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Former Navy Pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, Named As Hero Who Landed Damaged Southwest Flight

The Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet blew an engine and lost a window at 32,000 feet was one of the first female pilots to fly with the U.S. Navy. Tammie Jo Shults, 56, was calm as she navigated the damaged Dallas-bound jet, Flight 1380, to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The twin-engine Boeing 737 that left New York’s LaGuardia Airport had 143 customers and five crew on board. One passenger died and 7 others were injured. Jennifer Riordan, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was identified as the woman who died. Riordan was the mother of two and a Wells Fargo bank executive. Shults took the plane into a rapid descent as passengers employed oxygen masks and braced for impact. The veteran pilot managed to safely land the plane at Philadelphia International at 11:30 a.m.  . ...Read Full Story

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies At Age 92

Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92. Mrs. Bush served as the country’s first lady from 1989 to 1993. She passed away shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health. A statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush read, “a former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92.”  Mr. and Mrs. Bush celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on Jan. 6. Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies in the history of the country who was also the mother of a president; George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. . ...Read Full Story

Starbucks CEO Apologizes For Arrests Of Two Black Men At Philadelphia Store As Protests Mount

Starbucks Corporation’s Chief Executive Kevin Johnson hopes to meet with the two black men arrested at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week to apologize for the incident, which has sparked accusations of racial profiling at the coffee chain. “The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible … they were wrong,” Johnson said on Monday, amid protests and calls for a boycott on social media. The 2 men had not made a purchase, but were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing on Thursday after a store manager called 911 and reported them for refusing to leave. Witnesses said the men were calmly sitting in the cafe and in a widely viewed video, some patrons asked police whether they were targeted because they are black. Police released the men, who were not charged. The female manager who reported the men to police has left the company, a Starbucks representative said.. ...Read Full Story

Fox News’ Sean Hannity Was Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Mystery Client

U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen revealed in court that Fox News host Sean Hannity was one of his clients, this after a federal judge overruled his effort to withhold the client’s identity. Cohen was in court on Monday to ask a judge to limit the ability of federal prosecutors to review documents seized from him last week through a warrant as part of a criminal investigation. Cohen argued that some of the seized documents are protected by attorney-client privilege or otherwise unconnected to the investigation. “I understand if he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough under the law,” Wood said, before ordering a lawyer for Cohen to disclose the name. Sean Hannity is a conservative television host known for advocating for Trump on his Fox News show.. ...Read Full Story

Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health; Will Not Be Seeking Further Treatment

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and will not seek additional medical care after a series of recent hospitalizations, a spokesman for the Bush family said on Sunday. Bush, 92, will “instead focus on comfort care” for unspecified health complications, according to a statement. Mrs. Bush is the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States who is now 93, and mother of 43rd President George W. Bush. “It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”. ...Read Full Story

Nikki Haley Says U.S. Is Prepared To Strike Syria Again

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said this weekend that “the United States is locked and loaded” to strike Syria again if the country’s regime continues to use chemical weapons. Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a U.S.-led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Haley also accused Russia of defending Syrian President Bashar Assad and failing to ensure that the war-torn country’s cache of poison gas was destroyed. “When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red,” she said. “The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons.”. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Says He Is In Support Of “Cooperative” Approach To Mueller Probe

President Donald Trump said he has “full confidence” in White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who has urged Trump to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.  In a tweet on Thursday, Mr. Trump said “I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!) He continued, “I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process.” Some of Trump’s strongest supporters have been urging the president to take a more aggressive position toward Mueller’s investigation, in particular after FBI agents descended on the office and home of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Trump has called the FBI raid an “attack on our country.”  However in a separate Twitter post Thursday, Mr. Trump denied reports that he had tried to dismiss Mueller last year. “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him,” Trump said.  Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation to protect the special counsel from being fired without cause.. ...Read Full Story

Massive Power Outage Hits Puerto Rico, Affecting Almost 900K

Puerto Rico was hit with a massive power outage Thursday after a tree fell on a power line, according to Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority.  San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said at least 700,000 people are without power and it could take eight to 16 hours for electricity to be restored. Major blackouts were reported from the northern town of Manatí to Yabucoa, roughly 50 miles southeast. The blackout also includes the capital of San Juan, the most populated area of the island. Hurricane Maria damaged much of the island’s infrastructure and its electrical grid when it made landfall in Puerto Rico in late September. Nearly seven months later, more than 100,000 Puerto Ricans still have no power.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Tells Russia To “Get Ready” For Syria Missile Attacks

President Donald Trump, in an early morning tweet, told Russia to prepare for “nice and new and ‘smart!'” missile attacks in Syria. This comes after an alleged gas attack in the country. The President’s tweet came after the Russian ambassador to Lebanon said in an interview on Tuesday that “if there is a US missile attack, we – in line with both Putin and Russia’s chief of staff’s remarks – will shoot down US rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles”. Trump also attacked Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Wednesday’s tweet, saying it “shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” The warnings come as the United States and several European countries threatened to use military action against the Syrian government and its main ally, Russia, in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. . ...Read Full Story