TIME Transportation

United Airlines Flight Turned Back Due to Disruptive Passenger

Violent passenger reportedly attempted to run towards the cockpit

A United Airlines flight heading to Denver returned to a Washington, D.C. airport early Monday after a passenger became unruly and disruptive mid-flight.

A passenger on Flight 1074 reportedly tried to run toward the cockpit before being restrained by his fellow passengers. The cockpit was secure at the time, according to ABC News. The incident occurred shortly after takeoff, and the plane was able to safely return to Dulles International Airport.

Pilots told air traffic authorities the passenger had become violent: “He ran forward towards the cockpit and he is being restrained by passengers,” one of the pilots said. “Cockpit is secure and we would like to return to the airport and have the authorities meet him.”

Washington authorities met the passenger at the gate of the airport where he was detained and later taken to a hospital for evaluation. The remaining passengers are expected to fly to Denver on Tuesday.

[ABC News]


TIME White House

Obama Says Youth Have Bigger Worries Than Legal Pot

Issues like climate change, the economy, war and peace

President Barack Obama said in a new interview that America’s youth should be worried about a lot more than whether they can legally smoke marijuana.

“Young people, I understand this is important to you, but you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, war and peace,” he told VICE during the interview, notably published at 4:20 p.m. ET, a nod to pot smoking culture. “Maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana.”

VICE founder Shane Smith said legalizing marijuana would be a key part of the President’s legacy for the millennials, whose votes helped carry him to the White House, but Obama gave a measured response when Smith asked whether legalization could happen before he leaves office.

So far, four states and the District of Columbia have legalized some recreational use of the drug, and 23 states and D.C. permit its use for medicinal purposes. Last week, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced historic legislation that would end the federal ban on medical pot.

Watch the full interview at VICE.

TIME Health Care

16.4 Million Have Gotten Insurance Under Affordable Care Act in Past Five Years

The home page for the HealthCare.gov on March 31, 2014.
Karen Bleier—AFP/Getty Images This image shows the home page for the HealthCare.gov internet site, taken on March 31, 2014 in Washington.

Obama administration announced changes ahead of fifth anniversary of the law's passage.

Over the past five years, about 16.4 million previously uninsured people have gained insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration announced Monday.

The Department of Health and Human Services released new figures on the insured population one week ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Act’s passage. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Monday it’s the “largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades.”

“When it comes to the key metrics of affordability, access, and quality, the evidence shows that the Affordable Care Act is working, and families, businesses and taxpayers are better off as a result,” Burwell said in a statement.

About 14.1 million adults gained insurance since insurance marketplaces opened up in October 2013 and another 2.3 million young adults were able to stay on their parents insurance until age 26 under the law. According to the data, the uninsured rate is slightly lower in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage compared to those that have not.

The uninsured rate has dropped significantly for minorities under the law. Since 2013, 2.3 million black adults have gained insurance resulting in 9.2 percent point drop in the uninsured rate. About 29.5% of Hispanic adults are still uninsured, the highest uninsured rate among American adults, but some 4.2 million have gained coverage.

The news comes as the fate of the Affordable Care Act lies in hands of the Supreme Court which heard oral arguments in a case that could essentially gut the President’s signature health law.

Read next: Your Boss May Be Able To Force You To Buy Health Insurance

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TIME Foreign Policy

Obama ‘Embarrassed’ for GOP Senators on Iran Letter

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National League of Cities annual Congressional City Conference in Washington on March 9, 2015.
Pool—Getty Images U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National League of Cities annual Congressional City Conference in Washington on March 9, 2015.

President expressed his discontent in an interview with Vice News

President Obama said he’s “embarrassed” for the 47 Republican Senators who sent a letter to Iranian leaders earlier this week making a case against a pending deal on nuclear weapons.

“For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah, who they claim is our mortal enemy, “ Obama says in a trailer for an interview with Vice News. “And their basic argument to them is ‘Don’t deal with our president cause you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement.’ That’s close to unprecedented.”

