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Multiple deaths reported, Hartford’s Bradley airport closed after WWII vintage plane crash

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Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, closed Wednesday morning following the crash of a privately owned vintage aircraft.

“There are fatalities, of which I will not tell you the number yet because during this investigation, it is far too early to discuss,” said James Rovella, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, during a press conference.

Due to the nature of the crash and resulting fire, the victims are very difficult to identify, Rovella said.

“We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport,” airport spokeswoman Alisa Sisic said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available.”

The FAA said via Twitter that a vintage Boeing B-17 crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land at 10 a.m. local time.

There were 13 people on the plane, 10 passengers and three crew members. One person, who worked at the airport, was also on the ground, Rovella said in the press conference.

The Collings Foundation is an educational group that brought its “Wings of Freedom” vintage aircraft display to Bradley this week.

The B-17 was one of only 18 in the nation, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said during the press conference. 

The airport was scheduled to reopen at 1:30 p.m. EDT, authorities announced during the press conference. They planned to reopen one runway and to keep the runway where the crash occurred closed. 

At 1 p.m. EDT, Twitter user @MarioBooneTV shared a photo of Terminal A being reopened by TSA. 

FlightAware is showing 10 flight cancellations and 16 flight delays on flights headed to or from Hartford.

Bradley is relatively small but is served by most major airlines. 

American Airlines has 24 daily departures from Bradley. Two flights that were enroute to Hartford this morning were diverted to nearby airports, spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

Southwest Airlines has 13 daily departures from Bradley. Six took off before the incident, and the airline has canceled the remaining seven flights for today, spokesman Brad Hawkins said.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Trump Amps Up Demands To Know Whistleblower’s Identity

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President Donald Trump wants to know the identity of the whistleblower who raised concerns to intelligence community officials over the president asking a foreign leader to look into his political rival, and those who gave the whistleblower information.

“He either got it totally wrong, made it up, or the person giving the information to the whistleblower was dishonest,” Trump said in the Oval Office on Wednesday. “And this country has to find out who that person was because that person’s a spy, in my opinion.”

Trump’s comments are at odds with members of Congress, who are seeking to keep the whistleblower anonymous for his or her own safety. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a Tuesday statement that the whistleblower should be protected. 

“This person appears to have followed the whistleblower protection laws and ought to be heard out and protected. We should always work to respect whistleblowers,” Grassley said. “Complaints based on second-hand information should not be rejected out of hand, but they do require additional leg work to get at the facts and evaluate the claim’s credibility.”

At the center of the whistleblower’s complaint was a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the phone call, which  was made public last month, Trump asked Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden.

House members began a formal impeachment inquiry based on the whistleblower complaint.

Trump called the whistleblower who first alerted officials of the phone call “dishonest” and said the person should be protected only if the whistleblower is “legitimate.” 

Trump also attacked House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is helping to lead the impeachment inquiry, falsely accusing him of “treason” and saying he should resign from office. 

Trump previously made his intention clear that he wanted to know the identity of the whistleblower when he said he “deserved” to meet his accuser who filed the complaint, The New York Times reported earlier this week.

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Petition Calls for CPD Chief Brackney to Resign Over Gun Control Comments

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“I’m not sure that the chief needs to resign over this, but I do think the chief needs to clarify,” said former Charlottesville City Councilor Rob Schilling. “That’s a very broad statement, and any weapon that can be used to hunt a person would not necessarily be limited to firearms.”

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‘I don’t care.’ Trump dismisses GOP concern over protecting whistleblower

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In a series of tweets, President Trump attacked accusers in the whistleblower allegations and touted a pastor’s “civil war” prediction if he is impeached. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump dismissed concerns Wednesday – including from some GOP lawmakers – about protecting the identity of a whistleblower at the center of allegations that he pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

Asked about those concerns Trump responded: “I don’t care.”

