Daily Archives: February 17, 2017

{FD} 3 Sri Lanka soldiers arrested for abducting journalist

Sri Lanka police have arrested an army officer and two soldiers over the abduction and assault on a prominent journalist nine years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Fourth suspect arrested in North Korean leader’s half-brother’s death in Malaysia

Malaysian police announced on Saturday that a fourth suspect was arrested in connection to the North Korean leader’s half-brother. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 dead, others stranded as storm lashes California

A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. Continue reading

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{FD} Columbia University sent out 277 erroneous acceptance letters

Columbia University sent acceptance emails to 277 prospective grad students, making their academic dreams come true. Continue reading

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{FD} China police arrest mine manager in explosion death cover-up

Police in central China’s Hunan province have arrested a mine manager on suspicion of under-reporting the death toll of a deadly explosion this week. Continue reading

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{FD} Man critically injured by shark on Great Barrier Reef

A 26-year-old man has been critically injured by a shark while spear fishing on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Malaysia readies 2nd autopsy on N. Korean

The Latest on the suspected assassination of the half brother of the North Korean leader in Malaysia (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} 1 dead, others stranded as storm lashes California

A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, stranded others in flooded areas and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. Continue reading

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{FD} Ivy league school accidentally emails nearly 300 acceptance notices

Columbia University sent acceptance emails to 277 prospective grad students, making their academic dreams come true. Continue reading

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{FD} Was it brother? Lover? Or crime gang? N. Korea rumors abound

As Malaysian police continue their inquiry into the death of Kim Jong Nam, the outcast half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, there’s plenty of speculation surrounding what seems as one of the stranger killings the world has recently seen. Continue reading

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{FD} Philosopher Tom Regan, animal rights author, dies at 78

Tom Regan, the author of a noted book on animal rights and a professor emeritus of philosophy at NC State University, has died. Continue reading

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{FD} Abundant fish draw 1 million penguins to Argentine peninsula

More than a million penguins have traveled to Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula during this year’s breeding season, drawn by an unusual abundance of small fish. Continue reading

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{FD} Union lawyer says inmates staged “dry run” before uprising

Inmates at a maximum security prison in Delaware staged a “dry run” protest to gauge the response of prison officials two weeks before an uprising and hostage taking in which a prison guard was killed, an attorney for the state correctional officers un… Continue reading

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{FD} McCain slams Trump in Munich speech without using his name

Republican Sen. John McCain has delivered a withering critique of President Donald Trump in a speech that highlights fractures within the GOP as the new administration struggles to overcome a chaotic start. Continue reading

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{FD} APNewsBreak: Denver slaying suspect supports Islamic State

A former soldier accused of killing a transit guard in Denver last month says he supports the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} Teacher shot in head by radical Islamists as attacks on Christians in Egypt escalate

A 50-year-old Coptic Christian teacher was shot in the head by two Islamic militants in Egypt while on his way home from school Thursday, as attacks on Christians continues to rise at an alarming rate in the Muslim-majority country. Continue reading

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{FD} Citigroup CEO Corbat takes home $15.5 million for 2016

Citigroup’s board of directors is awarding CEO Michael Corbat a pay package worth $15.5 million for 2016, down from $16.5 million in 2015. Continue reading

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{FD} 11 top Puerto Rico university officials resign amid crisis

Eleven top public university officials in Puerto Rico have resigned as the governor of the U.S. territory demands multimillion-dollar budget cuts amid an economic crisis. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian men’s conference decried for featuring speakers accused of rape, sex abuse cover-up

Ignite, a weekend Christian conference that expects to attract some 10,000 men to Liberty University next month, is now drawing criticism for including on their speakers list accused rapist and NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Dr. Continue reading

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{FD} John Glenn’s widow turns 97, says she misses him ‘terribly’

John Glenn’s widow says she misses him “terribly” and was touched by the outpouring of love and support when he died two months ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Trouble with your marriage? It may be time to make a ‘map’

Secrets to a successful union may not be what you expected. Continue reading

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{FD} Tensions over Trump deepen fractures among American Jews

The early weeks of the Trump administration have widened divides between liberal and conservative Jews, setting off quarrels over anti-Semitism, Israel and the Holocaust. Continue reading

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{FD} Eric Garner chokehold case rolls on, but future is cloudy

A federal investigation into the police chokehold death of Eric Garner is moving forward in New York, but its future could be up in the air as a new U.S. attorney general with a law-and-order bent takes over the Justice Department. Continue reading

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{FD} 2 men plead guilty in deaths of 2 boys swept over waterfall

Two men have pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of two young brothers under their watch who fell over a 70-foot waterfall in New York. Continue reading

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{FD} 96-year-old WWII pilot takes flight again in Florida

