ing r——d,” Davidson, 25, ranted at Monday’s show. “I meant it that way, idiots. You should f—ing grow up.”

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The funnyman continued in his diatribe in a video captured by one showgoer and raged that his friend had to monitor the audience to make sure they were adhering to his policy.

“It says no phones. You’re just supposed to, just like, behave,” said Davidson. “I have to have my boy patrol you guys like you’re 5 years old? That’s f—ing embarrassing.”

“You should grow up,” he continued in the middle of his set. “Where’s the next generation? … Don’t you want your parents to be proud of you? … Now we’ll continue.”

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However, Davidson’s rant didn’t go over well with showgoers and many booed the comedian, while others voiced their frustrations on social media.

“imagine going on a 5 minute … rant about how you hate millennials recording s–t and then tryna backtrack into making it a motivational speech 🥴 we ain’t even pay to see this s–t;;;; reLAX!” tweeted one show attendee, while another echoed the sentiment, calling the ordeal “a s— show.”

“it was a S–T SHOW! he went on a whole rant bcs a few ppl were recording and he started yelling about how we need to grow up and that we’re r-words and b—— and then he was like mad bcs no one was LAUGHING! u could feel the tension and how uncomfortable it was.”

In a statement to Fox News on Tuesday, the university called Davidson’s actions “disappointing” and said his use of the derogatory term was highly uncalled for.

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“Mr. Davidson’s abusive language, particularly his use of a derogatory slur, is contrary to the University of Central Florida’s values of inclusion and respect for all,” read the statement. “It’s disappointing that his rant spoiled an event that was meant to welcome students back for the fall semester.”

Davidson is no stranger to confronting fans in the audience of his sets. He recently booted a fan from one of his shows in South Orange, N.J. when the heckler shouted “Mac Miller!” as Davidson was setting up a joke about his friend dying of a heart attack.

Miller died of an accidental drug overdose in September 2018 at 26. The “Swimming” rapper dated Davidson’s ex-fiance, Ariana Grande, before Davidson did.

The remark didn’t go over well with Davidson as the comedian was said to have stopped his set mid-joke in order to locate the jeerer.

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“Pete calmly stops his routine and asks the audience to ID the dude that yelled out and that he is going to have to leave,” an onlooker told the New York Post’s Page Six at the time. “He then asks security to locate the yeller and escort him out.”

Davidson reportedly told the venue to “give him back his money. I don’t want his money.”

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The showgoer told Page Six that Davidson’s joke ended up being about a friend of his who had passed out in the comedian’s apartment, but Davidson mistook the episode for a heart attack.

A representative for Davidson did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

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US military shipping ‘chase cars’ across Atlantic to help land U-2 spy planes in UK

For the first time ever, one Air Force squadron in New Jersey has been tasked with transporting two militarychase cars” to the U.K. so the vehicles can help U-2 spy planes land.

The 305th Aerial Port Squadron out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is expected to ship the Dodge vehicles overseas for the first time, a challenge due to the logistics of sending them across the Atlantic to Royal Air Force Mildenhall air station.

The cars are to be used to help U-2 Dragon Lady high-altitude reconnaissance planes make safe landings.

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Two chase cars for the U-2 sit in the cargo area at the 305th Aerial Port Squadron. (Photo by Senior Airman Jake Carter)

Each plane has a long wingspan, making it difficult to fly close to the ground. When it comes time to land, chase cars have been crucial in order to “catch” the plane and help the pilot guide the aircraft safely onto the landing strip. In essence, they serve as visual aids to help facilitate the specialized planes’ landings.

In order to be transported, the cars must be certified to ensure crews load them properly and fasten them securely as cargo on military aircraft.

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A U-2 performs a touch and go with a chase car last year. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco)

“The chase vehicles we received have no Air Transportability Test Loading Agency [ATTLA] certification,” 305th load planning supervisor Staff Sgt. Ryan Murray said in an Air Force release Wednesday.

“They have no fixed area to be restrained or tied down in the aircraft, so there’s no black-and-white way on how to transport them,” he pointed out. “When they arrive to our area like that, they are deemed non-airworthy, and that’s when we have to figure out how we can load them safely or we may have to make the call that we can’t load it.”

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In order to be certified by the ATTLA, the vehicles must meet certain requirements.

