This Week in the News

As everyone was bundling up trying to keep warm on this early week in November there was some news that I’m sure you college students missed. This week’s news includes breaking stories on the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Humankind’s first landing on a comet to a big upset in college football. News that will keep you updated on what you missed.

Investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 begins

Wreckage of MH17.  Courtesy of NBC News.

Wreckage of MH17. Courtesy of NBC News.

This story dates back to this summer, July 17th, when a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was presumed to have been shot down, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The plane lost contact when it was about 30 miles from the Ukraine-Russian boarder and crashed near Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, just 25 miles from the border over territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The tricky situation here is that this crash occurred at the wrong time. The plane crashed during the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion, which is part of an on-going war in Donbass. According to American and German intelligence sources, the plane was shot down by the pro Russian separatists using a surface-to-air missile in territory in which they controlled.

What is left of the MH17 plane. Courtesy of NBC News.

What is left of the MH17 plane. Courtesy of NBC News.

Once this happened investigators were not granted access to the crash site due to the unstable situation in Ukraine. Now just a couple of months later, the recovery of wreckage from the downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has officially begun.

The recovery operation is expected to take several days, the Dutch Safety Board said in a statement Sunday. In the aftermath of the crash, the rebels of Ukraine-Russia have been widely accused of tampering with the evidence and stopped investigators from going through the site. There were no Americans aboard the flight.

ISIS beheads another U.S. hostage

Another devastating hostage killing took place this week when the ISIS has claimed to behead U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig. Peter, who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, was working as a humanitarian aid worker in Syria when the ISIS captured him in October of 2013.

ISIS member with Peter Kassig. Courtesy of the NY Daily News

ISIS member with Peter Kassig. Courtesy of the NY Daily News

“We are aware of a video that claims to show the murder of U.S. citizen Peter Kassig,” said National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan in a statement.

This has been an on-going issue between the ISIS and the United States, which started back in mid August when the militant group killed American freelance war correspondent James Foley in the same fashion. So far there has been five hostage killings, in which have been filmed, three of those were Americans.

ESA lands Rosetta Space Probe on Comet                                                      

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Mankind made history this past Thursday, November 14, when European Space Agency’s Rosetta space probe landed on a comet at around 8 in the morning. The probe actually landed a little earlier than 8 a.m. because the comet is located 300 million miles away so it takes about 28 minutes for the signal to reach earth. It is crazy to think that a space probe has landed on a comet that just happened to be orbiting in our solar system. This probe has been orbiting around this comet since August 6th but was originally launched for the mission back in March of 2004!

The ESA has been studying this comet for the past couple of months figuring out its tactics on landing. This same Rosetta space probe flew by Mars back in 2007 and passed two asteroids, one in 2008 and one in 2010. The probe began drilling and collecting data upon its arrival on the comet. The data was sent back to the ESA and the probe is now hibernating on the comet until sometime in the spring.

No.5 Alabama takes down No.1 Mississippi State

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During the weekend there were many college football games that were exciting to watch but the game of the weekend was definitely the battle between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Coming into the game Mississippi State was ranked number one in the nation while Alabama was ranked just 5th. The big factor of this marquee matchup was that the game was being played down in one of the nation’s toughest stadiums to play in…Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alabama dominated the first half with a lead of 19-3. Heisman candidate quarterback Dak Prescott and his Mississippi State Bulldogs weren’t done just yet as they came back and scored 17 points in the second half. It just wasn’t enough as the Crimson Tide was able to pull out the victory with the final score of 25-20. “We should feel awful,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. “You should have a sickness in your stomach. We should embrace this feeling to make sure that this feeling doesn’t happen again. We’ll feel sick tonight but then we’ll get over it.”

Alabama (9-1) will finish the remainder of their schedule home against Western Carolina and their bitter rival Auburn. Mississippi State will finish their season back home against Vanderbilt and then a tough game on the road against Ole Miss. The new College Football Playoff rankings will come out this Tuesday night on ESPN.

Ebola Virus takes second U.S. victim

The second Ebola patient, Dr. Martin Salia, died from the virus at around 5 o’clock Monday morning in Nebraska. This marks the second claimed victim of the Ebola virus in the U.S. Salia arrived at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska Saturday and by Monday he was labeled as “extremely critical.” He was suffering from various symptoms of Ebola, which included kidney and respiratory failure. They weren’t able to save him. The Ebola virus epidemic has now reached a total death toll of around 5,177 people. In Sierra Leone, which is where Salia contracted the Ebola virus, has reached a death toll of nearly 1,200 total reported deaths.

The first U.S. victim was Thomas Duncan who died at a Dallas hospital. Duncan contracted the virus from Liberia and traveled back to the United States and died shortly after. Dr. Salia was given a dose of ZMapp therapy, which is a drug to help patients with Ebola but it hasn’t been approved yet and is not a cure. For more on the Ebola virus visit cnn.com

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