One person died Tuesday after a Southwest Airlines plane had engine failure and was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
The National Transportation Safety Board said this is the first accidental domestic airline fatality in nine years; in 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, killing 49 people on board and one person on the ground. The Southwest plane was en route from New York City to Dallas with 144 passengers and five crew members when the engine failed midair. Passenger Matt Tranchin told ABC News he heard a "huge explosion and glass shattering three rows ahead of me," and passenger Cassie Adams said a woman was "sucked out" of a broken window.
Two male passengers were able to pull her back in and then performed CPR, Adams said, with one blocking the window to protect the other passengers. Adams thought "the plane was going down," she added. "It was terrifying. Those men are heroes." Seven people sustained minor injuries, but were not taken to hospitals, officials said. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly called it "a sad day," and commended the flight crew "for their swift action and for safely landing this aircraft." The incident is under investigation. Catherine Garcia
Former first lady Barbara Bush, after a "recent series of hospitalizations," has declined any further medical treatment, a family spokesman announced Sunday.
"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others," Jim McGrath tweeted. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she's receiving."
Barbara Bush, 92, and former President George H.W. Bush, 93, were married in January 1945. Her husband has a Parkinson's-like disease, and CNN reports she has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure. Catherine Garcia
New research suggests that the key to understanding obesity might be hidden in your taste buds.
In a study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists discovered that mice that were fed a high-fat diet lost about 25 percent of their taste buds in just eight weeks, Science News reported.
Taste buds are clusters of cells on the tongue that help the brain identify flavors, Pacific Standard reported. Although taste buds have a natural life span of about 10 days, in mice with high-fat diets, new taste buds weren't being produced nearly fast enough to replace the old ones as they died off.
This research suggests that obesity might be part of a dangerous, self-fulfilling cycle: Because taste plays a significant role in the amount of satisfaction we get from food, people with a dulled sense of taste may naturally seek out more food to appease their appetites. Robin Dando, one of the co-authors of the study, told Pacific Standard that learning more about this phenomenon could help treat obesity in the future, by changing "how people perceive their foods."
Scientists don't yet fully understand why the obese mice weren't producing enough new taste buds, but per the study, it might have something to do with a molecule called tumor necrosis factor alpha. When the researchers repeated their study with mice that couldn't produce that molecule, the mice who were fed high-fat diets still gained weight, but their taste buds reproduced just like their normally-fed counterparts, Pacific Standard reported.
Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London on Monday, her publicist said. She was 46. O'Riordan was in London for a quick recording session, the publicist said, but did not immediately provide any other details, adding only that "family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time." O'Riordan had bipolar disorder, BBC News reports, as well as ongoing back issues that forced the band to cancel a recent European tour. The Cranberries sold more than 40 million records worldwide. They are best known for their '90s hits, including "Zombie" and "Linger." Jessica Hullinger
Chicago saw its biggest spike in homicides in 60 years in 2016, with the citywide total rising to 762 homicides from 485 in 2015, according to figures released by the Chicago Police Department on Sunday. The total for 2016 in the nation's third largest city was greater than those in New York City and Los Angeles combined. The number of shooting incidents in Chicago, which has become a focus in the national debate over handguns and gun control, rose from 2,426 in 2015 to 3,550 last year. Harold Maass
During his regular Sunday School lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, former President Jimmy Carter shared the tragic news that his grandson had died.
Carter arrived 25 minutes after his lesson was set to begin, the first time he had ever been tardy. Carter said his grandson, 28-year-old Jeremy Carter, had gone to lie down Saturday evening because he wasn't feeling well, and when his mother checked on him, his heart had stopped, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He died Sunday at the hospital, the cause of death unclear.
Earlier this month, Carter shared good news with Maranatha, telling the congregation that doctors could not find any remaining signs of cancer on his brain. On Sunday, after discussing his grandson and some insights into his death, Carter taught his previously planned lesson. "I'm not surprised," parishioner Jan Williams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "That's the kind of Christian he is. Everything that happens in life, good or bad, he uses as a teaching experience. He lives his life as a lesson for other people to see." Catherine Garcia
An extremely sad report from the World Health Organization estimates that one person globally commits suicide every 40 seconds.
The report is the U.N.'s "first comprehensive report on global suicide trends," Al Jazeera reports, and the report shows that countries with higher incomes have slightly higher suicide rates than those with lower incomes. Higher-income countries saw 12.7 suicides per 100,000 people, compared with 11.2 suicides per 100,000 people in lower- and middle-income countries.
The WHO estimates that more than 800,000 people commit suicide each year, and the WHO called suicide prevention a "global imperative." The report comes from 10 years of data, taken from 172 countries.
"Every suicide is a tragedy," Margaret Chan, the WHO chief, said in a statement. ""The impact on families, friends, and communities is devastating and far-reaching, even long after persons dear to them have taken their own lives."
The plane carrying an Indiana father and son attempting to fly around the world for charity crashed in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday night near the Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa.
The family of Haris and Babar Suleman confirmed on Wednesday that 17-year-old Haris died in the crash, The Associated Press reports. Divers are still looking for Babar, 58, and daughter Hiba Suleman said the family is hopeful he is still alive. She added that before departing on their trip, both Haris and Babar had undergone training to learn what to do if the plane landed in the ocean.
The pair took off from Plainfield, Indiana, on June 21, planning to go 25,000 miles around the world with stops in London, Istanbul, Hawaii, California, Egypt, and Pakistan, where they attended a family reunion. A press release from the Citizens Foundation stated that the Sulemans intended to raise money and awareness for Seeds of Learning, a program within the Citizens Foundation that helps poor children around the world attend school. They had already raised close to $500,000, almost enough to build three schools.
The father and son had flown together since Haris was 8 years old, and Haris was scheduled to pilot the plane during the journey. He would have been the youngest person in history to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine airplane. Catherine Garcia