AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police in Austin have released surveillance video showing a car plunging seven stories from a downtown parking garage and striking another vehicle as it lands in an alley.
The video released Thursday shows the car landing atop an SUV then rolling upside down onto the ground. Moments later, people run to help the driver escape.
Police say the July accident happened when the woman drove through retention wires on the seventh floor, hit a building across the street and plunged to the alley below.
The SUV’s driver wasn’t hurt. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said at the time that the woman was treated at a hospital.
Last September, a sport utility vehicle plunged from the ninth floor of the same parking garage.
NEW YORK (AP) — Top nominee Kendrick Lamar is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this month.
MTV said Thursday that Lamar will take the stage at the Aug. 27 event at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Lamar is nominated for eight awards.
Previously announced performers include host Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Lamar’s nominations include video of the year, artist of the year, best hip-hop, direction, art direction, choreography, cinematography and visual effects. “Humble,” from his critically acclaimed album “Damn,” reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year.
Other video of the year nominees are Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” DJ Khaled and Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts,” the Weeknd’s “Reminder” and Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful.”
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A nerve-rattling encounter with a mountain lion started with a fleeting glimpse of the big cat’s tail on a High Sierra trail in California’s wilderness.
Brian McKinney didn’t believe it was a puma that his hiking partner Sam Vonderheide had seen, so he got out his phone and hit record as they followed the lithe creature.
The hikers slowly rounded a turn to see it peering down on them from a rocky perch just feet away.
Its ears were perked up, head cocked and eyes locked on them.
“What are you supposed to do?” one hiker whispered. The other answered: “I don’t know. I don’t think you’re supposed to run.”
McKinney said his heart races now seeing the video.
“(I was) not only shocked, but alarmed that she had the advantage above me, which is what they do when they hunt,” he said.
Rangers at Sequoia National Park on Monday posted link to the two-minute video captured July 23.
The clip ends with the hikers slowly backing away. But they said the encounter didn’t end there.
They waited for the cat to leave and tried rousing it from the trail, so they could continue on to the place they wanted to set up camp. The lion didn’t budge.
“She just looked at us like she was entertained,” he said. “So we gave up.”
The two hikers then turned back and set up camp for a restless night’s sleep in another area, their first of a nearly two-week-long hike up Mount Whitney, armed with only an ice ax and a bear whistle.
The next day, they had to cross the path where they had the encounter.
The men were so shaken they had made goodbye videos for their loved ones. Vonderheide was armed with the ice ax, but the only traces they found of the mountain lion were the paw marks it left behind.
Wildlife biologist Daniel Gammons said the men did the right thing by staying calm. Biologists say you should make yourself appear big by waving your arms overhead and scare off the animal, as the men did.
“The big thing these visitors did right was that they didn’t panic and run,” Gammons said. “Probably the most important message to get out to visitors is not to act like prey if they encounter a mountain lion.”
While the encounter was terrifying, McKinney said he and Vonderheide had discussed spotting a puma.
“When we started the trip, we sort of jokingly said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we saw the trifecta of a rattlesnake, a bear and a mountain lion?’ ” he said. “And sure enough, we got our wish.”
Hartounian reported from Phoenix.
NEW YORK (AP) — The music video for the No. 1 hit song “Despacito” has a new record — it’s become the most popular clip on YouTube of all-time with more than three billion views.
YouTube announced Friday that Luis Fonsi’s ubiquitous song with Daddy Yankee has surpassed previous record holder “See You Again,” the song by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth from the “Furious 7” soundtrack.
“Despacito” became an international smash hit this year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The record-breaking video does not include the popular remix with Justin Bieber; that version has been viewed more than 464 million times.
“Despacito” is on track to become the first video to reach three billion views on YouTube. The video is also the most “liked” video on YouTube.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A plumber in North Carolina has lost his job after a video showing him kicking a dog at a home went viral.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports a woman identified on her Facebook page as Kelly Nicole posted the 34-second video showing two men entering a living room on the way to the kitchen as a dog barked at them. One of the men kicked the dog, then continued into the kitchen.
The video had more than 1,800 shares and garnered 550 comments on Wednesday before it was taken down.
A secretary for the plumbing company confirmed its workers were at the home and said the unidentified worker who kicked the dog was fired. She said the company apologized for the worker’s action.
Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com
Breanna Stewart can now compete against other WNBA players in a video game.
NBA Live 18 is adding women’s basketball players to the popular game this fall. It’s the first time players on all 12 WNBA teams will be featured.
“It really is cool. For me, I played video games when I was younger, whether it was the NCAA basketball game or 2K,” Stewart said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “To be in a video game, it’s humbling. You see men’s players all the time, but it’s good for women’s basketball to have us in there.”
Head scans of WNBA players were conducted over the past year. The developers held motion capture sessions with No. 1 draft pick Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars and others. Veterans Candace Parker and Tina Charles are featured, along with stars Maya Moore, Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne.
The game’s creators fine-tuned player ratings and skill moves. There’s a WNBA play mode where video gamers can pit two WNBA teams against each other with authentic jerseys, rosters and courts.
Stewart hopes that her younger brother, who plays video games a lot, will pick her when he plays the game.
“I’m going to have to talk to him about this,” she said, laughing. “It’s the first question I’m going to ask him.”
The second might be her ranking. Always a bone of contention in other sports games, Stewart is confident EA Sports will get the rankings right.
“My rating is going to be important, I’m curious to see what it will be,” she said. “EA Sports will do me right.”
San Antonio guard Kayla McBride also hopes her rating is high. She considers herself a gamer, having played NBA Live and Madden Football against her brothers and cousins since she was young. She was pumped to be featured in a game now .
“My brother called me so excited this morning saying ‘you’re in a video game!'” McBride said. “We had so many battles when we were younger playing against each other and now we can take it to a whole new level.”
McBride said it will be fun to play as other teams in the league since “a true gamer can take anyone to the title.”
It’s not the first time EA Sports has added females to its games. FIFA2016 highlighted 12 women’s soccer national teams, including the U.S., to the game in 2015.
“It should have happened a while ago,” Stewart said. “They should have given video gamers the option.”
South Carolina star A’ja Wilson admits she isn’t really into video games. But she was glad to hear that WNBA players are included, and she may someday be featured the video game.
“That’s great, that’s something that’s very positive,” she said at USA Basketball Under-23 training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I definitely will be playing video games now. It’s great news and a good step.”
Wilson, a senior, will have to wait a year until she makes a WNBA roster. There isn’t a franchise option yet to create players.
“We are delighted to collaborate and make history with EA as NBA LIVE 18 becomes the first video game to feature the WNBA’s full roster of teams and players,” said WNBA president Lisa Borders. “With EA’s expertise and ingenuity, the game will provide a terrific platform to showcase the players and the league, enabling fans to experience the WNBA in a new, exciting way.”
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