Lion Air Crash, Migrant Camp Investigation, Thousand Oaks Shooter, New Zealand Security

Lion Air Crash, Migrant Camp Investigation, Thousand Oaks Shooter, and more
  • ​Data from the jetliner that crashed into the Java Sea last month shows the pilots fought to save the plane almost from the moment it took off, as the Boeing 737's nose was repeatedly forced down, apparently by an automatic system receiving incorrect sensor readings, The New York Times reports. The information from the flight data recorder, contained in a preliminary report prepared by Indonesian crash investigators and scheduled to be released today, documents a fatal tug-of-war between man and machine, with the plane's nose forced dangerously downward more than two dozen times during the 11-minute flight. The pilots managed to pull the nose back up over and over until finally losing control, leaving the plane, Lion Air Flight 610, to plummet into the ocean at 450 miles per hour, killing all 189 people on board.

  • An Associated Press (AP) investigation found that the rapid growth of the tent city for migrants in Tornillo, Texas, has created serious problems. For example, none of the 2,100 staff are going through rigorous FBI fingerprint background checks, according to a U.S. government watchdog memo. The government is allowing the nonprofit running the facility to sidestep mental health care requirements. And costs appear to be soaring more than 50 percent higher than the government has disclosed. Federal plans to close Tornillo by New Year's Eve will be nearly impossible to meet, the AP found. 

  • The gunman who killed 12 people at a Thousand Oaks, California, bar earlier this month carried seven high-capacity magazines and threw smoke bombs in the attack, officials said. But an exact motive in the November 7 mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill—carried out by 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long—has still not been determined, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference. "As to the motive of the suspect, we are no closer to determining that today than we were at the onset of the incident," he said, according to NBC News.

  • New Zealand became the latest country to block a proposal to use telecommunications equipment made by China's Huawei because of national security concerns, the BBC reports. Spark New Zealand wanted to use Huawei equipment in its 5G mobile network. However, a New Zealand government security agency said that the deal would bring significant risks to national security. The move is part of a growing push against the involvement of Chinese technology firms on security grounds. Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, has faced resistance from foreign governments over the risk that its technology could be used for espionage.​