Sixth Woman Says
George H.W. Bush Groped Her
November 13, 2017
Roslyn Corrigan was sixteen years old when she got a chance to meet George H.W. Bush, excited to be introduced to a former president having grown up dreaming of going into politics. Corrigan said her “initial action was absolute horror” and confusion when the former U.S. president grabbed her rear end, Time reports. Bush was 79 at the time.
Five other women have made similar claims against Bush in recent weeks. Seven people, including family members and friends, confirmed to TIME Magazine that they had been told about alleged groping by Bush of Corrigan prior to the other recent allegations.
“George Bush simply does not have it in his heart to knowingly cause anyone harm or distress, and he again apologizes to anyone he may have offended during a photo op,” Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath said in a statement
Corrigan said that to this day, some of the responses she gets to her story are dismissive but she said she feels emboldened to speak out after seeing other women come forward, and hopes more will do so after hearing her account.
One Person In Custody,
Multiple Fatalities In Manhattan
October 31, 2017
There are fatalities after a truck drove the wrong way down the West Side Highway bike path for several blocks Tuesday afternoon, striking several people, according to sources at the New York Police Department.
The driver exited the vehicle with what appeared to be a gun and was shot by police, the sources added. The individual is in police custody and is being taken to the hospital for treatment.
No others are being sought, the NYPD said. Police said to expect "many emergency personnel" in the area of Chambers Street and West Street on the lower west side of Manhattan.
News footage showed crowds of spectators -- some capturing the scene with cellphone cameras -- gathered behind police lines. A video posted to social media showed bodies and bicycles on a bicycle path. Some people were being treated for injuries near a mangled school bus. A white Home Depot truck with the front end smashed in was also visible.
Reports on Twitter indicated that people heard gunfire.
"What I saw was that the driver -- he didn't look like he was bleeding," said Ramon Cruz, a witness. "He was dragging his foot. He looks frustrated, panicked, confused. People are running past me, saying, 'He's got a gun. He's got a gun." I didn't see any gun.
It was a white pickup truck. He looked pretty bad without bleeding or anything like that. I didn't see him hit anybody. All I heard was the impact of a crash."
Major Shooting in Las Vegas
October 02, 2017
A lone gunman released a rapid-fire barrage of bullets on an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night, Oct. 1, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 others, police said, in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit," witness Meghan Kearney told MSNBC. "When we started running out, there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground.”
The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock, was later found dead by officers on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said during a news briefing. Paddock was 64. At least 10 weapons were found inside Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Police responded to reports of the shooting just after 10 p.m. (1 a.m. ET).
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Monday morning that authorities believe Paddock killed himself before police entered his room.
Police said an estimated 406 people were taken to area hospitals after the shooting. Authorities did not immediately specify how many of the people were wounded by gunfire or injured in the chaotic frenzy. Under the neon glow and glitz of the Vegas Strip, concertgoers dove for cover or raced toward shelter through a sea of water bottles, hats, shoes and other items lost in the stampede as a hail of gunfire rained down from the Mandalay Bay.
Police believe Paddock, a local resident, was a “lone wolf” attacker. Lombardo did not give further details, however, on Paddock’s background or possible motivation.
President Trump tweeted “condolences and sympathies” for the victims and their families hours after the shooting. Federal homeland security officials said there were no specific, credible threats to other public venues around the country.
Study Abroad Acid
Attack Victim Forgives Attacker
September 18, 2017
Hours after a shocking acid assault on four American college students in Marseille, one of the victims showed extraordinary strength and compassion by taking to Facebook to say she is praying for her attacker.
Boston College student Courtney Siverling, 20, posted on Sunday that she and her friends are all safe and said she did not sustain any injuries. Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, Michelle Krug and Kelsey Kosten were all named by the university.
The four students were treated at a Marseille hospital but released mid-afternoon. The worst injured had suffered impaired vision.
