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United Is Sued for Denying Ill Man’s Request to Land Aircraft

London Heathrow Airport As Decision On New Runway Expansion Imminent © Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — A passenger stricken with acute pancreatitis on a United Continental Holdings Inc. flight to Rome sued the airline over the crew’s refusal to land the plane so he could obtain treatment. Lewis Christman and his wife Roseanne filed a complaint against the airline alleging he suffered such severe pain and nausea during the 2016 flight from Chicago that he was unable to sit up, and lay curled up in the galley floor in a fetal position. Upon landing, Christman was hospitalized, first in Rome and then in the U.S. for months, and later required surgery, according to the complaint filed May 17 in Cook County, Illinois state court. “When there is an emergency situation with someone who was as...

Poll: Trump approval rating at 45 percent

© Provided by The Hill President Trump’s approval rating is at 45 percent, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll released exclusively to The Hill on Thursday. Fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of Trump, making his overall favorability rating about the same as it was during last month’s poll. In April, the Harvard/Harris poll found Trump’s favorability at 44 percent. This month’s poll finds his marks have improved 5 percentage points with independent voters, but have fallen 3 percent among Republicans. The current findings are about in line with the current RealClearPolitics average, which has Trump at a 44 percent approval rating. On an issue-by-issue basis, the majority of Americans approve of Trump’s record on creating jobs, the economy and th...

1st photos purporting to show demolition of North Korean nuclear site unveiled

Photos released by North Korean state media purporting to show the demolition of North Korea’s nuclear test site earlier Thursday. The purported demolition was carried out in front of foreign journalists deep in the mountains in the northeast portion of North Korea, according to The Associated Press. Journalists from around the world flew from Beijing to Wonsan, on the east coast of North Korea, Tuesday and were taken on a long journey to the nuclear site near the village of Punggye-ri. North Korean state media previously reported the dismantlement process would involve “collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts” and that foreign media were invited to cover the event...

Pompeo blames North Korea for summit cancellation, but still hopeful it will happen

The Trump administration is blaming North Korea for President Donald Trump canceling his summit with Kim Jong Un, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the country’s recent rhetoric showed they were unprepared to meet. “We did not walk away from this,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday. “I regret the statements that the North Koreans have made over the past few days and the fact that we’ve not been able to conduct the preparation between our two teams that would be necessary to have a chance for a successful summit.” But Democrats weren’t buying it, arguing the administration had mishandled the opportunity, blaming tough talk from top officials for sending the wrong message to Pyongyang. “The art of diplomacy is...

An unpredictable president changes the North Korea script

The abrupt cancellation of the scheduled summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un raises the obvious question beyond the future of relations between the two countries. That is, with this president, can there ever be certainty about anything? That’s not to say that the president was wrong to call off the summit meeting tentatively scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. Given North Korea’s history, it’s likely that that country bears heavy responsibility for the sudden change in plans. Much about the advance preparations remains cloudy, and the provocative rhetoric from North Korea in recent days obviously contributed to doubts about their willingness to discuss in good faith getting rid of their nuclear weapons and capability. Perhaps the climate was bad enough that canceli...

Video: Trump to North Korea: U.S. and allies are ‘more ready than ever’

LIVE Politics Trump tells North Korea: U.S. and allies are ‘more ready than ever’ Following a letter to Kim Jon Un explaining his withdrawal from the summit with North Korea, President Trump delivered additional remarks May 24, saying the U.S. and their allies “are ready” in the event of an “unfortunate situation.”

Warriors coach rips NFL’s ‘idiotic’ national anthem policy, calls it ‘fake patriotism’

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr derided the NFL for it’s “fake patriotism” and “idiotic” new rule requiring players and personnel stand for the national anthem.  (Reuters/Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports) Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr accused the NFL of promoting “fake patriotism” after the football league moved to fine players and personnel who don’t stand for the national anthem. Kerr, 52, called the new NFL mandate “idiotic” and “just typical of the NFL,” ESPN reported. “They’re just playing off their fan base, and they’re just basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people,” Kerr said. “It’s idiotic, but that’s how the NFL has handled their business.” The league has adopted a new policy which mandates that...

Pompeo, Udall spar over Trump conflict of interest questions

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Remains of teen who went missing in 2015 found in a park pipe

Police in Arkansas have found the skeletal remains of a young woman whose disappearance had fallen into the cold-case file. Human remains were found deep inside a pipe in a park where the car of Ebby Steppach was found after she went missing in October 2015, the Little Rock Police Department said Wednesday. She was 18 at the time. Tommy Hudson, an investigator with the police cold case unit, said a renewed investigation that started last May prompted further examination of Chalamont Park and, after sending robots into a pipe and an excavation of a previously inaccessible area of that pipe, police found human remains this week. It’s unclear what prompted the renewed investigation. The remains were transported to the state crime lab for identification, but police notified Steppach’s fa...