Cause of California diving boat fire remains unknown

(CNN)Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire aboard the California dive boat that sank last week, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said, noting the boat has not even been brought to the surface. The Coast Guard Investigative Service on Sunday and Monday served search warrants on Truth Aquatics, the owner of the diving boat that was swallowed up by flames, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Eric Raney told CNN on Sunday. Federal agents also searched the company’s boats the Vision and the Truth, officials said. “This is all just part of the ongoing investigation,” Raney said. “The Coast Guard was assisted by ATF, which is investigating the fire and the FBI, which has …

Massachusetts has confirmed its first human case of EEE since 2013. What is the mosquito-borne disease?

(CNN)A man in Massachusetts has been infected with a mosquito-borne virus called Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), health officials confirmed Saturday. It’s the first human case reported in the state since 2013. Any virus transmitted from an insect bite is a big deal, but what is EEE, and what risk does it pose? EEE is rare but often fatal The virus isn’t common, but it is serious. Seven cases are reported every year on average, but about 30% of all cases are fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. EEE causes inflammation of the brain, which is often preceded by a high fever, chills and vomiting. As the illness progresses, patients might experience seizures or a coma that …

Watch the US Coast Guard board a narco-sub carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine

(CNN)Talk about a high stakes intervention. The Coast Guard only catches 11 percent of drug-filled semi-submersible vessels In the last four years, there’s been an increase in drug cartels from Central and South America using these semi-submersible vessels, Lt. Commander Stephen Brickey told CNN. These vessels are relatively rare. They’re expensive to build, and cartels have to build them deep in jungles to avoid detection. Once they’re filled with drugs and deployed, Brickey said they’re almost impossible to detect without prior intelligence or an aircraft. “They blend in,” he said. “Most of the vessel is underwater, so it’s hard to pick out. They’re painted blue. They match the water.” Even if the Coast Guard does manage to catch the vessel, …

Sometimes, all it takes to save an injured turtle is a bra. No, seriously

(CNN)It’s feminine lore that most women don’t wear the right size bra. Fortunately, a North Carolina animal rescue group says it will take your ill-fitting undergarments, as well as your old and used ones, to save the lives of turtles. “Bras just came up,” Gordon told CNN, adding that the rehab center has kept the item on their wish list for months without donations. The rescue group sees all sorts of animals outside of waterfowl, from pigs to owls to possums. But turtles may be its most frequent patients. The team treats anywhere from three to 40 turtles a week, depending on the season, she said. Turtle injury rates explode in the spring, when they’re driven from lakes and ponds …

Hot air balloon crash-lands into a crowd at a Missouri festival, injuring one

(CNN)Festivities at a hot air balloon festival in Missouri abruptly turned into fright as one of the balloons botched its landing and crashed into crowd of spectators. Stephanie Haught said she barely got out of the way before the balloon crashed. In a video she posted to Facebook, the balloonist is seen waving for people to get out of the way as the balloon descends. Another event attendee told KHQA the basket hit the ground right behind him and “ran over his mother.” Other than a small cut on her finger his mother is fine, he said. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

A veteran died in police custody. His body was returned to his family with some organs missing

(CNN)Two days before he died, Everett Palmer Jr. called his brother, Dwayne, to tell him he was on his way from Delaware to New York to visit him and their sick mother. But first, he said, he wanted to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant from an incident in 2016 in Pennsylvania to make sure his license was valid for the drive to see his family. Beneath the Skin: Horrific cuts cover her son’s body after he’s shot dead by police The family hired Merritt to help find answers because so far, they have been unable to get them on their own, they say. Merritt says prison and county officials have not been cooperative with providing an official manner of death. …

Anti-Semitic message found at Jewish museum in Brooklyn

(CNN)New York City police are investigating an anti-Semitic message found at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn on Thursday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he had directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD’s investigation. “It’s part of a very troubling pattern that we’re seeing. Increased anti-Semitic attacks all across this country and all across this state,” Cuomo said on Friday. “It’s part of this cancer that has been injected into this nation’s body that is about hate, and about separation and about fearing differences. It is repugnant to who we are, it is repugnant to what we believe. These are hate crimes. We will prosecute the person to the fullest extent of …

It MAY snow in the Northeast this week. In MAY

(CNN)It’s mid-May, but winter apparently is not finished with parts of the Northeast, which could see yet more snow this week. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Sunday issued a state of emergency following the strong storms and flooding that started Wednesday, with multiple counties reporting major flooding. Damage possibly caused by tornadoes was reported in two counties, the governor’s office said in a press release. Southern Texas was hammered by thunderstorms and showers over the weekend, and the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said the Upper Texas Coast and the Gulf Coast of western Louisiana has had “300-600% of normal rainfall” for this time of year. A new area of low pressure is expected from the Great Lakes Monday …

Colorado school shooting suspects will appear in court to hear list of charges against them

(CNN)The two teenage suspects in the deadly mass shooting at a Colorado charter school will appear in court Friday afternoon to hear the charges against them. Authorities initially described McKinney as female. But the suspect’s lawyer said in court that the 16-year-old goes by the first name Alec and uses the pronoun “he,” Colorado Judicial Department spokesman Rob McCallum said. Erickson’s hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. ET). It is unclear whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom as they were Wednesday. One student was killed while trying to take down one of the suspects and eight other students were wounded in Tuesday shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. The tragedy Tuesday at the school …