In The News Today: Country Singer Merle Haggard Passes Away, ISIS Threatens Rome, London & Berlin
ISIS releases new video threatening more cities in Europe. The Islamic State has released a new graphic video showing the previous attacks they have done in Paris and Brussels while vowing to attack more cities. The video, posted by The Clarion Project, also goes on to issue threats against the “nations of the cross,” saying that after Brussels, they may attack Rome, London or Berlin.
Throughout the video, there are rallying cries such as “Fight them. Allah will punish them by your hands.” Toward the end, the video sends out the message, “We are men that love death, just as you love your life.” It then ends with footage of beheadings.
Campaign against ISIS shows “strong progress.” According to the Pentagon, the coalition forces have already managed to retake Shaddadi, a town in Syria that used to be a territory of the Islamic State. Moreover, Navy Rear Adm.
Andrew L. Lewis, the Vice Director of Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the attacks in Paris and Brussels do not reflect signs of ISIS strength. Rather, it is “a reflection of their distorted attempts to maintain the ability to recruit in the face of their failures on the battlefield.”
California officials raid anti-abortion activist home. The home of David Daleiden became the target of a raid by California Department of Justice agents on Wednesday. Daleiden had previously made undercover videos to show Planned Parenthood officials making price negotiations for aborted fetal tissue.
According to a report from Reuters, the raid resulted in the seizure of several hours of video footage and four computers belonging to Daleiden. Meanwhile, the California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ spokeswoman said, “I cannot comment on any ongoing investigation.”
Honda confirms death due to ruptured Takata airbags. American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has said that a 2002 Honda Civic crashed on March 31 in Fort Bend County, Texas and resulted in the death of the driver, as the Takata airbag inflator in the vehicle ruptured during the crash. Honda said that the said vehicle has already been part of “multiple recalls and a market campaign.”
Moreover, the company said it has enough supplies of replacement inflators to make repairs to vehicles part of the open recall it issued prior to 2016. Meanwhile, it also said the replacement inflators part of the recall announced on February 3 are not yet available, as they are still being sourced from an alternative supplier.
Amazon expands free same-day delivery to 11 new metro areas. According to the online retail giant, it is now able to offer its Prime free same-day delivery service to Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, and Tucson. This means this free service for Amazon Prime members is now available in as much as 27 metro areas.
Country singer Merle Haggard passes away. According to a post by his son, Ben Haggard, on his Facebook page, “A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn’t wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends.” According to the Tennessean, he was 79.