Table tennis: pretty boring, right? WRONG. Dig this 41-shot rally between Singapore's Ning Gao and Nigeria's Segun Toriola at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Toriola is put on the defensive almost immediately, and gets pushed very far from the table by Gao's powerful shots. Yet, in an amazingly precise and quick series of returns, Toriola hangs on for shot after shot.
Check out the whole thing in the video below. --Ryan Cooper
Researchers in the Afar region of Ethiopia have found ancient human fossils from 3.3 to 3.5 million years ago.
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The species has been called Australopithecus deyiremeda, which means "close relative" in the language spoken in Afar. The researchers wrote in the journal Nature that they discovered jaw bones and teeth that they believe belonged to four individuals with both ape and human-like features. "We had to look at the detailed anatomy and morphology of the teeth and the upper and lower jaws, and we found major differences," lead researcher Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, curator of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, told BBC News. "This new species has very robust jaws. In addition, we see this new species had smaller teeth. The canine is really small — smaller than all known hominins we have documented in the past."
Because of the age of the fossils, this species likely lived with three other different species of early humans, and Haile-Selassie said more fossils need to be found to fully understand this stage in human evolution. He also said if more bones are unearthed, it could shed insight into how Australopithecus deyiremeda lived and interacted with other species. Catherine Garcia
TLC has yet to announce if it will cancel 19 Kids & Counting following the release of a police report showing star Josh Duggar was investigated for child molestation as a teenager, but a source says the cable network is mulling a spin-off featuring popular Duggar daughters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald.
Although they have plenty of characters to choose from, the sisters — both newlyweds — have garnered more attention over the past year as they both moved out of the Duggar home to start their own families. "The show has begun to focus more and more on the next generation of Duggars, anyway — mainly Jill and Jessa and their marriages and babies," the source told People. "That's when the show got its highest ratings." Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, welcomed their first child in April, and a two-hour special on the birth brought in more than 3.6 million viewers, TLC said. Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, are expecting their first child later this year on their first wedding anniversary.
The network stopped airing episodes of 19 Kids & Counting after the police report surfaced last week, and companies like Walgreens, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, and Choice Hotels have pulled their ads from the show. TLC did not respond to requests for comment from People. Catherine Garcia
Throughout May, severe storms have dumped heavy amounts of rain on Texas, resulting in the state having its wettest month in history.
The average rainfall across Texas has measured 7.54 inches, shattering the previous record of 6.66 inches set in June 2004, Time reports. Near the Dallas-Fort Worth area, one region has received more than 20 inches of rain. At least 19 people have died this month due to flooding caused by the record amount of rain.
"It has been one continuous storm after another for the past week to 10 days in several regions of the state," State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in a statement. "It has rained so much that the ground just can't soak any more moisture into it, and many creeks and rivers are above flood stage." Nielsen-Gammon added that the start of El Niño and wet air coming up from the south contributed to the massive amount of rain, and he predicts that the weather will change over the next few days. Catherine Garcia
On Wednesday, the Pentagon confirmed that live samples of anthrax were inadvertently sent to private research labs in nine states and one in South Korea.
"The Department of Defense is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their investigation of the inadvertent transfer of samples containing live Bacillus anthracis, also known as anthrax, from a DoD lab in Dugway, Utah, to labs in nine states," spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. "There is no known risk to the general public, and there are no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection in potentially exposed lab workers. The DoD lab was working as part of a DoD effort to develop a field-based test to identify biological threats in the environment."
The samples were shipped out on April 30 to a military lab in Maryland, and from there were sent to eight companies across nine states. When a lab in Maryland detected their shipment contained live samples, they contacted the CDC, ABC News reports. Three workers who were possibly exposed to the spores have decided to take antibiotics. The Department of Defense often sends dead or inactivated spores to research facilities, officials say, and when they do ship live samples it is under specific safety protocols. Catherine Garcia
Tracy Morgan and Walmart have reached a settlement nearly one year after Morgan was seriously injured in a highway crash involving one of the company's trucks in New Jersey, the comedian's attorneys announced Wednesday.
On June 7, 2014, Morgan was returning from a performance in Delaware when the limousine he was in was hit by a Walmart tractor-trailer driven by Kevin Roper. Accident investigators said that Roper was speeding and had been awake for more than 24 hours when he crashed into the limo, killing 63-year-old comedian James McNair and injuring Morgan; his assistant, Jeffrey Millea; Millea’s wife, Krista; and comedian Ardie Fuqua.
The terms of the settlement were not made public, but Morgan's attorneys said Walmart took "full responsibility for the accident." In a statement, Morgan said, "Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably." Roper has pleaded not guilty to one count of death by auto and four other counts of assault by auto, the Los Angeles Times reports. Catherine Garcia
Nebraska became the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty in decades on Wednesday, as state lawmakers narrowly voted to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' (R) veto of the bill.
The Omaha World-Herald notes that 30 of Nebraska's 49 senators must vote to overturn a gubernatorial veto; the state's senators voted 30-19 to override Ricketts' veto. The repeal marks a victory for independent Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha (pictured), who has spent four decades lobbying for the death penalty's abolishment.
Nebraska joins 18 other states and Washington, D.C. in banning the death penalty. Sarah Eberspacher
Rand Paul enjoys composting, cuts his own hair, and other facts we learned from his Us Weekly profile
Us Weekly, the tabloid that regularly provides readers with content like this full slideshow of "Hollywood's Most Eye-Catching, Ogle-Worthy Bulges," netted a celebrity of a different sort this week to participate in its trademark "25 things you don't know about me" questionnaire. Tabloid readers hungry for the latest tidbits of celebrity trivia (Ariana Grande thinks Bruce Almighty is "the greatest movie ever"! John Stamos eats crackers in bed!) will have to settle for some fun facts from GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul, who shared everything from his favorite drink (root beer float) to his most unlikely hobby (composting) with the magazine.
Like a true politician, the 25 facts are a carefully calculated smattering of humanizing personal details ("I love working in the yard on my days off. Mowing the lawn is very therapeutic for me") and overt ideological pandering to his libertarian-leaning fan base ("Growing up, my parents did not enforce a curfew. They believed excessive rules can have unintended consequences"). Apparently a bald eagle even lives in a nest near his backyard.
The most confusing item — aside from the fact that he cut his own hair on his wedding day — is the last one on the list:
25. One thing I never travel without: my Ray-Ban sunglasses. It's important to protect your eyes from the sun. [Us Weekly]
Despite the fact that Rand supporters can't actually get their hands on Ray-Bans branded for his 2016 campaign, at least this proves the former ophthalmologist-turned-GOP hopeful is loyal to his favorite brand of sunglasses.