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Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel wins Miss Universe pageant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – R’Bonney Gabriel, a Texas fashion designer, model and sewing teacher, has been crowned Miss Universe. The 71st Miss Universe pageant was held in New Orleans on Saturday night. At the moment of the winner’s dramatic reveal, Gabriel closed his eyes and shook hands with runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel. She beamed when her name was called. Booming music played and Gabriel was presented with a bouquet of flowers and crowned with a tiara. Competition officials say Gabriel is the first Filipino American to win Miss USA. The rights to the pageant, which was once partially owned by former President Donald Trump, were bought by a Thai business tycoon and transgender activist for $20 million last year.

Authorities are investigating averted plane crash at New York airport

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials are investigating a close connection between a plane crossing a runway while another prepared to take off at a New York airport on Friday night. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a Delta Air Lines plane pulled up about 1,000 feet from where an American Airlines plane had crossed from a neighboring runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The FAA said Saturday it would investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating.

Officials: Whale found dead in NJ, likely struck by ship

BRIGANTINE, NJ (AP) — Officials say the latest whale found dead off a New Jersey shore appeared to have been struck by a ship. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said Sunday that preliminary results from an autopsy indicate the humpback whale found in Brigantine Thursday had “blunt trauma injuries consistent with those sustained by a ship attack.” A laboratory analysis is performed to confirm the results. The whale is one of seven found dead on New Jersey and New York beaches in the past month. Some have suggested a link to underwater work for offshore wind projects, but the center said no whale deaths have been attributed to this.

University student stabbed to death on bus for being Asian

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — A 56-year-old woman has been charged after an 18-year-old Indiana University student was repeatedly stabbed in the head in an attack on a public bus, the school says, because the victim is Asian. Bloomington Police said the victim told investigators she was standing and waiting for the exit doors to open on Wednesday afternoon when another passenger began hitting her on the head. Bus surveillance footage showed no interaction between the two women prior to the attack. Police later arrested Billie R. Davis, who is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

A cut was found in a monkey habitat after a leopard escaped from the Dallas Zoo

DALLAS (AP) — Police are investigating after a clouded leopard escaped from its enclosure at the Dallas Zoo that a cutting tool was used to intentionally make an opening in the fence of the kitten’s habitat and that a similar cut was made in a habitat was found for small cats monkeys. Dallas police said Saturday night they did not know if the two incidents were related. None of the langur monkeys escaped and none appeared to have been injured. On Friday, arriving zoo workers found a clouded leopard named Nova missing from their habitat. A search lasting days ensued, during which the zoo was closed while staff and police combed the grounds. She was spotted near her habitat in the late afternoon.

Congo’s army says a bomb on a church killed 10 people, suspected extremists

GOMA, Congo (AP) – Congo’s army says at least 10 people have been killed and more than three dozen injured in a suspected extremist attack on a church in the east of the country. A military spokesman told The Associated Press on Sunday that a group with ties to Islamic extremists is suspected of being responsible for a bomb that exploded at the Pentecostal Church in the city of Kasindi, North Kivu province. The spokesman said a Kenyan national found at the scene was arrested. Survivors and witnesses said the blast severed some people’s limbs from their bodies. Located on the border with Uganda, Kasindi has seen several attacks by Allied Democratic Forces fighters.

Hamlin cheers on Bills from home, saying the team is ‘with heart’

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Bills safety Damar Hamlin, still recovering after suffering cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati two weeks ago, cheered Sunday during Buffalo’s wild-card playoff home game against the Miami Dolphins via Twitter from home. Hamlin tweeted less than an hour before kick-off and said there was nothing he wanted more than to be with his team-mates. But he says he is supporting her from home while he focuses on his recovery. Hamlin visited teammates at the Bills’ stadium on Saturday.

‘Avatar 2’, ‘M3GAN’ hold the top spot at the box office

New movies like Plane and House Party couldn’t compete with Avatar: The Way of Water and killer doll horror M3GAN this weekend. The two holdovers topped the charts again on Sunday, according to the studio’s estimates. First up for the fifth straight weekend was James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequel, grossing an estimated $31.1 million as of Sunday. Second place went to Universal and Blumhouse’s “M3GAN,” which added $17.9 million in its second weekend in theaters. “Plane” ended up in fifth place with a better-than-expected $10 million, while “House Party” started in sixth place with $3.9 million.

When tornadoes hit, survivors hid in tubs and shipping containers

MARBURY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama mechanic took refuge in a shipping container when a tornado decimated his business and killed two neighbors. A woman hid in a bathtub with her 2-year-old son and over the phone told her mother, “If the house is broken, I’ll be in the tub area.” The harrowing stories of survivors of Thursday’s storm surface as residents comb through the debris wrought by tornadoes and gale force winds that have killed at least nine people in Alabama and Georgia. Survivors described chaotic scenes unfolding as the storm churned toward them, with people rushing into shelters and sheds as the wind dropped.

New Jersey house explodes with firefighters inside; 5 injured

POMPTON LAKES, NJ (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey home where smoke had been reported exploded with volunteer firefighters inside, injuring five and taking two to a hospital for treatment for burns. The Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department in Passaic County said on its Facebook page that crews were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. Saturday and were using a thermal imaging camera when “the house literally exploded.” Everyone was able to free themselves. Two were taken to a hospital where they were treated for burns and released. Three others were treated for minor injuries at the scene. A State Firefighter and Public Service Electric & Gas investigate.

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