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Three MS-13 gang members in Massachusetts convicted in murder trial
News ImageThree suspected members of the MS-13 gang in Massachusetts were convicted on Monday of participating in gang-related murders, in a case U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called an example of how authorities can try to tackle the criminal organization. The verdict in Boston federal court came in the largest U.S. criminal case involving MS-13, whose members include immigrants from El Salvador and which U.S. President Donald Trump has sought to link to his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:09:12 -0400
Ex-Insys employee in U.S. opioid case sentenced to home confinement
News ImageNatalie Perhacs, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile, Alabama, after pleading guilty to conspiring to pay kickbacks to the doctors to prescribe Insys' product Subsys, according to court records. The home confinement is part of a five-year period of probation imposed by Granade, who also ordered Perhacs to participate in 300 hours of community service.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:16:09 -0400
America's nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go
News ImageContract workers at the U.S. Department of Energys 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.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:19:41 -0400
Waffle House shooting suspect arrested by Nashville police
News ImageBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Nashville police on Monday arrested the suspect in the weekend killing of four people at a Waffle House restaurant, ending a manhunt that began when the gunman ran naked from the scene into nearby woods, authorities said. Photos posted online by police showed Travis Reinking, a 29-year-old construction worker suspected of opening fire at the restaurant early Sunday, in the back of a police car. Metropolitan Nashville police Lieutenant Carlos Lara said that as soon as a detective saw Reinking and ordered him to get on the ground, the suspect cooperated.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:16:04 -0400
Southwest cancels more U.S. flights as it inspects engines
News ImageSouthwest Airlines Co canceled more flights on Monday as it worked to complete inspections of engines like the one that failed last week in a deadly accident over Pennsylvania. Flightaware.com, a website that tracks aviation cancellations, said Southwest canceled 129 flights on Monday, or 3 percent of its total flights, and delayed 468 other flights, or 11 percent. Southwest said the cancellations were the result of the companys announcement last Tuesday that it would begin voluntarily stepping up inspections of some CFM56-7B engines over the next 30 days.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:36:13 -0400
Suspect was delusional before Nashville shootings: police reports
News ImageThe 2016 episode in a drugstore parking lot in Morton, a village in central Illinois, was the first of several known police encounters captured in incident reports, which were obtained by local news media outlets and seen by Reuters after Sunday's shooting in the Tennessee capital. Police became so concerned that they rescinded Reinking's license to carry concealed firearms last August. Police said on Monday afternoon that they had taken Reinking, a 29-year-old construction worker, into custody.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:25:04 -0400
U.S. anti-Muslim hate crimes rose 15 percent in 2017: advocacy group
News ImageHate crimes targeting U.S. Muslims rose 15 percent in 2017, the second year of increases, according to a study released on Monday by advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group recorded 300 U.S. hate crimes targeting Muslims last year, ranging from the June beating of a Muslim man in the Bronx borough of New York City by attackers who called him a terrorist to a November incident when a Muslim family's Kansas restaurant was burned down. CAIR attributed the increase in part to the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, particularly restrictions on immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:01:00 -0400
California risks severe 'whiplash' from drought to flood: scientists
News ImageBy Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - California will suffer more volatile weather this century with a "whiplash" from drought to rain and mounting risks a repeat of the devastating "Great Flood" of 1862, scientists said on Monday. Climate change, driven by man-made greenhouse gas emissions, would drive more extreme shifts between hot and dry summers and wet winters in the most populous U.S. state, they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. Global warming is making California and other regions with similar Mediterranean-style climates, from southern Europe to parts of Australia, drier and warmer in summer, said lead author Daniel Swain of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:04:20 -0400
Miami police use stun gun on man accused of touching female passenger
News ImageJacob Garcia began screaming insults on Sunday when airline staff tried to move him to another seat after the woman and her boyfriend accused him of touching her inappropriately, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department arrest report. Police ordered everyone off the plane, which was about to depart for Chicago, according to the arrest report and an American Airlines statement. A stun gun had little effect on him, possibly because it did not attach properly through his clothing, the arrest report said.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:50:59 -0400
U.S. mass shooting survivors pay it forward with two short films
News Image, (Reuters) - Tim McGrath emerged from the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, physically unscathed, but his heart breaks whenever another person with a gun makes headlines in the United States. New York filmmaker Kim Snyder's work has allowed her to be privy to what she calls a "terrible club that no-one wants to be a member of" that is made up of communities traumatized by gun violence in schools, workplaces, churches or places of leisure. Two short films shown at New York's Tribeca film festival last week - "Surviving Theater 9" and "Notes from Dunblane: Lessons From a School Shooting" - look at the emotional and mental toll of gun violence in hopes of helping both current survivors, and those yet to come.
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:03:56 -0400
Man who disarmed Nashville shooter says he 'just wanted to live'
News ImageA 29-year-old man who disarmed a gunman during a deadly shooting spree inside a Nashville restaurant on Sunday declined accolades from police and others that he was a hero, saying he acted out of a desire "to live." James Shaw Jr., the father of a 4-year-old daughter, told a news conference flanked by Nashville Mayor David Briley and local and federal law enforcement officials that he was thinking simply of self-preservation when he wrestled the assault-style rifle away from the assailant during a rampage in which four people were killed. "I'm not a hero, I'm just a regular person," the Nashville native said, pausing as tears rolled down his cheeks. "He is a hero in my books," said Brennan McMurry, 28, a friend who was with him at the Waffle House when the gunman burst in before dawn, according to the Tennessean newspaper.
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 21:59:01 -0400
Police hunt gunman who killed four at Nashville waffle house
News ImageA nearly nude gunman killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, early on Sunday and then fled after a patron saved lives by wrestling the assault-style rifle from his hands. The suspected shooter, identified as Travis Reinking, 29, fled on foot and was still at large as murder warrants were being issued for him, the Metropolitan Nashville Police said. Reinking, originally from Morton, Illinois, lives near the restaurant, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told an afternoon news conference.
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:39:36 -0400
Police search for gunman who killed four at Nashville waffle house
News ImageBy Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A nearly nude gunman killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, early on Sunday and then fled after a patron saved lives by wrestling the assault-style rifle from his hands. The suspected shooter, identified by authorities as Travis Reinking, 29, fled on foot and was still at large as murder warrants were being issued for him, the Metropolitan Nashville Police said. Reinking, originally from Morton, Illinois, lives near the restaurant, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told an afternoon news conference.
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:05:09 -0400
Southwest cancels about 40 flights for engine inspections
News ImageAt the time, Southwest said those inspections would cause some impact on operations, but it has not said how many engines it planned to inspect. On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration and European airline regulators ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of nearly 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest engine blowout earlier this week. The engine explosion on Southwest Flight 1380 on Tuesday was caused by a fan blade that broke off, the FAA said.
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:33:34 -0400
Trump aide urges Congress to pare back bipartisan spending deal
News ImageBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress needs to consider rolling back the spending deal that U.S. Republicans brokered with Democrats last month, because lawmakers voted to enact the $1.3 trillion legislation without reading it, an aide to President Donald Trump said on Sunday. White House legislative director Marc Short said the spending bill, which ran to more than 2,000 pages, was rushed into place to avoid a government shutdown.
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:22:36 -0400
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