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Aug 5, 201311:20 AM

Cheat Sheet: August 3-4: Weekend Roundup

US embassy closures extended

The US says it will keep a number of embassies in north Africa and the Middle East closed until Saturday, due to a possible militant threat. On Sunday 21 US embassies and consulates were closed. According to the state department in Washington, the extended closures were “out of an abundance of caution” and not a reaction to a new threat. (Source)

F-16s collide in midair

Two F-16 Falcon jets collided in mid-air Thursday night 30 miles off Virginia’s coast. The Coast Guard rescued one Air National Guard pilot from the water, and the other was able to make it back to base with a clipped jet wing. The rescued pilot was in good condition and was taken back to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. The pilots were on a routine training mission off Chincoteague. The pilots’ names were not released. (Source)

Fishermen battle great white shark

Dan McClarren, a Maryland charter captain was shark fishing about 3 miles out of Rudee Inlet Saturday when he and his customers caught a glimpse of a huge fish swimming around the boat. The “huge fish,” which turned out to be a 15-foot great white shark, bit a 4-foot long Atlantic sharpnose shark before John Exline of Beckley, West Virginia fought the fish on severely undersized tackle for 3 ½ hours. It is estimated that the shark weighed 700–800 pounds. (Source)

First lab-grown burger eaten

The world’s first lab-grown burger is to be unveiled and eaten at a London news conference today. Scientists took cells from a cow and, at an institute in the Netherlands, turned them into strips of muscle which they combined to make a patty. Researchers say the technology could be a sustainable way of meeting a growing demand for meat. Critics say that eating less meat would be an easier way to tackle predicted food shortages. (Source)

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