World AM News Briefs For Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Hello Australia!! - Is this finally Bibi's last stand? - A $100 Million airplane is missing - Desperate actors face going to the big house (from the Full House in one case) - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Polls have closed in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to snag a fifth term, which would make him the country's longest-serving PM. Israel's Channel 12 is projecting that Netanyahu's Likud is taking a hit, trailing the nascent Blue and White Party 37-33 seats. However, it's all about the blocs and the two main ones led by Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz are tied. Interestingly, two of the right-wing parties that have backed Netanyahu in the past failed to get enough votes to earn seats in the Knesset. These are early results, and Israeli exit polls in the past have been notoriously inaccurate - things will likely change.
Donald Trump is denying he ordered a purge at the US Department of Homeland Security, although that is plainly what is happening. At least eight top officials have been forced to quit in recent days - including the Homeland Security Secretary and head of the US Secret Service - and more heads are expected to roll. Several senior congressional republicans have voiced concern, but they're not about to stand up against Trump.
A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-35A is missing in the Pacific Ocean. NHK is reporting that military officials say the plane was one of a quartet of the US$100 Million highly advanced fighters on a training mission out of Misawa Air Force Base in northern Honshu when it dropped off radar on Tuesday night. This is the second mishap with the jet - A US Marine F-35B crashed last September, that accident blamed on a faulty fuel tube. Australia is part of the Lockheed Martin F-35A program with 10 jets and another 63 on order.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is holding last ditch talks in Europe to try and get an extension to the Brexit, which is scheduled to take place on Friday even though Parliament has not approved the only plan to finalize the UK's divorce from the European Union. That means there could be economic chaos on Friday as the two economies separate with no replacement treaties or trade deals in place. Or they could agree to a one year extension, pushing the date back a year.
Actor Lori Loughlin, Aunt Becky on TV's "Full House", is now charged with 16 additional counts in the US college bribery scandal in which rich parents allegedly paid big money to a so-called "recruiter" to get their kids into elite universities by faking test scores and sport participation. Federal prosecutors say the charges include conspiracy to commit money laundering, meaning there's some real prison time coming if she and another 14 parents are convicted. Felicity Huffman, from "Desperate Housewives", already pleaded guilty and issued a very contrite apology to he daughter, the universities involved, and every working parent busting hump to to right for their kids without the benefit of million dollar bribes greasing the way.
In another bizarre celebrity scandal, Allison Mack of the teenage superhero soap opera "Smallville" pleaded guilty to racketeering charges for her role in a sex cult. Mack sold out her fellow Women who turned to her to join a "mentoring" self-help group that instead groomed them to be sex slaves through a combination of blackmail and brainwashing. The group's co-founder is awaiting trial on trafficking and other felony charges, but the co-founder already took a plea bargain like Mack and other members chose to do as the Feds went knocking on their doors.