Stars Coffee, Russia's replacement fro the global coffee brand after it exited the country earlier this year, has raised eyebrows thanks to its strikingly-similar name and logo.
A cold front brought lower than usual temperatures and widespread rain to parts of Texas on August 18, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.Showers and storms were expected across north and central parts of the state on Thursday, with this footage showing rainfall in Bonham.In Austin, rainfall broke a 51-day dry streak, according to local reports. Credit: @karimonstertx via Storyful
Multiple fatalities were reported after two planes attempting to land collided mid-air near Watsonville Municipal Airport, California, on August 18, local officials said.Footage by Alma Partida shows the wreckage of one of the planes on the airfield.The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating a mid-air collision between a Cessna 152 and a Cessna 340A in Watsonville. Credit: Alma Partida via Storyful
STORY: U.S. stocks ended slightly higher on Thursday as investors dumped the latest meme-stock to lose momentum and continued to parse retailers’ earnings for clues on the direction of consumer spending.The Dow rose fractionally, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq only gained about two tenths of a percent.Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond plunged 19.63% percent, after billionaire and activist investor Ryan Cohen disclosed plans to sell his entire stake in the struggling retailer, following a stunning rally this month.Also losing ground was Kohl's, which fell 7.72% after the retailer cut its full-year sales and profit forecasts. The news followed a disappointing report on Wednesday from Target, which continued its slide on Thursday.Anxiety over the Federal Reserve’s next move is also weighing on markets.Liz Miller, president of Summit Place Financial Advisors, said she still expects the Fed to keep moving aggressively, despite some forecasting a smaller rate hike.“We still think there's a good chance the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates 75-basis points in September. Now, I'm not sure that's what we think the Fed should do. I think that these rates move with such a lag at least six months that we're already just seeing the first results of the early rates hikes. And indeed, we have one data point of inflation coming down... But I think the consensus is they're going to raise, again, 0.75%, trying to really, very strongly get ahead of inflation, even if that does mean more damage to the economy going forward.”Helping Wall Street post a gain on Thursday were shares of Cisco, which rose nearly 6% after the company provided an upbeat sales forecast late on Wednesday.That helped lift the tech sector, with shares of chipmaker Nvidia gaining more than 2%.
Dangerous thunderstorms brought heavy rain, hail, and strong winds that killed at least two people and caused serious damage in Tuscany, Italy, on August 18, according to Vigili del Fuoco, Italy’s fire and rescue service.The Italian Civil Protection Department issued severe weather alerts for most of the country in response to Thursday’s thunderstorm.Local news reports said two people were killed by falling trees during the storm in Tuscany.Vigili del Fuoco shared photos and videos, which they said were taken on Thursday, showing firefighters working to clean up the destruction caused by the storm in Tuscany. The fire department said their teams worked to clear fallen trees and branches, stabilize electric systems, repair damaged roofs, and rescue motorists in need. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful
STORY: As Europe's largest nuclear power plant becomes the center of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine prompting fears of catastrophe... U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for its urgent demilitarization. "We must tell it like it is – any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia is suicide.”It comes as Guterres met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for talks in Lviv. The situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant was top of the agenda.Both sides also say the other is planning a 'provocation' at the facility on Friday.It was captured by Russian forces soon after the invasion of Ukraine, and the two countries have accused each other of shelling the plant. Russia has said it could shut down the facility – a move Kyiv warns would increase the risk of a nuclear catastrophe.Shutting down a nuclear power plant is a complicated operation that requires halting nuclear chain reactions while protecting fuel from heating up and causing a meltdown. Zelenskiy accused Russia of "nuclear blackmail.""On nuclear security, this is most definitely the priority of the whole world. New challenges. Russia should immediately, without any preconditions, withdraw its troops from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant."Moscow has rejected the idea of demilitarizing the plant.Reuters cannot independently confirm the military situation there or the responsibility for shelling of the plant. The war has killed thousands and forced millions to flee after Moscow launched what it calls a “special military operation” in February.
STORY: The frightened bull ran amok among residents, injuring one person, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment.The bull was captured by locals who tied it by the legs after 40 minutes in pursuit of the animal.It is not clear what will happen to the bull.
