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  • Alabama Prisons Enter Lockdown on Heels of Coordinated Labor Strike

    Alabama Prisons Enter Lockdown on Heels of Coordinated Labor Strike

    (ELMORE, Ala.) — Inmates at as many as five Alabama prisons have been engaged in a coordinated labor strike for the last five days, sending two facilities into a state of lockdown, according to the state’s Department of Corrections. The labor strikes, which were launched to coincide with May Day, an international day of celebration for socialists and other advocates of workers’ rights, has been staged by a group of prisoners calling themselves the “Free Alabama Movement,” which aims to raise awareness of what the inmates describe as inhumane living conditions, worker exploitation and an atmosphere that promotes recidivism. Alabama’s […]

  • DC Metro 'Safety Surges' Include Multiple Weeks-Long Outages

    DC Metro 'Safety Surges' Include Multiple Weeks-Long Outages

    (WASHINGTON) — For weeks at a time, various portions of the Washington Metro system will be shut down for maintenance, general manager Paul Wiedefeld is expected to announce Friday, according to a Metro official with knowledge of the plan. It’s an unprecedented move that could cripple transit for commuters in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. On average, the system sees more than 700,000 boardings each weekday. Wiedefeld’s comprehensive track work plan will include “safety surges” that include both long-duration track outages and long-duration continuous single tracking, which could last for several weeks at a time, and would remain in place even […]

  • Four-Alarm Fire Ravages West Houston Warehouse Complex

    Four-Alarm Fire Ravages West Houston Warehouse Complex

    (HOUSTON) — A four-alarm fire Thursday at a warehouse complex in the Texas city of Spring Branch, located in the northwest Houston area, sent roaring flames and long plumes of black smoke into the sky, as canisters of hazardous materials exploded loudly throughout the morning. More than 150 firefighters were deployed to put out the blaze, according to ABC’s Houston affiliate KTRK-TV. A resident of the area told KTRK that the explosions shook the foundation of her home. The warehouse complex is situated near several schools. No students are believed to be in danger at this time. It is unknown […]

  • Oldest US World War II Vet Passes Away at 110

    Oldest US World War II Vet Passes Away at 110

    (NEW YORK) — The oldest verified World War II veteran in the U.S. passed away Tuesday at the age of 110. Frank Levingston enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 6, 1942, according to the National Archives, less than one year after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor propelled the U.S. into World War II. Levingston has seen 19 presidents hold office during his lifetime. “He felt the obligation to give to the country whatever he possibly could, and he was very excited about it,” Jee Levingston, Frank’s nephew, told ABC News Thursday. “He gave it his very best.” Levingston told […]

  • NTSB: Alaska Plane Struck Bald Eagle Before Deadly Crash

    NTSB: Alaska Plane Struck Bald Eagle Before Deadly Crash

    (WASHINGTON) — A small plane that crashed in Alaska last month struck a bald eagle before bursting into flames, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The Cessna 172 was conducting aerial surveying just west of the Birchwood Airport on the morning of April 20 when the plane went down into an area of dense woods, killing all four on board, according to a preliminary report published by the NTSB. The pilot of the aircraft was a former NTSB investigator, according to the agency’s lead investigator on the crash, Shaun Williams. “Remains of a bald eagle was found on the […]

  • Manhunt Underway for Convicted Killer in New Jersey

    Manhunt Underway for Convicted Killer in New Jersey

    (BARNEGAT, N.J.) — Police are still searching for a man convicted of manslaughter who escaped a New Jersey state correctional facility earlier this week. Arthur Buckel, 38, had escaped from the Bayside State Prison on Tuesday, just weeks before being eligible for parole. On Wednesday, authorities posted surveillance images of Buckel at a local CVS Pharmacy in Barnegat — located about 50 miles south of the capital of Trenton — where police located the stolen vehicle he was allegedly driving. An image of Buckel was also released by police showing what he might look like with a shaved face. Buckel […]

  • US Home to Eight of 10 'Most Prestigious' Universities in the World

    US Home to Eight of 10 'Most Prestigious' Universities in the World

    (NEW YORK) — Times Higher Education‘s World Reputation Rankings has released 2016’s list of the world’s top 100 universities, and while U.S. mainstays like Harvard and MIT top the top 10 list, Asia’s institutions of higher education are climbing the charts. The rankings are entirely subjective, Times Higher Education points out, but they are based on annual opinion survey taken by some 10 thousand academics from all over the world. The University of Tokyo maintained its 12th place ranking, though China’s Tsinghua University jumped eight places to place 18 on the list, and Peking University leaped 11 places, to reach […]