Month: March 2019

Tropical cyclone leaves parts of Mozambique under water, kills over 200

Tropical cyclone leaves parts of Mozambique under water, kills over 200

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Mozambique's president declared three days of national mourning on Wednesday as the southeast African country struggles to recover from a powerful cyclone that has claimed dozens of lives, submerged villages and washed away homes. Tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near the port city of Beira late last Thursday and slowly moved inland over the weekend, carving a trail of destruction across central Mozambqiue, southern Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe. The storm brought heavy rainfall and wind gusts of up to 105 miles per hour to the region, where bone dry conditions gave way to massive flooding. As the scale of devastation widens, aid agencies said it might be the worst cyclone-related disaster ever in the Southern Hemisphere. "The situation is very bad. The damage is quite serious,"...
New Lion Air crash details raise questions about pilot training on Boeing 737 MAX 8

New Lion Air crash details raise questions about pilot training on Boeing 737 MAX 8

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More details emerged on Wednesday about last year's Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in Indonesia, further exposing what experts say was a lack of pilot training on the plane's suspect flight management system as the delay continued in releasing critical information about what might have caused a second deadly crash 11 days ago in Ethiopia. The pilots aboard the Lion Air plane that crashed in October struggled with their quick reference handbook, a checklist for abnormal events, and eventually ran out of time before crashing into the ocean minutes later, individuals with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder told ABC News Chief Transportation Correspondent David Kerley. And the day before that crash, a similar situation unfolded on the same plane but was narrowly avoided with the help of a...
After blacks kicked off juries, man brings racial bias claim to Supreme Court

After blacks kicked off juries, man brings racial bias claim to Supreme Court

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For the past 22 years on death row, Curtis Flowers has been adamant about his innocence and convinced deep-seated racial bias by juries may cost him his life. On Wednesday, the 48-year-old Mississippi man asks the U.S. Supreme Court for a new trial. If he gets his way, Flowers could face an unprecedented seventh trial. Flowers, who's African-American, was first convicted in 1997 for the 1996 execution-style murders of four people at a furniture store where he used to work. He had no criminal record at the time of his arrest. Prosecutors never found a murder weapon or any physical evidence tying him to the scene. There were no witnesses. In 2010, during his most recent trial, a jury of 11 white jurors and one black juror convicted him and sentenced him to death. The conviction c...
Dozens of headstones at Jewish cemetery defaced with swastikas, anti-Semitic messages

Dozens of headstones at Jewish cemetery defaced with swastikas, anti-Semitic messages

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A hate crime investigation is underway after 59 headstones were defaced and two were knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts, according to local police. Officers responded to the Hebrew Cemetery in Fall River Sunday afternoon after a maintenance worker discovered gravestones damaged with swastikas and anti-Semitic messages, including "expel the Jew" and "Hitler was right," according to police. It appeared the crime occurred Saturday or early Sunday morning, police said. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New England called the crime an "inexcusable act of Anti-Semitic hatred where we honor and remember the lives of community members." "This apparent targeted attack impacts all corners of the community," ADL officials said on Twitter. "We are grateful for the ...
Bill would make it illegal to abandon tied-up dogs during hurricanes

Bill would make it illegal to abandon tied-up dogs during hurricanes

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A proposed Florida animal welfare measure would make it illegal for pet owners to leave their dogs behind during a hurricane and other extreme weather scenarios. Senate Bill 1738 would prohibit people from leaving a dog tied up and unattended outdoors during both man-made and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tropical storms or tornadoes, after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service or an evacuation order has been issued by local officials. The bill, filed by Florida lawmaker Joe Gruters earlier this month, would authorize veterinarians to report suspected violations without notifying the owner. It states that those who abandon restrained animals "commit animal cruelty" and will be subject to a fine up to $5,000 and a first-degree animal cruelty charg...
EPA chief says water issues a bigger crisis than climate change

EPA chief says water issues a bigger crisis than climate change

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The head of the top U.S. environmental agency said on Wednesday that the Trump administration considers drinking water quality around the world a bigger crisis than climate change, despite the recent surge in debate around the proposed Green New Deal. Interested in Donald Trump? Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. In remarks in Washington to mark World Water Day, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler said safe drinking water, plastic pollution and other litter in the oceans, drought in western states, and water infrastructure are "the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issues affecting the world right now." Wheeler said the Trump administration wants to do more to address wa...
US to stop detaining some migrant families apprehended at border

US to stop detaining some migrant families apprehended at border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection will start releasing some families apprehended near the border in south Texas as detention centers fill to capacity, an agency official said Tuesday. CBP will give some of the families apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley area notices to appear in court. Others will be released on their own recognizance, meaning they have a court date but no set bond amount. The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news. More children and families have been apprehended along the Rio Grande Valley than in any other area of the border in recent months, according to CBP data. The Associated Press Maidelen Gonzales, an immigrant from Honduras seeking asylum in the United States, waits under a tarp on the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge...
EU, Canada to review Boeing software fixes themselves after Ethiopia Airlines crash

EU, Canada to review Boeing software fixes themselves after Ethiopia Airlines crash

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The fallout from the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash continues to be felt as the European Union announced that they will not allow any Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly in their airspace until they approve any changes made. Interested in Boeing? Add Boeing as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Boeing news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The announcement stipulates that the planes will not be allowed into European airspace until the EU approves any software fixes that are required, making it clear that they will not rely on the Federal Aviation Authority for approval. Patrick Ky, the Executive Director of the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), addressed the European Parliament transport committee Monday, and said that EASA will look at Boeing's upcoming soft...
Sheriffs deputy killed in shooting during traffic stop

Sheriffs deputy killed in shooting during traffic stop

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A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Washington state late Tuesday. Deputies from Kittitas County, about 90 minutes east of Seattle, were called for a "driving complaint" at about 7:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office. When the suspect failed to stop, law enforcement officers pursued the suspect into Kittitas, the small city that gives the county its name. The suspect stopped his vehicle, exited and began firing at law enforcement, the sheriff's office said. A sheriff's deputy was struck by gunfire and taken to Kittitas Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name was not released. Ted S. Warren/AP The body of a Kittitas County Sheriff's deputy is draped with a U.S. flag as it is carried out of Kittitas Valley https://foodheal...
Trump wants to get to the bottom of alleged anti-conservative bias on social media

Trump wants to get to the bottom of alleged anti-conservative bias on social media

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President Donald Trump doubled down on his words of support for conservatives on social media – a group he says has faced "big discrimination." Interested in Donald Trump? Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "Things are happening, names are taken off, people aren't getting through, you've heard the same complaints and it seems to be if they are conservative, if they're Republicans, if they're in a certain group there's discrimination and big discrimination," Trump said. "I see it absolutely on Twitter and on Facebook which I have also and others," Trump said during a joint press conference in the Rose Garden with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday. "I get to see what's go

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