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May 6, 2014

Sixty years ago today, a young English medical student stepped up to the starting line of a cinder track in Oxford. Three minutes, 59.4 seconds later, Roger Bannister landed himself a place in history.

"It was a target," Bannister, now 85 and coping with Parkinson's, told The Associated Press in an interview. "There was this magic about four symmetrical laps of one minute each. I think it still remains something that is of interest and intrigue."

Before Bannister's historic run, racing under four minutes in the mile was thought to be a physical impossibility — although there were plenty of men besides the young Brit who were also trying to disprove that theory. But on a rainy day in May of 1954, Bannister, led by his pacers Chris Brasher and Chris Chataway, cracked under four minutes first.

While hundreds of athletes have since broken through the barrier (Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj set the current record of 3:43.13 in 1999), Bannister's accomplishment remains part of track and field's classic lore. He recently published his autobiography, Twin Tracks, because "there may be biographies written, and I think I'd rather like to tell it myself," Bannister told the AP.

Below, images from the day a young man proved what was thought to be impossible was actually within reach. --Sarah Eberspacher

Bannister (third from left) begins his race. | (AP Photo)

Bannister breaks the tape — in 3:59.4. | (Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images)

Chris Brasher (left) and Chris Chataway (right) celebrate with Bannister after the race. | (Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images)

11:00 a.m. ET

Former Daily Show correspondent and host of TBS' Full Frontal Samantha Bee sent out a series of cheeky tweets Friday night mocking presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine is widely perceived as a cautious choice, to put nicely — which Bee did not. Take a look at a few of her tweets below, and see the rest on her feed. Bonnie Kristian

10:50 a.m. ET
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In just the 11th veto of his time in office, President Obama on Friday rejected the "Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016," a bill which would have capped former presidents' expense accounts at $200,000 a year and phased out presidential pensions for former executives who independently make at least $400,000 annually.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the veto was issued out of concern that the bill would "immediately terminate salaries and all benefits to staffers carrying out the official duties of former Presidents" and require the government to "immediately terminate leases, and remove furniture."

Earnest indicated that Obama, who will himself be an ex-president in six months, would consider signing a revised version of the legislation. Bonnie Kristian

10:40 a.m. ET
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The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing at a protest in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday. At least 61 people were killed in the attack and about 200 more were wounded, officials said.

The demonstration was primarily composed of the Shia Hazara minority; ISIS represents an extreme variant of Afghanistan's Sunni majority. The two sects have historically not experienced internecine strife in Afghanistan as they have elsewhere in the Mideast, including Iraq.

The Taliban condemned the incident, calling it an "act of making enmity among Afghan ethnicities" and denying all participation. If ISIS involvement is confirmed, it will be the first time the group has made a major strike in Afghanistan outside Nangarhar province. Bonnie Kristian

10:11 a.m. ET
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A 64-year-old Russian adventurer and Orthodox priest named Fedor Konyukhov landed in Australia Saturday and in doing so completed his record-setting hot air balloon circumnavigation. Konyukhov began his journey July 12 and traveled around the globe in just 11 days, 6 hours, living in a gondola measuring around 6 feet in each direction.

"He's landed, he's safe, he's sound, he's happy," said Konyukhov 's flight coordinator, John Wallington. "It's just amazing. It's fantastic — the record's broken, everyone's safe." Konyukhov landed cold and bruised but otherwise in good condition.

The previous record, held by an American named Steve Fossett, was 13 days, 8 hours. Bonnie Kristian

8:42 a.m. ET
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The 18-year-old gunman named David Sonboly who killed 10 people, including himself, in an attack on a Munich shopping mall Friday evening was fixated on mass murder, local authorities have revealed.

"Documents were found about mass shootings," said Hubertus Andrae, Munich police chief. "The perpetrator was obviously obsessed with the issue." A search of the attacker's home located multiple books on the subject, including one titled, Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill.

Early investigations suggest Sonboly, who was German-Iranian, was not motivated by Islamic extremism and had no ties to the Islamic State.

This post has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian

8:31 a.m. ET
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At least 130 people have died and dozens more remain missing after torrential rains caused flooding and landslides throughout China since the extreme weather began on Monday.

Hit hardest is Hebei Province, located near the capital city of Beijing in the northeast of the country, where 300,000 people have been evacuated and about 80 of the deaths occurred. Photos of drowned children purported to be from this area are circulating online.

Meteorologists say additional rainstorms are expected in coming days, and authorities estimate some 8 million people have been affected already. Some Hebei residents have accused the government of causing the disaster by opening a nearby reservoir, but officials insist the reservoir drains into a different river and did not cause these deadly floods. Bonnie Kristian

7:58 a.m. ET
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A mass shooting at the Munich shopping center Olympia Einkaufszentrum Friday evening left 10 people dead, including the gunman, who has since been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian named David Sonboly whom authorities say had no apparent ties to an outside terrorist organization.

"Based on the searches, there are no indications whatsoever that there is a connection to Islamic State," said Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae in a press conference Saturday. Andrae noted that his officers had not found evidence tying the shooter to refugee communities or to past criminal activity — but did uncover a history of psychiatric care.

Nearly all of the victims were teenagers, with three just 14 years old. Another 16 people were wounded before Sonboly killed himself, and three remain in a life-threatening condition.

This post has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian

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