The President’s statements are among the many that have come out in the wake of the letter organized by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called it a “propaganda ploy.” Vice President Joe Biden returned fire with a scathing letter to Congress released late Monday, saying in part “the decision to undercut our President and circumvent our constitutional system offends me as a matter of principle.”

Seven Republican Senators did not sign the letter: Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Dan Coats of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thad Cochran of Mississippi.

The President sat down with Shane Smith, the founder of Vice News on Tuesday while in Atlanta for an event with the Democratic National Committee and a speech at Georgia Institute of Technology. The wide-ranging interview will be released in full next Monday, but a trailer for the conversation was released Friday morning.

TIME White House

Obama Says ‘No Excuse’ For Ferguson Shooting

“They’re criminals. They need to be arrested,” Obama said

President Obama had harsh words for whoever is responsible for the shooting incident in Ferguson, Mo., that left two police officers wounded.

“There’s no excuse for criminal acts,” he said in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, marking his first public statements on the incident. “They’re criminals. They need to be arrested.”

Obama offered prayers to the families of those who were wounded, but noted that the shooting shouldn’t detract from the issues in the community the federal government has been helping to address.

He also didn’t mince words about a recent Department of Justice report that showed patterns of racism within the Ferguson police department. “What happened in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable,” Obama told the late-night talk-show host.

“There was a whole structure there that indicated both racism and just a disregard for what law enforcement was supposed to do,” he added.

Thursday’s appearance was the President’s first on Jimmy Kimmel, though Obama is no stranger to late night. In true Kimmel fashion, the President was asked to read mean tweets about himself before sitting down for an interview. Though he noted that Washington could be much harsher.

“Those weren’t that mean,” Obama said. “You should see what they say in the Senate.”


TIME 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton Most Favorable and Familiar Among Potential 2016ers, Poll Finds

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks onto the stage for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report on March 9, 2015 in New York City.
Spencer Platt—Getty Images Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks onto the stage for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report on March 9, 2015 in New York City.

Despite her current private email controversy

Hillary Clinton may be taking heat over a private email controversy, but a new poll finds she’s still more recognizable and viewed more favorably by the American public than any other potential presidential contender.

Gallup’s survey of 1,522 adults in early March, right around the time when the news broke that Clinton used a personal email address and server during her time as Secretary of State, found that 89% of Americans are familiar enough with the former First Lady to had an opinion about her and half were positive. Thirty-nine percent of those polled had a negative opinion.

The release of the results comes after Tuesday’s news conference, during which Clinton addressed the controversy but appeared to prompt more questions than provide answers.

Among Republicans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the most recognizable, though slightly more of those polled had an unfavorable opinion of Christie than a favorable one.

Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana could face an uphill battle going into 2016, with low familiarity and overall opinion. And retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is a bit of an outlier: although only 28% of those surveyed know enough about him to weigh in, more people like him than don’t.

Read next: The Clinton Way

TIME World

250-Year-Old Pretzel Found in Germany

The remains of 250-year old pretzels at the History Museum in Regensburg on March 9, 2015.
Armin Weigel—AP The remains of 250-year-old pretzels at the History Museum in Regensburg, Germany, on March 9, 2015

It's been called an “archaeological sensation”

Archaeologists say a 250-year-old pretzel unearthed in Germany could be the oldest-known knotted dough discovered in Europe.

Silvia Codreanu-Windauer, of the Bavarian State Department of Monuments and Sites, told NBC News it was an “archaeological sensation” made during excavations last summer in Regensburg. “In my 30 years in the business I have never found an organic object.” The discoverers found the pretzel along with other fragments, croissant-shaped dough and rolls that were carbon dated to between 1700 and 1800.

“The baked goods, which were typical for the religious fasting period, are very well preserved because they were originally burnt in the baking process,” Codreanu-Windauer said.

[NBC News]


Carjacking Victim Recalls ‘Terrifying’ Night at Boston Bombing Trial

In this courtroom sketch, Dun Meng, far right, testifies with a translator at his side during the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston on March 12, 2015.
Jane Flavell Collins—AP In this courtroom sketch, Dun Meng, far right, testifies with a translator at his side during the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston on March 12, 2015.

