TIME dancing

This Video of an Old Man Dancing Will Brighten Your Day

Forever young

The elderly man in this video may need two canes to walk, but he doesn’t need them to dance.

The user who uploaded this video to Facebook, Edgard Eleuterio Daza, gave it a short and sweet caption that sums the whole thing up pretty well: “Eternamente joven.”

Translation: forever young.

TIME Drugs

FDA Warns Against Powdered Caffeine

The agency issued a statement Friday recommending that consumers avoid the potent powders

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Friday about the dangers of pure powdered caffeine after the death of a teenager in Ohio in May.

A mere teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine, the FDA said, is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee and can be lethal. “Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Parents should be aware that these products may be attractive to young people,” the agent noted. The substance can be easily purchased online.

Taking too much of the drug can result in heartbeat disruptions, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and disorientation. “These symptoms are likely to be much more severe than those resulting from drinking too much coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages,” according to the statement.

The announcement comes almost two months after Logan Steiner, 18, of LeGrange, Ohio, died after overdosing on powdered caffeine on May 27.

TIME plague

3 New Plague Cases Confirmed in Colorado

The state health department has found a total of four people infected with the pneumonic plague

Three new cases of plague have been identified in Colorado for a total so far of four, the state health department announced Friday.

The four people diagnosed all had contact with a dog that died of the plague. The initial patient remains hospitalized but the three infected later “all had minor symptoms, were treated with appropriate antibiotics, recovered and are no longer contagious,” the health department said in a release.

Plague is spread from rodent—in this case prairie dogs—to other animals, including humans, by rogue fleas.

Of the 60 cases of plague in its various forms that Colorado has seen in recent years, nine people have died from the disease, according to a Bloomberg report. Doctors recommend keeping a safe distance from any rodents, alive or dead.

TIME Television

Aaliyah Biopic Gets New Star

The British Academy Children's Awards - Arrivals
Alexandra Shipp arrives at the British Academy Children's Awards at the London Hilton on November 25, 2012 in London, England. Dave M. Benett—Getty Images

Alexandra Shipp will play the slain R&B singer in the Lifetime biopic due out later this year

Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp is set to play the R&B legend Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic scheduled to premier this fall, according to talk show host Wendy Williams, who is an executive producer on the project. Shipp takes on the role after Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman opted out in June.

Williams tweeted news of the the cast change on Friday:

The film, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will portray the life of the beloved singer who’s music topped the pop charts from 1994 until her untimely death in a 2001 plane crash at 22. The TV movie will be based on the biography, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, by former TIME editor Christopher John Farley.

The singer died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22 after filming a music video in the Bahamas. Eight others died in the accident.

TIME House of Representatives

Capitol Hill Staffer Arrested With Gun

The press secretary for Pennsylvania Republican Tom Marino was taken into custody carrying a gun through the security checkpoint

An aide to a U.S. Congress member was arrested Friday morning as he attempted to carry a nine-millimeter handgun into a congressional office building.

Ryan Shucard, who was hired as a press secretary for Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tom Marino on May 27, was taken into custody about 9:15 a.m. after carrying a Smith & Wesson pistol to a security check point entering into the building. The gun was not loaded, U.S. Capitol Police told TIME. Shucard has been charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, a felony.

It is illegal to carry a gun outside of one’s home or business in Washington, D.C.

Bill Tighe, Congressman Marino’s chief of staff, told TIME the Capitol Police indicated that Shucard taking a gun to the Cannon office building is likely not “anything other than an accident.”

“I think it is a situation where he lives in Virginia and he transported the firearm into D.C. accidentally,” Tighe said. “We’re very disappointed that he did not display responsible gun ownership.”

Tighe said he spoke with Shucard this morning at the time of his arrest.

“He’s broken up,” he said. “He’s disappointed in himself.”

TIME Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash: Putin Calls for Ukraine Ceasefire

Wreckage of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, in rebel-held east Ukraine July 17, 2014.
Wreckage of the malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, in rebel-held east Ukraine July 17, 2014. Dominique Faget—AFP/Getty Images

Tensions in the region have made gaining access to the crash site difficult

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists to lay down arms Friday amid international pressure for a probe into the circumstances surrounding the loss of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine Thursday.

Both Kiev and Moscow have accused one another of being responsible for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Thursday, killing all 298 passengers on board the Boeing 777 passenger jet.

