Thunderstorms possible this morning high 86
*Starting at 8 p.m. MODOT will completely close Hwy 44 between Hampton and Vandeventer. All of the eastbound 44 lanes should open Saturday by 5 p.m. BUT the westbound lanes aren`t scheduled to reopen until Sunday morning.
INDIA FLOODING: 164 Dead
*India is experiencing torrential flooding. Rains in the southern state of Kerala have caused the worst floods in nearly a century. More rains are expected. Schools in 14 districts and the main airport in the region are closed.
Remains at New Mexico Compound Identified As Missing Boy:
Human remains found at a New Mexico compound have now been identified as that of three-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. The boy was allegedly kidnapped and killed by his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, in December.
The remains were discovered as part of a raid earlier this month, in which several arrest were made, including that of the boy’s father, another man and three women. Prosecutors allege they were training children on how to clear rooms and shoot firearms.
Prosecutors say the boy died in a religious ritual, and the other children at the compound were told he’d be resurrected as Jesus, informing them of corrupt institutions and people to attack. District Judge Sarah Backus caused controversy earlier this week after she granted bail to some of the suspects, although so far none have been released.
Source; NBC News
China Training Pilots for U.S. Strikes:
A new report by the Pentagon suggests that China has been training pilots for long-range bomber missions, sparking fears they are “likely” getting ready for World War III.
“Over the last three years, the [People’s Liberation Army] has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets,” the Pentagon said, adding that, “China is developing a stealthy, long-range strategic bomber with a nuclear delivery capability that could be operational within the next 10 years.”
The fear is that if they are successful, “the deployment and integration of nuclear capable bombers would, for the first time, provide China with a nuclear ‘triad’ of delivery systems dispersed across land, sea, and air.”
Officials also say China is looking to create military bases in other countries, and that they are also quickly boosting their space program.
Source: New York Post
Flooding in India Kills 164:
State officials in India say 164 people have been killed since August 8th due to unprecedented flooding in the state of Kerela. Torrential rains finally stopped today, allowing rescue workers to come in with helicopters and boats to evacuate hundreds of people who have been stranded.
The heavy rains have resulted in flooding, landslides and home and road bridge collapses, in the area, which is popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches. More than 150,000 people have already taken shelter in state-run camps, with another 1,200 expected to be moved in the coming days.
Source: USA Today
Husband of Missing Colorado Woman Had Financial Troubles:
As we previously told you, Investigators believe they have found the bodies of the pregnant wife and two young girls of Christopher Watts. Watts has allegedly admitted to killing them Monday in Frederick, Colorado. Although no motive has been given for the murder of Shannen Watts, and her two daughters four-year-old Bella Watts and her three-year-old sister, Celeste, a new report reveals that Christopher was having financial troubles.
According to one report, three years ago Christoper filed for bankruptcy, claiming he was $70,000 in debt, due mostly to mostly of student loans and retails purchases. His filing showed the family had less than $10 in their savings accounts, while their joint checking account had a mere $864.
Although Watts has yet to be formally charged, he has been arrested on three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
Phoenix Police Officer Shot Pulling Over Suspect:
A Phoenix police officer is in critical condition after being shot after pulling over a suspect in the area of Catcus and Cave Creek, Phoenix.
The unidentified suspect fired two shots as the officer as was getting out of his car, with Police Chief Jerri Willis saying he was “ambushed.” The officer returned fire, wounding the suspect. So far there’s no word on why the suspect was being pulled over. Both the officer and the suspect were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Although the officer’s identity has not been revealed Willis called him one of their “younger” officers, and noted he had been on the force about a year.
Source: Fox News
Donald Trump’s Military Parade On Hold Until 2019:
Looks like President Donald Trump won’t be getting his military parade this year. The Pentagon announced that the parade has now been pushed back until at least 2019.
"The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I,"a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement. "We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019."
While the White House initially said the parade would cost between $10 and 30 million, the Associated Press is reporting it would cost more like $92 million, with about $50 million covering Pentagon cost for equipment, personnel and more. Had it gone on as planned this year, it would have been the first military parade in the U.S. since the Gulf War ended in 1991. President Trump decided he wanted one after seeing France's Bastille Day celebration in Paris last year.
Source: CBS News
More Changes to MoviePass:
The movie subscription service MoviePass has been burning a lot of cash, and in an effort to stay in business they are changing their model once again, which is bad news for subscribers.
The company just announced they will now limit the amount of films customers can see each week, as well as showtimes that are available. MoviePass customers will now be given six films a day to choose from, with a schedule available online at least a week in advance. What’s more, availability for films may be limited depending on a film’s popularity.
So far there’s no word on how long the limit will be in place. Just last month the service tried to up their monthly fee to $15, but then decided to keep it at $10, but limit users to three movies a month. Source: Money
The Nationals beat the Cards 5-4, they play the Brewers today at 7:15pm