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The Latest: Passenger says flight attendant nearly hit baby

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:01:59 -0400

HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on the confrontation on an American Airlines flight (all times local):

6 p.m.

A passenger on an American Airlines flight says a flight attendant who has since been grounded nearly hit a baby when he jerked a stroller away from a woman holding the child.


Julian Assange indictment 'OK with me,' says Donald Trump

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:13:36 -0400

President Trump on Friday said he won't object if federal prosecutors file criminal charges against Julian Assange as the Justice Department ramps up its probe into the WikiLeaks publisher.

Six months after praising WikiLeaks on the White House campaign trail, Mr. Trump told the Associated Press on Friday ...

March for (Political) Science: Earth Day rally doubles as latest anti-Trump protest

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:01:05 -0400

Take the Women’s March on Washington, slash its attendance, throw in Bill Nye "the science guy," and you have the formula for Saturday’s March for Science, the latest in this year’s series of anti-Trump protests.

Framed as a defense of scientific inquiry, the Earth Day march ...

Frank Artiles, Florida state senator, resigns after calling colleagues racial slurs

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:26:43 -0400

A Republican member of the Florida State Senate resigned from office on Friday after provoking bipartisan outrage by using the N-word and other derogatory language this week while describing fellow lawmakers.

Frank Artiles formally resigned Friday, four days after making the controversial comments.

"It is clear to me my recent ...

On Earth Day, President Trump visits wounded warriors, vows to protect 'God-given' gifts, families

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:56:03 -0400

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump spent a good portion of Earth Day at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just outside the nation's capital, visiting wounded troops and their families.

While there, Mr. Trump himself presented the Purple Heart to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos, injured ...

American Airlines suspends employee after boarding altercation goes viral

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:44:07 -0400

American Airlines said it suspended an employee on Friday after video surfaced on social media of an altercation involving an unidentified flight attendant.

The video was uploaded on Friday afternoon by Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya and shows a male flight attendant taunting a passenger while people boarded Flight ...

Dan Donovan, Staten Island congressman, defends NYPD from Trump DOJ's 'soft on crime' criticism

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:15:37 -0400

Staten Island's congressional representative defended the New York Police Department on Friday after the Trump administration took aim at its supposedly "soft on crime" stance.

Rep. Dan Donovan, New York Republican, lauded local law enforcement in a statement of his own Friday following the Justice Department's decision to send warning ...

Bill Maher lashes out at Berkeley over Ann Coulter cancellation controversy

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:49:20 -0400

Bill Maher blasted the University of California at Berkeley on Friday as "the cradle for [expletive] babies" after the school rescinded an invitation this week to conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

The left-leaning host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" unleashed on the institution during Friday evening's broadcast after Berkeley ...

American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:31:38 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) - Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane.

American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking ...

Air marshal left loaded gun in bathroom aboard transatlantic Delta flight: Reports

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:48:26 -0400

A federal air marshal misplaced her loaded service weapon in the bathroom of a transatlantic flight earlier this month before it was ultimately found by another passenger, according to multiple reports.

The incident happened aboard Delta Flight #221 on April 6 as the aircraft traveled to New York City from ...

March for Science attendance dwarfed by March for Life, Women's March

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:17:54 -0400

The movement for science is apparently third on the pecking order behind those for life and women's rights.

The attendance at the March for Science's flagship rally in Washington, D.C., is lagging well behind the hundreds of thousands who showed up for the March for Life and Women's March earlier ...

NTSB: Pilots didn't know airport was closed before crash

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:57:12 -0400

DENVER (AP) - Two pilots who crashed a jet into a snowplow while landing at Telluride's airport during a winter storm told investigators they didn't know the airport was closed.

The Denver Post reported Friday ( ) the pilots said air traffic controllers never informed them of the closure as ...

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects recusal petition over campaign donations

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:03:34 -0400

Elected judges in Wisconsin don't have to automatically recuse themselves from cases involving campaign donors, the state's Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting a petition from more than 50 retired judges to impose the new rule.

The retired judges had asked the high court to set a dollar limit that would ...

Biden: Christie's 'wisdom' creating purgatory for commuters

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:17:27 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) - Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden took a jab at Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the region's mass transit woes Friday, chiding Christie's "infinite wisdom" in killing a rail tunnel project several years ago.

Biden, who speaks often of his love of commuting by ...

DOJ to judge: Trump is no lawyer, ignore his 'Muslim ban' comments

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:07:00 -0400

President Trump's lawyers told a federal judge Friday that he's not a legal expert and his comments on his extreme vetting executive orders can't be taken as gospel truth, as the administration sought to head off yet another legal black eye over his six-country travel ban.

Brad Rosenberg, a Justice ...

DOJ puts nine sanctuary cities on notice; New York, Chicago, Philadelphia make name-and-shame list

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:26:00 -0400

The Trump administration put nine of the country's top sanctuary cities on notice Friday that they could soon have to give up some federal funds unless they can prove they are no longer thwarting Homeland Security's efforts to deport illegal immigrants.

The entire state of California is being targeted, as ...

Khaled Abu Dahab, convicted al Qaeda recruiter, stripped of U.S. citizenship

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:58:06 -0400

A former car salesman who admittedly operated a "communications hub" for Islamic terrorists from his California apartment was formally stripped of U.S. citizenship this week by a federal court judge.

Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell authorized Wednesday a court order officially denaturalizing Khaled Abu Dahab, an Egyptian-born al Qaeda recruiter ...

FBI, NSA called for further testimony on Trump-Russia investigation

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:38:00 -0400

Ramping up their Congressional investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, lawmakers have invited directors of the FBI and National Security Agency to testify again, in addition to expressing a desire to hear from the Obama administration's top intelligence officials.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway has ...

Roman Polanski's latest court filing slammed by prosecutor as abusive of legal system, taxpayers

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:27:14 -0400

A California prosecutor is slamming director Roman Polanski's latest court filing in the long-running dispute over his nearly 40-year-old rape conviction.

"The defendant has become the criminal version of a vexatious litigant," L.A. County deputy district attorney Michele Hanisee said in a court document opposing the convicted sex offender's latest ...

San Francisco power outage snarls traffic, shuts rail station

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:05:35 -0400

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A power outage struck a wide area of San Francisco on Friday, blacking out about 90,000 utility customers, snarling traffic as intersection signals went dark and stopping the famed cable cars for a time.

Pacific Gas & Electric crews were assessing the problem and there was ...