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Pilots reports seeing UFO "moving so fast" off coast of Ireland


Irish aviation officials are investigating after two airline pilots reported seeing unidentified flying objects off the southwest coast of Ireland last week, the Irish Examiner reports. A pilot of a British Airways flight contacted air control last Friday, November 9, asking if there were military scheduled in the airpace. Air control said there was nothing showing for that evening.

"It was moving so fast," the pilot said, according to audio of the call released by "It appeared on our left hand side and rapidly veered to the north. We saw a bright light and then it disappeared at a very high speed."

A second pilot, flying a Virgin Airlines plane, also called into air traffic control. "A meteor or another object making some kind of re-entry. It appears to be multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory. They were very bright from where we were."

In a statement to CBS News, the Irish Aviation Authority said the reports will be "investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process."

India pilot suspended for three years for failing alcohol test

India's aviation regulator has barred a senior pilot from flying for three years after he failed an alcohol test.

Captain Arvind Kathpalia, who is also the Director of Operations at state-owned Air India, was to command the Delhi-London flight on Sunday.

A substitute pilot was brought in after he failed the test. Capt Kathpalia has denied the charges against him.

Aviation authorities say he was suspended for three months for a similar offence last year too.

Former 'Caravan of Death' commander convicted

A Chilean court has convicted the former army commander-in-chief of complicity in the deaths of 15 people following the 1973 military coup.

General Juan Emilio Cheyre was sentenced to three years and a day under house arrest.

He is the most senior figure to be held accountable so far for abuses carried out during the regime of General Augusto Pinochet.

The killings were carried out by the notorious "Caravan of Death".

National Action: The new parents and the neo-Nazi terror threat

It appeared to be a normal home.

The property, in a quiet part of an Oxfordshire town, was occupied by a couple who had just welcomed their first child into the world.

Neighbours sometimes saw the pair taking their baby out in a pram.

The male, who often dressed in combat trousers, worked as a security guard. The woman - a part-time wedding photographer - had, until recently, worked in a clothes shop.

A Downed Plane, a Dutch Village and the Art of Remembering

The village of Opijnen (oh-PIE-nin) in the Netherlands is a farming community where grazing sheep, cows and goats outnumber people (population around 1,200), and cars have to move to the side of the narrow roads for tractors coming in the opposite direction. There are no stores and one church, which discreetly tolls the hour. It’s therefore hard to imagine how shocking it must have been 75 years ago when the town’s slow, ancient, chthonic rhythms were surreally interrupted by a thunderous explosion.

On July 30, 1943, an American B-17F bomber, heading home to its base in England after a raid over Kassel, Germany, was shot down and crashed in a local field. Villagers looked up to see men falling out of the sky.

“It was about 11 o’clock in the morning of the 30 July 1943 that the population of my parish got alarmed by a terrible noise. A few minutes later we heard an awful smack. I was at the Townhall and ran outside and saw to the right a great column of smoke. I took my bike, raced to the plane of black smoke, and saw a burning aircraft of which the cannons were still firing,” wrote Bart Formijne (for-MYN-a), then the young mayor of Opijnen, in a 1945 letter (in English) to the family of one of the crew of the plane that he later learned was named Man-O-War. “In the air we saw two white things, which were slowly coming down. Those things were parachutes. At the same time we saw two dirty German aircraft still circling above the burning plane.”

One of the Americans had fallen without a parachute through the thatched roof of a farmhouse. Formijne found him in the hayloft. “He couldn’t speak, and was still groaning,” he wrote. Although the local doctor was called, it was too late.

Dust In The Wind (1977)

From Kansas' Point of Know Return album.

