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Hong Kong airport shuts down amid pro-democracy protest
HONG KONG (AP) — One of the world's busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters crowded into the main terminal Monday afternoon.
Hong Kong International Airport said in a statement that the demonstration "seriously disrupted" airport operations.
Hong Kong has experienced more than two months of mass protests calling for democratic reforms and an independent inquiry into police conduct, with both the protesters and police adopting ever-more extreme tactics.
In Beijing, the Cabinet's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office issued a statement saying the situation in Hong Kong was "beginning to show the sprouts of terrorism" and constituted an "existential threat" to the population of Hong Kong.
"One must take resolute action toward this violent criminality, showing no leniency or mercy," said the statement, attributed to spokesman Yang Guang. "Hong Kong has reached an inflection point where all those who are concerned about Hong Kong's future must say 'no,' to law breakers and 'no' to those engaged in violence."
Only flights that had already begun boarding or those cleared for landing were allowed to use runways at the airport.
"All other flights have been canceled for the rest of today," the airport statement said.
The protest movement's demands include the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader, Carrie Lam, democratic elections for her successor, the release of those arrested in earlier protests and an investigation into police use of force.
A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under the principle of "one country, two systems," which promises the city certain democratic rights not afforded to people on the mainland. But in recent years, some have accused the Communist Party-ruled central government of steadily chipping away at their freedoms.
Simone Biles soars to 6th US gymnastics title
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Simone Biles stepped up for the floor exercise Sunday night, she was prepared to attempt something the sport had never seen: a triple-double, meaning two flips and three twists. She slipped a tad when she attempted it Friday night, but this time, she landed it nearly perfectly.
Her legend grew in a matter of minutes.
Hours later, Biles returned to a more familiar place.
When she climbed onto the U.S. gymnastics national championships winner’s podium at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Biles was prepared to do something she had already done five times previously: accept the all-around gold medal.
Biles earned her sixth with a total all-around score of 118.500, tying her for the most national titles in the sport’s history.
“I didn’t want to be the last person to see it,” said Biles, who won gold in the floor exercise, balance beam and vault and bronze on uneven bars, “so I went online to see what it looked like, so me and (coach) Laurent (Landi) could watch it again. I was very pleased that I actually landed it this time in competition.”
Biles has now risen to a level where only a few have gone. Even the gymnast she tied for national titles Sunday night, Clara Schroth Lomady, isn’t in contention for the greatest-of-all-time status.
That honor belongs to Mary Lou Retton, a retired gymnast whose gold medal in the individual all-around competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics made her the first American woman to win such a thing.
But even she admits it: Biles is better.
“I say it over and over,” Retton told People magazine in 2016. “She is the greatest gymnast ever. I really do think that.”
That much was evident in the final standings Sunday night. Sunisa Lee earned the all-around silver, winning gold on the uneven bars and scoring a 113.550, while Grace McCallum brought home the all-around bronze, totaling a score of 111.850.
5 children killed in fire at Pennsylvania day care center
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A day care center where children could stay overnight as their parents worked was ravaged Sunday by a fire that killed five and sent the owner to the hospital, authorities said.
The victims in the lakeside city of Erie ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years, Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said.
At least four of the victims were staying overnight at the residential house that had been turned into a day care center, Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told the Erie Times-News.
The fire, reported at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, was funneling out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived, Widomski said.
Valerie Lockett-Slupski, standing across the street from the fire-damaged house, told the newspaper she was the grandmother of four of the children, and that they were staying at the day care center because their parents were working overnight. She said the family had two boys and two girls and had used the center for almost a year.
"So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened," Lockett-Slupski said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday afternoon, Widomski told the newspaper.
The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists the Harris Family Daycare as "a 24 hour, 7 days a week childcare service including holidays."
The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a Dec. 28, 2018, inspection. But a Jan. 3, 2019, inspection note on that listing highlighted "ashes and cigarette or cigar butts" in "a child care space, play space or food preparation area."
The day care center's response to the note reads, "I will make sure it will be cleaned up and remain that way," and the department listed the issue as corrected.
