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  • Southwest challenged engine maker over speed of safety checks news

    Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine-maker CFM over the timing and cost of proposed inspections after a 2016 engine accident, months before the explosion this week of a similar engine on a Southwest jet that led to the death of a passenger, public documents showed. The proposed inspections would have cost $170 per engine for two hours of labor, for a total bill to U.S. carriers of $37,400, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in its August 2017 proposal, citing the engine manufacturer. The documents reveal that airlines including Southwest thought the FAA had "vastly understated" the number of engines that would need to be inspected - and therefore the cost.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:27:23 -0400
  • Missouri governor charged with felony computer data tampering news

    The new case, referred to prosecutors by Missouri's attorney general, was filed by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, according to her office, which also brought the privacy charge against Greitens in February. The criminal complaint in the computer tampering case, a copy of which was furnished by prosecutors, said the alleged computer offense occurred in April 2015.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:17:28 -0400
  • Democrats sue Russia, Trump campaign for alleged 2016 election conspiracy news

    The Democratic Party sued the Russian government, U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, charging that they carried out a wide-ranging conspiracy to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In its federal lawsuit in Manhattan, the Democratic National Committee said that top officials in Trump's campaign conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Trump by hacking Democratic Party computers.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:13:24 -0400
  • Internal review cleared Trump's CIA pick in videotape destruction news

    A internal CIA review in 2011 cleared U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to head the agency, Gina Haspel, of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes depicting the harsh interrogation of an al Qaeda suspect, according to a memorandum that the CIA declassified and released on Friday. The spy agency released the memo in response to demands by U.S. lawmakers for more details on Haspel's career and as part of its effort to bolster her nomination. Haspel's bid to be the first woman CIA director faces scrutiny on Capitol Hill due to her involvement in a discontinued interrogation program that many regarded as using torture.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:35:59 -0400
  • Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences news

    The driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges. James Bradley, 61, could have faced the death penalty in the case, considered one of the deadliest human smuggling incidents in modern U.S. history. "This was the equivalent of torture," U.S. District Judge David Ezra told Bradley when he handed out two concurrent life sentences at a court in San Antonio.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:46:07 -0400
  • U.S., European regulators mandate checks on some 737 engines news

    WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - European and U.S. airline regulators on Friday ordered mandatory inspections within 20 days of aircraft engines similar to one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident earlier this week. Engine maker CFM International on Friday recommended the ultrasonic inspections on fan blades that have been used in more than 30,000 cycles, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Administration are making those recommendations into requirements.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:43:27 -0400
  • U.S., Europe to order emergency inspections of engines after Southwest crash: sources

    U.S. and European regulators on Friday will announce they are requiring emergency inspections within the next 20 days of fan blades of nearly 700 CFM56-7B engines worldwide after the crash this week of a Southwest Airlines jet that killed one person, two sources said. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European regulators will announce they are mandating the inspections that were recommended by engine maker CFM International, a partnership of France’s Safran SA and General Electric Co, in a bulletin earlier Friday. The emergency inspections apply to 681 engines worldwide, including 352 in the United States.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:40:39 -0400
  • U.S. students walk out again to protest gun violence news

    By Keith Coffman LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) - Demanding an end to gun violence and tougher restrictions on firearm sales, thousands of students again walked out of classes across the United States on Friday in hopes of putting pressure on politicians ahead of November's midterm elections. Timed to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, students left classes at midmorning, many waving placards with slogans including "I should be worried about grades, not guns," and "Enough is enough." Organizers said students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions were scheduled to take part, but that was fewer than participated in a similar walkout last month. In some places, demonstrators even met with resistance from school administrators.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:23:45 -0400
  • Trump campaign calls Democratic lawsuit alleging conspiracy 'frivolous'

    "This frivolous lawsuit is a last-ditch effort to substantiate the baseless Russian collusion allegations by a nearly-bankrupt Democratic Party still trying to counter the will of the people in the 2016 presidential election," a statement issued by Donald J. Trump for President Inc said.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:35:07 -0400
  • Southwest giving passengers $5,000 checks on accident flight news