Afternoon showers passed through Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, August 18, according to footage posted to Twitter by Mark Margavage.“This is about as hard as I’ve seen it rain this year,” Margavage says as the rain collects on a street.According to Margavage, about 3/8" of rain fell.The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted showers and storms in the region during the afternoon but said dry weather would follow. Credit: Mark Margavage via Storyful
STORY: Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of wounding Rushdie, 75, on Friday just before the "The Satanic Verses" author was to deliver a lecture on stage at an educational retreat near Lake Erie. Rushdie was hospitalized with serious injuries in what writers and politicians around the world decried as an attack on the freedom of expression.Matar was arraigned at the Chautauqua County Courthouse on an indictment returned earlier in the day by a grand jury that charged him with one count of second-degree attempted murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, and one count of second-degree assault.He has been in jail since his arrest and wore a gray-striped jumpsuit, a white COVID-19 face mask and his hands were shackled.Judge David Foley ordered Matar to have no contact with Rushdie and agreed to a request by his defense lawyer to issue a temporary gag order barring the parties from discussing the case in the media. He said he would consider the defense's request to release Matar on bail.Matar's next court appearance was scheduled for Sept. 22.
STORY: The U.S. stock market recorded its worst first half of any year since 1970 but it has staged a strong rebound in the past two months on hopes a peak in the pace of monetary tightening is within sight."I think we're moving from an overreaction to the kinds of levels we belong at," said Miller.Miller also said she saw "bounce back opportunity" in sectors including consumer discretionary, Big Tech and communication.
STORY: The 2022 World Robot Conference has kicked off in Beijing Locator: Beijing, ChinaWith Chinese-speaking Albert Einsteinrobot dogsand a humanoid that can interpret human facial expressions(Xier, R&D engineer, Exrobot) “We hope that in the future, in terms of elderly care and personal relationships, our product can help humans. You can share your bad mood or happiness with it. It will analyze your emotions through the database and give you emotional responses.” Medical robots are also on display Inventors hope that these robots canhelp to improve care and treatment World Robot Conference will run from August 18 to 21
STORY: More encouraging earnings from Walmart were offset by Target's profit slump, which dragged the retail sector lower.Target reported that profit plummeted by 90% in the second quarter as it slashed prices to offload a glut of merchandise. Rival Walmart faces a similar challenge, but its more robust grocery business has provided an edge during inflationary times."We don't have to see a consumer stop spending to have a slowing economy," said Miller. "We just have to see their spending habits change and that's what we've heard so clearly in the earnings reports of the last couple days."
STORY: This is 'Yappy Hour' in New JerseyDogs can play together in the sand, sprinklers and pools at this dog-friendly happy hourLocation: Asbury Park, New Jersey(John Granucci, Dog owner) "If this wasn't here, we wouldn't have any of this. He wouldn't have the ability to socialize with the other dogs and frankly, for us to hang out too while he gets it done."(Debbie DeLisa, Manager)"They come from the whole tri-state area, from Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania. First of all, it's good socialization for their dogs and then the people get to socialize."The $10 entrance fee goes to supporting animal welfare groupsAnd 'doggy bouncers' ensure safe socializationIt runs from 3 to 6 p.m. three days a week
Evacuations were ordered and trains were rerouted after a 500-kilogram bomb from World War II was found during construction work in the Berlin neighborhood of Friedrichshain on Thursday, August 18, according to police.The device was identified as an aerial bomb with two detonators that specialists were going to remove on site before transferring the defused bomb a site in Grunewald which, since 1950, has been used for controlled detonations of ammunition and unexploded ordinances.Berlin police released two photos showing the bomb at the construction site, and a graphic image depicting an evacuation area with a 500-meter diameter.It would take approximately three hours to defuse the bomb, police said. Credit: Polizei Berlin Einsatz via Storyful
