Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today’s top stories


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 21, 2015.

U.S. Marines foil gunman on Amsterdam-Paris train

French media is reporting that two Americans, believed to be U.S. Marines, subdued a heavily-armed gunman who opened fire on passengers on a train between Paris and Amsterdam, injuring three people.

[Read more from the BBC]

Stock markets plunge on fears over Chinese economy

It was a brutal end to the week on Wall Street as the Dow Jones closed down 530 points, the ninth-biggest point decline in its history, amid investors' concerns about the impact of the ongoing slowdown in the Chinese economy.

[Read more from NBC News]


Rome outraged by mafia don's lavish funeral

Romans have been left "aghast" at the "Hollywood-style" funeral for mafia don Vittorio Casamonica, whose clan has been accused of racketeering, extortion and usury. His coffin was pulled by six black horses in a black-and-gold carriage as music from The Godfather played outside the church in Rome, and at one point a low flying helicopters dropped rose petals on the crowd below.

[Read more from The Guardian]

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Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

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Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

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Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

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Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

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Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

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Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.