Sydney counter-terrorism raids: alleged plane plot was ‘well along’, US officials say

Commercial flight from Sydney to the Gulf said to be the target amid claims the four men arrested had links to Isis

A terrorist plot to bring down a plane was “fairly well along” when Australian authorities moved in, US officials say, amid claims the four men arrested over the plan had links to Islamic State.

The men, named in media reports as father and son Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat, and Khaled and Abdul Merhi, remain behind bars and are yet to be charged after being arrested on Saturday.

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Pregnant Doctor Delivers Patient’s Baby HOURS Before Giving Birth Herself!

A very special delivery!

Last week, a Kentucky obstetrician was preparing to give birth to her second child at the hospital when someone needed urgent medical attention — a woman in labor two doors down.

After learning the baby’s heartbeat was dropping dangerously low, Dr. Amanda Hess had stepped out of her own hospital bed and into action.

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Since the on-call doctor was out of the building, Dr. Hess felt she had no choice but to go to fellow patient Leah Halliday-Johnson‘s room to deliver the baby — hours before giving birth to her own baby girl.

She explained to People:

“It was urgent that baby was delivered right away. Then I walked back and one hour later I started contractions.”

It all happened last Sunday after the 38-year-old checked into Frankfort Regional Medical Center, the hospital where she is also staffed, and waited to begin the procedures to induce her labor.

Once settled in, Hess glanced at the computer screen in her room that alerts the staff about patient’s conditions. She noticed that a neighboring woman was having complications with her pregnancy; the baby’s heartbeat kept falling during contractions.

After hearing screams of pain from down the hall, Hess felt the need to step in. She recalled:

“I heard nurses running down the hallway. ‘Do you guys need some help?'”

They did, in fact. The on-call OB/GYN had left the building right before Hess and Halliday-Johnson were admitted.

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Since the other doctor was still about 10 minutes from returning to the hospital, nurses asked Halliday-Johnson to try not to push — but because the fetus had the umbilical cord loosely wrapped around her neck, Hess knew there was no time to waste, remembering:

“I said, ‘We don’t have time for that’… She really wanted to push.”

After covering her backside with another gown, Hess left her room and went to Halliday-Johnson’s to deliver the healthy baby. The on-call doctor arrived shortly after and finished the procedure.

Following the delivery, the doctor returned to her own room and started the medication to induce her own labor. 11 hours later, her daughter Ellen Joyce had arrived at 6 pounds, 12 ounces!

Though the nurses would have likely made the delivery had Hess not been available, the Kentucky doctor was happy to lend a hand, noting it was “a perfect way to get my own labor started.”

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5 Things You Should Know About Avocados

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1) A whole, medium-size avocado (about 5oz) has 226 calories and contains about 3g of protein and 9g of fiber.

2) More than 80% of an avocado’s calories come from fat, most of which are healthy, monounsaturated fats. One of those fats—oleic acid—has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.

3) While the banana is most famous for potassium content, a typical avocado contains 35% more potassium (684mg vs. 505) than that of its long, yellow cousin. Avocados are also a decent source of calcium and magnesium, crucial electrolytes for athletes because of their role in muscle function and fluid balance.

4) Every avocado contains nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients—nutrients derived from plant material that provide a defense against cancers, heart disease, and signs of premature aging.

5) Regular consumption of healthy fats like the ones found in avocados has been shown to promote a boost in testosterone and growth hormone production.

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Listen to ‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ Podcast: Tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

The latest episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

Hybrid Theory producer Don Gilmore and Machine Gun Kelly pay tribute to the late singer, and Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos and Kory Grow join host Brian Hiatt in the studio

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunesor Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show live on Sirius XM’s Volume Channel.

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Hear Krist Novoselic’s Debut Song With New Band Giants in the Trees

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic wanders through the forest in the video for “Sasquatch,” the debut song from his new band Giants in the Trees.

Throughout the lo-fi clip, Novoselic and his bandmates – vocalist/banjo player Jillian Raye, guitarist Ray Prestegard, drummer Erik Friend – stand on fallen tree trunks and explore the surrounding plant life, occasionally striking a cheesy grin.

“Sasquatch,” available now as a digital single, strikes a sweet spot between psychedelic folk and bluesy alt-rock with its banjo plucks, distorted power chords and harmonica blasts. “I can feel eyes watching over me,” Raye croons, adding a paranoid atmosphere to the track. “Hiding in the silence; there’s giants in the trees.”

Novoselic joked about the video’s low-budget approach in the YouTube comments. “I bought the property the video is filmed on. To pay for the production I cut all the trees and am now building a golf course on the land,” he wrote. “This video cost over $2 million to make. The reason is, it was shot on a soundstage and all of the flora is made from plastic, foam and other materials to get that natural look.”

Giants in the Trees formed last year after meeting through their mutual involvement with the local environmental organization Grange in Skamokawa, Washington. Thus far, the band has mostly played shows across their home state. 

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