C-130 Plane Crash, 8 Officers Injured in Barricade Explosion, Cambridge Analytica Goes Belly-up and More!


This is the transcript for the news segment on The Morning Brew for May 3, 2018. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM EST.

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Air National Guard cargo plane crashes in Georgia, leaving nine-member crew dead

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A crew of nine Air National Guardsman from the 156th Air Wing from the Puerto Rico, were killed Wednesday when a military cargo plane crashed near Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport minutes after takeoff. The Arizona-bound C-130 Hercules crashed at an intersection near the airport where part of the plane was on the roadway. Most of the tail section appeared to remain intact, surrounded by scorched debris. First responders spent the day working to contain the flames and searching for survivors. But nearly eight hours after the crash, Effingham County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Gena Bilbo told the Associated Press “To our knowledge, there are no survivors. It miraculously did not hit any cars, any homes,” he added. “This is a very busy roadway.” The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. EST. The wreckage caused at least one road that will be now closed for the coming weeks. Some schools, businesses and homes in the area lost power, when the plane tore down the power lines when it crashed. The plane was over 60 years old, said Isabelo Rivera, Adjutant General of Puerto Rico’s National Guard. “The planes that we have in Puerto Rico – it’s not news today that they are the oldest planes on inventory” of all National Guard planes nationwide. Puerto Rico’s National Guard has five other similar planes, two of which need maintenance and aren’t being used. It’s too early to say what might have caused the accident but the plane last received maintenance at the base in Savannah back in April. Witness James Lavine said he was driving home from work along Highway 21 when the plane crashed in front of him. “It was getting ready to take a left bank right in front of me and all of a sudden I see the plane just stalling” before it crashed, he said. “It’s the most terrifying thing I’ve seen.” Mark Jones described a similar experience saying he noticed the plane low in the air. Moments later, it exploded upon impact, possibly landing on cars.

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Up to 8 officers injured in explosion at barricade scene

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NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — A barn behind a house in Connecticut exploded Wednesday night while police and a SWAT team were negotiating with a man who had taken his wife hostage, leaving up to eight officers injured. The officers were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the explosion around 8:30 p.m. There has not been any  word if the suspect was in custody or not. First Selectman Michael Freda said the wife escaped before the blast. “This started late this afternoon with what was apparently a very violent domestic call,” The police “were trying to coax him … out of the house and really try to calm the situation down. Then things took a turn for the worse with an explosion.” Police were heard continuing to try to coax the man out of the house even after the explosion. Residents near the home said on the police department’s Facebook page that they heard the explosion and felt their own homes shake. Additional police rushed to the scene as the fire raged, and sounds of smaller explosions also were heard. The blaze was still burning early Thursday, and there is no power in the area. A local firehouse had been set up as a “refuge” for affected residents. State police said they were assisting North Haven police with the investigation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.

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Cambridge Analytica shutting down in wake of Facebook data crisis

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Cambridge Analytica, the political ad marketing firm that worked for President Trump and was involved in the misappropriation of 87 million Facebook users’ data (or more), is closing its offices. The specialist in political predictions announced that bankruptcy proceedings will begin in the U.S., as well as insolvency proceedings in the U.K, where the firm has an office and where its parent company The SCL Group is based. “Over the past several months, Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the Company’s efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. The company came to public attention in March when Facebook announced — on the eve of two explosive newspaper reports in The New York Times and the U.K.’s  Observer — it had learned Cambridge Analytica and its parent company had failed to delete personal data that the social network knew it had improperly obtained on Facebook users three years ago. Cambridge, according to Facebook, had obtained the data from Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher at the University of Cambridge. A personality research app he created gathered the personal information on 270,000 Facebook users, as well as data on those users’ friends, amplifying the reach to the tens of millions when it passed that data to Cambridge for a voter targeting scheme. Facebook said it thought Cambridge had deleted this data. It has continued to blame Cambridge Analytics and researcher Kogan for their actions, which they have denied. Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix had been suspended in March after a series of TV broadcasts showed him making controversial statements about his firm’s work on elections, including how Cambridge Analytica played a major role in Trump’s presidential victory. Once again lets conveniently forget when The Obama Administration did the same tactic in the 2012 Presidential election. Then the critics were in awe and applauded Obama on such a  “brilliant” tactic. The firm claimed it could predict how people will vote based on the 5,000 pieces of data it collected on nearly every American adult combined with the results of thousands of personality surveys. It had touted its role as swinging the presidential election. Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the firm to turn over its internal documents as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. You know the Russian Bots also loved Hillary during this election as well…

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Hawaii set to ban sunscreens harmful to coral reefs

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Hawaii is set to become the first state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals believed to be harmful to the environment. State lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the sale and distribution of over-the-counter sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, two chemicals that have been found to “cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms. These chemicals have also been shown to degrade corals’ resiliency and ability to adjust to climate change factors and inhibit recruitment of new corals,” the bill reads. The contamination is “constantly refreshed and renewed everyday” by swimmers and beachgoers, according to the bill. A 2015 scientific paper reports up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen gets released into coral reefs each year. It’s not just happening in Hawaii. Coral reefs are dying off around the world. Scientists say it’s mostly due to rising ocean temperatures, but new evidence suggests certain types of sunscreens are making it even worse in popular tourist areas. Some cancer experts expressed concern, however, that the ban on certain sunscreens could put people at greater risk of skin cancer. They question the science and worry people will be discouraged from using sunscreen since many environmentally-friendly alternatives cost significantly more (Ahem, and doesn’t work as well). “Right now the cost of these so-called reef friendly products ranges any where from two times to six to eight times more than what’s on most of the shelves now,” said Karen Glanz of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. The bill is expected to be approved by Hawaii’s governor, but it still needs to go through a legal review. It would go into effect January 2021, KGMB-TV reports.

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Cash Rained Down on an Indiana Highway as the Doors of an Armored Truck Burst Open

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(INDIANAPOLIS) — State police say drivers clamored to pick up cash on an interstate in Indianapolis after the back doors of a Brinks armored truck swung open and hundreds of thousands of dollars flew out. State police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine says investigators don’t know exactly how much cash was in the truck when its lost its load about 9 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 on the city’s southwest side. Perrine says it was definitely hundreds of thousands. Officers blocked traffic as they helped collect money from along the highway. Perrine says an undetermined amount remains unaccounted for as some drivers stopped to scoop up cash. Perrine says anyone who picked up the money could be charged with theft and he urged them to contact state police to return it.

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Fingerprint in Play-Doh leads Massachusetts police to suspected shoplifter

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A man’s attempt to use an iconic child’s toy to disable a security device during a shoplifting attempt in December ended up leading police right to him. The Leicester Police Department said in a Facebook post on Monday they were able to make a “very good fingerprint” left in Play-Doh with the help of the Connecticut Crime Lab. Dennis Jackson, 55, will be charged with four counts of unlawful removal of an anti-theft device. Police said the incident took place back on Dec. 11, when Jackson tried to use the modeling compound to thwart a security device on an item at a Walmart. “The attempt to thwart the security device did not work and the suspect fled the scene…..but the suspect left the Play-Doh behind,” police said on Facebook. “The LPD investigator recovered the Play-Doh and found the suspect had left more than just the Play Doh behind; the suspect left a very good fingerprint pressed into the Play Doh for the LPD.” Jackson, who is currently being held at the Worcester County Jail, is also wanted for crimes in at least two other states. Police told the Telegram & Gazette the 55-year-old is “well known,” with 129 entries on his Board of Probation record and has used 18 aliases.

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