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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Hot-air balloon pilot killed in US

Searchers found the body of a US hot-air balloon pilot who ordered five skydivers to jump before his balloon plummeted and crashed during a thunderstorm.

A helicopter spotted the balloon, and searchers on the ground then found the body of 63-year-old Edward Ristaino in south Georgia.

The balloon was found draped over the basket containing the body in a heavily wooded area.

A fast-developing thunderstorm sucked in Mr Ristaino's balloon while he was ferrying skydivers on Friday, then sent the craft plummeting toward the ground.



Oprah lays off 30 TV workers

Oprah Winfrey's struggling television network, OWN, is laying off 30 workers and restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles.

Winfrey said in a statement that the decision is a "tough" one. She said the economics of a cable network did not fit with OWN's cost structure.

OWN launched in January 2011 as an ambitious new platform for Winfrey after stepping away from her long-running daytime talk show.



Vandals attack Jewish cemetery

Vandals have desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Poland, spraying swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on tombstones and memorial plaques.

The vandals also wrote, 'this is Poland, not Israel' on one sign at the Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie, a town in eastern Poland, according to the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.

Police are investigating the Sunday night attack.



15 killed in taxi and train crash

Fifteen people were killed when a train collided with an overcrowded taxi at an unmanned railroad crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The taxi driver is suspected of ignoring a signal that the train was approaching and then crossing the rail tracks.

The taxi was carrying 19 people when the train slammed into its rear this morning and threw it off the track near Hathras.

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