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Jul 12, 2013

911 calls highlight emergency response challenges in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO, July 12 (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency
calls made moments after an Asiana Airlines jet crashed at San
Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, and
highlight some possible problems as emergency services raced to
the scene.

The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured
more than 180. The first police and fire
personnel arrived at the crash scene in about two minutes, and
local officials said brave rescue efforts and effective triage
of the many wounded likely saved lives.

Jul 11, 2013

Emergency calls reveal chaos, long waits in aftermath of Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency calls made moments after the Asiana plane crash at San Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, with passengers describing severe injuries and long waits for help.

The California Highway Patrol released 11 minutes of call audio tapes late on Wednesday. The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured more than 180.

Jul 8, 2013

‘It was boom!’ inside crashing plane in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 (Reuters) – In the end, it was an easy
exit from the plane. The tail was gone, and the landing gear had
been ripped off during the crash.

Wen Zhang, seated near the back of Asiana Airlines flight
214 from Seoul, waited until the plane slid to a stop. Then she
gathered up her crying 4-year-old son, picked up her carry-on
bag and stepped out into the San Francisco sunshine.

Jun 21, 2013

The judges who preside over America’s secret court

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 (Reuters) – Twelve of the
14 judges who have served this year on the most secret court in
America are Republicans and half are former prosecutors.

One is a former director of the Illinois State Police.
Another helped direct the White House war on drugs. One served
as a prosecutor in the Whitewater case involving the Clintons’
real estate investments. Another forced President Bill Clinton
to testify during the same scandal.

Jun 13, 2013

Snowden as a teen online: anime and cheeky humor

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Long before he became known worldwide as the National Security Agency contractor who exposed top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden worked for a Japanese anime company run by friends and went by the nicknames “The True HOOHA” and “Phish.”

In 2002, he was 18 years old, a high school dropout and his parents had just divorced. On the tiny anime company’s website, he wrote of his skills with video games and popularity with women.

Jun 12, 2013

Exclusive: Snowden as a teen online: anime and cheeky humor

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Long before he became known worldwide as the NSA contractor who exposed top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden worked for a Japanese anime company run by friends and went by the nicknames “The True HOOHA” and “Phish.”

In 2002, he was 18 years old, a high-school dropout and his parents had just divorced. On the tiny anime company’s website, he wrote of his skills with video games and popularity with women.

Dec 20, 2012

Special Report: The Unequal State of America – Lean times for the “undeserving poor”

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The U.S. federal government spends hundreds of billions of dollars a year on aid to the poor. There isn’t enough to go around for Shaun Case.

The 34-year-old Indiana native has learning disabilities and endured a childhood of abuse. Relatives say he was thrown through a plate-glass window by his grandmother when he was a teen, leaving him with a permanently numb left hand. Social workers consider him well enough to work, though, and he never qualified for disability benefits.

Dec 20, 2012

The Unequal State of America: Indiana’s rocky road to welfare reform

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Indiana’s bold effort to remake welfare got off to a shaky start.

In 2006, Gov. Mitch Daniels privatized the management of the welfare-benefits system with a project led by IBM. Two-thirds of Indiana’s social-service agency’s staffers became employees of IBM and its partners. In a process dubbed “welfare modernization,” recipients would apply for benefits online and by phone rather than meeting social workers face to face.

Dec 20, 2012

The Unequal State of America: A Hoosier falls off the “benefits cliff”

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – The U.S. welfare overhaul was designed to incentivize people like Juanita Isom to work. For 13 years, she has had a full-time clerical job at an Indianapolis insurance firm. For 11 of those years, she has been on some kind of public assistance.

The 33-year-old divorced mother of five said she makes roughly $25,000 a year and gets child support from her ex-husband. But she can only get by with help from five federal government programs – food stamps, Medicaid for her kids, childcare vouchers, subsidized school lunches and the earned income tax credit.

Dec 19, 2012

Special Report: The Unequal State of America – Why education is no longer the “great equalizer”

BOSTON (Reuters) -

“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men — the balance wheel of the social machinery.”

- Horace Mann, pioneering American educator, 1848

“In America, education is still the great equalizer.”

- Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, 2011

When Puritan settlers established America’s first public school here in 1635, they planted the seed of a national ideal: that education should serve as the country’s “great equalizer.”

    • About Kristina

      "Kristina Cooke is an investigative reporter based in San Francisco. Before joining Reuters, she worked at CNN International and The Economist's "World In" journal. She studied International Relations and History at the London School of Economics and grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. Write to Kristina: kristina.cooke@thomsonreuters.com Follow her on Twitter: @kristinacooke"
      Joined Reuters:
      2005
      Languages:
      English, German, Spanish, Japanese
      Awards:
      Deadline Club, 2010
      Front Page Award, 2011
      New York Press Club, 2013
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