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Galapagos Island Volcano Erupts, Threatening Fragile Ecosystem

iStock/Thinkstock(QUITO, Ecuador) — A volcano atop one of the Galapagos Islands has erupted for the first time in 33 years, spewing fire, smoke and lava into the night sky — and threatening a fragile ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

On its Facebook page, Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park administration said the Wolf volcano, located on the northern tip of Isabela Island, erupted at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The volcano is home to the world’s only population of pink iguanas, which, at the moment, do not appear to be in danger. The administration also said the eruption so far has not impacted tourist operations.

Darwin visited the eastern Pacific island chain in 1835, and the trip influenced his findings presented in the book The Origin of Species.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 5/25/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 3, L.A. Angels 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 14, Kansas City 1
Baltimore 4, Houston 3
Minnesota 7, Boston 2
Oakland 4, Detroit 0
Texas 10, Cleveland 8
Toronto 6, White Sox 0
Seattle 4, Tampa Bay 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 5, Cincinnati 4
N.Y. Mets 6, Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 8, Milwaukee 4
Washington 2, Chi Cubs 1
St. Louis 3, Arizona 2, 10 Innings
Pittsburgh 4, Miami 2
L.A. Dodgers 6, Atlanta 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Houston 128, Golden State 125

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
OT Anaheim 5, Chicago 4

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Sandra Lee Is ‘So Happy’ to Be Home After Double Mastectomy

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Sandra Lee is home from the hospital.

The lifestyle guru, who underwent a double mastectomy last week, shared photos of herself with her partner, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and their bird, Phoenix.

“Home after a long week in the hospital,” she wrote. “So happy to be in my own backyard. There is no place like home!”

Lee, 48, revealed earlier this month that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in March. Prior to the mastectomy, she’d had a lumpectomy. Her doctor also recommended daily radiation for six to eight weeks.

“It beats up your body, and it beats you up emotionally,” she said during an appearance on Good Morning America. “[But] I wasn’t going let it rob me from one day of happiness.”

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Tigerair Offers $9 Flights in Fare War With Competing Airlines

PomInOz/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — In the ongoing fare war between Australia’s budget airlines, it would seem that travelers are the current victors.

Tigerair, a short-haul carrier owner by Virgin Australia, dropped roughly 500 fares to the rock-bottom price of $9 per flight on select routes this weekend in a bid to lure passengers away from competitors like Jetstar.

“Introducing Saturday flight fever, every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. aest,” tweeted the airline’s social media feed on May 23. “Today there’s 500 seats for $9* (T&Cs apply)”

A subsequent tweet posted a video of Tigerair flight crew breaking out disco dance moves to celebrate their “grooviest sale ever.”

The fire sale lasted for four hours and kicks off what will be a weekly series of similar incentives, according to a spokesperson quoted on news.com.au, which first reported the story.

In the United States, low-budget carrier Spirit Airlines offers an ongoing “$9 Fare Club” membership, charging fliers $59.95 for “exclusive access to discounted fares and vacation packages.”

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Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Air France Plane to JFK Airport Following Threat

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it flew towards the airport from Paris.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. The two F16 planes were scrambled and followed the plane but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes.

The caller said that four flights had devices on board but only specified the JFK-bound Air France flight.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated.

A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the “hijack site” because it is the area used in such scenarios.

During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

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Deadly Tornado Destroys Homes, Overturns Cars in Mexico

Coahuila State Government (CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico) — At least 10 people were killed on Monday when a tornado struck the town of Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, near the Texas border.

The town is just two miles from Texas’ Laughlin Air Force base, the largest pilot training base in the United States.

No injuries or damage were reported at the Air Force base, an official told ABC News.

Facebook photos posted by Del Rio Community Spotlight showed the devastation, including destroyed homes and overturned cars.

About 300 homes were affected, according to a press statement from the Coahuila Government.

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Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Air France Plane to JFK Airport Following Threat

rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it flew towards the airport from Paris.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. The two F16 planes were scrambled and followed the plane but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes.

The caller said that four flights had devices on board but only specified the JFK-bound Air France flight.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated.

A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the “hijack site” because it is the area used in such scenarios.

During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

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Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Air France Plane to JFK Airport Following Threat

rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it flew towards the airport from Paris.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. The two F16 planes were scrambled and followed the plane but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes.

The caller said that four flights had devices on board but only specified the JFK-bound Air France flight.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated.

A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the “hijack site” because it is the area used in such scenarios.

During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

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Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Air France Flight Following Threat

rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was being escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which is en route from Paris and is expected to land at the New York City airport later Monday morning.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it heads towards the airport from Paris.

Once the Airbus A-330 lands, it will be taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated, the U.S. official told ABC News.

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Man’s Pressure Cooker Alarms Capitol Police in DC

Billy Gadbury/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As tourists packed the National Mall during a busy Memorial Day weekend, a parked vehicle with several suspicious items inside alarmed a Capitol Police patrol unit enough to dispatch a bomb squad and shutdown part of downtown Washington for several hours, authorities said.

Officers on routine patrol late Sunday afternoon observed a parked and unoccupied vehicle that it described as “suspicious in nature,” just blocks from the Capitol where a crowd was gathering for the National Memorial Day Concert.

U.S. Capitol Police say its Hazardous Devices Section was called to investigate and ultimately disrupted the suspicious vehicle, triggering a loud band that echoed throughout the Mall.

Photos afterwards revealed a pressure cooker sitting in the grass and a bomb tech removing a propane tank from the vehicle. Officials said there was “an odor of gasoline” that was detected, which further alarmed officers.

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider confirmed that there was a pressure cooker located inside the vehicle, but it was ultimately deemed not to be hazardous.

“The USCP bomb squad safely disrupted the items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker, at about 7:45 p.m., and performed a thorough hand search,” Schneider wrote in a news release Sunday evening. “At about 8:20 p.m., the USCP concluded its investigation of the suspicious vehicle with negative results and nothing hazardous found.”

The owner of the vehicle was located and identified as Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia. Shimeles was arrested and charged with Operating After Revocation, according to Schneider.

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