“We have to do a full inspection of the vehicle to see how much weight is on each individual tire, both axles weighed together, the total weight of the vehicle, ground clearance and check the overhang on the front and rear of the vehicle to see if it can go up an aircraft ramp or not,” Murray explained. “Once we have those measurements, an ATTLA engineer takes the info to create a certification on how to move that cargo.”

ATTLA is based out of Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which means members of the 305th Aerial Port Squadron must take measurements and ensure the vehicles will meet standards. Working together with ATTLA is crucial.

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“We act as the middleman between the shipper and the receiver. For us, we work with ATTLA for the cargo movements to make sure we move it the safest way possible and won’t cause damage to the aircraft or shipment,” according to Senior Airman Jorge Chaparro Valentin, a customer service representative with the 305th.

In addition to obtaining certifications for the vehicles to be transported, it’s also important that a sense of urgency is stressed at the end destination, Murray said, noting that the 305th has been working to have the cars “green sheeted” once in the U.K.

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“Green-sheet items take your cargo from a Priority 1 status to Priority 1 over all other cargo. We can have 200 pieces of cargo that all say Priority 1, but if you ‘green-sheet cargo,’ it will move to the top of the list to be moved,” Murray said.

If the two vehicles can’t be certified to fly, they might have to be sent on a ship or sourced locally in the U.K.

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Ex-Google engineer charged with stealing self-driving car technology

Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who quit the tech giant before merging his own startup with Uber, has been charged with stealing Google’s self-driving car trade secrets, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Levandowski, 39, who served as the head of Uber’s self-driving project, had been named in a 2017 lawsuit brought against Uber by Waymo, Google’s former self-driving car unit, claiming that the popular ride-sharing app stole trade secrets from Google. That suit ended in a settlement of $245 million.

At the time, federal judge William Alsup, who was overseeing the case, recommended criminal charges against Levandowski.

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In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Anthony Levandowski, seen here in 2016 speaking about Uber’s driverless car in San Francisco, was charged with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber.

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Levandowski faces 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. Each count carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to an indictment unsealed Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of California.

“All of us have the right to change jobs,” U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson said in a statement Tuesday. “None of us has the right to fill our pockets on the way out the door. Theft is not innovation.”

The indictment makes similar allegations to the earlier civil suit against Uber; namely that Levandowski, who at the time was the lead of Google’s Light Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR) engineering team, stole 14,000 confidential files about Waymo’s self-driving technology before he quit the company in 2016.

Levandowski turned himself in Tuesday. Attorney Miles Ehrlich told The Associated Press, “He didn’t steal anything, from anyone. This case rehashes claims already discredited in a civil case that settled more than a year [ago].”

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David L. Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, left, and FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett at a news conference to announce charges against Levandowski in San Jose, Calif.

The indictment alleges that in the months prior to his resignation, Levandowski downloaded “from secure Google repositories numerous engineering, manufacturing, and business files related to Google’s custom LiDAR and self driving car technology. The files downloaded included circuit board schematics, instructions for installing and testing LiDAR, and an internal tracking document.”

Federal prosecutors said Levandowski worked with two would-be competitors of Waymo, Tyto LiDAR LLC and 280 Systems Inc.

The latter, a self-driving truck startup founded by Levandowski and another former Google employee after they resigned, was renamed Ottomotto and acquired Tyto LiDAR LLC in May 2016. Shortly after, Uber acquired Ottomotto for $680 million and hired Levandowski. He was fired a year later after Uber was slapped with a civil suit from Waymo, although Uber denied knowing anything about the alleged stolen documents.

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In a separate case following the civil suit against Uber, Levandowski was forced to pay Google $127 million in arbitration proceedings, according to a disclosure made by Uber leading up to its IPO, the AP reported.

Although Google and Uber both have participated in the investigation, prosecutors have not yet announced whether Uber and its former CEO, Travis Kalanick, will face criminal charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Amazon fires: By the numbers

The raging fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest have captured the public’s imagination worldwide for the last few weeks and recently prompted the country to declare a state of emergency in the region.

The blazes, which are actually visible from space, are generally thought to be the result of land being cleared for farming and ranching, though Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has claimed without evidence that the fires were started by nongovernmental organizations.

Bolsonaro has also been criticized for relaxing the enforcement of laws meant to prevent deforestation, while simultaneously encouraging mining and farming across a wide swath of the region since he was inaugurated.

