Airlines are rushing to adopt new cockpit security rules after the Germanwings crash
The Germanwings flight 9525 that officials say was likely intentionally crashed by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz when the other pilot went to the toilet, was following current European guidelines for operating a commercial airline. The European Aviation Safety Agency’s regulations only require one pilot—and no additional crew members—to be present in the cockpit at any given time. Regardless, some airlines have already started to change their own policies so that no one is left alone in the cockpit in the future.
Rochester ringleaders in khat-trafficking sentenced
Three men, including two from Rochester, have been sentenced for their roles in a worldwide trafficking ring specializing in the distribution of khat, a stimulant common in Africa but unknown to many people in the United States.
Drive from Europe to the U.S.? Russia proposes world's greatest superhighway
According to a March 23 report in The Siberian Times, Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has proposed a plan for a massive trans-Siberian highway that would link his country's eastern border with the U.S. state of Alaska, crossing a narrow stretch of the Bering Sea that separates Asia and North America.
Saudis begin airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen
Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to restore a deposed government that has been routed by the Iranian-backed group.