Alexa Duran was driving from a doctor’s appointment with her best friend Richard next to her in the passenger’s seat, when the bridge collapsed on top of them. Her best friend Richard speaks out about his amazing story of survival.
A Republican politician argued teachers should not be armed in the wake of the Florida high school shooting - because most of them are women. Alabama state representative Harry Shiver claimed that women "are scared of guns" and don't want to learn how to shoot. Mr Shiver told AL.com he would probably abstain from voting on a bill that would allow trained teachers to carry guns on school campuses.
Fifty years after taking photos of an American massacre of Vietnamese villagers, a former US army photographer said he is sorry for the "carnage" his countrymen unleashed in one the war's worst atrocities. Ronald Haeberle told AFP he started snapping instinctively, capturing the chilling photos that would later expose the full extent of the My Lai massacre: 504 Vietnamese dead in a single day, mostly unarmed women, children and older men. "I wanted to remember what was happening there, I wanted to capture a moment in time, and I did," he told AFP while touring the My Lai massacre museum in the village on Friday, the 50th anniversary of the killings.
The move is latest in a growing feud between Russia and the United Kingdom after the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter — with Prime Minister Theresa May saying there is “no alternative conclusion” than Russia being responsible.
Cambridge Analytica was able to access user data through a paid personality survey app, which company insider Christopher Wylie told ITN Channel 4 News was used to influence and wage a “culture war” by Steve Bannon during the 2016 election.
A Turkish penal court ordered the release of a journalist jailed over alleged ties to a failed coup, the private broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Friday. Sahin Alpay, a journalist in the now defunct Zaman daily, is to be released under judicial control and confinement to his house, CNN Turk said. Turkey's Constitutional Court had ruled earlier on Friday for a second time that the rights of Alpay had been violated while in custody and had requested his release.
The head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is reportedly under investigation for sexual harassment. The academy, which oversees the Oscars, is responding to multiple allegations against president John Bailey, according to reports in the Hollywood Reporter and Variety. In a statement, the Academy said it “treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties”.
Louise Slaughter, a pioneering Democratic US lawmaker who rose to become the first female chair of the House Rules Committee, died Friday after suffering a concussion in a fall, her office announced. First elected to Congress in 1986 in western New York, Slaughter was the oldest sitting member in the House of Representatives, a tough-as-nails legislator and an influential voice within her party. "Her strong example inspired countless young women to know their power, and seek their rightful place at the head of the decision-making table," said top Democrat Nancy Pelosi, herself a political trailblazer who served as the first female speaker of the House.
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators, spurred by a deadly helicopter crash into a river, ordered a temporary nationwide ban on open-door flights that have tight seat restraints that could trap people during emergencies.
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican "Lettergate" scandal came to a head on Saturday when the Holy See, under pressure from the media and conservatives, released a full text by former Pope Benedict that before was cited only selectively. The Vatican Secretariat for Communication, which had come under sharp criticism all week for blurring part of a photograph of the letter and for withholding another section, said in a statement there had been "no intent of censorship". It said the letter, written for the presentation of a Vatican-published 11-booklet series on the theology of Pope Francis, was private and therefore officials had cited only the "opportune and relative" parts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for a Mexican man acquitted of murder in a San Francisco shooting that helped fuel the U.S. immigration debate are pressing for documents to help them argue that his U.S. gun charges are vindictive.
Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker best known for giving up information that lead to Chelsea Manning's arrest, has died at the age of 37. Mr Lamo, occasionally known as the “homeless hacker” because of his penchant for roaming the US on Greyhound buses, died in Sedgwick County, Kansas on Friday, according to multiple reports. An account appearing to belong to his father, Mario Lamo, posted a tribute in a Facebook group called “2600 | The Hacker Quarterly”.
Haspel personally oversaw torture at a CIA black site in Thailand, and she even seemed to relish the role. Haspel also oversaw George W Bush’s rendition to torture program and, unsurprisingly, many in the intelligence community that are connected to the US torture program are now leaping to her defense, saying that she shouldn’t be penalized now for just following orders back then.
More than 200,000 civilians have fled the city of Afrin in northern Syria in less than three days to escape a Turkish-led military offensive against a Kurdish militia, a war monitor said Saturday. "There was fierce fighting throughout the night on the northern outskirts of the city as the Turkish forces and their Syrian allies tried to break into the city," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The exodus continued on Saturday with at least 50,000 civilians fleeing the city since the early hours of the morning, according to the Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Student survivors of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history took their message abroad for the first time on Saturday, calling for greater gun safety measures and sharing with educational professionals from around the world their frightening experience.
Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn filed a defamation lawsuit against the city of Vallejo after officials there dismissed Mr Quinn’s description of a home intruder kidnapping and raping Ms Huskins as a fabrication that had wasted police resources. Vindicating the couple, a man named Matthew Muller was later convicted of kidnapping Ms Quinn and sentenced to 40 years in prison after he was arrested and had his home searched during an unrelated investigation. It alleges police officers reacted to Mr Quinn reporting the crime by treating him as if he had “already been convicted of murdering” Ms Huskins.
CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's primary, greeting voters and sinking more money into what's become an increasingly fierce — and expensive — contest.
The board decision comes just days after U.S. President Donald Trump blocked a $117 billion hostile bid from Singapore-based rival Broadcom Ltd to acquire Qualcomm, citing national security concerns. Jacobs supported Qualcomm's resistance to Broadcom's bid, but he increasingly clashed with other members of the San Diego-based company's board, including Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf, over how Qualcomm defended itself, according to people familiar with the matter.
Audi has just confirmed it will be launching a fully-electric four-door GT model in 2020 to rival the Tesla Model S, which will be a gran turismo sibling of the e-tron SUV that arrives later this year. At its recent annual press conference, the manufacturer announced it will launch no fewer than five of those models by as soon as 2021, so we will soon have a Q3-sized EV crossover, the e-tron, e-tron Sportback and the e-tron GT. Perhaps what's most interesting about Audi's conversion to the electric cause is a focus on what will be special "Audi Sport" performance models.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gina Haspel's long spy career is so shrouded in mystery that senators want documents declassified so they can decide if her role at a CIA black site should prevent her from directing the agency.
The chief engineer of a Florida bridge project warned authorities of cracking in the structure days before it collapsed, killing at least six people, the southern US state's department of transportation said Friday. Chief engineer Denney Pate left a voicemail on a Florida Department of Transportation employee's landline on March 13, two days before the pedestrian walkway came crashing down on the major road beneath, the department said in a statement. There was "some cracking that's been observed on the north end of the span," Pate said, according to a transcript of the call.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's hardline new interior minister declared that Islam is "not part of Germany" in an interview published Friday, setting off a political storm two days into her fourth term. Asked by the top-selling Bild daily whether the influx of Muslim migrants and asylum seekers to Europe's top economy over the past several decades meant that Islam now belonged to the fabric of the nation, Horst Seehofer replied "no". "Islam is not part of Germany.