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Alec Baldwin faces manslaughter charges in Rust shooting



Alec Baldwin has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the tragic on-set shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The development marks a significant turn in the ongoing legal saga surrounding the incident.

Baldwin, 65, had previously faced charges in January 2023, but those charges were dropped three months later due to concerns raised by his defense team about the functionality of the Colt .45 revolver involved in the shooting.

The incident occurred in October 2021, on the set of the film “Rust,” near Santa Fe, New Mexico, while Hutchins was preparing to film a scene alongside Baldwin.

Baldwin has consistently maintained that he did not pull the trigger.

Minimum sentence

If convicted of the involuntary manslaughter charges, Baldwin could face a maximum sentence of up to 18 months in prison.

In a statement released on Friday, Baldwin’s attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, stated, “We look forward to our day in court.”

The case took a new direction when two special prosecutors, Kari Morrissey and Jason Lewis, ordered further forensic testing on the firearm last summer.

Forensic experts Lucien and Michael Haag reconstructed the gun, which had been damaged during FBI testing, and concluded that it could only have discharged if the trigger had been pulled.

According to their report, “This fatal incident was the consequence of the hammer being manually retracted to its fully rearward and cocked position followed, at some point, by the pull or rearward depression of the trigger.

“Although Alec Baldwin repeatedly denies pulling the trigger, given the tests, findings, and observations reported here, the trigger had to be pulled or depressed sufficiently to release the fully cocked or retracted hammer of the evidence revolver.”

Grand jury

Morrissey and Lewis had announced their intention to present the case to a grand jury within two months, citing the emergence of “additional facts” that pointed to Baldwin’s potential culpability.

In response to this decision, Luke Nikas previously stated, “It is unfortunate that a terrible tragedy has been turned into this misguided prosecution. We will answer any charges in court.”

The film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, is set to go on trial on February 21, facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Gutierrez Reed mistakenly loaded a live bullet into Baldwin’s firearm, which was supposed to contain only dummy rounds. How live rounds became mixed in with the dummy rounds on the set remains unclear.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Are U.S. voters rebuking Joe Biden over his Israel policy?



The Israel-Hamas War is entering a sixth month.

During a recent trip in New York, President Joe Biden was asked when a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas might start.

He said he hopes a pause in hostilities can take effect in the coming days to allow for remaining hostages to be released.

Jonathan Tobin, the editor-in-chief of Jewish News Syndicate joins Veronica Dudo. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #IsraelHamas #war #Israel #Hamas #ceasefire

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Putin threatens West with nuclear strike



Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a direct threat to employ nuclear weapons against the West, accusing NATO and the United States of preparing to strike Russia.

Putin delivered this ominous warning during his annual address to the nation, raising global tensions to unprecedented levels.

During his speech, Putin accused NATO and the US of deceptive maneuvers, alleging their intentions to launch an attack on Russian territory.

He emphasised Russia’s readiness to defend itself, boasting of its modernized nuclear arsenal and asserting the capability to defeat any potential aggressors on their own soil.

The Russian leader’s words carried a chilling reminder of the destructive power at his disposal, stating, “They have to understand that we also have weapons, weapons that can defeat them on their own territory.”

Such rhetoric underscores the grave risk of escalating conflict and the potential catastrophic consequences of nuclear warfare.

Nuclear war

Putin warned that the deployment of troops to Ukraine by NATO countries could lead to a real risk of nuclear war.

He emphasised Russia’s determination to strengthen its military presence in response to perceived threats from neighboring nations aligning with Western alliances.

In addition to military concerns, Putin criticized Western efforts to engage Russia in an arms race, vowing to bolster Russia’s defense capabilities while accusing the West of attempting to weaken the country economically and politically.

Despite escalating tensions and global condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Putin sought to rally support domestically, praising Russian unity and resilience in the face of adversity.

He portrayed Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine as a defensive measure to safeguard national interests and protect Russian citizens.

Putin’s aggressive stance towards the West underscores the deepening rift between Russia and Western powers, raising fears of a potential conflict with far-reaching consequences.

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FAA gives Boeing 30 days to fix 737 MAX program



The Federal Aviation Administration has issued Boeing a 90-day deadline to devise a comprehensive plan for enhancing quality control procedures after a recent incident involving a 737 Max aircraft.

Less than two months following an alarming occurrence where a door plug blew out of a 737 Max aircraft just nine minutes into an Alaska Airlines flight, the FAA has demanded Boeing to present a thorough strategy to address quality control deficiencies.

The incident, which took place on Flight 1282, revealed that essential bolts required to secure an unused door panel on the nearly new aircraft were missing, according to a preliminary investigation conducted earlier this month.

The door plug had been removed and reinstalled at Boeing’s Renton, Washington, factory where the 737 Max is manufactured.

This incident adds to a string of production issues plaguing Boeing’s flagship aircraft.

Action plan

In response to the FAA’s directive, Boeing affirmed its commitment to developing a comprehensive action plan with measurable benchmarks.

The aerospace giant assured that its leadership is fully dedicated to meeting this challenge head-on.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized the need for Boeing to implement substantial and enduring improvements, emphasizing that foundational changes will necessitate ongoing commitment from the company’s leadership.

The FAA intends to hold Boeing accountable at every stage of the process, ensuring that mutually agreed milestones and expectations are met.

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