A dog died on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York after a flight attendant ordered the animal be put in the plane’s overhead bin. United said it was taking responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight, saying pets should never be put in the overhead storage compartment. Other passengers posted photos of the customer and her children after the flight. Passengers said they heard barking during the flight and didn’t know that the dog had died until the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport.
Trump’s personal aide escorted from White House: President Donald Trump’s personal assistant was removed from his job this week, leaving the president more isolated amid a growing exodus of many of his most trusted aides. John McEntee, 27, was escorted out Monday, according to two people close to the White House who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations. One of a shrinking group of former campaign aides still working in the West Wing, McEntee quickly rejoined the president’s campaign. Trump’s 2020 Republican campaign announced Tuesday that he will serve as a senior adviser for campaign operations.
Russia calls poisoning accusations by Britain ‘nonsense’: Russia on Tuesday dismissed accusations of any involvement in the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter as “nonsense,” saying it will only cooperate with a British investigation if it receives samples of the nerve agent believed to have been used. Police, meanwhile, said the investigation of who poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, will last many weeks and they are not ready to identify any persons of interest in the inquiry. The father and daughter remained in critical condition in a Salisbury hospital.
Meek Mill’s mother asks DA to help her son: The mother of jailed rapper Meek Mill is calling on Philadelphia’s district attorney to “step in” and help her son. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the plea by Kathy Williams came during a brief news conference Tuesday before the start of a criminal justice panel at the University of Pennsylvania.
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—Williams strongly criticized the judge who sentenced Mill to two to four years in prison last fall for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. An appeals court in December denied a request to free the 30-year-old musician on bail.
N.J. prison escapee caught in Florida after 23 years: An escaped New Jersey prisoner has been captured in Florida after 23 years on the run. The New Jersey Department of Corrections announced the arrest of 73-year-old Enrique Silva on Monday. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Orlando last week. Silva walked off a work detail at the since-closed Riverfront State Prison in Camden in 1995. He was serving the sixth year of an eight- to 20-year sentence for dealing drugs. Corrections department investigators recently learned of a possible address in Florida for a female acquaintance of Silva. Authorities there conducted surveillance of the home and saw Silva walking in and out.