NEWS CENTRAL HEADLINES – APRIL 8 2016

April 8, 2016

 

 

MAJOR TERROR RELATED ARRESTS MADE IN BELGIUM

(CNN) Authorities in Belgium arrested a number of terror related suspects Friday. One is possibly the man who was the driver for the deadly Paris attacks.

Another man arrested is thought to be Mohamed Abrini, one of Europe’s Most Wanted. Although officials are saying it is still too early to confirm.

                                                                                                                                                           

SHOOTING AT TEXAS AIR FORCE BASE

(NBC) Officials’ earlier reports are indicating the shooting at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Friday morning is a murder-suicide.

The two men remain unidentified, but the shooting occurred in an office building known as Forbes Hall.

Two firearms were found at the scene. Only security and law enforcement officers are allowed to carry firearms while on base, it is unclear, at this time, as to how the shooter managed to get inside while armed.

                                                                                                                                                           

APPLE AND GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO CLASH

(Reuters) While the FBI found a way to unlock the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists without Apple’s help, there is now another case in Brooklyn.

A drug case out of New York involving an iPhone 5s is the latest iPhone debacle, and FBI Director James Comey says the method used on the 5c will not work on other models of iPhones.

The US Justice Department announced Friday it will go forward with an appeal of the court ruling which blocked the government from forcing Apple to help unlock the Brooklyn drug case phone.

The phone was used in a major methamphetamine distribution and authorities are hoping to find other drug conspirators by unlocking the phone.

 

AMERICAN CITIZEN RELEASED BY SYRIAN GOVERNMENT

(NPR) Kevin Patrick Dawes of San Diego was seized by Syrian government workers in 2012 after entering the country, it is unclear why he was there, but the FBI describes Dawes as a freelance photographer who crossed into Syria from Turkey.

Dawes spoke with NPR about how he served as a medic in Western Libya with the fighters who ousted Moammar Gadhafi, after a fellow ambulance crew was torn from their vehicle and executed Dawes decided to become a combatant.

His release was the fruition of extensive negotiations between the US and Syria.

                                                                                                                                                           

KEYSTONE PIPELINE LEAK IS 90 TIMES WORSE THAN REPORTED

(CNN) TransCanada is reporting around 16,800 gallons of oil has leaked in South Dakota. Initial reports were of a mere 187 gallons after valves and pump stations were shut down remotely and visual inspections confirmed these closings.

Now the company is looking for the source of the leak. A major concern is that the oil may not just contaminate the land, but also local water.

Global oil production is not budging, but Canada’s production is close to buckling.

Drilling is down 50% this year alone.

Saudi Arabia floods the market with cheaper oil which drives down North America production, and in Canada that strategy is working.

Each barrel of oil in Canada is sold only to one customer, and so the oil battle between Saudi Arabia and the US is greatly affecting our neighbors to the North.

 

SCIENTISTS SOON DRILLING IN EXTINCTION CRATER

The crater largely believed to be where the asteroid struck which ended the dinosaur era, located in the Gulf of Mexico is going to be the location of a new drill. Scientists are looking to peel back 65 million years of history by obtaining a core sample from nearly a mile deep.

If successful the work could bring insights into a range of topics, including prehistoric biology and planetary geology and information on Earth’s current climate changes.

 

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