Atlanta police reportedly arrested 16 people as part of a large-scale marijuana bust that resulted from a five-month operation and netted 22 guns, six cars and $676,000 in cash.
The Amphibious Combat Vehicle demonstrates its abilities at Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 28, 2019. The Amphibious Combat Vehicle will eventually replace the old tracked Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
The Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) is a program initiated by Marine Corps Systems Command to procure an amphibious assault vehicle for the United States Marine Corps to supplement and ultimately replace the aging Assault Amphibious Vehicle. The program replaces the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program canceled in 2011. Originally a plan to develop a high-water-speed vehicle, the program has expanded into a multi-phased approach to procure and develop several types of amphibious-capable vehicles to address near and long-term requirements.
The ACV should have countermeasures able to contend with a full range of direct fire, indirect fire, and land mine threats. Visible and thermal signature reduction technologies will also be utilized. Modular protection can be applied as necessary.
The vehicle must have the capability to transition from water to ground operations without tactical pause. It must be able to maneuver with the M1A1 Abrams in a mechanized task force. It must have the capability to destroy combat vehicles similar to itself. Weapons must have sufficient range to engage targets from a standoff distance. Weapons will apply precision fire from a stabilized system. It must provide direct fire support for dismounted infantry in an attack.
The Marine Corps identified speed on water as a top requirement, even at the cost of troop carrying capacity.
The ACV must be able to self-deploy from an amphibious assault ship at least 12 miles from shore with 17 Marines aboard. It has to be able to travel 8 knots or faster through seas with waves up to three feet. The vehicle was to be operational between 2020 and 2022, with 573 vehicles planned to be procured.
Given the budget environment, the ACV program was split into two separate phases. The first phase will consist of several hundred commercial off-the-shelf wheeled armored vehicles each costing $3–$4.5 million. It will rely on connectors to get it from ship-to-shore, like the Landing Craft Air Cushion and Joint High Speed Vessel. Relying on connectors to bring the vehicle to a beach allows the sea base to be located 100 miles from enemy threats. The second phase is the original high water speed effort for a vehicle to self-deploy from ships and travel 13–15 knots on water, each costing $12–$14 million. The less ambitious Phase 1 ACV will be fielded in the interim, while research and development will commence to refine the features of the Phase 2 ACV.
The first increment of Phase 1 of procurement will buy wheeled personnel carriers. The second increment of Phase 1 will include mission-role variants like command-and-control and logistics, and weapons variants; these iterations may reintroduce tracks or stay wheeled.
ACV 1.1 vehicles will be an operational and commercially available design that is "good enough" to operate. Its water performance will be comparable to the AAV, and will have survivability attributes of an MRAP including high-ground clearance and a V-shaped hull, with the ability to drive with a wheel blown off. For the second lot buy (1.2), engineering and design changes will be made to meet roughly half of desired amphibious vehicle fleet size requirements. The last phase of ACV procurement would be purchasing a high-water-speed vehicle, but only if technologies make it achievable without sacrificing armor and weapons.
The ACV 1.1 is to carry 10–13 Marines, have a swim capability similar to the AAV, and have equal or greater mobility to the M1 Abrams tank. Although tracks are traditionally considered better for all-terrain mobility, the Marines believe wheeled vehicle technology has advanced enough to enhance survivability and mobility in a 35-ton-class platform; the Marine Personnel Carrier technology demonstrator used "in-line" drive technology that enabled all four wheels on each side to pull together much like the way a track does which, combined with a higher ground clearance and central tire inflation system, substantially closes the maneuverability gap and results in equal or better maneuverability than the M1A1 and better performance over the AAV. Improved technology used to inform requirements to build ACV 1.2 vehicles will later be applied to delivered 1.1 versions to upgrade them to 1.2 standard.
Each ACV 1.1 vehicle will have a 3-man crew, and two vehicles will carry a reinforced rifle squad. Armament will consist of an M2 .50-caliber machine gun in a remote weapons station, with the potential to install a stabilized dual-mount M2/Mark 19 grenade launcher turret. Potential water speeds are for a 12 nmi (14 mi; 22 km) ship-to-shore capability at 8 knots.
A new host of liquid metals that have applications towards soft robotics are making movies like 'The Terminator' transcend make-believe.
According to researchers, experimental liquid metals like gallium and other alloys, when supplemented with nickel or iron, are able to flex and mold into shapes with the use of magnets, much like the iconic movie villain, T-1000 from 'The Terminator 2: Judgement Day.'
While other such metals have been developed, they contended with two major drawbacks.
A bus carrying 51 schoolchildren has allegedly been hijacked by its driver and set alight near Milan in Italy.
The children, some of them tied up, were rescued through smashed windows at the back of the bus and no-one was badly hurt. Fourteen people suffered smoke inhalation.
The driver, a 47-year-old Italian citizen originally from Senegal, was arrested.
"No-one will survive," the driver was alleged to have said.
"It was a miracle, it could have been a massacre," Milan chief prosecutor Francesco Greco was quoted as saying.
