JASPER, Ala. — Federal authorities said Friday a student pilot wasn´t following regulations when he took off with two friends on a late-night flight New Year´s Day that crashed in north Alabama and killed everyone aboard. Federal Aviation Administration records show that the pilot, 17-year-old Jordan Ryan Smith of Jasper, received a student pilot certificate in February 2012. On Thursday, the FAA pointed to regulations that say "a student pilot may not act as pilot in command of an aircraft that is carrying a passenger."
It is disappointing that today the Government of Argentina is once again ignoring the rights and wishes of the Falkland Islands people. The open letter sent by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to David Cameron is not only historically inaccurate, but fails to mention the most significant aspect of our recent history--the attempt by the Argentine Government to take away our home by military force when they invaded thirty years ago.[Snip] The Falkland Islands had no indigenous population prior to their settlement by our ancestors--the Islands were unoccupied. Argentina claims the Falkland Islands form part of the province of
Fracking fans have a new target: Matt Damon. “Promised Land,” the new Gus Van Sant film about the controversial technique that acquires natural gas through drilling and pressurized fluid, stars and was written by Damon and costar John Krasinski, opens nationally Friday. Phelim McAleer is launching a one-man campaign to call Damon out about the film. McAleer directed the documentary FrackNation, along with his wife Ann McElhinney, and the film paints a more sympathetic portrayal of fracking and aims to dispel some of the misinformation that McAleer and McElhinney believe have
WASHINGTON- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is resting at home in New York after being treated for a blood clot and plans to return to her office next week, the State Department said on Thursday. Clinton, 65, has suffered a series of ailments over the last month including a stomach virus, a concussion and a blood clot in a vein behind her right ear. She was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday after a stay of several days during which she was given blood thinners to treat the clot.
John Boehner´s first order of business in his second term as speaker is no more one-on-one meetings with President Obama. An aide to the speaker, who won re-election to the leadership post Thursday afternoon, confirmed to Fox News that Boehner is done with closed-door talks with the president. Boehner and Obama over the past two years have made two unsuccessful attempts at striking a "grand bargain" deficit-reduction deal. The last set of talks, in the context of crafting a bill to avert the fiscal crisis, ended with Boehner exiting the negotiations and pushing a failed "Plan B"
It´s the first day of the 113th Congress, and one of the new faces in the Senate belongs to a man who was re-elected to the House: South Carolina´s Tim Scott. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Scott to replace Jim DeMint, who in turn is filling the shoes of the Heritage Foundation´s longtime president, Ed Feulner. Scott is the first black senator since Roland Burris departed the chamber in 2010. In addition, as Adolph Reed, a University of Pennsylvania political scientist, noted in a recent New York Times op-ed, "he will be the first black senator from the
In a smart, disheartening piece in The New York Times Magazine last month, Robert Worth surveyed the frustration of American diplomats who signed up to engage the world — even dreamed of changing it — and now find themselves encumbered by the safeguards and protocols of a risk-averse Washington. It is hard to change the world when you live in a fortress and travel in an armored motorcade. The article was prompted, of course, by the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the ambassador killed in a Sept. 11 jihadi attack on the American mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Washington — Vice President Joe Biden was in rare form Thursday morning as he held a mock swearing-in session for the senators of the 113th Congress. In case you missed this hour of must-see TV, we’ve recapped Biden’s best comments.1) “Spread your legs — your going to be frisked,” Biden said to North Dakota’s newest senator, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, and her family, after the photographer suggested they “drop your hands to the side.” “You say that to somebody from North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk,” Biden told the photographer. 2) “If you ever need any help on your pecs, let me know,”
“It’s all political,” the governor said. “You know, this country’s run on politics. But when a disaster comes that is not what you expect, you expect a human reaction, not a political reaction. And I will tell you, there’s a void, a total void of human response. And it’s extremely discouraging as an American citizen. It makes me angry and extremely disappointed.” That wasn’t Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) waxing exasperated with Washington inaction in the face of his state’s suffering. That was then-Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D) of Louisiana having her say during an interview with me
