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US Army Reserve soldier serving in Syria dies from injuries sustained in rollover accident


Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, was on his first deployment when he died.

A 22-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier serving in Syria has died from injuries he sustained in a vehicle rollover accident.

Spc. Antonio Moore was conducting route clearance operations as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in Deir ez-Zor Province in eastern Syria when he died Friday, according to the Army. It was his first deployment.

Moore, who is from Wilmington, North Carolina, enlisted in the Army in 2017 as a combat engineer, officials said. He was assigned to the 346th Engineer Company, 363d Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, in Knightdale, North Carolina.

About 750 troops are in eastern Syria, The Associated Press reported, citing military officials.

“The 363rd Engineer Battalion is deeply saddened at the loss of Spec. Antonio Moore,” Lt. Col. Ian Doiron, 363rd Engineer Battalion commander, said in a statement Saturday. “Antonio was one of the best in our formation. He will be missed by all who served with him. We will now focus on supporting his family and honoring his legacy and sacrifice.”

Moore’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He is survived by his mother, stepfather, three brothers and a sister.

The accident is under investigation.



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Man dies after setting fire to keep warm in Cudahy, authorities say



A man died Monday night in Cudahy after apparently starting a fire in an enclosed dumpster area in an attempt to keep warm, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire behind a store in the 4500 block of Santa Ana Street about 10:30 p.m. and found two dumpsters burning. They put out the flames and discovered the man’s body.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the man climbed into a walled-in and gated enclosure where dumpsters are stored and set a fire beside them to heat himself, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said. He then caught fire, suffering significant burns and probable smoke inhalation, Alfred said.

The man is believed to have been homeless. His name was not immediately released.





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Marie Fredriksson of Swedish pop duo Roxette dies at 61


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Marie Fredriksson, the female half of the Swedish pop duo Roxette, has died at age 61, her management agency said Tuesday.

Fredriksson formed Roxette with Per Gessle in 1986. The two released their first album the same year and went on to achieve international success in the late 1980s and 1990s.

The Dimberg Jernberg agency said Fredriksson died Monday “of the consequences of a long illness.”

It “is with great sorrow that we must inform you that one of greatest and most-loved artists is gone,” the firm said.

Fredriksson became ill in 2002 and was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She underwent radiation treatment and had continued health problems.

Fredriksson is survived by her husband, Mikael Bolyos, and their two children, Josefin and Oscar.



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Pete Frates, whose battle with ALS inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 34


Pete Frates, the former college baseball star whose battle with ALS inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, has passed away at the age of 34. 

Frates, of Massachusetts, was a symbol of hope for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and helped raised awareness and over $200million for research on the neurodegenerative disease that weakens muscles and impacts movement. There is no cure for ALS.

The Frates family confirmed his death on Monday in a heartfelt statement. 

‘Today Heaven received our angel: Peter Frates. A husband to Julie, a father to Lucy, a son to John and Nancy, a brother to Andrew and Jennifer, Pete passed away surrounded by his loving family, peacefully at age 34, after a heroic battle with ALS,’ the statement said.

In 2014 he launched the ALS Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation in which people dumped buckets of ice on themselves, donated to ALS research, and nominated friends to do the same.

The challenge, in which more than 17million people participated, raised over a whopping $200million worldwide, according to the ALS Association.     

Pete Frates, the former college baseball star whose battle with ALS inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, has passed away at the age of 34, his family announced Monday

Pete Frates, the former college baseball star whose battle with ALS inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, has passed away at the age of 34, his family announced Monday

In 2014 he launched the ALS Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation in which people dumped buckets of ice on themselves, donated to ALS research, and nominated friends to do the same. The challenge raised a whopping $200million worldwide. Frates pictured above participating in the challenge surrounded by his family

In 2014 he launched the ALS Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation in which people dumped buckets of ice on themselves, donated to ALS research, and nominated friends to do the same. The challenge raised a whopping $200million worldwide. Frates pictured above participating in the challenge surrounded by his family

His alma mater Boston College, where he played baseball and graduated in 2007 and where he went on to become Director of Baseball Operations, shared a tribute for him on Monday

His alma mater Boston College, where he played baseball and graduated in 2007 and where he went on to become Director of Baseball Operations, shared a tribute for him on Monday

Former Red Sox player David Ortis shared this tribute to Pete on Monday saying: 'I'm so very proud to have called you my friend. Heart hurts a lot today but ur name and legacy will live on forever. Rest easy my friend - we’ll continue to spread your word'

Former Red Sox player David Ortis shared this tribute to Pete on Monday saying: ‘I’m so very proud to have called you my friend. Heart hurts a lot today but ur name and legacy will live on forever. Rest easy my friend – we’ll continue to spread your word’

‘A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity,’ his family shared in their statement. 