A teacher who had been on board the bus said the suspect was known to be angry about Italy's migrant policy. Some reports said the man had shouted "stop the deaths in the Mediterranean".
In addition to copping to soliciting prostitution, Kraft would have to complete 100 hours of community service, take an education course about prostitution, pay for court costs, and get screened for S.T.D.s. A spokesperson for the state attorney’s office told the Journal that the deal is the standard offer for first-time offenders. At present, it’s not clear whether Kraft will accept.
The man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family wrote pro-Donald Trump slogans on his hand and flashed them to journalists before a court hearing Monday. Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home.
French yellow-vest protesters set fires and smashed up luxury stores in Paris in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Police appeared to be caught of guard by the speed and intensity of the protests.
illegal immigrant Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza was arrested in the brutal murder of Bambi Larson this week.
Arevello is in the United States illegally and has a lengthy criminal record.
Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza “stalked” Larson’s neighborhood before allegedly killing her with a knife and blunt force trauma.
Police Chief Eddie Garcia was critical of the sanctuary policies that allowed this criminal to be released back on the streets.
ICE placed detainers on Arevalo six different times.
President Donald Trump posted a video of 247 undocumented immigrants crossing the New Mexico border in an attempt to show how 'this is a national emergency.'
The tweet features an infrared clip of the large group - that was comprised of Central American families and unaccompanied children - making their way across the fence at the Antelope Wells port of entry.
Trump's propaganda left out that all of the undocumented immigrants turned themselves in to port authorities, with 15 families even requesting medical attention after they were apprehended.
A mob of Haitians cross to the Dominican side of the border to try to stop the Dominican military and border patrol (CESFRONT) from building a border fence and checkpoint, some Haitians took to throwing rocks at the soldiers and some fired shots which where quickly answered by the soldiers with a hail of led of their own. At least one haitian was declared dead at the scene.
Man in serious condition, had been evicted for unpaid rent; Ramallah asks Egypt to intervene; PLO official: ‘This is not the occupation, it’s Hamas gangs terrorizing Gaza’ -
A senior Palestinian official said Saturday that the Ramallah-based leadership has asked Egypt to pressure Hamas over the violent suppression of protests, as a man set himself alight during the 3rd day of demonstrations in Gaza against the Hamas group and the dire economic conditions in the enclave.
PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu-Youssef told Israeli media that the Palestinian representative to Egypt and the Arab League, Diab al-Louh, has called for an emergency high-level meeting of the regional organization to discuss the situation in Gaza. When asked if the meeting would discuss the violent suppression of protests, Abu Yousef said that it would.
According to Palestinian media reports, Qatar has also been asked to intervene in the escalating violence.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip took to the streets on Saturday for the third successive day, with unverified footage emerging which appears to show a protester setting himself alight.
According to Channel 12 news, Ahmed Abu Tahn self-immolated after he was unable to pay his rent and was evicted from his home. He was reportedly hospitalized in serious condition. There were also conflicting reports about whether he has died.
In response to a video of Hamas forces suppressing demonstrations, a close confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tweeted his outrage.
“This is not the Israeli occupation forces!!” Fatah Central Committee member Hussein al-Sheikh said. “It is the Hamas gangs that are terrorizing and suppressing the hungry in the Gaza Strip.”
The Ynet news site reported that at least 80 demonstrators affiliated with the Fatah movement had been arrested over the past 24 hours.
Despite protester, the Charlotte Area Drag Queen Story Hour went on as scheduled Saturday morning at the Owl and Ivy in Gastonia, NC. [Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette]
Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who has been accused of killing 49 people in two New Zealand mosques, flashed a “white power” sign when he appeared in court Saturday.
The 28-year-old Australian citizen was flanked by two armed guards during his brief court appearance that lasted only about one minute.
But Tarrant, who was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit, managed to express a lot in that brief moment as he used his right hand to flash an inverted “OK” sign, a gesture that has become associated with white power, particularly in internet circles.
Tarrant was seemingly well aware of the throngs of journalists who were present at the appearance and he looked directly at the media. “He came into court, he didn’t say anything at all.
He stood there looking directly at the media in the courtroom and was smirking throughout his appearance,” Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reported.
Police deployed tear gas and water cannon in Paris, as Yellow Vests protesters hit the streets for the 18th straight week.
The demonstration comes on the final day of the three-month nationwide events organized by French President Emmanuel Macron named the 'Grand Debate.'
The South Carolina woman who won the historic $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has donated a chunk of the prize to charity, according to a statement from her lawyer.
A YouTuber caught the moment when 52 migrants rushed through a hole in the border fence between California and Tijuana
The migrants were seen cutting through the saltwater-corroded chain link fence They kicked the fence until it was big enough for people to squeeze through
The migrants rushed along the beach, past a single border patrol agent in a car Authorities said all of the migrants were captured after a two-hour foot chase
The Central American migrants all claimed asylum after being caught
Russian Soyuz rocket successfully blasts three astronauts to the ISS, in first flight for two crew members since near-disaster last year when booster failed after launch.
