Mathew Murphy

Mathew Murphy

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders Killed in Plane Crash

Space FrontiersApollo 8 astronaut Maj. General William Anders, who took the famous Earthrise photo showing the planet from space in 1968, was killed Friday when the plane he was piloting went down into the waters off the San Juan Islands in Washington State. He was 90.He was the only person on board the Beech A45 airplane at the time, according to the Federal Aviation Association.“The family is devastated,” his son, retired Air Force Lt Col Greg Anders, told the Associated Press. “He was a great pilot and we will miss him terribly.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

Kate Middleton Breaks Her Silence After Missing Key Event

CHRIS Jackson GETTY IMAGESKate Middleton has written a letter to the Irish Guards, apologizing for missing a major rehearsal for the Trooping The Color event on Saturday.The 42-year-old has remained largely out of the public eye since she revealed she was battling cancer in March with some reports suggesting that she may not be seen in public for the rest of the year.“I wanted to write and let you know how proud I am of the entire Regiment ahead of the Colonel’s review and Trooping of the [Color.] I appreciate everyone trooping this year has been practicing for months and dedicating many hours to ensuring their uniforms and drill are immaculate,” Middleton’s letter read.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Israeli Forces Rescue Four Hostages Alive in Raid on Gaza

Courtesy of Bring Them Home NowIsraeli security forces have rescued four hostages from Gaza during a daytime raid after they were kidnapped during the Nova music festival on Oct. 7.The Israel Defense Forces, Israel Securities Authority and the Israel Police, revealed in a statement that the four include Noa Argamani, 25, Almog Meir Jan, 21, Andrey Kozlov, 27, and Shlomi Ziv, 40.The statement said the four hostages are in good medical condition and have been transferred to the Sheba Tel-HaShomer Medical Center for further examination.Read more at The Daily Beast.

At Least 27 People Killed in Horrific Amusement Park Fire

StringerA massive fire broke out at an amusement park in western India Saturday, leaving at least 27 people dead, including four children, police said.The fire occurred at the park in the city of Rajkot in Gujarat state.Police Commissioner Raju Bhargava said the fire was now under control and rescue work was underway. The bodies were difficult to identify because they were so badly charred, police officer Vinayak Patel said. Read more at The Daily Beast.

Los Angeles County Explains Why It Won’t Prosecute Diddy Despite Video

REUTERSThe Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has revealed why it won’t be prosecuting Diddy after horrific footage showed him brutally attacking his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura at a hotel.The office said in an Instagram post that because the alleged attack happened on March 5, 2016, the window to prosecute has lapsed. California’s statute of limitations for simple assault is one year, while aggravated assault is three years. “We are aware of the video that has been circulating online allegedly depicting Sean Combs assaulting a young woman in Los Angeles. We find the images extremely disturbing and difficult to watch. If the conduct depicted occurred in 2016, unfortunately we would be unable to charge as the conduct would have occurred beyond the timeline where a crime of assault can be prosecuted,” the office said. “As of today, law enforcement has not presented a case related to the attack depicted in the video against Mr. Combs, but we encourage anyone who has been a victim or witness to a crime to report it to law enforcement or reach out to our office for support from our Bureau of Victims Services.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

‘RHOBH’ Star and Husband Split After 9 Years of Marriage

BravoThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Dorit Kemsley and husband P.K. Kemsley have revealed they have separated after almost a decade of marriage.“We as a couple have been subject to a lot of speculation about our marriage. We have had our struggles over the last few years and continue to work through them as two people who love each other and share two amazing children together,” the pair wrote on Instagram. “To safeguard our deep friendship and maintain a harmonious environment for our children we have made the mutual and difficult decision to take some time apart and reevaluate our relationship while we prioritize our children. We appreciate your love and support while we continue to do the work necessary throughout this journey. With love, Dorit and PK.”The state of their marriage came into question after Dorit’s RHOBH co-star Erika Jayne predicted at BravoCon in October 2022 that the Kemsleys would be the next Bravo couple to split. Jayne split from her lawyer husband, Tom Girardi in 2020 after he was accused of embezzling money from the families of victims in the 2018 Lion Air plane crash.Read more at The Daily Beast.

Caitlin Clark Shines in Her WNBA Debut for Indiana

Gregory ShamusCaitlin Clark has starred in her WNBA debut game Friday night for the Indiana Fever as she scored a team-high of 21 points. Despite the Fever losing 79-76 to the Dallas Wings, Clark put on a fine display scoring a deep 3-pointer for her first basket as a professional just a minute into the game.The two-time NCAA women’s basketball player of the year led all first-half scorers with 16 points in 16 minutes. Read more at The Daily Beast.

Boxer Dead at 27 After Knockout Fight Left Him in Coma

Photo Illustration by Erin O’Flynn/The Daily Beast/Mauricio Sulaiman/XArdi Ndembo, who was left in an induced coma in Miami for three weeks after a knockout loss, died on Thursday. He was 27.World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed the news on X and paid tribute to the Congolese fighter and father-of-two.“May he rest in peace,” he wrote on X. “Ardi Ndembo has passed away in Miami. Our condolences go to his family.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

First ‘Survivor’ Contestant Kicked Off the Island Dies at 87

Acey HarperSonja Christopher, the first person to ever get booted off the island in Survivor’s first season, had died at 87.Liz Wilcox, who stars in the current season 46 of Survivor, posted the news on X. She shared a picture of them talking over FaceTime at Christmas.“Today, the legend herself Sonja Christopher of Season One passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting her on Christmas. She had so much spunk + love for Survivor and what the show brought to her life. I hope you’re singing + playing your heart out somewhere beautiful, Sonja.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

Former New York Giants Star Found Dead at 28

Icon Sportswire/GettyFormer New York Giants offensive lineman Korey Cunningham has been found dead in his New Jersey home. He was 28. Local outlet RLS Media said police and emergency services arrived on the scene around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, with the medical examiner removing the body about an hour later.Police said there was no evidence of foul play.Read more at The Daily Beast.