The parents of an Ohio man who went missing last week on Mount St. Helens said he survived by killing and eating bees and foraging for berries.
Last Thursday, Matthew Matheny borrowed a friend's Subaru Outback for an afternoon at Mount St. Helens. When he didn't come back, he was reported missing, and the car was found Saturday. Matheny was discovered "conscious and alive" on the flanks of Mount St. Helens Wednesday, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said, and he was rushed to a hospital in Vancouver.
Matheny's parents, Carney and Linda, told reporters their son is a nurse and interested in nutrition and health. "We think that may have saved him," Linda Matheny said. He has scratches on him and is dehydrated. "He never found water, but the berries must have had enough fluid to keep him going," Linda Matheny said.
Her son decided to go to Mount St. Helens for the afternoon while his friends were at work, and he "had no idea how turned around he could get, how prepared people have to be," Linda Matheny said. Both parents thanked the search and rescue teams, and said they are "so grateful to everyone we encountered." Catherine Garcia
Authorities in New Haven, Connecticut, said at least 41 people have overdosed today in or near New Haven Green, a park close to Yale University, and more calls could come in before the day is over.
Police suspect they overdosed on synthetic marijuana. Rick Fontana, New Haven's director of emergency operations, told CBS News the calls started coming in after 8 a.m., with people showing "a multitude of signs and symptoms ranging from vomiting, hallucinating, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, semi-conscious and unconscious states." The victims were of "all different ages," and for some, anti-overdose drugs did not work on them.
Over a three-hour period, officials responded to 25 overdoses, police said. A man believed to be connected to some of the overdoses was arrested on Wednesday, but officials are not releasing his name. No deaths have been reported, and authorities are now waiting for the results of toxicology tests. Catherine Garcia
Pennsylvania set to release unprecedented report naming 300 Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse
The names of more than 300 Catholic priests facing child sex abuse allegations in Pennsylvania will be revealed Tuesday — and some of them are still in service.
Pennsylvania's attorney general launched an investigation into six of the state's eight Catholic dioceses after separate probes into the other two dioceses revealed rampant abuse, per The Associated Press. Now, two years and hundreds of allegations later, the 900-page report is ready to be released.
The report contains more than 90 names from Pittsburgh's diocese, including priests Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said were still in ministry, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "There is no priest or deacon in an assignment today against whom there was a substantiated allegation of child sexual abuse," Zubik said Friday, implying that those facing unsubstantiated claims may still serve. Zubik acknowledged he'll have to meet with concerned parishioners whose priests appear on the list.
Decades of abuse allegations will appear in Tuesday's report, which was set to be released six weeks ago but was delayed by priests' petitions, per The Morning Call, a local Pennsylvania newspaper. Names of priests currently challenging the accusations will also be redacted in Tuesday's report.
Still, the Tuesday report will be one of the world's largest collective records of church sexual abuse, the Morning Call says. One piece of the report, which was kept largely secret until its impending release, damningly declares that "priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing: They hid it all." Kathryn Krawczyk
NASA launched its Parker Solar Probe at 3:31 a.m. Eastern on Sunday. The launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is NASA's first mission to explore the sun. Powered by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, the car-sized probe will travel millions of miles to reach the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere.
— NASA (@NASA) August 12, 2018
The probe is protected by heat shields capable of withstanding temperatures up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, and it will complete 24 orbits of the sun by 2025, reaching speeds up to 430,000 mph. The first information from the mission will be transmitted back to Earth later this year.
"We've been inside the orbit of Mercury and done amazing things, but until you go and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions," Nicola Fox, mission project scientist, told CNN. "Why has it taken us 60 years? The materials didn't exist to allow us to do it."
The Parker Solar Probe is named for Eugene Parker, a 91-year-old astrophysicist best known for theorizing the existence of solar wind in the 1950s. He was invited to watch the launch. "All I can say is, 'Wow, here we go,'" Parker said. "We're in for some learning over the next several years." Bonnie Kristian
Puerto Rico's government is finally acknowledging a Hurricane Maria death toll that's far closer to reality.
