US senator pregnant, set to be first to give birth during term

This file photo taken on October 9, 2016 shows Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth during a Coordinated Victory Fund Event in Chicago. (AFP)
Updated 24 January 2018
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US senator pregnant, set to be first to give birth during term

WASHINGTON: Good news from Washington.
US Senator Tammy Duckworth, a decorated Asian American army veteran and double amputee, announced Tuesday she was pregnant with her second child.
The 49-year-old Democrat from Illinois stands to be the first senator to give birth during her term.
“Wanted to share some exciting personal news...” she tweeted, alongside a picture of two grownup ducks and a young duck joined by a plus sign to a baby duck, and a caption that read: “Duck, duck, duck...duckling!“
Duckworth told the Chicago Sun-Times she was expecting her second child, another girl, in April — a few weeks after she turns 50.
“Bryan and I are thrilled that our family is getting a little bit bigger, and Abigail is ecstatic to welcome her baby sister home this spring,” she added in a statement, referring to her husband and three-year-old daughter.
Ten members of Congress have given birth in office — but they all belonged to the chamber’s House of Representatives.
“As tough as it’s been to juggle motherhood and the demands of being in the House and now the Senate, it’s made me more committed to doing this job,” the Sun-Times quoted her as saying.
An Iraq war veteran and retired US army lieutenant colonel, Duckworth lost both her legs when the helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down by insurgents in 2004.
She entered the House in 2012 and then the Senate in 2016, where she is one of the 100-strong chamber’s 22 women.
Born in Thailand to a Thai mother and American father, she is the joint second Asian American woman to serve in the Senate, alongside Kamala Harris.


Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles

Jacob Meir Abdellak.
Updated 17 August 2018
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Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles

  • He was running late for his flight and thought it would be a good idea to call in a hoax bomb

LONDON: A French man who was running late for his flight from London to Los Angeles tried to delay it by calling police to say there was a bomb on board.
Librarian Jacob Meir Abdellak, who lives in east London, made the call eight minutes before his 5.47 a.m. Norwegian Air flight from Gatwick Airport was due to leave on May 11 because he was significantly late and airline staff had refused to allow him on board, a court heard.
His hoax meant passengers had to be re-screened and take-off was delayed by 90 minutes. An investigation by Gatwick revealed that the hoax call had been made using the same number linked to his booking.
When Abdellak returned to the airport to take another flight to the United States on May 22, he was arrested.
He initially claimed he had lost his phone’s SIM card but on Tuesday pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to communicating false information regarding a noxious substance likely to create serious risk to human health. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
“This was a quite ridiculous decision made by Abdellak, who fabricated an extremely serious allegation purely for his own benefit,” said Gatwick Police Chief Inspector Marc Clothier on Thursday.
“He was running late for his flight and thought it would be a good idea to call in a hoax bomb, however this turned out to be the worst decision he could have made.”