'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.
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.
1 person dead after shooting at North Carolina community college
Authorities were searching for a person of interest Monday after a North Carolina community college employee was shot and killed on campus.
Wayne Community College, in Goldsboro, was placed on lockdown after the shooting.
Maj. Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office announced that Kenneth Stancil -- a bald, white male with a tattoo over his left eye -- is considered a person of interest. Stancil was last seen wearing a blue shirt and light-colored pants, and is no longer on campus.
Stancil is or at one point was a student at the college, the Goldsboro News-Argus reports.
How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House
Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
While the White House has said the breach only ever affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say.
The White House in October said it noticed suspicious activity in the unclassified network that serves the executive office of the president. The system has been shut down periodically to allow for security upgrades.
Border Patrol: Increasing number of illegal immigrants hiding in truck vents, drivers unaware
U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas say they are seeing an increasing amount of illegal immigrants hide inside air flow vents of trucks to try to get past checkpoints undetected.
Last week, there were five incidents in which agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint found people stashed away in the small compartments of big rigs, KGBT reported Saturday.
"I believe Tuesday (March) 31st, we had a group of seven immigrants which is quite a few illegal immigrants to be hiding in the back of some of these air dams,” said Omar Zamora, the spokesperson for Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector.
Zamora said cases are becoming more common and he believes the immigrants camp out at local truck stops waiting for unsuspecting drivers.
Garissa attack: Bodies still on ground; victims face down, shot in back of head
The ambulances come and go through the gates of Garissa University College as townspeople strain from a distance to see what's going on.
Soldiers shoo and drag them away, but they keep coming back.
In this small town, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Kenya's border with Somalia, nothing much usually happens.
But not so Thursday, when Al-Shabaab militants raided the Kenyan campus, leaving at least 147 people dead.
Two women arrested in alleged terrorist bomb plot targeting New York
Two women suspected of being terrorist sympathizers were arrested Thursday for allegedly plotting to detonate pressure cooker bombs in New York, Fox News has learned.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed the arrests, but circumstances surrounding the arrests or the alleged plot were not immediately clear. NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said the arrests were part of a local and federal investigation.
"What I can confirm is that arrests were made by the JTTF and NYPD in a national security investigation earlier this morning in New York City," he said.
Iraq claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit, but US military official says 'block-to-block' fighting ongoing
Iraq's defense minister said security forces have achieved a "magnificent victory" over Islamic State fighters in Tikrit Wednesday, but a senior defense official told Fox News that the fighting is “block to block, especially in the northern part of Tikrit where ISIS still has fighters.”
Khalid al-Obeidi said Wednesday that security forces have "accomplished their mission" in the monthlong offensive to rid Saddam Hussein's hometown of the militant group.
"We have the pleasure, with all our pride, to announce the good news of a magnificent victory," Obeidi said in a video statement. "Here we come to you, Anbar! Here we come to you, Nineveh, and we say it with full resolution, confidence, and persistence," naming other provinces under the sway of the extremists.
Gunmen raid Mogadishu hotel; at least 6 killed in hours-long attack
Gunmen sprayed people with bullets as they raided a hotel in Somalia's capital late Friday afternoon, sparking a confrontation with security forces that continued into the evening, a witness and a police officer at the scene said.
At least six people have been killed in the attack at the Makka Al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu, and security troops still were exchanging gunfire with the assailants Friday evening, police Capt. Ahmed Abdi said.
Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot deliberately crashed plane, officials say
The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 purposely crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, officials said Thursday.
"We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot," said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings.
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the co-pilot, 27-year-old German national Andreas Lubitz, apparently "wanted to destroy the aircraft."
It's unknown whether Lubitz planned his actions, Robin said. But he "took advantage" of a moment in which the pilot left the cockpit and "activated the descent," which can only be done deliberately.
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