‘He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others.’

His family noted that Frates, from Beverly, never complained about his illness, but dedicated his life to raising awareness about it.  

‘Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to give hope to other patients and their families. In his lifetime, he was determined to change the trajectory of a disease that had no treatment or cure. As a result, through his determination—along with his faithful supporters, Team Frate Train—he championed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,’ the family statement said.  

In college Frates played baseball for Boston College and graduated in May 2007. 

After graduating he was named the director of baseball operations for Boston College Baseball in 2012. That same year at the age of 27 he was diagnosed with ALS. 

Frates pictured above back in 2006 when he played on Boston College's baseball team, six years before his ALS diagnosis

Frates pictured above back in 2006 when he played on Boston College’s baseball team, six years before his ALS diagnosis

Pete Frates pictured above with his wife Julie Frates and their daughter Lucy in 2017

Pete Frates pictured above with his wife Julie Frates and their daughter Lucy in 2017

Pete and his wife Julie married eight months after he was diagnosed and share a five-year-old daughter named Lucy.  

In 2014 he launched the ALS Bucket Challenge, which captured the attention of millions of people worldwide including big celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Will Smith and Lady Gaga. 

ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after a baseball player who was diagnosed with it in the 1930s. The progressive condition was first discovered by a French doctor back in 1869. 

Frates shared this snap holding his young daughter in September this year

Frates shared this snap holding his young daughter in September this year 

Family first! Pete smiles with his wife and daughter as they sport Boston College gear

Family first! Pete smiles with his wife and daughter as they sport Boston College gear

Julie and Pete Frates (pictured together in 2014 in New York City) tied the knot in 2013

Julie and Pete Frates (pictured together in 2014 in New York City) tied the knot in 2013

In October 2014 the New England Council named him the ‘New Englander of the Year for his pioneering work in raising ALS awareness. In December 2014 he was named one of Sports Illustrated’s Inspirations of the Year. 

What is ALS? 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The disease affects the nervous system, weakens muscles and impacts physical function. 

There is no cure for ALS, however medication and therapy can slow ALS and reduce discomfort. 

The 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge raised $200million worldwide towards ALS research in the search for a cure.

Doctor’s don’t usually know why ALS occurs but early warning signs include muscle twitching and slurred speech. 

In 2016 it was estimated between 14,000 and 15,000 Americans have ALS. 

It is a common neuromuscular disease worldwide.  

Source: The Mayo Clinic 

He also received the NCAA Inspiration of the Year Award in 2017. 

Life was difficult for the Frates family after Pete’s ALS diagnosis. He was hospitalized several times and in order to keep him living at home, the Frates faced daunting medical bills that reached $85,000 to $95,000 a month, as per CBS. 

To tackle the costs a friend created a pilot program called the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative in connection with the ALS Association. 

Tributes poured in from Boston figures, where Frates was hailed a hero in his home state, on Monday.

Boston College shared a tribute to the late athlete in light of his death on Monday. 

‘He accepted his illness and devoted the remaining years of his life to raising awareness of ALS and helping to raise money for a cure. He is a role model for all BC students and a beloved figure on our campus,’ the statement said.  

Former Red Sox player David Ortis shared this tribute to Pete on Monday saying: ‘I’m so very proud to have called you my friend. Heart hurts a lot today but ur name and legacy will live on forever. Rest easy my friend – we’ll continue to spread your word.’ 

Hockey team the Boston Bruins shared a tribute for Frates as well: 'His courage, determination, and fight made Boston - and the world - proud. The impact he made on all of us will never be forgotten'

Hockey team the Boston Bruins shared a tribute for Frates as well: ‘His courage, determination, and fight made Boston – and the world – proud. The impact he made on all of us will never be forgotten’

Major League Baseball shared this statement announcing Frates' death saying: 'All of us at Major League Baseball are proud that Pete and his family are members of the baseball family. we will remember Pete's example as we continue to support the pursuit of a cure for ALS'

Major League Baseball shared this statement announcing Frates’ death saying: ‘All of us at Major League Baseball are proud that Pete and his family are members of the baseball family. we will remember Pete’s example as we continue to support the pursuit of a cure for ALS’

Hockey team the Boston Bruins shared a tribute for Frates as well: ‘His courage, determination, and fight made Boston – and the world – proud. The impact he made on all of us will never be forgotten.’ 

