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Washington – Key U.S. Missile Interceptor Test Fails, Pentagon Says

July 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Washington - A test of the only U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday, the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said. "Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which may have prevented a successful intercept," it said in a...

Lac-Megantic, Quebec – 40 Still Missing In Deadly Canada Rail Crash, Fire

July 7, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Lac-Megantic, Quebec - About 40 people were still missing a day after a runaway train derailed in Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a busy downtown district and killed five people. Police said a higher death toll was inevitable, and authorities feared the number might soar once they're able to reach the hardest-hit areas. Worries remained over the status of two oil-filled train...

Anchorage, AK – NTSB: 10 Killed In Alaska Plane Crash

July 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Anchorage, AK - Authorities say an air taxi has crashed at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska, killing all 10 people on board. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the pilot and nine passengers were killed in the crash at the airport late Sunday morning. Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers says the fixed-wing aircraft was fully engulfed in flames before...

Seoul – Asiana Says Pilot Of Crashed Plane Was In Training

July 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Seoul - Asiana Airlines Inc said the pilot in charge of landing the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport on Saturday was training for the long-range plane and that it was his first flight to the airport with the jet. "It was Lee Kang-kook's maiden flight to the airport with the jet... He was in training. Even a veteran gets training (for a new jet)," a spokeswoman for...

New York – NYC Cases Show Crooked Cops’ Abuse Of FBI Database

July 7, 2013 at 10:38 PM
New York - It's billed by the FBI as "the lifeline of law enforcement" — a federal database used to catch criminals, recover stolen property and even identify terrorism suspects. But authorities say Edwin Vargas logged onto the restricted system and ran names for reasons that had nothing to do with his duties as a New York Police Department detective. Instead, he was accused in May of...

New York, NY – Eliot Spitzer Seeks to Enter City Comptroller Race

July 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM
New York, NY - Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer says he's coming back to politics. He tells The New York Times ( HTTP://NYTI.MS/182XKDI ) he's going to run for the office of New York City comptroller. In an interview Sunday, Spitzer says he's planning to start collecting the signatures he needs on Monday. Candidates for citywide offices like comptroller have to have 3,750 signatures from...

Thailand – KFC Threatens Legal Action Against ‘Hitler Chicken’

July 7, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Thailand - Kentucky Fried Chicken on Friday told The Huffington Post it may take "legal action" against a fried chicken shop in the Thai capital after it opened a shop named Hitler with a logo that resembles KFC's much-recognized branding, only with Hitler's head grafted onto the body of Colonel Sanders - complete with bow-tie. "We find it extremely distasteful and are considering legal action...

San Francisco – Official Probes If Rescuers Ran Over Crash Victim

July 7, 2013 at 08:38 PM
San Francisco - Pilots of Asiana Flight 214 were flying too slowly as they approached San Francisco airport, triggering a control board warning that the jetliner could stall, and then tried to abort the landing seconds before crashing, according to federal safety officials. Investigators also said they were looking into the possibility that rescue crews ran over one of the two teenagers killed...

Russia – Anyone Seen Snowden? Moscow Transit Fliers Hope For A Glimpse

July 7, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Russia -When Edward Snowden finally leaves the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, it will lose its biggest attraction. The former U.S. spy agency contractor has managed to stay out of sight for two weeks since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23, hoping to fly on to a country that would not send him back to the United States to face espionage charges. The hordes of reporters who...

Santiago – World Bank: Brazil, Egypt, Turkey Unrest A Wake Up Call

July 7, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Santiago - Massive protests in Brazil, Egypt and Turkey should jolt governments across the globe into ensuring they are providing crucial public services and opportunities to their citizens, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in an interview on Friday. Frustration with the political establishment, a lack of opportunity and unmet expectations for better living standards have helped...

Israel – Ministers Approve Bill To Prevent Parents From Leaving Kids In Car

July 7, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Israel - Teachers will have to call parents whose children did not come to school or preschool in the morning, according to a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday. The bill, proposed by Knesset Committee for Children’s Rights chairwoman Orly Levy- Abecassis (Likud Beytenu), is meant to prevent parents from accidentally leaving their children in their cars, which...

West Bank – Likud, Shas Members Meet Palestinian Officials In Ramallah

July 7, 2013 at 06:29 PM
West Bank - American mediation alone will not bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians, a senior Palestinian official said Sunday in a meeting in Ramallah with Likud and Shas party members. "I do not believe we can reach an agreement through US mediation alone. I believe that peace by means of a two-state solution is possible," said Nabil Shaath, a member of the Palestinian negotiating...

Washington – Safety Advances Boost Plane Crash Survival Odds

July 7, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Washington - Passengers in plane crashes today, such as the one in San Francisco involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214, are more likely to survive than in past disasters. Saturday's crash was the latest where a big commercial airliner was destroyed but most passengers escaped with their lives. There were plenty of cuts, bruises and broken bones — and some more severe injuries — but only 2...

Nantucket, MA – Secretary Of State’s Wife Hospitalized In Critical Condtion

July 7, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Nantucket, MA - A hospital spokesman says Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is hospitalized in critical but stable condition in a Massachusetts hospital. Hospital spokesman Noah Brown said Heinz Kerry was admitted into the emergency room of Nantucket Cottage Hospital after 3:30 p.m. Sunday. He says the 74-year-old Heinz Kerry came to the facility in...

San Francisco – Official: Asiana Flight Tried To Abort Landing

July 7, 2013 at 06:02 PM
San Francisco - A federal safety official said the cockpit voice recorder from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 showed the jetliner tried to abort its landing and come around for another try 1.5 seconds before it crashed at San Francisco airport. National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman said at a news conference Sunday the recorder also showed there was a call to increase airspeed...

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