    Southwest Airlines Co confirmed Friday it has sent $5,000 checks to passengers aboard a flight that made an emergency landing this week after an engine failed, killing a passenger. The airline confirmed news reports from passengers it had sent the checks along with $1,000 travel vouchers. The CFM56 jet engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:24:44 -0400
  • Charges against New York officer urged in 2014 choke hold death: NY Times news

    Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a white New York City police officer for putting Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal choke hold during a 2014 arrest, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials. Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was stopped by police on July 17, 2014, for illegally peddling cigarettes on a sidewalk in New York's Staten Island borough. Garner argued with police and was tackled by Pantaleo, who brought Garner to the ground with an arm around his neck.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:03:14 -0400
  • New York banning cars from Central Park starting this summer news

    New York City's Central Park will kick out cars this summer after more than a century, returning its roads to walkers, runners and cyclists, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday. It was built for people," de Blasio said. More than 42 million visitors a year are drawn to Central Park, which encompasses more than 800 acres (325 hectares) in the borough of Manhattan.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:13:15 -0400
  • Judge delays ruling on deposition by Cosby accuser's friend news

    The judge in Bill Cosby's sex assault retrial on Friday delayed a decision on whether defense attorneys can introduce testimony from a woman they say could undercut his accuser's claim that she was unaware of the entertainer's physical interest in her. The 80-year-old entertainer, best known as the dad in the 1980s television hit series "The Cosby Show," is on trial on charges of drugging and raping Andrea Constand, 45, a former employee of his alma mater, at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. Constand is one of more than 50 women to accuse Cosby of a string of sexual assaults dating back decades, and hers is the only claim recent enough to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:58:13 -0400
  • Republican favored in Arizona election, but party takes no chances

    Republicans are expected to retain a congressional seat in the conservative suburbs west of Phoenix in a special election on Tuesday, although a late burst of spending showed the party is taking nothing for granted. Republican former state lawmaker Debbie Lesko is favored over Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, a physician and cancer research advocate, in a reliably Republican district that President Donald Trump carried by 21 percentage points in 2016. Republicans have a double-digit voter registration advantage in the district, which has not sent a Democrat to Congress since 1980.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:57:40 -0400
  • Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer news

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a lawyer for McCabe said on Friday. In an interview with reporters, Michael Bromwich said the emails could help clear McCabe of allegations by the Justice Department's internal watchdog that McCabe "lacked candor" with Comey by misleading him into thinking McCabe did not authorize disclosures to a newspaper to combat articles about his wife's political campaign and his role in overseeing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:04:39 -0400
  • U.S. woman gets life sentence for Canada mall shooting plot news

    A U.S. woman has been sentenced to life in a Canadian prison for her role in an aborted Valentine's Day mass shooting at a shopping mall in 2015, local media reported on Friday. Lindsay Souvannarath, 26, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder. A Canadian man also accused in the plot, Randall Shepard, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:53 -0400
  • America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go news

    Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads. In Energy Department facilities around the country, there are 54 metric tons of surplus plutonium. There are enough cores there to cause thousands of megatons of nuclear explosions.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:20:42 -0400
  • California does 'poor job' in assisting homeless: state auditor news

    Lawmakers should require the state's newly formed homeless council to create and implement a statewide plan by next April for addressing homelessness in California, where about a fourth of all homeless people in the United States live, State Auditor Elaine Howle said in a report. "California should do more to address homelessness ... and it does a poor job of sheltering this vulnerable population," the report said.

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:12:37 -0400
  • Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history

    Walter Moody was put to death by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore and gave no final statement, prison officials said. It was the eighth execution this year in the United States. Moody replaced John Nixon, who was 77 when put to death in December 2005 in Mississippi, as the oldest person executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:25:26 -0400
  • Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkouts news

    Colorado gun control activists rallied on Thursday near Columbine High School, calling for an end to gun violence one day before the 19th anniversary of the massacre there and a planned nationwide student walkout. "The main objective of these students is to ban firearms completely, and confiscate the firearms of law-abiding Americans," Brown said.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:18:28 -0400
  • New York governor presses banks, insurers to weigh risk of NRA ties news

