Deadly Landslide, Bill Walton, and Marauding Monkeys

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South Pacific Landslide

At least 2,000 people are feared to have been buried alive in a landslide in the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. The unverified estimate from the nation's government, reported yesterday, is roughly triple the UN's estimate of 670 people killed in the landslide since Friday. At least 150 homes have been buried in debris, and five bodies have been recovered so far.

 

The difference in the estimated casualties reflects the challenges facing rescue crews who are reportedly struggling to reach the remote mountainous Enga region in northern Papua New Guinea. The landslide, which swept across the village of Yambali as most residents were asleep, blocked a main highway to the area and caused the ground to shift. Long-running tribal feuds in the region also pose safety risks for aid convoys, with soldiers having to provide security. 

 

Papua New Guinea, which lies north of Australia, is still investigating the cause of the landslide. See footage of the disaster here.

 

Bill Walton Dies

Legendary basketball star Bill Walton passed away yesterday, succumbing to a prolonged battle with cancer at the age of 71. He was known for both his Hall of Fame career on the court and his award-winning broadcasting performances while calling games.

 

The 6-foot-11-inch Walton redefined the center position with his elite skills on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. A three-time national player of the year for UCLA, he led the Bruins to the national championship in 1972 and 1973. Drafted first overall by the Portland Trailblazers, Walton—despite a professional career hampered by foot injuries—won two NBA titles (1977, 1986) and was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 1977-78 season.

 

Following his playing career, Walton overcame a lifelong stutter and became a fan favorite while calling games with a loose personality and frequent tangents (see best moments), winning an Emmy in 1991. 

 

Louisiana Abortion Pill Law

Louisiana has become the first US state to criminalize possession of abortion medication under certain circumstances after Gov. Jeff Landry (R) Friday signed into law a bill reclassifying abortion medication as controlled substances. 

 

Under the law, mifepristone and misoprostol—a two-drug regimen used in the majority of all US abortions—will be added as Schedule IV drugs in Louisiana’s list of restricted substances. That category is defined as having the potential for abuse and dependency and includes Ambien, Valium, and Xanax. Anyone who is not pregnant or a licensed medical provider could face up to five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if found carrying either of the abortion medications without a prescription. The Food and Drug Administration does not consider abortion pills addictive.

 

Louisiana also bans most abortions, except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, or the fetus has a fatal condition. See a map of US abortion laws here.

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