On Friday, French President Francois Hollande reported that a French military unit had found the wreckage of Air Algerie Flight 5017, which crashed in Mali less than an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso early Thursday. None of the 110 Algiers-bound passengers or six crew members survived the crash, Hollande said, but the French troops did recover the plane's black box.
The black box should help determine what caused the third fatal crash of a commercial jetliner in the past week. French officials say the ethnic Tuareg separatists fighting in Mali are capable of downing a jet at cruising altitude. The only real public clue so far is from Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo, who said that before the crash the Spanish-owned aircraft had asked air-traffic controllers in Niger to reroute the plane due to heavy rains.
The victims of the crash are mostly from France and Burkina Faso, plus passengers from Lebanon, Algeria, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium, Egypt, Ukraine, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Mali. The crew was Spanish. Peter Weber
The FBI has launched an investigation into corruption at the Clinton Correctional Facility, law enforcement officials told CNN Monday, looking into possible drug trafficking and other criminal behavior.
Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the upstate New York prison earlier this month, and the probe is being fueled by evidence uncovered by authorities while investigating the jailbreak. Some employees told authorities that prisoners were using heroin and employees were part of the drug trade, sources said, and specific people have been identified and are the focus of the investigation.
The New York Inspector General and New York State Police have also launched investigations into the escape, with the inspector general looking at the relationships between guards and inmates and the things they would discuss; investigators now believe Matt and Sweat spoke with guards about the terrain around the prison, gaining knowledge that would be useful during their escape. Corrections officer Joyce Mitchell is accused of smuggling in the tools Matt and Sweat used to break out of prison, while another prison worker, Gene Palmer, is charged with delivering those tools. Matt was killed on Friday, while Sweat was captured alive on Sunday. Catherine Garcia
Move over, Taylor Swift and 1989: Apple Music reportedly also has exclusive streaming rights to another, slightly older album. Dr. Dre's The Chronic, a 1992 release many consider to be among the top hip-hop albums of all time, should be available when Apple launches its new service Tuesday, Rolling Stone reports, citing a source close to the project.
The Chronic has never been available digitally before, not even as part of the Dre-founded Beats Electronics deal with Apple in 2014. He has had digital rights to his solo debut following a 2011 legal battle with Death Row Records, his former record label. Julie Kliegman
California legislators voted Monday to eliminate the state's personal belief exemption for required school vaccinations, The Associated Press reports. Only Mississippi and West Virginia have similarly strict laws on the books. Democratic senators introduced the bill after more than 100 people were infected in a measles outbreak originating at Disneyland, sparking a nationwide debate on whether vaccines should be mandatory.
The measure would not affect medical exemptions the state allows children with serious health issues. It would also grandfather in students with existing personal belief exemptions until their next vaccine checkpoint.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has not yet said whether he'll sign the bill, which doesn't have enough support to override a veto. Julie Kliegman
Even though Boston would need to fork over $4.6 billion to host the 2024 Olympics, organizers are claiming that the event wouldn't cost taxpayers a cent. Organizers revealed Monday that the games would leave the city with an estimated surplus of $210 million, not to mention an expanded tax base and the creation of both jobs and housing. The latest revelations in Boston's Olympic plans came in response to concerns that the bid withheld information that would properly allow the public to assess whether the project would require taxpayer money.
The most detailed look yet at the submitted proposal suggests that taxpayers would not be losing money from the Games, though concerns are not entirely assuaged. Those opposed to Boston 2024 say that the proposal fails to explain what would happen should the event cost more than expected or if revenues aren't as high as anticipated.
Olympic Committee members will not select the host city until 2017. Paris, Hamburg, and Rome are already in the running, and Budapest is expected to join the race. Becca Stanek
The White House will not consider bailing Puerto Rico out of its $72 billion debt, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the "unpayable" debts Sunday, adding that the commonwealth has been struggling for years.
"There is no one in the administration or in D.C. federal government that's contemplating a federal bailout of Puerto Rico," Earnest told The Hill.
The administration will work with Puerto Rican officials, Earnest said, adding that Congress should consider granting the island the ability to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, just like Detroit did in 2013. Julie Kliegman
The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a law that would impose stringent new abortion clinic restrictions in Texas. The justices voted 5-4 to allow clinics to stay open while appeals to the law proceed.
Under the Texas law, "[d]octors who perform abortions at clinics must have privileges to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic, and all clinics in the state must have facilities equal to those available at a surgical center," according to SCOTUSblog. Critics say that the requirements are medically unnecessary, and that their only purpose is to shutter Texas' dwindling number of abortion clinics.
With the granting of the appeal, 10 abortion clinics in Texas at threat of closure will be able to remain open. Jeva Lange
Earlier today, NBC announced it would sever all ties with Donald Trump amid growing controversy over his "recent derogatory statements" about immigrants. Now, in a characteristically caustic statement, Trump has responded. "Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate," says a statement from Trump's office. "NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct — that is why our country is in serious trouble."
Trump's statement goes on to defend the remarks that led NBC to dump him. "We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States," says the statement. "As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now."
The statement concludes with the threat of a possible lawsuit, and a parting shot at the network's recent problems with anchor Brian Willians. "If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court," the statement says. "Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be." Scott Meslow