“We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. Small pieces of space debris — usually parts of comets or asteroids — that are on a collision course with the Earth are called meteoroids. When meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere they are called meteors. Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth they are called meteorites. (Fox news) A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 400 people, many of them hurt by broken glass.“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region. Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement. Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said more than 400 people had sought medical treatment after the blasts, and at least three had been hospitalized in serious condition. Many of the injuries were from glass broken by the explosions.Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed. Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteor.Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.Russian news reports noted that the meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid — about 17,150 miles (28,000 kilometers). There was no immediate demonstrable connection. read more

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 12:01 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – The ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is suing the restaurant chain for damages, saying the company received at least three reports indicating his sexual interest in children but failed to take proper action and continued promoting him as its spokesman.Katie McLaughlin said at a news conference Monday that she filed the lawsuit in Hamilton County Superior Court because she has questions about Subway’s actions and inactions wants to someday have answers for her two children, who are now 3 and 5 years old.“Questions like: What did Subway know? When did they know it? What investigations did they conduct? Did they ever notify the authorities?” said McLaughlin, who said she was “shocked” to learn the accusations against her husband, the earlier of which came in 2004, according to the lawsuit.Subway issued a statement saying it could not comment on pending legal action.The lawsuit filed Monday, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges Subway allowed Fogle to spend significant time in elementary schools promoting the chain after learning of allegations against him.“Finding out your husband and the father of your children is a child predator and knowing that his job involved visiting schools on a regular basis is devastating,” said McLaughlin, whose divorce from Fogle was finalized days before he was sentenced last year to spend more than 15 years in prison.Fogle pleaded guilty to one count each of distributing and receiving child porn and travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. That came four months after FBI agents raided his suburban Indianapolis home in an investigation that ended Fogle’s lucrative endorsement career with Subway, which started after he lost more than 200 pounds in college, partly by eating Subway sandwiches.McLaughlin’s attorney, Mike Antrim, said he will recommend what damages she should request only after learning the extent of what Subway knew. The lawsuit alleges McLaughlin and her children sustained injury, pain and suffering because Subway failed to act properly.McLaughlin said Subway touted Fogle as a “family man” even after it knew about the allegations against him and “used my children and my likeness in that campaign. I did not give them consent to do so.”The lawsuit contends Subway knew as early as 2004 that Fogle had approached a young girl for a sex act at an event for Subway in Las Vegas. The lawsuit contends Subway sent a senior public relations manager to talk to Fogle and the franchisee about the allegation but never talked to the girl.The lawsuit alleges Subway either failed to have protocols in place to address and investigate such allegations or failed to follow those protocols.The lawsuit also alleges that another franchisee in Florida in 2007 told Subway’s chief executive officer that Fogle had sex with minors from 9 years old to 16 years old. The lawsuit said Subway again sent a public relations manager to ask Fogle about the allegation.The lawsuit said a Florida journalist in 2011 notified Subway about concerns of Fogle being around children and, “Subway admitted that complaint was ‘not properly escalated or acted upon.’”The lawsuit alleges Subway “failed every test of responsible corporate behaviour” and had moral and legal obligations to alert the authorities about Fogle but instead continued to use Fogle family “as a marketing tool.” Katie McLaughlin, former wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, makes a statement on legal action filed on her behalf during a press conference in Noblesville, Ind., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Fogle was sentenced last year to more than 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing and receiving child pornography and traveling out of state to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.McLaughlin is suing the restaurant chain for damages, saying the company received three reports indicating his sexual interest in children but failed to take proper action and continued promoting him as their spokesman. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Ex-wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle sues company read more