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AP: Why Malaysia Airlines Jet Might Have Disappeared


— Mar. 8, 2014 8:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth.

So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call.

It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia's largest city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

"At this early stage, we're focusing on the facts that we don't know," said Todd Curtis, a former safety engineer with Boeing who worked on its 777 wide-body jets and is now director of the Airsafe.com Foundation.

If there was a minor mechanical failure — or even something more serious like the shutdown of both of the plane's engines — the pilots likely would have had time to radio for help. The lack of a call "suggests something very sudden and very violent happened," said William Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.

It initially appears that there was either an abrupt breakup of the plane or something that led it into a quick, steep dive. Some experts even suggested an act of terrorism or a pilot purposely crashing the jet.

"Either you had a catastrophic event that tore the airplane apart, or you had a criminal act," said Scott Hamilton, managing director of aviation consultancy Leeham Co. "It was so quick and they didn't radio."


Malaysia Airlines Says It 'Has Lost Contact' With Plane Carrying 239 People

Source: AFP

Malaysia Airlines
27 minutes ago
MEDIA STATEMENT released at 7.24am/8 Mar 2014 MH370 Incident

Sepang, 8 March 2014: Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today (8 March 2014).

Flight MH370, operated on the B777-200 aircraft, departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am on 8 March 2014. MH370 was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day. The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/my.malaysiaairlines/posts/514299315349933?cid=crisis_management_19726844&stream_ref=10

Street Name Mix-Up May Have Delayed Response to Deadly Fire

Source: CBS News

Street name mix-up may have delayed response to deadly fire

Mar 6, 2014 9:54 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Mayor Steven Fulop said a possible street mix-up may have delayed the response to a massive Jersey City fire that left four members of the same family dead and dozens of other residents displaced.

Fulop said there was some confusion with dispatchers as to the exact location of the blaze, which broke out at 28 1/2 Grant Ave. just after 1 a.m. Thursday.

"The initial call indicated what sounded like 'Grand' with a 'D,' and there was no indicator of street or avenue, which made it difficult for the dispatcher, who initially directed toward 'Grand' with a 'D' instead of 'Grant' with a 'T,' and it could have potentially resulted in a delay," Fulop told 1010 WINS, CBS Radio in New York.

Fulop told WCBS 880 the city is already considering changing the name of one of the streets.
Some neighbors said it took 20 to 25 minutes before firefighters arrived. Fulop said the response time was seven to eight minutes -- about double the usual time.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/street-name-mix-up-may-have-delayed-response-to-deadly-fire

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Rachel Maddow: CIA Spying on Congress 'is Death of the Republic Stuff'


Rachel Maddow: CIA spying on Congress ‘is death of the Republic stuff’

By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 23:49 EST

A dispute between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Senate Intelligence Committee may have spilled into dangerous territory, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Wednesday, following a New York Times report that agency operatives gained access to the computers being used by lawmakers to investigate the agency.

“This is kind of death of the Republic kind of stuff,” Maddow said. “The whole separation of powers thing almost pales in comparison to the seriousness of the allegation that a nation’s own spy services have been turned against its’ own government. Particularly, where that government is supposed to be overseeing the spy services.”

The Times reported that the allegations exacerbated an ongoing rift between the agency and the committee over the CIA’s now-defunct interrogation program, which included waterboarding and other techniques in secret prisons located outside the U.S. Agency officials reportedly grew concerned that committee members had gained unauthorized access to CIA documents in the course of compiling the report, which is reportedly more than 6,000 pages long and highly critical of the agency. The program was shut down by President Barack Obama not long after he took office.

McClatchy Newspapers also reported that the agency’s inspector general has asked the Justice Department to open its own criminal investigation into the matter.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-UT) hinted at the allegation in a letter to President Barack Obama, Maddow said, alluding to “unprecedented action” taken by the CIA against the committee.


Russia Test-Fires ICBM Amid Tension Over Ukraine

Source: Reuters

Russia test-fires ICBM amid tension over Ukraine

Reuters – 8 minutes ago

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbour Ukraine.

The Strategic Rocket Forces launched an RS-12M Topol missile from the southerly Astrakhan region near the Caspian Sea and the dummy warhead hit its target at a proving ground in Kazakhstan, the state-run news agency RIA cited Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Yegorov as saying.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Read more: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/russia-test-fires-icbm-amid-tension-over-ukraine-190802764--finance.html#vi0x6Oz

Slowpoke's Jen Sorensen is 2014 Herblock Prize Winner (First Woman Cartoonist to Win)

Source: Press Release

March 4, 2014
For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2014 – Jen Sorensen was named the winner of the 2014 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.Sorensen is the first female to win the Prize since it began in 2004.

Jen Sorensen’s cartoons appear in approximately twenty alternative newspapers, including her local weekly, The Austin Chronicle. They are also published regularly in The Nation, Ms. Magazine, The Progressive, Politico, and on a variety of websites, including Daily Kos and NPR.org. Sorensen serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University.

