(SL) – Defense officials are saying two Russian long-range bombers were intercepted by U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets in international airspace off the coast of Alaska. NORAD says the Russian planes flew yesterday into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which reaches approximately 200 miles off Alaska’s western coast.
A NORAD spokesman says the Russian aircraft were intercepted and monitored by the F-22s until they left the identification zone along the Aleutian Islands. The bombers never entered U.S. airspace.
(Perth) – Seven people have been found dead in a small town on Australia’s western coast. Local news reports say it’s the worst mass shooting in Australia in over 20 years. Four children are among the dead in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
The bodies were found at a house in the rural community of Osmington, south of Perth. Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says two bodies were found outside the house and five others were discovered inside.The police were called just after 5 a.m. on Friday to the modest home in Osmington, a village near the tourist town of Margaret River, 170 miles south of Perth. There, in the main house and a converted shed, they discovered the victims, who the police identified on Saturday as Cynda and Peter Miles; their daughter, Katrina Miles; and her four children, two boys and two girls, aged 8 to 13.The commissioner says police are not looking for a suspect. Three rifles licensed to Mr. Miles were found at the property.
“Police are still some way from completing our investigation,” Commissioner Dawson said, declining to provide more details about whether an emergency call came from Mr. Miles, who is believed to have shot his family members before calling the police and then taking his own life.
(Edinburgh, Scotland) – The body of missing “Frightened Rabbit” singer Scott Hutchison has been found. The 36-year-old Hutchison had been missing since early Wednesday morning. His body was found late last night in Edinburgh.
In the hours leading up to his disappearance, Hutchison sent a handful of tweets that said, “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.” His final tweet reads, “I’m away now. Thanks.”
(Arlington, VA) – A report on the deadly ambush that killed four American soldiers in Niger finds “no single failure or deficiency” led to the tragedy. The Pentagon’s final report says, “Individual, organizational and institutional failures and deficiencies” contributed to the events last October.
In a Pentagon briefing, Marine General Thomas Waldhauser cited inadequate training. He said “chain of command” responsibility is being assessed with an eye on possible punishment, though no decisions have been made.
Killed in the battle were Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39; Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35; Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29; and Johnson, 25. Black and Wright were Special Forces soldiers, while both Johnsons were conventional soldiers assigned to the same 3rd Special Forces Group team.
(Washington, DC) — The President will reveal his decision on the Iran nuclear deal this afternoon. On Twitter, President Trump said he will be announcing his decision from the White House at 2 pm. Trump has been harshly critical of the Iran deal and may pull the U.S. out of the multi-nation accord.
European allies have been trying to convince him to stay in the deal. In an earlier tweet, Trump accused former Secretary of State John Kerry of meddling. Kerry has reportedly been working behind the scenes to salvage the nuclear accord.
Trump said the U.S. “does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal shadow diplomacy.” Trump argued that the deal was “very badly negotiated” by Kerry. He also called it a big mess.
The agreement signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers lifts sanctions that crippled Iran’s economy in return for tight limits on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program. Those limits include reducing Iran’s uranium enrichment ability to produce only fuel for nuclear power plants and getting rid of a plant that could turn out weapons-grade plutonium.
The agreement also requires Iran to allow inspectors to monitor its nuclear sites. If Iran violates any of the requirements, economic sanctions would “snap back” into place for ten years.
(Washington, DC) – Rudy Giuliani is walking back claims he made Thursday that the release of three Americans being held in North Korea was imminent. Giuliani, a member of President Trump’s legal team and the former mayor of New York City, on Thursday told “Fox and Friends” that the release was happening that day.
He told reporters Saturday that he doesn’t know the status of the men and the less said about it, the better. He said that it’s being worked on and that he’s reading the newspapers like everyone else.
The White House said that a release would be a sign of goodwill ahead of a planned meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
(Johnson County, KS) – The man who killed an Indian immigrant in a Kansas bar will spend the rest of his life in prison. Adam Purinton was sentenced to life in prison with no parole Friday for the shooting that left two others injured in February, 2017. Witness say Purinton yelled “get out of my country” before he opened fire in the bar in Olathe. The victim’s widow released a statement after the sentencing calling for people to work together to “spread love and stand up to hate.”
Purinton still faces federal hate crime charges.
(Tehran) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country has plans in place if President Trump decides to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal. The deal, struck between Iran and six major powers, grants sanctions relief in exchange for Iran putting the brakes on nuclear development.
Trump has hinted he will pull out of the deal unless what he sees as flaws are fixed by May 12th. In a speech on state TV, Rouhani said that orders have been given to “confront America’s plots” against Iran and that America would regret leaving the deal.
Washington wants to put Iran’s ballistic missile program on the table but Rouhani says the country will continue making as many weapons as it needs to defend itself.
(London) – With the royal wedding just two weeks away, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping out of the spotlight to prepare. The palace released more details about the upcoming event, but Markle’s dress is still top secret. Well…depending on who you ask. The Daily Mail posted an image that is believed to be Markle’s dress; a hand-stitched, heavily beaded design that is valued at just over 100k. The site reports, multiple royal and fashion industry sources have revealed the actress has opted for British couturiers Ralph & Russo to make the first of two gowns she plans to wear on May 19. The above mentioned that she will reportedly walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in front of 600 guests – and an estimated billion TV viewers worldwide – as well as one for the reception being held afterwards by the Queen in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
And contrary to a published tabloid report from Markle’s half brother, the palace says Markle’s dad is invited along with her mother and both parents are going to get acquainted with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles a week before the wedding. Markle’s mother will ride with her to St. George’s Chapel on the big day, while her father will be waiting at the chapel to walk her down the aisle. The bride reportedly won’t have a maid-of-honor. Naturally, Prince William is Harry’s best man.
The late Princess Diana’s three siblings will attend the wedding, but baby Prince Louis will be resting at home. It’s still unclear if Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be among the page boys and flower girls.
(Dallas, TX) – Celebrations will be held all over the nation today in honor of Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5th in Spanish. It was on this date in 1862 when the outnumbered Mexican army defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon the Third at the Battle of Puebla.
The Mexican military victory evolved over the years to become what it is today, a celebration of the rich heritage of music, dance, food and culture. As the population of Mexican-Americans has increased over the years, so has the popularity of Cinco de Mayo, especially for states near the Mexican border.
There are an estimated 21 million Americans of Mexican descent living in the U.S.