13 January 2017

Lord Snowdon, ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86

This is a July 29, 1965 file photo of Britain's Princess Margaret with Lord Snowdon, Anthony Armstrong Jones, 2nd left, as he shakes hands with Ringo Starr when meeting the Beatles before the world charity premiere of their second film, "Help", at the London Pavilion, in London. Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret who was also a photographer, has died. He was 86. Antony Armstrong-Jones, or Lord Snowdon, died peacefully at his home on Friday Jan. 13 2017. 
Lord Snowdon, the society photographer and filmmaker who married Britain's Princess Margaret and continued to mix in royal circles even after their divorce, has died. He was 86.
Buckingham Palace said that Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret's sister, had been told that he died.
"The Earl of Snowdon died peacefully at home on 13th January 2017," said Camera Press, the photo agency with which he worked.

India's low-cost airline to buy up to 205 new Boeing planes

In this Dec. 8, 2015, the first Boeing 737 MAX airplane to roll off Boeing's assembly line in Renton, Wash. is shown parked before an employee-only rollout event. India's low-cost airline Spicejet plans to buy up to 205 next-generation Boeing planes worth $22 billion in a major deal to expand its domestic and international operations. A joint statement by the two companies Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, said the planes booked at the end of 2016 include 100 new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs as well as purchase rights for 50 additional planes.
India's low-cost airline Spicejet plans to buy up to 205 next-generation Boeing planes worth $22 billion in a major deal to expand its domestic and international operations.
A joint statement by the two companies Friday said the planes booked at the end of 2016 include 100 new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs as well as purchase rights for 50 additional planes.

2 members of R&B band Tower of Power hit by train, injured

This Aug. 2016 photo provided by courtesy of Tower of Power/Webster Public Relations, shows the band members from Tower of Power, from left, Rocco Prestia, Roger Smith, Sal Cracchiolo, Adolfo Acosta, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Marcus Scott, Tom E. Politzer, Emilio Castillo, David Garibaldi, and Jerry Cortez. Two members of Tower of Power, a group that has been an R&B institution for nearly 50 years, were hit by a train Thursday night, Jan. 12, 2017, as they walked across tracks before a scheduled gig in their hometown of Oakland, Calif., but both survived, their manager said. Calling it an "unfortunate accident," manager Jeremy Westby said in a statement that drummer Garibaldi and bass player Marc van Wageningen (not pictured) are "responsive and being treated at a local hospital."
Two members of Tower of Power, a group that has been an R&B institution for nearly 50 years, were hit by a train Thursday night as they walked across tracks before a performance in their hometown of Oakland, but both survived, their manager said.
Calling it an "unfortunate accident," publicist Jeremy Westby said in a statement that drummer David Garibaldi and bass player Marc van Wageningen are "responsive and being treated at a local hospital."

Obama ends visa-free path for Cubans who make it to US soil

In this March 22, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Grand Theater of Havana, Cuba. President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban national who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.
The repeal of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy is effective immediately. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.

In tearful farewell, Obama awards Biden the Medal of Freedom

Vice President Joe Biden laughs as President Barack Obama talks about him during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Obama surprised Biden an presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
At the dusk of both of their political careers, surrounded by teary friends and family, President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Joe Biden, the man he called "the finest vice president we have ever seen."
The vice president winced in shock as Obama announced he was conferring the nation's highest civil honor on his right-hand-man for eight years. Biden turned away from the cameras, wiped away some tears, then stood stoically as Obama draped the blue-and-white ribbon around his neck.