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1. Family sues Alaska Airlines, contractor over elderly woman’s fatal escalator fall… A great-grandmother’s family is suing Alaska Airlines after she tumbled down an escalator in the Portland, Oregon, airport in a wheelchair. The troubling incident was caught on video. Bernice Kekona, 75, died three months after the fall that left her badly injured.
Kekona’s family hired help to make sure she arrived safely to her connecting flight. But now they argue the airline and its contractor did not provide the service as promised. READ MORE
2. Trump ramps up Border Patrol recruitment, in bid to hire thousands of new agents… While construction of the highly touted border wall with Mexico still hasn’t started, the administration hopes to build on the statistical trendlines by carrying out a January executive order to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents.
To accelerate the hires, the federal government on Nov. 17 awarded a massive five-year, $297-million contract to a division of Accenture. Accenture will also be responsible for hiring 2,000 customs officers and 500 new agents for the Office of Air and Marine Operations.
The proposed hiring surge is the largest since the George W. Bush administration, when Congress funded an expansion of border enforcement following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. READ MORE
3. Vacationing couple from Egypt welcomes quadruplets in NC… A family on vacation in Wilmington from Egypt grew by four when the wife, Dina Afifi, gave birth to quadruplets two months early.
Dina Afifi and her husband Mahmoud said they were here on a tourist visa visiting New York City and Wilmington. Dina was seven months pregnant, and when she delivered quadruplets two months early, a two-week trip turned into more than a month-long stay. READ MORE
4. Florida man accused of rigging door to his home to electrocute pregnant wife… A Florida man rigged the front door of his home in a bizarre plot to electrocute his estranged pregnant wife, authorities said Friday.
Michael Wilson, 32, of Palm Coast, intended to cause his wife great bodily harm with the booby trap, authorities said. He was arrested Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., on charges of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and theft of a firearm.
“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence. Thankfully this man was found and taken into custody before he could cause the harm he intended.” READ MORE
5. Officials: Deadly NYC fire lit by child playing with stove... READ MORE
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