“It’s a catastrophe of huge proportions,” Dr. Deby Cassill, an associate professor in USF’s Department of Biological Sciences, told Fox 13.

These are some key numbers to help you make sense of the situation.

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6.7 million

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Amazon covers 6.7 million square kilometers (2.5 million square miles) and is one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. This all means the Amazon rainforest is twice as large as the country of India.

$20 million

That’s how much the Group of Seven nations pledged to help Brazil fight the wildfires. However, Bolsonaro rejected the donation, reportedly because he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to apologize to him first amid their ongoing feud. Later, the Brazilian right-wing leader apparently reversed himself and left open the possibility of accepting the funds.

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A fire burns a field on a farm in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, on Friday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

2.5 million

That’s the number of acres of burned forest seen by an ABC News reporter during a flyover this week. To put this acreage figure into some perspective, it’s just a bit smaller than the state of Connecticut.

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100

This is the percentage of donations to the Earth Alliance’s Amazon Forest Fund that go to protecting the rainforest. The nonprofit has an initial commitment of $5 million to focus on critical resources to protect the region — and it lists the local, indigenous organizations benefiting from its work on its website.

10

The Amazon is home to at least 10 percent of Earth’s known biodiversity. Its rivers and tributaries contain the largest number of freshwater fish species in the world.

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Texas woman seen breaking into Botox clinic with saw, police say

Police in a Houston suburb are looking for a woman who they say used a saw to break into a Botox clinic last week so she could pilfer anti-aging products.

Surveillance cameras captured the Aug. 23 episode at Botox RN MD Spa in Sugar Land, police said in a news release.

The woman was seen approaching a locked door and trying to pry it open.

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A security camera captures what police are calling a break-in at a Botox-clinic in a Houston suburb. (Sugar Land Police Department )

When that failed, she left and came back in a light-colored Mercedes-Benz and a battery-powered grinding saw, police said.

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She used the tool to open the front door, police said. She then left with an undisclosed amount of products.

The woman is said to be 35 to 45 years old; her vehicle did not have a front license plate.

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Las Vegas man, 18, drops 113 pounds so he can enlist in Army

A young man in Las Vegas has lost more than 100 pounds since the beginning of the year, intent on gaining entry into the Army.

Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period in order to meet the branch’s weight requirement, dropping from 317 pounds to 204.

“That’s a human — he lost the equivalent of a human in seven months,” said his recruiter, Staff Sgt. Philip Long.

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Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period so he could enlist in the Army. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

Pinto, who was born in Oakland, Calif., and was raised in Peru and later Las Vegas, decided to join the military after high school because he wanted to become the first member of his family to serve, he recently told the Army.

“You’ve got one life. I don’t want to wake up and do the same thing every single day. There’s a whole world out there,” he said.

So Pinto, who has worked as an electrician at construction sites, committed to cleaning up his diet and started hitting the gym.

Pinto is 6-foot-1. For someone his age and height looking to enlist, the Army has set a maximum weight of 205 pounds.

While his recruiter was skeptical of Pinto’s goal at first, he supported him.

“They never put the effort into it,” Long said of potential recruits. “They never actually care enough and they don’t go anywhere. And then you turn around and you got someone like Luis.”

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Luis Enrique Pinto Jr., 18, who lost 113 pounds over a seven-month period, and his recruiter, Staff Sgt. Philip Long. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army)

The former high school football offensive lineman was eager to be part of a new team and bring that disciplined gridiron mentality to the military.

“I transferred that same mentality over to life after high school,” he said.

In order to sign enlistment papers, a candidate must be in good health. When requirements are met, a recruiter can move forward with the process. Once enlisted, recruits spend their first 10 weeks in Basic Combat Training, or “boot camp,” where their physical limits will be tested.

Pinto said he started doing cardio and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

“Running wasn’t my strong suit,” he said. “Carrying all that extra weight and trying to run definitely increased my time.”

Now Pinto can run a mile in six and a half minutes, which he says is about half what his time was earlier this year.

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When the training got tough and it was hard to find inspiration, Pinto’s mom was there with words of encouragement, he said.

“One thing she told me is to just show up. Just show up and don’t worry about the workout that’s to come. You show up at the gym and once you’re there, you’re already there, so might as well just get it over with,” he said.