The Beatles White Album turns 50

We live in the golden age of remixed and remastered box sets, with the doyens of classic rock leading the way. In the past few years alone, music lovers have been treated to deluxe editions from such stalwarts as Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. As it happens, the standard-bearers in this evolving cottage industry may just be the Beach Boys, who have all but emptied the vaults in order to quench their fans’ unchecked desires for new content. In 2011, Capitol Records released the Beach Boys’ "Smile Sessions," which features nearly 400 minutes’ worth of archival material and outtakes. A completist’s wet dream, "The Smile Sessions" include nearly two dozen variations of megahit “Good Vibrations” alone. Talk about getting the excitations, indeed.

But then there is the glaring issue of the Beatles. When it comes to these latter-day forays into lavish repackaging, the Fab Four have been notoriously late to the party. While the Beatles produced one landmark, world-breaking album after another during their 1960s heyday, they have taken a consistently cautious approach when it comes to sharing their blue-chip wares in the digital age. In 1987, the group finally released their original albums on compact disc, belatedly bringing their catalogue to the marketplace some five years after the CD paradigm shift had assaulted the record industry. By the time the Beatles showed up, nearly all of the band’s classic rock peers had made the transformation and reaped the attendant benefits.

Years later, when the industry had shifted yet again, transitioning from physical product to music streaming services like iTunes and Spotify, the Beatles pointedly lagged behind once more, with untold millions of downloads occurring outside of their ken. Finally, in October 2009, the Beatles released remastered editions of their entire back catalogue and made their digital streaming debut on iTunes — some six years after the online music store had opened up shop.

While the Beatles’ tardiness may seem like a blunder of monumental proportions — and there’s little question that significant profits were lost to pirates during the early years of the 21st century — the group’s longstanding restraint has also been the result of a well-honed strategy. By waiting out their competitors, the Beatles have created an event culture in which the chestnuts of their catalogue are reintroduced to the marketplace on a grand scale. With each new format change, Apple Corps is able to ensure that the Beatles enjoy an uncluttered stage in which their masterworks shine brightly, unchallenged by competing artists for their exalted place in the spotlight. If anything, their slow road to the world’s virtual sales floors may have served to heighten their mystique.

As a whole, the White Album is not my favorite. To me, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band outshines this release. However, the White Album does have some memorable tunes. My favorites, in no particular order, are Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and this one:

North Knox man loses control playing Xbox, goes on shooting rampage

A 30-year-old man is facing felony charges after flying into a rage while playing a video game and firing more than a dozen rounds from two different handguns into the ceiling and walls of his bedroom of his North Knox County home, according to court records.

One of the bullets struck a house directly across the street where a family of three was at home, arrest warrants state. Authorities later found the round lodged behind a window shutter. No one inside the house was injured.

Casey L. Jones, is charged with four counts of reckless endangerment involving a deadly weapon following the incident, reported at 1:37 a.m. Wednesday on the 5100 block of Magic Lantern Drive.

A woman in the home with Jones told Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies there was no trouble before Jones erupted.

Ryanair plane seized by French authorities in cash row

A Ryanair plane has been seized by French authorities in a row over money in the latest problem for the airline.

The French civil aviation authority grounded the Boeing 737 on Thursday at Bordeaux airport, before it was due to fly to Stansted with 149 passengers.

It said the move was "a last resort".

The dispute was caused by French subsidies paid to Ryanair for flights from Angoulême regional airport between 2008 and 2009, which the European Commission later deemed illegal.

Germany recalls Kristallnacht pogrom

Germany will Friday remember victims of the Nazi pogrom that heralded the start of the Third Reich's drive to wipe out Jews, at a time when anti-Semitism is resurgent in the West.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will join Jewish leaders at Germany's biggest synagogue to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass.

Steinmeier will make a speech at the Bundestag marking one of Germany's darkest days, but also two other momentous events in the country's history that also fell on November 9 -- the end of the imperial government in 1918 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The grimmest of the three dates was that in 1938, when Nazi thugs murdered at least 90 Jews, torched 1,400 synagogues across Germany and Austria, and destroyed Jewish-owned shops and businesses.
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