Take a look inside America's first private terminal for the 1 percent. Popular among celebrities and millionaires, the Private Suite at LAX has its own TSA check, 12 luxury suites, and a fleet of BMWs that drive up to the planes.
Stressed police officers are ordering people to stay away from Hagley Park, after a shooting was reported at a nearby mosque.
It's not known how many people were injured in the shooting but a witness told Newshub they heard 29 shots fired.
It's also not known whether the shooter is still on the loose, but police aren't taking any chances.
Live updates: Gunshots heard near Hagley Park in Christchurch you know more? Email email@example.com or directly message us on Facebook Deans Rd in Christchurch, the main road accessing Hagley Park, has been cordoned off by police officers. The interior, private road in Hagley Park is also blocked.
Newshub's Thomas Mead says police have told people to "get out".
"People have been trying to walk up the park to see what's been happening and they've been told in no uncertain terms, to get out," he said during a breaking live report on Newshub.
"Screaming at them, move as quickly as you possibly can. They look agitated, they look stressed."
It's believed a second shooting has occurred at a mosque in Linwood.
All Christchurch schools have been put into urgent lockdown.
William Singer, the accused mastermind behind the college admissions scam, allegedly encouraged parents to fake their child's learning disability in order to ensure they had extra time to cheat on tests like the SAT or ACT.
It was just the first step in what Singer referred to as his "side door" into elite universities, prosecutors say. Administrators working at the testing centers were allegedly paid to look the other way. Felicity Huffman is one of the parents accused of using Singer's services.
Deep sea explorers found the USS Hornet in the South Pacific earlier this year. CBS News was onboard the research ship when robot submaries discovered the wreck. Now, we are learning the USS Hornet was not the only World War II aircraft carrier located on that expedition. Mark Phillips reports.
Yazidi women sold as sex slaves leave Baghouz and burn the burqas that ISIS forced them to wear.
Delano D'Souza talks to Catherine Osborn in Brazil about the school shooting that took place this Monday morning
An Israeli court unsealed chilling footage of ultra-Orthodox #IDF soldiers laughing as they #beat a handcuffed #Palestinian father and his teenage son, who were captured in a raid. The video was evidence in a detainee abuse trial. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9q2k
The Massachusetts U.S. attorney has announced criminal charges on Tuesday against 50 people allegedly involved in a college admissions scam.
Authorities allege wealthy parents including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin paid bribes to falsify their children's records and enable cheating on the SAT and ACT exams.
Heartbreaking video shows a mother carrying her dead daughter after a blackout in Venezuela disrupted hospital service. The 19-year-old girl reportedly weighed just 22 pounds.
An Atlanta teen has been sentenced to 36 months probation in a 2017 crash that killed three pedestrians, including an infant.
Zoe Reardon, 18, entered the plea to misdemeanor charges Monday morning, with her attorney saying she did not want to put the victims’ families through a trial.
Reardon could have faced 36 months behind bars. Instead, she will serve the probation and check-in from Texas where she currently attends college.
She’ll also get her license back after a year, pay fines and donate to a foundation centered around combating distracted driving.
Under first-offender status, her record will be cleared when she completes the sentence.
“You’re pretty young,” State court Judge Alan Jordan told Reardon during sentencing. “You’ve got a lifetime ahead of you. I expect this is something you’re going to have a hard time dealing with the rest of your life.”
Cherokee County authorities initially closed the case against Reardon with no charges, but it was reopened in the midst of civil litigation against the City of Woodstock, where the group died. It’s centered around a lack of pedestrian measures in place around an entertainment pavilion where the victims were headed to see a concert.
Reardon has maintained she never saw the group crossing the road that evening, and her defense has highlighted forensics to punctuate this was not a distracted driving case.
Customs agents have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine recovered at the ports of New Jersey and New York in 25 years. United States Customs and Border Protection says 3,200 pounds, approximately $77 million worth, of the drug in 60 packages were seized at Port New York/Newark.
A shocking video allegedly showing unrepentant jihadi brides being transported to a refugee camp after being rescued from ISIS's final holdout in Syria has emerged, in which they shout abuse and pledge loyalty to the terrorist group.
The short clip shows women dressed head to toe in black, holding their young children, on the back of a truck reportedly taking them from ISIS's final frontier in Baghouz to a refugee camp.
They are heard shouting 'baqiya', from ISIS's motto 'baqiya wa tatamaddad', which means 'remaining and expanding', and screaming abuse at journalists, throwing water at the camera filming them.
Florida woman says 'demons' made her steal rent-a-car
Hundreds of 'Yellow Vest' protesters took to the streets of Lyon on Saturday, as the demonstrations entered their 17th consecutive week. Footage shows demonstrators marching through the city and facing off with police. Several people who appear to have sustained injuries during the protests can also be seen receiving medical attention.
#Boeing737 MAX 8 has #crashed in #Ethiopia on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, minutes after take-off.