His efforts paid off, and Pinto enlisted at the rank of 14E, a Patriot Fire Control enhanced operator/maintainer. The Patriot weapons system is one of the most advanced missile systems in the world, the Army said.

As for the Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT), administered to new recruits, Long said Pinto passed with flying colors. The OPAT measures muscular strength and endurance, cardio, explosive power and speed. There are four components: the standing long jump, the seated power throw, the deadlift and an interval aerobic run.

“Every event was like it was made for him; it was easy,” Long said.

Pinto is expected to report to basic training in September.

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His next goal is to hit 190 pounds, he said.

“Hitting my goal weight definitely isn’t my end goal. There’s still way more to come. I still want to get better,” he pointed out.

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But there has been room to reflect on his incredible progress.

“I pretty much use my old shirts for blankets at this point,” Pinto said.

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Strange giant planet ‘unlike any other’ discovered

Astronomers have spotted a giant exoplanet that they say is unlike any other.

Planet HR 5183 b has three times the mass of Jupiter and travels on an incredibly long, egg-shaped path around its star, according to Caltech, which led the research. The planet takes 45 to 100 years to complete its orbit, Caltech noted in a statement.

“If this planet were somehow placed into our own solar system, it would swing from within our asteroid belt to out beyond Neptune,” it added.

Scientists’ study of the newly discovered planet will be published in The Astronomical Journal.

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“This planet is unlike the planets in our solar system, but more than that, it is unlike any other exoplanets we have discovered so far,” said Sarah Blunt, a Caltech graduate student and first author on the study, in the statement. “Other planets detected far away from their stars tend to have very low eccentricities, meaning that their orbits are more circular. The fact that this planet has such a high eccentricity speaks to some difference in the way that it either formed or evolved relative to the other planets.”

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An illustration comparing the “eccentric” orbit of HR 5183 b to the more circular orbits of the planets in our own solar system. (Credit: W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko)

The Lick Observatory in Northern California, the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the McDonald Observatory in Texas all provided data for the study.

While the planet’s star, HR 5183, had been studied since the ’90s, HR 5183 b’s epic journey meant that experts lacked full orbit information.

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“This planet spends most of its time loitering in the outer part of its star’s planetary system in this highly eccentric orbit, then it starts to accelerate in and does a slingshot around its star,”  said Caltech Professor of Astronomy Andrew Howard, who leads the California Planet Search, in the statement. “We detected this slingshot motion. We saw the planet come in and now it’s on its way out. That creates such a distinctive signature that we can be sure that this is a real planet, even though we haven’t seen a complete orbit.”

Experts believe that the planet’s strange orbit is likely because it nudged another similar-size planet out of the solar system.

“This newfound planet basically would have come in like a wrecking ball,” said Howard, in the statement. “Knocking anything in its way out of the system.”
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In a separate project, astronomers recently spotted a rocky “Star Wars” exoplanet with three suns.

Experts from the Harvard Center for Astrophysics used NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) telescope to spot planet LTT 1445 A b and its three stars.

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In another project, data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has given scientists a first glimpse into conditions on the surface of a rocky exoplanet beyond the solar system.

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Killings of wild burros in California’s Mojave Desert prompt $50G reward for information

More than $50,000 in reward money is being offered for information leading to the person believed to have killed dozens of protected wild burros in California’s Mojave Desert.

The reward rose to that amount Monday after an anonymous $32,000 donation to the Humane Society’s burro protection initiative.

Some 42 burros with gunshot wounds have been found along a 60-mile stretch of I-15 in the Mojave Desert since May. I-15 connects Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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More than 40 protected wild burros have been killed in the Southern California desert in recent months. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management via AP, File)

“Wild horses and burros are an iconic part of the American West, and part of our national heritage,” said William Perry Pendley, the deputy director of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), last week. “We will pursue every lead until we’ve arrested and prosecuted those responsible for these cruel, savage deaths, and we welcome the public’s help to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice.”

Wild burros have been protected under a 1971 federal law. Violators would face a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

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BLM law enforcement was leading the investigation into the illegal killings, in coordination with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“The persons who shot these innocent and beloved burros deserve to be brought to justice,” said Suzanne Roy, Executive Director of the American Wild Horse Campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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