He is survived by his wife Julie, daughter Lucy, and parents. 

The family offered those who would like to extend condolences and sympathy to consider making a donation to the Peter Frates Family Foundation, dedicated to aiding progressed ALS patients who want to stay at home. 

A funeral mass will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill on Friday December 13 at 11am. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.



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Superfan Julia Kmiecik, 92, dies and Wisla Krakow will leave her seat empty in her memory – The Sun


POLISH top flight club Wisla Krakow have left a touching tribute to their superfan that tragically recently passed away.

Julia Kmiecik became a club icon for her unwavering and loyal support over an incredible 51 year period.

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Julia Kmiecik was a Wisla Krakow megafanCredit: [email protected]
 Tributes will remain on her seat at Wisla's stadium

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Tributes will remain on her seat at Wisla’s stadiumCredit: [email protected]

Her dedication was frequently recognised by the club and she was much beloved by her fellow supporters.

So when she recently passed away at the age of 92, tributes came flooding in for the loyal supporter.

But it didn’t stop there.

Having sat in the same seat for years, Wisla decided to lay out a scarf where she sat.

And they announced that the seat will always remain hers, and that nobody else will ever sit there.

Many Wisla fans posted heartfelt tributes on social media.

One labelled her as an: “Outstanding example to every fan in Poland”.

And sadly it’s not been a good season at all for Wisla.

Having lost 7-0 at Legia Warsaw in October, the Polish side find themselves bottom of the Ekstraklasa after 18 games.

And the last win that Kmiecik got to watch her beloved team pick up was a 4-2 triumph over Zaglebie all the way back in August.

But the poor results didn’t waver her commitment to the cause, as her love for the club transcended results on the pitch, and she will be greatly missed.

Frank Lampard is sure that John Terry will receive an amazing reception from Chelsea fans when he returns to Stamford Bridge





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Driver of car dies after collision with lorry in Co Cavan


A man in his 60s has died after a road crash near Belturbet, Co Cavan, on Saturday afternoon.

Gardaí are investigating a collision between the car the man was driving and a lorry which occurred in the Cloverhill area at about 2:20pm.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been removed to Cavan General Hospital.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users with dashcam footage who may have been passing through at the time, to contact Cavan Garda station on 049 436 8800 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.



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Hudson man, 19, dies in single-car collision in Vaudreuil-Dorion



The Sûreté du Québec is investigating.


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A young motorist has died after being involved in a single-car collision on Friday night in Vaudreuil-Dorion, just west of Montreal.

The accident occurred at about 7 p.m. on Route Harwood when, for an unknown reason, the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a Highway 30 overpass. The 19-year-old man was seriously injured and was in critical condition when he was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

The man, whose identity was not disclosed, lived in Hudson.

The Sûreté du Québec is investigating.

No one else was involved in the collision.



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Winnipeg police dog Banner dies, saluted by WPS members – Winnipeg


Winnipeg police confirmed Thursday one of their good boys has died.

Banner, who was a furry member of the K-9 unit, died Wednesday at Bridgwater Veterinary Services.

Winnipegger Cassie Maeren posted on social media that she witnessed Banner and his handler heading into the vet Wednesday.

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“Fast forward an hour or so and tons of other police cars show up at the vet and are parked all around the building,” she said. “A bunch of officers get out of their cars and are standing at the door to meet the handler who is walking out with a large box.



“The handler loads the box into the back of the K-9 unit vehicle and everyone appears to be crying and hugging.”


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The officers then got back into their cruisers, she said, then all the units turned on their lights and slowly drove away.

“It was a absolutely beautiful send off for the police K-9 and although it was devastating to see this it made me so happy to see the respect and honour that was given to that dog by his handler and other police officers,” she said.

Banner was featured in the Winnipeg Police Services 2018 Calendar.

