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Crashed Indonesian plane was carrying $500,000 in cash

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 02:55

By Hidayat Setiaji and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian passenger plane that crashed with 54 people on board in Papua province was carrying cash worth around $470,000 for remote villages, a post office spokesman said on Monday as rescue teams headed to the mountainous site where it went down. Earlier, a search and rescue plane spotted debris believed to be from the aircraft in the heavily forested Bintang Mountains district, local police chief Yunus Wally told the Antara news agency, adding that a search team was approaching the area. There were 44 adult passengers, five children and infants and five crew on the Trigana short-haul flight from Sentani Airport in Jayapura, capital of Papua, south to Oksibil.

US Army skydiver dies from Chicago air show injuries

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 20:51

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. Army skydiver who had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan died Sunday from injuries suffered in a midair collision with another jumper during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show, authorities said.

U.S. Army parachutist dies after collision at Chicago air show

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 18:53
Army Golden Knights parachutist Corey Hood had collided with an unidentified Navy parachutist during the Chicago Air & Water Show, the Chicago Sun Times reported. Hood, who was from Cincinnati, served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump: Illegal immigrants 'have to go'

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 16:10

The Republican presidential frontrunner says he wants to end "birthright citizenship" for their children.

Notable Mississippians join chorus to change state flag

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 15:25

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jimmy Buffet, John Grisham, Morgan Freeman and former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning are among famous current and former Mississippi residents asking the state to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its flag.

Jason Day wins PGA Championship in record fashion

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 15:10

After years of contention, the popular Australian finally broke through at Whistling Straits

Four killed in a two-plane collision near San Diego

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 14:05
(Reuters) - Four people were killed on Sunday morning when two small planes collided in mid-air about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of downtown San Diego, authorities said. The crash occurred at around 11 a.m. when a twin-engine Sabreliner collided with a single-engine Cessna 172 over an area located two miles (3 km) from Brown Field Airport in San Diego county, said a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. At least four passengers were found dead at the scene, Cal Fire spokesman Nick Schuller said.

Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 10:00
Don't worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission. Washington, D.C.'s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities that no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades. Proponents of making the tests optional say the switch can help schools become more diverse and admit students who will thrive even though they may have lagged other applicants on scores.

Trump Says Illegal Immigrant Families ‘Have to Go’

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 10:00

With a new Fox News national poll showing him leading in the race for the GOP presidential nomination nationwide with 25 percent of Republican voters, billionaire Donald Trump returned to a favorite theme on Sunday – promising to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and deporting illegal immigrant—including their children. Trump, who arrived with a flourish at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday in a black helicopter with his name emblazoned on the side, told NBC Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that the millions of illegal immigrants in this country “have to go,” even if that means the government rounding up and deporting whole families. The real estate tycoon roiled the political and public policy waters this spring by denouncing many of the illegal immigrants as “rapists” and criminals who were encouraged to come to this country by the Mexican government.

Subject of California manhunt killed by deputies

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 09:38
Two deputy sheriffs confronted Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34, on a dirt road in the early evening on Saturday after the owner of convenience store reported that a man fitting Ashley’s description had bought some food, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said on Sunday.

Trump says would raise visa fees to pay for Mexican border wall

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 09:20

(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would increase fees on some Mexican visas and all border crossing cards as part of a broader plan to force Mexico to pay for a wall along the southern U.S. border. On NBC's "Meet the Press," he said he would deport all undocumented immigrants and rescind U.S. President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration. In a policy paper issued on Sunday, Trump said he would increase fees on temporary visas for Mexican chief executives, diplomats and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) workers if Mexico does not agree to pay for the wall.

Clinton emails should also be reviewed by inspector general: lawmaker

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 09:13

Hillary Clinton's private email server should be examined by the U.S. intelligence watchdog after the FBI finishes reviewing any classified information on it, a Republican lawmaker said on Sunday. The FBI recently began looking into the security of federal records and possible classified information among the Democratic presidential candidate's emails while she was secretary of state. After months of pressure, Clinton last week gave the FBI her private email server and a thumb drive of work-related emails from her tenure.

Trump wants money from Mideast countries supported by US

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 05:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is outlining a foreign policy in which the United States would put ground troops in the fight against Islamic State militants and demand money from Middle East countries supported by the U.S.

Pro-Bush super PAC spending $10M-plus on initial TV campaign

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 04:11

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The powerfully funded super PAC backing Republican Jeb Bush will spend at least $10 million on television time in the earliest voting presidential primary states, the first salvo in a massive TV ad campaign to support the former Florida governor's bid for the Republican nomination.

Obama can do Iran nuclear deal even if Congress disapproves

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 03:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game-over for the White House.

Indonesian plane carrying 54 people goes missing in Papua

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 03:27

The flight hit bad weather in rugged eastern Indonesia, officials said, in what could be the latest accident to hit the country's aviation sector.

Indonesian plane carrying 54 goes missing in remote area

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 02:04

A twin-turboprop aircraft lost contact with air traffic control as it flew over the remote, forested eastern Papua region.

U.S. civil rights leader Julian Bond dies at 75

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 23:24

Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced in a statement. Bond was the civil rights organization's first president. "Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights," SPLC said of its former president who held the post from 1971 to 1979.

Longtime civil rights activist Julian Bond dead at 75

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 23:00

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

China blast zone blocked over contamination fear; 112 dead

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 19:35

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination.