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Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift in Pacific Ocean

An Indonesian teenager survived 49 days adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a timber hut, surviving a 1,676-mile trip on limited supplies and a blue Bible, The Guardian reported.

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In mid-July, Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, was working as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap -- known as a rompong -- anchored 80 miles off the coast of North Sulawesi. Strong winds dislodged his anchor and sent his hut drifting aimlessly for seven weeks, according to 9 News Australia.

Aldi was rescued Aug. 31 when MV Arpeggio, a vessel from Panama, rescued him near Guam, the Jakarta Post reported. Ten ships had sailed past the teen, failing to see him as he waved for help, the newspaper reported.

“Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had sailed past him, none of them stopped or saw Aldi,” Indonesian Fajar Firdaus told the Post.

Aldi said he had only a few days worth of supplies when his boat swept out to the open ocean. He survived by catching fish and burning wood from his hut to cook them. He drank seawater through his clothes to minimize the salt, the Post reported. He also read from his blue Bible, The Guardian reported.

When he spotted the Arpeggio, Aldi waved a cloth, but when the ship did not acknowledge him he sent an emergency radio signal, The Guardian reported.

Because the boat was headed to Japan, Aldi was taken there first and arrived on Sept. 6. After a day of being quarantined, Aldi flew from Osaka, Japan, to Jarkarta. He arrived in Wori, Manado, and was reunited with his family on Sept. 8, the Post reported.

“Aldi’s story is indeed dramatic, and we are thankful to all -- the ship’s captain and the Japanese authorities -- that have been very helpful in ensuring Aldi’s return, Mirza Nurhidaya, the Indonesian consul general in Osaka, told the Post.

Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

John Bullock, the father of actress Sandra Bullock, died Tuesday, Us Magazine reported. He was 93.

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John Bullock was preceded in death by his wife and Sandra Bullock’s mother, opera singer Helga Meyer, who died in 2000, the magazine reported.

Sandra Bullock’s younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, confirmed her father’s death on Wednesday and wrote about his military career, ETOnline reported.

"John Wilson Bullock February 11, 1925 - September 18, 2018," she wrote. "Beloved baby brother, American #WWII #bronzestar #veteran, husband, father of 4 strong women, #grandpa, adorable scamp, handsome devil, and trickster to the end."

Sandra Bullock has not commented yet about her father's death, ETOnline reported.

3D-printed gun creator Cody Wilson resigns after arrest on underage sex charges

Update 1:40 p.m. EDT Sept. 25: Cody Wilson has resigned from his own company, Defense Distributed, to tend to “personal matters.”

Paloma Heindorff, director of development for Defense Distributed, announced the news in a conference Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. Wilson resigned Friday.

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Heindorff said she would be taking over Wilson’s duties. She would not comment on the charges against Wilson.

“I’m a different person,” she said. “I’m not trying to replace him as a character.”

On Friday, Wilson was arrested on charges of having sex with an underage girl in Taiwan. He was booked into a jail in Texas Sunday once he returned to the U.S.

Update 10:44 a.m. EDT Sept.  23: Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3D-printed gun, was booked into a Texas jail Sunday morning after returning to the United States, KHOU reported.

Wilson was arrested at a Taiwan hotel Friday after being accused of sexual assault in Texas. He was booked into the Harris County Jail early Sunday, the television station reported. Wilson has an active warrant for his arrest in Travis County, for felony sexual assault. 

His bond is currently set for $150,000, KHOU reported.

Original report: The creator of the 3D-printed gun was arrested Friday in Taiwan after being accused of sexual assault in Texas, CNN reported Saturday.A warrant to arrest Cody Wilson, 30, was issued earlier this week after allegations that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl he met on an adult dating site, according to police. Austin Police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wilson met the girl Aug. 15 at a coffee shop after communicating with her on SugarDaddyMeet.com, took her to a hotel and paid her $500 for sex, CNN reported.

The age of consent in Texas is 17.

According to CNA, Taiwan’s state news agency, Wilson was arrested at a hotel in Taipei on Friday. Wilson’s passport has been revoked, and Taiwanese authorities plan to deport him to the United States to face the charge, according to Huffington Post

Wilson founded Defense Distributed, a company that created blueprints of a 3D-printed handgun made of plastic, CNN reported. He first posted the blueprints online in 2013 but was ordered by the Obama administration to take them down. Wilson claimed First Amendment rights in a lawsuit he filed in 2015. The Trump administration settled the case in June, CNN reported.

British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

A music venue in England wants to do more than simply bless the rains down in Africa.

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The 1982 song by the rock ’n’ roll group Toto will be played for five consecutive hours on Nov. 30 to raise money for an African charity, the BBC reported. Disc jockey Michael Savage will begin playing the song at 11 p.m. and will loop the song until 4 a.m.

