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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) — At least six people have been killed and others are injured, following what police have described as a “possible terror attack” at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany. A manhunt is underway.

Police said that witnesses called to report three people with guns on a nearby street who later moved toward the mall. The perpetrators remain at large.

Police spokeswoman Claudia Kunzel told ABC News that “all the police that we have” are responding to the situation.

The shooting began just after 6 p.m. Friday in a McDonald’s restaurant in the mall. The latest reports suggest that police are still evacuating the building.

A spokesperson for police in Munich described the incident as a “possible terror attack” while speaking to a German radio station.

All subway services in the city were halted after reports that the suspect fled into the subway, and police are appealing to people to clear the streets as they hunt for the gunmen.

They are directing people to avoid Munich’s city center and shelter in place, after unconfirmed reports of further shooting.

President Obama has been briefed on the situation, and later offered sympathies and pledged support to Germany, which he described as one of America’s closest allies.

The shopping mall where the shooting took place is located in what was the Olympic Village for the 1972 Munich Olympics, during which 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and killed along with a German policeman.

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Victoria Transport Accident Commission(VICTORIA, Australia) — What he lacks in looks, he makes up for in evolutionary prowess. Meet Graham, the “only person designed to survive” a car crash.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) of Victoria, Australia, spearheaded Graham’s creation. An artist collaborated with a trauma surgeon and a crash investigation expert to create “an interactive lifelike sculpture … designed with bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes,” according to a news release.

Among the features are an enlarged skull, a flat fatty face, and a rib cage replete with “sacks” to function like an airbag.

TAC officials hope Graham will help people understand the importance of designing safer roadways.

“Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our roads system to protect ourselves from our own mistakes,” TAC chief executive Joe Calafiore said in a statement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) — Several people are dead and injured after a shooting Friday at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany, police said, sparking a manhunt for the shooter.

The suspect is at large, police spokeswoman Claudia Kunzel told ABC News. Kunzel could not confirm if there were one or more shooters.

The shooting began just after 6 p.m. in a McDonald’s in the mall. Police are still evacuating the building.

All subway services in the city were halted after reports that the suspect fled into the subway.

Police ordered people around the shopping center to shelter in place.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) — Nearly 60,000 people have been arrested, suspended or fired from their jobs in Turkey since a failed coup led way to a government crackdown aimed at further suppressing dissent in the country, according to some analysts.

Ege Seckin, a political analyst at global analytics firm IHS, said the country is now experiencing a “counter-coup.”

“The government is exploiting its popular momentum to eliminate any kind of opposition,” Seckin said. “Their argument is those who have been arrested or suspended are supporters of Fetullah Gulen (a Turkish Islamic scholar who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania). It might be the case for some, but they are casting a very wide net. There’s a difference between those with active ties to the Gulen movement, and those who have had an affiliation in the past, or pass on his messages through education.”

According to Mehmet Yilmaz, a member of Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, the country’s top judicial body, the government has been investigating certain individuals for the past two years. Yilmaz told the BBC that nearly 800 judges and prosecutors have been taken into custody, including two members of Turkey’s Constitutional Court.

“The violent intervention by members of the same group in military made it clear that they are part of an armed terrorist organization,” Yilmaz said, adding, “The risk these people pose is high. We have solid evidence [that these people are members of the Gulen movement] which we will make available.”

One analyst says recent events will deepen “the rift within the security establishment” at a time when Turkey is facing grave regional security concerns.

“There have always been rumors about Gulenist infiltration into the army,” Gönül Tol, founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies, wrote in a column for The New York Times. “But the high number of generals among the arrested coup plotters […] indicates a broader participation, possibly including ultra secular and nationalist factions. This suggests a division not only between the secular and the Islamist camp but also within the secular camp in the army.”

“The fundamental problem in Turkey is polarization — between those who support and those who oppose Erdogan. This polarization is worse now and it’s a recipe for civil war,” Seckin added.

Turkey’s NATO partners fear that the purges in the military could diminish its capabilities to thwart the threat posed by ISIS.