Putin’s call for a ceasefire comes as emergency crews have begun sifting through the wreckage while investigators search for answers in the crash. The area where the plane crashed, near the village of Grabovo in eastern Ukraine, is controlled by separatist rebels. Disaster responders have had difficulty gaining access to the crash site, with checkpoints dotting the road from the city of Donetsk to the location of the wreckage, the Guardian reports.

Responders have said two black boxes were recovered from the wreckage, but it remains unclear who is in possession of the boxes at present time.

[The Guardian]

TIME MH017

Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash: 2 Dogs Aboard Airplane

Air Malaysia Passenger Jet Crashes In Eastern Ukraine
Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shown smouldering in a field July 17, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border. Pierre Crom—Getty Images

The cargo manifest from MH017 reveals that several live animals also went down with MH017

In addition to the 298 people aboard the Malaysian Airlines jet that crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine, two dogs were also aboard the flight, according to the cargo manifest for the flight made public Friday.

MH017 – Cargo Manifest 1

The Kuala Lumpur-bound Flight MH17 crashed Thursday evening in a part of Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The government of Ukraine alleges that insurgents shot down the Boeing 777, a charge the rebels have denied.

Five “live birds” and four pigeons also went down with the two dogs in the plane’s cargo bay.

TIME Amazon

Amazon Just Launched ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ a Subscription Service for E-Books

The online retailer is entering the competitive e-book subscription game

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The online retail giant Amazon announced Friday it’s launching an e-book subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited.”

Kindle Unlimited lets Amazon customers pay $9.99 every month for unlimited access to 600,000 titles plus more than 2,000 audiobooks accessible on any Kindle or Kindle app on any mobile device, according to the company. Amazon introduced the service in this video, which is unavailable for embedding in this post.

With the announcement, Amazon enters a field populated by other similar services, chiefly Scribd, Oyster and Entitle.

Titles available through the service include books like The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the the Harry Potter series. The more than 2,000 audiobooks available through the service are linked up with Amazon’s Whispersync program, allowing the reader to switch between reading and listening to the narrated text.

Depending on the details of how Kindle Unlimited was set up, the program may further complicated Amazon’s relationship with book publishers. Several of those publishers have been locked in a years-long tug-of-war with Amazon over the company’s pricing of e-books, which publishers argue has been too low. In a somewhat separate but related issue, Amazon is currently embroiled in a dispute with one publisher in particular, Hachette, most likely over the pricing of Hachette’s physical and digital books.

TIME General Electric

GE Profits Up 13% As Company Continues to Refocus

Workers assemble a General Electric Co. CF6-80C2 jet engine at the GE Aviation factory in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 25, 2014.
Workers assemble a General Electric Co. CF6-80C2 jet engine at the GE Aviation factory in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 25, 2014. Bloomberg/Getty Images

General Electric profits climbed 13% in the second quarter as the conglomerate refocuses on its core businesses of energy and heavy industry.

GE’s posted earnings of 35 cents a share ($3.55 billion) are up from 31 cents a share a year ago. Operating earnings climbed from 36 cents a share to 39 cents a share.

“GE had a good performance in the quarter and in the first half of 2014, with double-digit industrial segment profit growth, 30 basis points of margin expansion, and nearly $6 billion returned to shareholders,” said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt in a statement. “The environment continues to be generally positive.”

The news signals the success of GE’s strategy of shedding non-core businesses, like the media giant NBCUniversal, and doubling down on its energy and industrial portfolio. Last quarter, the French engineering titan Alstom agreed to sell its Power and Grid business that builds and services power plants and transmission grids.

TIME

New Map Shows Earthquake Prone Places Across U.S.

USGS

But fracking-related quake data is not included in this report

This colorful new map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the areas across the United States that are most likely to experience a significant earthquake in the next 50 years.

In its update to the U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps using the latest earthquake data, the USGS found that 16 states are at high risk for experiencing a damaging earthquake in the next half century. They are: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The USGS notes in its report that fracking may be to blame for a sizeable uptick in earthquakes in places like Oklahoma. “Some states have experienced increased seismicity in the past few years that may be associated with human activities such as the disposal of wastewater in deep wells,” the report says. USGS hopes to use that data in future maps but it isn’t included in this one. “Injection-induced earthquakes are challenging to incorporate into hazard models because they may not behave like natural earthquakes and their rates change based on man-made activities,” the report says.

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