'No easy answers': Ruby Princess failure could spark federal probe
- A federal inquiry could be launched into the Ruby Princess cruise fiasco, already the subject of a police probe in NSW.
- Speculation a further review is imminent comes after maritime experts have queried whether the criminal investigation is enough, with some pushing behind the scenes for a federal inquiry to examine wider processes around how cruise ships are docked and disembarked in Australian waters.
- NSW police investigators are set to consider whether the ship's operator downplayed the risk of COVID-19 cases, before it was allowed to dock at Sydney's Circular Quay on March 19.
- On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the national cabinet had agreed federal and state governments would implement a consistent and immediate rule exemption for non-cruise maritime crew, to allow their transit to and from places of work, within and across jurisdictions with agreed documentation.
Australian police seize black box from cruise ship linked to coronavirus outbreak
- Last week, police launched a probe into just why the Ruby Princess was allowed to dock in Sydney, dropping off 2,600 passengers, despite widespread concerns over coronavirus and multiple previous outbreaks elsewhere in the world involving cruise ship.
- New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller said Wednesday that the ship's captain was "extremely helpful," and that the black box, a recorder similar to that found on airplanes, was recovered along with other evidence.
- It is expected that the investigation will involve interviewing thousands of witnesses, including the ship's captain, doctors, crew members, and passengers, and officials from the federal and state government.
- Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said this month it was in direct contact with 10 cruise ships with around 600 Australian passengers on board.
- On Thursday, Australian and New Zealand passengers on board a cruise ship stuck off the coast of Uruguay began being evacuated back to Australia.
US prosecutors use biological warfare laws against alleged Covid-19 hoaxers
- In San Antonio, federal prosecutors charged a 39-year-old man for claiming online he paid a person to spread the virus at grocery stores.
- In other coronavirus criminal cases, police have used assault charges for people who spit on them and claimed to have the virus.
- In the Texas case, a weapons of mass destruction investigator got a tip about a deleted Facebook post claiming Christopher Charles Perez's Covid-19-positive cousin had licked items in a grocery store.
- When investigators contacted Perez, he told them neither he nor his family members were sick, but he "thought it was stupid for people to be out shopping" and wanted to scare others away from stores, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
- In the Florida case, police had visited James Jamal Curry at an apartment after his girlfriend had alerted a friend about him being violent toward her, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Divers find body of Robert F. Kennedy's 8-year-old great-grandson
- They discovered the boy's body in 25 feet of water and 2.3 miles south of his grandmother's residence in Shady Side, Maryland, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said.
- He was found about 2,000 feet from where authorities found the body of his mother, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 41, on Monday.
- The two were last seen last Thursday evening.
- They were quarantining with family at her mother's home on Chesapeake Bay. They were playing outside and one of them kicked a ball into the water, her husband, David McKean, said.
- The overturned canoe was found about 7 p.m. that evening, police said.
- McKean was the granddaughter of former US attorney general and US Sen. Robert F.
- She was a public health and human rights lawyer and served as the executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative.
Texas woman arrested for threatening to spread coronavirus, police say
- Lorraine Maradiaga later told police she had tested negative for the virus, according to a Carrollton Police press release.
- Carrollton is about 20 miles north of Dallas.
- More than 399,800 people have tested positive for the virus in the US and at least 12,900 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the country.
- Maradiaga is now being charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, and was transferred to Denton County Jail, police said.
- Her bond has been set at $20,000.
- It's unclear if Maradiaga has an attorney.
Abortion rights opponents in several cities have been cited for violating stay-at-home orders
- In recent weeks, police in several cities have arrested people who continued to engage in anti-abortion rights demonstrations or other advocacy efforts outside reproductive health clinics, despite stay-at-home orders and similar restrictions.
- Eight people protesting outside an abortion clinic in Charlotte were arrested on Saturday for allegedly violating the state's stay-at-home order, police said, according to CNN affiliate WSOC.
- Ronald Konopaski, a longtime anti-abortion opponent who has led "40 Days for Life" campaigns outside Planned Parenthood clinics for more than a decade, was cited on April 2 for violating the city's shelter-in place-order, police spokesperson Michael Andraychak said in an email.
- Greensboro police arrested three people outside a reproductive health services clinic on March 28 for violating the county's stay-at-home order and refusing to leave voluntarily after officers asked them to, according to a police statement.
A 5-year-old has died after being caught in a drive-by shooting while making TikTok videos
- He died Monday, nearly a week after being struck by a stray bullet in the drive-by shooting, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.
- Jordan was not the intended target, and there are still no known witnesses or suspects, according to the Houston Police Department.
- Moments later, the family heard gunshots -- and Jordan begging for help.
- Allen was able to flag down an ambulance which transported the child to Texas Children's Hospital, where he was taken off life support days later.
- That was the last time Allen saw Jordan, who he called the "happiest child in the world" and a source of joy to anyone who knew him.
- Police are currently investigating the shooting and do not have a description of the suspect's car.
- Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact police.
Illinois mayor's wife violated stay-at-home order to party at a bar - Insider
- In the early hours of April 5, local authorities busted a party at an illegally open bar in Alton, Illinois.
- Alton police were surprised to find the mayor's wife among the party-goers violating the state's stay-at-home order.
- Illinois' stay at home order prohibited all public and private gatherings occurring outside a single household or living unit to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
- Brant had recently directed local authorities to ramp up their efforts to enforce the governor's stay-at-home order by issuing citations to residents after "increased reports of large gatherings," particularly in the city parks.
- As a part of this effort, the Alton police broke up the illegal social gathering at Hiram's Tavern, around 1 a.m. Sunday, which was reportedly still operating as normal on weekends in defiance of the coronavirus lockdown measures.
Man dies after being bitten by shark near Great Barrier Reef
- The man was bitten while swimming with others off North West Island, according to police in Queensland, Australia.
- Queensland Police added in a statement: "A doctor and paramedics responded to the scene and treated the man on board the vessel before he was transported to Gladstone Hospital.
- North West Island, a popular spot for walking, diving, snorkeling and fishing, is located about 46 miles off the coast of the city of Gladstone, Queensland.
- This is the third reported shark attack in the area since December 30, according to CNN affiliate 7 News.
- A nine-year-old girl was bitten in the leg in January.
- Days before, a 30-year-old man was bitten in the leg and sustained minor injuries.
- In October, a British tourist lost a foot after being bitten by a shark near Airlie Beach in Queensland.
Why some people of color say they won't wear homemade masks
- On social media and in interviews with CNN, a number of people of color — activists, academics and ordinary Americans — expressed fears that homemade masks could exacerbate racial profiling and place blacks and Latinos in danger.
- But this nuance was absent on Friday when the CDC instructed people to wear "cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain." The federal guidance also included a video of US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams showing how to turn a bandana, scarf or old T-shirt into a mask.
- These fears about wearing homemade masks come as government data shows the outbreak is more concentrated in major US metropolitan areas like New York City and in the Southeast, where greater percentages of African Americans and Latinos live.