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US flight chaos after Chicago air-traffic control arson CHICAGO: Hundreds of flights were grounded at two major Chicago airports Friday after an employee at an air traffic control center lit a fire and tried to commit suicide, officials said.Air transit into and out of the city's bustling O'Hare International and Midway airports was completely shut down as a result of the blaze at the Federal Aviation Administration's facility in the town of Aurora, Illinois.Almost 2,000 flights were canceled, including more than 1,500 from O'Hare, the airport said, leaving thousands of frustrated passengers stranded and unsure when they'd be able to travel.According to a federal complaint, 36-year-old Brian Howard had posted a message on his Facebook page saying he was going to "take out" the control center and kill himself.The complaint says Howard had worked as a contractor for about eight years and that he tried to set a fire in the basement, apparently using a gas can and ...

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to daughter NEW YORK: Chelsea Clinton announced Saturday the birth of her first-born child, daughter Charlotte, in comments promptly retweeted by her parents and fellow White House occupants."Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky," Chelsea Clinton wrote on Facebook.The message was also posted on Twitter.The former first daughter, 34, frequently tipped to follow her parents into politics, left her position as NBC special ...
US warns of new sanctions on South Sudan leaders NEW YORK: The United States warned Thursday of possible new sanctions on South Sudanese leaders as President Salva Kiir snubbed talks in New York on the nine-month conflict wracking his country.Instead, Kiir sent his foreign minister to join the discussion on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly."There was a lot of disappointment expressed in the meeting that Salva Kiir, who is New York, did not attend the meeting," a senior State Department official told ...
Wildfire 'larger than Las Vegas' rages in California LOS ANGELES: California firefighters were Tuesday battling a wildfire that is larger than Las Vegas, with the US state officially facing one of its worst years for the blazes in recent memory.Nearly 7,500 firefighters are struggling with the so-called King Fire east of Sacramento, which has forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate.The wildfire is only 35 percent contained and is threatening thousands of buildings and homes.California is currently in the third year of its worst ...
Los Cabos celebrity haunt races to recover from storm SAN JOSE DEL CABO: Mexico's popular Los Cabos beach resort, a favorite haunt of US tourists and celebrities, is scrambling to clean up the destruction left by Hurricane Odile before its peak season starts.Odile caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in the picturesque Baja California peninsula, leaving plenty of work to do if the region is to remain Mexico's number-two tourist destination after Cancun and the Riviera Maya, with two million annual visitors.Less than ...
US tests for toxic spill from Mexico mine LOS ANGELES: US authorities are testing a river in Arizona for possible cross-border contamination from a toxic mine spill in northwestern Mexico, an official said Tuesday.The checks came after a massive acid leak in the Sonora River from the Buenavista copper mine, the worst environmental disaster on record in Mexico's mining industry.The spill turned a 60-kilometer (40-mile) stretch of the waterway orange and caused Mexican authorities to shut off the municipal water supply to 20,000 ...
Obama to make a statement after airstrikes against Islamic State WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will make a statement later on Tuesday to address the strategy to counter Islamic State fighters following airstrikes for the first time against the militant group in Syria, a White House officials said.He will speak before departing the White House for New York City at 10:20 a.m. EDT (1420 GMT) to attend the United Nations climate meeting, according to the official, who spoke on background ahead of the official announcement.The ...


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