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Colorado school shooting suspects charged

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/15/19, 01:31 pm

Prosecutors on Wednesday charged two students with 48 criminal counts each in the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver. One student died and eight others were injured in the attack. The suspects, 18-year-old Devon Erickson and 16-year-old Maya McKinney, who also goes by the name Alec, appeared separately in court Wednesday. Both face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder, along with arson, burglary, and other criminal acts. McKinney is being charged as an adult but will not be eligible for the death penalty.

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U.S. pulls staff from Iraq over Iran tensions

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/15/19, 12:33 pm

In response to escalating tensions with Iran, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday ordered all nonessential embassy and consulate personnel to leave Iraq. The administration warned U.S. citizens to avoid traveling through Iraq, citing a high risk of “terrorism, kidnapping, and armed conflict.”

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Report: Boeing did not act on pilot concerns

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/15/19, 12:32 pm

Boeing executives rejected pleas from U.S. pilots to fix problems with its 737 Max airplanes prior to the fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Malfunctions by sensors and anti-stall software played a role in the Ethiopian disaster and an October 2018 Lion Air crash in Indonesia that combined killed 346 people.

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