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Turkey and Greece hit by strong earthquake: two dead and 200 injured – latest

Live updates as 6.7-magnitude quake strikes between resorts of Bodrum and Kos

Tourists and residents in Bodrum spent the night outside on beach loungers or in cars. Boat captain Metin Kestaneci, 40, told the Dogan news agency that he was asleep on his vessel when the quake hit.

There was first a noise and then a roar. Before I could ask ‘what’s happening?’ my boat was dragged toward the shore. We found ourselves on the shore.

A London-based student, Georgie Jamieson, who was holidaying in Kos with her family, has described being caught up in the chaos. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

We’re all a bit shaken up. We had been having a lovely evening down in the hotel and got up to our room an hour before [the quake] struck.

We were literally dozing off when the first tremor struck. From then on it was a bit of a surreal nightmarish experience.

We ran to the door to check there was nothing outside that had been visibly damaged. When we saw that that was all clear, we were coming to terms with the fact that we were experiencing an earthquake and we grabbed our stuff and made a run away from the building.

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Best Things To Do In New York This Weekend July 21-23

By Jessica Allen

There’s always tons to do in this city, winter or summer, rain or shine. But this weekend offers you five fun festivals — whether you’re into jerk cooking, avant-garde circus acts, anime or all of the above. Read on for details.

Lincoln Center Festival
150 West 65th St.
New York, NY 10023
(212) 721-6500
www.lincolncenter.org

Discover, or remind yourself, of what a true treasure Lincoln Center is at the art and performance center’s summer festival. Scheduled performers range from Compagnie XY, a circus collective from France that specializes in “daredevil feats,” to dancers with the Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet, who’ll be joining forces for a history-making performance of Jewels, by George Balanchine, to the Bohemian Trio, which plays music from the Americas and Cuba. Now through Sunday, July 30; see schedule for detailstickets required.

Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 715-1258
www.japansociety.org

Presented by Japan Society, a nonprofit committed to strengthening the ties between Japan and the United States, Japan Cuts is the largest festival of Japanese movies in North America. Here’s what you’re in for, according to the organizers: “a thrilling slate of epic blockbusters, shoestring independents, radical documentaries, mind-bending avant-garde, newly-restored classics, and breathtaking animation.” Many of the films will be followed by Q&As with directors and actors. Now through Sunday, July 23; see schedule for detailstickets required.

Summer Shorts
59E59
59 East 59th St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 753-5959
www.summershortsfestival.com

Summer is short, and so is your attention span. OK, so that’s not the official tagline of this theater festival, but it could be. The annual festival offers attendees the chance to see the premiere of short plays by playwrights both established and up-and-coming, among them Neil LaBute, Graham Moore, Chris Cragin-Day, and Melissa Ross. This year’s work explores ambition, religion, feminism, philosophy, Ayn Rand and a rather unfun wedding. Friday, July 21, through Saturday, Sept. 2; see schedule for detailstickets required

Come Out and Play Festival
DUMBO + Governors Island
New York, NY
www.comeoutandplay.org

If your idea of play involves moving a joystick, then this festival is for you. For the 12th straight year, the Come Out and Play Festival encourages the 10-year-old in all of us to come out and play through street games, family-friendly fun, and good, old-fashioned running around. The fun kicks off on Friday night, with an adults-only interactive street party in DUMBO, followed by a day of giant games and new sports on Governors Island. Wear your sneaks, pack your water bottle, and get ready to feel like a kid again. Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22; see schedule for details; free.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival
Roy Wilkins Park
17701 Baisley Blvd.
Queens, NY, 11434
(718) 425-1177
jerkfestivalny.com

For the uninitiated out there: the seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival doesn’t celebrate numskulls, dolts, or nitwits. Instead, it promotes the great Caribbean tradition of jerk cooking. More than 20,000 hungry folks will arrive in Queens’ Roy Wilkins Park to sample the amazing flavors that talented chefs can tease out of spices and meats. These same chefs will also be offering demos and competing for the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy. Some 30 booths in all. Live music and a special kids’ zone too! Sunday, July 23; noon to 8 p.m.; tickets required.

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Innovator Elon Musk Says 800 MPH Hyperloop Will Soon Be A Reality

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Imagine zipping from New York to Washington in under a half hour.

It sounds like a pipe dream, but billionaire innovator Elon Musk said it will soon be a reality.

Miles Brickley was waiting at Penn Station for his 3.5 hour train ride to Washington, but what if he could get there in 29 minutes?

“From work to the Upper East Side takes like 40 minutes, so if I could get to DC in under that, that’d be hilarious almost,” he told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes.

Musk is promising just that.

Musk is no stranger to innovation — running electric car company Tesla, and rocket maker SpaceX.

He said the Hyperloop could rapidly move people and cars through underground tunnels at speeds of up to 800 mph.

Musk spoke about the technology during a TED Talk in April.

“We built a Hyperloop test track adjacent to SpaceX, just for a student competition, to encourage innovative ideas in transport,” he said.

