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Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova reportedly welcome twins

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova are parents to twins, according to a report.

According to TMZ, Kournikova gave birth to a boy named Nicholas and a girl named Lucy in Miami Dec. 16.

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The newborn twins are the first children for 42-year-old musician and the 36-year-old retired tennis star, who began dating in 2001. Kournikova even appeared as the love interest in the music video for Iglesias’s 2001 song, “Escape.”

The typically private couple kept the pregnancy under wraps. Reports that the two have been engaged and married haven’t been verified by the couple beyond a very big rock on Kournikova’s left ring finger and what appears to be a wedding band in rare photos of the athlete.

People reported that the couple is very rarely photographed together. Even on their respective Instagram pages, neither make an appearance, but a German shepherd named Max and a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Jack have been seen in multiple posts on each page.

Representatives for Kournikova and Iglesias did not respond to People’s requests for comment.

Older adults forget more because their brain rhythms don’t sync during sleep, study says

Wonder why people tend to forget more as they age? Their changing sleep patterns may have something to do with it, according to a new report.

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Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley recently conducted an experiment, published in the Neuron journal, to determine how brain rhythms in sleep can affect memory loss

To do so, they examined 20 young adults and 32 people in their 60s and 70s. They asked both groups to memorize 120 pairs of words, and they observed their sleeping patterns by using electrodes, a device that monitors the electrical waves produced by the brain. They paid close attention to slow waves, which occur ever second, and fast waves or sleep spindles, which happen about 12 times a second. 

The next morning, the participants took a test, which tasked them with recording the word pairs they could remember. After analyzing the results, they found the brain waves among older adults were less synchronized and they recalled fewer word pairs, compared to the younger subjects. 

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Why is that?

“Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories,” the researchers wrote in a statement. “As the brain ages, it cannot precisely coordinate these two deep-sleep brain waves. The mistiming prevents older people from being able to effectively hit the save button on new memories, leading to overnight forgetting rather than remembering.”

Furthermore, researchers revealed an aging brain doesn’t coordinate deep-sleep waves, because of degradation or atrophy of the medial brain cortex, the area known for for generating deep snooze.

“The worse the atrophy in this brain region of older adults, the more uncoordinated and poorly timed are their deep-sleep brainwaves,” they said. “But there is a silver lining: Sleep is now a new target for potential therapeutic intervention.”

That’s why scientist hope to administer further investigations that use electrical brain stimulation to help sync the slow and fast waves. 

“By electrically boosting these nighttime brainwaves,” they said, “we hope to restore some degree of healthy deep sleep in the elderly and those with dementia, and in doing so, salvage aspects of their learning and memory.”

»RELATED: Lack of sleep makes your brain work slower

Leaders warned of danger from new route before Amtrak derailment in Washington

City leaders in Lakewood, South Sound residents and members of the media had warned that the Point Defiance Bypass route, on which numerous people were killed or injured when an Amtrak Cascades passenger train derailed Monday near Lacey, could lead to fatal accidents and traffic disruptions.

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Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derailed Monday morning during its inaugural run on the Point Defiance Bypass route. The train left the tracks on an Interstate 5 overpass in Pierce County, slamming into cars and throwing passengers and crew members. Authorities confirmed that multiple people were killed, but they declined to say how many by early Monday afternoon.

The editorial board of The News Tribune in Tacoma questioned in 2013 whether the new line, which shaved about 10 minutes off the Seattle-to-Portland route, was worth the threat to public safety.

>> Related: Here’s what the Amtrak engineer said in his call for help after the Washington derailment

“A train accident on tracks near I-5 easily could create backups stretching miles in both directions,” the editorial board wrote. “Is making the train ride to Portland 10 minutes quicker worth the threat to public safety and all the disruption it will create for thousands of drivers? Is the state really that desperate for federal rail funds?”

