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July 9, 2020

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department said late Wednesday that actress Naya Rivera is missing and the subject of a search at Lake Piru, northwest of Los Angeles. Rivera, 33, rented a pontoon boat at the reservoir Wednesday afternoon and her 4-year-old son was found alone in the boat, asleep and wearing his life jacket. Rivera's wallet and ID were also in the boat. The son, who got back in the boat after a swim with his mother, "is in good health," said Capt. Eric Buschow of the sheriff's department. The search, suspended Wednesday night, will continue Thursday with divers and air units.

Rivera played Santana, a cheerleader, on 113 episodes of the TV musical comedy Glee, and dated Glee co-star Mark Salling, who killed himself in 2018 after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. The son is from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey. Peter Weber

February 8, 2020

A soldier shot and killed 20 people and injured several others Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, which is northeast of Bangkok, police said.

A spokesman for Thailand's defense ministry said the soldier, a junior officer named Jakrapanth Thoma, attacked his commanding officer and then stole a gun and ammunition from a military camp, where the commander, another soldier, and a 63-year-old woman were reportedly killed. He then reportedly drove to a shopping center in Nakhon Ratachisma's city center, opening fire at multiple sites along the way.

The suspect is reportedly still at large, holed up inside a building. Police have sealed off the city center and warned people to remain at home. The suspect's motive remains unclear, but he reportedly posted on social media accounts during the attack. Read more at BBC and CNN. Tim O'Donnell

October 8, 2019

The Turkish military, supported by the Free Syrian Army, will cross the border into Syria "shortly" in an attempt to take over areas now held by Kurdish fighters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's communications director Fahrettin Altun said Tuesday night.

The Kurds have "two options," Altun tweeted. "They can defect or we will have [to] stop them from disrupting our counter-ISIS efforts." The Kurds are U.S. allies, and their Syrian Democratic Forces helped drive the Islamic State out of Syria; they are now guarding about 12,000 ISIS prisoners.

On Sunday, the White House abruptly announced that President Trump told Erdogan U.S. troops will "no longer be in the immediate area" of northern Syria, opening it up for Turkey to launch an assault. Erdogan considers the Kurds, who want their own permanent nation state, to be terrorists. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2019

South Korean fighter jets fired warning shots on Tuesday morning when a Russian military aircraft twice violated the country's airspace, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The Russian aircraft flew over an island off South Korea's eastern coast at 9:09 a.m. and 9:33 a.m. local time, each time for a few minutes, CNN reports. The Ministry of Defense said this was the first time Russia has ever violated South Korean airspace, and the shots were fired using a 20mm weapon. This all took place over Dokdo, islands that South Korea controls but have been claimed by Japan.

Earlier in the morning, two Chinese military aircraft entered South Korea's Air Defense Identification Zone, and were later joined by two Russian planes. It remains unclear if the jets purposely entered the airspace. Catherine Garcia

July 11, 2019

Five Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats attempted to seize a British oil tanker on Wednesday as it sailed out of the Persian Gulf and was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S officials with knowledge of the incident told CNN.

The officials said the Iranians ordered the British Heritage tanker to reverse course and move into Iranian territorial waters, but a U.K. Royal Navy frigate that was escorting the tanker trained its deck guns on the Iranian boats and ordered them to back off.

At the request of the U.S. last week, British Royal Marines in Gibraltar intercepted an Iranian boat that was believed to have been carrying oil to Syria; on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the United Kingdom "will see the consequences." Catherine Garcia

June 21, 2019

A massive fire broke out at a major oil refinery in Philadelphia on Friday, and stunning video captured the moment of an explosion that shook nearby homes, The Washington Post reports.

Firefighters are responding at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex after a fire broke out at around 4:00 a.m., with Philadelphia Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy saying early in the morning that "this is going to be a long operation" and that "it's confined, and it’s being addressed, but it is not under control."

Several explosions at the refinery shook homes in Philadelphia and "jolted people from their sleep miles from the scene," even being felt by some South Jersey residents, NBC reports. No injuries have been reported, the Philadelphia Fire Department said.

This is the refinery's second fire this month, CBS News reports. The cause of the fire is currently unclear. Brendan Morrow

September 13, 2018

Dozens of homes were damaged and some destroyed on Thursday when multiple gas-related explosions triggered fires across several communities in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley region.

Massachusetts State Police tweeted that emergency crews have responded to 70 different addresses in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, but that number will grow. Residents in those areas who have Columbia Gas have been ordered to evacuate their homes immediately. Authorities said that gas lines are being depressurized, which "will take some time," and it is "far too early to speculate on cause. Joint investigation will be conducted when situation is stabilized."

Boston 25 News reports that at least 10 people have been injured by the explosions and fires.

This is a developing story and has been updated throughout. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2018

A gunman opened fire in a neighborhood in Toronto's east end on Sunday night, killing one person and injuring at least 13 others, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

The shooter was killed "in an exchange of gunfire," Saunders told reporters, and "a young girl, I believe eight or nine years old, is in critical condition." The shooting took place near Danforth and Pape avenues, on "one of the busiest streets in the country," Saunders said. Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters police have "not drawn any conclusions about what happened here or why."

Witness Jim Melis told The Globe and Mail he was driving down the street when he saw a white man wearing a black hat and bandana start firing into a cafe. Another witness, John Aruldason, said there were lots of people eating out in restaurants, and patios were full. "No one thinks this would happen in Toronto," he added. "People were slow to react — it wasn't believable."

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. Catherine Garcia

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