Top News Stories for Today

World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 29, 2016)

EgyptAir hijacked to Cyprus

EgyptAir hijacked to Cyprus (Photo- Petros Karadjias, AP)Egyptian officials said early Tuesday that EgyptAir flight MS181 from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus. At least one hijacker said he was wearing an explosive belt, EgyptAir said.

After the plane, an Airbus with 81 passengers aboard, landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker or hijackers started allowing some passengers off the plane, until EgyptAir announced on Twitter that “negotiations with the Hijacker result in the release of all the passengers, except the crew and four foreigners.”

A Cypriot official tells The Associated Press that it “seems like there’s more than one hijacker,” but that the only demand so far is that police vehicles not approach the aircraft. The Associated Press



FBI unlocked San Bernardino shooter’s phone

Apple to oppose iPhone court orderThe FBI has unlocked San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone and is dropping its legal fight with Apple, federal officials said Monday.

In a statement, prosecutors said the decision to “conclude the litigation was based solely on the fact that, with the recent assistance of a third party, we are now able to unlock that iPhone without compromising any information on the phone.”

The FBI had been seeking Apple’s assistance in unlocking the encrypted phone, with the company fighting back, saying it would threaten the privacy of all customers. Officials did not share what the FBI has discovered on the phone. Los Angeles Times



California to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

California to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour (www, and labor unions have struck a tentative deal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15, averting a costly political campaign this fall and possibly putting California at the forefront of a national movement.

Its passage would place California ahead of a minimum wage increase now being considered in New York, and would probably add fodder to the raucous presidential race. Both Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have endorsed the goals of a nationwide campaign to raise wages to $15 an hour, and advocates say swift action in California could force both Democratic candidates to embrace what would be a more aggressive plan of action. Los Angeles Times



US Capitol police shoot suspect

US Capitol police shoot suspect ( drawing a gun at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center screening checkpoint Monday afternoon, a man was shot by police officers and taken to the hospital in critical condition. A female bystander was also injured.

The man, identified as Larry Dawson of Antioch, Tennessee, reportedly interrupted a session of Congress in October by yelling he was a “prophet of God” from a House balcony. Police announced late Monday that Dawson was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed. He is still in the hospital, and Capitol Police said in a statement he will be arraigned when he is released. NBC News



US Presidential election

US Presidential election newsNo guns at GOP convention: The Secret Service is quashing any move to allow guns at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Some 45,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Quicken Loans Arena, site of the convention, revoke its ban on the open carrying of fire arms. “This is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk,” the petition states. But the Secret Service, which has been protecting presidential candidates on the trail, said on Monday that only law enforcement officers will be allowed to have guns inside the event. USA Today

Kasich in Wisconsin: John Kasich’s campaign is pulling some ads in Wisconsin and focusing on congressional districts where the Ohio governor is likely to win some delegates.Kasich trails Ted Cruz and Donald Trump statewide in recent polls, and his campaign has less money. He hopes his moderate stances and milder campaign style will have a stronger appeal in states in the eastern part of the country that vote in mid- to late-April, such as Pennsylvania. USA Today

Tall Mountains discovered on Titan

Tall Mountains discovered on Titan (photo- say they have discovered the highest mountain on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. The peak, which was studied using infrared images and data from NASA’s Cassini probe, stands some 3,337 meters high and is one of a trio of mountains NASA calls Mithrim Montes. NASA says they are located near the moon’s equator.

The probe also found that it rains on Titan enough to cause flowing rivers which further carve the moon’s topography, though NASA said erosion on Titan happens more slowly because it is so far away from the sun and therefore has less energy to “power erosive processes.”

The findings were presented at the 47th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference near Houston. VOA

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