>> Related: Fatalities reported after train derails onto Interstate 5 in Washington

The new high-speed route takes trains inland and runs parallel to Interstate 5 through Tacoma, Lakewood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Dupont, separating passenger trains from freight trains that continue to use a waterfront route. It’s the same route that Sound Transit uses for its Sounder commuter train, but that is not a high-speed train.

The News Tribune was not alone in its fear of what could happen.

>> Photos: Amtrak train derails in Washington

The city of Lakewood sued Amtrak to stop the rerouting, and Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and some residents in the area have long voiced their concerns about the danger.

At a city meeting on Dec. 5, Anderson said he believed the trains were too close to traffic and pedestrians.

>> Related: A history of some of Amtrak's deadliest derailments

“Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens,” Anderson said at the city meeting.

Anderson also told local media that it would be only a matter of time before the high-speed trains kill someone.

Santa poses with teddy bear for memorial to child

A grieving mother clutching a teddy bear stood in line to see Santa at a Pennsylvania mall.

There was no child with Amanda Berman, only the stuffed bear, named Ian, The York Daily Record reported.

In 2016, Berman’s son, Ian, was stillborn, and it has been 15 months since he died. Berman said the pain has not lessened, but the bear helps her cope after it was given as a gift by Sweet Grace Ministries.

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The group gives a basket or bag to families that have lost a baby either by stillbirth or a neonatal death. The group also creates burial gowns from donated wedding gowns.

She and her husband have taken the bear on trips to Ocean City and Hershey Gardens. This year they wanted a photo of Ian the bear with Santa, portrayed by Thomas Timmons. 

Timmons told the Daily Record, “When I first saw her coming and saw her carrying the teddy bear, I pretty much knew right away what this was going to be about.”

Timmons spent extra time with the Berman family, holding the bear as if it were a baby.

All the couple wanted was one photo, but the photographers who run the event at the mall only offered $30 packages. After reaching out on Facebook, trying to find a location that would do a single photo, strangers gave the family their condolences and support. 

Someone offered to pay for the $30 bill at the mall for Berman, who will put the photo in a memorial for Ian.

 

How to check on injured family, friends involved in WA state Amtrak train derailment

An Amtrak train derailed in Washington state Monday, killing at least six people and injuring  dozens of others, according to authorities.

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Amtrak Cascades Train 501, carrying 78 passengers and five crew members, jumped the track near Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington, plunging off an overpass onto the I-5 freeway below, according to Amtrak officials.

Amtrak has provided a phone number for people to call with questions about family or friends who may have been on the train: 800-523-9101.

At least 70 people were taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center and at least 20 were transported to the Madigan Army Medical Emergency Center.

The main phone number for St. Joseph’s is 253-426-4101. You can inquire about a loved one at this number by providing the name of the person.

>> Related:  LIVE UPDATES: At least 70 sent to hospital, 6 dead after train derails on I-5

Madigan has two numbers listed for patient admissions: 253-968-3827 and 253-968-3829.

Here’s what the Amtrak engineer said in his call for help after the Washington derailment

CNN has obtained a short audio exchange between the engineer of the Amtrak train that crashed Monday morning near Dupont, Wash., and the Amtrak dispatcher.

Here’s part of the emergency radio transmissions between the two: 

Crew of the train: 'Amtrak 501 emergency, emergency, emergency... we are on the ground (inaudible) We are on the bridge (inaudible) ...on the freeway.'

'We need EMS ASAP. Looks like they are already starting to show up.

Dispatcher: 'Hey guys what happened?'

Crew of the train: 'We were coming round the corner to take the bridge on the I5 and right there on the Nissqually we were on the ground.'

Dispatcher: 'Are you... is everybody okay?'

Crew of the train: 'I am still figuring that out... we've got cars everywhere and down onto the highway.'

Here is the audio obtained by CNN.

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Domino’s pizza shop donates all sales to slain driver’s family

A Domino’s shop donated all its sales Sunday to the family of one of its pizza delivery drivers who was ambushed and fatally shot. 

