The U.S. military said on Tuesday it has formally notified Egypt and Israel that it is reviewing whether to automate aspects of multinational peacekeeping operations in the insurgency-wracked Sinai, potentially allowing a reduction in American troop deployments. U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said using remote surveillance technology could eventually allow the United States to withdraw hundreds of its roughly 700 peacekeeping troops. Installed to monitor the demilitarization of the Sinai under the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace accord, the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission has come under increased scrutiny over the past year, particularly after six peacekeepers were wounded by a roadside bomb in September.
In a little more than three months from now, Philadelphia will play host to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And as the city and planning committee hone in on every last logistical detail, on Tuesday media outlets got a look at the layout.
The U.S. National Weather Service had some news this week for readers who have grown up on social media, namely: THE AGENCY WILL STOP SHOUTING AT YOU NOW. The style looks archaic in a world where social media users interpret all-upper-case messages as shouting. "LISTEN UP! BEGINNING ON MAY 11, NOAA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU," the agency, which provides warnings on blizzards, hurricanes and other major weather events said in a statement posted online on Monday.
A civilian committee that examined a Texas county jail where a black woman committed suicide in her cell last year recommended sweeping changes for the system, including better mental health screenings, a report released on Tuesday said. The report on the Waller County jail came largely in response to the death of Sandra Bland, who was found with a trash bag around her neck in her cell three days after her July 2015 arrest following a traffic stop. The committee recommended that emergency medical technicians be used to screen inmates for medical and mental health issues instead of sheriff's deputies, the Houston Chronicle reported.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man who repeatedly entered Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China only to be caught with 51 of them strapped to his legs was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in federal prison for smuggling.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, shop for shoes and talk with a variety of businesses by sending them direct text messages.