Trump, who has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the unnamed person who filed a complaint about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian leaders, said “a whistleblower should be protected if the whistleblower’s legitimate.” 

The whistleblower’s report is at the heart of the impeachment investigation of Trump at the House of Representatives. The complaint filed Aug. 12 alleged Trump abused the power of his office when he urged Ukraine’s president to gather dirt on Biden.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a co-founder of the Senate Whistleblower Caucus, said on Tuesday that the whistleblower deserves to be heard and protected. “We should always work to respect whistleblowers’ requests for confidentiality,” Grassley said.

Trump, in a combative mood on the issue after several days of more subdued messaging, also repeated his attacks on House Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. and the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Trump said Schiff couldn’t carry Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “blank strap,” apparently a reference to a “jockstrap.” 

Earlier, Trump blasted a tweet storm minutes after a Democratic news conference, condemning impeachment as an attempt to force him from office that will damage the country. Trump challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stated desire to work on trade and drug prices, saying Democrats are obsessed with impeachment.

Democrats: Lawmakers threaten to subpoena White House for documents 

Response: Trump sets Twitter record as White House fights off impeachment inquiry

Pompeo: Secretary of State was listening to Trump’s call with Ukraine

Pelosi is “incapable” of working on other issues, the president wrote. “It is just camouflage for trying to win an election through impeachment. The Do Nothing Democrats are stuck in mud!”

During a tweet storm that preceded the meeting with the president of Finland, Trump also dropped a barnyard epithet in condemning the impeachment drive. The president described Democrats as wasting their time on “bullshit” despite his election in 2016. 

He added: “Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!”

House Democrats have questioned the president’s past attacks on the whistleblower.

“I hope that you understand, and I suspect that you do, the seriousness of the president of the United States saying he wants to interview that person,” Pelosi said earlier Wednesday.

“The president probably doesn’t realize how dangerous his statements are when he says he wants to expose who the whistleblower is and those who may have given the whistleblower that information.”

Contributing: Bart Jansen, Maureen Groppe

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Peru’s Vice President Bows Out Of Bitter Power Struggle

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A maintenance worker sweeps the street as riot police block the door to the Congress building Tuesday in Lima. Late Tuesday night, Mercedes Aráoz, the vice president who had briefly accepted the mantle of acting president from lawmakers, performed a surprise U-turn by announcing her resignation. Martin Mejia/AP hide caption

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A maintenance worker sweeps the street as riot police block the door to the Congress building Tuesday in Lima. Late Tuesday night, Mercedes Aráoz, the vice president who had briefly accepted the mantle of acting president from lawmakers, performed a surprise U-turn by announcing her resignation.

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Well, that didn’t last long.

About 24 hours after opposition lawmakers elevated Peruvian Vice President Mercedes Aráoz to the country’s highest office — a move targeted squarely at the president with whom they are feuding — Aráoz has decided to bow out. On Tuesday night, the would-be interim president shuffled off the title, saying in a statement posted to Twitter that she was declining the job because “the constitutional order in Peru has broken down.”

“I deeply wish that our country overcomes this serious institutional crisis for the good of all Peruvians,” she wrote in the letter, “especially the less fortunate who are the most affected by the irresponsibility of politicians.” She is also resigning the vice presidency.

The shocking about-face marks a triumph for President Martín Vizcarra, who has been embroiled in a bitter showdown with the country’s Congress. Vizcarra dissolved the legislative body Monday, claiming that opposition lawmakers were stonewalling his anti-corruption agenda for their personal gain and called for elections to be held in late January to replace them.

The lawmakers rejected the move as unconstitutional and tried to dismiss Vizcarra in turn. This is where Aráoz came in: Shortly after voting to suspend Vizcarra for a year, they swore in his vice president with her initial approval. “I accept this with fortitude,” she said before Congress at the time. “It is one of the most difficult decisions I have made in my life.”

Difficult — yet apparently reversible.