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Richard Labar was shot Tuesday while delivering two pizzas on the campus of East Stroudsburg University, according to WNEP

“It was a real tragedy. It has taken all of us by shock,” Woody Hermey, director of operations at the restaurant, told WFMZ."This is actually the first day that we have had any smiles in the restaurant in the last week."

The store decided that all its sales from 10:30 a.m. Sunday until 2 a.m. Monday would go to Labar’s family, according to WFMZ.

Israel Berrios, 17, his girlfriend Carolina Carmona, 30, and her brother Salvador Roberts, 21, were arrested and charged with murder and robbery, according to WNEP

The trio planned to rob Labar but ended up shooting him, according to police. Berrios admitted during a preliminary arraignment that he shot Labar, according to WNEP

Meanwhile, at this Alaska airport: Polar bears spotted running on the airfield

massive power outage Sunday crippled Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — the world’s busiest — and left passengers stranded for hours as more than 1,100 flights were canceled amid the already-chaotic holiday travel season.

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More than 4,000 miles away, an airport in Alaska experienced its own share of unexpected mayhem. This time in the form of two furry polar bears.

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A video of the unexpected furry visitors running across the Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport airfield in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, made the rounds on social media over the weekend after equipment operator Scott Babcock spotted them Thursday.

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Babcock posted photos and video of the encounter to his Facebook page with the caption “FOD.” FOD, which stands for foreign object debris, is airport lingo for any object that doesn’t belong in or near airplanes and can potentially lead to damage or injury.

Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection and thought the creatures were initially wolves. When the bears saw his truck heading toward them, they ran off.

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"Well, it's just another day at the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Airport," Babcock said.

In response to a comment accusing him of potentially harassing the bears by chasing them with his truck, Babcock said, "Polar bears on the airfield are a huge safety concern for their safety as well as those who work at the airport. Lots of things could go wrong very quick if someone stepped outside a building and encountered one of these guys especially if they were backed up against a fence. Animal control was called and they dealt with them."

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He said he was driving four miles per hour when driving toward the bears and that they were “never in harms way from me.” Babcock added that he was happy the polar bears ran toward a snow dump instead of the airport or equipment.

This isn’t the first time the northernmost Alaskan community had issues with marine mammals at the airport near the sea.

In October, authorities had to remove a 450-pound bearded seal, the AP reported.

That day, Alaska state Department of Transportation warned airline pilots of "low sealings.”

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But polar bears, which could weigh up to 1,600 pounds and come with claws, teeth and “sometimes lethal attitudes,” are a different story, AP reported. 

“I’ve seen a few since I’ve been working at this airport,” Babcock said on Facebook in reponse to a commenter. “Down on the beach in the summer and tracks here and there. But it’s fairly rare to have them on the airfield itself.”

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The bears can also be quite difficult to spot. "Those bears could be 40 yards away from you and you wouldn't know it," he said.

If someone walked out of building and was trapped between a polar bear and a fence, "things could get real ugly real fast," he said.

But the polar bear species (Ursus maritimus) are protected marine mammals and are currently listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Airport workers are not authorized to chase or harass them. If bears linger, they call in the wildlife management department of the North Slope Borough, Alaska's version of counties.

The species is considered vulnerable due to warming climates in recent years that have resulted in loss of sea ice. With the loss of sea ice, polar bears lose hunting grounds and have to swim farther for food, putting cubs, in particular, at risk, according to Live Science.

A 2017 study by the U.S. Geological Survey found that the creatures also have to travel longer distances on foot over sea ice as the drift of the ice increases alongside melt and they end up spending more time on land.

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While on land, they do adjust their diets to consume snow goose eggs, caribou and others, but scientists have found the calories from these food sources aren’t enough to cancel out the calories the polar bears burn from foraging.

In December, wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen shared a heartwrenching video of  a starving polar bear he and his team from conservation group Sea Legacy came across when they arrived on Baffin Island in Canada in late summer.