For months now, Utah has put the White House in a sticky spot on Obamacare. Unlike most Republican-governed states, Utah has been eager to run a health insurance exchange. In fact, it already has one: When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Utah was one of two states running a marketplace where consumers could compare and purchase coverage (Massachusetts was the other). Unlike most Democratic-governed states, though, Utah did not want to set up the kind of exchange that that the health-care law envisioned. The state has favored a bare-bones approach: It only sells to small
The Wall Street Journal reports that Glenn Beck–who approached Current TV about a sale last year–was too right-wing for the network to even consider his offer. But an authoritarian-Islamist government that has criminalized homosexuality, discriminates against non-Muslims, prosecutes journalists, and has a “Not Free” rating from Freedom House? (Snip)According to The Wall Street Journal, Glenn Beck’s media company, The Blaze, approached Current Media about a sale last year, but was told in the words of one source that “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are
Washington, D.C. - Tim Scott is now officially South Carolina´s newest senator. Scott, 47, took the oath of office in the Senate chamber Thursday just after noon. Vice-President Joe Biden presided over the swearing-in. Governor Nikki Haley appointed him to replace Jim DeMint last month, after DeMint resigned to become the leader of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative thinktank. Before coming to the Senate, Scott served two years as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina´s First Congressional District. Before coming to Congress, Scott served 13 years on the Charleston County
With the fiscal cliff averted at last on New Year´s Day, President Barack Obama returned to his vacation spot on Kailua Beach in Oahu, Hawaii Wednesday morning for some much-needed R & R. Obama had previously cut the vacation short to deal with the fiscal crisis. Each U.S. president has found his own way to unwind from the stresses of leading the free world, including Harry Truman, who once called the White House the "crown jewel of the federal penal system" because he felt so confined there. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both escaped to ranches out west.
The trust responsible for selling and cleaning up former General Motors properties has reached an agreement to sell the shuttered GM plant near Shreveport, La., to a start-up carmaker that plans to hire 1,500 new workers. An ultra-small carmaker called Elio Motors signed a deal to buy the former GM Shreveport Assembly and Stamping plant in Caddo Parish from the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) Trust. (Snip) A Shreveport TV station quoted a local politician saying the plant would not be unionized. On its website, Elio doesn’t list information about its investors
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents announced today they have rescued 44 children from sexual abuse as part of a child pornography investigation that netted 245 arrests over five weeks late last year. Agents have identified an additional 79 individuals who have been abused as children including 24 victims who now may be adults and are seeking the public´s help to identify individuals who are alleged to be sexually abusing young children, with the images posted on the Internet. "Many times, our investigations into people who possess and trade child pornography reveal new
Belleville — Police Chief William Clay has banned all on-duty police officers from eating at Denny´s Restaurant on South Illinois Street after a detective was asked to remove her gun or leave the restaurant on New Year´s Day. "All sworn (uniformed/non-uniformed) officers have been prohibited from entering Denny´s Restaurant at 1130 South Illinois for any meal or coffee breaks while on duty," Clay said in a released statement. "Additionally, no officers may enter the restaurant off-duty if in uniform." Calls for service by Denny´s will continue to receive the appropriate law enforcement
Detroit officials this morning said the city had 411 homicides in 2012, including those termed justifiable homicides. The city reported 386 criminal homicides, compared to 344 in 2011. Including justifiable homicides, there were 377 homicides in 2011, the city reported. Detroit Police Inspector Dwane Blackmon, head of homicide, said criminal homicide is defined as the willful taking of another person’s life. He said justifiable homicides are murders “not done in a criminal manner” and can include an officer taking someone’s life in the course of his or her job. (Snip) Last year was one of the bloodiest in