“This constitutes a major loss of expertise and institutional memory at a time of heightening security challenges,” Fadi Hakura, an associate fellow at the London-based think tank Chatham House, wrote on the organization’s website. “The government’s replacements of key staff with less qualified loyalists will rupture the institutional integrity and professionalism of the military establishment.”

Erdogan has previously attempted to reform the Turkish constitution. While it is too early to assess the long-term impact of his latest actions, the stakes are high. Not only will his next steps affect millions of Turkish people, it could also affect the country’s international commitments in the fight against ISIS and its involvement in the global refugee crisis. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Turkey’s allies will be “closely watching” Erdogan’s next moves.

Turkey’s parliament approved a three-month state of emergency plan this week, insuring unprecedented executive powers to Erdogan. The measure allows the president and his cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws. Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced that country was suspending its participation in the European Convention of Human Rights.

While these measures might appear radical, officials have insisted that the lives and freedoms of citizens would not be affected and pointed to France who recently took similar measures following terror attacks in the country.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Don’t adjust your monitor — you’re reading this right: the VCR is dead. Or, it’s soon to be.

For those of you who may have fond — or not-so-fond — memories of the video cassette recorder, Friday is a day to feel old and wallow in VCR nostalgia that younger generations will only experience through stories of the device that changed TV viewing habits for those who had been at the mercy of broadcast schedules.

The last VCR is set to be produced in Japan by the end of the month, according to the BBC. A company called Funai Electric — which has been producing VCRs for 33 years — will cease production, the BBC reported, citing the Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

VCRs were the way videos were watched at home before DVDs and streaming video services reigned supreme.

Funai produced only 750,000 units last year, which sounds like a lot, but when compared to the 15 million units per year that it reportedly sold at the technology’s peak popularity, isn’t all that much.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) — A major police operation is underway Friday after shots were fired at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany, police said.

The shooting is ongoing and police are at the scene, Munich police said.

Authorities did not immediately confirm if there were any casualties.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Prince William and Princess Kate released four new photos of Prince George Friday to mark the royal heir’s third birthday.

“The Duke and Duchess hope that people will enjoy seeing these new photographs. They would like to thank everyone for all the lovely messages they have received as Prince George celebrates his third birthday,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

The photos were taken at Anmer Hall, the royals’ home in Norfolk. They show Prince George with the family dog, Lupo, and on top of a swing engraved with his parents’ names in the family’s garden.

The photographer, Matt Porteous, said in a statement, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I’m honoured they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday.”

George, who is third-in-line to the British throne, will celebrate his birthday Friday with a party fit for a king. Expected guests include George’s uncle Prince Harry and his aunt, the newly-engaged Pippa Middleton.

It is anybody’s guess what the little prince might unwrap this year. He is a fan of the British animated kids’ shows Fireman Sam and Peppa Pig and the childrens’ book The Gruffalo. He is also, according to his parents, obsessed with tractors, planes, trains and anything that flies.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are trying to raise their son away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi and, to the extent possible, provide him with as normal an upbringing as possible.

Instead of a fancy private school, George attends the local Montessori school near his Norfolk home three days per week.

When George is ready for his next school, the royal couple is considering schools for him both in London and Norfolk.

Both William and Harry attended the Weatherby School in Notting Hill, which is a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace, the family’s London home. Kate and William insist they are also exploring schools in the country near their Anmer Hall home for George.

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — Brushing shoulders with lawmakers, voting on rules about how the country conducts its democracy, witnessing history in the making…attending a national convention as a party delegate can be a once in a lifetime opportunity for political junkies.

But it costs a pretty penny.

Several delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland told ABC News they had to budget around $3,000 to $4,000 for the week. Eric Rohback from Washington State said a few people “deserved a spot, but declined to run due to family budget restraints.”

For security and transportation reasons, planning committees for both the RNC and Democratic National Convention requested that each state delegation stay at specifically assigned hotels where they had reserved blocks of rooms. The costs of those rooms, according to delegates, range from $300 to over $800 a night.

“I think everyone kind of has sticker shock,” said Christine Pellegrino, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Long Island, New York, who is attending the DNC next week. “We’re the 99. We are not the 1 percent, that is for sure.”