Another department note from the same date reads "protective receptacle covers shall be placed in electrical outlets accessible to children 5 years of age or younger," to which the day care's response was, "I turned the outlets so they were closed. I will make sure that they are turned closed when not in use."
That issue was also listed as being corrected.
Widomski told the newspaper that the fire appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor. The department's two fire inspectors and three Erie police detectives trained in fire investigations are working to determine the cause of the blaze.
The owner of the center was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment, Santone said.
Erie police detectives said the owner was in stable condition, the newspaper reported.
Santone said a neighbor was also injured.
Bear breaks into house, makes like 'Kool-Aid Man' through wall to escape police
(CNN) -- A hungry bear that broke into a Colorado home at night made a daring escape from the cops, smashing a hole in the wall to force his way out of the building.
Police in Estes Park, a town at the base of the Rocky Mountains, said the bear was probably attracted by the scent of garbage.
But rather than risk being taken into custody, the animal decided to fight its way out.
"Upon officer's arrival, said bear forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the 'Kool-Aid Man' and made its escape," police said in a Facebook post, alongside photos of a bear-shaped hole in the wall of the house. Kool-Aid commercials famously feature the drink brand's 'Kool-Aid Man' mascot bursting through walls.
Colorado is home to thousands of black bears, which frequently enter cars and homes in search of food.
The state's Parks and Wildlife department urged residents to lock their windows and doors and make daily checks to prevent encounters.
The smash and grab isn't the first time a creature in Colorado has skirted the law in search of a meal.
Last month, a bear was caught on camera trying to break into a dumpster behind a cannabis shop in the state -- before deciding to steal the whole thing instead.
A North Carolina woman took her three dogs to a pond to play. Within hours, her pups had died from toxic algae
(CNN) -- A doggy play date in a North Carolina pond turned tragic after three pups died from toxic algae. Now, their owners say they hope their loss will educate fellow dog lovers about the dangerous blooms.
Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz took their beloved dogs Abby, Izzy and Harpo to a pond in Wilmington on Thursday night to cool off. But within 15 minutes of leaving the pond, Abby, a West Highland white terrier, began to have a seizure.
Martin rushed her to a veterinary hospital, with Izzy and Harpo right behind her. Upon their arrival, Izzy, also a Westie, started seizing, and both terriers rapidly declined. Then Harpo, her 6-year-old "doodle" mix therapy dog, began to seize and show signs of liver failure.
By midnight Friday, all three dogs had died, she said.
The culprit, Martin's veterinarian said, was poisoning from blue-green algae present in the pond where they played.
"What started out as a fun night for them has ended in the biggest loss of our lives," Martin wrote in a Facebook post that has since been shared more than 15,000 times.
Martin said she didn't see any signs warning of toxic algae near the pond, which sits next to a popular walking trail. It's her mission now, she says, to erect signs about toxic waters and warn pet owners about the blooms.
"I will not stop until I make positive change," she said. "I will not lose my dogs for nothing."
John Legend held a surprise concert in Dayton a week after mass shooting
(CNN) -- John Legend made a surprise visit to Dayton, Ohio, Sunday, a week after a shooting there left nine people dead and at least 31 others injured.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, a native of Springfield, Ohio, about 30 minutes northeast of Dayton, put on a concert for the families of the victims and staff from local businesses in the city's Oregon District where the shooting took place.
Before the concert, Legend met with Mayor Nan Whaley and employees of Heart Mercantile. The gift store is across the street from the site where a man armed with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle unleashed a barrage of bullets on revelers enjoying a night out in the early morning hours of August 4. He was killed by police officers soon after he began firing.
Whaley thanked Legend in a tweet for coming to shop in the district and talk about gun reform laws.
"It is more important now than ever for us to come together to support our local communities," Legend tweeted Sunday following his visit.
In another tweet, Legend called for people to take action by calling their senators and demanding they vote for stronger gun safety laws.
I sat down with the people of Dayton, OH and I’m inspired by their strength & resilience, but we must take action. Join me, @Everytown & @MomsDemand by calling your senators & demanding they vote on stronger gun safety laws: Text CHECKS to 644-33 or visit https://t.co/57YE9StqMf— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 12, 2019
People who work in the Oregon District told CNN that the visit was therapeutic following an emotional week.