"We stood there crying—filming with tears rolling down our cheeks," Nicklen said.

Read more about polar bears at nationalgeographic.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

A history of some of Amtrak's deadliest derailments

A high-speed Amtrak train derailed in Washington state Monday morning in what law enforcement is calling a “mass casualty” event.

According to officials, the train left Tacoma, Washington, Monday morning heading southbound. At least three cars derailed from an overpass above Interstate 5 near Dupont, Washington, around 7:40 a.m. local time.

One witness told CNN that a passenger train car had “crushed” vehicles on the road below, and that railcars had fallen off both sides of the track. According to law enforcement, no one on the ground was killed. “Multiple people” riding in the train were killed, according to officials.

The train is believed to have been on its maiden run of a new high-speed service on the route. It was headed south to Portland, Oregon.

Facts about Amtrak

Amtrak was created by Congress in 1970 to take over the intercity passenger rail services previously operated by private railroad companies in the United States. Operations began on May 1, 1971. 

The name "Amtrak" results from the blending of the words "America" and "track." The railroad is officially known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. 

In 2016, 31.3 million customers used Amtrak. On an average day, nearly 85,700 passengers ride more than 300 Amtrak trains.

Amtrak is a federally chartered corporation, with the federal government as majority stockholder. The board is appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Amtrak is operated as a for-profit company, rather than a public authority.

Amtrak is the only railroad in North America to maintain right-of-way for service at speeds in excess of 125 mph (201 kph), and its engineering forces maintain more than 350 miles of track for 100+ mph (160+ kph) service.

From National Transportation Safety Board records, here's a look at what happened in some of the worst Amtrak train crash incidents in the company’s history:

April 3, 2016: (Chester, Pa.)Two maintenance workers were struck and killed by an Amtrak train going more than 100 mph in Chester, Pennsylvania. The lead engine of the train derailed.March 14, 2016 (Kansas)An Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, sending five cars off the tracks and injuring at least 32 people. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed delivery truck hit the track and shifted it at least a foot before the derailment.Oct. 5, 2015 (Vermont)A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed when it hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge. The locomotive and a passenger car spilled down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.May 12, 2015 (Philadelphia)An eastbound Amtrak passenger train derailed after taking a curve at 100 mph, where the speed limit of that second of track is 50 mph. Eight people were killed, and more than 200 injured. High speed and human error were determined to be the cause.March 9, 2015 (Halifax, N.C.)At least 55 people were injured when an Amtrak train traveling from North Carolina to New Jersey derailed after colliding with an oversized tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks in Halifax.June 23, 2014 (Massachusetts)An Amtrak train hit a vehicle that was apparently driving on train tracks in Massachusetts, killing three people in the vehicle and derailing the train just before midnight in a remote area about 24 miles southwest of Boston. None of the 180 people on board the train was injured.Oct. 21, 2012 (Niles, Mich.)About a dozen passengers and crew members on an Amtrak train from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, were injured when two locomotives and one or more coaches derailed after the train lost contact with the track near Niles, Michigan.June 24, 2011 (Nevada)A truck slammed into the side of an Amtrak California Zephyr train at a rural crossing 70 miles east of Reno, Nevada, killing six people and injuring dozens. The train was traveling from Chicago to California.April 18, 2002 (Crescent City, Fla.)An Amtrak Auto Train derailed because of a heat-induced track buckle. Four people were killed and more than 140 injured.February 16, 1996 (Silver Spring, Md.)An Amtrak passenger train was hit by a Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) train after the MARC train failed to stop at a junction. Eleven were killed and 26 injured. Human error was determined to be the cause of the crash.September 22, 1993 (Mobile, Ala.)An Amtrak train derailed into a bayou outside of Mobile, Ala., killing 47 and injuring 103. The derailment happened when a barge bumped into a railroad bridge in heavy fog, displacing it minutes before the train arrived.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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