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Small plane carrying a high school swim team crashes in Alaska

Small plane carrying a high school swim team crashes in Alaska

A plane carrying 42 people, including a high school swim team, went off an airport runway while trying to land Thursday in Alaska. PenAir Flight 3296 from Anchorage to the city of Dutch Harbor landed near a body of water by Unalaska-Dutch Harbor Airport, according to Alaska Airlines. “PenAir operates the Anchorage-Dutch Harbor service for…

New York City Council votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail

New York City Council votes to close notorious Rikers Island jail

The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to close Rikers Island jail Thursday and open four new borough-based facilities instead. “Today is a day that the history books will look back on as a good day for New York City,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said. “This is a step forward, this is progress, this is…

Parent who initially fought college admissions charges agrees to plead guilty

Parent who initially fought college admissions charges agrees to plead guilty

A parent who initially pleaded not guilty for his participation in the notorious college admissions scandal has agreed to change his plea to guilty, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said Thursday. Douglas Hodge, the former CEO of the Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), was among a group of parents who initially…

Parkland shooter’s death penalty trial set to begin in January

Parkland shooter’s death penalty trial set to begin in January

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s death penalty trial is set to begin in January 2020, according to a court order issued Thursday by Florida Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer. Cruz is facing 34 counts of premeditated and attempted murder for the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day in 2018.…

Another man in the iconic Iwo Jima photo was misidentified, Marine Corps says

Another man in the iconic Iwo Jima photo was misidentified, Marine Corps says

The US Marine Corps said it misidentified another one of the six men featured in the iconic World War II photo of a flag being raised over Iwo Jima. The famous 1945 photo taken by Joe Rosenthal depicts six US Marines hoisting an American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island. On Thursday, the Marine Corps…

Chicago teachers’ strike continues, leaving about 300,000 kids in limbo

Chicago teachers’ strike continues, leaving about 300,000 kids in limbo

Moselean Parker’s 25 years of simmering frustration have boiled over. “I don’t have any reading books in my room! I don’t have any science books in my room! … We don’t have computers in our classroom!” the elementary school teacher screamed. Parker was one of 25,000 Chicago educators who went on strike Thursday, demanding what…

5 things to know for October 18: Elijah Cummings, Syria, Brexit, impeachment, quakes

5 things to know for October 18: Elijah Cummings, Syria, Brexit, impeachment, quakes

Sad news to report this morning. US Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland has died at age 68. The longtime Democratic congressman died of “complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said. He chaired a key committee involved in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to…