In an era when we’ve all got GPS in our pockets, OnStar in our cars and the NSA tracking anyone, anywhere, it is still possible-although rare-for an airliner to seemingly vanish.
That appears to be what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on Friday night. As of Monday, search and rescue teams from nine countries including the United States had not found any trace of the Boeing 777-200 or the 239 people aboard. There are many theories about what went wrong, but the airline, Boeing and investigators in Malaysia have so far refused to speculate or offer any insights.
Whatever happened, it happened quickly, aviation experts said, and catastrophically. The fact it happened over the ocean-presumably the South China Sea, but possibly the Gulf of Thailand-means it could be months or years before we know exactly what went wrong. The ocean is a very big place, and finding clues will be slow. It took investigators two years to recover the black box data recorder from Air France Flight 447, which went down over the Atlantic on June 1, 2009.
“The simple hard truth is it’s very difficult to find things in the water,” said retired Col. J. Joseph, a former Marine Corps pilot and aviation consultant.
The women found safe last night on Seymour Avenue were forced to have sex with their captors, resulting in up to five pregnancies, several police sources tell Channel 3 News.
One of those sources tells the Investigator Tom Meyer that the captors would beat the pregnant girls. Both sources say the babies didn’t survive.
Calls to the Cleveland Police Department were not immediately returned.
The sources say it is unclear what happened following the pregnancies.
Police have arrested three men following the discovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight on Monday evening.
Investigators are going through the home for clues, including the backyard where they found “disturbed” dirt. The sources did not know whether that was related to the pregnancies.
It’s been one year since Trayvon Martin was confronted, shot, and killed in Florida by George Zimmerman. Ever since Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder last April in the death of the unarmed teen, a story that sparked a firestorm of debate over racial tensions, law enforcement, and gun regulations has mostly faded from the headlines. Zimmerman’s trial is expected to begin this summer. In the meantime, here are some key aspects of the case worth considering:
Does Zimmerman’s story add up?
A written statement and police video released last June, in which Zimmerman reenacts the deadly altercation for investigators at the scene, raised questions about Zimmerman’s story in more ways than one. He seemed to suffer from some peculiar memory loss that night regarding a street in his neighborhood of many years, and his description of the confrontation did not jibe with a prior written statement that he’d given police. More details here.
Investigators say a 12-year-old’s uncle accidentally shot and killed the boy in a hunting accident Friday morning.
James Lee Parker was shot in the torso about 100 yards into the woods on state game land near B.W. Wells Recreation Center in Wake Forest. He was hunting with his father, uncle and stepbrother.
Investigators identified James’s uncle, 30-year-old Jason Matthews Parker, of Franklinton, as the shooter, according to WNCT. Parker was using a 12-guage, break-action, single-shot shotgun.
The man who was shoved to his death in front of a subway train Thursday night was a 46-year-old from India who lived in New York City and worked for a printing business, police said.
Investigators on Friday searched for an unidentified woman who rose from a bench and suddenly pushed the man in the back with both hands, sending him flying onto the tracks as a train entered an elevated station in Queens.
Police released surveillance video of the woman fleeing the area and have been interviewing witnesses, including some who said she was mumbling and cursing to herself before the attack.
A suspect was arrested on a murder charge Wednesday in the death of a man who was pushed in front of a subway train and photographed just before he was fatally struck.
Officer James Duffy said Naeem Davis, 30, has made statements implicating himself in Ki-Suck Han’s death.
Witnesses told investigators they saw a man talking to himself Monday afternoon before he approached Han at the Times Square station, got into an altercation with him and pushed him into the train’s path. Davis was taken into custody Tuesday after police viewed a security video showing a man fitting the description of the suspect working with street vendors near Rockefeller Center, police said.