TIME celebrities

Joan Rivers Remains in ‘Serious’ Condition, Daughter Says

Joan Rivers seen on the streets of Manhattan on July 12, 2014 in New York City. Michael Stewart—GC Images/Getty Images

The day after comedy legend and “Fashion Police” co-host Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York hospital, she remains in “serious” condition, according to a statement issued by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, through the Mount Sinai Health System.

Rivers, 81, was undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords Thursday morning at Yorkville Endoscopy when she stopped breathing and was transported to Mount Sinai, according to WNBC, citing sources familiar with the situation. The Fire Department of New York said it transported a woman to Sinai who was either in “respiratory or cardiac arrest.”

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TIME natural disaster

Volcano Erupts in Papua New Guinea, Diverting Flights

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A photo taken on August 29, 2014, shows Mount Tavurvur erupting in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed. Joyce Lessimanuaja—AFP/Getty Images

A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths.

Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. There have been no reports of injuries…

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TIME Crime

Missouri Cop Resigns After Pointing Rifle at Ferguson Protesters

Cop Suspended Indefinitely After Threatening To Kill Ferguson Protestor
St. Ann, Missouri police officer Lt. Ray Albers points an assault rifle at a protester, Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Aaron P. Bernstein—Getty Images

A suburban St. Louis cop who was suspended for pointing his semi-automatic rifle and threatening protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned, the police chief told the Associated Press. Lt. Ray Albers, who was put on indefinite leave from the St. Ann Police Department after being caught on a cellphone video that went viral, quit the job he had held since 1994 on Thursday.

Albers could not be reached for comment…

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TIME Accident

Uzi Instructor Charles Vacca’s Family: Death Was ‘Tragic Accident’

The grieving family of Charles Vacca, the Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old who was learning how to shoot an Uzi, said they feel “sorry” for the girl.

“We know it was a tragic accident and that it’s something that we’re all going to have to live with,” Vacca’s 19-year-old daughter Ashley said in an exclusive NBC News interview to be aired Friday on the TODAY show…

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TIME Infectious Disease

Ebola Outbreak Likely Started With One Person

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
A young volunteer wears special uniform to sterilize the bodies of people, died due to the Ebola virus, ahead of their burials in Kptema graveyard in Kenema, Sierra Leone on August 24, 2014. People work for 6 dollars per a day in burial and sterilizing works in Kenema where the infection of the virus is mostly seen. Mohammed Elshamy—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Findings from new genetic analysis

The Ebola virus outbreak that’s ravaging West Africa probably started with a single infected person, a new genetic analysis shows.

This West African variant can be traced genetically to a single introduction, perhaps a person infected by a bat, researchers report in the journal Science.

Their study paints a remarkably detailed picture of how the virus spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone and Liberia in an outbreak that’s taken the lives of more than 1,500 people — including five of the researchers who worked on the report.
One thing is clear — it is definitely being spread by people, not by animals repeatedly infecting people, the researchers say.
TIME Aviation

Phone Call Offers New Clue in Search for Missing Plane

A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to go out onto the runway and passes by a stationary Chinese Ilyushin 76 aircraft (top) at Perth International Airport on March 25, 2014 in Perth, Australia.
A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to go out onto the runway and passes by a stationary Chinese Ilyushin 76 aircraft (top) at Perth International Airport on March 25, 2014 in Perth, Australia. Getty Images

Plane missing since March

Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 turned south earlier than previously thought, Australian authorities said Thursday, providing a new clue to the Boeing 777’s possible location in the southern Indian Ocean.

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the new information was based on an attempted satellite phone call to the plane by Malaysia Airlines ground staff. However, the broad search area for Flight 370 remains unchanged, Truss told reporters at a news conference in Canberra, Australia. “Over the last few weeks and months, continuing work is being done on refining the information that we have in relation to the most likely resting place for this aircraft,” Truss said…

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TIME weather

Hurricane, Tropical Storm Bring Huge Waves to Both Coasts

A surfer rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. on Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico.
A surfer rides a wave at the wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. on Aug. 27, 2014. Southern California beachgoers experienced much higher than normal surf, brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off the coast of Mexico. Chris Carlson—AP

Two storms may be on opposite coasts on Thursday, but Hurricane Cristobal and Tropical Storm Marie were delivering similar conditions to both sides of the country. Neither storm is expected to make landfall, but both were bringing strong rip currents and massive surf, which have already proved to be deadly on the East Coast. Spectators and thrill-seekers flocked to Southern California beaches to view, or ride, the waves — some of which reached 20 feet — due to Marie, according to NBC Southern California

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TIME Syria

U.S. Investigating Reports of Second American Jihadist Killed in Syria

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After the death of Douglas McAuthur McCain, American who fought for ISIS

The State Department is investigating reports that a second American jihadist was killed last weekend in Syria fighting for ISIS.

The news comes a day after NBC News first reported that Douglas McAuthur McCain, a U.S. citizen, died fighting for the Islamic militants. A Free Syrian Army source told NBC News said the second American was killed in the same battle.

A law enforcement official told NBC News that “it appears to be true” a second American died in the fighting…

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TIME Crime

FBI Probing Alleged Audio of Michael Brown Shooting

Ferguson Community Continues To Demonstrate Over Police Shooting Death Of Michael Brown
Roses are seen in a memorial setup for Michael Brown on the spot where his body lay after he was shot by police, Aug. 22, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Joe Raedle—Getty Images

Autopsy reports say that Brown was shot at least six times, but up to 11 shots are heard on the recording

Prosecutors say the FBI is trying to validate an audio recording that allegedly captured the police shooting of Michael Brown—including what sounds like a volley of six shots, a brief pause, and then another four or five shots.

The unidentified man who made the recording says he was using a phone app to create a video text message at the same time the unarmed 18-year-old was killed in a midday confrontation with a cop in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, according to his lawyer, Lopa Blumenthal…

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TIME Syria

American Extremist Killed Fighting for ISIS Terrorists

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A woman who said she was Douglas McAuthur McCain's aunt confirmed that he had "passed"

The battle in itself seemed tragically normal. Two Syrian opposition groups fought and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Then victorious rebels rifled through the pockets of the dead. One contained about $800 in cash — and an American passport.

Douglas McAuthur McCain, of San Diego was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), according to the Free Syrian Army. Photos of McCain’s passport and of his body — which feature a distinctive neck tattoo — have been seen by NBC News.

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