The 41-year-old attacker used a cleaning substance containing hydrochloric acid that she is thought to have picked up from a local DIY store.
Four emergency services vehicles arrived at the station, which was packed on a Sunday morning at the tail-end of the holiday season. French prosecutors are not investigating the acid attack as an act of terror.
How You Can Help The
Victims Of Hurricane Harvey?
September 08, 2017
Rescuers continue to pull people from rising floodwaters. The traumatized and weary evacuees often have nothing but the soaked clothes on their backs. Aid groups are working valiantly to provide shelter, emergency services and hope.
There are several ways you can help.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
Direct Relief is shipping medicine and medical supplies to Texas, and has made its entire medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort.
Matthew 25: Ministries is distributing personal care kits, cleaning products, first aid and safety kits, diapers, paper products and tarps.
Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.
Save the Children is delivering baby supplies, including cribs and strollers, and setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters.
Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25, and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims free.
GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns.
GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping to “meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.”
Florida Watches Hurricane Irma Nervously
September 07, 2017
Hurricane Irma claimed the lives of at least 10 people across the Caribbean as the powerful Category 5 storm's 180-mph winds swept past Puerto Rico toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday. It could be on a collision course with South Florida over the weekend.
"It is an enormous disaster ... I am in shock," Daniel Gibbs, chairman of a local council on St. Martin, told Radio Caribbean International. On Thursday morning, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said officials were beginning the arduous task of assessing damage to the island and bringing back electricity to its hardest hit areas. Ricardo Ramos, chief executive of the island's electric utility, said about two-thirds of the island's electric customers — more than 1 million — were without power late Wednesday. More than 56,000 people were without potable water.
President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies to remove debris and give other services that will largely be paid for by the U.S. government.
And the next targets are lined up — the National Hurricane Center said that while fluctuation was likely, Irma was forecast to remain a Category 4 or 5 powerhouse hurricane at least into Friday as it marches through the Turks & Caicos Islands, Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and eventually, Florida.
Texas Recovery Could Cost $180 Billion
September 06, 2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said the bill for reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey could be as high as $180bn.
He said the damage was worse than that caused by Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Meanwhile, the head of the government's disaster management agency has warned that flood-hit states should not rely on Washington to pick up the bill.
Brock Long said Harvey should be a wake-up call for local officials.
Recovery operations are under way across Texas, and in neighbouring Louisiana, although many areas are still battling floodwater. The devastating hurricane has been blamed for at least 47 deaths. About 43,000 people are being housed in shelters.
Florida Shooting: 'Multiple Fatalities'
June 05, 2017
A week before the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in the city - the deadliest mass shooting in US history - in which 49 people died, the shooting happened early on Monday morning, June 5, in the east of the city, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reports.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Forsyth Road has been shut down between University and State Road 50. Some Orange County Fire and Rescue units were seen leaving the scene, but more than a dozen police vehicles remained. A deputy was also seen taking a police dog past cars in the parking lot to investigate them.
Further details have yet to be released.
Washington Nuclear Tunnel Collapse
May 11, 2017
Hundreds of workers have been forced to "take cover" after a tunnel in a nuclear finishing plant collapsed in Washington state. Officials detected no release of radiation and no workers were injured, said Randy Bradbury, a spokesman for the Washington state Department of Ecology.
There were no workers inside the tunnel when it collapsed. But nearby Hanford workers were evacuated and others who were farther away were told to remain indoors, the U.S. Department of Energy said. The tunnel reportedly contained highly contaminated materials including nuclear waste trains that are used to transport radioactive fuel rods. A spokesperson said that there was no evidence to suggest that radioactive materials had been released and that all of the workers in the area were accounted for.
The closed PUREX plant was part of the nation’s nuclear weapons production complex.
Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons and is now the largest depository of radioactive defense waste that must be cleaned.
It contains about 56 million gallons of radioactive waste, most of it in 177 underground tanks. The site was built during World War II and made the plutonium for most of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, at the end of the war.