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U.S. airline worker steals plane before crashing

(Reuters) – Federal authorities were searching on Saturday for what drove an airline worker to steal an empty airplane from Seattle’s airport and crashing it into a nearby sparsely populated island, sparking a security scare that saw U.S. fighter jets scrambled. An Horizon Air ground service agent took the controls of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop […]

USA – Florida paramedics ‘racially profiled’ dying woman

TAMPA – Four US paramedics accused of racially profiling and failing to provide medical care to a dying woman face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday. Crystle Galloway’s mother says medics assumed the Tampa, Florida, family could not afford the ambulance cost. The 30-year-old’s mother drove her to hospital instead. Galloway slipped in to a coma […]

WORLD – Air marshals secretly track US passengers

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is facing criticism for secretly tracking Americans on flights, US media report. The “Quiet Skies” programme reportedly uses an unknown algorithm to flag flyers without any criminal record for surveillance on domestic flights. Air marshals tasked with carrying out surveillance have pushed back against the programme, according to US […]

USA – 1820 reunited . . . but hundreds of children still separated from parents after border split

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800 children separated at the US-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart, signaling a potentially long wait for anguished families. The federal government was under a Thursday deadline to reunify more than 2,500 children who were separated at […]

USA – Three-year-old stabbed at party dies

BOISE, Idaho — A three-year-old Idaho girl who was stabbed at her own birthday party died Monday, two days after a man invaded the celebration and attacked nine people with a knife, authorities said. Timmy Kinner is accused of stabbing a group of children and the adults who tried to protect them at the party […]

USA – Newsroom shooting

MARYLAND – A gunman killed at least five people and “gravely injured” at least three others when he sprayed a newsroom in the Maryland capital of Annapolis with gunfire on Thursday, authorities said. The suspect was arrested soon after the attack at the Capital Gazette’s office, without exchanging gunfire with police. Police said they did […]

USA – Kennedy to retire

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest US judicial body, giving president Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative. Kennedy, who turns 82 in July and is the second-oldest justice on the nine-member court, […]

US: Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea ‘hostility’

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the world had “lost a great opportunity for lasting peace”. He said his decision was because of “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent North Korean statement. The summit aimed at ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and […]

USA – Trump declares US leaving ‘horrible’ Iran nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran Tuesday, declaring he was making the world safer in restoring harsh sanctions. But he also dealt a profound blow to allies, deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility in the most consequential foreign policy […]

USA – Cosby convicted

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls — and a multitude of women who lost hope anyone would ever believe their word against that of America’s Dad — Bill Cosby could be on his way to prison at age 80 for the remainder of his life. The comedian was convicted […]

USA – France’s Macron challenges Trump in Congress speech

WASHINGTON – A day after flaunting his friendship with Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron forcefully challenged many of the United States (US) president’s policies on Wednesday, urging the United States to engage more with the world, step up the fight against climate change and stay in the Iran nuclear pact for now. Capping a […]

USA – Trump says Iran will pay if it restarts nuclear program

WASHINGTON — Weighing US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, president Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that if the Iranians “restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before”. Trump issued his warning alongside French president Emmanuel Macron in the Oval Office, where the two allies discussed the multinational nuclear […]

USA – One dead after jetliner blows an engine in flight

PHILADELPHIA — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The plane, a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an […]

USA – Efforts on to arrange unprecedented meeting between US and North Korean

PALM BEACH  – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at “extremely high levels” with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump made the comment as he and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of […]

USA – Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS –  President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed United States (US) options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow. Worries about a confrontation between Russia, Syria’s big […]

NEW YORK – Facebook to notify on Cambridge Analytica data misuse Monday

Facebook will begin alerting users whose private data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal starting Monday. All 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds titled “Protecting Your Information.” It will have a link to information on which Facebook apps they use and what information they have shared with […]

USA – Trump begins informal prep for potential Mueller interview

President Donald Trump has begun the initial steps of preparing for a possible interview with the special counsel, a White House official and a person familiar with the situation said Friday, a sign the President’s legal team is intensifying its deliberations over whether to allow him to come under Robert Mueller’s questioning. One source familiar […]

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