Chiquita Brands lawsuit

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from rel­a­tives of thou­sands of vic­tims of guer­rilla con­flict in Colom­bia who want to sue Chiq­uita Brand Inter­na­tional in U.S. courts. A divided fed­eral appeals court last year threw out claims worth poten­tially bil­lions of dol­lars against the pro­duce giant in a rul­ing that said Amer­i­can courts have no juris­dic­tion over events that took place in Colombia.

US Navy May Be Ready to Block Iranian Weapons Shipments to Yemen Rebels

The U.S. Navy has sent a nuclear air­craft car­rier, the Teddy Roo­sevelt, and a guided-missile cruiser to the coast of Yemen to help beef up secu­rity and join other Amer­i­can ships that are pre­pared to block Iran­ian ship­ments. In spite of denials from the Pen­ta­gon, the ships are believed to be gath­er­ing to pos­si­bly inter­cept any Iran­ian ships car­ry­ing weapons to the Houthi rebels fight­ing in Yemen. The Daily Mail’s report­ing about eight Iran­ian ships are head­ing toward Yemen, and may be trans­port­ing weapons.

Fired Michigan Cop Facing Felony Charges in Traffic Stop of African-American Man

Fired Inkster, Michi­gan Police offi­cer William Melendez’s fac­ing felony charges of the vio­lence arrest of an African-American man who was dragged out of his car dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Jan­u­ary. The inci­dent involv­ing 57-year old Floyd Dent, was caught on viceo. His attor­ney, Gre­gory Rohl, says Melen­dez shouldn’t be the only one fac­ing the music.….

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-042015-Rohl-Others Should be Charged.mp3

Melen­dez is charged with mis­con­duct in office/mistreatment of a pris­oner, pun­ish­able by up to five years in prison; and assault with intent to do great bod­ily harm, pun­ish­able by up to 10 years in prison.

Proposal for Getting Rid of Orbiting Space Junk

Some sci­en­tists say we are on the way to block­ing our­selves from get­ting into orbit because of all the space junk now cir­cling the planet. Smith­son­ian Mag­a­zine reports a group from Japan’s pro­posed equip­ping the Inter­na­tional Space Sta­tion with a laser. They’d use the Extreme Uni­verse Space Obser­va­tory tele­scope, already on the sta­tion. to spot pieces of space junk, and with an added laser, shove it out of orbit to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Ex Michigan Cop Charged In Assault on African-American Man During Traffic Stop

Fired Inkster, Michi­gan Police offi­cer William Melendez’s fac­ing felony charges of the vio­lence arrest of an African-American man who was dragged out of his car dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Jan­u­ary. That man, 57-year old Floyd Dent, says he’s grate­ful Wayne County Pros­e­cu­tor Kym Wor­thy decided to investigate.….

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-042015-Dent-Thanks Prosecutor.mp3

Melen­dez is charged with mis­con­duct in office/mistreatment of a pris­oner, pun­ish­able by up to five years in prison; and assault with intent to do great bod­ily harm, pun­ish­able by up to 10 years in prison.

Baltimore PD Facing Questions in Man’s Death After Arrest

Bal­ti­more Police say Fred­die Gray suf­fered a sub­stan­tial and fatal spinal injury between the time he was arrested April 12th, and when he arrived at a local hos­pi­tal to be treated for some kind of med­ical emer­gency. Gray died Sun­day. Baltimore’s Police Com­mis­sioner says they are inves­ti­gat­ing to deter­mine how he received that spinal injury. The offi­cers involved in the arrest have been sus­pended. Accord­ing to a police spokesper­son, Gray was talk­ing and breath­ing when he was placed in a police van after his arrest, but could do nei­ther when he was taken out.

More US Warships Head to Coast of Yemen

The USS Theodore Roo­sevelt, an air­craft car­rier, and a guided mis­sile cruiser are headed through the Ara­bian Sea to the coast of Yemen. They’re join­ing sev­eral other ships in the area right now to keep ship­ping lanes open. There have been reports they are on scene to search ships headed to Yemen for weapons allegedly being sent to rebels sup­ported by Iran. A Pen­ta­gon spokesper­son tells the Wash­ing­ton Post those reports are untrue.

Comcast Time Warner Deal May Have Hit A Roadblock

Attorney’s in the Jus­tice Department’s antitrust divi­sion are report­edly close to rec­om­mend­ing a thumbs down on the pro­posed mega-merger between Com­cast and Time Warner Cable. A report from Bloomberg says attorery’s look­ing into the $45-billion deal are con­cerned about its impat on con­sumers, with the rec­om­men­da­tion offi­cially com­ing down next week. Com­cast says it’s had pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions with DOJ about the deal. A group of com­pa­nies, asso­ci­a­tions and pub­lic inter­est groups sent a let­ter to FCC Chair Tom Wheeler today oppos­ing the merger, say­ing the com­bined com­pany would con­trol over half the high speed res­i­den­tial broad­band con­nec­tions nationwide.

Francis Cardinal George Dies

Fran­cis Car­di­nal George, a defender of Roman Catholic ortho­doxy who led the U.S. bish­ops’ fight against Oba­macare and played a key role in the church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scan­dal, died today. He was 78. He became Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus when he retired last fall. His suc­ces­sor, Arch­bishop Blase Supich, says the Car­di­nal did so much more than min­is­ter to Chicago’s faithful…

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-041715-Supich-George Took Stands.mp3

Supich says there’s some­thing every­one can do to honor the Car­di­nals legacy.…

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-041715-Supich-Honoring George Legacy.mp3

He served as Chicago’s Arch­bishop for 17-years.

ISIL Claims Credit for Car Bombing in Kurdish Capital in Iraq

Five peo­ple were killed and more wounded when a car bomb went off today out­side the U.S. Con­sulate in Erbil, the cap­i­tal city of Iraq’s Kur­dis­tan region. The Kurds are U.S. allies in the bat­tle against ISIL, the Islamic State group. Accord­ing to Reuters, the consulate’s in the Ankawa dis­trict of Kur­bil, a Chris­t­ian area, and con­sid­ered one of the safest areas of the city. ISIL has also claimed credit for two other car bombs that went off today in Bagh­dad and killed 27 people.