Richard Gere splits from wife, and more news to note

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Today’s news you might’ve missed:

  • After reportedly living apart for “some time,” Richard Gere and his wife of 11 years, Carey Lowell, have made their split more official. A “friend” of the couple tells People magazine that they’ve separated. Gere’s rep has no comment. [People]
  • Here’s hoping new couple Nina Dobrev and Derek Hough have better luck with love — if they are in fact dating. [Us Weekly]
  • Wealthy fans of Nirvana — or at least those with good enough credit to get a loan — will want to pay attention: Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is up for sale. The Seattle-area bungalow is listed for $500,000. [NBC News]
  • According to “Bond” author William Boyd, the “Bond” films are starring the wrong Daniel. Rather than feature Daniel Craig as 007, they really should’ve tapped Daniel Day-Lewis. [Telegraph]
  • But here’s a role you can’t…

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Barack Obama Speaks On A Possible Attack On Syria


Syria’s foreign minister says the war-torn nation has accepted a Russian proposal to surrender control over its chemical weapons to the international community.

The move comes before President Barack Obama heads to Congress on Tuesday. The commander in chief was said to have fresh hopes that the diplomatic breakthrough would allow Syria’s government to avert U.S. missile strikes.

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Convicted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in his prison cell


Global News

Convicted kidnapper Ariel Castro, 53, has been found dead in his prison cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.

Ohio Rehabilitation and Correction officials said Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. local time.

Prison medical staff tried to revive him and transported him to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. He was not part of the general prison population and was isolated from other inmates for his own protection.

On August 1 Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for holding three women captive in a Cleveland home for more than a decade and raping them repeatedly. He pleaded guilty to 937 charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault. He was spared the death penalty after making a deal with prosecutors.

WATCH: Castro sentenced

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Castro was  watched closely in…

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China pulls 220,000 pounds of dead fish from a polluted river


Global News

BEIJING – Authorities have scooped up around 220,000 pounds of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country.

The Hubei province environmental protection department, notified of the piles of dead fish in central China’s Fuhe River on Monday, pointed the finger at local company Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Stock Co. Officials said sampling of its drain outlet showed that ammonia density far exceeded the national standard. The company said it wasn’t going to immediately comment.

Inadequate controls on industry and lax enforcement of existing standards have worsened China’s pollution problem, stemming from three decades of breakneck economic growth. High-profile incidents this year involving dead animals in rivers – not only deaths attributed to pollution but also carcasses dumped by farmers after die-offs at farms – have added to public…

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Driver was on phone at time of Spain train crash

Santiago Train Crash Driver Attends Preliminary Court Hearing

Global News

WARNING: Raw footage of train crash. This video may be disturbing to some viewers

MADRID, Spain – The driver was on the phone with a colleague and apparently looking at a document as his train barrelled ahead at 95 mph (153 kph) – almost twice the speed limit. Suddenly, a notorious curve was upon him.

He hit the brakes too late.

The train, carrying 218 passengers in eight carriages, hurtled off the tracks and slammed into a concrete wall, killing 79 people.

On Tuesday, investigators looking into the crash announced their preliminary findings from analysis of the train’s data-recording “black boxes,” suggesting that human error appears to be the cause of Spain’s worst railway disaster in decades.

READ MORE: Spain police to study train ‘black box’ Tuesday

The derailment occurred near Santiago de Compostela, a city in northwestern Spain, late last Wednesday. Some 66 people injured in the crash are…

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Multiple explosions rock Florida gas plant

Global News

TAVARES, Fla. – A series of explosions rocked a central Florida propane gas plant, igniting a 200-foot high fireball, and sent the sound of “boom after boom after boom” through the neighborhood around it. Eight people were injured, with at least four in critical condition.

John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said early Tuesday that no one died despite massive blasts that ripped through the Blue Rhino propane plant property late Monday night. Officials initially scrambled to find more than a dozen employees after the explosions.

Neighboring houses were evacuated, but no damage to them was reported.

“Management is comfortable saying all of those they knew were there tonight have been accounted for,” he said.

Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith said possible causes of the explosion may be either equipment malfunction or human error. Sabotage was not suspected.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation, as…

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