Syria: US Admits to Killing 18 Allied Kurdish Fighters in ‘Misdirected’ Air Strike
The Independent – A US-led coalition air strike has killed 18 of its allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troops fighting against Isis in Syria, the US military has confirmed.
Coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates in a “misdirected” strike on April 11, US Central Command said on Thursday, resulting in a strike on an SDF position and the deaths of 18 allied fighters in the north of the country.
The inaccurate coordinates reportedly came from the SDF itself.
The predominately Kurdish alliance of several fighting groups has managed to surround the Isis stronghold of Tabqa with both air and ground support from the US-led coalition.
It is not yet clear which air force of the several nations which lend air power to defeating Isis was behind the strike.
Florida School Accused of Punishing Special-Needs Students by Putting Them in Box
CBS News – A Jacksonville school is accused of punishing special-needs students by putting them in a box made of drywall.
CBS Miami reports the parents of a child with cerebral palsy are suing the school district, claiming hundreds of students were abused in the classroom and on school buses.
The lawsuit says students knew it as “jail.”
A 2012 photo from inside a Love Grove Elementary preschool classroom shows a piece of aged drywall.
The 37-page lawsuit claims it’s a piece of a “discipline box” – and a then-3-year-old child with cerebral palsy was one of the students placed in it.
Satellite Photos Show North Korea Nuclear Site ‘Primed and Ready’
CNN – North Korean monitoring service 38 North said Wednesday the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear site is “primed and ready” for a sixth nuclear test.
“The activity during the past six weeks is suggestive of the final preparations for a test,” 38 North analyst Joseph Bermudez told CNN.
Their prediction comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that North Korea may have the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve gas.
He and other analysts pore over commercial satellite imagery of the testing site, looking for signs of activity similar to that prior to other tests.
Mentally Ill Man Set to Die in Arkansas ‘Conveyor Belt’ Executions
The Guardian – At some time after 7pm on Monday night, Bruce Ward will be escorted into the death chamber in the Cummins Unit in Arkansas, strapped to a gurney, and have IV lines inserted into his veins. The lines will run through a hole in the wall to a “chemical room” separated from the main chamber by a one-way mirror, and behind that glass two executioners will sit who, when the word is given, will plunge syringes containing three deadly drugs into him.
If the procedure goes according to plan, Ward will sink into a deep sedation caused by the first drug, have his muscles paralysed by the second, and then the third will stop his heart. If it doesn’t, he can look forward to a death that is prolonged, agonizing, and grotesque for those unfortunate enough to witness it.
Either way, Ward, 60, is unlikely to understand what will be happening to him.
President Trump Claimed He ‘Didn’t Know’ Steve Bannon Before the Campaign. That’s Not True
TIME – In a pair of interviews, President Donald Trump gave a skewed account of auto jobs and health care under his watch and flatly contradicted himself on how long he’s known his right-hand strategist, Steve Bannon.
“Many years,” Trump said of their relationship back in August, when he made Bannon his campaign chief. “I didn’t know him” at the time, Trump told the New York Post on Tuesday. Trump got it right the first time.
Why does it matter? It comes as another indication that the president may be edging away from the conservative-populist ideologue as an inner-circle rift plays out in the White House.
Jurors Due to Deliberate Nevada Case of Bundy Ranch Standoff
Reuters – A jury is due to begin deliberations after closing arguments conclude on Thursday in the trial of six men accused of acting as gunmen for cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in a tense 2014 standoff with federal law enforcement officers.
The six defendants are the first of 17 people to go on trial on charges related to the standoff at Bundy’s property near Bunkerville, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, in a case that has come to symbolize tensions in the U.S. West over the federal ownership of land that ranchers use to graze cattle.
The defendants were among hundreds who traveled to the ranch to stand up for Bundy, whose refusal to pay $1 million in grazing fees for running his cattle on federal land had become a cause celebre on the political right.
Bundy and two of his sons are defendants in the second of three scheduled federal trials later this year.