National and World News – July 12, 2017

Veteran New York cop slain in ‘unprovoked attack’

A veteran New York police officer was shot and killed Wednesday, July 5, in the Bronx, according to New York Police Department sources.

Miosotis Familia, a 48-year-old mother of three and 12-year veteran of the NYPD was “assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops,” said New York police commissioner James O’Neill. The suspect shot through the window of Familia’s vehicle, a marked police command truck.

Police located a male suspect, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, running approximately one block from the scene. When confronted, Bonds reportedly drew a gun and was shot and killed by officers. A revolver, reported stolen four years ago in West Virginia, was recovered at the scene with two live cartridges and two spent rounds inside.


Volvo to end combustion-only car production by 2019

Volvo has announced its intention to end its production of combustion-only engines by 2019. Volvo, the Swedish automaker purchased by Geely, a Chinese auto company, in 2010, will release five models of fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three will carry the Volvo brand, the others will be released under the Polestar flag. The rest of Volvo’s production lines will be hybrids with combined gas and electric engines.


North Korea test fires ICBM

North Korea reportedly fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The missile is thought to be a KN-17 liquid-fueled missile with an additional stage attached, creating an extra 30-second burn cycle and extending the missile’s range to roughly 3,400 miles.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council the missile test represented a “clear and sharp military escalation” on the Korean peninsula and that the United States was prepared to respond as needed to the threat.

“The US is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies,” Haley said. “One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction. We have other methods of addressing those who threaten us, and of addressing those who supply the threats.”

Sandwich seeker arrested in Nebraska

A 41-year-old man was arrested in Omaha, Neb., after police chased him from a Walmart parking lot where he was driving a red tractor, shirtless, and asking people for a sandwich. The man, Adrian Latham, reportedly fled from police, driving recklessly, until he crashed the tractor into a residence.


Out of this world chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Spicy Zinger Chicken Sandwich is literally out of this world. The sandwich was launched into the Earth’s stratosphere last month in a joint venture between KFC and World View Enterprises.

The sandwich is the cargo on a Stratollite balloon and will remain in the stratosphere for four days, floating at an altitude between 50,000 and 80,000 feet. World View Enterprises intends to eventually use the balloons to send humans into the stratosphere for tourism purposes.


Man pulls three from burning plane

Harley Bone saved the lives of three men after a plane crashed into a canal near Honolulu last month. Bone saw the plane crash into the canal and catch fire, but rushed in and pulled the pilot and two passengers from the burning wreckage.