Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

CIA agent fired at planes used in Bay of Pigs invasion

MIAMI

CIA agent fired at BAY of Pigs invasion planes

Newly declassified U.S. documents show a CIA operative accidentally fired on friendly pilots during the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. The B-26 bombers flown by the Cuban exiles were disguised to look like Cuban military planes, but the ruse worked too well, the documents indicated. It was not clear, though, if anyone was hurt. The documents also show U.S. officials authorized limited use of napalm on military targets and the invasion's beachhead area. Earlier this month, the United States made public all but one of five top-secret volumes covering the CIA's history of the failed attack on Fidel Castro's fledgling government.

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Food staples being stolen, U.N. says

Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine relief efforts. The United Nation's World Food Program acknowledged for the first time that it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months. The WFP condemned any diversion of "even the smallest amount of food from starving and vulnerable Somalis."

HAWTHORNE, Calif.

SpaceX heading to space station

SpaceX's next mission is to the International Space Station. The private rocket maker said Monday its Dragon capsule will launch Nov. 30 on a cargo test run to the orbiting outpost. SpaceX said the launch will be followed by a station docking more than a week later. With the space shuttle fleet retired, NASA will depend on companies like SpaceX to handle space station supply runs and astronaut rides. Until then, the space agency is paying for trips aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

THIBODAUX, La.

Father accused of killing his son

A Louisiana man is accused of decapitating and dismembering his disabled 7-year-old son and leaving the boy's head near the street so the child's mother would see it — a killing that brought seasoned police officers to tears, authorities said Monday. Jeremiah Lee Wright, 30, of Thibodaux has confessed to killing Jori Lirette, police said. Wright was booked on first-degree murder charges and was held Monday in lieu of $5 million bail.

Elsewhere

PHILADELPHIA: Kareem Edward Farmer, 24, the driver of a Greyhound bus that overturned on a central Pennsylvania highway, injuring 14 people, was cited Monday in connection with the weekend crash.

BUFFALO, N.Y.: Sgt. James Hackemer, the double-amputee Iraq war veteran thrown to his death from a western New York roller coaster, was laid to rest Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

CLEVELAND: Attorneys for Anthony Sowell, 51, a serial killer sentenced to death last week, plan to request a new trial, alleging juror misconduct.

LOS ANGELES: Authorities said Monday a thief stole a small Rembrandt drawing worth $250,000 Saturday from the lobby at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.

MEXICO CITY: The 1,000th same-sex marriage took place Sunday in Mexico's capital since they were approved in March 2010.

Times wires

CIA agent fired at planes used in Bay of Pigs invasion 08/15/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 11:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 'Empire' star Grace Byers keynotes USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy luncheon

    Human Interest

    BY AMY SCHERZER

    TAMPA — The first University of South Florida graduate to address the USF's Women in Leadership & Philanthropy supporters, Grace Gealey Byers, class of 2006, centered her speech on her first name, turning it into a verb to share life lessons.

    Grace Byers, University of South Florida Class of 2006, stars on the Fox television show Empire. She delivered the keynote at the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy luncheon Friday. Photo by Amy Scherzer
  2. Southeast Seminole Heights holds candlelight vigil for victims' families and each other

    News

    TAMPA — They came together in solidarity in Southeast Seminole Heights, to sustain three families in their grief and to confront fear, at a candlelight vigil held Sunday night in the central Tampa neighborhood.

    A peaceful march that began on east New Orleans Avenue was held during the candlelight vigil for the three victims who were killed in the recent shootings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
  3. It's not just Puerto Rico: FEMA bogs down in Florida, Texas too

    HOUSTON — Outside Rachel Roberts' house, a skeleton sits on a chair next to the driveway, a skeleton child on its lap, an empty cup in its hand and a sign at its feet that reads "Waiting on FEMA."

    Ernestino Leon sits among the debris removed from his family’s flood-damaged Bonita Springs home on Oct. 11. He has waited five weeks for FEMA to provide $10,000 to repair the home.
  4. McConnell says he's awaiting Trump guidance on health care

    STERLING, Va. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he's willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s “not certain yet” on what Trump wants.
  5. Tampa's Lance McCullers shows killer instinct in pitching Astros to World Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — It felt like the beginning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, the arrival of a new force on the World Series stage. The Astros are back, for the first time in a dozen years, and they want to stay a while.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.