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Legendary Pittsburgh wrestler, Bruno Sammartino has died

Legendary wrestler, Bruno Sammartino has died. He was 82.

Sammartino grew up in Italy, but moved to Pittsburgh in 1950. He held the WWE Championship title for nearly eight straight years, which remains a record to this day.

Sammartino went on to perform many feats in the ring.

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He held the WWF Title for 12 years, the longest anyone held the title. He survived a broken neck and went back to the ring to fight again. He sold out Madison Square Garden 187 times.

He left wrestling in the 1980’s.

After wrestling he stayed in Pittsburgh where he was most loved.

Blown Southwest jet engine shows evidence of 'metal fatigue,' NTSB says

A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine that forced a Southwest Airlines plane to make an emergency landing Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport shows evidence of “metal fatigue,” officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was carrying 144 passengers and five crew members from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field when it made an emergency landing around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday. One person was killed and seven others were injured after the twin-engine 737 blew an engine at 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.

>> Related: Passenger killed in Southwest Airlines emergency landing identified

Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Tuesday that officials discovered during a preliminary investigation that one of the engine’s 24 fan blades was broken at the hub and missing, the Philly Voice reported. Metal fatigue appeared to be the cause of the break, Sumwalt said.

>> Related: Who is Tammie Jo Shults, pilot of Southwest flight that had engine explosion?

Officials also found part of the engine’s covering in Bernville, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles west of Philadelphia.

Sumwalt said the investigation into the cause of Tuesday’s incident will likely take between 12 and 15 months.

>> Related: Who was Jennifer Riordan, the passenger killed on a Southwest Airlines flight?

“The investigation is very extensive,” Sumwalt said. “We’re just literally at the very, very beginning of the investigation.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Pink named People’s Most Beautiful for 2018

People magazine has named Pink the Most Beautiful Woman of 2018.

The singer is front and center on People’s “Beautiful Issue,” a rebranding of the annual honor, dropping the word most, Entertainment Tonight reported.

The publication’s editor-in-chief, Jess Cagle, told Entertainment Tonight, “Over the years, the name of the issue has evolved (’50 Most Beautiful,’ ‘Most Beautiful Woman,’ etc.), but the words ‘Most Beautiful’ have always been part of the title. This year we’re renaming it ‘The Beautiful Issue’ - to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest. Nothing else has changed.”

Cagle said, “As always it will feature beautiful women (and a few men) of all shapes, sizes and colors, and it will celebrate the most beautiful qualities of all: strength, humanity and artistry.”

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Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, is according to People, “a woman who checks all those boxes. She’s a performer, mother and a role model whose honesty, humor, confidence and sheer star power make her one of the most beloved and fascinating entertainers on the planet.”

Pink, who is originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is mom to Jameson Moon, 15 months, and Willow Sage, 6 and-a-half-years-old, and is married to Carey Hart. 

She’s on her Beautiful Trauma tour.

The magazine will be on newsstands on Friday.

Who is Tammie Jo Shults, pilot of Southwest flight that had engine explosion?

While investigators are trying to find out what caused the engine of a Southwest Boeing 737-700 to explode mid-flight, many are praising the plane’s pilot that the catastrophic failure didn’t cause more deaths.

One person was killed when the engine of Southwest 1380 blew during a flight on the way to Dallas.

But who is the hero pilot?

Tammy Jo Shults brought the one-engine plane down safely at Philadelphia International Airport.

We now know her name, thanks to the passengers on board the flight. Southwest did not release the identities of the flight crew, Reuters reported.

>>Related: Passenger killed in Southwest Airlines emergency landing identified

Shults was one of the first female fighter pilots for the U.S. Navy and was inspired to fly when she was young.

She said she tried to go to an aviation career day during high school, but couldn’t because girls were not allowed, Reuters reported.

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Shults is a 1983 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, The Associated Press reported.

She applied to the Air Force, but the branch of the military would not let her take the test to be a pilot. She switched to the Navy, because it would.

She was one of the first female F-18 pilots before becoming an instructor. She left the Navy in 1993 to work for Southwest, Reuters reported.

Shults is married to another pilot and has two children. 

The AP reported flight 1380 passenger Alfred Tumlinson said of Shults, “She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I’m going to send her a Christmas card -- I’m going to tell you that -- with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome.”

Passengers told the AP that Shults walked through the plane making sure they were OK as soon as they got on the ground. 

The flight left New York with 149 people on board. One person died and seven more were injured when a piece of the engine exploded and a piece of shrapnel broke a window and damaged the plane, the AP reported.

Southwest plane hits bird, forced to return to Nashville 

A Southwest Airlines plane bound for Phoenix was forced to turn around and return to Nashville International Airport after it hit a bird Wednesday morning, the Tennessean reported.

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The incident happened shortly after Flight 577 took off at 5:13 a.m., Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Michelle Agnew said.

