Bush senior hospitalized
Former US president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Texas because of complications from bronchitis, a hospital spokeswoman said on Thursday. Bush, who is 88, was in stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Houston and was expected to be released within 72 hours, the spokeswoman, Stephanie Asin, said. She declined to say exactly when Bush had been hospitalized, saying only that he has been “in and out” of the facility for treatment of complications related to his bronchitis.
Airline cleared over crash
Continental Airlines was cleared on Thursday of criminal responsibility for the Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people, with a French court also absolving a mechanic at the US airline of involuntary manslaughter. The appeals court ruling, over a decade after the accident that helped to spell the end of the supersonic airliner, found Continental civilly responsible, opening the door to compensation payments to the families of those killed and to the Concorde’s operator, Air France. Rejecting an alternative scenario presented by the airline’s lawyer, the court confirmed that the crash was caused by a metal strip that fell from a Continental DC-10 aircraft onto the runway just before the Concorde took off. The court found that Continental welder John Taylor had flouted industry norms and used titanium to forge the piece, which shredded the Concorde’s tire, causing bits of rubber to damage the plane’s propulsion system and spark the fatal fire. However, it ruled that this was not criminal — as neither Taylor nor Continental could have predicted the devastating result.
FBI tip-off led to arrest
Canadian police were tipped off by the FBI to a possible security breach by a Canadian navy intelligence officer who later pleaded guilty to espionage, documents made public say. Redacted versions of three search warrants were released on Thursday after the prosecution consented to their release. The warrants were used to obtain evidence against Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle, who pleaded guilty last month to passing classified information to Russia. Delisle worked at a naval intelligence center in Halifax, Nova Scotia and had access to secret data. One document said police opened an investigation into Delisle’s activities after it received a letter late last year from FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi alerting them of a possible security breach involving a Canadian military officer.