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Iceland Braced for Volcano Eruption that Could Disrupt Air Traffic

iStock/Thinkstock(REYKJAVIK, Iceland) — Iceland has canceled many commercial flights for fear that its volcanoes might erupt soon since at least 2,600 small intense earthquakes have rocked the country since Saturday, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said on its website.

Iceland has raised its aviation alert level to orange — the second most serious level on the five-color scale, indicating an active or imminent eruption.

In April 2010, volcano eruptions rocked Eyjafjallajökull, a small ice cap in Iceland, leading to more than 100,000 flights canceled. More than 10 million passengers were affected due to the eruption and the airline industry lost $2 billion.

Volcano eruptions are a threat to jetliners because the volcanic ash can travel high into the atmosphere and the ash can severely damage jet engines.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office’s live update said there are no signs of magma moving to the surface at the moment.

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‘Apparent’ That James Foley Executioner Is British, Intel Agencies Race to ID Killer

Obtained by ABC News(LONDON) — A top British official said Wednesday it was “apparent” the masked figure dressed in all black who appeared to murder American journalist James Foley on camera was from the United Kingdom.

“We’re very concerned by the apparent fact that the murderer in question is British and we are urgently investigating — agencies on both sides of the Atlantic — first of all looking to authenticate the video, to make sure that it is genuine, sadly it appears to be, and then to see if we can identify the individual in question,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told ITV News British.

Hammond was referring to a gruesome video released online Tuesday that appeared to show an armed militant, who was dressed in all black and identified himself as with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, beheading Foley. Before his death, Foley delivered a halting, potentially coerced statement condemning U.S. military efforts against ISIS, and the figure clad in black spoke directly to President Obama with what seemed to be a British accent.

“Today your military air force has attacked us daily…Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims,” the figure says in the video.

After the figure in black kills Foley, he threatens another American hostage, Steven Sotloff, saying, “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”

Prior to the video’s release, the U.S. military launched dozens of airstrikes on ISIS targets in support of a Kurdish and Iraqi military offensive against the terror group at and around the Mosul Dam, eventually pushing the extremists off the key piece of infrastructure.

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies were working “as quickly as possible” to determine the video’s authenticity, but said if real, “we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.”

GlobalPost, the news organization for which Foley worked when he was abducted in November 2012, said Wednesday that the FBI told Foley’s family that preliminary analysis did not lead them to doubt the video was real.

In a statement posted on a Facebook page for Foley, his mother appeared to confirm that the man in the video was her son, saying the family has “never been prouder” of Foley, who “gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”

Top officials in the U.S. and the U.K. have long been aware of fighters from their nations joining ISIS. Officials have estimated that ISIS has managed to recruit more than 12,000 foreign fighters to their cause — including more than 400 Brits and at least 100 Americans.

“Yes, we’ve been saying for years that part of the problem here, part of the reason this matters to us, is because there are significant numbers of British jihadists inside these organizations, learning skills, being brutalized, if you like, by their experiences in Iraq and Syria, many of whom will come back to the U.K. if they’re able to at some point and who pose a threat to us here, some of whom may be sent back here by ISIL (ISIS) for the purpose of conducting attacks on the West,” Hammond said. “We know that it is ISIL’s intention to launch attacks on the west when it is able.”

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Ship’s Crew Not Monkeying Around with These Stowaways

iStock/Thinkstock(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — A container ship heading from Malaysia to the Netherlands has some uninvited guests: monkeys.

The monkeys came aboard the Maersk Line container vessel Eugen Maersk while it was docked in Malaysia earlier this month, according to a company spokesman. After the ship’s crew noticed the stowaways, they contacted the Copenhagen Zoo, sending experts there photos of the monkeys to determine how to handle, feed and care for their uninvited guests.

Zoo experts identified them as most likely long-tailed macaque monkeys. The stowaways likely include one older male, one younger male, likely two females and one youngster, according to the company.

The crew safely lured the monkeys into a makeshift cage with food on the advice of zoo experts. After the ship docks in Rotterdam Wednesday, the monkeys will be handed over to Dutch authorities and the Dutch Monkey Foundation to determine whether to return them or give them to a zoo.

Maersk senior press Officer Michael Christian Storgaard admitted it was “a challenge” for the crew to build a cage and figure out how to take care of the monkeys, but they would never have thought of doing anything less.

Storgaard said it’s unclear how the monkeys came aboard or what lured them, noting that all of the containers would have been closed and nothing would have been left out in the open.

It’s not the first time monkeys have stowed away on a Maersk shipping liner, he added, but it’s definitely uncommon.

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Ship’s Crew Not Monkeying Around with These Stowaways

iStock/Thinkstock(ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — A container ship heading from Malaysia to the Netherlands has some uninvited guests: monkeys.

The monkeys came aboard the Maersk Line container vessel Eugen Maersk while it was docked in Malaysia earlier this month, according to a company spokesman. After the ship’s crew noticed the stowaways, they contacted the Copenhagen Zoo, sending experts there photos of the monkeys to determine how to handle, feed and care for their uninvited guests.

Zoo experts identified them as most likely long-tailed macaque monkeys. The stowaways likely include one older male, one younger male, likely two females and one youngster, according to the company.

