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A paraplegic athlete from Australia claims he was forced to urinate in a water bottle on a flyDubai plane because the airline didn’t have a wheelchair to accommodate him.

Darren Belling was flying from Dubai to Helsinki on his way to represent his country in the World Para Ice Hockey Championships in October when the incident occurred.

Belling said he asked flight attendants about a wheelchair to use the restroom three hours into the journey but the flight attendant told him they "don't carry on-board wheelchairs" and he would have to hold it for the seven-hour journey, BBC reports.

It was then that airline staff decided to bring Belling an empty water bottle as a means for him to


The Florida Broward County elections office missed the state deadline to submit recount results by just 2 minutes.

"Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing," said Broward elections official Joseph D'Alessandro.

“We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results,” he said.

In Palm Beach County, outdated vote-counting equipment broke down, causing its elections office to miss the deadline. Only able to count one race at a time, they didn’t even finish the one they started, the Senate race.

“It was a heroic effort and we just completed uploading our Saturday results, as was required by law,” Bucher announced the deadline


PARADISE, Calif. — The search intensified Wednesday for those missing after the Camp Fire, which virtually wiped out the town of Paradise. New drone footage of the devastation shows how quickly the fire consumed the town of Paradise. Home after home was leveled. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it could take five to six years until Paradise starts to look like a city again.

Many of the deceased died in Paradise in their homes or as they attempted to escape the fast-moving blaze.

"It was outrunning us before we knew we were in the race, and that made it more difficult," said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

More than 220 people are unaccounted for. Some of their names hav


By Mike Wall, The nearest single star to the sun apparently hosts a big, icy planet.

Astronomers have found strong evidence of a frigid alien world about 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard's Star, a dim red dwarf that lies just 6 light-years from the sun. Barnard's Star is our sun's nearest neighbor, apart from the three-star Alpha Centauri system, which is about 4.3 light-years away.

The newly detected world, known as Barnard's Star b, remains a planet candidate for now. But the researchers who spotted it are confident the alien planet will eventually be confirmed. [Barnard's Star b: What We Know About the "Super-Earth' Candidate]

"After a very careful an


WASHINGTON DC - Michael Cohen said on a Vanity Fair interview that President Donald Trump used racist language in several private conversations with him during the time he worked as Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer."

In the interview, Cohen said he can recall at least four times that Trump made denigrating comments to him about black people.

Cohen said that Trump made a disparaging comment about African-American voters when they were discussing the turnout for one of his 2016 campaign rallies.

"I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, 'That's because black people are too stupid to vote for me,' " the President's former lawyer told the magazine. C


The Trump administration on Friday announced that the US will reimpose all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. It’s the second batch of penalties that the administration has reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal in May.

He had long objected to the agreement, which was seen by most analysts as one of the more significant foreign policy achievements of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Now the Trump administration's goal is to apply maximum pressure against the Iranian regime to compel it to think again and change what the Ame


BEIJING -- A fight between a passenger and a bus driver ended tragically when the bus plunged off a bridge in southwestern China Sunday. All 15 people on board were killed.

This eight-second surveillance video shows the bus driver and a passenger arguing and slapping at each other just before the bus suddenly veered across oncoming traffic and off the bridge Sunday morning.

A 48-year-old female passenger on the bus asked the driver to pull over after she missed her stop, but the driver refused. She then walked to the driver's seat and scolded him. The driver turned his head back several times arguing.

The Chongqing police also posted dashcam video from a nearby car showing the bus


Kristopher Love, the hitman who was convicted of capital murder last week in the killing of Dr. Kendra Hatcher, a pediatric dentist, was sentenced to death Wednesday in Dallas.

The Dallas County jury took only three hours before voting to condemn Love, 34, to death by lethal injection.

Hatcher, 35, was shot and killed in the parking garage of her Dallas apartment building in September 2015. Prosecutors said Love was hired by Brenda Delgado, 36, the ex-girlfriend of Hatcher's boyfriend; Delgado is awaiting trial on a charge of capital murder.

A third person, Crystal Cortes, 26, who prosecutors said was the getaway driver, pleaded guilty this month to a reduced charge of murder and wa


ROME — The brother of a teenager who vanished in 1983, sparking a decades-long mystery that has gripped Italy, believes Pope Francis knows what happened to her.

Pietro Orlandi said "the truth needs to come out" about Emanuela Orlandi, who disappeared aged 15 after leaving the family's Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson. Their father was a lay employee of the Holy See.

Over the years, her case has been linked to everything from the plot to kill St. John Paul II to the Vatican bank's financial scandal and Rome's criminal underworld.

Speculation about her fate was renewed late Tuesday when human bones were found during renovation work at the Vatican's Embassy to Italy, clos


Google employees in company offices around the world began staging a walkout on Thursday to protest the company's handling of senior executives accused of sexual misconduct.

The protest was scheduled by organizers to begin at 11:10 a.m. local time for each office, with a Twitter account set up by organizers of the protest already featuring walkout photos from a variety of locations including Singapore, Tokyo, London, Dublin and others.

The walkout was organized in response to a report by The New York Times published last week that found two senior Google executives had been paid tens of millions of dollars in exit packages after they left the company following allegations of sexual mis


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