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday ramped up pressure on banks and insurers to revisit whether their ties to the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups harm their reputations and the public interest. Cuomo, a Democrat, noted that some well-known companies, including the insurer MetLife Inc, have ended some business relationships with the NRA after a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school on Valentine's Day. The governor directed New York's Department of Financial Services to urge state-chartered banks and the more than 1,400 insurers it regulates to review whether their ties to the NRA and similar groups sends the "wrong message" to clients and communities.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:49:59 -0400
  • Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team news

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump's personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday. "Rudy is great," Sekulow quoted Trump as saying.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:48:34 -0400
  • Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney news

    The settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice. "No one is above the law," Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division Chad Readler said in a statement.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:47:52 -0400
  • Valero's Texas City refinery hit by explosion, fire news

    An explosion set off a huge fire at Valero Energy Corp's 225,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Texas City, Texas, refinery on Thursday afternoon but the fire was quickly contained, according the City of Texas City Emergency Management office. No injuries were reported and the blaze, which was burning light hydrocarbons, was contained about an hour and a half after it broke out, Texas City Emergency Management said. Valero spokeswoman Lillian Riojas said the company was cooperating with local, state and federal agencies in responding to the fire, which was being fought by the refinery's firefighting team.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:46:48 -0400
  • Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon

    A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday. "We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:42:15 -0400
  • U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana 'selective' abortion law news

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the 2016 ban on "selective" abortions imposed an "undue burden" on the ability to have the procedure. It rejected Indiana's suggestion that women's privacy rights covered only the "binary choice" of whether or not to have a child, not whether to terminate particular pregnancies, including for genetic disabilities. "The Supreme Court has been clear: the State may inform a woman's decision before viability, but it cannot prohibit it," Circuit Judge William Bauer wrote for a 3-0 panel of Republican-appointed judges.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:37:43 -0400
  • Supreme Court temporarily halts Alabama execution of 83-year-old inmate news

    The execution of Walter Moody had been scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT) at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The death warrant expires at midnight (0500 GMT Friday) and state authorities were still preparing to conduct a lethal injection if the court lifts the hold and denies appeals. The Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors U.S. capital punishment, said the oldest inmate put to death since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 was 77-year-old John Nixon in Mississippi in December 2005.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:51:38 -0400
  • Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week - judge news

    Prosecutors wrapped up their sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday as experts offered conflicting testimony about the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before allegedly raping her. Judge Steven O'Neill said he anticipated Cosby's fate would be in the hands of the jury next week. Lawyers said deliberations could begin as early as late Monday in an attempt to reach a unanimous verdict, which eluded the jury in Cosby's first trial.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:21:18 -0400
  • Judge rejects Missouri governor's bid to dismiss criminal case news

    A St. Louis judge on Thursday dealt Missouri Governor Eric Greitens another legal setback in the sex scandal embroiling his office, refusing to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy charge stemming from an admitted extramarital affair. The decision by Judge Rex Burlison paved the way for the single-count felony case against Greitens, a Republican under mounting pressure from both parties to resign, to proceed to trial even as he comes under scrutiny for unrelated accusations of computer tampering. Greitens' lawyers last week sought to throw out the privacy case on grounds of prosecutor misconduct, saying St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, had tried to conceal video evidence supporting the governor and his assertions that the affair was entirely consensual.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:17:22 -0400
  • Former New York Mayor Giuliani to join Trump legal team news

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one-time federal prosecutor, is joining U.S. President Donald Trump's personal legal team, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Thursday. Giuliani was one of three attorneys Sekulow said were being added to the president's legal team dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:57:44 -0400
  • Columbine students register voters ahead of anti-gun walkouts news

    Colorado teenagers kicked off a voter registration rally on Thursday, a day ahead of the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, when students nationwide plan to walk out of class in the latest demonstrations against gun violence. Organizers said Thursday's "Vote for Our Lives" event in the Denver suburb of Littleton, home to Columbine High School, where 13 people were gunned down in 1999, was to feature speakers including survivors of the shootings there, in Parkland and elsewhere. Mass shootings have occurred with shocking frequency across the United States in recent years.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:50:03 -0400
  • Southwest challenged engine maker CFM over proposed FAA inspections news