"What started out as a really stupid idea from a stupid drunken night out has become a stupid reality," Savage told the BBC. "I feel quite sorry for the bar staff, they're going to be really stuck in the middle."

Savage is hosting the music marathon to raise money for Temwa, a charity based in Bristol that supports people in the rural northern areas of Malawi, the BBC reported.

The musical marathon is raising funds for Temwa, a Bristol-based charity which supports people in remote rural areas of northern Malawi.

Survivor rescued from Tanzanian ferry; death toll rises to 183

Update 7:47 a.m. EDT Sept 22: Divers rescued a man Saturday who fell from an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry that capsized on Lake Victoria on Thursday, Reuters reported.

State broadcaster TBC said the death toll had reached 183, according to Reuters.

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Four divers resumed the search operation inside the MV Nyerere early Saturday after hearing sounds that suggested signs of life. They pulled a man out of the ship and rushed him to a hospital, Reuters reported. The man’s condition was unknown.

On Friday, Tanzania President John Magufuli ordered the arrest of those responsible for the sinking.

Original report: A ferry that overturned on Lake Victoria has resulted in 100 deaths so far and hundreds feared missing, the BBC reported Friday.

Only 37 people were rescued Thursday before poor visibility ended the search, CNN reported.

Forty-four bodies were recovered Thursday and the rest were recovered Friday, Reuters reported.

The MV Nyerere ferry was headed from Bugorora when overturned near Ukara island, the BBC reported.

The precise number of those aboard the ferry when it capsized was hard to establish, officials said, but it was believed that at least 300 people were on board.

Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, touches the borders of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Typhoon Mangkhut: Dozens dead, missing after storm slams China, Hong Kong, Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut swept through the Philippines, Hong Kong and southern China, killing dozens and leaving many more missing before weakening to a tropical storm Monday. 

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Update 1:35 a.m. EDT Sept. 17: Mangkhut has weakened to a tropical storm, The Associated Press reported Monday.

The deadly storm killed at least 69 people and left dozens missing after it plowed through the Philippines, Hong Kong and southern China, authorities said. Many died in landslides.

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Original report: Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on the southern Chinese coast Sunday afternoon, packing 100 mph winds a day after ravaging the northern Philippines and Hong Kong, the BBC reported.

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The storm killed at least 54 people in the Philippines, and government officials at a news conference Sunday that many of the fatalities were caused by landslides, CNN reported.

Mangkhut made landfall on the Chinese coastal city of Jiangmen City in the Guangdong Province, according to state radio.

The typhoon hit Hong Kong with winds of 120 mph, The Washington Post reported.

>> Photos: Typhoon Mangkhut batters southern China

“Remain where you are if protected and be prepared for destructive winds and the change in wind directions,” the Hong Kong Observatory, the city’s meteorological agency, warned residents Sunday afternoon. 

Nearly 500,000 people were evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province, the Post reported.

Many of the deaths in the Philippines were caused by landslides in the Cordillera and Nueva Vizcaya regions, the BBC reported.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge sets world mark in marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a world record in the marathon Sunday, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds, ESPN reported.

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Kipchoge, 33, an Olympic champion, broke the previous world record set in 2014 by 1:18 to become the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours, 2 minutes.

"I lack words to describe this day," said Kipchoge, who also won the Berlin Marathon in 2017.

Improving the world record by 78 seconds was the largest improvement to the marathon world record since 1967, when Derek Clayton shaved 2:23 off the time, The Guardian reported.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2:18:11, ESPN reported. That was a women’s record for Berlin and the fourth fastest time in women’s marathon history, The Guardian reported. Only Paula Radcliffe, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba have run the women’s marathon in faster times. Mizuki Noguchi of Japan set the previous record 13 years ago, The Guardian reported.

Birthday boy Prince Harry still gets nervous when he bumps into the queen

Prince Harry turns 34 Saturday, and even though he has been around the royal family his entire life, the Duke of Sussex admits he still gets nervous when he runs into his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Those panic attacks are brought to light in a new documentary that examines life inside the royal family, the Express reported Saturday.

During the two-part series -- called “Queen of the World” -- Prince Harry was speaking with hospitality professionals from the Caribbean. The professionals were spending time at Buckingham Palace, the newspaper reported.

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“You guys have spent way more time in Buckingham Palace than I ever have -- and you’ve only been here two weeks,” the prince said.

Harry added, “If you suddenly bump into (the queen) in the corridor, don’t panic.

“I know you will. We all do!”

The show will air Sept. 29 on ITV, the Express reported.

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