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March 21, 2019

NEW ZEALAND BANS ASSAULT RIFLES IN WAKE OF DEADLY MOSQUE ATTACKS

(Bloomberg) – New Zealand will ban military style semi-automatics and assault rifles and establish a nationwide buyback of the weapons in the wake of a terrorist attack on two mosques that left 50 people dead.

The ban takes immediate effect to prevent the stockpiling of weapons while the legislation is being drafted, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters Thursday.

“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride,” she said in a statement.

Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump Against Husband’s Attacks

Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday criticized her husband for ripping into President Donald Trump and defended her boss, calling him a “counterpuncher” who shouldn’t take the attacks sitting down.

“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” Conway, a counselor to the president, told Politico in a telephone interview. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”

Illegal Migrants Released As Border Patrol Says Facilities Full

The Border Patrol has let go 50 recently apprehended migrants on the Texas border with Mexico, the first of several hundred who officials say will soon be released because there is no room to hold them, The Virginian-Pilot reported on Wednesday.

The normal procedure would be for the Border Patrol to hand over the illegal border crossers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for processing, with many of them ending up in detention facilities.
But officials said that both agencies have no more room due to a recent increase in the number of families arriving from Central America.

Airlines Scheduling in Chaos as Boeing Jet Grounded

(Reuters) – U.S. and Canadian airlines that fly the roughly 175-seat aircraft face a logistical challenge: which flights to cancel and which to cover with other planes following the global grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jets.

Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc., the two largest MAX operators in the United States, said they have bolstered their reservation and operations teams to figure out how to spread flight cancellations across their networks, not just on MAX flights.American Airlines, for example, had most of its 24 MAX jets flying in and out of Miami, where load factors have been full during the Spring Break season.

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