    The documents, which are on a U.S. federal website and were viewed by Reuters, reveal the wrangling over previously proposed safety checks on CFM engines that are now the focus of investigations following a fatal engine explosion this week. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it would order the inspection of some CFM jet engines after investigators said a broken fan blade touched off the engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines flight, shattering a window and killing a passenger.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:33:48 -0400
  • Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney news

    The settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice. "No one is above the law," Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division Chad Readler said in a statement.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:23:28 -0400
  • Ex-Liberian warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' gets 30 years in U.S. prison

    Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, who has lived in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, since the late 1990s, was found guilty in October on two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury. During the height of Liberia’s first civil war from 1992 to 1995, Jabbateh, while serving as commander of a warring group, either personally committed or ordered acts such as rapes, ritual cannibalism, mutilation, murder and the use of child soldiers, according to prosecutors. An attorney for Jabbateh, Greg Pagano of Philadelphia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:18:27 -0400
  • Black men arrested at Starbucks hope scandal sparks change news

    The men, Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, sat down with ABC's "Good Morning America" as scrutiny of the popular chain and U.S. police tactics widen. The incident put Starbucks, which prides itself on diversity and inclusiveness, at the center of a social media storm after the cafe manager called police on Nelson and Robinson, who had not made a purchase and were waiting to meet a friend. Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who came under sharp criticism for the incident and his defense of the officers, apologized to Robinson and Nelson and said he had made the situation worse.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:15:22 -0400
  • Puerto Rico board approves fiscal plan as governor vows defiance news

    Puerto Rico's federal oversight board on Thursday approved a fiscal turnaround plan that includes pension cuts and labor reforms that Governor Ricardo Rossello has vowed to defy, portending the latest potential court battle over the bankrupt U.S. territory's future. At a hearing in San Juan, broadcast via the internet, the seven-member board voted 6-1 to certify a plan that forecasts $6.7 billion in debt payment ability for Puerto Rico through 2023. Board member Ana Matosantos was the lone dissenter.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:36:35 -0400
  • Wisconsin court allows lawsuit against gun sale website to proceed

    The three-judge panel of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal law that shields website operators from liability for user content did not apply to Armslist LLC, the operator of Armslist was liable for its "own conduct in facilitating user activity," the judges said. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a U.S. advocacy group for gun control that was co-counsel in the lawsuit, said other courts have interpreted the federal Communications Decency Act as broadly immunizing sites that are forums for activities like gun sales.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:01:33 -0400
  • Ex-Venezuelan official pleads guilty in U.S. corruption case

    Cesar Rincon, a former manager at Bariven, the procurement unit of Venezuela's state-owned energy company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) [PDVSA.UL], entered his plea to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering before District Judge Kenneth Hoyt in Houston, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Hoyt also entered a judgment against Rincon of $7 million, the amount of the bribe payments he admitted to taking, prosecutors said.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:22:53 -0400
  • New York's 'Fearless Girl' to stare down the Stock Exchange news

    The bronze statue of a little girl that became a tourism phenomenon by staring down Wall Street's massive "Charging Bull" sculpture is to be moved to a nearby spot where its stern gaze will be on the male-dominated New York Stock Exchange, city officials said on Thursday. "Fearless Girl," whose message is for a bigger role for women in corporate America and whose appearance in lower Manhattan on the eve of International Women's Day last year sparked a social media sensation, will be moved by the end of 2018, officials said. "She is a powerful symbol of the need for change at the highest levels of corporate America — and she will become a durable part of our city's civic life," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:52:17 -0400
  • U.S. regulator to order jet engines inspection after Southwest explosion

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of at least 220 aircraft engines as investigators are focusing on a broken fan blade in an engine that exploded Tuesday on a Southwest Aiirlines flight, killing a passenger. The order, which it initially proposed in August following an engine failure in 2016 on another Southwest Airlines Co flight, will require ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs, while others will need inspections within 18 months.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:35:35 -0400
  • EPA inspector general opens new probe into Pruitt's travels news

