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Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

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Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years. Effective March 1, Delta, the second largest U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said it will require passengers seeking to fly with pets to present additional documents outlining the passenger’s need for the animal and proof of its training and vaccinations, 48 hours prior to the flight. This comes in response to what the carrier said was a 150 percent increase in service and support animals …read more

Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state

Amtrak train derails on highway bridge in Washington state

(Reuters) – An Amtrak passenger train derailed on a bridge over a major highway in DuPont, Washington, on Monday morning, blocking all southbound lanes on Interstate 5 and prompting a massive emergency response, according to local authorities and news media reports. Amtrak confirmed its train was involved but did not provide further information. “We are aware of an incident involving Amtrak train 501,” the rail operator said on Twitter. “We will update with additional details as they become available.” Part of the train fell onto the interstate around 7:30 a.m. …

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Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House

Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) – People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any U.S. state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the “bump stocks” used in October’s Las Vegas mass shooting. The country’s long-standing fight over gun ownership has grown more heated since a single person killed 58 people and injured more than 500 at a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, the deadliest mass shooting carried out by an individual in U.S. history. Stephen Paddock …read more

Houston-area woman charged with mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor

Houston-area woman charged with mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor

Julia Poff, 46, was ordered held in jail last week ahead of trial after she was indicted on charges of mailing packages last year that were designed to kill, transporting explosives and other criminal counts, court documents showed. “Poff presents a real safety risk to witnesses and others in the community,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy wrote in a five-page order outlining the case. Poff, who was charged earlier this month and pleaded not guilty last week, reached out to the Houston Chronicle to defend herself, the newspaper reported on its website on Thursday.

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U.S. Army's Bergdahl spared prison time for deserting

U.S. Army's Bergdahl spared prison time for deserting

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Friday was spared prison time for endangering fellow troops when he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, but a military judge ordered he should be dishonorably discharged from the service. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and spent five years under brutal captivity by the insurgent group. He had faced up to life in prison after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (Reporting by Greg Lacour; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Senators to introduce bill to boost cyber defenses of voting systems

Senators to introduce bill to boost cyber defenses of voting systems

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators plans to introduce legislation on Tuesday seeking to boost the cyber defenses of state election systems, after warnings from senior U.S. officials that future elections may be vulnerable to foreign interference. The Securing America’s Voting Equipment, or SAVE, Act is the latest attempt by lawmakers to respond to what U.S. intelligence agencies say was a multi-pronged cyber operation, including hacking and online propaganda by Russia during the 2016 presidential election aimed at helping President Donald Trump. The bill will be introduced by Democratic Senator Martin …read more

Blackwater founder still promotes plan to privatize Afghan operations

Blackwater founder still promotes plan to privatize Afghan operations

The founder of private military contractor Blackwater is trying to interest U.S. intelligence agencies in his plan to privatize counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, even though the Trump administration earlier rejected the idea. U.S. government sources say Prince has recently floated his Afghanistan proposal to spy agencies including the CIA but it is not clear how much support it has received. Prince’s plan to have retired special forces soldiers from the United States and allied nations embed with Afghan army units made its way into the White House ahead of a recent review of Afghanistan policy, according to a …read more

Blackwater founder still promotes plan to privatize Afghan operations

Blackwater founder still promotes plan to privatize Afghan operations

The founder of private military contractor Blackwater is trying to interest U.S. intelligence agencies in his plan to privatize counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, even though the Trump administration earlier rejected the idea. U.S. government sources say Prince has recently floated his Afghanistan proposal to spy agencies including the CIA but it is not clear how much support it has received. Prince’s plan to have retired special forces soldiers from the United States and allied nations embed with Afghan army units made its way into the White House ahead of a recent review of Afghanistan policy, according to a …read more

Senators from refinery states request Trump meeting on biofuels

Senators from refinery states request Trump meeting on biofuels

The letter reflects growing tensions between refiners that oppose the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard – a law requiring them to blend increasing amounts of ethanol into the nation’s fuel each year – and the Midwest corn lobby that supports it. The Trump administration bowed to rising pressure from Midwest lawmakers last week, assuring them in letters and phone calls that it would ditch proposals, supported by the refining industry, to overhaul the biofuels policy. “If your administration does not make adjustments or reforms on matters related to the Renewable Fuel Standard, it will result in a loss of …read more

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