The crew safely lured the monkeys into a makeshift cage with food on the advice of zoo experts. After the ship docks in Rotterdam Wednesday, the monkeys will be handed over to Dutch authorities and the Dutch Monkey Foundation to determine whether to return them or give them to a zoo.

Maersk senior press Officer Michael Christian Storgaard admitted it was “a challenge” for the crew to build a cage and figure out how to take care of the monkeys, but they would never have thought of doing anything less.

Storgaard said it’s unclear how the monkeys came aboard or what lured them, noting that all of the containers would have been closed and nothing would have been left out in the open.

It’s not the first time monkeys have stowed away on a Maersk shipping liner, he added, but it’s definitely uncommon.

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White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said.

President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One Tuesday night as he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Washington to resume his August vacation. The White House said the intelligence community is working to authenticate the gruesome video that allegedly shows Foley’s beheading.

“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said.

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Schoolkids Need to Be Extra Cautious in September

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The end of summer means the start of school, and September is when most younger children head back to class. While it’s an exciting time, Safe Kids Worldwide reports it’s also the month that the most children are struck by automobiles, largely because of distractions.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts recommend a variety of precautions that parents can undertake to help ensure their youngsters’ safety.

First and foremost, children need to be taught to make eye contact with motorists before stepping off the curb, while also turning off all digital devices. If the kids have cellphones, they should only use them in an area away from traffic.

Another important reminder for parents whose children might be old enough to walk to school themselves is to go over a safe route that has crossing guards at every intersection. Even then, children should also be versed on all pedestrian safety rules.

Motorists are cautioned as well to slow down before reaching all stop signs, crosswalks and intersections, while remembering that cars stopping inside crosswalks may force kids into danger zones.

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Schoolkids Need to Be Extra Cautious in September

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The end of summer means the start of school, and September is when most younger children head back to class. While it’s an exciting time, Safe Kids Worldwide reports it’s also the month that the most children are struck by automobiles, largely because of distractions.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts recommend a variety of precautions that parents can undertake to help ensure their youngsters’ safety.

First and foremost, children need to be taught to make eye contact with motorists before stepping off the curb, while also turning off all digital devices. If the kids have cellphones, they should only use them in an area away from traffic.

Another important reminder for parents whose children might be old enough to walk to school themselves is to go over a safe route that has crossing guards at every intersection. Even then, children should also be versed on all pedestrian safety rules.

Motorists are cautioned as well to slow down before reaching all stop signs, crosswalks and intersections, while remembering that cars stopping inside crosswalks may force kids into danger zones.

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Schoolkids Need to Be Extra Cautious in September

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The end of summer means the start of school, and September is when most younger children head back to class. While it’s an exciting time, Safe Kids Worldwide reports it’s also the month that the most children are struck by automobiles, largely because of distractions.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center experts recommend a variety of precautions that parents can undertake to help ensure their youngsters’ safety.

First and foremost, children need to be taught to make eye contact with motorists before stepping off the curb, while also turning off all digital devices. If the kids have cellphones, they should only use them in an area away from traffic.

Another important reminder for parents whose children might be old enough to walk to school themselves is to go over a safe route that has crossing guards at every intersection. Even then, children should also be versed on all pedestrian safety rules.

Motorists are cautioned as well to slow down before reaching all stop signs, crosswalks and intersections, while remembering that cars stopping inside crosswalks may force kids into danger zones.

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Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter over Manziel

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Cleveland Browns announced that Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback entering the 2014 season on Wednesday.

Hoyer and Johnny Manziel were in a quarterback competition all camp and preseason, but Hoyer’s veteran experience is what put him over the top.

“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

The announcement comes after the No. 22 pick in this year’s draft gave the middle finger to fans during their Monday night game against Washington.

“I think Brian’s been very poised,” Pettine said Wednesday. “I think he’s handled the situation well. He’s had a lot of things going on.”

“I think it’s especially good, as an offensive unit, to go out and play and gain cohesion and chemistry. That was one of the reasons I wanted to go ahead and make the decision before this third preseason game so that [Hoyer and the rest of the starting offense[ could play as a unit for a good chunk of it,” Pettine continued.

Hoyer has only four starts in his career and completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards on Monday night.

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Certain Seniors Advised Against Cancer Screenings

TongRo Images/Thinkstock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — Cancer screenings can help people detect early signs of the disease or put their minds at ease if no trace of cancer is found.

However, Dr. Ronald Chen, a radiation oncologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says in a new study that too often elderly patients are screened for certain cancers that are of little consequence to them if they are only expected to live up to ten more years.

In particular, the aged are tested for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer, which are certainly serious but not so much as a person nears the end of life.

Chen and other cancer experts say quality of life may be adversely affected through biopsies and treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

According to Chen, both patients and physicians may have to be educated about the pros and cons of cancer screening.

Dr. Cary Gross, who wrote an accompanying editorial to Chen’s study, contends, “People should ask about their probability of dying from cancer if they are screened, compared to if they are not screened. Also, they should ask about which type of test is best for them, and why the doctor recommends it.”

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