Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some headlines and important stories

February 16, 2015

Texas judge temporarily blocks Obama plan to protect undocumented immigrants http://reut.rs/1EHwqBV

FAA announced proposed rules for commercial use of drones.  The current proposal would affect Amazon and other drone delivery programs due to the "line of sight" language.  Once the proposal is published in the Federal Register the public will have 60 days to comment.

New York Times article       NPR story

Press Release
The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which can be found at www.regulations.gov. Separate from this proposal, the FAA intends to hold public meetings to discuss innovation and opportunities at the test sites and Center of Excellence. These meetings will be announced in a future Federal Register notice.
Check here or here for Federal Register notice.

Oil Trains derail in West Virginia and Ontario
Train Derails in Fayette County, Leaks Crude Oil Into Kanawha River http://wvpublic.org/post/train-derails-fayette-county-leaks-crude-oil-kanawha-river

NPR reports that 14 cars caught on fire and 2 water treatment plants were shut down 
because of the derailment and explosion and oil leak.

Looking for the story from AP I found this (awful timing!)

Ontario Oil Train Derailment

Seattle PI
Over the weekend, a Canadian National train carrying crude oil derailed near midnight Saturday in a remote wooded area of Ontario, sparking a fire that was still burning more than 24 hours after the accident.
The accident saw 29 cars of a 100-car CN train leave the tracks. Seven caught on fire. A CN spokesman confirmed that the fire was still burning on Monday.

Fracking is suspected as cause of sharp increase of earthquakes in Oklahoma

There used to be 1 or 2 a year and now there are at least 1 a day.

Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder will not seek death penalty against man accused of helping suicide bomb attack in 2009
Federal prosecutors disclosed the decision Friday in a one-sentence letter to Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, who is presiding over the indictment of Canadian national Faruq Khalil Muhammad 'Isa. The 36-year-old is charged with helping plan an attack that killed five serviceman in Iraq.

Egypt bombed militants claiming allegiance to ISIS http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/world/middleeast/isis-egypt-libya-airstrikes.html

Here are the names of the 21 Egyptian Copts who were killed in Libya https://twitter.com/Pundit_Pete/status/567540096304312320

as Italy calls for NATO to intervene again in Libya I learned that right before 2011 war that started this all that in 2010 Libya was high on UN Human Development index

Libyan migrants are increasingly fleeing to Italy (this happens all year round all around the world for many years now)

Italy closes Libyan Embassy urges UN mission

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