Italy’s highest court’s tossed the murder convictions of American Aanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, 21-year old Meridith Kercher. The two were found guilty last year by a Florence appeals court. The judges found the evidence didn’t support their convictioon. The full ruling should be released in the next three months. Knox, now 27, didn’t leave her Seattle home for the final appeal.
The White House is proposing steps to address the increasing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which cause 23,000 deaths and as many as 2-million illnesses annually nationwide. USA Today reports the proposals include cutting down on overprescribing anrtibiotics but doctors and veterinarians. The plan would ban the use of what are considered medically important antibiotics in livestock production by the end of next year. The White House is also pushing for the development of new antibiotics to replace those that no longer fight infections; and can find new drugs to increase animal growth that aren’t antibiotics.
German investigators say Andreas Lubitz tore up a medical doctor’s note that labeled him “unfit to work” the day he deliberately crashed Germanwings flight 9525 into the French Aklps. German prosecutors have also revealed that he was receiving treatment from doctors at University Hospital Dusseldorf as recently as March 10th. Doctors there declined comment on what he was being treated for, citing patient confidentiality. They did say reports that Lubitz was being treated for depression were incorrect.
12-people have been hurt, several of them critically, after what appears to have been a natural gas explosion, fire, and building collapse on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. City officials say there was plumbing and gas work being done on the ground floor of the building where the blast was reported, and that may have been a factor in the explopsion and fire that spread to a four buildings. New York City fire officials say this was a 7-alarm event, with over 250-firefighters called to respond.
Airlines today rushed to adopt a two person in the cockpit at all times after this weeks crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps. The reason is what French public prosecutor Brice (BREECE) Robin (roh-BEH) told reporters: they believe the copilot, Andreas Lubitz, locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the aircraft.….
Reuters reports Norwegian Air Shuttle, Britain’s easyJet, Air Canada and Air Berlin have all put the two person rule in place, and Canada says it will immediately require all air carriers in its jurisdiction do the same.
New York City firefighters have been busy working to knock down a fire that erupted in an East Village building. Initial reports say parts of the 5-story building collapsed after an explosion, which was followed by a massive fire. 12-injuries have been reported, with at least four of them critical. There’s been no word yet on the cause of the blast, but local utilities have shot off power and gas in the immediate area. The building, which dates back to the 1900’s, had 26-apartments and several ground floor businesses.
When he comes to the United States in September, Pope Francis will pay a visit to the White House for a meeting with President Obama. It will be only the third time a Pope was been a guest at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A White House spokerson says the two are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including poverty, immigration, and the environment. The two men met in Rome last year, and during that meeting the two quietly laid the foundations for the President’s announcement late last year to move to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.
BDL, the German aviation association, says all airlines in the country are changing their rules to require two crew members be in the cockpit at all times. The decision follows the disclosure that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed earlier this week had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the aircraft killing everyone on board. Norway’s air carriers are making the switch as are a couple of carriers in Canada and elsewhere in Europe. The U.S. already has the two person in the cockpit at all times rule.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tried to set a new tone for relations between his country and the U.S. today in his speech to a joint session of Congress. Ghani specifically offering a thank you to the American people for the tax dollars already invested in his country.….
http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-032515-Ghani-Congress Thanks Taxpayers.mp3
The U.S. Army’s brought charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He’s charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. U.S. Army Forces Command spokesperson, Col. John King on tyhe penalties if Bergdahl’s convicted on the misbehavior count.…
The now 28-year old Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban who held him until last year when they agreed to release him in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.