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Monday, January 5, 2015

Cheat Sheet - Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at Breaking Point

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January 05, 2015
With too many missions and too few pilots, the U.S. drone fleet is stretched dangerously thin. Dave Majumdar exclusively reports that U.S. officials fear that insufficient manpower is threatening the "readiness and combat capability" of America's drones. Now, "the band-aid fixes are no longer working," in the words of one official.
NYPD officers turned their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio again at the funeral for Wenjian Liu yesterday. However, amidst the grief of Liu's widow, the gesture just seemed petty, reports Michael Daly. NYPD union head Pat Lynch refused to turn his back, though, offering hope of a resolution to the tensions between the NYPD and City Hall.

The trial for one of the accused suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is set to begin with jury selection on Monday, almost two years after the blast killed three and injured more than 260 people. The judge, prosecutors, and defense lawyers will scrutinize 1,200 names to find 12 jurors and six alternates for the high-profile trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who is accused of working with his brother to set off two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev's brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police three days after the bombing. The jury will determine whether Tsarnaev, who has pleaded not guilty to more than two dozen charges relating to the bombing, will receive the death penalty. 


The founder of a multimillion-dollar hedge fund was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his upscale Manhattan home on Sunday, police said. Thomas Gilbert Sr., the 70-year-old president of Wainscott Capital Partners, was discovered by his wife in their bedroom at about 3:30 p.m. Police have not ruled out suicide, but Gilbert's son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., was taken into custody Sunday night. No charges had been filed as of early Monday. Wainscott Capital has $200 million in assets and was founded by Gilbert in 2011.


Indonesia is cracking down on loose flight regulations and weather policies that may have contributed to the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501. On Monday, the country's transportation ministry announced a new set of rules targeting some of the problems that plagued the Dec. 28 AirAsia flight that crashed. All pilots will be forced to go over pre-departure weather briefings and comply with more stringent takeoff regulations. It also announced that the air-traffic control, the airport operator, and the airport aviation office on call during the AirAsia flight would be suspended. AirAsia is already being investigated for possibly violating Indonesian aviation laws, and all airlines' permits and licenses are being investigated by the government. On Saturday, Indonesia banned all flights between Surabaya and Singapore, the route of the ill-fated flight that killed all 162 on board when it crashed.

Boko Haram Defeats International Forces
Seizes military base on border with Chad.
Meth Seizures Up at Mexican Border
California ports saw a threefold increase.
Missing Baby Found Dead in San Diego
Discovered in dumpster.
Cowboys Beat Lions on Controversial Call
Ref reverses pass interference.
Japan Tells Revelers to Chew Slowly
Nine choke to death on New Year's treat.

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