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  • Engineer warned of cracking on bridge two days before collapse

    An engineer for the company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday, killing at least six people, left a voice mail two days earlier for a Florida Department of Transportation employee advising there was “some cracking that’s been observed on the north end of the span.” The state employee was out on assignment Tuesday and didn’t hear the voice mail from W. Denney Pate of FIGG Bridge Engineers until he returned to the office Friday, the DOT said. Pate’s […]

  • Ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe fired

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday, less than two days shy of his retirement, ending the career of an official who had risen to serve as second-in-command at the bureau. McCabe, whose firing was recommended by the FBI, had more recently been regularly taunted by President Donald Trump and besieged by accusations that he had misled internal investigators at the Justice Department. McCabe had been expected to retire this Sunday, on his 50th […]

  • Lyft tests $199 monthly subscription plan for rides

    Lyft is experimenting with a new subscription model as it tries to find more ways to end car ownership. Rather than a traditional monthly car payment, some Lyft passengers can pay a monthly fee for access to its network of transportation services. For a couple months, Lyft has been offering select users an upfront monthly price option to secure a set amount of rides. The plans range from $199 for 30 rides to $399 for 60 rides. According to screenshots from […]

  • Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, Democratic congressional trailblazer, dies at age 88

    NEW YORK — Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, the first female chair of the House Rules Committee and one of the longest-serving Democrats in Congress, died Friday at age 88, her office announced. The dean of the New York congressional delegation had fallen near her D.C. home last week, suffered an injury, and had been hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital. A major fixture in Democratic politics, she was serving her 16th term in Congress. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said […]

  • Dylann Roof’s sister arrested for having drugs and weapons at school

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – The sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested Wednesday on charges of bringing weapons and drugs to her South Carolina high school, authorities said. Morgan Roof, 18, was arrested after a school resource officer at the A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina was notified that Roof was carrying marijuana, pepper spray and a knife on campus, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said. Roof had also made an alarming Snapchat post expressing anger about […]

  • 7 US service members killed in Iraq helicopter crash

    Seven US service members were killed Thursday in a helicopter crash in western Iraq, a US military official said. There were no survivors in the crash, the official said, adding that the crew of a second helicopter flying alongside did not report seeing signs of hostile fire when the helicopter went down. Multiple US defense officials told CNN the aircraft was a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, a Black Hawk variant. They said the helicopter was not on a combat mission […]

  • Rihanna criticizes Snapchat for ad referencing domestic violence

    Rihanna does not think much of Snapchat’s apology for an advertisement that appeared to mock her domestic violence incident with her former boyfriend, Chris Brown. The ad, for a game called “Would You Rather?”, featured photos of the two singers and asked users if they would “rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown.” Brown pleaded guilty in 2009 to assaulting Rihanna during an argument when they were dating. The “Would You Rather” ad was removed earlier this week, and Snapchat […]

  • YouTube will start displaying Wikipedia articles next to conspiracy theory videos

    YouTube says it will soon use Wikipedia to help fight videos that promote conspiracy theories and misinformation. In the coming months, conspiracy videos posted on YouTube will begin to display text boxes called “information cues,” which link to Wikipedia and other third-party sources to discredit a hoax. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced the effort at South by Southwest (SXSW) earlier this week. However, Wikimedia — which hosts the Wikipedia site — released a statement on Wednesday saying it wasn’t given advanced notice […]

  • Dementia study links your risk with your fitness level

    Your stamina — or the time it takes for you to reach peak exhaustion during exercise — can be tied to your dementia risk, and a new study reveals how. The study, published Wednesday in the medical journal Neurology, found that women with high cardiovascular fitness, or high stamina, had an 88% lower risk of dementia than women who were moderately fit. “I was not surprised that there was an association, but I was surprised that it was such a strong […]