"The captain in command safely returned the flight” to the Nashville terminal, Agnew said.

>> Passenger killed in Southwest airline flight is identified

The plane underwent a maintenance review, Agnew told the Tennessean. Airport employees at the Nashville terminal were working to reroute passengers to their destinations, Agnew said.

Indiana woman asks firefighters to treat stoned raccoon 

Since it is located near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, residents in Wayne Township, Indiana, are used to high speeds.

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But the town’s firefighters had to deal with a different kind of high -- a stoned raccoon, WTHR reported.

Wayne Township firefighters said they were awakened at 2 a.m. last week by a woman frantically ringing the doorbell. 

"As many times as the doorbell on the firehouse was pushed, the firefighters were quite certain that something bad was going on outside," Wayne Township Fire Capt. Mike Pruitt told WTHR.

The woman told the startled firemen that her pet raccoon needed treatment because it had been exposed to a large amount of marijuana, the station reported.

"They could tell that the raccoon was lethargic and met all of those symptoms that we typically run into when someone's been exposed to marijuana," Pruitt told WTHR. "It really left the guys scratching their heads that someone brought a raccoon to the firehouse at 2 a.m. seeking help, and especially with the condition the animal was in, so we hope that the raccoon made a full recovery."

Pruitt said there wasn’t much the firemen could do. Presumably, the raccoon was able to sleep off the effects of the weed.

Who was Jennifer Riordan, the passenger killed on a Southwest Airlines flight?

Jennifer Riordan was the passenger killed after a Southwest Airlines plane with a damaged engine and a broken window made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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Riordan, 43, was a Wells Fargo bank executive and a mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was taken to a hospital after the plane landed but died from her injuries. Her death was the first fatal U.S. airline incident in the country since a Colgan Air crash in February 2009 killed all 49 passengers and crew members in Clarence, New York, Newsweek reported.

>> Passenger killed in Southwest Airlines emergency landing identified

Here are some facts about Riordan:

Community-minded: Riordan was the vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo in Albuquerque. Her husband, Michael Riordan, had served as the COO for the city of Albuquerque, KOAT reported. Jennifer also served as a board member for the New Mexico Broadcasters Association for two years.

Family matters: Jennifer and Michael Riordan were married on June 15, 1996, according to Michael’s Facebook page. The couple has two children, a daughter, Averie, 12; and a son, Joshua, 10.

Education: Riordan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from the University of New Mexico in 1999, according to Mission: Graduate.

Why a passenger? Riordan was in New York City on a business trip and was headed home to her family when the accident happened.

Quotes about her: In a statement, Wells Fargo called her "a well-known leader who was loved and respected." Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said Albuquerque "lost a thoughtful leader who has long been part of the fabric of our community."

Barbara Bush in her own words: Quotes from the former first lady

Former first lady Barbara Bush will be remembered for many things, but being shy about speaking out won’t be one of them. 

Bush, who died Tuesday at her home in Houston, is being remembered as someone not afraid to speak her mind when asked and not shy about giving a blunt, straight-forward response. 

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Here are a few of Mrs. Bush’s best-remembered and refreshingly honest quotes.

  • “I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.”
  • “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”

>>Barbara Bush funeral set to begin Friday in Houston

  • “And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!” – At a speech at Wellesley in 1990. Some students objected to her speaking at the college, saying she did not represent the values of the school because she left college to marry and never held a job outside of the home.
  • “One thing I can say about George... he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.”
  • "Avoid this crowd like the plague. And if they quote you, make damn sure they heard you.” – Advice to Hillary Clinton on handling reporters.
  • “I don't think that's healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else's.” 
  • "I can't say it, but it rhymes with 'rich.'" – Describing Democrat Geraldine Ferraro, her husband’s opponent for vice president in 1984. She apologized for the remark and noted that the word she was referring to was “witch.”
  • “You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way.”
  • “The future of this nation does not depend on what happens at the White House, but what happens at your house.”

>>Condolences pouring in for Barbara Bush, ‘she had grit and grace, brains and beauty'

  • “The darn trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.”
  • “Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life, and the lives of countless other Americans.”
  • “I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.”
  • “Raising five boys is a handful, trust me.”
  • “Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, ‘Good luck!’ and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.”
  • “I hate abortions, but just could not make that choice for someone else.”
  • “Nancy Reagan was a perfectionist, and I am not.”
  •  “It's been different. I started driving again. I started cooking again. My driving's better than my cooking. George has discovered Sam's Club.” – Describing to David Letterman her life after the White House.

>>What we learned about Barbara Bush from her famous granddaughters

  • "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them." – Comments after visiting refugees from Hurricane Katrina and were being temporarily housed in the Houston Astrodome.
  • “Suddenly women's lib had made me feel my life had been wasted.”
  • “Raising George Walker was not easy.”
  • "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent." 
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