One dead, one seriously injured in avalanche at Alpine Meadows near Tahoe


A 34-year-old man was killed while skiing Friday morning and another was seriously injured when an avalanche unfurled a wave of snow on a run in the Alpine Meadows ski resort near Lake Tahoe, officials said.

Officials with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows said the avalanche was reported around 10:16 a.m. within an open area of the resort in the area between Scott Chute and Promised Land near Scott Chair. Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputies pronounced one skier dead and identified him as Cole Comstock of Blairsden (Plumas County).

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This map shows the area near Subway ski run, where the avalanche occurred at Lake Tahoe's Alpine Meadows on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
This map shows the area near Subway ski run, where the avalanche occurred at Lake Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
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Disneyland’s newest ‘Star Wars’ ride is jaw-droppingly impressive and even the line to get on it is a blast


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  • The new “Star Wars” Rise of the Resistance theme park ride opens in California’s Disneyland on Friday, January 17.
  • Insider previewed the ride, and it’s an impressive show of Disney innovation.
  • The ride takes you (a Resistance recruit) on a transport ship and into a First Order Star Destroyer.
  • It’s a massive ride, and will leave you in awe of how realistic and immersive the experience is.

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I visited this luxury thermal spa —and here’s what I thought


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I arrived at Balnea Spa + Réserve Thermale, in Bromont, Qué., needing a relaxing massage. It was recommended I try Balnea’s signature multi-sensory full-body massage, which is curated with a blend of body manoeuvres from around the world, applied with the creative touch of a therapist to help awaken the senses.

90 minutes went by and I woke up in a complete daze. Not only did the massage relieve the tenseness in my shoulders, but my mindfulness had reached its optimal prime. I felt completely relaxed, uplifted and stress-free. Just when I thought my day at the spa over, I was invited to explore the rest of the Balnea’s all-inclusive installations and thermal experiences

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5 people missing after fishing boat sinks off Alaska

Five people were reported missing after a crabbing vessel sank off the coast of the Alaskan peninsula Tuesday night.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two other people were rescued since the Fishing Vessel Scandies Rose sank near Sutwik Island in the Gulf of Alaska,

A mayday call was heard around 10 p.m. local time, according to Seattle FOX affiliate Q13.

Winds of 40 mph made for unstable sailing conditions Tuesday evening, including 15- to 20-foot waves and decreased visibility.

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“We are conducting an extensive search in a 300-square-mile area to locate the five missing persons from the Scandies Rose,” Lt. Wade Arnold, Coast Guard command duty officer at the 17th District command center, said in a statement.

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AA opens investigation into mystery drones flying in ‘square grid patterns’ over Colorado and Nebraska


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  • The FAA is investigating a slew of mysterious drone sightings in Colorado and Nebraska 
  • The cluster of drones has been seen in at least four counties in Colorado
  • No private companies nor government agencies have claimed the drones 
  • Officials said last week they tracked over 16 drones between the two counties flying in square grid patterns and appearing nearly every night 
  • On Tuesday that number soared to 30 drones seen flying at a time 
  • ‘We believe that the drones, though startling, are not malicious in nature,’ The Phillips County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office said 

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Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists.

The woman inside the Mickey Mouse costume went to the hospital with neck injuries caused by a grandmother patting the character’s head, while the employees wearing the Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck costumes were groped by tourists, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The incidents come after a 51-year-old man was arrested in November after an employee portraying a Disney Princess told investigators he groped her breast while getting a photo taken.

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British family stranded abroad after accidentally leaving passports on a plane


A British family have found themselves stranded abroad after accidentally leaving their passports on the plane.

Victoria Walker, 29, her mother, husband and two children flew to Geneva on a skiing holiday with EasyJet.

But their dream break turned into a nightmare when they got off the plane in Switzerland and Victoria realised her daughter had put their passports in the pocket of the seat in front of them.

By the time Victoria realised their mistake in the queue for immigration, the plane was already on its way back to Manchester.

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Victoria Walker, 29, said her daughter had put the passports in the seat in front of them on the plane. (SWNS)
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Eleven dead, 300 treated after drinking coconut wine in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – At least 11 people have been killed and more than 300 treated in hospital after drinking coconut wine in the Philippines, including some who were celebrating at a Christmas party, health and local authorities said on Monday.

The poisoning occurred in Laguna and Quezon, two provinces south of Manila, and all had consumed lambanog, a drink popular in provinces and consumed widely during holidays and celebrations.

Many were admitted to hospitals on the urging of mayor Vener Munoz in Rizal, Laguna, where the deaths occurred between Thursday and Sunday.

Two people who had been in critical condition were improving, he told local radio. The coconut wine that was consumed had been made in his town, he added

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Police: 63-vehicle pileup in Virginia results in injuries

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A pileup involving more than 60 cars on a major interstate in Virginia on Sunday morning injured dozens of people, some critically, according to state police.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 64 in York County and for a time shut down traffic in both directions, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said in a statement.

The agency tweeted that there was fog and ice along a bridge when what was described as a chain-reaction wreck began.

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Crews work to clear vehicles from the Queens Creek overpass on I-64 in York County, Va., Sunday December 22, 2019 after a chain-reaction crash involving multiple vehicles cars. The crash happened Sunday morning. (Rob Ostermaier/The Daily Press via AP)
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