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FERGUSON, MO - Two police officers were rushed to the hospital after being shot in Ferguson, Missouri authorities confirmed early Thursday morning.

The Saint Louis County Police Department confirmed two officers were shot just after midnight outside of Ferguson PD. A crowd of protesters was gathered outside of the building.

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The shooting happened in the wake of police chief Thomas Jackson's resignation announcement Wednesday. The resignation came following intense national attention after 18 year old Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9th, 2014 by 28 year old Officer Darren Wilson.

The incident sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

The condition of the officers was not immediately known. Videos posted to social media by witnesses claimed one officer was shot in the leg and another in the face.

UPDATE: A police spokesperson later said at least three shots were fired, one officer from was hit in the shoulder and the other in the face. Both were said to be conscious.

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Saturday, 28 September 2013 03:31

Krokodil Drug May Be In The States

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Health officials warn that a devastating drug popular in Russia and other Eastern Europe countries may have surfaced in Arizona this week.

Symptoms consistent with the drug Krokodil, named after the scaly sores it leaves on the users skin, have been reported to poison control centers in Phoenix. The drug is said to produce a high similar to heroin, but far less costly. It is highly addictive in nature, rotting the flesh from the inside out within a month, and in several cases killing the user in a year.

The damage it causes to the human body is so graphic, we chose not to post photos of patients addicted to the drug. What is just as shocking is that some of the ingredients are everyday chemicals locally available.

While the cases in Arizona are not confirmed to be the drug, officials remain deeply concerned. An estimated one million users are addicted to the drug in Russia alone, and it is said to have a grasp on users in Montreal as well.

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO: After flying to an altitude of 39,044 meters (128,097 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the longest freefall record to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.

Baumgartner landed safely in the desert of New Mexico after jumping out of his space capsule at 39,044 meters and plunging back towards earth, hitting a maximum of speed of 1,137 km/h through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:19-minute long freefall. Baumgartner's jump lasted a total of 9:03 minutes. Countless millions of people around the world watched his ascent and jump live on television broadcasts and live stream on the internet. At one point during his freefall Baumgartner appeared to spin rapidly, but he quickly re-gained control and moments later opened his parachute as members of the ground crew cheered and viewers around the world heaved a sigh of relief.

"It was an incredible up and down today, just like it's been with the whole project," a relieved Baumgartner said. "First we got off with a beautiful launch and then we had a bit of drama with a power supply issue to my visor. The exit was perfect but then I started spinning slowly. I thought I'd just spin a few times and that would be that, but then I started to speed up. It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I'd lose consciousness. I didn't feel a sonic boom because I was so busy just trying to stabilize myself. We'll have to wait and see if we really broke the sound barrier. It was really a lot harder than I thought it was going to be."

Baumgartner and his team spent five years training and preparing for the mission that is designed to improve our scientific understanding of how the body copes with the extreme conditions at the edge of space.

Baumgartner had endured several weather-related delays before finally lifting off under bright blue skies and calm winds on Sunday morning. The Red Bull Stratos crew, watching from Mission Control, broke out into spontaneous applause when the balloon lifted off.

Friday, 21 September 2012 09:03

Endeavour: End of an Era

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Space shuttle Endeavour, perched atop NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft landed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 12:51 p.m. PDT Friday, ending a cross-country ferry mission and returning to its place of birth, California.

Endeavour was NASA’s fifth and final space shuttle to be built. Construction began on Sept. 28, 1987 and it rolled out of the assembly plant in Palmdale, Calif. in April 1991. It was named after a ship chartered to traverse the South Pacific in 1768 and captained by 18th century explorer James Cook. Endeavour flew 25 times, traveling more than 122,000 miles and accumulating 299 days in space. Like shuttles Discovery, Enterprise and Atlantis, Endeavour is embarking on its next mission – to inspire the next generation of explorers and engineers at the California Science Center.

Endeavour will be removed from the SCA using an elaborate set of cranes and wind restraints. It will be placed on a special transportation system and moved into a United Airlines hangar, where it will remain for several weeks while final preparations for its transport and display are completed.

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