“For a lot of us, it is a heavy lift,” she added.

Pellegrino is staying at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, which was officially assigned to the New York delegation. The cost at the Loews, according several members of the state’s delegation, is approximately $500/night before tax.

Another New York delegate, Virginia Ramos Rios, said she thought local hotels had gouged prices. “I was surprised that the party, which is a national organization, had not negotiated better group rates considering that they have guaranteed occupancy,” Ramos Rios said.

She is taking the train from New York and budgeting $3,000 for the whole trip. Like many cash-strapped delegates, she started a GoFundMe webpage to crowdsource funds for the trip. So far, she has raised over $2,000.

In May, network engineer Raymond Barun launched the site adoptaberniedelegate.com that linked to fundraising websites for almost half the senator’s delegates. He said the majority of folks were budgeting between $3,000 to $5,000 for the convention, but for delegates arriving from Guam and Puerto Rico, the total cost could be as much as $10,000 for the week.

“These people are taking on debt to participate in the process,” Barun said. “We try to put out the proverbial fire. We see this problem with fundraising and said, ‘Let’s get a site up that aggregates all of these fundraising links.’”

Yamina Roland, a Sanders delegate traveling from California, is planning to stay with a friend in Philadelphia to save money.

“I don’t understand how you can leverage a block of rooms for thousands of people and the best rate you can come up with is $700 a night,” Roland said. “That is even bad business for, like, Trump. I think it was definitely done to keep those of out who are not establishment politicians or even die-hard loyalist Democrats.”

Many delegates are sharing rooms to save money, and some are missing work or taking vacation time to attend the conference.

Alma Hernandez, a Clinton delegate from Tucson, Arizona, agreed that money had played a big role in the delegate process.

“I think it’s a little unfortunate that some people are unable to go because they don’t have the funds for it,” Hernandez said, who also set up a fundraising page. “I wish that other people had the opportunity.”

Morgan Finkelstein, a spokesperson for the DNC, told ABC News in a statement: “We understand and appreciate the commitment that all of our delegates make to the nominating convention. Over the last three cycles in particular the internet has lowered the bar for participation by making it easier for potential delegates to get their message out and to leverage tools for crowd funding to help them perform this vital role.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Levi Shirley, a 24-year-old American who volunteered to join forces with a Kurdish rebel group to fight ISIS inside Syria, died in combat earlier this month, his mother said Friday.

“I’m basically in shock right now,” Susan Shirley told ABC News after learning from American officials and a rebel commander that her son was killed in combat. Levi joined the Kurdish rebel group known as the YPG, which also announced Levi’s death today on it’s Facebook page.

Levi Shirley died on July 14 in the heavily contested Syrian town of Manbij, according to the rebel group. The Facebook posting includes a video where Levi – calling himself Jack – speaks about why he went to fight ISIS. “They’re my definition of pure evil,” Shirley said. “I don’t think good people in a society can stick other people inside of a cage and set them on fire, so yeah I came here to stop them.”

His mother says Levi left in January of this year, telling her he was going to Texas to go to school and learn to become an Emergency Medical Technician. “He would have been an ideal EMT,” Susan said. But soon Levi became evasive and fell out of touch. She wasn’t entirely sure of where he was until she learned of his death this week. His mother said Levi had fought in Syria last year, but that he had come home after that.

“He knew going back that second time he knew what he was up against,” Susan said. “He knew, he didn’t have any illusions that war is romantic. When he came back the first time, in fact, he said I am never fighting again.”

The U.S. State Department discourages Americans from joining forces with rebel groups such as the YPG. State Department spokesman John Kirby would not publicly discuss the matter, citing privacy concerns. He said only that the State Department was aware of reports that an American was killed inside Syria earlier this month while fighting alongside Kurdish militants.

Shirley is not the first American to fight and die with an unconventional force inside Syria. American Kieth Broomfield died just over a year ago fighting with the same group.

“Even from a tiny kid, he had a big heart,” Susan Shirley said Friday. “He has a very strong instinct for defending people. As much as I would have preferred he didn’t go back that second time, I do get why he did.”

