Afternoon Headlines for Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Washington Post

“10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government”

“The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference at Baku on the Caspian Sea in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top aides to President Obama appeared as speakers at the conference.”

Washington Post

“‘Black spider’ letters put spotlight on Prince Charles’s political outreach”

“Letters from Prince Charles to government ministers were finally published on Wednesday following a 10-year legal battle to prevent them from public view, opening debate on whether the prince overreached into political affairs.”


“Iraq defense ministry says Islamic State’s second-in-command killed”

“Iraq’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday the deputy commander of Islamic State insurgents had been killed in a coalition air strike on a mosque where he was meeting with other militants in the north of the country.”


“Yemen truce broadly holds, but reports of violations”

“A five-day truce in Yemen appeared to be broadly holding on Wednesday, despite reports of air strikes overnight by Saudi-led forces and continued military activity by the Iranian-allied Houthi group.”

New York Times

“Italian nurse who worked in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola”

“An Italian nurse who returned from Sierra Leone last week was flown to an infectious diseases hospital in Rome on Wednesday after he tested positive for the Ebola virus a day before.”

Associated Press

“IOC strips U.S. of Olympic relay medals in Gay doping case”

“The entire U.S. men’s sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday as a result of Tyson Gay’s doping case.”

New York Times

“Amtrak train that derailed was going 100 MPH, officials say; seven killed”

“The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people, was traveling at a speed of at least 100 miles an hour, twice the speed limit on that stretch of track, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.”

Washington Post

“Senate reaches deal to move fast track trade authority”

“Senate leaders announced Wednesday that they reached an agreement to consider and likely approve fast-track authority for President Obama to reach trade deals, a day after an unusual filibuster by Democrats of their party’s presidential agenda.”


“Exclusive: Derailed Amtrak train was not fitted with latest U.S. safety controls”

“The commuter rail route where an Amtrak train left the track on Tuesday was not governed by an advanced safety technology meant to prevent high-speed derailments, officials familiar with the investigation said on Wednesday.”

New York Times

“Obama is said to choose Chuck Rosenberg as next DEA director”

“Chuck Rosenberg, a senior F.B.I. official and former United States attorney, has been chosen by President Obama to be the next director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to law enforcement officials.”