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"Just Couldn't Tell It's Him": Father Identifies Kuwait Victim By Tattoo

06/13/24 7:03 PM

Pradeep, father of 27-year-old Srihari who lived in the building that caught fire in Kuwait on Wednesday, which resulted in 49 deaths, was able to identify the body of his son only from the tattoo on his hand.

"UN Agency Is Lying": Rwanda Denies Claims On UK Asylum Seekers

06/13/24 12:39 PM

Rwanda said the United Nations refugee agency had lied when it told a British court this week that asylum seekers sent to the East African country could be moved on again to states where they risked torture or death.

'Flying taxis' to be tested during Paris Olympics: minister

06/12/24 5:03 PM

France's transport minister said Wednesday that so-called "flying taxis" -- large futuristic drones capable of transporting several people -- would be authorized for use on an experimental basis during the Paris Olympics."We are going to experiment with this world-first during the Olympic Games. It's a technological advance that could be of use," Patrice Vergriete told Le Parisien newspaper.But he also dashed hopes of sports fans hoping to buzz over the City of Light to reach their destinations in July and August, saying that the terms of the authorization would be limited and not include use by the general public."I'm not a fan of the name 'flying taxi' as it's been called," he added before explaining the possible roles for the 18-rotor vehicles which resemble small helicopters.He said they "could be useful as a future ambulance, so let's be pragmatic. Let's analyse the impact and do a cost-benefit analysis."There'll be some test flights during the Games. If we see that they're not effective and that they make too much noise, then we'll draw conclusions," Vergriete added."Flying taxis" were once a staple of science-fiction movies but are now a reality -- in theory.Manufacturers have run into regulatory and safety barriers around the world that have prevented their roll-out.- 'Greenwashing'? -Germany manufacturer Volocopter has been conducting test flights in the Paris region for several years of its two-seater VoloCity and has lobbied hard for authorization from European authorities in time for the Olympics.The company has partnered with French airport operator ADP, the capital's metro and bus operator RATP, and the Paris regional government.Four landing and take-off zones have been built around the capital, including at the Charles de Gaulle airport and the smaller Le Bourget airfield, in addition to a new floating platform on the river Seine in western Paris.In addition to regulatory hurdles, it is yet to convince French authorities of its environmental credentials or utility as a battery-powered low-carbon transport solution.Local councillors in Paris have voted unanimously against the concept."It's greenwashing in its purest form, a mode of transport created for the ultra-rich in a hurry because there's only one space for a passenger," deputy mayor of Paris, Dan Lert, from the French Greens party told AFP.A petition demanding a ban has garnered around 15,000 signatures and a collective named "Flying Taxis, No Thanks" has called for a demonstration on June 21.Volocopter says it has invested around 600 million euros ($650 million) and the group came close to bankruptcy earlier this year.It is aiming for certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) "in the autumn", the company said last month.With a maximum airspeed of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour, the VoloCity has room for a pilot and a passenger.The Paris Olympics run from July 26-August 11 followed by the Paralympics from August 28-September 8.

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'Significant' vandalism at Cal State L.A. after protesters occupy building with university president inside

06/13/24 3:53 AM

Pro-Palestinian protesters took over the student services building at Cal State L.A. on Wednesday afternoon, blocking off entrances and exits.

2 brothers were killed as they sat in their car in Exposition Park. Suspect charged with murder

06/11/24 12:28 AM

Brothers Ricardo and Sergio Rios were shot and killed while sitting in their car outside their home near Exposition Park.

8 climate protesters arrested during Congressional Baseball Game: Police

06/13/24 9:53 AM

Eight climate protesters were arrested after being tackled on the field during the Congressional Baseball Game, U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.

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'Balancing act': Bengals QB Joe Burrow not rushing rehab of surgically repaired wrist

06/11/24 7:06 PM

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has dealt with multiple injuries in his first four years in the NFL, and his latest is causing him to take a bigger-picture view.

'Bear Bets': Group Chat's best bets on Belmont, NBA Finals

06/06/24 4:46 PM

"Bear Bets" is back! And the Group Chat reconvened to discuss the Belmont Stakes, the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final.

'Dan Hurley just used and abused the Los Angeles Lakers.' — Skip on Hurley deciding to stay at UConn

06/13/24 6:43 PM

Skip Bayless reacts to Dan Hurley turning down a six-year, $70 million offer from the Los Angeles Lakers to return to UConn for a third National Championship and beyond.