Things you should know today: 5/7/18


Boy Scout’s toy grenade causes bomb scare in Houston airport

People wait outside Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport on Thursday, June 7, 2018, after a toy grenade in a passenger’s bag forced the shutdown of a security checkpoint, inconveniencing hundreds of people catching early-morning flights. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)

A 17-year-old Boy Scout packed a toy grenade in his carry-on bag which caused a security shutdown at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport. Authorities are unsure why the boy packed the toy grenade. Police said the boy won’t be charged for the bomb scare, but he could face a federal fine. More than 15 Southwest flights were delayed due to the shutdown. The scare happened just a day after an impatient passenger made comments on explosives in a bag that caused the terminal to close for nearly an hour.

Trump commutes term of Kardashian-championed drug offender

This combination photo shows President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pa., on March 10, 2018, left, and Kim Kardashian West at the NBCUniversal Network 2017 Upfront in New York on May 15, 2017. Kardashian West arrived at the White House for a meeting with presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law. She has urged the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offense. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

President Donald Trump and socialite Kim Kardashian commuted a woman’s life sentence without parole after serving for more than two decades in prison. The woman, Alice Johnson, was convicted in 1996 for involvement in a cocaine trafficking operation. Since being in prison, she had been a model prisoner working hard to rehabilitate herself and help others. She was released hours after the White House announced that Trump had commuted her sentence. “I’d like to say, President Trump, thank you for having mercy upon me. Thank you for taking the time to look at my case, and feel like I deserve a second chance in life. I promise I will not let you down,” Johnson said.

Sweden truck attacker convicted of murder, gets life term

FILE This is a April 7, 2017 file photo, showing emergency services at the scene of an attack on Drottninggatan street in central Stockholm. 2018. An Uzbek man who drove stolen truck into crowd in Stockholm, killing five people and wounding 14 others, has been convicted of terror-related murder and given a life sentence on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Rakmat Akilov had said he wanted to punish Sweden for joining a coalition against the Islamic State group. (Fredrik Sandberg/TT via AP, File)

Rakmat Akilov, the man who killed five people and wounded 14 others in Stockholm after driving a stolen truck into a busy crowd, has been sentenced to life for terror-related murder and attempted murder charges. Akilov said his motive was to punish Sweden for joining a coalition against the Islamic State group. A life sentence is the heaviest penalty in Sweden and is only about 18 years. The court sentenced Akilov to be expelled from Sweden after he serves his sentence, and banned him from returning.

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