The prize is awarded annually by The Herb Block Foundation for “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous independent standard set by Herblock.” The winner receives a $15,000 after-tax cash prize and a sterling silver Tiffany trophy. Sorensen will receive the prize April 29th in a ceremony held at the Library of Congress.

Bob Woodward, associate editor of The Washington Post and prolific author, will deliver the annual Herblock Lecture at the awards ceremony. Previous speakers include: Ben Bradlee, then-Senator Barack Obama, Sandra Day O’Connor, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, Ted Koppel, George Stevens Jr., Jim Lehrer, Garry Trudeau and Gwen Ifill.

Read more: http://www.herbblockfoundation.org/press-release/1074

U.S. Activist, CODEPINK Co-Founder Medea Benjamin Says Egypt Police Have Broken Her Arm in Jail

Source: CBS News

U.S. activist, CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin says Egypt police have broken her arm in jail

Mar 4, 2014 4:47 AM EST

LONDON -- American rights and peace activist Medea Benjamin said Tuesday that Egyptian police were holding her at an airport jail without explanation and that they had broken her arm.

"Help. They broke my arm. Egypt police," Benjamin, who co-founded the CODEPINK anti-war group, said on Twitter.

She said she was detained upon arrival in Cairo, where she was meant to join a delegation and then travel to for the Palestinian territory of Gaza for a women's conference.

Benjamin tweeted earlier that the jail cell was cold, the food given to her consisted of "dirty stale bread and dirty water," and that the guards refused to allow another woman in the cell to see a doctor despite the fact that she ill and "moaning all night."

Egypt's government has cracked down harshly in recent years on opposition members, arresting dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Several international journalists have also been arrested and held on terror accusations for merely speaking to members of Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-activist-codepink-co-founder-medea-benjamin-says-egypt-police-have-broken-her-arm-in-jail/

GWB Scandal: Ex-Christie Campaign Manager Invokes Fifth Amendment in Challenging Subpoena

Source: The Record (NJ)

@maddow: "Gov Christie's former campaign manager appears to be a target of a federal criminal investigation, his lawyer says" http://t.co/JEHQvRt1UN

GWB scandal: Ex-Christie campaign manager invokes Fifth Amendment in challenging subpoena

Monday, March 3, 2014 Last updated: Monday March 3, 2014, 9:14 PM

The Record

Governor Christie’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien appears to be a target of a federal criminal investigation, his lawyer said in a court filing on Monday, describing recent unannounced visits and phone calls by federal agents who went so far as to ask Stepien’s landlord if he was a rowdy tenant and paid rent on time.

The revelations were another signal that federal prosecutors are looking closely into politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and whether they were ordered by officials who were once in the governor’s inner circle. Stepien’s attorney wrote that his client is innocent of any wrongdoing.

The court filing came in a civil case that will determine if Stepien must provide documents subpoenaed by a legislative committee conducting its own investigation into the lane closures. The case has forced Stepien’s lawyer into an awkward position: arguing that Stepien should not have to provide the documents to lawmakers because he is the subject of the federal probe.

Stepien has invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination in response to the legislative subpoena, and the dispute has gone before a state Superior Court judge in Mercer County who will hear arguments next Tuesday. The court case is the most significant test yet of the investigative power of state lawmakers who have subpoena power and are demanding documents against the backdrop of a high-stakes federal investigation.

The attorney for another central figure in the scandal, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, said Monday that his client and her parents had also been approached by federal agents. Kelly and her family members declined to talk to them, said attorney Michael Critchley. Kelly, who wrote in an e-mail to a Port Authority executive, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” weeks before local access lanes to the bridge were shut, is also fighting a legislative subpoena for documents.

Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/news/Lawyer_for_former_Christie_campaign_manager_files_brief_in_effort_to_fight_subpoena.html

Christie Aide Kelly Sent Second ‘Traffic Problems’ Text

Source: Bloomberg

Christie Aide Kelly Sent Second ‘Traffic Problems’ Text

By David Voreacos and David Glovin
February 27, 2014 3:36 PM EST

In the days before the manufactured ties-ups at the George Washington Bridge, a former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sent a second text message about causing “traffic problems” elsewhere, according to newly released documents.

Bridget Anne Kelly wrote Aug. 19 to another Christie ally, David Wildstein, saying: “We cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we?” One state legislator described the dialogue as reflecting a “juvenile, cavalier attitude.”

The message was among those released today by a state legislative committee investigating lane closures at the bridge from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12, which snarled traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Kelly was referring to a politically influential rabbi in New Jersey, the New York Times (NYT) and Bergen Record reported.

Kelly’s firing was announced Jan. 9 by Christie, a Republican eyeing a White House run who has denied any role in the bridge scandal. Lawmakers and federal prosecutors are probing who shut down the lanes and why. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, has said he believes the traffic jams were meant to punish him for not backing Christie’s re-election last year.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-27/christie-aide-kelly-sent-second-traffic-problems-text-1-.html
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