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War hero Scott O’Grady gets Trump’s nod for defense post, squares off with criticsWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Texan Scott O’Grady, who once campaigned for state Senate, for assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.Following his nomination, the Dallas resident known for his career as a fighter pilot and war hero quickly came under fire on social media.O’Grady made headlines in 1995, when his F-16 fighter was shot down over Bosnia. He survived in enemy territory for about a week before he was rescued by the U.S. Marines. O’Grady’s story inspired his...
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Trinidad says idle Venezuela oil vessel not a threat. Environmentalists are not convinced
The government of Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday that a floating oil-storage vessel with nearly 55 million gallons of Venezuelan crude oil off its coast is not taking on water and shows no sign of capsizing and creating an environmental disaster off the coast of South America.Trinidad Energy Minister Franklin Khan also confirmed reports that Venezuela had started to transfer the crude oil onboard the FSO Nabarima to a tanker via a barge. Khan said while the process of emptying the 1.3 million barrels of oil from the Nabarima is safe, they are concerned about the inordinate amount of time — ...
Carnival ships will need court approval 60 days before restarting cruises, judge says
MIAMI — A federal judge said she plans to require Carnival Corp. to certify that each of its cruise ships is compliant with its probation obligations 60 days before those ships reenter U.S. waters to restart cruises.The forthcoming order from U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Patricia Seitz could inhibit the company’s plans to resume cruise operations in the United States on Dec. 1. Seitz made the announcement at a status conference Friday in the company’s ongoing criminal case for environmental crimes.Seitz said the order will require ships to notify her 60 days in adva...
Missing in Mexico: Thousands disappear, leaving family members grasping for answers
TIJUANA, Mexico — Humberto Daniel Ramirez Hernandez was last seen on a Tijuana street corner where he was smoking a cigarette in front of a small convenience store near his home nearly two years ago.His disappearance is just one example of a much larger problem. According to the most recently released government figures, more than 73,200 Mexicans are currently missing.They’re known as los desaparecidos — those who have vanished without a trace.Family members and others say Mexico’s staggering roster of missing persons reflects at least official indifference on the part of authorities, and in s...
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