Older Tsarnaev brother apparently admitted his crimes during the incident

The man carjacked by the accused Boston Marathon bombers in April 2013 recalled the “terrifying” experience on Thursday during testimony in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Dun Meng told a federal court that Dzhokhar’s older brother, Tamerlan, got into his car on April 18, 2013, and pulled out a gun, Reuters reports. After flashing the magazine of the loaded weapon, Meng added, Tamerlan asked if he was familiar with the attack earlier in the week that left three people dead and more than 200 injured.

“I said, ‘Yes, I know.’ He asked, ‘Do you know who did it?’ I said, “No, I don’t.’ He said. ‘I did it and I just killed a policeman in Cambridge,'” Meng said.

The Tsarnaev brothers are accused of shooting dead MIT police officer Sean Collier before commandeering Meng’s car, from which he escaped when the brothers stopped at a gas station.

“This seems the most terrifying moment, most difficult decision in my life,” Meng said, adding that Tamerlan told him he wouldn’t be killed at the time. “I was struggling, should I trust him about that? Or should I take this chance by myself to run away?”

A gunfight with police afterward is said to have culminated with Dzhokhar driving off in Meng’s Mercedes and directly over Tamerlan, killing him. Police would find him hidden in a drydocked boat in nearby Watertown the next night.

When the trial opened last week, the legal team for Dzhokhar, 21, said their client carried out the bombing but, in a bid to spare him the death penalty, charged that Tamerlan was the mastermind. If he is found guilty by a jury, he could be sentenced to death.


TIME justice

Ferguson Activists Worry About Aftermath of Shooting

Police officers stand on alert during a protests outside the Ferguson Police Department on March 11, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo.
Michael B. Thomas—Getty Images Police officers stand on alert during a protests outside the Ferguson Police Department on March 11, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo.

Activists who have been protesting the police in Ferguson, Mo., are concerned that the shooting of two officers on Wednesday will cause renewed problems and derail their efforts.

In the wake of the shootings, the St. Louis County Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are returning to Ferguson Thursday evening to provide security for protests until further notice.

The two agencies were among the outside law enforcement brought in during the wave of protests that erupted shortly after the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, but they left after a state of emergency expired in December.

On a press call hosted by the Advancement Project on Thursday, activists who have been involved in the demonstrations since August say the return of the county and state police does not instill confidence that there will be a “measured” response as protests continue.

“We have seen this change in responsibilities before and what it ended up with was tear gas and tanks and hornets nests being thrown in the crowd,” said activist and author Rev. Osagyefo Sekou. “This change in role and responsibility has not yielded much for our democracy. “

Activists say they will continue engaging in non-violent protests, as they have for the past 200 days since the death of Michael Brown drew national attention to the small Missouri municipality.

“We are committed to non-violence,” Sekou said Thursday.

Thursday’s shooting couldn’t have come at a worse time for activists, who were just beginning to feel like they were reaching a tipping point after months of demonstrations. Last week, the Department of Justice released a report that affirmed what they’d been arguing: that unfair targeting of African Americans within the Ferguson community by police officers was at the root of the summer’s lasting unrest. On Wednesday, activists had gathered to celebrate the news that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had resigned when an unknown person fired wounding two police officers.

“After over 200 days we’re finally at a place where we’re beginning, just beginning to see the possibility of progress,” said Rev. Traci Blackmon, a pastor at the Christ the King Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo. “I see this as having the potential of taking our attention off of where our focus must remain.”

She added, “ That’s why we are adamant and completely committed to not letting this derail the work that is in front of us.”

TIME Television

Kerry Washington to Star as Anita Hill in HBO Movie

Kerry Washington
Richard Shotwell—Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Kerry Washington arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : "Scandal" held at The Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Washington will play the lawyer whose sexual harassment allegations muddied the confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas

Actress Kerry Washington has been tapped to play Anita Hill in an upcoming HBO original film.

Washington will play the woman whose sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas muddied his confirmation process. The film, aptly titled Confirmation, is centered on the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news of Washington’s involvement, the made-for-TV film will be written and executive produced by Susannah Grant, known for her work on Erin Brockovich.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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