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LDProd/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “Pokemon Go” players have been taking the catchphrase “Gotta catch ’em all!” to a new level.

It’s been only two weeks since the game first launched, but dozens of bizarre incidents involving the game have already been reported.

Players have found a dead body, kayaked in the middle of the ocean and even apprehended an attempted murder suspect — all while playing the game.

Here are 12 of the most ridiculous things people have reportedly done all in the name of catching ’em all:

1. Walk Into a Cemetery and Climb a Tree

A player determined to get a “Pokemon stuck in a tree” at a New Jersey cemetery ended up getting stuck themselves, according to the East Greenwich Township Fire & Rescue, which used a ladder to help get the person back down.

“For all those out there playing Pokemon Go, take heed of all of the warnings and be careful not to put yourself into bad situations,” fire and rescue officials wrote on the department’s Facebook page. “Think about what you are doing and where you are going before you actually do it.”

That post was later taken down due to “inappropriate comments and foul language used,” the department said in a subsequent post.

2. Drive Into a Parked Police Car in Front of 3 Officers

Earlier this week, a distracted driver playing “Pokemon Go” in Baltimore was caught on video swerving and then crashing into a parked police car.

In the video, which was recorded by an officer’s body camera, the driver can be seen stepping out of the car to show the game on his cell phone to police.

“That’s what I get for playing this dumb [a–] game,” the driver can be heard saying.

3. Jump Out of a Car in the Middle of a Street

Dozens of people were recorded jumping out of their cars and running to catch a Vaporeon that had apparently spawned in Central Park this past weekend.

4. Ask Girlfriend to Hold a Train

A journalist in New York reportedly witnessed a man tell his girlfriend to “hold the train” so he could finish catching Pokemon. Needless to say, she left without him.

5. Quit Your Job to Play Full-Time

A New Zealand man quit his job as a barista bartender at a seaside restaurant to become a full-time Pokemon hunter, according to BBC’s Newsbeat, which added he’s relying on friends and family to help him out as he travels the country to “catch ’em all.”

6. Walk Into a Pond

A man in New York was walking towards a lure in Prospect Park when he fell into a pond, he wrote in the description of the live-stream video he caught of the incident.

7. Play While at a Funeral

A photo showing a Squirtle sighting at what appears to be a funeral has made rounds on the internet.

“Not an eye in the place was dry.” Maybe because Squirtle was crashing the funeral? #rude #PokemonGo pic.twitter.com/4wGV1AhRyh

— Cassidy With a K (@MyZombieandMe) July 8, 2016

8. Not Go to the Hospital After Being Stabbed

A 21-year-old Oregon man said he kept playing “Pokemon Go” even after allegedly being stabbed.

Pokemon fan is stabbed – but keeps playing instead of going to hospital https://t.co/Tf2B4j47WN

— Metro (@MetroUK) July 13, 2016

The man told a local news station he saw asked another man walking past him and asked that man if he was playing the game.

“He was like ‘What?’ and I guess he wanted to battle because he came up at me with a knife,” he said.

9. Attach Cellphone to a Flying Drone

A man reportedly attached his Android phone to a drone, and mirrored what the phone was seeing during the drone’s flight on his computer.

But it looks like the idea hasn’t worked out for all drone users. One YouTuber tweeted that he crashed his $1,000 drone while attempting to use it to play “Pokemon Go.”

10. Play While Wife Delivers Baby at the Hospital

One image of a man trying to catch a Pidgey in the game as his wife was in labor has received over 3.4 million views on Imgur.

The Imgur post is titled, “When your wife is about to have a baby and a Pokemon shows up and you have to low-key catch it…”

11. Continuously Spin Cellphone on Microwave Turn Table

The hack apparently makes your character in the game spin in circles, thus accumulating walking distance needed to hatch eggs.

12. Actually Microwave Cellphone

Thanks to the person that said I could hatch eggs on Pokemon Go quicker in the microwave. You owe me a new phone https://t.co/tDo6hZmedT

— Crxk (@Crxk) July 14, 2016


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