    The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general will investigate agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of his official security detail on recent personal trips, the latest in a string of congressional, White House and internal probes into his spending on security and travel. The investigation comes at the request of Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, he announced on Thursday, a month after he asked Inspector General Arthur Elkins to look into Pruitt’s "unprecedented use" of his taxpayer-funded security detail documented in six weeks of obtained schedules and travel logs.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:23:39 -0400
  • Chicago's gun-toting students outnumber those of New York, Los Angeles: study news

    Chicago high school students were far more likely to report carrying a firearm in recent years than their peers in New York and Los Angeles, a probable factor in Chicago's 2016-17 spike in gun violence, a study showed on Thursday. The prevalence of self-reported gun possession by high school freshmen and sophomores in Chicago averaged 9 percent between 2007 and 2013, compared with 6 percent in Los Angeles and 4 percent in New York, according to data from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:01:43 -0400
  • Trump launches effort to boost U.S. weapons sales abroad news

    The Trump administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of U.S. arms export policy on Thursday aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it will bolster the American defense industry and create jobs at home. The White House aims to speed up arms deal approvals and increase the role of senior U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, in closing foreign sales, while giving greater weight to business interests in sales decisions that have long prioritized human rights.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:51:52 -0400
  • Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 percent of customers after blackout news

    Puerto Rico's power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island's 3.4 million residents the day before. The Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, was working to restore power to the less than 30 percent of customers in the U.S. territory still without power after Wednesday morning's blackout. The power line failure in southern Puerto Rico was the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:30:28 -0400
  • Former Texas emergency operator jailed for hanging up on thousands of calls news

    Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty in Houston on Wednesday of systematically hanging up on people trying to report emergencies, the office of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. A jury found Williams guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor. Williams had worked at the Houston Emergency Center for about 18 months, ending in 2016.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:14:46 -0400
  • FAA to order inspections of jet engines after Southwest blast news

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger. The order, which it initially proposed in August following an incident in 2016, will require ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs. Airlines said that because fan blades may have been repaired and moved to other engines, the order would affect far more than 220 of the CFM56-7Bs, which are made by a partnership of France's Safran and General Electric .

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:15:01 -0400
  • Deadly South Carolina prison riot exposes staffing shortage news

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gang-related melee at a South Carolina prison that ended with seven dead and 17 injured, the deadliest U.S. prison riot in a quarter century, exposed the vulnerability of an understaffed system. Forty-four guards were on duty overseeing 1,583 inmates at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, when the violence broke out, and it took eight hours to put an end to the riot early on Monday. Across the country, cuts to state budgets have left state prison systems understaffed, a reality that prison officials and law enforcement experts say increases the risk of being unable to contain any outbreaks of violence quickly.

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:54:42 -0400
  • Judge finds Kansas' Kris Kobach in contempt of court news

    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday found Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for disobeying her order not to enforce the state's disputed proof-of-citizenship voter registration law while the court weighed its legality. Kobach is the front-running Republican candidate for Kansas governor, despite ongoing legal battles over the voter registration law he has sought to enforce as the state's top election official. Wednesday's ruling was the latest in a series of rebukes of Kobach by Judge Julie Robinson of Kansas City.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:03:47 -0400
  • Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout news

    A power line failure in southern Puerto Rico cut electricity to almost all 3.4 million residents on Wednesday, the latest in a string of operational and political headaches for the U.S. territory's bankrupt, storm-ravaged power utility. In a statement, the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, said "technical personnel" were working to determine a cause and expected to restore service in 24 to 36 hours. Puerto Rico's smaller islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as a pair of microgrids on the main island, were unaffected.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:45:49 -0400
  • Former U.S. Olympians tell Congress more reforms needed in gymnastics news

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. gymnastics needs more reforms to wipe out sexual abuse after a scandal involving an ex-team doctor convicted of molesting female athletes, former Olympic athletes told a Senate panel on Wednesday. Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Jordyn Wieber told lawmakers evaluating the impact of reform legislation that only a housecleaning of staff at USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, could guarantee that a culture of abuse was eradicated.

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:17:14 -0400
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