Democrats, facing a challenging fight to retake the House of Representatives in 2014, see a promising new line of attack rising out of the fiscal cliff follies: casting the Republican congressional majority as a terminally dysfunctional body that cannot perform the basic functions of government, let alone lead the country through difficult times. It’s a meaningful shift from the Democrats’ message in 2012, when President Barack Obama’s party gained a modest eight seats in the House attacking Republicans as ultraconservative allies of the super-rich. After the past two weeks of tumultuous
2012 was a rough year for the Republican Party’s relationship with women. From Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments to the party’s efforts to cut funding for preventative care (particularly important for women seeking cancer screenings and the like) to Rep. Darrell Issa’s all-male panel on contraception mandates and religious liberty — and the subsequent attacks from Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing voices on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, whom Issa had barred from the hearing — the GOP repeatedly showed a less-than-impressive concern for women’s
Time Warner Cable minced no words when it announced on Wednesday night that it was dropping Current TV, just hours after Al Jazeera acquired the channel. “Our agreement with Current has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service,” the distributor said. “We are removing the service as quickly as possible.” Critics of the distributor’s decision didn’t hold back, either, calling it cowardly, shameful and just plain dumb. On Twitter and Facebook, many people assumed that Time Warner Cable was expressing corporate opposition to Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant,
Trenton — A Linden man pleaded guilty today to various weapons charges for selling two assault rifles, an assault pistol and a revolver to an undercover detective and an informant, the state Attorney General´s Office said. Andre Doss, 31, also admitted to conspiracy to distribute various illegal drugs, the office said in a news release. Prosecutors will recommend Doss be sentenced to 10 years in prison, including five years of parole ineligibility. Sentencing is set for April 15. Doss admitted that in July and August 2011, he arranged, and with the help of co-defendant Duquan Wells,
Trenton - In the 36 days since Gov. Chris Christie confirmed he would run for re-election, his campaign has raised $2.1 million. That means, if he were to participate in the state’s public campaign financing program, he could stop raising money today and still take full advantage of the program. The primary is June 11. “This is unprecedented, the speed at which the governor raised the maximum,” said Bill Palatucci, a longtime adviser who ran Gov. Tom Kean’s wildly successful re-election campaign in 1985. Word of mouth, the internet and direct mail drove the giving.
She may be going through personal dramas all of her own, but Hillary Clinton´s early life could soon be appearing on the Silver Screen. A script about the Secretary of State in her 20s and how she chose her husband over her career has become the talk of Hollywood. The husband in question is future President Bill Clinton, and her job was as the youngest member of the House Judiciary Committee trying to impeach President Nixon. In one scene the young Mrs Clinton--who was released from hospital yesterday over a blood clot on her brain--is shown kissing her husband
Officials say they have broken up a smuggling ring in which narwhal tusks from the Canadian Artic were brought to Maine in a trailer with a secret compartment and then illegally sold to American buyers. Andrew Zarauskus, of Union, N.J., and Jay Conrad, of Lakeland, Tenn., will be arraigned in Bangor, Maine, next week on federal smuggling and money laundering charges. An indictment says two Canadians for nearly a decade smuggled the whale tusks into Maine, where they were shipped via FedEx to Zarauskus, Conrad and other American buyers. Narwhals are known as the unicorns of the sea for their spiral,
Vice President Joe Biden “guaranteed” Mayor Thomas M. Menino — a leading national gun control advocate — that President Obama will pass sweeping firearms reforms by the end of the month, the mayor said today. “He said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino said at City Hall today. “They’re going to get it done.” The mayor, who has been recovering from a host of ailments for the past two months, said Biden called him several times while he was in the hospital, including a call after the Newtown school massacre
Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich. The company primarily known for Spam and other cured, smoked and deli meats said Thursday that it´s buying Skippy, the country´s No. 2 peanut butter brand, in its biggest-ever acquisition. Skippy, which was introduced in 1932 and is a staple in American pantries, is intended to increase Hormel´s presence in the center of the supermarket where nonperishable foods are sold. It also gives the Austin, Minn.-based company a stronger footing in international markets. Skippy is sold in about 30 countries and is the leading