NEWS CENTRAL HEADLINES – APRIL 5 2016

April 5, 2016

 

 

(CNN/BBC) According to BBC, Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, has resigned Tuesday as senior political figures in the Nordic nation held emergency talks amid fallout from the “Panama Papers” leaks. Gunnlaugsson has been under intense pressure to resign since leaked documents hacked from a Panamanian law firm revealed his links to an offshore company, triggering mass protests in the capital Monday. According to CNN, Critics said the revelations around the company, which allegedly had holdings in Iceland’s collapsed banks, have shattered public confidence in his leadership and could affect the country’s international reputation. An estimated 10,000 demonstrators packed the streets Monday evening outside parliament in Reykjavik as opposition lawmakers called for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

 

(BBC) The governor of Mississippi has signed a controversial bill that allows businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs. According to BBC, Governor Phil Bryant signed HB1523 into law on Tuesday amid opposition from equal rights groups and businesses. He said the bill “protects sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions”. Protesters say the bill would allow for lawful discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The bill comes at a time when numerous US states are passing or considering similar laws.

 

 (CNN) Strong evidence suggests two Amtrak construction workers killed in a train crash made a “colossal” mistake by being on the wrong line, a source close to the investigation said Monday. The crash occurred Sunday morning when an Amtrak train carrying 341 people slammed into a backhoe on the track near Philadelphia, killing the two construction workers. Another 37 people were injured and treated for minor injuries. According to officials, construction work on active tracks should only happen if the workers are using small or hand-held equipment. In those situations, a company dispatcher is supposed to notify train engineers of work crews ahead so they can slow down or stop the train in advance. As an added safety measure, crews using small equipment should have at least one “flag man” farther up on the track, who would use a loud air horn to alert workers of oncoming trains. But workers using a backhoe should never be allowed on an active track. The two workers had decades of experience working on railroads. Investigators will try to determine why the construction workers may have been on the wrong line.

 

(FOX) Authorities say a young man died late Monday night and another was injured after a model rocket exploded at a Southern California school. The two were identified as students in the district, according to the superintendent of Conejo Valley Unified. County fire officials said the explosion was reported around 7:30 p.m., after class was let out at the school in Thousand Oaks. The man was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after 10 pm. Fire Capt. Mike Lindbery said the two apparently were using a small propane cylinder to make a model rocket and the cylinder exploded in someone’s hands.

 

(FOX) The Muslim extremist group announced it had acquired microscopes and magnifying glasses and was in the process of recruiting forensics-minded foreign fighters, according to the MEMRI Jihadism and Terror Threat Monitor website. The report was posted to a jihadi forum and appears to be a new step in the terror group’s efforts to show its caliphate tool of fingerprinting is “real” and not a fantasy. ISIS appears to have gained access to the equipment by taking over areas in Syria and Iraq where the gear already existed. The terror group touted the launch of the “Islamic police forensics department” with a picture essay showing equipment and ISIS detectives solving a mock crime: the burglary of a pharmacy.

 

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