Fox reports, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, struck in Ecuador on Saturday, the strongest in decades, and left a trail of ruin along the normally calm Pacific coast, buckling highways, knocking down an air traffic control tower and flattening homes and buildings. Thousands of people are homeless. At least 350 people were confirmed dead and that number is expected to rise.
Across the globe in Japan, on Thursday and Saturday earthquakes struck. The Thursday Japan earthquake was 6.2 and the Saturday was a 7.0 magnitude. A total of 41 deaths have been reported so far in the Japan quakes.
Both quakes occurred along the horseshoe shaped Ring of Fire.
According to CNN, U.S. European Command said Saturday, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was barrel-rolled by a Russian jet over the Baltic Sea during a routine flight in international airspace, but Russia disputed that account.
The Russian Su-27 began the barrel roll from the left side of the U.S. RC-135 and went over the top of it to end on the right side of the aircraft.
Ministry spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov said the Su-27 had been dispatched after Russian air defense facilities spotted an unknown target over the Baltic Sea.
The encounter comes just days after the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued formal concerns with the Russian government over an incident last week in which Russian fighter jets flew close to the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic.
One of the Russian jets flew within 30 feet of the Cook’s ship superstructure.
Close encounters between Russian military aircraft and U.S. warships have become increasing common in recent months. In October, U.S. Navy jets intercepted two Russian Tu-142 aircraft that were flying near the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean.
In June, a Russian Su-24 jet flew within 500 meters(1,640 feet) of a U.S. guided-missile destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea near Crimea.
In recent weeks, the U.S. has deployed additional military assets throughout Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
CNN Money reports, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce this week that Alexander Hamilton’s face will remain on the front of the $10 bill and a woman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill.
Lew announced last summer that he was considering redesigning the $10 bill to include the portrait of a woman. The decision to make the historic change at the expense of Hamilton drew angry rebukes from fans of the former Treasury Secretary. The pro-Hamilton movement gained steam after the smash success of the hip-hop Broadway musical about his life this year.
Those pressures led Lew to determine that Hamilton should remain on the front of the bill. Instead, a mural-style depiction of the women’s suffrage movement — including images of leaders such as Susan B. Anthony — will be featured on the back of the bill.
The new bill isn’t expected to hit until the year 2030.
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