In the wake of last year's devastating storm, Puerto Rico said that only an estimated 64 deaths had resulted, despite every other calculation being far larger. A government report published Thursday bumps that number more than 20 times higher to 1,427 fatalities — and that's only deaths directly related to Maria's damage.
The island's government was slammed for underestimating its death count after the September 2017 storm, especially as continued power outages slowed medical care for months, per The New York Times. News outlets mapped numbers 10 times as large in the months after the storm, and the New England Journal of Medicine estimated the death count could've reached 4,500 by May 2018. But the same outages that killed more Puerto Ricans likely also kept the island's medical examiner from investigating and reporting more storm-related deaths, the Times says.
Thursday's report, submitted by the island territory to Congress along with a request for billions more in aid, recognizes Puerto Rico's initial shortcomings and estimates hurricane damage actually cost 1,427 lives. Anywhere from 800 to 8,000 deaths also resulted from "delayed or interrupted health care" after the storm, the report guesses. These numbers are closer to actuality, the Times says, though the Puerto Rican government has commissioned George Washington University's Milken Institute of Public Health to calculate a more accurate number. Kathryn Krawczyk
The Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday sentenced 75 people to death for their participation in a sit-in protest in 2013. The sentences will be reviewed by the Grand Mufti, Egypt's top theological authority who heads a state agency, and can be appealed. In a similar case in 2014, only 7 percent of death sentences were upheld.
The protest in question took place in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square before it was violently dispersed by the Egyptian government. Demonstrators supported former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted in 2013 and is now imprisoned after appealing a death sentence of his own.
The Muslim Brotherhood, with which Morsi is affiliated, has been labeled a terrorist organization and banned in Egypt. Leaders of the group are included in the 75 sentenced Saturday. The defendants in Saturday's hearing are among 739 demonstrators being tried in this case. More sentences will be handed down in September. Bonnie Kristian
Florida man who fatally shot another over a parking spot won't be charged due to Stand Your Ground law
Police in Clearwater, Florida, declined to arrest or charge a man who fatally shot another over a handicapped parking spot because they believe he is likely shielded by the state's controversial Stand Your Ground law.
"I don't make the law. I enforce the law," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a press conference Friday. "The law in the state of Florida today is that people have a right to stand their ground and have a right to defend themselves when they believe that they are in harm."
Gualtieri noted the state's attorney's office will review the case and could decide to bring charges if it seems realistic to "overcome that heavy burden at a Stand Your Ground hearing of proving by clear and convincing evidence [the shooter] was not entitled to use force in this circumstance."
The shooting took place at a convenience store Thursday afternoon. The shooter, Michael Drejka, confronted a woman, Britany Jacobs, who had parked in a handicapped spot to wait while her boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, and their 5-year-old son went inside the store.
When McGlockton and the boy came outside, he saw the argument and intervened, forcibly pushing Drejka to the ground. From there, Drejka fired a single round at McGlockton's chest with his handgun, for which he had a valid concealed carry permit. McGlockton died at a hospital soon after. Bonnie Kristian
Trump publicly asked Russia to 'find' Hillary Clinton's missing emails. Kremlin agents apparently tried that evening.
It was apparently the very night that then-candidate Donald Trump called on Russia to find his opponent Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails in July 2016 that Russian operatives "attempted after hours to spearfish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton's personal office," Special Counsel Robert Mueller's latest indictment says. The Justice Department's discovery — that "on or about July 27, 2016" Russian intelligence agents apparently heeded Trump's call — casts uncertainty over the White House's claim that Trump was just "joking" when he asked for Russia to hack Clinton.
Earlier on July 27, 2016, Trump had said, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing." Just days later, WikiLeaks began publishing hacked Democratic National Committee emails, NBC News reports. On Friday, the DOJ indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials over that hacking, with the intention of interfering in the outcome of the election.
July 27, 2016, Trump: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."
Indictment: That evening, Russian operatives targeted Clinton campaign emails "for the first time." pic.twitter.com/fanyaAxwfJ
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) July 13, 2018
Trump has repeatedly maintained that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election. "The phony Russian Collusion was a made up Hoax," the president tweeted as recently as June 17, 2018. "Too bad they didn't look at Crooked Hillary like this." Jeva Lange