It quickly became clear that Vizcarra had the backing of the country’s security forces, with commanders of the police and every branch of the military standing in his corner. And the streets of Lima, the capital, swarmed with thousands of the president’s supporters, who voiced their frustration with a massive, multinational corruption scandal that has entangled the country’s previous four heads of state, as well as the leader of the principal opposition party.

Vizcarra’s predecessor, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, stepped down last year amid allegations that he accepted bribes from the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht. Ollanta Humala, Alan García and Alejandro Toledo, who held office before Kuczynski, also attracted claims of bribery connected with the firm. And Keiko Fujimori, leader of the conservative opposition and daughter of a former authoritarian, is currently in detention on suspicion of accepting illegal payments from Odebrecht.

When Vizcarra took office, he vowed to conduct a campaign against government graft — but his allies in Congress are vastly outnumbered, and he said the situation has become untenable. According to the Peruvian Constitution, the president has the right to dissolve Congress and call new elections — though whether he has met the conditions necessary to do so remains a matter of contention.

The Organization of American States weighed in Tuesday, saying that it was up to Peru’s Constitutional Court — not Congress — to “rule on the legality and legitimacy of the institutional decisions adopted.” The OAS also suggested support for Vizcarra’s position.

“It is a constructive step that the elections have been called according to the constitutional deadlines and that the final decision rests with the Peruvian people, in whom lies the sovereignty of the nation,” the OAS General Secretariat explained in a statement. “It is fair that the political polarization in the country will be resolved by the people at the polls.”

Still, lawmakers have signaled no intention of backing down, labeling the president’s administration a dictatorship and saying that “only civil resistance remains.”

“History will judge the coupist Vizcarra and his accomplices for this betrayal of democracy,” lawmaker Salvador Heresi said Tuesday.

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McCarthy signs on to resolution to censure Schiff for ‘parody’ reading of Ukraine call

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., added his name to a resolution Wednesday that would censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for reading a “parody” version of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a hearing last week.

McCarthy is now the most high-profile Republican to sign on to the resolution to censure Schiff that was introduced last Friday by Rep. Andy Biggs, the Arizona Republican who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

“Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the American people for years,” McCarthy said in a tweet. “Now he is so desperate to damage the president that he literally made up a false version of a phone call. Enough is enough.”

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McCarthy added: “I have signed a resolution to censure Schiff in the House of Representatives.”

Schiff, who is leading one of the committee’s investigating Trump in the impeachment inquiry announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been under fire from conservatives for the “parody” of the president’s call with Zelensky that he read at the testimony last week of Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Maguire was on Capitol Hill to defend his handling of the explosive whistleblower complaint detailing how Trump pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the Biden family.

The complaint contains allegations related to Trump’s call with Zelensky in July, when he urged him to investigate alleged corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The White House on Wednesday released an unclassified version of the transcript of the phone call. The memo, which does not reflect a “verbatim transcript” but is based on “notes and recollections” of those memorializing the call, shows Zelensky asking for more military aid before Trump asks him to pursue some kind of investigation into Biden and his son.

On the dais last week, Schiff gave his own exaggerated version of the phone call.

“I have a favor I want from you,” Schiff said while appearing to read from a paper. “And I’m going to say this only seven times, so you better listen good. I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand? Lots of it, on this and on that.”

Schiff later chalked his fictional summary of the controversial phone call to parody.

“My summary of the president’s call was meant to be at least, part, in parody,” Schiff said. “The fact that that’s not clear is a separate problem in and of itself. Of course, the president never said, ‘If you don’t understand me I’m going to say it seven more times,’ my point is, that’s the message that the Ukraine president was receiving in not so many words.”

Schiff’s explanation, however, did little to quell the outrage of his Republican colleagues who were already on the defensive following Pelosi’s announcement last Tuesday of the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

“The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee read a statement that was blatantly false, had no corresponding evidence nor relationship to the actual transcript of President Trump’s telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president,” Biggs said in a video posted on Twitter. “That is inexcusable.”

