WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that recent U.S. strikes that killed Americans were consistent with guidelines for counterterrorism efforts, and experts say the attacks appear to have been within the bounds of U.S. law despite what the president called "deadly mistakes."
NEW YORK (AP) — A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought.
A day after three passengers lost consciousness on a commercial plane traveling from Chicago to Hartford, Connecticut, airline officials remained unclear on what had caused the travelers to pass out. The pilot of SkyWest Airlines flight 5622, operating as United Express, began a rapid descent of the plane after learning that a passenger had passed out from possible cabin pressure issues, said airline spokeswoman Marissa Snow. After making an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, medics on the ground determined that two additional passengers sitting nearby had also lost consciousness, Snow said. The airline said the three affected passengers had been seated near one another in rows 11 and 12 in the middle of the plane.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, have been arrested on disorderly conduct and assault charges after a fight at their Phoenix home, police said. Griner, who has played with the Phoenix Mercury team since 2013, and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on Wednesday and released early on Thursday, authorities said.
By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Christian Leadership Conference will independently investigate the death of a black Baltimore man in police custody, with the local head of the civil rights group saying it lacked confidence in a police probe into the death. The man, Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. Cortly Witherspoon, head of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the SCLC had hired Cherry Hill, New Jersey, investigator Terence Jones to look into Gray's death. "We're here to fight for justice for Freddie Gray," Witherspoon said on the street corner where Gray was arrested.