A brake problem may have caused a Delta Air Lines Inc jet to skid off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport last week, according to testimony from the flight's crew, federal safety investigators said Monday. The auto brakes were set to "max," but the crew "did not sense any wheel brake deceleration" before the plane crashed into a fence, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement. Another MD-88 aircraft operated by Delta landed on the same runway 3 minutes prior to the plane that crashed, the crew of which described the braking action on the runway as "good," the agency said. Still, the National Transportation Safety Board said it is examining the weather conditions at the time of the accident.
(Reuters) - University and high school students in Madison, Wisconsin, walked out of classes on Monday morning and marched to protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, local media reported. More than 100 students, including some from Sun Prairie High School, the alma mater of Tony Robinson, the 19-year-old who was shot and killed, marched toward Wisconsin's state Capitol, Madison.com and Channel3000.com reported. Officer Matt Kenny, who shot Robinson, is on paid administrative leave while the Wisconsin Department of Justice investigates the Friday shooting. Protests and vigils in Madison over the weekend were peaceful and Police Chief Michael and Mayor Paul Soglin pledged transparency in communicating results of the investigation.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday spurned two appeals involving U.S. treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees, barring a Syrian man from suing the United States over alleged torture and blocking the release of images purported to show evidence of a Saudi man's mistreatment. In one case, the court left in place a January 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against a Syrian former detainee, Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Janko. He had sought to sue the United States for damages stemming from his treatment during seven years at the U.S. facility in Cuba. Janko says he was tortured and suffered physical and psychological degradation at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2009 after being detained in Afghanistan in 2001.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out an appeals court decision that went against the University of Notre Dame over its religious objections to the Obamacare health law’s contraception requirement. The justices asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision in favor of the Obama administration in light of the June 2014 Supreme Court ruling that allowed closely held corporations to seek exemptions from the provision. The court’s action means the February 2014 appeals court ruling that denied the South Bend, Indiana-based Roman Catholic university an injunction against the requirement has been wiped out. The 2010 Affordable Care Act, known widely as Obamacare, requires employers to provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women including access to contraception and sterilization.
The Boston Marathon bombing trial is set to resume on Monday with more witness testimony about the twin blasts that killed three people and injured 264 when they ripped through the crowd at the race's finish line on April 15, 2013. Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, opened their case last week by bluntly declaring that the defendant and his older brother were responsible for the attack as well as the fatal shooting of a police officer three days later, in an effort to focus attention on the brother's role in the plot. Defense lawyers contend that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died following a gunbattle with police three days after the bombing, was the driving force behind the attack, with Dzhokhar following along out of a sense of submission. By pinning the bulk of the blame on Tamerlan, defense lawyers hope to persuade the jury at U.S. District Court in Boston not to sentence their client to death.
By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - A colleague of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition figure shot dead near Moscow's Red Square, said suggestions he was killed by Islamists were nonsensical and useful for the Kremlin because they deflected accusations that officials were involved. They believe that the Kremlin stood to gain from the killing -- though Russian officials have denied involvement -- and they do not believe fanatics acting alone could have shot someone dead so close to the Kremlin. "Our worst fears are coming true," Ilya Yashin, the co-leader of Nemtsov's small liberal opposition party said on Twitter late on Sunday. "The trigger man will be blamed, while those who actually ordered Nemtsov's killing will go free." "Investigators' nonsensical theory about Islamist motives in Nemtsov's killing suit the Kremlin and take Putin out of the firing line," Yashin added on Monday, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.