President Trump Scraps Plan to Cut Foreign Aid Amid Bipartisan Pushback

KEVIN FREKING / AP (WASHINGTON) — Facing bipartisan opposition, President Donald Trump has scrapped an effort to cut some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers had already approved. A senior administration official and a Democratic congressional aide confirmed the decision Thursday. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The potential cut to programs at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development had drawn criticism from Republicans and Democrats. The administration official said it was clear that many on Capitol Hill weren’t willing to join in “curbing wasteful spending.” Since taking office, the Trump … Continue reading President Trump Scraps Plan to Cut Foreign Aid Amid Bipartisan Pushback

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Smoke Filled the Cabin

Caleb Jones / AP (HONOLULU) — Seven people were taken to the hospital Thursday after smoke filled the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from California to Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines says 184 passengers and seven crew members used evacuation slides to get off the plane after it declared an in-flight emergency and landed in Honolulu. Jon Snook, Hawaiian Airlines chief operating officer, said smoke was first detected on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 47 from Oakland, California, about 20 minutes prior to landing as the plane began to descend. American Medical Response spokesman James Ireland said a total of 11 patients had … Continue reading Hawaiian Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Smoke Filled the Cabin

Man Charged in Death of Detroit Girl Attacked by Three Dogs

Jeff Karoub / AP (DETROIT) — A man was charged Thursday in the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl, who was mauled by three dogs despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency workers. Pierre Cleveland, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous animal causing death, Wayne County prosecutors said. Cleveland owned the pit bulls or pit bull mixes that got free from his yard and attacked Emma Hernandez as she rode a bike Monday in her neighborhood on the city’s southwest side. A judge entered a not-guilty plea on Cleveland’s behalf and set … Continue reading Man Charged in Death of Detroit Girl Attacked by Three Dogs

YouTube Disables 200 Videos Believed to Be Spreading Disinformation About Hong Kong Protests

Associated Press (SAN FRANCISCO) — YouTube says it disabled more than 200 videos this week that appeared to be part of a coordinated effort to spread misinformation about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The video removals come just days after Twitter said it had suspended more than 200,000 accounts it linked to a Chinese government influence campaign against the protests. Facebook also said it had suspended accounts and removed pages after being notified by Twitter. Google, which owns YouTube, did not explicitly implicate the Chinese government but said the videos were related to the similar disclosures from Facebook and … Continue reading YouTube Disables 200 Videos Believed to Be Spreading Disinformation About Hong Kong Protests

Border Agents Are Searching for Migrant Boy, 3, Swept Away With His Mom in the Rio Grande

Abby Vesoulis U.S. Border Patrol agents are searching for a 3-year-old boy who went missing after attempting to cross the Rio Grande River with his mother, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a Thursday statement. On Tuesday, a dozen migrants who were trying to cross the river near a port of entry in Texas alerted border control officials that the toddler and his mother had broken off from the pack while attempting to navigate the river’s intense current. With the assistance of CBP Air and Marine Operations aircraft, agents immediately began searching the area. On Wednesday morning, they discovered … Continue reading Border Agents Are Searching for Migrant Boy, 3, Swept Away With His Mom in the Rio Grande

Divers Visited the Titanic’s Wreck for the First Time in over a Decade. Here’s Why They Were Shocked by the Ship’s Condition

Gina Martinez New footage detailing the condition of the Titanic has scientists speculating that the shipwreck will have disintegrated entirely within the next 30 years. An expedition team led by Caladan Oceanic CEO and deep-sea explorer Victor Vescovo recently dove to the wreck in the five times over the course of eight days, sourcing the most up-to-date images of the famous sunken liner. Vescovo also recently broke the world record for deep-diving with a recent descent 35,853 feet into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest natural trench in the world The wreck of the Titanic has lain … Continue reading Divers Visited the Titanic’s Wreck for the First Time in over a Decade. Here’s Why They Were Shocked by the Ship’s Condition

38 Ex-Students Accuse Orthodox Rabbis of Sexual Abuse at Yeshiva University High School in New York

VERENA DOBNIK and DAVID KLEPPER / AP (NEW YORK) — Thirty-eight former students of an Orthodox Jewish school in New York City operated by Yeshiva University sued Thursday over claims they were molested by two prominent rabbis in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The suit alleged the university failed to protect students at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and even promoted one of the rabbis to principal after receiving abuse reports. A Yeshiva University spokesperson declined to comment, citing a school policy against speaking publicly about litigation. The lawsuit is one of hundreds that have been filed over child … Continue reading 38 Ex-Students Accuse Orthodox Rabbis of Sexual Abuse at Yeshiva University High School in New York