January 18, 2020

London man reports fake bomb threat to delay flight he was running late for: Police

Sussex Police Department(LONDON) -- A London man running late for his flight reported a fake bomb threat to try and delay it, police said. Rashidul Islam, 32, was going to meet his fiancee in Marrakech, but had issues with public transport on the way to his flight out of Gatwick and worried he would miss it, according to a statement from Sussex police on Friday. He then allegedly decided to anonymously call the police and report a fake bomb threat. "EasyJet flight 8897 leaves in 40 minutes ... T..
January 18, 2020

Australian wildfires prompt $11,000 fine for tossing lit cigarette out of car

Brett Hemmings/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Drivers in Australia can now face a penalty of up to $11,000 if they are caught tossing a lit cigarette out of their car. The new punishment, which went into effect on Friday in New South Wales, can also apply to automobile passengers if they throw a cigarette. Passengers would be fined $1,320. The hefty fine would be given if the offense was committed during a total fire ban, which is declared on days of extreme weather and prohibits people from the lighti..
January 18, 2020

Fact checkers expose alleged news site run by far-right media company

spyarm/iStock(NEW YORK) -- EU DisinfoLab, in cooperation with newsroom fact-checkers, has uncovered a far-right Polish media operation running a website that was making slight changes to real, existing stories and re-posting them to sow discord. The non-governmental organization, which collaborates with newsrooms throughout the European Union to combat misinformation, discovered the alleged news site after being contacted by fact-checkers from Agence France-Presse. Roman Adamczyk, research coord..
January 17, 2020

Military: 11 US service members treated for blast injuries in Iran missile attack

scyther5/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military confirmed late Thursday that some American troops were evacuated for blast injuries sustained in Iran's ballistic missile attacks on bases in Iraq last week. Ten service members injured at Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq were flown out of the country on Wednesday, and another service member was flown out on Jan. 10. Eight were taken to Landstuhl, Germany, while the three others were taken to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, according to a statement ..