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for the week ending 8 September 2019

 American Airlines Mechanic Accused Of
Sabotaging Flight

(AP) — An American Airlines mechanic is accused of sabotaging a flight over stalled union contract negotiations.

According to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in federal court, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani admitted during an interview Thursday that he tampered with a navigation system on the plane so that he could collect overtime work.

The plane, with 150 people on board, was scheduled to fly from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas on July 17. As the pilots powered up the plane at Miami International Airport, they saw an error message for a system that tracks speed, nose direction and other critical flight information and aborted the takeoff.

When mechanics examined the plane, they found a piece of foam glued inside a navigation system part called an air data module.
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Peaceful Iceland Amazed At Weapons
In Pence Security Detail

KEFLAVIK AIRPORT, Iceland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's arrival in Iceland with military jets and armed personnel set eyes popping Wednesday in a nation consistently ranked as the world's most peaceful.

The size and standards of the vice president's security detail also required adjustments. The guards protecting Pence got backup from a police force that only allows elite "Viking SWAT" members carry guns.

Icelandic authorities gave U.S. personnel special permission to carry firearms. Bomb-sniffing dogs were cleared to enter the country because of a strict quarantine for imported animals.

Pence is the first U.S. vice president to visit Iceland, a country of just 350,000 people, since George H.W. Bush came to Reykjavik in 1983.
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Asteroid Collision With Earth Ruled Out By NASA –
 Hours Later, It Smashes Into Caribbean

(Express) — An asteroid which came crashing into Earth and NASA had no idea it was coming reiterates the need to keep a closer eye on the sky in case a massive space rock comes hurtling towards our planet.

A small asteroid shot towards Earth at 14.9 kilometres per second, and NASA admitted it did not know it was coming. The space rock known as 2019 MO was just three metres wide and exploded when it hit the planet's atmosphere on 22 July above the Caribbean, but the way it approached unexpectedly reaffirms the need for more eyes on the sky. NASA said: "When first spotted, 2019 MO was about 310,000 miles (500,000 kilometers) from Earth – farther out than the orbit of our Moon.

"This was roughly the equivalent of spotting something the size of a gnat from a distance of 310 miles (500 kilometres)."

Davide Farnocchia, a scientist at NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object (NEO) Studies, said: “Asteroids this size are far smaller than what we’re tasked to track.
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'You need to ask first': Iowa Teacher Blasts Biden For Grabbing Her Hands When She Asked Him A Question

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Wash Examiner) — Joe Biden left an Iowa teacher unimpressed with his canned response to her question about collective bargaining, but what she resented more was how he abruptly seized her hands and clung onto them.

Jessica Roman, 41, had stopped Biden, 76, as he greeted voters on Monday during the Hawkeye Area Labor Council's Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The North Liberty preschool teacher, who works with special needs children, was pressing the former vice president on his plans to help unionized members of her profession under recent changes to Iowa's collective bargaining laws when he reached for her hands.

"I think that he means well but, you know, he grabbed my hands right away and that was really uncomfortable," she told the Washington Examiner. "He was very close and, in my mind, I'm like, this is part of our problem: Not recognizing that you need to ask first, or can I shake your hand? Not just grab your hands and hang onto them. That bothers me."
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 Thousands To Attend BBQ Outside Home Of Vegan
Who Sued Neighbors Over Smelly Meats

(NY Post) — Thousands of people are roasting an Australian vegan who took her neighbors to court over the smell of meat and fish from their barbecue – by planning a massive cookout outside her home.

Cilla Carden made headlines this week for her legal beef, in which she claimed the odors from her neighbors' barbecues had destroyed her quality of life, 9News reported.

Now more than 3,000 people are planning to attend a cookout outside her Perth home, organized on a Facebook page called "Community BBQ for Cilla Carden."

"Don't let Cilla destroy a good old Aussie tradition, join us for a community BBQ, and help Cilla Carden GET SOME PORK ON HER FORK," the event description reads.

The barbecue is scheduled for Oct. 19 – and vegans are not welcome, the page says
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‘It Is Appalling’: Man Allegedly Rammed Truck Into City Hall Because His Water Was Turned Off

(Law & Crime) — Visitors to Taneytown, Maryland will be surprised to see that the local city hall is wrecked. A man allegedly drove his truck into the building, say police. According to police, witnesses said the vehicle hit city hall multiple times, apparently on purpose. The damage was so bad that county officials deemed the office unsafe.

Mayor Bradley J. Wantz voiced anger. He called the incident “nothing less than a terroristic attack,” and said it took it “personally.”

“It is appalling that someone would be willing to endanger the lives of innocent people out of frustration with the city government,” he wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. “The employees of the City of Taneytown work tirelessly for the benefit of our residents, and although they are often put in difficult situations when people become unhappy, they always perform their jobs with dignity and appropriate empathy.
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 Lack Of Sex Can Be A Health Threat For The
Over-50s ... A 63% Rise In Cancer Risk In Men

(Daily Mail) — It is not uncommon for married couples of a certain age to lose some of their spark in the bedroom. But over-50s who let their love life enter the doldrums should be aware it might be bad for their health.

A study of more than 5,700 found men who have less sex past 50 see their risk of serious illness rise by more than two-thirds.

Women are 64 per cent more likely to report being in ill health if they have sex less often, but there is no apparent significant rise in the risk of serious conditions.

Experts say those in middle age should remember the health benefits of a night of passion, which can burn 85 calories and releases feel-good endorphins thought to boost the immune system.

Men who become less interested in sex are 63 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer and 41 per cent more likely to develop a long-standing illness, the study found.
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16-Year-Old Allegedly Murdered Dad, Injured Little Brother After Being Told To Clean Room

(Law & Crime) — A 16-year-old boy in Alabama is being charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly shooting his father, and injuring his little brother. The victims were identified as Chad Wanca, 43, and son Hunter Wanca, 12.

Deputies with the Madison County Sheriff say they got three 911 calls for a domestic dispute on Saturday. They found a juvenile outside the residence with his hands in the air, they said. They detained him, and inside the home, they found Chad and Hunter Wanca. The boy was hospitalized in critical condition, but the father was declared dead.

“The detained juvenile was transported to criminal investigations division and after interviews was arrested as an adult for murder and attempted murder, then booked into the Madison County Metro Jail,” officials said.

The suspect’s grandparents say the shooting happened after he was told to clean his room.
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