Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Monkey on the loose attacks maintenance worker in hospital parking lot; police on lookout

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police in North Carolina are looking for a monkey that they say attacked a maintenance worker in a hospital parking lot.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said animal control officers were called to Carolinas Medical Center-University Wednesday about the report of a monkey on the loose in the parking lot.

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen targeting rebel-held installations, Iran says a ‘dangerous step’

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday after announcing a broad regional coalition to oust Shiite rebels that forced the country’s embattled president to flee. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country’s capital, Sanaa, and flattened a number of homes near the international airport.

The Latest: Prosecutor says co-pilot intentionally crashed plane

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says pounding could be heard on the door during the final minutes as alarms sounded. He said the co-pilot “voluntarily” refused to open the door, and his breathing was normal throughout the final minutes of the flight.
He identified the pilot as a German national and who had never been flagged as a terrorist.
12:51 a.m. (1151 GMT 7:51 EDT)

AP Investigation: Men forced to work as slaves to catch seafood for global supply

BENJINA, Indonesia — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.

Recording video grows in use as feature of police stun guns, led to Pennsylvania cop’s arrest

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The existence of cameras attached to stun guns was news to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who said Wednesday that a recording made by an officer’s own stun gun was the strongest evidence used to charge her this week with homicide for a man’s shooting death in February.

Jet crashes in French Alps, at least 147 on board; French president says survivors unlikely

PARIS — A passenger jet carrying at least 147 people crashed Tuesday in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said. As search-and-rescue teams raced to the region, France’s president warned that no survivors were expected.

Republican Cruz tweets: He’s running for president; 1st major candidate to declare for 2016

WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the Republican Party’s most conservative members, announced early Monday he is running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, making him the first among what is expected to be a crowded field of White House hopefuls to officially enter the race.

Afghan protesters demand justice for woman attacked and killed by Kabul mob

KABUL, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Afghans protested in Kabul on Monday to demand justice for a woman who was killed by a mob outside one of the capital’s most famous mosques, after falsely being accused of burning a Qur’an.

Catastrophic Ebola outbreak not a perfect storm but systems failure: MSF

TORONTO — West Africa’s ongoing Ebola outbreak reached its catastrophic scale because of the failure of a variety of international agencies and the lack of global health rapid response capacity, a new report says

Emails show UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency on economic, political grounds

GENEVA — By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic centred on Guinea was the deadliest ever recorded. Foreign workers were being evacuated. Top disease-fighters warned that the virus could soon spread across West Africa.

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