The WPS is one of the few police services in Canada that has its own in-house breeding program, and currently has 10 K-9 teams as part of the Special Operations Unit. The dogs are trained to help take down fleeing suspects and some are trained for other jobs including sniffing out illegal drugs, explosives and more.

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The WPS uses Belgian Malinois dogs, with a sprinkling of German Shepherds.




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Twitter suspends man for hoping Star Wars character ‘dies painfully’


TORONTO —
Will Sloan didn’t care much for the new Star Wars character fans have dubbed “Baby Yoda.”

The tiny character appears on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” show, and its cuddly appearance is saturating pop culture news.

But all of this hype irked Sloan, a Toronto-based podcaster, so he tweeted his displeasure and it led to him being flagged by Twitter for harassment.

Sloan got pushed over the edge by a Facebook tease for Esquire magazine’s Baby Yoda article, which reads: “The Mandalorian has made Baby Yoda an icon of purity — a rare moment where we cross the internet aisle to simply say, ‘This is good.’”

So out of frustration, last Thursday, Sloan jokingly tweeted at the magazine: “I actually hope he dies painfully.”

Within 15 or 20 minutes, he said Twitter sent him a notification claiming he violated its rules against abuse and harassment.

Sloan was informed he could still browse Twitter and send Direct Messages but wouldn’t be able to make or favourite tweets for the next seven days. In a phone interview, he told CTVNews.ca it was like being in “Twitter jail.”

Within days, his friend Jesse Hawken jokingly started the hashtag “FreeWillSloan” and tagged self-described free speech advocates to hear about how Sloan’s speech was being muzzled.

“Basically it was a joke … and I thought it was funny,” Sloan laughed. “This banning — it just seemed like the absolutely dumbest thing you could be banned for.”


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In an email to CTVNews.ca, Twitter Canada spokesperson Cam Gordon said, “we don’t comment on individual tweets or the status of individual accounts as a matter of privacy for users.”

After trying to appeal Twitter’s decision, Sloan settled for just reading the deluge of joke tweets supporting him. It was “weeks’ worth of laughs out of this ridiculousness,” he said.

Sloan also used his Twitter accounts for two podcasts he co-hosts to point out that he’d simply threatened a fictional character.

He also pointed out the site’s hypocrisy in flagging him but allowing U.S. President Donald Trump to regularly tweet threats of war against countries such as North Korea, as well as the platform failing to clamp down on sexist, racist threats against elected officials, female gamers or women in media.

“But apparently, the taboo is that you can’t make fun of puppets owned by Disney,” Sloan said.

As for the future, “I don’t plan to wish death on Yoda again,” he said. But as for other fictional characters, “like Twitter, I’ll take it (on) a case-by-case basis.”





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Goar Vartanyan: Russian spy who ‘changed history’ dies at 93


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Goar Vartanyan with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005

Russia has paid tribute to a former Soviet intelligence officer it credits with uncovering a Nazi plot to kill the Allied leaders Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt during World War Two.

Goar Vartanyan died on Monday at the age of 93. She was married to Soviet spy Gevork Vartanian, who died in 2012.

Without the pair “the history of our world could have been different”, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“These are people who left their mark on the history of mankind.”

  • Soviet spying legend Gevork Vartanian dies at 87

Born in what was then Soviet Armenia in 1926, Vartanyan moved to Iran in the 1930s. At 16 she joined an anti-fascist group led by her future husband, who was already working as a spy. They allegedly exposed hundreds of Nazi agents in the country.

The group was given responsibility for securing a 1943 conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, where the British, Soviet and American leaders met to discuss their strategy for fighting the war.

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Josef Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at the Tehran conference

The group are said to have uncovered a plot – known as Operation Long Jump – to kill the “Big Three” Allied leaders and arrested the would-be Nazi assassins.

The plot was allegedly commanded by the infamous Austrian-born Nazi commando Otto Skorzeny but was foiled after transmissions were intercepted by Soviet operatives.

However, Skorzeny later wrote in his memoirs that the plot never existed.

Goar and Gevork Vartanyan moved to the Soviet Union in 1951 and later worked together as spies posted overseas under deep cover – as part of the so-called “illegals” programme – from 1956 to 1986, Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence agency said. Her code name was Anita and his Anri.

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Mr Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said Russia’s leader – a former intelligence agent – knew the pair well.

“He is a Hero of the Soviet Union! She is the heroine of all his achievements! He passed away first. She passed away today,” the SVR said in a statement.



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