DAMASCUS ROCKED BY SUICIDE BLAST
Security forces chased three explosive-laden vehicles through Damascus Sunday, intercepting two of them at checkpoints but failing to stop the third before it exploded in the city center, killing at least eight people, state media and others reported.
The rare attack in the heart of Syria’s capital unfolded before the morning commute on the first work day after a major Muslim holiday.
Facebook drone could one day provide global internet access.
A solar-powered drone backed by Facebook that could one day provide worldwide internet access has quietly completed a test flight in Arizona after an earlier attempt ended with a crash landing.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s longterm plan for the drone, called Aquila, is to have it and others provide internet access to 4 billion people around the world.
“When Aquila is ready, it will be a fleet of solarpowered planes that will beam internet connectivity across the world,” he wrote on Facebook.
Man facing murder charges in road-rage slaying of woman, 18.
WEST CHESTER, PA.» A man was in custody Sunday for what a prosecutor called the senseless death of a recent high school graduate shot in the head during a roadrage confrontation.
David Desper, 28, of Trainer, turned himself in accompanied by an attorney Sunday, and police said he was charged with first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangering in the death of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson in West Goshen Township.
Desper and Roberson, who had just graduated from Bayard Rustin High School and was planning to attend Jacksonville University in Florida this fall, were trying to merge into a single lane Wednesday as a twolane road narrowed, District Attorney Thomas Hogan said. “They jockeyed for position, and he wasn’t happy, so he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head,” he said.
U.S. destroyer sails near disputed island in South China Sea.
An American guided-missile destroyer sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea on Sunday, a U.S. defense official said, marking the second such operation since President Donald Trump took office.
The Japan-based USS Stethem, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, sailed within 12 miles of Triton Island, a small landmass in the Paracel Island chain. Fox News first reported on the incident, known as a freedom-of-navigation operation.
Triton Island is claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. In May, a U.S. destroyer sailed within 12 miles of Mischief Reef, a manmade island in the Spratly Islands to the south of the Paracels. During Sunday’s operation, a Chinese warship tailed the USS Stethem, Fox News reported, although it is unclear how close the ship came to the American vessel.
Are launches of helium balloons seeing their dying days? TRENTON,
N.J.» When hands release helium-filled balloons and send them into the sky, they’re doing more than marking a wedding, graduation or death. They’re also stirring the pot in a clash between the balloon industry and environmentalists seeking to deflate a tradition they say harms wildlife.
Critics call the balloons litter that poses a deadly threat to fish, birds and other animals, as well as hazards to power lines. Their efforts are contested by The Balloon Council, a trade group based in Trenton that represents balloon manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers.
The group is again lobbying against a measure proposed in the New Jersey Senate to ban the balloon launches, arguing that efforts have been based on rumor, inaccurate news reports and “expert” assertions and would have severely limited consumers’ rights.
“Despicable Me 3” and “Baby Driver” on top.
HOLLYWOOD» The Minions are still a box office force. Studio estimates say “Despicable Me 3” earned $75.4 million during the weekend. Featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Trey Parker, “Despicable Me 3” easily topped the holiday weekend charts from 4,529 theaters in North America. Edgar Wright’s original heist movie “Baby Driver” coasted to $30 million in its first five days in theaters, with $21 million from the three-day weekend to take second place.