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Fifth body found in crashed Alaska plane; no body recovery planned

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 01:15

A fifth body was found on Friday in the wreckage of an Alaska sightseeing plane that crashed near North America's tallest peak, leaving no doubt the pilot perished with his four Polish passengers on the steep mountainside, authorities said. The impact left the plane in two pieces, lodged in the crevasse of a hanging glacier nearly 11,000 feet high on a steep, avalanche-prone slope from which unstable ice blocks are protruding, Park Service officials said. “The tail and fuselage of the aircraft are just hanging on by a piece of metal,” Park Service spokeswoman Katherine Belcher said.

Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 01:00

A mother was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after a drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, it is claimed. Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai. The non-governmental organisation formed to help people held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it is representing the woman and her daughter Bibi, who was "terrified" by the experience. The 44-year-old was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from the group said. She was taken into custody after an immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol. Bibi Holman was detained with her mother before returning home Credit: Detained in Dubai via PA Ms Holman and her daughter were initially denied food, water and access to a toilet when they were held in a cell together for three days, the group claims. She now faces being detained in Dubai for up to a year while awaiting a court hearing. The group said she and Bibi were travelling to Dubai for a five-day break to visit friends, having visited a number of times before. After landing she was questioned by an immigration official, who said her visa was invalid and she must return to London immediately, the group said. Detained in Dubai | What will get you arrested? Ms Holman claims he was "dismissive and rude" when she asked if she could buy another visa, and was then questioned about her alcohol consumption - which she admitted. She filmed him on her phone as evidence of his behaviour before learning this was an offence, and that it was illegal to drink alcohol, according to the group. The pair were taken into custody with phones and passports confiscated before Ms Holman was asked to give a blood sample to test for alcohol consumption. She is said to have been refused the chance to phone her partner and was then held in a cell. Ellie takes her partner Gary's surname but they are not legally married, Detained by Dubai said. Dubai, with its smart hotels, first-class shopping and sunshine, is a popular destination with Britons despite strict laws on personal morality Credit: Karim Sahib/AFP In a statement from the group, Ms Holman claims the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions and described the prison as hot and "foul smelling". She said the pair were made to sleep on a "filthy" mattress and she was told to clean toilets and floors. She said: "My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. "The food (we were given) smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days. "By now, Gary knew something was wrong and had flown to Dubai to look for me. Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not even told." Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of She was released on bail and told her passport has been confiscated until the case is concluded. She said she has lost more than £30,000 in legal fees and missed work. Ms Holman is now spending time with her other children Suri, nine, and Noah, eight, who have flown out to Dubai to see her while Gary returns home with Bibi. Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: "The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. "Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits, but this is far from reality. "It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubai's own airline. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed." 10 surprising things you probably didn't know about Dubai Ms Stirling called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Government generally to do more to "protect" British nationals, and claimed airlines were "complicit" and needed to be held "accountable". Consular staff spoke to Mr Holman about the incident, advised him on procedures in Dubai and also spoke to UAE authorities to confirm Ms Holman and her daughter were being released, a UK Foreign Office spokesman said. A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman said the case had not been registered with them because they had not been contacted by Ms Holman. Emirates airline has been contacted for comment.

Twitter Bans Proud Boys' Accounts Before Unite The Right 2 Rally

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 23:32

Twitter won't ban far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but it is going

CNN's Jake Tapper Rips Trump For Bashing NFL Players, Not White Supremacists

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 20:11

CNN's Jake Tapper slammed President Donald Trump on Friday for failing to

China says business ties with Iran no harm to any other country

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 19:14

China's business and energy ties with Iran do not harm the interests of any other country, the country's Foreign Ministry said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States. China has already defended its commercial relations with Iran as open and transparent as U.S. sanctions on Iran took effect despite pleas from Washington's allies. In a statement released late on Friday, China's foreign ministry reiterated its opposition to unilateral sanctions and "long-armed jurisdiction".

'Talking Dead' Staffers Protest Chris Hardwick's Return To AMC By Quitting

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:40

The staff of the AMC “Walking Dead” wrap-up show, "Talking Dead," will be a little smaller when it airs Sunday night.

U.S. agency says United pilot posted explicit photos of flight attendant online

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:53

A United Airlines flight attendant is accusing the airline of failing to protect her from sexually explicit pictures that a pilot posted of her online, according to a lawsuit filed in a San Antonio, Texas, federal court. The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), said United failed to prevent and correct the pilot's behavior, even after the flight attendant made numerous complaints. United said in an emailed statement that it had reviewed the allegations in the complaint and disagreed with the EEOC's description of the situation, without providing further detail.

DeVos proposes another rollback on for-profit college rules

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:30

The Trump administration plans to roll back another major Obama-era rule that was created to police the for-profit college industry, according to a proposal issued by the Education Department on Friday.

UN calls for 'credible' investigation of Yemen bus attack

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:39

The UN Security Council called Friday for a credible and transparent investigation into the death of at least 29 children in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition earlier announced that it had ordered an investigation into the air strike on Thursday that also wounded at least 48 others in the northern rebel stronghold of Saada.

Bizarre 'Chicken Teddy Bear' Appears on Facebook Marketplace

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:31

Don't worry, it's fake.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Is Capable but Clinical

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:30

The times, they are a-changin’.

Joe Arpaio Gives Wild Explanation For Trainwreck Sacha Baron Cohen Interview

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:16

Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, said Thursday

U.S. Marines Name First-Ever Female Infantry Platoon Commander

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:11

First Lt. Marina A. Hierl is one of four platoon commanders in Echo Company, a group of 175 Marines and Navy sailors.

Yemen's Shiite rebels welcome UN call for Saudi strike probe

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:06

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Friday backed a U.N. call for a probe into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country's north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children, in an attack that drew wide international criticism.

Prosecutors: Father texted about baby found in river

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:03

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who fled to Thailand after allegedly tossing his dead 7-month-old son into a river sent a chilling text to the mother while he was on the run about the fate of her child, prosecutors said Friday.

Democratic National Committee Backtracks On Its Ban Of Fossil Fuel Donations

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:59

The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution Friday afternoon that

Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s Mother, Makes City Council Run Official

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:25

Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, officially announced her

Brutal beating in California

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:56

The police chief's son is being accused of beating a 71-year-old man.

Cats Found Hiding in Kansas Home's Wreckage Nearly a Month After It Exploded

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:25

Mr. Tibbs and Kunimitsu are shaken but expected to make a full recovery.

Baby Survives After Ohio Mom Gives Birth at Burger King While Allegedly Overdosing on Heroin: Report

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:27

The mom was allegedly overdosing on heroin at the time.