TIME Crime

Girl Who Shot Arizona Shooting Range Instructor Said Uzi Was ‘Too Much’

In this video screen capture provided by Mohave County, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, 39, is seen assisting a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi seconds before the weapon recoiled upwards shooting Vacca in the head, at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range onAug. 25, 2014 in White Hills, Arizona.
In this video screen capture provided by Mohave County, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, 39, is seen assisting a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi seconds before the weapon recoiled upwards shooting Vacca in the head, at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range onAug. 25, 2014 in White Hills, Arizona. Getty Images

The 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot and killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said that the weapon was “too much for her,” according to a police report released Tuesday.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office incident report, which redacts the name of the girl as well as a brother and sister, notes that in the immediate aftermath of the shooting on August 25, the family did not realize the instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was fatally wounded…

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TIME Infectious Disease

Another American Doctor Infected With Ebola, Charity Says

Another American missionary doctor has tested positive for Ebola, an aid group said Tuesday.

SIM USA said the doctor, who was not named, was treating obstetric patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia and had not treated Ebola patients in the hospital’s isolation unit, which is separate from the main hospital. The charity said it was not yet known how the doctor was infected, but he immediately isolated himself when he showed symptoms.

The new case comes two weeks after Dr. Kent Brantly and his colleague Nancy Writebol, who worked for SIM, walked out of an Atlanta hospital virus-free after being infected and evacuated from Liberia…

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TIME europe

Baltic States Fear Putin Amid Escalation in Ukraine

Demonstrators gather outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, to protest against Russian intervention in Ukraine, in March 2014.
Demonstrators gather outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, to protest against Russian intervention in Ukraine, in March 2014. Mindaugas Kulbis—AP

"They feel extraordinarily vulnerable to Putin and they're seeking reassurance from the West"

In the latest chapter of the West’s confrontation with Russia, President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia on Wednesday to stress U.S. solidarity with the Baltic states, the former Soviet republics rattled by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in nearby Ukraine.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — the trio of tiny nations nestled against the western flank of the Russian Federation — only regained their independence from Moscow in 1991 amid the collapse of the USSR. But as Putin appears to tighten his grip on swaths of Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula, the Baltics fear they may be prey for their former ruler, experts say…

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TIME Music

Jimi Jamison, Soaring Voice of Survivor, Dies at 63

Jimi Jamison performing in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009.
Jimi Jamison performing in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009. Beth Gwinn—Getty Images

Jamison joined, left and rejoined Survivor many times after officially debuting with the band in 1984

Jimi Jamison, 63, whose soaring tenor powered many hits for the arena rock band Survivor, died Sunday night, the band confirmed Monday.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the band said: “The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends.” No cause of death was given, but TMZ quoted Jamison’s booking agent as saying he died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee…

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TIME Science

Russia’s Zero-G Sex Geckos Died Before Returning to Earth

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Russia's attempt to find out how organisms reproduce in space did not end with a bang

Russia’s troubled experiment to study how geckos, fruit flies and other organisms reproduce in weightlessness ended with a huge downer: When the Foton M-4 satellite containing the creatures returned to Earth on Monday and the hatch was opened, researchers found that all five geckos had died.

“We can’t say yet at which stage of Foton’s space flight it happened,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted a source at the Russian Academy of Sciences as saying. Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying the geckos were mummified and may have frozen to death.

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TIME Germany

Bavarian Bakers Threaten Oktoberfest With Pretzel Strike

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A pretzel seller in a beer tent at the Oktoberfest in Munich on Sept. 26, 2012 Peter Kneffel—dpa/Corbis

Munich gastronomy union may strike over wages before famous beer festival

Beer tents at the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest may face a pretzel shortage this year after local bakers threatened to go on strike. Munich’s NGG gastronomy union, which represents nearly 50,000 members of the Bavarian bakers’ guild, is demanding a 6.5% wage increase.

Talks stalled in the past week and the union threatened to strike during the world’s biggest beer festival, which is due to start on Sept. 20. “The offer from the employers is far too low and therefore we have to put more pressure behind our demands,” Walter Linner from the NGG union told NBC News.

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TIME France

Jihad Jeanette? French Teen Arrested En Route to Syria

The 16-year-old girl was attempting to join Islamist rebels, the French Interior Minister said

A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to travel to Syria to join Islamist rebels was arrested at an airport in France, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Sunday.

Cazeneuve said in a statement that the teenager was arrested Saturday at the Nice airport, in southeastern France, before she was able to board a flight to Turkey.

A 20-year-old man was also arrested for allegedly recruiting the girl and paying her airfare, the statement said. The girl’s family “knew nothing of her intentions,” Cazeneuve said.

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TIME weather

Stormy Weather Chases Summer Away Over Labor Day Weekend

So long, summer

The Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer, has been wet, windy and distinctly unsummery in many parts of the U.S., with strong thunderstorms expected through the middle of the country and into the Northeast.

While conditions for possible tornadoes settled down significantly Sunday, a strong jet stream that dipped south over the weekend dropped heavy rain that created floods in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Several feet of standing water left stalled and stranded cars Saturday on the streets of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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TIME celebrities

Joan Rivers Remains in ‘Serious’ Condition, Daughter Says

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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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