September 14, 2011

Martin Kessman of Nanuet, N.Y., has been eating at White Castle religiously since 1959, but now the 64-year-old, 290-pound, burger-stuffed stockbroker says he can no longer fit in the restaurant's booths. After two years of complaining, he's suing the burger chain under the Americans With Disabilities Act. "I just want to sit down like a normal person," Kessman says. The Week Staff

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The satellite launched by North Korea on Saturday is tumbling in orbit, rendering it useless, a U.S. official said Monday.

Although the payload of the Unha 3 rocket made it into orbit, it has been tumbling ever since, the official told ABC News. North Korea still views the launch as a success, and the official said the fact that the payload was able to make it into orbit is troubling — the technology needed to make that happen is the same necessary to get a ballistic nuclear armed intercontinental missile to the United States, ABC News reports.

The Joint Space Operations Center is tracking the satellite and a rocket booster stage also in orbit, and it could take years for the payload to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere; the JSPOC is still tracking the payload and debris items from a North Korean missile launched in December 2012, ABC News says. No transmission signals were ever detected coming from that satellite. Catherine Garcia

February 8, 2016
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Demonstrators and police clashed in Hong Kong Monday night and early Tuesday morning after authorities started to crack down on unlicensed food vendors in the Mong Kok district.

It's become a tradition in the area for the street hawkers to sell fish balls and other items during the Lunar New Year, and activists were upset that police tried to shut the vendors down, saying an important part of the area's culture was under attack, The Associated Press reports. Protesters threw bottles, trash, and pieces of wood, and set fires in the street. In a statement, local police said demonstrators refused to get out of the street and shoved officers. In turn, authorities used batons and pepper spray against the protesters.

Three men were arrested and three injured officers were treated at area hospitals. This was the worst violence in Hong Kong since 2014's pro-democracy protests, AP reports. Catherine Garcia

February 8, 2016

This one's for you, Chris Christie: On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Marco Rubio gave the New Jersey governor plenty of fodder for his next campaign ad by repeating himself during a speech.

Rubio came under fire Saturday night at the ABC News Republican Presidential Debate, after he brought up the same talking point about President Obama multiple times. Christie called him out, saying, "See, there it is, the memorized 25-second speech," with Rubio responding by repeating himself again.

On Monday night in Nashua, Rubio launched into a speech about how "families are struggling to raise their children in the 21st century." Rubio lamented how difficult it was for him and his wife to "instill our values in our kids instead of the values they try to ram down our throats." Not two seconds later, he started in again, saying: "In the 21st century, it's become harder than ever to instill in your children the values they teach in our homes and in our church, instead of the values they try to ram down our throats in the movies, in music, in popular culture." Rubio paused after the second time he said "ram down our," likely due to a severe case of déjà vu. Watch the video below. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

February 8, 2016

U.S. federal prosecutors filed charges on Monday against the Iraqi wife of a high-ranking Islamic State official accused of holding Kayla Mueller hostage in Syria.

Mueller, an aid worker from Prescott, Arizona, was abducted from Damascus, Syria, in 2013. She was killed in Syria in February 2015; ISIS claims she died after a Jordanian fighter jet dropped a bomb on the building she was in, while U.S. intelligence officials have said they still do not know how she was killed. Umm Sayyaf, also known as Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, was charged in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, with conspiring to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization resulting in death. Her husband, Fathi ben Awn ben Jildi Murad al-Tunisi, also known as Abu Sayyaf, was killed during a raid in eastern Syria last May. Umm Sayyaf was captured and taken to Irbil, where she was questioned by the FBI-led High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, The Washington Post reports.

An affidavit by FBI Special Agent William H. Heaney gives more insight into what life was like for Mueller as a hostage. Umm Sayyaf said she was responsible, along with her husband, for Mueller beginning in September 2014, and she suspected Mueller was either being held for ransom or a prisoner exchange. Her home was used to store money ISIS made from oil and firearms, and sometimes ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stayed there. Mueller was abused and raped by al-Baghdadi, the affidavit says, and forced to watch ISIS propaganda videos. Along with other captives, she was at times handcuffed and kept in locked rooms, the affidavit states, and called an "infidel" by Umm Sayyaf.

The Iraqis took custody of Umm Sayyaf in August, and while it's unlikely she will ever be brought to the United States, officials say if she is ever part of a prisoner exchange, she can be arrested by the FBI on the federal charges, the Post reports. Catherine Garcia

February 8, 2016
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Sikh actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia announced on his Instagram account Monday that he was not allowed to board an Aeroméxico flight from Mexico City to New York City because of his turban.

"Dear NYC fashion week," he posted. "I may be a little late as @aeromexico won't let me fly with a turban. Don't start the show without me. #lovenotfear #fearisanopportunitytoeducate." The Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund has released a statement saying it is "disappointed and concerned" that Ahluwalia was asked to take his turban off before boarding the flight. "The turban is an integral part of a Sikh's identity and removal in public is akin to a strip search," the organization said. "The security personnel involved in this debacle owe Mr. Ahluwalia an apology and must be trained in cultural and religious awareness."

Ahluwalia appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Darjeeling Limited, as well as a 2013 Gap advertisement, the first time a Sikh model was showcased in a nationwide ad campaign, NBC News reports. He also has a popular jewelry line, House of Waris. Aeroméxico has not commented on the incident. Catherine Garcia

February 8, 2016

Four people were injured when the Anthem of the Seas encountered a severe storm off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Sunday. The mega ship was sailing to Port Canaveral, Florida, when it hit rough waters, and on Monday, Royal Caribbean announced the ship would be returning to Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey.

The Anthem of the Seas suffered damage to some public areas and cabins, but "remains seaworthy," Royal Caribbean announced, and the injuries sustained are not serious. On Sunday afternoon, passengers were told to stay in their rooms, and they were given updates every hour by the captain or the cruise director. Off the Carolina coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded a 76 mph gust of wind and waves of 30 feet high, CNN reports. Passengers said on Twitter their stateroom televisions reported winds clocking in at 120 to 150 mph.

The Anthem of the Seas was scheduled to go on a seven-day voyage to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean announced passengers will receive a full refund, plus half off the fare of a future cruise. Catherine Garcia

February 8, 2016
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A new United Nations report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria found that the Syrian government is executing civilian detainees on a massive scale, in addition to killing and torturing Islamic State and Nusra Front prisoners.

The commission is calling on the U.N. Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" against high-ranking civilian and military officials, Reuters reports. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention" covers March 10, 2011, to Nov. 30, 2015, with interviews from 621 witnesses and survivors. Thousands of people, mostly civilian men, have been killed, tortured, starved, and denied medical treatment, and commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro said "prison officials, their superiors throughout the hierarchy, high-ranking officials in military hospitals, and the military police corps as well as government were aware that deaths on a massive scale were occurring. Thus we concluded there were reasonable grounds... to believe that the conduct described amounts to extermination as a crime against humanity."

Investigators repeatedly asked for access to detention facilities, but were denied. The high-ranking officers are "individually criminally liable," investigators said, and a list of suspected war criminals from all sides and units is kept in a U.N. safe in Geneva. Raneem Matouq, the daughter of a prominent attorney who went missing in 2012, says she was held in a Damascus facility after peacefully protesting as a student. She described the conditions there as deplorable: There was hardly any food, the prison was infested with insects, detainees could only use an outdoor toilet three times a day, and there were dead bodies in different areas. Catherine Garcia

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