Justice Ginsburg in hospital after fracturing 3 ribs in fall
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.
The court’s oldest justice, 85, fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court police to take her to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.
Missouri duck boat captain indicted in deaths of 17
Four months after a duck boat sank in Missouri, killing 17 people, federal prosecutors announced Thursday that the captain of the vessel was indicted on criminal charges.
Kenneth Scott McKee, 51, was operating Stretch Duck 7 when the amphibious vessel sank July 19 in Branson, Missouri, with 31 people on board during a thunderstorm. For each of the 17 killed, a federal grand jury indicted McKee on counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer, resulting in death.
Thousands flee from fast-moving Northern California wildfire
A fast-growing wildfire forced tens of thousands of residents from their Northern California homes Thursday.
The Camp Fire has scorched almost 8 square miles in Butte County, which is about 90 miles north of Sacramento, according to Cal Fire. The fire burned about 80 acres per minute, according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. That’s equal to about 60 football fields per minute.
Former NY attorney general won’t face sex abuse charges
The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that she couldn’t bring criminal charges over allegations he physically abused women he dated, in part, because state law doesn’t explicitly outlaw such behavior.
In closing the six-month investigation, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas implored lawmakers to pass legislation to criminalize slapping, shoving and other violence committed for sexual gratification.
FAA issues emergency directive after jet crash in Indonesia
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency directive on how to handle erroneous data from a sensor that investigators suspect malfunctioned on a new Boeing jet that plunged into the sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
The directive gives regulatory weight to Boeing’s safety bulletin that it sent to operators of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes based on findings from the Indonesian investigation into the crash of a Lion Air jet Oct. 29.