Trump also weighed in on Schiff’s “parody” reading – calling the California Democrat “desperate” and accusing him of lying to Congress.

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“Rep. Adam Schiff fraudulently read to Congress, with millions of people watching, a version of my conversation with the President of Ukraine that doesn’t exist,” Trump tweeted. “He was supposedly reading the exact transcribed version of the call, but he completely changed the words to make it sound horrible, and me sound guilty.”

Schiff shot back at Trump on social media, accusing the president of trying to “shakedown” a world leader for election dirt and then trying to cover it up.

“You engaged in a shakedown to get election dirt from a foreign country,” Schiff said. “And then you tried to cover it up.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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S&P and Dow Slide as Evidence of Global Slowdown Mounts

Stocks slid on Wednesday, a second day of declines that has ended a relatively calm stretch of trading on Wall Street, as investors faced new evidence that global growth is threatened by the trade war.

Just after 12 p.m. on Wall Street, the S&P 500 was down nearly 2 percent and on track for its worst day since late August.

The selling this week began after a key measure of manufacturing activity showed that factory output in the United States had slowed to levels last seen at the end of the financial crisis a decade ago.

Industrial companies and materials stocks — a category that includes chemical companies and fertilizer manufacturers — suffered the steepest drops by midday Wednesday. Airlines suffered particularly steep drops after Delta provided an updated forecast on the third-quarter earnings that disappointed the market. Delta was down roughly 6 percent.

The two-day decline has ended a quiet period for investors in the United States. The S&P 500 had not fallen 1 percent or more on any single day in September as investors awaited the next round of trade talks between the United States and China. Those are expected to happen later this month.

That calm was shattered on Tuesday, after the Institute for Supply Management reported that its manufacturing index fell in September to its lowest level since June 2009. It was the second month of contraction for factory activity in the United States.

Also on Tuesday, the World Trade Organization cut its forecast for growth in trade. World trade in merchandise is expected to expand just 1.2 percent this year, in the weakest year since the heat of the financial crisis in 2009.

And on Wednesday, a private report on hiring in the United States was slightly slower than economists had forecast. The report, released by ADP, is a precursor to the monthly jobs report from the Labor Department, though it is not necessarily indicative of what the official data will show.

The selling was sharper in Europe, where London’s FTSE 100 had dropped more than 3 percent by Wednesday afternoon. In Asia, stocks had weakened slightly, but not to the same extent experienced in Europe. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index closed down 0.19 percent, while the Nikkei 225 finished 0.49 percent lower.

In Europe, Germany has become a point of concern, with its factory orders dropping as Chinese companies, hit by tariffs on exports to the United States, purchase less German machinery.

At the same time, Britain remains enmeshed in negotiations over Brexit and faces huge uncertainty over its future trading relationship with Europe. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a new proposal on Wednesday for the terms of leaving the European Union at a Conservative Party conference, but there is still a risk that Britain will leave the bloc at the end of the month without a deal.

Trade Troubles
Recession Panic May Have Passed. But the Economy Is Still at Risk.

Oct. 2, 2019

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Legionnaires’ outbreak in North Carolina kills 1, sickens nearly 100 others: officials

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An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in North Carolina has killed at least one person and sickened dozens of others, state health officials said.

As of Sept. 30, at least 97 people were sickened with the disease, while 63 were hospitalized, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Though officials are still investigating the source of the outbreak, many of those sickened reported attending the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September. Officials are urging anyone who attended the fair and is experiencing symptoms of Legionnaires’ to see a doctor.

“Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia,” according to the Mayo Clinic, which explains pneumonia as an inflammation of the lung that is typically caused by an infection.

“You can’t catch Legionnaires’ disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get Legionnaires’ disease from inhaling the bacteria,” the Mayo Clinic adds, noting that older adults, those who smoke, or those with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible.