He described it as a hobby, but now it appears to be much more.

Musk’s tweets leave a lot of unanswered questions, among them; how much would this cost, and who would pay for it? When would construction start, and which government agency gave the verbal approval?

Apparently it wasn’t the De Blasio administration.

A White House spokesperson, offered a little more.

“We have had promising conversations to date,” and added that they, “are committed to transformative infrastructure projects.”

Musk tweeted that there’s still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but he’s clearly used to the fast track.

His company said they expect to break ground later this year.

De Blasio’s press secretary added that the entirety of what they know came from Musk’s tweet, and that’s not how they evaluate projects of any scale.

 

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Crews Battle Massive Forest Fire In Burlington County, New Jersey

BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Crews are battling a massive forest fire in Burlington County, New Jersey.

CBS Philly reports 1,000 acres of Wharton State Forest are burning.

The fire was spotted by the Batsto Fire Tower shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

By 9 p.m., about 30 percent was contained.

Check back with CBS New York for more on this developing story.

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McCain Says ‘I’ll Be Back Soon’ As Support Pours In Following Brain Cancer Diagnosis

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sen. John McCain said Thursday he’ll “be back soon” after being diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumor. Meanwhile, bipartisan support continued to pour in for the Arizona lawmaker.

In a tweet Thursday, McCain said he “greatly” appreciates the outpouring of support.

“Unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” he said.

The 80-year-old McCain has glioblastoma, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where he had a blood clot removed from above his left eye Friday.

Even though doctors say they were were able to remove all of the visible tumor, this type of brain cancer almost awlays come back, because “the cells from this tumor infiltrate — they go into the brain,” said said Dr. Michael Schulder, director of the Brain Tumor Center at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island. “Sometimes they’re referred to as spreading tentacles into the brain beyond what we can see on MRI.”

He and his family are considering further treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation.

“Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” his office said in a statement late Wednesday.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, more than 12,000 people a year are diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same type of tumor that struck McCain’s close Democratic colleague in legislative battles, the late Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

“It’s a primary brain tumor,” CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook said. “It’s a very serious brain tumor.”

A primary tumor means the cancer originated in the brain rather than spread there from another site in the body.

The American Cancer Society puts the five-year survival rate for patients over 55 at about 4 percent. Although there is no cure, there are promising clinical trials.

“It’s quite likely there will be a combination of these new agents and methods  that will have a significant impact for people with glioblastoma,” Schulder said.

The present standard of care for brain tumors is six weeks of radiation combined with six months of a well-tolerated oral chemotherapy called temozolomide, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported. But most cancer drugs have limited usefullness against brain tumors because of something called the blood-brain barrier, a natural defense of the cells lining brain capillaries that protects the brain from germs and toxins.

“It works against us in treatment to a certain extent because it will block medication that we give for instance by mouth or by vein,” said Dr. Kurt Jaeckle of the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute. “It will block them from getting into the tumor where it needs to be.”

That’s why researchers have tried nondrug approaches. Docotrs at the JFK Neuroscience Institute in New Jersey ran trials that led to the approval of a device that emits elctromagnetic pulses into the brain and has extended survival in some brain tumor patients.

JFK has also been testing a brain cancer vaccine with some success, the idea being to get the patient’s own immune system to recognize and attack the cancer cells.

McCain has been recovering at his Arizona home. His absence forced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to delay action on health care legislation.

Thursday morning, the Senate chaplain led a moment of prayer for McCain on the Senate floor.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he spoke to McCain on Wednesday evening.

“This disease has never had a more worthy opponent,” said Graham, a Republican.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan called McCain a “warrior” in a statement, saying “all of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, are behind him.”

In a statement on Twitter, his daughter, Meghan McCain, spoke of the shock of the news and the anxiety over what happens next.

“My love for my father is boundless and like any daughter I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him,” she wrote. “I have faith that those days remain far away.”

As word spread of his diagnosis, presidents past and present, along with McCain’s current and former Senate colleagues, offered support in an outpouring rarely seen in Washington.

“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter,” President Donald Trump said. “Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.”

Barack Obama, who dashed McCain’s dreams of the presidency in 2008, said in a tweet: “John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”

McCain has a lifetime of near-death experiences — surviving the July 1967 fire and explosion on the USS Forrestal that killed 134 sailors; flying into power lines in Spain; the October 1967 shoot-down of his Navy aircraft and fall into Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi; and 5½ years in a North Vietnamese prison.

“The Hanoi Hilton couldn’t break John McCain’s spirit many years ago, so Barbara and I know — with confidence — he and his family will meet this latest battle in his singular life of service with courage and determination,” said former President George H.W. Bush.

Politics aside, McCain and Bill Clinton developed a strong friendship, and the former president said: “As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.”

Hillary Clinton, who also served with McCain in the Senate, said McCain is “as tough as they come.”

In the past, McCain had been treated for melanoma, but a primary tumor is unrelated. Doctors said McCain is recovering from his surgery “amazingly well” and his underlying health is excellent.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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