Italian Court Tosses Guilty Verdict Against Amanda Knox

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.

White House Proposes Effort to Battle Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

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.

Doctors Note Says Germanwings Co-Pilot Shouldn’t Have Been in the Air

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 Hurt in New York City Building Blast

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 Switching to Two Person in Cockpit At All Times Rule

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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.….

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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.

Big Fire After Explosion and Building Collapse in New York City

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.

Pope Francis to Visit White House in September

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.

Air Carriers Changing Cockpit Procedures

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.

Afghanistan’s Ghani Offers Thank You to U.S. Taxpayers

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.…. Thanks Taxpayers.mp3

Army Charges Bergdahl With Desertion

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.… Penalty.mp3

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.