Sussex Police asked the public to help search for a pastor’s stolen bike that had “huge sentimental value” because it was used by his sons before they died. Police said the bike was taken in Worthing, England, on Tuesday, July 19.Reverend David Hill explained to police that it was “the last bike my grown-up children rode” before they tragically died in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon in 2018 according to news reports.Police said the bike was stolen from outside Worthing Hospital, where Hill works as the hospital chaplain.The pastor said, "The bike itself is worth around £2,000 but the emotional value is absolutely priceless. I am devastated it has been stolen.”Security footage posted by the Sussex Police, who said it was taken in July, shows someone taking the bike from outside of the Worthing Hospital. Credit: Sussex Police via Storyful
Video shows a vehicle on the second floor of the South Shore Plaza mall in Braintree, Massachusetts, on August 18, after an elderly driver went through an automatic door, reports said.According to reports, police said the driver was a woman and that no one was injured in the incident.Video posted by @ghettova shows police guiding the driver as she reverses to an exit on the second floor of the shopping center. Credit: @ghettova via Storyful
Firefighters were working to contain fires burning in Pantelleria, Italy, on Thursday, August 18, according to the Vigili del Fuoco, Italy’s fire and rescue service.The Vigili del Fuoco said 20 firefighters and five rescue vehicles were deployed to control the fires and that no structures are currently at risk.According to local news reports, prosecutors are investigating the cause of the fires.This footage uploaded to the Vigili del Fuoco website shows the burned area and Canadair planes releasing water over the fires.Local news reported that fashion designer Giorgio Armani and former football player Marco Tardelli were forced to evacuate the island because of the fire. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful
STORY: After soaring earlier in the week in the latest meme-stock frenzy, shares of Bed Bath and Beyond sank Thursday - losing more than 20 percent of their value mid-day - as a billionaire investor announced plans to sell his entire stake in the struggling retailer.Ryan Cohen’s RC Ventures intends to sell 9.45 million shares, totalling $148.6 million, as well as call options on the stock.Strategists said Cohen selling his stake in the company scared off even “the meme stock faithful.”It was activist investor Cohen’s bet on the retailer that had sent its stock soaring.Cohen is the co-founder of Chewy and chairman of GameStop.Earlier this week, Bed Bath and Beyond shares saw the highest single day net buying from individual investors in at least five years.
Fishermen tagging dolphinfish (aka mahi-mahi) off the coast of the Florida Keys spotted a great white shark 23 miles south of Cudjoe Key, Florida.Don M Gates, who recorded this footage, told Storyful the video was recorded on August 15 aboard his boat ‘Killin’ Time II’. He said he was conducting mahi-mahi tagging research for the Dolphinfish Tagging Program when he spotted the shark.In the footage, a voice can be heard exclaiming, “There he comes, there he comes!”The shark can be seen swimming near the boat in deep blue water. Credit: Don M Gates via Storyful
The Valencia Emergency Service told residents in the community of Alcublas, Spain, to stay indoors on August 18, due to smoke from the Bejis fire.The Bejis fire had burned 13,400 hectares (about 52 square miles) as of Thursday.Local news reports said rainfall early on Thursday morning helped contain both the Bejis fire and the Vall d’Ebo fire, which, combined, had burned over 25,000 hectares (around 96 square miles) in Valencia to date.Footage filmed by Twitter user @p_glvz shows smoke in the vicinity of Alcublas on Thursday. Credit: @p_glvz via Storyful
STORY: Scenes of dried up rivers and dams amid severe drought The ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ has emerged from the Valdecanas reservoirafter the water level dropped to 28% of capacity, authorities say Location: Caceres, Spain Mexico is facing its worst drought in 30 yearsFarmer Hicterio Torres Franco has lost more than 19 animals due to water deprivationLocation: Aldama, Mexico (Hicterio Torres Franco, Farmer)"We see all these dead cows in the field because of the drought we are going through. The dam is at its lowest levels, and when the cows go there to drink water, they get stuck. These cows have become stuck, others because of drought, disease, and hunger, they are weak and unable to sustain themselves."Location: Chongqing, ChinaChongqing residents clamber along the dry bed of the Yangtze riveras local governments race to maintain power and find fresh water to irrigate cropsLocation: Sirmione, ItalyThis rocky beach has emerged from Lake Garda following severe droughtLocation: Loireauxence, FranceTourist barges struggle to navigate on river Loireas record drought has cut river flow to a trickle(Sylviane Perroud, Loireauxence resident)"It makes me sad. It makes me sad because I grew up in the village and have never seen it (the Loire) like that. Before, we could go to the waterholes over there with the children and fish, because the water was not too hot yet. Now, when we go, it's just algae and frogs. All the fish died of the heat or were eaten by the herons."