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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MH17: plane partially reconstructed as crash report blames Buk missile strike

MH17: plane partially reconstructed as crash report blames Buk missile strike

"A partial-reconstruction of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down in July 2014 over eastern Ukraine with the deaths of all 298 on board, was unveiled on Tuesday as the Dutch safety board published its report into the crash.

MH17 crash report: Dutch investigators confirm Buk missile hit plane - live updates

The chairman of the Dutch Safety Board, Tjibbe Joustra, told a press conference at the Gilze-Rijen airbase that the report had concluded the jet was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile. He said the front of the aircraft was destroyed by the missile, which brought down the rest."

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Condo owners in Panama tell Trump: You're fired! - Yahoo News

Condo owners in Panama tell Trump: You're fired! - Yahoo News

"The building's residents and condo owners had invested in the namesake, a 70-story waterfront tower along Panama Bay, on the strength of Trump's reputation. But during the four years that Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC had managed the property, Central America's largest building, a team installed by the Trump family was accused of running up more than $2 million in unauthorized debts, paying its executives undisclosed bonuses and withholding basic financial information from owners.

The Trumps had done all of this through fine-print chicanery, the board said. A clause in many residents' purchase agreements prevented them from voting against the Trump company's wishes. That allowed the Trumps to install their top employee as chairman and the residents' representative on the board — even though the Trumps' actual stake in the building's residential area was merely a storage closet on the 15th floor.

The Trump Organization sent its response days later. "Your letter is a complete sham," wrote the Trumps' top lawyer, Alan Garten. He accused the board of ingratitude and criminal trespassing. After refusing to accept being fired, Garten declared that Trump's company was quitting — and demanded a $5 million termination fee."

DoD suspends Univ. of Phoenix for improper recruiting, marketing | www.fox23.com

DoD suspends Univ. of Phoenix for improper recruiting, marketing | www.fox23.com

"The move comes after the DoD alleged improper recruiting and marketing practices at the university.

The investigative journalism site Reveal exposed that the school was paying the military for exclusive base access, held recruiting events promoted as resume workshops and handed out challenge coins with military insignia used without permission.

Last year, the University of Phoenix received $20 million in military tuition assistance.

In a written response from the DOD, spokesman Maj. Ben Sakrisson told Reveal that the university has been placed on probationary status. Current students on tuition assistance will continue their programs. The University of Phoenix will not be permitted to recruit military members on bases and new or transfer students will not be granted DoD financial help."

- See more at: http://m.fox23.com/news/news/national/dod-suspends-univ-phoenix-improper-recruiting-mark/nnydB/#sthash.jIHdS8Ws.dpuf

Suit Over Firing Exposes Strife Within Benghazi Panel - The New York Times

Suit Over Firing Exposes Strife Within Benghazi Panel - The New York Times

"A former investigator for the Republicans on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plans to file a complaint in federal court next month alleging that he was fired unlawfully in part because his superiors opposed his efforts to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission in the Libyan city. Instead, they focused primarily on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he said.

The former investigator, Bradley F. Podliska, a major in the Air Force Reserve who is on active duty in Germany, also claims that the committee’s majority staff retaliated against him for taking leave for several weeks to go on active duty. If true, the retaliation would violate the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which Major Podliska plans to invoke in his complaint, according to a draft that was made available to The New York Times."