At 96 years old, Bob Brocklehurst needs a little more help boarding a plane than he did back in the day. But give him a second and he’s right at home. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Judge orders $250,000 bail for Amtrak officer

The Latest on charges against an Amtrak officer in Chicago for the shooting death of a Minneapolis man (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Military wife mourning fallen Green Beret in viral video is hailed as ‘patriot’

A military wife captured mourning her fallen Green Beret husband in a video that has gone viral is being hailed as a “patriot” by those who witnessed the heartbreaking event. Continue reading

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{FD} Largest branch of American Judaism opposes Trump envoy pick

The leaders of the largest branch of American Judaism are declaring their opposition to the combative bankruptcy lawyer President Donald Trump selected to be his ambassador to Israel. Continue reading

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{FD} Fashion insiders declare ‘I Am an Immigrant’ in new video

While some fashion designers have always been overtly political, the recently wrapped New York Fashion Week just a month after President Donald Trump’s inauguration included a broader range of brands addressing these tumultuous times. Continue reading

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{FD} Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ at root of Flint water crisis

Michigan civil rights officials say “systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint. Continue reading

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{FD} Pence arrives in Germany for meetings with world leaders

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Germany for his first overseas trip as vice president. Continue reading

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{FD} Officials close Penn State frat where pledge had fatal fall

Authorities are shutting down a Penn State fraternity where a pledge was fatally injured in a fall down the stairs. Continue reading

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{FD} Agency reports earthquake felt across Hawaiian Islands

Minor shaking was felt across Hawaii’s island chain Friday morning after a moderate earthquake struck between the Big Island and Maui, but no damage was reported. Continue reading

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{FD} Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano erupts, sends up ash cloud

An Alaska volcano that’s been active since mid-December has erupted again. Continue reading

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{FD} Defrocked priest appears in court in Maine on 29 sex counts

A former Roman Catholic priest who spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy has made an initial court appearance in Maine on 29 counts of sexual misconduct. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: School vows vigilance to prevent sex abuse

The Latest on Boarding School-Sex Abuse (all times local): 3 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Students stage walkouts at 3 Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools

Students from at least three Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have staged walkouts, and administrators say they will be subject to disciplinary action. Continue reading

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{FD} UN: 1 million children in eastern Ukraine urgently need aid

United Nations officials say 1 million children urgently need humanitarian aid in eastern Ukraine, and the number has nearly doubled in a year. Continue reading

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{FD} Crimea under Russia: Locals fear more mayhem if forced to return to Ukraine

It has been almost three years since Russia annexed the Ukrainian-governed Crimea, to the outrage of many across the world. Continue reading

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{FD} Racism denounced at Vatican-sponsored inequality conference

Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California have called on the Catholic church to acknowledge its own racism and urged those attending to fight against oppression. Continue reading

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{FD} Arizona to death-row inmates: Bring your own execution drugs

The recent revelation that condemned prisoners in Arizona can now provide the lethal drugs to be used in their executions has received attention around the world and raised questions about the state’s rules for the death penalty. Continue reading

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{FD} Jerry Sandusky’s son waives hearing in child sex abuse case

Jerry Sandusky’s adult son won’t be in court next week for a hearing on accusations he pressured a teen girl for naked photos and asked her teen sister to perform a sex act. Continue reading

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{FD} Ecuador election could decide Assange’s continued asylum

Whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can stay at the Ecuadorean embassy in London could depend on the winner of Sunday’s presidential election in the South American country. Continue reading

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{FD} French candidate Macron sparks protests over Algeria remarks

A few dozen protesters have urged French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron to apologize after he called France’s colonization of Algeria a “crime against humanity.” Macron’s comments in an interview to the Algerian channel Echourouk News earlier thi… Continue reading

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{FD} Library waives fine on book returned 75 years past due

A Pennsylvania public library is waiving the 2-cents-a-day fine on a children’s book that was checked out more than 75 years ago and returned this week. Continue reading

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{FD} Cities ask federal judge to keep Trump travel ban on hold

Municipalities nationwide including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Skokie, Illinois, are urging a federal judge to continue blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon cites evidence of Islamic State “exodus” from Raqqa

The Pentagon says it sees signs that the Islamic State group is preparing for the loss of its de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Car bomb in Turkish town kills 3-year-old, wounds 15 people

A car bomb attack targeted government lodgings in southeastern Turkey on Friday, killing a 3-year-old child and wounding 15 other people, an official said. Continue reading

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{FD} Argentine ex-military chief arrested in torture, kidnap case

Former Argentine army chief Cesar Milani has been arrested for his alleged role in the kidnapping and torture of two men and a woman during the country’s military dictatorship. Continue reading

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{FD} Police detain shooter near California zoo; many shots fired

Officials say a gunman who fired numerous shots Friday morning in east Oakland near the Oakland Zoo has been disarmed and is in police custody. Continue reading

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