US staff in Pakistan removed due to increasing violence; the Eiffel Tower is evacuated; 16 New Jersey co-workers win the Powerball; and the Perseid meteor shower is set to light up the weekend night sky. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon reveals surrogacy; Beyoncé has a new due; and Lady Gaga strips down to her birthday suit.
U.S. Pulls Staff From Pakistan Consulate as Violence Continues, http://rtvote.com/19SbGf0
The United States pulled staff from its consulate in Lahore on Friday, citing terrorist threats that also led the State Department to advise Americans against traveling to Pakistan as violence continued to rattled the country. Diplomats in the area were moved to other cities with only a small number of emergency personnel remaining.
New Jersey co-workers hold Powerball winning ticket, http://rtvote.com/16zOq0d
A group of 16 co-workers from New Jersey are one of three winning Powerball tickets and will be splitting the $448 million jackpot. The group of employees of a vehicle maintenance department took part in the pool for the ticket bought at a local supermarket.
Eiffel Tower Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat, http://rtvote.com/16zNKYI
The Eiffel Tower was completely evacuated on Friday afternoon following a bomb alert, according to police officials. This popular French tourist attraction is regularly faced with bomb scares but is rarely subject to full evacuation.
Turkish Airlines pilot, co-pilot kidnapped in Lebanon, http://rtvote.com/19SeCIu
A minibus carrying a Turkish Airlines crew from Lebanon’s major international airport was waylaid early on Friday. The pilot and co-pilot were kidnapped from the minibus and the abduction is seen as the latest fallout from the neighboring war in Syria.
Perseid meteor shower to light up night sky this weekend, http://rtvote.com/19SdKUo
August’s annual Perseids meteor shower peaks Sunday and Monday, promising a possible 70 meteors an hour during those evenings. The Perseids take their name from the Greek myth of Perseus, who was born from a shower of heavenly gold. Their brilliance is owed to the speed and the size of the meteors.
Whitney Houston Would Have Celebrated 50th Birthday Today, http://rtvote.com/16zMq8j
Coldplay’s “Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Song, ‘Atlas,’ to Debut Aug. 26, http://rtvote.com/16zMzbQ
Beyoncé’s Pixie Cut: Singer Shows Off Short, Blond Hair, http://rtvote.com/16zMULw
Lady Gaga Gets Completely Naked to Support the Marina Abramovic Institute, http://rtvote.com/16zN5qh
Jimmy Fallon Reveals New Daughter Was Born Via Surrogate, http://rtvote.com/16zNdWG