Legionella pneumophila, a bacterium, is usually the cause of the illness. It can be found in soil and water, but more commonly causes infection when it multiplies in water systems (e.g., hot tubs and air conditioners).

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The disease is treatable with antibiotics, and those who are sickened typically recover in full. Symptoms often include fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath.

The news comes after health officials in Georgia this past August responded to a massive Legionnaires’ outbreak linked to a hotel in Atlanta. At the time, a state health official told Fox News that the Legionella outbreak was the largest ever recorded in Georgia.

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Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know:

Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, notified his committee of the impending subpoena on Wednesday. He said the White House had thus far ignored Congress’s voluntary requests for materials related to President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son and any attempt by the administration to conceal his actions.

“I do not take this step lightly,” Mr. Cummings wrote. “Over the past several weeks, the committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — the committees.”

The subpoena threat came as lawmakers expected to hear a mysterious bit of new information abruptly offered up by the State Department’s independent watchdog.

Nicholas Fandos

Read on: House Threatens to Subpoena White House for Ukraine Records

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her argument for impeachment on Wednesday, President Trump was watching.

Mr. Trump responded to Ms. Pelosi — in real time — on Twitter, firing off several tweets attacking the speaker and her fellow Democrats for “trying to win an election through impeachment.” The president complained that the House Democratic move to impeach him over his political pressure on Ukraine’s government to investigate his political opponents was driving down the stock market and distracting from legislative goals like prescription drug prices and passage of a new trade deal with Mexico.

He also raged that Democrats were trying to throw him out of office on illegitimate grounds.

“Democrats are trying to undo the Election regardless of FACTS!” Mr. Trump wrote, sharing a 30-second ad produced by his campaign charging that Democrats were staging “nothing short of a coup.”

Mr. Trump also responded to remarks by Representative Adam B. Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who spoke with Ms. Pelosi, calling Mr. Schiff “a lowlife.”

Several minutes after the Democrats finished speaking, Mr. Trump angrily used a profanity, saying that his political rivals “should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT.”

— Michael Crowley

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“I was on the phone call,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a news conference in Rome — the first time he has addressed the topic publicly since reports surfaced that he had heard the exchange.

He did not elaborate on the conversation and did not answer a question about whether anything in it had raised a red flag for him.

An anonymous whistle-blower within the government filed a complaint in August, citing the call and other factors as information that “the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The complaint, made public last week, says that White House officials, rather than storing a record of the conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, in the usual computer system, attempted to “lock down” information on it, placing it in a more secure system, accessible to fewer people. The whistle-blower asserted this was done because they “understood the gravity of what had transpired in the call.”

— Jason Horowitz and Richard Pérez-Peña

Read on: Pompeo Confirms He Listened to Trump’s Call to Ukraine President

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Document: Read the Whistle-Blower Complaint

The complaint filed by an intelligence officer about President Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine.

Senator Mitch McConnell’s comment this week that the Senate would be forced to “take up” articles of impeachment from the House had the capital in a swirl, bracing for a full-blown Senate trial of President Trump. But as things now stand, any trial would probably be swift, ending in dismissal of the accusations.

While the focus was on the statement by Mr. McConnell, the majority leader, that the Senate would have “no choice” but to begin an impeachment proceeding, it was his next line that might have been more telling: “How long you are on it is a whole different matter.”

The fusty rules of the Senate make clear that Republicans could not unilaterally stonewall articles of impeachment of Mr. Trump as they did the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick B. Garland. But Mr. McConnell’s declaration suggests the Republican-controlled Senate could move expeditiously to toss them out if Republicans conclude the House impeachment is meritless, or a strictly partisan affair.

— Carl Hulse

Read more in the “On Washington” column: Impeachment Rules Say Senate Must Act, but Its Act Might Be a Swift Dismissal

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Senator King suggests at least 20 minutes are missing from Trump-Ukraine call transcript

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