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Amtrak crash probe focuses on engineer, who says he can't remember what happened 05/14/2015 Amtrak crash probe focuses on engineer, who says he can't remember what happened

The Amtrak engineer involved in a crash Tuesday evening that killed at least seven near Philadelphia has no recollection of the crash and can offer investigators few details of the incident, his lawyer said.

Brandon Bostian, 32, of Queens, N.Y., has turned over to authorities blood samples and his cell phone, according to his lawyer, Robert Goggin. Theattorney told ABC News Thursday Bostian suffered a concussion but is cooperating with the investigation and is willing to speak with the National Transportation Safety Board.

"I asked him if he had any medical issues. He said he had none. He’s on no medications; he has no health issues to speak of and just has no explanation," Goggin said.


Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/14/amtrak-crash-focuses-on-engineer-who-says-cant-remember-what-happened/

At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal 05/12/2015 At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal
Latest developments
• A U.S. military helicopter "was declared missing" Tuesday while in Nepal to support earthquake relief efforts there, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Sims said. The UH-1 Huey helicopter had six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese aboard at the time, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. Radio transmissions indicated its crew was having some type of fuel problem before it went missing, said Warren, who added the U.S. government is "hopeful" the aircraft didn't crash but doesn't know.

• At least 50 people have died in Nepal because of the latest large earthquake there, police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told CNN late Tuesday. Nepalese government spokesman Minendra Rijal earlier said that another 1,261 people have been injured. Thirty-two of the Asian nation's 75 districts were affected.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/asia/nepal-earthquake/

Texas Shooting: Officer with pistol stops rifle-wielding attackers 05/07/2015 Texas Shooting: Officer with pistol stops rifle-wielding attackers
It wasn't a fair fight.

On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer -- a traffic officer by day -- with a pistol.

Somehow, the officer won.

Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night outside that city's Curtis Culwell Center, where people had gathered at an event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. But they have described what he did, actions that could be characterized as equal parts skillful, heroic and miraculous.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson lauded the police officer for having "acted quickly and decisively, and thereby likely (saving) a number of innocent lives."

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/05/us/texas-police-shooting-hero/

Baltimore mayor under fire over ‘destroy’ remarks, response to riots 04/28/2015 Baltimore mayor under fire over ‘destroy’ remarks, response to riots
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was under intense pressure Tuesday morning to defend her response to the violence that has ripped apart her city following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died after being in police custody -- particularly Rawling-Blake's remarks in which she suggested those who "wished to destroy" need their space.

With more than a dozen officers injured in clashes with rioters and looters, some -- including Maryland's governor -- are questioning whether Rawlings-Blake should have acted sooner and taken a tougher tone to prevent the demonstrations from getting out of control. 

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/28/baltimore-mayor-under-fire-over-destroy-remarks-response-to-riots/

Violence erupts in Baltimore as roving gangs attack police, torch patrol car, loot stores following Freddie Gray funeral 04/27/2015 Violence erupts in Baltimore as roving gangs attack police, torch patrol car, loot stores following Freddie Gray funeral
Several police were seriously injured, looting and rioting broke out in a downtown section and gangs that normally war with each other pledged to attack cops, as hell broke loose in Baltimore Monday following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody earlier this month.

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement late Monday saying the Maryland National Guard had been placed "on alert so they can be in position to deploy rapidly as needed."

At the same time, the Baltimore Orioles postponed Monday night's home game with the Chicago White Sox, saying the decision followed "consultation with police."

The rioting, looting and threats of further violence followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 18, a week after being injured while in police custody. Gray, 25, was being transported in a police vehicle when he suffered injuries that proved fatal. On Monday, police said an online call was issued for a "purge" at 3 p.m. ET, starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending in the downtown area. The type of threat threat is based on a movie called “The Purge,” whose plot involves rampant lawlessness.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/27/gangs-vow-to-target-police-as-baltiomore-protests-spread/

Air Force training next generation to fight cyberwarfare 04/21/2015 Air Force training next generation to fight cyberwarfare
An increase in hacking attacks has pushed military officials -- and especially those training the officers of tomorrow -- to adjust their strategies to fight an enemy that’s often hard to find.

The U.S. Air Force Academy is evolving its curriculum to focus on this new online threat.

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, who oversees the academy, spoke to Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland on how they have to “up their game.”

“What the Air Force is looking at is a task force to look across missions -- not just have a few experts in the room because, frankly, sometimes the threat is somebody using the wrong security card or letting the wrong person in a room … it’s not just hacking, not just the firewalls, so that’s the holistic view approach in the DoD [Department of Defense],” said Johnson.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/04/21/air-force-training-next-generation-to-fight-cyberwarfare/?intcmp=latestnews

FBI terror probe nabs 6 in Minnesota, California 04/20/2015 FBI terror probe nabs 6 in Minnesota, California
The FBI has arrested at least six men in what officials allege is an ISIS-inspired terror plot.

Details were scant Sunday night, but federal law enforcement officials told CNN the men were arrested in Minnesota and California as part of a year-long FBI investigation.

There was never a direct threat to the public, the sources said. In recent months, investigators have tracked on what they believe is a terror recruitment network focused on the Somali community in the Minneapolis area.

Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger plans to hold a news conference to provide details on the case Monday, the sources said.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/19/us/fbi-terrorism-sting/

Car bomb explodes near U.S. Consulate in Iraqi Kurdish capital 04/17/2015 Car bomb explodes near U.S. Consulate in Iraqi Kurdish capital
[Breaking news update, 1:40 p.m.]

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack Friday near the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, according to several Twitter accounts linked to the terror group. The U.S. Consulate was the target of the attack, ISIS said.

[Previous story, published at 1:05 p.m.]

Suicide bombers blew up a car they were driving Friday near the U.S. Consulate in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Irbil, killing at least two people and injuring five others, police said.

All U.S. Consulate personnel were safe and accounted for following the explosion, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Irbil is the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/17/middleeast/iraq-violence/index.html

'Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies 04/16/2015 'Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies
The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific.

In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. The current drought has left farms parched and residents under strict water consumption orders, but some say it didn't have to be that way.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/04/16/man-made-disaster-critics-say-california-drought-caused-by-misguided/

Survivors Say 400 Migrants Drowned When Their Boat Sunk In The Mediterranean 04/15/2015 Survivors Say 400 Migrants Drowned When Their Boat Sunk In The Mediterranean
 Hundreds of people desperate to be rescued from a packed migrant boat in the Mediterranean pushed to one side when they saw a ship approach, capsizing the craft and pitching everyone into the sea where hundreds died, an official said on Wednesday.

Survivors' accounts suggested at least 500 people were on the boat when it sank on Monday evening, some 120 km (75 miles) off the Italian island of Lampedusa. With 145 people rescued that leaves at least 350 unaccounted for, probably drowned.

Joel Millman, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said: "According to testimonies, at least one-third of the passengers were women and children. At the time of the shipwreck, they were staying in the hull of the boat to be better protected from the cold.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/15/migrants-drowned-mediterranean_n_7069442.html


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